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Madelaine McMasters

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  1. So true Shansi, and I've endeavored to understand what went wrong. I can only see that the problem lies in our consciousness, and somewhere in the evolution of 'man' an imbalance occurred -- some humans experience themselves as separate from the rest of nature when they are not. Homo Sapiens (the clever ape) they are not. How can one know they are part of an ecosystem and live in balance if they feel they are separate from it, and believe they can rise above it, conquer it? Once you've been exposed to the concept of "equilibrium" in physical/biologic systems, it's not hard to see that humans will eventually be subjected to it. It's not like we have some special ability to bring about our own demise. Left alone, COVID-19 would peak and decline as well, and probably much more precipitously than mankind. If you look at human performance in that light, there's still room for optimism.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_microbiome The bugs in us outnumber the cells in us by about 3:1. Years ago I learned that our gut bacteria can coerce us to eat stuff they like. That's just awesome.
  3. ...sensing a long term opportunity, jumps up and down and waves her arms wildly to get your attention.
  4. Though Dad could curse a blue streak, he preferred more roundabout methods. Instead of calling someone a SOB, he'd say... "I hope, when you get home, your mother comes out from under the porch and bites you on the leg."
  5. Welcome to Second Life, Berri! When it comes to wearing clothing (particularly mesh) "Add" is your friend. When you "Wear" something, it displaces anything already attached to the point where the new item is going to go. Although the SL avatar has quite a few attachment points, mesh clothing, which is "rigged" to conform to the avatar's shape, more or less ignores where it's attached. This has resulted in creators sometimes using the same attachment point for disparate clothing items, like pants and shirts. If you select "Add", the selected item will NOT display anything already on the attachment point. There are times you DO want to displace something you're wearing, so "Wear" is still useful. In your particular instance, try "Wear"ing the pants and "Add"ing the crop top. Getting dressed has never been as complicated as it is now. It's also never been as visually pleasing. I'm sure others will chime in with recommendations for free wardrobe items. When you finally put together a look you like, show us your work in one of the vanity threads!
  6. It's sad to see anyone go. I have very fond memories of Show and Tell a decade ago. It's been ages since I've visited Builder's Brewery. I just looked at my friends list to see if Supremius Maximus is still on it. He's gone, making me wonder if he's vanished from RL as well. Do you know, Animats?
  7. I'll second Lindal's recommendation to copy a new HUD from your backup, or get a redelivery. Since moving to a mesh body and clothing, I've been creating outfits that load HUDS for both, allowing me to tune alphas and clothing colors when I change outfits. I've also been crashing a lot lately. So there's now a very good chance I'll crash with a HUD up. I'd gone a decade without a HUD locking up, but now I've had to trash and replace HUDs at least three times in the last month. Any time you purchase something with a HUD, immediately make a copy and save the original in a backup folder.
  8. I hear that phrase like this... "What?!" is the last thing to go through a bug's mind as he hits the windshield.
  9. I was always Dad's "little _insert phrase here_". I can't remember all the appellations, but here are a few, in approximately chronological order... Little girl Little lady Little princess Little engineer Little devil Little woman Little pain in the ass When I was a big pain in his ass, he'd call me his... Huge little pain in the ass.
  10. I heard this a lot: "What the hell is wrong with you, Maddy?"
  11. The USPS is falling deeper into financial trouble due to COVID-19. I don't think many people understand the importance of the mail service in many communities. It's not just about delivering mail. They know the daily patterns of life on their routes and are often the first to spot something amiss. It's the same for school bus drivers, who keep their eyes and ears tuned to the welfare of the school children they shuttle (Thanks, @Ivanova Shostakovich!) It's easy to forget those unsung heroes who watch over us.
  12. Long ago, I concluded that we should have a constitutional amendment requiring all large numbers relating to our performance as a society reported in some "per capita" form. This would reduce instances of misreporting and bring meaninglessly massive numbers, like the national debt, into clearer focus for the average citizen. Though the headline you mentioned is purposely inflammatory, I still think the US will come out of this with some explaining to do. In my conversations with friends and neighbors, I've been fairly disappointed by the depth and breadth of our collective ignorance.
