15 October, 2013

Oh yay. Another Second Life snapshot contest. *eyeroll*

Just a couple thoughts:

The first one really isn't about the contest as much as it is about the horrible copy used to promote it. Seriously, who writes this shit? I've seen better written for hemorrhoid cream.

And doesn't anyone proof anything? "Yu culd win L$10,000, L$3000, L$2000, or L$1000 for your snapshot!" OK, maybe someone's "O" key was stuck, but come on!

Ooops. I spoke too soon. Here's the "corrected" copy:

*UPDATE: The misspellings have now all been corrected. Third time's a charm!*

Now on to the rules.

Instead of posting the rules on the Forum as was done previously, they're now posted to the Wiki, which is good. Before, the rules would poof when the contest was over and there had been some grumbling about that. This should satisfy those people, as long as they don't poof from the Wiki that LL likes to delete pages from.

One of the things that I immediately noticed about the current entries is that they're all different sizes. Gone is the requirement that all entries be no larger than 500×500 pixels, not that everyone followed that rule, anyway. Some of the winning entries from past contests did not keep to it.

Also gone is the prohibition against altering snapshots using external photo editing tools except for image sizing. Go for it, Photoshop pros!

Those paranoid about LL grabbing as their own all of the content that users have created because of the admittedly horrible rewording of the TOS will be happy (?) to know that it extends to at least some content uploaded through SLs web properties, as well: "Uploading an Entry constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submission in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes, except where prohibited by law."

There are all sorts of new eligibility rules: You have to be at least eighteen years of age; if you're not, you have to get Mommy or Daddy to fill out paperwork (I'm sure they'll be thrilled). You cannot have won a prize from Linden Lab within the last twelve months. And for some inexplicable reason, "Canadian residents will be required to answer an additional mathematical question in order to claim their prizes"!

"... exercising undue influence to obtain votes, including but not limited to, purchases and/or bribery, is strictly prohibited." Does this undue influence include aggressive lobbying on feeds, Twitter, Plurk and Facebook that we've seen in past contests? And how does LL plan to monitor this? Are they going to be watching Marketplace, L$ and other transactions?

Those concerned about their RL privacy might be well advised to read this and then read it again: "... by participating in the Contest, the Winner(s) hereby give Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies full permission, right and authority to use their likeness, photograph, name, hometown, and Entries, or any other information that they provide about themselves, the prize, the Contest, or Second Life, for the purposes of advertising and promotion (in any media, including but not limited to in print media, television, film, video, radio, internet or otherwise) related to the Contest, Second Life or the Sponsor, without any further notification or compensation to you other than that set out herein."

The Limitations of Liability section is an interesting read. "By entering this contest, you agree that Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns, shall not be liable for personal injuries, death, damages, expenses or costs or losses of any kind resulting from participation or inability to participate in this Contest or acceptance of or use or inability to use a prize or parts thereof including, without limitation, claims, suits, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light (whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory." *tries hard to imagine how personal injury or death could result from uploading an image*

So, lots of new rules that few will read and fewer will heed. Go read the whole thing for a laugh some time that you're bored.

In the meantime, send belated congratulations to the winners of the previous contest, as shown on the website:

05 July, 2013


Got that, folks?

Using gender-based slurs against women who disagree with you is sexist.


What would we call using homophobic slurs against someone that one disagrees with?


27 May, 2013



Nice try, Moaner.

You can try to explain it away, but the simple fact is that using anti-gay slurs in a misguided attempt to malign those that you don't agree with only serves to perpetuate the negative connotations associated with those words.

When 49 percent of students and 45 percent of teachers in elementary schools regularly hear the term "gay" used in a disparaging manner by other students (as in "that's so gay") and 26 percent of students and teachers report hearing students use outright homophobic slurs ("fag", "lesbo", etc.) , something is very, very wrong.

"Fag"? There are few words that are more humiliating that one can call a teenaged boy, gay or straight. It's obvious that you've never felt that sting.

Now, I don't see the NRA attacking gay people. Do you really think that you hit them hard by calling them "gunfags"? Or by saying that they must suffer from some latent or repressed homosexuality?

Ferguson is a man who is quite used to smearing his opponents and thought that it would be acceptable to do so in front of an audience of investors. He's since learned that it isn't. I don't agree with him and I certainly make no apologies for him, but he's just one of a long line of right-wingers who have tried to dismiss Keynes because he was childless.

What's your excuse again? That you're just "point[ing] out that their speech and behaviour shows a certain insecurity regarding their own sexuality"? And you can't do that without reducing yourself to using slurs?

Well, Moaner...

For someone who seems to consider herself an intellectual powerhouse, you've shown yourself to be anything but.

