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Twitter, Plurk and other “social” media online …

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: business, computers, election, electronic, Everquest II, First Life, Folks I Know, Free Speech, Friends, Glorious Timewasters, Humor, jargon, journalists, language, Learning, Linkage & W(a/o)nderings, metaverse, movers and shakers, Politicians, Politics, PR, Real Life, Second Life, Second Life Stuffs, silly, Technology, VR worlds, Writers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

have been intriguing me and entertaining me lately. Just started with Plurk today, and so far all but one of the folks I’m “related” to are SL and Twitter pals, most are also FaceBook friends as well. I feel that somehow I’ve slipped off the slippery slope of EQ II, SL ™ and no Age of Conan (AoC) into the netherworld of rapid-fire text messaging.

It is interesting to follow some rather prominent and prolific posters in Twitter, see what they’re doing, reading, and think about common everyday events as well as politics, technological stuff and interpersonal relationships bound by internet communication primarily. Also, there is the the remarkable experience of finding out about news events even before stuff hits CNN or other major news outlets online, as well as radio and TV broadcast journalists. Quakes in China, Barak Obama clinching the nomination, as well as bomb scares and other news hits Twitter quickly and one can see it spider web out as folks “re-tweet” (to re post something so their followers may see that might not follow the source twitter user) and respond to these occurrences.

I’m under MadameMaracas both on Twitter and Plurk if you care to give them a whirl. While Twitter especially is set up for use on mobile phones and PDA’s, I’m using the web browser version, as my piece of sh*t phone can barely handle voice transmissions. Some folks use these tools for what is termed “micro-blogging” as they only take 140 character entries, others for socialization. I tend to use it for a bit of both, depending upon what strikes my fancy or interest. It is ADD heaven, follow as many as one likes, and get a slow trickle or constant flurry of information. It is up to the user.

There is much discussion amongst “Twitterers” and the press about the impact they have on world events, the case of one fellow arrested and released overseas basically due to his ability to send out a one word Twit asking for help. He posted “arrested”. Powerful. Sadly his guide wasn’t as lucky and last I heard had yet to be released. I frankly suspect that these might be the harbingers of what this form of communication will become, as they’re early in the process it is likely someone will come along and do it better. Stability and scalability are issues certainly, that anyone who’s been a long time resident of Second Life ™ certainly understands intimately. Those issues need to be resolved before one can truly assess what form of impact these tools will have in the long run. For now I’m enjoying them as fun and diverting, and that’s ok by me.

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Philip Rosedale & others testify before The House

Posted on April 1, 2008. Filed under: computers, Congress, electronic, First Life, Free Speech, hackers, hate crime, interface, metaverse, philanthropy, Politicians, Politics, PR, Real Life, Second Life, Technology, United States, VR worlds, Webcasting | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A lot of nothing, frankly to those well acquainted with what goes on in Second Life and other Virtual Worlds, however it is interesting to see and hear what the members of The House have gotten out of their direct exposure to SL and other Virtual Worlds. One mentions the source of the word “avatar” in an ominous manner as if the idiology of the term might foster terrorists. pfft.


From Wikipedia: “In
Hindu philosophy, an avatar (also spelled as avatara) (Sanskrit: अवतार, avatāra), most commonly refers to the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of a divine being (deva), or the Supreme Being (God) onto planet Earth.”

Link to a page where one may download The House Committee on Energy and Commerce video recording of a Hearing on Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium

Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

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Fun Recap of Viral Net Videos

Posted on September 9, 2007. Filed under: animation, Blogging, broadcasting, cartoon, celebrities, clever, Cute, Free Speech, Google, Humor, jargon, Jokes, Kubrick, Linkage & W(a/o)nderings, mash-ups, metaverse, monitors, mouse, movers and shakers, movie trailer, Movies, Music, online magazines, parody, Politicians, Politics, PR, Real Life, Science Fiction, sex, silly, slang, tragedy, trivia, United States, utube, voice, VR worlds, Webcasting |

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It’s JSM’s fault

Posted on July 8, 2007. Filed under: clever, Congress, Cute, DJing, Free Speech, Humor, Music, Politicians, Politics, RadioRadio, Real Life, silly, utube |

He sent me a link and off surfing I went … so here’s what it is all about …. MADNESS! Oh, and a lot of these have the intros MTV cut off, extra fun for us US folks! It may be cliche, but I don’t tire of these guys, or ska for that matter.

One Step Beyond – Madness

House of Fun – Madness

Night Boat to Cairo – Madness
Our House – Madness
Baggy Trousers – Madness
My Girl – Madness
One Better Day – Madness
Sorry – Madness
***Ghost Train – Madness*** – Frankly I barely recall this one and I know I never saw this video, it’s marvelous!
Ok this is a quadruple shot … The Specials – Madness – The Specials – Madness (A Message to You Rudy, One Step Beyond, Too Much Too Young, Baggy Trousers) … The Specials are live and the Madness sections are the videos listed above just so you know.

Ghost Town, one of my all time fav songs regardless genre by The Specials!
Gangsters – The Specials
Rat Race – The Specials
Hey Little Rich Girl – The Specials


Hmm maybe a ska set on Saturday … Oh Folks, if Congress doesn’t get their head out of their butts, RadioRadio will be going off the air PERMANENTLY on this Saturday July 14, 2007, so either way we’re having a blow-out (victory or goodbye)! Please tune in! I suspect we’ll get the ball rolling early but at the very least by 5pm Pacific (7 pm Central) I”ll be on air and will roll right until midnight Pacific/2 am Central with the TriNala Show finishing out the night’s musical bash!

Want to try to fight the end of net radio? Click here for Save Net Radio dot Org which has tons of information on how to help save RadioRadio, NPR, and any other streamed station you might enjoy!

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RadioRadio Is Silent Today

Posted on June 26, 2007. Filed under: broadcasting, business, campaign, DJing, First Life, Free Speech, Grass-Roots, Music, Politicians, Politics, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, voice, VR worlds, Webcasting |

On purpose. This is a nationwide net radio protest that we’re taking part in, trying to get the heinously unfair legislation threatening RadioRadio and every other net streaming media group’s very existence.

Check out the basics here on the net radio day of silence.

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