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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
You never know if the Lindens might get the idea to delete the forums archive. So I have kept a copy of the famous post by Pahoa Jade, still my neighbour all these years in Carlisle, who "took it to the forums". It's easier to read at that link than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Second Thoughts
Not sure why this didn't get published before, it is worth it. What an avatar name! And note this idiot demands 8L compensation although she reports that she had 5L debit one day, and 3L dividend another day. Does she not understand what the word "dividend" means? Very likely not.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Second Thoughts
So I'm minding my own business, trying to fix up my lots after I had to transfer a whole build from Bellisseria after canceling my premium account on that alt, and moving Neural Networks, a gallery with a BBG stamp terminal, to my Mainland community of Silva Beach. It was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at Second Thoughts
So I'm chiseling away at the many prims and scripts on a low rent sim packed with tenants, and I get interrupted by this missive from a dubious fellow whose feed is filled with complaints about his bilking rental customers and whose MP store has products all low-rated because they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Second Thoughts
Everybody has a story, and sometimes a tenant says the reason he disappeared and didn't pay his rent is because he got shot. Well, if he lives in my town, he'd have a hell of a high chance of getting shot these days, if not pushed in front of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2022 at Second Thoughts
Who knows why a post like this gets "hidden" by the system automatically. Prokofy Neva Resident 6.4k Author Posted just now · Hidden 13 minutes ago, panterapolnocy said: In my old laptop I've had a mediocre CPU and a HDD. Everything worked mostly all right, but I wanted to modernize... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2022 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor I'm now going to double up long posts because the Lindens (or rather Moles who have been assigned to the chore of the forums) have gotten into the habit of deleting and disappearing entire posts; individual posts; and of course closure of posts is now routine.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2021 at Second Thoughts
Catherine Fitzpatrick is now following Miss Modish
Dec 9, 2021
The opening of the new Corsica Embassy of Bellisseria was an important occasion in our little virtual world of Second Life, and I knew I had to show up for it and ask the key question: why did the Corsica Embassy move out of the lovely Campbell Coast, founded by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2021 at Second Thoughts
The Lindens and their "hidden posts" have gotten to be super annoying. This is an automatic system that apparently is triggered by the use of the word "rape," so that you can never criticize capture-roleplay rape sites in SL. Perhaps "suicide" triggers it. Or maybe "money-laundering" or "terrorismm". Perhaps some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2021 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor From my "Honourary Consulate of Titania" installation at the Home & Garden Expo Design Contest in SL in 2019. Shorter-than-your hand summary: the Bellisserian FIC did in fact steal my idea of honorary ambassadors (here's the proof below) but it doesn't matter because it's not copyrighted.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2021 at Second Thoughts
An essay by Elena Sannikova posted on Facebook today which I hope to translate. You can watch Chekist in full here: В память о режиссере Александре Рогожкине посмотрела его фильм "Чекист" 1992 года. Страшный фильм. Почему о нем мало... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2021 at Minding Russia
Long ago in 2016 when I started my Bed & Breakfast rentals, I decided to test the theory of customer service in a virtual world. How far would it go? How much would people ask? What would be a reasonable price to charge? If you offered customized things like ordering... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2021 at Second Thoughts
Chin Rey's now-deleted community in Langdale. Photo by Yuumo Ichibara By Prokofy Neva Virtualator From this thread in the forums. Therese Tammas: I have this view as well. Bellisseria is Mainland- an example set forth by Linden Labs of what Mainland could be. I'd really have to beg to differ.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2021 at Second Thoughts
The glorious Chakra set from 3rd_Eye Perceptions By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor So there are eight days left to play the gatcha machines of Second Life, also spelled as gacha, from the original Japanese gum ball machine called gachapon. First, if you or a loved one is suffering from gatcha addiction,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2021 at Second Thoughts
Most of the artists' galleries are empty now in Campbell Coast in the sky -- and the ground -- but mainly in the sky, where they were concentrated to be "less laggy". Even before the Lindens devastated the economy with their August 3 announcement that gatcha machines would be illegal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2021 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Ugly pylons circle Hector pond in a screenshot I took in 2012 - because I lived on these sims! I seem to recall this was WARR's power station or utility yard -- why that was on a nice pond, why a telephone pole with wires had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2021 at Second Thoughts
A prim tornado set off by MC Fizgig, the alt of Prof. Edward Clift of Woodbury, from land he owned right next to mine in Furness, purchased deliberately to harass me and my tenants. This photo was one I took obviously, with my old blonde avatar in the foreground, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2021 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva, Virtualator CAPTURE ROLEPLAYER TOUTS LINDEN-FAVOURED SOCIALIST ISLAND IN MAINLAND COMMUNITIES THREAD So, animats, an anonymous but persistent forums poster who used to have Capture Roleplay (i.e. rape) groups in his profile as we all know, but who has recently removed them, apparently finally realizing they are damaging... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2021 at Second Thoughts
By Prokofy Neva It's still hard to make sense of the "signals from the environment". I don't know if I can go on keeping track of them or blogging them. o a few people moved into larger rentals from smaller ones. Why? I don't ask as it isn't my business... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2021 at Second Thoughts
Ugly towers on one side ruin the view. By Prokofy Neva So you can read my "wall o' text" or not, or if you are living it and don't need to, or you can't read things longer than your hand, that's ok, I'm just making drafts for my book, "Innkeeping... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2021 at Second Thoughts
My fake "Patcha Machines," named for the announcer of a deeply devastating policy, which only sell Linden Library flamingos for a $1 and nothing else, and cannot be filled, or which give away only flamingos and cannot be filled. On sale at Flamingo Court Garage and my shop Shaman's Hut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Second Thoughts
No surprise here -- it took Dakota Linden less than 24 hours to cut and paste the TOS back to me without responding to what I view as a troubling phenomenon I never used to see on the forums -- removal of content without a notice of a disciplinary action,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2021 at Second Thoughts
One last try for anc's mermaid prince! Linden Lab's new gatcha policy wasn't a total surprise, as it has been bruited about on Reddit fora and SL threads and blogs, usually in the form of some know-it-all "Internet lawyer" claiming that because his own country has a gambling law that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2021 at Second Thoughts
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Second Thoughts