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2014-05-16 09:19:36 AM
I just realized I had never had virtual sex in a Second Life janitor's closet, which is on top of my Bucket List so I just tried to create an account.  Brap was taken.  :(

So I guess my dream of making sweet love to a virtual bucket, in a janitor's closet will for now at least, remain unsated.

So I'll just move on to the next item on my bucket list.  Switching a cleverly disguised champagne bucket with the Stanley Cup and seeing if anyone notices.  (I have an extensive collection of fake mustaches.)  Then it's on to helping Bukket Walrus reclaim what is rightly his.
 
2014-05-16 10:41:11 AM
Some people like flying penises.

/Penii?
 
2014-05-16 11:49:43 AM
I will keep at it until I finally sell off all of the special furnature that I invested in.  I was sure that a throne made from er.... back massagers would sell like hotcakes  but nooooo now I am stuck with about 40 of them.
 
2014-05-16 11:51:01 AM
img.fark.net

The above image pretty much sums up the brief time I spent on Second Life.

And maybe this video of the Mrs. Potter of Second Life having a virtual press conference that is invaded by virtual dicks flying at her through the defensive shields.  [NSFW (virtual dicks)]
 
2014-05-16 11:53:28 AM
people still play meridian 59. a lot of those games hang on with small dedicated fans nigh on forever
 
2014-05-16 11:57:16 AM
My wife plays SL as a way to keep in touch with her sister.  I make custom tattoos whenever I bother to log in.  It's not going away any time soon.  There are people paying upwards of $100 a month to buy enough lindens to pay their tiers for their shiatty nightclubs that play the same 30 songs over and over.

I've you've ever seen the real life profiles of the majority of the people playing you'll understand why SL is so popular.  All but a few of them belong on the People of Walmart site.
 
2014-05-16 12:01:25 PM
Hold on, let me log off Evony.
 
2014-05-16 12:08:59 PM
I checked it out years ago, but my computer was too whimpy for it. Is it worth checking out to waste a little time?
 
2014-05-16 12:13:22 PM

wiseolddude: I checked it out years ago, but my computer was too whimpy for it. Is it worth checking out to waste a little time?


peopleofsecondlife.files.wordpress.com
/ dem knees
 
2014-05-16 12:14:55 PM

wiseolddude: I checked it out years ago, but my computer was too whimpy for it. Is it worth checking out to waste a little time?


No.  It takes quite a bit of effort to upgrade your noob avatar to something presentable.  You'll spend the first few hours looking for the freebie stores, learning the inventory system, getting landmarks, learning how to teleport (TP), etc.  Then you'll need to switch viewers to something other than the default viewer.

Really to get into the game you need a guide to help you through the process.  It also helps to have Skype and a good headset with mic.
 
2014-05-16 12:16:40 PM
Dammit warn us before posting something like that.  Also that's at least 2 versions pre-mesh
 
2014-05-16 12:23:33 PM
Thanks for info, I won't be playing it.
 
2014-05-16 12:24:08 PM
 
2014-05-16 12:26:55 PM

wiseolddude: Thanks for info, I won't be playing it.


No problem.  I doubt you wanted to see Optimus Prime with a huge purple dick farking Derpy anyway
 
2014-05-16 12:38:29 PM

Smeggy Smurf: wiseolddude: Thanks for info, I won't be playing it.

No problem.  I doubt you wanted to see Optimus Prime with a huge purple dick farking Derpy anyway


Woah, Woah, WOAH buddy. You didn't tell me about that in your Boobies. Now I might have to look into this Second Life.

/self 3 FTW
 
2014-05-16 01:33:03 PM
Oh of course, subby. Furry Valhalla lasts until the Midgard serpent awakens from its slslumber and begins devouring the World Tree.
 
2014-05-16 01:36:54 PM
Spent about 5 minutes on SL, then made like the Nope Octopus when I saw the Extreme Anal Sex HUD and Cumslut Tattoo Set.

/that place is terrifying
 
2014-05-16 01:43:20 PM

mooseyfate: Spent about 5 minutes on SL, then made like the Nope Octopus when I saw the Extreme Anal Sex HUD and Cumslut Tattoo Set.

/that place is terrifying


There are programs to link what happens to your avatar in SL to sex toys connected via USB.

Or....so i have been told.
 
2014-05-16 01:53:35 PM
I was just wondering about this the other day. My kids are addicted to Minecraft, and I couldn't even remember the last time I'd heard about SL.

