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Ebbe Caught Me Napping!

Another one of Strawberry Singh’s Blog Meme’s and an excuse to pretend to mix with the famous – even if they are cut-outs. For those of you who don’t know, Ebbe Altberg is the new CEO of Linden Labs and his avatar is Ebbe Linden. He’s been seen out and about on the grid and seems to be quite visual, he even posts on Twitter. I don’t do social media at all (read my “About” page and see why), but I am assured he’s there and Tweeting. Whatever that is. Anyway …

Ebbe Caught Me Napping

Ebbe Caught Me Napping

The meme calls for a picture with Flat Ebbe, a construction of Berry’s from one of her pictures. If, after you see my effort, you can’t resist carrying around your very own Ebbe, then you can get one from Berry’s marketplace. He’s free. Berry also challenged us to list three comments we would like to make to Ebbe if we got to do so, so here are mine.

1. Please reassure me that mesh will not take over the metaverse. It’s fabulous, but for those of us that don’t want to look like everyone else and want as much flexibility as possible to change our avatar, we need sculpties and prims. Sorry, fitted mesh does not do it. I don’t want to be a human that fits into one of five boxes that you can mess with a bit. In fact, I don’t want to be a human at all.

2. Change is often good, once you get used to it. However, it would be really great if some of the things we already had in place were fixed or improved. I don’t use the Linden Labs viewer because it does not offer the features I rely on to modify and build, and it’s geared towards meet and greet more than anything (I loathe and despise the Linden Viewer’s chat box).  I’m not alone in choosing a third party viewer for this reason. Couldn’t you sneak in a few things for the older resident, so we’re more inclined to support the standard viewer?

3. I’m with Berry on better marketing for Second Life. It’s not just the sex aspect, it’s just people’s assumption that you are stupid if you play Second Life. The more that can get out in the media about its varying educational aspects and truly stunning creations, the better. I am blown away daily by what people can do on here.

The picture was taken at Armenelos, in the Calas Galadron collection of SIMS.



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A Petrovsky Flux

After reading Strawberry Singh’s blog post on how she met Ebbe Linden, I was determined to go to the SIM she met him in. I like solitude, so even the thought of meeting the new CEO of Linden Labs wasn’t a draw, but the SIM was. I’m so glad I visited, and I would urge you to go, as it appears to be on borrowed time. Note the SLURL now, before we go any further. It’s here.

I find it hard to describe this place. I’ve opted for “what Salvador Dali would create if he was into Steampunk”. It is truly stunning, and I’d recommend the region windlight, although I opted for a few shots using StrawberrySinghDotComEmerald*.

Lazy Wolf's Way To Explore

Lazy Wolf’s Way To Explore

When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was the sofas. Lots of big, comfy-looking pink sofas with one, large spring. No, they’d not started to fall apart, but seemed to use the spring to get around and if you visit, you will probably be stalked by one. You can also hitch a ride on the biggest one, which worked well for me, my little paws get tired quickly (i.e. I’m lazy).

Talking of tired, after a few falls into the surprisingly clear water and a tumble after attempting to climb some lattice (that never, ever gave any indication that climbing would be a good enterprise), I found somewhere else to relax. Look out across the vast, bleak plains at the exploding “stuff” and rock yourself to sleep. Free puns are included with this blog, so I labelled the picture accordingly. It’s a great view!

Getting Tired

Getting Tired

Best Seat in the House

Best Seat in the House

And linking, yet again, if you want a really great view, and to share it with friends, find the little café. I can’t say the service was the best I’ve ever had, but the vantage point it offered more than made up for any disappointment with the Soup Du Jour.

