SL Risk describes themselves as Second Life’s “First Fully functional Credit Reporting Acency [sic] (Credit Bureau).” They say, “Need to know if an avatar is a good risk for that loan that they applied for? Just grab a complete report from slrisk & you now have a wealth of additional information to base that decision on!”
Unfortunately, Jon was not impressed and listed SL Risk as a strong sell. His target price was L$ .50. SL Risk had traded at L$ .50 as recently as August 30th. It had climbed up to L$ 1.12 on October 9th and traded in the range of L$ .78 to L$ 1.27, closing at L$ .55 after Jon’s report.
On October 26th, SL Risk Investor Whitfield, CEO of SL Risk issued an announcement informing investors of their decision to delist from the World Stock Exchange and list over on the ACE. In the announcement, Investor Whitfield wrote,
At this time when we are posting decent profits and have a viable business model & great response to the credit reporting service - to have a decrease in share price can only attributed to one factor - that is the "Strong Sell Rating" issued by an analyst. Until analysts have some Guidelines set down by the WSE regarding the way analysis is done, I fear that this type of "opinion written as fact" will continue to plague other companies as well.
IntLibber Brautigan, head of ACE wrote in their announcement,
Investor Whitfield, CEO of SL Risk (RIS) has made the decision to relist RIS on ACE. RIS is a profitable company with excellent prospects, whose stock dropped in price only due to an unqualified "analyst" on WSE issuing a strong sell rating on the company without any quantifiable evidence to support such a decision. ACE is bullish on the future of RIS and is very happy to see RIS relist with us.
This move appears, at least initially, to have benefited SL Risk shareholders. SL Risk has been trading in a range of L$ 1.50 to L$ 5.50, well above its range over on the World Stock Exchange.
It was the fall of 1980. I had left college and moved to New York with a few of my friends from school. We were all artists, painters, photographers, sculptures, and writers. I had come to New York to write poetry. I would support myself writing computer programs. I searched out a community of believers to become part of and started attending Grace Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
Every Wednesday evening, many of us young professionals would gather for a Eucharist and then break into prayer groups. We would gather together, share stories of our work lives, our concerns and pray for one another. It was a place of stability for many of us in our turbulent years in a turbulent city.
It shaped all of us, and many of my friends went on to become priests and missionaries after following fairly serpentine paths. Today, these paths crossed once again. One of the women I met back in 1980 was Kate Heichler. We traveled in the same circles, prayer groups, trips to Ocean Grove in the summer and weekend retreats at Camp Incarnation in the springs and fall.
I moved to Connecticut, and slowly lost touch with many of my old friends from Grace Church. In 1999, I started dating Kim and in September, her mother ended her battle with cancer and went to be with God. Kim was attending a small church in her home town of Bethany Connecticut. The evening Kim’s mom died, the rector of the church came and sat with us. That whole time is a bit of a blur, but figuratively, if not literally, Peter brought donuts. He sat with us and provided comfort.
Sunday morning, Kim and I went to Christ Church, Bethany, were Peter was the Rector. The news had spread through the congregation about Kim’s mother’s death. Kim’s mother was a well beloved teacher and member of the community, and many people had prayed long and hard for her. Everyone came up to comfort Kim and offer words of condolence.
It was the first Sunday of September, and Peter was introducing a new seminarian that Sunday. Her name was Kate Heichler, the same Kate I had gone to Grace Church with nearly two decades earlier. We looked at each other and both asked, what are you doing here?
Kim and I got married and we settled at my old house in Stamford. Christ Church flourished with Peter as the Rector and Kate as seminarian, and later as an assistant. Then, earlier this year, Kate accepted the calling to become Priest in Charge at Trinity Emmanuel Church in Stamford.
Trinity Emmanuel is a small church in North Stamford. I had attended it briefly when I first moved to Connecticut. Later, when a friend of mine was fighting cancer, Kim and I attended Trinity Emmanuel to be with him the worst part of his struggles.
Now, Kate was the Priest in Charge. Kim and I returned to Trinity Emmanuel during the summer. We prayed for the church and continue to pray for it. As our own lives continued to become more complicated, between Kim’s Lyme disease and our difficult finances, we moved to Woodbridge, the next town over from Bethany and started attending Christ Church, Bethany.
