I keep getting driven out of sandboxes. I feel like Pee Wee on the phone: "I'm trying to use the sandbox."
Labels: Dept. of jF
Accidentally imprisoned myself by building the duck around me.
Just noticed then that the scene might strike some as odd.
Would be nice if it didn't snow any more.
Not there's much,
it's just that it
Keeps renewing itself.
And I need milk.
One of the mono bugs seems like it's on its way out:
Rezzing Mono scripted object cripples sim FPS
has "fix acknowledged/pending" on it.
27 February 2011
Originally uploaded by Vivian Oblivion
Raglan Shire Asian Mardi Gras Parade
I screwed up 99% of my pics but nevermind - I take too many anyway.The Pencil Tree
(shadows = yum)Dratted Eros.
(<3 depth of field)
Labels: Ho Hum Same Old Boring Stuffs
26 February 2011
25 February 2011
This made me laugh.
Sunny but below freezing. The sun is creating long icicles that eventually fall 30 feet to the ground in front of the Bottom people's windows, so I hope they won't be moved to look up.
24 February 2011
Good. I HATE Wells Fargo.
Molly send me links to this photographers work, which she said makes real life look like SL.
'Recent research claims that Monsanto's Roundup Ready genetically modified crops contain an organism, previously unknown to science, that can cause miscarriages in farm animals.
According to Treehugger, the organism can cause disease in both plants and animals, a rare feat.'
Labels: ...Is Teh Debbil
This morning at about 9 or so.
23 February 2011
Reading all the information about head injuries and their long-term effects makes me wonder what all *my* head injuries add up to. I've had some rather serious concussions; a NYer article recently said athletes with head injuries have a much greater liklihood of developing (for instance) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis than the general population. The same article said women are more susceptible to effects following injury than are men.
The effect one person can have on the world...
I wonder if a lot of people who might otherwise aspire to political office in, for instance, the USA, are reluctant to run because marijuana is illegal and they were users at some point (even long ago). In other words, is the field of political contenders much narrower than it would be if marijuana were legal? That illegality seems arbitrary and stupid (and costly in terms of lives and enforcement money).
When memes collide...
Labels: Dept. of This Will Not End Well
It keeps snowing/melting/freezing/melting/hailing/freezing/snowing.
Some snow yesterday.
It was beautiful at 7:45 this morning but I didn't take a picture. It's hailing at the moment.
22 February 2011
Yay! We finally got our land back after ages! This means I can once again hold Combat Cards in Europa!
I'm nearly through making card images for the Splintered Rock reskinning.
Enjah, Lucy, and I tested the duck circle and it works ok. I need to build a Burning Duck (or someone else can).
Snowed off and on today, but it didn't stick. A storm is forecast to hit in the wee hours, though, with a few inches.
21 February 2011
Tentacled tumour named Gill grows inside California man.
Entire Libyan delegation to the U.N. abandons Gaddafi regime.
La plume de ma tante est sur la table. Gaddafi's Umbrella is Not in Venezuela. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
[14:28] TSMGO Fan: hey there (bows)
[14:29] TSMGO Fan: bring abck the show !!!
[14:29] TSMGO Fan: the show must go on unless real life hits ya upside the noggen casueing you to loose all time !
[14:29] Osprey Therian: lol
[14:30] Osprey Therian: I miss it too but it was so much work!
[14:30] TSMGO Fan: but the pay off was the ebst part. seeing all those people smiling and and hooting . come on it was so worth it
[14:31] Osprey Therian: ;-D
[14:32] TSMGO Fan: what i got to do . run naked through linden ville to get ya back doing the show?
[14:33] TSMGO Fan: doesn't it defeat calling the show and the show goes on. if you stop doing it ?
