Thursday, December 27, 2012

..... and now for the rest of the story ....

It's amazing how rumors get started and how they seem to take on a life of their own, so in an effort to cut some of these rumors off..... here is the rest of the story...

#1 I have not taken up residence on another grid under a different name with a brand new avie.
#2 I did not leave OSgrid because I was unhappy with my hosting provider or OSgrid.
#3 I have not left OSgrid.  I still have my store on Wright Plaza and actually intend to build again on OSgrid.
#4 I am not dead.... at least... not that I know of.
#5 I'm just taking a break.

What happened is I was having technical problems of my own making and despite the heroic efforts of my hosting company, we were not able to resolve them easily and because of issues in RL, I did not have the time to spend working on it. So, rather than leave something half done, I elected to have my regions removed until I get the time to either rebuild or fix the problems.

Anyway..... I hope to be back on OSgrid in a few months.
In the mean time; you can still reach me via email if you want.

Thank You, My Friends!  See you soon!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Want to make God laugh.... tell him your plans....

I had planned on relocating Ptarmigan Park or at least part of it to another Grid, but that has not worked out so right now the only online presence I have will be my store on Wright Plaza.  For myself, I will not be on line much for the foreseeable future. You can always reach me via email. :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ptarmigan Park is being removed from OSgrid Monday December 3rd, 2012

I have been experiencing challenges in RL and my regions on OSgrid have had their own fair share of problems that my hosting provider has not been able to resolve.  I have to concentrate on RL, so I have asked that my regions be removed on Monday December 3rd, 2012.  I may be moving my regions to a private grid with access to the Hypergrid, but that has not been decided as of yet.  Thank You for all your support!

Monday, September 24, 2012

I was asked the other day... "What do you make?"

These are some of the items that are available for free at the Made by Hylee Store in OSgrid at Ptarmigan Park, Wright Plaza, and Village Market.  Many more items are also available at the Ptarmigan Park Main Store.

Monday, August 27, 2012

I guess I should clarify my last post.....

Linda Kellie in Real Life is alive and well.  Her Avatar is gone and she is not longer participating in the virtual world with the exception of her website

Linda Kellie, the Content Creator, will be missed.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Want to see something really freaking cool?!

This is a very cool region on OSgrid made by one of the most talented artists I've met there.
Check out Cordola on the OSgrid Forum and then on OSgrid.

Monday, July 16, 2012

OSGrid 5th Birthday Celebration

OSgrid is celebrating it's 5th birthday July 20th through July 24th and has several regions dedicated to the festivities as well as exhibits from some very talented people.

Search OSG5B on the OSgrid Map for locations.

Check out the OSgrid Forums for more information.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Death of an Avatar

I have been bothered by something for the last few months and thought it might be good to get these thoughts in writing because sometimes that helps me make sense of issues,deal with things, and come up with answers.  In the last few months I have read of the passing of some very cool people in the virtual world an started thinking about what would happen when it's my turn.

I am going to die.  I don't know when, but the older I get the sooner that day approaches.  When I die, I am fairly certain that my friends and family in RL (Real Life) will be notified, grieve my passing, and probably have some sort of funeral / wake.  Actually in my family it's more like wake / party because we tend to celebrate the life more than mourning the loss.  But in either case, the people I care about in RL will be able to achieve some level of closure.

I have many friends in the virtual world, but few of them are friends of mine in RL.  Ever since my first days on the old computer bulletin boards, internet, and Second Life, there has been this need for anonymity online.  For most people this has developed because of a need for security and protection, but for most in the virtual world, I suspect it has more do with the fantasy that we live out in the virtual world having little to do with RL and mixing the two would adversely effect the virtual experience.

So anyway, I've been running this scenario around in my head.  Let's say I've died, everyone in RL has been notified and they understand why I stopped showing up for work, church, get togethers, and so on.  They also have a chance to mourn (or in some cases celebrate) my passing and share that experience with my other friends and family with the hope of finding closure.  While this mourning, celebrating, closure stuff is going on in RL what is happening in the virtual world?  My virtual friends will only know that they haven't seen me for a while and have no idea why.  Some people may email me, but unless my family chooses to check that email and respond to them, my virtual friends will only wonder why I'm not answering them.  Eventually, my hosting provider is going to stop hosting my regions because he is not getting paid and my regions will one day cease to exist as well. So Hylee Bekkers and Ptarmigan Park will be gone with little in the way of closure for anyone in the virtual world.

I have had friends in the virtual world that one day stopped logging in and their land eventually went away too.  For most of them, I had no way of contacting them so I am left wondering what happened?  Did something happen to them in RL or did they just move on to another virtual existence with a new avatar and group of friends.  This of course leaves me wondering.... what did I do to upset them?

I probably spend as much time, or in some cases more time with my virtual friends as I do with my RL friends and family, but the only thing my virtual friends know about me is what I choose to share with them.  It's been this unwritten rule that RL and the Virtual Life should not be mixed and I've done a pretty good job on doing that.  I am not Hylee Bekkers in RL.  I don't look like her.  I can't do the things that she does.  And quite honestly, I'm not as popular in RL as Hylee is in the virtual world.  So, there's a great incentive on my part to not mix the two because I like this fantasy that I've built up for myself and don't want to ruin it. But what does that say about how I value my virtual friends?

My friends list is probably a lot like yours.  Quite a few of the people on my friends list are people that I've met in passing and added them to my friends list because I didn't want to be rude and say no to their friend request or they didn't want to say no to mine.  Several of those people I have little contact with now.  I don't want to remove them from my friends list because that will seem rude too.  So. I guess, just because you are on someone's friends list does not necessarily make you their "friend", at least by my definition of what a friend is.  But, there are quite a few people on my list who I feel are friends to some degree or another and value my time that I spend with them.  Those are the people who I feel should know if something happens to me in RL, but that means I have to share my RL Me with them, which means that they will never look at Hylee Bekkers the same way.  And in my mind, that could also jeopardize a relationship that I value.

