New System and I love it!

Yes its super. Great processor oodles of RAM and a good graphics card. Second Life flies without any jerkiness. But as i realised many years ago the front end aka monitor is one of the most important things. I bought a computer in 1994 spent over half of the total cost on the 17 inch monitor which I still have. I have a 22 inch with a blemish on the bottom but its still usable. I didn’t “need” a new monitor. BUT this was a computer upgrade so it had to be better than my last system. I was scared about spending so much money on a new 27 inch monitor. I debated whether to buy a higher resolution than 1920 x 1080 but the price doubled. And now I am glad I didn’t. As my old 22 inch runs at 1920 x 1080 I discovered I can merge the two into one without any disparity in the resolutions. There is no need to resize any window for the smaller to larger monitor and vice versa. One screen slides seamlessly into the other. In the video below you will see second life captured over two monitors seamlessly. The clarity of the new monitor is great and trust me 27 inches is far bigger than 22 inches. Having trouble with the capture but below gives you an idea. YouTube isn’t big enough LOL. Heres the capture but it doesn’t do it justice….



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Great, I’ll try and meet you in sl

06670f0a-d96d-4537-bcef-7c4a7fe0a6ddI’m still trying to put together my first year in second life but i haven’t been able to get my head around it coz i keep crashing in sl. So far I have spent €250 trying to sort it out. I have had a great deal of support from friends in sl especially from my DJ Siani she came up with great ideas. My gf Storm has been great too. We finally nailed it down to getting a more powerful graphics card. However I know there is another problem but can’t for the life of me find it. My whole computer freezes while in second life. I borrowed this card and I seem to be able to last 5 hours which is great. BUT I still freeze. What has saved my sanity is Skype which has enabled me to stay in touch. Skype is great. My gf lives in Sydney I live in The Bog of Allen in Ireland. We communicate with text and video seamlessly. And of course it is free. Most of the testing programs I have used have been free. I have a Dell and on Dell.com (not Dell.ie) there is a diagnostic program which tests hardware. About a year ago I had the same problem which turned out to be memory. I’ve run a memory program from boot that found nothing. I have lost a great deal of data that couldn’t be backed up such as 200 odd very nice fonts. Also GodKnows.info was destroyed by spammers. Not my month is it? Computers are logical beasts so presumably there is a logical solution. However what happens when you have tried all the logical solutions? Waving incense over the hard disk? The odd mantra being repeated? I dunno . So,  Great I’ll try and meet you in sl….

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AND THIS TO YOU FAULT:

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Sharing

Storm and I shared a moment, went deeper into our feelings. It was a paradigm shift.

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And we talked while relaxing by a pool we happened upon.

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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.

 

 

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My Storm


storm2Yes a lovely person very danceable love the curve of her back the touch of her thigh. Sigh yes I am smitten. yet dear readers such a person. Such an exotic, to me, life. hard not to be a tad intimidated but how did an ignorant mexican keep her for 11 months i ask myself.  well he had the blues and other attributes so i heard but even so. just her story of the tortoises is so wonderful. and shes seen every movie eva and knows the directors cousins dogs name. such an aficionado opera too, the blues of course and the rest of the arts. yet he could keep her quiet for 11 months and it would have continued had he not been caught.

but chin up old chap never say die and all that.  she obviously fancies you for some strange reason tho we both know she could do better jeez dozens of requests to dance when she is not dressed sexily but they appear “stupid” how can she tell?  i dunno. but for now she is all mine and that is quite yummy. i will do my best not to bore her not to make too many mistakes like mixing up Casablanca with Key Largo omg how embarrassing, oh dear i am such a plonker. well i will do my best can do no more.