[14:34] TSMGO Fan: do the show once a year . one big show. so you don't over welm yaself
[14:34] TSMGO Fan: PLEASE
[14:34] TSMGO Fan: now i'm just begging
[14:34] Osprey Therian: I wouldn't mind
[14:35] TSMGO Fan: you havea grown man on his knees begging you now
[14:35] Osprey Therian: lol
[14:35] Osprey Therian: You are persuasive!
[14:36] TSMGO Fan: i try to be
[14:36] TSMGO Fan: i'll bug you untill you give up and say yes
[14:37] TSMGO Fan: hows the battle card thing going for you
[14:37] Osprey Therian: ok - looks great but not a lot of players tho]
[14:38] Osprey Therian: :(
[14:38] TSMGO Fan: hummmm
[14:38] TSMGO Fan: you could showcase it during your show WINK WINK
[14:38] Osprey Therian: haha!!
[14:38] Osprey Therian: lol
[14:39] Osprey Therian: I'll see what they all think.
[14:39] TSMGO Fan: i will start the and the show must go on revival show group
[14:40] TSMGO Fan: all right i've done enough harassment for one evening
[14:40] Osprey Therian: :-D
[14:40] Osprey Therian: <3
[14:40] TSMGO Fan: guess i'll track down everyone in the show and get them harass ya
[14:41] Osprey Therian: eeeeeeeeeek!
[14:41] Osprey Therian: lol
Egyptian parents are naming babies "Facebook."
I think that's sort of nice :-D
The revolution isn't over, though, and who knows how it will end.
Removed from ewetoob, it stands on another site.
Does remind me a bit of THIS though.
Bye Bye Forum (again)
It's the end of the blogorum today -supposedly something new is rolling out next week. I've been through so many endings of the official SL forums it's hard to get worked up about it. In fact this iteration, on the despised Jive software, harbours a lot of useless forumites and not much content. The next software is called (apparently) "Lithium." o.O LL should perhaps stop picking forum software by the words they think best apply to their customers.
The original forum was best, but most of that was due to the freshness of SL and how it attracted very interesting people.
20 February 2011
Excerpt from an overblown editorial in the Nova Albion paper:
'Disturbing reports from across the grid point to the rise of a duck-worship cult. It's unclear how many followers are in the cult or exactly what types of practises - whether peaceful of violent - they espouse, but there's one thing we know by bitter experience. Ignore the activities of ducks at your peril.'
Lost Wallet Found, Returned
After 40 Years
The story is in the New York Times.
Labels: Introduction to Time Travel
Originally uploaded by rack911
More cultural cud-chewing
I missed getting the plane but here are its ripples :-D
Here's a bad pic I took of the plane landing:
On Aditi trying in vain to work (but fun to see others' stuff).
Kabuki at Raglan
Before the show (mesh viewer, which exploderated on me just before it began)
It feels silly to say, "I've always loved trees," "I've always loved being in the woods," as it seems like well, duh, everyone does - except (strange as it seems to me) NOT everyone does. I spent a high proportion of my life (up to and just past the development of illness) out in the woods. As soon as I was diagnosed with m.s. I realised with a start that I *was* Daphne - I was turning into wood. Wise, those dratted ancients. In my case I was in danger, too, but it was my body not my mind which made the choice to escape. I sometimes think of it as an animal caught in a trap that gnaws its own foot off.
19 February 2011
I miss the Synchronised Knitters Precision Unicycle Drill Team.
Maybe I should work on the duck frolic circle for Burning Duck.
Labels: Disjointed Thoughtlets
I was idly wondering, "Has anyone ever written a BAD song about trees?" since the only ones I can think of are excellent (Ombra mai fu and Kalinka). I googled 'songs about trees' and the scales fell from my eyes with a rush... or actually Rush ('The Trees'), plus 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree' plus 'The Pine Tree" and so on ad infinitum.
I don't blame the trees, though. It's just another example of how we humans appropriate perfectly noble and good things then gussy them up until they are meaningless. As well as being the only earthly species with a host of good qualities, we are alone in our ability to trivialise and churn out endless streams of crapola. Even applying labels like 'noble' and 'good' is a human concoction. We are odd ('odd' being a human invention).
