Monday, June 27, 2011

Eavesdropping (June 27, 2011)

Child-Avatar Lobby Tries to Forcibly Re-Size the Virtual World on Second Thoughts.

Prokofy Neva said:
"The outrageous premise of the stubby robot child of SL with adult female features plopped on her in a rather creepy way is that the entire sizing and proportion functionality and features of SL are 'broken'. That's because 'people aren't really 6'3'' or 7'1"' and therefore we must resize the entire world."
"It's breath-takingly ballsy software hubris -- but also quintessential child avatar lobby outrageousness. They hate feeling like a despised minority, so their solution is to re-cast the world in their image and make everybody else fit into their 'vision'. Yuck."

The Cathedral and Bizarre on Second Thoughts.

Prokofy Neva said:
"What I'm interested in as well is psyching out the "why" of this attack. My working hypothesis now is that it is the work of a very troubled gay man who is not "out" in RL, is conflicted about his homosexuality, experiences deep hatred for women, especially older women, is over-attached/involved with his mother, is absolutely hypersensitive to any criticism (mama's boy), has experienced a number of RL and SL failures or obstacles or setbacks, and has lashed out at me as a visible public figure, where he knows his griefing will get maximum visibility and effect."
"Fuck with my land and my tenants and my build? I will engage in Internet sleuthing and pop psychology on your motives and madness, big guy."

Some Feedback from a banned to share on gV.

Tarzan said:
"Using a image of a Klingon delicacy to make a point is racist."

Blog posts on Broken Toys.

Scott Jennings said:
"There Ain’t No Drama Like Spaceship Drama Cause Spaceship Drama Don’t Stop (Now With 200% More)" and "I Feel A Disturbance In The Force, As If Several Servers Cried Out In Terror, And Then Were Silenced"

I just like the blog post titles.  Even more so in juxtaposition with Neva's and Tarzan's quotes.

The true poetry of love...on Pep's Parenthetical Postscripts.

Pep said:
"The true poetry of love . . .
 . . . lies in the unconditional acceptance of one who pongs, farts, belches and picks his nose.
According to Carole Franizzi, that is. 

Pep (has just realised why all those women are still vainly chasing after him.)"

Yes, that must be it.


Ishina said:
"Oh! This reminds me of that time when nothing interesting happened."

Got Milk? on SC MKII.

Dakota said:
"YES it's gross! I've got spit in my mouth all the time; it mixes with everything I eat and drink and I swallow it. That's not gross. Someone else getting their spit on me? Gross. It's that way for all body fluids. Mothers feeding their own babies is the sole permitted exception. Would you let some woman you don't know just walk up and start breastfeeding your baby? She could have hepatitis or bird flu or something!"

Mulch said:
"what is your opinion of bukkake?"

Stephie liked Mulch's reaction on that one.  Cow's milk and bee's vomit (honey) was later referenced.  Who's hungry?


Storm said:
"Fuck you anonymous, my letter was not for you, regardless of who the fuck you think you are."

Anonymous said:
"Who the fuck I think I am? I know who I am. YOU don't know who I am. Pronouns are important."

Oh, the irony.

Raise Social Security on SC MKII.

Lum said:

"I'm trying to catch up with this thread but I'm confused. Are people with totalitarian personalities supposed to advocate leaving the elderly to die on ice floes to make the Volk weak? Or are people with totalitarian personalities supposed to steal the money of the poor oppressed hyperrich in a vain attempt to keep the losers of the world from starving to death, thus blocking valuable growth opportunities in soylent products?
I'm also confused by Mero posting as a caricature of a Randian hyperdarwinist (with Wad madly nipping at his heels in METOO fashion) while his avatar is of a manipulated chump in a bad Vin Diesel movie. Is this metacontext - does he see his role politically as the antihero pulled to one side than the other before finally kneeling at his better - or merely marginalia? 
Or is he just hot for Karl Urban? 
I'M SO CONFUSED fuck it time for Oprah to buy everyone a new retirement plan."

