Because I volunteer at ABC Island, I need to report anything upsetting to users of the Island to Abi, who runs the Island.
Sometimes it's very weird.
Right now theres the rather annoying Bloodlines game. a concept which involves people buying into a game which makes you a vampire, with the ability to suck blood, now I think blood drinking can't be as nice as a good coffee, with ice-cream thanks, but some people go for that kind of thing.
So you walk around as a vampire and rock up to people asking "Can I suck your blood?" so you're a kind of SNAG vampire, or a SNAW if you're a fe-vamp... You don't rush out and sink those pointy teeth into some bare and unsuspecting neck... no, you ask nicely and if they say no, you wet yourself and curl into foetal position.
But if you say yes, you make a donation of the red stuff to the said SNAG/SNAW vampire and then.... you get a notecard saying that the bloodsucker owns your soul.
Now OK, it's likely that they haven't got your secondlife soul, your avatar is just as likely to be as soulful as ever... but when some people read stuff like that, their superstitious nature clicks in and they worry... and believe it or not, a lot of people believe that maybe, just maybe, their soul has really been taken away by some vampire.
You can get your sould back, provided, I'm told, you *pay* the company who makes the game... and this guy is doing quite well for himself as there are quite a lot of bloodlines players getting around, so many in fact that a lot of Island owners are sick and tired of people asking if they can bite them... and then go around biting others when at some point, you earn your soul back.
At least I think that's how it works, correct me if I'm wrong.
Players have shown up on ABC Island, and in general, the admins there have taken a rather dim view of the whole thing. For one thing we don't particularly like Roleplaying, ABC isn't a roleplaying sim, it's a friendly sim where you build and chat and generally commune and swap ideas and get all creative and philosophical.
So I had to write to Abi at ABC and inform her about the problems we're having with vampires.
I was reminiscing over a snack that came out years ago and flopped, We've all had something like that, something that was awesome but died because those who never tasted it just thought it sounded awful and never bothered to sample it's deliciousness... Banana and Vanilla Fruitopia was like that, glorious stuff but sadly coke stopped making it.
However, This was, Believe it or not, Garlic shapes by Arnotts. They sounded fairly terrible, true enough, but for a while they were my favourite, surpassing even the most wonderful BBQ flavour that had been number one on my list for many teenage years.
Garlic was wonderful, and I couldn't get enough of them.
Then one day they were gone, removed from the shops and were never made again.
Should they ever come back on sale, I will go into the shop and fill my trolley with garlic shapes, hoard them I will, all for me, not you evil horrible people with no soul, just for me precious, yes... Om nom nom.
I've played the doco several times now for people who have visited my house and wanted to see it. My Neighbour was stunned, He told me that he's never known anyone in real life who's been on TV before... Yes it is strange, there's so many of us, but just a few, seemingly, get their faces on television to tell their stories.
I watched my part in the film, and wonder perhaps if I was on a downer on the day that some of the audio was recorded. I would have preferred a happier vibe going on but that's ok, we all have days when we're not all that happy, more philosophical... and it was winter and I had no real heating either, wow I was cold.
This winter shouldn't be so bad now that I have a big gas heater installed.
Marko suggested that's what they may have wanted, to make it look that our real lives are grey and bleak, yet secondlife was the beautiful place which set our spirits free, maybe that's it.
I've put more Alter Ego posters up in Eragon. Some of Eragon was seen in the doco, Mainly My pub and the dock down below where people gather and chat.
I would have preferred a more realistic film, there were liberties taken and stories bent into odd shapes.
Perhaps I can clear up some of these during the live interview at the SBS website after the show goes to air, perhaps I can make my own film too, I would like to try that.
We still haven't got a date for the doco but it shouldn't be much longer.
However I've just been asked if it's ok for me to be a part of an online interview at the SBS website after the show, of course I will if I'm around at the time.
I'm thinking of a few things which might come up at that time, there is a possibility of me going to hospital for a while, and I'm hoping to have a holiday with a friend soon after that.
I thought I'd be in hospital late last year, but I'm still on the waiting list, I'm not grumbling, it's not such a big deal (though the idea of being in an operating theatre doesn't make me feel all that happy).
I got this from a friend today, one of those silly things getting around online.
Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists, et al:
We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot, and will not, ever agree on what is right, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile, chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way...
Here is a model separation agreement: Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
We don't like re-distributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA, and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore, and Rosie O'Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them)...
We'll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart, and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies, and illegal aliens. We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's, and rednecks.
We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood . You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks, and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.
We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. But we will no longer be paying the bill. We'll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks, and oversized luxury cars.
You can give everyone healthcare, if you can find any practicing doctors. We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We'll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute Imagine, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World.
We'll practice trickle down economics, and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name, and our flag.
Would you agree to this? If so please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots, and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 10 years.
