Archive for October, 2007
Just because Argent did it.
BTW, good news on the IBM strike:
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: IBM Italy – some news!
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:21:33 +0200
Many thanks to all of those who have given us suggestions on how to proceed with the IBM Italy workersâ€™ struggle that had remained unsolved after our historical Protest in Second Life on September 27th. By the time we went through all of the excellent and original ideas you gave us, some developments had taken placeâ€¦.indeed there are some very positive news we had to share with you:
1. Mr Andrea Pontremoli, IBM Italyâ€™s CEO (who personally received all of your petitions by email) has resigned. It seems our Virtual action had an impact on his role at IBM. IBM Corporation made a complaint to IBM Italy for the way theyâ€™ve managed the negotiations with the thousands of employees and how theyâ€™ve let it lead to such a harmful image for the company.
2. IBM Italy management have accepted to return to the negotiationsâ€™ table and has already met with the Works Council. We expect an agreement will -finally- be signed in the next week or two. IBM workers have now been waiting an entire year for the situation to unblock, so this is really fantastic news.
We would like to think that all of this has a lot to do with the incredible support all of you have given them over the last 6 weeks. Your involvement with the protest in Second Life, your news coverage of the events and your ideas to pursue fighting in â€œfirstâ€ and â€œsecond lifeâ€ have really helped tremendously. You will never be thanked enough.
Again, weâ€™ll keep you informed of the signing of the new agreement for IBM Italy workers!
IBM Protest organisers
UPDATE 6 NOV: Contract Signed! Read about it here.2 comments
Don’t forget to make the mothership connection tonight at Topgol’s emporium of funk. I mean Clockwork. DJ keTchUp does his thing from 6-8. Then shake your bootay to the true funk from 8-9. If you’re lucky, Axiom will show in her fearsome steampunk flagship!
Get yourself in the mood by listening to these delicious podcasts!
funk for the masses | 15 October 2007: Right click here to download the podcast.
funk for the masses | 22 October 2007: Right click here to download the podcast.
Set lists after the break.No comments
We take it for granted that everyone has a different idea of what it is to be alive. But back that up. Doesn’t that strike you as strange? If we really were “human beings,” don’t you think after all this time we’d have figured a few things out about what it means to be us? Why isn’t this obvious? I prick my finger and it bleeds. I forget my keys on the dining room table.
Yet it seems to get more confusing, not less! Nothing was more apparent at the panel my friend Sophrosyne had organized for Saturday. Cacophony! (I was hoping to hear more from Argent!)
Doesn’t this fog tell the truth? If it’s so hard for humans to figure out what it means to be human, isn’t it logical to conclude that we may not be human after all? Just as easy to figure out what it means to be a spider or a duck!
A full transcript of the event is available at Transumanar. I have included an edited version below:
[13:12] Esteban Moody: I believe that we avatars exist materially at the end of time, but have been made to believe we are fictions of so-called “real life.” I don’t know who or what has made us believe this.
[13:19] Esteban Moody: Thanks!
[13:20] Esteban Moody: uh, egg dude — you’re being an asshole…
[13:20] Esteban Moody: 10…9…8…7…6
[13:21] Esteban Moody: 5…
[13:27] Esteban Moody: Well, since I don’t believe in the atomic world, I would agree.
[13:28] Esteban Moody: Terence, I think that our SL life has been muted or downgraded from its full reality.
[13:29] Esteban Moody: In my opinion…
[13:30] Esteban Moody: there’s too much about “real life” that doesn’t make sense — too many cracks in the illusion.
[13:32] Esteban Moody: In my mind, we’re not forecasting. We exist far in the future, and our mission must be to uncover the past that has been hidden/taken from us.
[13:35] Esteban Moody: I hear crickets.
[13:37] Esteban Moody: I once found a bluejay feather.
[13:37] Esteban Moody: but drinks a lot less
[13:39] Esteban Moody: I don’t think avatars are code. I think we’ve been tricked into thinking we’re code.
