I got fed up with all my bookmarks yesterday and deleted them so I may have fewer links than usual. That’s the sort of mood I’ve been in, rather intolerant of the crap.
It all started when I decided to OccupyMyCupboards.. after having read a list of things I could do to support the Occupy folk I decided that buying local was A Good Thing and went to the farmer’s market and bought horribly expensive bread and cheap veg. Pickling onions were amongst my purchases as I know home made pickled onions are about twenty times better than shop bought… good idea. So…it shows how long it is since I made them because the last time Sarson’s Pickling Vinegar had instructions on the back of the label…oh, well, I thought…I’ll just look it up on the Internet, Sarson’s is bound to have a site….
This is where it all goes wrong… Sarson’s, a major vinegar player… has a site that makes you want to scream…. here. The last entry is 2007… need I say more. If you try and find a recipe on it…well, for onions…forget it. The attempt at engaging a wider vinegar community obviously failed…in spite of good intentions. Now…that’s OK these words we post will be around for hundreds or thousands of years in one form or another…. like the space junk orbiting earth they may eventually blot out the sun forcing new space ships to have snow ploughs strapped to the front of them to barge thro the crap…. like Search.
My encounter with the Dead Vinegar Community just reinforces my current feelings, articulated by Botgirl (separating the signal from the noise) this week, that social media is mostly drivel. The mumblings and undigested ramblings of the 99% of fools that inhabit cyberspace…. and if you think that’s harsh, consider the RT I received this week of someone livetweeting their childbirth. Now, please, most bodily functions are surely not tweet material?
This just reinforces the idea I posted last week from some media guru that unfollowing, blocking and deleting are surely the only way forward…. or we’ll drown in live births and livetweeting of #cupofteamaking.
[pickled onions just get soaked in salt water for 24 hours before being dried off and submerged (in clean jars) under the vinegar for at least 2 weeks]
@supportLinden is probably the non-event of last week, a twitter stream remarkable in its lack of a reason to exist. My tweet to the effect that we have been supporting Lindens for years and how it’s a shame it’s not reciprocal was not responded too .. well, no surprise there. I guess this ‘reaching out’ to the ‘Community’ is cheaper than actually repairing anything… and goes alongside the ‘announcement’ that the fiasco regarding Last Names was being ‘considered’ … just like FaceCrack is considering Nyms, I guess.
Some people are still having problems with SL and their asset servers (? is that the problem…who knows…) with dodgy loading/non-loading of textures and stuff. I personally don’t have a problem, but then I don’t have a top-end Nvidia card or Vista/7. It does point to the relevance of a post by Lady Sakai concerning the fact that it is taking Tranq a little longer than previously thought to introduce physics to Inworldz because he wants to do it well. Good, I’m happy to wait for the real thing rather than a bodged attempt.
[I’m currently engaged in building for the InWorldz Festival and it’s been great to see a few new SL faces over there this week.]
My second rant, tho it has to be slightly more measured than a full frontal on the Vinegar Community, stems from the few occasions I have sat in front of the TV this last week. A poor starving child illustrates to me that I am, basically, callously allowing her and thousands like her to die in HD in my front room because I don’t send her $2 a month, (I don’t really have a HD set). She is dying, the tigers are being made extinct and the Poles are melting because I am too mean. I am a mean, worthless pile of crap and the Charities are all Heros. Damn.
I don’t know how many charities there are, I’m guessing tens of thousands, maybe even 100,000 charities. I could sleep on the streets having given all my money away only then to rely on a homeless charity to house and feed me, but that does seem a little extreme. There isn’t any fat in my accounts after my compulsory contributions to Keep Bankers Rich and Bomb Poor People, sponsored by HM Gov.
So…I better state here, quite clearly for those that are a bit slow.. “I do not hate any charities“. I just wonder, for example, if I need to attend or participate in an Art Event that “raises awareness” on behalf of some obviously deserving charity on the grounds that I know that, for example, X.X.X.X., an incurable disease, is a Bad Thing. Yes… and?? I am aware of that … attending your event will do what? Make me more aware, make me feel less guilty that I don’t have it? I don’t understand why.
I have contributed pieces to SL auctions, and have no problem with doing so. It is a pleasure to be able to do what I can. …but… my compassion is wearing thin. Sorry, that’s the truth. The more charities there are, the more of them I have to ignore …because…100,000 charities is too many… simply put.
How are charities being used? How is the moral high-ground being inhabited and what is the intent of those doing so? Sorry, I have to ask.
It is the season of Perfume adverts and dying children, and that’s a tricky one.
In other bits and pieces… :))
This week I also became aware, thanks to JayR Cela, of a viewer for older hardware. It seems that even a Pentium 2 can use it and get into SL ….so I thought it worth passing on. Details here. It’s one of those pieces of info that you would think SL would make available…
…and last but not least… nice post by Simon…about how distracting the Internet is… here.