A pointed aside to Linden Labs

Typist doing academic things when this popped out and took ahold of the shared brain:

[Dave] Rickey was ostensibly talking about how customer support works in a game this complex, but by the end of his talk it was clear his point was that it doesn’t.  Customer support, in the traditional sense of companies walking users through a product that the company understands much better than the user, has to give way to something more like democratic politics.  “You have to remember that, in aggregate, the players always know your game better than you do,” said Rickey — and given that fact, he argued, the most efficient way to manage customer satisfaction is to let them tell you, to a certain extent, how to run your game.¹

I’m not sure I could come up with a better encapsulation of the meta-issues behind the openspace sim controversy.  I don’t own any significant land holdings, nor have I taken the time to understand land issue or how simulators work or scripting loads … or any of the technical issue of how SL works as it does.  Despite having a rez date of exactly 2.5 years on the grid (really, as of today), I am a clueless newbie and mere consumer in a lot of ways.  Nonetheless, having experienced text-based virtual worlds off and on for 6 years, spent time as low-level customer support for a variety of enterprises, going from one service-based profession (librarianship) to another (lawyers need clients, n’est-ce pas?) … I can say with some confidence that LL did an appalling job in managing the expectations of a significant chunk of its customer base.  That some startlingly devoted creatives are so open as to the grief and loss of trust they’re experiencing says so much.

*shakes head*

Perhaps a copy of academic anthology “The State of Play,” with nice print-outs of posts by Ordinal Malaprop, Hypatia Callisto and others, would be an appropriate holiday gift for Mark Kingdon.

¹ Julian Dibbell, Owned! Intellectual Property in the Age of eBayers, Gold Farmers, and Other Enemies of the Virtual State, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the End-User License Agreement, The State of Play: Law, Games, and Virtual Worlds, ed. Jack Balkin and Beth Noveck (New York, NY: NYU Press, 2006).


The Red Shoes

There’s all sorts of semi-violent metaphors for getting work done at the last minute — push comes to shove, hunkering down, in crunch time, nose to the grindstone.  Ouch.  T’is the typist’s life for as she deals with RL obligations.

However, tonight will be a guilt-free break from that.  In-world, it is a weekend of music and dancing.  Last night, I attended both le discotheque in Steelhead Boomtown (Tensai Hilsa and Eladrienne Laval made the most fetching 70s-era tinies one could imagine, although I fear Tanarian Davies’ Tiny disco nun never rezzed for me, alas).  I’m not so much about the 70s music, but it was all in good fun.  However, I had to dash off to a wedding of a vampire and his beloved.

My friend Joss and his dear mortal Mysty tied the knot in-world and I provided classical and jazz to celebrate the knotting.  It was sweet, heart-warming and a bit deranged.  In his vows, the groom referred to his partner as “more than just an attractively packaged beverage dispenser” (or was it container?  Hmmm …).  In her vows, she promised to be, among other things, his “willing juicebox.”  The typist cackled madly.  I nearly broke.  But that sort of deranged silliness bodes well for that, or any other, relationship on SL that’s not strictly business.  Humour will get us through.

I did not dance much at the reception, but I was led through two tangoes by two different avs, both of whom asked me to dance — that’s a current tie with my most frequent dance record in Caledon, which was two dances at the first USO show hosted by Lady Eva Bellambi, Duchess Loch Avie.

Continuing tonight will be my first foray into the Grand Tour of Nations, a magnificient event put together by Lady Fogwoman Gray to highlight the charms and community ties of various themed sims.  It started at 4am with a Roman Toga Party and is set to end tomorrow evening (unofficially) with the usual dance at Prop Spinners Pub in Caledon Steam SkyCity. Lady Gabrielle Riel, Duchess Carntaigh, already has details and highlights.

Truth be told, I am … fairly awful at themed balls.  Everyone else looks so nice with their updos and gorgeous gowns that manage not to do anything embarrassing and they trade partners with such ease and grace. Somehow, I always end up along the wall, either chattering inanely at triple-speed or I fade into the wainscotting.  But the Grand Tour is an AWFULLY GOOD CAUSE and it will be a chance to see both familiar and new environs … and so I shall go.  And if I am ignored for a half-hour and there’s no singles dance machine, I shall wear my own chimera and twitch for my own amusement.  If I feel bolder, I’ll start a dream-dance loop and twirl up in the sky while people exchange comments about my underwear.