Second life appeals to the actor in us. We style our avatars, costume them then manipulate them in dudestanding 2scenarios. tout le monde est une scène n’est ce pas and our world is second life and our stage. We play but have no control over the other actors. well we do in part as our actions affect their actions. however there are boundaries like those  of good manners. Do we play a role with our avatar? A pretend? Or is it us and the avatar a mere cipher. there is something that happens between us and our avatars, a fusion. we have designed our avatar. Storm calls her “my little work of art” and isn’t she gorgeous. i’m juswyt an ordinary bloke tho i try and dress well to make up with it. think Storm would have me in jeans and tee shirt every day. but i like dressing up.

of course there is the age difference: me a noob and her an old lady. Can’t do anything about that. Just ask her to be patient with me . It can be hard though as in this respect i am definitely inferior. shes very kind tho as i know i can be difficult to teach. so glad she turned me on to firestorm which i hadn’t used for ages. otherwise i would still be using singularity. its a different experience and as we are dating lol we should be using the same viewer. of course her computer is far superior to my old banger. she runs in ultra mode i run in medium low. she sees sl very differently to me. i mean the quality she sees with shadows (coz I just tried Ultra before crashing) is awesome. even my computer isn’t good enough boo hoo. in the six months we have known each other only had one nice cuddle. i need more cuddles. she dumped my cuddle lounger when she was doing the bed. i put it back on the off chance.

she says she loves my mind. got to get off my meds so it works better. i have a terrible memory. always was proud of my mind tho these days because of my meds its not so sharp. don’t know how she can love it. i’ve got to wake up more. ho hum i’ll get there……..

 

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Internet Addiction

Think twice the next time you play a videogame or surf the Net: ‘Internet-use disorder’ is set to be added to the list of mental illnesses in the worldwide psychiatric manual. Kids are identified as being especially at risk.

The international mental health encyclopedia known as the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM-IV) will include Internet-use disorder as a condition “recommended for further study” in its forthcoming May 2013 edition.

Psychologists believe that Internet addiction should be categorized like other addiction disorders as it has similar symptoms, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and withdrawal.

Parents have noted their children becoming angry and violent when their electronic gadgets are taken away from them, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. In other instances, kids preferred to play a videogame over eating or social interaction.
One step closer to mental illness

The listing is another step towards classifying Internet addiction as a mental illness: The DSM-IV’s new inclusion demonstrates that there are risks posed by overusing technology and that more research is required, which could lead to formal diagnoses of the disorder in the future.

Psychologists are pushing to broaden the diagnoses of Internet-use disorder to include more than just gaming addictions, which could expand the age group of those affected by the illness.

”With kids, gaming is an obvious issue. But overall, technology use could be a potential problem,” Director of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre Mike Kyrios told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia was one of the first countries to recognize the problem and offer public treatment, and established clinics to treat video game addiction.

That such widely used technologies can cause deep harm to children has lead to further examinations of adults habits surrounding devices used 24/7 for reading, gaming, and social interactions.
When addiction borders on insanity

Addiction to online games is not a new phenomenon, with some cases grabbing international headlines over the past few years.

In a 2009 incident, 17-year-old Daniel Petric of Ohio shot his mother and injured his father after they confiscated his Halo 3 videogame because they feared he was playing it too much.

Chris Staniforth, 20, suffered a blockage to his lungs and died while playing his Xbox for up to 12 hours in 2011.

A year later, another gaming addict died after playing an online videogame for 40 hours straight at an Internet café in Taiwan.

Similar behavior has also been exhibited by adults: A Korean couple was arrested in 2010 after their infant daughter starved to death while the pair played an online game for hours. The videogame the two were playing involved raising a virtual baby.

taken from RT.com via virtualnews.Association of Virtual Worlds.com .

i just found a quote from Chaucer (1343 – 25 October 1400)

“people can die of mere imagination”

so perhaps this is not a new phenomenon. I spent seven years as a drug and alcohol counselor with the London Probation Service. Alcohol is a drug but in those days was seen as different but it isn’t. With these addictions there is a strong physical element, physical damage is present. However the behavioural consequences are the ones that cause most trouble to self and others. I am online 24/7 and an observer might classify me as being addicted. I am a member, as you might know, of second life, a cybercommunity. Can a behaviour be addictive? Well obsessive compulsive disorder is addictive behaviour. It causes physical and social harm. I spent a year training as a behavioural psychotherapist.

