Last weekend I was fiddling with Groups. I had an old group that I had used for ages when ever I got a new parcel. I also used it on Binemist, but it seemed that time had run past that group and I wanted to change it to a new group – a Binemist Group – and I wanted that group to be the group for the SIM Binemist. I was also thinking about maybe making a community of some sort with that group.
But when you deed a SIM/parcel to a group, you cannot change that. What you have to do is sell the parcel to yourself and deed the parcel to the new group. I googled it… I read that it was very important to turn off auto-return, which I did, and everything went according to plan. Binemist is now deeded to the new Binemist Group.
Thursday morning I logged in to do a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ tribute, and I noticed some balloons, someone had left behind. I flew over and thought that I could use them for my snapshot too, and I think my tribute come out very well.
After I published the photo, I thought to myself: “I must remember to reset the auto-return. Why not do it now!” And so I did. I was standing on a piece of ice with the last Polar Bears of the world and watch how first the balloons and the the bears and the ice disappeared and I fell to the bottom of the sea and saw the underwater world disappear too. I also saw massive amount of stuff coming back into my Lost & Found folder in my inventory.
That’s when I realised what I had done.
OMFG! Darn it!
I almost called in sick to work to get started on fixing it right away, but then I woke up to reality. Not a good idea to skip work unless you are really sick, and certainly not to fix a broken hobby. Instead I closed off the SIM to anyone but group members, posted a explainable snapshot to flickr and went to work. When I got home in the evening, I was too tired to login, and the same on the Friday. But Saturday I woke at 5 in the morning – I couldn’t sleep any longer, the how-to-fix was running havoc in my head – so I got up and logged in.
I think it was probably good that I had some time to think about how to fix Binemist. Had I gone in Thursday morning to start fixing my wrong, I think I might have made it worse. As it stands now I have replaced the platform in the sky – alas 8 meters higher than the old platform, but I hope I have sort of taken care of anyone logging in with the old landmark. I have placed a little platform where the old landmark would take you and then I placed a teleporter up to the platform’s new height.
Logging in as early as I did, Michaell (who lives on SL time) was online – watching a baseball game and hanging out before bedtime. He came over and kept me company, played the ukulele and gave advice. He is such a sweetheart