Category Archives: Blogging


I don’t know why, but blogging for me comes in fits and starts. I know I’ll never be one of those who writes a novella every day about their life – mine is just too boring – or have a lot of insight into what’s going on behind the scenes of Second Life™. I suppose that my life is just boring. Sometimes though, I wish I had more to say. I mean I get up, I go to work, I come home and sit in Second Life™ or EVE-Online™, I plurk and I go to bed.

The thing is, of course that it’s not quite that simple. If I were a better writer, then I could talk about my journey, or how my day went. I could talk about what I cooked, things I saw, even clothes. I could talk about what I did in world. But, it’s mostly boring stuff. Only occasionally do I do something that would grab someone’s interest and run with it. And worse, when I do, I forget to take photos.

Recently in EVE, for instance, I’ve met and tried to help fellow Second Lifer and Plurker, Ramonna, showing her the ropes as it were, and offering advice when it’s needed. Mostly though it’s been mining – and however you paint it, shooting lumps of rock isn’t exciting. Last night I did a couple of missions with the corp. That was more fun, but I wasn’t making notes and again, no screenshots. To bee honest though, they were missions any of us could have done alone. With three of us in big ships, they were almost over before we knew what was happening. Hardly worth the time to write.

So anyway, I woke this morning to a delivery of books. One from the series I have been reading, Look to Windward by Iain M Banks is one of the couple of Culture novels I’ve never read, and will be fun. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is one I’ve been recommended many times, and The Dreaming Void just looked cool. Once I’ve read them, perhaps I’ll blog them or something. No idea yet.

A day in the life

One of those days! It started ok, though cold, and I got the bus this morning with no bother. We even beat the early traffic for once, which meant I had almost a 20 minute wait at the railway station.

And that’s where it started to go wrong. The train, when it arrived, was a short 2 carriage one – way too small for the number of passengers it was carrying – and so we were packed like sardines in a tin. At least it was warm and on-time.

Work was the usual Hell. Sometimes though I wonder if I’m a tortured soul in the “Hell of Constant Phone Calls” or if, as a member of IT, I’m a demon torturing users with eternally faulty computers…

And now, it’s the trip home. We’ve not reached it yet, but the bus driver warned of an accident ahead and we could be quite some time.

On the other hand, I have my ipod and my phone, which apart from blogging, is also pretty good at plurking and at IMs. I at least am assured of good company. Wish me luck as I sit here waiting.

Mobile blogging for ever!

Well to be honest, I’m actually at home, but nevertheless blogging this from my phone. It’s nothing I haven’t done before of course, but I do like to see what the interface is like on each.

This one is an HTC Touch HD, and the multiple input methods, once you spend a couple of minutes working out which you prefer, makes it all very easy. I’m using handwriting recognition.

I like it!

Wednesday update

Another rainy Wednesday. By this time I got into work I was soaked to the skin, cold and miserable. Which more or less lead to an uncomfortable day… and added to the fact that I really hate the job, has not made work a great prospect. There have been some other things at work too, which I’m not really prepared to talk about here.

Which brings me home, and into Second Life and Plurk. I have friends here and life is a lot better than in RealLife™. Thank you to all who try to make me feel better. It does work!

I’m still not sure about Eve. I think over the next couple of weeks, a corporation change is in order. Even Freya is talking about it, so if we get a couple of people together, it might be time to form one of our own. I don’t know yet, but VV is falling apart, and I no longer have the incentive to fight to keep it together.

We’ll see… for now I have something way more important… a hot bath…

Back in a little bit with more, maybe…

Bleh for sickness!

I’ve not been very well the last few days. The worst of it is, I can’t find the cause. Headaches and sniffles almost constantly since Saturday, hot and cold flushes… Most of that’s gone now, the headache is still there, but much better, but I’m not sleeping – just lying in bed all night wondering why not, and eventually squeezing in 2 or 3 hours of some kind of sleep…

NO! I’m not pregnant! If nothing else, you need two people for that… well with one notable exception from history.

I now have a … not sore, just rough throat to add to it, and the weather looks horrible for the ride to work. I really hope the day turns out better than it looks, because it doesn’t look like much fun at all so far.