You can see the Criteria of Dependence Here

The Criteria for Addiction can be found here

Substance abuse, as defined by the DSM-IV, involves a maladaptive pattern of substance use resulting in significant negative physical, social, interpersonal or legal consequences. Unlike substance dependence, the criteria for abuse do not include tolerance, withdrawal or a pattern of compulsive or uncontrolled use.

“Internet Addiction ” will be a disorder of behaviour. It will be characterised by a lack of looking after the persons basic human needs, e.g. eating sleeping etc. Does it include isolation? Perhaps. Is lack of socialisation a necessary component?. Perhaps. However I know from my experiences with second life socialisation is more than adequately catered for. I also socialise using Skype.  Therefore being online 24/7 would not be the only criteria for harmful use. My environment does not lend itself to “real” social interaction. In fact it would be detrimental to my well being.  However social interaction in the real world may be considered. As with any “substance” perhaps the use to which it is put can determine harm.  Thats a can of worms in itself given the diversity of the Internet.

Is Second Life addictive?  Firstly for all the people i have met, in the circles i inhabit, sl is not a game. it has been described as a cybercommunity and a virtual world. It operates 24/7. One way of looking at addiction is that it has a “must” compulsion. There is no choice. I have a choice whether or not to use sl. Wiki says:

Internet addiction disorder (IAD), or, more broadly, Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use, is excessive computer use that interferes with daily life.[1] These terms avoid the term addiction and are not limited to any single cause.

IAD was originally proposed as a disorder in a satiricalhoax by Ivan Goldberg, M.D., in 1995.[2] He took pathological gambling as diagnosed by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as his model for the description[3] of IAD. It is not, however, included in the current DSM as of 2009. IAD receives coverage in the press, and possible future classification as a psychological disorder continues to be debated and researched in the psychiatric community.

Online activities which, if done in person, would normally be considered troublesome, such as compulsive gambling, or shopping, are sometimes called net compulsions.[4] Other habits such as reading, playing computer games, or watching a staggering amount of internet videos or movies are all troubling only to the extent that these activities interfere with normal life. Supporters of disorder classification often divide IAD into subtypes by activity, such as excessive, overwhelming, or inappropriate pornography use,[5]gaming,[6] online social networking, blogging,[7] email,[8] or Internet shopping.[9] Opponents note that compulsive behaviors may not themselves be addictive.[10]

but what is “normal” life in the 21st century? Checking email? Social Networking?  The following is worth reading:

 

Doctors have no problem treating disorders that don’t officially exist, including Internet addiction, one of those non-existent disorders that nonetheless actually has clinics devoted to its “treatment.”

“But Dr. Grohol,” you might protest, “How can you say that? There’s been years worth of research showing Internet disorder does exist!”

And usually, I’d be on-board with you if that research actually was good research — well-designed, without circular-logic reasoning and sampling issues. But Internet addiction is a perfect example of a fad disorder brought about by its connection to the world’s most popular communications and social network, the Internet. And by an inherent misunderstanding of its use by adults (but not by the generations of children, teens, and young adults now growing up with it as a standard part of their communications repertoire).

But as I’ve been pointing out since its inception in 1996, “Internet addiction” has poor evidence because most of the research done into it has been equally as poor. And now Byun and his colleagues (2008) have shown that to be true in a meta-analysis of research done on “Internet addiction” since 1996:

The analysis showed that previous studies have utilized inconsistent criteria to define Internet addicts, applied recruiting methods that may cause serious sampling bias, and examined data using primarily exploratory rather than confirmatory data analysis techniques to investigate the degree of association rather than causal relationships among variables.

