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U spy

Hello stealthy fan. You’ve been in SL for seven long years. That’s a very long time… long enough to have learned something else rather than merely spying on people all the time. Well, that should be considered a skill too, I guess, but it’s not a pleasant one for whoever you set as target. It’s so satisfying to create your own atmospheres, to make a space yours, that I can’t really understand why you simply need to duplicate what other people do. Living next to me or somewhere else –now that it seems you’re moving–, it makes no difference: your contemptible action still means the same.

Pictures

Seeing your green dot on the minimap gives me the creeps, and seeing your pinkish crosshair inspecting my objects from afar is… hilarious.  It’s kind of good for creators because it means you’ll be running to their stores to get what I keep adding. And though I’m sure you already know the details, this is what I changed in my plot, just to test if you’d come back to spy on me again. And I was damn right, lol.

Vespertine bed

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)

Frankenlandscape…

Right now I’m practically full time in mainland, but I’m still holding onto my remaining plot in Lionheart Estate for the time being. I don’t know exactly why, but it feels like it’s a peaceful and safe little corner to be if I’d need to escape from anything or anywhere. The estate has a better sense of “neighborhood” too, with regular town meetings and committees to organize local events.

Larch islet

Landscaping in this little corner is different from doing it in other places of this estate, because the parcel is located in the heart of the tropical strip, where sandy beaches dominate the scenery. And frankly, these new Larch conifers from 3D Trees needed something better as substrate for a healthy growth, so I’m using Studio Skye’s Land Forms Building Set to give parts of the islet a more suitable look. Call it a frankenlandscape (grins).

The larch set is quite nice, as is usual for a 3D Trees product. The conifers are still made of sculpts instead of modern mesh, and each one has an equivalency of 2 to 3 prims. On the contrary, The Loft’s Watcher’s Cabin (red version) is a mesh construction and materials ready. I bought this house during October’s The Garden event, but I guess it should be available in store right now (I haven’t checked, though).

Watcher's Cabin

What is nice about his cabin is that it’s a one-room building (and includes an animated chimney–no way to set the fire on and off, that I know of) so it’s easy to decorate. Here I’m using Cheeky Pea’s Quinn sofa and chair, (currently available in this month’s FaMESHed),  CP’s Deconstructed table with bowl planter, tray candles and tea cups; Zigana’s Red carpet, Mimmi’s Little tree, and Trompe L’Oeil’s Hanging lane with photos and Baybrooke framed print (Pond) on the chimney. Take a look at the fire’s reflection on the floor: it’s not painted, that’s the materials thingy at work, it makes that glow dynamic!

Desk and closet

From another angle, you can see the cabin’s closet, where I have placed Cleo Design Daybed, in case I need a quick reboot, and Standby Inc.’s detailed Huckleberry Desk, available at this month’s Collabor88 round (if you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up Sawyer Shelf as well).

From the daybed

Here’s a look of the living room from the daybed’s solitary space and…

Chimney

…a weird view of the same room from Santa Claus’ perspective.

Spiderman look

And to finish the post, a spider privileged view of the same scene. (I just wanted to do something with these extra shots, lol).