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Thursday, November 24, 2022

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 26th November at noon SLT: What will you take with you to Mars?


What will the future Mars settlers need to take with them?  Will they have to take all the oxygen, water and food they need for 2 years?  And materials and tools for building a base?

Or will human settlers need to take nothing with them because robots will have prepared everything before they arrive?  Will the settlers simply step into a luxury base with all the food and oxygen already available?

What is needed for a human to survive on Mars?  And what is needed to thrive once you get there?  Do we know exactly what will be needed?  Will the robots we send before us be able to tell us just what we will need?  What will the ‘technology tree’ of a Mars settlement be? 

Come to GeekSpeak at noon on Saturday to discuss what we will need on Mars.  Serious people only.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Ways People with Disabilities Are Gaining a Better Quality of Life

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Living with a disability can be difficult at the best of times. Disabilities come in all different variations, whether they cause pain, immobility, or even affect mental health. For many sufferers, invisible disabilities mean that they may not look unwell, but actually feel far from fit and healthy. As society becomes more aware and more accommodating of those with disabilities, it’s becoming easier for less abled people to experience a good quality of life. With more and more treatments becoming available and an increasing number of people learning more about, and understanding, a whole range of disabilities, those suffering from various conditions are able to take control of their lives and do more and more of the things that they enjoy.

Medical Marijuana

Since the legalization of marijuana use for medical purposes in a number of states in the U.S.A., many people affected by disabilities, chronic pain or even mental health problems have found a both legal and natural method of dealing with their symptoms and being able to cope with day to day life. With painkilling, relaxing and even sleep-inducing properties, those who previously suffered every day have been given a new lease of life with the legalization of this drug allowing them to use it to target various symptoms. If you have a disability or other condition which you think medical marijuana may be able to help you with, visit this marijuana finder to discover more.

Improved Homes

Gone are the days when disabled people had to struggle to get around in conventional homes or even make do by sleeping downstairs on the sofa or using a commode, for example. Today, government grants and aid have made it possible for home renovations to take place in order to make a property more accessible for a disabled person, whether this involves making a home more wheelchair-friendly or adding extra features which make it less of a painful experience for somebody with a disability to go about their day to day lives. Thanks to this, an increasing number of people suffering from a range of disabilities and conditions are able to live comfortably and with minimal struggles in their own home.

Using the Internet

In many cases, the internet has been an absolute godsend for those suffering with disabilities and other painful, debilitating conditions. Whereas just a few years ago disabled people would have had to struggle doing things such as going to the store for groceries, for example, the internet has made it possible for them to order their groceries online to be delivered to their home without even having to get out of their chair or bed. The internet has also made it easier for disabled people to communicate with health professionals, using services such as video call therapy or even online pharmacies to order prescription refills. The internet is also home to vast support networks for people suffering from all kinds of disabilities, providing support and friendship.

In 2016, living with a disability does not have to ruin your life. Thanks to technology, increased awareness and legislation, those with disabilities can experience a good quality of life.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Looking for a Place to Live in Second Life? Ccoursey Reporting...

Renting in Second Life is something we all do or have done.  The only thing is deciding where, what, and who to rent from.  There are many factors: Price, amount of prims you want, what you'd like the land for, and how much interaction you'd like with the landlord or lady.  It is so much more than just finding a place you like and handing over the lindens.  I went exploring options in Second Life, from skyboxes to just land.  It is always good to explore options before settling on anything.  

Seychelles Isles

Teleport inside a beautiful Yacht Club in Port Victoria Isle.  Upstairs there is two boards set up to see available land and available boat slips.  To purchase property you must contact one of four people, Jericho Napoli, Baila Palmira, IrishGent, or Ericaanne.  There is a staff board set up across from the land boards to let you know who is currently online to contact.  The purchase price is one week's tier plus the first month's tier which helps pay for domain costs, support staff, community costs, advertising, and landscaping among other things.  Once you pay for your land, you'll be invited to the group for residents as well as the Seychelles Isles Yacht Club.  There is a builder available to make sure all parcels are consistent with the theme and aesthetic tropical design Seychelles has established.  Custom terraforming is available to tenants.  The waterways are connected with direct access to the Linden Ocean and the Blake Sea promoting boating and flying.  To invite anyone to the group you have to contact either the CEO or Chief Operations Officer, this protects everyone's privacy making Seychelles Isles more secure for each tenant.  