Who's fucking with the Coco? on SC MKII

Ayu Sura said:
"I find the parody threads distasteful."

Not the parody threads!

Community Assistance - RAGEQUITTERS Seeking guidance..... on gV.

Liona Clio said:
"Ragequitting is for the weak.
Ragestripping is the new ragequit. DO EEEET!

And last, but not least...a stolen picture.  Lula's Coco-lovin' Loki.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Forum Bits June 26, 2011 - A Snapshot

It was a homecoming week of sorts on

Chaos returned and posted a qualified concession to Ishina in the Saloon thread.  Mulch alerted SC MKIIers on the return of Chaos in the "Chaos Factor: I'm calling you out" thread and got feisty in a gV thread he opened called, "So, Chaos Returns After a Month With No Internet At All," a title that slightly overstates the case as Chaos logged in on on June 16th and much of Mulch's OP is actually about nina and her forum policies and procedures, but his point was likely taken regardless.

Wasted Engineer's ban on gV expired and he had a few things to say about the experience in the "Some Feedback from a banned to share" thread.

And speaking of Wasted and his bans...having been effectively silenced on gV, SC MKII and SLU, Wasted resorted to using the wasteland of his own forum to post about his bans in a thread called "The SL Related Forums Suck."  Cristiano and Monna both got special mentions in the thread.

Wasted has a snazzy new banner, details of the evolution of said banner, including Sarah Nerd's role, are in the thread "Should I ban the banner?"

Wasted is also asking the general public once again for money as evidenced by a Shout in his Shoutbox on his own website.

Things got a little tense on SC MKII when Cocoanut Koala posted a thread, "BOYCOTT DELTA," in response to a Huffington Post article written by Rabbi Jason Miller called "Delta Adopts Saudi Arabian Airlines' No Jew Policy," an article that was later discredited.  Coco seemed to feel that the issues with airlines in general, e.g. partnering and servicing airlines and countries with discriminatory practices, reliance on Saudi Arabian oil, etc., extended beyond the contested article on Huffington Post.  A debate ensued.  Mulch responded with a parody thread called "Boycott El Al."  Coco was not amused, and in a move that surprised and dismayed many SC MKIIers, she excused herself from the forum.

In lighter SC MKII news, Fester celebrated his birthday, and finally, after months and months of waiting, received his spices from Mulch and Kita.  Season in good health, Fester.

sephirot@vella joined both gV and SC MKII. He was welcomed on gV by Lias for "a very well worded post and a fair offer" in the "Interested in SHARING a Private Full Region?" thread on gV and treated as a spammer on SC MKII after he posted his offer and a link to the aforementioned gV thread in the SC MKII ChatBox.

Kokoro Fasching said:
"git yer bloody spam out of my chatbox! That is what the forums are fer. I just stapled the spammer to the L person over on gV... :) "

gV was also joined by new members Ethel Lipsky, sinfilpeck, Mateo Lopez and BrittaBerry.  A gV form letter for newly registering members was created and gV holiday logos were assembled into an album.  Tarzan continued to provide news feed services for gV and Lias tracked both real and imagined flounces in the "Community Assistance - RAGEQUITTERS Seeking guidance....." thread.

SC MKII was finally joined by the charming poster, Deca, the pinko space muffin, and apparently has Quimby to thank for that.  My one complaint might be that Deca has abandoned her Agnes forum avatar...

Agnes from Despicable Me favor of this one: ,  a charming and amusing forum avi gif, to be sure, but I admit to being unduly influenced by people's avatars and Deca's "Agnes" avatar made me read her posts as cute and spunky, possibly more than some may have deserved, which is why I might describe some of her saucier posts as, well, "saucier," rather than say, "bitchy," "argumentative" or "flaming."

botalcks also registered on SC MKII but has yet to make it over to Ellis Island.  Politics continued to be one of the most lively sections of SC MKII.  And speaking of politics and homecomings, GreenLantern Exelsior returned to post on SC MKII this month after a four month absence.

