Is it greed, is it lust?

I wish I could understand the mind of privileged Mainland land-lords/ladies. Is it greed what drives  their lust for virtual land, or is there an altruistic end of some sort? Do they believe they’re doing SL and hence its residents a favor when they grab all the good land they come across and then put it up for rent? Do they realize that maybe someone else may want or need or desire the land they hoard for their private business? Can’t they see they’re depriving other individuals the same chance of owning land as they do? If on seeing someone inspecting an available parcel, couldn’t they just ask you, out of courtesy at least, if you’re considering buying that lot instead of clicking and buying, even from far away, as in a rush, robbing you the chance to even get the funds in order to complete the process? Or is it that they don’t think other people buy land, that only they do or have the right to?

Bay City

Since, in a sense, SL is no more than a game (a race for buying land in the case of business-people), are their minds powered by the same psychological (addictive) boost that “gambling” does for gamblers? Do they think SL is all about their class, them against other land barons? Or is it the action of an egotistical impulse that blocks their minds and only allow them to think of themselves? Are their social values different from the rest of us, or is it that SL twists their morals in a way that they can’t see beyond the tip of their noses? Do they believe in friendship or is it only a matter of business to them?

Bay City

Are we tenants worth anything to rental services, or are we just what we are: a disposable wallet that is easy to replace with another one if it happens that we, out of disgust, go away? Is there an escape to that? Are we hopeless? Are we doomed to live under this “business model” if we want to “own” land?

Bay City

Why does Linden Research, Inc. allow virtual land speculation to escalate to the point of having 512/1024 square meter plots selling for hundreds of real life money? Is it even right? Or is it that the Lab thinks all of us have the tools, abilities and skills to make our SL self-sustained? Or is it that they think their world is just for those that are capable of earning their living by such means? If so, why do they sell virtual currency with real life money in an uncontrolled economy base?

Bay City

Ah well… nevermind. Sorry for having such a depressing view of SL in Christmas. Blame me for trying to figure out the way things are not from a –probably– too idealized and hence distorted point of view anyway. When things like this happen they make me wonder why I invest so much time and effort in things that end up troubling me more than they please me. Is it some kind of virtually induced nonsexual masochism? I don’t know… I think it’s me doing things the wrong way for sure.

In the pics, some of the things I’ve put in a rented parcel in Bay City that may not survive the coming of the New Year.

Veggies:

Everything else:

  • bbqq – Humble Abode
  • Zigana – Ladder; Chime (neutral); Holiday spirit ornaments (Arcade Dec. 2013)
  • Lark – Winter Bunting
  • Myrrine – Christmas wall deco without planks
  • Dysfunctional Designs – Holiday Tree
  • Alouette – Toy Soldiers, Ho Ho Ho Decoration (Arcade Dec. 2013)
  • Vespertine – Nutcracker, Starbead curtain (Arcade Dec. 2013); Reading armchair (gatcha)
  • Trompe L’Oeil – Bird On A Stick (Arcade Dec. 2013)
  • Tia – Watercan Twig Deco, Winter Phrase Hanger, Let It Snow Blocks (gatcha)
  • Casa del Shai – Papaya Crate 2 (upside down)
  • we’re closed – old ladder with poses (group gift)
  • ILO – Milk Can; Garden set
  • floorplan – Three apple crates; Sleigh bed (rustic); Midsummer retreat
  • Botanical – Hanging Capiz Lamps
  • Cheeky Pea – Autumn Fly To the Sky Bench
  • lame – Woodruff Sofa (color modded)
  • What Next – Pine tree wall decal; Pallet log box (sans logs)
  • Pilot – Christmas Village – Sign [North Pole], Springfield (gatcha); Water Hose
  • Apple Fall – His Sideboard, Jute Natural Rug (gatcha)
  • TBF – Telefunken Animated Television
  • Honey Apple (aka MudHoney) – Curtains (cream)
  • Seven Emporium – Hanging bulb (triple)
  • Art Dummy! – Wintertide (chairs and sofa)
  • Warm Animations – Table with plant
  • Culprit – Victorian gazebo (Neva)

Winter bloom

When we think about winter, very likely the first thing that comes to mind is the cold, and in zones beyond the tropics it’s snow too, and the trees going leafless and other plants freezing in the season’s weather, etc.  But not everything is Greenland… or Canada, as a matter of fact, and there are hardy plants that can sustain some harsh conditions and even bloom in the cold. Take for example Cube Republic‘s new “Winter planting series”. If you enjoy transforming your parcel according to RL seasons, as I do, now you can add some cyclamen, or less romantically known as sowbread, pan de puerco, or pain de pourceau (colloquial English, Spanish and French, respectively, all meaning the same thing). These excellent 1 LI mesh plants come in red and pink (shown), and are so richly detailed that they look amazingly good.

cyclamen and rocks

Mossy rocks are also from Cube Republic’s Ossanha Gardens (click them to change textures) while the “Welcome Home” potted plant is from Oyasumi.

bc05

And to update last year’s Poinsettia review, this season Dysfunctional Designs introduced a wonderful potted Poinsettia that can be customized to everyone’s appeal. Each of the three flowers can show one of 11 textures, while there are eight options for the pot. There’s hardly anything better than these.

Nice excuse

I won’t get into details this time, and instead I will go straight to the point:

HeadHunter's Island - Beach HotRod

That’s the point: HeadHunter’s IslandBeach HotRod, first as shot in the store. The next picture is how it looks in my plot:

HeadHunter's Island - Beach HotRod

Isn’t it cool!  But don’t get too excited: don’t think you could drive around in that beauty. It’s a static, multi-purpose, chair-bed-whatever-etc. with over 80 animations for boys, girls, couples and anyone else. It comes in four designs/colors and with some extra goodies, such as crates (also with animations), “Coco-Cola” or “Extra Drink” cooler that happen to be dispensers, a fruit plate that will give you coconut milk shakes, several traditional surf boards in different designs (sans anim.) and a travel case in various colors (you can stretch on those too).

HeadHunter's Island - Beach HotRod

There’s no need to wait until the summer to rezz it on your plot. You could even use it in your bedroom (yep, why not?). It’s the perfect excuse to not freeze your land this season.