/me* wanders off with a crooked expression of consternation on her face.*
* All preceding and following is mere human invention. I suppose there's no way to avoid being human.
It's a Mystery
[10:21] unknown person: (Saved Tue Feb 15 21:47:30 2011)you there
[10:21] unknown person: (Saved Tue Feb 15 21:47:53 2011)I need to be freed cause i like never play... thank you
[10:23] Osprey Therian: Hello - freed from what?
User not online - message will be stored and delivered later.
Labels: Adventures in IM
18 February 2011
I watched "A Prairie Home Companion." Sadly it wasn't good. It had a thousand good elements - performances, sets, costumes, casting - however the plot was entirely bizarre. Beyond bizarre. More like someone grafted a lunatic's imaginings onto a proper story... erm, well that's what it is, I suppose. I was filled with hope initially as one of the previews on the DVD was for The Agronomist, a film I love.
New operas are always worth looking at.
The Third Letter
Link from Candide.
17 February 2011
Salazar unearthed a snippet of news that we hushed up for years (doesn't matter now that the cat's out of customs... I mean the bag).
Good music - I'd never heard of them before Vivianne pointed them out on SCmkII.
The Last Minecart
Thanks to Candide!
16 February 2011
Seen on Regretsy.
Memory is a funny thing. Things will pop up out of nowhere giving no clue as to why they've floated into sight rather than staying beneath the limen with the rest of memory's jetsom. The past four or five days I've had a shadowy memory float nearly into view, but I hadn't looked at it until just now. That happens now and then, of course; I reckon it's the same for everyone, and that perhaps a word spoken, a scent, a misheard song (or the taste of a madelaine) is the trigger for not just deep memories of childhood or other meaningful things, but more often snippets of information about events we never were part of to begin with. This time began with a vague thought: the punk rocker girl raped and murdered in Seattle... I was lying on my bed just now and wondered what her name was.... had a rare letter in it, Z perhaps... Names burst up with accompanying feelings of "close," "similar." After a couple of minutes it appeared in my mind: Mia Zapata.
Memory is a funny thing. The progression of time is another odd one. I looked up Mia - she died in 1993. Not terribly long ago, but there's a gulf between her world and the one now that seems wide but is less qualitative than about the current highly gadgeted accessorisation. We lean on our gadgets so heavily that were the power grid to go out millions would barely function - I think, anyway. I wonder if any modern eighteen year period would NOT have developments making its end look completely different from its start. Be that as it may it's as though Mia, a young woman whose future was taken from her, lost years that seem to've held the twisting of time from a contiguous grouping of years (libraries, isolation, first-hand experiences) to a new and unrelated group of years (constant contact, second-hand experiences, digital media): a break with the past, a new paradigm, obsolescence of prior beliefs and technology. Surely *that* doesn't happen every eighteen years.
Just now another woman's name popped up: Kitty Genovese.
"I actually implemented some [player-addiction type] stuff. And I just didn't like it. It's something you should do if you want to make money because you get that hook. But I was never interested in making my players addicts." -Eskil at Eurogamer
As we all know I think the usual way human beings are manipulated (by dint of their basic nature) into giving up untold hours of their lives so gaming companies can sell meaningless widgets to make twenty-five cents X a bazillion is bad and wrong (I'm looking at you, Facebook), so it's nice to read this from Eskil, whose L.O.V.E is original in every way.
I can't play it as it's miserable (as are all games) with one hand, but I love L.O.V.E, in any case.
Candide sent me the link to this fine video:
Labels: Dept of Divine Moles
Well, I have only a passing aquaintance with the career of the apparent popular-culture sensation Justin Bieber and I'm not a lesbian, but even *I* think this is pretty funny pop culture cud-chewing. I'm sure that, unlike the boy Bieber, these women support abortion in cases of rape, however.
