Limits – Don’t You Hate Them?

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I’d like to live forever, but that won’t happen.

I’d love it if there were no speed limits, but that won’t happen either.

Life has limits.

And so does SL.

Specifically, group limits.

Remember when you could only have 25 group slots?

Remember how overjoyed we were when that got raised to 42?

(Why 42?  Why not 45? Or is 42 some tongue-in-cheek reference to Douglas Adams?)

Now, even 42 is not enough.

I am constantly at the limit, and have to make some very hard decisions about what groups I am in.

At this point, most of the groups I am in are groups I have paid to join, so I am loathe to leave them.

I, of course, have some working groups that I have to stay in, as does most everyone in SL.

But there are always some slots left over that are discretionary.

If a store/venue offers a subscribo, I will choose that over the group to stay informed.

That is my general choice for stores and such (though some days it feels like it’s raining subscribo notices!).

But some groups are worth joining, despite using a precious group slot.

So I got to wondering – besides working groups, what groups do you belong to that are ‘must-have’?

Is it your gacha trading group?

Your building group?

Your super-secret circle of friends group?

A store that you absolutely love?

Annnnnnnnddddd . . . GO!

News, News, and More News!

1.21 gigawatts?!
1.21 gigawatts?!

Things seem to be moving at light speed lately.

As my grandpa would have said, “I’m busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest!”

The holiday season is upon us, and that means tons of new events and happenings, both RL and SL.

With the advent of the holidays, many stores around SL will be having Advent Calendars with daily goodies (see what I did there?).  One of those is Abranimations – there is a spot with a daily gift each day.  Some of it is kind of quirky (I don’t think I’ve ever used my penguin avatar), but sometimes I get lucky and the prize is a dance animation. 🙂  So be sure to check them out during December.  There is also a daily dance offered at a discount (a steal at L$45 per animation).

Yummy’s Artiste HUD (which I am still trying to learn) seems to be taking off as well.  She now has a website for owners of the HUD, to be used a repository of knowledge.  It should be interesting! I’m excited to see what others create with it, given the huge amount of options it provides.  The learning curve is steeper than other products, but from what I’ve seen so far, well worth the effort.

MadPea’s Blood Letters Hunt is now over, and December 1st starts their ‘Scrumptious Sweets’ hunt.  It should be a nice change from all the blood and gore of the Blood Letters hunt (which I enjoyed immensely) and the HUD for the Sweets hunt is only $100L.

What's this stargate doing here?
What’s this stargate doing here?

I finally had a chance to make it to the Geeks & Nerds Fair – as a lifelong geek/nerd myself, I loved it.  So much to see!  🙂

I couldn’t resist the picture collage of Sheldon sayings (I told you I was a nerd!).  There was a store named Buttery Toast.  Not sure what they sell, but I love the name!  I also just had to have the SLink fingernail appliers that were the StarWars characters.  So cute!

In a strange twist, I found a ton of items I would love to give my geeky family and friends in RL.  So now I have to see if I can locate some of these nerdy items on Amazon.  Although I will say I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Police Boxes in one place before.  (I spent so much I had to replenish my supply of L$ – shhh, don’t tell my hubby!)

While I was there, I was reminded of something I often think about when attending large events like the fair.  Store owners/creators/vendors – please, please, please include a subscribo in your booth if you can!  I see a TON of cool shops and things, but I will never remember all of them.  If you have a subscribo, I can hit it, and bam! I’m updated on your goings-on and such.  I would love to join everyone’s group, but alas, there is that stinky 42 group limit.

Which brings me to another idea, if someone knows how to get the attention of the powers-that-be.  LL asked not too long ago what people wanted for the holidays.  Now, I’m sure they were thinking along the lines of a giftie, which is fine.  BUT.  Sam, the owner of the Starlite theater, had a GENIUS idea.  (I have no idea whether it would actually even be possible, but if it was, it would warm the cockles of even the Grinch’s cold heart!)  People already pay for a premium membership.  But what if another option for premium members (or anyone, really), was to pay an extra say $5 a month, for the ability to have an additional, say, 20 groups?  Would you pay it?  I would.  Something to think about! 😛

And just because I was in a silly mood at the fair (gettin’ my geek on), here’s a little bonus shot of me shooting down all those pesky aliens!

Pew! Pew!  Take that, you slimy bug-eyed aliens!
Pew! Pew! Take that, you slimy bug-eyed aliens!




Information Overload

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While writing another post, I found myself thinking how I wished it was possible (or at least easier) to keep up with all the stores and creators I find interesting.

With the number of in-world groups you can join limited to 42 (which sounds like a lot, but really isn’t), keeping up with everything is a real challenge.  I routinely only have about 1-2 slots open at any given time, and lately that number has been 0.  When I started dancing, I need one slot for the troupe.  These days, it’s usually at least two.  Yes, LL upped the group limit from 25, and yes, you can use subscribos to stay updated.  It all sounds good.

But what ends up happening is that I am constantly in ‘information overload’ mode.  The idea behind subscribos is great, and if you don’t have one for your business, you should get one.  I am interested in lots of things in lots of different categories and subscribos help keep me informed when I don’t have a group slot available.

However, when I log in, I am deluged with notices and notecards from all the subscribo lists I’m on.  Half the time I end up deleting them because I need to work on something else and they are just clutter.  Sometimes after subscribing, I’ll find that the store/group is just not a good fit for my tastes.  So then I have to research where the store is so I can tp back there to ‘unsubscribe.’  I wish there was a way to unsubscribe via a website or something.

Other stores/groups require you to send a notecard to someone in order to be unsubscribed.  Again, time can often be an issue.  Yet other stores/groups send you the SAME notice EVERY SINGLE DAY.  There’s a pose store (that, unfortunately, I really like) that does this and it drives me batty.  It’s just more junk cluttering up my inventory.

I do a lot of shopping on MarketPlace because I can see a ton more items faster than I can tp’ing around in-world and waiting for things to rezz.  (I blame some of the rezz issues on my computer, but I have recently upgraded my graphics card and find that some places are just built poorly.  I don’t need to see the entire place filled with giant textures all at once – that’s what MP is for, silly.)  I wish there was a way on MarketPlace to ‘favorite’ a store, not just an item.  I find cool things while I am surfing that make me want to come back.

I know that a lot of creators/stores have FB pages.  However, I refuse to use FB.  (You can read about that here and here.)  I thought about joining Plurk and/or Flickr (read my thoughts on Flickr here), but decided against it.  I already have a multitude of various email/social media accounts, I don’t want to make my information overload any worse.

Maybe someday I’ll figure out a better, faster, easier way to stay connected to the things/stores/creators/whatever that I’m interested in.  Until then, I guess I’ll just keep wading through the mounds of notices.  :/