As you can tell it has been a long time since I’ve posted on the Ol’ review website. Do to real life things (I’m looking at YOU limited gigs!!) I haven’t been able to review places in SL as much as I would like.
Due to this I have started a new website that has given me the opportunity to do what I love, write a creative story, and not use up my interwebbings.
Please go and check out my new website! Postcards From Tipsy!
One Otter, A Camper, An Adventure!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I post a postcard for all of my friends telling them about our adventures in SL (As well as…coming soon…our real life adventures.) You know that an otter with a beehive traveling with a cow has to be funny.
We will be adding another day with something special posted in the future but…shhh…..can’t tell you yet.
Please check out my new website and share it with everyone! Friends. Not Friends. Parents. The Dog. That Weird Guy Next Door That Waters His Lawn At Strange Hours.
Thank you for the support!
….And this is definitely not showing me what love is. Unless you love going out in public in your underwear with invisible nipples. (Trust me. We’ll discuss nipples in a few minutes.)
Where the hell have you been Tipsy?
What? Can’t even say hi? Ask me how I’m doing? Maybe even offer me a drink or a comfy place to sit? I see how it is.
I’ve actually been busy as hell in real life. That’s the place you go to when you’re not in Second Life for those that aren’t sure what this real life thing is. I haven’t forgotten about you I’ve just been busy. And completely uninspired by a virtual world. But…I’m back…and I have a lot to say.
To make it up to you I thought we would discuss this hot little number I saw while shopping at one of those “Big Box Events” that everyone seems to attend to get a good deal on some virtual shit or another. You have to love these types of places as it is the place to be for the strange and the half-naked sightings.
Today I would like to introduce Ms. Titty Titty Bang Bang. I just wanted to say “Titty Titty Bang Bang” so not only did I name her this but I also got to type it twice. Score!
Ms. TTBB (For short) came in suddenly in search of, I kid you not, clothing. I am assuming that she really needed the clothing as it is winter in most of the world. One cannot go out with your bits just flapping in the wind and not expect to catch a cold. Or at least have your nipples fall off. Yes…I am assuming this is why she has no nipples.
Blame it on her not rezzing all the way. Blame it on forgetting to place your nipples on your body. (HAHAHA! Nipple placement) or just blame it on them falling off do to nippy frostbite. I feel like I should start doing public service commercials with really sad music explaining the dangers of nipple loss. Maybe start a support group of nipple loss survivors. Make posters and hang them up around town.
Please Care About Those That Don’t Have Nipples Do To Nipple Neglect Won’t You?
Of course, if you know me well enough, you know I cannot forget one badonky of the most badonka donk ass shots that I can come up with. You know I love the virtual booty sightings more than anything in this lil virtual world. It’s like the bread and butter of SLA Review writing. Horrifying are some (many..most…whatevs.) and then you have some that are not so bad. Doesn’t matter. Still need a good booty shot.
It’s good to be back!
Definition Of SLupidity (Word Made Up By “Tipsy”) – When something is so insanely dumb in Second Life you cannot help but bash your head into your desk until it goes away.
Example: “Wow! That lady with no nipples looks pretty SLupid.”
Summer has official come to a close in my little real life world. Summertime is a time that I stop just about all writing about Second Life because it’s too damn nice to be cooped up in a house. There are trails to be hiked. Places to be visited. Sun to stare at.
Well…not stared at exactly…you know what I mean.
I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing virtual things again but this takes me a few. I need to try to get ahead a little bit in the writing so I’m not constantly going “Holy Shit! I should put something out!”.
Same goes for the Raglan Report Podcast that I am a part of. I need to update that site and actually record a podcast.
The end of Summer is hard.
So…I’m plotting my plots and whateves to start back into another fun-filled explosion of writing proportions.
Sim Location: Prim River National Forest (Which will probably be reviewed soon! Woo!)
A Winter Storm Warning Has Been Issued For Parts Of The Grid Starting At 10am SLT.
Winter Storm Janis Joplin will be rolling in at a speed of about “whoa babe” and “whoa yeah”. Snow might be heavy at times do to “Mary Jane, Mary Jane Lord My Mary Jane.” Please remember to take caution while traveling. Whatever you do please remember “Don’t you go and spoil it babe, by trying to get yourself all uptight.”.
Every year, when we get snow in real life, I like to write a virtual story with pictures about the woes of snow. I also feel it is my duty, as a “serious” virtual worlds writer, that I must share any weather warnings that occur around the grid. This one has taken almost all winter because we’re finally going to get our first snow today. It’s not even here yet but I think I keep hearing voices saying “Doooooom” and “Go To The Carry Out And Get 40s In Brown Paper Bags!”.
I also want to point out that I did make fun of a Janis Joplin Greatest Hits CD by asking “What great hits?” this past weekend so I could possibly be blamed for snowmageddon.
To Everyone That Winter Storm Janus (Janis Joplin) Please Be Safe. Don’t Let It Take A Little Piece Of Your Heart Now Baby….
