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Planet Happy

happMost of us – whether we’d admit it or not – have a love-hate relationship with sl. There are those times when we’d happily proclaim the virtual life to be far better than the one on the other side of the screen, whilst there are other times that we’d happily consign sl to the most noxious pits of virtual Hades. On the whole, the good side seems to triumph… or you wouldn’t still be here reading this, would you?

Even so, the way we approach our online life is often extremely polarised – in a world that manages to encompass 16 million colours, in pretty much 3 dimensions, it always surprises me that we seem to appreciate it as only black or white and that we often only see into it only as deeply as the flat screen in front of us.

yin_001When our shoes fail to rez, or we find ourselves waiting impatiently for buildings to form from grey spheres… when the audio stream stutters… when the TP fails, for some reason, rather than treat these as the minor irritations they really are, (and yes, they really are just minor irritations, even if they happen umpteen times in a session), we slide the self-pity control up to 11 and behave as if it’s the end of the world. Our reaction tends towards what would possibly be appropriate if someone was petrol-bombing our granny, when really it should be, ‘Oh dear, i’ve been logged out in the middle of listening to a song that i’ve heard a million times before, whilst surrounded by my friends with whom i’ve spent the last hour talking utter bollox nonsense. i’ll just click this button and log back in…’

When things go wrong we rant and we rave about how Linden Lab couldn’t organise a gangbang in a brothel and how their creaky, cardboard and duct tape viewer is about as much use as a chocolate teapot, blah, blah, blah! And deity forbid that a new feature should ever be introduced that might possibly make our inworld experience better… that’s guaranteed to ruin sl forever!

We lose all sense of perspective – what we never do is consider, for example, how much time we’ve spent in sl in the past week, against how much time it’s gone wrong in that time. Here’s a little equation for you to consider next time you fancy a moan…

x/y * 100 = z
100 – z = H

x = number of hours i’ve been logged in this week 
y = number of hours sl has been borked for me this week
z = permitted proportion of outrage you’re permitted to feel entitled to

So, if i’m logged in for 20 hours this week, and if i add up all the unsatisfactory minutes that sl passes my way in that time… say 30 minutes, tops; my outrage factor is:

0.5/20 * 100 = 2.5

Which brings me to ‘Factor H’ – the Happiness Factor, (also known as ‘Yay! Capacity’), and in this example, Factor H is a massive 97.5 – so, how come it’s always the measly 2.5 micro-measures of outrage that i’ll inevitably dwell on?

i’ll be honest with you, in the past couple of weeks, my inworld experience has been that of living on Planet Happy. Fooling about, taking pictures, exploring and generally having a whale of a time have been the order of the day, and it’s been blooming good fun! Yes indeed, there were crashes, glitches, bake-fails and the occasional lag-induced walking off into the virtual sunset, but i couldn’t actually give squiddly-doodle-squat about any of that nonsense, because on the whole, my Factor H levels were far more important to me! My bucket was full, i knew where my cheese was and my Tao was full of Pooh.

Here’s the thing: sl is no different to rl in many respects – we just think it should be. If you wander round in rl looking for problems, you’re going to find them, surprise, surprise! Worse, the more problems you find, the more they’re going to bog you down and screw you up. Then again, there’s those immensely irritating people who can always find humour in a disaster, beauty in a mass of rubble and sunshine on the crappiest British summer’s day.

Guess which i am.

meta meta life4_001SL will never work properly or perfectly… rl never does, and we’ve had more practice at that! Besides which, it runs on computers, need i say more? So, what’s the point of dwelling on the teeny, weeny crapsicles that occasionally – or even frequently – strew our virtual footpath, when we may as well grin and bear it, and get on with the serious business of simply having fun?

s. x

But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas!
But it’s all right. Im jumpin jack flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin Jack Flash

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Sharing

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

comet

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

cuddlebythepool

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.

einstein

 

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I Sometimes Despair

400 million died because of needless poverty in the last 22 years; 1 in 3 women raped or abused sometime in their lives; 200 million girls missing. [see GodKnows.info. ] Now we have a dog showing  more compassion than humans. We have a two year old girl run down; the van pauses then drives over her with the back wheels; passersby ignore her; traffic ignores her; another truck drives over her legs. THIS IS A TWO YEAR OLD CHILD!!!!!