John J. Wall. Law Student and an American
P.S. Also, please take Barbara Streisand and Jane Fonda.
There was a fellow on the news today saying that people should have had the right to remove all the trees from their land before they built their homes because it would have cut down on the amount of dangerous fuel and many more would have survived.
Now, that's fair enough, but the reason people want to live in the country is to be surrounded by trees, they're tired of looking out the window and seeing concrete and cars and all the noise. In the country you've got quiet, and the sounds of wind, rain, thunder and wildlife.
To go into the bush and knock down all the trees in my opinion is rather like having a sea change and putting a 30ft fence around the beach incase people get bitten by sharks.
I had wished many times that I had the money to buy a house and live in the country, I would have most likely settled in Hepburn, Kyneton, Macedon or Gisbourne. I knew that there was a risk of fire, and clearing a property from a state where you have all this greenery, ferns and ponds etc, to something that looks like a horse paddock would never have been an option.
Would I live there now if I had the choice? Well things are different now because of my health, but yeah... that's living.
The city area is great for shopping but it's dead somehow, too many cars and trucks, lights and noise all night long.
When I was a child, we had a holiday home where about the only things you'd hear at night were crickets, frogs and plovers flying high above, and it was lovely.
One of mine is to sit here and read webpages while plucking hairs out of my chin.
Last night the weirdest thing happened, there was this one hair that I grabbed and pulled, it was embedded pretty firmly, so I tugged and tugged on the sucker, it hurt a little while I did this, but then it gave in.
It was really long when it came out, maybe twelve inches.
I stared at this thing for ages and thought what the heck.
I was talking with Jamie on the phone earlier, He's the guy who wrote "Wolfie's Theme" for our Doco. He's been watching the documentary as it came together.
He thought that it was pretty funny how people often make snide comments about those who like computers and computer games. They'll suggest users don't go out enough, while the very job many people do on a daily basis requires them to be seated for much of the day.
He said himself that as a musician who uses tape machines, and other music recording equipment, He too spends a lot of His time sitting down.
He's quite right too.
I've noticed that people will use the term "Get a life" as a throw away line, but I don't see them going Rock climbing or Cycling through Paris.
Perhaps some people's idea of a life is a boozy weekend in front of the telly, watching others being active.
Personally I'd rather converse with an active online community of real people than watch sports, which I find incredibly dull and repetitive.
I have often wondered what goes through people's minds when they're told that they have cancer or some other disease which may end their lives.
This happened to Me in 2005, When I was diagnosed with Rectal Cancer, which I renamed Arse Cancer after deciding to fight it.
My first thought, was a strange mix of fear and relief, an odd feeling of exhalation, of thank god it's over.
The feeling was much the same as what I felt that final day of school when I knew I'd never have to face that place I hated so much, ever again.
The second thought was very logical, "Ok, So what can We do about it?".
As it turned out, there was something We could do, So I decided to do that, and have remained alive.
I've tended to see this lifetime as Me waiting at a bus shelter somewhere, waiting for a bus that will come, at some point. and take Me to My real life.
This one was educational, and had some lovely bits in it, but I never liked it all that much. I hope there's another life out there.
I'm an Athiest, I don't feel there's any logic believing anything in the Bible, burning bushes that talk, or Men stuffing the entire planets creatures, x2, into a single ship.
Yet I'm not sure that We die and that is that.
I've told people that should I die and return in another life that I'll either like it or hate it, but if I don't return, and there's no life after this one, I won't have anything at all to worry about.
If I die, and I'm a free floating spirit, I'm going to peek into people's homes and see for the first time that everyone on the planet is a pervert in some way or another, to find all their secrets, to see who is keeping an ET or Alf as a family member and all the weird nonsense that people get up to in their own homes, I'd see truth for the first time, not some watered down television version of it.
Life is X-Rated, did you know that?
Having cancer made me consider a lot of things, and in an odd way I'm grateful, even though it was really awful to go through.
I'd never want to go through it again, mind you.
I experienced a great levelling too, suddenly everyone who had cancer was in an odd sort of club. When Kylie Minogue had it, I felt a bizarre kind of kinship with Her, Olivia Newton-John and others, People Who I'd never meet.
Where possible, I support charities who are trying to eliminate cancer, I can't afford much, but am happy to drop a coin into a can when I go shopping.
I don't buy ribbons, I don't care who knows that I "gave" or not, I don't want more junk filling up that kitchen drawer.
I don't want others to go through it, Men, Women, Children... Cats, Dogs or Horses.
Anyway, I'm still sitting here waiting for the bus, twiddling my thumbs, listening to the birds, talking to the odd stranger. Looking out to the horizon and wondering when this bus will arrive and is it going to be early or late?
The Seven Foot Tall,
ABC Friends Admin at ABC Island in Secondlife and Kookaburra Pub owner at Eragon Island.
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