Sunday, June 1, 2008

Walking in Second Life. It's a mystery!


Things have been a little hectic for JMB lately. And it doesn't help that she's been fooling around quite a bit in Second Life! Oh well, who needs sleep anyway? Now I have a question for you. Do you think there is any resemblance between JMB's avatar and the real JMB? Well I'm talking about the one in the photo which was posted here for Photo Hunt last Saturday. Even that photo was taken about 25 years ago, when I was in my late forties. Naturally in Second Life I am recreating someone starting into the prime years, which for a female I consider begin at 35. Judiciously I won't say when they end, for I'd like to pretend I'm still in them. In fact, someone said to me the other day in SL: Here we have discovered the fountain of youth. What's not to love about that, I ask you.

Now both have/had coppery hair. We both have freckles. Yes, I have freckles in Second Life. Despite railing against them constantly as a teenager I really would feel naked without them, so I have purchased a skin with freckles. I did not have glasses for the Photo Hunt shot because I did not wear them at that time, but must have acquired them soon after because I have worn them for a very long time in Real Life. So I wear them in SL too. Besides, as I said before, men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses and after being "hit on" a couple of times I decided not to venture out without them.

I think my appearance in SL has been lifted a notch as I have been acquiring a new wardrobe. This attractive dress is actually a retro design, modelled on something from the 1920s and I even have matching salmon coloured shoes. The "dress code" in SL is really quite strange since at the same event you can meet different people some of whom are wearing very formal evening gowns, others dressed in Goth style with chains, with others sport casual jean outfits. Angel style wings and elfin ears are also very popular. It seems anything goes and people do not hesitate to ask each other where they bought things. Today I attended a meeting to discuss book blogs and someone said to another person, Love those shoes! Where did you get them? The answer was Baby Monkey. Baby Monkey? What kind of shoe store is that?

Speaking of the hair above, I quite liked it until the other day when a friend in SL said: JMB, I think you have on two sets of hair, the one that comes with your avatar and the prim hair (wig) that everyone wears. You need to wear a bald cap. No I'm not, I said and I whipped off my wig to show him my bald head. It's just the way this hair is made, huge curls over straight bottom layers which move when you do. But now I'm worried about it.

After all I don't want everyone to think I am a noobie or one recently come to SL. Unfortunately there is one aspect that gives me away in that regard. While I may look good I cannot walk for beans in SL . Everyone else seems to glide around effortlessly, twisting and turning as needed, most gracefully. I lumber about bumping into things and generally looking most ungainly. I have perused the books I have on SL looking for handy hints, I have even googled the subject but to no avail. Two people in SL have tried to give me walking lessons but I have not yet solved the problem. Finally I have discovered that smooth navigation has something to do with using the mouse and the WASD keys in combination. Apparently every person who plays computer games knows how to do this, even five year olds. When my son comes to dinner he is going to show me how to do this. He'll demonstrate moving my avatar and hopefully he can solve the mystery of walking for me.

Next time I go to Second Life I expect to be walking just as elegantly as every one else, or at least I will be after some practice. How sad is it when you have to get your own son to teach you something so fundamental as walking, even if it is in Second Life.


17 comments:

Liz said...

You are really into this SL, aren't you, jmb?!

I think you look sexy in your photo even with glasses! So I wouldn't rely on those to keep you un-hit-upon.

WASD keys? I would need a 5-year-old to teach me too.

Nunyaa said...

You have done well with the resemblance. Both RL and SL, attractive women.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Looking better every time, JMB.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I wish I had the time to try out SL and meet up with your hot redhaired siren. I think yyou did a fair job with the avatar and it does look like you ....except the colour of the eyes. The avatar's look almost ice blue whereas your are dark, aren't they?

CherryPie said...

Very glamorous, I agree with Liz I don't think the glasses will put people of either ;-)

Ian Lidster said...

Glasses on females always 'work' for me, but as entrancing as is your SL image, I like you even more in the photo below.

Dr.John said...

I don't walk well in real life. I'm glad I'm not trying Second Life.

leslie said...

I think you look GORGEOUS in SL and you WILL get passes, no matter that you wear glasses. Let us know when it starts to happen! lol

And I'm not walking too smoothly in RL these days what with my back problems. I'm sure you're doing just fine.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Looking glamorous, jmb. I'm sure you are just as glam in RL!

Sienna said...

This is incredible! what we will be thought of next, it's.........I can't describe it yet, need to think it all through.

Hey! freckles are good, years ago I tried to scrub them off, thought if I washed long enough they would disappear, but we have a mutual understanding now. They fade as time passes and I lay off the soap. :)

Freckled Pam

Pixieplumb Flanagan said...

Hi, Baby Monkey is my shoe shop, and I hope you'll check it out sometime. I agree it's kind of an odd name, but we thought it was catchy and memorable. Oh, we have clothes, bags, hats, belts and jewellery too!

mutleythedog said...

Well you look very cool and sexy to me...

Crushed said...

Don't worry, I STILL can't walk in second life.

Mind you, in REAL LIFe I could talk before I could walk properly, so what's new?

Phil A said...

JMB, Fear not, the hair does not look like a noobie mistake. I think your whole look is excellent.

The glasses look fine, pretty hot *wiggles eyebrows ala marks bros*.

Re walking (just in case you have yet to be enlightened):

Position the mouse pointer on your avatar. Press - and hold right key. This should allow your Avi to turn side to side as you move the mouse side to side and look up - and down as you move it forwards and back.

If you want to walk, then combine this with the ‘forward’ key (normally an arrow pointing up). Press forwards and steer your Avi with the mouse. Works the same for flying.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

JMB, I told you it looked fine. Now do you believe me? ;-)

jmb said...

Sorry everyone, been quite busy. Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting on more of my adventures in Second Life.
Thanks to Phil for suggestions and Miss Moggs who tried very hard to help.
regards
jmb

MedStudentWife said...

I don't really know SL at all - but your SL persona looks very much like you - I like it :)