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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
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So this tenant comes and rents the waterfront, and puts up a house boat that is really too large for the lot -- it could fit, but she doesn't bother to fit it straight, she puts it cross-wise spanning three lots -- her own, the commons, and neighbours on two... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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Most people that come to my rentals and read the rules grasp that they can't use a security orb on the ground because it is fucking annoying. They agree with this themselves -- that's why they are in my rentals on the Mainland and not on an island bunker. Indeed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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Melanie was born on a cold not-yet spring night in a world utterly changed by the pandemic -- born disfigured, misshapen, strange, vulnerable, yet with a royal cloak of ermine that was to define her indomitable spirit throughout her short, painful but brilliant life. Only Grandpa Kermichil seemed to understand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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I see no reason to use the word "bitch" -- or worse -- for the sort of smug bitches you find on the SL forums -- "prig" will do. It's British and not American, and already sounds more literary! "Prat" instead of "incompetent idiot" or "dumbass" seems more literary too.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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Now here's a judgement call for you. This avatar contacts me and claims the gatcha he has just purchased from me is an empty box. I doubt it, because I don't see how I could be posting an empty box. Sure, that's possible, but here's the circumstances: See, this is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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You could read my long post here (10,000 words!) which I think is fun and has many useful historical anecdotes and thoughts on latter-day SL, or just look at my art works which is faster and more fun. In this lovely decorative egg, called "Linden Office Hour: Sansar," you see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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This is going to be a very long and meandering post, as I haven't blogged really in more than a year, so if you are just here to see what my take on the office hour is, skip to the bottom where it says HOW MANY USERS LOG IN WITH... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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I think Wanderlust weekend is shaping up to be the best discount event of the weeks, better than Fifty Linden Fridays, and also $50. FLF has gotten repetitive and wan lately. This is indeed pretty, but it comes in all separate pieces so you will spend a time laying them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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There's a new kid on the block in the merchants' events, Food Court. Just when I was going to save my Linden dollars in the New Year! Others have done food display events, but not as good as this. First, let's pause and admire this delicious build by Ramadiez Carter.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at Ravenglass Customized
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Here he is, Dillan, a toy! Look at those whiskers! I like that our hair matches. That was good planning on Callie's part. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at Ravenglass Customized
So, the context for this one. I have this winter lodge in the land preserve in Seefeld by the Linden's trail, across from the Alchemy store. Rather than just rent it to one or two people, I decided to make a winter lodge, and rent the separate rooms in it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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I'm a big believer in navigable rivers, creeks, lakes, oceans etc in SL and keep such waterways as are on my property open, because the Lindens cut them badly and didn't think through the conflict generators. I have neighbours that block entire rivers that become impassible, but then the Lindens... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Second Thoughts
So recently I spent WAY TOO LONG being nice to someone and I have to often re-learn this lesson -- it never pays. I am posting this here not because I bear any animosity to this person or care what he does or what his thing is, but because a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick I'm always fascinated that anyone quotes my little blog in their article or book, let alone scholarly dissertation -- and often, given their wild prejudices in the Silicon Valley milieu so uncritical of tech and the Internet, they get it absolutely wrong. So let me refute... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Wired State
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A forums poster named Beth MacBain put up such a treasure of a typically inane prejudice against land-barons and typically skewed Linden fan adoration, that I just have to share: I can only speak for myself, but as an oldbie I like Bellisseria because it isn't a ghost town. After... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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News stories about hackers stealing personal data are legion. Some of the threatening email which my spam filter blocks are from supposed hackers demanding ransoms in bitcoin. If you go to the bitcoin account they claim you must pay in order to avoid having your "pornographic" files exposed, you find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick There's a flurry of solutions offered for how to fix the real or perceived evils and woes of Silicon Valley's takeover of our lives, from breaking up monopolies to more training in the humanities (or not), to conservative legislation to remove reported bias in news offerings... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Wired State
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A graphic from the Lindens' blog, which quotes Maya Linden, in happier days. Given that this thread may be locked or deleted, about these news stories (reminding one of past stories), I'll just park this here for now: This lawsuits bundles together at least three separate issues that may combine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Google server room. Photo by Brian Ussery So there's a weepy story in Wired about the Googlers all aghast that their company was going to do business with the US military with their new AI tech. More than two years ago, Googlers pulled together as employees,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Screenshot by Whirly Fizzle of a 4chan "particle attack" in the virtual world of Second Life. Five Years Since GamerGate So apparently it's the five-year anniversary of GamerGate, as we learn from a shiny retrospective article in the New York Times, with distracting, annoying arrow graphics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick This article/video by Clair Wardle in the New York Times seemed to me like something not to be praised. She thinks that panic about deepfakes -- videos that distort real people or events through technology to misleadingly sway opinion -- is more of a threat to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Wired State
So I log on to one of these inanities from one "Amy Blazer": (Saved Mon Aug 12 17:08:38 2019)Hi, I would like to rent land. However, your prices too high. Secondlife dead now. I will pay you $10L permonth for land now. Okay? I expect fast answer please. No stalling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Sam Byford/The Verge So I read in this shopper Manhattan Express that Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, commissioner of the New York City Department for the Agining in the de Blasio administration, former AARP executive wants to "battle social isolation" which she feels is a problem for 1.6 million... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu. Do you have a completely wild, untamed e-mail box like me? I had 250,000+ emails going back at least until 2009. When I clicked on the "unread," I saw that half of the e-mails were unread. I know some people who just abandon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Wired State