Digital Forces

It was my birthday yesterday :

So I made a video, but I gave myself a domain as a present. It’s called Digital Forces (dot) net. And I like it a lot, maybe the best site I have designed this year.  It has a chat feature too. So go have a look and tell me what you think. The chat button is on the bottom right.

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digital forces

http://digitalforces.net 

 

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Partners 3 & 4 out of 4

Ok let me set the scene:

Lets see. You are in a Blues Club like jyb . ..Its Your Club. When you arrive you are greeted warmly by a good few people.  There is the music playing with a live DJ and a host. You look cool. You chat publicly coming up with the occasional witty remark that people and maybe the DJ comment on. You are a good dancer.  Your  profile is a mixture of fun, seriousness, and wit. a girl across a crowded dance floor sends you a private message. ”  Hey nice profile”

GREAT PICK UP LINE! You start chatting, you amuse her  not making an overt move, being nice and interested in her as a person. (In clubs you have animated dances for couples. You get a menu and the dances range from fun (jive star) to more intimate slow dances to down right sexy dances and kissing.) You ask her to dance. You  DO NOT go for an intimate one. You hardly know the girl.

You chat more becoming more intimate , laughing with each other. You get on really well. You do this for an hour or so. When the Dj changes shift you say ” Hey I know this club where no one goes wanna see? ” Of course she says yes. You tp (teleport ) there then teleport her. “This club belongs to a friend of mine, she lets me use it anytime.” It is really cool. You have the blues playing on the radio. You fun dance then a little more intimate. Then you give her the tour.

Heres a vid show you better: (omgg just checked my YouTube stats 51k views…cool),  my blip sites are much less of course, this one from one of my blip sites) http://technologyisme.blip.tv  The quality is not bad so please watch in full screen. Warning its 20 minutes long which is why it didn’t go on youtube. The first part uses  sl sound the second narration.

 

 

Thanks >>>>

When you think about it this is no different from real life.

i would get dressed, looking cool and go out to my favourite club. I was popular and would be greeted by all. i would dance, looking good. A single girl would spot me and start to chat. After a bit we would dance and so on.

It was like that with Xexe. (btw I haven’t changed the vowels in my first 3 partners…..funny) We got on wonderfully and had a great time promising to meet each other the next day. The next day we acted like young lovers delighting in each others company. Laughing, giggling, poking, cuddling,  dancing, walking hand in hand through fairy glades [Will someone PLEASE do a hand-in-hand animation]. We kissed. We shared rl photos and I nearly died. She was so goddam young and very very beautiful. We talked and talked all about our real lives. We fell in love.. Listen up! If this had been “real life” it would have been exactly the same!!!!!!

The next day we partnered. In real life we would have flown to Vegas. THEN we made love for the first time.

It was getting near Halloween and we decorated my island and dressed up. Can’t find the pics but here is a pic of us at home:

She wasn’t online much as she had a thriving business in rl. Plus she was in Texas. I noticed a cooling. We were in jyb and hadn’t seen each other for a bit. I was down as I do. Everything in sl suddenly became unreal for me. I’m mad remember. In the middle of a dance I told her she wasn’t real and that sl was just a game and poofed.

I came back the next day. We had a bit of a row and she left.  Then I got the message that we were no longer partners. Ten minutes later she had a new partner.

I found out later that she had gone back to her first love. She contacted me last week, her current partner was MIA. The day before yesterday we chatted, she said she had dumped him….any chance….? No dear girl (she is  too young for me), will always have fond memories and no regrets, I know you still love me but…………

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 My Fourth Partner

did not  happen in jyb! It happened in Wharf the other blues club. i turned up and was welcomed. I knew the dj and the host. Heres a bit about dance HUDS. You saw  me use one in the vid.These are dance animations that you can wear and chose a dance that you have loaded onto the hud. I have about 40 on mine compassing about 5 different styles. Good animations that have been stop motioned from the actions of real world dancers. They cost a fortune and are superb. You can invite others to dance on your hud, mine can hold 16. I started my hud and then got an invitation from the host. I thought she sent it twice so I accepted twice.It was strange, I would stop  and do a  different dance  from the host. Ahh it  was a girl to my right. Ha! Great pick up line. btw there are 5  women to every man in sl. I went and danced near here  and stopped all animations. I asked her to HUD me again. I was still screwed. OMG I looked a complete idiot. We cracked up. But not a very auspicious start. I relogged and we got it sorted.

