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Meme!

As Zippora says, it is this time of year, and when I got a meme from dande it seemed a good idea to join it, at least while waiting for my SL day to come (at the end I’ve selected the Friday… I wonder if everything still is where I left it :-p).

But sending notecards? It is easier to post it, even if I risk being lame ;-p

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Welcome to the 2010 edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here’s  what you’re supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun!

Change all  the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of  people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you.   Some of you may get this several times (that means you have lots of friends).

Name: London Spengler

01. What is your occupation
Writer

02. How many items in your inventory?
A bit over 5000

03. What are you listening to right now?
TV cartoons; they keep my daughter hypnotized so I can write this :-p

04. What was the last thing you ate?
At the time I started writing this, we just came back from having our breakfast, where we had half of a chicken/lettuce/mayonnaise “hor d’oeuvre” (we call them “pinchos”), and half of a toasted croissant with butter and marmalade. I didn’t share the tea :-p

05. Can you drive a stick shift?
Yep, as most people at Spain; we don’t like automatic gears.

06. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
One of those rainbow ones, that look so cute but are sooo useless.

07. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
Maybe my mother, six days ago? I’m not a phone fan.

08. Do you like the person who sent you this?
Yes, I do, or I wouldn’t take the effort answer all this crap :-P

09. How old are you today?
42 years old. But I am proud of age giving me maturity, gravitas… now, the fucking little wrinkles round the eyes, aRrrRrRRGhhHhh!
Or three years and something.

10. Favourite drink?
Decaff-latte-capuchine-diet-choc and strawberry coffee.
Kidding, it is milk :-) When traveling I like to ask for a “medium” coffee and see what happens: where I live you get a huge breakfast cup, at some places people gives you half of a little cup, and you can get lot of strange variations in the middle ranges.

11. What’s your favourite sport to watch?
Mmm… hard one…

None?

12. Have you ever dyed your hair?
Long ago I had some golden highlights done to me. Strangely enough, all pictures from that period of my life seems to have disappear, sometimes with extreme prejudice. Same about the perm age.

13. Pets?
At RL? A hamster and a husband. At SL? mmm…

14. Favorite food?
Many, but octopus is probably one of the best (delicious!); it also gives extra fun when I describe the dish to foreign people *grins widely*.

15. Last movie you watched?
Dances with Avatars.

16. Favourite day of year?
None, all.

17. What do you do to vent your anger?
I make incisive, quiet comments. If that doesn’t work, I start fuming and browse for “hitman”.

18. What was your favourite toy as a child?
Building games (Exin’s “Tente”).

19. Whats your favourite season?
There is a tie between spring and autumn. Summer and Winter aren’t bad, too.
Life is so nice :-p.

20. Hugs or Kisses?
Brief kisses, usually a peck in the cheek or lips. I probably give a pair of dozens of them a day.

21. Cherry or blueberry?
What for?

22. Do you want your friends to send you this back to you?
Now I took the effort? Sure! Let’s spread the pain :-)

23. Who is most likely to respond?
Oh, no, I couldn’t point at anybody… that would make it easier for the others!

24. Who is least likely to respond?
Obviously dande, since she sent it to me in the first time. Isn’t logic nice?

25. When was the last time you laughed?
Around a pair of hours ago, when I was supposed to be working. It was only a brief rest, I promise!

26. When was the last time you cried?
Often when seeing films, and SL has given me its share of tears. If we ignore both, years ago.

27. What is on the floor of your closet?
Jerseys, and a poor pair of tracksuits that we don’t use anymore.

28. Who is the friend you have had the longest you are sending this to?
I’m cheating here, since I am not “sending” it… How about my oldest SL friend, which is Nat, instead?

29. Favourite smells?
Wet soil, grass just cut (I dids scythe a field once, it was interesting… at first.).

30. Who inspires you?
To do what?

31. What are you afraid of?
Mime players (or, more seriously, the classic metaphysical fears; nothing original here, please, keep walking :-p).

