Focus & Neglect in Second Life

Lalla (moderate)

I’ve surfaced after a couple of days of focused work, and have promised myself time outside puttering in the garden.

Getting the project finished feels so good that I changed the weather on Lalla. Although it’s really pretty, I didn’t want rain and altered it to simply overcast. The dinosaur didn’t mind.

Lalla (moderate)

The sim is lovely – and you’ll find board games, beautiful vistas, secluded spots, and just plain cool stuff.

Back to me – it took much longer than it should have to finish off the work I was doing. Once I looked up from the screen, and started thinking about it, I realized my GPU was state-of-the-art for about 45 seconds, 6 years ago. I went and priced some new video cards ….

Lalla (moderate)

and the new power pack which would be required …. and, what the hell, a new CPU/motherboard. It’ll take me a while to save enough, but I have plans. :p

I also looked around RL for a while and discovered that I’ve been neglecting a few things.

Lalla (moderate)

It seems the dog got lost in the backyard again. When you only weigh 5 pounds, 18 inch tall grass is a major problem.

I’ll get to the puttering, once I harvest the the lawns. Maybe if I put this stuff on my calendar I’d remember to get it done.

Lalla (moderate)

Hope Springs in Second Life

NorderNey (moderate)

NorderNey seemed like an appropriate backdrop for today’s musings. The region’s subtitle, “There is always hope”, is one of those sentimental truisms that make cynics scoff and keeps the desperate hanging on.

Don’t underestimate the power of this feeling – a few years back the world breathed a huge collective sigh of relief, and a Nobel Peace Prize was awarded, just on the strength of the shared sense of hope.

NorderNey (moderate)

Yesterday Ebbe Altberg gave a keynote address at the VWBPE Conference. There were 200 avatars present and another 150+ watching the livestream. The mood before he began was pretty neutral – he’s still an unknown quantity and judgment is being reserved.

He dove right in: the decision to remove the education discount? a big mistake; the ToS? that’s wrong and getting fixed; the policy saying Lindens can’t be inworld? changed. There was a lot more.

NorderNey (moderate)

He spoke for over an hour, mostly answering questions, and then hung around to chat to people casually.  The new CEO came across as sensible, passionate, clear-headed, and somebody who actually listens. There was even a well articulated reasoning behind the times he thinks he shouldn’t listen.

NorderNey (moderate)

Local chat was scrolling fast and furiously – the mood was upbeat and very positive. There were lots of questions, and comments, and cheers, and the audience came away with hope.

One of the best phrases that went skittering across my screen was from somebody who said “Can we keep him?”.  Try and make the time to watch the video, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. :)

NorderNey (moderate)

The Trouble With Italians in Second Life

MiC Imaginarium (general)

A few years ago I was working with a couple of Italian artists/musicians to orient a DJ so he could do a set. I mentioned that I really had to learn to speak Italian (it would have made things much easier) and one of the women said, “Don’t bother. There aren’t many of us in Second Life.”

My SL is obviously very different than hers, I’m surrounded by individuals from that country.  This poses a bit of a problem because, it turns out, I have a major vulnerability.

MiC Imaginarium (general)

I love accents of all kinds and European accents in particular. To those of us in North America they’re exotic and sexy and musical. Ireland, Scotland, and France host three of my favourites, but a man’s voice with an Italian accent is magic.

We recently did a Designing Worlds show about LEA and there’s a huge section that made me weak. Listening to Livio and Slatan, all I could hear were their voices. They could have been reading a technical manual for all I cared, just as long as they didn’t stop.

MiC Imaginarium (general)

I’ve been watching a couple of Italian mystery series online  – luckily there are subtitles. One of the results of this extended enjoyment of those shows is that I’ve been dreaming in Italian. Although I still don’t speak the language, I’ve never understood my dreams anyway so it’s not a huge issue. In fact, they’re more enjoyable this way.

All of which brings me to MiC Imaginarium, one of my favourite locations for art inworld. It’s a project sponsored by a group of museums in Rome.

MiC Imaginarium (general)

This is a beautiful place to visit even when there are no installations showing – the water, the underground grotto, the buildings. Gorgeous! They’ve added something called PsychoCity which involves well attended sessions with a RL Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist on Social Thinking. It’s only a guess, but I suspect it’s in Italian.

I wouldn’t deny that therapy would probably do me some good, however it would be tough to participate in the discussion if I spent all my time as a giant puddle under a chair.

MiC Imaginarium (general)
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