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brainflak
Date: 2010-05-06 11:55
Subject: Second Life Safety Tip #001
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Tag it?identity, safety, second life, sl, virtualities
Arc as Pup

Undead American Archangel Darkfold
in a doggy bed, for demonstration
purposes only

In Second Life, a virtual world without a theme or genre as distinct as those in games (World of Warcraft, etc.), people tend to explore aspects of themselves and their interests that they are unable or unwilling to explore in “real life.”

Or they may be seeking balance, creating personas sufficiently different than themselves, on some axis, that they can help them in the pursuit of a kind of wholeness.

So, if you are in SL and you meet a Cyber-Goth Werewolf Latex-Fetishist Dominatrix with a glowing blue tophat, that is more than likely a fine, civil, smart, and sensible person in there. But if you meet someone whose fantasy persona is an aggressively “normal” person, seeming to be a mild-mannered college student or the like, RUN!

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brainflak
Date: 2009-04-27 17:15
Subject: Regularities
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Tag it?crankrants, personal

Although this may have orginally sprouted from brainflak.com.

Every corporation claims that what distinguishes them from other, similar companies is their earnest and impressive frugality.

Every department and group in every corporation thinks its name must have “Global” or “Worldwide” prepended to it, and that their unique symbol should be the Earth. Every department and group in every corporation also has an exciting new initiative called “Fusion.”

And the monk was immediately enlightened.

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brainflak
Date: 2009-03-19 09:04
Subject: Now you know
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Where am I?Darnassus
Mood?enlightenedenlightened
What's that sound?tick...tock...
Tag it?houston, livejournal
When recently identified the location of a LiveJournal posting as "the real world," one of those obnoxious Snap-shots popups was affixed to that label. Upon mouseover it shows a Google map of just where the real world is: downtown Houston. I had no idea.
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brainflak
Date: 2009-03-18 10:03
Subject: Multithreaded Corruption
Security: Public
Where am I?the real world
Mood?lamelame
What's that sound?the screams of my victims echoing in my skull
Tag it?silly
So, in World of Warcraft, if I pick someone's pocket and get their stuff, and then kill them, I get more stuff. This means, I assume, that I search the corpse's underwear. Fair enough. But here's a strand of my decaying moral fiber: if I pick someone's pocket then come back hours later, their pockets are still empty. But if I pick their pocket then murder them, they'll re-spawn in a few minutes and I can rob and loot again. And again. And again. This is hardly the most potent way in which such games erode what little virtue I may once have had, but it's one of the more amusing.
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brainflak
Date: 2009-03-10 06:54
Subject: Penkwe
Security: Public
Tag it?obsessions

Although this may have orginally sprouted from brainflak.com, it is guaranteed 100% organic, non-toxic LiveJournal goodness.

eyefingers

My friends and I occasionally engage in a form of madness known as Penkwe. The name “penkwe” is the reconstructed proto-Indo-European root word meaning “five.” This name refers to the extreme fiveness of the practice, in ways that will become apparent below.

I cannot tell you where this…let’s call it a “game”…comes from. It came to me from a dear friend of a dear friend, but if you can enlighten as to the origin or history of this particular form, please let me know.

But I can tell you what it is, at least as we play it. In the game of Penkwe, five people write five things each, using each time a given list of five words. The written pieces can be any piece of creative writing, either poetry or prose. Each can be a novella, a sonnet, a limerick, a haiku (if you happened to get five rather short words, a recipie, a catalog entry, a travel brochure, a short story, a eulogy, or indeed any of 308,358,830 other genres and forms.

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brainflak
Date: 2009-03-06 13:33
Subject: Are we going to Patty-Cake or play cards??
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Tag it?kids

Although this may have orginally sprouted from brainflak.com, it is guaranteed 100% organic, non-toxic LiveJournal goodness.

Puzzling victory with socks

Boo: Put out your hands like this.
Daddy: Like this?
Boo: Yes. Now play this.
Boo: [chanting and slapping hands semi-rhythmically]
Lemonade.
Crunchy ice.
Beat it once.
Beat it twice.
Turn around.
Touch the ground.
Kick your boyfriend out of town.

