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Madelaine McMasters

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  1. JeanneAnne wrote: Yes Ganelon, everything in SL is consensual, and one doesn't actually "need" $L to participate in SL, so long as one is content to wear freebie stuff & be homeless. Human nature being what it is, tho, people want nice things and the means by which to obtain them. The newbie who doesn't know how to build or script or DJ... etc., ... isn't exactly forced to prostitute herself but that is what often ends up happening. SL is structured around the profit motive, around a class structure of haves and have-not, and ends up being intrinsically exploitative of newbies and others lacking the means to obtain $L for purchasing the things they want inworld. To my mind, pointing out that everything in SL is consensual, while true, exhibits a "blame the victim" attitude. I'm not surprised that ppl will defend the status quo, tho. Standing up in defense of an oppressor is called the "Stockholm Syndrome," and is a pretty common reaction. SL is an entertainment venue supported by people spending disposable income. They can't spend this disposable income here until they've also purchased a computer and a broadband connection. As for people wanting nice things, that's true. But anyone who's gotten to the point that they want nice things in a virtual world has, I hope, gotten the nice things they wanted in the real one first. SL is a luxury. Not having a home in SL is not a hardship, it's the lack of a virtual luxury. There are victims in SL, but they are not the result of SL being a business rather than a socialist state. I suspect the most victimized in SL are those who make emotional investments in relationships with people who have less than noble motives. Or those who simply fall victim to the escapist pleasure of SL, while ignoring their own situation in RL. No political idealogy will prevent this. Should it ever be shown that spending excessive time in virtual worlds is counterproductive, would a real socialist state be more proactive in limiting access than a capitalist state? Be careful what you ask for, you might get it?
  2. Lillie Woodells wrote: Great video Dee! Yeah, you came away with a little something alright... I'm still holding my breath waiting to find out what devious plans you have! Hahahah hugs and love you! We may take this to page 200 today! Wooohoo! @Hippie I'm glad you're chompers are fully functioning. I'll make you a nice steak for lunch. @ Everyone else! Big hugs!!! Keep Dee busy, Lillie. That'll give me time to sneak in a hug from Jenn. While Hippie might make a nice steak for lunch, that sounds a li'l gruesome, and more my style than yours. Maybe you could feed him a nice steak for lunch? @Val, my boss has been in an awful mood for 41 years. Have you tried ignoring? Good morning, Kids!
  3. Willow Danube wrote: Madelaine McMasters wrote: Persephone Emerald wrote: On the other hand, the most boring one was an electrical engineer. I heard that! I'm with Persephone.. my ex fiance was an engineer. 60% of the time I had to remove my own socks. Socks? I'd have you take 'em off yourself too. But nylons? I'd leave those on. Mine as well.
  4. Dillon Levenque wrote: Persephone Emerald wrote: Considering absolutes, when each of us chooses an avatar or body shape in SL, are we not also asked if we are to be male or female? Well, of course, you might say, what else could we be? The Victorian Steampunk styled, text-based, turn-based game Echo Bazaar has a third option however. You may be a Lady, a Gentleman, or "A Person of Indeterminate Gender". Couldn't Second Life also offer an option of Other? That's an interesting idea, but I personally like the SL options the way they are. I've always felt that Second Life is a mirror of real life. I grant you I don't look very masculine in Second Life but I am still a male. True transexuals (a discussion I had with Dagmar earlier in this thread relates to that) can actually with a single click become female, or become 'post-op'. People like me, who are usually classed as 'transgendered', can exist in SL almost as they would in RL overlooking the obvious fact that we tend to have avatars that look WAY more feminine than we do in RL at our best. I like having that information 'known'. It means that when I interact with someone they know exactly who/what I am. Isn't the selection of male or female only visible at time of avatar creation? I don't recall seeing anything in my profile to indicate gender. If I've picked a suitably androgynous name, what cues would anyone have to my gender beyond the appearance of my avatar, which is completely under my control?
