Great new book out from Storm! Must Read! Click on the picture to buy.
Fantasy meets Reality in Cyberspace, in a world where our online and offline experiences, friendships and even, our identities are excitingly entangled. Avatars are extensions of us, leading lives parallel to our own dull everyday existence. There are no limits to our Virtual Lives and we are free to live in any World we choose. Having a Virtual Life sets you free to dream and some dreams do come true.
Storm and Dude are partners. In spite of the fiercely opposing time zones, they meet and fall in love on the dance floor of the Junkyard Blues Club in the Virtual World of Second Life. They begin collecting breedable cats and their Second Life gets very crowded, so together they open Not Another Kitten, a Cat Shop in Cyberspace. Then the Cat Shop meets the University and both Worlds collide with laughter.
Meet the Divine Penny, the Italian-speaking Siamese cat, with the delicate chocolate paws, and find out if Professor Poppett’s poodle recovers from ‘indoor barking syndrome’. Go on an adventure in the alligator infested bayou to hunt for the Golden Kitten and find out why love always wins the day.
Quite an achievment. Started as a blog and became a book. Well done Storm very proud of you!
Put two good-looking cats in one room together and they get ………..frisky! Your cats will be adult when they are 7 days old and to breed they need to have; 25% Energy, 75% Happiness, 100% Love, (we would all like that!) and not more than 25% hungry.
The cats need to be in range of each other and this is the hard bit, your cats need to be awake to get a kitten – (wake up you little monsters).
The new kitten appears ready packed in a box and you have a tense fifteen minutes waiting for the box to open. You can save your boxes for later if you want.
Register with KittyCats.biz and you can see all your cats on a pedigree chart. If two cats have some interesting traits you can pair them together as partners and try for a “wunderkind”.
Your Kitty has various characteristics, traits and some of these will be dominant. Fur, ears, colouration, whiskers, eyes can all be bred for. Each kitty has a history and going back to the grandfather / mother you can see what traits might appear. Genetics for our kittys is somewhat hit and miss however our experience is that you can produce some very cute and interesting cats. The “boring” ones can be left in their boxes in your inventory. When you get your kitty you can register with KittyCats.biz and see your cats pedigree.
I don’t know what you think of all this but I will say this: The experience of being an avatar in second life becomes very real. It is not so far fetched to extend this reality to other objects in the world. Where these objects look like cute kitty cats that move and act like real cats, can be petted and show response to this petting; have to be fed; can get sick then they become very real. If we have a cat in real life we find they have personalities. Likewise we can give our secondlife pets a personality. This all goes to make the whole experience very real.
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I come across gems in second life. I think it is the blues community, nice thinking.My fav blogger is Serendipity Haven (serenhaven.wordpress.com)who writes little stories that are so informative and entertaining. Highly recommended. AND not just for second life users either. I have blogged about her before. Read her latest offering, its very informative.
Take my partner, she has an awesome job that keeps her very busy but she spends much of her spare time with me. In her “spare” time she is a poet and has her own site. JessikaJenvieve.com fabulous poetry. Heres one she wrote for me:
It is Best
You wanted a love song
I don’t have the words
Cordelia – like, I have nothing to say
but it is inside,
I just can’t put my finger on.
You want forever and I want you to tell me
the pain in my head won’t kill me.
I want you to make my tea and a cheese sandwich.
I don’t want words, I want silence.
There’s a tangle of lyrics out there
waiting for me to catch my foot in them.
Pick the wrong one and you will fire up again.
Say nothing, it is safe.
It is best.
“I’m a mature socialite cougar 60 k living in millionaires paradise” she says on skype……Love her sense of humour. We get on so well and are partners in second life, the online community. We spend a lot of time chatting to a background of the blues. Here you can see us dancing. At the top right are private messages bottom left are local messages.
