Strawberry Singh’s “My Zodiac Sign” Challenge (way late as usual, sorry)

Strawberry Singh, whose challenges are about the only ones I bother with in SL, back last year challenged us to compare ourselves to what the astrologers say we ought to be like.

Truth-tropic sort I am, even though I am late on this by over a year, here’s my entry:

Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty resident) August 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm

What is your Zodiac sign?:  My birthday is November eighth so I am in Scorpio

Do you believe in Astrology and read your horoscope often?:    No, from either a biologic or physics standpoint I find astrology highly implausible.

Strengths:   “Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend”
I am resourceful, not especially brave, can be passionate and stubborn, and I hope I am a true friend

Weaknesses: “Distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent”
I take very little on trust, and do not consider that a weakness
I am not jealous
If I were secretive, you wouldn’t be reading this, would you?
I have been violent when the occasion called for it (once held someone at gunpoint who was in the process of murdering his sister until the police arrived to take him into custody), but apart from that incident, am not considered to be even disagreeable.

Scorpio likes: “Truth, facts, being right, longtime friends, teasing, a grand passion”
I like truth and facts. I am humbly grateful when someone can show me when I am wrong. longtime friends are treasures. I’m not fond of teasing, apart from very quiet irony. Passion, I do like.

Scorpio dislikes: “Dishonesty, revealing secrets, passive people”
Deliberate dishonesty which hurts others is a very strong dislike, but our true age,weight, and other details may be edited or withheld as needed.
I try very hard never to reveal a secret entrusted to me
I accept people as they are. “passive” is a bad name for someone’s personality, and not a particularly bright name, either.

The rest of that section merely recapitulates points gone over above.

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Serenity Onsen, Chenier

Orcaflotta (who you doubtless know from her blog Thar She Blows!) and I recently discussed adding traditional Japanese bathhouses (known as onsen) on a recent page of her blogHer onsen is coming right along and mine’s… not your average onsen.

Serenity Onsen is a minimalist onsen designed for the County of Chenier, a women-only microstate.

Serenity Onsen wide shot

We provide a bathing experience to those visiting Chenier to relax and enjoy quiet (but fullfilling intimacy, not who are “conducting their blooming in the noise and whip of the whirlwind” (to quote Gwendolyn Brooks’ “The Second Sermon on the Warpland”).

I’ll expand on this description a little later.  You can get there from here:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Triggerfish/163/34/22 (Women only, PLEASE)

Walk forward a little bit, and you see the actual hot tub that serves as our onsen :

Serenity Onsen very close-up.png

If you wish to do the entire bathhouse experience, you can wash either from a washbasin or a small bathtub in the enclosure.   A massage table and cozy rug are also available:

Serenity Onsen interior_001.png

Talk to you later!

Update:

For those of you who (like my friend Orca) visited my onsen and liked it, I made a change you may or may not appreciate. Both the tub for washing inside the bathhouse and the “Spring Onsen” hot tub for socializing and cuddling are now the designer’s “PG versions”, not their “Adult versions”.  The “adult” sex animations supplied with versions I first used are not there.

I did that because I and other people whose judgment I trust who’ve tried the tubs didn’t care for the kind of sex in the adult versions – all male-female sexual animations, which are out-of-theme for a women-only group, and too rough for many in the group (including me) to enjoy.  The fact that almost every one of those animations have vigorous pelvic thrusts or oral sex with something which is not a female body part decided me.

But my intrepid crew of test subjects and I find that 30 “cuddle” animations in the “PG” hot tub are entirely suited to sexual role-playing.  Some of them are the most erotic things I’ve ever seen in seven years of using scripted furniture in SL, and entirely suited to lesbian love-making.  Cary and I had our first onsen date without using any of the adult animations.  And we partied hard.

Update 2:

Serenity Onsen has graduated from a bath house and a quirky hot tub under a tree to “real onsen“!

It’s still less formal than other SL onsen, but is now centered around Tsuki no Mayu Hakata’s “Hinoki_Buro_No.5_ver.1.0”, a roomy onsen which fits nicely inside Wingsong’s “Beach House – Dojo v.2”, with plenty of room for bathing tub, wash basin and massage table.

Unlike the outside hot tub (“Spring Onsen” by Dysfunctionality), visible through the door, this one has traditional Japanese poses and room for at least four bathers (if everyone’s very friendly, we think eight bathers).

Now, you can have traditional onsen or more Westernized fun out in the tub under the tree – or one after the other!!

