Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Second Life in red shade

Red meat is NOT bad for you. Now blue-green meat, THAT'S bad for you!
Tommy Smothers

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Competition in bugs

Well, well, well, bugs are running, flying and creeping everywhere, in IMVU they can even take the appearance of broken pop-up windows...

And when I come back here is what I look like...

I want to give my contribution to all the programmers leaving on Earth with these instructions that will surely help them avoid such mistakes.

Don't say thank you, it's with great pleasure.

If debugging is the art of removing bugs, then programming must be the art of inserting them.
Unknown (Mana, is it from you...?)

Monday, October 29, 2007

One day in Second Life, maybe...

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.
Charles M. Schulz, as "Charlie Brown", Peanuts, cartoon strip, US cartoonist (1922 - 2000)

But you may prefer this one :

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
Aldous Huxley, English critic & novelist )

Second Life competitor

You can try to get some clothes at IMVU shop, maybe you can wear them in Second Life...

Oh! by the way, the money here is the credit (how original!) and a credit is worth 0.001$ if I am not wrong, let's see : 10,000 credits are $10.00, so... (phew!)

Business is a good game - lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money.
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell

Looking for words

Sometimes I need some precision about a word I find in Second Life (my main chating domain)

For instance have a look at the Spanish word wapa (t=697827)

And an aftermath in private message that I prefer to save here as it will be deleted one day from the forum:

Chics, si quisiera decir Hi Walter, entonces pronunciaria Ji Gualter?

Sí, a lo bruto (luego también hay gente con "buen acento", como en todas partes...) pronunciaríamos "jai Gualter". También pronunciamos jipjóp (para la música hip hop) y Choni Jálidei, por ejemplo.
Pero como estas cuestiones conciernen a la lengua inglesa, no pueden ser habladas en el foro español-francés.
Nunca escribiremos Ji ni Jai en ningún sms. De hecho en castellano NUNCA saludamos con un hello para parecer más cool o lo que sea como haceis vosotros. Ni hi. Por lo menos en Europa. Además nos cae muy mal la gente que lo hace, aunque sea de otros países o lenguas (pero no lo decimos, pq es algo irracional, y racienalmente sí vemos que en francés no tiene pq ser un gilipollas el q lo dice, como sería si fuera un hispanófono).
En el norte de España, la sílaba "hue" se pronuncia "hue". En el centro y sur la verdad es que es más bien "güe", y de hecho en andalucía incluso "bue" se tiende a pronunciar "güe".
Pues como la sílaba inglesa "we" (que sería "hue", en el norte) también se pronuncia (en el norte para hacer reir, en el sur es una verdadera tendencia en la lengua relajada, muy coloquial) como "güe", pues eso ha dado que usemos wa, we... en mensajes de sms y chat únicamente para las sílabas: gua, hua, bua, güe, hue, bue...
Por ejemplo:
guapa --> wapa
huevo --> wevo
bueno --> weno
Puedes hacer más consultas de este tema en el foro "solo español", si no hay nada ya.
Por cierto, este tipo de escritura ("lenguaje chat", le llamamos) no se acepta para escribir mensajes en este foro en particular. Se pueden hacer preguntas sobre este tipo de lenguaje, palabras, etc. pero usando escritura "normal".
Para más acalaraciones sobre normas, puedes consultar a alguna moderadora: Cintia&Martine o Gévy. Son muy majas y te ayudarán en todo lo que necesites (y francesas, también te pueden responder en tu lengua ).
Espero que esto te haya ayudado.

Here another one for the expression to be at one with the situation (t=697078) (thanks Anne;)

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary,US author & satirist )

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween at Mana's

Thanks Mana for this Halloween party;)

Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.
Steve Almond

Second Life school (always school...:-(

Tips & Tricks

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Chilling with Alysa

Thank you Alysa for this poem:)
You are that steady breath
that beats my heart
and makes me smile
You are that calming wind
that floats within
and kisses my skin
You are a lingering song
that lights my eyes
and fills my soul
You are that waking moment
between a dream
and past my mind
You are that moment in time
that short while, the embrace
where peace stays close at hand
[Alysa, October 27, 2007]

A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.
James M. Barrie, Scottish dramatist & novelist (1860 - 1937)

My wonderful sorceress

Le Moine et la sorcière
Diablo 2 with Mana...
I hope you like these links Mana!

