My Family and LFGrid

•June 29, 2013 • 5 Comments

I had a lot of trouble making a title for this particular post because everyone on my grid really does consider themselves part of a large family (I will get into this a bit later). But I wanted to qualify my FAMILY who is my direct group who are involved in my RL as well as my life on LFGrid. Toy, Camryn, Amara, Liz, Candee, Samie, Ada, Dirk, and Ash are all very closely attached to me from a RL standpoint. Several of them I’ve met personally in RL, and some I haven’t, but, these people are as important to me as any family member would be in RL.
Recently, I was hospitalized and it turns out it was Salmonella poisoning, which also lead to a potential albeit minor heart issue. While I was in the hospital for a week, each of my family took care of everything grid related, and kept in constant contact with me to make sure I was ok and progressing. I even got this from them as a group…

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The tag on this was “Bacon Fixes Everything”… this is a private joke among all of us, but needless to say, it was important to me to see this. I was in isolation at the time because they didn’t know what contagent I had, and I had had a seziure the night before causing my heart rate to climb to 238 and respiration to climb to 177 as well as a temp of 105. This room was so the hospital could “keep an eye on me” but was really boring and visitors had to wear any number of ridiculous things in order to visit. So this really made my day. How many other vitrual world families would do this?? That’s why I say this is as much my family as any RL family to me.

Now for my Grid family at LFGrid. When I was able to finally get a computer in my room the 5th day there, I logged into the Littlefield Hangout and was greeted by a GIGANTIC display of get well cards, a nurse bear, flowers, etc, etc, etc.. and a giant card filled with personal “get well” notecards from almost all the residents of the grid. I can’t tell you how touched I was by this, and it just goes to show how very close and tight knit the community on Littlefield Grid actually is. I was even greeted with an e-mail from Amy Storm where she told me she was “keeping an eye on all the new people to make sure they are all comfortable on the grid and find their way around” which is something she knows I do when I’m there. Her doing that in my absence really meant alot to me and it was sweet to see that everyone was pitching in to take care of everything so I wouldn’t be stressed about it while I was getting well. For those of you people wondering what a virtual world community looks like…. Look at Littlefield Grid. These people are the nicest, kindest, most caring and giving people I’ve met yet. Never any drama, everyone runs around going nuts helping each other. This, is what SL should have been. However this is better because was all take care of our HOME and FAMILY together….

I want to thank each and every one of you for making this grid what it is, and I want to thank you for all the care and love you all bring to the grid everyday. On a side note, I want to thank my family for putting up with my miserable ass the last couple weeks. As I mentioned, I was in the hospital for a week and as a smoker, I was unable to smoke there. I was informed that it was in my best interest (and since I already had a one week jumpstart) to quit smoking which I did. Everyone has had to put up with my dreary, miserable, grouchy attitude for the last couple weeks, and I really appreciate you all not banning my account for a couple weeks while I was working through it.. LOL. 33 years of smoking was a hard situation to drop, and believe me, I want to smoke, but there’s not one intelligent reason I can find for continuing to do it. Not to mention I think I’d never hear the end of it if I started up again now… so there’s an incentive.. LOL

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What can happen when people really work together…

•May 31, 2013 • 3 Comments

As some of you may or may not know on April 6th of this year Littlefield opened it’s own grid. Rather than do what everyone else does and go into some “advertising” thing here, I’d rather talk about the people behind this grid. First… I’d like to say that even with the hatred of myself personally as well as the Littlefield Group, this grid has been a gigantic success. We’ve done no advertising, nor have we had any assistance from the usual media sources in the VW community. In some cases this is because I’ve asked them not to report on it because they skew what the grid’s intent is (or what they THINK it is, rather than coming to see for themselves or simply asking), and in some cases because the sources are known to be hateful and bigoted toward people that aren’t in their “clique”. If you can’t figure out who these sources are, take a look around and see who has not mentioned the opening of or the existance of our grid and you’ll get the idea…. That being said, in 6 weeks this grid managed to accomplish having over 300 “quality” residents, and over 100 regions. Why is that? Let me tell you why that is… This grid cares about our residents, and is run by people who LIVE there and actually care about the people and the grid.

