Some of the the things I do

Semi-unofficially — mostly because no one has stopped me — I build things and add activities at the Isle of Lesbos (IOL), often getting approval after the fact. Like the skydiving center. At one time it was an attraction in the IOL Mall sim. When the mall was recently redesigned and rebuilt there was no provision for sky diving so I simply added it to the main Isle. No one said take it out so I left it there with only minor tweaks here and there. Sensing no further objections I beefed it up today. That is a genuine Cubey Terra jump chair in the foreground. The original base jump at 300 meters (250m above target) is still in place and like nearly all activities on the Isle, the facility is free to use. In the background you can see the free ice skating pond I built.

Not free but nonetheless still fun is fishing! After adding the 7Seas Fishing kit to both the mall sim and parts of the main Isle not too long ago and then telling the owner about it, I’ve been given the go-ahead (and some cash!) to hold fishing contests. This is a picture from one held yesterday. Turnout is usually decent, which is good as the owner hopes this build traffic in the mall sim. I might try increasing the prize and an “all-nakie” tournament is in my mind for the beach on the main Isle. If anyone has suggestions for making the events more fun, drop a note card on me in-world or leave a comment on this post.

I might schedule a nakie fishing tournament before my Nakie Beach Party in June. This party is held the first Saturday of each month from 3-5pm SLT and, of course, it is Ladies-Only. With the nudity and a prize starting at L$3,000 the party is usually popular and sometimes gathers cheaters. The Saturday parties always start with a prize that large, but sometimes they grow. The 17 May party rapidly built up to a L$25,000 prize with over 60 folks attending.

Many of them originally showed up for our big draw, DJ Kuthola Homewood. If you need a music at an event, contact her. She’s awesome.

Look for future posts about IOL … we are always growing and adapting to make our sisters happy.

Tertiary Claim to Fame?

“They” say fame is fleeting … some 15 minutes by one reckoning. Since I have so little available I took under three minutes to stand next to someone who has been granted more than a regular share of fame, the very talented Vint Falken! Sure, she was (Away) at the time so what little enjoyment she might have had from our “meeting” was less than nominal. Still, it was nice to see someone who has made a big impact on my Second Life™ “in the mesh.” Check out her blog here and learn more about where we were standing. More information is at the NPIRL blog.

Peugeot in Progress

Today’s exploration was another landmark I had been sitting on for a while and decided that I really had to go or just delete the @#$%ing thing. Can you guess where I went?

Good guess! I went to Peugeot (SLurl)! If the subtly hidden landscape logo didn’t clue you in, the not-so subtle brand name islands will reveal all. The landscaping is rather nicely done and there is a strange pattern in the water that doesn’t seem to be on the ground texture. It almost mimics the flying roadscape above. No flora or fauna in the water so swim or scuba just for the exercise.

One of the teleport options at the entrance takes you to an airborne promotional area. Information about a contest that has ended can be found here plus some lounge areas. This is a rather fun build and interestingly you can’t fly into the domes. Unlike similar structures in the Second Life™ world, these are not phantom.

Nearer ground level is another area to lounge on the roof of a meeting center. Like many corporate builds it is likely designed for press conferences and employee education. One of the nicer features, is a display about concept cars from Peugeot.

But what is a car sim with out cars? For some L$400 you can purchase a sporty little beast and speed off along a scenic motorway. If that is not in your budget you can spend just L$50 on a BMX-style bicycle

Not wanting to spend the cash nor being able to rez my own vehicle, I jumped on my wonderful travel snail and slimed up the motorway. The engineering, as you can see in the following picture or the first one in this post. is clearly not possible in real life though I suspect the builder might be working on this. Along the way I found many untextured prims and unfinished projects, like un-anchored railings.

But, hey!, I’m not one to complain about reality. After all, I was riding a snail with all my lion fur and bits fluffed in the simulated wind. That also means that the thought “hmm … internal combustion engines shouldn’t work underwater” only fleetingly crossed my mind as I urged my snail down the slope and into the the water, into the mineshaft that the road itself went into.