Virtual Reality Skybox, Skybox Rental

When you teleport into skybox rentals it is an office with boards to click for information on the inside, outside are teleporters to take you to each skybox.  The scenery and housing can be changed anytime here, some are fully furnished.  There is mention if you'd like unfurnished there might be a price break.  Prices starting at 295 L's a week.  Security orbs allow tenants to decide who is allowed within their home, all intruders are ejected when they get within 1m of the skybox.  It is a virtual reality cube located high in the clouds. For privacy, you are not seen from the outside.  There were several options from just a plain platform to a ritzy motel room, an Egyptian setup, even a deserted island looking house surrounded by water.  There are over 20 scenes to choose from.  The beds, some furniture are equipped with pose balls, there are available prims to buy and use to decorate as you wish.  The radio is set to Contemporary music and cannot be changed without affecting all the tenants, also the TV isn't set to keep lag down. 

Mystic Rentals

As soon as I landed at Mystic Rental property there was a rental agent there to help me.  She was filled with information, knew all available lands, and gave me links to helping me find the perfect land to suit my needs.  There is a Marketplace available to check out the lands from Mystic at .  There is also a website with information On each land is a rental box with all the information you would need.  There is different size rez areas and also different themes to chose from.  There are full sized parcels available at 1480 L's a week with 1005 prims, 980 L's a week with 702 prims, and 1/4 sized parcels available at 480 a week with 310 prims.  There are 15 themes to choose from.  You receive a prim counter and a intan dance ball.  All properties are private and come with security orbs that give you eject and ban rights.  There is a radio hud for each land, and access to shared TV media.  What I love is the websites allowing you to search around at the options without having to visit each one.  First time tenants here get a 5% discount if they rent for four weeks with their initial payment plus ten days free.

Bella Pointe

You teleport into an office filled with boards of the different lands available here.  Then you have to click the board of whatever land you are interested in to receive information.  They rent commercial land from the small rentals of 16,384 square meters with 250 prims for 399 to the large rentals of 65,536 square meters with 1000 prims for 1499 L.  There are Winter Bliss domes to choose from, Hollow, Cove, Sakura Island, a Mountain Retreat, and Canyon Falls.  Each has options of 65,536 sqm- 1000 prims for 1499 L, Medium rentals of 32,768 sqm-500 prims for 799 L's, and Small rentals of 16,384 sqm with 250 prims for 399 L's.  No one that worked there teleported in while I was there, there is names to message with any problems, but I might talk to them first.  It says in note card that once you pay into the available sign that the next available member of management will stop by to move the signs out of your way and check in on you.  I like to be at least on talking terms when I rent from someone (personal choice) so would have to message and meet to see if I did need something there would be someone available.    

KC Estates

As soon as you touch ground there is a bot greeting you.  Each option has a picture showing how many available, prims, price, and teleport so that you can look from their office.  The castle look is only 190 L's a week with 40 prims,a Vegas look with three floors and 40 prims a week for 240 L's, a pink skybox (win) with two floors and 40 prims for 240 L's a week, and a beach with 350 prims for 700 L a week.  The beach does say it is a quarter of sim though, which isn't a bad deal.  You can't use a TV or a radio in the skyboxes, but you can change for another model anytime and your rent will be transferred.  The skyboxes here are older styled, but great animations. 

Shark Key Residential Land

This is a beach themed residential sim with the option of furnished or unfurnished space and 937 prims. 4096 sqm furnished is 1400 L's a week or unfurnished is 1300 L's a week.  Gypsylynn Whelan is the manager to contact.  There are no poofers, temp rezzers, or breedables to keep the land low lag.  Each parcel has privacy rights restricting voice, gestures so that you can be only seen and heard by those on your own.  You have terraform rights on parcel allowing you to achieve whatever look you'd chose to go for: from beach homes, tiki huts, cabins, or villas.  The land is beautiful with many options for decorations and living choice.