The podcasting project I am doing for the Raglan Shire just came out with episode 2 this past Friday.
This weeks episode: News, Shout Outs, Bad Jokes, & River Dancing. (Click HERE To Read All About It!)
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I have had a premium Second Life account since I started. For over five years I’ve paid my $10 a month to have the opportunity to own land. I’ve collected my 300L a week on Tuesdays & used them to pay for advertising for the SLA Review. I dropped down from a large quantity of land to a 512 to house my office. When Linden homes came around I walked around every home sim checking it out. I passed because, although a good idea, I didn’t want to give up my office or have to live next to someone like that.
I’ve rented from countless places. Land. Homes. Shacks & mansions. At one point I even lived in a sewer just to write a review about it.
Yes. I have used the premium member sandbox often. But, if you think about it, you can basically just go to any sandbox to rez something. If you belong to some communities you can just use their sandbox. If you rent land you can just build there. While it’s always empty at a premium sandbox it doesn’t really make too big of an impact on me.
This brings me to the premium gifts offered to those of us that shell out the ten dollars a month. We’ve been given stuff from furniture to a sail boat with few things in between. For paying a monthly fee to be a premium member I feel that we should at least get something every month. Not this every so often in more of a “Oh shit! We need to hand out something” format we seem to follow now.
Our current premium gift is a dune buggy & landmark to a place called “Racers Gulch (G)”. Like the sailboat & railroad thing it’s nice that they include a place we can actually use it. I have yet to find this racing fun they speak of as I have never actually run into anyone at Racers Gulch. As for bringing my friends to race with me that proves to be difficult. One reason is because I am a hermit. The other reason is that none of them actually have a premium account. Some use to but they no longer do. Those that actually have one really have no interest in racing a dune buggy.
From gifts to a sad little stipend a week to a free home that looks like it’s been dropped in the middle of a slum I am starting to fail to see the point of actually paying for a premium account anymore. Owning land? Well…you see…I would have to pay for the privilege of owning land. Buy the land. Pay more on top of my monthly account (if it’s larger than a 512). If I buy a sim or island or whatever I would need to pay even more on top of the monthly fees. I cannot justify spending so much damn real life money on something that is virtual.
So I sat down & really thought about it. I did the math using a L$ converter and a calculator. Took the monthly members account & subtracted the real life money totals from the stipend. Added up the cost of the place that I rent. I looked at how many prims I get from combining the prims from my office with the prims from my rental home. Taking these numbers I compared them to renting a large chunk of land with a nice amount of prims.
What I found is that, despite the sparse gifts & a special sandbox I would save money by just renting land. Land in a community that I spend most of my time anyways. It would put me closer to future projects I have brewing. It would actually benefit my office to be here instead of on this tiny 512 in the sky. I might lose this “premium member” status but in all reality does the title actually mean anything? From this viewpoint it doesn’t mean squat anymore.
What do you think? Do you have a premium account? Did you use to have one? I’m curious as to what others have to say.
I just wanted to do a quick post to inform everyone that I am taking over the Fuck Yeah Second Life tumblr. It’s always been a source of great laughs for me because, if you haven’t already guessed, I really dig laughing at the stupid, poorly dressed, & all around weird things we find in our virtual world. I felt that it was a great addition to what I do here as well as the fact that I didn’t want it to close down on all of it’s many readers.
I’m pulling double duty now baby. Awwwwww yeah!
With that said be sure to check it out. Now let me get back to trying to write this weeks articles. I’ve been slacking with everything going on. Taking pictures of a virtual cow takes a lot of work. So does writing poop jokes.
Being sick majorly sucks. Besides being tired & feeling like you are going to die at any moment it stops all productivity. I tried to get my writing done for this weeks articles but Mr. C. Cow was having none of it. He took one look at me & said “Go back to bed!”. Then he stuck a thermometer in my mouth & handed me a nice cup of tea.
I decided that it’s probably for the best that I lay around all day & watch virtual television. When you are feeling as crappy as I do the only thing you can accomplish is sleeping & television watching. This is giving me a few ideas for new television shows. I should probably write them…no…rest damn it rest!
Hopefully I’ll feel better soon!
I am actually really sick in real life. I hate it because not only do I feel like death it also cuts into everything that I need to do. This includes writing. I feel so yucky that I don’t even have the energy to throw my biggie avatar on & take pictures in my virtual pajamas for y’all (yes..I said y’all) to check out. They had cows on them & thought I would be nice & share where I got them for the non-small avatars. Some other time. Uggg!
