2009.01.03 13:00 - Second life - old and new

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    Aurora was guardian assisted by Storm for the earlier part of the session.  Lilith arrived for her first PaB session. Greetings take place as do wishes for a happy new year (hny).

    Lilith Ivory: I’m quite nervous
    Storm Nordwind: Nervous?
    Storm Nordwind looks around for wild animals
    Aurora Kitaj: kept pretty quiet her first times
    Lilith Ivory: that’s my plan also :)
    Aurora Kitaj: just to get the hang of what was being said, but it gets easier
    Aurora Kitaj: Are you ok to be recorded on the chat log lilith?
    Lilith Ivory: that’s ok for me :) although sometimes it’s hard to talk in a language that is not my first one
     Storm Nordwind: Great :)
    Aurora Kitaj: the session lasts one hour and it's just open to all. We just wait for people to arrive and after the event the chat log is edited and goes up on the wiki

    Scathach arrives and greetings take place and wishes for hny.

    Aurora Kitaj: Hi Scathcach, nice to see you again
    Aurora Kitaj: Lilith is here for the first time
    Scathach Rhiadra: welcome:)
    Storm Nordwind: And now there are ON AIR signs at the entrance, and they have notes saying that people who stay around when the signs are on give their consent to be recorded. Sounds heavy but we're really quite playful!
    Lilith Ivory smiles
    Storm Nordwind: It's quite a while since we've eaten a newcomer
    Lilith Ivory: I’m not very tasty ;-)
    Lilith Ivory: hehe
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)

    Storm Nordwind: Lilith - have you had chance to look at the Play as Being website at all?
    Lilith Ivory: just a little
    Storm Nordwind: I wonder if you've had chance to look at this '9 second practice' we do - maybe even had a go yourself
    Lilith Ivory: no haven’t done that yet :(
    Lilith Ivory: should I read it now while we are waiting?
    Storm Nordwind: Well we're not waiting for anything or anyone, so I'd read it after
    Lilith Ivory: ok :)
    Storm Nordwind: No rush, but it's well worth having a try
    Aurora Kitaj: Well, would anyone like to start the ball rolling
    Storm Nordwind: It's a way of stopping and discovering things about yourself
    Aurora Kitaj: suggest a topic for this session of PaB
    Storm Nordwind: And the amazing thing about it is that it takes so little time, but it can have such big effects
    Storm Nordwind: There are three pages on the wesbite that I would particularly recommend:
    Storm Nordwind: http://playasbeing.wik.is/Information/Play_As_Being_in_a_Nutshell
    Aurora Kitaj: Thanks for that Storm, very helpful
    Storm Nordwind: Those are excellent starting points
    Lilith Ivory: yes thank you Storm :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes, I found them very helpful when I started
    Storm Nordwind nods and smiles
    Storm Nordwind: Did you find them enough? Or was it just "giving it a go" that was next after that?
    Scathach Rhiadra: they were enough, couldn't really go any further without giving it a go:)
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Lilith Ivory: all this sounds very interesting - I decided to jump into the cold water and give it a try :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: its is not something that is easy to explain without experiencing it yourself
    Storm Nordwind: Great Lilith!
    Aurora Kitaj: it is interesting that the nutshell mentions mindfulness
    Storm Nordwind: Very true Scáth - like trying to explain what a mango tastes like to someone!
    Aurora Kitaj: I only learned about mindfulness this morning after speaking to someone about Buddhism
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Aurora Kitaj: as I understand it,
    Aurora Kitaj: mindfulness is about consideration for others and one's self
    Storm Nordwind: Very true Aurora. Well although some in Play as Being are Buddhists, most are not, and we try not to push concepts down anyone's throat.
    Aurora Kitaj: Storm do you think that this wiki entry defines mindfulness?
    Storm Nordwind: Play as Being has no religious leanings in particular Lilith. In fact some scientists involved would feel awkward if there was!
    Aurora Kitaj: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness
    Storm Nordwind: Let me have a look Aurora

    Corvi arrives with Wol, both are regulars at PaB – greetings and hny’s take place

