How to Do Cam Shopping in Second Life: Yes, You Can Cam Shop from the Next Sim at Crowded SL Sales Events!

You might not be aware that the Blueberry store is celebrating its 7th anniversary in Second Life. The Blueberry Store VIP group is free to join for a limited time, and you can pick some lovely group gifts for free in the lobby of the store. But wait, there’s more!

In the current group notices of the Blueberry Store VIP group, there is a HUD which you can wear and click to get L$250 free credit for the Blueberry store applied to your avatar’s account. The credit is good for 28 days only, but you might want to use it before the 50% Off Sale ends at midnight SL time on April 24th, as your store credits will go twice as far!

However, there’s a big problem. Unless you are a Premium member, you are simply not going to get into that absolutely jam-packed sim that houses the Blueberry store. It’s on a sim which can only accommodate 30 avatars at a time, and everybody and their dog is trying to get in right now and scoop up the bargains. Even the Teleport Hammer ain’t gonna help you here. But if you want to hit that 50% off sale before it ends, what can you do? (Short of upgrading to a Premium SL membership, which gives you priority access to packed sims. And believe me, if you are an avid shopper, it’s worth the upgrade just for that perk alone.)

And this is where cam shopping comes in. What is cam shopping? It’s long-distance shopping, using your SL camera to find and buy an item you want from across the boundary between two sims (here is a summary of the camera controls in Firestorm and the camera keyboard shortcuts). Here’s a diagram which explains how cam shopping works:

Yes, that’s right, you don’t even need to be in the same sim in order to do your shopping at crowded events! Now, before you can cam shop, there’s a couple of settings you do need to check and adjust on your Firestorm viewer (again, I’m sorry, but I don’t know what the equivalent settings are for the default SL viewer). In Firestorm, press Ctrl-Alt-D to turn on the Advanced menu along the top of your viewer. Then, in the drop-down menu under Advanced, make sure that Limit Select Distance has no check mark next to it, and Disable Camera Constraints does have a check mark next to it:

If you don’t don’t have those two settings correct, you will not be able to cam shop!

So, in the case of the Blueberry sale on the Lenox and Blueberry sim, you can probably get more easily into the Palau sim next door, and do your cam shopping from there!

Don’t thank me, it’s all a public service, etc. etc.

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: JUMO Easter Egg Hunt

Now, one of the tips I have shared with you is to watch carefully for periods when you can join store groups for free. If you joined the JUMO group for free over the Christmas holidays, it’s time to pick up some Easter goodies! The store is offering its group members a free L$300 gift card for its clothing store, and another free L$300 gift card for its hair store! (If you missed your chance to join for free, the group join fee is only L$350, so you still come out ahead if you join now.)

But that’s not all! There’s also an easter egg hunt throughout the JUMO stores, with some lovely prizes for only L$15 each! You don’t need to join the group to get the bargains, and the eggs are large and placed out in the open, so they are easy to find. Prizes include hairstyles, jewelry, and haute couture with the signature JUMO touch.

Here’s an example of an outfit I was able to put together:

Vanity Fair is wearing:

Gown: Colette ballgown by JUMO (from the Easter egg hunt; only L$15!)

Earrings: Sienna earrings by Lazuri (a gift from a shopping event last winter; for some reason I can’t find their store in-world)

Hair: Eva from JUMO Hair (using the L$300 gift card I picked up)

Vanity is also wearing:

(Pictures taken at Frank’s Place Jazz Club.)

Sansar Pick of the Day/Sansar Outfit Outlay: Scorpion’s Lair

Scorpion has created a wonderfully evocative sci-fi experience in Sansar called Scorpion’s Lair. We visited it today on episode 85 (already?!) of Atlas Hopping with Drax and Solas, and it is so wonderful that I decided to make it my Sansar Pick of the Day. The major build is a dimly-lit cathedral-like space with a huge wind turbine where the altar would be found, all located in a fantasy landscape sharply lit from the horizon by a distant sun. Scorpion did a fantastic job creating this space!

I am also going to show off my brand new custom avatar, created by Medhue using his FullSpectrum avatar kit add-on for Blender:

My avatar is wearing:

Custom Avatar: Tyrone by Medhue (S$899 on the Sansar Store and worth every penny, in my opinion)

Dreads Hairstyle: Tentacion dreads by Fabeeo Breen (S$200 on the Sansar Store)

Shirt: black men’s relaxed button shirt by Debi Baskerville (S$50 on the Sansar Store)

Pants: striped charcoal grey slacks by Whystler (only S$5 on the Sansar Store!)

Shoes: male club shoes (which I believe are part of the default avatar clothing inventory in Lookbook)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR: S$1,154 (about US$11.50 or CDN$15.40)

Those Who Do Not Remember the Past Are Condemned to Repeat It

Police unit at BerMax café in Winnipeg, 2019 (image from CBC News)

The BerMax café on Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg, which I have visited quite a few times in the past year, was the target of a vicious anti-Semitic attack on Thursday night. CBC News reports:

A woman was assaulted and a Winnipeg restaurant was spray-painted with hateful graffiti Thursday, police say. Police were called to BerMax Caffé and Bistro, on Corydon Avenue just east of Kenaston Boulevard, around 10:45 p.m. The woman was taken to hospital in stable condition, treated and released, police say.

Police say the entire restaurant was “severely vandalized” and spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti. Police are investigating whether a robbery also took place. The inside of the restaurant was almost entirely destroyed, with plates and glasses smashed to pieces, tables and chairs flipped over and other items scattered across the floor, according to police. The same restaurant has been targeted with similar crimes four times in the past five months, Const. Rob Carver told reporters at a news conference Friday. 

Disturbingly, this attack has echoes of Kristallnacht. Both my mother and my father had the great misfortune to be born in Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s, and while neither was Jewish, my family was still significantly impacted by fascism. So I was shocked to my core to see this happen in Winnipeg, a city I call my home, which I had always considered to be diverse, friendly, welcoming, and highly supportive of multi-culturalism (it is home to Folklorama, the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival).

We cannot let our guard down. We must continue to fight anti-Semitism and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, and fascism wherever we encounter them, even if (especially if) it is in our own backyard. We must stop it, and we must act NOW. We must root it out. We cannot afford to ignore the lessons of the past. As George Santayana said, those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.


Kristallnacht, shop damage in Magdeburg, Germany, 1938 (Wikipedia)