15 February 2011
A Sequence of Lines Consecutively Traced by Five Hundred Individuals
14 February 2011
FOX NEWS INSIDER: “Stuff Is Just Made Up”
Just don't know what to do with myself today - painy. Major crap day; it even hurts to swallow.
Adobe Flash made me update and then videos looks funneh - split in two. For some unknown reason I looked in Settings and unticked Hardware Acceleration and refreshed and it was fine. Only thing I tried, so I was lucky it worked.
Happy Rezday, Enjah!
I met Enj in There in, oh, 2004 I suppose. She was part of the Uru diaspora, and There had quite an influx when Uru Online closed the first time. I met her again in SL, and we hit it off and became partners in crime :-D SL has been much more fun with a BFF than without, I know that.
Although I've been goofing around in the mesh viewer on Aditi since it first came out, I had never used it on Agni before today. The depth of field very quickly becomes something hard to do without, as, of course, are shadows. I didn't do any tweaking, but at that location at that moment I had about 16fps, which isn't great but borders on bearable for the time being.
Just fooling around - I hit the "Share" button for Blogger on my SL profile.
Choices on the SL web profile for sharing:
I've never even heard of most of them, which doesn't mean they aren't useful to the people who use them, but points up the dichotomy: it would seem to be handy for one site to be the "go to" information site, yet we don't trust one site to hold all our data/wield all that power (I'm looking at you, Facebook).
13 February 2011
This exemplifies the beauty of Second Life.
If you haven't properly tried SL you are missing out - not just on some random things but whole worlds. It may take a bit of work to learn how to get the most out of the experience, but the whole of life is that way. An easy experience is usually superficial and throwaway; only a child would be put off by a challenging environment. SL has great depths and heights, and contains the range of human endeavors and interests from the grotty to the profound. Not a chatroom or a simplistic game, Second Life is a suite of creative tools wrapped up in a 3D environment that enables you to create from your dreams and nightmares and share the experience with others in real time.
12 February 2011
"Cerebral Palsy, the sexiest of all the palsies"
Hall Of Inaccurate Presidents
Labels: Department of Bwuhahahaha
Parts of this remind me of SL.
11 February 2011
I hope it works out.
ZOMG finally got a haircut ===:O
Labels: Beloved Hair Cutterers
I need some of these.
10 February 2011
What are the virtual worlds that've come and stuck around (so far) or fallen off the map? I know I've been to loads but I can hardly remember most of them; most never got out of beta. I've got vague memories of some I can't name - add any you think of to the comments. What was the one that recently appeared and was bought/closed before it even opened? I'm not adding things like Hello Kitty World for obvious reasons.
Second Life - US
All the Opensim SL-like grids such as Inworldz - various
Twinity - German
IMVU (a lot of the There crew built this) - US
ActiveWorlds - US
Avaya (browser plugin like JLI - but you can sit/use voice, very business-oriented an avs have a built-in laser pointer) - NZ
Utherverse/RedLightDistrict (Is it around?)
Club Cooee (?)
Exist Now But Just Barely
Blue Mars (iPhone app)
Not Sure (sometimes I can get there sometimes not)
Just Leap In
Metaplace/Areae (Raph Kosterman) Downsized to a FB game Island Life
HiPiHi (I think) Chinese rip-off of SL
Kaneva (I think) Urban youth vibe
Nuria (or w/e it was called) Korean with great av interactions supposedly
Croquet (I guess) I used to check in periodically and run around as a rabbit - deformable reflections
One this the devs probably didn't understand: every time a place opened we'd stampede over out of curiosity and they probably thought, "Ooh! Tons of interest!" But it was just "us" - all the same people. I saw everyone I knew everywhere.
RockPaperShotgun interviews Rod Humble.
Unlock the Potential
09 February 2011
Richie over on SCmkII pointed out that robots are getting their own internet.
08 February 2011
I was finally able to update my profile after eons of it referring to Saturdays at Spaceport.