  5. I'll guess that the rotation update to the prim gets stalled by each prim update. At 20/second you notice it. Maybe you can put the title on an invisible prim that's linked into the set?
  6. Domitan Redenblack wrote: llSleep( ) seems to slow down llTargetOmega( ) - huh? I thought targetOmega ran in the local client machine, so should not be affected by llSleep( ) - yes? Yep, llTargetOmega() is executed in the viewer. Is it being called repeatedly by something involving llSleep()? If so, you may be seeing stutter as the viewer restarts the rotation. Can you give a more detailed description of what's happening?
  7. Persephone Emerald wrote: On the other hand, the most boring one was an electrical engineer. I heard that!
  8. I partnered Snugs, that's enough Perdition for me.
  9. Deltango Vale wrote: Del, do we want the pill, or simply to remember Henry Ford who said... Whether you think you can or whether think you can't, you are absolutely right. ? If I had a bottle of those pills, maybe I'd pour them in the ocean and hope there's something to homeopathy after all.
  10. Cinnamon Mistwood wrote: Willow Danube wrote: Apparently this would determined if you are an inner geek or not. I only got Major Geek... Guess I'm not as geeky as I thought... Does that mean I have to turn in my Sexy Geek membership card???? ++++ Major Geek.....................................≥35% As an electrical engineer with more tools of discovery than the local high school, I was surprised to score only 14% on that test. Finally I have an explanation for my lack of romantic success! Do I blame my home schooling?
  11. Charolotte Caxton wrote: Up is perhaps one of my most favorite movies ever. The backstory at the beginning of love found, life shared and the sadness of loss is possibly one of the most touching I have ever witnessed. I'll agree. That is, I think, the most powerful five minutes of silent film I've ever seen.
  12. Dillon Levenque wrote: Madelaine McMasters wrote: Carole, I'm gonna toot my own horn here. You and Ima are right, but I used fewer words to say it!  Scylla Rhiadra wrote: It's one's performance, not one's labels, that interest me. And I replied: Yep but, as in the Olympics, shouldn't degree of difficulty figure into the score? Bragger. Might I be pretending?
  13. Hippie Bowman wrote: Wow! I am late today! Happy Sunday Everyone! Peace! Sunday? Sunday?! Sunday!!! Sunday
  14. SL is opt-in, as are a great many other entertainment venues. There are no barriers to exit from any venue and all require a means to participate (computer and internet access) that can easily exceed the cost of actual participation. Given that and the fact that nobody actually lives here, I don't see how socialism is possible, even as a pretense.
  15. Carole Franizzi wrote: Madelaine McMasters wrote: Carole, I'm gonna toot my own horn here. You and Ima are right, but I used fewer words to say it!  Scylla Rhiadra wrote: It's one's performance, not one's labels, that interest me. And I replied: Yep but, as in the Olympics, shouldn't degree of difficulty figure into the score? Oh, hey. You were being waaaaay too metaphorical for me. I only understand Haikunese these days. Had you written it like this, then maybe I’d have got it. I do not come here To make life easy for you I come here to be I learned at the TooDeeLoo Caribou School of Haiku, you?
  16. Carole, I'm gonna toot my own horn here. You and Ima are right, but I used fewer words to say it!  Scylla Rhiadra wrote: It's one's performance, not one's labels, that interest me. And I replied: Yep but, as in the Olympics, shouldn't degree of difficulty figure into the score?
  17. Celestiall, in the interest of saving screenspace, I won't quote you, but I do agree. Our perspectives differ from each other and change over time, sometimes quickly. If my perspective someday changes, I hope I'll understand that it was probably only mine that changed. I hope to have the grace to remember the perspective I once shared with those friends I might leave behind. I will not think less of them for going their own way and I hope they will not think less of me for going mine.
