Another Inventory Issue

Long ago when I started on the Second Life Main Grid, a terrible official book (which shall not be named) about Our World was published, but it had a couple good tips:

  1. Create an alt account in which you can store transferable items for safe keeping.
  2. Box up to 100 items in a cube then store them in a folder you never touch. Another cube can be used to consolidate 100 of these cubes, creating a cube/sub-cube system.

Since then I’ve employed such a system with each of my characters. As soon as I unpack a new purchase, I box up a copy (or move the original box) into a storage cube. This way if I accidentally delete something I can run to get a copy. In theory.

Just last Sunday I was working on boxing and storing when I found that I couldn’t rez a storage box in a place where I had full rez rights. Then there was another storage box. And another. Moving to another region didn’t help. Relogging made it worse.

Some 90% or so of my storage boxes (like the reddish one shown above) were gone. Folders were empty. Tens of thousands of $Lindens of things were gone. I followed all the standard Inventory recovery procedures, both official and unofficial. I even waited a couple days since it was a holiday weekend and you know how those are in SL.

As a Premium account member, I leaped to the Chat Support and worked with a knowlegeable Linden who didn’t just copypasta the company line (as some do) but nothing worked. So I filed a Support Ticket and waited. And waited. Well, the Labbies were coming back from holiday weekend, afterall, and I figured they’d be busy. So I checked my other characters and they had no such problems. It was just Uccie.

But I had to find something for a Bay City event and I looked inside one of the surviving storage boxes. BAM! It was filled with over 150 items according to the hover text and I remembered it should have had just six items. I keep only 100 items in each box (sub- or storage), as mentioned. When I looked, I found a large portion of missing items. Another surving storage box had more. A third was also loaded. Then it got strange.

Some of the recovered items were things from sub-boxes that were inside storage boxes I hadn’t rezzed in some time. Example: Hundreds of note cards that were in several sub-boxes were emptied into a few different storage boxes. Most of it was from boxes I haven’t opened in years, like my Isle of Lesbos items. Told you it was strange.

So I opened every single storage box that indicated it had more than 100 things inside and a few that didn’t (plus more than a few sub-boxes) just for good measure and started putting things aright. The first round took hours and I still have more to go. All the while I will be working on a letter to The Lab to again suggest that Inventory loss insurance should be available. Perhaps free to Premium members? I like that. Barring this, a very good backup system should be available. If such were in place I could spend more time exploring Our World instead of filling and moving boxes or bothering Support.

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Not that you need to, but if you click the image above you can see an embiggend verson on Flickr.

The Official View

From my open mic time at The Pen’s “Espresso Yourself Night” this evening:

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My plan tonight isn’t really to share anything, but to ask you to share some ideas on a little project. Here’s the background:

Some of you may have seen my shout-out in the Bay City Alliance chat on Mole Day deputizing everyone as members of an ad hoc committee. The idea was to nominate and then vote on the idea of making the LDPW Mole the Official Mammal of Bay City. Much like American states have various official symbols: state bird, state flower, state virus, etc. During the vote, those not in favor were encouraged to move to Nautilus.

Needless to say, the vote passed and was deemed unanimous, in part by counting only the YES votes. Then at today’s Alliance meeting a few people agreed that the vote could be considered valid, so I’m proud to announce …

The LDPW Mole is the Official Mammal of Bay City!


Now for your input. Should we have other official symbols? Reminder – we do have an Official Flag. If so, we’ll need categories and suggestions for each so some sort of actual vote could be held. Examples for Maine, USA are at

I propose these categories:

“Bay City: Twice The Prims … Ten Times The Community”
“We Built This City”
“Thanks fer playin!”
“Community You Can Fit Into”
“We Rezzed This City”

“We Built This City”
“S-A T-U-R D-A-Y Night” (an official city song during Ever’s era)
“Route 66”


Black Kite


The Linden

Bay City Brew
Mola Cola

What do you think?

If you would like to make suggestions for new categories or for items in these categories, please leave a comment on this blog post. Please remember that Bay City is themed on the 1945-1965 American urban experience. I’ll be working on a public poll after a while and then try to run this through at a couple Bay City Alliance meetings. Thanks in advance!

Espresso Anyone?

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Espresso Yourself Night, every first Tuesday starting at 6:00 p.m. SLT at The Pen, located in the heart of Bay City – Mashpee, just off Route 66!


