Graceful indeed! The avatar in the picture belongs to Blog Veridical editor theoremfix.
Graceful indeed! The avatar in the picture belongs to Blog Veridical editor theoremfix.
Read this very thought-provoking and informative website “…For all things SL and RL!” : http://www.theslparade.org/
Visit inworld: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tangun/177/228/63
I go to clubs to meet people. Never for the music. So, anyway, not even a day ago, I teleported my avatar to this club. The main club building was a minute’s walk or a few seconds’ run away from the landing point. Was flying allowed? Nope.
Within three seconds of my avatar entering the building, walking past the owner that stood their avatar close to the entrance, I got banned. No the avatar wasn’t a few days old or wearing any of those….what you call…suspicious items. Here’s the innocent one’s picture:
And here’s an excerpt from the surprising conversation with the owner of such a well-known music club in Second Life…
Despite telling them that I had come over there just to chat with people, they carried on their silent treatment. Blocked.
Moral of this story? Make your avatar look like most others’ (sexy and all) inworld and you’re good.
Read a similar story: I go clubbing as a dark fat avatar and some people are alarmed
I decided to interview a noob. I was on my mission to find someone genuinely new and not an alt. I got lucky pretty soon at sandbox island. The noob asked me not to publish their username. So I am just going to call them noob.
Me: What do you think of this world so far?
Noob: First of all, I think this is a play. Second Life is adults playing with pixel dolls – dressing them, bathing them, taking them out to pubs and hangouts, roleplaying being their avatar….
Me: That’s an interesting way to see this world, I must say.
Noob: Sure. What else should I think of it? It’s pretty amazing that so many adults get with someone only ’cause they like their avatar! You know what, I met this man who kept messaging me and saying that he was pretty sure I could be his real wife stalking him inworld! My God. Wasn’t even a week I took birth! Lol
Me: What can be the advantages of this play?
Noob: Well…..I think people who have suffered a big loss in their real life or are in pain need this distraction.
Me: Yes, in fact there are many disabled individuals to whose lives this “play” adds some meaning.
Noob: That’s cool. I think in like a few weeks I have seen strange things.
Noob: People craving for Second Life family life. I have overheard people talking about feeding their “SL babies” and putting them to sleep. I thought they were joking about the whole family thing. So I typed a “hahaha” in local and got into a little trouble. One of those people shouted, “Shut up, you little noob!” I actually think that people who are able-bodied with opportunities to live better real lives, should actually aim at making their real lives as much fun instead of wasting their time in here.
Me: Do you know many people meet their real-life partner or friend here?
Noob: Yes, I watched a number of documentaries and read published pieces about this game. I don’t know about meeting partners and all but I definitely can see that a lot of retired old people who have the abilities to make a significant influence in the real world in their free time are getting too serious with this game. For them this game should be like a small stress-relief break or a learning experience to carry out a real world business or work or something like that. But the fancy clothes and hats and stuffs for avatars fuel the craze of spending lots and lots of money on decorating a pixel doll. To sum up things, this play is very healthy for some and dangerous for some.
Me: So, you think the creators of attractive content in Second Life are to be blamed for people wasting their time with their avatars?
Noob: Yes, and also those people refer to the avatar as “me” or “i” instead of “it”. That’s another amazing thing I noticed.
Me: How old are you, again?
I recently discovered JudiLynn India’s evocative artworks at the Center Ground Gallery of Art owned by the artist herself. Within a few hours I was exchanging emails with her asking all that I wanted to know about her life and dreams as an artist as well as the kinds of opportunities that artists in general have in Second Life. The interview, edited a little for precision, follows…
Are you from India? What is it like to be an artist in the country you belong?
Though my Second Life name is JudiLynn India, I am a woman of African descent from the northeast region of the United States. (The name “India” was chosen from the list of suggested names in SL in 2009 in homage to my deceased pet cat named India, after the movie character “Indiana Jones”.) I studied Commercial Art and Graphic Design through high school and college, attending the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Fortunately, , I grew up in an environment that celebrates the arts in all form. My father was a commercial artist and my mother, though not using her artistic talents in life, encouraged my artistic endeavors on every front.