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
Mae West, US movie actress (1892 - 1980)

Dancing and earning money in Second Life

If you want to earn money while dancing and watching some nice video clips, go to Deja vu

Here the reward is usually 2L$ per 20 minutes, but sometimes you can get the same amount every 15 minutes.

One flaw though, if you are disconnected you earn nothing, whereas at The Edge you keep your money!

Another flaw, the place is crowded and sometimes you will be in trouble to find an available dance pad!

This region has nevertheless some pros, for you can go shopping in an immense mall owned by Midnyte Whispers where you will be given the habitual disclaiming notecard :

Thank you for shopping at Midnyte Whispers.

Please pay close attention to the rights given on each display board as they are not all the same. We do not offer refunds if you purchased the incorrect item or if you bought something for a friend only to find out it was no transfer.

We do not offer refunds or exchanges for any items purchased unless it was in fact defaulted and at our fault it is then at our discretion as to rather we refund or replace the item. Modifying an item and messing it up yourself does not place fault on us. If you modify something and mess it up, we do not replace or refund.

if you have a question about an item please ask it before purchasing.

Thank you
Midnyte Childs - owner of Midnyte Whispers

Ourdoor is the domain of the Deja vu shopping area where the notecard is even more precise :

Introducing the premier boot in second life,
designed and sold only at Dejavu Designs.
When only the best will do, shop at dejavu, premeir clothes designer . on the beautiful
Dejavu Island.
Sexy Dejavu's prims boots and shoes are unsurpassed by anyother designer in second life.
Make sure you come by and get a pair , you wont be dissapointed,
She has 14 Lucky chairs handing out these gorgeus Designer boots 24/7
she also has 6 Mob vendors.
NO SPAMMING or HANDING OUT other buisness lan marks or note cards if caught you will be band and reported as its against sl TSO rules
Remember these boots are Exclusively Sold at Dejavu Designs ONLY.
Dont settle for copies, trust me you will want the original. and thats at Deja vu's
"When only the best will do ~Shop at DejaVu!

Introduciendo el cargador del primero ministro en la segunda vida, diseñada y vendida solamente en Dejavu diseña. Cuando solamente lo hace la mejor voluntad, la tienda en el dejavu, premeir arropa a diseñador. en la isla hermosa de Dejavu. Los cargadores y los zapatos de los prims de Dejavu atractivo son sin igual por el diseñador del anyother en la segunda vida. Cerciórese de que usted venga cerca y que consiga un par, usted no sea dissapointed, ella tenga 14 sillas afortunadas que reparte estos cargadores del diseñador del gorgeus 24/7 que ella también tiene 6 vendedores de la multitud.
NINGÚN Spamming o DISTRIBUCIÓN de otras marcas del lan del buisness o las tarjetas de la nota si le está cogido sea venda y divulgado como su contra reglas de la TSO del sl recuerdan que estos cargadores están vendidos exclusivamente en los diseños de Dejavu SOLAMENTE. ¡No coloque para las copias, confían en que usted deseará la original y los thats en Deja vús "cuando solamente la mejor voluntad hace el ~Shop en DejaVu!

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844 - 1900)

Friday, October 26, 2007

(One of) my favorite real life avatar

Monica forever

My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
Diane Arbus, US photographer (1923 - 1971)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Avatars of the twenties

Les années folles or Les années folles...?

Ecrire est dérisoire: une digue de papier contre un océan de silence.
Sylvie Germain ( Les personnages)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Changing appearance

Geisha makeup
Avatar changing her face aspect in real life.
Where is reality, where is fantasy?
It's a secondary question.

The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

Some statistics

After having played the class clown, here is some sober work, my first comparative statement!

