Archive for June, 2007

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Giving up on SLeek

June 30, 2007

Tonight, I thought I would give SLeek one more try. Sure, it had so far caused me nothing but frustration, but I had hope that maybe—just maybe—this time I could get it to work.

My first step was to download the newest SL viewer. The required download was 31 MB, which once took me just a few moments to download. Over dial-up it took 1 1/2 hours. After that, the 700+ KB download for the latest version of SLeek (I discovered that I did *not* have the latest version last time I tried) seemed quite fast, though it still took at least a couple of minutes.

Once I had the programs downloaded, I installed the SL viewer and made my first attempt at logging into SLeek. I typed in my info and watched as SLeek began the login process. After several seconds of seeing “Reading Response…” (wow, was it *actually* communicating with the SL servers?), I became hopeful, as previously I would have received an error message by this point. I waited at least a minute or two before seeing the message change to the familiar “Connecting to region.” OMG, was it actually going to work? Would I be able to IM friends in world?

Suddenly, the screen changed to the SLeek chat interface. I was logged in!

I began to wonder if people could see me. Would I show up on their friends lists? Would I suddenly receive a deluge of IMs from people surprised that I was in world?

As I looked through the different menus in order to figure out the interface, no one contacted me, so I assumed no one could see me. If I was going to IM with friends, I would have to take the initiative. I concluded that I had to use the search function to find the name of a friend, and once found, I could IM with that person.

Not surprisingly, the first person I tried to look up was Tobie. I could tell from the “Friends Online” page on the SL website that she was logged in, and I thought I would surprise her. I typed her name in and waited while it searched. I quickly learned that this search would be nowhere near as quick as it was in world. Fine . . . I could surf the web while I waited. If there’s one thing that dial-up has forced me to be, it’s patient.

I don’t know how many minutes passed before I realized that the search wasn’t working. Since I couldn’t cancel the search, I had to log out of SLeek and try again. But SLeek wouldn’t let me log out, so I had to shut it down manually and relog.

OK, so what could be the problem? Since I had typed “October Hush” before, maybe I should just try “October” this time. Perhaps SLeek couldn’t handle full avie names. Still hoping to get it to work, I typed in “October” and waited. Same results.

Over the next hour or two (or more) I tried the using all lower-case, just first names, just last names, full names, names in quotes . . . but nothing gave me any results. All that I accomplished was to make SLeek unresponsive.

So, I give up. I just don’t think it’s going to work. The only other thing I can think to try is to have someone attempt to IM me while I’m in SLeek and see if I get it. My guess is that even though SLeek is a non-graphical interface, it still needs a faster connection than I can get with dial-up. Either that, or it just hates me :/

Anyway, I’m done complaining. Everyone have a good weekend 🙂

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SL projects

June 29, 2007

So, I’ve been thinking quite a bit of what all I want to do when I return to SL. Of course, seeing old friends and spending time with Tobie tops the list, but there are numerous projects that I’ve had in mind for a while that I really want to work on. Here’s a quick list:

1) Build something on my land. A couple of days before I left SL, I bought more land. Probably not the best idea, since I’m paying a higher tier now, but I don’t always think things through before I act on them 🙂 Anyway, I have something like 2560 sq.m. to work with, and I want to build something interesting on it. I have an idea about building a section of a dystopian city on one part of the land and a sort of underground movement headquarters on the other part. I’m thinking of something along the lines of V for Vendetta, but I plan on drawing upon a lot of different influences, including movies like Metropolis and, of course, 1984. I know that I want to come up with clothing, and I’ll need to make custom poses as well, which I feel a little better about after reading Tiana’s Qavimator tutorial. It will be a big project, but I look forward to starting it 🙂

2) Design clothing/skins/etc. Because I was planning a trip to Little Silent Hill, I designed a costume based on Maria from the second game in the series. Though the costume wasn’t perfect, I was pleased with it, and I considered doing a line of costumes/avies based on characters from the games (big Silent Hill fan). I started a costume for Lisa Garland from the first game, but I never finished it. I would like to get back on this project and come up with costumes and avies for my favorite characters. Also, I want to design more of my own clothing to make my wardrobe a little more unique as well as to improve my skills, and I think it would really be cool if I managed to design a unique skin for my avie. Hmm . . . I may as well add hair in here as well, though that seems like it would be kinda hard to me.

