Signs of Caledon


More and more these days, clear and concise communications are essential during social interaction. Often times, textual or voice chat are simply not enough to make a point, or to inform a friend of essential information.

What then shall we do?

Well, make hand gestures of course! Young men belonging to private social clubs have been using such symbols for ages, and I recently found a lexicon for such signs, as well as the versions created for individuals of a more geekish persuasion.

Why they, I thought does Caledon not have such a lexicon of essential signs? Therefore, I created one.

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Just Say No, NOT

Stepping back from the world of Caledon and Second Life in general for a moment, I feel a shoutout must be made regarding a real world issue with long range impact on all of our lives and families.

An authoritative study has finally been released regarding the long standing US policy to discourage comprehensive practical sex education in schools in favor of urging abstinence to teenagers or simply offering no sex ed AT ALL. The belief is that if students are given knowledge about responsible sexuality they were more likely to have sex, whereas keeping the entire concept hushhush would act as a deterrent. The policy has now been around long enough that researchers can state if the abstinence only/no sex ed approaches have been having the desired effect.

Anyone care to guess how that has been working out for them?

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Comedy Chic


I make no apologies for the fact that I will from time to time use these pages to offer my devoted readers profiles of individuals that I find especially noteworthy or interesting. In truth, I find my tastes (if they can be called that) are often shared by at least a fair percentage of my fellow Caledonians.

Therefore in that vein I offer the following excellent look at one of my favorite comedians and people, Mr. Eddie Izzard.

If you don’t like it, get your own blog.

So there.

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Leasing Women for Charity


Time certainly flies online, and it seems to fly a bit faster in Second Life then it does elsewhere…assuming of course a runaway freight train flies. Therefore, the Relay for Life is upon us once again.

Under the earnest guidance of Dame Lapin Paris, last year’s Caledon RFL effort exceeded 1 Million Linden, and this years effort headed by new Captain Erasmus Margulis, is aiming to raise 3 Million for the American Cancer Society. That effort is starting with a very interesting event (coordinated by Miss Autopilotpatty Poppy) on March 22, from 2 pm to 5 pm SLT in the Sim Amiaguas Mauritius, in which some of the most beautiful women of Caledon show you EXACTLY what money can buy.

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Bored Lucky


Some weeks ago I posted an article here which related how in many situations melancholia is the gateway to creativity. Well, it seems that another much maligned human condition may also be the bridge to accomplishment…boredom.

Especially today I find myself treasuring quiet and solitude, the slow even measures of my own mind. Some call this boredom, but like the author of this article, I have always understood those moments to be chances to reflect and remember, to review new associations and old traditions.

This article gives me hope.

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The Scent of Lurve


One day long before I found myself dropped, mewling and spitting, on Caledon‘s fabled shores, I was having a conversation in a club of questionable repute with several random individuals. Unsurprisingly, the discussion found it’s way to sex, and the question of what was missing from sex in SL was put to the group. Of course one relative newbie answered “everything“, and I responded with “tone“, but another individual responded “smell“.

At the time this generated a chorus of LOLs, but it is a response that has stayed with me. We often times forget the vast array of senses we use in real world encounters, sexual and otherwise. It makes sense that those senses that are mute in Second Life would play a role in the way sexuality here has adapted. In fact, fascinating new research has begun to shed light on just how important the sense of smell is in terms of attraction.

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Mighty King Lud


There are few things I hate more then using a word incorrectly, or not fully understanding the implications and meanings of a term I use. Little did I know that one of my favorite and most venomous insults, Luddite, had so many nuances I did not appreciate.

I certainly knew the basics, that is that the Luddite movement was anti-technology, opposing farm automation and the resulting unemployment in the last century…however that is just the tip of the iceberg and not entirely accurate. Thankfully, I have now been properly educated and set straight, and I intend to share that education with all of you.

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Queens of the Night


I have always been fascinated with the way superstition and/or faith effects a society and its day to day life. My interest is only increased when the faith in question is not part of the mainstream, such as is found in the New Orleans Voodoo culture in the 19th century.

The famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, is a fascinating figure in and of herself, as well as a wonderful window into the rich tapestry of underground New Orleans before the turn of the century. As such, I was very pleased when I found an excellent overview of her life (or lives) and her importance to African American and Southern American culture.

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The Stars Above


Continuing the recent technology trend here at the blog, I wished to share with you all, my darling readers, an upcoming bit of software that I am truly excited about. I have always adored looking at stars, but never had the equipment, time or patience to really delve into the observation of distant worlds.

The wise ogres of Microsoft however are about to introduce a way for me to borrow the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as other major astronomical instruments, to do my stargazing. Now, if only I could aim it into a few bedroom windows I know of….

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Lip Service


My interest in seasonal romance is continuing, dear readers…but thankfully for many of you, I am stay strictly above the waist for the moment. WAY above the waist, in fact.

There is no more fundamental act of love, and perhaps no more misunderstood one, than kissing. So much can be meant with a kiss that often they are misunderstood, or mean different things to the kisser and the kissee. However, important research is ongoing to help us sort out the inner meanings of the kiss.

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Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd


I am pleased to say that after much hope and longing, I have FINALLY seen the new version of Sweeney Todd! <APPLAUSE>

Since I posted several stories in advance of the release of this film, it is only fair that I post a sort of review now, for those of you who may not have seen it (beware, possible slight spoilers ahead)…or for those who did and are curious as to my appraisal.

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Puberty at Line Speed


Most all of us, in one way or another, were raised by technology. Computers, televisions, video games, they were out playmates during out teenage years…and the windows we began to look at society through. Of course, that doesn’t even hold an LED to what kids today have in that realm, but we were the pioneer. If that had not been the case, we would not be here now, in Caledon, blazing a brave new trail through the metaverse. Such a childhood, even then, had it’s own unique pitfalls and perils, joys and heartbreaks.

I recently came across an essay that I felt captured the experience so perfectly, or my adolescence and that of so many other of my fellow residents that I felt I needed to share it with all of you. I imagine you will read it with bittersweet, knowing smiles as I did.

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A Digression by Frost


Today I came across a poem by my favorite poet, Robert Frost, that I had not read in a long long time and was moved enough to wish to share. So here it is.

Meeting And Passing

As I went down the hill along the wall
There was a gate I had leaned at for the view
And had just turned from when I first saw you
As you came up the hill. We met. But all
We did that day was mingle great and small
Footprints in summer dust as if we drew
The figure of our being less that two
But more than one as yet. Your parasol
Pointed the decimal off with one deep thrust.
And all the time we talked you seemed to see
Something down there to smile at in the dust.
(Oh, it was without prejudice to me!)
Afterward I went past what you had passed
Before we met and you what I had passed.

Now playing: Barenaked Ladies – Down To Earth
via FoxyTunes

Let it Snow…


My darling readers….I am posting the following story simply because I feel when something happens so incredibly rarely as to be almost unheard of, so as to be a thin of near-magical legend which brings a nation to a halt as people travel for hours just to see it, occurring perhaps once every few years at best for a day or two at a time, that is must be commemorated.

Therefore, I give you… snow.

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Death, Madness and Chess


Back in my dim and distant past as a very young proto-geek. One of my early heroes was the late chess champion Bobby Fischer. Of course this was well before the insanity and the invective and the hatred he spent the latter half of his life spewing to anyone who would listen. When I was a boy, he was just pure intellect in motion and I thought he was incredible and a sign from God.

I had no gift for chess, and I still don’t. Those few games in my life that I have won, I have won by sheer luck or by sharking a player even worse then I am, usually a child or family pet. However, despite all the horrible things he would go onto to express, Bobby Fischer in those early years was an expression to me of how intelligence and nerve could prevail against all odds, despite everything I was being taught to the contrary. I have tried to base at least part of my life on that example….hopefully I won’t go insane in the end like Bobby.

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