All entries for November 2008

November 28, 2008

419 spammers reach new low

Got this yesterday – it looks like the generic 419 scam, until you look at the numbers involved. Basically I could stand to make 10% of $7.20 dollars! Wow 72c – that seems far more my sort of financial transaction,

Seriously though – why do these people even bother? Surely no-one gets taken in by these any more?

From stella kone
Abidjan,Cote d’Ivoire

DEAR

I AM STELLA KONE ,24 YEARS OLD,MY FATHER OWNS A LIMITED OF COCOA AND GOLD BUSINESS IN REPUBLIQUE OF LIBERIA. AFTER HIS TRIP TO ABIDJAN COTE DIVIORE TO NEGOTIATE ON A COCOA AND GOLD BUSINESS HE WANTED TO INVEST IN ABROAD.ONE WEEK HE CAME BACK FROM HIS TRIP TO ABIDJAN HE HAD A MOTOR ACCIDENT WITH MY MORTHER WHICH MY MORTHER DIED INSTANTLY BUT MY FATHER DIED AFTER FIVE DAYS IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL IN MY COUNTRY.

IT WAS LIKE MY FATHER KNEW HE WAS GOING TO DIE MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PREFECT PEACE. HE DISCLOSED TO ME AND MY ONLY BROTHER THAT HE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF (USD $7.2)IN BANK IN ABIDJAN IN COTE DIVIORE THAT THE MONEY WAS MEANT FOR HIS COCOA AND GOLD BUSINESS HE WANTED TO ESTABLISH IN ABROAD.I AM SOLICITING FOR YOUR HELP TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR INVESTMENT.PROMISE TO GIVE YOU 10% PERCENT OF THE TOTALL AMOUNT WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.

REGARDS.
STELLA


November 14, 2008

Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

The first sane analysis I’ve seen regarding the bail-out of the financial sector.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JnX-D4kkPOQ


November 07, 2008

Reflections on competence and anxiety in SL and RL

I’m curious at to whether there may be some correlation between anxiety about roleplay, and about learning the conventions of SL, and reacting against the weirdness of SL on one hand and a person’s general feeling of confidence and in RL.

My initial response to SL was how conventional it is – I’d’ve assumed that people would be as fantastic as possible and the environment would be as surreal as you could make it. Instead the majority (94%? 96% I heard the statistic once but can’t track it down to confirm it) appear as human and often as close to their real self as possible, only slightly taller, slightly thinner and slightly younger. The first response of a lot of institutions when they acquire an island is to replicate the RL buildings on their campus. (Interestingly, this was predicted in Snow Crash, in that novel the very experienced people replicate reality because it’s more of a mark of achievement to do so, and even tp in private, to maintain the illusion as much as possible, adding to the sense of immersion.) So I appreciate I’m in a minority here, but SL is by no means too strange from my perspective.

My relative experience of the two worlds is 3 years in SL, 45 years in RL, yet I would say the different levels of competence and anxiety I feel about the two environments are pretty similar – last night at the fashion show I gave some thought about what to appear as – but apart from Liz was the only non-human there. Was there some sort of convention about appearance I wasn’t aware of? Was there any disapproval about the lion dancing on the tables? It was difficult to tell, and despite the anxieties I felt there, ultimately I suppose I don’t care, because there’s always the quick get out of clicking the little x in the top right hand corner. In contrast, this week I received an invitation to a conference dinner, with the dress code of “smart casual”. Again a similar anxiety, what is “smart casual”? What clothes are OK? I’ve not read that instruction before but was there an unwritten rule in all previous conference dinners that I’ve not picked up on? Will I turn up in my usual clothes and be the odd one out and not have the ability to tp out of there?

So does this level of feeling of incompetence, inadequacy and bewilderment in RL mean that I’m better equipped to deal with the strangeness of SL and hence to me being prepared to use it as a learning environment?


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