On the other hand… my broken espresso machine has been replaced now, so at least I have a nice double-shot latte for breakfast, and that is one not-so-small step in the right direction.

Yay for blogging…

Just a short entry really to introduce a good friend of mine from Second Life™ as she comes to the world of WordPress™ blogging. She’s called Michelle Leckrone, and she’s starting to get a bit of a following on YouTube™, and I suggested to her that she makes it into a kind of video-blog, embedding her videos in a proper blog format.

She’s setting up as I write this, so I have no doubt she’ll be active soon. Meantime, there’s this…

I need a new…

… life? job? other? all of the above?

I tried blogging this from work yesterday lunchtime, but my mobile connection was decidedly unstable and though it left my phone, it never hit the site. Still, a test this morning worked, so it is something I may start to do, assuming I have anything to say.

I hate my job. I sit on a telephone from the minute I start til the minute I get home, talking to morons who wouldn’t know a pc from a monitor … (they don’t, believe me), or a keyboard from a mouse. Remember those old stories about the fabled “any key“, or the “cup holder“, well they’re not fables where I work. We really do have people who are too stupid to use a computer.

Anyway, I digress, I’m looking for a new job. The stress involved in this one is too much. Daily I come home with a headache, excess stomach acid, and what might be worse considering I’m riding a motorcycle through rush hour, half falling asleep, and with zero concentration. I wonder some days how I even made it in one piece.

Still, I am looking.

In SL it is almost as bad. Nothing particularly wrong in SL, but a combination of stress, lack of sleep, and the fact that my working hours are more or less incompatible with Freya’s means that I’m not having a lot of fun at the moment. I suppose this might change. Work shifts too, and later shifts seem to work better.

The shop rebuild/refit is coming along nicely, though slowly, and is temporarily labelled as “Zazi Retail Park”. We’re late of course, as we were supposed to re-open last weekend. Still, it’s not that important as long as we get there soon.

I need to get ready for another day of hell, so I’ll close now.

Shooting ones’ self in the foot

Remember “Your world, your imagination™”? Well, now the company-that-must-not-be-named has decreed that their laggy little bug-riden world must not be mentioned by us lowly bloggers. Or maybe not. The problem seems to be that nobody is quite sure where they stand on this right now.

Many people are talking about this all over the blogsphere, from famous bloggers like Vint Falken and Codebastard Redgrave to … well, you won’t have to search very hard to find them.

Basically, there are all sorts of rules and regulations now about what you can and cannot say. About logos and when and where you can (or can’t) use them and so on and so forth. I may even have to change the name of my blog. Maybe they just don’t need all the free advertising any more. Who knows.

Funny thing. What’s not easy to find is their own information on this “inSL” scheme of theirs. For the record, it’s here.


Shamrock has Three Leaves!

Can someone please explain the fake Irishness that infests Second Life around Saint Patrick’s Day? It’s the same every year, and I’m starting to get sick of it, being that I am of Irish decent myself. I can already hear you asking yourselves what I am on about, so let me explain…

I don’t mind people wanting to be Irish, or being part Irish, or even just joining in the fun… but people, get it right, please.

The most common one I see daily this time of year is replacing a shamrock with a four-leaf clover. People, they are NOT the same thing! Ok, the shamrock is a member of the clover family, but it is not meant to be particularly lucky, it’s actually symbolically religious,and a completely different tradition to the lucky clover. It’s an easy mistake to make though, I guess (even Guinness make it)… if you’re a complete imbecile!

And it’s not all about drinks and parties. Have them sure, but remember your roots, please. And try to learn the story, the truth and the myth. Patrick was an early Christian priest, later a bishop. He wasn’t even Irish, but from Britain… but I’ll let you read about the rest.

Just enjoy the day, but let’s keep it real, eh?


It’s been one of those weeks where everything is shiny and new. Firstly, a shiny new Windlight client in SL (though at the moment we are getting one of these every few days). Even so, shiny newness is fun.

Wednesday, we had some new Eve shininess too, of which I’ll post picturewise later on. It is indeed pretty if spectacularly bugridden. CCP are competing with Linden for the world’s worst QA after the patch file deleted the win xp boot file!

And lastly, I start a shiny new job on Monday. So I guess that as of 5:30 GMT today, I am unemployed. Wish me luck.