The Yardsale Avatar

5 10 2008

On a wild party a few people discussed about strange avatars. Then we came to moving shops … suddenly somebody uttered the thought that if youd had to carry all that stuff from one shop to the other, you’d look like a moving yardsale … a big pile of rubbish.

The natural thought to follow while dancing was to try that and hang all kinds of queer stuff on every single attacmentpoint to get and keep on spinning in dancing.

Ta DAHHHH!:) Everyone kept laughing for half an hour and it was decided that the Outfit should be remembered and offered as an Avatar.

Be sure to be remembered when wearing this!

Photos can not completely show the hilarous effect, so i turned up a little video:

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Back to (Second) Life

3 10 2008

Oh dear, what a year.

After finishing my diploma and acquiring a new post in RL I had to settle in there. After did that, my bosses at the city administration  decided that they’d need me to hop into the local animal asylum as an emergency manager to streighten things until a regular manager is hired. Intriguing.

Now … after I passed that job to the new manager, I am finally free again to return to the net for longer than 15 minutes per day and do things, I like to do like buildingand straightening out my own shop:)

It’s high time to buld something and pack up those Boulevard – Segment shop project, I have in my pocket for ages.:()





Witchhunt View on Second Life

4 07 2008

Soda Domela was just so kind to to report me to LL for unsolicited promotion for passing on a notecard to invite her to associate with my prefab shop business.

Allow me to quote our little communication for your amusement:

(I have’nt found a way to turn of the smileys on these posts, so be assured there have been no smileays on Miss Domela’s side 😉

Soda Domela: (Saved Wed Jul 02 01:50:29 2008) do i know you?
Soda Domela: (Saved Wed Jul 02 01:51:48 2008) why have you sent me this notecard?

Calixus Voom: Hello there:) I just dropped you the notecard because I look for some classy shops to associate in the shops in my showrooms. I want to present my prefab shop designs “in action” and did spread the notecards to shops, I looked upon and saw good style in:)
[7:30]  Soda Domela: (Saved Fri Jul 04 02:14:46 2008) I ADHERE TO TOS AND REPORT ALL SOLICITATIONS.  BUSINESS IS BUSINESS and constant solicitations are an interuption, and block important messages.   TOS POLICY: 5.1 Participant Conduct. In addition to abiding at all times by the Community Standards, you agree that you shall not:  (vii) upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation;
[7:30]  Soda Domela: (Saved Fri Jul 04 02:15:32 2008) it is your responsiblity to read and follow Second Life Terms of Service,  the above is directly from my profile.  Your account can now be suspended,  good luck to you
[7:30]  Soda Domela: (Saved Fri Jul 04 02:16:06 2008) every mall here wants “classy shops” it doesnt mean that you can solicit people
[7:35]  Calixus Voom: Very well. I thank you for kindly taking some more of your doubtlessly valuable time to inform me and wish you a nice day:)

Well, so far so good. I am not really worried about a report to LL for sending a notecard to a a businesskeeper in SL to invite him to associate which is set in a decent language and offers the reciever the chance to read the headline and decide to accept or decline (is it a strange thought to think that his/her AV would be set to ‘busy’ if he is in a workflow, allergic to notes and wants to be left alone?).

What indeed worries me in this case is, that SL features individuals -businesspeople or not – which act as they where simply too important to take a glimpse on an incoming notecard report and press the accept/deny button on notecards, but on the other hand take the time file a report to LL,  copy a quote from TOS to you and wish you good luck with it.   

On this behalf I want to make a point clear to everyone, who intents to speak to me on any matter, pass on a note regarding business or having for any kind of communication which is articulated in a decent manner  and above the level of  “HEY YOU XXX FOR LOW MONEY!”:

I will be open for your communication and talk to you if my time allows it  and will at least take the time to read the title of your notecards before I decide to not accept it. I always tried to be a communicative person in SL for this is what makes the whole envivroment a much better place: the chance to meet new people.

Although I run a business in here for about a year now as a hobby, I always tried to be open to any chance to converse and also to look friendly on any business-related-communication that offers anything.

While some people seem to see freedom in SL in being the freedom to be left alone, I see it as my freedom to decide to be an open individual who looks at everything and replies to what he deems worthwhile.





Let the summer begin…

19 06 2008

Its grand old holiday time for the next two weeks in old RL, which basicly means that I have more time for inworld matters:) For that reason, I am in the lucky position to complete some designs and wrap them up.:)

Besides that, I fiddled myself into GIMP, my mysterious graphics program, with the effect, that I now strive to improve the design of my product-posters.

Here is my first result …. well as the creator, I will naturally think it’s great …what would you think?

Oh btw thats a new product too, of course:)

 





New Product: Ventriloq – Personal Greeter HUD

18 05 2008

As a shopkeeper in Second Life ™, you normally have to repeat certain welcomings or product-related phrases to point out this or that over and over. That is, if you happen to be a shopkeeper who seeks ‘face-toface’-contact with customers or have employees for giving personal service.