  18. Ishtara Rothschild wrote: Madelaine McMasters wrote: I find your attitude curious, MoiselleErin. You call your friend an addict and say you wasted time on her. You disparage the time you once spent in SL together. You say she (and any of us who spend more than an hour or two a day in SL) are rotting away and do not have real lives. If this has always been your attitude, then I certainly can't understand why she'd miss you. But I suspect this is a recent turn and that's what's upsetting her. None of us wants to be told we're a waste of time. I didn't pick up on this because that is exactly how I view my own Second Life, as well as the SL of many people that I've met here. I and they are either addicts, or don't have anything that deserves the label Real Life, or both. (Personally, I've been cured of my addiction by Linden Lab, but I still don't have an RL. I'm hoping to find another virtual environment that I can get addicted to). I didn't find the OP's judgement insulting but rather insightful. That's why I said "I'm happy for my SL friends if they manage to get themselves a real life". A former friend of mine has managed to do just that, and I hope that she never has a reason to come back. If I believed in a deity, I would think of SL as god's dumping ground for people like myself Nobody should have to be in this virtual limbo unless they have nothing else, imho. I didn't find the OP insightful. As I understand it, insight is the ability to see the underlying hidden truth of a thing. If my years of experience in SL are typical, the underlying truth here is pretty obvious. I have had "what price am I paying by spending so much time here?" conversations with many friends. They all know the score. That the OPs attitude is disparaging rather than compassionate is what I found curious. I recently purposely used the phrase "get a life" to provoke a friend who was in the throes of indecision over RL/SL. But it was said in the context of this very kind of discussion and I freely admitted that I tell myself to "get a life" too. I have said goodbye to several friends who'd returned to RL and told them I hoped I never heard from them again, except to hear that RL was better than expected and I should try it. It's also curious that the OP started this discussion, yet barely participated in it.
  19. I find your attitude curious, MoiselleErin. You call your friend an addict and say you wasted time on her. You disparage the time you once spent in SL together. You say she (and any of us who spend more than an hour or two a day in SL) are rotting away and do not have real lives. If this has always been your attitude, then I certainly can't understand why she'd miss you. But I suspect this is a recent turn and that's what's upsetting her. None of us wants to be told we're a waste of time.
  20. Void Singer wrote: a letter on a card helps determine the size or presence of a "pistol"? I'm not sure which is more impressive, the leap of illogic or the failure of the metal detector. and when (or where) did they start allowing "typical" photos for ID? last I checked they all required largely unadorned headshots, current at the time of issue. And head shots aren't all that useful at identifying heads either, it seems... http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/334420/title/Same_face%2C_different_person
  21. Void Singer wrote: please don't encourage me to do bodily harm. Void, have you seen Carole's body?
  22. Ceka, thanks for taking the time to explain. I expected that there was some history involved, but Jesephina would have no way of knowing that. While she did jump to the conclusion you were making light of her, rather than Dogboat, I had the same feeling. But I've also known you long enough to suspect I'd misinterpreted. So I asked. As I was recently reminded, our posting styles are not known to all. For as hard as I try to be understood, I don't always hit the mark. And a final thought: You say when people come at you, you come back harder. I've tried that over the years, never successfully. If a troll comes at me, s/he's looking for engagement. The only thing I can do is deny it. If I misjudge a comment as an attack and return fire, I've simply exacerbated a misunderstanding. It happens, but I try to avoid it. Thanks again, Maddy
  23. Lia Abbot wrote: Hi all! Still in England and having real difficulty getting online, but here I am. Horrible experience Thursday night. My son choked at a restaurant. I gave him the Heimlich maneuver but had to squeeze six or seven times. I was scares s***less. Thankfully he's fine. Sorry to be so low, but I needed to share it with someone.Back to normal Tuesday. Good grief, Lia! I'm glad everything came out okay. I'd offer you a hug, but I'm afraid you'd return it, six or seven times!
  24. DQ Darwin wrote: Hugs Lillie, hugs all. Was the fight anything like this? ETA: Hugs Maddy and Love:) E again TA Hugs Wildcat and Hippie:) It was a li'l like that, yes. Dee, that video reminds me of this one, which still chokes me up a bit...
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