Missed Connections: We Met in a Zombie Shooting Sim (and Now I Can’t Forget You)

The “Missed Connections” Second Life Forum is a little-known mysterious corner of the Second Life Community. Lost someone? Missing someone? This is your second chance in Second Life.

For those of you who might not know, the Second Life Forum maintains a dozen or so forums, with tons of sub-categories, one of which is “Missed Connections,” in the People Forum.

The idea of Missed Connections is if you have lost track of an avatar in Second Life, or you are looking for someone you saw but never had the chance to meet, this is the thread for you. Just leave a note in the forum, and your second love may reply and you can reconnect. Here’s how the forum’s pinned post describes itself:

“Saw someone in Second Life, but missed your chance to say hello? Now is your second chance at making that connection happen.”

This kind of thing is right up my alley. Perhaps it is the nostalgia of autumn that has me thinking of what might have been, and  especially of who might have been. What if, after all, I had mustered up the courage to say hello to the blue dragon eating the chocolate chip cookie on the edge of the dance floor? Where might we be now? Ah, if only.

From Mysterious to Heart-rending

As you can imagine, this thread makes for absorbing reading, especially on a rainy autumn day when memories and thoughts of yesterday can visit. The discussions go on sometimes for pages, and they range from mysterious to dramatic to heart-rending, and even funny. I’m going to give a few examples here, but for the sake of privacy, no names. If you’re really curious, you can visit the Forum.

The Fish Who Got Away

Probably the most common poster is someone who is looking for a specific avatar they met but didn’t get the name … the age-old fish who got away. Sometimes saved chat logs and IM histories just aren’t enough. Say, for example, you meet your dream girl in a zombie shooting range and she logs off before you get up the nerve to say anything? That’s what happened to this forum poster:

“We Met in a Zombie Shooting Sim. You are beautiful (but i’m sure you get that alot. …) We were shooting in the police statation together and I’d really like to get to know you better. But you logged off before I could say Hi.”

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Or on more of a poetic side:

“It was a warm, quiet summer night – a while ago … when a tall, dark, handsome stranger out of the blue asked me for a dance. It was magical and then … we went off. I never danced with him him again … where is he?”

The Disappearing Act

And then there are the known avatars who suddenly disappear without warning, leaving mystery and tears behind them. They bring posts like these:

“Every time I see a water reflection it hurts me, I miss you so much baby.  Sometimes I think I would flip the whole damn sim upside down just to see you one more time, but I know it wouldn’t be the same.”

Some are very straightforward, such as this one looking for Princess Luna:

“If you get this … or any of her friends read this … please tell her to get in tough with me via im or so, Please?”

While others are more dramatic and poignant:

“Dear XXX, if you ever get to read this my love, know that I think about you everyday. You are missed more than you will ever know. I know you are fighting  the most vicisous ennemy in RL. I wish you strenght, I wish you love. I have no words to say how much I miss you. Je t’aime mon coeur.”

Or the stark simplicity of one who longs for bright Lucinda:

“Where is lucinda, with views that opened doors within the mind to explore, how dull this forum is without Lucinda “bringer of the light.”

Posts like these sometimes bring snarky replies, such as this one to the hunt for the bright Lucinda:

“Perhaps there was a power outage.”

The Distress is Very Real

The distress of some of the posters is quite palpable, and very real.

Of course he could be just ignoring me or maybe he’s in a hospital! Completely nothing in any of the social media we were in touch with…I welcome any pat on the back and shoulder to cry on…I think my heart is breaking…keep checking my IMS even in the mid of the nite….sob*”

There are some who, instead of missing someone, wished that they themselves were missed:

“Sometimes I wish … I wish I was missed. I look on here wondering if anyone misses me… sadly no.. lol. Am I the only one?”