  13. And I said zero, plus or minus some small amount. I think it's possible SL works against globalization. ;-).
  14. If we go with Rolig's understanding of "globalization" I'd say SL's force is zero, plus or minus some small amount. For the most part, SL residents are from the the first world, particularly western democracies. If you mapped SL inter-resident relationships and RL trade routes, I think they'd look very different. Things may have changed, but it was once only possible to access SL from China via government evading VPN. China is the US's third largest trading partner. I've yet to meet anyone from China here. I've also yet to meet anyone who can't afford the computer and internet access necessary to log-in. That's currently half the planet. The poor half. Like Rolig, I've been to Europe and Asia. My twelve years in SL has taught me almost nothing about those cultures compared to actually visiting them. Most of what I know of Iran comes from my RL best friend, who was born there. Watching news and documentaries, reading books, dining with people from other cultures, all of those exert far more globalizing force on me than SL. There are less resource intensive social networks that have neither steep learning curves, nor the required indirection of virtual reality. The world inside SL is not the one we all live on. And, to whatever extent SL exerts some globalizing "force" on me, I'd say ALL of that force comes from the forums.
  15. Yeah, but it's quite a leap from giving up meat to giving up food.
  16. I rarely eat meat and very rarely eat beaf. Prion disease is one reason why. Prions are rugged, nasty li'l devils. Fortunately, prion infections are rare, even though it seems prions might be accumulating in the environment.
  17. Rolig leaves all of us in the dust. The second place poster has less than half her count. Piker.
  18. A few days ago, Mom expressed impatience for the arrival of warm weather. Nature responded by delivering a 70F breeze on Monday, which she enjoyed from the balcony of her hospice room while waving to me in the parking lot below. "I don't think I'll see another snow, and that's just fine with me." She's got good timing. I'm looking out the window right this moment, at... snow. ;-).
  19. Well, she just couldn't wait. Mom escaped under cover of darkness, passing away last night shortly after our FaceTime call. I know chatting with me can drain the life out of a body, but she didn't have to make such a literal display of it. Hospice staff was surprised. Though tired, she was chipper when they tucked her in for the night. They discovered her passing at shift change, less than two hours later. Nearly two years ago, I sent Mom on an unwelcome journey by instructing the neurosurgeon to remove from her neck the blood clot that was threatening her life, against her express wish for "no extraordinary measures" to be taken on her behalf. She recovered well enough to continue living on her own, but she'd have been happy to take the exit quickly that day. There was no guarantee the clot would kill her. There was a chance she'd be left alive, but massively damaged. By picking the lesser of two evils, you're still forced to pick evil. This time it went as hoped. She left quickly, painlessly, and in her sleep. When I was young, Dad introduced me to the idea of "connectedness" by telling the story of Socrates Last Breath. Since then I've read that there's a possibility that molecules we exhale will be swept out into space by the solar wind. When Dad passed, I shot a bit of him into the sky in the nosecone of a model rocket we'd started building together when I was young. I had to finish it on my own to send him off. Now I've got to hunt down a weather balloon and a tank of helium. I've been waiting patiently to commingle Mom and Dad's ashes, spoon them into a balloon, and set them adrift on the prevailing westerlies where they'll start a journey of an after-lifetime. The waiting is over. Take care of each other, Kids.
  20. It actually goes the other way, Cheri. I inherited that deeply disturbing sense of humor from Dad. Mom was first exposed to it (and him) 23 years before I was born, but was thoroughly immune right up until he died 61 years later. It wasn't until his passing that she became infected. It's been a slow process of succumbing that blossomed after her stroke. Though I'll miss Mom when she goes, I'll still have my emergency backup kid, who was infected by Dad shortly after being "adopted" by him. Mac has already offered to save me (read him) the cost of a funeral by rolling my corpse down the bluff into the lake when I die.
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