My youngest daughter has been a "resident" of Second Life's virtual world for some time now. Once she took me on a cyber-tour of the virtual world, we visited her shop, chatted with friends, checked out how one can modify one's avatar, and one of the highlights (other than checking out her store) was visiting a strip-joint, watching her avatar being hit on by a cigar-smoking baby, and watching as she kicked the baby across the dance floor only to have it come running back shouting "HEY!"
I was fascinated to see the real-time interaction with other avatars knowing that somewhere out there on the other end of the internet, real people were controlling those characters...and yet I wasn't fascinated enough to want to check out Second Life beyond that night's tour.
UNTIL I received a solicitous email yesterday from a stranger who had found my art online and was offering to display my digitally-enslaved art works for sale in his virtual gallery, in Second Life... for a $3.50 monthly fee. Knowing that many bonified businesses and schools are virtually doing real business and making real money, I became intrigued enough with this idea to log on and create my own free account. The plan was: Once I get a feel for it (which will likely be a loooong time from now) I am going to upgrade to a premium account (which allows me to purchase virtual land) and then I am going to build my own art gallery!
FINALLY! My OWN Gallery damnit!
I have not gotten past the initial "Orientation/Tutorial/Help" phase yet. In fact, last night I got pretty damn frustrated because I stopped to get a drink on Help Island and now the freaking glass of water is stuck to my hand and my avatar continually slurps from it. For the virtual-life of me, I could NOT figure out how to ditch the water and so I quit playing.
I don't know why the hell I thought I should give this virtual life a go-round because I can't even seem to keep my first life under control...sigh, what the heck. If you are a Second life resident and you feel like going to Help Island, you might see me walking around a dock somewhere, drinking water and bumping into things... please be kind to me, it seems I'm a little "challenged" with this whole hand-eye coordination thing and understanding written directions.
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