Saturday, January 9, 2010

did Joan of Arc drag anyone back from history's flames?

Even sex bloggers are now saying Zindra's a bust. What was the point again? Oh, right, to protect us all by firmly separating Adult content from PG and Mature-rated content.

Doesn't do a lot of good when people ditch the game entirely (thus costing the Labs tier fees and premium accounts) or move back to the mainland (thus creating new Adult-rated businesses for the Labs, there's a word for this....ah, right: IGNORE) and set up new clubs and pose shops and orgy malls.

But really: are any of us surprised?

To step beyond the grid a moment, for two pieces of information. First, the amazing list of polluters and climate change deniers--you might be surprised who made the list. And second, Amanda Palmer rocks the Pops. As we all knew she would, but she took on the challenge in her inimitable style, making it part performance, part performance art. Which is the point of the Boston Pops Orchestra, to be fair--to tell people that classical music can still be fresh, fun and entertaining.

And this article on why class matters, and why the most important differences in class are not just about poverty versus wealth, but the surroundings of the growing person, really applies to more places than just the UK, and really applies in all worlds, to be fair.

On the heels of that, the Guardian (I know, I didn't expect this either) actually had an insightful article on how enriching virtual world exploration is for kids--in the sense of giving them challenges, the first one being, how validating hard work can be to the personality, that virtual worlds are only as enthralling as the mind inside them makes them--that being given a perfect paradise reduces the value of such perfection. These are excellent lessons indeed, and I see this dynamic played out every day I'm in SL with adults, who have also learned the value of hard work, done and received.

Meanwhile, from Aehmber Dreamscape's profile:


1. Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking.
2. Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.
4. Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away'. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.
5. Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.
6. Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
7. Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children
8. When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?' EMTs were called.
9. Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
10. While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
11. Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the 'Mission Impossible' theme.
12. In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.
13. Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled 'PICK ME! PICK ME!'
14. When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!'
15. Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here.' One of the [clerks] passed out.

Okay, then. Though, y'know, that could just be a problem with your particular man...On the other hand, I know women who would pull some of these when they get bored.

Fawkes found another Disney tie-in--this one using the Mouse's latest acquisition of the Muppets. (At the end of the little spiel--wherein, I was told as he set this up, "Your blog title is too long!"--you'll get a section you can click to do this with your own blog!)

And finally, in a weird twist of...well,'s not just Dr. Horrible, the Musical available on iTunes. No, now you can buy the whole batch of Commentary: the Musical songs!

AKA, Joss Whedon has way too much free time. On the other hand, that's not a bad thing.


Fogwoman Gray said...

...and the rumbling sound you hear is Jim Henson spinning in his grave.
*Stomps off to re-read "One Frog Can Make a Difference"

Emilly Orr said...

As I understand it, Henson had originally approached Disney with the thought of coordinating efforts. Disney turned him down. So he went on, building his wonderful, quirky worlds and populating them, and then...he passed on.

The kids? Grew up in the dream, yes, and have their father's vision, but...not his business sense. Unfortunately.

Magdalena Kamenev said...

Brian Henson earned my everlasting love with Farscape, though ...

Emilly Orr said...

The series I still wish they'd bring back...And, I have to also say this about Brian: he finally achieved what his father had hoped for, and nearly achieved with Kermit--a Muppet that was accepted, innately, as an actor, as a real presence. That, no one can take away from him.