Games are relatively unimportant and ranked with simple amusements. Calling SL a game implies that I'm wasting my time.
Calling SL a game implies that one treats his fellow players as game NPCs and implies a lack of respect to other people in it.
While some might have argued that cyberspace freed us from our bodies and gave us freedom over our identities, gender stereotypes and even national affiliations transfer into these virtual worlds where male and female bodies are equal and where real world nations don’t even exist. Perhaps the complications of our virtual identities derive from our insistence of embodiment in virtual worlds, and MMORPGs are showing us how easily real world privileges, affiliations and power structures transfer into virtual worlds.( Read more...Collapse )
- Nick Yee, Avatar and Identity http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/gateway
"Busker and fiddler extraordinaire, Ed Alleyne-Johnson is best-known for his performances with New Model Army, although he has lately recorded a number of haunting albums on his own.
Born in Liverpool, he went on to Oxford University to study fine art, and began playing in the pubs and clubs around the area. Once he had completed his education, he took off for Europe with his home-made electric violin and all the paraphernalia needed to busk. During his travels he refined the style he had developed in England, which involved layering sounds one atop another. Fending off his critics, he said "It's continuing a tradition really. I've always thought people like Vivaldi and Bach, if digital delays had been around in their day, they'd have used them." Whether he is right or wrong, one thing is for certain - the 'soulless' technology he used produced a unique and haunting sound.
In 1989 he was approached by New Model Army to play on their single Vagabonds, and later on the album Thunder and Consolation. The five-year stint with the band took him all over the world, playing both violin and keyboards at some 500 concerts. He also recorded with the band on Impurity, Raw Melody Men and Living In The Rose, starting work on his own solo recording career in 1992.
In 1994 he teamed up with an old school friend, Denyze D'Arcy, who had lived at the other end of the street in his youth. While Ed was travelling the world, she had stayed in Liverpool, working with local bands and earning herself a reputation as a singer/songwriter. Although they had met before, when Denyze was playing saxophone at a school dance, this time it was for real. They married and settled in Liverpool, writing, recording and performing together. Although they still tour and play the big venues, Ed may still be seen where his roots are, playing to street audiences in his home town.
In the studio, Ed is an accomplished musician. Live, he is an superb performer - using a variety of effects pedals and creating layer upon layer of simple melodies, he gradually builds up haunting, ethereal pieces which build in depth to become so much greater than their components parts. He constructs a virtual orchestra, which shows many influences from chamber music onward. His first album has many elements drawn from Eastern European and North African sources, woven into a tapestry of hypnotic sound."
Group Notice From: Sinji Itokawa
Sunday the 18th, tomorrow, sometime after 10am SLT (18:00 GMT), Storm Constantine will be visiting our project in Second Life. This is a huge honor for the community and I expect everyone to be themselves, and on their best behavior for this visit. Storm is visiting to tour our Quarter and get to know us...please do not pester her with IM's or question her incessantly. Lets make the Quarter a haven for her and a place she will want to come back too.
(Getting a second life identity is Free, any temporary vsitors will need directions from Sinji in order to find the Wraeththu Quarter on Pulse Island)
I feel very honored and pleased to be included in Iris Ophelia's "10 Second Life Fashion Designers Who Should Get Real" for New World Notes. Muse has been for the most part a labour of love, and it's gratifying to know that others appreciate the detail and effort that's gone into my designs. Thank you!
A Muse gift box is available for free at the Fashion Avenue sim for the premiere of the CSI:NY episode on CBS, with a limited edition variant of the Muse Classic Tank Watch in honey-coloured blonde croc, for both men and women, and a gold and freshwater pearl set of two necklaces, a bracelet and earrings. The gift box will be sent out early to the Muse Fine Jewelry group (to join, search for "Muse Fine Jewelry" in groups).
Muse's entire store inventory is now available on Onrez! View my listings at http://shop.onrez.com/Caliah_Lyon. Muse updates will now be posted to Muse Fine Jewelry on Wordpress. Please update your bookmarks; the LJ will continue to mirror the updates until the new blog is added to the Fashion Planet feed. Have a great week, everyone!
Keeping Second Life Safe, Together
The diversity of things to see and do within Second Life is almost unimaginable, but our community has made it clear to us that certain types of content and activity are simply not acceptable in any form. Real-life images, avatar portrayals, and other depiction of sexual or lewd acts involving or appearing to involve children or minors; real-life images, avatar portrayals, and other depictions of sexual violence including rape, real-life images, avatar portrayals, and other depictions of extreme or graphic violence, and other broadly offensive content are never allowed or tolerated within Second Life.
Please help us to keep Second Life a safe and welcoming space by continuing to notify Linden Lab about locations in-world that are violating our Community Standards regarding broadly offensive and potentially illegal content. Our team monitors such notification 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. Individuals and groups promoting or providing such content and activities will be swiftly met with a variety of sanctions, including termination of accounts, closure of groups, removal of content, and loss of land. It’s up to all of us to make sure Second Life remains a safe and welcoming haven of creativity and social vision.
I'm mystified....just when age verification was settling a bit, they go and pour jet fuel on the fire.I replied:
Couple this with what's going on with LJ this week and Myspace....I'm not a conspiracy theorist but even I have to wonder if there's some "morality police" who's decided to "clean up" web 2.0.
I'll make a recommendation: everyone who is concerned about this....do not buy Linden dollars until they change this. Boycott them by cutting off their money. I think that will help focus their attention.
At least Digg stood up and said they'd go down fighting.
This is a portrait in cowardice.
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We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life--they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all. - The Shadow of the Torturer, Book One
|"By stimulating the reader to reject primary assumptions and existing preconceptions, Wolfe not only lifts the reader onto a level of alertness that allows for his most subtle effects, but also reveals to the more cautious reader how they ascribe meaning to a text. This is, perhaps, the most fundamental factor in any claim that The Book of the New Sun is a 'masterwork': it encourages the growth of the reader towards what Jonathan Culler terms 'literary competence'....|
The second time I wore it was to Christmas brunch with my family. As my great grandmother bent her head to say grace over her eggs Benedict, I began to regret the incredibly vain decision to break out the Gaultier and get all sexy on Christmas, of all days. Not only that, but the voice of God kept booming,"The baby Jesus can tell thou art commando under there."
AKSE players like to be the best-of-the-best at everything the game has to offer. They like to be high on the ladders of whatever metrics the game uses, including PVP. They like the best gear, the most power, and they love being the 'first' at something. Their prowess in PVP is generally supported by a large degree of understanding and posession of the best equipment and skills.