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  • Catfishing

    September 4, 2016 • NewsComments Off on Catfishing

    catfishSeveral weeks ago we were discussing Catfishing in Hyde Park. This came about because there was a woman who had been accused of being a catfish. Apparently someone was questioning the real life photos that she had provided in her profile and felt that they were fraudulent. Now this woman was in a relationship in SL but her boyfriend seemed to be sticking up for her, so I assume he felt fairly confident that she was who she said she was. The thing that really surprised me is that she commented that her friends were also questioning her photos, and she went to the trouble of taking separate ones holding up signs to provide her friends with the proof that they required.  My question to you is, do you care what your friends look like? I certainly do not. I can understand disclosing yourself to someone you are in a romantic relationship with, but how does your appearance affect your every day friendships? Shouldn’t friendships be based on something more substantial? After the discussion at Hyde Park I decided to watch the Series Catfish. Catfish is a television show aired by MTV. It tells the individuals stories of people who met on social media yet have never met in real life. The investigators Nev and Max meet with the person who is longing to meet their mystery love. They find out all of the incriminating information that the potential catfish has disclosed, and they track them down and arrange a meeting. Unfortunately very few of the Catfish turn out to be who they claim to be. In some cases the catfishing has gone on for several years.

    After watching a few episodes of the Catfish Series I contemplated how Catfishing differs between Social Media and Second Life. I looked at the “spotting” techniques used on social media and only some of them even applied to Second Life. I think the reason a lot of them do not apply is that very few people seem to share a lot of personal information under 1st Life in their profiles. It is not like Facebook where you have all of your real life friends and relatives listed on your profile. Most people don’t even list a real life picture in Second Life. This got my mind turning so I decided to look at the profiles near me. There were a few people with personal information and a picture provided, but the bulk of people basically listed that they only shared real life information with friends or not at all.

    How to Spot a Catfish

    Catfish Rule #1 If they seem too good to be true, they probably are. I currently have a friend who’s been seeing a woman in SL for several weeks and she has not given him a picture. She states that she is very beautiful and she does not want their relationship to be based on looks. She also states she drives a jaguar and has a very successful interior design business. This smells like a catfish to me, but I could be wrong.
    Catfish Rule #2 If they say that they care about you and they act like things are getting serious after only a short amount of time. (This may be true for real life but since the total span of a second life relationship is about 6 weeks from first dance to prim babies, short is a relative term.)
    Catfish Rule #3 If they don’t know what Skype is or have problems using it or downloading it and you can only chat inworld. If you have already given your picture to someone, there is no reason why you could not jump on Skype for a few seconds just to set their minds at ease.
    Catfish Rule #4 If you’ve recently met them and they ask for money. You should never give out money or financial information to someone you don’t know in Real Life. That is just good sense. And don’t give them access to your SL account if you have financial information on your account.
    Catfish Rule #5 If their 1st Life picture looks like they could be a model or mildly famous. I think most people can tell the difference between a professional photo and the type you take with your smart phone. If someone is using a photo that looks like it could be in a photographers portfolio, you may want to proceed with caution. In fact, Google Images allows you to upload a picture and do a web search for it. I have to admit I did this to someone on my nearby list and it turned out to be someone with a lot of websites on the web that had personal information on them. So you may want to run your own image before giving it out. Just so you know what kind of information may show up on Google about you.
    Catfish Rule #6 If their stories always seem unattainable or far-fetched.
    Catfish Rule #7 If you’ve just met someone and there seems like something just isn’t right but, you can’t put your finger on it or you have suspicions. If you meet someone who’s knowledge of SL seems more advanced than the amount of time they have been in SL, you may want to consider they may be an alt. A guy friend of mine said that he can tell the difference between how a girl acts and how a guy acts. For example, if a guy rolls his eyes its more of a woman in RL pretending to be a guy (he stated that men do not roll their eyes but I guess I had never given that much thought).
    Catfish Rule #8 If the avatar is wearing marketplace items or designer items and does not have payment information used, listed on their profile. This means they are getting lindens from somewhere else, either from other people or an alt account.
    Catfish Rule #9 If your romantic interest will not voice with you to verify their gender. Even for a few seconds.

    One of the women I talked to stated that she used a tracker to look at people’s log in and log out times. This allowed her to see if one avi logged off and then another logged on. She was also suspicious of people who seemed to be too familiar with her, often knowing things about her that she did not remember sharing with them. And lastly, if someone used similar sayings from other past avi friends, she would suspect them of creating an alt.

