Well, yesterday was an important day… for the first time since being ‘born’ is SL, I did not log in – not even to peek. Actually, its 22 hours since I logged out but thats good enough.
So its the first full RL (Real Life) day of my SL. Time for a pause and a reflection on what I have done so far.
One thing for sure, I have stuffed my bags (inventory in SL language) with all sorts of free stuff – I must be able to :
1) dress dozens of people,
2) populate a fair sized land developement – houses, trees, plants, furniture,
3) organise a stock car race, an air show, fly into space
and I pass. Oh, I also have an M60 and a star wars laser thingy – one of the two is always dissuasive!
Organising the inventory is a real challenge. All the stuff I take is putin a ‘to see’ folder. Then, when I have an hour or so, I will go to a sandbox (I always thought thats where cats and dogs went to pee but in SL, you can go there to try things out.. build stuff, etc. ) and try out my treasures. For the more intimate things, its easy.. you just put up your house, add a few bits of furniture, close the doors and thats it – you are generally left alone. Whatever you leave behind is returned to you after a few hours – which is pretty civilised if you think about it.
I have also earned some money – nothing much in real terms – but 2000 linden $. Thats the currency there. On the free market, you get about 250 L$ to the US$. Now I wonder if I need to declare my bank account there to the tax authorities?
I have lots of friends – and some really nice ones, that share what they learnt, show you places, give you gadgets or more seriously, share their experiences and desires. The problem is always choosing which friends to be with… one guy I met told me he was submerged by IMs (Instant messaging – you communicate generally on a 1 to 1 level with other SLers). I guess most SLers know the feeling.. all of a sudden, just when you need to focus, tons of friends send you IMs or ask you to teleport to where they are. The sad thing is you have to say no to some of them.
So it really looks like I’m soon going to have to focus a bit – or do I really need to? Hmmm… time for bed!