We note that M. M tells us that the "restructuring enables us to focus".
We have heard the like before, of course:
“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” --Samuel Johnson
"Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un Linden pour encourager les autres." -- Voltaire (mutatis mutandis)
Madam, as always, it is a great pleasure to read your words, even after such a prolonged absence. (Of course, I myself have been mostly absent from the environs of the Grid for some time...but my reasons were somewhat different from yours, as all and sundry doubtless know.)
This business of attempting to shoehorn the Second Life Experience into a mere Aethernet Browser troubles me. No browser on Earth could replicate the full functionality of the Viewer we all know and have a Love-Hate Relationship with, and attempting to replicate such in Adobe Flash Technology, to name one obvious possible option, would result in something with the aesthetic appeal of "FarmVille"...and about ten times the instability. Frankly, the sole manner in which I can think of successfully doing so would involve turning the entire Viewer into a mere Plug-In Component, which, while possible, would be (if you will forgive the indelicacy) like conducting Marital Relations through a hole in a Board-Fence...neither easy nor pleasant.
One may hope that, if you are to no longer grace the environs of the Laboratory's Grid with your Presence, that you may find one of the Alternate Universes that use the Open Simulator software to your liking, as others I could name already have. As the vermin are gradually removed from their inner workings, these virtual environs may yet recapture some of the original Spirit the Lindens sought to kindle at the outset.
Mrs. Evans and I are unlikely to truly depart the Linden Environs any time soon, but admittedly, the ties that bind us there are more due to sentiment than anything else at this point. I wonder how long that will be enough.
My response here: http://cincopizzicato.blogspot.com/2010/06/open-letter-to-m-linden.html
I completely understand your feelings of confusion/anger/sadness over all this... this is the first time in all my years in SL that I've really been worried about SL's future. I'm hoping that my fears will prove to be unfounded. I hope one day you do feel confident enough to return-- I want to think it's still possible for SL to be that good. I want SL to one day be worthy of you again. :)
It's good to see you still have a sense of humour. It *would* make sense to recruit you... so I don't expect it will happen!
Aha! So that's why you were announcing that you were going to "leave SL", or at least "limiting your activity" in-world :)
Good luck on your new job at Fool's Lab... oops I meant Linden Lab! *giggles*
Sigh....fell for it, hook line and sinker. My wife and daughter (Farmville residents) won't stop laughing at me.
Oh dear. Only after posting so enthusiastically did I notice the date on this post.
I really do hope this hasn't all been a ruse.
This is outstanding to hear. Many people, myself included, have missed seeing your talented work.
Is the 31st of April like the 12th of Never?
Nice.......and funny. True genius in this post, and I ain't foolin' ya on that.
Tried to play along in my own blog, but I'm afraid with unemployment and such, I just really wasn't up for it.
Still......Ordinal Linden would've been a great addition. Would also probably mean that I'd have to tone down my "Love Letters To The Lindens", which usually drops a few words that are not meant for proper ladies and gentlemen of the era that I normally hang out inworld.
Yes, it's April Fool's day again ;-)
Well played, Ordinal!
You made me smile. I'd smile more if you would take over M's job as well. Un bonne Poisson d'Avril
Another April Fool
Well-played, madame, well-played!
I'm pleased to add that I, too, have something rather pleasing to add, and, to be sure, to state forthwith:
Friendly Bleatings! If the rumors are to be believed (and why not?), the Linden Laboratory shall soon be referenced as "Linden License Management" in all circumstances wherein one feels licentious or inclined towards abstract precise verbose conversations on the nature of intellectual property.
Also, to better celebrate the amazing creativity of SL's residents, the laboratory is completing the final details on what promises to be a most spectacular feat of engineering: a giant steam-powered mechanical golden albatross capable of carrying 23 avatars on its back as it swoops among the castles, giant redwoods, and radio towers of SL. It will be operated around the clock by a dedicated staff of four LL employees who rotate shifts and rotate shafts so as to steer the giant albatross on its endless (albeit punctuated) journey towards...
I'm glad you have joined the Linden Lavatory as well Ordinal. It looks like we will be working against each other.
I will be working on a project to make the amount of groups smaller, this will relieve load on the back end servers and cause less lag. We will start to bring it down to 20 groups, end of this month, April 31st. And then we gradually lower it to 5 groups, on April 31st 2011. So start leaving your silly groups!
Secondly we will now need 10 differently verified avatars to create a group. This will ensure that groups are really used for useful usefulness, and not some useless uselessness.
As for currency, we will be removing that completely and become a totalitarian teki wiki social utopia. All your content belongs to Mother Linden, and will be redistributed equally, independent of talent or wealth.
And best of all you don't have to wait either, just create a account on osgrid, because soon Second Life and OsGrid will be merged!
congrats! that's so exciting!
You've got quite a huge task ahead of you. But I'm always impressed with your work and energy, so I'm sure you'll do great.
I, for one, welcome our new Linden Overlord....
We ain't no April Fool!
Is there any truth to the rumor that "poking" will now be considered a violation of the TOS? Because I may have to start a protest group if so...
Woot! and such great timing lol!
I thought we agreed you would be "O. Linden", get with the program O, and while your at it, hurry up and write that interface for SecondLife Groups 2.0 in LSL, but make sure you compile to LSL and not Mono, we can't handle more Mono.
You know I had mono once, got it after giving Phil a big wet kiss, god it was horrible.