What attracted me most was that she was a Dj, very cool person. We gave each other a potted history. She was Cuban living in USA. I put on my Che Guevara Tee Shirt. Oh dear she said she wasn’t a communist. (I  flagged this as a warning sign that we were not compatible.  Long story short we went to her place and went on voice (real microphones) .

We were on voice for 16 hours. She had a girl friend which I said was ok, she was bi. The next day we partnered. Then I had  a low. Not good. Please see ……POOF for the rest of the story. We are still friends.

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I  have a girlfriend now.

I just don’t understand partnering.

What I do know is that second life is part of my real life, part of my real world.

 

Here is a picture of my partner of two years. Perhaps the only partner I really need?

Polly
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“rl” / “sl”

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rl = real life as opposed to something in cyberspace.

sl = second life an online world.

Exploring and trying to understand the complex relationship people have between sl and rl. Why? Coz doin stuff like this is a buzz for me. I am still very nrw to sl.

Preamble

When I first joined second life I noticed that in ones profile there is  a tab that says “First Life”. I perved (slspeak look at someones profile) others profile and they nearly all said fuck off. So I did the same, admittedly with a haiku but in essence the same. Why I wondered. Why were people wanting to hide? Were they ashamed of who they were or were they immersing themselves in their fantasy? What are they scared of? Perhaps their real life is too drab and boring. lol. oops challenging a. lolol (It never is by the way they are just not living, seeing it properly or are victims). Life is wonderful. If yours isn’t change it. Jeez. So in my profile 1st life tab I will put info. sec doin it now.

When a thing is said the lips become very cold, like the autumn wind.
Londoner l’m Bipolar Manic Depressive.  I’m 63 have 2 degrees been a carer most of  my life. world traveler I blog. i make no distinction between rl and sl. i am the same in both.

I am a public figure. (I’ve had 64k reads on my book site 48k on youtube so I guess I’ve touched 100k people) Like anyone else who is striving to change the world. I do not want nor do not have a secret life. I have nothing to hide. In my view that is dishonest and almost the realm of perversion, certainly a persons character might be brought into question. By being “public” I am giving the world a certain amount of power over me. So what? What they gonna do kill me? hrumpf not frightened of death. So do I understand the dichotomy between rl and sl? I guess not.

But dear readers it is the persons choice. I am just  observing. If you don’t like it leave a comment. Better still start your own blog.

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Friends

Note : There is a Time Compression at work in sl. What might take weeks in rl  can happen in a few hours in sl. It is intense.

In sl you  can friend someone. This means you can see when they come online and when they go offline. They appear in your friends list. In the clubs there are people called hosts. They greet people and help them. They also keep chat going and help stimulate conversation. They facilitate fun. They also have the power to eject someone for unruly behaviour and even ban them if the unruly behaviour persists. I host in three clubs. Therefore i have work friends .

For private friends I am very slow to friend someone. I like to get to know them first. Before I friend them I ask them privately if they want to. This saves the person the embarrassment of declining. It is good manners.  I have about 27 friends in sl, most of them women. Here is an interesting case that illustrates several points.

When I  joined sl this time (I was there 3 years ago) on my second day I discovered this blues club. I was welcomed warmly. Anyway long story short I became a regular. I  made friends and even had 3 partners. I eventually became a host. A person there I found a little forbidding. She was a star. I was impressed and a bit scared of her. A week ago I was invited to a friends place to see her new  home. This lady was there. We all went on voice using our microphones instead of typing. Her voice was so warm and sexy and friendly and just plain nice. I asked her to be my friend and she said it was amazing  we hadn’t become friends before. I was very pleased.

