A Journey from Past to Future in Second Life

The McFly Project (moderate)

The last time I visited the LICK Sim Designs sim it was all about the end of the world. Although I was aware that the design would change, I had forgotten to go see what was happening until I saw this great post by Eddi Haskell.

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Sera Bellic has taken inspiration from the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future (omg we’re old!) to design a journey for us.

It is another very successful design and it’s gorgeous!

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We begin in the ruins of an old fairground. Once you make your way through the tall grass and broken machinery, you’ll find the entrance to an underwater passage.

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The drawbridge in front of you will open if you wish – and if you do that you can make your way to a very high tech control room. I don’t even want to know what portions of my life they’re fiddling with!

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The future is found on the other side of that bridge. It’s all bright & shiny and clean. I think you’ll have to have a lot of money to live this way – or maybe this is a resort for those who do.

There are some cultural references which extend from past to future as well – finding both R2D2 and Rosie from the Jetsons made me smile. :)

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Post-apocalyptic Noir, Ironwood Hills in Second Life

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It is dark in Ironwood Hills – captivating, but dark. So much so that a flashlight is provided and I’ve had to lighten these images so you can see anything.

Ironwood Hills (moderate)

The build is based loosely on Silent Hill, which has one of those creepy story lines so many people enjoy. I’m not a fan of the horror genre, but there are some really cool images for those of us who like to take pics.

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If you’re into post-apocalyptic noir roleplay, you’ll get a kick out of creating stories in this moody city. I ran into a “departed” individual – in fact, the lost soul made sure I had my flashlight. I suspect she’s the missing wife from one of the Silent Hill installments.

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For those who need a break from sun & sand, or pretty & sweet, this is a great place to explore. You might want to bring a friend though. I don’t know that you can trust all of the inhabitants.

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Second Life, Windows 10, & Me

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I’ve mentioned before that there are a few regions where I really haven’t been able to take any photos. My FPS sinks to 1 and I just crash. My assumption has been that this was due to the ATI video card I got in my new machine.

My wish list contains a brand new, high end, Nvidia replacement – someday.

I mention this because yesterday I did the omgscary Windows 10 upgrade. I had watched my brother’s attempt and it wasn’t much fun.

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The difference between us is that he went for all the bells & whistles. I was much more timid.

I had to do a clean install of Second Life, but apart from that I have had no issues. In fact, my FPS has gone up and for the first time (after many attempts) I could photograph Flux Sur Mer.

I doubt my experience is relevant to anybody else, still just in case I’ll pass on what I’ve learned.

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  • Unless you want the fancy new stuff (writing on web pages, Cortana, etc.,), or synch all of your various devices (yes it works on iPhone), don’t use a Microsoft Account. You can still install and utilize Win10 with what they call a local account. If it asks you to create one of their accounts, go through the process until you see a window with a tiny box at the bottom saying Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended). The downside, again, is that “You won’t be logged in to OneDrive, Mail, Metro Music, or any of the other online accoutrement”. I won’t miss them.
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  • I was concerned about the privacy aspects of Win10 and so chose custom installation. The first thing it does is allow you to turn off all the data sharing where it’s optional.
  • I also told it that I didn’t want any of its apps.
  • I knew that I would need to update my video driver, and had already downloaded the ATI Win10 version, so I installed that as soon as I was up and running.

It could be Windows 10, it could be the new ATI driver, or a combination of the two – for whatever reason, my SL has improved. May you have the same experience!

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