Random Second Life Notes

OpenSim worlds lure Second Life’s outcasts (HT malburns Also, I had problems getting to Reuters Second Life earlier, but they are back.

I’ve started playing a little bit of Tiny Empires within Second Life. A Wiki about it is available here.

BlogHud was down for a little earlier, but seems back up now. With any luck my picture of the OMG! Opening in Second Life will be up soon. Also, SLNN.COM is down right now.

I am about to head offline for a bit. I’m not sure if I’ll be around for Walt’s art opening, but I’ll try to make it.

That’s about it for now.

(Categories: )

The Enabling Act of 2008

Here is the comment that I added on the Give em hell harry website concerning the reauthorization of the FISA act with retroactive immunity to Bush's corporate sponsors:

75 years ago on March 23, Germany's parliament passed the famous Enabling Act of 1933 which broadly expanded executive power and led to the formation of the Third Reich.

The current FISA legislation, while it is unlikely to bring about a dangerous totalitarian regime, is strikingly similar in that it sets supporters of the current executive branch above the law.

Those who love our country and our democracy must stand up and oppose the intelligence committee’s version of the FISA reauthorization, especially as it pertains to retroactive immunity for large corporate sponsors of the Bush administration.

(Categories: )

Attention Data

718 unread emails. Following 183 people on Twitter. 467 friends in Facebook. 102 of them have recently updated their profiles. 145 unread messages in Facebook. 567 unprocessed updates and requests. 298 RSS feeds in Bloglines. 128 friends in Second life. 58 friends and 179 admirers in MyBlogLog. 70 friends and 40 communities in BlogCatalog. Spock, Wink, Plaxo, Pandora. The list seems endless.

I remember years ago teachers asking for my complete undivided attention. Now, everyone wants my constant partial attention. It seems unmanageable. Beyond that, I want to get as much constant partial attention from others as possible as well.

To get other people’s attention, I make sure that when I do something, it gets out to various places. I send text messages from my cellphone to Facebook and Twitter. Facebook also feeds twitter, in the event that I put something on Facebook directly. Both of them feed jaiku. Twitter feeds MyBlogLog, Spock and Plaxo. When I put up a post on Orient Lodge it feeds Facebook, in a couple different ways, as well as Twitter and Jaiku. When I take a picture with my cellphone, it goes to Facebook and Flickr. From Flickr I can send it to Orient Lodge. When I shoot video from cellphone, it goes to Facebook, Youtube and blip.tv. Blip can send it on to Flickr and to Orient Lodge.

There are probably a lot of other connections I’ve established that I’m overlooking right now. Confusing? You bet it is. It makes it even harder to track what is where.

So, what gets my attention? Well, this shifts frequently. I’m doing a lot in Second Life right now. I have TwitterBox running so I stay on top of my incoming Tweats and Second Life IMs. I’ve been playing a bit with Spock recently. Mostly I see tweats there that I’m already seeing in Second Life. However, I do see people’s updates in Spock. My experiences with Plaxo Pulse are fairly similar.

Right now, the feed that probably gets the most data is my Plaxo feed. However, since it is listening to a bunch of different feeds, it gets redundant data. So, as an example, 18 hours ago, I put up my post about Clinton, Edwards and the FISA legislation. 17 hours ago, Twitter picked it up. Then Plaxo Pulse picked up on both the link on the blog, as well as the link in Twitter. Four hours ago Jaiku picked up the feed from Twitter and then three hours ago, it picked it up from my blog directly. So, the same key piece of information shows up in my Plaxo Pulse four times.

This illustrates a few different things. One is the latency that it takes for information to get out through the network. It illustrates the duplication of messages. Yet not all the messages are duplicates. In some cases I post a quick message in Twitter without posting a message on my blog.

So, how do we aggregate, sort, filter, and make meaningful all this information without introducing more latency? How do we add something new so that, for example, if I find a new friend, I can get him added in all my social networks, get his statuses on Twitter, Facebook, track his RSS feed and so on? And for that matter, how do we plug it into other systems, like Pandora so that if my friends twitter or write blog posts about music, I can hear related music? I don’t know, but it does look like as the data that comes at us starts coming more quickly, we need to come up with better ways of processing attention data. Perhaps most importantly, how do we do it in a way so that people don’t simply turn off their computers and communication devices and walk away?

Clinton, Edwards and the Enabling Act of 2008

(Initially posted on DailyKos)

I don’t like attack diaries, but today is too important a day and the emails I got today were too important to leave without highlighting them. I am on the Clinton and the Edwards mailing lists. Here is what I got from the two campaigns:

Chelsea Clinton wrote to say:

I love talking to people who are thinking about supporting my mom -- about why I believe in her and why I support her as a young American, a woman, and her daughter!

I also love talking to people who already support my mom's campaign. Every day, when people tell me they're voting for my mom, putting their faith in her, using their voice to encourage others to support her and working hard for her, I grow more proud.

I've been campaigning with her across the country -- and I'm definitely planning on being at the next debate. Would you like to join me? The campaign is picking an online supporter to watch the January 31 debate in Los Angeles with me and to meet my mom. I know she'll be thrilled to meet you -- she is so grateful for how much every supporter has done for her campaign.

John Edwards wrote to say:

When it comes to protecting the rule of law, words are not enough. We need action.

It's wrong for your government to spy on you. That's why I'm asking you to join me today in calling on Senate Democrats to filibuster revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would give "retroactive immunity" to the giant telecom companies for their role in aiding George W. Bush's illegal eavesdropping on American citizens.

The Senate is debating this issue right now -- which is why we must act right now. You can call your Senators here:

I’ll give you three guesses about who I’m supporting. The first two don’t count, and if you are a major telecom corporation, the third doesn’t either.

One person responded talking about a pie recipe fundraising letter that the Edwards campaign sent out some time ago. Another person noted that an important aspect is the timing of the emails, and sending a fluffy email on a day like today is ‘tone deaf’.

I responded,

I think you captured some of my thinking quite nicely there. I actually think there is an important place for emails like the one that Chelsea sent on behalf of her mom, as well as the apple pie recipe that the Edwards campaign sent out.

My daughter Fiona was out on the campaign trail when she two years old handing out palm cards saying 'Vote for Mommy!' She had fun, she got people to listen to my wife's message.

This is about things like caring for our family. Yet, personally, I take the issue setting corporations above the law if they are serving a unitary executive branch very very seriously and so the fluffiness of Chelsea's email really grated at me today. On a different day, I might have found it cute.

Personally, I tend to think that a better name for retroactive immunity might be the Enabling Act of 2008. Perhaps we can manage to hold it off until March 23 and pass it as the 75th anniversary edition of a previous enabling act.

(Categories: )

Does Philip Linden need a Colgate Smile?

I’ve written articles about the Colgate Smiles in Second Life. I’ve written about the Second Life Banking Ban in many places, and recently about Philip Linden being sad. People have asked if I really believe that avatars need to be able to smile, that the Second Life economy needs banks, or why I was so harsh on Philip Linden. To me, it is all part of the same question; what is Second Life really about anyway?

Too many people view Second Life as a game rife with sex and scams that nonetheless is getting some sort of interest from corporations and educational institutions. Others are very happy with the types of role playing that Linden Lab allows them to engage in, as well as the commerce to buy and sell clothes, skins, and other objects to enhance their role playing and don’t really want to see it change.

I believe both perspectives are too narrow and overlook the real potential of Second Life and other virtual worlds to become the key platform for the Internet in the twenty first century.

Syndicate content