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Still here

With one thing and another, I’ve been missing for a while.

Most of it is just the fact that what there was in my life, I didn’t want to write about. But that’s about over, and life returns to normal.

I apologise to my readers that there was nothing. Really though, it wouldn’t have been fun. I will be back soon (I hope) with something more readable.

Webcomics…

A week ago, or thereabouts, I discovered this very funny webcomic. It finished today, unfortunately, but it was a limited story, and had to end somewhere. The author however, has a new project. I have no idea how good, bad or otherwise it will be, but you can find it here to see for yourself.

So after the storm, returns calm…

And it’s as true in reality as in SL.

A week or so ago, I had a job interview, and less than a day later was offered the position. It’s a temp contract, only 3-6 months, but with a possibility of a perm contract thereafter. It’s government, so that’s not really a forlorn hope either – they tend to employ this way.

So now I’m working in a secured building that is potentially a prime terrorist target. Still, the pay is pretty good, the surroundings are very pretty, and the restaurant is subsidised. Parking however is a bitch!

It’s the reason I’ve been on line less, in SL, SC and Eve. But without it, I’d not have been much longer on line at all. It’s hard sustaining a presence on the net without any income.

You really have to pity some people.

A couple of days ago, I started a thread in Second Citizen asking for an end to the drama of the last week. I know it was a vein hope, and I knew some people would see it as yet more drama, but it was done in tiredness, in fun and didn’t attack anyone. Anyway, to quote my OP:

SLCC drama makes Sio cry!

I don’t like it. is getting really nasty lately. I know it’s never been fluffy, but we’ve been, at the end, friends… all of us (except Prok, maybe… but even she had a couple of friends here)…

has been a place where we can discuss anything, no limits. You (or I) may be hated, but here, we can present our PoV.

So wtf is going on?

SLCC/Phreak/Artists…

Look… I have an opinion, but guess what… I am not on the SLCC committee, I am not a member of the Phreak admin, and I am not a potential performer… (though I have friends who are)… It is none of my beeswax… and none of yours either, unless you fall into one of the above categories!

  • People fucked up, badly!
  • People apologised.
  • People are trying to fix it.
  • Forum wars are NOT helping!

Let them try to fix it… You can let your bile out later…

Stop fagging up with Phreak/SLCC crap. Not everyone is involved.

Well, it went kind of as expected really, but most people agreed that the forum wasn’t the right place… and then, yesterday, the nameless beast from the Herald had to spew it’s two cents:

Quote:

* People fucked up, badly!
* People apologised.
* People are trying to fix it.
* Forum wars are NOT helping!

Um, right, Sioban, just keep on letting power-grabbing assholes like Flipper and Lucifer and Crow run everything behind the scenes, without any accountability, and keep it all in secret, and if somebody trips over their big grab and says, wait a minute, shush it up, and try to “keep it in the family” so God forbid, they’d never have to answer for their actions.

Yes, that’s the ticket!

Well, let’s see… OK, it quoted me accurately, but then went on to misspell my name. Now for someone who calls itself a writer, that’s inexcusable, unless of course it was a calculated insult. Not very well calculated then, it just made me giggle when I finally saw it. And “power-grabbing assholes” – hrm, interesting choice… Flipper, the person who started SLCC, and yeah, probably a bit power-hungry, maybe sometimes an asshole, but usually a good natured one. Anyway, without him, there would be no SLCC. Lucifer – now this is odd, not only does he have nothing to do with SLCC, nor even Phreak directly, except that he uses their stream for Radio Free Darkmere, he’s not even going to the convention, let alone grabbing power. And Crow… well, a Linden alt, what can you say?

I wasn’t particularly aware of Lucifer running anything behind the scenes. But then, he’s my friend, so I wouldn’t know, while the bile-spewing pseudo-journalist from the Herald would – obviously. It’s just too crazy for words.

It’s been insane in the past, it’s got delusions of relevance, enough to think it matters. This must be what the government means by “Care in the Community“. It’s sad, this person should be in a hospital, where it can be cared for properly.

For the record. I didn’t see it’s bile until someone else in the thread showed poor taste and quoted it. Otherwise I’d have remained in the dark about it – which is usually where I prefer to be when it comes to that one’s vitriol. Still, it was good for a giggle.

Project Open Letter

What follows is the complete text of an open letter to Linden Lab published today.

In the past eighteen months, Second Life has expanded, growing from a small community of early adopters to a platform supporting millions of users. Linden Lab has created a world that inspires a deep level of passion in its users and provides unprecedented opportunities to share creatively, socially, and financially.

With explosive levels of growth often come unexpected problems. In keeping with your company’s policy and rich history of resident involvement, we the undersigned would like to take this opportunity to address some concerns that we feel have gone unanswered for too long.

There are some consistent, ongoing problems that are getting worse under heavy load, not better, and are not simply irritants but problems that are causing financial loss in some cases, which is unacceptable. Here is a brief list of the main concerns:

* Inventory loss – this is a devastating problem that is worsening. We have no ability to protect our own inventories through backups, and are trusting you to protect that data. This is the highest priority. Sensible inventory limits (on non-verified accounts only), combined with better management tools and ways to protect our inventory ourselves would help to mitigate the problem as well. Regardless, this cannot continue – we will not accept financial loss as a feature of Second Life. It is your responsibility as service provider to ensure our data is not lost, and you are failing us.

* Problems with Find and Friends List – we continue to see search outages on a far too regular basis. It is bad enough trying to get anywhere without being able to use search, but many users are also paying money for classified ads. Our friends lists just do not work reliably any longer, after years without an issue with them. If America Online/MSN/Yahoo can provide presence information for hundreds of millions of users, surely there is a way to make our friends lists work again.

* Grid stability and performance – teleports fail quite regularly, especially under heavy load. Attachments end up in places they did not start out in, and sim performance varies wildly. None of this makes for a very pleasant experience for users. Long promised improvement to physics and scripting would help dramatically to reduce these problems, but there are a lot of other scalability issues as well. It often feels like the grid is coming apart at the seams. The promised use of limiting logins of non-verified accounts during peak load has been severely lacking. This would be an effective interim solution to load issues, but Linden Lab seems unwilling to use it.

* Build tool problems – the importance of build tools that actually work as promised cannot be overstated enough – we rely on them to create content. Prim drift, disappearing prims, imprecise placement, problems with linking and other issues with the tools need to be addressed. Too much time is being spent trying to work around the problems.

* Transaction problems – inventory deliveries are failing with an alarming (and annoying) frequency, leaving merchants with the burden of replacing missing content and having to try to confirm the transaction in the first place. We trust that our L$ balances are accurate, but given recent problems, that is a cause for concern as well, and one we place our full trust in you to ensure its accuracy.

We remain fully supportive of Second Life and are more than willing to continue doing our part to help, but our confidence is steadily being eroded due to a general lack of communication and the apparent failure to successfully address the many issues detailed above. What we are asking for is that these problems are addressed immediately, ahead of new features, and that we are able to see tangible improvements. We accept that this will not happen overnight but it also cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely either.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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