Paying Invisible Avatars?

Okay, this is a new one for me.  On my Reader feed, I saw a post about someone getting scammed at a store.  When they paid for a product, it brought up a name they didn’t recognize.  After waiting a few moments, they realized the product had not been delivered.

They went to the redelivery kiosk and tried to have the item redelivered.  The item did not show as a purchase.  So now the person is trying to figure out what happened, where her L$ went, and where the item was.

I thought nothing of it, and went about my day.  Later, I was looking through Flickr and noticed a post with this same name mentioned.  The post stated that somehow, someone was able to rez an invisible prim in front of a store vendor, and then people would mistakenly pay the scammer rather than the actual vendor.

I wondered how that was possible, since I would assume stores would only allow certain people to have rez rights to avoid this very situation.  Reading through the comments, it appears the guess is that the scammer made themselves invisible (by wearing alpha layers?) and then stood in front of the vendor and collected payments.

Criminals are creative, I’ll give them that.  This would never have occurred to me, but then, I’m not a criminal.  Also, how do the buyers not notice that they are paying an avatar rather than a vendor?  I can’t remember for sure, but wouldn’t the pie menu have some different options when you click on an avatar (like add friend or something) than a vendor?  Are people just so busy spending L$ they don’t notice?

If you have names turned on, wouldn’t you see the name of the invisible avatar, even though they’re invisible?  Maybe that’s different depending on your viewer.

As thieves get more creative, I guess we all need to start paying more attention to the details.  Know what you’re buying and who you are paying before hitting that pay/buy button.

Working out the Timing

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As I return to blogging and photography, I find myself looking at stats again.

Not my favorite thing. :/  Mostly because I’m not doing this for the stats (thank goodness!), so sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the details and forget the bigger picture.

Since resuming posting here and on Flickr, I can’t seem to get a handle on when to post things.  Some posts/pics do well with early morning posting times and others do better with a later publish time.

But I have yet to figure out when the best time to post is for me.

I generally schedule my posts to publish because I tend to write in batches.  I won’t have anything to post one day and then the next I have 3 or 4 posts rattling around in my brain that I have to get out.  So I have been playing around with the posting time to see what gets a better response.

After looking at stats again today, I’m stumped.  Perhaps it’s because most of this is aimed at SL folks, who tend to be all over the world, which means all different time zones.

Perhaps it doesn’t matter.

Yep, that’s the answer I’m going with. 😛

Time and Space

Time-Flies
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The older I get, the more time is on my mind.  I took a hiatus from this blog for a while, and while I was gone, the blog had its 6th birthday.  6th!

I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for 6 years.

When I started it, I had more free time and so I posted more often.  I’d thought that as I got older, my free time would increase, but it hasn’t worked out that way.  However, I’ve missed blogging and writing, so here I am.

Space is the other thing on my mind – I use the free version of WordPress for this blog, so I get a limited amount of space for the pictures I add.  When I was posting reviews of dance shows, I had multiple pics per post.  Same with when I started doing travel photos – multiple pics per sim.  I’ve only used 21% of my free storage so far, so I guess I have another 12 years or so before I need to worry about reaching the limit? 😛

Seriously, though, it’s a real dilemma.  You want pics because those interest people (and drive traffic) but the tradeoff is the space requirements.  I could upgrade to a paid account with WordPress and get more space, but that’s hard to justify right now.

I also used to post my pics to Flickr, but now Flickr is limited as well, unless I pay to go Pro (which I won’t).  So now I’m back to debating what social media I might want to use with the blog.  I used to post on KoinUp back in the day and they’re still around (and still free, I think) or I could use my Ello account.  Any suggestions besides Fakebook and Twitter?  😀

Dejá View

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For the past week or so, I’ve been slowly easing back into SL.  In many ways, it feels like I never left.  My avatar, inventory, and land are exactly as I left them.  My virtual wallet has gotten thicker (thanks to my premium stipend), but other than that, everything appears the same.

But it isn’t, of course.

