Boobies!

Image Source: marketplace.secondlife.com
Image Source: marketplace.secondlife.com

Ok, now that I have your attention, I have a question.

Why is no one upset about all the nakedness in SL anymore?

LL spent a lot of time updating SL and changing the way things rezzed in order to avoid the dreaded ‘bake fail.’

People were fed up with other avatar’s clothing not rezzing properly and those avatars appearing naked.

I actually found myself in that very situation once.

I was attending a class, and I was appropriately clothed.

But when I tp’d to the class, I appeared topless to the instructor.

I saw myself clothed, as did the rest of the students in the class.

But the instructor insisted that I ‘fix’ the problem, or I would not be allowed to stay.

I rebaked.

I tp’d out and back.

I tp’d home and changed clothes.

I relogged.

Nothing worked.

It was so frustrating.

I never did figure out what was wrong, but suddenly, after trying all that, the instructor could suddenly see my shirt, so I got to stay.

When the SSA project was rolled out, I thought, great!

No more issues like that.

But now, with the advent of mesh, practically every time I tp somewhere, everyone is naked til everything rezzes in completely.

Not only do people have hair floating a foot above their heads, their pants are attached to their hands, and their feet are a foot to the left of their bodies.

Their boobs, though, always seem to rez in quickly.

So I’m surrounded by a bunch of naked avis at first.

How come no one is complaining about this?

Is it just me?

Does everyone else see mesh perfectly?

I don’t have a horrid/old computer system, so I don’t think it’s me.

In fact, I know it’s not just me – see this post by Nalates Urriah (scroll down – you’ll see it).

So how come unintended nakedness was such a problem before and now it doesn’t matter?

Have we all just accepted that with mesh, rezzing is always an issue?

If that’s true, how come the mesh objects in an area often rez quickly, but clothing and such doesn’t?

I’ve gone to several different events just in the last few days, and there have been naked avis at every single one.

Is it that the problem is too big to fix?

Or is everyone just ok now with naked boobs?

Do you have problems seeing mesh?

Success!!

This is how I felt after finishing this routine! Image Source: www.timothysykes.com
This is how I felt after finishing this routine!
Image Source: http://www.timothysykes.com

As many of you know, I have spent the last several weeks trying to learn a new system.

I was going to call it a HUD, but it’s really so much more than that.

The Artiste is a suite of products to help you, as a performer, do more.

Is it easy?

No.

Is it fast?

No.

Is it rewarding?

YES!!!!!

For me, this is a trailblazing product.  With the tools provided in the Artiste suite of products, I now have so many more creative options at my disposal.

Things that, previously, I would have had to either purchase, beg, borrow, steal, or sleep with a scripter to get.  😛

I have spent the few weeks on a roller coaster – up when I was successful at something, and down again when things didn’t go right.

Sometimes the downs weren’t my fault, most times they were.

I persevered.  Pure stubbornness.  Refusal to give up.

Sometimes I would have to walk away.

But I always came back.

After finally completing a routine, I am so excited about the many tools I still have left to learn.

What I accomplished may not seem like much to some.  I am so proud of this routine – because when I watch it, I see all the successes and failures, and how much I learned along the way.

Plus, I finally get to use these ADORABLE gingerbread avatars I got from the MadPea Scrumptious Sweets hunt.  (Created by Chandra Meehan at deviousMind – the hunt is still on, so head over there and pick them up yourself.  The HUD is $100L, but well worth the price, for these avatars alone!)

I hope you enjoy this little holiday routine as much as I do.

It’s Cold Outside

Merry Christmas!

I’m So Confused . . .

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Well, I’m not sure exactly what LL’s intentions were, but they don’t make a whole lot of sense to me (and judging from some of the reactions I’ve seen, they don’t make any sense to others).

A few days ago, I picked up some chatter via my Twitter feed about a change to the Transaction History page.  I wasn’t overly interested or concerned.  In the 4+ years I’ve been in SL, I’ve only ever used my Transaction History page if I had either a) a problem with delivery of an item I’d purchased or b) I couldn’t remember spending my L$, and looking at the transaction history reassured me that no one hacked my account and stole all my L$. (Did I mention I love shoes?)