Omar Khayyam and the embryology of the cerebral cortex

The “moving finger” of embryonic neuron formation is the enzyme PRDM16, which acts on the protein histone H3 as radial glial cells proliferate from the ventricles of the developing brain to make its six layers of 80 billion neurons, connected by 150 trillion synapses. The DNA doesn’t code for that directly. Looks like it’s all that ol’debbil evolution. Again.

If you inhibit another histone-related enzyme, histone deacetylase, horrible birth defects happen during pregnancy.  But inhibit that enzyme in a cancer patient, and you can slow or stop some cancers from growing.  Two old-ish drugs work that way, valproic acid (used to treat epilepsy and manic-depressive disorder for years) and thalidomide (a tranquilizer that caused those horrible birth defects and only now is back in use to treat leprosy and is now in clinical trials for cancer).

We’re only now understanding how enzymes in the body do things we never suspected they would – the story of how histones interact with enzymes and short sequences of DNA is the “histone code”. The sequence of nucleotides in DNA doesn’t control it and isn’t long enough to control every single cell whose growth is governed by the histone code. We’re a long way from knowing very much about that.

Chemiotics II

“The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on”.  Did Omar Khayyam realize he was talking about the embryology of the human cerebral cortex?  Although apparently far removed from chemistry, embryology most certainly is not.  The moving finger in this case is an enzyme modifying histone proteins.

In the last post (https://luysii.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/marshall-mcluhan-rides-again/) I discussed how one site in the genome modified  the expression of a protein important in cancer (myc) even though it was 53,000 positions (nucleotides) away.  When stretched out into the usual B-form DNA shown in the text books this would stretch 1.7 microns or 17% of the way across the diameter of the usual spherical nucleus.  If our 3,200,000 nucleotide genome were chopped up into pieces this size some 60,000 segments would have to be crammed in.  Clearly DNA must be bent and wrapped around something, and that something is the nucleosome which is shaped like a fat…

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Relay for Life

I do NOT want you to join THIS club, Orca. Hoping your tests come out negative for cancer. Sincere hugs!

Thar She Blows!

As most of you might know I’m not much of a fan of the Relay for Life thingy since I find it highly hypocritical by the Big Pharma Corps to beg for donations in order to continue their research for a cure. These corporations are raking in billions of dollars, use all the dirty tricks in the book to avoid paying taxes and don’t give a flying wet towel about your life … or mine. It’s a shakedown dontcha think? In my eyes that’s highly sarcastic and inhumane. And it’s soooo very American. And that’s why I only half-heartedly support the RfL in Second Life.

RfL

And then I read Patricia de Chenier’s blog where she thanks all who relayed and I stumble about sentences like “a fight we never picked – with cancer”, and something in me goes Gulps. 😮 And I’m feeling vulnerable and weak and all…

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A special thankyou to all who relayed

Kimiko Lastchance is, like me, in a fight we never picked – with cancer. She also produces the SL Airmenship Blog, and in that blog talked about SL Relay for Life, a charitable event that, like others in Second Life, raises money from our half-a-million residents for the American Cancer Society. ACS helped me when I had to travel two states away for experimental cancer treatment, and it’s a worthy cause that helps many others, too. Thanks, Kimiko, for being part of the solution to the problem.

Second life Airmenship

It’s over again, and you all did an amazing job! On total Fly For life raised a grand total of L$362,263 that is over $ 2,000! For the ACS I always find it hard to sleep on the last Relay day wondering if I did enough the last two years I sat through Meetings for RFL with a bucket between my legs throwing up as I was sickened by my own fight against cancer a fight I have won twice and hopefully this time will be the last. And yes I did not do enough and I resolve to be more active next year. I have some exciting things in mind for next year. I hope you join me next year for the goal of blotting out the sun with our aircraft let them sail in the shade!

I am going to tell you a personal story that haunts me…

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Hoyt On Heinlein – A Forest Of Jungian* Knives

Here’s Sarah Hoyt, who was as profoundly influenced by the work of Robert Heinlein as I was. (More so, she’s selling copy!) In any case, she takes on all the neo-puritans who are trying to portray Heinlein as a cheesy, ’80s disco, dirty old man he never was. She’s a breath of fresh air.

According To Hoyt

As some of you know I got to read Learning Curve by William Patterson in Advanced Reading Copy format, and I was dissatisfied – through my own fault – with my blogging about it at Tor.com. (I was NOT dissatisfied with the book, which I think every Heinlein fan should read.) Not blaming anyone save myself, because I tend to get emotional when it comes to Heinlein. Frankly more so than I would expect. And one of the ways I fit the stereotype of the Latin female is that I am… excitable. At least that’s what my husband says.