Last night I  was hosting. I don’t know what I said or did but the Dj told me I had upset the lady in question.  I searched for her in my friends list and couldn’t find her. I went to search typed in her name and sent her an instant message (im) apologising profusely and asking her what I had done wrong. She told me to leave her alone. I was very upset. I then realised she had de friended me. I was a bit distraught. I asked her to explain so I would learn not to make the same mistake again. She said she was not in sl to facilitate my learning but to have fun. Go away.

I resigned as a host for Softail. I sent her this notecard :

Hey Softy

Sorry dear I am very upset  where Aida is concerned. Because I said she talked too much she spread honey on my chest and poured fire ants over me. I was bitten by one fire ant in Thailand. It was terrible my whole leg up to my thigh was on fire. Dozens on my chest would cause absolute agony. . They have fire ants in Mexico.

I tried very hard to apologize. I asked her to tell me where I went wrong. She just said she was in sl for fun not to facilitate my learning. She de friended me.

Aida is much loved and respected in jyb but her “game” is far too tough for a gentle soul like myself. I will stay away.

Sorry Softy can’t host for you anymore.  

I used to deal with the most depraved and violent offenders in rl as a Probation Officer, in London,   on one of the worst estates in Europe, for 8  long years. So don’t think I’m a wimp. Its just that  I’ve done my bit. I don’t always get sl “jokes”. Sorry.

Much love

Dude

 

I think it was this in relating it to a friend:

[02:25 AM]  dudestarship2: What happened was that a very popular very nice person here threw me to the ground ripped off my shirt poured honey over my chest and tipped a jar of fire ants over me. then defriended me. it was because i made a joke that she talked too much

I have written that I am the same in rl and sl. If I make a friend in rl and they do something to upset me I do not disown them. If they come to me and say they are sorry and did not understand what they had done I would  have sat them down, explained and ended up with a hug. Friends are precious. Not so in sl it seems. Perhaps it is because with a click of your mouse you can banish someone. Because you have made them angry. ooops anger is a rl emotion……………..

my chat friend sad:

[02:33 AM]  aaa: OMG stop thinking real ,,, this is a game  but unlike other games it connects to peoples emotions , I cried when dumped ,I cried when walked in on my wife dancing with  a man , I cried when my husband in IW asked me to marry him .I cried when John decided to return to SL ,,, X  has a SL wife no place for me but I wont cry this time because I have learnt to play the game
[02:34 AM]  dudestarship2: thats why i’m introspective. this is a game?
[02:34 AM]  dudestarship2: feels pretty goddam real to me
[02:34 AM]  aaa: it can be a game that hurts

Perhaps the fault is mine. Sl is only about fun and is not a social community?

NOTES

>>> Blog about how groups are described as families, everywhere
>>> Blog about how real families are created with parents, siblings etc
>>> Comment on people becoming  brothers and sisters especially women
>>> Describe Partnerships and marriages and those that have moved from sl to rl
>>> Gotta do a blog on sex.
>>> Discuss relationships that have lasted years.
>>> REM emotions experienced in sl aren’t real

yeah right

Best Stats I could find Jan 1St 2012 . How many people play sl daily?

 

on 01-17-2012 09:00 PM

There is a web page that posts the number of players logged in when the page is queried. There are scripts in SL that can read the page and give you the number. I have one in my house. It shows the most people online since I restarted it 1/1/2012 is 68,400+ and the least 30,800+/-.

Presumably some significant number of players do not login every day. I don’t.

Of the 600+ people in one of the groups I like about 250 of them have logged in in the last week. Some where around 375 have logged in within the month. About 200+/- haven’t logged in for a year. I can’t say this group is representative of all of SL. But, I think it does show a bit of a pattern. If one extrapolates on these numbers, we can assume the 68k is about 1/3 to 1/2 of those playing. That would mean there are 150k to 200k regular players pretty easily. But, these numbers don’t take time into account.