With all the machinery around, you may well wonder (and if you didn’t, you will now) if the SIM has an ecologically friendly policy in place. I’m delighted to report that it does indeed run on green energy. See picture. 🙂

Green Energy

Green Energy

Noggin Protector and Henrycopter

Noggin Protector and Henrycopter

In the pictures, you’ll probably notice I’m modelling a high-fashion Steampunk hat (!) Clearly labelled as a “Petrovsky Noggin Protector Xmas Edition” when it hits your inventory, you can collect it from the sign. Assuming you can find the sign. I say “The Sign” because I only saw one, found it once, and couldn’t find it again! Along with the hat you also get your very own “Henrycopter”. You’ll know what he is before he hits your inventory if you’ve been paying attention, as there are many, many Henrycopters flying around. The less imaginative may choose to call them “Flying Sheep with Rotors”. If you attach him, he’ll keep you company as you traverse the fascinating wastes that are A Petrovsky Flux.

Go there, really. Before it’s gone.

*Not got it? No problem, scoot over to my page on SL Photography for a link to Berry’s Windlight page and some other useful pages on Second Life photography.

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Yes, You Can

As you may know by now, when I can, I like to take part in Strawberry Singh’s Blog Memes, and this post is another offering. I had to do this. I really, truly had to. If you imply something is unlikely or difficult and I can and want to do it, you can bet I will. It just so happened this was easy for me, as a friend had just the outfit. I quote Berry: “… If you want to be a baby dragon with fairy wings that likes to do somersaults, you do that and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t! Also, tell me when and where you find that outfit.”

Well, Berry …

Ask, and you shall receive ...

Ask, and you shall receive …

The outfit was from Marketplace and is called “Medieval Maid” or something like that, the avatar is from the Isle of Wyrms SIMs and the ability to do somersaults is from a gesture that I’d be happy to provide to you inworld, along with more exact information on making yourself  look like this, should you wish.

Yes, this baby dragon really can do somersaults and really does have fairy wings. No, it’s not me, but if I was having a “I want to be a baby dragon with fairy wings that can do somersaults” day, it would be. I have “I want to be a talking wolf with rather large assets that delights in having purple eyes” days instead. Each to their own and vive la difference!

As for the advice I’d offer, I do match Berry on some …

1. See my post entitled “There’s a place for that” here:  I, too, feel that asking someone for sex when first meeting them is not acceptable behaviour anywhere (except in “those” SIMs). As it says in my post – there’s a place for that and it’s not with me.

2. Whatever avatar you want, it’s worth getting some components that are really good, then using free or cheap until you want to upgrade. If you’re going for human, I’d always say make sure your skin is good and you have a decent AO (you can pick up really nice ones for free or for nothing). When you’re ready, improve the hair and eyes and work on the clothes, last. I know this is not what a fashion diva would go for, but I think that body improvements are the things that de-noobify someone fastest.

3. Yes it is a game and no it isn’t. You’re coming across real people here, even if they are looking like the picture on this post. True, many take Second Life too seriously, and I’m possibly one, but being in a game is no excuse to treat people badly. Pixels or no pixels, people have feelings.

4. There is so much to learn if you want to get the most out of SL. I would recommend you visit one of the really good (and preferably) Linden approved help centres. They really are there to help you and the people there give up their time to do so. Don’t waste this valuable way to get a short-cut to learning about Second Life and with the Linden approval, you know you can trust them. I am aware of the level of training and testing that goes into making someone suitable to work in these places (for free!) and it ensures you’re safe.

5. Read and watch tutorials. Want to learn how to do something and are completely befuddled? You can learn so much simply by using your browser and diving into the wealth of tutorials that are out there, put out simply to help others. Free help, like the centres I mentioned in number four.

If you need help, it’s there. Second Life can be all manner of things, but it doesn’t have to be a mountain to climb … unless you want to go mountaineering!


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Hazardous? Well, they do warn you!