While not thinking about breathing underwater I came across a nice “picture window” that kept me separated from the only water-borne life I could find outside the aquarium on the roof of the meeting center. If you look closely you will note the edge of the “glass” behind me in the following picture shows that some more building needs to be done.

If you bought the BMX-style bike and want to ride it in the Peugeot sim you can teleport over 250 meters up to what I call a skate park. Had I been paying more attention I would have noted what the builder called it though that is no promise I would have remembered it. Like much of the build this is very nice and setting the whole thing on a giant bicycle wheel was just darned clever.

This is a fun sim to visit and I hope they finish it. As the aforementioned contest has ended I suspect that more work is not planned. So quickly grab your skates or wearable bike or wearable automobile and head for Peugeot. Well worth a visit.

Isle of Tranquility

A friend of mine nabbed an adorable cupcake costume and I had to have one, too. So I went to the nearest YumYum store and bought it (only L$99!!!). The box had a landmark for a “main store” so I had to go there (SLurl). Boy was that worth the trip! They had some nice freebies but mostly is was a beautiful build .. and I got to dive into a giant plate of cupcakes!

:::giggles::: The display is for sale, but I didn’t get it. Instead I went outside and explored the rest of the Isle of Tranquility (SLurl).

Like the store, the rest of the sim is very attractively done. Some skimping on things like wrought iron railings, but most folks won’t notice. In the pic above I’m looking westerly from a main square-like area. The water is nicely integrated and trees are everywhere. My biggest smile came from my whole visit came from the generally excellent textures.

The canals are really something and despite the lack of flora and fauna on the sea floor, I was pleased to find that some of the canals run under the buildings. Silly me, I should have checked to see how many prims were available in the sim whenever it occurred to me that the out-of-the-way places should have little details like leaves or animals or other signs of life.

One of the canal areas is a marvelous multi-level complex that made me want to go swimming, fishing, and shopping all at the same time. Many folks I know wouldn’t go from shop to shop to shop in a complex as shown above let alone in a non-mall formatted sim like this so I wonder how the merchants fare. Not that I noticed many shops. I was busy playing with sky settings (Windlight) and composition.

There is one area of the sim that is .. well, tacky … compared to the rest of the build. At one time in the not too distant past I might have called this a nice build but compared to everything else in the Isle of Tranquility, this is … grr … I’ll say it again … tacky. The textures are mostly nice but not realistic like the other builders used. The space utilization is also out-of-theme with it’s typical retailer layout. And why is prim water used to make a stream about a half meter above Linden water?

My Current Project

“If you build it, they will come.” Or something like that. But that doesn’t answer the question ‘Why build it?” I have no answer for that nor do I have an answer as to why I started building this skate park.

Maybe it is because I know someone who plans on building one. Who knows? (Another question I can’t answer.) But as I love to build I went at it. Not sure if I’ll even finish it. I have tons of things in my Projects folder that are finished, half-finished, or even one-tenth finished. This will eventually go there.

Ho-hum .. What? Starax!

The landscaping is ho-hum. The quality of most of the build is pedestrian. The club is fairly typical, but “Club Extreme Gaming Waterfall Store Dancing Zyngo Like Games” (SLurl) has three sculptures from the legendary Starax Statosky. Go figure. There are other nice pieces in the sim but three rare finds like this demon, orca, and Kong all in one place? Wow.

Next door is Osiris with some amusement park activities and other sims to zip around. If you don’t go to see Starax’s work you might as well stay home. But go see Kong! Go see the orca fly! Go see the demon 🙂

Found in my SL™ Notecards folder …

Never Argue with a Woman

One morning, a man returns in a boat to his family’s lakeside cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, his wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up, and begins to read her book. The peace and solitude are magnificent.

Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, “Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?”

“Reading a book,” she replies (thinking, Isn’t that obvious?).

“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.

“I’m sorry, Officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.”

“Yes, but I see you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”

“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman.

“But I haven’t even touched you,” says the Game Warden.

“That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.”

“Have a nice day ma’am,” and he left.

Never argue with a woman who reads. It’s likely she can also think.

(Disclaimers: Fixed up formatting for this medium and a bit of grammar. The notecard was created by Timecat Hotaling.)