Sunday, March 27, 2011

the mirror squeaked, away I ran

This is how I spent part of my morning:

[7:42 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: Hi!

This is a personal pet peeve of mine, one that no one seems to be able to move past. I don't care if it's your entire problem in one lengthy convulsing paragraph, just say anything more than just "Hi!" (Or 'hey' or 'hello' or any variant thereof).

Unfortunately, I can't just snap at people like I dearly wish to, because I am now representing an estate, and I don't want that estate tarnished by my actions, if I can prevent those actions. So I have to play nice with people I want to slap until they stop whimpering or fall down unconscious.

[09:11 AM] Emilly Orr: Hi! How can I help you?
[9:12 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: Hi just a moment please! :)
[09:14 AM] Emilly Orr: No worries.
[09:18 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: i'm here
[09:18 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: sorry
[09:18 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: :)
[09:18 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: I would like speak with you about business.. :)
[09:19 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: it's possible?

Okay, a land question. I can do this. This is what I do.

[09:19 AM] Emilly Orr: Business of what kind?
[09:20 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: so... I explain to you our idea.. :)

Now I have dread.

[09:20 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: we are founding a service company for events and create avatars that improvement will be structured on a land

I don't understand.

[09:20 AM] Emilly Orr: Okay
[09:20 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: we want to create something totally NEW...
[09:21 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: many people feel uncomfortable and we help them with little money to improve themselves and understand the tricks to fix the look and not only, we also teach them how to use various viwer
[09:21 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: In addition, for those interested, we have the possibility to organize small events and large events engaging large and small figures from the entertainment world sl and if we succeed, even rl
[09:21 AM] Emilly Orr: With you so far.

So...something totally "new" like the PPC, that brought the grid 300, Transformers and Die Hard 4? Paired with a makeover service.


That's new.

[09:21 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: and not only my partner works for an international film festival the "[film festival that's no longer linked]" ... she is the creative part of the show.. Maybe you have heard about it I think .. :)
[09:22 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: ..
[09:23 AM] Emilly Orr: I have, yes.
[09:23 AM] Emilly Orr: Still waiting for how I can help you.

Seriously. Twelve minutes of conversation and I still don't know what the woman wants. I think it's that she's doing the same thing I did yesterday, and translating her reasonable [language of origin] into unreasonable English through the Google filter. Ack.

[09:24 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: in [unlisted country of origin] it can be seen on TV summer and the festival organizers are interested in SL as a communication platform
[09:24 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: Me and my partner we deal with starting a small path which we hope to expand with time and with the trademark "[film festival that's no longer linked]"
[09:24 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: for now we offer only our professionalism and our creativity waiting to grow
[09:24 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: we start from the first step to get more top ^^

Don't ask me, I have no idea what 'getting more top' means. I think starting small and becoming big and famous? Maybe?

[09:24 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: obviously the project is international and not limited only to [unlisted country of origin] ^^
[09:24 AM] Emilly Orr: Right.
[09:24 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: but above all we will start with the [unlisted country of origin] and American peoples
[09:25 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: it would be a place for newbies to experts (to create events) but also for those who simply want to improve himself
[09:25 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: obviously what we ask in return is always based on who we have in front cause we can not ask for an avatar of one week 10% or 20%
[09:26 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: would have multiple benefits for you ... more publicity, more revenue and, above all, absolute visibility
[09:26 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: Furthermore, we and the staff who will sponsor you with anyone who needs of land
[09:26 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: and the staff will recommend to you for rent or buy

I think what she's getting at here is, they're offering to make over avatars who have zero style, and possibly, recommending land purchases to them, as well as hosting events on their land. Or our land. It's unclear.

[09:26 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: and you will also advertise on blogs, facebook and possibly on a website dedicated to our society if things go the right way

Yeah, bite me, fangirl, I'll bite off fingers before I join Facebook again voluntarily.

[09:27 AM] Emilly Orr: Okay, getting confused again. Are you interested in renting land from Solace Beach?
[09:27 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: xwe wish also to help understand the world of work and newbie giving them the opportunity to find work, based on proposals that are inworld ^^
[09:27 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: we looking for a sponsor for this projec
[09:27 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: In short, our society would be a temporary, events and style ^^
[09:27 AM] Emilly Orr: And you want me to talk to Ayesha?
[09:27 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: jayesha?
[09:27 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: ayesha?
[09:28 AM] Emilly Orr: Okay, let's back up. Why are you talking to me?

Because at this point, I had no idea why we were having this conversation. If they didn't want me to talk to Ayesha about donating ad space on Solace or land for their project, then what did they want me to help them with?

[09:28 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: because this is our project and we looking for sponsor for create it...
>[09:28 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: if you are interested we are looking for a badget to begin
[09:28 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: obviously the choice is up to you if you think that the idea is valid

Oh dear gods. They want me to FINANCE this lemming run. What part of my profile said "I'm independently wealthy and looking to invest in quirky start-ups"?

[09:29 AM] Emilly Orr: First off, that's not my place. Second off, I'm not in a financial position to sponsor anyone.
[09:30 AM] Emilly Orr: Third, if you're looking to hire me to be involved, my current rate is L$750 per hour, and I can only devote the time that's not taken by RL concerns or my work as a Solace Beach estate manager.
[09:30 AM] Emilly Orr: Are you thinking of buying a sim, or do you have one already, or...?

Because seriously, I still had few clues as to why she'd written me in the first place.

[09:30 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: I looking for a sponsor not for hiring.. so I understand that the thing don't interest you
[09:31 AM] Emilly Orr: I'm not saying it's not a good idea. I'm saying I can't afford to sponsor it personally. Most of what I earn in Lindens goes to rent, or landscaping items to decorate Solace Beach parcels.
[09:32 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: I've already a land for free by a sponsor and for other land I'm interest only a more bigger land of this that I've already.. there is no need to be rude

And that was a jaw-dropping moment. I actually scrolled back up and read the entire conversation again. When was I rude? Seriously, when was I rude? Here, sure, but in talking to her in IM? The hell?

[09:32 AM] Emilly Orr: I'm not being rude.
[09:32 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: so maybe I was wrong but I thought it was
[09:32 AM] Emilly Orr: I apologize if what I'm typing is coming across as curt or disdainful. This isn't my intent.
[09:33 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: ok.. and sorry to I have misunderstood
[09:33 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: :)
[09:34 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: this is our idea... if you are interesting to partecipate as sponsor we can speak about that.. otherwise the disturbance sorry and thanks for the time you have granted me
[09:34 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: :)
[09:35 AM] Emilly Orr: It's okay. I'm just not sure how I can help you, and you seem to be saying you want my help to fund things, which I can't do. And that's not rude, that's just fact. Unfortunately, I make very very little RL, so I rarely even buy Lindens. What I make in world, tends to stay in world, just not in my hands.
[09:35 AM] Emilly Orr: But I wish you well on the endeavor.

And I do. I don't think they're evil scammers, I think the [film festival that's no longer linked], if they really are tied to it, is vibrant and fresh, and if the Festival staff is seriously thinking of investing in SL to help spark education and interest, that's not the worst thing for Second Life as a platform, either.

[09:36 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: I completely understand .. So pardon me if I disturbed you, and if one day you will want to participate in the project you will know where to find me
[09:37 AM] [Dilapidated Insect]: thank you! :D
[09:37 AM] Emilly Orr smiles. You're welcome!

And that seemed to be that.

A quick check confirmed there's only one group with "[film festival that's no longer linked]" in the title, and that seems to be music-oriented; what's more, neither [Miss Insect]'s name nor the partner's name showed up in the visible members portion of that group. (They may be invisible members, which I could see if I joined, but I didn't feel like joining a group just to leave it again.) Still, that doesn't mean they're scam artists. That just means they haven't set up a "[film festival that's no longer linked]" group...yet.

So, I guess...see when they do pop with a group, see what the group says? Or check Miss [Insect]'s profile now and again to see if there's ever a link to the Giffoni project sim. Or...whatever.

I'm still not entirely sure what we talked about, to be honest. Maybe I'm up too early for full comprehension.


Fogwoman Gray said...

Meh, you have the patience of a saint. I smelled a pitch about two sentences in to that spiel. Hitting up random people for money is begging in my book, no matter what your patter happens to be. A genuine business proposal has that in the title - and is targeted at folks who would be interested in the business.
I fear she would have found me a bit "rude" :)

Emilly Orr said...

Well, part of it is, I never know which random "Hi!" is going to lead to actual estate business, so I can't just smart off to people the way I used to.

But the rest is, what about my profile currently (or, well, ever) says "I will invest in your startup! Ask me how!"? You know? That's the part that's so puzzling. Why did she write me out of the blue?

Emilly Orr said...

Yeah, still haven't figured out you're responding to a different entry. See, if you go one entry back, you'll find both your (published) comment, and my response.

But, in case you can't track it down, I've linked it for you, and I'll tell you there what I told you here: I decided to reply in another entry.

Now, you're absolutely free to think me a coward and tell all your friends, but you should understand that you'd be crowing about an empty "victory", such as it is--because I did publish your previous comment.

Have a good day, though. Enjoy your meaningless feelings of vindication.

Emilly Orr said...

And, simply because I have my petty moments...I haven't seen you reply since I published, updated, and re-linked the now three entries on you.

Emilly Orr said...

Okay, in order:

1. Feel free to demand all the respect you want. It doesn't mean you're necessarily going to be granted it. Respect generally has to be earned.

2. Again, with that 'can not mock' thing. Obviously, I can.

3. I never said anything about not believing in your project. In fact, I've gone out of my way to link it in various entries so people know how to find it. This, backhanded though it may be, could be construed as "support", not "disbelief".

Now then. While this particular feud has raged in miniature across various entries on my blog, as of this writing I think I've tracked down all the links to your actual name. In fact, the only time your name shows up at all at this point is in these comments, and the other comments you've left on other entries.

Best I can do. Have fun with the rest of your life. Try not to obsess so much.

Emilly Orr said...

For anyone who's reading along and is now confused, Miss Insect demanded all references to her, including comments she made, be deleted.

I'm sure she's off somewhere happily nursing her wounded ego back to health.