2008.04.22 19:00 - A Yellow Bug

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    The early part of the evening saw no visitors to the tea house. After a while I noticed that Caledonia had arrived, and I saw her standing near the water, probably still rezzing. So I got up to open the door and greet her. However, just as I was going out through the door, she had already walked up and had decided to enter through the other door. Both of us were surprised, me not finding her outside and she not finding me inside. When I realized what happened, I followed her back in through the door she had just entered.

    Pema Pera: Hey, look who’s there!
    Caledonia Heron: hey! you snuck up on me :)
    Pema Pera: I just went out the other door, to greet you properly, haha!
    Pema Pera: and then I saw you entering this door
    Caledonia Heron: lol, funny
    Caledonia Heron: tag, you’re it!
    Pema Pera: after you first had been looking out over the water from the bridge
    Pema Pera: aren’t SL cameras fun?
    Pema Pera: well, please do sit down
    Caledonia Heron: you are busy
    Caledonia Heron: ok
    Caledonia Heron: thx
    Caledonia Heron: how was your day?
    Pema Pera: we seem to have a little friend here
    Pema Pera: in the corner
    Pema Pera: the big yellow bug
    Pema Pera: my day was fine, busy, but what else is new!
    Pema Pera: Haven’t seen this bug before
    Pema Pera: wonder where it came from
    Caledonia Heron: hmmm, hopefully a friendly bug
    Pema Pera: friendly so far!
    Pema Pera: Hasn’t bitten me yet ;>)
    Caledonia Heron: maybe it’s the alien among us
    Pema Pera: could be
    Pema Pera: first I thought it was an avatar
    Pema Pera: but no name
    Caledonia Heron: me too
    Caledonia Heron: maybe a sim critter
    Pema Pera: yeah
    Pema Pera: we keep getting more and more company here

    I was refering to a largish yellow bug with black spots that crowled around slowly on the floor of the teahouse. A little later Dakini would drop by and explain the original of the critter.

    Caledonia Heron: what do you do when in Berkeley?
    Pema Pera: yesterday evening we had eight here simultaneously
    Caledonia Heron: wow, that’s a lot
    Pema Pera: visiting Steven Tainer
    Pema Pera: or Stim here in SL
    Caledonia Heron: ah, vip :)
    Dakini Rhode: hi :-)
    Pema Pera: working with him since, oh, 13 years or so
    Pema Pera: on what we call “reality research” . . . .
    Caledonia Heron: hi Dakini :)
    Pema Pera: hi Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: I hope you aren’t bothered by the bug
    Caledonia Heron: we are loving the visiting bug creature
    Pema Pera: he/she is kinda friendly
    Dakini Rhode: :-)))
    Pema Pera: just scurrying around
    Caledonia Heron: is it yours?
    Pema Pera: slowly
    Pema Pera: sorta peaceful
    Dakini Rhode: Cid Jacobs scripted that - a few years ago
    Dakini Rhode: that kid has done some interesting things with AI scripts
    Caledonia Heron: I like it
    Dakini Rhode: I’m glad - I like it, too
    Dakini Rhode: It introduces an element of surprise here
    Pema Pera: nice to have a pet here!
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Caledonia Heron: yes, like anything could happen
    Pema Pera: that’s SL all right!
    Caledonia Heron: lol

    Since I had been sitting there with the bug for a while, I decided the try to let it escape. At my second attempt I succeeded.

    Dakini Rhode: this environment is unlike the natural world because everything is so controlled
    Dakini Rhode: except for the bugs :-P
    Pema Pera: enough bugs in the basic software . . .
    Dakini Rhode: well i thought we could use another bug since I’ve fixed the teahouse roof
    Pema Pera: good point, hehe
    Pema Pera: I’m trying to see whether the bug will go outside if I open the door . . .
    Pema Pera: but he/she decided to stay in
    Caledonia Heron: there are interesting ai critters at Bibi’s water and second nature
    Dakini Rhode: lol i thought it learned to open the door
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: not yet
    Pema Pera: I like Storm’s two cranes
    Caledonia Heron: no, it’s concentrating on making tea :)
    Dakini Rhode: there’s a green one wandering around outside
    Dakini Rhode: i have no idea where it went
    Caledonia Heron: answer the phone
    Dakini Rhode: well there goes that one
    Pema Pera: aha
    Pema Pera: I opened the door just in time
    Caledonia Heron: not me, the bug :)
    Dakini Rhode: or didn’t close it in time :-P
    Pema Pera: haha, well, I think I’ve seen enough of that one for now
    Pema Pera: did the bug answer your phone, Cal?
    Caledonia Heron: wrong number :)
    Dakini Rhode: I wonder if my neighbors will think we’re infested

    The conversation drifted to games and other virtual worlds.