Sound familiar? Indeed, the lack of agreement of a definition of the disorder (or a single, reliable test to measure it, as the researchers point out) combined with serious sampling issues in virtually every study conducted means we have little consensus about whether such a thing even exists.

But fear not, we wouldn’t want those Internet addiction clinics to go under or researchers who’ve staked a significant part of their careers on this “disorder” to suddenly find their pat university job at risk…

The new study offers suggestions for future research:

We found that previous studies on Internet addiction were primarily concerned with the antecedents of Internet addiction and with identifying features in participants that made an individual more susceptible to becoming an Internet addict.

However, the development of the concept, due to its complex nature, requires more systematic empirical and theory-based academic research to arrive at a more standardized approach to measurement. The use of representative samples and data collection methods that minimize sampling bias is highly recommended. Further, implementation of analyses methods that can test causal relationships, rather than merely examining the degree of associations, are recommended so that antecedents and consequences of Internet addiction can be clearly differentiated.

What’s happening today and some people’s reaction to the Internet is neither new nor unique — it’s as old as technology itself (starting with the printing press). It’s an overreaction to suggest that the Internet is somehow different than what’s come before, as history tells us otherwise. Every new technology unleashed on society from the 1800s on was thought to be the end of civilized society — the paperback book, the telephone, the automobile, the motion picture, television, and finally video games. And now, the Internet is the latest in a long line of demons society would like to blame for some of its problems.

I don’t deny that some small subset of people have behavioral problems with learning how to integrate using parts of the Internet into their everyday lives. But people have similar problems with work, the television, and many other things in life, and we can still treat them without demonizing (and labeling) the conduit that brings a person new entertainment, information, or enjoyment.

Makes sense to me.

Many people are online 24/7 or close to it, who are not mentally ill. The definition when it is arrived at will have to be carefully formulated. Being online for long periods is a feature of 21st Century Networks in 2013.

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My Second Life

It was in April 2012 that I got the all clear about cancer. I rejoined second life on 14th June 2012 after an absence of 3 years. On the 4th November 2012 I registered IrishSecure.com again. On the 12th of December I set up the hosting company around IrishSecure. I wrote a paper on Cyberculture that the few that have seen it, well,  it has been well received and thought to have original ideas. My goal is to get or rather help move second life into the world wide web.

I see no reason why clubs should not have a domain where they can put up advertisements, events and schedules. DJs could like wise have their own sites. Is this difficult? No it takes 10 minutes. Does having a web site take up a lot of time. No it does not its a piece of cake. What are the advantages? With a simple link you can tell your clients exactly what is going on day to day as well as announce special events. It will also serve to drive those new to second life to your venue. I can be of great assistance. AND I will do it for a donation. The strange thing is second life  users seem scared to go onto the world wide web. Why? I dunno. I have gone as far as taking the piss. I believe everyone should have an internet address, just as you would in rl. I believe every group or organisation or club or professional should have a web address. The first question I will ask is : “Why not?”

I have two clients covering 4 domains. The last domain I registered number 45 was fuckim64.com on my 64th birthday. When I was 61 / 62 I did not think I would reach 64. Therefore is is with some amazement that I reached 64. Nor did I think I would become a Domain Registrar again. Yet here I am at 64 with my domains. Here is a video of the domains I have registered, its a bit long 19 minutes but the music is great and can be watched full screen. The music is great.

 


All in all things are looking bright tho I think much work has to be done. I have not made a dent in second life. I have not made serious effort only feelers. I have become a host in Junkyard Blues and this is going well. I failed miserably with Sideroads.

As to personal domains the research I have done still points to this being a good idea.