Examples:
“Greetings. Welcome at SLCME headquarters. How may I help you?”
“Please remark that, if our products get utterly destroyed because of a malfunctioning prim, we will of course redeliver a fresh copy of the respective prim.”

Quite some typing for business-conversation, you have to do multiple times, isn’t it?

Due to this, a gadget, worn as a HUD that makes your avatar actually say whatever phrases you preset with a simple click, would defenitely save you some typing time.

Find it at The Hammerwielder Store Shop, on Second Life(tm) Exchange or on my onrez-site and take a look on a way to make serving customers a tad easier.





View on the weather

12 05 2008

Having no idea if the term is still up to date, “net-weather” today again became intereresting for me again.

While in RL, I look in my homes garden and see the brightest monday since months (and a holiday with that), I see sheer blackness while looking at my SL client, which tells me that there is no login due to asset server probs. Furthermore a shy look a the blog tells me that today net weather seemed to be on blizzard with several outages.

Unfortunately, that isn’t really new there. Since the upgrade to the new windlight-included client, things go worse. Sales drop, network jams, network brown-or blackouts.

And more and more often, I get to the point to think about blowing the whole show, revoke my premium account and simply sit and wait until any other massive envivroment comes up which allows creation and sale of own content to brighten its atmosphere.

It is not yet that I feel that LL abandoned their baby, but for considerably sure, they neglect it. There is about 60000 users max, I see to be online simultaniously (How many of them bots? Who knows.). And not one day passes, in which the grid breaks down like a old-age-wrecked railroad with a serious pneumonia.

This would be perfectly alright, if this would be an experimantel envivroment for a bunch of merry but unhappy students or beta-testers. Fact is, it is not.

The fabulous thing, LL’s vision had coming here is a grand thing, paid for by people who only want to have fun and can not because their inventory vanishes, they cannot move or simply are denied access by grid overload. Plus it is paid for by people who run a business and try to sell things they deem either nice or usefull to other people .

Now the problem with selling or even having customer relation is that you can not, if nobody can log in.

You can not have them, if nobody can teleport and follow your landmarks.

You can not have them, if nobody is able to see your shop because rezzing the surrounding on the new sim after TP takes ages for the customer so he becomes frustrated and leaves.

You can not if the customer buys anything from you and either the payment is going stale or the item is never delivered because of malfunctioning asset-servers.

I am sure, I would be able to talk about this kind of stormy net-weather all day. When you pay 125 US$ Tier per month (not to talk about an additional 19% VAT, my government never asked me for) plus the 6 US$ for a yearly premium account, you are surely not a big fish in the business, I know that very well.

But it’s the medium and small fishes that fill the net.

I find it hard to cope with the fact that coverage of the costs I have dropped from 100% with a little surplus now and then to about 20 to 50% because customers do not appear, are not able to see my shop in time or even cannot enter the whole grid. When you sell prefabs you are clearly at the end of the chain.

People have no sufficient net-weather, people buy or rent no land to place a home or business. Now if they don’t, they for sure buy no prefabs.

The sum of it is:

Even if you look at bright sunshine through your window, weather can be still stormy and clouded in  another life.





Hear Ye! Hear Ye! New Things!

26 04 2008

I neglected my blog for two week now out of a very understandable reason: I wanted to find out, if it is me or SL. I am talking about the the old feeling to jogg in jam all the time. Well it was SL mainly. I found out by buying a new laptop.

This beauty now has two gigs of RAM and a recognizable gfx card. The good point is, I can now run windlight. Another one is, that I was able to heighten my view distance to maximum … which I reduced again immediately to keep at least a little bit of the impression to have my land in a decent neighbourhood.

Now, after I took some time to transfer all data to the new machine, I was finally back in business, only to find out that SL was still darn slow. So much for that hope.

Anyhow, I finally packed managed to box up Jen Wise’s fabulous Tudor House Design and set it for sale on the Storeshop and on my vendor network.

Its a really beautiful piece of work and I agreed to sell it on a comission base for I am still a bit dense when it comes to homedesigns. Check it out either at the shop or at the lifedisplay on Dhaulagiri. Of course you may also check it out on SLX or on Onrez.

Also -leaving all admin work behind- I did some contemplative afternoon-hour, starting to set up another long time-idea: A Newsstand, where you will find all the newspapers, blogs and SL publications. I admit, the idea isnt especially new but I wanted a decent corner for this and a decent building to go as a newsstand, which also can be used as a shop. Well, after some fiddling and some design critics from my sweetheart, I finished the little building, placed the first vendors and IMed people for to send me more. So if you run a newspaper or a magazine or a Blog in SL, make yourself heard and drop me some info or your vendor to place it there.

Now… back to work.

p.s.: did I mention that i soon will have to cut down RL in favour of this?:)