    Caledonia Heron: you’ll know if Orkin arrives :)
    Pema Pera wonders about Orkin
    Pema Pera thinks games and mythology?
    Caledonia Heron: pest control :)
    Pema Pera: AHA!
    Pema Pera: it sounded like a wizard or some such
    Caledonia Heron: a chemical wizard
    Pema Pera: an ocre and an orkin
    Pema Pera: aha
    Dakini Rhode: an ochre ogre?
    Pema Pera: ogre yes,
    Pema Pera: I know very little about games . . .
    Pema Pera: which is why I was never attracted to virtual reality . . .
    Pema Pera: for a long time
    Caledonia Heron: you play go, yes?
    Pema Pera: yes, go I do play ;>)
    Caledonia Heron: I do not play computer games too much either
    Dakini Rhode: my children played the video games, my little man always died right away
    Dakini Rhode: I’d walk off the cliff or something
    Pema Pera: I was asked to give a popular talk in a virtual world, a year ago and that is how it all started . . . . .
    Caledonia Heron: I can never get with the script - probably why I like sl
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Caledonia Heron: ah, the videoranch?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: ah yes, Cal
    Pema Pera: you’re still there right?
    Caledonia Heron: I go now and again
    Caledonia Heron: for music
    Pema Pera: How’s crazy Mad Molly?
    Caledonia Heron: crazy!
    Pema Pera: I miss her
    Pema Pera: she was really fun
    Pema Pera: in a way you could say she was my mentor in texting
    Pema Pera: had no experience
    Pema Pera: was so impressed with her quick wit and quick typing
    Pema Pera: do say hi when you next see her!
    Caledonia Heron: a good teacher
    Caledonia Heron: yes, of course
    Pema Pera: thanks (2x)
    Caledonia Heron: :)
    Pema Pera: I don’t have access to a PC
    Pema Pera: all Mac and Unix
    Pema Pera: so hard to get into Videoranch
    Pema Pera: Activeworlds is still only windows . . .. .
    Caledonia Heron: yes, a bit more primitive

    I mentioned Caledonia and me being colleagues in our new SL organization called MICA for Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics.

    Pema Pera: well, I’m afraid I have to leave soon
    Caledonia Heron: me too :)
    Pema Pera: dinner waiting for me in RL here in California
    Pema Pera: but thanks for stopping by, Cal!
    Caledonia Heron: yes, I will return
    Pema Pera: Very nice to see you here again
    Pema Pera: please do!
    Caledonia Heron: It’s been a while
    Caledonia Heron: my loss
    Pema Pera: you’ve been busy
    Pema Pera: with being a micanician
    Pema Pera: among other things
    Caledonia Heron rolls eyes…yes busy
    Pema Pera: greatly appreciated that!
    Caledonia Heron: my pleasure
    Pema Pera: Dakini,
    Pema Pera: Cal here is my main bridge between my two worlds here in SL ;>)
    Pema Pera: my astro circle
    Pema Pera: and the playful circle here
    Caledonia Heron: yes, strange that but I enjoy both :)
    Caledonia Heron: I figured there would be a few more
    Pema Pera: may well be more in the future
    Pema Pera: both groups are growing rather rapidly
    Caledonia Heron: true - sounds like you’re getting quite a crowd
    Pema Pera: but in RL there is very little overlap too in my two circles
    Caledonia Heron: you’re a popular fellow - I hear your name in other circles
    Pema Pera suddenly gets very curious
    Caledonia Heron: :)
    Dakini Rhode: Caledonia, it was nice to meet you :-)
    Pema Pera: what circles . . . .?
    Caledonia Heron: same here Dakini
    Dakini Rhode: I need to run along….
    Caledonia Heron: me too
    Pema Pera: I know there are many straaaaange circles in SL
    Caledonia Heron: science circles Pema :)
    Pema Pera: bye Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: bye
    Pema Pera: other than astro?
    Caledonia Heron: yes
    Pema Pera: like?
    Caledonia Heron: lol, you really *are* curious
    Pema Pera become curious Pema
    Pema Pera: ahaha
    Caledonia Heron: NASA, physics, stuff like that
    Pema Pera: well, good seeing you again, Cal!
    Pema Pera: I have to run to dinner
    Caledonia Heron: yes, you too
    Caledonia Heron: k, bye :)
    Pema Pera: ciao!
    Caledonia Heron: chow!
    Pema Pera: haha!
    Pema Pera: yes

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