I’d like to begin with someone who remains mainly silent and behind the scenes. Not because he belongs behind the scenes, but because he chooses to be there. Ashton Nobilis. Ash, spent the last easily 6 mos literally killing himself tuning this grid so it runs (in my opinion, and if you ask any of the residents and visitors theirs also) one of the smoothest, fastest, most stable grids in Opensimulator to date. In RL Ashton is an IT professional with a focus on Security. When Ash sat initially with me and we discussed doing a grid of our own, we decided that our primary goal was to have a solid, fast, production grid where people could come and get what they had in SL, but without all the hassle of high tier, and commerce. We have MORE than accomplished this goal, and that is primarily due to Ashton’s professional attitude, diligence, and flat out CARE and concern for the people on the grid. If you like the grid, and you think it runs well… Ash is the person you should be thanking for that. In the time I’ve known Ash, he’s become family to me and a close friend and confidant. Not a day goes by that him and I aren’t on G-Chat in hysterics laughing about something, or discussing something. We couldn’t ask for a better person to own this grid with us.

The next person who absolutely is integral to the operation and quality of this grid has got to be Camryn Darkstone. Camryn is one of my submissives, and not only that, she is someone I love dearly and is one of my closest friends… Yeah, Yeah, I know what your going to say “Ewwww BDSM… Sexist… Blah, Blah, Blah…” You can make your own judgement on who and what you THINK Camryn is, but I can tell you right now, she’s a brilliant and talented sim designer, and anyone that thinks she’s some kind of mindless idiot because you have some pre-disposed notion of what a submissive is or what BDSM is, then you’ve never taken 2 mins to speak to her or get to know her. Camryn’s sim designs are without a shadow of a doubt THE BEST in the metaverse. I’m not saying this because she is who she is to me… it’s simply the fact of the matter. Camryn managed to get all of our welcome areas, training areas, etc.. up and running from FLATGREEN regions in the matter of weeks. This is all the landscaping, building design, layout, etc.. And she personally went through and created a “learning region” for people who have never been to a virtual world before. She didn’t load someone’s OAR and say “here it is”, she didn’t use a bunch of people’s builds and slap them on a region.. She created every single piece BY HAND! I have had rave reviews from every single person who has visited this grid either via HG or locally and they are absolutely floored at the quality and sheer beauty of her sim designs.

Next on my “hit parade” of commendations is Toy McBride. We have over 800 people in our OSGrid Littlefield Group, and alot of that is due to Toy and her non-stop creation of wonderful MLP enabled furniture. Toy is another of my submissives (see above my thoughts on what this means) who I also love dearly and is another of my best friends. I’d like to point out, while we were starting this grid (and this is the kind of person Toy is…), Toy was helping create furniture for OSGrid’s new welcome area, and she still managed to juggle that as well as furnish an entire grid startup. Toy’s furniture and MLP work is absolutely OUTSTANDING! The care and fine detail she puts into every chair, sofa, table, or whatever piece of furniture she creates is meticulous and some of the highest quality content you will find ANYWHERE in the virtual world. Feel free to stop by our grid or OSGrid’s Littlefield Fine Furniture store (every piece of content there is hand created by Toy herself and she spends hours posing every component of MLP for it) and judge for yourself.

Coming up next…. Dirk Mathers (aka Massiel). Dirk is like a brother to me, and we have probably spent the last 4 years talking about THIS concept. Finally… we have what Dirk put on my radar 4 years ago, and I couldn’t be prouder of how it’s turned out. Dirk is our primary scripter. Dirk sits quietly behind the scenes creating all the scripts that make our welcome areas what they are.. From songboards, to the Display Panel system for the Tech Hangout, to visitor counters or whatever. Dirk also sits quietly in the background “fixing” or “supplying” scripts for all the residents. Between Dirk and Ashton (another of our scripting geniuses) I watch them DAILY creating scripts or altering scripts to make things work for the residents of the grid. This however isn’t the only thing Dirk is responsible for… Dirk “IS” the community. Dirk’s region Stonehaven which I luckily happened upon 6 years ago was the pinnicle of what happens when you put a good group of people together for a common cause. And Dirk’s continual organizational skills and persistance and to put it bluntly, love.. of his region and the people that reside there is what made Stonehaven, and now Littlefield Grid what it is.

