Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm sick of looking at your faces

Am I the only one who looks at this screen all the time and wonders who the hell these people are:


They don't even look like SL avatars. They look like clip art. That chick has, what - a white banana sticking out of her ear? Is it a horn? A hair tie? A headset? And we won't even talk about the "Don't mind me, I'm just on my way to The Gap" guy.

To be honest, all I really see when I look at that pic is that girl's "I just got done getting lip injections and drinking your blood" mouth anyway.

(I like to beat up cartoons.) 

Plus, I love the whole "Join Now, it's free!" sales tactic there too. Because if I were just some random person who accidentally landed on one of these SL maps pages, I would totally look at those two hipsters and say, "Hell yeah! Where do I sign up?"

. . . God, I'm going to feel horrible if those are actual people in SL. The next post will be titled, "Backpedal."
[UPDATE: I just added this clarification in Comments and now I'm going to edit it in here: Even though I just took out my frustrations on the poor "adventurous-looking line drawings, and BTW we need to make them multicultural too!" (sorry, I'm a cynic. I work in a marketing agency), the real point is I miss the old SLURLs. Some of my friends who don't use V2 are having a hard time with these new Second Life maps. Plus, if you're gonna go for the "If you join and teleport here, you could meet these fascinating people!" angle, at least use a realistic depiction of our SL diversity - like an elf, a Furry, a glamour gal, a guy with a Freenis stuck to the outside of his pants, a couple of RPers, a gothy AV, an average Joe and Jill - and put them in, like, a cheerleader pyramid or something. Or on a hayride. You can hire me any day now, Linden Lab.]

Hey, can I get a "Wow, is she REALLY blogging about the TELEPORT Web page??" award?

I'm in the throes of insomnia agony right now - doing that clock-watching thing, that whole "If I fall asleep now, I can still get four hours of sleep before I have to get up for work" routine. I thought maybe I'd make up for my recent lack of blogging, but I don't even have anything to write about. (No, really?)

So here's a picture of my yard:


Whenever I get a new house, I swear to myself that I'm gonna keep it classy this time. And yet somehow it always ends up looking like . . . Dollywood. Or like somebody blew up a box of 64 crayons. Oops.

No wonder everyone around me keeps moving.

Speaking of my house, I love it when friends come in while I'm not there and leave things that scare the BEEJEEZUS out of me when I log in.


Thank you, Heidi! It's scary enough to log in and find myself in socks and glitch pants.

At first I honestly thought that was a REAL AV who was just hangin' out on my couch. When I log in, I'm facing in the other direction. So that thing got the horror-movie jump out of me and everything when I turned around.

Damn, I meant to take a close-up pic of his underarm hair.

I don't really have a segue here, but thank you to everyone who's been asking about my niece. She had her first MRI this past Friday - we'll get the results on Thursday. Then we'll know if there's any brain damage and we'll be able to schedule her surgery. I'm reluctant to talk about it very much. This situation is defining my family's lives right now. Second Life is a rare escape from all of it.

But I don't really feel like myself these days. I laugh and it feels like a crime.

And on that cheery note, I guess I'll go make a midnight sandwich.

Good night, lovely people!


Tashi Core said...

LOL. (Don't tell my neighbor that) I am sure I prefer someone like you for a neighbor. I'll swoon over that funky view of a dollywood house anytime, and choose it over... ah, whatever. :p

Take care and enjoy your sandwich.


sexyback akina said...

LMAO, loved your post about the two faces, its so great to read something different and full of humour :). I know we women love fashion but bring on some fun too LOL.

Nina Fessbeinder said...

ehr, those are real avatars! lol
but old picture, its how the avies used to look on the end of 2006 and begin of 2007! i dont remember where the girl skin is from but the guy skin is from naughty, was very popular and also one of most well done back there!
i love looking at old snapshots like this to see how much the designers improved!

Casandra Shilova said...

I'm tired of looking at them too. There is no good reason for them to be included. But it would be really nice if clicking on "visit this location" didn't result in an error message half the time.

I hope, hope, hope and pray your niece's operation will go beautifully. It is so hard on us to watch the people we love hurt, especially when our hands are tied and there is nothing we can really do to help them. *hugggs*

LisaMun Aronowicz said...

LOL love this post! And yeah, I can never get to the location I want with that 'visit this location' thing, and may all things go well for your niece:-)) hugsss

Joonie said...

LMAO! too funny!

Emerald Wynn said...

**Hugs everybody - thanks for making me laugh with your laughter**

Someone IMed me today with (paraphrase) "your blog posts have been a little stressed-out lately" and I do appreciate the laughs because I'm not really ranting. I swear! I swear!

I can't seem to find the funny anymore and I'm not really a full-time "hey, look what I'm wearing" blogger at heart, so this blog has been Fail for about two months.

@Nina: Oh Lordy, yeah. I figured those are real people who posed for that and I'm sort of bracing myself for the "how dare you" IM or comment or even a ban from somewhere, which has happened before. I failed to kind of mention the main point, which is I miss just the good old-fashioned SLURLs - I'm not feeling this new "Look at our friendly people! If you teleport here, you can meet them!" thing.

Someone told me yesterday that people who aren't using V2 can't use this type of TP link. Can anyone confirm?? If so, they need to go back to the old-school way. :(

Deoridhe said...

My roommates and I joke that my room is noob bait in our house, 'cause they all end up in there. I blame all the rainbows.

Something about SL screams dollywood, though! We can't all be peerless designers!

(Keeping your family in my thoughts. *offers hugs*)

IndiaRose said...

As far as I'm concerned, your posts still make me laugh and giggle, so you are doing a great job. But hey, if you need to rant, rant away!

Those "avis" would look a lot more interesting if they were placed somewhere interesting... like posed on the dinosaur on your roof. Why can't LL drop by for an hour for a photo op?

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. *hugs* Thanks for keeping us posted. It's hard right now, I know.