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Square metered disadvantage

Second Life’s business model relies –basically– in selling virtual land based on square meters. It’s size what matters to the Lab, not land capacity, which, from my point of view,  would be a more practical scale because it tells you how many items you can rezz in a lot and probably how much resources you consume, though I don’t have the technical know-how to say if that’s actually true (that’s my guess). Once measured in prims, the basic unit of capacity nowadays goes for land impact, but the principle stays the same.

If you get a parcel from one of the so called mainland continents, LL charges you a monthly fee depending on how many square meters you owned during the previous billing cycle. The basic fee starts at US$5.00 per 512 sq.m., and from there parcel size duplicates in each step, to 1024, 2048, 4096 sq.m., and so on until a maximum of 65,536 sq.m., which is the size of a full sim. Of course, parcels can actually be of any size, only the corresponding fee relies on fixed amounts; there are no in-betweens for the Lab. You can check more details about Mainland pricing fees at Second Life’s website.

Now, let’s consider the following scenario. You’re a subscriber and you’re paying a land use fee equivalent to 8192 sq.m. of land holding rights over the 512 sq.m. “free” limit. That would represent an extra monthly cost of US$40.00 over the US$9.95 for a premium account, for a total of US$49.95 (given that you don’t buy Linden dollars, the inworld virtual currency necessary to acquire items created by users like you, because if you do that would represent some extra charge per order). So, if you only own 5600 sq.m., you are wasting some US$12.67 a month, according to my rough calculations.

The previous assumptions hold true regardless of where your land is located, but there are some additional distinctions to be made. For instance, there are two types of regions in mainland, in terms of land capacity: single-prim land (your regular mainland regions) and double-prim land (regions with an object bonus factor of 2, as in Bay City, Nautilus City, or Zindra –the adult continent nobody speaks of anymore). Using the old unit for measuring land capacity, a 512 sq.m. parcel in a single-prim area can hold up to 112 prims only, while a parcel of the same size in a double-prim area can hold twice that much, or 224 prims. Yet, LL will charge customers the same monthly fee to both parcels regardless of land capacity. Really?

Simply put, for LL not all premium accounts are considered equals because the company is charging some residents twice as much money than it charges the few privileged customers that are gathering and holding –not to say monopolizing– double prim land ad nauseam. Is that what it is? Sounds rough? Well, let’s say it another way: Some folks are getting half the land capacity they should deserve if they expect equal status and treatment as the double-prim elite.

Can someone please prove me wrong? By the way, I’m only talking about Mainland properties, not of private regions, which are a different kind of land service, so to speak.

In the picture:

  • +Half-Deer+ Sleepy Italian Greyhound – Fawn (December Collabor88)
  • Zinnias – “Pedro” Harvest Wheelbarrow (past hunt item)
Nowhere, Jan. 2013

Spacious: Nowhere

If you read my post about 2012 in review, you already know that I recently moved to a different estate and the reasons why I did it. Such action, of course, calls for more landscaping! This time, being a quarter homestead, it means a lot of work too. In terms of  land capacity or prim allowance, it equals my old 4096 sq.m. parcel on a full sim (937), but it offers four times the space to play with. That doesn’t make the job any easier, I tell you; it’s “worst”, but in a good way: more details to think about. Because of that, the time to finish the whole plot also quadruplicated, and so did the number of pictures taken as a result lol. So I’m keeping the words to a minimum (what I would have said, I said already anyway), and go straight to the picks (yeah, the ones you’re going to see are but a handful of the pics I shot). I’m breaking what was going to be a single long post into several short ones as to avoid boring you too much, or making you come back another day. It’s better for the pictures anyway.

Nowhere

In a sense, but without planning, the plot is divided into four sections. The first one is where the house sits in. It’s a normal islet that carries on the name I’ve been giving to my home-lot  since forever. It houses a shed playing the part of home, a greenhouse, a water tower and a windmill; enough to make for a comfortable living in SL. Besides me and a couple of birdies, it also accommodates a banyan tree in the northwest corner.

Parenthesis: If there were a sim available with “nowhere”  as its name I would have tried to make it my home base a long time ago, hehe. Actually, taking a look at the SL map, there’s a grayed-out sim called NoWhere, but is is either inaccessible for some mysterious reason, or it doesn’t exist anymore. The thing is it’s nowhere to be found; no kidding, go and try to TP in. Aside from that, there’s also Nowhere City, an ugly “split-identity” ground-textured homestead of the kind I’ve never seen before (interesting concept, though), and Nowhereville, a normal one, but not Nowhere alone.

[ Items ]  Nature: 3D Trees, Banyan tree. Frog’s Garden, Ivy. XED Design, Bird of Paradise, Cheeseplant & Peace Lily. Tatty Soup, Ronnie cactus. || Architecure: POST, Gnesen Farm Shed. The Domineaux Effect, Fence & Old dock. MMGraffiti’s, Landing pier (modified). lame, Pergola. || Furniture:  Cheeky Pea, Sweetwater Bench. Zinnias, Kiva Spirit Ladder. Happy Mood, Stump table set.

[ Additional items ] Nature: POST, Gnarled birch tree. Organica, Japanese maple bonsai, Suiseki arrangement, Hinoki cypress bonsai, Japanese maple bonsai 2 & Alder bonsai. Cheeky Pea, Sweetwater cactus terrarium. PILOT, Larkin set – Cactus planter. || Architecture: The Domineaux Effect, Weathered Greenhouse. Midnight Melody, Windmill & Water tower. || Furniture: Frog’s Garden, Junk flower stand. Apple Fall, Autumn ladder. PILOT, Larkin set – Hanging chairs.

Inside, the shed is, by definition, a one room structure that is usually used for storage. It’s not a house per se, but since I prefer small low-prim structures rather than large and imposing ones, it is perfect for me. I treat houses as another garden decoration most of the time anyway, with furniture coming as an extra, but since I’ve collected a few nice items over the last few months, which are still waiting to be used, I thought it was a good time to spread them around.

[ Items ] Nature: Terrashop (World of Wood), Small red poinsettia with gold edges. || Furniture: lame, Caroline’s chair – script. Apple Fall, Japanese Scroll No. 1. Cheeky Pea & PILOT, Backyard cinema table. what next, Charlotte Woodburning stove & (part of) Chocolatier drinks tray. Art Dummy!, For winter contemplation. Cheeky Pea, Sweetwater rug, Painter’s armchair & Kaleidoscope dreamcatcher. Zigana, Side table – blue.

[ Additional items ] Nature: After taking this picture I added two more potted plants from XED Design: a Dracaena and a Spider plant; they don’t show up in the picture though, since it was taken before that. || Furniture: Apple Fall, Butterfly art. PILOT, Belted shelf & Magon art collection. The Domineaux Effect, Stack of books. Cheeky Pea, Hemmingway typewriter (no typo on my part, that’s the originally given name) & Tegan’s pallet bed. Zigana, Workbench blue (rare The Arcade Winter gatcha). ionic, Memories collector. LISP, Anna floor lamp. Bazar, Arizona black board. what next, Mayfair trunk – London.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you the wetlands, and the day after tomorrow, the woodland.