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Monday, December 22, 2008

Is Second Life For Entertainment Purposes Only?- Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

A Whole New Culture to figure out

 It went from just the average faceless chatrooms, to a three
dementional virtual world experience that has gone from an experiment
to a Global Phenomenon that spawned a Nation in Cyber Space. I think it's safe to Say it's not just for entertainment purposes anymore...
More people are logging on to this unique virtual world and less are
watching television. Once thought of as a problem causing Internet
addiction is now becoming more then a pasttime allowing people to
expand or discover their talents and businesses. We are realizing now,
just how real Virtual WOrld Lifestyles really are.

Gender Imposters Umong Us- Jane Doe Comes out the Closet- Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

Hotseat Interview
Not your Average interview…We ask the Questions you wouldn’t dare to…  ~The SL Enquirer
Conducted by Lanai Jarrico
Lanai Jarrico: I'm sitting here with “Jane Doe” to talk about an interesting Lifestyle for a Man living SL as a Woman. I'd like to start by Asking the Million Lindens Questions...
Why have you chosen this Lifestyle?
Jane Doe: originally I was a man in SL as I guess most men start out. It was fun, SL is a big new place to someone who has never been here before. I progressed from being a "NOOBIE" to being a somebody and my male AV got a job as a bartender at a Beach club. Life was good, meeting all these exciting glamourous new people and making friends, many of whom have become RL friends. After a while my RL wife began to play and thought SL was an amazing place too. At first we were not a couple in SL. I made many female freinds, and my AV was a natural flirt so it was fun.
I remember how guilty I felt having my first kiss with another AV. It felt so real and when my RL wife found out about my stolen kisses she was upset. I could not understand, because it was only a game.
I realised she did not understand the nature of SL, So I stopped, was still flirty but we became an SL couple. I had many more freinds than she did as she found it hard to mix. Still she and I progressed through the game, and she became more confident.
Lanai Jarrico: Does she Still Play here?
Jane Doe: Oh yes she does play still and so does my 1st AV but not so much it has to be said. One main reason for this is that it felt like RL.

CULTURE: Educating the Music Fans- Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

The Intent of this article is to create a common ground in the SL Music Community. In favor of helping Venue Owner's, Musicians and fans to relieve the strain on high venue fees as well as educate the SL Public about the importance of working together to Preserve Live Entertainment in Second Life. 
Who Really Benefits from Live Music the Venues or the Artists?

CULTURE: Online Dating- 100% Birth Control...

Imagine the Possibilities
*Enjoy Second Life with a companion or companions.
we all need one unless we settle for a virtual dog or a hampster...
*half the rental fees and more help in business?
*cheapest form of dating ever created Next to speed dating.
*finally finding true love...again?
*commitment issues are now compromised
*domestic drama and bickering is more then likely
*feelings of being smothered, held back or on a short lease.
*break up within 4 months.making up/breaking up again
*sleepless lonely nights

A look into the Phenomenon of Online Dating
By: Lanai Jarrico

CULTURE: My Definition of a BFF - Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

It is rapidly aproaching the 1 year mark from the day I met Prince Sonoda In RL. For those that don't know who he is. You are missing out on probubly one of the greatest people you will ever meet in Second Life. I just got the pleasure of meeting him in real life too and slapping the BFF label on em.
Just like in the Many Wizard of oz or Alice in wonderland portayals throughout movies and literature. Second Life is never what it seems and many times, the people here are just as odd or eccentric as the characters found in those children's book. I dont' feel like Alice or Dorathy as much as I do if I were the wierd offspring of a cowardly Lion ... scarecrow... the mad hatter or even the rabbit with a clock that just won't stop. Whatever hat I chose to wear, underneath I am who I am and so are my friends that walk along the yellowbrick road with me.

CULTURE: Half Empty/Half Full- Prince Sonoda Reporting...

Birth, Life and Death of a relationship in Lindentime
 Nothing is ever the same in this vast world we live in. You may have heard about the fact that no two snowflakes are ever the same (Kudos to the guy or gal who checked them all out) however, the same stands for people as well. No matter how much we have in common, we are different in so many levels. That is a beautiful thing just like having the different seasons or colors. When it comes to relationships, you may have also heard that opposite attracts. That is also true on some level and without a compromising spirit to bridge the gap, that attraction could quickly fizzle. So you have met the perfect one...The one to deliver you from your eternal boredom and shower you with attention and love. What was it that made him or her stand out? Was it a smile? A zest for life? A caring attitude? Or the way that you were approached perhaps? It could be anything from your clothes not rezzing in a crowded sim to whatever burns you forever in someone's memory. Then the journey begins... A new day dawns... You have someone to share magenta sunsets with. The nights are no longer endless as you try to savor every last second together. Your AVies are officially welded together. Before long, you wonder if you should make it official...Usually her idea or perhaps his. since that will stop his friends from crossing his territory. A small parcel and a dream house later, you two are contemplating prim babies. At this point, it is still a smooth ride since the wounds from Cupid's arrow is still open. However, it won't take long for perception to start changing. Why is he still smiling at the other girls (Remember that was what attracted you to him in the first place)? Why is she still making small talk with my friends ( You used to love her openness and carefree spirit)? The BRBs that used to be normal now seem longer and more frequent. Are they really or is that your perception? Half empty or half full. The reasons behind everything starts being questioned. Why am I left here all alone tonight while she is tending to her RL? We have a prim baby to raise here. The linden grass has not been mowed in weeks. Soon enough, a high wave comes crashing down on this sandcastle that was so lovingly built on the beach. Is anyone at fault? Is there less love now than the beginning? Or did we reach the end of our journey? Was the love solely in finding out about this mystical person and what he or she is made of? When the search is over and all the answers are found, is there anything else left to explore? Just food for thought...When you first started SL, you remember how magical it seemed? Answer me this: Do you still log on with the same anticipation? Don't answer me. That was for you and you alone. I have been here for a while and I have seen much, taste much and definitely heard so much. I have tried to place band-aids on your sadness when you felt that you were left alone in this SLWORLD. I have tried to be open and listen to both sides. There has been bitter break-ups and careless words. In Love and War as they say... I want you to do something for me. Yes, you... If you broke up with someone here, no matter what the circumstances were...I want you to IM that person right now (Unless there is a restraining order). You don't have to type much. It could be a simple "Sorry I did not try harder to keep this afloat" or "I understand that it is forever over between us, however, I would like to keep you as a friend because you stood out enough for me to have wanted to be with you". Whatever your line is, make it better than your pick-up line. I guarantee you will feel free afterwards, no matter where the blame lies.
Is your glass half empty or half full?
Does it matter?
Drink up. We are amongst friends.
Prince Sonoda

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