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A handy profile tip!

February 13th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

In shopping inworld, I’ve noticed a problem that some store owners and others may not be aware of.

When the new web-based profiles launched with the “feed” on it, many decided they did not need that and opted to try and shut it off. Some may have turned off various settings in an attempt to shut this down or protect their privacy.

If this describes you, you may have inadvertently made it impossible for people to use your profile to learn even basic information about you or your store, and turned off the ability for people to find your store via your picks. Those who use modern browsers cannot access these things if you have them turned off.

A couple times recently I have seen items on Marketplace or elsewhere on the grid that I’ve wanted to investigate. Checking the creator’s profile, however, has been a dead end. no picks showing, no “about’ information. Rather than just grabbing the SLURL from their profile, I have to IM and ask – without even being able to read their about information which could state that they don’t want to be IMed in the first place!

So if this may be you, please consider the following:

At https://my.secondlife.com/settings/privacy

1. Set your “About” to either Everyone or Second Life, so we can at least get the basic biography.

2. Set your “Picks” to either Everyone or Second Life, so we can find your stores.

The rest is up to you. I like seeing other’s interests, but you may not. I also like the feeds, but you may also be opposed to them. Bear in mind that disabling them means one less way for your friends and potential customers to contact you (and you can also use your feed to just say “please don’t post here, contact me inworld).

Just trying to help. 😀

Let There Be Doughnuts!

February 10th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Donut Head

So a couple weeks ago, I traded my brother Pygar Bu for a Bay City parcel of his, giving him some land in a different Bay City region. The new parcel was a bit bigger than what I’d had, meaning I had a lot of extra prims and a decent size chunk of land. So what to do with it? It felt “off balance” without something there, even after planting a tree and putting up a park bench or two.

I begun to think of putting up a little chinese take out window, or something along those lines. Eventually I did a good image search on “Deco Refreshment Stand” to try to find something in theme for Bay City — not knowing there was once a “Deco Refreshments” in Buffalo, NY in the mid-century era. I saw the building and I had to make it.

Meanwhile, Pygar is building a little food place up in Sandwich. I did not want to directly compete (like one can even eat food in Second Life™!), but decided — due to the proximity of a Water Trolley station — that it might be a good nook for a breakfast place: a quick coffee and donut before the morning commute sort of thing. That, coupled with being sometimes called the “Head Donut” of Bay City (a long story, involving the way mesh renders on lower clients), and a business was born.

So this is Donut Head. A mid-century style doughnut-and-coffee place for the commuter on the go. You can buy a cup of Joe, a mike, or a number of different doughnuts for L$1 each. Each can be consumed in about five minutes. It can be a fun outing for role players, especially anyone into a mid-century “vibe.” As you can suspect, it would also be fine for family role playing. A chance to get out of the house, if you will.

Really, though, the whole project is a bit of a goof, designed to fill a space that was crying out for something. But I hope folks do enjoy it. Who knows, maybe I’ll come up with some other thoughts. Would be nice for a “cruise night,” or could have a DJ or some live music now and again, or just the odd hang out, I dunno. I’m certainly open to ideas from those who might want to come up with something fun to do at the doughnut place!

As for the rest of the parcel – well, that’s a story for another time. For now, doughnuts are ready! Come check them out in Bay City – Dennis!

Let There Be Doughnuts!