8 Reasons Why Having a Personal Domain Name is Essential

  1. Search Engine Rankings
    With the world of the web run by Google, Yahoo and Bing, having your own domain automatically places you higher in search engines for your name and in many cases on the first page. Assuming you can secure yourname.com. If you can’t secure a .com, than try .me, .tv, or .info. If you have a common name, then get a name that references your profession like www.merrillmarketer.com or www.digitalmerrill.com. One more reason to secure it now before someone else does.
  2. Professionalism
    Having your own domain name and email address provides a higher level of professionalism and trust. If you have your own domain name vs. some long hotmail.com address it instills a higher level of integrity. If you are in marketing or tech it also shows you understand branding and technology and the value of SEO
  3. Brand Recognition and Recall
    How much easier is it to remember yourname@yourname.com than Joe356TX@aol.com. More importantly, every email you send is your name. If folks can recall your name when they think of a need they have, you are more likely to get a referral or a sale.
  4. Same Email Address Forever
    This one is a no brainer. As I mentioned above, you can now keep your email forever even if you change your ISP or hosting provider. Your domain stays with you as long as you pay the hosting fee every year.  The other added benefit is that jobs may come and go, but your personal email address will always be the same.
  5. Security
    Even if you don’t plan to do anything with the domain other than redirect it to your LinkedIn profile, secure it so no one else can. Especially if that person could be some worthless celebrity, convict or questionable politician. Remember, very few folks look past page one on Google.
  6. Advertisement Free Emails
    The best thing about having your own domain and email address is you don’t spam your friends with ads with every email you send
  7. Your Homebase on the Internet
    If you ever decide to start you own blog or consulting business, you will have a URL you can immediately point your blog to and start promoting.  Your blog becomes the hub of all of your social sites and drives everyone back to content you own forever. Don’t forget to of course back it up.
  8. Just Google Me – Similar to number one, wouldn’t you love to tell folks to “Just Google Me”. Crowd sourced

Of Course I have PhilipFinlayBryan.com

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Freebies and domains

 

(all links are in bold and open a new window) Its funny I spent a few posts warning you about freebies now I am giving you some. Firstly let me give you a Freebie. If you need to capture ANY image on your computer screem then get 4Shared Shot it is awesome. You can capture anything on your screen. It sits in your task bar tray. Another great facility is Zoom.it You can have any image on the net and zoomify it.

 

Look at this!Just get the url of the image, copy it then paste it into http://zoom.it. Get the embed code and paste it into your web site or blog. If you want Deep Zoom composer the free program is here! You will probably need a windows ID. You can see it in action here
One thing I love about wordpress is the free themes and plugins. Most things on the Internet are free BUT as I have said before Domains are NOT free NOR IS HOSTING. So UseMe.biz.

Free Graphics program that I use a lot is Expression Design and I use Expression Web for editing html. Both great programs and free from Microsoft .

I don’t know what anti virus program you use but Microsoft Security Essentials which is free, is excellent.  . In four years I have had no virus.

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Here is a list of my Domains. At €10 a year why not? 21st Century Networks,( 2stcn a short form for convenience), is the global site for my domains. Avatar Creations is to provide a professional service for business and academics using Second Life, a 3D Immersive cybercommunity. Family Blogs does what it says, every family should have a blog. with a colleague we run two radio stations. Freedom Radio is in process. Most of the cyber domains do what they say on the box. Dude Starship is my avatar.

Hosting and domain registration, sub domains are 2ndlife, Irish Secure,nhys.biz (wix), secondlifehosting.com (wixx) ImACoolChick, and my virtual space. mygf and mybf are for those who want a sub domain eg wynter.mygf.biz, dude.mybf.biz

My Blues sites are still in the embryo stage, I have yet to contact the DJs and the hosts to get their take on the blues in second life. I’ll put them up on secondlifeblues.com. I think it will be really interesting.

i have hyperconnectivity.me and familyblogs.me to add to the mix.