Back in 2007, it was supposed to take over the world. What amused me the most was that promoters were insisting this was the wave of the future of business - virtual meetings!

And then they had to talk a little about coping with the knowledge that their VP was a furry.
 
2014-05-16 01:56:08 PM

lysdexic: I was just wondering about this the other day. My kids are addicted to Minecraft, and I couldn't even remember the last time I'd heard about SL.

Back in 2007, it was supposed to take over the world. What amused me the most was that promoters were insisting this was the wave of the future of business - virtual meetings!

And then they had to talk a little about coping with the knowledge that their VP was a furry.



I worked on an alpha of the SL corporate island stuff.  If you hate meetings already with lots of fluff and feigned attention, imagine going to a virtual meeting as an avatar and sitting down in a virtual chair to watch a streaming video in SL...

crypticphilosopher.com
 
2014-05-16 01:56:27 PM
I have a friend who claims to make (real) money in Second Life as a radio DJ.

She is also a furry, so she fits right in, i suppose.  I guess if you do enough of the right drugs, perhaps you'll want to go to a rave hosted by an improbably fox/human hybrid.

//my favorite joke about Furries was from American Dad!.  Stan and Avery go to a furry convention for some reason, and are approached (in costume) by a person in a squirrel costume who flaunts her curves at them.  They say no, and she walks off dejected.  a person in a car costume crashes into the squirrel (the car costume has legs instead of tyres, but is not otherwise human in appearance).  The squirrel falls over, and the car starts humping it.  After a moment the voice of one of Stan's (male) co-workers exclaims "Oh yeah, I'm a squirrel, and that feels SO good!"

Much much funnier seen, rather than being retold through me.
 
2014-05-16 02:01:44 PM

IronJelly: I have a friend who claims to make (real) money in Second Life as a radio DJ.


It is possible.  Although at the exchange rate of dollars to lindens and the usually low amounts of tips and wages we're not talking more than $50 a month.  And that would mean working at least 5 nights a week, possibly upwards of two three hour shifts at different clubs.  Then you have to factor in the cost of the player, the possibility of being nailed for running an unlicensed radio station, tax evasion, etc.

You're better off never converting lindens back to dollars.
 
2014-05-16 02:41:34 PM

Smeggy Smurf: IronJelly: I have a friend who claims to make (real) money in Second Life as a radio DJ.

It is possible.  Although at the exchange rate of dollars to lindens and the usually low amounts of tips and wages we're not talking more than $50 a month.  And that would mean working at least 5 nights a week, possibly upwards of two three hour shifts at different clubs.  Then you have to factor in the cost of the player, the possibility of being nailed for running an unlicensed radio station, tax evasion, etc.

You're better off never converting lindens back to dollars.


If you are good, a DJ can make ten or twelve dollars for two hours of work. When I did the SL DJ thing I was taking home more like $75- $100/month doing three or for gigs a week.  Still, less than minimum wage in most states given the hours worked.  Virtual DJing isn't a job, it's a hobby that can sort of be made to pay for itself.

The lawyers don't harass the SL types because really, it's not worth the time it would take to draft the letter. We're talking transient crowds of maybe a couple dozen people at best.

Anyways, off to my cartoon sex palace!
 
2014-05-16 03:24:03 PM
The graphics are terrible, how can anyone get off to that.
 
2014-05-16 03:25:37 PM
Dammit why weren't you DJing any of the places I was hocking my tattoos at?  Most of the time it was Shirly Quietus playing soft crap or LOUD HOWARD that won't quit yapping over the music
 
2014-05-16 03:31:59 PM

Best Princess Celestia: The graphics are terrible, how can anyone get off to that.


www.tikihumor.com
 
2014-05-16 03:40:55 PM

Best Princess Celestia: The graphics are terrible, how can anyone get off to that.


missed this one...

The mesh avatars tend to look terrible and the mesh tits are horrible but other than that the graphics are damned good these days.  Perhaps if you tried a different viewer and a decent computer you'd change your mind
 
2014-05-16 03:47:00 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Best Princess Celestia: The graphics are terrible, how can anyone get off to that.

missed this one...

The mesh avatars tend to look terrible and the mesh tits are horrible but other than that the graphics are damned good these days.  Perhaps if you tried a different viewer and a decent computer you'd change your mind


My standards are probably higher. I do 3D modeling.
 