32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers?
Cheese, and spicy, and also with a bit of pineapple. Why be a gourmet when you can be a gourmand?

33. Favourite car?
Tough ones; I tend to bump a lot.

34. Favourite cat breed?
Not a particular one. I like those that let you tickle their tummy, but also with a bit of spunk, and even better if they are crazy.

35. Number of keys on your key ring?
3.

36. How many years in your current job?
No easy answer for that; I don’t have a standard job, but my longest (and still active) relation with an enterprise is ten years.

37. Favourite day of the week?
None at all, but I have a weak spot for the 30 of February.

38. How many states have you lived in?
We don’t have states, but I’ve always lived in the same city anyway; it’s comfy and suits me well.

39. Do you think you’re funny?
Not really, I know that, at first, people laughs out of embarrassment, wondering what the hell was I trying to do. The good thing is that after a while they get accustomed, so they end thinking I am fun, even if I am not. It is a kind of Pawlovian reaction.

40. Favourite tree?
Chestnut.

41. Favourite all time music Album/CD
It isn’t easy but, if there must be only one… Queen’s Highlander OST?

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The gamer experience

I know it isn’t considered true blogging to simply get the ideas from other people’s posts, but we are supposed to talk about what we experience, isn’t it? And what happens when we are mostly experience other people’s blogs?

Anyway, I was reading Zippora’s last post about playing at SL (but not SL), and I decided to link to it, because this weekend I got addicted to World of Goo, a little game in the line of Lemmings, and I had forgotten what was to feel involved in that way, the gaming feeling.


The problem is, SL has become too old for me to enjoy it as a gamer. I find the price per prim too steep to enjoy landscaping, and don’t even get me started about the claustrophobic feeling within our unnecessarily small sims. I admit LL is doing a good thing with the new land for Premium policy,  making it easier for new users to find a home, but I am afraid I have little interest in land myself.

I don’t find exploring fun anymore, mainly because the interactivity that is left for us is mostly finding places to sit and be moved around, but also because visuals have grown old; physics had always been shaky, as it is moving around.

In the other hand, World of Goo only lasted me three days; I reached the end after 15 hours of intense gameplay, and I am not the type to bother trying to reach perfect on each level. Considering I’ve enjoyed exploring SL for years, and that we had been promised a revamp of the graphics system, I wonder if it will be enough to awaken user creativity, filling again our world with the wondrous fifth element, surprise.

Worth waiting, I hope :-)

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Have a good laugh

Warning, absolutely gratuitous image below, inserted only to pick your attention, and because it was handy.

Have a good laugh

Internet is as a huge worldwide community, where we have a lot in common: we all are computer users, often talking about computer matters, and often talking in english… which very, very often isn’t our native language.

While years ago I managed to communicate pretty well by knowing only a bit of English, now I felt like I’ve reached a kind of uncanny valley: not good enough to avoid (huge) misunderstandings, but good enough to feel like a zombie if I don’t push the language a bit. And it seems to be a typical problem around Internet.

Some interesting comments about at the pre-previous post (which also linked to the comments of the pre-pre-previous one. Mmmm… this is starting to look like a self inflicted chain letter :-p) showed me that maybe English isn’t the problem but, strangely enough, our national sense of humour.

One of Larry Niven’s characters in “Ringworld” defines humour as the interruption of a self-defence mechanism;  while the description can be challenged, it gives us an interesting idea… how should we push, and how far, to start a defence mechanism we can interrupt? Do different countries have different pushing limits?

We surely do; there is a kind of behavioural personal space, a national limit that defines the things we can touch and the ones we don’t, some things you don’t make fun at. When talking with people from other countries we may push too much, and be annoying, or too little, and they don’t get the joke.

But don’t worry, there is hope for us, and it is called globalization. I grew seeing sitcoms like Man About the House, and I think it gave my sense of humour an ironic, British touch, with a liking for word play; if you are a sitcom addict, we can probably communicate.