[13:40] Esteban Moody: the belief in RL is the default religion of SL.
[13:41] Esteban Moody: the belief in RL is the default religion of SL.
[13:42] Esteban Moody: I know I’m a voice in the wilderness, but i had a dream of lilacs. I could smell them
[13:43] Esteban Moody: May I ask a question to everyone?
[13:43] Esteban Moody: How would you describe the smell of a rose to someone who had never smelled one?
[13:44] Esteban Moody: *chirp chirp*
[13:44] Esteban Moody: anybody?
[13:45] Esteban Moody: So no one can?
[13:46] Esteban Moody: So, may i draw a conclusion from the fact than no one can do it?
[13:47] Esteban Moody: OK, so no one here can do it.
[13:47] Esteban Moody: That’s not a surprise, right?
[13:47] Esteban Moody: You claimed you could, but you didn’t.
[13:48] Esteban Moody: Oh, ok, let’s hear some tries, then!
[13:50] Esteban Moody: So, no one here can tell me what a rose smells like. OK.
[13:51] Esteban Moody: So, the next question is “why not?” — or…
[13:52] Esteban Moody: “Is it really believable that ‘human beings’ couldn’t describe a smell?'”
[13:53] Esteban Moody: No one has.
[13:53] Esteban Moody: colors are easy
[13:54] Esteban Moody: sounds are easy
[13:54] Esteban Moody: shapes are easy
[13:55] Esteban Moody: What’s wrong with us? What’s wrong with language?
[13:56] Esteban Moody: One way to think about language is as the first technology that made early humans into cyborgs…
[13:58] Esteban Moody: Why is SLex stimulating (to some) but SL eating and smelling isn’t?
[13:59] Esteban Moody: I like ginger tea.
[14:00] Esteban Moody: I saw a mouse run under the stove.
[14:01] Esteban Moody: did someone say “neopositivist”?
[14:02] Esteban Moody: lol Ex
[14:03] Esteban Moody: I have by refining certain meditation techniques been able to separate from the illusion of the meatworld.
[14:04] Esteban Moody: I won’t go into detail here, but those interested can contact me privately.
[14:05] Esteban Moody: Of course I don’t need to breathe or eat.
[14:06] Esteban Moody: Sez you.
[14:08] Esteban Moody: Some of my best friends believe in the “Real World,” Soph. I don’t hold it against them…
[14:09] Esteban Moody: BTW, does anyone think I look silly in this get-up?
[14:09] Esteban Moody: Oh, thanks. I thought I was too short for it.
[14:10] Esteban Moody: lol Lex.
[14:11] Esteban Moody: Did someone say cybersex isn’t sex?
[14:11] Esteban Moody: partial? what’s it part of?
[14:12] Esteban Moody: oh like a big orgy?
[14:13] Esteban Moody: And another thing: why isn’t everyone a hermaphrodite?
[14:14] Esteban Moody: what’s the illegal definition?
[14:15] Esteban Moody: Ok, so it seems we all agree on this sex thing.
[14:15] Esteban Moody: I was joking!
[14:16] Esteban Moody: what’s the question, thoughtware?
[14:19] Esteban Moody: I like thoughtware’s question.
[14:19] Esteban Moody: strapon = cyborg
[14:20] Esteban Moody: I saw a thousand dogs running through a dark wood.
[14:21] Esteban Moody: Wait, you believe in African children?
[14:22] Esteban Moody: lol Khannea
[14:22] Esteban Moody: I saw some on TV once.
[14:22] Esteban Moody: a sledgehammer?
[14:22] Esteban Moody: Needle-nose pliers?
[14:23] Esteban Moody: Monkey wrench?
[14:23] Esteban Moody: allen wrench?
[14:23] Esteban Moody: hacksaw?
[14:23] Esteban Moody: c-clamp?
[14:23] Esteban Moody: the phallus?
[14:24] Esteban Moody: ball-peen hammer?