If one figures that as the planet rotates the population in SL changes… then we should use some multiplier for those numbers. Waking and sleep cycles change who is logged in. We peak about 2 or 3 PM PST. This suggests that Europe and east cost USA provide the peak players. About 12 hours later the numbers hit the day’s low. Knowing exactly how to divide things up is not possible. I can speculate there are 3 or 4 major groups of time zone players. If it is 4 I would say there are something like 800k daily players.

There are no good stats to show an accurate number of players. Tateru Nino posts stats. http://dwellonit.taterunino.net/sl-statistical-charts/

In general it appears user numbers are decreasing. But, with the addition of mesh, we are seeing a change in behavior of SL users. They spend more time outside SL building things for sales and use in SL. New World Notes posted an article on the change and SL’s placement in users stats for games. It too shows a change in user habits. These changes seem to suggest while SL is getting more players, concurrent logins appear decreased because time in game has decreased. More people are on for less time.

There just aren’t any clear numbers. The Lab doesn’t release detailed numbers. So, it is hard to know. We can speculate that if the numbers were really charming the Lab would be bragging.

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The Chat Room

Second Life’s (sl) Chat room s divided into three elements in two windows. On the right is the name of the instigator :

LOCAL is where everyone in the local area chats. Friends and Instant Messages are displayed under local. Instant Messages are either between a person to a person or from a group you have joined.

In a chat room many abbreviations are used. Here is a taste:

TIME STAMP  NAME OF SPEAKER CONTENT   | EXPLANATION

[11:23 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ✰↑Good Morning↑✰   |
[11:23 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ….҈Bonjour…
[11:23 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ☼Hola☼A    | THIS IS CALLED A GESTURE. It is activated by a forward slash followed be an abbreviation
[11:23 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ✪ お早うございます ✪   |In this case it is /gm = good morning
[11:23 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ૐ Namaste ૐ
[11:23 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: Hey
[11:23 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: My rl & sl are fuseed   | rl = real life sl = second life fuseed = a spelling mistake for fused
[11:24 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: Fused* | A correction format  = word plus *
[11:24 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: brb   brb = be right back
[11:24 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ:  •✖•【 Huггץ  ßαck 】•✖• n | People in chat will say hb = hurry back or use a hb gesture
[11:25 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ……………doin stuff in rl or sl | an explanation
[11:25 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: .
[11:25 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: .
[11:25 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: back   | You announce your return
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ㋡ ->>༶|♫  Ŵëℓƈøмε ßαςк!!  It JuSt WaSn’T ThE SaMe WiThOuT YoU!! ☆|༶<<-㋡ A welcome back gesture
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: ty  | ty = thank you
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ:    _      _                       _        _
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ:    |  |   |  |                     |  |     |  |       | A WOOT gesture indicating happiness
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ:    |  |   |  |   ___    ___  |  |_   |  |
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ:    |  |/\|  | /  _  \ / _  \ |  __|  |  |
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ:    \   /\   /  (_)  |  (_)  |  |_    |_|
[11:26 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ:     \/   \/  \___/\___/ \__|   (_)
[11:27 PM]  ĐŲĐĘ: Thes ar Gestures ok going to do my blog brb….
[11:27 PM]  Ðäńńęţţę ℱιяєℓутє is Offline  | In the local chat box I receive notification if a friend is online or offline

 

Here is a picture of the interface. Yes my partner and I are lying naked in bed.

The Chat window bottom left the avatar window various interface HUDS top right is a notification.

Getting the idea?

THE CHAT WINDOW :

lhs the Person or group who are chatting…You click on  them to chat to them using the by typing in the “click here to chat bar” The highlighted ones mean there is new chat you have not seen. The local chat which is being displayed is chat that is going on in your local environment. See the notification of who is  on line. These are your friends.

Chat in local requires concentration as there maybe numerous threads.

This will help in a chat room >>>>>>….hmmm wait a sec…..

 


 

 

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