SL for Nowt

Living a digital life with empty pockets

OMG, please kill the lights n’ bling!

Hi, guys. No, I haven’t forgotten you. My in-world time has been severely limited lately. So when I do manage to finally log in so I can write a post that I’ve been wanting to make for weeks, the last thing I needed was to be blinded.

Some of you may have already read my old When is a facelight not a facelight? post. This one continues from that (and don’t worry; the freebie post I was at this place to make will follow shortly) and it’s a plea to everyone, in simple words: DON’T OVERDO IT!

So, someone landed close to me (not a newbie; this avatar was over a year old), and out of the corner of my eye, I saw sparklies:

These were no ordinary sparklies, though. For one thing, they were vicious. Not for this glitter-lovin’ lady the gentle *bling* *bling* or the subtle *plink* of occasional glimmerybits. Nope. This was full-on, eyeball-assaulting *WHAM!* *BAM!* with each bling script set to repeat as fast as possible. Ever tried to take a screenshot of someone wearing bling items, and ended up having to take several pics before the screenshot didn’t capture the bling every time? No such problems here; it was that continual.

But it gets worse…

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September 25, 2008 Posted by | do's and don'ts, grrr!, mar's ponderings, weird stuff | | 2 Comments


Well, I was going to post a sim walkaround today, but the Second Life client (all of them!) had other ideas. Ten crashes in as many minutes. I’m using the new Release Client (which is the only one you can use right now, since trying to login with the ‘main viewer’ just prompts you to upgrade… to the Release Client!)

Crash 1 – Wearing an item I had just created.

Crash 2 – On teleport.

Crash 3 – Standing and doing nothing.

Crash 4 – Immediately on relog.

Crash 5 – Immediately on relog.

Crash 6 – On using camera controls to pull back my viewpoint just slightly.

Crash 7 – Immediately on relog.

Crash 8 – On trying to launch the Dazzle First Look viewer instead.

Crash 9 – Immediately on relog in Dazzle.

Crash 10 – On relog with Release Client.

Finally, setting my login point to Home, rather than Last Location, I got in, but all of my settings had reverted to default, and I had those awful ‘tutorial’ popups (“You have just opened your inventory!” Yes, I know I did. That’s because I clicked the ‘Inventory’ button, arseface!). My cache was also cleared (and when your cache is some 25,000 items heavy, that takes a loooooong time to reload).

Maybe it was the area I was in, because as soon as I set my login point to Home, I was fine, whereas whenever I tried to login to Last Location, I crashed big-time. *sigh* That sim walkaround was a good one, too! I’ll save it for later, when hopefully I won’t keep getting booted.

Edit: Well I found the reason for my crashes. My version of the Release Client had become corrupted. *sigh* No wonder it wouldn’t let me stay logged for more than a few minutes at a time!

April 12, 2008 Posted by | second life, weird stuff | | 4 Comments

It’s a slow-rezzin’ day

I think I finally have a name for the site, if I do decide to go ahead with it, and it’s far simpler than I’d originally been thinking of.

In the meantime, it’s been a slow-rezzin’ day in-world. Looking up, this was all I saw of The Gnubie Store, for a good five or so minutes:

April 7, 2008 Posted by | second life, weird stuff | | Leave a comment

I have to say it

Without them, love, you wouldn’t have a world in which to say that.

April 4, 2008 Posted by | second life, weird stuff | | 3 Comments

Workin’ my butt off

I’ve been workin’ my butt off all day, putting together a newbie kit of my own. I’ve hoiked around some of the cheapest full-perm stores (Chromex is the best I’ve found) and snagged a ton of stuff very cheaply. One thing I’ve found, though:

Resell and full-perm stores are a heaven for blingtards. Seriously, WHY does every damn pair of boots and shoes there have to look like an explosion in a De Beers store? If it ain’t that, then they have eight-inch whore heels and are made from plastic, latex, or other fetish materials. I’ve found great everything-else, from jeans to dresses, eyes to skins and shapes. There are fewer nice tops around, but some of the tops of dresses (the ones with not-so-great skirts) will serve pretty well. But shoes? Gah. Bling, whore, bling, whore… Oh, and don’t even get me started on the clip-clop shoes that announce one’s arrival as though one is a bloody carthorse…

And yeah, I’ve had my eye on the guy’s stuff, and believe me that’s even worse. If you don’t aspire to be P. Diddy (or whatever it is he calls himself these days) you might as well forget it when it comes to resell/full perm. ‘Playa’ blingy belt buckles, Gangsta AOs, huge white fur jackets with Ming the Merciless collars, and knuckleduster rings with more sovereigns and diamond-encrusted words on them than the average male has knuckles. Mind you, the kind of guy that would wear that godawful stuff probably needs that many diamonds (nice, hard stones, those) on his knuckleduster rings, because all that dragging on the floor would erode any other material.

Okay, okay. Bitch mode off. *sigh*

There *is* a lot of great stuff out there for free. Hell, I blog about it here almost every day. But the thing about a newbie kit is that it’s designed to be opened there and then, everything tried on, and the n00b looks banished before you go whizzing around the grid. And while I can fill a notecard with LMs and advice to go to TESLA for their great Elise 2 shoes, or to Maitreya for their fab slinky stillettoes, the point is: the newbie wants to stop looking like a newbie as soon as possible!

Oh well, notecards and LMs it is. I have two good freebie shoes for the girls: the ones you see in almost every starter kit, plus some fun stuff like workboots and clogs. For the rest, I will put in a notecard with LMs and instructions on where to get the good freebies around the grid.

And there won’t be any bling in sight…

March 29, 2008 Posted by | grrr!, newbie kits, second life, shoes, weird stuff | | 1 Comment

Now you see ’em

I’ve been up on my building platform, working on a few bits and pieces for my little market stall (soon to be opened up, I hope!) and I went into my graphics preferences to bring the draw distance down a little, as there was a skybox nearby that was getting in the way of my screenshot.

I took the screenshot I needed, and set the draw distance back up, but overshot the mark and… woah! Where did all those things come from?

So I carefully set the draw distance back to default and took a screenshot, then set it up as high as it would go and took another screenshot…

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March 24, 2008 Posted by | second life, sl settings, weird stuff | | Leave a comment