Sunday, August 31, 2014


I tried Utherverse tonight. It's was really hard to figure out how to do anything there. For that reason, I didn't customize my avatar at all. Everyone else though, had a customized avatar. So it must not be impossibly difficult. Below is a photo of a lady, Violet, playing with a Hula-Hoop in Utherverse. I thought the animation ran pretty smoothly. I wish I could the same thing in SL.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Which is Worse:

Which is worse, a friend disappearing from Second Life, or losing touch with someone on your friends list and never chatting with them anymore even though you often see them online?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Me Too:

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”
- Charles M. Schulz

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Act As If:

The best scene in Breaking Bad was when Walter White was waiting for a check-up to see if his cancer was still in remission. Another cancer patient confessed he was frightened and asked Walter if he was afraid. Walter replied:
To hell with your cancer. I’ve been living with cancer for the better part of a year. Right from the start, it’s a death sentence. That’s what they keep telling me. Well, guess what? Every life comes with a death sentence, so every few months I come in here for my regular scan, knowing full well that one of these times – hell, maybe even today – I’m gonna hear some bad news. But until then, who’s in charge? Me. That’s how I live my life.
Something important was conveyed in that monologue, but at the time I wasn't sure what. How could he be in charge? Cancer is deadly. Sometimes there's not much that can be done except to wait to die. Stuff happened to Walter all the time that was way beyond his control: the thug stole his drugs, his wife cheated on him, his partner couldn't control his addictive tendencies and put Walter in danger, and on and on.

But this is what I think Walter meant. He meant he lived his life as if he was in charge, as if he was in control. There were many things beyond his ken, but he controlled what he could. The point was that he believed his actions could affect outcomes and so he acted.

That's why I loved him.

Keep Breathing:

people without passwords on their phones are the strongest and most terrifying people you will ever meet
-Keep Breathing

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


I get excited about sleep for two reasons
1. Sleep
2. I have Batman Pajamas
    -Whovian's Creed

Monday, August 25, 2014

The End of Summer:

I fell in love with her innocence. With the way she could sit so beautifully still and hurt. I suffered watching her suffer, but I couldn't look away. My soul aged a million years that summer. In the end, I hurt far worse than she ever did. She didn't need me and I needed her.
    -Snippet from a Story I'll Never Finish

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Life Alert:

Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc. has registered the phrase "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!" as a US trademark. The company provides protection services for the frail and elderly via small transmitters that are activated by pushing a button. If someone has an emergency, they press the button on the transmitter and someone comes and rescues them.

I wish there was a similar system for being stuck. Some button that you can press that sends a message "Help, I'm stuck and I can't get out of here." Ten minutes later, an emergency crew shows up and gets your life back on track. Or, if the problem is severe enough, carts you off to a life repair facility.

This is my life alert.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Inciting Incident:

Do you remember the story of Cinderella? How she disappeared leaving a single glass slipper behind? And the prince searched for her by trying the slipper on young women of the kingdom until he found one that the slipper fit?

In my version, the guy isn't looking for a princess. He's looking for meaning. Whenever someone asks him how he is, he responds with a line from one of his favorite novels or comics, like:
"Trapped on the surface of a giant sphere; or

 "I'm not bragging."
Literature is his religion and he's not a believer in god or love. One day a woman asks "how are you" and he responds with a line from his favorite all time novel. And she responds with the correct reply to that line, verbatim as it was written in the novel....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good & Bad Days:

On good days, he was merely unhappy.
On bad days, he was borderline suicidal.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Spirtual Suicide:

Is it possible to kill your spirit by continually doing things you hate? And finally when your spirit is dead, do you kill the rest of yourself?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Feeling Super:

Do you know where the command sudo comes from in Linux? It's short for "super user do". It's my favorite command. It makes me feel super.

Why I Suck at Writing:

Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer” and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours alone at the typewriter. “You’ve got to want to write,” I say to them, “not want to be a writer."
-Alex Haley
I need to work on the "want to write" part. I'm hoping though there's a substitute for wanting to write, called desperation. It's not so much the wanting for me, but that all the alternatives are so much worse.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What I Like Best:

Do you know what I like best about the people in Second Life? Some of them listen to me. What seems like a pointless conversation, means more to me than you'll ever know. That's why I keep logging in.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rescue Me:

Do you know why superheroes are so popular? Why there are continuous remakes of Superman, Batman, and the X-Men? Because we want to be rescued.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

That's What She Said:

     "Why do you smoke so damn much?" I asked.
      She looked at me and smiled widely, and such a wide smile on her narrow face might have looked goofy were it not for the unimpeachably elegant green in her eyes. She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, "Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die."
     ―John Green, Looking for Alaska

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Energy Crisis:

Some days I can't muster the energy to change out of my pajamas, so I'm glad there's SL. I don't even have to get out of bed to go out.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The No. 1 SL Hobby:

The number one hobby in SL is becoming romantically obsessed with someone that lives thousands of miles away.