What can you say? I am practically struck dumb. Future historians will view this period as a dark age. Inequality has never, in the history of humanity, been more blatant. Women, in the history of humanity, have never been more abused. Empathy in the history of humanity has never been more wanting. A street dog has more compassion. The crimes perpetrated by the rich, knowingly demanding an increase in wealth that destroys the poor has never been on such a scale as it is these days. Mens dominance over women, abusing them…oh I can’t go on…

Is anybody out there? Is anybody listening?

The Song Is Nelly Furtado who lives the life On September 27, 2011, Furtado announced during Free the Children‘s We Day Toronto, that she was giving $1,000,000 to Free the Children’s effort to build girls’ schools in the Maasai region of Kenya.

love this song perfect for zen pencils:

What they say what they say what they say

You speak out all you feel is defiance
All you need is some self-reliance
Cause this world is gonna always try us
And all you wanted was to run for cover
Well here’s looking to yourself and no other
We’re all searching for that special something
And we keep on running

We all have the choice to take the lead or follow
I want to feel the light shine on me

You’re so afraid of what people might say
But that’s okay cause you’re only human
You’re so afraid of what people might say
But that’s okay you’ll soon get strong enough
You’re so afraid of what people might say
But that’s okay cause you’re only human
You’re so afraid of what people might say
You’re going to break
So please don’t do it

You wanna spread your wings but you’re not sure
Don’t wanna leave your comforts
Wanna find a cure
We’re afraid of who we see in the mirror
We wanna let go but it feels too pure
Who wants to be alone in this world
You look around and all you see is hurt
But the light it always finds us
If we move with a little trust

A diamond don’t define what shine is
I don’t need a Rolex to know what the time is
You got your let me find what mine is
I’m a survivor look how strong my mind is
I stand on my own it’s all me
Regardless of whatever they call me

I’m a leader not a follower
And I’d rather be paid and popular
Ride homie get your dollars up
We’re in the belly of the beast that already swallowed us

The inspiration for the animation came from the following:

Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was a German activist who is famous for speaking out against the Nazi regime. Scholl was a member of a protest group called The White Rose, which was formed by her brother Hans, and some of his university friends. The group mainly consisted of students in their early twenties who were fed up with the totalitarian rule of the government. The Nazis controlled every aspect of society – the media, police, military, judiciary system, communication system, all levels of education and all cultural and religious institutions. The White Rose distributed leaflets urging their fellow Germans to oppose the regime through non-violent resistance.

On 22nd February 1943, after the release of the sixth White Rose leaflet, Sophie, Hans and fellow member Christoph Probst were arrested by the Gestapo and convicted of treason. They were executed that same day by guillotine. Sophie was 21 years old.

From my mate Shaun Keaveny’s Breakfast show on BBC 6 music :

” The Duchy of Cornwall has issued a statement that their riders are too heavy for their horses.” The Duchy is worth over £400 million. Belonging to The Prince of Wales. 25,000 mainly kids are dying of avoidable poverty every day. These people are too fat are eating far to much to ride their horses. Quit rightly Shaun started taking the piss. THIS IS A Scandal .

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All I know is this: the ravens kiss my mouth,

The veins are tangled here,

The sea is made of blood.

All I know is this: the hands reaching out,

My eyes are closed, my ears are closed.

The sky rejects my scream.

All I know is this: my nostrils drip with dreams,

The hounds lap us up, the fools laugh out,

The clock ticks out the dead.

All I know is this: my feet are sorrow here,

My words are less than lilies,

my words are clotted now

The ravens kiss my mouth.

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Gendercide

Taken from http://GodKnows.info
http://ItsAGirlmovie.com Another crime against Humanity. THE MALE OF THE SPECIES IS PERPETRATING CRIMES THAT ARE HORIFFIC! They are out to keep power by killing females AT BIRTH! IT IS A WAR THAT MUST BE STOPPED> SIGN THE PETITION BY FOLLOWING THE LINK HERE IF YOU DON’T YOU ARE AIDING AND ABETTING THIS HORRIFIC CRIME> MEN RULE THE WORLD ITS ABOUT TIME THEY WERE REMOVED FROM HAVING THE STRANGLE HOLD (LITERALLY) OVER HUMANITY> SIGN THE PETITION LETS TRY AND CHANGE THINGS> N O W !

it’s a Girl Documentary Film

 

itsagirlposterIn India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls(1) are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.
Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.
The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.
Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.
The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.
It’s a Girl is now available for screening events globally. (Learn more about bringing It’s a Girl to your city!)

