Posted in day-to-day, personal

G.I.F.T.

So let me say, I’m really glad nobody’s reading this blog. I mean, I won’t say nobody, obviously; but I’m glad that I’m not one of the big-kid popular blogs. Because if this were, I’d get to be caught up in a childish name-calling, finger-pointing, bullying back-and-forth which makes everyone look like fucking morons. It’s the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory in full force.

Source: Penny Arcade (click)

I wonder if it might be related to Adric’s passing. Adric, I mentioned it before, was very opinionated and could swear the bark off a tree. I wonder if people are trying to fill that gap (albeit poorly) by stepping up their nastiness game. I for one am all for calling a spade a spade and pointing out bullshit as bullshit, but seriously, life is so friggin’ short. There are better things to do than to be an asshole for assholery’s own sake.

Posted in day-to-day

If it happens to me…

Don’t know if you heard the news yet; it seems that the man we know as Adric Antfarm passed away suddenly earlier in the week. I guess it just hasn’t fully registered for me yet. In part it’s probably because I’m naturally skeptical about such things, given how much I’ve read on faking deaths online. In another part I think it’s still so much of a shock that I’m not ready to believe it’s true (is it still denial when you know it could very well be?).

Adric was the second person I ever banned from posting in my blog, about a year or so ago (the first being a stalking ex-lover in SL). The ban lasted all of a week. His posts kept going into the spam queue, and I couldn’t help reading them and I especially couldn’t help laughing at them. His (and everyone else’s) comments still went into a moderation queue afterward, but I didn’t mind that and I don’t think he did either. He visited me on the OpenLife Grid during my sojourn there, and came into Clover’s Kitchen a few times. He was opinionated, mouthy, and completely bullshit intolerant. Sometimes I agreed with him, sometimes I strongly disagreed, sometimes he’d say what I was really thinking but didn’t have the raw nerve to say. He will, surely, be missed.

The news came by way of his own blog, Living on a Prim, on September 23, by way of a post by Amalia Broome, recounting a message from “Adric”‘s RL best friend John:

I regret to inform everyone that this is the last entry for Adric Antfarm. The man behind this blog, my best friend, David, passed away suddenly Saturday night or very early Sunday morning, apparently of natural causes (quite possibly a stroke). I was closer, perhaps, to him than anyone else in the real world, having known him for 20 years.

It is not a pleasant task to have to inform his followers of this tragic news. David had communicated to me several things he wanted “taken care of” if he were to die before me, and I’m doing my best to fulfill his wishes.

It did get me to thinking, if I were to suddenly kick off, how would any of you know it? Because I can assure you, my next of kin would have zero interest in making a post from my SL blog when he’s got other fish to fry. Even if it did occur to him to want to make a post, I don’t think he knows my passwords to know how.

I think it would be more like this: if a month or more goes by when I don’t appear on ANY blog, forum, inworld login, Twitter, or Skype, then it’s safe to assume the worst. Or best, depending. A handful of you have my RL phone number; I’m going to count on you guys to do the detective work (since I’d be, you know, dead and all).

Do please pardon if you can my flippant way of talking about this. As I say, I’m still not entirely ready to believe it’s true. Shock is like that.

Posted in day-to-day, Emerald viewer, events, Lionheart, personal

I picked a hell of a week to start a paper…

OK actually it was started a fortnight ago, but nobody ever uses “fortnight” anymore (except Lisa Simpson, and me). But, at any rate, I actually started a small local newspaper. It’s called Lionheart Times and it’s for the 14-sim Lionheart estate in which I’ve worked and lived since March of this year.

Since doing so, the biggest news to hit the grid since Philip’s return fell into my (and the whole grid’s) lap: the Emerald Debacle. At a time when I was starting to wonder if bratty behavior had become the new black (as evidenced by that JetBlue attendant’s obnoxious way of quitting his job, or the woman ultimately escorted out of Starbuck’s by police for not deigning to answer “neither, thanks”), along come events that show bratty behavior resulting in a sound spanking. It’s a story that readers have strong opinions about, and one with a “how the mighty have fallen” element that always captures attention (Tiger Woods being a textbook example). There are those who whine and cry that LL has “murdered” Emerald “in cold blood” (from a now-deleted forum thread); I however am of the personal belief that when you wave a weapon in the face of the authorities and refuse to put it down when they demand it, you can’t rightly call the cops murderers for gunning you down.

