All good things need an update and sex-starved monkey clicks

Ok – couldn’t resist the click-bait.  There has been a great deal of it lately. (grins)  There has been alot said about this and that and the status of SL. Am not gonna touch that.

BUT – I do want to talk about Linden Village and the neglect and lack of general upkeep i found there.

Lets start with the parcel called “RL Education in Second Life,” the parcel description says “Resources for real-life educators and real-life education in SL. Instructional videos, public meeting area, and a planetarium!” SERIOUSLY.  Lets move with the times people. This place hasn’t changed in the almost 9 years I have been a resident.  I right clicked on some objects and they were made by Philip Linden. Come now Ebbe – set the moles to work on sprucing this place up. We know that they can make stuff and make it look good – this parcel is in desperate need of updating.

the ancient center of learning at waterhead
the ancient center of learning at waterhead

Whats I found most distressing here is there is a spot to learning the basics (for the older residents – think a VERY compact orientation island).  If this is being used as a spot to entice educators, please oh please update to more current information. Case in point, basic avatars.

words fail me on this one.
words fail me on this one.

Where oh where is Torley when you need him.  Aren’t the basic avatars now mesh – wait – isn’t that the daughter of RUTH?

OK serious – i just found out how long its been since an update here 2006.  I got a notecard of opportunities for educators and it had a line in it – Here’s a sample of what educators are doing in Second Life this Spring 2006 semester.

In the next paragraph it talks about your own virtual classroom/island.  It lists what I am assuming is VERY old pricing and to contact pathfinder@lindenlab.com.  How long as pathfinder been gone from “the lab?”

Wait this is special – I found an old spinning on-line indicator for pathfinder

really - seriously
really – seriously

The intention of the parcel is good – but seriously needs a rethink.  There are some nice places to sit and chat – and a planetarium that needs and updating.

More to come – i just realized that the back of what i am seeing in the first picture is the Linden in world office.  And after that we explore the NWN in world location.

Happy trails.

Its time to kill copybot. LL needs to protect IP rights of residents

OK – enough is enough.  Linden Labs you need to kill copybot scripts.  They serve no legal legitimate purpose in SL.  They only allow thieves and crooks to steal copies of non-copyable items and mass produce them.  This is a major problem in breedables in SL.

Daily a user gets AR by users and reports are filed by the IP owners.  AND still that person is in SL and making illegal copies and stealing money from residents. There are currently multiple CRIMINALS being reported to you and their handywork is popping up on the grid daily.  There are still users on the grid who made copybot breedables well over a year ago.

Its time to ban these criminals.  Its time for you to reach in to the asset servers and pull every last bit of assets that these CRIMINALS havc created off the grid and delete their accounts.

Here is a picture of the latest copybot example found this morning. You can clearly see they attempted to spoof the name of the actual creator of the breedable Amaretto K9s and not the horses.  The person showing as owner of the horse has been copybotting for quite sometime.  Efforts are being made to inform all breedable sim owners to ban this person and their items. BUT its hard to ban the person/items when they can easily be passed to an alt as well.

Ebbe – it’s time for you and your team to step up and do the right thing for the grid economy.  This is criminal activity happening on your platform.  It isn’t just a bad resident to resident transaction. IT’S CRIMINAL and you have the ability to make it right – we know you do.

copybot example

 

Hiding in Plain Sight!

I had an interesting conversation today with a co-worker about hiding in plain sight. He and two others were hanging out sitting by a window ledge, pretending to look busy assuming if they looked busy no one would notice them.  This led to the comment that they were hiding in plain sight.

I got to thinking about that notion. Hiding in plain sight is all about blending in. Going unnoticed being unobtrusive.  I used to be one who is all for that.   That changed when I hit a certain age and experience level.  I will admit I have gotten outside the standard demographic that most shows, games, movies, etc try to target, 25-44.   That is when I realized I have the right to express myself. I have experience, history, and knowledge.  I am my own person and I have a viewpoint. I understand recent history.  I know what Camelot means in reference to JFK. Hell for that matter I know who JFK was.  I understand sacrifice and service to others.

