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Alter Ego
, the Second Life documentary commissioned by SBS and from which I made my own video, is now available online until 22 December (for Australian readers only, sorry). It looks in passing at the furry culture on Second Life and I appear briefly towards the middle of the documentary. Rattus also scores a cameo.
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(It's another one of those tedious vanity posts, so despised by some. Just be grateful I don't do angst on here. I know the short shrift I'd get. ;) )


A generous soul gave me a Linux laptop on Second Life that rezzes when you type (the default is you go tappity into thin air). I'd recently been reminded of how much fun the Amiga platform was by this video, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] fenrirwolf so I thought it would be neat to mutilate it to make an Amiga laptop on Second Life, complete with a furry screen.
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I know I get "punished" in the ratings when I spout off on politics, but this election your roving rat reporter just can't help himself. As The Australian belatedly admits, the balance of power in the Senate is on a knife-edge between Family First and The Greens. Regardless of which major party wins in the House of Representatives (in spite of the opinion polls, I still read it as "too close to call"), neither will have a majority in the Senate and will therefore be reliant on the minor parties. The Democrats have been a bad joke (this from a former member) for some years now and it is universally agreed that the last vestiges will be wiped away at this election. The only other option for a badly needed progressive voice in the Senate is the Greens. Some people may be fearful of a Green Senate (and I admit the Democrats did a good job before they went off the rails), but all this comes from media hysteria (more on that below) whipped up by short-sighted business interests and narrow-minded religious zealots. If people took the time to dispassionately read their policies, they would see there is not much to be concerned about and quite frankly it doesn't matter anyway. They are never going to be in a position to implement their policies; the most they can do is influence government policy for the better.

Contrast with Family First, who would influence government policy for the worse. FF is an abuse of religion and the political process. They are a front for extremist churches in South Australia. It is not just homosexuals who have cause to be concerned at the rise of this party; anyone who isn't "normal" (which would be just about everyone reading this) should be worried about how they could skew politics in this country.

Both Labor and the Liberals did preference deals with Family First at the last election, which led to them winning a seat in Victoria on 2% of the primary vote (contrast with the Greens, who missed out even though they had 8%) and almost picking up a seat in Tasmania. I very much hope the ALP won't repeat the same mistake this time. They should realise that FF is a serious political force and Family First will not work constructively with them in the Senate. Some grass-roots workers have (quite rightly) threatened to revolt if the Labor power-brokers do something so destructive again.

Please be aware of where your preferences are going to in the Senate and think about your vote accordingly.

Queensland is one of the states where a Senate seat could fall to either the Greens or Family First, and this is why I will be out there on polling day putting myself at personal risk (at the last federal election, there were instances of violence by FF workers against Greens workers) for something I believe in.

Just to lighten the mood a little bit, please enjoy this rat-themed political cartoon harking back to the famous alleged quote of a Queensland Liberal Party senator that John Howard is a lying rodent. You can see he's been rubbing off on his ministerial colleagues. ^_^

And as a last parting shot, what a shame The Australian, our leading national newspaper, is no better placed than Fox News at resisting the urge to sow fear of the internet in the hearts of its trusting readers/viweers for the sake of ratings. Our favourite newspaper (and to be fair, it is the one I read most weekdays for its world coverage) is reporting on Second Life being a new training ground for terrorists. Now, I can't comment on whether this is true or not, though it does does sound far-fetched to me, but I can't leave unchallenged this egregious error in the report. In the first paragraph they tell us the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) sim was cyber-bombed, apparently by terrorists. About three quarters down, they admit the "bomb" was later found to be a server error. One thing they did get right is the ABC's reliance on their community to help police their sim. Wolfie, a very old and dear friend, has the power to delete inappropriate items in the sandbox and even eject and ban people and he takes his responsibility very seriously. He was one of the first people on the scene when the server error occurred and is responsible for the image that appeared in the print-version of The Australian at the time, which reported, without later retraction as far as I could see, that the ABC was the victim of a cyber-terrorist attack. The reports of commercial billboards being put up on the cratered site was pure media invention.
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A while ago I "bought" Angelita Pierterson during a Furry Vermin auction (not a tail sale!). Her specialty is doing online photo shoots in her studio, so I availed myself of her talents, a sample of which you can enjoy from the thumbnail below. Her regular rate is 100L per shot (more for "adult" pics) so IM her if you want some of your own avatar!

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As should be obvious, I just love Second Life. Part of what I find so appealing about it is the amount of control you have over how you look and it's not that hard to grasp the basics of how to do it. Over the past few weeks, I've done my latest round of changes to my avatar and probably have reached a temporary point of stasis. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share the latest fruits of my labour. The main changes are I've finalised my whiskers (yes, I'm meant to have more on the right side than my left), added ventral fur and added texturing to my tail.

EDIT: Added a close up of my tail so you can see the texture.

Includes 3D computer animated rat nudity )

For a comparison, this is what I started with back in July of last year.
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Some of you may think I have way too much time on my paws. I, on the other hand, think I have way too little.

Rat Health Fund )
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Having gone a few weeks without posting, some of you may be wondering what's up. Although me not posting for a long time can be a sign of depression, it is not conclusive. :) In fact, on the furry side, my life is great! I've been rediscovering Second Life and was recently accepted into the Furry Vermin club. I'm very proud that they took me into their dystopian, militaristic sim even though I was going about in the fur at the time. I'm sure a certain very special squirrel by the name of [livejournal.com profile] frynge had something to do with it. ^_^ To celebrate, I thought I should make some clothing more in keeping with the theme of the sim. I don't want them to think I'm just a bit of fluff they keep on the side. ;) They have some genuinely tough-looking rats there, but I was going more for a wannabe look. I'm still just a cute rat at heart.

Furry Vermin gear -- tail
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I met my first rat on Second Life today. And I'm honoured that that first rat was the enormously talented [livejournal.com profile] jackrat. Of course, I had to take a few snapshots to commemorate the event.

Clicky )

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