How difficult is it for a commercial artist to successfully market their art in today’s competitive world?
I believe it can be quite difficult to market yourself without solid promotional skills and the right connections. The web has opened the doors to every creative spirit, which is a beautiful thing for exposure, but makes it more difficult to stand out unless your skills are exemplary – or you are in the right place at the right time. Your personal resources and determination will dictate your success.
What are some of your goals as an artist that you are looking forward to achieving?
Though I’ve been creating all of my life – since early childhood – I have yet to achieve status as an independent, professional artist. My goal is for my work to become more widely accepted among collectors and organizations so that I can focus most of my time in it’s creation. I want my work to specifically bring a sense of joy and peace to the collector while raising funds and awareness for human resources and animal rights. I want my work to be more than decorative. It must serve a broader purpose in the world.
Do you have some all-time favourite colours?
I love bold, brilliant colors most. Fuchsia, purple, shades of blue and brilliant greens stand out most for me. I’m always experimenting with techniques that allow me to isolate and incorporate these colors in my work. I find it most effective to create digital pieces, as well, because of the vibrant color combinations possible without muddying. Besides creating art, I used to sew continuously and create outfits that were equally as colorful.
What are your thoughts on creative block?
I spent many years in creative block. It was horrible. I had ideas constantly swimming in my head and heart, but could find no way to bring them life. It was a personal hell. Even a support group didn’t help me. It was the purchase of a Wacom drawing tablet and experimentation with it that actually broke the dam. I replenished my art supplies and began painting continually in 2006, exploring new acrylic mediums that had come on the market since the 90s. It was marvelous! I believe the secret to avoiding a block is to force yourself to pick up a brush, pen, pencil, stylus, and just do something – anything to gain momentum. In retrospect, I’ve also come to realize that the time that I felt blocked could have been the time needed for my spirit to absorb and mature creatively. I never stopped watching what other artists were doing. On a subconscious level, I may have been gathering information from the environment that would serve me later.
How can the Second Life art community benefit an artist?
I can say that, for me, the Second Life art community has allowed me to become more prolific than I might have over the past 8 years. Because of ongoing invitations to group shows and solo exhibits in SL, I was further motivated to traditionally paint and create digital works, learning new techniques and software. It has also been quite inspirational thanks to the many RL artists I’ve met in the process. Exhibiting my work in SL has also served as marketing research. I’ve learned more about curating exhibits in the process. This has given me more confidence in my own creative processes and marketing skills. One need not raise much capital to open a gallery and invite the world to the party – a major plus!
Center Ground Gallery of Art: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Han%20Loso/196/39/65
The Art of JudiLynn Studio and Gallery: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tabula%20rasa/115/33/25
Shop for beautiful abstract Artwork of JudiLynn at: http://www.judilynnart.com/
Just yesterday I got into an ugly argument with some owner of one of those clubs in Second Life. Why? Just because I complained against a DJ who was spinning at that time hiding their tracks from local chat and couldn’t play a particular song I requested them. Many DJs do not take requests. If some of them happen to do so, the quality of their music suddenly declines (hilarious?) when they squeeze in that song at some point during their “mix”.
I was the one who took a DJing class from the co-owner of the same club only to learn how they illegally (playing copyrighted music without paying royalty fees and not bothering to verify if a legally obtained license is required to stream music inworld to an audience) spin music. Just rip it off youtube and hide the titles! Oh and you can also spin other real DJ’s live mixes all available on youtube. Be subtle and steal. SAM broadcaster doesn’t need to be legally downloaded. You can use free ones too. Those were some of the lessons taught by them. That’s how anybody can become a DJ in Second Life and start earning lindens that can be converted to real money. Okay. This is almost equal to hosts using automatic greeters instead of greeting people manually or clubs using bots to raise traffic. Oh and these DJs and club owners supporting them are immensely proud of themselves.
Isn’t it just better to listen to original music on youtube instead of supporting the illegal activity inworld? That way we can only have the most genuine DJs who exist in Second Life and way fewer clubs where hardly any set will ever go tipless.
