Monday, October 24, 2016

Spyder Starsmith

Yup I may be crazy.
I changed my name to Spyder (Starsmith)
Been Ziggy sooooooooo long and got sick of the references to a now dead, although legendary rock star!
Of coarse there will be a new look LMAO!   Much darker ;-)
Rather than David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust maybe perhaps now think more Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson!
Awwww how sweet, just in time for Halloween!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Second life: The Story So Far - I Am The Spyder....

I have now changed my name on Second Life to Spyder Starsmith because I am sick of being compared to a dead, yet legendary rock star lol...
I originally rezzed into Second Life for the first time on November 25th, 2007 as Rex Short. I had no clue what to do for the first 3 months and explored. I discovered many things I loved that made me addicted to SL and making it so I couldn't wait to log on every day.
Vibrant packed party's and clubs and of coarse pixel sex.
Seating areas at places had groups of people sitting and chatting, activity all over the sims.
I loved clubs but the people and clubs dwindled away and closed. The club scene changed and now with a few exceptions is often a ghost town of 4 or 5 people.
I took to motorcycles but the new mesh and pathfinding features that came along lagged that so bad I gave up.
I loved horseback riding and especially sailing but sim crossings seemed to get worse (especially on weekends) and after crashing many times in row one day, I too lost interest in attempting to sail.
I was part of some clubs openings etc, I been partnered to some nice men and it seems I have seen and done it all on SL.
Now it seems I do not log on as much. The addiction to race home to log on is gone. Maybe I am jaded but SL has change alot.
For an old timer on SL like me I think the best glory days of SL are behind us. The new people do not know any better of the good times and legendary parties and crowds that once were standard.
Now SL has many areas with people just standing alone for hours in one spot or dancing  without speaking like the house of wax. It is very rare to find fun, conversations at clubs now. I will mention some clubs that still seem to do it right and draw crowds....Blow Buddies, Club Blu, Club Engine and a few others that escape my mind right now.
Many people never leave their sims which are all ban-lined up like Fort Knox to keep people from stealing their prims. The social aspect is gone now too with rare exceptions!
Now that I cannot reliably motorbike or sail what is left?
I have been attending clubs again. A new generation has matured on SL. New DJ's, new people. Not as vibrant as in the past but it is slowly getting there again...maybe!
One sneaky thing I have noticed though is the fact that I check the map for a new club and see 13 people dots and when I TP there I see the DJ, The Host and a dancer and I am the only avatar non-staff there and sometimes for the whole 2 hour party. Clubs using bots in the sky to appear crowded and popular. More use of sneaky, creepy alts. I loved this one club but stopped going because week after week this situation kept occurring and while there the DJ constantly gestured wildly until I had a migraine.
Maybe the end is near so until then I still log on and fantasize like I did 9 years ago........just not as much now!
I deleted my 2 alt accounts...Valiant Thor I deleted 6 months ago and my original avatar named Rex Short I deleted yesterday. Ziggy is my only avatar and account now. I do not need others.
Now SL is dying and has been for a while, it’s a ghost town, TP around on the map and you will notice most of the groups of dots are traffic bots, unless there’s a shopping event. Most of the sims seem empty, great builds are being taken offline because the number of visitors are dropping to near zero, while LL still happily charges 300$ USD a month to keep a simulator online (which probably doesn’t cost them more than 50$ USD). 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Last Days Of Insilico

Over the years I have been happy to have photographed dozens of Second Life places, usually in their heyday and published them in this blog since 2009. I do not just take pictures but usually I absolutely submerge myself for a day or more in the theme or roleplay of the environment. No faking here for the sake of pretty, photo shopped pictures but simply capturing the way things really look inworld.
Another great, legendary destination is soon to close it's doors for good and this time it is very sad and close to my heart.
Insilico the great futuristic city will soon be no more.
I roleplayed here alot especially in my early years after my first taste of these sims was when I was visiting a penthouse home in the skies over Insilico with a friend named Cannon Atlas who is also no longer in Second Life.
I remember rezzing there and being immediately scanned by floating, orb robots which created the perfect mood and atmosphere of these great sims.
I will not go into details of why Insilico is closing because that is covered in many other blogs but I will simply leave my collection of pictures from Insilco's golden years and follow it up with 2 of the best video's (not filmed by me) of the great City Of Insilico. 
I think I am going to spend the next few days hanging here before this giant is gone forever!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Boystown Rocked

Headed over to Club Blu in Boystown last night to catch up on the club. DJ Zann Baxton rocked the place like he always does and dancer Emjay Baxton was making my knees shake as he gyrated on his dance platform.
I have not been to Club Blu for ages since I had halted my club hopping this past year and tonight, being there, I was overcome with the legendary history of this place.
It is one of the very few, surviving clubs from way back in the glory days of Second Life and this shows that they must be doing something right to survive this long and still have 36 plus people at the club on a Tuesday night.
I have occasionally snipped about clubs in the past and about Club Blu at times but Adham Decuir and friends are masters at keeping the club hopping and the crowd was constantly in conversation making for a very fun, happening atmosphere.
Good Times at The Legendary Club Blu!