Picture was taken at my office in Morning Shire – A Part Of The Raglan Shire
Break out the bottles of boozes. Blow up the party balloons.
It’s been a while & real life put us out of commission for a while. Construction hassles, internet hassles, hassles with a side of hassles took a lot out of us but we’ve finally come through to the end. Which means…drum roll…The SLA Review is back to its regularly scheduled articles.
Huzzah & Stuff!
First off I would like to thank those that were supportive & patient while we went through hell to get back to the writing & the virtual community. Thank you to those who have stuck around to actually read this article. Thanks from the bottom of our little alcoholic heart.
OK. Enough of the mushy crap. Let’s move on shall we…
First off the SLA/TOT office has been remodeled for Autumn. Fall leaves. Pumpkins. Information.
Feel free to sit in our chairs, wander the property, use our bathroom. It’s an open house baby so please come & enjoy!
I would also like to point out that I would like to start doing TOT podcasts again for the Tinies Of The Raglan Shire. This means that, if you have shout outs/news/whatever you want said during our podcast then please send it to us as soon as possible. If you need more information then check out the TOT website or come visit us in-world.
Since we are finally back I want to say that Halloween is around the corner. Every year I spend the month of October finding the craziest fun one can find for the holiday. So I will try to put out as much information I can for the next month. Think costumes, pumpkins, places to visit, plus so much more. I look forward to getting to work & I hope you look forward to reading all about it.
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!)
You Can Listen To This Weeks Episode At:
Pass It On!
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
A shocking announcement was made today by Linden Labs stating that they are planning to merge Second Life with the popular game “RuneScape”. When asked their reasoning as to why they felt this was a good idea they released this statement:
“Todays average SL resident has become flabby & weak due to all of the virtual sex & club hopping that occurs. We felt that it was in the best interest of our residents to merge with Runescape to form a new world called “SLunescape“. Here our residents will immerse themselves in the more important aspects of a virtual life, like virtual mining & bread making” to round out their whole online experience.”
With this announcement the residents of Second Life have been organizing protests all around Linden owned lands. Torley was seen running across the grid in an attempt to stop all protests by yelling “Come on! Just let me amplify your awesomeness already!” Rodvik Linden is currently barricaded in his gold-plated virtual mansion & only answering protesters outside of his gates with quotes from the movie “Top Gun”.
When the players of Runescape were asked to comment on the merger they were too busy fishing to up their levels.
Lord “Tipsy-tron” Cerulean Of DOOM
As you have all probably noticed (If you read various SL fashion blogs, publications, have seen the smoke signals, caught a glimpse in search, so on & so forth) the Vintage Fair is currently happening in Second Life. It is currently going until December 3rd.
A long while back I wrote about another SL fashion related fair (You can check it out HERE). Fairs that involve fashion, for the most part, are absolute horse shit. It lags. It’s packed to the point you can’t even tp in. If you can walk then you must have some sort of virtual magic dust you’re soaking in just to take a few steps. Second Life fashion bloggers go gaga trying to show you the latest in fair fashions, which many (not all) got review copies or previewed the fair, while the rest of us can barely make a sign rez. Most of the time it isn’t even worth thinking about let alone trying to go to.
I wasn’t going to write anything about the Vintage Fair. Fashion fairs anger me do to their organized attempt that fails to make things work. I am absolutely in love with anything that is retro/vintage. Ninety percent of my fashion inventory is vintage. It seemed like I had an obligation to get all sorts of pissed off. I’m here to serve.
I first tried going to the Vintage Fair the second they opened. I know this is the biggest time people will try to mass tp in. I wanted to see exactly how long it would take. It took me 15 minutes of trying. As soon as I entered I couldn’t move. Understandable do to the 5 million (give or take a million) people landing all over each other. There has been nothing but visits that involve using camera controls to see since you cannot move. Sims crashing do to issues. I’ve even looked at a map of the fair just so I could try to plan some way to get to one damn store I want to check out. I have been successful one time when attempting to fly around the fair. Things took a long time to rez in but I was at least able to walk. I am thinking this was only because it was six o’clock in the morning.
This brings me to a very valid point that I CANNOT stress enough when you are crazy enough to even think about visiting a fashion related fair. You DO NOT need to wear your hair. Take it off. You DO NOT need to wear your shoes. Take them off. You do not need walk replacers, prim clothing, jewelery, or bling. Take them all off. To the person I saw wearing their combat system…what the fuck are you thinking? Take it all off. Duck walk in basic t-shirt & shorts. Or something to that extent. No one cares what you look like. They are just there to shop. If everyone would stop to think that the stuff they are wearing is not helping then maybe, just maybe, people could take a step or two.
