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Rolig Loon

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  1. 26 minutes ago, Beth Macbain said:

    To add insult to injury, I just ruined a giant pot of homemade Mac and cheese that I’ve been really looking forward to snarfing down.

    I cured myself of Mac & Cheese by overdosing on it during my student days a long time ago, and don't care to go back.  As I recall, though, it's really hard stuff to ruin unless you leave the pot on the stove and forget it while you take a nap (which I did once).  🙄

  2. 21 minutes ago, Lindal Kidd said:

    The Hard Way.  Start from scratch and write your own AO script.  Ugh, not recommended!

    Well, in the grand scheme of scripted things, an AO is one of the easier things to create, actually.  In fact, there's a very simple example in the LSL wiki that shows exactly how to do it.  The example can be prettied up by adding a dialog menu and other bells and whistles (like an ON/OFF switch), but it's a nice basic AO as it stands.

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  3. 3 minutes ago, Lindal Kidd said:

    Ah yes...but did you point out that YOU were the one who's at the center of the universe, and HE was the figment you'd made up?

    I'm sure I must have.  It's the obvious thing to say.  And MY universe is more real than yours.  We are each living in our own soap bubble world, probably in the imagination of some great cosmic turtle.

    Curiously, there's a parallel to some of the theories that cosmologists and particle physicists propound in order to explain apparent gaps or singularities in the behavior of the universe -- extra physical dimensions, alternate universes, and all that.  Clearly, there are a few things we do not understand about what's going on around us ... or in us.

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  4. 11 minutes ago, Lindal Kidd said:

    The technical term for this non-philosophy is "solipsism".  It's an interesting conceit, but it's self-defeating.  If all of reality, including your friend's test subjects and/or patients, are all in his own head, then what would be the use of going to all that trouble to become a psychologist in the first place?

    That's an interesting question, but it's wagging the wrong end of the dog. My friend would say -- and probably did say -- that he didn't become a psychologist in order to investigate that theory.  He was studying perception and came to the scientific conclusion that perception is reality.  The only universe that he could be sure was real was the one in his own mind.

    As Maddy says, from there it's turtles all the way down.  He perceives me as a fictitious person perceiving my own universe, just as you and I can read a short story and suspend our disbelief that its characters are imaginary. Reductio ad absurdem or solipsism, it all makes an internally consistent story.

  5. I really don't think you have to worry.  Check the USD balance in your account now.

    When you place an order for L$ on the LindeX, Linden Lab charges your payment method and places the amount of your purchase in a temporary escrow state, pending completion of the sale.  If the sale is completed, you get the L$ that you ordered.  If the sale is canceled the money is transferred instead to the USD balance in your account.

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  6. No, I can't say that I do, although I have a mild touch of OCD that I recognize each time I log on.  

    Do you do it because you feel a need to mark the territory, like a grafitti artist? Or to fill a void and somehow make the area seem more complete? Or are you checking to be sure that you still have the ability to create a familiar object?  Or is it part of a landing ritual, the way that a pilot works through a checklist to be sure that the airplane is still in good shape after it touches down?  Or .... ?

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  7. During one of those long. boring drives across the Midwest many years ago, a friend of mine -- a research psychologist -- confided to me that he believed that "reality" was all a figment of his imagination.  His area of specialization was perception, specifically the ways in which the human brain interprets sensory input and reconciles it with what it understands to be the real world. He had spent years studying everything from snow blindness to earworms, trying to figure out how the human mind generates information when it senses a logical gap in input.  As a scientist, he had gradually concluded that everything his brain was telling him about the world was a fiction -- that when he died, the entire universe would cease to exist.

    I have heard other versions of this theory -- often from people wearing tinfoil hats -- but never from anyone with such a firm faith in his own empirical research.  It was a little spooky, to say the least, although it did make our road trip less boring. Every once in a while, I find myself thinking back on that conversation, especially when I have felt more than normally immersed in SL.  It is easy for me to blur the line between what I experience in world and the fact that I am sitting in a chair and watching virtual reality on a monitor.  I cannot go so far as to stumble down the rabbit hole and believe myself to be "in" SL,  but there are brief moments when my friend's words dash across my mind and I wonder where reality is. 

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  8. Being able to play Dungeons and Dragons doesn't guarantee that you will be able to run SL on that computer.  Unlike online games that you may have played, SL requires a solid, continuous connection between your computer and the LL servers at all times. Data is exchanged between them 45 frames a second to keep your viewer in sync with the servers.  A wobbly Internet connection can mean loss of data or a serious delay.  Try rebooting both your router and your modem.  Avoid a wireless connection if you can.

  9. Just as in RL, you can't ever take your skin off.  It's kind of necessary.  Unlike RL, however, you can replace skin. So, as Lillith says, use a different applier (or apply a different skin using the applier you have already).

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