Hazardous LZ

Hazardous LZ

The first time I ever came to visit Hazardous, I was falling rapidly before I had even registered that I’d landed. One false footpaw and I was tumbling base over apex, wondering if I’d get a soft landing. Fortunately, this little wolf’s rear has excellent padding and I made it with nary a scratch. When I returned to get pictures for the blog, I was a little more careful. However, there are many ways to fall, just from the Landing Zone. Try getting in the bath …

When you do finally make it to the surface, the landscape is pretty arid (this is coming from someone who lives in the UK, so anything that’s not able to have water squeezed from it is “arid”),  and has a peaceful but desolate feel. The important thing to remember when you wander around is that not all is as it seems.

Which Way?

Which Way?

There are too many features to list here, and more little secret “doorways” to other parts of the SIM than I have the time or the wordpower to mention, but I would encourage you to find the well. I am not going to reveal what’s in it, but it’s worth a look. It’s easy to get lost in Hazardous, though. However, there are several handy signpost, some of which really do justify using LOL (which means “Laugh Out Loud” or “Laughing Out Loud” for those that are still using it incorrectly!)). I don’t say that lightly. This wolf does NOT do text speak. Make sure you find the signposts, though. They won’t help you find your way, but they’ll make you smile.

I’d also recommend finding the lighthouse, which is a great spot for budding SL photographers and there are handy seats on the cliff opposite it. I’d suggest you try the various seats around anyway, they are loaded with great animations and most will suit couples and singles. You’ll also find a cute Tea House at the bottom of the ravine, if you manage to fall down. It can often be done without trying …

Hazardous Music

Hazardous Music

One of my favourite parts of Hazardous is the steps down the outside of the cliff to the surprise at the bottom. I love the imagery here. In fact, the whole SIM is reminscent of lost childhood (as my husband pointed out) and has a wild, lonely sense of desolation that is also a very peaceful one. Perfect for the blogger that likes to explore the grid in peace …

On another note, the designer and owner is a charming fellow and is very kind to those of a furry persuasion, which cannot be said for a lot of SIMS. If you run into him, you’ll be made welcome. I think this place is beautifully designed, well-thought out and also serves as a pleasant hangout, with Intan to help you find some romance if you want it. There’s a reasonable chance as there are often visitors in Hazardous. You’ll rarely be alone in this wilderness.

You can find Hazardous here …


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“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”

(Ralph Waldo Emmerson) Why would an Alt blog? What is an Alt, anyway?

I’m a talking wolf who masquerades as a human on occasions and I am the second individual avatar for one person who operates both avatars in Second Life, a virtual reality. “Alt” is a diminutive for “Alternate” and they are created for a variety of reasons. My raison d’être is to help the primary avatar to animate furniture and to provide some peace for her away from a barrage of instant messages from friends and customers. I also allow her to be with her Second Life partner without those interruptions, too and, contrary to what most people think an Alt is for, there is no cheating for me in either virtual or real lives.

Making things in Second Life requires a degree of concentration and, if you love it as I do, you want to be left to get on with it and not have to start messing with that script again, because someone wanted to say “Hi!”. Usually someone who usually has no concept of how hard it is to hold a conversation and try to torture a prim. As an Alt with no friends, I offer that peace to my typist. I still get hit on, though, which is the other problem an avatar may encounter if they are friendly. I don’t talk to anyone and yet I have been in a shop offering items mainly for females and been hit on three times in succession – by both sexes. Even more reason to want peace. Here’s my first tip – don’t hit on people before you read their profile. Mine clearly says I’m married and not interested and if you can’t read, what makes you think I’d want you anyway?

Why would I blog, though, if I want to be a secret? It’s because I have a life, too. I can go out and explore, I can take photographs (my latest thing) and I still get that peace, because I don’t get interrupted. However, no matter how much you want peace, it’s nice to think you can share what you find – there is a joy in discovery that I don’t want to keep to myself. So … don’t contact me inworld, I won’t be your friend, and I won’t chat with you. Now you know why and hopefully will understand. Do contact me through the blog, though, and do let me know if you like things you find here. Despite this opening blog – I’m really not that antisocial. 🙂


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