Robert Jung, a member on SLU since September of 2008, decided to introduce himself with a new thread, "Introducing Robert."  Annabella, Teetefa, Ferran, Gio, davidventer, Highly Bashly, Neena Andretti and Sintax also posted introductory posts in the New Users section of SLU.

Hot Topics on "the largest and longest running community site dedicated to the virtual world of Second Life," otherwise known as SLUniverse, are:

➲  Firestorm Public Beta - Released!
➲  Mesh Coming to Second Life This Summer
➲  Controversial Viewer Feature Survey
➲  guess who's working on the new avination viewer?
➲  How to troll a dating site
➲  Game of Thrones or Borgias?
➲  We don't need socialized health care.
➲  Goreans outside of gor sims  & Do you judge goreans?
➲  What's the gentlest way to remove contacts from the friend list

Yevad Doobie, frustrated by what he felt were flaming pile-ups and bullying posts on SLU, decided to check out and registered there as a new member.

Yevad Doobie on SLU:
"I have decided to become an occasional visitor to this site rather than a regular one. When I began coming regularly I was yearning for a new forum home. I had been missing another forum and thought that SLU might be right for me, but it isn't. There is just too much nastiness here for my tastes. It is like a text version of the Jerry Springer Show most of the time. Not all the time, and there are some great people here, but how those great people live with the nasty ones is a mystery to me. I can't cope with it at the moment and I just keep making a fool of myself, so there is no point trying to become part of the 'family'."

rosane bento rodrigu also joined

Active topics on were in the playful game and chit chat sections as well as the sections covering Second Life, Inworldz, Avination and the Utherverse, with a focus on products, places and demographics.

The Bon Mots:

Tarzan said: "Wasted Engineer, you need a lawyer in this forum, that is obvious. You can hire me for 50,000 Lindens. As soon as you pay my account 50,000 Lindens I will begin to represent you against all of these "fakers" as you put it. Do not delay, pay me now so I can get to work."
Wasted said: "Tarzan if you defend me, God will pay to you."
colleen criss said: "'True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It’s knowing what should be tolerated and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn’t.'"
Tarzan said: "'True tolerance' is a tautological slogan I use as an escape hatch to avoid ever having to see the naked truth about myself."
Wasted Engineer said:  " can take my accout but you´ll never take my freedom."

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Virtual World Theme Sites (Blogs & Forums)

Blogs & Forums 

☛  The Metaverse Journal:

☛  Metaverse Wire:

"Metaverse Wire is a an aggregated website of blogs, articles, and topics focused on the different topics surrounding the metaverse. The goal is simple, to provide a quality, organized, and easy to follow look-thru the happenings of Second Life™, it’s related communities and technologies. To accomplish this goal, Metaverse Wire feeds selected and submitted blogs, news, stores, and stories that are focused on the Second Life™ community, and the greater metaverse community and it’s happenings."


" started in March 2008 because many people thought having a category driven Second Life feed would be easier for those people who like to blog about various things but don’t want their post about something off topic to appear on the regular feeds.
Metavirtual is a different kind of feed because you can manually choose to place your posts allowing all off topic content to not be fed to the Second Life community or you can decide to auto-syndicate into a single category if all you do is post about one category. No other feed offers this kind of flexibility with your blog."

The Alphaville Herald:

"Muckracking virtual newspaper investigating the darker side of virtual life in Alphaville."

New World Notes:

Hamlet Au's (Wagner James) metaverse news blog.

Blogs from a man committed to making your navigation and enjoyment of virtual worlds a little easier.

☛  Dwell On It:

plus virtual environments news and views, culture, technology and maundering

"Feldspar Epstein is a professional writer and aSecond Life user with a sideline in fashion. She also writes for The Metaverse Journal.
Tateru Nino is a professional writer and a Second Life user. She also writes for The Metaverse Journal."

