NWN: Survey: What’s Your Second Life Avatar Type?

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Survey: What’s Your Second Life Avatar Type? (NWN)
Fox-tailed and/or cat-eared children will need to decide on one category.
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Bloggers Mix-And-Match Adult Tries Child

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Through the 1st Second Life Bloggers Mix-And-Match program, Kanomi (of T I N Y D A N C I N G) wrote for the blog of Rik & Osiris Pfalz on the topic of “being a child avatar in Second Life” in a post entitled, Second Childhood.

“Dani lives in a nice big town where only little kids and good mommies and daddies are allowed! She’s a lucky girl and her mommy loves her just bunches and bunches!”

As we skated up and down the streets, looking like children, acting like children — in for a penny, in for a pound; I’m nothing if not a method blogger — my own memories kept returning, and I’m afraid towards the end I bent poor Dani’s ear about Candyland and Risk, or how me and my sister used to sneak into our neighbor’s yard and tiptoe through the courtyard, playing pirates or Robin Hood, or how I remembered reading every single Oz book when I was eight or nine…

read the rest at rikpfalz. Kanomi’s own post about it is here.

Excellent use of in-character, out-of-character text, Kanomi! I’m glad your day as a kid av brought back some nice memories.

-Big Adz

Oh, How Little I Can Say

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This is pretty much it. Sorry.

How Could I Forget Pinocchio?

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Ohmygosh How Could I Forget Pinocchio?
pinocchio added to gallery
Pinocchio is the original Artificial Boy. Read the rest…

Artificial Boys

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I made a gallery of other artificial boys I know! I’ll add more if I find any! Maybe someday it will be a public gallery of other artificial children like me. For now its in my playhouse and only close friends can see it. Sorry.

(( Adz identifies with famous artificial boys, David featured in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), and D.A.R.Y.L., a 1985 film by the same name. Read the rest…

KIDS5B – Our Stories

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Kids5B exhibit Our Stories – Why We Became Child Avatars by Taiven Janick and Sage Kostenbaum and contributors, Alton Icarus (72, 98, 24). My story is there, as is David’s, and Sokmunky’s, and many others. There were some kids there who I hadn’t met yet, but I read them all anyway. The stories are sometimes both amusing, describing the well of creative energy tapped simply by changing shape, and sad, bringing up real life child abuse. Many are emotionally powerful. One story was so awesome, and accurate, and touching, and said it all so perfectly, I IMed the author and made a new friend. I don’t want to say who it is without permission. Visit the exhibit to read for yourself.
kids5b our stories exhibit

Samurai Kid Prepared For Anything

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Not your ordinary toolbelt! Read the rest…

Adz’ First Hour (Comment on NWN)

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Response to Open Forum: What Was *Your* First Hour In SL Like?. Hamlet Au asks, “I wonder, however, if all this is looking at the problem backwards. Forget figuring out why 90% of those who came, left. Instead, isn’t it more important to run a resilience study, and locate the commonalities between the 10% who stayed, and build on that? So I put the question to readers: if you’re an active Resident, what happened in your first hour in Second Life that kept you here?”
Answer:

Join Date 4/4/2006

My first hour
Trying to make my avatar look like a child.

My second hour
A Linden-made sign in Waterhead had a notecard full of landmarks. One of them was captioned “who wants free ice cream?” Indeed!

…Trying to fly across the ocean towards the red beacon, and realizing that the dark blue regions were impassable.

…Arriving at the ice cream shop and eating an ice cream cone by myself.

My third hour
…Feeling lonely and brainstorming where to find like-minded people. The best i could think of was adoption agencies. I searched for one and found one, but it was empty. The second one I found was populated, and I stayed there for more than a week.

Epilogue
The ice cream place is gone now. I took my first set of foster parents there, when arranging to meet them for the first time. It was empty for that visit, too.
The adoption agency is long gone now, too.
*sniffle*

Shape-Based Exclusion [Updated]

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Update:
I contributed to SL4B. I made some decorations for the bridges and roads in all of the regions, and helped a tiny bit with Camp Duck Itch. I wasn’t planning on contributing much this year but I planned to see if the SLC build needed any help as the deadline grew closer (thats what i do). But, there’s no point in staying in the builders group now.
[18:13] Second Life: You have left the group ‘SL Birthday Exhibitors’.

