SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Last night, Secret Service and FBI agents raided the headquarters of Second Life, seizing all Lindens. Second Life is a sophisticated social-networking tool, better known as a massive, multi-player, online virtual world.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson weighed in, by talking about the ramifications of virtual world currencies possibly surpassing and replacing the U.S. Dollar.
“From our charts, we can see that the U.S. Dollar is falling against the Linden. If too many people become engrossed with virtual world economies, we could see a downward spiral for the Dollar. Eventually, there could be a situation in which people trade the Dollar for virtual currencies. This could create a trade deficit of sorts between real world goods and virtual world goods, causing our entire economy to get sucked up into a virtual world. Americans could end up standing in virtual bread lines, and living out on virtual streets, facing virtual poverty, in a virtual recession.” said Secretary Paulson.
“How freaky to think about the possibily that a virtual currency could replace the U.S. Dollar,” said GOP strategist, Emma Faye Kerr. Ms. Kerr continued, “If that ever happened, the entire economy would be replaced by a sort of virtual economy, where everybody, including the government, loses connection with the reality-based world. Thank God we have a President that is still in touch with reality, who has decided to take action against the threat of virtual worlds replacing the real world.“
I fear the Linden Employees being send to Guatamala bay, as the terrorist they are. And then the glorious leader might decide forcing them to developed a government controlled virtual world, which can be put on top of Google maps. Border control will be easier there, the handing out of Green Cards can then be an completely electronic process in cooperation with the spammers, and Halliburton would get the contract for age verification. On top of that the USA could continue to live it’s dream of world domination as soldiers can easily create alts to serve on multiple continents at the same time and battle damage brings you back to your home sim safely in stead of a in body bag.
The FBI representative talked about the possibilities and safeties this will guarantee the USA’s economy: “Imagine virtual health care for those who can not afford it in First Life! A dental program? Who needs one, when teeth are included with a new skin. Imagine a virtual democratic process that makes people truly believe they and not the lobbying groups influence politics!”
When asked about Professor Vint’s concerns if this would be the final stab in the back for USA teens and young adolescent’s knowledge of English spelling and grammar, Mr. Undercover Linden stated: “All your base are now belong to us.”
Apparently, representatives from The Religion Of Peace are spending time in Second Life training for what the New York Times and Guardian lovingly call “resistance operations” and “insurgency” and “freedom fighting” and that kind of malarkey.
The word is terrorism. Say it.
Anyway, my partner Tamara pointed out on Twitter: “Good luck finding 72 virgins in SL.”
L.C. shared with me his tactics for testing if female avatars have a lady or a gent behind their keyboards. L.’s way of gender testing is somewhat time intensive, within narrow minded standard gender thinking and probably not completely fool proof, but worth a try:
For two months, each morning, ask the lady avatar how she is feeling today. If during those two months, each morning, you get the answer: ‘I’m feeling fine, thank you.’ it is most definitely not a lady you are talking to.
RedDawn Bade: sounds like a deal - but I have to warn you
RedDawn Bade: a podcast by me would probably put you to sleep
RedDawn Bade: it’d be boring - I’m sure :)
Vint Falken: hmmm yeah well
Vint Falken: then i use it for if i can’t sleep? ;)
RedDawn Bade: yeah - I could maybe sell my podcasts as a sleep aid
Vint Falken: ‘reddawn bade reads the ToS: part I’
Vint Falken: ;)
RedDawn Bade: omg - that would put anyone to sleep
Vint Falken: actually
Vint Falken: this is a fun idea for a blogpost
RedDawn Bade: what - creative uses of the ToS?
RedDawn Bade: suplement Linden writing for sleep drugs?
Vint Falken: no ‘bed time stories: the T0s’
RedDawn Bade: lmao
RedDawn Bade: is it a scary bedtime story…
RedDawn Bade: or horrror
Vint Falken: héhé
Vint Falken: ‘creepy bedtime fairytales: the tos’
RedDawn Bade: that works :)
RedDawn Bade: I like it
RedDawn Bade: sort of like dawn of the dead…
RedDawn Bade: you can’t kill it
Imagine: *put dreamy music on*Once upon a time, in a metaverse far away which was rumoured to be ‘First Life’ a handsome prince wanted to visit a beautiful kajira in the neighbouring world called ‘Second Life’. He went to the Evil Dominatrix to ask her for guidance. The Evil Dominatrix told the friendly young man that if he really wished to find his princess he should download and install the Second Life Client. And so our charming prince did.
All went well, until suddenly he had to press a button with a text that said: ‘Welcome to Second Life! The following agreement (this “Agreement” or the “Terms of Service”) describes the terms on which Linden Research, Inc. (”Linden Lab”) offers you access to its services. This offer is conditioned on your agreement to all of the terms and conditions contained in the Terms of Service, including your compliance with the policies and terms linked to (by way of the provided URLs) from this Agreement. By using Second Life, you agree to these Terms of Service. If you do not so agree, you should decline this agreement, in which case you are prohibited from accessing or using Second Life. Linden Lab may amend this Agreement at any time in its sole discretion, effective upon posting the amended Agreement at the domain or subdomains of http://secondlife.com where the prior version of this Agreement was posted, or by communicating these changes through any written contact method we have established with you.
This was Vint Falken, reading for you the first part of our Creepy Bedtime Fairytales: the Second Life Tos. I hope you will have a good night’s rest, and if you want to know about the stuff prince charming unwillingly agreed upon so he would be able to travel into Second Life and find his lovely kajira, tune in again next week for Vint Falken reading Creepy Bedtime Fairytales: the Second Life ToS (part 2).
[LMAO]², yet the guy is flying a bit low, the girls could use some decent AO’s and the guys some better dance animations. The poseballs on the couch aren’t placed that well either. And is that lady trying to edit a no-copy, no-mod phone? Way better with sound on! Which brings me to another interesting question, has somebody ever seen a fire extinguisher in Second Life? ;)
De Pong Game is a recycling of the famous game Pong [Atari 1975-1977]. This new version has been built with Flash (Action Script) by Arjan Westerdiep for Recyclism™ (Benjamin Gaulon).
This project is exploring the concept of Augmented Reality by using and interacting with urban architecture or buildings as a background for the game. Thus the game is projected on a building and the limits of that building are becoming the limits of the game area. The ball projected on the building bounces along the limits of the walls.
The software is also using the windows as an obstacles for the game. So the ball is limited to frame of the building. As you touch the ball with the slider, its speed increases and because the ball bounces on all the obstacles of the architecture it becomes more and more difficult to play.
With permission, blanking the names out anyway, as who knows what the next SL crusade will be against:
F.L. about Second Life: The first game in which i am NOT killing comrades wearing german uniforms* smiling*
F.L: i could need a serious, proud girlfriend in this game :p
F.L.: but a human one
F.L.: i assume
You: he does not like us
R.P.: Hey I may be furry but I still keep some areas smooth. :3
F.L.: unfortunately it is not possible to do such things in real life
You: brazilian furry? :d
R.P.: what do you mean
R.P.: I am seriously lacking in crotchfluff
F.L.: keep smooth?
R.P.: My landing strip is smooth..er..yeah.