    Storm Nordwind: Aurora, I'd add 'speech' in there too explicitly, rather than just combine it in with actions
     Lilith Ivory: hehe I need it to do my RL work :)
    Storm Nordwind: That sounds fascinating. May I ask what that is, or is it confidential?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: of course, Aurora....I'm delighted to see you.
    Wol Euler grins like an idiot. It's so good to be back in SL.
    Storm Nordwind: Cool stuff Lilith
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Lilith Ivory: yea it’s not so bad :)
    Lilith Ivory: makes live easier in SL :)
    Lilith Ivory: even if I don’t think SL is a "game"
    Wol Euler: you're right, it isn't.
    Lilith Ivory: absolutely not
    Aurora Kitaj: No
    Storm Nordwind: How would you describe it to someone who'd never seen it?
    Wol Euler: "like life, only better"
    Aurora Kitaj: Perfect in every way.....most of the time
    Lilith Ivory: allo it’s a tool for learning
    Aurora Kitaj: Oh, only about half my text is actually appearing
    Aurora Kitaj: Hello Adams, nice to see you

    At this point Aurora crashed out of the chat (Storm sent note card)

    At this point Storm has to leave for an important appointment in rl.

    Corvuscorva Nightfire grins.
    Wol Euler chuckles
    Wol Euler: good for you!
    Lilith Ivory smiles
    Aurora Kitaj: Thanks for coming along Storm, much appreciated
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Have fun, Storm.
    Aurora Kitaj: and thanks for recording what I missed
    Adams Rubble: bye Storm :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: night Storm
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you everyone. Hope to see you again soon Lilith!
    Aurora Kitaj: bye Storm
    Lilith Ivory: see you
    Aurora Kitaj: Storm has sent me a note card of what I missed
    Aurora Kitaj: So we are talking about sl
    Storm Nordwind is Offline
    Aurora Kitaj: and the strengths and weaknesses
    Aurora Kitaj: I'm afraid I still cannot see anyone except
    Lilith Ivory: as long as you can hear us :)
    Wol Euler waves
    Aurora Kitaj: can see everyone’s text, but cannot see anyone except Corvi
    Aurora Kitaj: now that's spooky
    Lilith Ivory: that’s what I meant
    Aurora Kitaj: only being able to see ghostly images of other people
    Adams Rubble: Does that help?
    Wol Euler: try zooming in on each of us in turn, that sometimes helps
    Aurora Kitaj: Can see you with perfect clarity Adams
    Lilith Ivory: .. one other good thing at SL is that we don’t get judged about our appearance
    Aurora Kitaj: thanks, will do
    Lilith Ivory: that is a big problem in RL-Germany :(
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: or not being able to see each other/
    Adams Rubble: hehe Corvi :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Being judged by appearances?
    Wol Euler: my first appearance was harshly mocked and ridiculed
    Lilith Ivory: I’ve only noticed that in German areas - and of cause, being female can cause a lot of problems in Newbie areas ;-)
    Adams Rubble: I have been judged quite a bit too on my choice of outfits
    Wol Euler: mmm, depends on the context Lilith. It does happen around newbie areas
    Aurora Kitaj: what women being judged by appearances, I don't believe it!
    Wol Euler: lol
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Aurora Kitaj: no, in this respect sl is no different to rl, sometimes it is a bit of a meat market
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Scathach Rhiadra: a lot of the economy of SL revolves around appearances
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: there is a lot of judging on appearances...I know I do it a lot.
    Aurora Kitaj: don't get me started on that
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: but what I choose to decide about people based on appearance might be very different from real life.
    Aurora Kitaj: but more especially, it's the old numbers game too
    Lilith Ivory: but there is no discrimination cause of age in SL
    Aurora Kitaj: there are a lot of butterflies here
    Wol Euler: only because there is no age here, lilith
    Wol Euler: (imho)
    Aurora Kitaj: and I don't mean the variety with wings
    Aurora Kitaj: it's like a free market economy in some respects
    Aurora Kitaj: in it's purest sense
    Lilith Ivory: hehe that’s what I like in SL :)
    Aurora Kitaj: oh, so you have noticed too Lilith
    Aurora Kitaj: but we need to talk about the positives too
    Aurora Kitaj: the opportunities that sl gives to people to try thing out
    Aurora Kitaj: to make mistakes
    Wol Euler: to experiment with different selves
    Aurora Kitaj: and to experiment with different ways of communicating
    Aurora Kitaj: yes
    Aurora Kitaj: but almost everyone seems to agree that people are so helpful on sl
    Aurora Kitaj: very few griefers
    Scathach Rhiadra: hmmm
