On January 3, Linden Lab CEO, M Linden (Mark Kingdon), posted the blog post, “Happy New Year! Looking Back…Looking Ahead” outlining his vision for Second Life’s future over the next decade, with a follow up question, “What do you envision for SL in 2010 and over the next decade?.” In response to reader comments, he posted another blog post, “Responding to Your Feedback…,” promising to meet with residents in an “Office Hour” like setting in the weeks to come. This is but the first of those meetings which was close to an hour long. Unfortunately, the file is too big for youtube, so we’ve decided to publish this in podcast format. The text chat transcript can be found below the cut.
- On January 14, 2011, Avatar Reality’s CEO, Jim Sink spoke with the Blue Mars community as a followup to his Avatar Reality Restructuring blog post. Today would be the last day at the fledgling company for Mr. Sink, along with 50% of the team. Outside of serious bug fixes, the Blue Mars client will be […]
- The term, "ageplay" has become synonymous with a form of BDSM role play where one individual (usually a sub) dons all aspects of a child (i.e., dress, demeanor, behavior) and the other (usually a dom) dons all aspects of an adult. This, however was not always the case. To better understand why there is such […]
- Sadly, people can be so gullible sometimes. Then again, as long as mankind has existed, we have looked for god, the fountain of youth, and riches. Though not necessarily in that order. A silicon god that promises life everlasting is nothing more than a rose by any other name. The age-old addage, caveat emptor, comes to mind here. Or otherwise put, be careful what you wish for, or you too, can be inducted into the Church of Singularity.
- By May 2008, other real life concerns began to make themselves apparent. Specifically in the form of U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, who created his own avie to hunt for the “rape rooms” described in the UK investigative video, and then, upon finding them, authored a proposed bill to restrict access to Second Life (and other social networking sites) from public schools and libraries.
- I had planned to play code warrior today. Alas, said plans were quickly derailed. And instead, I ended up installing WordPress and setting up what will probably be a mostly empty blog. Because…. interestingly (or perhaps, not so), a rather curious title appeared in my SL feeds: Linden Giving Away MOTD Space?
Resident Roundtable with M Linden
A Day in the Life @ the Lab: Episode 1
Winds of Change
A little over a week ago, Linden Lab’s new “Communications Manager,” Wallace Linden, penned a blog post titled, “Will the real you please stand up.” The resulting firestorm that followed was not particularly surprising. After all, the title and the first paragraph told people all they needed to know: that the lab planned to move toward compulsory RL identities.
One possible future
As with all new year traditions, there are plenty of predictions regarding the upcoming year. Whether or not they come to fruition, the job market is actually looking up. So that will definitely play a role in how the year unfolds. And this will be especially so in virtual worlds.
I have been playing with Blue Mars for the last couple of weeks, and realize, limitations and all, it rocks. So, we’re moving! Though, I do not know how long it will take to get our new place up. In the mean time, I’m ditching my sims and will just have my linden home & a little shop in Ross.
Happy new year, all!
People are social animals. Above and beyond all of the hype of whatever new technology toy comes along, above and beyond our differences, our demand to be entertained, or for privacy, or whatever else is the meme du jour, we are drawn by the need to meet and commune with others. This point is driven home with both the recent announcement of the closing of Metaplace and the Lab’s announcement of their new Linden Home program.