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The other day I logged into SecondLife and was making a concerted effort to try and have fun. I needed to update my avie look so I went shopping. Found a leather jacket and some shoes. Bought some glasses that look like the ones I wear in physical life. Thumdar Yaffle in SecondLife

Cool, my avie looks better. Okay, now what? Where do I go? Yeah sure, there's people on my buddy list from There and I could IM them and go hang out. I got a teleport request from a friend and accepted it, arrived in the middle of a very dark club on the dance floor. Everyone had clicked on a disco light ball that activated a dance script and thus took control of their avatar making them dance together.

I don't much care to have my avie controlled, especially by a group script. Not much into being a follower. Kinda do my own thing, so I walked off the dance floor and stood there looking at the people.

Thumdar Yaffle Watching Dance Clubbers
Some people said, "Is that Thumdar from that site?" Or, "Is that Thumdar from There?". They were all nice enough and seemed to be having a nice time.

It was very dark. It was hard to know who was saying what (I later turned on chat bubbles ~ much better). It was like a bunch of bees in a hive following scent commands. I was standing there and it felt cold, my avie following the stand script I had implanted in his animation override. Yay.

I MISS ZONA!!!!!!!!! I miss being able to login into There and go to Fisher Island or Cosmo or Zephyr and be able to run up to a group of people and speak "Hey all, what's up?" My avatar moved fluidly LIKE A REAL PERSON DOES. People interacted. They didn't activate a script, they typed 'hole or 'giddyup or 'hi5 or ''laugh or 'tu. It was truly interactive.

Thumdar & Friends at Karuna Plaza
Yep, there are central gathering places in SL, true. I've been to them. It's usually one or two people voicing and making sure everyone knows they are experts of this or that while everyone else is standing around trying hard to look fabulous and just listening. Man ~ that just rocks.

Okay, okay, I'm just another disgruntled Therian PO'd that he lost his online world of choice, I know. SecondLife is actually really cool, but the interaction between peoples isn't (in my opinion) anywhere near as good as it was in There. I'm sure many, many, many peoples disagree with that, but I'm entitled to my opinion.

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Since I received the notice that There was closing shop, I've been rather standoffish and unaffected. I don't spend much time in There so, what's the big deal? Besides.., there's always other virtual worlds to explore, new people to meet and then there's all that RL work to be done. So no big deal. Really.., no big deal.

Until tonight.

I'm in Cosmo Village hanging out with a bunch of old skool Therians. We're all actin' like noobs, running around, putting on weird looksets and just laughin' our azzes off. It was a blast!

An hour past and I decided to go visit some other friends who were riding the bumber cars at Chaz's amusement park. 10 minutes of that and I'm wandering off.., by myself (very typical).

Then it hits me. There is closing.

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Michigan snow

More Michigan snow

Me shoveling snow (lol ~ kidding......)
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What is real?

We hear people use the terms "RL", "Real Life" and "In World" all the time. Those of us who have been active in any virtual world will no doubt have had a conversation (at least once) about virtual life compared to "real life". It's been a hot topic for as long as 3D virtual worlds have been around. Well.., I have an opinion on this topic.

After spending many years involved with someone online, I have learned many lessons and have had countless discussions about this type of romance. Those people who have never been active in a virtual world will often times quickly dismiss these type of relationships as foolish or unwise. They will say that it's not real. After all ~ how can we be sure who the other person actually is?

Virtual Life

Yeah, yeah.., we understand this, we get it. Our response to the inexperienced virtual world user is something like, "Yeah, I know.., I know, but you just don't understand." Then the conversation ends with both people rolling their eyes and agreeing to disagree.

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Check out the new ThumBlog graphic!

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