Friday, August 22, 2014

How NOT to pick up a chick in Second Life - Episode 13

Relaxed on the Shimmer Stars

It's been a while since my last random pick-up, and this one... just was weird. And boring. And illustrative of the weird lack of engagement I experience on these random pick-ups; I have to admit I began to wonder if I was dealing with a chatbot, but he never asked for a single Linden.

[17:07] [Four Month Old]: hiiiii
[17:07] Deoridhe Quandry: Hello. ^.^
[17:08] [Four Month Old]: why happy ?? ^_^
[17:08] Deoridhe Quandry: Uh, why not?
[17:08] [Four Month Old]: ok :)
[17:09] [Four Month Old]: where you from??
[17:09] Deoridhe Quandry: Second Life. Mostly I live on a sim called Imagine.
[17:10] [Four Month Old]: me too
[17:10] [Four Month Old]: 6_^
[17:10] Deoridhe Quandry: You have been to Imagine?
[17:11] [Four Month Old]: kteer
[17:11] [Four Month Old]: or u
[17:11] [Four Month Old]: ??
[17:11] [Four Month Old]: much
[17:12] Deoridhe Quandry: I have no idea what "kteer" "or u" or "??" means.
[17:12] Deoridhe Quandry: I have no idea what you're asking.
[17:14] [Four Month Old]: "ktee"r this arabic
[17:14] Deoridhe Quandry: I don't speak Arabic.
[17:14] [Four Month Old]: oi know
[17:15] [Four Month Old]: old are you
[17:15] [Four Month Old]: ??
[17:15] Deoridhe Quandry: My six year anniversary just passed.
[17:16] Deoridhe Quandry: And you're about four months old.
[17:17] [Four Month Old]: now ???
[17:17] Deoridhe Quandry: Yes. If you look in your profile, it will tell you how long since you rezzed.
[17:19] [Four Month Old]: -_-

I've tried a variety of ways of parrying the endless requests strangers have regarding my offline life. These days I tend toward answering with Second Life information only, though I've been more direct in the past. In this case, his very lack of elaboration seemed to make brief responses make more sense. I'm fairly certain English was his second language, but I'm also fairly certain he was making little to no attempt to be intelligible. Why he chose such... I have no idea. It seems counter-intuitive to contact someone and then make the contact almost completely obscure.

[17:20] Deoridhe Quandry: ??
[17:21] [Four Month Old]: no thing
[17:22] Deoridhe Quandry: Man, you "hit on random female avatars" people are boring.
[17:24] [Four Month Old]: i agree with you
[17:24] Deoridhe Quandry: Yeah, you lot always do.
[17:24] [Four Month Old]: yeah
[17:27] [Four Month Old]: what color is you hir??
[17:27] [Four Month Old]: hair
[17:27] Deoridhe Quandry: Couldn't you see while I was next to you?
[17:27] Deoridhe Quandry: Before you teleported out?
[17:31] Deoridhe Quandry: Or do you only care about offline things?
[17:34] [Four Month Old]: yeah

And it followed a familiar theme; agree with everything I say and add nothing of interest. I know they can't be operating from a literal playbook, but the pattern is so stable and predictable that it implies there must be something deeper driving this. If it really does cross language barriers, what does that mean about the socialization of men who solicit limited and offline-focused access to women and care nothing else about us? 

Strange Sunsets

( More pictures here. )


Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Body Glitter: DeeTaleZ, Animated Face Glitter (Gift)
Hair: Ploom, Peach (The Fantasy Collective)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeliner: Mock, Glitterotica
Lipstick: Mock, Innocente
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands
Nails: ZOZ, Piano Keys Gold
Clothing: Thalia Heckroth, Akina
Jewelry: Alegria, Coraline (L'Accessories)
Necklace: tea.s, Turtle Necklace
Stockings: Cannibelle, Fleur de Lis
Shoes: Bokeh, Buckled Heels

Pose: An Lar

Location: The Sea of Cubic Dreams

Light Settings: TOR, BIG SUN Impires
Water Settings: mirror water

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only


  1. This is why I have in my profile that I don't talk about my RL. It's not that I never talk about RL happenings, but with everything that I do in SL, just wanting to know RL while in SL is a bit insulting.And yeah, the language barrier can be a bit off-putting. I'm surprised these guys didn't ask you for

    1. I have a note in my profile that I don't talk about offline things, but it's honestly never made a difference. I'm not actually convinced these men look at my profile at all; they never seem to use any of the information in it.