Sunday night I spend ages trying to find a decent Babbage-proof dress to wear at the November Aether Salon, were Miss Ordinal Malaprop would be lecturing on the topic of ‘Weapons!’ After an hour in inventory I came up with something that was acceptable - not terrible suited, but acceptable and teleported to the Aether Salon at Babbage Palisade. Upon arriving, I was quickly assigned a lovely Victorian seat to wear, making it a bit more easy to blend in with the massive steampunk crowd that gathered to listen to Miss Malaprop’s wise words.
Miss Ordinal Malaprop
If you have never heard about Ordinal Malaprop before, you should be ashamed, as she is famous for an ingenious Illustration of the Cosmology of the Grid, making flaming LL less time consuming, and a wide variety of public available scripts which can be used as is or as a learning resource and many fun gadgets. Oh, and answering my often boring questions on the correct use of the English Language. That aside. ;)
About Second Life Weapons
Miss Malaprop’s talk was - as anticipated - enlightening, and she offered an easy categorisation for weapon owners. Personally, I think I fall under this category: “There are people whose _only_ real interest is in form. “Fashionistas,” if that is not an insulting term. A weapon is basically an accessory. It really doesn’t matter an awful lot quite what it does.” Sure, I’m totally happy with my Luger shooting blueberry muffins. :D
Another excerpt: “While preparing myself for this evening I was pondering on the nature of what a “weapon” actually is and really, the conclusion that I came to was that, at base, it is in fact a communications device. And not merely in the usual “only language they understand” sort of way. The underlying nature of a “weapon” is to communicate certain information - be that by a built-in protocol such as the Linden Damage System or via some sort of other more custom one.” I am only left to wonder what my Blueberry Shooting Luger & Couch gun communicate! ;) If you want to read more about Miss Malaprop’s thoughts on Second Life Weaponry, or benefit from the good advice she shares, I suggest you head over to the transcript on Babbage’s Ning Group General information on Miss Malaprop and her projects you can find at ordinalmalaprop.com.
Babbage & Cake
Right before I crashed, Dandellion - attending in classy steampunk robot gear - pointed out to me that not everybody seemed to be focussed on the nature and creation of weaponry. Some seemed more interested in the nature and
consummation consumption of the tea & cake. Aren’t they adorable? (in a non pervert kinda way, thank you for needing to clarify that, RL media and in-world witch hunters! *sighs*)
You are a girl and want a gun?
Because I am in a giving mood - I’m feeling strange lately - and still a Virtual Girl with Gun, I’m buying the first lady avatar that replies here with the correct answer to ‘What was Ordinal Malaprop’s solution as to not have to use voice inSL?’ one of Miss Malaprop’s finest works, a vertical clock-loading pistol. You’re a bloke? Sorry, this is one of those cases of positive discrimination that sucks bigtime! ;)