Tue, Dec 11, 2007


I was planning my (sort of) vacation in Seattle just as three of my favorite Second Life writers Gwyneth Llewelyn, Hamlet Au (a.k.a Wagner James Au) and Onder Skall (a.k.a Caleb Booker) tagged me. Now I am here in Seattle. And, even though the weather is beautiful, that “old worn-out blogmeme” – write eight things about myself, and tag another eight people to do the same – seems like something I can do!

Gwyn, Hamlet and Onder set the bar for writing about Second Life. So they are a hard act to follow. Please excuse me if I try and wriggle out of this a little and keep my contribution to this dubious endeavor a little brief. I am on vacation, sort of…..

The Rules for the “Eight Random Facts Blogmeme”:

  1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  2. People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
  3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog

1) I am a bit of a “lifer” as an early adopter. Although when I checked my early adopter credentials against friends they really aren’t that good. I was the proud owner of a TRS-80 Model One and my Panix ID is in the first 2000. But then being an Oh in Second Life is nothing to write home about.

2) I have owned some pretty cool cameras in my time including The Elicon back in the late eighties. We (my partners and I in a little start up) ran The Elicon on 40ft of track in an industrial park in Orange County, LA. We stayed up many a long night doing multiple pass motion control photography hoping our lack of air conditioning wouldn’t crash the Dec PDP 11 that housed Eli’s FORTH brain. But Eli turned out to be the start of many adventures in film making that took me to special effects studios all over the world.


The Elicon (picture above) is still around it seems – see here. But we used 35mm film back in the day!

3) I have some colorful relatives who are/were writers including a grandmother who was a novelist, aspiring screenwriter, bohemian, and author of supposedly “scandalous works.” Also my aunt, who died recently at 96, wrote acerbic film reviews, risqué novels, histories, memoirs, and a ‘book of confessions’ that was a bit of a best seller.

5) I have an unfinished novel and screenplay too!

6) I have certainty (unlike Peter Ludlow – see here) that we are living in a simulation.

7) I still feel the thrill of adventure every time I log into Second Life even after year of spending a lot of time in world.

8) I am currently reading Multiagent Systems: A Modern Approach to Distributed Artificial Intelligence by Gerhard Weiss, Halting State by Charles Stross, and The Songs of Milarepa.

I am picking on some of my Twitter friends to tag. Please forgive me for propagating the “evil meme” and feel free to cut it a the root if you want!

Hiro Pendragon, Dizzy Banjo (thanks Dizzy for the picture of Tara5 Oh for this post), Aleister Kronos, Christina Greene, Malburns, Goldie Katsu, Sophrosyne Stenvaag, Tao Takashi

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Gwyneth Llewelyn Says:

    Fascinating things about yourself, Tara5 :) I wonder how much longer this nasty meme is able to spread around… we seem to start tagging each other ;)

  2. Aleister Kronos Says:

    So as to attain some kind of karmic balance thang I’m not getting into this meme until I’ve been tagged 8 times (which seems unlikely anyway). Even then, I’m not exactly what one might describe as “up for it”.

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