What a HUGE improvement over previous attempts to socialize in this virtual environment! Previous efforts (every Thursday at 6:00pm SLT) have been fraught with peril, as conversations split into multiple threads, all of which everyone could read –not a problem except more than two at a time are all but impossible to follow. Total chaos! There is always the IM option, but keeping up one or more IM convos going while trying to maintain your place in the main discussion, is bloody difficult! Kitty and KJ did a great job adding seating in a way that made sense –I still would like to see a campfire near an ocean or river and everyone sitting around at one level. However, until I am able to help Kitty put socials together as she requested, I will not complain! This week was the best social I think I’ve been to yet, and I expect them to continue improving.
The Story behind “Puppy Feet”
At this point, I suppose I need to explain my sorry keyboarding skills, because that is one of the reasons the multiple discussion threads are so difficult for me. First, I am picky about mistakes -I don’t like to make them if I can avoid it, so that slows me down a bit. However, the main issue has to do with playing the piano from the age of 8 (or maybe that’s just an excuse?). By the time I was 14 or 15, I was a pretty good pianist. Then, after my sophomore year in high school, my mother FORCED me into a summer typing class -How I hated that! My hands always felt like they were shackled because they had to remain on those blasted keys, when I was used to flying them all over the piano! I did reasonably well in the class, and then didn’t type again until I was in my 30’s and in graduate school for my teaching credential. Still with me? I never had to type at USC because I was a performing arts major. Then, in 2004 I had my entry into ed tech. UH OH!!! uhhh type? hmmmm…
So here we are and my skills are, to say the least, “sucky” as my students would say. This is where “puppy feet” come in. I will start a trend I’m sure of it, because I can’t be the only person out there that spends as much time on a computer as I do, who doesn’t also have rotten keyboarding skills! When I was born into SL, on Jan.30, 2007, I did quite a bit of exploring. I began using the search function and found out what was going on in SL, then popped around to see if any of it interested me. On one occasion, I found a group chat around a campfire of a fairly large bunch discussing relationship issues in SL. I remember thinking how odd that was at the time –and then later of course I started to experience it myself. But, I digress!
At one point in this chat, a particular person typed a string of nonsense that left the group wondering what on earth was going on, and when she got control of her keyboard again, she said, “Sorry, puppy feet.” It turns out that she had just rescued a puppy from a busy freeway, and he was clambering for attention –on her keyboard! So, now when I make a bunch of errors (often) I type: ppy ft! I think it’s very important for all of you to know that, so that you realize it’s not some random letters, or stupidity on my part. Also, it might save me some embarrassment –like Thursday night for instance; I commented about ISTE and inadvertently typed ISTW when FrenchHorn Pinion AKA Kurt Steinhaus –President of ISTE, asked what ISTW was? YIKES! Did I feel like an idiot? You betcha! I apologized for the mistake, but boy was I embarrassed! So, the next time you make some typing errors in an SL chat, simply type: ppy ft, and we’ll all understand the trouble, and I will have some company in the “sorry typer’s guild.”