Ducking in for a sail

So as previously announced, this week is being RL-crazy and I haven’t been able to spend my usual few hours a day inworld. On the other hand it turns out that SL is very nice in an entirely different mode, consisting of slipping in between crazinesses and just sort of exploring and bumming around.

I mentioned on Twitter or somewhere that I’d travelled by motorcycle randomly from the Manitoba region somewhere (where I’d gotten to by following a LM to the Alice Free Library or something as I vaguely recall), eventually ending up in Mare at the old Elbow Room (entirely by accident). That was in a lull between meetings yesterday or so.

Today in another lull, feeling a bit stressed and without time to do anything really significant between two other things, I ducked inworld again, and having noticed a nice-looking little seaside town in Mowry along the road from Manitoba to Mare, I TPd to somewhere near there and then took my seedpod ship into Mowry.

Turns out there’s a nice little community around the bay in Mowry and adjoining sims (including some very nice-looking treehouse rentals that turn out to be owned by someone that I know in another context entirely, which was funny to see; small second world!). I landed my seedpod ship in the marina, rezzed my current favorite sailboat, and boated about for awhile:

The Good Ship Indolence on Mowry Bay

That’s the Good Ship Indolence in Mowry Bay; click through to flickr for some more random details.

All in all it was a very fun quick visit; it reminded me of how things used to be when I didn’t have as much going on inworld, socially and artistically and professionally, and would just sort of bum around randomly and find stuff. Have to do more of that!

Do I *have* to like podcasts an’ videos an’ all?

A rant! Curmudgeon mode on! Whiners engaged! :)

Do I have to like podcasts an’ videos an’ all? ’cause, well, I don’t.

People…. talk…. really…. really… slowly.

Not only that, but listening to a voice means either disturbing the people around me (and there usually are people around me), or finding some annoying ear-things with wires and all. Watching a video means spending the bandwidth to download it, hoping it will be compatible with whatever the heck the web browser decides to give it to to play, and then listening to the voice that goes along with it (see above).

I watched the little video about someone’s impression of SL’s Fifth Birthday here, and it was not a content-dense experience. It look a perceptible amount of time to start playing, and it ran long enough that I got interrupted once by someone popping in to ask me about an email. In actual content it had maybe two short paragraphs of text, that I could have read in maybe ten or fifteen seconds; the titles and background music and cute flythrough zooms of various SL5B builds and closeups of the author’s AV face added nothing whatever to the information content (intellectual, emotional, or aesthetic) of the piece.

Not to pick on this particular video; they’re pretty much all like that, where “they” is podcasts and videos that are delivering what’s essentially a narrative verbal linear message of some kind. Not content-dense, not efficient users of my time.

I almost never listen to podcasts. The people talk too slowly, they stop to chuckle at themselves or fiddle with the microphone, they in general exude a “you have all the time in the world to sit there listening to me” attitude that, I have to admit, annoys me. Sometimes people post “utterz” to twitter; I started to listen to one once, and decided after fifteen seconds that it wasn’t a good use of time.

I’m perfectly happy to take my time one-on-one with a friend, or many-on-many at an interesting party or gathering. Dunno why; likely because it’s interactive, and mutual. But listen passively to someone talking at the terribly slow speed of speech, or spend five precious never-to-be-recaptured seconds watching someone’s cute title-fade before the possibly-interesting part of their video starts?

No fanks.

Okay okay end rant. :) Was fun, tho!