While hosting (a host manages the dj session greeting people and providing help like joining the group) I met a person who was fun to chat to, who I hadn’t met before. She too has a blog and this is what I found:
We seem to think that big events and weighty, important conversations make the bulk of a relationship. Yet .. it’s chatting of little nothings .. how spring air moves and caresses across the face .. picking dandelions and sending them off to seed other places .. or sharing two blades of grass with a friend and trying to make a blade-of-grass kazoo together.
Lobbing nonesense words and silly verses between us .. twirling and feinting at nothing .. nothing moments are what I miss.
If you are the very best of friends with me, I will fill you with letters of little nothings.
Her site which she hasn’t updated in a while is http://vixenquandry.wordpress.com/
One of the things people love to do is take photos in second life it is very photogenic. So here is a gallery a person I met in a European blues club. Name of Schlock who has a wonderful talking parrot called Clyde with, i would say, artificial intelligence!!!!
Heres the gallery, sorry missed Clyde but i sent Schlock an email coz he should have a blog!!
Then another person with a site http://www.deadmonkeysociety.org/writtenword/index.html the front page looks like this:
All this is just a taste of the variety of people that you meet in second life. It is a community of intelligent diverse people. Possibly it is the blues community as this is all i have experience of. I am still exploring and have lots to learn. I will have been in second life for a year. Yes I am addicted.
Its not a problem
Here is a picture of my Storm Constantine (aka Jessika) we have known each other for six months and we decided to partner. This means we have made a commitment to share and cherish each other. It may be likened to a marriage, the “ceremony” was an email and now we appear in each others profile.
There is a wonderful thing that happens in second life. You become one with your avatar and truly your avatar becomes an extension of yourself. when you join with another avatar like in a dance something magical happens. You begin to feel with your avatar. Holding your partner becomes as though you are holding a real person and in some ways you are. It feels real. You can get incredibly close to someone. It starts in chat. As in anywhere / place chatting to someone brings you close to that person. We have chat in secondlife. However how do you explain a kiss producing a physical response in real life? Second Life is awesome. I can only suggest you try it for yourself. If you need a decent avatar let Avatar Creations know and we will make you beautiful.
Storm and I shared a moment, went deeper into our feelings. It was a paradigm shift.
And we talked while relaxing by a pool we happened upon.
Then Storm suggested that we should partner. Joyfully we did. We both realised it was the right thing to do. So we did it.
Storm Constantine and Dude Starship one under the second life sun.
I started seeing second life as a sex game. 89% of all porn comes from the USA. When I was 14 I used to look at porn magszines. Then I started to have real sex and didn’t bother. I can understand teenagers looking at porn but honestly these are adults. I find this all rather sad. So much money so much energy wasted on a 15 minute thrill. Human beings are corrupt it seems, no wonder rich people can fool them so easily. Why aren’t people educating themselves? If we had 10% of the energy 10% of the money we could all put it to good use. Heard of sublimation?
In psychology, sublimation is a mature type of defense mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are consciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behaviour, possibly converting the initial impulse in the long term. Freud defines sublimation as the process of deflecting sexual instincts into acts of higher social valuation, being “an especially conspicuous feature of cultural development; it is what makes it possible for higher psychical activities, scientific, artistic or ideological, to play such an important part in civilised life“. Wade and Tavris present a similar view stating that sublimation is when displacement “serves a higher cultural or socially useful purpose, as in the creation of art or inventions.” Sublimation allows us to act out socially unacceptable impulses by converting them into a more acceptable form. Freud believed that sublimation was a sign of maturity (indeed, of civilization), allowing people to function normally in culturally acceptable ways.
What can we do? I dunno. Does Iceland?
From The Guardian 12 hours ago 23rd Feb 2013:
In the age of the internet and globe-spanning viral videos, can a thoroughly wired country become a porn-free zone? Authorities in Iceland want to find out.
The government is drafting plans to ban pornography, in print and online, in an attempt to protect children from a tide of violent sexual imagery.
The proposal by the interior minister, Ogmundur Jonasson, has caused uproar. Opponents say the move will censor the web, encourage authoritarian regimes and undermine Iceland’s reputation as a Scandinavian bastion of free speech.
