Thursday, April 16, 2009

A New look for Nayeli

A peaceful valley nestled next to the republic of Glint. An oasis...
Shangri-La if you will.

Come and swim in the deep blue waters with mermaids~

Swing peacfully, from one of the magical trees~

Consort with Nymphs,fairies, sluts...all sorts of magical creatures~
This is a beautiful build, well worth visiting...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Second Skin

No,I am not talking about anyone selling you shapes and skins...Second skin refers to a documentary film that follows six people who frequent MMORPGs...( massively multiplayer online role-playing games ) That is what Second life is, and other games like World of Warcraft. ...something that I just learned today in this article about the film.
According to the trailers, the film tells about a couple who have fallen in love without ever meeting in rl, but whose meeting is to take place soon. There are stories about " disabled players whose lives have been given new purpose." It also tells about people who are struggling with addiction, to the medium. All of these people are living in a world that is virtual, however does that mean that the emotions are not quite real?
I ponder... in a real world of increasing isolation, is this where we come to find a sense of community?
I have met some wonderful people in sl, and this piece made me wonder...would I feel the same in rl about these people?
That close of a resemblance to the real person, is the avatar? Not physically, I doubt that there are any real nekos after all...but the real person. This is what caused my interest in alts to surface...I was not sure, but then I remembered something. Life is about balancing both sides of the looking glass. Moderation in all things. Balancing between the real world and my newly discovered virtual one, might take a bit of effort, but I think that is is well worth it! Ahem...besides...I met my Master on-line.
So I will feel free to laugh and live and love in sl. I will just try to remember that this is one side of the looking glass. My real life is the other.

According to the website...Second Skin will be coming to theaters and DVD internationally in July '09. Second Skin is a Pure West film.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

All my eggs in one basket?

Recently, someone mentioned using an alt to get through the system of a rival. This piqued my curiosity so I decided to ask several people questions about alts. SL itself, estimates that there are several alts per user.

Some people have very strong feelings about the use of alts. They see it as some sort of a character flaw. Others, like the person who said that she would use an alt to sneak through a testing system, see it as a practical solution. As an entity, SL offers a certain anonymity the moment you create an avatar. The avatar is an alt in itself. Does setting up a separate account constitute a weakness of character, or the ability use the medium to a further extent?

When asked, many people have said that they have alts. I suspect that the reasons are almost as different as the amount of users. I have heard of sex alts, sub alts, Dom alts. furry alts, neko alts, vampire alts, gamer alts, transgender alts and sci fi alts. There are alts used for RP, (role play) that enrich the story line, and alts that people have created to escape the history they have written as that avatar.

Some people that create alts do so to to explore different parts of their personalities. These people refer to their "main" avatar. That would be the one that the person most closely relates to,or it can be the "banker" alt. Some create alts to wreak havoc as a griefer. (Not nice.) Some use alts as investigators, or to just have that chance to be anonymous again.

Is it wrong to have an alt? One girl told me that if she only had one character on sl it would be like having all of her eggs in one basket. She said, " I am limited in rl, why should I be limited in sl?" The question alts becomes one that each person must answer for him or herself.

Me, I think that it would be very expensive, and my time is so limited, it is not even an option that I can entertain. Besides, I am already a fairy, mermaid, OBGYN, submissive, and Alice the 'blogger.

I think that is enough, for now.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

When all else fails...hug your bunny

It has been a tough weekend, and sometimes you just have to spend some quality time with your bunny!