3) Set up a photo studio. I’m not a great photographer. I know this. I do like to take pics in SL, though, and I want to improve as much as I can. Depending on how many of my prim allowance my new build takes, I may also build a photo studio on my land so that I can be a little more in control of lighting, etc., and hopefully come up with better pics.

4) Create my comic. A while back, I had an idea for a comic parodying ’50s horror movies, but I never really got started on it. If you’ve seen The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, you have an idea what I am going for. I think it could be a really fun project.

OK, I think that’s it for now. At least, that’s all I can think of this late at night 🙂 Ciao for now.

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I promise my next post will be more substantive :)

June 26, 2007

Sometimes, I make a blog post when tired or bored or . . . I don’t know . . . and when I come back and look at it later, I’m amazed that I actually thought the post worth publishing. I added such an entry a few hours ago, but I’m replacing it now 🙂

I don’t have a lot to talk about right now. Still experiencing the same RL frustrations that are preventing me from logging into SL. I’m closing in on a month without SL now, and I’m wondering if it will be difficult to pick back up where I left off. A month is a very long time in our little virtual world.

When I was looking through images earlier tonight, trying to find one that I had yet to upload that was still somewhat interesting, I came across this pic:

left to right: Dirk, me, and Annie.

I didn’t upload this image before due to some distortion on the left side of the pic (now cropped off) as well as the fact that Annie seems to be staring at the ceiling. Well that, plus the fact that by itself, I don’t find it to be a very interesting picture. I realized, though, that this is the only image I have from when I met one of my friends for the first time, as I did not know Dirk before the evening in which this pic was taken.

I’m a sentimental person (if you couldn’t tell), so this pic really does carry special meaning for me. Dirk is an incredibly nice guy and a good friend. He even holds the distinction of being the first person I informed about my relationship with Tobie, and he made me feel really good about it 🙂

Um, OK, so I can’t make this post all about Dirk, as I don’t want to give him too much of an ego boost 😉 Let me just say, to all my SL friends out there, thanks for all the good times, and I look forward to being back in world with you all soon.

Oh, and happy 27th birthday to SL. What? It’s only 4? I must have been thinking of something else 😉

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Have you seen this avie?

June 21, 2007

Name: Chloe Streeter
Sex: Female
Born: February 5, 2007
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: N/A :p
Hair: Red
Eyes: Green
Distinguishing marks: tattoo of birth sign (Cancer) on left shoulder

Missing from SL since: May 30, 2007

Last seen in the company of an uber-cute neko with huge green eyes and an apparent affinity for throwing knives
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Three weeks since I last logged out of SL. I was certain the program would cease to operate with me gone for so long. I mean, what *is* SL without Chloe? 😉

I was going to write a long post about an avie’s existence and compare/contrast the absence of a RL person and the absence of an SL avatar, but it bored me to even think about that 🙂

Anyway, I miss you guys (especially that uber-cute neko). Hope to see you all again soon.

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My second life in pictures

June 12, 2007

I made a quick collage of pics of my different looks throughout my 4+ months of SL. The image on Flickr has notes that give a little background info for each pic.


Twelve days without SL . . . and counting :/

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Official monthiversary

June 6, 2007

Choosing a start date for my and Tobie’s relationship wasn’t quite as simple as it may seem. There were at least three dates vying for that honor. The first was May 2, when Tobie and I visited Curious Kitties and she gave me both the figurative and literal push I needed to recognize her interest in me. Though I did not admit to having feelings for her before she logged out of SL that evening, I sent her an e-mail that night telling her, indirectly, that I was interested in her as well. It was a huge, thrilling, scary step for me.

The second possible date was May 6, the day of the first blogger meet. This was the first time after sending Tobie my e-mail that we got to meet in world. Though it took a while for us to really get to talk, I think it was at this point that we really had the opportunity to express our feelings for one another.

