Since Easter is almost upon us I thought that I would touch on the most important part of the holiday. The Easter Bunny. Some people might argue & say that it has to do with a religious zombie that comes back from the dead. Or the whole feeling of Springtime. For me, it’s all about a bunny that somehow brings us chocolate & eggs. How he brings eggs when he is a bunny I do not know. I just assume that he has an army of chickens who work for him.
Since the Mr. E. Bunny is important I thought I would teleport to a few places that had promises of Easter goodness. Alas, some of these areas had absolutely no signs of bunnies, candy, or spring when they used the keyword “Easter” in search. Instead I ran into an orgy, a slut clothing store, & an empty club. Go figure.
I did, however, find a bit of the Easter Bunny spirit at the Botianica Botanical Garden (G). It is a store but the plus part was that, not only is it also a garden, but I found lots of bunny related stuff. Bunnies with eggs. Bunnies just kinda hanging out. Bunnypalosa.
If you are big into the whole SL hunt thing then you will find that they currently have something called the “Spring Gardens Easter Egg Hunt” going on. All you need to do is click the hunt sign, read what you need to do, put the basket on that they give you, & TADA you are ready to Easter egg hunt. I can show you one of the hunt items that I found which was a really cool bunny ear hat. Made me kinda feel like I was going on some sort of spring safari.
Back on my search I ended up weeding through stores, strip clubs, sex clubs, sex & strip clubs…you get the picture. That is sometimes one of the hardest things when it comes to searching for a holiday. You need to carefully weed out the areas that are either have nothing to do with the holiday itself or those that are basically shops.
Or the ones that have the holiday in the name with the word “town” after it. ZING!
After a bit of zipping around the grid I ended up at the Oasis Zoo (M). After you get your zoo animal watching on they actually have a tiny little area completely dedicated to Easter.
It’s not really a huge holiday thing to write a virtual letter home to but it does have Easter stuff & lot’s of bunnies. Being a zoo I’m glad they didn’t skimp on the rabbits. (Oh…and they are not breedables…WOOO!!!)
Good luck on your Easter Bunny hunt as you wander around the grid this year. Beware of the areas that just flat-out lie. Avoid “towns”. Try not to get sucked into the shopping hype. And…beware of bunnies trying to step on your face if you lay down.
…From All Of Us To All Of You….
Growing up St. Patrick’s Day was a pretty big deal. It still is with my family. They go to see a lot of Irish bands all year round & I’ve seen quite a few when I’m in town. Lot’s of Irish foods. Alcohol. Fun!
I hope that everyone has a wonderful day.
Stay safe & don’t drink too much green beer like Mr. C. Cow & I.
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!
I have a pet peeve about Valentine’s Day on Second Life. If you go through the fashion sites, blogs, & other such SL sites you run into the half-naked sexual position avie gauntlet. I’ve been reading since early this morning & for each one tasteful holiday photo you get ten where you get someone in their underwear “attempting” to be sexy. Everything from the flat-out topless in panties to the big booty hoochie mama’s.
I’m not opposed to the dirty nasty Valentine sex. Who doesn’t love it! I just wouldn’t mind seeing something a little more hearts, flowers, stuffed animals, & love without having to see a virtual avatars ass crack.
So…for those of us who want to keep the sexy times in real life & experience the whole hearts & fluffy cute things in the virtual worlds this is for you.
Now let me go get another drink & get to the real world…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Also want to point out that myself along with “St. Bishop” (& Mr. C. Cow who you see in the pictures) just put out a Special TOT Valentine’s Day Podcast. Be sure to check it out!
It’s that time of the year again where I come up with awards for the best & worst (and everything in-between) for the past year on Second Life.
Biggest Announcement Followed By Silence: This award would have to go to LL announcing that Second Life would be on Steam. It was announced. People started making theories on how this would be a positive/negative thing for the virtual world. Then nothing but virtual radio silence. Hopefully the announcement wasn’t for nothing & we will see more of this in the future. Till then….
Biggest Disappointment: Ever thinking the fantasy pipe dream that things would start to work better. Yeah. I’m jaded.
Biggest Joke: This one has to go to rolling restarts. The cluster of sims I am located on has had more issues with LL breaking them after rolling restarts then should be possible. For the past, I don’t even know, so many months they have been restarted & restarted after a rolling restart has done its wave through. If you’re gonna do it then do it right. Not kinda right the 7th or 8th time restarting. In the same day one time would be nice.
