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Madelaine McMasters

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  1. It wasn't a dream dammit. Get that thing out of my driveway, Rolig!
  2. Trouble finding inspiration? That's because you are in front of the car.
  3. Can I get a "...sets you on fire" button?
  4. Here's how I suspect it works... When you log into SpeedLight using your SpeedLight credentials, you're connected to their cloud database, much as if you'd logged into the forums from your PC. From there, you can then log into your SL account. Your SL login credentials are passed directly to SL, and are (if I understand Glaznah correctly) never seen by SpeedLight. Those SL credentials are used to establish a secure connection between SL and SpeedLight's cloud instance of "you", which appears to SL as a viewer. Should you attempt to log directly into SL from your computer while SpeedLight is connected, you'd get the message that you're already logged in. As expected, SL allows only once instance of "you" to be connected at any one time. It's different for SpeedLight itself however. Much like the SL forums, a bank account, or Amazon, you can access your SpeedLight account from multiple devices simultaneously. That multiple access is handled by service's database. I have multiple devices logged into the forums 24/7, and switch between them regularly during the day. It's no different for access to SpeedLight. Just as my multiple devices connections to the forum produce a single coherent(I hope!) representation of Madelaine McMasters, multiple connections to the SpeedLight viewer instance of Tari Landar will all resolve to a single coherent instance of Tari Landar in SL.
  5. My "Hi, Kids!!!" greeting is stolen verbatim from Mom, who always said that when walking in the door after grocery shopping. Dad or I, or both, would respond, "Did you bring us treats?!". Mom was happy to tell everyone she had two children, an X year old girl and an X+50 yr old boy.
  6. I had 1.01 RL relationships. The first was my ex-hubby, the 0.01 was a rebound boyfriend after my divorce. I had half an SL relationship, maybe less. The exact proportion depends on how many other unknown partners my SL partner had at the time. I became aware of only one. Or maybe it was a full relationship. What I didn't know didn't hurt me!
  7. Though I'm an only child and childless, I still understand... "Mmmmmooooooommmmmm, she's looking at meeeeeeeeeee!!!" SL is fertile ground for paranoia, Talli. You allowed someone to see where you are. They saw that you are where they are. That's a seed.
  8. I think Scylla alluded earlier to the possibility that preservation has a downside. I'd not want SL to become a museum.
  9. So . . . you remember Forgotten City? Maybe the reason it failed is that it was so clearly misnamed? Ahem... I said "I lost Forgotten City". Had I remembered where I left it, I'd still have it, along with the remote control to my TV and a bag of Skittles.
  10. For Linden Lab to find the most valuable things, they need to do the research themselves. I suspect they do. I long ago learned that my personal likes and dislike are not widely shared. Fortunately, I love searching and it's not hard for me to find new things I like when the old things go away.
  11. As Scylla explained, LL calculates the expected return on any investment they make, and makes only those investments expected to increase the value of the company. They do, of course, miscalculate now and then, but to stay alive as a business, you can't do that often. Though you claim Drune would attract new residents, only LL is in a position to actually know if that's true to the extent it's worth preserving. Upsetting as it might be, the loss of Drune pales in comparison to the loss of SL. By extension of your argument, should that happen, would you petition your RL neighbors or your government to preserve Linden Lab? I lost Forgotten City, my home of over five years because the owners could no longer afford to keep it running. It was a sad day for me, but I did not expect anyone else to rush in and preserve something that I, and a handful of others, cherished.
  12. What's illogical about it, Lindal? I didn't read the National Review article you quoted, but I suspect it ignores the complexity of the issue, in the fashion of George Carlin. It's amusing, but you don't learn anything. It's not that policies are illogical, it's that they serve different constituencies and address different factors, often economic. Driving at 16 (The cars = deadly weapons claim is disingenuous. Cars are not designed to injure or kill people, handguns are.) descends from economic considerations, primarily in rural areas where the success of farm families often depended on the contributions of children. My mother got her driver's license when she was 14. That's no longer possible in Wisconsin and some states are investigating raising the driving age to 18. There is less pushback against this now, as fewer young people are seeking drivers licenses, small farms are in decline, and NHTSA, insurance companies, and other bodies are compiling ever larger mounds of data suggesting there's an economic cost of driving while young. Drinking and smoking at 21? Tobacco age laws started appearing in the late 1800's and were eventually rolled back after intense lobbying by the tobacco industry. We had an even bigger tussle over alcohol. Wisconsin's Tavern League has long fought to get Wisconsin (the binge drinking capitol of the US) to lower the drinking age from 21 to 19. The loss of Federal tax support stymies their efforts. They also condemned anti-binge drinking efforts. Absent any lobbying by industry, where would the minimum age be? 26? It's not a matter of maturity, it's a matter of... economics. Family health insurance coverage of children until age 26 reflects the increasing age at which children leave home (there was a spike in age after the Great Recession and we've never recovered). Financial and housing independence are not issues of maturity so much as of... economics. Rental car age limits of 26/7 derive from actuarial assessment of both accident and credit risk. Actuarial based age limits actually correlate more closely to brain development metrics Luna mentioned than limits driven by other factors. If you want to see policy that derives from analysis, look to insurance companies, who keep a close eye on the... economics. Minimum military recruitment age of 18? Sure. Every year you delay recruitment above that age, the harder it is to attract people and the more you must pay them. There's also a component of malleability that makes young minds more attractive for low level soldiering. Even so, the low age of entry for military service is largely a matter of... economics. This all makes sense to me. I also have personal experience with a 25 year old male who's barely sensible and may never attain certain aspects of what is classically defined as "maturity".
  13. This is a resident-to-resident forum. We have no knowledge regarding your participation in Second Life. When you are served a ban by Linden Lab, you receive an e-mail (or forum notification for forum bans) stating the general reason. Check your e-mail and/or forum message box.
  14. There are many ways for someone to move from acquaintance to friend. Offering book recommendations is one of them. Well, I think that's one of them. I can't be sure of anything since reading "Thinking Fast and Slow". ;-).
  15. My BFF has considered quitting her job at a major pharmaceutical company because, during the periodic research reviews, it's becoming increasingly clear that the company is not interested in cures, but rather in "maintenance". Cure a patient, lose a customer. But, if you can maintain the illness as a chronic condition, you've got a customer for life.
  16. I love it, Gregorian! The maggots don't bother me, but the bacteria they might harbor does. I'd probably avoid that cheese unless it's in something well cooked. A few years ago, I got a some white, hulless popcorn from a local Amish farmer. While preparing to pour it into my popcorn container, I noticed a li'l wiggly fella poking trough the plastic bag. I put him under my microscope and identified him as a pantry moth larvae. Wanting to know what fraction of the kernels were infested, I counted and weighed 50 kernels, then poured about 500 kernels worth of corn into a glass dish. I poured a mix of isopropyl alcohol and water into the bowl and waited to see who popped out. Here's the result, about 40 of 'em... 8% wastage didn't seem too bad. To prevent the remaining larvae from morphing into pantry moths, I microwaved the entire batch for a couple minutes. Although cooked bugs aren't an issue for me, it was unlikely I'd end up eating any because infested kernels, with punctured hulls, don't pop. This particular batch was, I think, more delicious than average!
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