I have conviction and character. I have empathy and caring. I do what I believe is right and fair and of benefit to a the most people.  <Geek alert>  I am a true believer in “The Needs of the Many outweigh the needs of the few.”

In this increasingly digital world, it is hard to hide in plain sight.  I have chosen to make my avatar my public side at this point in time due to personal security issues. (I googled my avatar and my RL self once, my avatar is much more interesting – LOL) My avatar is the person I would be if I could on the visual side.  The character of my avatar is the same as my RL.  The biggest change I made with my avatar was to get an older skin and and hair and not pretend to be a 20 something.

There are a few people in SL who know my real name and how to contact me. These few people who know how to contact me also know and understand my personal security issues. But in general, I have been in SL for 8 years and prefer to keep my SL and RL separate as possible. I don’t completely hide behind my avatar.  But in issues relating to Second Life I use this avatar and this blog as my voice.

But now to get back to the original premise Hiding in Plain Sight.  The idea of hiding in plain sight in SL is an interesting idea.  There are many ways to accomplish this, chief among them is to main a stable of alts.  I can understand having an alt.  I will admit that I have 4, three of them work in my store.  Once is my banker. There has been a great deal of talk in the SL blogosphere about who is an alt, who isn’t an alt, and who uses alts to fuck people over.

Hiding behind an alt to do evil things is like hiding in plain sight.  In my mind it is evil, shows no conviction and a great lack of character.  Not taking ownership of vile, blatantly dishonest hateful vitriol shows lack of conviction and character. Playing on an alt to mess with someone shows a great lack of character. Hiding behind an alt to do evil while you pretend to show sympathy and understanding to someone just to gain their trust and to mess with them.  DEFINITE lack of character.

I have been wanting to get this off my chest for some time.  There its done and over.

There it is 600 words.

Petr

 

 

7 years and they still haven’t fixed it

Keeping a world like Second Life running has got to be a mind boggling task.  I have appreciation for the behind the scenes skills and work the the Lindens do.

But seriously folks 7 years to fix a problem. SERIOUSLY?

OK Background:  I am a “bouncer” in a club group.  This past Sunday we had to put up with some idiot spamming the chat selling land.  He was ejected.  But because the chat was still open he was able to keep spamming the group.  And from what I heard was doing it in several groups.  I think it was a bot but not sure.

So this lead to a long conversation about idiots in group. If it wasn’t a bot he definitely learned real quick what we thought of him. So later that day – I decided to drop some tweets on @SecondLife @SupportLinden and Ebbe Linden.  I sent 2 tweets.  Can’t seem to find the 2nd one but here is the first.

tweetwithebbeSo much to my surprise, well not really Ebbe Linden is really good at getting back to people (well has been with me anyway) :).

So last night I filled in the Report Bug thing he asked. GAWD I hate that JIRA thingy.  Well thats another story.

So anyway much to my surprise there were three responses on the JIRA

jira activitySo a suggested work around was posted.  That’s cool.  Will keep that in mind next time.  What got me though was today Maestro Linden closed it because its a known issue and duplicates a JIRA already open.  It was really nice of him to include the link.

original JIRAOK there are 3 interesting things to see on this image – look at the top on the left – its number is 32.  First sign that its been around for some time, next thing you should notice is the created date on the right – the 28th of February 2007 and just below it last triaged 14th of Feb 2011.  SERIOUSLY.

If you are inclined to vote on JIRA topics please vote on this one.  I seriously can not believe this has been a known issue for so long and its not fixed.  The last time any conversation was on the issue was in 2012.  This is one of the reasons I gave up on JIRA.  It seemed that things never got fixed. So why bother filling out the form. To only need lots of votes on it for it to get any attention.

So LL – fix this please at the same time you fix the LAG issue in group chats.  Yeah – that’s still here.

Thats all for now.

 

Goodbye Facebook

Today – after 5 years of use, Facebook decided that my account there violated their TOS. Because I appeared to be a fake person.