Best New Feature: Umm….errr…uhhhh. Pathfinding? Ahhh HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Happiest Moment: Meeting some really, truly, wonderful new people in 2012. I have met more wonderful people in 2012 on SL this year then in any of my years combined.
Pet Peeve Of The Year: This usually goes to virtual pets. I’m giving them a shout out. Still think ya suck.
I would also like to give this award to those that don’t just photo shop your Second Life photos a little bit. I don’t mind that. I am giving it to those that photoshop so hardcore that it doesn’t even remotely look like anything that you would see in Second Life. Combine it with an article about SL & I just have to shake my head at how much of an ass you are.
Greatest Hatemail Of 2012: This has to go to a group of loyal sim patrons as well as the owners of a sim who started a petition towards me to pull an article I wrote giving them a bad review. Yes…a petition. I’m not exactly sure how a petition would make things go in your favor. It’s not like my site is some sort of democracy that has to honor a petition. It’s my site. In the famous words of some guy who said this a long while ago & no one remembers exactly who the hell he is..”Go Screw!”.
Stupidest Scam Of 2012: This one is a tie.
There is a bot that has been going around to various popular sims, starting up a conversation, then asking for money. I’ve been hit by it a few times. I also know a LOT of other residents who have been IM’d by this money hungry bot. If you’re stupid enough to fall for it then I just have to say that I am amazed you even know how to turn a computer on.
The next one has to go to those content stealing scam artists on marketplace. The ones who are stealing pictures from bloggers then passing them off as clothing/avatar/etc. items they are selling. With such a large community of photographers, bloggers, writers, & whatnot I am amazed you would think that no one would notice. Assholes.
What I Hope For In 2013: Well…I hope that SL gets a little bit on the positive everything this year. Bailing water out of a sinking ship only works so long. Sometimes you kinda need to fix the hole to make the boat better.
Arrrr! Now I be wanting to go sailing! Arrr!
Hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday & a Happy New Year.
Party Photo Taken At The Raglan Shire NYE Party.
Hi! How’s it going? How are the reindeer holding up this year? Are they ready for their long trip this year? Are the elves done making all of the toys? Has Mrs. Claus been baking a lot?
I’m just full of questions this year!
I’m not asking for a lot of things for myself this year. I don’t need them. I wouldn’t mind a stable grid & rolling restarts that don’t break SL. A statement from LL about what direction they plan on taking Second Life to insure a positive growth, stability, as well as addressing the downwards spiral of sims closing would also be a really nice present.
I ask that people start respecting each other a little more. Take the time to stop & smell the prim roses instead of rushing around in a shopping frenzy of epic L$ spending proportions. Maybe stop for a moment to visit exciting virtual places or learn new things so that maybe it will slow down the closing of so many wonderful places.
Mr. C. Cow has been exceptionally good this year. He’s been working hard on his “Where In The Shire Is Mr. C. Cow Contest?” & I’m proud of him. He has finally learned that curtains are to hang on windows not to eat. Please bring him something special this year. Don’t forget to bring a little something extra for “St.” Bishop who has worked hard on recording & editing all of the TOT podcasts. Without him many things would not be possible. I also ask that you please bring Jazz Paws everything they need to make their dreams come true for everyone! They deserve it!
And please bring Zayn da bunneh sims that want to behave.
Please bring the many individuals that I have met in Second Life something extra special this year. Something for the people who volunteer their own time to make other people’s virtual lives a little brighter. From the people who educate to the ones who are just there to answer questions. I know a lot of “Santa’s Helpers” this year & they deserve the best damn Wootmas you can give them.
I do ask you bring kindness & thoughtfulness to everyone who could use a little bit in their lives. Maybe a hug to those that could just use a hug. Or a nice positive word to those who only need them spoken to them. Some love to those that need love. If anything Mr. Santa I would rather see those who need receive more than those who just want the latest pair of prim shoes or mesh hair.
Good luck on your journey this year. May Rudolph lead your sleigh to bring joy to those who deserve a little joy this season.
P.S. - Do you really want cookies or can I just leave you a martini? I make a really good martini.
Where To Sit On Santa’s Lap:
Saying “Snow Storm” just doesn’t have that “Oh My GOD THAT’S A LOT OF SNOW!!” feel to it. It doesn’t make people run around in circles screaming “Ahhhh!!” while buying up all of the bread they can find. When you say “Snowpocolypse” then you know the snow means business. Add “OF DOOM” to the end of that & it screams “There’s no more bread left in the grocery stores. We are all going TO DIE!!“.
Life isn’t fun without a bit of the ol’ bread buying panic.
