Archive for February, 2011

Pandora Part Deux and a little bitching…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 22, 2011 by Yasmin Heartsdale

First, to follow on my last post regarding the RedZone issue, here is an excellent blog entry put together by Inara Pey.  http://modemworld.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/redzone-security-scam-or-scraping/

I encourage everyone to read her blog entry, and formulate their own opinion on this issue.  Privacy is no laughing matter, for any of us.  Either we all stand to protect the privacy of everyone, or don’t expect anyone to stand when its your privacy at stake.

Now onto another issue.  I lost a friend today in Second Life and I’m saddened, not so much as to the loss, as to the why.  In fact, its become a disturbing trend with a lot of my newer friends/relationships.

This person recently became my friend, and we played together several times.  It quickly evolved to the point that every time I logged in, she would greet me.  Not unusual, especially when you take into account that she, by her own admission and efforts, keeps a contact list of no more than 25 people.  That’s all well and good, and I commend her for her efforts to keep her commitments at a minimum.

I myself recently spent several weeks trimming back my friends list and am proud to say I am down to 307.

Nonetheless, tonight, this person informed me she would be away from Second Life for about a week and wanted to spend some time with me before she left.  I advised her that I was already engaged with someone and had a few other requests for my time but would try to ensure that we spent some time together.

A few hours later, she sent me an IM, in the form of an emote, advising that she was checking my reservation book to see where her name was currently residing.  A cute effort, if not somewhat tinged with rudeness and presumption.  I emoted back that she may want to consider leaving a more substantial tip to coerce the headwaiter into moving her name up, likewise being cute.

I was then treated to a lengthy guilt ridden diatribe, mind you that I am engaged in an active roleplay scene with someone else at this time, accusing me of not treating her like a priority and instead making her an option.

What I find even more disturbing was that at the same time I received this guilt laced IM, yet another girl asked me what I was currently doing.  I replied, “I’m engaged in a scene at the moment, is there something you need or can this wait?”  Her reply?  “I guess I’ll wander off and be lonely the rest of the night, as usual.  Glad someone gets to have fun.”

At that time, I received notice that the first person I was messaging *dissolved our relationship*.

Seriously?  Two guilt ridden messages back to back?  I don’t want to get off on a tangent, but when did I become Julie from the Love Boat?

Before anyone says anything about the way of unowned submissives, the first person in this blog is a Domme, a self stated *pure* Domme at that.  The second girl is a switch that leans toward submissiveness.  Their lifestyle choices really are not relevant, I merely point it out because when it comes to play in Second Life, I myself am a Domme switch.  But you best be assured of this; When it comes to me choosing who I play with, and when, I’m a pure Domme, through and through.  I have to fight to get my friends list down around 300, so I’m going to guess this way of life for me is more or less acceptable to the vast majority of those I do interact with.

Of course, its no surprise that both messages served to totally destroy the mood I was in for the scene I was engaged in.  Not that big a deal to me, but totally unfair to my play mate at the time.  Shame on both of you.

I think that in going forward, when I am engaged in play, I’ll ignore incoming IMs altogether.  Don’t be offended if you message me and get no reply for some time, or maybe not at all.  I’m going to start taking back my Second Life.

Opening Pandora’s Box

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 15, 2011 by Yasmin Heartsdale

As some of you know from a recent group notice I sent out, there’s a lot of chatter of late concerning the use of RedZone to detect alts and copybotters.  Aside from its deficiencies and inability to truly track anyone with even a drop of true copybotting intent, it would seem this device is designed and used for outing alts and mining residents’ private real information information, i.e., IP address, host servers and/or domains, real life geographical locations, to name a few.

The implications of this usage are horrendous and as I write this, I am shocked that Linden Labs allows such a blatant violation of the TOS to continue.

Nonetheless, I would strongly urge any follower of my blog to take a look at the JIRA connected to this issue.  Reviewe each and every comment, as some of the posts seem to be from people of a dubious nature alleging to be *gasp* Lindens.  https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-24746?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel&focusedCommentId=242290

Its enough to make you wonder who’s truly running the asylum.

As you read the comments, you’ll find a few interesting links taking you to other forums where this issue is discussed further.  I think none are as helpful as Boy Lane’s site, in which instructions are laid out for the blocking of RedZone.  I would like to point out that I recently made several of you aware of a RedZone detector, Green Zone.  Boy has cast doubt on the safety of this tool, as it would seem to have been manufactured by a known copybotter.

Boy’s blog is here; http://my.opera.com/boylane/blog/how-to-block-zf-redzone

Stay informed!

A Touch of Sadness

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 13, 2011 by Yasmin Heartsdale

Its no secret that I continue to keep tabs on several aspects of my history in Second Life, even those that I no longer associate myself with or locations I no longer frequent.

Someone recently directed my attention to a recent post on the Stonehaven forum that Stonehaven was closing and moving to the OSGrid.  I think the person that directed my attention to this post expected me to let out a congratulatory whoop.  Quite the opposite indeed.  I am very saddened by this development.

Rather than dwell on the basis of my sadness though, I am going to spend the next few days going through my inventory and sorting reminders of the time my Family and I spent there.  I think I’ll lump it all into one handy folder titled “Memories”.

See, despite the falling out I had with certain members of Stonehaven and my disagreement over the *sanitization* of Stonehaven, one thing I cannot deny is the strong presence in my life of friendships forged and strengthened within that sim’s borders.  Even today, some of my closest friends are people I met and played with at Stonehaven, both new and old.

Personally, I wish the sim luck on the OSGrid.  The land prices there are astronomically low, and for a good reason.  It takes a lot of bravery to try and pioneer a remaking of what was once a great and glorious place.  It will also take a lot of work.  I for one am not a fan of the OSGrid, yet, but my Family and I have begun *exploring* alternatives to Second Life should one become necessary.  No, I’ll not say anything further on this topic as it is still very much in the exploratory stage.  Suffice to say, a lot of the logic Dirk spells out in his explanation for Stonehaven’s closure is very sound.  Not complete, but I’ll concede it is sound.

One souvenir I do not have is a photograph of the gazebo that used to sit above the deck at the newer Stonehaven castle.  If anyone has a picture of this within their inventory, I would greatly appreciate you forwarding it to me.  I have my personal reasons for wanting this.  Bonus points if myself, Yar Telling, or Diomita Maurer are in the photograph.  I’ll really be full of joy and good tidings if anyone has a photo of Felina Kitty leashed to the leashing wall at old Stonehaven, the one that sat in Littlefield.

Fare thee well Stonehaven.