Update (14 September, 2017): What are the legal requirements to DJ in SL?
Recently I have been coming across discussions on social media about racial prejudice in Second Life. It is true that people are mostly attracted to curvy female and muscular male shapes with great quality skin. But, I have bumped into some who don’t care about your avatar’s skin. They want to know where you are originally from.
So, I happened to observe that one lady, whose avatar was white-skinned and all prettied up, striking a conversation in local with a man that stood his avatar close to hers. The man revealed that everyday he desperately searched for his “SL soulmate” at sandboxes and clubs. He even expressed his curiosity about the woman. But, when he learnt from her that she was born and raised somewhere in Southeast Asia, the man seemed to lose all interest in her. He never replied to her as soon as she mentioned her country’s name. Not even a “wow”. Instead, he began to compliment another person’s avatar that was a little far away from him and walked his up to it.
Then, for a few days, I went about asking whoever I met inworld one question: Why did you choose the skin colour your avatar is wearing now?
I liked one of the answers very much. It was a little different than those “Because I can” or “Just cause I like it and I look like this in rl” answers. It read:
“I chose this skin color cause I wanted to look different in SL than I really look. Doesn’t mean that i aint proud of my rl looks or who i really am. Sometimes u just want to be different and that’s all. hence, i am white in rl and brown in sl. maybe tomorrow i will be black and then asian another day….lol”
Space, the final frontier? Well keeping space very much at the forefront of their second lives is the National Space Society (NSS). This virtual fraction is part of a much bigger real life non-profit society dedicated to the creation of a space-faring civilization. Their vision is that in the future people will be living, working and thriving in communities beyond Earth and will use space and all its resources to make our lives much better.
Upon arrival at the sim, you will find yourself standing in a glass dome, surrounded by moon rocks and a floating satellite. There are trees and other pleasantries on offer making you forget for a moment that this place is primarily about us living in space, but then perhaps that is the point. There are multiple levels which you can access via a shuttle and that is when you start to feel really immersed into space life.
From looking at the educational posters all around and the attention to detail, you can see the enthusiasm the NSS has for their cause. My only disappointment was the lack of visitors, which did make me wonder if perhaps this place was too real, if people in Second L are only really online for the virtual, the make believe and the pretend.
But as someone who knows little about space, I must say the prospect of humanity achieving what the NSS strives towards is more than a little exciting and I really think this sim is worth beaming up for.
SL Tree of Life Website: www.sltreeoflife.com
Visit #Ravishing Racks SL Marketplace store: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/197315
Visit #Ravishing Racks inworld store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Abitibi/120/74/4095
Talking to one of my friends inworld who got reported to Linden Lab by a Second Life Marketplace merchant just because he had typed a polite negative review about one of the merchant’s betraying products, makes me feel the need for Linden Lab to check people wrongly reporting innocent Residents of abuse.
“All I wrote was: why the tipjar is asking to share my account details with its creator which wasnt written in the description of the item on marketplace? I wasted 300L$. And that seller just IMed me saying they reported me for abuse! So, I should just give positive feedback or ignore even if the product I buy are not according to the description they gave!”
Another person I have known for years inworld encountered something similar last week. They were in search of a sponsor for their new club and had been IMing some designers who are well-known sponsors of fashion events in Second Life. They also messaged a few other not so popular creators whose products they quite frequently purchase and one of those merchants replied to the person’s civilized sponsorship request with, “I have just reported you to Linden Lab for fraud.”
Everyone, especially adults, should know that falsely accusing a person of abuse or fraud or any crime is a serious crime. One false report against an individual can be very disturbing to them. There are people with severe physical or mental problems who work or do business in Second Life solely to keep themselves occupied. The 3D world should just be a satisfying distraction to those who have a very trying real life. So, when someone is unreasonably harsh to such people, it becomes a real problem.
Although Linden Lab is not known to punish someone if there isn’t any evidence against them violating the Linden Lab’s Terms Of Service, paranoid strangers are a threat inworld.
What do you think?