As a supposed LGBT ally? You may just do more harm than good just by opening your fucking mouth.

P.S. You're the dolt that doesn't "get it".

20 April, 2013


Mona. Dear. I'm sure you mean well (hell, I hate the NRA, too, and unlike you I actually reside in the nation where its lobbying regularly holds legislation hostage), but... Do you see nothing wrong with your statements here?

It might be one thing if you were attempting to reappropriate pejoratives to use them in a positive way (although, unless you're a "fag" yourself, I think it really isn't your place to do the reappropriating).

But no, you're clearly using these words in a derogatory manner. And, yes, I personally take offense.

"Fag" and "faggot" are two very emotionally charged words, as I'm sure you well know.

I had them flung at me on an almost daily basis during a rather painful period in my life, beginning in grade school and all through high school and beyond, by "friend" and foe alike. That was well before I admitted to myself that I was gay.

Years later, even hearing gay men call each other "faggot" (I knew a number of them who on occasion did) made me cringe.

I myself used the phrase "fag hag" for a time to denote female friends of my own or of other gay men. I don't any longer. It's demeaning and disrespectful to them and... well, I think we've covered the "fag" part already.

Those words are still regularly thrown the way of myself and others, and while they no longer have the power to hurt me the way that they once did, they are most often meant to offend, and offend they do.

I also take exception to your use of the word "gay" as an insult. A word embraced by the gay community as a positive, affirmative term has now been reappropriated as a general term of disparagement by primarily young people, even as others cry that "the homosexuals" have forever "ruined" that "perfectly good" word.

he casual use of homophobic language is "too often seen as harmless banter instead of the offensive insult that it really represents. ... To ignore this problem is to collude in it. The blind eye to casual name-calling, looking the other way because it is the easy option, is simply intolerable."

One would think that someone who is sensitive to such things as the "rape culture" would be sensitive to these things ("homophobic culture", etc.), as well.

Well, dear Mona. FAIL. EPIC fail.

P.S. You might consider that your use (and that of your friends) of the word "retard" and its variants is equally offensive.

P.P.S. It's taken some time for the idea of marriage equality to gain the acceptance that it has thus far. But even I, as a gay man, can understand how some of the older generation might be slow to support it. I hardly think it makes them "stupid".

23 March, 2013

Kudo Gaming.

Deek continues to give herself kudos via her alt, baby Kranfel. This is from when I first noticed her "gaming", which happened to be on the day that she earned herself a ban/suspension from the Forum (February 18, for her posts to this thread):

ETA: I had opened baby K.'s profile from that thread page, looked at the kudos given, and there was one (given to Osprey T.). Looked again and voila! Three to Deek in a matter of minutes.

This is from today:

[Note: The jury's still out on who the operator of BabyDeeQ is. It could be Deek, it could be someone else.]

Kudos to you, Deek. Woooot.

I wonder how her "stringent follow up" is going.

Of course, nobody could possibly infer that she was suspended/banned from the Forum because all of her posts to that thread poofed and baby K. and one of Deek's other alts (Kerr Fall AKA Kerr Fail) stepped in, could they? It has to be a conspiracy.

Shades of Sus.

Speaking of Ms. Pig... I wonder if Sus, now that she's back, will have anything to say about this blatant "kudo gaming"...

Nah. Course not.

04 March, 2013

I'll just leave these here...

... and after you've read them (IF you bother to read them), you can get back to your continued screeching and finger-pointing, your conflating of issues, and your removal from friends lists of people who have opinions that differ from your own.

Take Back Valentine's Day!

One Billion Rising: The Ladies’ Movement That Smells Like Kony 2012

The Best Valentine's Day Gift for College Students: Gender Reconciliation

Why I Won't Support One Billion Rising

Blaming Men Doesn’t Stop Domestic Violence

Happy Valentine's Day

Have a nice day.

(Yeah, I'm a little late to the party, but I'm still hearing about fallout. You people should be soooooo proud of yourselves.)

24 February, 2013

Pulling Rank and "Gamification".

Stellar: PM message from LL says I now have a rank. Three words did it.

Laetizia Coronet: You now have the rank smell of "gamification", Honored Resident. :/

Stellar: OMG, it's so funny! I posted exactly three times*, and each time I got a PM from LL telling me I had a new "rank"?!
1) Your new rank is Resident
2) Recognized Resident
3) Honored Resident
*Does some math* At this rate, if I get busy, I figure I could be president by next week!

Laetizia Coronet: The best you can do is Helper I think. This entails forgetting all about your real life and spending day and night here...