And then there are the humorous posts, that come with tongue in cheek:

“I was there. Well cut suit, white hair, pale skin, fangs. You were there. Brown spikey system hair, bandito moustache. Black shirt with a Rolling Stones logo. Disco codpiece over jeans. You smiled, and a whole new world was created.You left. You came back. Then you left again. Whyyyyyyy….? Can you at least come visit once in a while? The children keep asking for you…”

So if you’re a writer looking for ideas, this is your treasure trove. Or maybe you are missing that special someone? Take a look here. Maybe they’re looking for you too.

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More Second Life TOS talk, this time with lawyers

I attended the United Content Creators of SL legal panel discussion today inworld with three RL lawyers about the new TOS changes to Second Life. What a turnout. Sim was packed; after the first 5 minutes you couldn’t get in without a wait. At one point, I counted 128 avies either at the event or back on the Justitia sim trying to get in, listening to the aviewTV stream. Here is what stuck in my head after the discussion.

Give up the right to litigate

1. Although most of us are focused on the relinquishment of license to our content to Linden, a bigger problem is our relinguishment of the right to litigate. (Section 10). As one of the lawyers said: “The issue is not whether you would prevail at court, it’s whether you could ever get to court.”

No limits

2. The other big problem is the lack of limitation on Linden’s license to our content – it is not limited in these TOS by time, degree, or purpose.

Before and after
3. Many of us thought the new TOS would apply only to content uploaded AFTER the new TOS, but the lawyers seemed in agreement that Linden was making the claim that it has a license to ALL content, before and after.

Machinima has cause for worry
4. Machinima makers definitely have reason for concern as to whether Linden could claim a license to the content they film in Second Life and show outside of Second Life.

 

Drive a virtual giant Spider Computer on Halloween!

People send me all kinds of freebies to try out for my blog , but the latest one takes the cake: a giant driveable Spider Computer – and just in time for Halloween!

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 The sad thing is I have no idea where it came from, thus who to thank! It is called simply “Big Spider” and it turned up in my inventory this morning. I must have accepted it, but I don’t remember doing so. It was made by an avie called DJDino Oh, whose profile sadly says he has closed his SL account as well as his shop.

This thing is fantastic. It has all kinds of controls, which I’m just figuring out. The computer actually works! It gives me lag readings, elevation calculation, avatar radar, and more!

Just in time for Halloween! Lookout, Spider on the run!

Inside the control room:

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Second Life Terms of Service change in a nutshell, 8/15/13

In a nutshell_004Here in a nutshell is the change in the Second Life new Terms of Service that has some creators in an uproar over licenses to user-created content. Creators like Jo Yardley, Chic Aeon, Tuna Oddfellow and Shava Nerad, and CG Textures (a supplier to many SL creators) have raised issues about Linden’s change in the TOS that went into effect August 15. The big change that has many creators fuming – and some, like Oddfellow Studios, even moving their content from Second Life to other worlds – is this:  Users must now grant Linden a license to use uploaded content for any purpose whatsoever versus the old terms’ requirement for a Linden license just to promote Second Life.

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A Machinima that Makes Me Wish I Knew Polish

Believe it or not, here is a lovely machinima video enactment of the fairytale Hansel and Gretel – in Second Life! I don’t understand a word of it since it is in Polish, but I still watched all 11 minutes, 54 seconds of it. I know nothing of its maker, Borysjestem on YouTube.

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Birthday Songs, Deep Thoughts, and Free Cake from Linden Lab

Did you know you can get your own Second Life rezz day cake for free from Shopkeeper Linden on the marketplace? It will even have the right number of years you’re celebrating written on it in frosting!

Birthday Cake

My 5th rez day in Second Life passed me like a fast train this week making me think deep thoughts about time. I listened to David Bowie sing Five Years and was so glad the apocalypse hadn’t come in real life, or Second Life either.

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Playing Second Life on the iPad

The #1-coolest thing about playing Second Life on my iPad using remote access technology is that the touch interface works inworld. You can move your avatar around and do most actions just by touching and swiping the iPad screen. I’ve spent the past couple weeks playing with SL iPad-style, via the remote access app Splashtop, and I have to say it’s fun.