Advocates say it is a sensible measure that will shelter children from serious harm.
“When a 12-year-old types ‘porn’ into Google, he or she is not going to find photos of naked women out on a country field, but very hardcore and brutal violence,” said Halla Gunnarsdottir, political adviser to the interior minister.
“There are laws in our society. Why should they not apply to the internet?”
Gunnarsdottir says the proposals being drawn up by a committee of experts will not introduce new restrictions, but simply uphold an existing if vaguely worded law.
Pornography is already banned in Iceland, and has been for decades, but the term is not defined so the law is not enforced. Magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse are on sale in bookshops, and more hard-core material can be bought from a handful of sex shops. “Adult” channels form part of digital TV packages.
Iceland’s left-of-centre government insists it is not setting out to sweep away racy magazines or censor sex. The ban would define pornography as material with violent or degrading content.
Gunnarsdottir said the committee was exploring the details of how a porn ban could be enforced. One possibility would be to make it illegal to pay for porn with Icelandic credit cards. Another, more controversial, route would be a national internet filter or a list of website addresses to be blocked.
That idea has alarmed advocates for freedom of the internet.
“This kind of thing does not work. It is technically impossible to do in a way that has the intended effect,” said Smari McCarthy of free-speech group the International Modern Media Institute. “And it has negative side effects – everything from slowing down the internet to blocking content that is not meant to be blocked to just generally opening up a whole can of worms regarding human rights issues, access to information and freedom of expression.”
Despite its often chaotic appearance, the internet is not a wholly lawless place. It is regulated, to varying degrees, around the world. Police monitor the net for child pornography and other illegal material, and service providers in many countries block offending sites.
Some governments also censor the internet at a national level, although authoritarian Iran, North Korea and China are not countries liberal Iceland wants to emulate.
European countries including Britain, Sweden and Denmark ask internet service providers to block child pornography websites.
But broader filtering has mostly been resisted. A few years ago, Australia announced it would introduce an internet filtering system to block websites containing material including child pornography, bestiality, sexual violence and terrorist content. After an outcry, the government abandoned the plan last year.
Critics say such filters are flawed and often scoop up innocent sites in their net as when Denmark’s child pornography filter briefly blocked access to Google and Facebook last year because of a glitch.
Anti-porn activists, however, are hailing Iceland as a pioneer. Although the country has largely liberal Scandinavian values, it broke with most of Europe in 2010 by banning strip clubs.
“This is a country with courage,” said Gail Dines, a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston and author of the book Pornland.
“Iceland is going to be the first country with the guts to stand up to these predatory bullies from LA [in the porn industry],” she said. “It is going to take one country to show that this is possible.”
But opponents say the project is both misguided and doomed.
“I can say with absolute certainty that this [state filter] will not happen,” said Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, a prominent advocate of online freedom.
She is confident those drafting the anti-porn measures will see the error of their ways. They may also run out of time. Iceland is due to hold parliamentary elections in April, and the unpopular coalition government could be thrown out.
Jonsdottir said the key to protecting children and others is for citizens to better inform themselves about the internet and how it works.
“People just have to make themselves a bit more knowledgeable about what their kids are up to, and face reality,” she said.
Gunnarsdottir, the political adviser backing the ban, just hopes the emotional debate around the issue will cool down.
“I think we should be able to discuss the internet with more depth, without just shouting censorship on the one hand and laissez-faire on the other hand,” she said.
“Is it freedom of speech to be able to reach children with very hardcore, brutal material? Is that the freedom of speech we want to protect?”
Sad because it is so difficult. If you banned web sites dealing wih pornography then perhaps this site would be banned . Pornography is mentioned many times. In many eays there has been no progress from when cave people were drawing porn on their caves. Only 3% of porn sites ask for age verification. If porn sites were banned it would be another prohibition and look how successful that was.
Bit depressing really. The rich killing hundreds of millions with their greed. Legalised drugs like alohol killing and maiming untold numbers. The basest of instincts being pandered to by the most wonderful technology the world has ever known.
