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relee pointed out another SL spacestation/roleplaying group: Space Colony Necronom VI.

This "roomie wanted" ad from Craigslist is.. so very, very special. Imagine it read by a very calm John Cleese, with just a hint of a nervous tic. It needs to be read in its entirety; the reward grows as you proceed.

I am in awe of this demonstration of playing carrots.

What is Scion City? (Streaming Flash video; this is but the first part. Surprisingly decent voice acting, too)

Well, that's a bit of a change.. I can remember two of today's dream segments, and both were furry. One was set in SL, and the other simply involved a very nice fur who insisted on a warm kiss.

If you've pondered returning to University lately, how about the University of Michigan's "How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation", part of English 317? "Just because you happen to be a gay man doesn't mean that you don't have to learn how to become one."

InformationWeek apparently regularly hosts techie presentations on Dr. Dobb's Island in SL, with audio & slides presented on the web here. Times (Pacific) are 10am Tuesdays and noon on Fridays. (This week's was a grizzled Intel veteran now working on the Core 2 architecture, most recently the Penryn family)

Weren't there one or two furs keen on pinball hereabouts? Here's a shining example of a Doctor Who gem, cunningly concealed for preservation in an Ottawa bus station. ^_^ It is wonderful, ne?

Hangars Liquides seems like it might be worth exploring. It's a Blade Runner-like work in progress for a French electronica label: "Releasing artists such as I:gor and Neurocore from Poland, Senical (aka DJ choose) from Denmark, Bombardier from the USA, Noize Creator from Germany, Venetian Snares from Canada, Atomhead (aka Undacova) from Belgium, and French artists such as Al Zheimer, XKV8, Helius Zhamiq, Fist of Fury, Attila, EPC, La Peste and more, the label became a reference in itself: a lot of electronic music tracks from other labels have been described as having a "Hangars Liquides sound" or "Hangars Liquides style".

Since 2000, the label has released many different genres from acousmatic music to power electronics and flashcore. Flashcore identifies a style that some of those experimental artists share and a manifesto explains the aim of HL's vision of experimental music."

The ex-CTO of Linden Lab, Cory Ondrejka, is making etchings on the web in the form of collapsing geography - recommended for anyone who knows the name "Kurzweil". He remains in SL, with his familiar FSM av, under the cryptic monicker of "Cory Ondrejka".

A minor, but nonetheless significant, case: "On October 3, 2007, the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the validity of a Board of Equalization rule that protects domestic partners from increased property taxes when one of the partners dies and the other inherits the couple's home. California law has long provided this protection for surviving heterosexual spouses."

An excellent music video, in a similar style to Tim Burton's stop motion works: Dionysos: Tais-toi mon coeur. No subtitles, but they're not necessary.

Mmmm, that did work out well. ^_^ Two pork escalopes, gently sauteed in a (very) little sesame oil, with some lemon juice splashed on, some garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper. Towards the end, a dash of fish sauce, and a tablespoon or so of cranberry jelly, stirred around to make an easy glaze. Served with a mix of mangetout and baby corn microwaved for two minutes, and some spare fries that'd been sitting around. And - for the first time in two years - some lightly chilled Choya sake.
Erf, indeed - spotted that on the official weblog. The timescale's a bit on the short side, but at least it's a positive amount of time, unlike the "Surprise, you've got VAT!" announcement, to which some folks were first alerted by a 20% hike in their bill.

Thankfully, no, I've never had anything to do with an in-world bank. I can see there being some legitimate use for such, but the lunacy that's been on display has just been a massive flashing red light - 50-200% APR interest? Nooo, nothing suspicious there..

Let's hope SL remains free of the similar insanity that's plagued the RL financial markets, too - "structured investment vehicles" bundling together high-risk assets, themselves consolidations of many individual loans of unknown worthiness, laughably deemed prime investment grade by Moody's or S&P, and thus bought by outfits seeking rock-solid investments, like pension fund managers. Hence the credit crisis - it's not a lack of liquidity that's the problem, but a complete loss of confidence in the crap each bank's holding. But it's as good an excuse as any to clean out the central banks..