Since snow is pretty yet cold & dangerous this made me think that I should probably give a few tips on how to handle prim snow in our virtual world. One can never be to safe when venturing out into the big bad wilds of Second Life.
1. You Can Find Yourself In Trouble Right Outside Your Doorstep!
When traveling the snowy regions of SL remember that danger can occur right outside your front door. Be sure to clear your walkways so avies don’t slip & try to sue you for a fake broken spine. Don’t wander into snow that might be too deep for you as you might get trapped only inches from the safety of your own front door. Don’t eat yellow snow.
2. Be Cautious When Traveling At Night
Finding yourself in the dark trapped in a particle snowstorm can be a scary thing. DO NOT PANIC! Stay calm & stay warm. Laying down in the snow on your back & weeping is not the answer. Not only do you risk becoming frostbitten but you can also find yourself iced onto the snow do to your cry baby tears. Don’t be a cry baby. Just teleport out. Or find shelter.
3. Be Leary Of Snow Giants Giving Directions
If you find yourself lost in a snowy region of the grid always be leary of directions given to you by an ice giant. They may look friendly but deep down their prim eyes will freeze your innards while they lead you on the path of snowmaggedon. Friends don’t let friends take half assed directions from an ice giant.
4. When In Doubt A Snowman Will Help You Out!
If you find yourself lost, stuck in a snow drift, without hope then you can always turn to a snowman. Not only are they made out of snow but they are also magical beings who can help you out of a tight spot, give you hot chocolate, & say “Happy Birthday” at all of the wrong times. YOU MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER to look for the friendly ones. NEVER speak to a snowman who has bloody snow, giant teeth, or a “I will bite your wee little head off” look. Always go for the ones that say “Happy Birthday” as an evil snowman is usually just Jack Frost in disguise.
If you follow this important rules then you will survive the SL Snowpocolypse. If you do not follow them then I am not responsible for you finding yourself stuck in a snowdrift. Your only hope is teleportation as you weep baby tears onto your virtual clothing.
Always Remember…Safety First. And Don’t Leave Home Without A Hat. You’ll Catch A Cold.
“Tipsy” (Your Virtual Snow Safety Instructor”) Cerulean
Photos Taken At:
The cupcake items I am wearing: ((Hippo)) Holiday Rave Set – Cupcakes: Comes with necklace, headband, & bracelets in both biggie & tiny sizes. You can find it at the Pop-Up Gacha event that is only going on until December 17th.
Since the weekend is almost upon us I thought it was time to do a bit of the “What the hell am I going to virtually do this weekend?” with a bit of a holiday twist. Here are a few quick places to visit in Second Life as well as some virtual news to keep you satisfied till Monday rolls around.
1. Secret Elves Winter Wonderland (M) confuses the hell out of me. I have absolutely no clue what exactly is going on here. The first time I visited there was an elf reading a dirty magazine while lounging.
My second visit a lot of the decorations had changed so this time I got to see a Santa dressed fake noob avie stuck dead on a stick. There is some sort of something going on but my second visit I couldn’t find out any information on exactly what the hell was up. I guess it’s a secret elf/game/thing. It’s really weird (example: nude prim sex doll in a barbie case) & it seems to constantly change from one set of strange holiday decorations to the next. If you’re intrigued & want to try to figure out what’s going on then take a quick peek. It will probably be completely different by the time you get there.
2. Tipsy’s World (G) is completely done up for the holidays. Snow, fireplaces, more snow. It’s where the SLA Review Office is along with Tinies On Tape & information on Detune Studios. It’s always open to the public so feel free to wander around the three buildings & check things out. (Note: Tinies On Tape – The Shire Podcast came out with a new podcast this past weekend & should have a news break coming out soon.)
3. Aero Pines Park (G at landing point. Various depending on where you wander off to) is having their 6th Annual Winter Festival. There is so much to do at this years festival. Everything from taking an 8 sim cross-country ski tour to warming yourself by the bonfire.
I mention Aero Pines Park during many holidays throughout the year because they always have something going on for each of them. Be sure to check back with them often as they will have various events throughout the holiday season. The Winter Festival ends January 31st.
4. The Raglan Shire 6th Annual Winter Fest (G) is going strong. I wrote a whole article about it this week but wanted to mention it again because it is well worth a visit. They have everything from an ice sculpting contest to Sekret Santa going on as well as a sleigh full of events throughout the entire season. As usual you will always find me trying to guess what someone is building at the Shire’s Prim Charades Fridays at 5pm SLT.
Tis the season to find LOADS of holiday stuff to do in Second Life. Be it celebrating a holiday or just enjoying the virtual snow you won’t be at a loss this month for things to do.