So please bear with me while I take the time to sleep, drink lots of tea, & try to get to a level that doesn’t feel like I got run over by a bus. I should be good to go for your next article by Thursday or Friday. Thank you for your patience.
Tiny Flu Kit From Druscilla’s Whim Too (G)
Treet Tv can be found HERE for your virtual television needs
I am FINALLY home after being out-of-town for a while. Been home for a few days but still had people in town. When I travel it always ends up being a HUGE production that lasts a long while. I hope you all enjoyed all of the articles coming out at their normal time while I was gone. It was a LOT of hard work to get everything researched, written, scheduled, & ready to roll while I was gone.
Couldn’t leave everyone hanging.
Things are super chaotic in real life right now. Getting back to a regular routine along with having very little Summertime left in this household makes things hectic. Things should come out as normal like they did while I was gone. The hardcore reviews & rants should also resume with a vengeance as well.
I would also like to give major love to Bishop who could not go out-of-town with me this time around.
So glad to be back home!
I, Tipsy, do solemly swear that I shall drink this bottle of Whiskey to the head while defending the world from zombies.
No…wait…that’s for a different post.
(Looks at notes…hmmm…)
Sorry about that! I will be out of town starting July 19th. Off for my “Visit Your Relatives Damn It!” 2012 tour.
I will be back on July 27th but will have guests for a few days afterwards. So please be patient with me while I get everything in order when I return. There will be some articles coming out that I’ve written for this period.
I wouldn’t leave you guys hanging without some reviews now would I? No I would not!
I will be on & off of SL when I can to check messages but it is hard for me to do while out of town since I will be without my own computer.
I’ll miss you computer. (Sniffles)
So send me plurks, tweets, emails, etc. if you need to contact me about anything.
And keep reading! I have the normal schedule of articles coming out (Mon, Wed, Fridays) while I am gone!
Wish me luck!
Photo Taken At: Babbage Palisades
This past week I was handed a notecard as well as a comment explaining to me how I was basically a horribly mean person for saying how I actually thought a place on Second Life sucked.
Let’s let that sink in for a moment shall we.
The notecard I, honestly, actually didn’t fucking read. Why would I not read an explanation as to how hard someone worked to make their place? Blah blah blah. Whatever. Why would I? I, in all honestly, don’t have to. And that’s where we get into todays really fucking mean article. Yes. I said “fucking” and “mean”. This is not an attack on those that asked me to remove their article because, for the most part, I have been nice to those that ask. Actually…to be honest…I’m usually not that nice. But after, in real life, 3 days of no power, “the world may melt” heat, & some of the worst shit weather in this state, I was not one to want to get into a fight 3 hours after I got power.
Don’t fuck with me when I’m dehydrated man. That’s just low.
Let us break down the rights of Second Life bloggers shall we. If you take a look at T.O.S. there is absolutely nothing in there that says that we, as writers & reviewers of all things Second Life, are forced to play nice. It is not written in-world but outside of world therefore you cannot lay claim to anything we say we think “sucks”. If absolutely everyone had to say that they thought everything in our fine virtual world was “HOLY SHIT! This may be the GREATEST thing I have ever seen in my entire life.” then we are lying. Not only we are lying but we are not being honest with our readers. If we cannot give an honest opinion on how we feel about your place, no matter the amount of time you spent on it (which means absolutely nothing to me if you still suck) then what the hell is the point of anything?
I want you to all ponder this for a moment. And this is REALLY SUPER IMPORTANT. If we have to EVER cave in to ANYTHING that tells us that we cannot give our honest opinion, be it virtual worlds or real life, then we have no rights to our own thoughts. And…if I have EVER been about ANYTHING on this damn site it’s ALWAYS been about giving my own honest opinion on stuff. No one…no matter who…NEVER has the right to take that away from you.
The point of doing a review on EVERYTHING Second Life is just that. There is no harassment or “OMG she is violating my rights in a virtual world” do to the fact that I am actually not doing any of that. I hate your shit. My opinion & I am allowed to express it. I love the hell out of your place then, personally if it was me, I would be happy that someone thought we rocked. The greatest thing is that you can be pissed if I do not like your stuff but, as anything that is in real life, I am entitled to my own opinion. Like the restaurant critic who thought your soup tasted like dish water or the hotel reviewer who thought your bed was comfy. There is absolutely no way of ever stopping the review.
