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I’ve been piling these up for a while. A couple are related to virtual law, but most are self-indulgent fun. Settle in, grab your favorite beverage, and get your mouse finger ready. I’m cleaning out my link bucket.

  • Get My FBI File” walks you through the process of doing exactly that. Your mileage may vary. As one Boing Boing (where this comes from) commentator put it: “If you don’t already have a file, now’s your chance to make one! Yabba dabba DOOOoooo.”
  • Second Life First Person LogoI’m not entirely sure why, but I really like “Second Life, First Person,” a new blog by Second Life’s ‘Kit Meredith.’ It’s hard to classify — a mix of virtual world psychology, culture, and random musings, so far largely about the author’s internal debates over making her avatar more appealing. Not my usual cup of tea, but ‘Kit’ is a good writer, so while it has almost nothing to do with law at this point (‘Kit’ lists her expertise as “Law,” which is how I found it, so there’s hope it will later) it has made my semi-regular rotation anyway.
  • As you’ve heard from six-thousand places already, CSI: NY is doing a mixed-media Electric Sheep Logomulti-episode blah blah blah, partly in Second Life, in partnership with The Electric Sheep. Every aspect of my personal and professional self hates these shows — they consistently get the law wrong, overstate the capabilities of the technology, and worst of all, hide the ball until the end, so you can’t even solve the mystery. Here are a few facts for readers who are being misinformed by just about every other site covering this: (1) It’s running on Wednesday, the 24th, not Thursday, the 25th, (2) it’s called “Down The Rabbit Hole,” not “Avatar” (that was the other cops-and-robbers show) and, (3) it’s going to get killed by game one of the World Series. That all said, the Electric Sheep build is certainly going to be cool (writeup with video from the NY Times) and I like the Sheep, so I’ll visit it for them.
  • The Orange Box LogoMore way off-topic goodness. Team Fortress 2 (packaged in The Orange Box) looks like the best multiplayer online game out there right now, including Halo 3. It also highlights something I’ve been wondering about recently. As graphics get better and better, do they really need to get more photorealistic? Are all games going to turn into gory miserable horror movies? The answer, happily, is no. Watch the Engineer’s trailer (movie). When you quit grinning, buy a copy of The Orange Box and get ready to tangle… in a month… once the first draft of Virtual Law is in my publisher’s hands.
  • Somewhat oddly, I recently found myself in complete agreement with a recent Fox News editorial. The gist of it is that the internet would be better off with less pseudo-anonymity and more more real privacy. Read it and see what you think.
  • Last, but not least, remember Ginko? The little Ponzi scheme that either lost, mishandled, or stole hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars worth of depositors in-world currency way back in the ancient metaverse past — three months ago? Well, Ginko insider ‘Hinoserm Rebus’ recently posted “Part One” of what looks like an interesting first-person history. ‘Hinoserm,’ you’ll recall, owned the Ginko names before they became synonymous with “financial fraud.” It’s self-serving, of course, but hits a note of honesty that makes for a compelling read.
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3 Responses to “Quicklinks: Off-Topic Random Grab Bag Edition”

  1. on 17 Oct 2007 at 7:28 amKit Meredith

    Hi Ben! Thanks for reading, and thanks for the link!

    My profile says my industry is “Law” because it is, IRL. So far I’ve found a number of non-legal aspects of SL to be very interesting to write about, hence the current focus of my “random musings,” but I will probably swing around to what I know – intellectual property – before too long. Hard to do it, though, when there are already great blogs like this one occupying the subject area…

    Keep up the good work!

  2. on 17 Oct 2007 at 10:08 amTony

    Absolutely LOVE, TF2 on Orange Box. Of course I like the rest of the game (especially Portal – puzzles are fun) too, but I also thought they really went in a cool and creative way with the graphics for the multiplayer.

    Also, CSI is on the 24th (Wed.), but The Office is running something on the 25th (Thurs.) where one of the characters explores SL. (one link is

  3. on 17 Oct 2007 at 3:53 pmc3

    yes. as ive signed off most of my antiblog responses for 2 years..

    weve “gone deep down the rabbit hole”

    TV shows hypeing VR, so NEW:) so 1994:) when the rabbit was still able to be found in the garden just nibbling on the roots.

    Good for CBS. Good for Sheep.Good for blogFodder. Time will tell if good for much else.


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