The COVID-19 pandemic has repeatedly reminded me of William Gibson’s latest version of the apocalypse, which appears in his 2014 novel The Peripheral and again in his 2018 book Agency: a long duration event called The Jackpot. As imagined by Gibson, The Jackpot is not a sudden catastrophe, such as a nuclear war, but a […]Read More Watching The Jackpot from a café where the world ends
The other day, I was thinking that, while Second Life as a whole may be considered a simulation, some particular elements of what we see and do there could be thought of as a simulation in the simulation, or a second-degree simulation. Let me try to explain what I mean. Our avatars sometimes reproduce things […]Read More 5 useless items that we love in Second Life
The trailer-style living units in the Linden Home preview area at SL16B (running from June 20 until July 8) indicate that we may be on the verge of an important change in the way we conceive housing in Second Life. Of course, one cannot guarantee that the transformation will actually take place, and in any […]Read More New trailer homes at SL16B: a turning point in Second Life?
It has been already said both about sex and love in Second Life: their manifestation is above all a narrative. Still, at least for sex in SL, pixel images seem to be fundamental for creating a mental imagery that supports and contributes to the process of raising sense from that narrative. Certainly, most people will […]Read More Pixel lust: the peculiar eroticism of Second Life
The market for shapes in Second Life has gone crazy (or maybe it has always been crazy and I hadn’t noticed): prices vary from around L$ 100 up to L$ 1,500 – and I’m not counting either freebies and dollarbies or some that may cost even more than L$ 1,500, but seem to be exceptions […]Read More Why are some prices so high in the SL shape market?
I joined Second Life 10 years ago yesterday: on April 1st, 2007 – always as Ricco Saenz. Being 10 years old in SL means that I have seen a number of technical and cultural transformations there, and it is interesting to remember what has changed since I first rezzed on the grid. By thinking of […]Read More Being 10 years old in Second Life: a decade of transformations
A few days ago, I received an email by a moderator of a Flickr group related to Art Box, a place in Second Life that I have already written about on this blog. The message was to let me know that a number of pictures I had added to their photo pool had been removed, […]Read More A little bit of kindness could do us some good
“Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.” Herman Melville In Second Life, many of us build homes. We have houses, apartments or skyboxes and fill them with stuff that we like. We decorate, we landscape, we create our own safe havens. We try to mirror ourselves in them, we hang photos and artwork on the walls, […]Read More What is a home for in a virtual world?
Because Second Life carries the aura of an idealized world, we may develop the illusion that, while connected, we are protected from the main prejudices of the atomic world – except, perhaps, if a griefer crosses our way. The reality is though that we are not. How generalized is bigotry in SL? I haven’t heard […]Read More When prejudice infiltrates the virtual world
There is a reasonable chance that my readers are already aware of the polemic episode involving an article on Second Life by Eric Grundhauser on Atlas Obscura – or, more precisely, about Hamlet Au’s reaction to it on his blog. A lot has been said regarding that subject. Nonetheless, I became curious about the sims […]Read More A pornographic tour
In my journey in Second Life, I have met a number of people who were willing to date, find a partner and have a relationship. Another important contingent is formed by those who are searching for sex regardless of having a partner. I think it’s safe to say that these two groups – and sometimes […]Read More In SL, we write our lives