I will start the serious Heinlein blogging next week, and hopefully do one post a week.

This one is sort of a general Heinlein blogging thing.

If you’re in Colorado Springs, and even if you’re not, you probably know that Cosine, the local con, has a panel on Heinlein every year…

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When Will Linden Lab Stop Involuntary Violence Against Women Avatars?

You can get bounced out of Second Life for using the wrong word to describe someone’s ethnicity or gender.  Don’t even think about violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

But pick your target, cam her, and wait until she’s using or adjusting scripted hardware, then invade her property, jump on a pose ball, use her furniture against her will to put you both in a sexual situation, call her degrading names – and Linden Labs does nothing.

I’ve blogged about this before.  It happened before, and nothing happened to those who did that to me, or when a griefer trapped my then-SL partner and me in a shootable cage, whipped out a large prim penis, and demanded we have sex with him.

I had hopes that somewhere along the line, Linden Lab would respond to violence and degrading conduct against women here in Second Life as firmly and decisively as it does to copyright violations.  But, no.  There’s no Digital Millenium Don’t Degrade Women Act.

I was working on a room in a rental property in a sim where I role-play, setting up scripted furniture, and on a pose ball testing adjustment (and yes, it was a sex pose), when – entirely uninvited – someone wearing a dark-skinned avatar ports in and jumps on the other pose ball.

balokprime

The following exchange ensued in Nearby Chat:

[2017/07/22 02:08:58] BalokPrime: sup gurl
[2017/07/22 02:08:59] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): you’re in violation of sim rules
[2017/07/22 02:09:27] BalokPrime: What is dis “sim rules”?
[2017/07/22 02:09:46] Second Life: Now playing: Brand X Music – Daydream
[2017/07/22 02:10:01] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): the things that’ll get you banned for after an admin sees the pic I just took
[2017/07/22 02:10:12] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): get out.
[2017/07/22 02:10:18] BalokPrime: the pic of you sitting on my face?
[2017/07/22 02:10:21] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): this is my propety
[2017/07/22 02:10:34] BalokPrime: Than why was you sitting on my face?
[2017/07/22 02:10:46] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): no, the pic of you lying on my bed after I unassed it
[2017/07/22 02:11:18] Second Life: Now playing: Lorne Balfe – The Revelation
[2017/07/22 02:11:20] BalokPrime: So a pic of me lying in your bed after you sat on my face
[2017/07/22 02:12:21] BalokPrime: is you alright?
[2017/07/22 02:12:56] BalokPrime: come back to bed gurl
[2017/07/22 02:13:25] BalokPrime: maybe you like it better in the butt
[2017/07/22 02:13:31] BalokPrime: some hoes do

No idea what this person’s race or gender actually are.  We can see what BalokPrime wanted us to think, and I’m not playing that game, thanks.

Halfway through, he got naked.  LL has a picture of that in the Abuse Report I promptly filed.  At the end of the exchange, he left my property and muted me.  I called around for an admin for the sim I was in and reported the exchange.

The exchanges between other members of the sim I RP at, as closely I can put it together from Nearby Chat logs, were:

[2017/07/22 02:16:29] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): is an admin on?
[2017/07/22 02:16:42] TailBlue Resident: I am whast wrong?
[2017/07/22 02:17:45] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): intruder got in the Embassy when I was installing a bed, jumped on one of the pose balls and undressed
[2017/07/22 02:17:57] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): wouldn’t leave when I asked him
[2017/07/22 02:18:05] Stellar (tailblue): tp
[2017/07/22 02:18:19] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): took a shot ARed him to LL
[2017/07/22 02:18:24] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): he’s gone now
[2017/07/22 02:18:33] Stellar (tailblue): whats his name?
[2017/07/22 02:18:44] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): Balok Prime
[2017/07/22 02:18:45] TheHarley44 Resident: Get his login name, not just his display name.
[2017/07/22 02:19:17] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): How I about I give you a log and a snapshot?
[2017/07/22 02:19:24] Stellar (tailblue): That works
[2017/07/22 02:19:30] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): on it
[2017/07/22 02:20:08] Stellar (tailblue): Thanks.
[2017/07/22 02:20:24] TheHarley44 Resident: BalokPrime Resident?
[2017/07/22 02:24:25] Raven Valentine (vvvravenvvv): (( we have a troll and a greifer ))
[2017/07/22 02:24:30] Raven Valentine (vvvravenvvv): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bourbon/53/77/16
[2017/07/22 02:25:07] Raven Valentine (vvvravenvvv): secondlife:///app/agent/1dae7732-1a69-4b5a-a498-05cad3de80c0/about
[2017/07/22 02:25:24] Raven Valentine (vvvravenvvv): (( fully naked with silly over sized dick being a retarted ))
[2017/07/22 02:26:26] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): get a pic?
[2017/07/22 02:26:36] Raven Valentine (vvvravenvvv): stellar is here its good
[2017/07/22 02:26:39] Patricia de Chenier (angelpatty): ((he did that here in my embassy, too))

