Meeting Donna Haraway

Earlier this month, Trilby’s typist had the opportunity to hear Donna Haraway speak in real life. Haraway is the author of “The Cyborg Manifesto”, and namesake of avatar DJHaraway, a VB/CO experiment into the nature of identity. She was one avatar with multiple operators. Would she develop an identity? Did she …

Women Adventurers

Last week I rented a store in the town center on Marblehead in Second Life New England. I knew what I wanted to call the store, Yordie’s Excellent Adventures and the concept is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I even created a Facebook page for it last year. And there’s …

It`s Movember!

Time to let that mo grow. Just because I am too darn lazy to type today, I`ll let wikipedia do the job: Movember (a portmanteau of the slang word “mo” for moustache and “November“) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer …

Marie Chouinard: bODY_rEMIX/ gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS

Marie Chouinard Quebec choreographer Marie Chouinard’s 2005 evening length bODY_rEMIX/ gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS features dancers with a variety of prosthetic apparatus: cane, walker, forearm crutches, and… pointe shoes. No doubt there are many perspectives on this work: cyborg, fetish, ableness, and more, yet for me it is a dance about dance. In …

Yordie Sands

iRez’ head cheerleader Yordie Sands has been “running silent, running deep” for a couple of weeks now as she moves house and home to a new city and, no doubt, to a new life as well. Just today we got a radar ping from her, apparently she came up to …

A Sonnet to Loo Roll

I am a tad bit under the weather as of late… or more plainly: I am sick as hell. What started off as a light cold has inevitably exploded into an oh-my-god-I’ve-forgotten-what-it-feels-like-not-to-be-ill-eww-gross-is-that-what-the-inside-of-my-lungs-look-like??? full-blown influenza extravaganza. Needless to say, my cough is about the only thing about me that’s been productive, …

Viagra Humor

  The moment was right: I had a Viagra Humor moment today. You know those Viagra commercials with the If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours call your doctor… Four Hours!!! Who has a four hour erection??? What do you do? Can you leave the house? Do …

Unlicense.org

I came across an exciting site today, unlicense.org. Below is the intro and license text from the site. Visit them for the full documentation, links, etc Unlicense Yourself: Set Your Code Free What is the Unlicense? The Unlicense is a template for disclaiming copyright interest in software you’ve written; in …

Becoming Someone Else – Part 1

This salon has professional authors with qualifications in education, psychology and other professions who explore identity and virtual identify. I read their posts with great interest.  There’s little question in my mind that most people who enter virtual worlds end up making choices that lead them into their identities. Ravanel started a series called, …

Enter Heidegger

Given that I am using a Hermeneutic Phenomenological approach, it must come as no surprise that Heidegger’s work has had a profound impact on my thinking. With that said, I think that his theories on Being (Dasein), especially two of his most basic neologisms used to describe various attitudes towards …

Pride & Prejudice

Reading Ravanel’s fantastic article on identity in online gaming environments reminded of my initial shock at the RL stereotypes in virtual worlds. As I have previously discussed, I entered SL with little knowledge of the community and found my niche in cultural/educational groups within the virtual world. With that said, …