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 ;)

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