Second Life with goggles
By country Number of answers 1st link mentioned
Google France 664,000 000 wikipedia
Google England 568,000 000 second life
Google Argentina 581,000 000 second life
Google Cuba 581,000 000 second life
Google Spain in Spanish 581,000 000 second life
Google Spain in Catalan 587,000 000 second life Spain
Google Spain in Galego 584,000 000 second life Spain
Google Spain in Euskara 584,000 000 second life Spain
Google Germany 601,000 000 second life
Google China 63,300 000 secure second life join
Google USA 572,000 000 second life

Ok, ok, it deserves some improvement, I reckon, but I would like to see you.

We can draw some conclusions now

  • French are mostly interested in knowing what Second Life is

  • English and Americans are not so different, they are separated by only 4M answers, maybe the same difference between Blair and Bush, what we call the B2B (it works with Brown too, but it won't with Clinton)

  • Argentina and Cuba have exactly the same result, the Che effect...?

  • Spain in Spanish gives the same first link as England and US, by the way it is the same for Argentina and Cuba with also the same number of answers

  • Spain in Catalan, Galego and Euskara gives as first link, is that the beginning of unification...

  • Chinese are mainly interested in joining Second Life, but safely, perhaps the Tiananmen effect here?

  • There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
    Benjamin Disraeli, British politician (1804 - 1881)

    Little Pony in Second Life

    In my previous post I promised you more sex, here you have real hard porn!

    My little pony

    Have children leave the room or shut their eyes and hears, because this movie is above anything naughty and dirty you will ever watch, even in Second Life.

    Yes we are always in Second Life, our world, our imagination, images are images, they are not real life, and all that is not real life is second life.

    Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
    Herbert Henry Asquith, British politician (1852 - 1928)

    Saturday, October 20, 2007

    (Almost) sex in Second Life

    These avatars are not very original, though they are funny.

    Japaniaiseries (French wordplay that could be translated by Japanese silliness, but with less comical effect...)

    Want to watch more sex...?

    Sex Tips with Justine, so hot!!

    Next time it will be even hotter, I promise you.

    I'm too shy to express my sexual needs except over the phone to people I don't know.
    Garry Shandling, US comedian & television actor (1949 - )

    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Avatars in real life...?

    (source L'Express Style n° 2937 du 18 au 24 octobre 2007)

    L'Express Style

    So far I never noticed that we were already surrounded with avatars.

    They usually appear on podiums, but when I think about it during a couple of minutes, I realize that we can see some hanging around in various places.

    If you have the opportunity to take photos of RL avatars, please send them to me.

    Anyway have a look at Second Life Supermodels to have an idea.

    PHYSIOGNOMY, n. The art of determining the character of another by the resemblances and differences between his face and our own, which is the standard of excellence.

    "There is no art," says Shakespeare, foolish man,
    "To read the mind's construction in the face."
    The physiognomists his portrait scan,
    And say: "How little wisdom here we trace!
    He knew his face disclosed his mind and heart,
    So, in his own defence, denied our art."
    Lavatar Shunk
    Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Business in Second Life


    Waiting for the customer, is that the best way to making money in Second Life?

    Perhaps I should place an ad in the classified listings?

    Edit/Profile... Classified and ...oh! do I choose Shopping or Special Attraction...?


    I choose the latter, it better fits the situation, and I set the price to 50L$ every week, with auto-renew each week.

    With this price I will be at the bottom of the list (the more you pay, the higher you are in the list), so I am happy with this choice, because I prefer it rather than being drowned in the middle.

    I know, I am clever.

    There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.
    David Letterman, US comedian & television host (1947 - )

    La mer qu'on voit danser...

    Like a second life
    this summer the ocean was

    You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
    Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 - 1948)

    Let's relax, cooooooooooool

    Ryokan Haiku Poetry

    The time to relax is -- when you don't have time for it.
    Sidney J. Harris

    Laughing in Second Life

    Laugh of the day

    There are different manners to laugh in Second Life.