☛  Hybrid Angel:

Life and fashion in Second Life by Grady Echegaray and Margaret Mfume.

☛  Ishy's Coherent Rants:

"Ishtara Rothschild's mostly coherent ramblings about Second Life and reality, sexuality and prudery, science and religion, news and history, virtual relationships and real idiocy, internet forums and intellectual debate, and other antitheses and matters of personal interest."

☛  Second Thoughts:

Prokofy Neva's popular and controversial blog.

☛  Forum Confidential:

Trashy tabloid blog covering SL-themed forums.


Second Life Forums

List of SL-themed third-party forums here:

The Utherverse (Red Light Center - RLC) Forums:

▉ More Blogs

  1. Across the Grid with Lindal Kidd:
  2. Alltop - Top Virtual World News:
  3. The Alphaville Herald:
  4. Arabella's Amblings:
  5. Ariane's Life in the Metaverse:
  6. Argus-Eyed:
  7. Auryn Beorn:  Second Life:
  8. Kick Frenzy's Bang Rumpus:
  9. Baring Witness (The adventures of a virtual muse):
  10. Be Cunning and Full of Tricks:
  11. Be Happy in SL's Blog:
  12. Botgirl's Second Life Diary:
  13. Brinda@Benares:
  14. The Brody Blog:
  15. Broken Toys:
  16. Bryn Oh:
  17. Cait's World:
  18. Chic at Phil's Place:
  19. Chrome Never Sleeps:
  20. Ciaran Laval:
  21. Colleen Criss's Weblog:
  22. Dale Innis's Weblog:
  23. Daniel Voyager's Blogs:  &
  24. Dark Eden Plaza:
  25. Immy's Darkly Cute:
  26. Darrius Gothly's DGP4SL Blog:
  27. dusan writer's metaverse:
  28. Dwell On It:
  29. The Ephemeral Frontier:
  30. Erotistyle:
  31. FabFree - Fabulously Free in SL:
  32. Fashion Feed of SL:
  33. Fashion + Freebies for Men:
  34. Fetid Inner Child:
  35. Forceme Silverspar's Adventures in Second Life:
  36. For-uhm Boredz:
  37. Forum Confidential:
  38. Gamepron:
  39. The Green Lanterns:
  40. Gwyneth Llewelyn:
  41. Han Held's Blog:
  42. Honour's Post Menopausal View:
  43. Hybrid Angel:
  44. Hypergrid Business:
  45. I Derryth (Rowan Derryth's Virtual Adventures):
  46. iheartsl:
  47. i live in science land (iliveisl):
  48. Immersive Intelligence Colleagues:
  49. Imperium Katana:
  50. In a Strange Land:
  51. (ir)regular guy:
  52. Ishy's Coherent Rants:
  53. The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research:
  54. Jwheels Recommends Second Life Entertainment:
  55. Kara's Korner, Second Life Adventures:
  56. La Galleria News:
  57. Lindenlabs's Blog:
  58. Linden Watch:
  59. Living in a Modem World (Thoughts on Virtual Living):
  60. Lost Sims of SL News:
  61. Mal Burns Metaverse:
  62. Mal Nurns Second Life:
  63. Meditations:
  64. MetaLibrary:
  65. Metaversally Speaking:
  66. Metaverse Arts:
  67. The Metaverse Journal:
  68. Metaverse Wire:
  70. Mistletoe Ethaniel's Blog
  71. My So-called Virtual Life:
  72. Nalate's Things & Stuff:
  73. New World Notes:
  74. Nordic Virtual Worlds Network:
  75. Once Upon a Time in Second Life:
  76. One Big Blonde Moment:
  77. Parktown Progress:
  78. A Passion for Virtual Fashion:
  79. Pep's Parenthetical Postscripts:
  80. Phasing Grace:
  81. Pings from the Afterlife:
  82. Pixels & Policy:
  83. Plausible Body:
  84. The Primgraph:
  85. Prim Perfect:
  86. Quest for the Golden Prim:
  87. Quick Change Lexxi:
  88. Quick Music Lexxi:
  89. Random Rants And Raves:
  90. Real Avatars of Genius:
  91. Real Travels in a Virtual World:
  92. SaveMe Oh:
  93. Second Life Art & Entertainment:
  94. Second Life, A Second Chance?:
  95. Second Life Fetish Fashion:
  96. Second Life Newser:
  97. The Second Life of Marx Dudek:
  98. Second Life of My Dreams:
  99. The Second Lifer:
  100. Second Marketing:
  101. Second Spaces:
  102. Second Thoughts:
  103. Second Tricia:
  104. The Seanchai Library (SL):
  105. The Shockwave Writer:
  106. Shopping Cart Disco:
  107. Sigmund Leominster's SL© on SL™:
  108. SL Arts Park:
  109. SL Chatter:
  110. SLex & The City:
  111. SL Jungle World - A private diary of Klip Klaar & Friends:
  112. Suspiria's Blog:
  113. Telling:  Like It Is:
  114. The Torch (SL Guide):
  115. Torley's Blogs: &
  116. The Train Wreck Love Life:
  118. Tukso Okey (SL Musician):
  119. The University of Western Australia in Second Life:
  120. VA Creations for Everyday Use:
  121. The Virtual Caravan:
  122. Virtual Fashion Feed:
  123. Virtually PJ:
  124. Virtual Outworlding:  &
  125. The Virtual World Technologist:
  126. Walking With Avatars:
  127. What a Waste of Time!:
  128. What Is This Crap?:
  129. Worthless Wor(l)ds:

▉ Blog Obits

  1. Girl Wonder Speaks about Second LifeⓇ
  2. Existential SL, A Riddle:
  3. Ima Feisty:
  4. Second Front:
  5. Seicher Rae announced that she would be closing her two blogs and two of her SL accounts on June 15, 2011.
  6. Tymmerie Thorne announced on Friday, April 29, 2011 that she would be ending the blog.

▉ Blog Limbo

  1. 23rdDJin's Views From The Bottom of a DJin Bottle:
  2. Mulch Maker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  3. Saffy's Predicaments:
  4. Virtual World Business:
  5. Waking The New World:

▉ Other Potentially Interesting or Helpful Sites

A Brief History of Second Citizen - Second Citizen Forums
A Brief History of Second Citizen (remember this?)
Famous Alts of « Mother FIC
Picasa Web Albums - Wildefire - Expletive Acr...
All sizes | Second Citizen Banners by GE, 2007 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Internet Archive Wayback Machine
TinEye Reverse Image Search
Down For Everyone Or Just Me -> Check if your website is down or up?
Grammar Girl

A Woman After My Own Heart

I got a Skype text from Stephie last night:  "What are batwings?  There's a thread about it in SC MKII and I don't get it.  You're the world weary one.  'Splain it to me" or words to that effect.

