But, felt I had to be Useful since awake, so I went into Second Life and revised the trees and floewrs in the region where I have authority to do so. Exterior decorating in a virtual world -- click on a leaf, change flower colors, change plant height and width, scatter daisies randomly on fields. I am trying to change things gradually over time there, the way a season would change in RL, so the flowering trees are being revised now into something else for summer, possibly a green bush or two, and the tall grass between the buildings has little white starlike flowers in it. Which, yeah, no lawnmowers so why not? Before I started to serve as dean of commons, there were a handful of old-style (not terribly pretty) trees, and not much else. I had a stack of sample trees in my inventory from a really good creator, and put them in, along with whatever else I could find, and that has worked. I want the place to look more real, like a unversity where there are gardeners who change things with the seasons, not like something built 10 years ago and never changed. And it's fun. It compensates somewhat for having to deal with confused newbies who can't find their clothes or stop running into each other, and for unconfused griefers whose sole purpose is to cause trouble and get kicked out because for some of them Getting Kicked Out of Oxbridge is like a medal. Whoopie. I can stand to deal with fewer of them, and I cleared more places on the ban lists during insomnia last week.
Lately, though, when I'm there at a time to help newbies, and others are there, the conversation has been about cookpots. One of the others, former staff (long story), scorched the bottom of his best cookpot the other day and has been having deep discussions about how to renovate it. I find it hard to believe the thing cost him 800 Euros in the first place -- but it is very design-oriented with a built-in waffle bottom to cook with less oil, so perhaps that's a thing. Anyway, we have all been comparing recipes across cultures -- German, Finnish, US, whoever else is there. Apparently peperoni in German means jalapeno-type hot pepper, not the sausage you put on pizza. Which makes sense of why I never saw what I thought of as pepperoni on a pizza in Europe.
Going to try sleeping again, just to see if it works.