You’d think that being 125m tall, and armoured, would make you impervious to the stress and strain of everyday life. Surely you should be able to ignore the tiny voices demanding your attention and remain stalwart in the face of minor obstacles. I think this beautiful creature is subject to the same forces as the rest of us.
Ziki Questi↑ led me to the newest exhibit at Per4mance Metales↑; Sleepy Snail↑ by Rebeca Bashly↑. Our heroine is gorgeous, and huge, and hollow. I am none of those things, but I felt a strong kinship with her.
I too seem to be moving very slowly (I won’t say who I blame *cough* Saffia) and, even though I point out I have a great deal of work to do, my 4 legged children and other real life inhabitants are not sympathetic. I’m very short on sleep as well. Playing with my toes at 2:00 am is NOT cute.
So, although there’s no backstory for this installation – I’m convinced I know what’s going on in her head. I had a chat with one of the Sleepy Mollusc’s children and suggested they give her a break. I did not get a positive response – which is pretty much like real life. I did find a place I could hide though – even if they keep nagging, at least I’ll have a great view. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 11, 2013
I can finally share with you some really exciting news. (yay!) For years those of us familiar with Second Life have been promoting not only the wonders of a virtual world built from our imagination, but also the myriad of real world applications that we feel business and government should recognize.
A proof of concept test exercise has just been completed which involved a joint Canadian/American cooperative venture known as NORAD↑.
If you live somewhere other than North America you won’t be familiar with this military organization, so a brief history is probably appropriate. NORAD was formed during the early stages of the Cold War↑ and is one of the remnants of that era’s heightened paranoia.
The principle is very straight forward. It became obvious, to those brilliant minds who worry about things like this, that the most efficient way for the bad guys to bomb the US was to take the shortest route, which was over the North Pole. A line was, therefore, drawn on a map and anything that crossed it looking vaguely threatening would be intercepted by a joint Air Force operation.
This makes perfect sense unless you’re a Canadian. Think about it – those nasty invaders with their big bombs get shot down before they hit the United States. Unfortunately, it means everything that was aiming for the US winds up landing on our soil.
The Cold War might be over – but NORAD is still active. They have one major and very public responsibility at this time of year – they track Santa↑. Not just in our airspace either – they track his journey around the world.
An operation this large, with this much exposure, requires careful planning and testing. This year both Santa Enterprises and NORAD were convinced to use the grid for their shakedown cruise. After all – Second Life not only has thousands of destinations and the variety of weather patterns they might encounter on Christmas Eve, but it also has enough technical glitches to stress any system.
Testing is designed to discover any potential problems. With that in mind, I can report that this exercise was a huge success. Please remember that these pilots know the risks and consider it an honour to participate. There is a little cleanup required on Derailed↑. The good news is that nothing on the sled was radioactive.
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 8, 2013
I aimed for a landscape which was NOT a pretty, snow-covered, winter wonderland today. Sometimes you need a change.
Sinners Heaven↑ was actually the second region I checked out. Well … on purpose anyway. My first arrival was on one of the Adult hubs that are used when your real destination is unavailable. (A word to the wise: Those titles some of you wear are just too much information.)
I had intended to do a sim that intrigued me and I will probably share it with you at some point. However, I wasn’t expecting the zombies. I sat down to avoid the pushing and had an up-close and personal encounter (in the biblical sense) with a zombie dog. A strategic retreat seemed advisable.
The good news is that, although damage is enabled in this combination shopping district and (I think) role-play region, I escaped without any injuries. It might have had something to do with the absence of any dogs. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 7, 2013