I was barely present in SL for almost two years – and I don’t see myself returning my previous levels of activity.  However, time in SL is something I enjoy and so I will.  🙂

Many things have changed in those years, obviously.  I’m excited to experiment with animesh, but I’ve seen much less of it than I had anticipated.  Lots of stores/venues I used to frequent have closed – people moving on in RL as they do.  My friends’ list looks the same, but it seems a few of them have disappeared.  They are present in my list and nowhere else on the grid.

Yesterday I was trying to wrap my brain around the bakes-on-mesh project.  I see the benefits, but understanding how it all will work was tough.  In some ways it seems like going backwards, even though it isn’t.  It will be interesting to see what happens on the grid when it finally appears.

I feel a bit like a time traveler – things seem familiar on the surface, but underneath there are changes I have yet to uncover.  Hence the dejá vu.

I look forward to seeing what other changes I’ve missed.  In the meantime, I have inventory sorting and shopping to do!

Change Is Inevitable

I spent most of Saturday afternoon teleporting around SL and looking to see what’s changed in the 2 years or so that I’ve only been inworld intermittently.

I was trying to see if any new animation stores had opened so that I could see (ok, buy) some new dances.  Didn’t really find any.  Although I did find a few old stores still around.  Old as in they haven’t uploaded anything new in the last few years.  But SineWave was around forever even though nothing new was added.  Not sure when it finally closed, but it’s no longer there.  Or at least, no longer accessible.  It shows up in search, but I get an error trying to tp there.

I’ve been going through my inventory and boxing/deleting old things.  Which, to be honest, is most of my inventory at this point.  There are always things I won’t part with – sentimental things and my dance animations, of course.  But everything else is fair game.  I have an overflowing build folder that is full of items I use to build sets.  It needs going through (again) but it’s so large it’s overwhelming. So, clothing folder it is!

I deleted most system clothing several years ago after I bought a mesh body.  I still have a lot of mesh and applier clothing, but everything is at least 2 years old now.  Which is, like, a decade in SL time, right? 😛

I really should go through my hair and makeup folders as well – no need to keep that 9 billion prim hair from 2010, is there?  Just kidding, I got rid of most of those a couple of years ago.

Back in 2013, I bought a CTS Wardrobe system.  Boy, was that a blast from my SL past.  Once upon a time, I was trying to put everything in my wardrobe so I could see photos of what I had, since many creators don’t include photos of the item in your purchase.  I haven’t touched the system since 2015, I don’t think.  I know that probably 90% of what’s in the wardrobe was boxed up and/or deleted in 2016.

Right now, I’m leaning towards just deleting most of my clothing and buying new stuff.  I mean, things have to have improved in two years, right? I’m still waiting on bake-on mesh, but the animesh project did happen while I was away.  So I’m curious to see that in action as I wander around inworld.

The saddest thing I’ve found so far is that PurpleMoon is closing.  I’ve been a member of that group forever – almost since I joined SL.  I was going through my groups and seeing what notices I’ve missed and discovered the sim was going to close that day.  So I missed out on her huge closing sale.  Bummer.

Ah, well, change is inevitable, right?

How Time Flies!

Time-Flies
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You know that old saying – “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.” I’m usually pretty good at staying on top of things, but sometimes I’m so immersed in details I forget to look at the big picture.

It’s a good thing WordPress sends reminders, otherwise I would not have known that today is my 4th (4th!) anniversary for this blog.  Amazing.

The blog has grown and taken some twists and turns from where I started, and I’m not sure I ended up where I intended to go, but it’s been a terrific journey so far. 😀

Can’t wait to see what this new year brings!

“If you just build it, They won’t come: promoting events in Second Life”(Final) | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Group of event related 3D words. Part of a series.
Group of event related 3D words. Part of a series.

This is the last article in a series of articles by Caledonia Skytower about promoting and marketing your events in Second Life.

The whole series is well worth reading, and you can find links to all the previous articles at the bottom of this one:

by Caledonia Skytower Part 6.  Tying it all together (Final) This series has covered a lot of territory this year, and I am changing the ending of it somewhat, as it feels like we are reaching a po…

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