[a pause as she stares at me intently]

I win. Now let’s play cards.

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brainflak
Date: 2009-03-06 12:39
Subject: Corp Two Point Oh
Security: Public
Where am I?Cubicularity
Mood?chipperchipper
Tag it?web, work
It's not news that corporate America is giddy about "Web 2.0." It's much as it was in 1995. At that time, everyone was scrambling about saying "Ack! We have to have a 'Web Page,' whatever that is!" Now they are pretending to be much better informed: "We're leveraging Wikis and blogs to create collaborative synergies."

I'm not complaining. I make my living in large part these days by customizing and integrating these kinds of tools. But watching this phenomenon often affords a kind of horrified amusement.

A department of my company wants to set up an area in the internal discussion forums. We advised them on where to go to sign up for access to the tool, where the instructions were for creating a forum, and which IT folks at our corporate mothership to contact with any technical glitches. They responded xy asking us to set it up for them, and provided a Word doc containing all the content they want in their first two threads. Posts, replies, replies-to-replies, etc. Pre-cooked.

Also, I just watched a two minute little video tutorial about an integration between two collaboration toolsets. The first thirty seconds was an inexplicable cartoon with a very aggressive mountain goat.

Not signs of the apocalypse, nor even the AWebalypse. But vaguely entertaining.
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brainflak
Date: 2009-02-27 13:18
Subject: Dumb Koans
Security: Public
Tag it?uncategorized

Although this may have orginally sprouted from brainflak.com.

Monk: Master, how many asshats does it take to explode a turducken?
Master: What the hell is a “turducken?”
And the monk was immediately enlightened.

Monk: Master, if an anthropomorphic panda and an anthropomorphic gazelle have offspring, would they be anthropomorphic pandas, anthropomorphic gazelles, or some horrible mixture of the two?
Master: You’ve never been on a date, have you?
And the monk was immediately enlightened.

Monk: Master, in the scene in Tranformers where the boy and the girl are making out on the hood of the robotic Camaro, is that a ménage à trois?
Master: Of course it is. Idiot.
And the monk was immediately enlightened.

Monk: Master, in the Parable of the Burning House in the Lotus Sutra, do the three carts represent early teachings of Buddhism?
Master: They represent the three ways I’m going to kick your ass if you don’t finish cleaning the toilet by the north gate. It’s disgusting in there. I can’t even go in.
And the monk was immediately enlightened.

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brainflak
Date: 2009-02-05 00:25
Subject: Social Networking Guilt
Security: Public
Where am I?US, California, Orange, Irvine
Tag it?via ljapp

I am not unusual in feeling this, and it must have been observed at least 23,621 times before this, but: social networking tools make me feel guilty. At times I have kept up well with what my friends were doing on livejournal, twitter, facebook, myspace, friendster, individual blogs and sites, etc. etc. etc. but only by more or less ignoring my job. Then at other times (such as recently) I have had to focus on work and fall shamefully behind in keeping up with the people who matter most. Frankly I don't know how some of you do it. :-]

But I seek a balance. I will keep up better, while still serving my corporate masters well. This I do, um, not swear...I guess: assert. This I do assert.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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brainflak
Date: 2008-08-14 10:11
Subject: Hide, Seek
Security: Public
Tag it?kids, personal

Although this may have orginally sprouted from brainflak.com, it is guaranteed 100% organic, non-toxic LiveJournal goodness.

Yesterday I got to play the greatest game of hide-and-seek of my life with my two-year-old pal. Here is a transcript:

Boo: We’ll play hide and seek.
Daddy: Ok. Do you want to hide or count?
Boo: I count. You hide.
Daniel. Great. Will you count to ten?
Boo: Noooo…
Daddy: Will you count to twenty?
Boo: Noooo…
Daddy: Will you count to seven and a half?
Boo: Noooo…
Daddy: Will you count to ten?
Boo: Yes!

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