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Nonprofit Commons: where the brainy people scare off the flirts

I went to the weekly meeting at the Nonprofit Commons. They had several presenters. One discussed an immersion journalism project. In addition to writing about what it was like at Guantanamo Bay, they created an experience, so people could feel what it was like being there with their senses, rather than being limited to reading the story.

I was carrying my sign again. And nobody had a problem with it. It must have been OK with their theme. It’s sort of a protest against the US government sign, so I don’t think most people in Second Life would mind, but apparently it doesn’t go with some people’s ‘theme.’ I think it’s ridiculous that people get militant over their themes in this game.

A few of the organizers of the Nonprofit Commons added me to their friend list. I’m glad to have some people in my list who are working on really interesting social projects, not just building and scripting projects.

During the meeting, I cleaned out some of my groups. I was still in the Arcus Was Here group. Since he’s not around anymore, I don’t need to belong to it anymore. I checked to see who else was in the group. Juliet was online, so I sent her a message.

She was a member of Learn Avatar in May. She always stopped by to visit Arcus and Parx, sitting around and flirting on voice chat. She had friended me at some point, but I hadn’t seen her for awhile and she was no longer in my friend list.

I sent her a message asking if she was still building. She wanted me to stop by her new house and to talk by voice.

I came over during a slow part of the meeting. I said I had to go back to the meeting for a moment. She wanted to come, so I teleported her there. She was disappointed that nobody was talking by voice. Then she disappeared and logged off.

I went country dancing again, still with the sign. Nobody seemed to mind it there either. I even won some Linden dollars from the sploder and from the voting contest. In fact, I went the whole day without anyone complaining about my sign.

Focus on the big picture

I tried going around with my alt again today to see if I’d get any reactions about being a newbie. I went to a country dance bar to see if anyone would say hi. I got messages from two women who were kind of rude. And one was the hostess of the bar. I told her she was being a bitch. I very very rarely say things like that, but I thought that the hostess should have been much more professional.

Since the bar was having a voting contest, I brought both avatars so we could vote for each other. But it was taking too long, so one of me went to class. The other stayed behind for votes. But I crashed and almost lost my votes. Luckily I returned in time. I voted for two people, and received two votes in return. But I’m tired of country dancing and all the waiting – for all the stuff to show up clearly on my screen, for the voting to start, and for the voting to end –  and frustrated with the crashing, lost votes that go along with it.

One woman who sent me a message was nice. Both avatars friended her. Maybe that wasn’t a good idea. But I don’t expect to be using my alt much. I’m not having much fun pretending to be a newbie. Even if I did find someone who wanted to take me around to find good stuff, I’d probably be bored while shopping.

I’d rather spend my time learning my scripting. And I’m more interested in meeting people who are more skilled than I am. I’d rather make money selling my stuff than get a few Linden dollars for standing around at a dance club. I’d rather focus on the long term.

Chrissy sent me a message while I was in class. I feel like I’m blowing her off every time I chat with her. I really need to invite her to something because she’s always been very nice about sending me messages.