Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ski Jump

I've long been a fan of the creations from Jenne Dibou's (?) Mechanical Toy Factory. I once had a conversation there with an automaton that damn near passed the Turing test.

Yesterday Sweetie and I discovered a build high above the Toy Factory's Forgotten City sim. It was a beautiful winter scene with gorgeous off-sim mountains.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Slowly Building a New Desktop

The infrequency of posts here over the past months is directly related to what my laptop allows me to do in Second Life. Everything else is fine, but for some reason I have difficulty with manipulating my camera. It's difficult to move and almost impossible to manipulate prims and photography is difficult. The latter is crucial, since I tend to tell stories here with photographs. Sweetie and I have been going out dancing a lot, but I've done little on Whimsy.

I have a long mental list of things I'd like to do on our sims, but I'm not even going to start until I have a computer that will work properly in world. To that end I've been assembling components to build a new desktop. To date I've assembled a kickass gaming mother board and an i7 processor.

I ordered an add-on cooling fan which turned out not to fit my processor; it wasn't cost effective to send back, so is anyone interested in a Cooler Master Hyper 101i CPU cooler for the LGA 1155 socket? It fits core i3 and i5 Intel processors and AMD's AM3? It's new in the box and it can be yours for just ten bucks plus postage.

This week I retrieved the gamer's case I've been storing in preparation for this day and removed the internals. I loved the case when it was new ten years ago, but it shows years of wear and, although it was wrapped in plastic, the time in storage didn't help. And so I'm off to Fry's tomorrow morning to spend some quality time with the 50 of so desktop cases they have on display. I probably won't buy one, as money is short, but at least I'll come home knowing the features I want.

I have two good 430 watt power supplies and a brand new 500 watter, but I'm thinking of getting a bigger one in anticipation of one day buying two nice graphics cards.

I have other things I need-- cables, solid state drive, 2 tb hard drive, DVD recorder, monitors...

On hand; mother board, i7 processor, DVD writer, cables, SSD, 2 tb HD
Still to buy: case, power supply, 16 gb RAM

I Am Disappointed in the Gorts

Cheyenne Palisades is Disappointed With the Gorts for Not Frying the Troublesome Avatar cinquetti. Since Their Anger Management Classes They Have Been Entirely Too Chill.

A couple of months ago I got an IM from a visitor to Whimsy. He and a friend had stopped by the dance platform at 1850 meters and were told in no uncertain terms by a certain avatar named cinquetti that they were in her home and would have to leave.

Needless to say, cinquetti didn't live there. No one does. She wasn't and isn't a resident of Whimsy. I had noticed she had been frequenting the dance platform and was fine with that-- but I wasn't fine with her appropriation of it.

I banned her from my estates-- so imagine my surprise tonight when I cruised by and saw none other than cinquetti at the dance platform.

I checked the region ban list and she was on it-- and yet there she was! I removed her and added her again, this time copying her name in her profile and pasting it. She disappeared-- I hope this time for good.

Most of the time I tell avatars politely why they are being banned, and only rarely does someone get banned for a first infraction. In her case I banned her immediately and didn't tell her why. Why? Because of the outrageousness of her behavior.