    The one thing I did learn about Catfishing, from watching the series, is that people tend to have a reason for hiding. If you are thinking of becoming emotionally invested in your Second Life love, don’t give away too much of your heart without using Skype. Don’t invest years of your time, turning down other romantic opportunities in Real Life to be with someone who can’t give you a few minutes on Skype.  And to those of you Catfish out there, isn’t it better to be loved for who you really are?

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  • Return of the London Underground Club

    September 1, 2016 • NewsComments Off on Return of the London Underground Club

    undergroundSome of you may have noticed that a building is missing in London! When you look across from Hyde Park you will see the entrance to underbelly of London, it is the new home of the London Underground Club. If you walk over to the small lot you will notice the black ironwork that supports the Metro entrance sign, don’t be afraid to wander down into the dark abyss because you will be pleasantly surprised when the darkness subsides and your eyes adjust to the ambient lighting.

    A much loved favorite from London’s past, the London Underground Club was the very first nightclub to provide music and dancing on the popular sim. Thanks to new graphic technology the Underground is sporting a brand new look and feel. I personally love the atmosphere of the London subway, the soft glow of the twinkle lights and the giant marquee letters. I appreciate the simple lines of the steel beams and the colorful retro upholstery on the tall bar chairs. It is an old club with a new feel,  I would describe it as rustic yet urban and it kind of makes me feel like the old days when I would skip school with my friends and find a place under a bridge to smoke cigarettes and goof around (not that I would condone that kind of behavior now that age and wisdom have prevailed upon me).

    Owner Debs Regent stated that she wanted to resurrect the club for the London SL 10 year anniversary. Debs also added that The London Underground Club will play every kind of music (modern, trance, and more traditional sounds). A new Flickr page has been created to capture your favorite Underground moments and a photo contest will be announced in the near future. If you are interested in djing or hosting at the club please contact Dane Finnson (eltondane) inworld.  So please take the time to come and visit the club, take some pictures and get prepared to submit them when the photo contest is in full swing!

    Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/3026005@N21/

    SLURL:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Knightsbridge/228/193/22

     

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  • EPIC METAL BATTLE @ Sexy Brits!

    August 18, 2016 • Entertainment, Music, News, Second LifeComments Off on EPIC METAL BATTLE @ Sexy Brits!

    If you love metal,
    you don’t wanna miss out on the
    EPIC METAL BATTLE
    that will be happening tomorrow,
    Aug 18th from 10am -12pm SLT (6pm UK)
    @Sexy Brits!

    EPIC METAL BATTLE!!!

    EPIC METAL BATTLE!!!

    Two of your Sexy Brits DJs will be battling it out and that means
    we will be hearing some crazy amazing metal tunes!!!

    And here is your ride!!!

    Sexy Brits ~ Landing Point

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  • Anachron RARE Staff of Life & Zenith Xiang Mo Outfit

    The Fantasy Gacha Carnival Runs All Month Long

    August 13, 2016 • News, Second Life, ShoppingComments Off on The Fantasy Gacha Carnival Runs All Month Long

    ~The Fantasy Gacha Carnival~

    There are quite a few events that I thoroughly enjoy attending and the Fantasy Gacha Carnival is one I very much enjoy. I love creating different looks from the various gachas available at the Fantasy Gacha Fair. I thought I would share a few with you, past and present. The Fantasy Gacha Carnival runs all month long into early September. It opened on August 7th, and ends September 7th, 2016. There are over 100 vendors there and it happens quarterly. The rounds sometimes have a specific theme to them and all the vendors can interpret that theme as they would prefer. I am not certain on the theme this time around but I am guessing it may be an Asian themed round.

    Moon Elixir – Courtesan Gacha

    My first look is from the Moon Elixir – Courtesan Gacha. This gacha is very sexy and very adult. I love this look. All these pieces are from the Moon Elixir – Courtesan Gacha. The exceptions are the bracelets, which are a gift from the Crossroads Event (Artemis Bracelets), the nose piercing, from the Bodify Event (Codex – Anthrax Gacha) and the earrings (Plastik – Kukiris Earrings:// Noir #3) are from a previous round of We <3 Roleplay.

