Tuesday, May 25, 2010

been hopin' that the earth won't suddenly catch fire

Some days start off as deep, contemplative journeys. One simply wakes up introspective, and the day spins out, instructively and destructively in kind. There are lessons in every blade of grass, every artifact discovered, every material made by hands or by machine. There are days where this is a dark thing, where the thoughts--and the experiences--are morbid and painful.

This was not one of those days.

I found another nuns' habit at Bombard:

Second Life,nun,cloistered,shopping,fashion,costume

It retails for L$149, and considering the limitations of the grid, I think it could bid fair to be an allowable habit for Franciscan, a pale Carmelite, Dominican, or Urseline habits. Possibly even Benedictine or Cistercian orders in the right setting.

It comes with all layers shown (on the large photograph), plus sculpted hood and wimple, and rosary cross necklace.

Wandering the oddly named Tropical Bliss sim today, in the Plains of Kataii, I was momentarily stunned by truth:

Gor,John Norman,Second Life,quotes

Just sayin'.

John Norman was tragically flawed as a writer, deeply so, on par with L. Ron Hubbard on occasion: but yet, at times, solid unwavering truth shines through. This was one of those moments, at least for me.

(For those who don't load pictures, the quote in question:
"All creatures are not the same, nor is it necessary that they should be...To be sure, values are involved here, and one must make decisions...There is no single humanity, no single shirt, no correct pair of shoes, no uniform, even a gray one, that will fit all men. There are a thousand humanities possible. He who denies this sees only his own horizons. He who disagrees is the denier of difference, and the murderer of better futures."
It was taken from John Norman's Savages of Gor.)

We move on.

What if...there was a Rifts MMO? Personally, I think the game world is too diverse to allow a successful MMO, it's just too much content. But there are interesting points made in that article, nonetheless.

And from another columnist, five things that need revising in the MMO game structure. Me personally, I like instances, but I'm weird. To that end, Richard Aihoshi went on a guided tour of the new Chapter III content for Runes of Magic, and he's liking the look of it a lot.

And overheard in one of my groups:

[2:44] Rowanquinn Wickentower: So what have we learned here today: you can drink hoho's if you mix them with whiskey and [viewer] 2 is awful plus someone who is obviously an escaped labratory mouse and trying to take over the world has hacked into emrald, but that's ok because a snowglobe with a hippo in it is available for all SL users ????
[2:44] Mari Moonbeam: and if you rotate on [its] axis --you make a perfect prim !

Um....okay. That was sufficiently baffling, I think.

Finally, someone posted the podcasts from the joint concert between Amanda Palmer, OKGo, and Evelyn Evelyn. It's in two parts, and it's well worth seeing, whether you're just a fan, or interested in the future of musical representation and artist support. A lot of pointed questions asked and answered, some by the artists themselves, plus music, laughter, and general celebration at being free of their respective labels.


Rhianon Jameson said...

Not to discount the Wisdom of John Norman, but the observation that creatures are different - heck, that individuals differ - isn't a deep insight. What I find horrifying is that Norman's worldview seems to be: differences among people imply different roles, so don't be upset when our respective roles turns out to require me to subjugate you.

Emilly Orr said...

Oh, trust me, there's nothing deep in the statement, and it has been said many times, and in better ways.

How'ver, that was part of the reflection, though I didn't state it here--that, going through the stops of the Gorean Gridwide Hunt this time out, I saw far more Free Woman outfits, and far more Gorean stores, happily operated by female Goreans, who are also bright, funny, and well aware of their own power. I like that.

Also, yesterday was the (RL) birthday of the one active Gorean male I still hang out with on occasion (started out as the friend of a friend of a friend, now he's my friend as well), and he--while vocally and demonstrably Gorean in every regard--has never had a problem hanging out with the varied mix of bisexual and lesbian female non-Gorean friends he has.

Don't mistake me: I am not Gorean; Norman was a lousy writer; and by and large he's said some offensive things on women and various ethnic groups throughout his books.

But truth is also where we find it. And the fact that Norman said that anywhere was something I'd forgotten (I have read all the books, as, when I was going through high school, they were loosely classified as SF). It was good to confirm again.

There are good people in Gor. There are good principles scattered through Gor. It's good to remember that they're not all jerks with inferiority complexes, or broken women looking to be broken further.