The third possibility was May 10, the day that I announced our relationship on my blog. Of course, the act of making a public announcement perhaps made our relationship seem more official, so this was obviously a reasonable choice for marking our beginning together.

After discussing the date, we agreed on May 6, and I really do think this marks the true beginning of our relationship together. Everything was set into motion on May 2, but I think it was on May 6, cuddled together in the neko basket at Zoe’s exchanging IMs, that we really became a couple. And though May 10 may seem like the more official date, since this was when our relationship was announced on the blog, the announcement didn’t make us a couple. I believe it was our time together on May 6 that made us so 🙂

Gah, so much rambling. Why do you all read this nonsense? 😉

Anyway, today marks the offical monthiversary for the two of us. It has been a wonderful month—without question my best in SL so far—and I can’t wait to get back in world to spend more time with my Tobie 🙂

So, to Tobie . . . happy monthiversary, babe 🙂 I’ll be thinking of you and our first month together all day today. *hugs*

To everyone else . . . thank you so much for the friendship and support you’ve shown. There really are some fantastic people in SL, and I miss you all *so* much.

Chloe and Tobie at Curious Kitties, May 2, 2007

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See you soon

June 1, 2007

Well, the RL me has now moved to an area where broadband is unavailable, so my hiatus from SL and my Tobie has officially begun. I’m already a little sad that I can no longer log in to SL and spend time with Tobie and my SL friends, but that will motivate me all the more to put my new degree to use and find a job 🙂

As you know if you read my previous post, Tobie and I celebrated our monthiversary (thanks for the word, Kat) on Tuesday, dressing up for the occasion and visiting the Lost Gardens of Apollo for a romantic evening together. It’s a night I don’t think I’ll ever forget, and it just made me that much more appreciative of what a wonderful person I’ve found in Tobie 🙂

Wednesday night was much more casual, though still very special to me. After logging in, I met Tobie in Pleasantville, where she was talking to her friend Jez. When I tped in, Tobie was wearing the black latex skin that Melodious had generously given her, and it was very strange to see her wearing it. Not that it was bad—she just looked *much* different in it. Anyway, the three of us talked for a while until Jez said she had to go to bed. I believe this was the first time I’ve actually talked to Jez for any length of time, and I can see why she’s one of Tobie’s good friends, as not only is she cool, but very nice as well 🙂

After Jez left, Tobie finally looked at one of the monthiversary presents I bought her, which had been delivered earlier that day. I then asked her if she’d like to see her second present, to which she replied “no” (smart ass :p). Not accepting that answer, I tped her to where her second present was being worked on, as it wasn’t quite finished. I couldn’t wait until it was done to let her know what I bought her, as I really wanted to be with her when she saw it. From her reaction, I think that she really liked it, which of course made me very happy.

Tobie and I went to Djork next, wanting to do something fun since it was my last night on for a while. We started out in the bumper cars, which were actually pretty fun 🙂 We also rode the pirate ship—a ride I would *never* get on in RL.

While at Djork, I received an IM from my friend ColeMarie mentioning that she was singing if I wanted to come to hear her. I hadn’t been to see her sing in a while, so after asking Tobie if it was OK if we went, we tped into Sin City.

The two of us listening to ColeMarie

Our next stop was Tableau, as we intended to rollerskate there. Since I didn’t have any rollerskates and there wasn’t a vendor for them in the Tableau water tower/sushi bar/club, we ended up at a rink called Hot Wheels (I think). I believe I mistakenly bought men’s skates, as they were *huge* on my feet 🙂 If you look in Tobie’s photostream, you can see my gigantic feet, along with a few more pics from the night.

We finished the evening talking in Tobie’s skybox. We both got a little emotional at times, but I did my best to remind Tobie (and myself) that my absence is only temporary. I *will* be back.

And because I will be back, I won’t say “goodbye” here. Certainly, there will be little if any activity on this blog, and I won’t be present in world, but I will be checking everyone else’s blogs and Flickr photostreams, adding my comments now and then, whether they’re wanted or not :p And before you know it, Victor and I will be back in world 🙂

So . . . I’ll see you all soon. Take care until then 🙂