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Catherine Fitzpatrick
New York City
Russian translator, blogger, news writer, human rights activist, and long-time student of international affairs.
Interests: International affairs, Russia, Central Asia, civil society, human rights, humanitarian issues, governance, NGOs, UN, OSCE, Gov 2.0, virtual worlds, Internet policy, digital law, cyberspace
Recent Activity
So I shamelessly when to TLC (The Liaison Collaborative), one of the oldest events on the grid only for the 10th anniversary gifts -- I heard they were good. I didn't buy a single thing there, partly because I'm on severe austerity but nothing really stood out (the way this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Pick up the notecard with landmarks at the Main Office in Maryport. Group gifts are at the office. Remember that when you tip any amount at the SL Public Land Preserve, you get a gift, and these are changed fairly often. There's a new on at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2023 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Pick up the notecards with complete list of landmarks at the Ravenglass Rentals Main Office in Maryport Good morning! Come and get the Latest Listings at our office and be sure to click on the Portals board to see a hall of TP boards to some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2023 at Second Thoughts
Welcome to the Second Life Forums Archive These forums are CLOSED. Please visit the new forums HERE or search the achive: Second Life Forums Archive > Resident Forums > Content Creation > Scripting Tips Bot Detection Rock Ryder Registered User Join date: 6 Oct 2006 Posts: 384 04-23-2007 12:05 Following... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2023 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor This is how ostiabs, the boy heading up PetPlay and who runs BonnieBots views his "fireside chat" with the Lindens - as having finally "beat the boss" in a 10-year-game he has been, and arriving in "Room 102" which comes after Orwell's Room 101, of course.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2023 at Second Thoughts
Come to the Ravenglass Rentals Main Office to pick up the newsletter in notecard form with the proper landmarks, as I can't provide links here. This 4096 flat meadow roadside is now available in Hector for $1055/1406; it wasn't included in this newsletter. Note that some of the offerings below... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2023 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor ostiabs, sparklespice and kristedesl lounging about their sim PetPlay with a giant Rez Day board. So I wondered who was behind bonniebots, the grid-scraping venture that has the forums all riled. The site speaks for itself -- it is grabbing a lot of stuff that people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2023 at Second Thoughts
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick So, like everyone, I first fooled around with DALL-E and Midjourney (on the sample version) and didn't do very well myself, and saw that what it really was all about was: a) the prompts -- what flowery and detailed directions you give them and b) your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2023 at Wired State
Woods Between the Worlds Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Group gifts are available in the giver by the seating platforms at the Main Office. Putting in all the SLURLs here on the blog would be a lot of work for just a few readers. So go inworld, and pick... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2022 at Second Thoughts Prompts: Give a review of the virtual world of Second Life, describe its features, and its pros and cons. ChatGPT Second Life is a virtual world created by the company Linden Lab, which allows users to create and customize their own avatars, explore various environments, and interact with other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor This post from last summer is an incomplete part of the Walton Wainright/Contraption story but useful for a number of topics - top creator fascism in SL, the vicious open source movement, the coderati rulers of worlds, etc. The history of Firestorm/Phoenix has yet to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Bellisseria This isn't a very coherent post; I started writing it in August, and then stopped because I wanted to do more research on the subject and editing of the piece. But I'm not going to be doing that now and I'm not going to even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2022 at Second Thoughts
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick So many people have converted the rail strike into something they think serves their cramped, socialist agenda that it's hard to say anything on this topic without be flash-mobbed but I'll try anyway. This discussion started on Twitter ONLY because an anonymous and unaccountable agitator -- a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2022 at Wired State
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor I never, ever, delete blog posts -- ever. If there is some factual correction to be made in them, I will insert it into the text at the end. Rarely, the platform provider may get bombarded with utterly specious copyright claims and get a post removed,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick So this scandal riling all the YouTube Russian talk shows is now in the English-language media here and here. Dozhd' - TV Rain -- which used to broadcast out of a studio, then an apartment, then... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2022 at Minding Russia
Where is the poet who has sung of that most lacerating of all human emotions, the cut that never heals—male humiliation? Tom Wolfe I Am Charlotte Simmons Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2022 at Wired State
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Thesis: The wild distortion of bodies in SL is a form of violence against women, especially pernicious as it hides behind the popular causes of body-positivism and transgenderism. If women commit this violence against themselves, assenting to, or even reveling in grotesquely huge or scratched and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2022 at Second Thoughts
This thread could be headed for demolition down the memory hole, so I'm saving it. Gilliana Parx Resident 8 Posted 22 hours ago (edited) I know, a bit of a rude title, but i did not know how else to put it. In the recent... one or two years in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor So, Feorie Friman never got an answer to her query to the Lindens on the forums, about their plans after tearing down the historic build of the Volunteer HQ on Tenera, which led to Abnor Mole interrupting his Labour Day Barbecue (they have Labour Day in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor It's always good to print someone's response/rebuttal to your post about them, although in this case, there's a glaring omission. For all his self-justification, Casper Warden doesn't even mention at all the issue of his putting me as a "sample griefer" in all his teleporter products... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor From Casper Warden's inworld avatar profile. Linden Lab acquires CasperTech in Second Life Learn More: #CasperTech #SecondLife #VirtualWorld #Metaverse — Second Life (@SecondLife) September 14, 2022 So this is actually a very old interview from 2015 (apparently November 17, 2015) with Casper, owner of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2022 at Second Thoughts
Some People Get Their Way Add Tag By Prokofy Neva, 4 hours ago in Mainland Share Follow0 Reply to this topic Start new topic Prokofy Neva Resident 7k Posted 4 hours ago I noticed that a parcel of 4,302 in Tenera that has been Linden protected land since 2005, by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick What was the purpose of the assassination of Dugina? To distract us from the daily horrors of the war in Ukraine. So backdate from that purpose to figure out who might be involved. Cathy Young has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2022 at Minding Russia