Dunno, pjfbncyl, this blog, omgg, oknp, jnanabodhi (my Buddhist site), onlymoi, are all personal domains. Registering domains is my hobby. As I have my own hosting company it costs nothin to host. I generally put up a front page then a blog in a sub directory. omgg.net took 20 minutes to do the front page and about 2 hours to do blog.omgg.net i love 4 lette domains that have a meaning. omgg has loads:

  • oh my good god
  • oh my golly gosh
  • oh my gossip girl
  • oh my gay god (?)
  • oh my goodness gracious
  • extra emphasis for omg

I have a passion for creating web sites and blogs. If you want this animation and tune you can download the zip file here by right clicking and save link

You may have noticed I also love making videos. My youtube channei is youtube.com/philipjamesbryan I also have another video site TechnologyIsMe.blip.tv

 

IF YOU NEED ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE then be cautious. I run Microsoft Security Essentials I find other anti virus software a pain. This is free and is designed by microsoft for microsoft operating systems. Makes sense to me.

I use free web sites to test, advertise and to see what they can do. I have :

  • Webnode : I like webnode it uses a nice interface. If you want to practice go for it. Here is a site I made BUT if your reguster with them YOU DO NOT GET CPANEL (control panel) So you are severly limited with what you can do. Great for practice no good for permanent.
  • Weebly : Uses the same modular sustem as Webnode . It works well and I have an advertising site there. You can view it here but I haven’t finished yet. Been getting 3 emails a day asking me to upgrade. No htank you. No control panel only the modules.
  • Wix : I love theinterface its html 5 far superior to the others. I bought two templates I liked it so much. http://secondlifehosting.com BUT AGAIN NO control panel. I registerd that domain so I could use the template for http://2ndlife.biz it is a mirror BUT I have control panel with 2ndlife.biz with unlimited emails, sub domains etc etc.
  • WordPress will offer to host your domain however if it does you do not get s self hosted site with plugins. You are limited. I registered two so i could get the dot me addresses eCollege.me and hyperconnectivity.me its expensive too.

These sites are all well and good but they end up producing the same kind of web site. Always ask can I create sub domains and the important one EMAILS! You want to have full control over them. The sites above are a blog. REMEMBER A DOMAIN IS FOR A LONG TIME NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS ………hardy har har but you get my drift.

The Internet is not static. However you can be sure the generic top level domains, dot com, biz, info, net amd org are not going away. We have seen a major revolution in the programming language of the web, html5. I want a control panel to CONTROL my domain. I do not want someone else to control it. I want to control emails too.

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You Can get a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 2 Here when you create an Adobe account.

Thats about it you should be OK for now. You should get a Domain shouldn’t you?

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Virtual Classrooms

I am desperate to teach. One way will be to have a virtual classroom in second life. I found such a classroom in my wanderings. AND found a whole world of teaching at Texas State. Here is the classroom I found Set up by the look of it as a Primary School Classroom. ,> you can watch it better on this page< Or watch it here:

But Then Dear Readers I returned a bit later to the classroom and found a techy working there.  We chatted and they will be using the classroom for teacher training. Another opportunity for Avatar Creations perhaps. However I got a link to a great project they had going in 2011.

Heres An Explanation of it. :>

My next step is to visit.
Unfortunately the cones appear to be inactive. Could be my viewer and / or might need a plugin.

HOWEVER as you can see from the first video Second Life has a great academic role to play. The construction of the virtual classroom using modern techniques and make for a truly realistic environment. What I plan is a feature not seemingly explored that of facilitating DISTANCE LEARNING. Watch this space

 

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Are you naked or are you wearing mesh?