Why does what you are wearing matter? Your avatar rendering cost affects the rendering performance of the viewer. Having a high rendering cost at such a high traffic event can cause lag to you & everyone around you. To find out what your rendering cost is you need to go to the advanced menu. To open it you need to hit ctrl+alt+D if you are using windows. (Same for Linux. For Mac it is ctrl opt D) In the advanced menu go to performance tools. Under performance tools you will see “Show Rendering Costs”. Click it. There you will see just how much your avatar is. Green is good. Red is bad. Real simple. If you take off your attachments, prims, etc & only leave on just a simple t-shirt & shorts you can get your avatar down to 100. This is perfect for going into an event such as the Vintage Fair. You’re not going to have hair or walk normally but it doesn’t matter when you’re just there to shop.
Now we come to the fun part. Oooo I love fun! I want to call out three large offenders of insanely high rendering costs at a busy fair. I want to point out that these individuals are not rezzed in completely in the pictures I took. It would have taken forever for them to show up completely. This is STRICTLY for educational purposes. I want you to see the insanity & understand what I am talking about.
Let me get this out-of-the-way first.
Disclaimer: This has NOTHING to do with anyone putting on the Vintage Fair. I am not a fan do to the stupidity of some people who attend but I am a big fan of vintage fashions. This is to point out that having such a high rendering cost is ridiculous when attending such functions. I understand the difficulties of putting on such a large event & give props to those who have worked hard to do this. High avatar rendering costs effect everything, especially in any & all high traffic situations. I am hoping that, by pointing offenders out, I can educate others on the best way to make the experience awesome for themselves & everyone around them.
OK. Carry on.
Since I can’t start screaming “What the fuck people?!?!?!? What were you thinking wearing all of that to a high traffic fair!!! Idiots!!!” in the middle of the teleport this is the next best thing.
Coming in at 3rd place we have a male who I would like to refer to as “Mr. Cool Guy”.
Coming in with a “cool” avatar rendering cost of 9040 he tells the world “I really don’t give a fuck if you can walk around or shop” in his currently grayed out yet fashionable, I am guessing, coat. Thank you Mr. Cool Guy for being Mr. Jackass!
In 2nd Place we have “Ms. I Have To Have Hair”!
Coming in at a gigantic 12390 avatar rendering cost Ms. I Have To Have Hair brushes it back to tell us that she does not care to be bald. The combination of boots, hair, skirt, & attitude tells us that she is only here to shop & to hell with everyone else. Thank you..Oh Thank You Ms. I Have To Have Hair.
Our 1st Place winner caught me by surprise. I got a picture then realized that I didn’t have the interface in pictures on. When I turned it on she disappeared. Lucky for her I wrote down her avatar rendering cost before she poofed.
I would like to present you with your first place winner, High Rendering Cost champion, Ms. Render November 2011. (The crowd goes wild!!!)
Ms. Render November 2011 comes in with an avatar rendering cost of 13707. She passed our 2nd place winner by 1317. I would say that this is a large victory for our champion. Her “throwing caution to the prim wind” attitude tells us that she is here to look good no matter the rendering cost. Amazingly enough her stance tells us that she has no clue that no one can really see her as it takes to long for her entire ensemble to rez in. Congratulations Ms. Render November 2011. We would give you flowers & a crown for your victory but it would just skyrocket your already high score.
In all seriousness I understand that some people have absolutely no clue what an avatar rendering cost is let alone how to change it. This is why I cannot stress enough the importance of educating yourself on how to use all aspects of Second Life other than shopping & having sex (ZING!).
The Vintage Fair is currently underway until December 3rd. If you are into this kind of fashion fun & enjoy a good challenge then be sure to check it out.
Tipsy Tip Of The Day: If you run into someone at a high traffic function & they have a high rendering cost than mute them. If you have “avatar imposters” enabled then you can mute an individual. This will make the individuals rendering cost only 1 for you. It can help you increase your framerates if you are having issues. Just remember that if you mute someone you cannot hear them, they will only appear gray to you, they cannot message you, nor can you see their conversation if they speak. Remember…you can always unmute people if you need to.
I had some SERIOUS computer issues this past week. Lucky for me I am still under warranty for quite some time. After fixing my first problem (which took an hour on the phone with tech support) we moved onto my next problem (which took over two hours). To make a long story short (too late) I am currently waiting for a recovery disk to completely reset my computer.
This means I am making notes of programs I need to reinstall after I do this (probably this weekend). I’m taking a LOT of my Second Life photos that I haven’t used in reviews that are just ones I have held onto & throwing them into Flickr. (You can come check out the pictures I am throwing in there HERE.) I am also making a shitload (Pardon my language but a shitload does describe it) of rough drafts for upcoming articles so I don’t lose pictures/notes/info./sanity after I reset everything.
I am buying a Mac for my next computer. This crap turned me.
Technology. What a fucking pain in the ass.
Plus part is my graphic stuff will once again ROCK. Woo. Also my computer is not down. I can still roam SL. Write. Drink. (Wait. I can always do that.)
Letting you know what the score is peeps & peep-ettes & marshmallow peeps (Marshmallow peeps. Fun to squish. Fun to microwave. Taste like garbage sugar. Peeps!)
I had better get to work on the MASSIVE amounts of drafts (among other things) I need to do.