This grid, and our move to Opensimulator from SL wouldn’t be in place if it were not for the next person I’m about to mention. Ada Wong. I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky it was that I met Ada. I met Ada purely by accident as she was a friend of an old submissive of mine. Ada and I hit it off instantly, and I just love Ada. Anyone that meets her loves her because she absolutely lights up the room when she comes in. Anyone that has visited AW Designs in OSGrid or LFGrid has seen her absolutely stunning boots and clothing. When we arrived in OSGrid there was exactly 1 pair of boots that everyone on the grid wore. Inside of a month, Ada had created 40 pair of womens boots, clothing etc.. and flooded the grid with her content. Her content is some of the BEST out there, and she is probably one of the most prolific content creators in the Opensimulator community. Ada originally ran a very profitable business in SL called SUBlime designs. When I told her I was looking to move to Opensimulator, she IMMEDIATELY jumped on board and was the person who went out on my scouting expeditions looking for a new home for all of us. Ada said to me that for her, the money from SL was simply so she had money to pay tier to have a place to create content. THAT… is the key to what makes something like Littlefield Grid a success! After visiting probably 30 virtual worlds and going “eh…” we stumbled upon OSGrid and Simhost. After renting 4 regions from Simhost, I left Ada for the day to do some testing.. when I came back, she had an entire sim/mall created and had already started building and creating content. This was 3 years ago when you couldn’t keep inventory from dissapearing 5 mins after you created it mind you, and even with all the frustration of that, it didn’t stop her, and she wasn’t the least bit frustrated by this. She saw the potential of this kind of VW community, and now thanks to her, we have what we have in place. To give an example of the zeal in which Ada builds things.. she recently discovered mesh.. 🙂 Stop by the new Littlefield Garden Center in LFGrid and see what she’s been up to. She practically filled the place with fantastic Mesh content in the blink of an eye…

I’d also like to mention someone else who due to illness has not really been able to enjoy the fruits of her labor. I’m about to get into the RLV/BDSM aspect of our grid, and one of my other submissives Elizabeth Rofanui. Everyone can thumb their nose at RLV/BDSM all they like, but call it what it is… Alot of people are involved with it, enjoy it, and have founded wonderful relationships in the VW because of it. Liz likes to joke that she is an angel, but I can tell you this.. she is. I absolutely love Liz, and everyone that has ever met her would agree. What is Liz’s contribution? Liz has created the scripting for EVERY RLV object that Littlefield has in place. Cages, cuffs, gags, whatever… Liz had her hand in it. Liz also spent MONTHS dissecting the Opencollar system to make it function in Opensimulator. You use opencollar on your grid or your sim? You can thank Liz for it. Because the likelyhood is your using some varient that she fixed in order to make it compliant with Opensimulator. If you ask Dirk about Liz (and him and I discuss her frequently), she is probably the most structured genius with regard to scripting we’ve ever seen. Her scripting is like artwork.. and I can tell you this.. RLV is no picnic to script. Dirk and I frequently modify, or look over her scripts and just shake our heads at the elagance at which she executes everything. She is the single most detail oriented scripter I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with, and I’m honored to call her one of my family.