Mr. C. Cow is SO HAPPY that Winterfest is upon us. If you didn’t know the C in his name stands for “Christmas”. Mr. C. Cow loves the holiday season & really wishes it could be this time of the year every year. Alas he shortens his name to “Mr. C” during the rest of the year. I’m so happy that Mr. C. Cow can now go by Christmas Cow! (Also don’t forget to check out the contest Mr. C. Cow does for the TOT Podcast!)
The 6th annual Raglan Shire Winterfest (G) is finally upon us! I am extremely excited about this years & suggest you get take the time to explore everything Winterfest has to offer. Sometimes the real life holiday season makes me feel “blah” but the Shire’s Winterfest has a way of bringing me out of my funk for a bit of virtual fun.
Winterfest in the Raglan Shire has to be the biggest undertaking put on by the tinies. From the construction of a holiday village to the massive rise of Mt. Waffle they work hard to bring one of the greatest holiday experiences to the grid. Not stopping their they have various activities & events that span the entire season. I give props to everyone who is involved from the construction to the event hosting. Without you the grid would have a huge piece of its creativity missing. Thank you!
From the skiing to the ice sculpting & everything festive in-between it is well worth a visit. Not only is it fun for tiny Second Life avies but I also think the fun extends to those of you with SL families. Avies both big & small are always welcome! I do suggest you also take a look at the Raglan Shire website & events calendar so you don’t miss anything going on.
In a virtual world with an ever-changing landscape that comes & goes it’s nice to see the old dependable standards of the grid still alive & kicking. Let’s keep it that way by visiting & enjoying what the Raglan Shire Winterfest has to offer.
All Items I’m Showcasing In Photos Is available At The Winterfest Merchants Area:
*CABS* Festive Xmas Tree Outfit – 50L. Comes with present shoes, tree costume, & hat. When you walk you jingle & the Xmas lights/star all light up.
*CABS* Tiny Ski & Pole Set. – 100L.
MUZI! Cow Print Coat – 0L. Comes with boots, cow print coat, & jeans.
((Hippo) Cable Knit Sweater (Cream) -70L.
((Hippo)) Cozy Winter Set (Hat & Scarf – Turquoise) – 70L.
I Made The Candy Cane That Is In My Mouth.
When I say “Bunny Hill Of DOOM” I keep picturing a typical bunny hill only it just makes you ski past trees on fire while someone laughs all evil like.
Bunny Hill Of DOOM sounds awesome!
Winter is almost upon us in the real world, The same goes for Second Life. Snow is starting to fall. Festive holiday lights are being put up. With this it’s time to grab a virtually steamy cup of hot chocolate & check out some places to do a bit of winter skiing. Here are just a few of the many skiing places you can find around the grid.
When I rezzed in the first thing that I noticed was this wonderful sign the owners had put up. It says that everyone should be free to be unique. Everyone is welcome no matter what your skin or fur color is. This is a WONDERFUL thing to see because it is a problem on our fair grid. Kudos to your sign & positive message!
There is a LOT of various things to do at the ol’ Skate & Date. Roller skating, snowmobiling, & ice skating are just some of the options you have on your visit. Since we are here for the skiing I have to say that the hill is a nice skiing hill. Nothing too fancy with a small ski lift to take you back up the mountain. (or a teleport if you don’t feel like taking the ride). You can either just go straight down or take the slalom to test your skills. I came in 2nd place out of those that had tried it.
If you don’t have skates or skis they do provide some there (both free & nicer paid versions). It is worth a visit if you’re just looking for a place that isn’t very fancy & offers a few activities. It’s also good for an actual “skate & date” if you have someone in mind & a need for a place to go.
2. AW Christmas (M)
If you are in the mood for a simple, old-fashioned Christmas then I highly recommend checking out AW Christmas. This was a pleasant surprise type of visit. No shopping. No decorations that felt they should have been left in 2007. It’s a very well put together construction that is simple yet a treat to explore.
When you first teleport in you find yourself on some sort of old Victorian street at Christmastime. Carolers are singing. Decorations are being put up. Non threatening hobos warm themselves in an alley by a barrel fire. (nice touch). It feels like you’ve walked into a Christmas card.
Things are pretty spread out so it will take some time for you to go off of the street & find a few things to look at & do on your visit. Like ice skating or skiing. I did, however, wander around for a bit & found a ski lodge which I have conveniently grabbed a SLurl for. The skiing is very simple with a nice large hill to go down as well as a ski lift to take you back up to the top. Since there is a lot of space between some things it is fun to take your skis off the mountain & do a bit of cross-country. Lacking ski equipment? Not a problem as you can find a free pair at the top of the ski lift.