Griffin: That's supposed to be a dig at me, Stellar, in case you missed it. (Yeah, REALLY lame, but I've come to expect it.) ETA: Meanwhile, Tish's friend there is the one that is actually gaming the system. But she's stuck on Advisor. (refers to baby Kranfel, who gives kudos to her main, DQ Darwin)

Stellar: Helper? Aw, hell. I don't wanna help on this forum. : (
Plus, I'm supposed to be inworld building. Damn you, LL, for getting my hopes up! *shakes fist into the ethernet!*

Griffin: Yes, some people actually do help other people here. Others... they just bring their butthurt here.

Laetizia Coronet: It's all about you, isn't it.

Griffin: Word. ETA: If you weren't speaking of me, Tish, then who? Marigold?

Laetizia Coronet: I was speaking of helpers in general. As is clear from the signature line I use, I don't like this rank system at all. I never have. Maybe it's hard for you to understand that my life isn't actually about you, but it isn't.

Griffin: Oh, so you feel that Helpers in general "forget... all about [their] real life and spend... day and night here." Good to know. And people (including some Helpers; you know... the people that "forget... all about [their] real life and spend... day and night here.") have asked LL to do away with it. Then why do I get the impresssion that you're dogging me here?

Laetizia Coronet: You started reacting to me. I'm only replying. So who's dogging now?

Griffin: Well, let's see. Here I am posting to this thread since yesterday evening. I'm one of two Helpers who had been posting here before your now famous "forgetting all about your real life and spending day and night here..." You don't appear to have any issues with Marigold, but you do have issues with me. So, who could you possibly be talking about, hmmm? In addition, you and baby both seem to be active in a lot of threads that i've been posting to lately. Coincidence? Don't bother answering that. Rhetorical. BTW. I thought you didn't want to speak to me any further? Funny way of showing it.

Laetizia Coronet: So you start talking to me and then you complain about me replying. I guess I don't even have to tell you what could have avoided my "dogging" you, do I?

Griffin: Um. I "replied" to one of your posts, but it was clearly directed at Stellar.

21 February, 2013


Laetizia Coronet wrote: I disapprove of this use of alts 95% of the time. I make an exception for people who are almost forced to use alts because their opponents swoop in on everything they say as their main account. But that's a different story.

Griffin wrote: So, you've never been there cheering on the use of griefer alts, Tish?

Laetizia Coronet wrote: "Griefer alt" is not a term I'd use in this case, but not that I know of. Why do you ask?

Griffin wrote: I seem to recall you "loving" the feed posts of an alt that was created for the purpose of helping to disseminate the RL info of someone.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

Laetizia Coronet wrote: I think my words have been clear enough. I don't see why you think it is necessary to doubt them?

Griffin wrote: Because there is often a disconnect between what people say and what they do.

Tish "not loving" one of Deek's latest griefer alts:

ETA: It should be noted that one of my own alts engaged in discussion on this feed. Tish's posts there have since been deleted.

04 February, 2013

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Really? What's this, then?

So... You didn't post that on your Twitter? If not you, Robtish, then who?

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Remember those love notes you sent to me and only me from your feed, Robtish? Around Christmastime? Well, I wanted to find out for myself what kind of person would spend close to two thirds of an hour typing rubbish out on their own feed to SPAM someone.

Not the character Tish. No. The person behind the avatar.

I knew you were not as you represent yourself inworld.

I knew you were male.

I knew you were not of African descent.

I knew you were from the Netherlands and living in Italy.

I don't recall how I got there, but there it was and is, for anyone to see. A link to a Flickr page in the history of your very own Second Life Wiki vanity page. A link that you put there.

Which makes this really funny:

Just a click over to your Flickr and then another to your profile and there's: your full name, your occupation, your hometown, a link to your blog and... last but not least... "A Dutchman living in Calabria, southern Italy."

Home run!

From there, it was really quite easy to find your Twitter, your LinkedIn profile, posts on various forums, books you worked on as a translator (I'm really very curious about Het Penisboek, myself), etc., etc., etc.

Pep found Rob/Tish in La Repubblica... and he may have found Rob (just Rob) from something I said... or he found Rob (just Rob) on his own. I don't know.

Fact is... I looked all of that up when you sent those love notes... and I sat on it. Till now.

Sure, I poked with the "edge of Europe" thing, as did Pep, but nobody else had a damn clue.

And then you opened your big fucking mouth.

No, it wasn't me you outed. And while Pep is not exactly my bestie (despite what the herd thinks), NOBODY... not even him, no matter how much hatred you bear in your heart for him... deserved to be outed.

Well. You know what they say...

P.S. Nice to see you and your little friends Deek (with her new alt), Gypsy (copying links to feed posts that have zilch to do with Pep) and Lillie (really surprised at you, you innocent little thing) having fun continuing what you started.