#SecondLifeChallenge – My Zodiac Sign

Strawberry Singh has a new blog challenge and I  couldn’t sleep so I set right to tackling it. I hope you enjoy this indulgent look into my life. Please note, that my Second Life Rez Day is the same at my Real Life Birthday: June 18th.

Here are the instructions for the #SecondLifeChallenge this Monday: Copy and paste the following questions and answers into your post; then delete my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a comment below with a link to your post so we can all come by and check it out!

What is your Zodiac sign? Gemini

Gemini

A summary of Gemini from Horoscope.com

Do you believe in Astrology and read your horoscope often? No, I don’t believe in Astrology though it does amuse me at times. Every horoscope I’ve ever read seems like it could have been applied to anyone or any Sign. Checking with Horoscope.com for Gemini health today yielded only vague results:

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Clicking any of the yellow buttons below the prognostication changes the results at the site. I chose Health because I’m having some issues lately.

Come on! To whom doesn’t this apply? Any of my doctors could have written this for any of their patients, not just me. “Behave yourself as there are consequences.” Right.

What are some of the traits of your zodiac sign and do you feel they reflect who you are?

Like Berry did, this is a copypasta of the traits listed at astrology-zodiac-signs.com Website with my annotation. For Gemini they’ve listed:

  • Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas. Can’t dispute any of this, but with all honesty, are these characteristics many people would deny having? Or even claim to have even if they don’t? Anything positive-sounding is hard to dismiss.
  • Weaknesses: Nervous, inconsistent, indecisive. Calm as a cucumber, I am. People frequently tell me that I’m the exact opposite of nervous. I’ll cop to indecisive, though, as it is part of my procrastinate nature.
  • Gemini likes: Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town. Not a fan of going out except on rare occasions and I really don’t like chatting. For one, I have almost no one I can chat with iRL (not many I know use Sign language), and secondly, I do well enough living in my own head that chatting isn’t interesting.
  • Gemini dislikes: Being alone, being confined, repetition and routine. Oh, where to start? Let’s just say these don’t really apply to me.

As my brother is fond of saying, codswallop. Astrology as it is applied in these examples is far to vague and meaningless to matter. Doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and if this is your belief then I certainly respect your right to believe. Just don’t expect me to do so.

And now, since you were expecting The Twins …

The Twins

Moar Prims!

The Lab’s official announcement of the poorly kept secret some have called Primsmas – the 1.5x increase in a region’s given Land Impact (LI) allotment or “prim count” – distracted me at my Real Life job today as my mind thought of several scenarios for visualizing the increase.

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This doesn’t seem like a huge increase. Just 58 LI for the  “standard” 512m2 land plot we should all be familiar with, but think back to those days when your First Land, your Linden Home, or even a getaway parcel was was full and you felt like you needed more space. Fifty-eight prims. If you could have been given that boost, the one or two extra prims you scrimped and saved to get back seems like almost nothing.

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And now you have that boost. Thank you, Linden Lab!

What is Human?

“In the United States and other countries, a bathroom bill is a bill that seeks to allow or ban transgender individuals from using public facilities (particularly bathrooms) that correspond to their gender identity (as opposed to the sex they were assigned at birth).” (Wikipedia)

Topless Mugshot

Arrested for Topless Behavior in a G-Rated Region.**

In Second Life (SL), everyone’s gender identity is in question at least some of the time. Female avatars are often called out – and often correctly so – as being a male in so-called Real Life (RL)*. But I think that for serious residents of our virtual space, gender presentation is considered to be very fluid and variations are usually accepted. At least it is in my circles. So many people I know mismatch SL genders and body parts against RL ones on a recurring basis.

At one time, this bothered me but back then I was dealing with Androphobia (the fear of adult men) on the meatspace side of the keyboard. Lots of therapy in and out of Second Life has made this more tolerable and has helped shape my opinions of gender identity. Which makes me wonder about bathroom bills.

And it makes me wonder about the non-human bias that you’ll find in many places in SL, including the beach I’m sitting on while I write this post. “Be Human – Beachwear or Nude” is even in the land name. Yes, I like it here. Enough that I paid money for both my wife and I to have access to the property. This isn’t the first time I have paid, either. We belong to another beach that won’t let me be my preferred skin color (blue) or wear Neko bits, though that one is so sparsely populated I’m often the only one there.

Not that I’ve officially asked, but I’ve yet to hear an official answer from any place that discriminates on species choice. Any response would be based purely on un-reasoned bias, regardless of how they might word it. Sounds like I have a bias, huh?

Yes, I do. I’m a shape-shifter. I’m human, I’m blue human, I’m dragon, I’m kitty, and I’m WhatTheHeckIsThisAvatar, too. It seems a shame to not take advantage of what SL offers. Even many folks who I know are die-hard about their daily avatar have been known to dip into the fantastic now and then. But I’m also tolerant. If someone requires a certain appearance to enter property that they own and I really want to visit, I’ll oblige. And I love changing avatars to fit in when I visit more public spaces (Say Hello to my Tiny Friends) and the change is voluntary.