During the last big purge I managed to survive by putting my cell phone number in my profile. Well I think that’s how i survived.

One of two things happened this time.

First – my luck just ran out and they just caught up to me and realized hey we are not making any money off this one cause he appears not to be real and we can’t sell any data on him.

or

Second – some dickwad turned me in.

I am leaning towards the Second and I will tell you why.  I talk to alot of people that I trust their judgement and information and alot who I listen to and make my own judgement.  I was telling someone today about what happened.  They told me about a sad pathetic soul that they believe has been turning everyone in for nudity (real or otherwise) and reporting accounts. I couldn’t get my source to tell me who it was. But my source did tell me that this person is relatively well known in the community and is on everyone’s list.

Well if it is the second option.  I hope they are happy.

I am moving back to posting pictures on flickr and going to reacquaint myself with Google+.

 

UPDATE:  I have been told that I got hit in a wave of FB clearing out gaming/fake accounts.  My friend Eddi has an app that tells him when ppl disable/deactivate their accounts.  And there was a large number about the same time I got booted.  I have decided that for personal security reasons I am not going back to Facebook.  They want us to make a page for our avi’s and link them to a RL account so they can sell data mining information.  The “page” doesn’t have the same functionality that the other accounts do.

So be advised you could be next. Back up anything you want to save (cause you won’t get it back) and come join us on Google+.

Have a great day.

Complaint Dept: Now serving #27

I got involved in the election for Second Pride board because I wanted to help better the community. I didn’t get involved with the election or the board to benefit my own ego or reputation.  I got involved to try to benefit the greater good.

The election hurt the community.  Sometimes I think it damaged the community beyond repair.  To a point where its really hard to see a community but rather several cliques joined by a common thread.  I have said in the past.  There is a great deal to be proud of in this community. We all have our own little areas we usually gravitate towards.  There is nothing really different about the SL community as compared to the RL community.

The one thing that is different between SL and RL.  In RL everyone comes together for at least a short period of time to “show off” us to the rest of the world, from Dykes on Bikes to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and everything and everyone in between.

Second Pride isn’t about any one club, any one group, any one clique. It isn’t about those who think they are the movers and shakers of Second Life. Its about all of us.

In November 1969 a group of activists were meeting in Philadelphia and proposed that there be an annual reminder event to commemorate the demonstrations that took place on Christopher Street the summer before in and around the area of the Stonewall Inn.

From the proposal at that meeting ”

That the Annual Reminder, in order to be more relevant, reach a greater number of people, and encompass the ideas and ideals of the larger struggle in which we are engaged-that of our fundamental human rights-be moved both in time and location.

We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.” From the wikipedia page.

I included this quote and highlighted that we need to do good things for the community and the greater good.

There are some hard working people involved with the board this year. Who I believe understand the concept of working for the greater good.

But it becomes hard at times when feathers get ruffled and personal difference arise between individuals.  That turn into LONG held grievances and and anger.

I have been involved with Pride for almost 8 years.  This will be my 8th festival I believe. Over the years my level of involvement has varied. But as I said this year I wanted to get involved because I saw a need to improve the direction that was being taken.

The “Second Pride” board is made up of all volunteers.  No one gets paid and I truly believe that they are all involved for furthering the greater good.  We have all made a goal to reach out to folks or groups who participated in the past and to groups and individuals who have never participated in an attempt to strengthen the community.

Its hard to please everyone all the time.  The SL “community” is not homogenous just like the RL community isn’t.  Its going to be hard to please everyone all the time.  The board that was first elected appeared quite homogenous to start.  This cause alot of anger to be hurled that it was going to become a bear group.  (just rolled my eyes).  Due to circumstances that have arisen, there has been a great deal of shuffling and new people come on board.  This board right now is the most diverse group that I can remember every sitting together.

With that said, we all have our own interests and contacts. so we have been actively trying to include “entertainers” that have worked with us in the past.  Its good to expose membership to new things and new people.  That is why the majority of the DJ’s at the Valentine event were people who had never played at a Pride event.  A great opportunity for them to get some exposure.