    People mostly use LOL, or LMFAO when they are educated and fluent English speakers, but we can see other forms of laughing.

    Germans say hihihi, Spanish jajaja or jejeje and French LOL because nobody now understands what MDR means.

    We can also bump into some hehe or haha, nevertheless I never met any huhu or hoho so far.

    Neither hyhy by the way.

    If you know some other modus operandi, please tell me, I will post any funny laugh that could be nice using in-world.

    You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
    Michael Pritchard

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    Phoenixa Sol

    What's on air today...?
    Let's watch, sometimes there are good surprises...

    If you want to see Phoenixa Sol dancing on nice music, go to Phoenixa Sol

    You can watch some nice movies here.

    PHOENIX, n. The classical prototype of the modern "small hot bird."
    Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, US author & satirist (1842-1914)

    Second Life = Tower of Babel...?

    We can sometimes be lost with the multitude of languages used in Second Life.

    Some tools exist to help us translate what we do not understand, nevertheless if we can translate Chinese into English it will be difficult to communicate with a Chinese who does not speak English.

    It is why many people are staying within the same community, French with French, Spanish with Spanish, Japanese with Japanese, etc.

    And Americans with Americans, English with English, Irish with Irish, etc. (just joking;)

    In Second Life there is an item, the Babbler, that translates immediately what you are writing on the keyboard (sorry I don't remember who gave me this tool and I don't know who is its creator, but many thanks to Paty who helped me to operate this tool)

    If you want to have fun you can try and translate a simple sentence, like "Salut! Je m'appelle Sofian et je vous embrasse très fort!"

    In English: Hello! I am called Sofian and I kiss you extremely très!


    Let's try first from English with "Hello! I am Sofian and I send you a French kiss!"

    In French : Bonjour ! Je suis Sofian et je vous envoie un baiser français !

    In German : Hallo! Ich bin Sofian und ich schicke Ihnen einen französischen Kuß!

    In Spanish : ¡Hola! ¡Soy Sofian y le envío un beso francés!

    In Italian : Ciao! Sono Sofian e vi trasmetto un bacio francese!

    In Pirate : Ahoy! I be Sofian 'n I send ye a French kiss! Shiver me timbers!

    In Japanese : こんにちは! 私はSofian であり、フランスの接吻を送る!

    In Chinese : 你好! 我是Sofian 并且我寄发您法国亲吻!

    In Dutch : Hello! Ik ben Sofian en ik verzend u een Franse kus!

    In Portuguese : Hello! Eu sou Sofian e eu emito-lhe um beijo francês!

    In English : er...

    And many thanks again to Paty for his help:)

    The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
    George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1916) preface, Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)

    Sex in Second Life

    I never had virtual sex before coming in Second Life.

    I mean I never made virtual love, because having virtual sex in real life looks rather queer (can you watch yourself in a mirror and gaze at your virtual sex...?)

    Funny experience indeed, but it has its limits.

    At the beginning I went to places where crowds were fucking with strange devices, men wearing enormous and ridiculous penis...

    Of course as a noob I indulged in some orgiastic manifestations, but I rapidly got fed up of this sort of unexciting activity.

    I will post no link here to any place providing sex, but you can still try with the button Search, it will return you so many information about the topic that you will be spoilt for choice!

    I will only quote Philip Rosedale, CEO and creator of Linden Lab :
    "A lot of the sex relationships in Second Life are driven more by lengthy, meaningful discussions. People have sex in Second Life because they have incredibly deep relationships, not just because they want to have sex."

    Nothing to add so far.

    Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
    R. D. Laing

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Training with boxes

    Suke and I are trying to create boxes.

    Of course creating a box is not very difficult, but when you want to create quaint boxes you can meet some problems...

    Suke is experiencing such problems when trying to apply different images on each face of her cube.

    So far she can only put the same image on her cube.

    I think she should

    1-master her camera controls
    2-go to the Ivory Tower
    where basics are explained in an entertaining way.

    I must come back to this place and resume my training with prims, there are so many useful tips and tricks we can learn there.

    Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
    Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)

    Monday, October 15, 2007


    Not easy to manage two avatars at the same time...

    Here I am with my alt, Ono Kumaki, who is camping at Edge
    to bring me some additional revenue.

    The first shot on the left was taken by her when I just arrived to check if she was really working and not flirting with some gal.

    The second shot was taken be me almost at the same time, but on my own computer...
    I am bald and I cannot see any Ono!
    Some time later she appears but I am still bald, what a shame!

    Finally, as you can see on the screen, we both are with our full package and she is really making some money.
    Good girl;)

    If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
    Thomas Szasz

    Sunday, October 14, 2007

    About earning money with camping

    There are many ways to earning money in Second Life, so far I only used one: camping.

    Actually camping is not the best way to earn money very fast and make a fortune in-world, but when you are lazy and prefer enjoying life instead of sweating hard on any job, it can be an acceptable solution.

    Several options are possible:

    1-you camp during the day when you are at work
    2-you camp during the night when you sleep
    3-you create another avatar (an alt) and have it camping on another computer while you are enjoying your second life with your usual character.

    I recently created an alt named Ono Kumaki who you can see on the pic camping at Edge
    At this place there are around 20 chairs proposing different rates.
    Currently (while typing these words) I am sitting on a chair that offers L$5 per 45 minutes, provided you are member of the group The Edge-Zecutives (otherwise it is 1L$ per 45 minutes...)
    One chair I have on my left offers a rate of L$3 per 24 minutes, another one L$2 per 15 minutes, etc.
    The problem of course is that when you want to get more money and you become member of this club, you are spammed with all kinds of messages not really interesting, for example:

    [2007/10/13 18:06] Prickle Ling: /v
    [2007/10/13 18:06] Karlo Antonelli: /x
    -- End of Log ---
    [5:31] korey Meadowbrook: whoohoooottt runs o get ermm oogly
    [5:32] Rogue Joliat: lolz


    You see, not really interesting...
    Ah! yes, there is in the middle of this example a line --End of Log ---, because I was disconnected (I lost my Internet connection) but the good news is that I didn't lose my money I earnt during camping:)
    Nevertheless, if you want to be sure to get a minimum of money and are not sure of your connection (Internet or Second Life...) you'd better choose a chair that pays every 10 or 15 minutes.

    Now if somebody has a proposal to get more money doing less effort, I buy it!

    Oh! by the way, while I am thinking about it, of course if you want to camp during several hours doing nothing, it is necessary that you are not automatically disconnected by Linden for inactivity!!
    When I began in Second Life I used tools (anti AFK, anti Idle...) that never worked, sometimes I even was connected during a whole night without using any tool at all, therefore there is apparently only one reliable solution that my friend Mana showed me (many thanks Mana for all you do for me!) and it is the following:
    1-You activate the "Debug screen" with CTRL+ALT+D (Client and Server appear in your Menu bar)
    2-You go through Client => Character => Character Tests
    3-You uncheck the first line: Go Away/AFK When Idle
    That's all!
    It's so easy that even me I can do it!

    Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
    Woody Allen, US movie actor, comedian, & director (1935-)

    Saturday, October 13, 2007

    Some more explanations?

    I created this blog with the intention of having a tool I could share with my friends.

    My purpose is to post my material (guidelines, pics, anything that can be useful...) and allow my friends to also post theirs if they want to.

    Anybody reading this blog is encouraged to add comments, I will take them into account as long as they are positive.

    This blog is also meant for newcomers in Second Life, I hope they will be able to find here some comfort if by chance they are lost!

    Only for my friends:
    Anne you are allowed to correct my bad English.
    Mana/Bugwoman, could you please correct my technical mistakes and add any information that would help more?

    We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for.
    Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, 2005

    My first message (OMG)

    You can click on me as often as you fancy, I love being titillated!

    The medium is the message.
    Marshall McLuhan, "Understanding Media", 1964, Canadian author, educator, & philosopher (1911-1980)