Nothing much to report here — in terms of news, or new clothes, or whatever. I’ve been working for about three days on the constant bugaboo of Second Lifers: cutting down on Inventory. I was close to 16,800 items1 a few days ago; with a lot of determination, setting the sort to date and no folder sort, and standing around mostly buck naked in my (virtual) bedroom, I’ve chopped a lot of stuff out of it and shipped them off to the luminiferous æther. 2 It isn’t just getting rid of landmarks, notecards and calling cards; you need to get in to the muck of boxes you’ve accumulated and go through, throwing out the stuff that you can’t believe you bought and won’t admit to if threatened with cyanide. And then you should go back through, and give some good hard thought to the stuff you kept in the first round, and decide what you absolutely can’t do without for another year or two.
I feel myself overwhelmed by an inventory of less than 20,000. Others I’ve talked to in world smile, snort and sneeze at my notions; they stagger around with Inventories of 25,000, 40,000, 60,000 items on their back, most of which never sees the light of day more than once. Or even never, if they’re like me and have a mess of stuff that they never got around to unpacking and trying on. That’s what I’m trying to do now, in part. I suspect that I’ll be able to trim down around 12,000 before the choices start getting painful.
Really, people, you need to take a look at all the shit you’ve picked up over the years you’ve been around. Do you need to keep 200 gowns, most of which you’ve worn only once? Or five or ten different living room sets? Put up for sale or give away what you don’t want to a newbie, refresh your wardrobe to the most recent styles (aside from some classy vintage pieces, such as from Last Call, purchased during the Last Sale in 2008), and, in the words of Monty Python, “Get on with it!” You’ll find you move around a lot lighter, too, I bet, when the servers don’t need to keep up with all that stuff; and the asset computers will thank you, too!
1 That’s exclusive of Library items, which I’ve suppressed through Debug settings.
2 Remember “luminiferous æther” from your old science classes? That’s the medium everyone though light was propagated through back in the long ago 19th Century. You may still hear them referring to the æther in some of the steampunk sims, to keep in character with the role play; and anyone who has played the Eighties RPG Space: 1889 “knows” that the æther is an essential principle in the movement of ships through space to the various Terran colonies on Mercury, Mars and Venus. Back in the Real World, some still refer to software that mysteriously disappears as “etherware.” (“Ethernet” is also a registered trademark for a line of software used in controlling ethernet networks, but I think the difference is obvious.)
This is really a supplemental to the previous article, and it’s basically to drive home a point.
And that point: you can accumulate a lot of hair. This is sixteen — yes, 16 — THiNC boxes, each one with at least 15 wigs. Several of them have many more. And there’s more in the ol’ Inventory that I can’t dig out just yet; otherwise, I could build a wall of THiNC boxes filled just with hair fatpacks.
“Bless me, Father, for I have more hair than Imelda had shoes….”
I’ve been sitting down (so to speak) and doing some serious inventory clearing — getting rid of all the old freebies from my early days, boxing up other stuff — and I’ve come to a great realization:
Hair fatpacks are wonderful — and terrible.
Wonderful in that you get all these fantastic colors in insanely great styles, so that you can change your hair color as your mood changes (or swings). But terrible — in that you get all these fantastic colors…. Upwards of between 50-100 different colors per style, depending on how many different shades the stylist provided! And, as I’m a serious coiffurista, I’ve bought a lot of fatpacks.
How many? Well, my inventory was around 9,000 items. Right now, as I’m taking a break from filling THiNC boxes, I am at exactly 8,420. Actually, I thought I’d packed up a lot more than that, but there you are; some of that may be repacking styles that I’d simply shoveled into a plywood cube, and am now repacking in something that lets me choose more easily, instead of opening the whole thing at one swell foop. I know I’ll be packing up a lot more when I hit the extreme styles I love so much, such as by Sinsation, etc.
A hint: go to THiNC, and buy Toneless Tomba’s inventory boxes; they look like upright footlockers. And buy the copyable form, which gives you all the colors, and lets you rezz up as many as you like. It will be a time- and moneysaver in the long run, and allow you to sort through what you have in terms of colors. Many stylists include the ad image along with the hair, and so you can usually apply the texture to at least one face of the box. (I wouldn’t do that to the front face, where the menu controls are located, just to be safe.) Fill the box — possibly two boxes, depending on how many wigs you have for a style — close the edit and take the box into inventory, then delete the loose wigs. You’ll be amazed how much space you’ll gain back quickly.
Mar over at SL for Nowt has come up with ideas that let you stretch your Linden dollar until it screams in submission. Here’s a really nifty one that I wish I’d come up with. And all you need is a posing stand, good light, and a graphics program such as PhotoShop or Paint Shop Pro, or the various free ones out there! This is great for organizing that insane midden known as your Inventory.
Let’s drop a hint — ever wish you could take a picture of yourself and put it on the box you stash your stuff in? But that’s L$10 for each one. So how about paying L$10 — for 16??
So you’re back from Hair Fair. You’ve spent at least an hour of every day, and every linden in your wallet, in the place just buying hair for your avatar. (And hopefully purchasing items that contribute a percentage of the price to the Fair’s beneficiary, Locks of Love!) Now you’ve got more hair than the dumpster of a RL salon at the end of a 12-hour day, and you don’t know how to keep track of it all. Your wallet’s empty while your Inventory’s groaning from the weight of yet more hair, half of which you’ll wear only occasionally if you bought fatpacks. What’s a body to do???
Well, you could buy an Inventory manager, such as the ever-popular THiNC boxes, and shovel it all in there. But these things have an upper limit, and you don’t usually have a way of knowing what the item you’re pulling out looks like. Ah, but there is still hope, and for only L$10 a package! Am I selling it? No, I deal in art, not inventory control. But this came to me while I was thinking about what to put together to make prints for my store.
No, I’m not selling my hair, either. (I couldn’t if I wanted to (grin).) This is the solution. Just rezz up a cube, and stuff all the colors of one style into the contents tab. Name the cube with the style name and creator, and upload a good picture of what the style looks like to use as the cube’s texture. (With five visible sides, you could even paint each side a different view, but I think one or two views is probably enough for most styles.) Then delete all the hair you’ve just saved into the cube out of your Inventory, and Take the cube in. Voila! After you empty the trash, you’ve gained back any number of slots — often at least 10 to 20, quite often more with multiple-color fatpacks — and put all your precious hair in a container that lets you see what it is inside.
Oh, when you Take the cube into Inventory, you are remembering to file it in a properly categorized folder, aren’t you…?