With that said I currently regret having a real life heat stroke, trying to put my real life house back in order after a wicked weekend, & saying “Yeah…whatever…fine” by removing less than a paragraph of a review saying I hated a place. You are no longer worth a thought in my mind because you sucked so bad you made your rotting dead ancestors cry at your failure.
Won’t happen again. Trust me. I removed the opportunity from this site for anyone to say “You are mean & it hurt my feelings” to have it removed. Will not do this at all. What review is written shall stay. If you change things around & invite me back then I will always review it again.
One person ruins it for everyone. No more “nice clause”. I’m allowed to have an opinion. Deal with it.
P.S. Dear Readers – This has actually opened up a HUGE can of worms when it comes to rights for Second Life writers. I plan on visiting this theme of why we are & should be allowed freedom of speech & opinion for weeks to come. We all need to be aware of our rights & if what we write, be it opinion, news, fashion, etc. is protected.
The Second Pride Festival is currently going on in Second Life until July 6th. It is a festival to show your LGBT pride. To celebrate diversity & be proud of who you are.
I gathered a bunch of landmarks for you to make your visit easier. These are SLurls to all corners of the Second Pride Sims. If you walk down main street it will take you to the central main events area.
I also found the Dance Area For Second Pride if you are interested in checking it out.
For more information on the festival, Second Pride themselves, or a calendar of all of the festival activities then please check out their official website.
I’ve gathered a list of a few things going on this weekend on good Ol’ Second Life so you can be completely lazy, drunk, & use the SLurls to your advantage. I’ve helped you out by not having to search for stuff. Gives you more time to make drinks.
I’ve said it before. I am a fluffy-haired ball of helping.
I usually try not to throw in anything shopping related for stuff to do. I’m giving this carnival a pass for two reasons. I like ZombiePopcorn & the ideas they come up with. I also got to ride the Ferris Wheel around a few times. It’s a carnival so you might hit some lag when you visit at certain times. I had no problems & had a bit of fun riding rides around as well as hitting up the diner they have set up. The ZombiePopcorn Carnival goes on until June 30th.
The Second Life Birthday bash continues on until June 27th. I’ve mentioned it already this week but I wanted to mention it again as the official date for the birthday is this Saturday June 23rd. Also the last day for entertainment is on the 24th. Get your party on & celebrate the fact that Second Life has lasted this long before it’s too late. You can get all of the information you need about the parties on their website.
Would like to point out that I found the Raglan Shire’s SLB9 exhibit for this year.
Speaking of the Shire the Summer Of WOOT is still going on. Friday June 22nd at 5pm SLT is Prim Charades. Saturday at 5pm SLT you can find them spinning 80s night at the Paw & Whisker. You can visit their official website & check out their calendar of upcoming events.
STAND 4 LOVE is an awareness charity project to promote the visibility and rights of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Straight loving couples to have the right to marry and be recognized by the law across the world. There is a picture campaign on Second Life to help show support & help raise awareness. I ask that you please check out their website to learn more about how you can help.
To do my part to help raise awareness I felt that, besides sharing my photo, it was important that I share why it is so important to me. I’ve given my support to gay marriage & equal rights so many times yet I never feel comfortable discussion my own sexuality with anyone other than a very close circle of people. Just writing this as well as making a photo took me over two hours. I have always been fearful of the backlash I would receive from family & friends if any of them were to know. Would they still look at me the same way? Would they still love me for who I am?
In my early twenties I had a very close friend who found out about my orientation & felt it her duty to inform me, via a letter, that I needed to “March my ass to the judgement counter because there is only gay or straight. There is no in-between.” How wrong she was yet how hurtful her remarks were. I still think about the letter she wrote me & how you think you know someone only to find out you were wrong. When I would tell a close friend who I really was deep down inside it was often met with their thoughts on how it must mean I am a “slut” or I am “faking it” for attention. Telling my family was out of the question because I didn’t want them to have these same thoughts.
Being an individual who doesn’t see gender but only sees attraction & love towards others is a beautiful thing. After all of these years I have come to love myself. Just because you can be attracted to the same-sex or love the opposite doesn’t matter. Love is the only thing that matters. Loving yourself & who you really are is what matters.
I am a lucky person to have Bishop in my life that understands me & doesn’t judge me for who I am inside. I am now at a point in my life that I am no longer afraid because I know that I am not alone. I am stronger because of it. I will always just be me.
This is, to think of it, the first time I have ever said a word in mass about it. I hope that it will inspire a few people to be who they really are. I am special. We all are special.