Another player I know went to where Raven Valentine, the sim admin Stellar and that same avatar (tagged BalokPrime) were assembled, in an adjoining sim.  He reports (but didn’t have his viewer set to record from Nearby Chat) that BalokPrime told the admin I sent him a teleport link (“TP”) to join me in my rental property.

I do non-sexual, science-fiction roleplay with players of all gender varieties, but no men who are not close friends with whom I have been RPing a while are invited in my residence without plenty of company – for nonsexual science-fiction RP.  My profile’s clear on the fact I don’t have sex with men.  I never have in the six and a half years I’ve been in Second Life.

I DID get this Email from the Linden Lab “Governance Team”:

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to report a possible violation of the Second Life Community Standards or Terms of Service. We are sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant encounter in-world. A member of the Governance team will review your report as soon as possible.

We know that you are eager to continue to enjoy your time in Second Life, but that you might also be curious about what will happen as a result of this report. Rest assured that our skilled team of Governance Lindens will give it a complete and thorough review, but due to our privacy policy they will be unable to disclose the outcome of their investigation. We work hard to ensure that the privacy of each Resident is protected.

If you would like some additional information on Abuse Reports, check out the Second Life Knowledge Base which has great information such as a Guide to Filing an Abuse Report and even a video on Reporting Abuse: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Guide_to_Filing_an_Abuse_Report

The Governance team at Linden Lab appreciates your assistance in keeping our world safe and enjoyable for everyone. We hope that your future encounters in-world are pleasant ones.

Best regards,

The Governance Team

It’s the same letter I and other women players get when someone cams them, waits until they get on scripted furniture, and then teleports in to effect a virtual rape.

The letter hasn’t changed in the six years since this first happened to me and, as we’ll see, neither has Linden Lab’s response to sexual griefing of women in Second Life.   “Boys will be boys, move on, nothing to see here… ”

I purposefully waited a month before posting this to give the Lindens time to act, just in case Linden Labs decided to astonish me and do something.

Not long ago, BalokPrime contacted that friend of mine who watched him bad-mouth me to others in IM, so BalokPrime is alive and well in Second Life, presumably doing to other women what he did to me – just like the others who did stuff to my avatar and my partner’s without our consent, demeaning us the while.

To some people this isn’t much.  An player invaded another player’s property and used scripted prims to put his avatar in sexual contact with another player’s avatar against her will and used demeaning language about her, while present in her rental property against her will. Then he told lies about her to cover up what he did.

But if you can be shown the door out of Second Life for being insensitive about another player’s nationality, gender or race, why isn’t it legitimate to show someone the way out for this?  At the very least, it’s griefing.

Demeaning language is a horrible thing that violates Second Life’s Terms of Service – unless it’s used about a woman in SL. Then, it’s allowable.

Linden Lab ignores what’s happening to Premium, paying customers when they’re women avatars.  Project Sansar has their full attention, while server latency, rezzing and inventory issues are progressively worse for the people who pay for work on Sansar and the Terms of Service are a joke.

This doesn’t bode well for women in Sansar when people like BalokPrime begin to have their special fun there.

Can’t wait to miss it.

UPDATE:  Someone in SL I’ve never met before IMed me to ask if I’ve heard anything more from BalokPrime, then told me BalokPrime threatened to look the person’s partner up in RL and hurt her after a disagreement they’d had in SL.   This person told me they’d filed an Abuse Report, as well.

Yet, we still have BalokPrime not just degrading women in SL, but reportedly escalating to threats of RL physical harm (according to what I was told by others inworld).

The Linden Lab Governance Team is enabling someone to have sick fun with other SLers, and (according to other people I’ve talked to) his behavior is escalating to threats of RL violence.  Why?  Need to see a coroner’s report?