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365 days of SL, day 157

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Aug. 18th, 2012 | 01:00 pm

365 days of SL, day 157:

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We poked around in the Snowlands some more last night. The area we were in didn't have THAT much in the way of building activity, but after a while, we came across an interesting little house — I initially just commented on how it looked nice with a layer of snow piled up on its roof, but then I noticed it was actually available for rent, and fully furnished for that matter, so I took a peek inside. :)

Fully furnished property is relatively uncommon in SL, judging by my admittedly rather limited experience, even when you're not just renting a parcel of land: tpyically, you'll get the space and a prim budget, and you'll have to provide the rest yourself. The upside of this is that you can go wild and do things exactly as you wish: the downside is that you have to hunt down furniture, quite possibly pay for it, put it up and arrange it yourself and all that. It can be fun (I sure enjoyed doing this with my own stateroom at BG), but there is something to be said in favor of fully-furnished places, too.

And this one was rather nicely done indeed: tastefully sparse and uncluttered, with a decent amount of space, not feeling cramped (like so many houses in RL do), and with all the amenities you'd expect, from a nice large kitchen to a fireplace — sort of like the friend's house I visited on day 117.

It was a two-story house, too, with the upper floor having a bedroom, bathroom and balcony. Here's some more screenshots, showing the outside, the bedroom, the view from the balcony (I don't know if the peak in the distance has a name) and part of the bathroom, respectively:

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The screenshots aren't the greatest, perhaps, but the place was lovely. And since it wasn't actually rented to anyone yet, I didn't have to feel bad about poking around in a private home, either — quite the opposite, checking out the property was obviously expected and encouraged, and this post might even be considered free advertising. (If anyone's wondering, the rent was 500 L$/week, including the furniture, a home automation/security system that I had quite some fun playing around with, and an extra 30 prims for your own use.)

The shadows in the screenshot, BTW, are artificial. Perhaps not ideal for when you actually have Lighting/Shadow calculations turned on — I wonder if LL could be persuaded to introduce a "shadow prim" flag that toggles a prim's visibility based on whether real shadows are rendered or not. It'd be a nice and elegant solution to the problem these fake shadows otherwise cause in the presence of real ones.

Location: Heaton (247, 115, 110) (Heaton Snow! #2)

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from: porsupah
date: Aug. 19th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)

I'll have to go visiting some of these sims, especially the snowy ones. Seeing that attractive interior reminded me of how cozy it really was, having a nice house up in the mountains, snow all around. It was a shared place, and indeed, not even mine - I just sort of bumped into Sdocat Lemieux, who brought me into the group. ^_^ Sadly, some dispute arose over the rental costs, with the result that someone returned the land to the landlord. *sigh*

Of course, being SL, that's potentially easily reversed - ISTR Sdocat had the house in inventory, so it could be brought back out. 'Course, with mesh having landed since all that, and now the option of shadows and other niceties, I dare say much better could be achieved. Hey ho. If I actually get to the point again where I feel I can commit to making some modest payment every month, I might see if I can find a nice, snowy bit of land in a furry sim somewhere.

I see that bath, and I can only think of canned ham. =:)

(Not that I wouldn't love to be able to soak in one for a few hours, a few times a week.. I really miss having a bath. And no neighbors above, with a love of chatting loudly with friends until past 2am..)

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 19th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)

Haha, it DOES look like that can of ham! ^^ Funny; I wonder if that's intentional.

And I agree, you should get a nice house in a snowy place again some time. You could even rent this one if you're so inclined! ^^ (I'd consider it myself, but the rent does add up, of course; 500 L$ per week is 100 USD per year, and as much as I like SL, I'm not sure there wouldn't be better uses for those 100 bucks.)

(Not that I wouldn't love to be able to soak in one for a few hours, a few times a week.. I really miss having a bath. And no neighbors above, with a love of chatting loudly with friends until past 2am..)

Ah, yeah, I feel your pain. I've been blessed with quiet neighbors and thick walls, fortunately.

Also, don't you have a tub, then? That's unfortunate, too; a good tub where you can get a good soak is one of those essential comforts in life, I think.

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