No surprise, they found in a 2012 study and this recent study that sexual practices in Real Life and Second Life differ. So, you are not the only one that is more kinky in SL than RL. Continue reading →
Philosophy is one of my interests. To discuss philosophy requires good debating skills and open minded skepticism. Both things I find those recently educated in the public school systems lack. Skepticism also needs a good measure of critical thinking ability.
Climate Emergency – Families facing Climate Change by Takver, on Flickr
Every so often I am moved to point out the fallacies in subjects considered by many to be truisms. Man made global warming is a wonderful subject for dividing the thinkers from the gullible. Continue reading →
First, blaming Strawberry is ridiculous, she called our attention to a human behavior I believe we need to consider. But, my first sentence is something we see too often; spin, direction, implied critique, implied wrongness of some unspecified kind… Someone writes something in jest, error, or maliciously then someone else takes it seriously, believes it true-accurate, or for their own reasons and/or agenda finds the maliciousness servers them and jumps on the wagon. Continue reading →
I seldom see bloggers in the Second Life™ sphere tackle deep philosophical ideas. There are plenty of rants and opinions. But, I seldom see people go beyond their personal outrage or anger over something that has touched them. So, Strawberry Singh’s Mean Comments Meme was a bit of a surprise.
Secret Thoughts by Mr S. is looking at you, on Flickr
Ms. Singh has seen Monica Lewinsky’s 20+ minute address caught by and promoted by TEDTalks. If you don’t know TEDTalks is a part of the larger TED – Technology, Entertainment, Design – a non-profit working to promote ideas worth spreading. Continue reading →
I find it quite convoluted that Progressive and Liberal politicians and reporters are fighting against a law that restricts the government from infringing on personal civil rights. Seems upside down to their stated beliefs.
“We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest” by Tony Fischer, on Flickr
If you have been listening to the news, you would think that Indiana’s law is a frontal attack on LGBT. Ridiculous. But, the uninformed seem to be so gullible the media and politicians get away with any perversion of facts. Continue reading →
Once a government agency releases new rules and regulations various people and groups that think they may be affected start to read the regs to see what they may have to do and begin preparing. How many people in Second Life bother? Even with our ToS?
=”‘And tomorrow some strangers will be climbing up the stairs….. by Caitlin ‘Caity’ Tobias, on Flickr
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) itself at least 90 percent of the businesses that will bear the burden of the new Title II (utility-style) network neutrality regulations will be small businesses. As part of doing its business, the FCC must identify the burden of new rules on small business. As it turns out, 20,640 companies will be affected, ranging from “Broadband Internet Access Service Providers supplied over client supplied connections” (1,274), to “Wireless Telecommunications Carriers” (1,383), to “Satellite Telecommunications Providers” (570), “Cable and Other Program Distributors” (2,048), and so forth.
The site American Action Forum has a number of articles explaining the details of Net Neutrality. The short take is there will be fewer ISP’s and that always means higher prices and worse service.
The FCC has published the new rules they plan to implement. We have seen this routine before. We have history to tell us what is going to happen. It is not going to be pretty.
History and art mix in this case to predict the likely future if Net Neutrality stands. Even former supporters are lining up to fight it.
The history is the history of railroads and government regulation of them in America under laws VERY similar and in some cases the same laws and goals stated for Net Neutrality. The art is from a book written by Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (published 1957). Many discount her book as the ravings of an ultra-conservative pro free market advocate. Few realize she spent years researching what she wrote about the railroads and laws of the day. Many are told she was pro-big-business. She was pro entrepreneur and free market.
When she completed her book that used railroads as a major element in the story she sent the manuscript to a ‘railroad expert’ of the day. She wanted an accuracy check. After reading the manuscript the expert asked her, “Do you realize all the laws and directives you invented are on our statute books already?” Continue reading →
The hypothesis suggested by the research is creative people have trouble filtering out distractions. I suppose a noisy and chaotic environment would be the most common distraction. But any irrelevant sensory information could provide the distraction. Continue reading →