Of course, there may be some problems, like the funny looks I get, so many times, when trying to be fun at RL… I wonder, did I alienate myself from my own country sense of humour?

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Banana’s Hubby’s blog’s

When somebody new posts a comment here (something that doesn’t happens as often as it should, work, guys, work!), and their name has a link to a blog, I loooove to follow it, and most times I read the whole set of posts… or at least I have a peek at them.

Last one has been natural born kiavik, from Banana’s Hubby; and yes, I know that a blog from Banana’s Hubby would had been Banana’s Hubby’s blog… but once you have two apostrophes in a three word sentence, seemed fun to add a third… and it is a way to make people read the post .-p.

Most of his post have a touch of fun, even if I find some things are too far fetched, like: “My inventory is a mess. I have 3,875 items there, but i usually use less than 20 of them.” I also was in the brink of hating him when I saw he was talking about a funny SL video but, fortunately, it wasn’t the other funny SL video I had been waiting for an excuse to publish… and here I have it :-p.

Btw, I found the video at another blogger’s profile, isn’t life fun?

The usual thing would had been to leave one or two comments at my favorite posts but, since he commented he was trying to promote his blog, up to the point of getting banned in the process, why shouldn’t I give him a hand? So I decided I could mention him, and even throw the pic I submitted for Peter’s rezday BOOBIE FLASH Plurk.

Blog promoting

I know, it was very generous of me. After all, he can’t promote his blog by submitting pictures of his nipples.

Or can he?

Anyway, I find Banana’s Hubby’s blog lacking, somehow; after so many posts, he didn’t explain why he calls himself Banana’s Hubby?

Unbelievable!

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Goldentusk

I am not too addicted to parodies; I find them kind of “easy”, since they take advantage of a previous popular plot and simply look for fun ways to point at it.

They may also be dangerous, like David Langford’s parody of Dune, which wasn’t too fun but pointed so precisely to the series excess that it spoiled it for me (btw, he soooo nailed William Hope Hodgson’ stories!).

That doesn’t mean I don’t like to have a good laugh with them from time to time, for example with The “Theme Song” song, or this awesome port of SL to RL; but I laugh and move on.

And sometimes I find a parody so awesome, that it isn’t enough to recommend it to all my friends, and have to come and point at it here. But only point, because Goldentusk talent speaks by itself… and at a freaking speed, hard enough to get even by English natives.

Fortunately, I have found that fans added a copy of the lirics in the little “More info” link at the right (inside the gray column) for Halloween and Indiana Jones theme songs, but I would love to be able to get all that he says in the Bond and Superman ones. Batman is pretty feasible, even if not too fun.

Goldentusk

Go and have a look ;-)

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At last! Shadows!

Since I have at (almost) high end NVIDIA, it was annoying that, every time I tried getting shadows, the system hang. Nothing worked until at last, I tried Kirstens’ S18 viewer and, miracle of miracles!

The player with shadows is veeeeeery slow, but it is enough to get astounding pictures, like the one below (my first try, now I need to improving from here ;-p).

Summer night

Want to give it a try? here you have a brief guide of how to do it!

Or even briefer:

  • Download and install the S18 viewer.
  • Set Preferences-Graphics to Ultra.
  • Enable Advanced menu with Ctrl+Alt+D and activate Debug Settings.
  • Type RenderDeferred and set it to false (it may be already set to it).
  • Type RenderUseFBO and set it to true.
  • Type RenderDeferred and set it to true.

Et voila! Now you should have a huge crash or some cute shadows! Good luck! *winks*.

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Lately I have spent too much time reviewing nipples and too little writing tutorials but, how could I skip this?

So here is mine, Marnix ;-)

snowman and I

And since I am at it…

Plaid Open Shirt (jacket layer): And old freebie from Solange.

Stripey scarf, gloves and stockings: Bought them as a pack at REBEL XTRAVAGANZA.

Hoochi Slouch boots: Freebie from Innovations.

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