However, many merchants use the Transaction History page to track their sales and the change caused a huge upset.  Enough of an upset that LL actually rolled back the change and asked for some more input.  It didn’t stop the changes, as LL still plans to change the Transaction History page in order to better serve ‘all users.’  I’m not sure exactly what that means, because I’m a ‘user’ and it worked just fine for me.  I would much rather LL spent time focusing on other things.  But that’s just me.  😀

In addition to all the uproar over the Transaction History, LL is now also requesting that merchants ‘help customers buy clothing that fits their avatars.’  Now, I read through the post, and even as a long-time SL’er, I’m still confused.  Apparently, because we now have mesh, LL feels the need to clarify what’s what.  That sounds great, right?  So they want to classify avatars by the following categories:  ‘classic’ – the original, default, non-mesh avatar (like the one I have), ‘standard mesh avatar’ – a classic avatar wearing a rigged mesh attachment, and ‘custom/branded’ – ‘an avatar of either type (i.e. that does or does not use mesh) that is a custom size or shape, requiring custom-made clothing to fit it. A brand name for the shape will help users easily identify which clothing fits which custom avatar.‘  But I have a classic avatar, and I wear rigged mesh attachments.  So am I a classic avatar or a standard mesh one?  Or does it change depending on what I have attached?

Because I was still confused, I followed their link to the Knowledge Base here.  ‘Classic’ I understand – that’s me.  Plain old avatar.  The standard mesh avatar is ‘a classic avatar that is wearing a rigged mesh attachment, usually a full-body avatar, and whose classic body is hidden by a full body alpha mask.’ Ok, I think I’m following so far.  I do wear mesh attachments, but not a full-body avatar.  Last is the custom/branded avatar, defined as ‘a classic avatar that is hidden by a full body alpha mask and is wearing a customized rigged mesh attachment or attachments that otherwise replace the classic avatar body.’  Ok, I’m with you.

Then they talk about the clothing and how they want merchants to make clear what kind of clothing you are purchasing.  There’s ‘classic only’ – system layer clothing that only works with classic avatars.  Got it.  There’s ‘mesh only’ – an attachment that appears as clothing on a standard mesh avatar, and does not work properly on classic avatars.  So I can’t wear ‘mesh only’ clothing, because I’m a classic avatar.  Then there’s ‘classic/mesh’ – attachments designed for standard mesh avatars that can work on a classic avatar.  So this is the mesh I currently have, which works on my classic avatar.  Then there’s ‘branded’ – this is their catch-all category for anything that doesn’t fall under the previous categories.  Ok, I think I’ve got it.

Does your head hurt?  Mine does.  I must admit that typing all this out helped me to understand the categories.  However, I was confused after initially reading the article.  I mean, I buy clothes, I adjust my shape, and ta-da! I have mesh clothing that looks good.

At the bottom of the Knowledge Base article, LL displays an icon they want all merchants to use to allow customers to easily distinguish which kind of clothing they are buying.  Except there are only two options – classic and mesh.  But wasn’t one of the categories ‘classic/mesh’?  What about those items?  And what about ‘branded’?  There’s no icon for that?  And the icon that LL wants merchants to use is copyright material – so creators have to put that copyright on all their vendor ads, in addition to the icon?  Can you imagine having to go back through all your already created vendor ads and make all these changes?  Change all the vendor ads, upload the new ones to Marketplace, plus change all the ones in-world?  So you have to pay to upload them all again?  I’m already tired and I don’t even have a store!!

Plus, the only difference between the two icons (besides the text) is the cross-hatching on the mesh icon.  When merchants shrink those down to fit on an ad, odds are you won’t be able to tell clearly which one is which.  So it will probably only lead to more confusion, rather than being helpful.

I had no idea that people were so confused about what clothing they could and could not wear.  Apparently the confusion is of such epidemic proportions that action had to be taken.  Who knew?

Me, I have other things I’d like fixed first.  I do a LOT of shopping on Marketplace.  Why?  Because my computer is slow and tp’ing around to stores and waiting for vendor ad textures to rezz in takes forever.  So it’s much easier to shop on MP.  It would be nice if there was a check box for mesh (like the boxes for copy/mod/transfer), because sometimes I’m looking for mesh and sometimes I’m looking for anything BUT mesh.  While I’m dreaming, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to exclude demos from your searches?

Wishes and dreams aside, the search function is sometimes all but useless.  Why?  Because merchants are allowed to tag their items with pretty much anything.  So if I do a search for say, ‘street light’ because I need a light for a set, the first two items that come back from my search are *ahem* sex HUDs.  Whaaa????

No wonder people are confused . . .