Every month I change my in-world office to fit the season.
Besides being the SLA Review offices it is also home to the Tinies On Tape, the podcast that myself & “St.” Bishop do for the Raglan Shire.
Feel free to wander around, run through the leaves, sit in the house, & check out our information on both the SLA Review & the TOT (Tinies On Tape). The land is open for all to wander around.
SLurls & Links:
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.
St. Patty’s Day is almost upon us. Time to pull out your green & get to pub crawling.
To help you on your quest for a virtually drunken holiday here are a few pubs to get you started. To find your own pubs to celebrate use the keywords “Irish Pub” in the Second Life Search.
Good luck on your pub crawl!
It’s not that hard being green.
I think Kermit was having some depression issues when he wrote that song. Green is the color of the leaves. Spring. We know that. It’s also the color of St. Patty’s Day, one of the BEST holidays of the year.
If you’ve got a lot of Irish in you then you get to celebrate your heritage.
If you’re a traditionalist then you actually pay attention to what Saint Patrick’s Day was meant to be.
If you’re like me & have Irish heritage but are not known for anything saintly, except for St. Bishop, then you have a fondness for kegs & eggs, green beer, & Irish whiskey.
To get prepared for St. Patty’s Day Second Life style I thought I would share a few SLurls that involve celebrating your inner Irish.
One of the most popular & most visited areas when it comes to travel & celebrating St. Patty’s Day is the Dublin Sim (Mature). Around St. Patty’s Day this place will get PACKED full of people visiting the pub or just wanting to explore.
I wandered away from the crowd who was rezzing into the pub & wandered down Grafton Street during my visit. The place is huge so take your time while visiting.
Next I happened upon this place dubbed “Quiet Irish Parkland” on accident while using the search keyword “Irish”. There are paths to hike, poseballs to do pose stuff on, as well as other hidden things to explore. I did wander into one area that informed me there were cottages to rent, as well as a warning to stay out of private property. None of the houses I came upon were for rent. I also could not find out how much rent was.
It is very beautiful with its many paths & water. I, personally, got a kick out of the sheep in various areas. I don’t know why but they just made me laugh.
I did want to point out something I found while exploring areas marked “Irish” in Second Life. One place that claimed to be an Irish pub had this outside of it.
Yes. Beware of the shark people.
Because they had a shark that could attack other avatars it made me wonder how many shark attacks actually happen in Ireland.
According to internet research I could only find a wiki answers page there have only been five reported shark attacks in Ireland. No sources cited so I have absolutely no clue if this is correct. Where there be ocean there be shark I guess.
Way to go for getting me off topic Second Life.
I hope that these two places help you on your travels to find something Irish on Second Life.
Dress was purchased at Riddle (Lace Dress: Green 75L) They currently have a display in the front of the store with green items for St. Patty’s Day.
Christmas Cow (No matter the season it’s always HO HO MOO with Christmas cow) & I have been considering writing a virtual book together. Since Christmas Cow has been doing very well with is manners we thought that a book of cow manners was in order. After much drinking & mooing we decided to share a few of our ideas for the book.
Bet you didn’t know that Christmas Cow could drink any barn yard animal under the table. Just ask Easter Goat. He’s still in pain.
Moo & Thank You: A Book Of Virtual Cow Manners
DO: Be Polite When You Are A Guest In Someones Home
DON’T: Try To Eat Your Host/Hostess House Plants
DO: Always Ask To Be Excused From The Dinner Table
DON’T: Stick Your Head In The Cole Slaw
DO: Wipe Your Hoofs Before Entering House
DON’T: Put Hoof Prints On The Ceiling
DO: Always Knock Before Entering
DON’T: Use Someones Bed Without Asking
I think that Christmas Cow & I might have a virtual book hit on our hands.
What do you think?
I am the Queen of the virtual mean.
Don’t believe me then read the last mean thing I wrote.
Pretty mean eh?
If I am the queen of prim meanness then it must mean that I have a King. Someone that goes above & beyond to completely rip something virtually apart when it is warranted.
Please welcome “St.” Bishop who is our writer of the week. He is the type of person who will give you his honest opinion no matter how harsh it may be. I gave him two photos of a prime SLupidity Candidate. Here is what he had to say.
May I present to you…Ms. Piggly Wiggly Dumpster Skank.
I am trying to wrap my head around your insanely large boobs that sag in your dollar store tube top. Did you plan on having nasty sagging milk bags or did they just fall under their cartoon proportioned weight?
Has anyone ever told you that you have football player shoulders?
Your 1950s french maid outfit screams soccer mom fantasy.
“Oh honey you never want to do me anymore.”
Good thing you remembered the tiara. Instead of skank I really should just dub thee “Queen Of The Toilet Cleaning.”
I feel some need to fucking remind you that it’s 2012. 1985 was a long while ago yet someone forgot to tell your hair this. Your bangs are so fucking big I could surf on them.
What the fuck is wrong with your foot? You have bulimia feet!
How the hell can a person have bulimia feet?
Tiny Feet + Fat Ass = Scientific Impossibility
Somewhere in the universe Newton is weeping.
How the hell are you keeping that white bow on your back? Did you glue it? Did someone forget to wash their back & it’s blossomed from a skankcapade into a cheap piece of lace?
You people who cannot figure out what looks good & what doesn’t make me want to kick your prim dog.
I want to thank Bishop for taking time out of his schedule to check out these two photos for me. His head shaking & mumbling of “What the fuck was this lady thinking?” was priceless.
Definition Of SLupidity: Word created by “Tipsy” Cerulean
Something insanely stupid that can be found on Second Life. Something that makes your head sometimes hit your desk in awe.
“Your cheap ass skank maid outfit makes you look SLupid.”