I sure hope, however, that public spaces in Second Life do NOT discriminate on gender appearance/actuality or on species or other criteria. Sure, there have to be some age restrictions. Heaven knows we don’t want the kids to see a woman’s breasts to distract them from the unrealistic portrayals of women in magazines and comic books or in movies or on TV.

Murder and blood and death bother me. Why is it so easy to regulate bathrooms but not guns? Why make a fuss over someone’s virtual appearance when they are simply expressing who they are inside their actual appearance. I mean, what is human?

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*Real Life being that world where the computers we use to access Second Life are located. It is merely a location reference and does not refer to an actual anything. Or does it?

** Why “human” in that picture? Well, the ears are kinda pointy, but I was trying a new skin from Lumae that I got for a bargain price and I was ready to head out to the beach mentioned above.

An NSFW version of this post’s image can be found here on Flickr.

Topless Tuesday Trumped

Topless Tuesday 12 April 2016 C “Reality” for Second Life’s Topless Tuesday continues. Shunning glamour pictures that simply glorify breasts (as if they need help), this week I visited quite a few places sans-shirt but my favorite was the Trump election Headquarters (SLurl). Several other images are on my Second Life Profile feed, but I shot a series just for Flickr (click any image here to see it embiggened on Flickr) and this blog.

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In case you are wondering: I’m a Bernie Girl. No other candidate respects my views as much as he does. Go figure. FEEL THE BERN!!

Topless Tuesday 12 April 2016 A

The Skinnery “Sasha” (Toffee) skin; Maitreya body; Wasabi-Pills “Drew” hair; L&B/Swear “Lara” jeans; Kokoia “Lubbock” sneakers.

Second Screen Fursday

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Happy Fursday! See what’s on Clever Kitty’s monitor?  Maybe we should zoom in …

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Second Life on an iPad?!?! What sort of feline magic is this?

With $8 USD burning a hole in my pocket (not really, but I’m giving up my weekly Burger King treat), I downloaded Duet, for my iPad (normally $14.95 USD) and grabbed the free desktop companion. A couple reboots later and Voilà! almost. Really, I had to spend several minutes with not-so-good documentation figuring out how it works. Experienced dual monitor users shouldn’t have a problem.

Sure, I have some free software that does this and there’s probably a way to Airplay this somewhere, but Duet is hardwired so there is no wireless delay. Pretty nifty. Not exactly sure what I’m going to use it for. My wife likes to share YouTube music videos with me and since I run Second Life full-screen, I could easily toss her links to a browser on the second display rather than go through the tedious shared link process in the browser.

Fat Packs & Inventory

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Since adding a mesh body to my Inventory, I’ve been trying to re-strategize my wardrobe so it behaves more like my Real Life (RL) clothes options. For work, I have four company shirts, all identical except one is long-sleeved. Dress code lets me wear a skirt (I don’t own one), jeans (I have two nice pair) or khaki slacks (I have one pair). Any footwear is acceptable, even Crocs (those rubber clogs everyone who doesn’t wear them hates).

Sure, I have a “fatpack” of Crocs in RL with seven pair in various styles and colors. And I have quite a few solid-color T-Shirts that together might be a so-called fatpack. But everything else is a single and in one color. One dress. One pair of dress shoes. One pair of boots. One thong (I have a load of all-white granny panties). In Second Life (SL), I used to buy a lot of fatpacks – five or more of the exact same garment but in different colors, often sold at a discount compared to separately buying each or having an added bonus of some sort.

Who does that in RL? Rich people, maybe. Someone with a shoe fetish (my Crocs aren’t a fetish; people give them to me), perhaps. But all I hear about in Our World is the big bundles. In the picture above (I’m stretching while sorting Inventory), I’m wearing grey slacks. I have the same pair in brown. That’s it. I didn’t need all 10 colors. The leather top is new and I could have bought a fatpack with 12 colors. Making outfit combos would have been easier, but I know that over time I’d be wearing the same two or three colors over and over, so like my RL choices I decided to buy one top and make it work.

One shop has some really nice crop top shirts I’m fighting myself over so I don’t buy a third one. And I see that I have more than a few pair of jeans and jean shorts (all different styles and colors from several creators). Still, I’m trying. It’s not my fault that the pumps I recently bought happened to have a color changing HUD thus effectively making it a fatpack (really, it as cheaper than buying a single color).

With some time, as I pack up old clothes for storage (I wish I could donate them to an in-world charity for underprivileged avatars), I am gradually making my virtual wardrobe resemble what is in my physical closet. And then I’ll whittle down the 30 or so hair styles, the 18 different skins, the 24 different sets of eyes, ….