    Intense Stare

    Items from Moon Elixir’s Courtesan Gacha @ the Fantasy Gacha Fair

    I am wearing the RARE Bra & RARE Thong, Arm Cuffs, Anklets, Emerald Top & Skirt and the Choker. This gacha’s items are made exclusively for the Maitreya Lara Mesh Body. And they fit so perfectly on it, no alphas needed.  There are 8 colors in the tops and skirts and an Ultrarare Body Chain. The jewelry and the clothing are very hard to come by, the rest was not too hard to win.

    But, of course, there is always that piece you can’t get in a gacha. This is where you must ask in the groups and see if anyone will take something you have in trade for whatever piece you need. And I usually never have trouble trading what I have for what I need. Extras I tend to sell at a small stall on the EPIC gacha retail sim and at two other locations (all in my profle picks!).

    !dM Devious Minds – Namika Dress, Zenith – Xiang Mo & Anachron Magic Items

    My next look is from the !dM (Devious Minds) “Namika” Dress Gacha made for the Maitreya Lara or the Slink Hourglass Mesh Bodies. This beautiful Kiwi color is a common dress and I love, love, love this color! And, it goes very nicely with the Choker, Arm Cuffs and Anklets from the previous look, the Moon Elixir – Courtesan Gacha. I am still wearing the Kukiris Earrings from Plastik. There are so many color options in these earrings. They only come in one metal color choice so if you want different metals, you must buy a separate pair to get that metal color or the Fatpack. There is also an option to hide the ropes and one side of the skirt.

    !dM - Namika Dress - KIWI @ Fantasy Gacha Carnival

    !dM – Namika Dress – KIWI @ Fantasy Gacha Carnival

    And one more look I put together for my own blog. I do blog for a few designers and one(Anachron) has a gacha in the current Fantasy Gacha Carnival. So, I had gathered the =Zenith= Xiang Mo pieces I had and I used that look to display the magic wands, staffs and books from the Anachron Magic Items Gacha. The Asian look gave me the idea. So in this look I could only think of calling the first picture of the post, “Crouching Tiger, Floating Mel”.  And some of the poses I used ({Nantra} in this photo) gave me this idea too. I am holding the RARE Staff of Life from the Anachron Magic Items Gacha.

    Anachron RARE Staff of Life & Zenith Xiang Mo Outfit

    Anachron RARE Staff of Life & Zenith Xiang Mo Outfit

    And that is all the looks I have for you today! It’s pretty nice to have so much choice and the looks that I’ve put together from various gachas and even older pieces I have are a lot of work but look great once I am finished. More organization on my part would definitely help! If you would like to see this post, you can find that here. And I hope you get a chance to get out to the Fantasy Gacha Carnival and see what is happening. I compare it to a Comicon, you see so many cool looks there. Here are a couple of guys I saw while I was there:

    Amazing Looks @ The FGC - Aug16

    Flickr (1 of 6)

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  • Happily Every After at the Coach and Horses

    August 11, 2016 • NewsComments Off on Happily Every After at the Coach and Horses

    disney

    Mickey, Mulan, Jasmine, Prince Charming; who is your favorite Disney Character? It’s time to choose a character and head down to the Coach and Horses on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 10am SLT for their Disney themed event!!!

    Owner Dane Finnson of the Coach and Horses Pub has cast a magical spell over London and created a Disney themed venue in the sky as part of his commitment to providing a spectacular bi-weekly themed event. This week’s Disney venue is adorned with twinkle lights, a magic pumpkin carriage, and a fairy godmother, just in case you are in need of a bit of bippity-boppity-boo!

    The Coach and Horses also has sponsorship from some of the London Merchants for this event, that means big prizes for lucky patrons! The Disney event will give away over 15,000L over the weekend! 1250L provided by Chop Zuey, and 1500L provided by Neo Shops of London. In addition, one lucky couple will win a RARE crown and tiara especially made for the event by Ashbourne & Company.

    If you would like to support these generous sponsors you can find  them on the Knightbridge and Mayfair sims.  Chop Zuey is located on the Knightsbridge sim and provides Couture jewelry for men and women. Neo Shops of London is located on the Mayfair sim and sells both casual and formal clothing for men and women. And last but certainly not least, Ashbourne and Company is located on the Mayfair sim and sells fine jewelry as well as stunning tiaras.

    So head on over to the Coach and Horses on Sunday, and join DJ Dane for a little bit of Disney magic in SL!!!! Who knows, you may meet your “happily ever after” there!

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