2014-05-16 03:48:11 PM
You know, if they'd ramp up the graphics in second life and pair it with an oculus rift, they might have something there. It really would be a little like the "internet" from futurama
 
2014-05-16 03:54:24 PM

wiseolddude: I checked it out years ago, but my computer was too whimpy for it. Is it worth checking out to waste a little time?


They just released some new starter avatars this week - they're full 3D mesh, so they're not as customizable as a regular base avatar, but don't you have to start out looking terrible. I rather like the new big blue werewolf dude.

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i42.photobucket.com


Second Life is a fun relaxing time-waster. It's not a goal-oriented game, but an open space where you're free to explore. That's one of my favourite aspects of it - just wandering around and finding beautiful new sims, islands and objects that have been built by talented players.

If you have any interest in designing and building 3D objects it's a great place to get creative, and some people actually make a living selling their objects in-world, such as buildings, vehicles, clothing, etc. There's an alternate open source viewer called Firestorm that is very helpful for building.

I love the variety available in Second Life - if you have an interest in any genre like fantasy, sic-fi, zombies, post-apocalyptic wastelands, history, fashion, etc there's sure to be a community of like minded fans from around world and some awesome environments and role-playing opportunities (or just hang-outs, I've never been into role-playing myself).

If you subscribe monthly you get a free house to decorate as you wish. I've managed to decorate mine within the prim (object) limit and still build a fun zombie-infested back alley hang-out on the roof.

There's a ton of free stuff available for new folks and places where you can learn the basics from helpful SL veterans. Google 'second life newbie freebies' to get a list of helpful blogs with links to the free stuff.

Some good starter links:
http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Second-Lif e- Quickstart/ta-p/1087919
http://secondlife.com/destinations/howto/newbie
http://fabfree.wordpress.com/fabfree-30-days-list/

You can also search the marketplace for free stuff - there's a ton on there. Some of it great, some of it not

I'm a big fan of Tooter Claxton's hilariously weird stuff. A lot of it is free too.

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i42.photobucket.com

New Citizens Incorporated is an awesome community dedicated to helping out new residents:

http://www.nci-sl.info/blog/
 
2014-05-16 03:54:46 PM

Best Princess Celestia: Smeggy Smurf: Best Princess Celestia: The graphics are terrible, how can anyone get off to that.

missed this one...

The mesh avatars tend to look terrible and the mesh tits are horrible but other than that the graphics are damned good these days.  Perhaps if you tried a different viewer and a decent computer you'd change your mind

My standards are probably higher. I do 3D modeling.


What platform?  I'm going to attempt to teach myself 3DS Max this summer
 
2014-05-16 03:57:32 PM
Max Awesome: SNIP

That pistol avatar looks like a riot.  Do you know if they have a dumpster or bags of trash version?  One of the funniest things I ever did was go to a formal dress club wearing nothing but a dumpster
 
2014-05-16 04:17:09 PM

wiseolddude: Thanks for info, I won't be playing it.


Another issue is that, well, it's not a game, so you don't really "play" it.

I'm not sure WTF it actually is, other than maybe a virtual sex simulator, though...

/never tried it out
//have no interest
 
2014-05-16 04:19:18 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Max Awesome: SNIP

That pistol avatar looks like a riot.  Do you know if they have a dumpster or bags of trash version?  One of the funniest things I ever did was go to a formal dress club wearing nothing but a dumpster


Yep. Here's a trash bag costume. Complete with flies!

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/WC-Trash-Bag-Costume/1473856
 
2014-05-16 04:32:48 PM

Geotpf: wiseolddude: Thanks for info, I won't be playing it.

Another issue is that, well, it's not a game, so you don't really "play" it.

I'm not sure WTF it actually is, other than maybe a virtual sex simulator, though...

/never tried it out
//have no interest


It's whatever you want it to be. I used to play all the computer games up to and including the second gen console games but when I started university my interest waned.

I think I found them too stressful, really. I was already too stressed-out about school and entering the job market so jumping through virtual hoops and being forced to do the same repetitive actions over-and-over in my free-time no longer appealed to me.

That's why the completely open and creative concept of Second Life was so interesting to me so much when I joined it a few years ago. Being able to explore a fascinating virtual environment on my own without being forced follow a restrictive path or have to spend my free time hacking and killing was much more appealing.

Now with Oculus Rift integration on the horizon I'm really looking forward to exploring SL in a new immersive format.
 
2014-05-16 04:39:58 PM

Geotpf: wiseolddude: Thanks for info, I won't be playing it.

Another issue is that, well, it's not a game, so you don't really "play" it.