But is second life just a sex game? Would Iceland ban it? There are adult sims, which I haven’t visited so I don’t know what goes on. There are strip clubs where female nudity can be bought. I don’t know if there is public sexual intercourse or orgies. There are child avatars which I find very disturbing.
Three years ago there was an age verification system whereby you had to present your passport details in order to get into an adult sim. That appears to have fallen by the wayside. So now anyone of any age with an email account can visit adult sims. No doubt sex is for sale to anyone with the money to pay for it. There are escort agencies.
Just as any city / town has its red lamp district so does second life. Sex can be bought. Just as in any town you might got to a bar and get a one night stand. Why should second life be any different?
Its interesting after doing a bit of research it seems that Second Life sex is no longer a hot topic. Probably because of this:
Second life is just that, a second life. In it people can do almost anything that they can do in their real lives. There are some people who will do things they do normally e.g. talk to people, others use it as a way to do things that they wouldn’t normally do in their real lives.
Some media attention has been given to sexual activity involving avatars with a childlike appearance. The United Kingdom and Germany are among the countries investigating new laws to combat simulated child pornography. The USA has attempted to pass several laws forbidding simulated child pornography, however, each one has been struck down by the US Supreme Court as an infringement on the first amendment right to free speech.
As of May 2007, two such countries, Germany and Belgium, have launched a police investigation into Age of Consent-related offenses in Second Life (including both trading of non-virtual photography and involuntary virtual sexual activity with childlike avatars by means of virtual identity theft). Linden Lab responded by issuing a statement that any “depiction of sexual or lewd acts involving minors” was a bannable offence.
In France, a conservative family union, Familles de France, sued Linden Lab in June 2007, alleging that Second Life gave access to minors to sexual content, including bondage, zoophilia and scatophilia, as well as gambling and advertisements for alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Linden Lab pointed out that the virtual world is not meant for children (people under the age of 18) because of the mature content and what happens within second life. However children aged between 13-17 can access second life, but they will be restricted to what they can see or do based on age. The second life world world is split into sections/worlds and each one is given a maturity rating similar to films; General, Moderate and Adult . Children aged 16-17 can access worlds etc that have moderate content. Whereas children aged 13-15 will be restricted to only being able to go to ‘Private’ worlds where things are monitored and screened more for their protection/ safety.
IF THEY TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR AGE. And what kind of perversion makes a grown adult want to be a child> Needs therapy imho.
Published on 12 Feb 2013
Need a cure for romantic love? Then turn to the Ancient Greeks, who identified six different kinds of love. Writer and cultural thinker Roman Krznaric talks about their radical and inspiring approach to love, drawing on his book THE WONDERBOX: Curious Histories of How to Live (Profile Books).
He describes how the Ancient Greeks were far more sophisticated in the art of loving than we are today. Their different words for love included ‘eros‘ (sexual passion), ‘philia‘ (deep friendship), ‘ludus‘ (playful love), ‘pragma‘ (mature love), ‘agape‘ (selfless love) and ‘philautia‘ (self-love).
N.B. It is a statue of Anteros in Piccadilly Circus NOT Eros.
In Greek mythology, Anteros (Ancient Greek: Ἀντέρως, Antérōs) was the god of requited love, literally “love returned” or “counter-love” and also the punisher of those who scorn love and the advances of others, or the avenger of unrequited love.
Anteros was the son of Ares and Aphrodite in Greek mythology, given to his brother Eros, who was lonely, as a playmate, the rationale being that love must be answered if it is to prosper. Alternatively, he was said to have arisen from the mutual love between Poseidon and Nerites. Physically, he is depicted as similar to Eros in every way, but with long hair and plumed butterfly wings. He has been described also as armed with either a golden club or arrows of lead.
Recorded live at All Ears Storythyme, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, November 22, 2011. www.allearsevents.co.uk
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME< HEY LADIES WANT SOME LUDUS TODAY?