I get complaints in my IM box.  It goes with the territory.  I listen to what folks have to say.  Try to sort out how to make things better.  Usually I end the conversation with suggesting that they come by a Pride meeting.  And thats where the complaint ends.

And finally.  I get it I really do.  I understand people have issues with past members of the board. BUT I am not going to apologize for anything that individuals who were involved with the board in the past may have done.  All I or any member of the current board can do is try to make things better moving forward.

So to finish up – the invitation is there, come join us for a meeting.  We would love to see you.  Its time to buck up and move forward.  If you have issues with members of previous boards.  I suggest you take it up directly with them and don’t continue to blame the organization years after it happened.

Checking Yourself

The past 6 months have been interesting for many good and many not so good reasons. There have been some highs and lows for us but that is old news and its time to look forward.  Its time to step up for the greater good.  Its time to put petty personal issues aside and ask what can I do to make this a better place.

What we do in Second Life and how we represent transcends itself to RL and vice versa. Its time to ask what can I do to make things better for someone else.

I go through ups and downs of liking and not liking Facebook.  But on occasion there are some VERY interesting items pass through my timeline that make me stop and go “hmmmm.”  Most recently was a post by Dan Savage on The Stranger about homophobia in Ireland. Can be found here if you haven’t seen it.  It brought me to a beautiful and eloquent speech by Panti Bliss, who according to her wikipedia page is Ireland’s foremost drag queen.  Please take the time to read Dan Savage’s piece, it lays out the background of what Panti is referring to in this video.

As Dan said few people in North America had ever heard of Panti until now. I have spent the past few days learning more about her.  What she said in this speech hit home with me on many levels. And it carried a great deal of meaning for me both for my SL and my RL.

Homophobia runs deep in everyone’s life.  In and out of our community.  There is strong hate and dislike for certain members of our community from within the greater community.  This is for me a really sad state of affairs.  One thing that Panti said, ” I do, it is true, believe that almost all of you are probably homophobes. But I’m a homophobe. It would be incredible if we weren’t. To grow up in a society that is overwhelmingly homophobic and to escape unscathed would be miraculous. So I don’t hate you because you are homophobic. I actually admire you. I admire you because most of you are only a bit homophobic. Which all things considered is pretty good going.

But I do sometimes hate myself. I hate myself because I fucking check myself while standing at pedestrian crossings. And sometimes I hate you for doing that to me.”

I keep my head held high.  I have overcome alot and am at a comfortable place in my life.  I have learned to appreciate others and the diversity around me.  I respect your opinion, I might not necessariy agree with it, but it is your oninion and you are entitled to it.

In my research of Panti, i came across this video shot last year at 30th anniversary of Dublin Pride.  She present wonderful remarks to open the event and brings into perspective the difference a community can have and how we can work around those difference for the greater good.

Pride in RL and Pride in SL is more than who has the pretty group, who throws the biggest parties, who throws the most L’s at the sploders.  In fact there is a great deal more to the community than dance clubs and cruising for sex.  Because alot of those who seek to alienate and hate us think thats all we do.  There are many talented creators in the SL community and for a good number of them they are  creators in the RL community as well

There are many life issues that should scare the hell out of you that affects the community as a whole. As Panti said in the first video, “Have you ever turned on the computer and seen videos of people just like you in far away countries, and countries not far away at all, being beaten and imprisoned and tortured and murdered because they are just like you?”

Please consider this an open call to everyone, Step Up, Step out and lets move forward.

Thank you for reading.

Mesh – Standard Sizings – Demos (teeny tiny rant)

I love mesh clothes.  I hate standard sizing.  I finally figured out that I am just off being a Large in standard sizing.  But there is so much variation in mesh.  In some stores I am XL, there is even one store I am a Medium.

Please oh Please, if you are going to deviate from the so-called standard sizings – YOU HAVE TO PUT OUT DEMOS.  Oh hell if you are going to make and sell mesh – just put out the damn demos.