We also have another behind the scenes admin who’s scripting and attention to detail is absolutely STUNNING! We wouldn’t have speakeasy dance club if it were not for her. Adelle Fitzgerald. Many of you probably know Adelle from OSGrid and what an absolute pleasure she is to be around, and what a scripting genius she is. Haven’t seen her work? Stop by Speakeasy dance club… Look at the lighting and my WONDERFUL MacIntosh amps there and you’ll see the absolutely incredible detail oriented and amazing script work she is capable of. We were absolutely thrilled to have Adelle as part of this project because she goes out of her way 100% of the time to help EVERYONE constantly… Did I mention the lights are fantastic and I love them Adelle? LOL!!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a few other people in particular that have made Littlefield and LFGrid what it is. First would be Amy Storm. You want to talk about a dedicated, caring, and selfless person? Amy comes to mind immediately. Amy since coming to LFGrid has created a ton of fantastic clothing, and goes absolutely crazy trying to make it and everything she does absolutely PERFECT for everyone. Not a day goes by she doesn’t ask how she can somehow make the grid a better place for the residents, and she considers it “home”. I’d like to have 100 Amy’s on this grid, and anyone who is lucky enough to interact with her will see what I mean immediately. We also have several “new” people who are content creators on the grid as well. 3 of these in particular I’d like to mention would be Suskatu (clothing and content designer), Christina (mesh designer), and Alexroo (furry avatar designer). All 3 of them IMMEDIATELY jumped on creating wonderful content for everyone on this grid, and this content is absolutely amazing. You have to consider… rather than just bumbling around the grid playing, these people are taking MOST of their free time to create wonderful things for OTHERS to enjoy. That really says something about the quality of the people we are blessed to have on this grid and I can’t thank them enough for being part of our big family. Not to be forgotten are people like Loru Destiny who has quietly in the background have continually given us her wonderful content on a regular basis. Her along with Ada have not only help LFGrid out, but created some items for the new default avatars in OSGrid. Loru and her partner Tryad have been part of the Littlefield community for going on 2 years now. They are the nicest couple you’d ever want to meet, and if you ever get the chance to visit with them, I highly reccomend it. If any of you have ever visited the LF Homes mall, you surely saw some of the wonderful builds from Sprual Harding. She is an absolute doll, and has a wonderful eye for detail. She spends a majority of her time creating WONDERFUL homes for everyone, and if you haven’t seen her builds, stop by and take a look. They are outstanding! Another well known content creator and overall fantastic couple who have recently connected to LFGrid is Trex Blessed and his partner Boxter. These two have been very close to Littlefield and our group for a long time, and we couldn’t be happier they have joined us over here… I know Trex is working on something (that I won’t divulge here until he’s done) that sound AMAZING and we cannot wait to see it!

Another HUGE impact on this grid is the FIRESTORM viewer team. I’d like to single Cinder out in particular because she is on this grid almost DAILY working endlessly to make the FIRESTORM viewer more and more compatible with the Opensimulator environment. This btw.. is a thankless job, and I watch as Jess and Firestorm are repeatedly slagged, bashed, and mistreated on post after post. I’m going to use a little quote that Dirk likes to say to me repeatedly…. “No good deed goes unpunished”… and this holds true for the people at Firestorm. Here’s a group of people that bends over backward on their own time FOR FREE trying to make a wonderful viewer which btw folks, without it, there would BE no metaverse, just to have people go on and on complaining about their work. Hopefully a majority of people will wake up and see what a great thing Firestorm is doing for everyone, and be “appreciative” for what they are doing rather than looking a gift horse in the mouth! Thank you Jess and Cinder for being on our grid and for giving us an absolutely WONDERFUL viewer to use here in the metaverse. We are honored to have them on our grid and we cannot thank them enough!

In conclusion… I’d like to thank personally some of our residents that are creating “regions” for everyone to visit here in LFGrid. We have been lucky enough to attract some really amazing people who are creating some WONDERFUL environments for everyone to enjoy on the grid. LadyJo Martin, who is active on several grids has been working almost continually on her region which has amusements, dance areas, you name it.. I see her there daily working on it, and she’s really done a fantastic job on it. We also have Douce, who spent weeks with Camryn working on prison RP region that turned out fantastic. On the Gorean front, Contessa has an incredible region she’s gearing up for the Gorean community, and it’s absolutely beautiful. In addition, we have several residents who have recently started up regions here that really help make the community what it is… Like Max Radius, Kap Sinus (who’s a hell of a guy, and we have had a great time getting to know), Serenity Graves, and Xena Xanth, who are really making this a wonderful place to live!

This everyone… is what happens when a group of people with a common goal work together. This grid is what it is because of all these people and all the residents of the grid, and I want to thank all of you personally for being part of this… You’ve helped to create an amazing environment that brings alot of happiness to alot of people and we all owe you a debt of gratitude. You should all be proud of yourselves!!

