October 26, 2007

It's a small second world

For the last couple of months I keep on bumping into persons I met before - only in completely different places. And I am not talking about "tourist locations", but a small shop here, a hidden club there, a lonley castle - you get the idea.

The most unlikely coincidence however happened early this week. A new client - Emilie Watkins Premier Equestrian Supplies (great clothing, check it out!) - approached me for some Japanese translations. Since I am always curious about the type of business my clients run, I visited her shop with my new old friend Cake, who in turn brought her friend Nynke in. As I understood it, the Ladies bought quite a lot of the clothing, so giving the translation jobs to me was already a smart move for Emilie... I saw a few things in the shop which Angi, another friend of mine, might like, so I sent her the landmark too.
Angi visited the shop the next day, and in turn brought one of her friends in. Not onlydid he knew the shop before, but he wanted to show it to Angi the week before and simply could not find the landmark. And finally it turned out that he even knew the owner, but under her previous account which she had to give up for some reason. And as Angi tells me he was quite happy to get back into contact with her again.

Nominally, we have millions of residents, but only a fraction of those is online regularly. The population of a small town, so no wonder one bumps into each other occasionally. SL is small then, really small. But still it is funny how things turn out sometimes.

Additional read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_world_phenomenon

October 22, 2007


I met Djanna at the most unlikely of places - in front of a guillotine in a vampire sim. The sim itself was recommended to me by Asrael Hax, of the old Backyard days, but it only has one central telehub, so I wandered around it a bit aimlessly and cluelessly. Djanna had a rather tall avatar, and I still wore my Bob the Builder outfit back then. She had the same nationality as myself, so soon we were chatting about almost anything. When I had to leave she offered me friendship - and even though I usually don#t accept it that quick these days, I felt lighthearted and happy when the offer came.

The next day, she IMed me upon log-in, and we talked a few hours away with spirited and funny conversation. I felt quite attracted to this youthful, but also mature person. However I was in the last days of my unhappy un-relationship with my neko friend. It was not officially over then, but it grew more bizarre each day, and the suspicion and certainty grew each day that it was over, that in fact there never really was any relationship, and that I was badly played upon, as well as others were played upon. Still I was reluctant to admit that I had feelings for Djanna. Partly out of loyalty (ha!) to the neko, partly due to the fact that I was pretty much hurt and desillusioned back then, and certainly not looking for a new relationship.

At this time, I met her almost daily. Sooner than expected, the un-relationship with the neko dissolved itself in a pretty bizarre and soap-opera like turn of events. I fell, hurt and wounded, and my great sister Chey, my great friend and ex-Mistress Kim - and Djanna - they all comforted me in their own special ways. Djanna revealed a very similar background. She - too - was hurt in a very similar way. She - too - was done with romance in SL. She - too - still had wounds that had not healed completely. She - too - did not want to get hurt ever again.

It was pretty obvious that Romance had plans for us. But we decided to play it slow, see where it leads us, and to proceed in babysteps. Romance was impatiantly drumming its fingers on the tabletop, but we managed to play it slow for a while. I proposed to Djanna the day we rented a parcel in the great medieval sim of Triskele, and it was the happiest day in SL so far.

Djanna dropped off the grid 12 days ago. Since then, all I heard of her was a single email almost a week ago, where she admitted to have some RL issues. I am sad, concerned, and the poisenous plants of suspicion and doubt has sown their seeds into my soul. I write her daily, and I a full of hope that she eventually returns, but I am doubting it more from day to day.

Please, whoever feels in charge, please don't le me be played upon a second time!

October 21, 2007

Celeb group IM's

[13:12] dandellion Kimban: where's the party?
[13:12] Vint Falken: i'll tp you
[13:13] Peter Stindberg: I have to post these two lines on my blog... :-)

(I myself was deep in conversation with my new old friend Cake, so I didn't go)

October 16, 2007

New Shoes

Ain't they cool? I was shortly tempted into buying the "blue suede" version too, but then it would have only been for the nice name - I'd never wear them. Black or anthrazit is really my color...

(No animals were harmed in the production of this photoshooting)

The Internet looks like the SL map

Two guys in Southern California sent out 2.8 Billion "ping's" to map the whole internet. As a result they created a large mural which eerily reminds me of the Second Life worldmap when you zoom out a bit.

See the images here: http://www.isi.edu/ant/address/whole_internet/index.html

October 08, 2007


So it's been a year now? Feels like at least 2 years, if not more. Time in SL is very compressed, and very "dense". Well, time to see how I score so far.
  • Made friends: an inner core of about 10, and many acquaintants
  • Made enemies: maybe one or two, but I don't really know
  • Lindens seen: Alexa, Bub, Benjamin, Cornelius
  • Lindens talked to: Bub, Philip, Qarl
  • Lindens met: Phillip
  • Celebrities met: Nicholaz Beresford, Nobody Fugazi, Tao Takashi, Caterin Semyorka
  • Celebrities talked to: Blaze Columbia, Pavig Lok, Prokofy Neva, Mystical Cookie, Mykael Goodman, Vint Falken - and probably a couple more of whom I simply not knew their celebrity status or forgot about them or neglected them poorly or whatever - so stop complaining about not being in the list, it's nothing personal :-)
  • Found romance: twice
  • Found betrayal: once
  • Married: once
  • Divorced: no
  • Camped: yes
  • Stopped camping: yes
  • Gambled: yes (lost)
  • Stopped gambling: what a silly question
  • Got hired: lots of odd jobs as chatbug finder, scripter, tester
  • Hired someone: I signed up a lot of freelance translators for my SL-company
  • Started a business: yes
  • Bought land: no
  • Rented land: yes
  • Cashed in: once, 15 EUR
  • Cashed out: not yet
  • Got scammed: only with minor sums
Puh, can't think of anything more right now.