• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_comment::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment.inc on line 49.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 13.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/ordinal/ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.

June 2010

An Initial Reaction to the Departure of Mr "M" and the (Interim) Return of the Rosedale in the Context of Recent Shenanigans


which is to say, frowning suspiciously over the top of my glasses. I am suspicious that Something Is Going On (something apart from the Obvious, obviously).

I can understand why the news has been greeted with some significant degree of Pleasure by many Residents - Mr. Philip is after all a metaphor for the Creative, Pioneering Spirit of Second Life. He started the whole thing up with the aim of Making Everything Terrific! He Played Musical Instruments With Residents!

On the other hand one has to remember that actually quite a lot of the things that residents dislike about SL - poor chat performance, imaginary property price fluctuations, peculiar and insufficient business policies, censorship in SL(x)B and Burning Life, the death of the Proper Forums, lack of response to any JIRA or any other Form of Complaint, and so on - came about during Mr Philip's reign. If this has been done to restore general Confidence then it will, in my opinion, be a short-lived thing; we may be flighty beings, we residents, but what Creates or Destroys Confidence is in the end based on Actions. An Interim Ruler might provide an quick Boost to Confidence but such a thing needs to be backed up with Immediate Action on a broader scale - and I am wondering quite what such Action might be. Re-hire Discarded Lindens? Likely not. A new "CEO"? There will be one, and who knows who that might be?

I shall be interested to see which if any new policies emerge from the Interim Return of our Lord And Master, but I am only occasionally given to Wild Functional Expressions of Emotion, and this is not one of those occasions.

Culling For The Future

I assume that most readers will be at least familiar with recent news regarding the Not-At-All-Cost-Cutting Measures taken to sack a third of the workforce at Linden Laboratories.

While I do not know the exact job descriptions of all of the hundred-odd Lindens who will be receiving their final Laboratory Paycheque soon, it strikes me that a large proportion of them were those involved in infrastructure development - whether it be projects such as Mono or script limits, or simply Fixing The Grid. (This is not at all to say that those remaining are incompetent by the way, just that I can see that resource has been greatly diminished.)

These were not things that were exactly racing forwards at top speed when everybody was employed. After this cull, I would not expect any sort of technical improvements to the server side of Second Life at all. Forever. Even fixes for the obvious ongoing problems are unlikely. Bear in mind here that existing technical Lindens, whilst not necessarily the same people who developed the original systems, at least had some period of "handover" from those who did - those coming in now will not have even that. This is not something that can be conveniently outsourced.

So: all problems remain, and nothing new arrives. Selfishly, I had been hoping that scripting improvements would appear which would tempt me back, but not only will those not happen, there will not even be things which more normal folk would be interested in, such as perhaps having group chat work.

At the same time as this, we have the statement that "The restructuring enables us to focus and put more emphasis on the consumer business". But surely "consumers" (whoever they might be - surely everyone is a consumer? I assume this means the group that used to be called "residents") need server-side improvements? Not if this "focussing" means cutting down what systems are available to "consumers", and assuming that they are people to have virtual goods sold to them by "creators". Simplified systems to allow one to buy frocks and sofas and show them off in a web browser. Because, of course, that is all that Second Life is - and that is why it has continued when other worlds that basically just allowed this have without exception disappeared. There could not possibly be more to it than that.

You know, I really did want to be drawn back to SL, to look at it again and think "oh for goodness' sake, Ordinal, what an utterly dramatic idiot you have been, say your apologies and make more nonsense widgetry". I still do; I miss the Grid achingly, the unprecedented possibilities and freedoms that it allowed me. But the things which made me leave appear to be just increasing in volume.

P.S. A sad wave goodbye to the already-neglected Teen Grid.