Updated with more links:

Ruslan Laryukov – Second-Class Citizens

I find it regrettable that LL has decided to snub three of its more significant and loyal constituencies by excluding them from SL5B: kid avis, gor and bdsm. -Ruslan

JIRA – MISC-1231 -Missing Cultures & Communities from SL5B

The following communities are said to be missing from what was described as: ‘Celebrating the cultural diversity of Second Life’: ‘Who do you hang around with in Second Life? What are your communities’ traditions and signature characteristics? Are you proud of your sexy blue fur? Your excruciatingly detailed tea ceremony? Your murky environments? Your sculptures? The help you’ve given to others?’ -Vint Falken

Rai Fargis – The “SL5B” PR Desaster

Dusan Writer – Lock Up Your Kids, Tie Up Your Kajira, It’s Time to Celebrate

So, sure, you can come aboard, and you can lock up your private island and keep the weirdos out – OR, you can come aboard and realize that this is the flowering of something different. If you want safe and sanitized go to There.com or sponsor some furniture in the Sims – but you’d better realize that this IS the Wild West, and it’s that way for a reason – because THIS is the frontier, this is where the great ideas are arising, this is where the creative classes, the prosumers and the hackers, the griefers and the savants are mashing up the future, and if you want some sort of hint of how the future’s going to unfold you’d better at least suck it up and have a look around. -Dusan Writer

Ordinal Malaprop – A Restriction of the Youth

The recent clarification that Child-Like Avatars will be permitted attend, but not exhibit, makes the situation even more ridiculous. Clearly the Prurient will take this as confirmation that the Laboratory is quite happy to promote all of the things in their imaginings, and it will simultaneously serve to confirm to the Childrenish concerned that they are not considered worthwhile, and in the category of the Second Class in Second Life. -Ordinal Malaprop

firstlifeisfullofcrap – The Fake Children

And every culture is being given the opportunity to showcase what they’ve done, what they will do, and what their vision is for tomorrow. Without limitation. Without sanitization. Without scrubbing. Without censorship. Except one. And I don’t think that’s right -Crap Mariner

danielregenbogen – Update on SL5B

SLC – Still More (A clarification)

Robin Linden has indicated that child avatars are allowed and welcome as attendees – this is simply affecting whether child avatars can be contributors.

SLC – More on SL5B

…This decision was made thanks to people like United States Representative Mark Kirk who are on a misguided quest to keep real life kids off an adult only service by penalizing a company already making steps to keep real life kids off the system… -Marianne McCann

Massively – Calling all cultures? Not any more

…Linden Lab (according to staff) is apparently afraid of the whole of Second Life being shut down at a legal level if it should show any implicit support of — well, an activity that mental health professionals tell us we should be trying to find ways to do more of…Childlike play, and reliving our respective youths in positive and nourishing ways… -Tateru Nino

danielregenbogen – LL discriminates against the kids!

…This mail was forwarded to and answered by Robin Linden, who wrote me that kid avatars would be welcome as guests but not allowed to contribute to the showcase – because that wouldn’t be in the best interest of the event and Linden Lab. What a poor and cowardly decision! I don’t expect much more, but I answered her with this mail:… -Daniel Regenbogen

Jacek – [Rant] Intolerance

…Rampant violence? That’s fine. Hopscotch? My god, we have to put a stop to that!…-Jacek

According to a post in SLForums, child-shaped avatars are not the only self-identified community excluded from the event. [This has since been denied by Everett Linden in a comment on the Massively article]

Human vs Avatar Personality

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Prompted by Botgirl.

Player Avatar
Big Five Test Results
Extroversion (18%) low which suggests you are very reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and private.
Accommodation (44%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly selfish, uncooperative, and difficult at the expense of the well being of others.
Orderliness (72%) high which suggests you are overly organized, neat, structured and restrained at the expense too often of flexibility, variety, spontaneity, and fun.
Emotional Stability (24%) low which suggests you are very worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.
Inquisitiveness (80%) high which suggests you are very intellectual, curious, imaginative but possibly not very practical.

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Big Five Test Results
Extroversion (60%) moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.
Accommodation (54%) medium which suggests you are moderately kind natured, trusting, and helpful while still maintaining your own interests.
Orderliness (44%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, random, scattered, and fun seeking at the expense of structure, reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.
Emotional Stability (50%) medium which suggests you average somewhere in between being calm and resilient and being anxious and reactive.
Inquisitiveness (62%) moderately high which suggests you are intellectual, curious, imaginative but possibly not very practical.

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