Here’s a video I made filming Second Life on an iPad 4, accessed from my iMac, using a digital camera to capture the iPad screen. See my avatar walk, run, dance, fly, tp, sit, take snaps, change clothes, use AOs – not to mention hug and kiss! -all on an iPad 4, just by tapping and swiping the screen (and typing IMs on an external keyboard).

How It Works

Let’s be clear upfront: This is not a Second Life app running on the iPad. Second Life currently does not run directly on the iPad. This is Second Life being accessed on the iPad remotely from a computer (in my case, an iMac), using the remote access mobile app Splashtop. This is a productivity app designed to let you access anything on your computer from your mobile device – so you can be, say, out on the patio with your iPad, and access any document, photo, video, or software on your tablet, via your wireless network.

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A Virtual Walk Through Autumn Leaves

If you’re looking for a virtual walk through autumn leaves, this is the spot. Autumn color, deer in the meadow, and open seas. Calas Galadhon Park is back! Calas is a gorgeous collection of 11 sims of natural beauty in the virtual world of Second Life built and maintained by Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith. /me waves hello and welcome back!

The thing I like best about Calas is that you can get lost in it. It’s that big. I wondered all over the woods looking for a new cabin that was supposed to be in Dimril Dale. I never found it, but I got lost over and over again in a beautiful autumn woods.

Autumn in the woods

Calas closed during the month of August for an economic consolidation. They considered reopening with a members-only policy, but decided against it. For now, the 11 beautiful sims are still open to anyone, free of charge.

The Changes

There are 11 sims (down from 13) in the park with major reworking of Dimril Dale and Grey Havens. There is a whale on Grey Havens that you and three friends can ride. There are two dolphins on Belagaer that you can ride, and riding turtles. New cabin on Dimril Dale- you have to walk through the woods to get to it. Also a new riverboat on Gulf of Lune. And new art exhibitions on Main Street.

A Cloud on the Horizon?

Only one cloud floats on the horizon – a hint in the park’s website notice suggesting the economic challenge may only be resolved through the end of the year. Hopefully, donations and other sim support can keep the park open beyond this somewhat uncertain prediction:

“Unless something unplanned comes up we should now be able to make it through the Holiday season and the end of the year.”

Scuffling Through Autumn Leaves

When the park reopened Saturday, I hurried over to visit. I love walking in the autumn woods, through falling leaves and rustling woods, and Misty Mountains is one of my favorite places. There are deer and horses and lovely crunchy leaves to scuffle through. After a rest and a cup of chai, I rezzed a sailboat and headed out on the colorful autumn sea.

Not Familiar with Calas?

For anyone not familiar with Calas, here’s how they describe themselves:

A country setting with a small town, meadows, farms, streams…one that would reflect another early American country coastal community of the early 1900s.  Whether by foot, horse, buggy, balloon or boat, we hope our visitors will find a certain sense of peace here…a bit of the  comfort we all yearn for and need…where one feels a bit  better than when they arrived. We strive to make CALAS a park where one can come, reflect and explore on their own or with friends, but we’ve also made it a place where couples can come, cuddle, dance and just spend some quiet time with each other.


 

 

All Dressed up – for Love Donna Flora

Sometimes you get all dressed up, with nowhere to go. I’m just coming back from a walk around the lake, with the owls hooting and the waves lapping up against my houseboat. It’s early, but I’m heading in for a cup of tea and an early night. But before I go, let me tell you about this dress. It’s made by Carrie Snowpaws – isn’t it beautiful? But it’s real beauty is that it will help a much-loved Second Life designer who is battling cancer.

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Castle in the Sand, a machinima for summer

My new machinima is Castle in the Sand. It’s a love story —  with a sand castle, waves crashing on the beach, a raging storm, poetry, romantic music… your basic summer flick. 🙂

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