What’s An Alt?

An Alt is shorthand for alternate account. Some people here in SL have more than one account: they have their main avatar, but they also have one or more alternate avatars.

Sometimes this is because they are suffering real-life multiple personality disorder, and sometimes it’s because they’ve been in SL for a long time and want to experience it from a different character’s point of view.

Usually the main character and the Alt have nothing in common and don’t interact with each other. But in some cases, the opposite is true: the Main and the Alt might be friends or even partners.

Another reason to create an Alt is if your account gets hacked, in which case it’s a good idea to delete the account and start afresh with an entirely new account.

Some people state in their profile that they are an Alt; sometimes they don’t. But if they do, unless they specifically ask for it, don’t pester them with questions about their Main character. If they wanted you to know, they would already have you as a friend.

So that’s the word on Alts. They’re really no big deal.

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The Problem With Your Original SL Profile Picture

Is exactly that: It’s your original profile picture. Huh? WHAT?  Let me explain.

This was my original profile picture:

Aisling 01

And here we have my current picture:

Aisling now

See the difference? New hair, new skin, new lipstick, different eyes. If I didn’t know better, I’d say they’re both different people—and yet they’re both ME!

Look, I know we all like profile pictures. After all, we all want attention. But as you change, evolve, make sure your profile picture is current.

What The Heck Is An “Alt”?

And Why Would I Want To Use One?

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Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers who legend tells us created Rome.

If you haven’t noticed by now, Linden Labs (LL) has filled Second Life with of TLAs: Three Letter Acronyms. I swear, they’re worse than the government. Then again, at least when we’re inside SL, they are the government.

One you’ll run into is “ALT,” “Alt,” or “alt.” This stands for “Alternate.” Sometimes members wish to create an alternate identity, perhaps to explore things their main character wouldn’t do. Think of it as a pen name for a writer. Authors sometimes wish to write outside of a genre they’ve been known for. Take Nora Charles, for a famous example. Ms. Charles also writes under the name J. D. Robb.

Maybe you’ve been in SL long enough to get bored. And maybe you have a lot of friends you care about. So keep your original account and continue to use it. But add a new account, so your new self can start an entirely new story. Use it when you get bored with your first account again.

And now you know all about Alts.

FLASH! This Just In!

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Maitreya Lara 5.3 Body Kit

For the rest of this week, Maitreya Main Store is having a 50% off sale for everything in the store! Now’s your chance to get the latest Maitreya Lara Body Kit for half of the normal price, as well as clothing, accessories, etc. Only until December 6!

If All You Want is a Head…

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If All You Want is a Head

You don’t need to buy a body. The Mayreal bento head kit comes with a body. I use a Maitreya Lara mesh body simply because it’s a more realistic look.

All Mayreal heads come with a perfectly serviceable body, as well as a decent selection of skins that have been designed to match the head.

If you’re like me and would like a broader range of skins and makeup to be available, then it’s definitely worth buying an Omega Solutions applier kit for the Mayreal head. And you’ll also want to grab the Omega generic router.

But there’s a secret: the applier kits cost $L149 on the SL Marketplace, but only cost $L99 in-world at the Omega Solutions store. Oddly enough, the generic router sells for $L1 in-world but is free in the Marketplace. Either, you’ll need them both.

Do you use another brand of Bento head? No worries—Omega is sure to have the kit you need.

Which Comes First?

The body or the head? I’ve discussed this with several people in SL and they all agree: if you can afford only one, go with the head first. This will give you time to save up your Lindens ($L) until you can afford the mesh body of your choice.

I chose the Mayreal head because of the low cost; a Catwa head, in comparison, will cost 4 figures in $L.

Still Not Sure?

Mayreal heads, like most other mesh products, can be difficult to fine-tune to get the exact look you want. If you’re interested in the Omega system, you can check it out before you buy anything on their web site.

DISCLAIMER: I receive no consideration for this review from either Mayreal or Omega Systems. I am reviewing the products merely because I use them and have found them to be decent products.