    Wol Euler nods. Though I find RL to be that way too.
    Lilith Ivory: depends on where you go
    Aurora Kitaj: Scathach, do you disagree,
    Aurora Kitaj: is your experience different?
    Scathach Rhiadra: I've met a few nasty griefers, in areas where you would not expect
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Even the griefers have been friendly at times...when approached.
    Lilith Ivory: I think there is a difference between the older Avatars and Newcomers
    Aurora Kitaj: Friendly griefers... I like that
    Aurora Kitaj: Yes Lilith?
    Lilith Ivory: there are a lot of nasty Newcomers, but all the older ones have been friendly and helpful indeed
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Wol Euler: some people make alts specifically to do griefing with. Serial offenders
    Aurora Kitaj: do ppl think that sl has changed whilst they've been here?
    Aurora Kitaj: over time?
    Adams Rubble: My view of things has changed
    Lilith Ivory: my SL-husband came here 2005 and he told me, SL has changed a lot
    Wol Euler: I'm not sure whether I see a change in SL or in myself caused by being in SL.
    Adams Rubble: I hang out at different places now
    Lilith Ivory: in former times you got paid for building nice places to hang out
    Aurora Kitaj: so ppl have changed, but not the essential sl?
    Lilith Ivory: things have changed after the big malls and sex clubs came to SL
    Adams Rubble: It's a bit like the world, we change and see it differently
    Lilith Ivory: there are too many greedy people now
    Aurora Kitaj: greedy do you mean greedy for money or other things?
    Lilith Ivory: yes greedy to make money in SL
    Adams Rubble: Hard to make it in the stock market or in housing right now :)
    Aurora Kitaj: But do people find that is quite easy to stay away from those people and places?
    Aurora Kitaj: and to live a happy life without them or do these things intrude into people's lives
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes I do:)
    Aurora Kitaj: ?
    Wol Euler: I find them easy enough to ignore.
    Wol Euler: like in RL
    Adams Rubble: Me 2
    Lilith Ivory: I agree, but it’s hard for Newcomers
    Adams Rubble: SL is a very lonely place without friends
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Wol Euler: mmhmm
    Aurora Kitaj: yes, it is
    Lilith Ivory: I don’t know why, but when I came here I had a very frustrating time before I found the first nice place :)
    Aurora Kitaj: thank goodness for places like Inspire
    Aurora Kitaj: where even timid ppl can make friends
    Adams Rubble: Inspire?
    Aurora Kitaj: space park
    Lilith Ivory: love that place :)
    Wol Euler makes a not
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: it is beautiful.
    Wol Euler: *not
    Wol Euler: **note (hands are too cold)
    Wol Euler accepted your inventory offer.
    Adams Rubble doesn’t get around much anymore :)
    Aurora Kitaj: Any other recommendations?
    Wol Euler: ty aurora
    Aurora Kitaj: Yw
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Good Quality start. it was where I made my first friends.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: first real friends.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: One of the instructors there introduced me to Wol.
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Wol Euler smiles slowly
    Lilith Ivory: :)
    Aurora Kitaj: ^^
    Corvuscorva Nightfire gave you GQ Start.
    Adams Rubble: ty Corvi
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: It's not beautiful...but it's very friendly.
    Wol Euler: ty
    Scathach Rhiadra: ty Corvi:)
    Adams Rubble wondering if Corvi thinks I should be getting around more? :)
    [56]  Lilith Ivory: ty Corvi :)
    Wol Euler: I started out at the Shelter, a nice newbie-friendly dance place with some good freebies
    Corvuscorva Nightfire giggles.
    Aurora Kitaj: Thanks for LM
    Aurora Kitaj: Corvi
    Lilith Ivory: I spend the first time somewhere at the mainland - was quite ugly there
    Aurora Kitaj: I spent first time at a psychological research institute on my own, but it was great because I am incredibly shy until I get to know people
    Wol Euler: :)
    Aurora Kitaj: I could get to know people at my own pace
    Wol Euler: SL is a gift to shy people, I think.
    Aurora Kitaj: yes
    Wol Euler: and the handicapped.
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Aurora Kitaj: ^^
    Lilith Ivory: hehe - I totally agree with you :)
    Aurora Kitaj: it was reading an article about Naughty Auties in a magazine back home
    Adams Rubble: I must be going. Nice to chat with you all. Bye :)
    Aurora Kitaj: that I learned about SL
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: bye!
    Wol Euler: bye Adams, take care
    Lilith Ivory: bye
    Scathach Rhiadra: bye Adams
    Aurora Kitaj: Nice to see you Adams, take care

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