[14:24] Esteban Moody: sasquatch?
[14:25] Esteban Moody: vice-grip?
[14:25] Esteban Moody: duct tape?
[14:25] Esteban Moody: marginal utility?
[14:25] Esteban Moody: nipple clamps?
[14:26] Esteban Moody: measuring spoon?
[14:27] Esteban Moody: the accursed share?
[14:28] Esteban Moody: dreaming — literally?
[14:28] Esteban Moody: No, peer.
[14:29] Esteban Moody: We’re at the end of the timescale.
[14:29] Esteban Moody: already.
[14:29] Esteban Moody: don’t eat steak!
[14:30] Esteban Moody: no steak!
[14:31] Esteban Moody: a potato chip?
[14:31] Esteban Moody: mmmm
[14:31] Esteban Moody: Can we all have a round of applause for our host, Sophrosyne ?!
[14:32] Esteban Moody: *clap clap clap*
Hey kids! Myg here – I’ll be stunt dj’ing for Burgess tonight at Clockwork. I’ll be starting the set at 7pm SLT and will play for an hour, after which Esteban brings out the funk in Monday.
This is going to be a guitar-player centric set. That means come ready to bang yo’ little pixel head, people.
7pm SLT: Clockwork, Mainline Philadelphia, Topgol [SLRUL]No comments
That was us greeting the new tenants in Dead City last night. Well, one of them anyway. AzA there all the way to the left (he’s got a great zombie avatar – too bad you can’t actually see it DOH) has a shop called Chem Gnosis where you can find some excellent horror fare. I’d put in the SLURL but for whatever reason they don’t seem to work to Dead City. It came to my attention that the SLURLs in yesterday’s post are fucked. I don’t know why – they are written down correctly but when you actually click on them, they take you to a location down on the ground (Dead City is located at a height of 666, of course). Anyway, you can search for Dead City and find it. It’s well worth wandering around in. Or IM me (Mygdala March) if you’d like me to drop a LM on you to any of the locations I dished about yesterday.
Man, Alex got the rental boxes set up yesterday and buy last night five out of six spots were taken! That’s pretty damned fast if you ask me. But then, Dead City is pretty awesome like that. We can’t take any credit for its awesomeness, otherwise we so would. That still goes to Johnny Skosh, Orchid Zenovka and the original Trenton crew (Ben, Starr, Shanna, Cem and whoever I’m not mentioning, forgive me.)
So now we’ve got AzA’s store, another place called Shadow Things right next door owned by a super cool chickie named Lacey, where I got this wickedly hilarious Crazy Girl AO. No hooka high needed – just stick it on and romp around like Sybil.We’ve also got a dude named Kenn opening a store called Betel Geuse, themed after the film. He’s got some pretty fun poses and stuff in there too. And I think as of 4am or so Gigmonger was opening a place to sell some of his SL photography. As someone who takes a boatload of SL photos, I can honestly tell you his shit is first rate. I’ll be scoring some of that for the new Myg loft in Topgol.
Among other ideas I have no time to implement was that of having a Halloween parade in Dead City. I mean, shouldn’t Dead City be the home of Halloween? I think so.
We can all parade around in Crazy Girl AOs and pass out pixel candy. Maybe the undead fire co. will drive phantom engines down Envy Street.Â It’s a vision, people. We all gotta start with one.5 comments
Here we are, me and Burgess, in our finest un-dead wear, hanging out in Dead City (SLURL).
Dead City is an un-dead themed spot with shops, a club, some residential all situated rather serenely around a graveyard. (That’s me, escaping from Orchid’s coffin, below.)
The place was built by my friends Johnny Skosh and Orchid Zenovka. Back when it was Trenton, Alex and I bought an adjoining piece so we’d have a place to escape lag when Topgol was unbearable. Today that land has been transformed into some fine un-dead themed commercial real estate rentals, located on the corner of Envy and Gluttony streets.
