Pet Peeves, you know them. And maybe you have them too, those little things that annoy the crap out of you and the more often you think about or encounter them, the worse they get?
I have, or had, quite a few of those in Second Life and at some point I needed to do something about it, to prevent them from enjoying less and less of my online time.
Here is how I started acting when I ran into a Pet Peeve, I am convinced you can do it too!
The Landingpoint Pet Peeve
Arriving at a popular event, finally – after endless trying to tp in – only to land on a pile of avatars who just stand there – ON the FRKN Landingpoint!…- oh sorry, I almost lost my cool just remembering how I was..sorry – doing nothing, in best cases I hope they are zooming around in worst cases I think they just TP in and go AFK for some real life ironing bedsheets. Or something.
I used to get mad and seriously annoyed, IMming them and trying to push them away. Didn’t help.
So now, when this happens I either just move along and mentally ignore them or, if that is not possible because I keep hanging helpless in the air with my arms waving like a mad thing – I TP out and go do something else. You know, I came to realise events will usually last some more days and eventually there will be a moment I can land all safe and sound and shop in peace and quiet. I have given up on wanting to be there first, so I can buy stuff and wear the same as everyone else for the rest of that day.
The All Things Full Bright and Facelight Pet Peeve
A combination, I hate both of them as much as the next one: Facelights and anything full bright. The horror! The disgust! I am not sure what is worse, the walking lighthouses who light up a sim as if 1000 suns have arrived or TP’ing into a location where the flowers and assorted decorations are full bright – hurting my eyes.
Solution? The facelights is easy, I simply disabled attached lights in my preferences and am now blissfully unaware of anyone walking around like they just were set on fire at Burn.
The full bright stuff? Also quite simple: I TP in, I see, I leave. Yup. I leave. And I will not return. Another option is less dramatic, if it is just one object in an area I derender the source of unwanted light. However, I can only do that when in Alchemy Viewer, the LL Viewer sadly doesnt have the derender option. So it’s viewer depending.
The Serial Chatter in Groups Pet Peeve
People who use group-chat as if it is Twitter or a chat-room, including telling the rest of the online audience they need to ‘brb toilet‘ or ‘omg guys, I just took a pic!‘. You know those? I do. And they keep going on and on and on.
In the past I would sneer or snark, okay..maybe I still do that occasionally…, and got annoyed. Now? I see it. I sigh. I may roll my eyes, and then I close the group. I have decided to no longer accommodate and thus encouraging those kinds of silly tweets…errr..group announcements and it makes my Second Life so much more relaxed!
See how easy I now deal with my ‘former’ Pet Peeves? I admit, I have fall backs sometimes. Hey, I am not perfect! But I try to keep it under control and it works for me.
How do you deal with yours, if you have any?