 


EndGendercideManifesto

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cyber-utopianism

clockwork

It just hasn’t happened. However when was the last time you paid to listen to music? When was the last tine you paid to download music? i have watched all 2013 movies. Those I haven’t been able to stream I have downloaded. [must confess dowloaded Anna Karanina ….thats a keeper] for free. I have a 22 inch flat screen on my oak coffee table. I have a decent computer. At the momet I am working as a supervisor to my host gf and the Dj Larai Dreamcatcher, a blues expert. Her set is 2 hours. There’s me dancing on the left in my Clockwork Orange Tee shirt. i’ll pause there. Read on.

through some research into a professor I cam across Cyber-Utopianism before the Internet a very interesting account. When we reached 2010 o perked up :

In January 2010, a few months after the Iranian uprising, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech, “Remarks on Internet Freedom,” at the Newseum in Washington. “The spread of information networks is forming a new nervous system for our planet,” she told her audience. “When something happens in Haiti or Hunan, the rest of us learn about it in real time—from real people.” Clinton invoked the same emphasis on direct communication—media without mediation—which Shamberg celebrated in video and Sullivan in Twitter, and the same notion of a global mind which McLuhan and Ryan found in Teilhard. ”Now, in many respects, information has never been so free,” Clinton continued, agreeing with countercultural entrepreneur Stewart Brand, who declared in 1984 that “information wants to be free.”Clinton’s optimism was tempered, though. “We must also recognize that these technologies are not an unmitigated blessing,” she continued. “These tools are also being exploited to undermine human progress and political rights.” Beyond that, we should heed Vassi’s warning and recognize the threat that we will be seduced by our tools and their false but persistent promise of revolutionary change without our active political effort. These information technologies can contribute to the success of political movements, but not if their users see them as replacements for political life.

information technology cannot replace political life. I disagree. I am an Electronic Pamphleteer

i commented:

cyber-utopianism has been summed up neatly by an RSA Animate video The Internet in Society dispelling the myth of what is called iPod liberalism that more technology = Democracy as a matter of course. Just as users / bloggers are being vociferous, totalitarian governments are using this information to help entrench themselves futher. In Thailand there is a support the king web site where users are asked to identify and “out” those speaking against the monarchy. Those web sites are then blocked. Its a depressing view. However I still believe that Information is God and that the ability to produce social change is possible via the internet. Perhaps not through protest but through the likes of CollaborativeConsumption (dot) com see TED.com video where capitalism and our current economic system is being undermined by individuals sharing goods and services. Cited in Time Magazines top ten as things that will change the world. I will still blog and tweet my protests because of my age (63) but true change will only occur when we remove the profit motive from western ideology.

Here is the RSA Animate movie

Iranian Twittergate brouaua where Twitter lost lts social integrity as a public -platform.what a shame “another imperialist lackey” Love twitter posted 4500 tweets 1400 followrers. not many but somehing. I have everything mostly on auto using my bots. because…….

i live the life of a cyber-utopian. I have very fast internet 30% faster than average. i do EVERYTHING on line. I work rest and play in cyberspace. After a brush with cancer I don’t go out much. My job is online I register and host gTLDs, design web sites make videos PersonalDomains.net the aim of personal domains is that everyone on the internet should have thier own domain. I do it for cost.I can be paid in any currency then have it transferred to my rl bank to take out cash INSTANTLY. I can be paid for a job and witin 15 minutes later I could be down the pub buynig drinks. 3 days for a cheque to clear. pfftt. I’m on Skypes 24/7 just as I would be in rl with a landline. ALL my facebook friends have access to it.

I am a dad.

I have an online gf, we meet in second life clubs and Skype. My business partner is in Sydney We talk everyday email and exchage files. we collaburate on our main site AvatarCreations.net which does what it says on the box for acadmics and professional people.. ! have “physical” online work as a host in two blues clubs. I have about 15 friends I see regularly 4 or 5m close. My work pays for clothes for my avatar and for my island. I am learning how to manage a blues club.I listen to lectures and meditate in The Buddhist Center. Sometimes I struggle a tad but its a new business and I live on disability

i use the internet,. one night firefox was a bit sluggish. I had 64 tabs open. I read, I design, I make animations and movies (300 and something on youtube). I have news headlines the BBC on tap AND the blogospere. There are no restrictions on my use. Now tou know wht i opened with what I did.

Living the dream mate living the dream

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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?

buddhamedi

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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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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