If you need to download your Flickr pictures en masses the utility Flump will do the job. It's free and simple. Bulkr is nice, but is $25.
/me downloads 3956 pictures :/
07 February 2011
Shaving Helmet FTW
Mass Animal Deaths
Data displayed by year on Google Maps
Labels: Dept of :(
Interesting tattoo concept.
The NYer had an article about AOL's new strategy and leader, which talked about its journalistic aspirations. Now it's absorbed the Huffington Post ===:O
Ugh, I hate AOL - why can't it and Yahoo just lie down and die already.
06 February 2011
I Am Fully Prepared to Bring a Backhoe in to Remove All the Goatse, Tubgirl, Kewt Puppies Wearing Costumes, etc. to Help Make More Room
*Oh, wait - I don't have to.*
Eek, Internet full1!!1
Can't I do it anyway?/?? /me fires up a flamethrower.
'Standing next to a Muslim woman, one Christian woman told our correspondent Luis Carballo that Egypt has become one country. The Muslim woman agreed, “all of us are one hand, all of us, we will never be separated.”' -- euronews
05 February 2011
The earth still gives up secrets as in this news of an ancient temple discovered in Peru.
04 February 2011
'The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.'
Labels: Dept. of jF
Labels: Department of Bwuhahahaha
Candide sent me this url to footage of Chernobyl disaster shot by a filmmaker unaware of the danger he was in.
Watching this is hard. Those poor men.
Praise the common man.
Update: I posted that then fell and it took me half an hour to get upright and another 20+ minutes to get back in front of teh puter.
High and low temperatures today are about the same, which seems weird to me.
03 February 2011
Ducks at The Gate
Capability Frog was convinced to strip by the glimmer of ducky gold.
Not many Belgians turned out on the reality side of things.
Last time I wrote about The Gate was in 2007 ===:O
Food Lib: much needed
I just spoke with my sister - they are out of heating oil and the snow/ice is so bad the truck can't get up their long, hilly drive.
02 February 2011
This blog is very good: Oh Boym
I'm always interested in design but the blogger goes beyond and links design to people with anecdote.
Strange bright light in the sky!!! What can it be? Alien spacecraft??
Evening: sunlight on the far hill, the nearby slopes darken.
01 February 2011
Drag 'n' share from the Word Lens people.
I had a little money in WaMu as a leftover in their free checking account program that I used to buy things online as there wasn't much danger in using its associated card. WaMu was absorbed by Chase, and slowly the account changed. I had a missive from Chase some weeks ago stating their plan to charge $10 monthly for my account, beginning in February. I rang up and spoke to a woman who said accounts couldn't be closed *except* in person, but who, when I explained my feebleness, thought she might be able to do something but their network was down and I should call another time.
I rang yesterday and was told I had to be there in person; nevermind that I can remotely transfer all the money out - I just can't close the account, and an unclosed account, she said, still gathers moss... er fees. Can there be any other reason for that other than making it hard to get away from them? My credit union doesn't even *have* buildings to go to - and I like it that way.
Today I rang a few times trying to get through and said I'd be there at 12:30, and they did the necessary paperwork and came out to my car so I could scrawl/sign their chits. Following that it was off to Frank's for my second-to-last appointment before he goes to the Antipodes. Then groceriteriasisationing and back home with a pounding headache. Not a very interesting day, really, but there you have it.
Luc Montagnier: Take Another Look at Homeopathy
'Montagnier's new research is investigating the electromagnetic waves that he says emanate from the highly diluted DNA of various pathogens. Montagnier asserts, "What we have found is that DNA produces structural changes in water, which persist at very high dilutions, and which lead to resonant electromagnetic signals that we can measure. Not all DNA produces signals that we can detect with our device. The high-intensity signals come from bacterial and viral DNA."
Montagnier affirms that these new observations will lead to novel treatments for many common chronic diseases, including but not limited to autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.'