Random stuff

The Arcade, autumn edition

If you haven’t heard the news –and I doubt it– the autumn (September) edition of the quarterly Arcade gacha event is just around the corner, and as usual it’s packed with nice goodies only a bunch of lucky resellers… I mean players, will be able to enjoy. Good luck to those attempting the feat of enduring the unavoidable denial of entry attacks and the abominable lag during the first couple of weeks: it’ll probably be easier to get an ultra rare prize than to enter the sim. Me, as all other losers, will wait until the excess of duplicates and triplicates and quadruplicates, etc., hit the yard sale grounds (most likely a few hours after opening) before going out to look for the spoils of the initial frenzy phase.

Since I don’t get review copies from any participating store –because I’m a self-confessed terrible blogger and will probably have my first chance at blogging something a month after the event is over– the best I can do is to redirect you to the Arcade’s official shopping guide, a website I urge you to visit before knocking on the event’s door. That’s not a bad practice at all since it could well save you a lot of time, both in the Arcade and in yard sales.

Remember: if you play the gacha machines, you’ll be supporting the creators directly, which is a good deed to do. They really work hard to offer you so much eye candy. If instead you opt for the yard sales, well… somebody else paid them already anyway.

In the picture: not a single thing to do with the new round of the Arcade, sorry. Only adding to decorate the post, that’s it.

burt artis compass

Fun facts

While waiting for tropical storm Erika to hit my area later tonight (the center of the storm is expected to make landfall after 9:00 p.m.), I decided to try burt Artis’ Compass with (WWC) wind indicator (available on the marketplace) on one of my sailboats. To my surprise, I also found it works for regular avatar movements too. So here are some curious results of that alternate experiment.

  • On average, an avatar walk at a speed of 6.2 to 6.4 kts, if done on an almost flat surface.
  • An avatar can reach a speed of 9.6 to 9.9 kts when running on said flat surface (on my test I reached an average of 10.4 kts going downhill).
  • An avatar flies at 31.1 kts on a horizontal direction.
  • Free fall speed seems to max out at 99.9 kts (if you don’t hit an unforeseen sky platform on your way down first). It could well have been that the instrument can’t measure faster speeds, I don’t know.

About to hit the ground

According to Wikipedia, a knot is “a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile (1.852 km) per hour, approximately 1.151 mph.” Later on, it points out that:

The speeds of vessels relative to the fluids in which they travel (boat speeds and air speeds) are measured in knots. For consistency, the speeds of navigational fluids (tidal streams, river currents and wind speeds) are also measured in knots. Thus, speed over the ground (SOG) (ground speed (GS) in aircraft) and rate of progress towards a distant point (“velocity made good”, VMG) are also given in knots.

A person’s walking or running speed is not measured in knots, by the way (I’m sure you knew that already). I’m just giving these fun facts because they were the measures given by the thingy I was testing, and because it was also interesting to compare it to the speed of the sailboat I was trying out (which speed at 15 kts winds tended to average 6 to 10 kts, depending on the direction of sail).


Personalized ban lines

This is new for me. One of the most “unnecessary” things in SL is showing the classic –and dreadful– ban lines to the world. They don’t stop people from spying on you as disabling the “Avatars on other parcels can see and chat with avatars on this parcel” option does, and from my point of view they only “depreciates” your property, aesthetically speaking. Yet, some residents are fond of them and recur to their use on a regular basis (some can’t live without them, it seems to me sometimes).

BanlinesNot this neighbor, though. Apparently she wanted to enable ban lines selectively on one side of her parcel only, but since there’s no such option in SL, she opted to erect an equivalent: let’s call it a personalized ban line screen… I won’t speculate on why this 8 and a half year-old resident would do this, but mind you passive-aggressiveness comes to mind.