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I have the need to post the following – please understand that if you are not Australian or even British, you may not have a clue what it means.

“Dear people of England, on behalf of all Australians, i know our relationship hasn’t been so great for some time now. You send thousands of crap BBC documentaries, we send you Neighbours. You send us Prince Charles, we send you The Vines, you send the detritus of your twentysomethings in the form of drunken backpackers, we send you ours.

If anything, the basis of our cultural exchange over the past few decades has been a prolific exercise in trans-hemispheric mutual toxic waste dumping. We take a couple of pasty chavs for a few months, you take a few “oy oy oy” chanting bogans, everyone goes home slightly miffed and resentful.

But this time, I am sorry to say, we have gone too far. It transpires that, after many years of trying to keep our most humiliating cultural creation out of the international gaze, we have failed miserably. Australia’s resident Xenophobe Laureate, Pauline Hanson, is leaving our sunburnt shores bound for merry England, and it seems there is nothing that can be done about it

Thats right, Pauline Hanson, the self proclaimed Mother Of Australia, the embodiment of all the most vile and deranged tendencies within Australian self-identity, has decided to take her own extensive anti-immigration advice and get the hell out of Australia, and she is heading your way.

So on behalf of all Australians, i will utter a phrase reviled by all racists from our Indian Ocean coast to the Pacific: Sorry. We genuinely are. No one deserves this. Except for Queensland, maybe, but they started it.

I know you sent us your thugs and thieves and murderers as convicts back in the day, but you also sent us some bitchin’ political prisoners. I know we sent you Germaine Greer and Peter Andre, but on the plus side, look how much fun you have had with them!

Im just trying to say… No hard feelings. Sorry for the racist. If you want, you can send us a racist of equivalent value. Not a Nick Griffin standard creepy influential racist, just a kind of C-Grade racist buffoon of some sort. Maybe some guy you find espousing his opinions at a bus stop somewhere? But could he please have red hair? We liked that about her.

I digress. Dear England, apologies for the unintended gift. I wont pretend we aren’t glad to be rid of her, but that doesn’t mean we like inflicting her on you. Just keep her well fed and watered, and keep her away from your burgeoning multicultural society. Sorry.”

From Henry Prill, founder of ‘Dear England, Sorry About Pauline Hanson’ group on Facebook

If you want, you can join the facebook group Dear England, Sorry about Pauline Hanson

No photos, I can only find photos of this cow where she is defacing my national flag (by wearing it)

Sohia Harlow is curious…..

Numerically, its now 4 years since I first arrived with a crash into this virtual world.

Back then, I had a Pentium III, on board graphics, 500 mb RAM and an ADSL connection. I came to Secondlife via a yahoo chat group – I had been a chat junkie for years and years and years. Numbers peaked at 13,000 on Saturday nights, I had voice capability from day 1 via a Ventrilo group, everyone and their parents investigated free sex clubs, I crashed every 5 minutes on schedule, and maxed out an fps of 4. I watched the Dutch and German influx, then the British, the rest of the Europeans, then the Australians, New Zealanders, South Americans, Chinese, Japanese and all the while more and more Americans. It was a global experience that I loved. I managed to persevere for 2 years (!) with this computer equipment, then used my SL earnings to buy a dual core pc with 4 GB RAM, an LCD 24″ screen and an Nvidia GTX 260 graphics card. My fps usually hovers around 40 and goes up to 70 depending where I am. SLIfe is good! I also now have an excellent quality fibre optic cable connection.

The photographs below show that I have changed somewhat. The photo on the left was taken by me in 2006 – I am wearing Cake hair, early Gala (Curio) skin, and a dress that I cannot remember. My shape was called Athena, made by someone who is no longer in world. It was tall and very bosomy.

I changed a LOT in the intervenng years, and I now have a slight built tall shape that I made myself. It is the only thing I have ever made. The photograph on the right I took just 30 minutes ago. I am wearing hair from Gritty Kitty, skin from Ugly Duck, T Shirt from Nouveau Miranda, lashes from Miamai.

4 Years!

I have great faith in the future of virtual worlds, and Secondlife in particular. I find the future to be exciting and the possibilities endless. I plan to stick around for a long time.

I do miss the many people I have known who have moved on from this environment. I also feel especially blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know so many people from around the world. Please stay around, and say ‘hi’ to me in world!

During my meanderings here and there, I stumbled across the name ‘Rustica‘ which piqued my curiosity enough to take a look to take some photographs. On arrival I was confronted by jaw-dropping beauty, the likes of which I have rarely seen in this virtual world.

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Unbeknownst to me, I was greeted by the creator of this beautiful landscape, Maxwell Graf. I say this because although he was deep in conversation with me, I had crashed badly. However upon relog I was able to respond to him, and arrange a satisfactory disposition for the both of us.

I had intended to use the sim as a backdrop for fashion photography, but truly I could not do this without first taking some photos to show you of this build and the surrounding sims. Maxwell Graf has used our virtual environment as a canvas to bewitch and inspire us, beguile and transform our virtual lives, seduce and satiate our senses.

A Village In Time

Neighboring Rustica are the sims of LagNmoor and Rune, both equally enchanting, however I only got as far as LagNmoor this visit.

A Village In Time

Buildings, landscape, accessories in fact most things you can see are available for purchase.

A Village In Time

My photographs do not do this justice. This is not a series of builds, this is art from an artist. Please go and visit for yourself, you will not regret it I can assure you.

A Village In Time

Credits

Photographed at Rustica and LagNmoor by Maxwell Graf

The second in the series by Rezzed.TV entitled ‘Asked & Answered: All you wanted to Know About 3rd Party Viewers and Content Theft’ was held this past friday at the Corona Cay studio.

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

Panellists this week were:

KirstenLee Cinquetti – Developer of Kirsten’s Viewer

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

McCabe Maxsted – Developer of Imprudence Viewer

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Angela Talamasca – Programmer, Builder, and Blogger

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3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

And hosted by me, Arabella Steadham

Live video stream can be found here, thanks to Malburns Writer

Podcast can be found here, thank you to Stuart Warf

This episode showed a lively and spirited interactive discussion. It’s truly worth your while to be there next week, Friday 13th November 3pm SLT, at Rezzed.TV studio

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

Shadow effects using Kirsten’s Viewer

Arabella Dressed by Royal Blue

Our first Asked and Answered panel in a short series entitled “All You Wanted To Know about 3rd Party Viewers and Content Theft podcast ” took place today.

 All You Wanted To Know about 3rd Party Viewers and Content Theft podcast 30 Oct

Our frank and open panel consisted of:-

Fractured Crystal – Emerald Dev
Tenshi Vielle – Artist’s Voice & SCD
Lonely Bluebird – Emerald Dev
Rebel Hope – Artist’s Voice & Rebel Hope Designs

Each shared their opinions, thought and experiences and answered questions fielded by the audience. As with many a podcast, a lively debate and discussion began as soon as recording stopped.
Many thanks to Malburns Writer for live streaming. And specially thanks to Rezz.TV – Stuart and his crew – for accepting my idea that i brought ti him and bringing it to fruition.

you can hear the podcast here

Next week we will convene another Asked and Answered Q & A panel in the All You Wanted To Know about 3rd Party Viewers and Content Theft series. Thus far, I can confirm that KirstenLee Cinquetti will be participating, along with an expert in written word copyright, and a few more surprise guests! Keep checking to find out

Saturday afternoon, what to do? Yet another fashion show, party, canned music. I know…come on over to Cookie sim to hear LIVE MUSIC!! These two performers will get you dancing in your chair!

Home-cooked music presents: a Saturday night in the country.
Saturday August 1st, 7PM SLT
Each week we bring you a heaping helping of Country and Bluegrass music from the country store on cookie.

Blues n Bluegrass

7PM Bart and Whirl
These two specialize in good old folk, country, and blues. Playing and singing Those great songs from years gone by.

Blues n Bluegrass

8PM Cosmic Haystack
Good ‘ole Country Bluegrass banjo pickin’ with a Cosmic twist! Jazz/Funk/Rock fusion virtuosity . . . on the banjo! Impossible, you say? Open your mind and your ears to Cosmic Haystack! Taking a traditional musical instrument and warping it around adventurous noodling, Cosmic must be heard to be believed.

Blues and Bluegrass

This is me

Blues and Blue grass

And these are some others

My Clothes

Jacket by Lookr

Skirt by Apple May

Boots by Kitheres Industries

Hair by !lamb

Skin by Curio

Be here!

My friend Sasy Scarborough has just done a blog post as a tribute to the 80s, which I am sure many of us can relate to – here it is

I thought I would do a little tribute to the 1960s. This was a time of great social upheaval and turmoil for many young people, and also their parents who lived with still vivid memories of a major world conflict.

Make Your Own Kind Of Music

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What has this got to do with anything today? Only as a reminder to ourselves that despite generations passing, people are still of the same variety. We suffer the same angst growing up as our parents did, we suffer the same hurts and pains as we journey through our lives. One major difference is however, that now we can endure this in both a physical and a virtual environment. My feeling is that in a virtual world, emotions are often heightened, both the good ones and the not so good, for many different reasons.

Make Your Own Kind Of Music

In this virtual world, we often strive to be the person we have always wanted to be but were never brave or strong enough to be. Or perhaps we want to be the person we believe our friends think we are. Sometimes, it all comes undone.

Make Your Own Kind Of Music

For me, my virtual life gives me many choices of how I present, who I want to be, how I choose to interact, how I deal with the usual social issues confronting all of us. The choices I make are for me, and each of us needs to make our own decisions on how to lead our virtual life. But you know, sometimes the easiest option and the best path is to be yourself. You’d be surprised how many people will love and respect you for that.

Make Your Own Kind Of Music

The song below is a tribute to all my friends – past present and future! The precious gems of my life 🙂 And also in gratitude to a generation of troubled people back in the 60s, who are the grandmas and grandpas of today.

Credits

Shirt: Hippie top from Ibizarre (hunt prize)

Pants: hippie jeans_green by *KUROTSUBAKI*

Belt: Hippie belt from *KUROTSUBAKI*

Shoes: !BF! Urban Bohemian Ankle Wrap Flats from Boing Fromage

Badge: Peace Badge from Panjen

Earrings: Peace Earring Chrysocolla by EarthStones

Skin: June sundust Daylily2 by Curio

Hair: Apple II – Caramel by the extremely talented and generous Maitreya

Late this evening my time, that is 5am SLT, the US President, Barack Obama, was streamed live into both Secondlife and Metaplace. Ths stream was his speech to the Ghanian parliament.

I was priveleged to be able to be at Annenberg in-world to see and hear this. Most of the audience were Americans, but there were many people from around the world. As an Australian, it was quite an experience to be there.

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My apologies for the quality, it was very crashable.

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We were awash with Lindens, as you can see if you peer closely.

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Further large photos can be seen at my flickr page here

According to the Secondlife group ABC friends, access to Secondlife by Australians will continue as normal.

From Wolfie Rankin, moderator ABC Friends group of SecondLife:

ABC Island Admin, Daveinoz, phoned Senator Conroys’ Office just now and asked if Secondlife would be banned, They said, and this is a direct quote “Absolutely, Categorically not”.

So there you have it. No need for hysteria, tears, threats, panic. All is good

Australians Banned from SecondLife? No way mate

Shown above is a group of assorted hobos, some Australian, enthusiastically celebrating the “news”

“Linden Lab has received no indications from the Australian government that it plans to block Second Life and will keep our community apprised of any developments on that front. In the meantime, we want to assure Australian Residents that Second Life remains accessible and functioning in your region.

Australia has and will continue to be an important market for Linden Lab, and we’re committed to providing the best possible Second Life experience for the users in that market. Some of the most exciting uses of Second Life have come out of Australia, a diverse community of Residents that includes major universities, K12 schools (in Teen Second Life), large enterprises and many thousands of consumers, who spend hundreds of thousands of hours inworld each month.

Regards,

Claudia

Claudia L’Amoreaux
Education Programs manager
Linden Lab | Second Life Grid”

Clickability

Clickability

I have great hopes that my new found Place Of Deep and Sometimes Meaningful Conversation will be a roaring success. Back in the day, when I was a stumbling newbie, I wandered into a sex club. No, this was not by accident, I searched under Places, and went where I would find people. Aside from the ridiculous humpy-pumpy pose balls, I found incredible people to talk with. We discussed everything and anything that sprang to mind, we solved the problems of the world, we were the Cynics of Time, telling tall tales of misadventure on the ‘Net and leaving the sex players bewildered at our ramblings. I do miss those times.
The Deck has an eclectic mix for your shopping experience – your lindens will be well spent here. There is something for all tastes, the girls and the boys. There’s also this nifty cafe seen in the photo – you can click away at the linked boards to peruse the latest news on the various feeds, whilst intricately dissecting Lindenlab business policy with your mates. See you there:)
Go here: The Deck

I hope to figure out hyperlink thingies soon!

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