Members of Trinity Emmanuel came to our house to help us move, as well as prayed for us in our struggles.
This morning, I returned to Trinity Emmanuel to celebrate the new ministry of Kate and Trinity Emmanuel. Peter provided the sermon. Friends from Grace Church in Manhattan were there, as were friends from other churches in the Stamford Deanery.
The band for Christ Church, Bethany provided most of the music, and during the service, members of the congregation presented Kate with a bowl of guitar picks say, “Kate, receive these guitar picks, which you so liberally scatter, and be among us as one who teaches us a new song in worship.”
It was a wonderful service. Not only was a great celebration of the new ministry of Kate and Trinity Emmanuel, but it was also first such ceremony that The Right Reverend Doctor Laura Ahrens celebrated as Bishop Suffragan of Connecticut.
For me, the words that summed up the service were the refrain from the Litany of Prayers for Ministry, “Set us free to serve You”.
As I thought about all the things that have happened in my life since those days at Grace Church, as well as all the things that have happened in Kate’s life and the lives of some many of my friends, the idea of being liberated to serve God ties it together very nicely.
So, my prayers are with Kate, with the congregation of Trinity Emmanuel, and with all of us that needs God’s grace to set us free to serve Him.
Let’s imagine you run an online community where thousands of people come every day and dress up however they wish. Some dress up as closely as possible to what they look like in real life. Other people dress up as furry creatures, fighters from some video game, or simply as some fantasy of how they would like to be seen.
Let’s imagine that people in this community make a lot money by selling outfits and accessories to help people dress up however they want. What day would be the most important day not to shut down for five hours to add additional hardware?
Anyone that has been out shopping for Halloween costumes in real life that knows anything about Second Life would likely come up with next Wednesday as the worst possible day to shutdown Second Life for five hours.
Wednesday evening, I wrote blog post about the OnRez Client for Second Life. I like the client and have been using it as my primary client for the past few days. It takes a little getting used, but seems to work quite nicely.
Prokofy Neva responded in the comments presenting a different opinion, and I wanted to look at some of the data and at Prokofy’s concerns. Prokofy starts off by wondering how many new people will come to Second Life. According to recent Nielsen ratings, CSI NY has around 14 million viewers. If one tenth of one percent connected to check things out, that would be around 14,000 new avatars on Second Life.
The last I saw, Second Life had just over 10 million avatars signed up, having broken into that range a couple weeks ago. However, at any given time, the number of avatars active cycles in a pretty predictable sin wave between 30,000 and 50,000 avatars online. Over the past few days, these numbers have stayed approximately the same, with no discernible effect from CSI.
I’ve been on the road a lot over the past three days, so I’m behind on my emails and behind on the blogs. I did manage to get a few posts up while I was on the road.
As I read through my email today, I found a message pointing me to Assumptions? Do me a favour....
In it, Loz writes,
If you read this please leave a comment as to who and where you are and maybe if you feel like it why you visit here. If you are a blogger please visit the other bloggers who comment and maybe leave a comment on one of their posts saying Loz sent you ;)
I left my comment on Loz’s blog:
Who I am:
Hi. I'm Aldon, an old guard hardcore geek with interests in technology, politics, social media and networks.
I've been blogging for several years, including being credentialed to cover the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and the Libby Trial in Washington DC.
I live in Woodbridge, CT, just north of New Haven.
My blog is Orient Lodge. Please, stop by and say hi.
I first found your blog through MyBlogLog.
I like to come back because there is a little more personality and reality to it than many of the political and technical blogs that I visit.
I've been on the road a bit over the past few days, so I'm way behind in my emails, blog reading and so on.
So, I will try to visit the blogs of other people posting here, but it I probably won't get to them all immediately.
My blog is using Drupal and requires registration and validation of an email address. Some people don’t want to give out their email address or go through the bother of registering on another site. If you are already using a site that supports OpenId, you can use that registration instead. However, a lot of people don’t know how to use OpenId yet either, so if this is too complicated for some of you, I can understand.
However, if you can leave a comment about who you are and why you stopped by, especially if you can via Loz’s post, it would be greatly appreciated.