Breedable Expo 2013 (delayed rant coming up)

As most of you might know I dabble in some breedables inworld. That drew me to the Breedables Expo at the Home and Garden Show 2013.

Show and event organizers in SL have a really tough job.  And when the show is a fundraiser for a charity that I support I will turn out.  This show is an annual fundraiser for RFL.  This show brings together what appears to be everyone in the breedables community.  The displays are fun and its really cool to see all the neat stuff folks do.  There are some wonderful items in the Breedables Expo.

There are a couple of fun events during the event.  One is a One of A kind silent auction.  Several of the creative teams have come up with unique OOAK items that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The second event is supposed to be fun.  Its a hunt.  We are all familiar with them.  You get a starting point with a clue and move through all of the locations.

However this hunt is a little different. Its a pirate theme (very random if you ask me). So you have to start with Pirate Pete he gives you a clue and then you go find the prize and then you have to go back to him to get the next clue.  This is sort of a pain in the ass.  We have made 2 attempts at doing this hunt. Both times, VERY laggy and at least one of the sims was down for an extended period of time.

For example tonite we went to Pirate Pete to get the clue we left off with from yesterday.  Pirate Pete is on sim 1.  The clue sent us to sim 2.  WELL, next to impossible to get there.  We tried as much as 6 times to tp out of the starting point and kept crashing.  We finally decided to walk out on the street and fly to the next sim.  Didn’t work either.  Crossed the sim border and just kept flying.  Crash number 7, tried again Crash 8.  We went home had a consult and turned down all our settings to the minimum.  Went back and Lo and Behold sim 2 has crashed.

WTH – 2 nights in a row we have gotten stuck trying to go there.  There is no doing this out of order, so am at the mercy of sim crashes and restarts.

Just think how much more money you could be making for a very worth cause if things were smoother and less crashy.

All in All – to recap. Nice sims, nice layouts cool displays – OOAK auction great things, wish i could afford to bid.  Hunt – not one of my favorite things (8 crashes in 30 min can make a guy a little pissy), but we will continue because there is one item on the hunt we want. But we will stop after that.  Its just not fun.

OH and one more thing – some of the hunt objects that actually have prizes in them don’t deliver.

Ok that is all back to your regular scheduled whatever.

Second Pride and Community

The time is drawing near for the annual Second Pride Festival to be upon us. This fun/entertaining and educational event showcases many talents within the entire LGBT community in SL.  The event will be held June 14th through June 23rd.  For more information please check the Second Pride Festival Website.  There is a 24 hour DJ-athon beginning today at 10AM at SPURT.

But now to the point of my post.  Remember we (the LGBT residents) are a community made up of many smaller groups and cliques.  No one group can or should claim ownership of the community.  We as a community need to pull together and step out of our insular sub-groups and advance the greater cause, to promote equality, acceptance and diversity.

Every year just before the pride festival there seems to be a great deal of drama and bickering from within the community, usually coming from small isolated insular groups.  There is more to being a LGBT resident in SL than hanging out at clubs or shopping or dishing/backstabbing people who are not like you.  Diversity is one of the key strong points of OUR community.  We need to learn to embrace and appreciate ourselves just as much as we want the rest of the world to embrace and appreciate us.

From Wikipedia – The term community has two distinct commutative meanings: 1) Community can refer to a usually small, social unit of any size that shares common values. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment.

So to all of you out there who are moaning and complaining about “Pride” or the organizers/officers not being part of your community, its time to step up and and join the rest of the greater community and join the board, run for office be a positive component of the move forward.

That is all.

Daddybear does Haiku

The truly talented Strawberry Singh puts out a meme challenge every Monday for any blogger who wants to take part.

This week the challenge was to write a haiku about your second life.  I thought about this a great deal since Monday.  There have been many wonderful submissions.  The thing that kep running through my head is how do I encapsulate 6.5 years in SL in three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and then 5 syllables.  Daddy likes a challenge and I went off to ponder.

Being a long-term resident I have seen alot come and go and alot has changed for me in that time.  I have made many friends and seen many sims.  Some of those friends and some of those sims are still here. Alot of drifted off to the sunset.

So my Haiku about my SL.  I thought about it and wrote it down to make sure the rhythm and syllable count was correct.  Then how to represent that in an image.  I wanted to shoot a new image but i remembered this one and I thought it suited perfectly.


haiku meme copy