And if you think I make these statements out of dislike for Emerald (which I hated having to uninstall, it was so cool…) or out of love for LL: hi, welcome to my blog, you must be new. I’m not in SL because I love the Lab; I’m in SL basically because my friends are here, all my stuff is here, and it works. I’ve come to accept that this is no democratic country we’re dealing with here, but rather a privately owned nation where anyone can come and live and work but it WILL be on the government’s terms. I don’t like it, a lot of the time, but I tolerate it. I’ve learned that by tolerating it, I get scripts that work and actual money for the things I sell.

But, I go off on a tangent.

The news that has been happening has suddenly made the newspaper project FAR more important than I’d expected it would be. And it’s made me more serious about the paper, sometimes perhaps to the point where I make the perfect the enemy of the good. I hope that people will appreciate the work that goes into it and maybe be inspired to either share the workload or buy ad space and keep it economically feasible. Or both. I ain’t picky. Just tired.

So, even though a week or more ago I said to Adric that I “never claimed to be a journalist”, I guess I’m making that claim now. I’m still not claiming to be a good hard-hitting, muckraking type yet. I’d really rather do the editing for when other people do that thanks.

Posted in business in SL, Lionheart, personal

A little catchin’ up

Medaillon from my friend PJ. Rampant lion, three trefoils (clovers) and an open right hand. Click to see up close.
First thing first, Clover won the election for Chamber of Commerce Chair. I worked my ass off while campaining, to meet with individual business owners one-on-one, talk to them and ask them what they wanted and needed; then in under a week before the vote I started work on a real, concrete community builder: the Lionheart Times; and finally, at the meeting, I was prepared to answer people’s questions and conduct myself well, not to mention demonstrate with a real example that I was less interested in planning than doing. I was pissed with myself at the time for the bad timing with the paper; after all, this would mean if I won the election I’d have the burden of a newspaper AND an office to hold. And boy has the paper kept me busy. But, damn it, I earned what I got and now I’m ready to run with it.

Monday night was the party at the pub. I-as-Clover gave a speech about how the Chamber’s new mantra will be “Remove the Hurdles”, and the importance of addressing basic fundamental knowledge that each business owner should have in order to succeed. And then, my dear dear friend Pajobra “PJ” Zessinthal (she of the “full mountie”) gave me the most awesome gift ever. It’s this gorgeous silver medallion with a rampant lion, three trefoils (clovers), and an open right hand. The hand is especially interesting because to me it’s a symbol of action over words; additionally, it’s featured on the so-called “family crest” of my RL family (I put it in quotes because there is no actual such thing as a family crest; it’s the heraldry that at some point belonged to one individual in the family line somewhere). I am just in awe of the gift’s… well, awesomeness, in the truest sense of the word.

By Tuesday morning the Lionheart Times Extra with election results was out. And I’ve scheduled a first meeting of the Chamber of Commerce for the 10th. Between now and then another Sunday edition of the Times will go out.

So, as I mentioned before, I have a lot on my plate right now. Oddly the avatar originally meant to be the “shut up and let me build” alt has now become the one who gets inundated with IMs upon login and Mistletoe has become the new “leave me alone, I’m doin’ stuff” alt.

Posted in business in SL, day-to-day, Shopping!, SL Marketplace

New Marketplace makes Grouchy Old Elf’s job difficult

Grumbling about the government (read: Linden Lab) is something that a grouchy old elf like me enjoys. And I think by and large it’s something lots of us SLers like doing from time to time. We can be quite curmudgeonly, especially when it comes to any sort of radical change. Sometimes our complaints are quite valid (like when it comes to Viewer 2). And it’s because of that attitude that I really wanted to hate the New Marketplace (to which XStreet is being converted). I was prepared to find its each and every little flaw and focus on them and grouch and gripe until I was satisfied (whenever the hell THAT would be).

But, I’m loath to admit, I just can’t say I hate it. In fact, I think it’s pretty damn cool. Now, it does kind of suck that I have to take the time to re-upload each item’s picture, and recategorize each item. Also, I have to go into the description and change every used-to-be formatted to BB code link so that the text is coherent.

BUT. It’s really a very logical and clear setup. And it’s really geared to help business people help themselves; with easy links to related products, SKU numbers enabled, a quick list of features, checkboxes for permissions, and a separate text box for search keywords. So, nearly as difficult for me to say as “Adric was right” (and yet every bit as true), I have to say: I like the New Marketplace. I’m looking forward to the changeover.