Hey There! Katie Here!

Howdy! I hope you’ll bear with me as I get my feet under me. I’m brand-new to blogging, but writing is one of my strengths, so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

All About Me

Or rather, all you need to know about me.

Second Life

I’m young and open-minded. I’m always open to new friends, new experiences, and new ideas. All I ask is that you be kind.

Wine me, dine me, sixty-nine me. Take me exploring with you. Open my mind to fresh experiences. I love to dance, the slower the better. And sometimes cuddling can be even more intimate than sex.

“God willing, may your tea be steeped in serenity, sweetened by sharing, and surrounded by the warmth of your love.”

Real Life

25-year-old bisexual polyamorous woman living in upstate Noo Yawk. (SLT +3)

No pics
No chat
No RL anything
I live at home with my parents, so I don’t have a whole lot of privacy

Back To The Topic

I know Aisling has already written a lot about Life, the Universe, and Everything (as Douglas Adams put it), and I might touch on some of the same subjects myself. But since I’m a different person, my views are going to be different. Besides, you (the reader) might not have been with Aisling from the start, and thus have missed a lot of it.

Friendships in Second Life

I met someone new last night. Have you ever met someone and you knew right from the start that they were a kindred spirit? And to really understand what I mean when I say “kindred spirit,” I suggest that, if you haven’t already done so, you read the book “Anne of Green Gables.” And even if you have read it, you know it’s one of those books that never gets old.

Well, I met a kindred spirit. We are so much in tune with each other that it was almost like carrying on a conversation with myself. And we both know we’re going to be BFFs!

But if there’s one thing I’ve already learned—quite painfully, I might add—is that you need to guard your heart in SL.

Still, in this particular case and with this particular person, I’m reasonably certain we’ll neither of us hurt the other one. At least not deliberately.

Another problem I’ve experienced is the people in SL who seem to have forgotten—assuming they even realized in the first place—that every avatar, far from being a mere collection of pixels on a screen—represents a flesh-and-blood person behind that avatar. A lot of that can be attributed to the anonymity of the web in general and SL in particular:

People feel safe in mistreating or insulting others when they know that no one knows who they are. Hence,  no repercussions.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. Catch you later!

 

 

 

 

 

Time Zones and Relationships in Second Life

You know what really sucks? Meeting someone in SL and finding a kindred soul, only to discover that they’re in Australia while you’re on the East Coast of the United States. Not that there’s anything wrong with Aussies—it’s just that it’s awfully hard to maintain a friendship, much less a relationship, because of the time difference.

I had something similar happen to me recently. I made several new friends, but I haven’t seen any of them since then. And that, my friends, is why I urge you to put a note in your profile. In my 1st Life tab, it simply says  EST (SLT +3). EST is Eastern Standard Time, and SLT +3  means that I’m 3 hours ahead of Second Life Time (which is either Pacific Standard or Pacific Daylight Time, depending on the time of year). As Linden Labs are located in California, that’s the default time for the entire SL world.

Some Notes On Your Profile

Your profile is there for a reason. It lets people know a little bit about you. It doesn’t have to be detailed, but at least put something in there! I generally make it a practice to ignore people with empty profiles—especially when they’ve been in SL longer than 6 months.

I’ve even seen empty profiles for people who have been in SL for 7 or 8 years! What that tells me is you’re boring or perhaps too secretive for me to waste any time on you.

As an example, here’s my profile:

It’s pronounced “ash-LEEN.” Yes, it’s Irish. Yes I am…if you go back 4 or 5 generations. And before that, we wuz Scouses.

Harbour Grace, Newfoundland is the ancestral home. See my Picks for more about me.

I am ceann cine (clan chief) of Clan Aisling O’Connor. It’s pronounced “kian kineh.”

And under my Picks:

I’m kinda shy around new people, but I’m happy to join any conversation to which I’m invited. I always answer IMs…so long as they’re not of the “Hi, baby! Wanna fuck?” variety. R and U are letters, not words.

I appreciate people who can form complete sentences and who use proper grammar. What can I say? I’m an English professor in real life.

Those words are accompanied by this picture:

 

And that’s me in a nutshell. But my profile is a living document: I keep it updated to reflect where I am in SL, in relation to friendships, servitude, relationships, and the like.

Don’t be boring! And if you’re too shy to put anything in your profile, you might want to ask yourself just what the hell you’re in SL for in the first place.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! It’s the start of a new journey for me, and I hope you’ll come along with me.

Specifically, this is a blog about Second Life. If you don’t know what that is, take a few minutes to follow the link and learn all about it. Take your time. I’ll be right here when you get back. And incidentally, any links you follow from this blog will open in a new browser window, making it easy for you to come back when you’re done.

Who Am I?

Maybe a better question would be “What am I?”

In a technological sense, I’m an avatar. An avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person in video games, Internet forums, and so forth. Does that sound weird? If so, you’ve probably never watched James Cameron’s movie, Avatar.

More prosaically, I’m like a character in a book, a play, or a game. For example, if you’ve ever played Monopoly,® the shoe piece you picked to represent you is your avatar.

And just like an avatar in a book or a play, I only exist within the boundaries of my virtual world. Which, in this case, is Second Life.

More to Come

I’d like to thank you for stopping by. I’ve given you enough to think about for now, but check back later and we’ll get started with the basics:

  1. How to create your Second Life avatar
  2. How to customize your appearance
  3. Where to find free items in Second Life
  4. And much, much more to come in the next few days

Until then, this is Aisling O’Conner wishing you on this St. Patrick’s Day, sláinte mhaith!

(P.S.: It’s pronounced ash LEEN’)

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