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Late last week, at lunch, I told a coworker that I was going to withdraw from the world and explore virtual reality. The lunch chatter was mostly about awful things in the world, so maybe my instinct was understandable. So, over the weekend, I actually did something; I got an account on Second Life. I'd only been thinking about it for ten years or so. The main reason for my long reticence was, I was kind of scared of the learning curve, but that's not a good reason to avoid anything, really. (Well, performing brain surgery, maybe.) So I set up my avatar, downloaded the software, and started wandering around in what I'm sure is the endearing way all SL newbies do, which is about as coordinated as a 18-month-old who has recently learned to not only walk, but to fly. Yes, one can fly in SL. I don't know if one can crash, yet. I was pretty careful the one time I tried it.

Apparently it's going to take hours to get my avatar to where it looks as I want it to. It doesn't even have a beard yet! This is something up with which I will not put, to quote Churchill. At least it has long hair, though. More importantly, I'm going to have to figure out what to do in Second Life. It's not exactly a game where you, say, capture a bunch of portals and defeat the rebels and go up a level. (There are games in SL, but you don't have to play them.) Some people sell things to others, some people like to build things, some just like to chat. I've heard there are people who give live concerts. Hm. That's an idea.

Seriously, though, did I really need another online social outlet? Especially since I don't use all the ones I'm on very well. <looks at recent missed days in LJ> Well, hey. It's free, so far, and it's only time spent.

Anyway, are any of you-all on Second Life? Wanna tell me about it?

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quickcasey
Nov. 24th, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
I'm occasionally on second life. Since I gave up on video games after Pong, I spend my time on Second Life trying not to crash into people and things. But I bought a Luskwood wolf overlay, so I look rather good there.
songdogmi
Nov. 24th, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
I got as far as Ms. Pacman on video games, but not much farther. I look at my nephew's games on Playstation 3 and I get vertigo.

Speaking of which, I bet I can cause myself to get vertigo with the way I walk in SL. Tonight was kind of frustrating; there seems to be a learning curve. I'll make it work, somehow. Then I'll look for you.
quickcasey
Nov. 24th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
Whatsinaname
I really had to think hard what I'm called there. You had to chose from a list of pre-made surnames. I'm either Casey Cronsage, or is it Casey Kronsage? I think the former. Might have an H in there. Chronsage. I have to load Second Life on my new computer. I haven't been there in a year or so.
quickcasey
Nov. 24th, 2015 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Whatsinaname
Casey Kronsage had to ask Second Life. Going to download it today.
songdogmi
Nov. 24th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Whatsinaname
That actually sounds familiar, like I saw your SL name in your LJ years ago, maybe? But I don't remember the spelling of it.

I managed to work myself into two anxiety fits last night, trying to figure out how to modify my appearance. I think I actually can't change much yet -- I have to go acquire new things first. But I haven't even figured out how to take off my hat. Sheesh. What if I meet the Queen?
quickcasey
Nov. 24th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Whatsinaname
Yeah. I'm terrible with software. I have a T-Shirt with chest-fur growing through it. I should either have one or the other.
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