3. Alpine Byway Route 1 (G)
You can’t exactly go wrong with an EXTREMELY large area that involves multiple sims when it comes to looking for a place to ski. All Linden owned there is Alpine Byway Route 1 & there is also an Alpine Byway Route 2. Today I’m just talking about Route 1.
Today we are starting out at the Voss Lakeside Rez Zone. The ski lift next to this rez zone decided that it didn’t want to work at all for me. (Might have been just me or maybe it was having a bad lift day…or something.) Because of this I ended up skiing over the frozen lake, past Chalet Linden to a different ski lift. This ski lift worked perfectly for me.
As I reached the top of the mountain you’ll notice that there are so many different ways you can get back down this mountain. I could ski, sled, or even tube it if I felt like it. All of which are completely free options.
Now this is where the story goes a little weird my friends. Winterfest 2008 just happened to occur at the Alpine Byway. I know this because I went in 2008. I also know this because there are signs EVERYWHERE telling me that Winterfest 2008 is here. There was even a sign at the top of the mountain that talked to me & told me to check out the guide on the fest. (No…the page just takes you to the destination guide of what’s hot now.) This is not a complaint or a bitch. It’s just…I don’t know…weird. You would have thought someone would have taken the time, after all of these years, to take down the signs telling me about a festival that happened in 2008.
Despite that bit of strange time warp action it’s still worth skiing around the Alpine Byway Route 1. The whole time I was there no one showed up anywhere so it’s not very crowded. The mountains are huge & the paths are long. Falling off a cliff is a possibility & who doesn’t love a bit of prim danger.
Coming up at the end of the week we’re going to discuss how Winterfest is here & how Wootmas is around the corner with a great review about everything from Mt. Waffle To Winter Sports.
Happy Virtual Skiing Everyone!
Since I don’t eat meat, Mr. C. Cow isn’t big on eating other animals, & we had a turkey as a guest we are enjoying a wonderful virtual tofu turkey meal this year. Afterwards Bishop & I are planning on having a LOT of drinks & Mr. C. Cow plans on playing football against the turkey. I think he said something like “Moo’s Vs. Feathers”.
I think it’s time I grabbed another beer & tried to come up with some things I am virtually thankful for this year. Maybe this year I should come up with a “list of things I am not that thankful for” virtual list after the holiday.
Things I Am Virtually Thankful For:
1. The fact that you can walk into just about anywhere on SL & have a free virtual drink. Nothing makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something more then matching your virtual drink with the one you’re drinking in real life.
2. I’m thankful for every Friday’s Prim Charades (5pm SLT) because it gives me something to do while making drinks & listening to music. And thank you to Tuesdays Prim Charades (10:30am SLT) for giving me something fun to watch while I’m doing mundane Tuesday stuffs.
3. A HUGE thank you to Jazz Paws for their project to bring the tinies of the Raglan Shire into the real world. It’s a wonderful idea & I suggest you check them out. It’s nice to see something grow from a virtual world into a real life idea.
4. I’m thankful for those that can do more then just virtual shoe buying & fashion wearing. I give a thanks to those who teach classes, help others, & come up with new ideas to make things fun & interesting. Without you then our world would be nothing more then a glorified fb game involving spending real money to dress a virtual “paper doll”. Thank you!
5. “St.” Bishop deserves a big thank you for doing the TOT podcast with me as well as putting up with my funky ass. Thank you for your willingness to use your music studio to help out, for picking me up & putting me to bed after I’ve passed out on a Friday night, & generally giving a shit about stuffs. Thank you!
6. I want to give a huge thank you to the Raglan Shire. Thank you for the events you put on, the activities you work hard to make happen, as well as all of the other wonderful things you all do. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.
7. I am thankful that I have found some of the craziest, most insane individuals via a virtual world. Those that don’t mind the fact that I curse like a sailor, drink like a sailor, & like saying “Arrrr me mateys” like a sailor. And for those that know all of this & still accept the fact that I don’t actually sail.
8. I am thankful to those who listen to the TOT podcasts as well as send in their news/shout outs, pass the links on, & have been so helpful. Thank you!
9. I am thankful to everyone who reads the SLA Review. Who know that I cannot do this site without being honest & upfront over my love or hatred towards places & things. A review is not a review without it being a true review. Thanks!
10. I am thankful for the opportunity to actually make this list. Now where the hell is my beer?