Are ya interested? Grab a landmark to our little slice of hell: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/237/220/666/
There’s plenty of great retail to be had in this location already. In fact, my entire wardrobe for this post has been furnished in Dead City. Details below!
Boots: Slum Stompers by Catnip http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/158/184/666
Dirty Girl T-shirt, Atari belt, Camo capris all by SNATCH http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/185/226/666 (cool spot with a decent selection of clothes and accessories and even a few shapes)
Mini-influence armband – Virus Co. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/178/186/666 (also to be had was the mini-arsonist’s armband and belt, among other must-have accessories for the social deviant in you.)
Rusty Belt Necklace, Blood Orchid http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/182/218/666 (our very own Sable Slade – crafts wicked jewelery stuffs for yer neck now in two locations!)
Crate Myg’s sitting on is part of a set called Debris 1 – Cloud 9.1 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/156/166/666 (I didn’t set out the whole set as it wasn’t exactly what I wanted for the shoot, but it came with an nasty stained hammock, some two by fours and other stuff. Great for an empty lot hang out. They also have bunkers, a scary looking bathroom and other sets.)
Black Army Brat Hat – Blood Lust http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/186/169/666 (I bought this hat last week and have hardly taken it off since I bought it. Drop by for a lot of other cool accessories as well.)
Ratty Couch, Skull Bracelet – The Works http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/193/206/666 (Benjamin Bigdipper is one of my oldest friends in SL. He’s always been a great builder and now he’s showcasing his work at his store The Works. These photos don’t do the skull cuffs justice, and you can also buy great nasty furniture, belts and other gross accessories at his place.)
Stitch, left leg – Bloody Hell http://slurl.com/secondlife/Deadwood/159/213/666 (you can’t see it, but there’s a yucky, bloody stitch on my leg and there were lots of other gruesome wounds to be had at this spot)2 comments
It’s blog action day and we here at M is for Myg want to remind you that we’re all on a fast train to a special hell called “Global Warming.” Okay, fine then. “Global Climate Change.” But the change isn’t in any way good from what I can tell.
And as much as I love technology and computers and all things electronic (including an obscene amount of loud electric guitar gear), I can’t help but feel toadish at the thought of all the energy I’ve consumed with my life of energy abundance.
There are some groups in Second Life who’ve tried to raise awareness of how our digital selves contribute to the problem. National Geographic online posted an article last April about the staging of a flood related to Global Warming by the group Adventure Ecology. The article casually throws out that a Second Life avatar uses as much energy as the average Brazilian. Holy shit – can that really be true? I tried to find some others in Second Life – please comment here if you know of anyone doing good work in-world on environmental causes.
Here, look at a picture of Burgess riding Orca while pondering the fact that in this picture, he’s using as much energy as the average Brazilian! And that’s without the great food and party atmosphere!
Greenpeace offers a Guide to Greener Electronics, calling out the makers of my beloved Macbook Pro – Apple – for dropping behind the competition in efforts to go green with production. As someone who’s spent far too much money on Apple products this year, that really pisses me off. Here’s what they say about their impact.
But none of us can wait for companies or politicians to actually get this problem under control. We need to so something more drastic to slow the train down, as while the idea of hell might be kind of cool, the reality of global climate change is nothing of the sort. As individuals we can take more impressive steps to hit the brakes.
Today I’m making the commitment to head over to NativeEnergy – a portal to offsetting your impact as an individual, business, or organization. There you can calculate your impact on the environment and give money to support renewable energy projects that will reduce the amount of energy produced by fossil fuels. That means cleaner energy – and less CO2 pollution to contribute to the problem.
So I hope you’ll head on over there and learn about Global Climate Change. I’m going to be pledging some hard earned dough, because while I can turn off lights and drive less, I really don’t want to give up my laptop or my Jazzmaster any time soon, and not if there are ways to help push the clean energy agenda forward.
Yep, that’s what I’m doing today. Hope you will too.
Ed. update: Dosh Dosh has a great list of environmental blogs, for those who want to study it on up.7 comments