I'm not sure WTF it actually is, other than maybe a virtual sex simulator, though...

/never tried it out
//have no interest


I always refer to it as a Virtual Social Environment. On SL I mostly listen to live performers and hang out socializing with friends from around the world. As a concept it is very much like IRC with graphics and animation. While SL is certainly not a game, I think the real untapped potential of SL is in gaming. Imagine something like WoW where all the armor, all the weapons, all the quests are player created.

The major problem they have is economy. As others before have stated, a good DJ makes what is considered a HUGE amount of lindens which translates into nothing for real cash. DJ's and live performers get passed up all the time because their rates are too high...even though the lindens they charge for an hour or two of entertainment can only be exchanged for $20. A builder and a scripter can spend days on a project, only to get scoffed at when they try to earn $20 for each sale. Basically, if you are in SL to make money, you're in the wrong place. It has to be a labor of love.
 
2014-05-16 05:06:21 PM

Billified: Geotpf: wiseolddude: Thanks for info, I won't be playing it.

Another issue is that, well, it's not a game, so you don't really "play" it.

I'm not sure WTF it actually is, other than maybe a virtual sex simulator, though...

/never tried it out
//have no interest

I always refer to it as a Virtual Social Environment. On SL I mostly listen to live performers and hang out socializing with friends from around the world. As a concept it is very much like IRC with graphics and animation. While SL is certainly not a game, I think the real untapped potential of SL is in gaming. Imagine something like WoW where all the armor, all the weapons, all the quests are player created.

The major problem they have is economy. As others before have stated, a good DJ makes what is considered a HUGE amount of lindens which translates into nothing for real cash. DJ's and live performers get passed up all the time because their rates are too high...even though the lindens they charge for an hour or two of entertainment can only be exchanged for $20. A builder and a scripter can spend days on a project, only to get scoffed at when they try to earn $20 for each sale. Basically, if you are in SL to make money, you're in the wrong place. It has to be a labor of love.


That's why even though the tattoos I make are expensive (upwards of L$1500 each) I do it for the practice of editing graphics and to help my wife pay for her photo studio.  She's the one that makes good money.  L$2-3000 for half a dozen wedding photos.
 
2014-05-16 05:10:52 PM
I used to be a fairly popular live music performer in SL, making enough to pay my RL rent and purchase musical instruments (real ones). I left when it started to feel like a job. That was eight years ago. Even then, the world felt clunky and dated. It seems to be even more of a mess now.
 
2014-05-16 05:22:36 PM

Dragonflew: I used to be a fairly popular live music performer in SL, making enough to pay my RL rent and purchase musical instruments (real ones). I left when it started to feel like a job. That was eight years ago. Even then, the world felt clunky and dated. It seems to be even more of a mess now.


It's a lot better now than it was 4 years ago when I was introduced to it.  Lag is still a problem and always will be.  Farking idiots and their bazillion scripts that still look like somebody barfed on them.  That and the jerks with nukes
 
2014-05-16 05:33:24 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Dragonflew: I used to be a fairly popular live music performer in SL, making enough to pay my RL rent and purchase musical instruments (real ones). I left when it started to feel like a job. That was eight years ago. Even then, the world felt clunky and dated. It seems to be even more of a mess now.

It's a lot better now than it was 4 years ago when I was introduced to it.  Lag is still a problem and always will be.  Farking idiots and their bazillion scripts that still look like somebody barfed on them.  That and the jerks with nukes


I used it solely for live music, so I was often playing in venues with those ridiculous exploder things that shot money everywhere and were so distracting and annoying. I did make some great friends during my time in SL though, some of whom I still keep in touch with.

Here's (an early version of) me and Torley Linden chatting after a show many years ago. Note the dragonfly wings. :)

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2014-05-16 06:06:27 PM

Dragonflew: Smeggy Smurf: Dragonflew: I used to be a fairly popular live music performer in SL, making enough to pay my RL rent and purchase musical instruments (real ones). I left when it started to feel like a job. That was eight years ago. Even then, the world felt clunky and dated. It seems to be even more of a mess now.

It's a lot better now than it was 4 years ago when I was introduced to it.  Lag is still a problem and always will be.  Farking idiots and their bazillion scripts that still look like somebody barfed on them.  That and the jerks with nukes

I used it solely for live music, so I was often playing in venues with those ridiculous exploder things that shot money everywhere and were so distracting and annoying. I did make some great friends during my time in SL though, some of whom I still keep in touch with.