I have the same avatar and name on multiple grids and have had that name for many years.  I have no plan on creating an alt to hide behind, so if someday I stop showing up on the grid, it's probably because I am no longer able to log in for some reason and you will just have to fill in the blanks.

As I said in the beginning, writing sometimes helps me make sense of issues and I am starting to realize that Hylee Bekkers is not a very good friend.

Sometimes answers suck.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I don't blog enough, and when I do it's usually about my stuff and what I'm doing.....

This time I would actually like to re-direct you to another blog where you can read about someone elses builds on OSgrid.
These are some of the coolest builds on OSgrid, created by masters in the virtual arts, including one of my favorites Shenn Tao.

Intrigued yet?

Here's the link:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

New Hypergrid Directory

If you have a region accessible from the Hypergrid, you can help the OpenSim metaverse grow by listing your region with the new Hypergrid Directory.  I have added a link to this site in the list of blogs that I follow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Inspirational Building and Exploring OSgrid with a new tool I found

I don't have a constant flood of ideas for cool projects and don't normally build just for the sake of building.  My building tends to be in cycles where I will get an idea based on a need that I or someone else may have or I will get inspired by someone else's work in world and elsewhere.  My building projects could last hours, days, or weeks.  It really depends on what it is and how much I feel like investing in it.  In between building projects, I love to search for inspiration and have just now started to explore OSgrid.

At first I was checking the map, looking for interesting shapes in the land and how many builds showed up.  But as I was visiting these areas I was disappointed at the amount of undeveloped and under used land.  I think it may be because land is so inexpensive in OSgrid that many people have much more land then they need or will ever use, but what ever the reason there are a lot of boring regions out there.

Then I started collecting landmarks from other people, websites, and regions that I visited but those tend to be for freebie areas, welcome areas, and educational builds.  I found lots of cool stuff, but it wasn't what I was looking for.  I was looking for the creative, the strange, and the wonderful.  I was looking for the stuff that was not necessarily built for a purpose but just out of a passion for building and creating.

I know they are out there because I have found a few.  I have discovered regions that have given me chills up and down my spine.  I have found regions that make me giggle.  I have found some that even make me angry.  But isn't that what art is supposed to do?  It's supposed to invoke a reaction and a feeling, and I love it.

A friend of mine recently gave me a url for a tool on the OSgrid website called Users In World.  It lists all the occupied regions in OSgrid and how many avies are on them at the time.  If one of your friends is on that region, their name will be listed with the region.  All other people are listed as "someone" to protect their privacy.  I thought it might be cool to check these regions out since someone was obviously there for a reason.  So I started at the top of the list and started to work my way down.

What I found was very interesting.  Most of the time, when I visited a region with just one avie present, it  was the owner of the region so I always said Hi and complimented them on their region.  Some people seemed surprised that I was there and told me that they never have visitors, but they were all gracious, welcoming, and loved to share all the little secrets that they had built in to their land.

Well..... except for one person...
I have to share this with you because after meeting this person I was speechless and for those of you who know me.... Speechless and Hylee don't normally show up in the same sentence.  :)
I found this region with just one person, so I teleported in.  I have tried to teleport about 100 meters or so away from people so I don't startle them with my presence, but close enough that they should know that I'm there.  Anyway... I teleported in and right away said "Hi xxxx :)".  He walked closer to me and said "I don't know you."  I didn't know how to respond to that.  Of course he didn't know me and I didn't know him.  That has always been the first step in an introduction, but here I was... speechless.  So, I said the first thing that popped in to my head... "would you like me to leave?" knowing, of course, he would say no which would allow me to explain my travels and apologize for intruding.  But he didn't say that... he just responded with "please".  Please leave?! I thought to myself.  Was this guy serious?  Most people if they don't want visitors would lock down their region or property to prevent uncomfortable situations like this.  He then said that he had someone coming over to see his tent, but by that time I had already teleported home.  I then sent him an IM apologizing for the intrusion, knowing then that he would say something like that's alright.  But he didn't say that.  Instead he said "well, that was very rude to just pop in like that."  What?!!  Again... speechless.  I wrote several IM's back to him trying to be witty but ended up erasing each one before I sent it and then just decided to let it go.  I was so upset by this meeting that I did not do any more exploring that day.  I did read his profile (I read everyone's profile) and found that he was new to OSgrid and had come from Second Life (the land of pixel sex and red ban lines) so I know that he hasn't been here long enough to learn what an open and sharing community OSgrid truly is.  I do hope that he finds out and learns to be more friendly.  If he doesn't... I pray to God that he doesn't bring anyone else like him here!

Anyway... I digress....
I did find some incredible regions using the Users In World tool and I added them to my OSgrid Landmarks box at the landing spot in Ptarmigan Park.

Oh... one more thing....
Everyone is welcome to visit Ptarmigan Park anytime you want ;)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I am so happy I moved to OSgrid!

I have met a lot of incredible people who share my love for building and sharing with others.  I have always loved giving my stuff away but I received a lot of negative feedback when I did it in Second Life.  I hope OSgrid never gets and economy and content stays opensource.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Update to "Where do I get stuff..."

Yesterday, I met one of the people who's work in the metaverse convinced me to make the scary leap out of Second Life and in to the OpenSim world.  Her name is Linda Kellie and she has her own region in OSgrid now where she has stacked boxes and boxes of her incredible creations.  I felt like it was Christmas again! :)
You can find her at   My Place (126,127,22)