Oh, and if I may push one particular dance, for mes dames, there will be a Ladies Who Like Ladies dance at the Burning Peacock in Caledon Wellsian, 3 pm SLT on Sunday.  While the theme is Ladies who like Ladies (no, one does not have to display their Xcite products to prove gender for admission at the door), the admiration may be Platonic or Sapphic in nature.  There will be music across various genres and the DJ hopes to avoid rank comparisons to the Lilith Fair *cough*.

In the meantime … let’s cut a rug.


The typist is a frustrated graphic artist.  Enough said of that.

I promise to add actual blogs to the blogroll, once I get comfortable with the idea of people knowing about this blog and rejecting it. *grin*

Till then … take a gander at the sites listed to the right.  Images and texture, royalty-free AND free.  Do check for the CC license (if there is a CC license).  Use responsibly … or wantonly.  Or, just wallow in teh pretty (like me) and wish for the mad PhotoShop/Gimp skillz to do this images justice.

Very, very strange

I’m not sure this is right … I do not consider myself a lucky person (or an unlucky person).  But I tried changing some of the more ambivalent answers and I keep getting the same thing …

You are The Wheel of Fortune

Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of
intoxication with success

The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. You are lucky in all things that you do and happy with the things that come to you. Be careful that success does not go to your head however. Sometimes luck can change.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Danke, Darien, Bardhaven

Yet another personality test

Danke schoen, Kiralette

Your result for The LONG Scientific Personality Test

INFP – the Healer

You scored 36% I to E, 16% N to S, 10% F to T, and 53% J to P!

You are more introverted than extroverted. You are more intuitive than observant, you are more feeling based than thinking based, and you prefer to go with the flow rather than having a plan. Your type can best be summarized by the word “Healer”, which belongs to the larger group of idealists. You have a capacity for caring that is deeper than most. You strive for unity, are fascinated by the battles between good and evil, and can be something of an idealist. Only 1% of the population shares your type.
As a romantic partner, you are usually supprtive and nuturing, however, you have a high need for individuality. Harmony is extremely important to you as you are very affected by conflict and tension, which also makes you resist confronting your partner directly about problems. When you get angry, you usually blame yourself, rather than your partner. You can also be stubborn and unyielding when you feel you are being criticized or mistreated. You feel the most appreciated when your partner listens to you carefully. You need to be understood. You need to hear your partner express their feelings, the more often, the better. Your group summary: idealists (NF)
Your type summary: INFP



I usually vary between teacher and healer … but I’m feeling a lot more I(ntroverted) than E(xtroverted).

Viva Drama Libre!

On occasion, I leave the steampunk and Victorian themed sims and venture out into … well, maybe not quite the mainland, but other spaces.  And one of my favorites just celebrated its 2-year anniversary.  Congrats, guys!  Ya did done good.

Starting the Terrible Twos

Starting the Terrible Twos

Drama Libre is a dance club that has events twice a week … but with ever, ever shifting themes.  Every week, a new theme, a new build, new costumes, the works.  It’s the NPIRL aesthetic writ over and over.  The tunes are familiar – a combination of 80s, 90s and “aughts” music, mostly mainstream pop and rock.  The people are familiar, too.  DL draws a crowd of regulars who compete for best costume, make requests of the DJs and tease each other in and out of character with much cheezy humor [but in a PG fashion].  Good to its name, it is truly a place that’s largely free from drama …

The picture above (the best I have since my Photoshop skills are even less than rudimentary) was taken as DL was winding … it’s not unusual to have 30-40 avs, rocking out in synchronicity on the dance machine.  Lag can be an issue, but somehow, it never gets too bad and there are constant reminders to put away the AOs, bling, etc.  Saturdays 8 pm-1 am SLT, Thursdays 5-9 pm SLT.  Even if you aren’t that enamored of the silliness and commercial radio-friendly music, visit once during the week to see the builds.  All are good, some are extraordinary.  After a year of attending, I have to say that my absolute favorite so far has been DL’s version of the Louvre.  So astounding, I wanted to cry at the thought of all those gorgeous paintings and sculptures being recycled to free up prims for the next set.  It’s that good, and they do it on a weekly basis.

Machinima of the party by Sougent Harrop

Just wallow in the pretty, why don’t you?