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It came as a shock to me when I discovered what I was seeing on screen was not what others were seeing. I just don’t mean mesh. Not everyone is running at 1920 x 1080 most are on a laptop it seems. Then in the viewer you have settings from low through mid and high up to ultra with shadows. On top of this we have draw distance which will determine the background. In my circle these days nearly all can see mesh but this was not the case three months ago. It struck me that one of the reasons I made videos (311 on YouTube) was because I wanted everyone to see what I was seeing in Glorious Wide Screen Technicolor® . Before we look at individual implications let us note something. Soul Mods. Given the vast area of accoutrements and textures available in second life one would be hard pressed to find lino. When I first visited Soul Mods and saw wine bottles on the dance floor I thought they were temporary. I also noticed less than half the available space was being used. It was cramped. BUT mes amies in the real world is not your favourite club a bit down at heels? a bit cramped BUT where you feel at home? If Soul Mods had a makeover that burn in the bar stool that you have picked at when you are feeling a bit down would be gone. BUT its not just familiarity it is Atmosphere. Buy that in Market Place. Capture that on video. Well maybe.

So : What is onscreen is not real, it is highly dependent on your equipment. Environment whether pleasing or not is mitigated by an intangible atmosphere. How then do I find you “pleasing” or them “agreeable”. So far I have been approached by women with the favourite pick up line “I love your profile” or “What an interesting profile” and I admit to doing it myself. However there have been numerous instances where after an hour or even several I have remarked “I must look at your profile”. The killer ap is Social Interaction. It has to be.

“yes darling, undo the hooks at the back. Now feel my soft silk panties around my suspender belt…….” so says the 50 something fat blowsy housewife, in curlers, dressed in housecoat and slippers, fag hanging out of her mouth, frying chips, giving phone sex.

Reality is what I imagine it to be. On a physical level “Look at that Jade necklace” I am colour blind with shades of green. If I am in a bad mood a smile is seen as a grimace, a good mood the child that drops ice cream on my trousers “a scallywag” . In second life as in real life we have two personae. One public one private. Then we have Seren my nemesis bete noir and mentor. her public face in second life does not equate with her public face in real life. So I’m fucked. Or am I? Put Madame Haven down in somewhere like a real Soul Mods with her mates and she would act EXACTLY the same.

Behaviour is dependent on the environment which is ultimately dependent on social interaction. AND how I perceive it. I think the perception thingy goes a bit further in second life. You may be a half naked blob but above your head it says “Dude”.

Call me, lets have phone sex (cough cough)

P.S. Here is my updated PDF on Cyberculture

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Avatar Creations

a Post From Avatar Creations dot net :>

dusterdudegifSome see Second Life as a game. It isn’t. It is a 3D world that you experience as an Avatar. Wiki says:

In Hinduism, an avatar/ˈævətɑr/ (Hindustani: [əʋt̪aːr], from Sanskritअवतारavatāra “descent”) is a deliberate descent of a deity to earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being (i.e., Vishnu for Vaishnavites), and is mostly translated into English as “incarnation”, but more accurately as “appearance” or “manifestation”.

claraYour avatar is your representation descended down to the 3D cybercommunity of second life. You have or can have god like powers. You can create your own realm or join with others in theirs. You are as tall or as short, fat or thin as you like. I am of average build and 7ft 6ins tall (228cms) One of my favourite cybercommunities in second life is that of the blues community. I was in Junkyard Blues Club and we were talking about sailing. The realm or sim is based in The Gulf of Mexico. With a wave of my hand I manifested or rezzed a beautiful fully equipped 60ft yacht and invited 6 people to come sailing with me. I can raise sails including a spinnaker control the wind and sail around the 13 sims. [there is a video below, sailing on a 200 sim ocean. Remember I am seven and a half feet tall, for scale purposes.] Quite god like. I also have the ability to create peacocks any number anywhere it is allowed by the locale. I have two on my island. Pippi and Clara. The animations like many in second life are created using motion capture of the real thing. Quite god like. When the Greek gods visited the world they were of pleasing countenance. As was Krishna. If you are a professional in second life you will need a “pleasing countenance” to be taken seriously. A new avatar with jerky movements and inept mannerisms will not be accepted. The cost to you is small compared to the advantages. Second life is expanding more and more into teaching and into professional role playing. There appear to be some cognitive benefits too. This is being explored. It is free to join, so please join us for an enriching professional experience.

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