I went shopping at Second Pride in a shop of a very well known SL designer.  Found a great outfit.  Mesh leather pants.  She did not put out a demo.  If she had I wouldn’t have bought.  The pants were IMHO poorly cut and for a large man I DO NOT have pencil thin legs.or saddlebags coming off my ass to fill that big space you left back there.

That is all.

Summer of Discontent

The more I think about it, the more I wonder why I continue to maintain my FB account.  The primary reason I do is to easily keep in contact with my SL love Tasty Hastings, or as he has to be known on FB Tastee.

The recent rash of photo reporting is really disconcerting.  I have found that most photos are reported by friends of friends.  If ya don’t like what your friend sees I think you can set your perms to avoid that.  I dunno, I don’t bother, I look at it this way, if you are on my friends list and you see things that come through my FB and you don’t like it, you are free to change your settings or drop me.

I stopped posting most shots directly to FB just because of that reason.  The only shots that appear now are random paparazzi/stalker shots, right Daddy Floyd. I also post silly pics from Bitstrips.

If you want to see more of images I take in Second Life or portraits, please stop by my Flickr stream.

I will often cross post images but not direct now.  This has come to pass because of the rash of reportings I have been hearing about and especially those images reported that were posted by Benjamin Glendale. The talent that this man brings forth in the variety and scope of his images is truly remarkable.  I am pleased to call him a friend and look forward to seeing each new work.

To the person reporting Benjamin’s images, lay off, get a life, move on.  Its not like you were caught off guard when you might have been looking at FB in a public place or at work when you were not supposed to.  You searched and perused his photo collection to search out things that offended your morality or lack thereof.

Ok – back to your regularly scheduled Sunday.

Breedable Expo 2013 (delayed rant coming up)

As most of you might know I dabble in some breedables inworld. That drew me to the Breedables Expo at the Home and Garden Show 2013.

Show and event organizers in SL have a really tough job.  And when the show is a fundraiser for a charity that I support I will turn out.  This show is an annual fundraiser for RFL.  This show brings together what appears to be everyone in the breedables community.  The displays are fun and its really cool to see all the neat stuff folks do.  There are some wonderful items in the Breedables Expo.

There are a couple of fun events during the event.  One is a One of A kind silent auction.  Several of the creative teams have come up with unique OOAK items that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The second event is supposed to be fun.  Its a hunt.  We are all familiar with them.  You get a starting point with a clue and move through all of the locations.

However this hunt is a little different. Its a pirate theme (very random if you ask me). So you have to start with Pirate Pete he gives you a clue and then you go find the prize and then you have to go back to him to get the next clue.  This is sort of a pain in the ass.  We have made 2 attempts at doing this hunt. Both times, VERY laggy and at least one of the sims was down for an extended period of time.

For example tonite we went to Pirate Pete to get the clue we left off with from yesterday.  Pirate Pete is on sim 1.  The clue sent us to sim 2.  WELL, next to impossible to get there.  We tried as much as 6 times to tp out of the starting point and kept crashing.  We finally decided to walk out on the street and fly to the next sim.  Didn’t work either.  Crossed the sim border and just kept flying.  Crash number 7, tried again Crash 8.  We went home had a consult and turned down all our settings to the minimum.  Went back and Lo and Behold sim 2 has crashed.

WTH – 2 nights in a row we have gotten stuck trying to go there.  There is no doing this out of order, so am at the mercy of sim crashes and restarts.

Just think how much more money you could be making for a very worth cause if things were smoother and less crashy.

All in All – to recap. Nice sims, nice layouts cool displays – OOAK auction great things, wish i could afford to bid.  Hunt – not one of my favorite things (8 crashes in 30 min can make a guy a little pissy), but we will continue because there is one item on the hunt we want. But we will stop after that.  Its just not fun.

OH and one more thing – some of the hunt objects that actually have prizes in them don’t deliver.

Ok that is all back to your regular scheduled whatever.