Govi, an SC MKII poster, had posted the following in Batwings?:
"Really, guys? Is it a problem? Would you solve it this way? Or do a baseball adjustment?"
Thank goodness for Google cache!
As Written In The New York Times by Andrew Adam Newman"
MICHAEL LEVY was returning to his desk from the restroom one morning when a female co-worker asked what he had spilled on himself. “It looked like I’d powdered the outside of my pants,” Mr. Levy said.
At home that morning Mr. Levy, 34, had used a men’s talc marketed for below-the-belt use called Bálla Powder — a bit more, perhaps, than necessary. Mr. Levy, as the marketing director of the Grooming Lounge, a men’s hair salon and spa with locations in Washington and McLean, Va., had been working on promotions for the product, which is available in original, unscented and “tingle formula,” costs $15 for 3.5 ounces and promises in its directions to alleviate “batwings,” an expression for the sticky discomfort some men experience.
Once marketed obliquely, powder for men is now going lower. Sales for men’s powders at the Grooming Lounge more than doubled in the first four months of this year compared to the same period a year ago, according to the company, which sells four brands.
Introduced last year, Dry Down Friction Free Powder by Jack Black ($18 for 6 ounces), with cornstarch, lavender and green tea, “works great south-of-border,” according to its packaging. “Guys have a great sense of humor about this stuff, and they appreciate us saying, ‘We know where you’re going to use it, and it’s great for that area,’ ” said Patricia Finn, vice president for marketing at Jack Black, which has no affiliation with the comedian of the same name.
Man Powder, by Matte for Men ($26 for 10.5 ounces), another talc-free powder that includes baking soda and aloe extract, was introduced in 2008, and its directions recommend using it on “underarms, feet or ‘down below!’ ”

The Urban Dictionary has the following helpful things to say about "batwings":
"When you're sweaty, and your sac starts stickin to your inner thighs."
"I get batwings everyday at work from sitting for hours. It tickles when i yank them apart from my thighs."
"Guy1: Dude, what the hell are you doing down there, have you got crabs or something?
Guy2: No, sorry man just have to adjust the bat wings."

I love a woman who will so openly express her curiosity about such things and boldly seek the truth.

Fresh Turd On The Loose!

Today is a good day.  There is a fresh turd on the loose.  That is to say, the potty blogger has posted.  (ALERT:  Turd on the Loose.)

Late last year Stephie and I stumbled across two blogs written by an anonymous potty blogger in San Francisco.  We probably spent about six hours one night, connected by Skype, laughing so hard we nearly pissed ourselves reading the entirety of the two sites all in one go and pointing out our favorite lines to each other.   Some were hilarious, some where alarming, some were gross, some led to uncomfortable questions, some just left us stumped and cautiously curious.  The whole experience was tremendously entertaining and to this day we are fans of the potty blogger.  We're not alone in this, he has many fans and has even made the news with his potty-centric posts.

If you like toilet humor, you may well find you are a fan too.  Check him out:!/pottyblogger

The Potty Blogger said:
"This blog is not about poop. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man."
"This ain’t toilet porn, friends. It’s a community of freedom fighters."

A post script and a little trip down memory lane.  The blog is about a men's room.  There are some aspects of the culture and language of the men's room that Stephie and I just did not know, so we asked some of the male forum whores on in the old Leeland social group and in a public thread entitled "Questions for Men."

Lee said: 
"What is meant when a man says he kept his hands on 'the wheel' when relieving himself at a urinal? What is the wheel? Steph said it might be a nickname for penis, but if that's the case, why? They're not round. Not any that I've seen. Oh wait. Is it a driving metaphor? Like 'keep both hands on the wheel while operating the vehicle?' That makes some level of contextual sense."
Mitch said: 
"just like in driving... you want to stay on the 'road' you had best keep your hands on the 'wheel'... or you might find your feet get wet...."
Kris said: 
"I've never heard of this term before, but I'm going to say it leaves very few interpretations, and that the most likely would be the one easiest to let the mind wander to.
That being said, I don't think I've ever taken both hands off the wheel while urinating, I find it rather odd that there are some who do.
Oh, and you have some very strange tastes in blogs."
Lee said: 
"Seriously. It took me more than half an hour to work that one fully out. Pardon the phrasing, given the topic. I actually posted the urinal pic because I was looking for a wheel-like object. Then Stephie and I worked out that the wheel was a penis and then it became, 'well, why?' As you can see, I did eventually get there...even without a wheel of my own.

Steph on Skype:

[9:00:46 PM] Steph: BREATHE!!
[9:02:20 PM] Steph: get a glass of water ffs

Trip down memory lane continued here.
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