Hypocrisy…

•March 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I love hypocrites… 🙂

http://gridgod.com/forum/topics/two-wrong-s-don-t-make-a-right?commentId=6620313%3AComment%3A290&xg_source=msg_com_forum

2 wrongs don’t make a right.. LOL However, it’s ok for Linda to go on full out rants of hatred and unbridled slander against me personally. Well here is MY opinion. If Linda hated me so much she wouldn’t talk about me as much as she does. She’s a jilted lover who is still pining away after 2 years and cannot get over the fact that I want nothing to do with her so she goes on and on and on badmouthing me. If she wasn’t so weak minded, she wouldn’t continually portray me as someone who controlled her. More importantly, I wouldn’t still BE controlling her. Clearly I am, because she can’t put a post out without mentioning my name. LOL If she was an adult, and was really in control of herself, she’d move on and stop whining like a baby over the fact that I don’t want to be involved with her on any level. But unfortunately, she is a weak, small minded, petty, and self serving selfish person. She’s been proving it repeatedly. She cannot be involved in anything for more than a month before she gets thrown out of it, or leaves it “on her own” (generally before she gets thrown out of it…). She’s been banned from grids, an entire grid had a WAKE when she said she was leaving the Virtual World…. She’s a menace. And if she had anyone in RL that cared at all about her, they would unplug her PC for her own good so she could seek the professional help in RL that she needs rather than making her psychosis worse here in the virtual world.

Heaven….

•February 26, 2013 • 1 Comment

As everyone knows… it’s no news that I LOVE Depeche Mode. Wellllllll They have a new album coming out on Mar. 26 2013, and they have a video for their first track. It’s called Heaven… FANTASTIC tune…

The grass isn’t always greener….

•February 23, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Due to server maintenance the Metropolis-Grid is OFFLINE at the moment. The maintenance will be done until Friday, 22.02.2013 appr. 12:00pm CET. From Friday evenening on the Grid services will be back again.

Sorry for any inconvenience!
Your Metro Team

For people interested in the REAL story of Stonehaven rather than delusional fiction…

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I suggest reading this blog. This is Dirk Massiel/Mather’s Blog about Stonehaven. You’ll get the REAL story here rather than delusional fiction.

http://stonehavenjanitor.wordpress.com/

People will make up anything for attention…

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Little something from another griefer who makes things up just to hear himself talk. Feel free to ask Dirk Mathers about the REAL situation in question down here. The “haven” and he means Stonehaven was so deserted in SL that we managed to bring it to OSGrid and make it more popular here than it was there. Well unless you were one of those people who didn’t get to push Dirk around anymore while playing a female avatar and he banned you, in which case you might be disgruntled that someone was finally sticking up for the man for a change. Also, I’ve had my girls for over 4 years a majority of them. The “players” he’s discussing below are the only ones that aren’t around. More to the point, I never had 30 people, nobody in their right mind would do that… But then again, consider the source who’s writing this I guess… 🙂 I know those of you who know me will be quite amused at this insipid rambling… Yet another liar looking for attention by making up history as he goes along…. Enjoy the spotlight Magnuz… You really must have no life you two if the best you can do is waste time talking about me… I’m sorry your life isn’t more interesting… I am glad you know how to use a dictionary or source material Magnuz, it’s the only thing accurate in your whole reply. Seems “the unnamed one” is has also added to it… I’ll comment on her stuff below.. :).. I will say “Thank You” for being so interested in me. It seems I’m really important to you both for you to spend so much time and effort on this… It’s gratifying to see I’ve made such an impact on you both and that you can’t live without somehow involving me in your lives. I appreciate it.. 🙂

Magnuz Binder12:45 PM
Let me add a little to the tale of the puppet master.

There once was a man with a dream to create a haven for people into BDSM in Second Life. He did well and both the place and himself got much appreciation. One day the puppet master entered, seeing the potential of the haven both as a source of submissive prey and for spreading his gospel about how “true” BDSM should be. He had already tried this in other places but had been asked to leave because of his way of bullying and threatening people, at least once aided by a permanent ban when he refused to leave and became abusive towards the owner of the place.

