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Amanda Crisp

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  1. Lacking “objective” statistics, I can offer an opinion :-) I think SL has a huge population of people (like me); fifty-somethings presenting as 20-somethings...... I base that on several factors; (a) - I can go anywhere in SL and find people who “get” my “sometimes obscure” 70’s & 80’s pop culture references. (b) - I continually run into people who dress and behave in a manner that indicates how younger people are portrayed in Media and not so much hw they dress and act in RL (c) - I keep running into people whose approach to contemporary social issues is from a ve
  2. Like many others, I react to “all caps” as shouting in both SL and on text messengers. I try to not be obnoxious about it; some people get in the habit of using all-caps at RL work and just plain forget, others have visual disabilities and need that little bit of help to perceive whats typed. But yes, when someone IMs me in all-caps, my visceral response is; “Why are you yelling at me?”
  3. I have a habit of muting and de-rendering people who bring 1st Life obnoxiousness into SL, so when I encounter it -it only bothers me for about 3 seconds.
  4. Well, based on the human penchant for self-destruction; the odds may have gotten worse. Sadly.
  5. Heh, well I have been on the Recieving end of some Voice users hilarity for not joining in when I was having a very bad “speech day” - so probably part of my dislike of voice-client-priority in some things stems from that. I can cope on the radio at work because I’m largely using phrases I have rehearsed a thousand times (and my co-workers can decipher my drunkspeak when I’m tired or stressed). I -know- that voice is considered a boon To the average user, but it can also be frustrating when someone inworld ignores your text for an hour (standing next to you) and their first response
  6. Formal group chat and Ad Hoc groups have both been dodgy lately. SL needs better built in chat tech. If we had that, I would use the SL client exclusively.
  7. I think it might be good to remember that SL is experiencing a lot of returnees lately, so requests for assistance are likely peaking. Fewer staff, work-from-home, increase in support tickets = longer waits.
  8. BTW, the “like being in an Apollo capsule with a pilot who has no filter” quote is a slightly cleaned up comment from one of my recent trainees. His version was more fun, but we have Forum Monitors I need to watch my language around 🙂
  9. So where I work, I spend most of my time in a control room that looks like something from the Expanse or some sci-fi version of NASA. Actually, I’m “working there again” as we lost several key people before CV19 - so I’m doing my old job at my “promoted” rate and hoping accounting does not get any bright ideas. So, for almost a year, many of our semi-secure/frequently-accessed systems have been added to biometric keying - mostly facial recognition. Yesterday, the day those systems were “certified” as fully-implemented, none of them were working. Thats what happens when your
  10. If only in my own opinion, I’ll always be Keen 🙂
  11. Ya know....if “Underground” became available as a last name..... “Velvet” would have a short life as an unclaimed first name. Heck, I’m not inworld right now due to worky, it might already be. If not....I’m just waiting for my chance to become Velvet Underground 🙂 ((You chronologically-early Residents - like me - probably get the reference))
  12. I *was* Amandakeen Resident, now Amanda Crisp. My display name will remain Amanda Keen inworld. My internet domain and personal email are kinda based on “Keen” ”Crisp” is a good description of me after a day at the beach though.
  13. Since I’m one with “questionable” ability to speak (I sound kinda drunk due to some drain brammage) and rely on text a lot - that skeers me 🙂
  14. I tend to be People-Focused by nature and professionally as well, so a lot of what I’ve observed has related to the specifics of people under pressure at work. The upside is that several people who are not Formal leaders in our organization have stepped up and done remarkable things to keep Essential stuffs flowing Safely. Conversely, some highly educated “Formal” leaders have - in some cases - failed to lead and take care of their people. My hope is that the next round of compensation & promotion will (if I have any influence on the matter) reflect “reality” more so than “who ga
  15. Being someplace other than “work” or “sleep” or “commute”.
  16. Lindal, as the result of my long-ago brain-injury I had to do some extensive retraining on “how to safely swallow liquids and soft foods”. I had to word that carefully so *some* of us could not easily have fun with it 🙂 I’m so sorry you lost your parents that way. For many who’ve had strokes or other brain-injuries, it’s something that has to be guarded against. My physical therapist told me (to encourage me) that “unless you do better, that Diet Sunkist might be the end of you”. I quite hated her right then, but she did her job well.
  17. Tolya, I agree about automation radically increasing and there being consequences related to that. What I would gently add is that I only know of two people personally who have stopped working, rather than be a Mandatory Essential Worker. Both of them did it out of fear and not for the $$$. They were older people with underlying health conditions, but the company they work for was not giving them much option other than to “brave the Petri Dish” and come to work. I’m lucky; my employer offered our workforce the chance to work Overtime (a mixed blessing for me) in order to allow our
  18. Molly, we’ve struggled with that where I work. The real choke-point has been getting the truckers here on time and part of that has been checkpoint-stops. Some of those folks have really put themselves out-there to meet schedule to supply Essential Industry. I will never disrespect a Trucker again as long as I live.
  19. Gadget, I think cash is doomed. Locally in my little Southern US town its hard to find a business that WANTS cash right now. They want your credit/debit card and they want to sanitize it before scanning it 🙂 Where this will get sticky is the “I don’t trust banks” crowd, which is at least 50% economically-disadvantaged Urban in its makeup. There is a belief that The Man is watching your banking (who knows, he probably is?) and will use that information against you.
  20. Gadget, I’m a working “Essential Worker”. We have many tasks that *could* be automated, but that would be either too costly or has been pushed back-against politically or by Organized Labor. Every job we automate is “one less for a Taxpayer/Voter or dues-paying Union member”, so such things get complicated. Personally, I work in a control room that looks like something from the Expanse - but I’m that “Human In The Loop” you keep hearing about 🙂
  21. OK, this might be a long one as I and my co-workers were discussing this very thing earlier. I see CV19 as an event that will have similar impact to the Great Depression or the Second World War. I’m a little older in my years than some, so I had people who lived through the Depression involved in my (Early) daily life and the Grandparents who raised me lived through WW2 (my Grandfather was a Pacific veteran). My experience was that both events made indelible impressions on those who lived through them. Widespread food-scarcity, poverty and the lingering-but-intangible possibility of
  22. GB, as a suggestion - you might post this in Roleplay. SL has an expansive roleplay community composed of people who routinely play every imaginable “part” from petty thieves to political overlords and hit all points in between. The caliber of literary/emotive character development in the more well-developed sims can be quite high, so they would fit well into any Immersive environment. Immersive, para-post, FreeForm role-play meets my definition of “art” when practiced well, so I think you might attract interest where those players gather.
  23. 1000 since 2012 while working 50-70 hours a week and getting two children ready to unleash on an unsuspecting world. I’m impressed that I was awake enough to type legibly 🙂
  24. They are out of toilet paper and emotional....
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