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A Sad Time For a Dear Friend

Hello, friends. My name is Megaera Furious. My friend Aisling asked me to tell you that because of health problems, she is no longer a member of Second Life. She has also asked me to take over authorship of her blog. I shall attempt to do so over the next couple of days, but right now I’m having some WordPress-related problems with administering the site.

Should I not be able to work things out, I will start a separate blog of my own, copy all of Aisling’s posts to it, and continue on from there.

Please bear with me, and continue to follow this blog. Thank you.


How to Deal With Griefers and Trolls

“A griefer is a player in a multiplayer video game who deliberately irritates and angers other players within the game, often using aspects of the game in unintended ways. A griefer derives pleasure primarily or exclusively from the act of annoying other users, and as such is a particular nuisance in online gaming communities, since griefers often cannot be deterred by penalties related to in-game goals.” Wikipedia

Sooner or later in your SL experience, you’re going to run into a griefer (often called “trolls” in SL). I’ve always found the best way to deal with them is to simply ignore them. If they get too annoying, you can also Block them or, in extreme cases, Block and Derender them.

But sometimes their actions can take the form of a direct attack on your avatar, such as locking it in a cage, pelting it with objects, etc. The immediate solution to this is simply to log off; when you log back in, your avatar will have been “reset;” that is, whatever was happening to you will no longer be happening.

But the ultimate solution is to file an abuse report. Griefing is a violation of SL’s Terms of Service, or TOS. But unless Linden Labs knows about the griefer, it can’t do anything about them. There’s an entire article detailing how and when to file an abuse report.

Griefers are a sad fact of life in SL. Knowing how to deal with them will keep your in-world experiences pleasant.

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Welcome To My World

The first thing you need to know is that although it’s populated by over 50,000 from all around the globe, my world isn’t a real world. Second Life is a virtual world; that is, “A virtual world or massively multiplayer online world (MMOW) is a computer-based simulated environment populated by many users who can create a personal avatar, and simultaneously and independently explore the virtual world, participate in its activities and communicate with others. These avatars can be textual, two or three-dimensional graphical representations, or live video avatars with auditory and touch sensations. In general, virtual worlds allow for multiple users.” (

Clear as mud, right? For a better idea (and to clear things up a bit, click on the link above to read the entire article. It’s okay—it will open in a new window, so you can come right back here. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Oh, good! You came back! If you’ve decided that virtual worlds aren’t your thing, then you might just as well stop reading and find something else to do, because virtual worlds in general and Second Life in particular are the theme of this blog. But thanks for stopping by, and thank you for your time.

Still with me?Well, that’s a tribute to your wisdom, beauty, and sense of adventure. (You’ll notice as we go on that I am a fan of the Oxford comma.)

Let’s Get Started, Shall We?

My name is Aisling O’Conner. It’s pronounced ASH-ling, and yes, it’s Irish, as am I. Well, at least I’m Irish in Second Life (or as we affectionately refer to it, SL.)

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Me, Aisling O’Conner


Since you’ve decided to give Second Life a try, click on this link to get started. Check out the avatars and pick one. It doesn’t really matter which one, because you can always change it. Once you’ve completed the sign-up process and downloaded and installed the Viewer (the software you use to “play” Second Life), you’re set to go.

When you launch the Viewer, you’ll be taken directly to an excellent interactive tutorial that will teach you the basics, such as how to walk, run, jump, fly (yes, Virginia, there is flying in SL), and other basic essentials.

Once you’ve completed the tutorial, come back here, where in my next post, I’ll share with you some great places to find excellent “freebies,” such as clothes, animation over-riders (more on that later), complete avatars, and other great tutorials.

Well, it’s 4:15 a.m., and I’m exhausted. See you next time!