What is “Espresso Yourself?” It’s a chance to take your spot on the stage and share. Tell a joke, share your poetry, read a chapter from your favorite book, sing a song. Just share! Voice or Text. Talent not required, but passion is mandatory. Also, no mimes.

The key here is to participate.
How can you participate?
Just choose an item off our menu!

Our main stock in trade: Read a poem. Poetry is always encouraged at the pen. Share one of your own or one by someone else. Read it on voice or type it out. You can even pre-record some sound files if you want to get really inventive.

Share a favorite story. Could be something you’ve experienced that you want to share. Could be a story out of a book that makes you think or that you just enjoy. Maybe it’s a story of your own, too, that you wish to share. All are encouraged.

Share a picture of something you’ve built recently – or something you’ve built in the past – tell us about it, what were the challenges? What was fun? Share the experience.

Free Advice. Tell Linden Lab how to fix Second Life, or tell us how to use it! This is soapbox time! Rant, rave, share.

I read the news today: tell us something you read in the newspaper/saw on the telly/spotted online that caught your eye. Tell us what’s going on!

Random beauty! Show us a photo of something that caught your eye. Share something of beauty and tell us about it. Maybe it’s a pretty thing from your first life, or maybe it’s a gorgeous place in here.

Surprise us: hand puppets,. juggling, wacky gags, etc.! Do something different, weird, and wild. Delight the audience by going outside the box.

Just want to hang out? We’ll let you can do that too: but you can still talk, still interact, and still be a part of the show. Everyone is a participant, even if you might not realize it.

Also, why not toss a few bones in the ol’ tip jar, too, or buy a fresh cuppa? It helps keep the lights on.

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A press release from Marianne McCann.

Click the image above to see it embiggened on Flickr.

Now is the time on Living in a Modem World when we dance…

I’ve been following Crap’s obsession with dancing on his Flickr feed. It really is an art and his photos show that.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Hi. I’m R. Crap Mariner. I write things.

While Inara’s keeping busy in both Second Life and Sansar, I thought I’d share a bit about something that’s been keeping me busy for a while (No, it doesn’t have anything to do with a certain pirate who’s not a very good pirate).

For the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with shooting photographs of the Second Life dance performance scene.

Guerilla Burlesque

A few months ago, I pinged Inara about an upcoming Monarchs full-sim dance show, but she was busy with some stuff, and she asked me if I could write something up about it. Being a professional writer, I did what came naturally: I dawdled and procrastinated, and I missed the deadline.

Yeah, I suck.

It All Begins at the Beginning…

I got an invitation to see a show by Guerilla Burlesque on the Idle Rogue region (okay, dozens of…

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Mole Day 2018

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BAY CITY, SL (24th January 2018) – It’s nearly that time of year again when we look for furry little shadows. You do have your shadows enabled, no? It’s not about groundhogs — it’s about the Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works!

Initially honored in 2010 by Residents of Bay City, Mole Day is set aside to show appreciation for The Moles and their many contributions to Bay City and the rest of the Second Life® Grid.

Normally held on the same day as Groundhog Day, this year’s annual Mole Day will again take place at the Bay City Fairgrounds (SLurl) February 3rd commencing at 11:00 a.m. SLT. The event will feature DJ GoSpeed Racer of KONA stream followed by Stratus Mactavish performing live at 12:00 p.m. SLT.

“Moles” are members of The Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW). The LDPW is a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living on or visiting the Linden Mainland. The LDPW organizes teams of Resident builders, artists, and scripters (the Moles!) to create new content on Linden Lab’s behalf and to the benefit of all. These Residents have the last name “Mole.”

Moles essentially build all of the grid’s infrastructure: the public roads and railways, items in our coastal waterways and protected lands, and even larger scale projects like the Linden Homes regions, premium content, and experiences, and much more.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.

GoSpeed Gets Novel

From a press release received on 10 January 2018

raseres-war-book_cover-683x1024Longtime Second Life (SL) Resident, GoSpeed Rasere (aka GoSpeed Racer), is self-publishing a science fiction eBook novel called Rasere’s War on Amazon and Smashwords . The novel features several SL residents as main characters living in a futuristic virtual reality simulation. Rasere’s War the first in a three book series. The follow-on novel, We Built This City, is completed and will be released later in the spring.

Links to purchase the book are at R. Jacques – Author

Ms. Raeser available for interviews on weekends and from 3:00 PM to 06:00 PM SLT on weekdays. Alternately you may submit questions via email: