Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
It is a Second Life toolbar which even has an embedded media player in there so you can listen to SL podcasts etc.*
Cool. Now podcast.com needs to get in there to supply it with its SL channel, and BlogHud needs a spot there with the RSS feeds from other sites...
What a cool little metaverse tool.
Keep the cross over tools coming!
*Actually, on further investigation I think it is just a radio player - I am not sure if you can load it up with podcast feeds yourself. That would be perfect for me.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Introducing the book
Gamers get more sex
Of our sample of 200 women, those who played video games on average had sex 4.3 times a week while those who didn’t play games only had sex just 3.2 times a week. Perhaps even more promising for gamers is the fact that many of the women that we interviewed who have only recently started playing games said that they now have sex more often than before.
Gosh - a whole 1.1 more times!! The 0.1 being... hmmm....
Monday, February 12, 2007
So YouTube funny gal LisaNova has been spotted for her unique take on situations and comedy (very good looking too) has landed herself a spot on the cast of MadTV, a US sketch show. Well done on her. There is much more of this to come, naturally, but good on this particular character. I find her hilarious.
She says she will continue with YouTube, but I wonder if she will a) have the inclination to or b) be allowed too.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I think I have found some real life furries* amongst some anime "chicks" on YouTube. Check out rabbitinthem00n's friends too**.If you are unfamiliar with furrie culture online, check out Wikipedia. I want "her" anime mask (not shown in this picture, obviously). Her profile says she is 80. Well, no one really pays attention to that - I am 105 on YouTube after all. But, in this case, she could well be. Who knows?***
*Check out this piece for some Second Life furry background.
**Some of whom border on the slightly dodgy.
***Although her hands don't look like they belong to an 80 year old.
Taken from 28 December 2006
1. She bought it in New Look for a fiver.
2. Yeah, but how can they justify charging so much for soft drinks?
3. Fuck Christmas. Fuck New Year. Fuck London Underground. No. I'm not drunk. Fuck off.
4. You can call me Mr T-Bone Shabazz.
5. Is anyone going to believe that Ewan McGregor grew that 'tache?
6. Good King Wenceslas came to town...fa la la la la.
7. We could get naked children and cover them in bubble wrap.
8. She's a typical student, hates Tony Blair, hates the government, loves Che Guevera... doesn't really have a brain.
9. CSI's got a plot. It's gimmicky graphics and dead people.
10. Meet Pedro, the racist raisin!
Friday, February 09, 2007
Anyway, given that the news came out today that the ARG Perplex City (or Perspex City, as I have been calling it for a long time, ahem) has been solved (a UK man found a red cube in a Nothamptonshire woods and bagged 100k), I was intrigued to see this set of videos from tigerlilylynn.
Now I have never participated in an ARG - too short an attention span and little patience - so I am not sure about all the language and arg norms.
Whether she/he is part of the action and planted as a guide, or whether she/he is a true ARG nut just being helpful, I am not sure. But this has all sparked my interest again and I will now have to go watch all these other characters' videos. I need to clone my eyes and brain!
Well bloody hell. Anna Nicole Smith* has only been found dead. Saw the news in a fleeting instant having just logged into my yahoo mail account. Effective eh?
Post mortem is due to be carried out. Tragic story, it really is. Wonder when the film will be made and who will play her? Pammy?
*Image: Fad Toys.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Going Underground reports via Andy Green that there is a London Tube station in Second Life now. She* muses about a SL underground system. Joke not. This would be great. I advise anyone who tries out Second Life to go to bloghud and do a serach for trains etc. There you will find links to SL places where you can sit on a train and get taken on tours of places - the IBM island has a good one.
This, as in meatspace, is one of the best ways to be a tourist in my opinion. Sure, it's great to walk around and discover bits of cities that no guide book can tell you about. But I like going on organised transport to get a feel for where's where and what's what in the city. I am also, ultimately, quite lazy.
Anyway, off to check out the station and see if it leads anywhere.**
* Great links here too to videos of lego and dancing on tube platforms.
** Just had an initial search for it - can't find the bloomin thing (please can someone sort out Second Life's search functions??!!) and Andy's blog is damn hard to navigate imho!!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Samorost 2 is in beautiful Flash - and I am not usually someone who has the patience to work out game puzzles. But here, it is so compellingly stunning, it just hooks you in and you want to click on everything. Magical.
The New York Times reports that Viacom has demanded that YouTube removes 100,000 of its clips from the site, uploaded mainly by the very people it is desperate to keep as the "audience". If you listen to what YouTubers say about such clips, their take is characteristic of the culture of media that is growing. By letting the "audience" sort out and share the clips it likes most, which "it" thinks other people might like too, there is a great attention generating thing that happens. Some who stumble across such clips while on places like YouTube may never have bothered to watch the Daily Show before. Hard to believe, I know. But by stumbling on it there, who knows - they might be drawn to watch it properly on the tv (cos that screen is still useful to many you know).
Same goes with music clips and film snippits. Anyone who has spent enough time on the web knows this happens.
Boing Boing makes some more serious points about the "shockingly bad behaviour" displayed by all the corporates involved:
YouTube can't afford to just let any lunatic -- including the savage pricks at Viacom -- indiscriminately censor the content it hosts. That's not fair to its customers.
Late last year, the Cnet editor, James Kim died of exposure with hypothermia after his car and family got stuck.
Is there some sort of conspiracy going on here?
Friday, February 02, 2007
1. I was born in what is now part of China.
2. I once had to parade around Victoria train station in a giant Koala costume to advertise a student travel agents' Australia Day promotion.
3. My paddington bear is 27 years old.
4. I am pretty sure I still hold my school 100m record which I set in 1988.
5. I once refused to let Prince Andrew have a go on my bagpipes.
And finally, I have to tag five other people - so here goes. Alice, Aleks, Lisa, Bill, and Kosso.
While we are here, check out this fantastic montage of Demon Cats. Look out for the ginger one who screams like a banshi and the smokey grey one who.. well... talk about being one pissed off kitty. *
*Although nothing in here is cruel in any way, the sounds are quite fiendish.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Somebody has been watching a little bit too much of the new 24 series methinks.
The things that shut down Boston today, because everyone assumed these blinking things must be bombs, were in fact part of a marketing campaign by a Turner Broadcasting company,
... in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim's animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia...
... says NBC11.com.
See Zebro's account above.
Turner said "oops".
Cats in odd places
Protest is alive and well
I have nothing against new residents - nothing at all. But you don't have the same sort of shared cultural understanding developed over time, without a bit of hard work. Sometimes I just can't be arsed to do the hard work. I want to have fun.
I picked up a new hud gadget, the Bijo Age Scanner, which tells me the names and SL ages of the first 16 avatars within 100m, together with their verification status. A * next to their name indicates that they are within 20m and within that range, they will hear what I am saying, obviously.
The oldest avatar I have "seen" so far has been a month old. Hmmm...
Would be an interesting little experiment to track...
I actually have readers
However, what IS inexcusable is that I failed to notice that somehow 55 comments have been waiting for my moderation - I used to get emails telling me when someone had commented, and I DID select no moderation!!
Jeez! Sorry people! Wow though... there I was thinking I was in an echo chamber (which, OK, I know I kind of am), but all you lovely people have actually been commenting!
So, apologies for that.
Normal services resumed - especially now that I have upgraded to the new blogger system which - finally - lets one use "labels"... sheesh - can someone standardised the language already?*
*Why am I suddenly speaking like an American teenager?