The puppet master made the haven owner believe he was a friend, was given an official position and spent much time at the haven. The haven was popular, so he managed to collect some 20-30 slaves. But, his way of trying to manipulate and bully people also made many feel so uncomfortable they stayed away from the haven despite they still liked the place and its owner. Some tried to tell the owner about the problem but were dismissed along the lines of “He’s my friend and a good guy, so don’t you talk dirt about him.”

Eventually the puppet master had turned the haven into a deserted place. The owner then decided to give up the now dead but still expensive dream in Second Life. He moved to OSgrid, to land provided by his friend the puppet master who saw a chance to really build a fiefdom of his own. The creator of the haven was very grateful for being taken care of by his friend and became totally dependent on his new landlord.

When the puppet master left Second Life, all but a handful of his slaves finally broke free and stayed behind. I know the puppet master has got several differing version of this, but he’s outnumbered in this case. The tales his former slaves tell about the puppet master are much mirror images of what Linda told. Funny enough, at least a couple of them also use the exact expression “puppet master” about him in regards to the owner of the haven.

The puppet master is a school book example of a cluster B narcissist, and can as such appear very charming at first. But as soon as something doesn’t go his way or someone opposes him, he turns very aggressive and abusive. He truly believes he’s always right, and therefore is right in pushing his ways by any means, always blames others for his own shortcomings, doesn’t care any about others, but is very good at manipulating them into believing he does. A good example of his talent is from the recently posted full log of when he talked an opponent into how everything that had gone wrong was the opponent’s fault, and made the opponent agree on this.

The puppet master also is good at using “gifts” to buy friends and loyalty, anything from simple services and free virtual land to computers. Of course these gifts always comes with “no strings attached”. Until the receiver doesn’t do the puppet master’s bidding well enough, at which time the puppet master starts leaning more and more heavily on the receiver with hints or open accusations about ungratefulness and treachery, including letting everyone know what a bad person the receiver is so everyone will turn against the receiver.

So, if we assume Linda’s belief about the puppet master really being behind all this is valid, bringing down an appreciated hangout like the haven to satisfy his own ego obviously wasn’t enough, but the largest OpenSim grid is next on his agenda. After doing some background research on Hiro, I have no problem seeing him giving in to the puppet master, acting according to what the puppet master tells him. It also makes a lot more sense to me with the puppet master putting me on a ban list than if Hiro did.

From DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition):
Cluster B (dramatic cluster)
People with cluster B patterns/disorders tend to be dramatic, emotional, and attention-seeking. Their moods change rapidly (mood swings) and are often shallow. They often have intense interpersonal conflicts.
301.81 Narcissistic: self important and often preoccupied with envy, fantasies of success, or ruminations about the uniqueness of their own problems. Their sense of entitlement and lack of empathy may cause them to take advantage of others. They vigorously reject criticism, and need constant attention and admiration.


From the unnamed “no drama, keeping out of it” person:

+Magnuz Binder I got chills reading your puppet master tale. It is so spot on that it’s like you were inside of my head when you wrote it. And, although I have never met you, suddenly you seem like the person who for sure truly understands this.
You’re right about the “gifts”. And although I sent him money and paid for my land he continued to act like and tell people that he gave them to me free and then how ungrateful I was. I realized later that what he was really upset about was that he no longer could know every little thing I was doing because he couldn’t watch the server screen on the new land I had chosen.
What is really strange about your story is I was told by the puppet master that I was his first failure.

Fact is you never paid me for land. The one time you finally decided to make any contribution at all, I returned it. I can prove that btw, if need be, but people know you are a liar so proof isn’t really needed.

Hiro and I haven’t really had much contact except for sitting at Stonehaven and chatting while a naked girl was locked in a cage. And then one time when he posted a comment on one of my blogs. But yet, I am sure that I am banned. I haven’t tried to log in though so I can’t be positive about this. And honestly I really don’t care. I have no use for OSGrid now.

Must have been before you became a Gorean slave and lived in a cage on a Gorean sim…

Thank you for posting this +Magnuz Binder you have no idea how much your words helped me.

It always helps when you lie to have someone else to lie along with you, it’s nice that you both have each other for this…