Here's (an early version of) me and Torley Linden chatting after a show many years ago. Note the dragonfly wings. :)

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"Fark you 'sploder" was the first gesture I made complete with fake rage scream and fancy lettering
 
2014-05-16 06:07:03 PM
ah,I see Farkers got bored with picking on furries and Bronies and decided it was SL's turn.

I do the DJ thing about three nights a week. Its fun, and the attention from the attendee's is quite gratifying. They're nice people. The tips also cover the rent on my floating island home. Yeah, its not perfect, but I think I'd have a sad if it were to go away.The socializing is fun, and it satisfies my urge to be creative in a way that things like Minecraft don't really fill.

Shot of my online home.

i677.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-16 06:56:28 PM

DrunkWithImpotence: Smeggy Smurf: IronJelly: I have a friend who claims to make (real) money in Second Life as a radio DJ.

It is possible.  Although at the exchange rate of dollars to lindens and the usually low amounts of tips and wages we're not talking more than $50 a month.  And that would mean working at least 5 nights a week, possibly upwards of two three hour shifts at different clubs.  Then you have to factor in the cost of the player, the possibility of being nailed for running an unlicensed radio station, tax evasion, etc.

You're better off never converting lindens back to dollars.

If you are good, a DJ can make ten or twelve dollars for two hours of work. When I did the SL DJ thing I was taking home more like $75- $100/month doing three or for gigs a week.  Still, less than minimum wage in most states given the hours worked.  Virtual DJing isn't a job, it's a hobby that can sort of be made to pay for itself.

The lawyers don't harass the SL types because really, it's not worth the time it would take to draft the letter. We're talking transient crowds of maybe a couple dozen people at best.

Anyways, off to my cartoon sex palace!


I suppose it could be great as supplemental income if you're home on disability or something.  like answering ChaCha questions (something I'm ashamed to admit i did for a while, but more ashamed to be part of the race that uses it rather than Google for free.
 
2014-05-16 07:21:06 PM

Old enough to know better: Shot of my online home.


Nice! This is my current favourite avatar from JOMO exploring my favourite sic-fi sim, InSilico.

i42.photobucket.com

I think part of the perception problem Second Life has is that few people know how beautiful it can be graphically. There's some seriously cool places to explore.

Flickr is a great source for finding spots to visit in SL. I use this group all the time:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/exploresecondlife

This is a spot I plan to check out this evening:  Rico's Tea House / Cypress Island

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2014-05-16 07:39:29 PM

Old enough to know better: ah,I see Farkers got bored with picking on furries and Bronies and decided it was SL's turn.

I do the DJ thing about three nights a week. Its fun, and the attention from the attendee's is quite gratifying. They're nice people. The tips also cover the rent on my floating island home. Yeah, its not perfect, but I think I'd have a sad if it were to go away.The socializing is fun, and it satisfies my urge to be creative in a way that things like Minecraft don't really fill.

Shot of my online home.

[i677.photobucket.com image 850x465]


ive been calling it Furry Valhalla for years
 
2014-05-16 08:41:43 PM
Eh, I'm fine with furry folk. I only do it one night a week at my shows (for Bunny Thursday). I'm more annoyed by the occasional SL'er who makes a female avatar with beachball sized breasts, and butts you can set your drink on. I mean, c'mon, really?

Normally my avi looks more like this.

i677.photobucket.com

In the end though, the quality of the graphics depends a lot on having a decent system that can handle animated water and sky textures, and shadows, and the quality of the object textures you're using.
 
2014-05-16 10:13:26 PM

Old enough to know better: In the end though, the quality of the graphics depends a lot on having a decent system that can handle animated water and sky textures, and shadows, and the quality of the object textures you're using.


Sure enough, if you already have a high-end gaming PC you'll have no trouble with SL.
I have much lesser equipment, but I get decent performance anyway, cranking down the graphics settings, but not all the way to the bottom. More important seems to be shutting down any other network activity, especially Dropbox.
 
2014-05-16 10:38:39 PM
I'd say my machine is about middle of the road. The cpu and motherboard are fairly new, but my gpu's a few years old and I'm able to turn my graphics up pretty high, including shadows. Cranking the draw distance down to a minimum helps too. I don't really care whats going on in the sim next door anyway.
 
2014-05-17 01:51:56 AM
How much does shilling for Second Life on Fark pay?
 
2014-05-17 03:10:49 AM

The Smails Kid: How much does shilling for Second Life on Fark pay?


Ha! I wish.
 
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