Feb 21 2011

Merging with my Second Life

A Second Life view of creation and nothingness.

An old coworker from about 12 years ago, pays all of her real-life expenses, by making jewelry in Second Life. The graphical client program runs pretty well on my giant MacBook Pro, which was given to me in lieu of a severance package. But as it turns out, there are a couple of different viewers for Second Life, like Phoenix Viewer, which I am still getting used to. It is quite immersive, and I find myself just standing in places looking at some of the architecture and people for however long I’m in there.

The Sims is another game with similar qualities. In The Sims, there are virtual people that a player directs to do various things. Players first play dress-up with the virtual people. Then the player directs their little virtual people to do things like make dinner, pee, shower, and go to work to meet some game-related goals. Neighbors wander by and knock on the door sometimes, as there are points to score by getting a neighbor to like your little virtual person. Second Life is similar to the Sims, in that it is required to play dress-up, and that the player is directing their little virtual person. Unlike The Sims, there isn’t a requirement to use the toilet all the time, or shower, or eat. Eating is pretend eating, as is the sex, real-estate, and some other functions of Second Life. The points, I suppose, are Linden Dollars, and the challenge is to figure out how to earn them. Another difference is the scale of the virtual world, and also the volume of places to go, and things to look at.

I am having a blast seeing the stunning sights, and wacky creations. It is really neat to explore a virtual world without getting killed all the time. I will have to check out the social functions, and meet some other people. I’m also intrigued with the programming language, and how some others have made agent processes, which will go and perform a task for you. Mostly, it is advertising, but my imagination is certainly sparked when I look at some of the examples.

This is certainly not for everyone. There is a large investment of time involved just to figure out how to do things. This fills my need for casual gaming. It is also a more futuristic form of social networking.

Feb 5 2011

LEXX Season 2 – freaking strange sci-fi television

Lexx on IMDB
Lexx on Wikipedia
Lexx is pretty bizarre, as far as science fiction television goes. In fact, there is no more bizarre television show, cartoons included. I’ve never seen season 2 before, but going through episode 4, and seeing how dirty the space brothel is — they put a lot of creative effort into this show. Some things are icky. This is important.

Feb 4 2011

New O’Reilly Manual – The Acid is Kicking In

Via BoingBoing, this image had me ROFL for a few minutes.

Jan 27 2011

This is a test

This is a test of the multi-posting capabilities of this wordpress thingy.

Jul 12 2010

Bricking the lawn

A nearby apartment building was recently demolished, freeing up a huge number of bricks. Being

brick edging around the peach tree

Brick edging around the peach tree

the brick hoarder that I am, I feel a need to extract as many bricks as is absolutely possible. I use them to line my garden, to build our firenators, and for small retaining walls. I also outline the tree features in the yard, setting the bricks into the ground for easy mowing and no post-mowing trim.

I’m kinda fascinated by bricks, I dunno why. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, some with words or a shape molded into them. There are bricks in a range of colors from white to yellow to red. They even have useful thermal properties, are hand-held, and relatively solid. It’s true, I read all about them on Wikipedia. They are useful for almost all everyday purposes. They also make a great temporary seat when stacked, support stones as table legs, chocking wheels, etc.

I have this strange idea about using them attractively for terracing the long sloped yard we have. I estimate about two trucks full of cement for the size of the retaining wall I want. That and the new patio we need. I read about cement at wikipedia also. Unlike cement, bricks are both cumulative and movable. Poured cement is certainly cumulative, but not so movable once it has set. Bricks can be installed in the garden bed, picked up and moved again.

I hope I get a quick break from my on-screen duties on the other laptop to scoop up some bricks. I hope Lord Gator is still available with his giant truck to help.