la-penseuse-en-latexI’m back from a short (unfortunately), but much-needed vacation and already there’s a sizeable deal of things that need to be tackled. I had hoped that the first things I’d blog about in August would be potential uses of virtual worlds in the tourism industry (such as showcasing destinations, monuments, archaeological sites etc), in vocational training and education – not least because of a shift in the direction my use of SL (and other virtual worlds in the near future) is more than likely to take.

Unfortunately, right now I have to start considering other things, like self-hosting my blog and perhaps even switching to an entirely different CMS (Content Management System)due to recent “improvements” to WordPress.com’s editor that make composing long posts (longer than 150-250 words) a major chore.

Let me also point out that WordPress.com’s cavalier attitude is entirely unacceptable – mind you, Linden Lab’s developers are actually infinitely better than the ones at WordPress when it comes to listening to the user base. So, I’m going to have to start considering my options. Until then, I’m afraid my blogging here will be slower – not only because of the counter-intuitive and counter-productive WordPress “improvements”, but also because I’ll be busy considering my alternatives. I think that, come September or October, some major changes will have to take place.

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And oh yes, WordPress.com went and shot itself in the foot once again. Two days ago, they implemented an “improvement”. They removed the scroll bar from the editor window. So now, when you scroll down, the toolbar of the editor stays put (with the exception of the post title, the permalink and the pertinent buttons), but the menu on the left-hand side and the options on the right-hand side go up. So, to access stuff, you have to scroll up and down like crazy.

If this was done to accommodate mobile device users who are too stupid to download the WordPress app and too much of a sodding hipster to use a real computer rather than their fashion accessories, it was daft. If it was done to accommodate idiots who use Internet Explorer rather than a real browser, it’s even more idiotic. Oh, and there are even more bugs on this.

To add insult to injury, a WP.com staff member nicknamed druesome (I highly doubt he cares about blogging) announced this bullshit in the following manner:

Hello everyone!

What you guys noticed is an improvement to the post editor that we are pretty excited about. The secondary scrollbar in the post editor is indeed removed, but we’ve made the primary sidebar work in such a way that it scrolls down your post content seamlessly with the toolbar pinned to the top.

https://i.cloudup.com/6PHYFbRzcr.mov

We recognize that this is a big change in the way we edit our posts and takes some getting used to. As always, any suggestions or ideas in improving it are welcome. For bugs, please report them by starting a new thread or opening a support ticket via http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/.

 

Thank you very much!

Oh really? What the fuck kind of drugs are you on, mister? Have you taken this piece of shit “improvement” out for a test drive to see how it “works” on a real computer? What idiot let this crap pass QA – if there’s any sort of QA at WordPress.com, which I highly doubt? And how conceited are you to tell us that something that makes our blogs work worse than they already did is an “improvement” and demand we put up with it? Hell, even the much-maligned Linden Lab does much better than this. In fact, there’s no comparison. Nothing is down there with WordPress.com’s policy of having people “develop” code for a CMS even though they clearly don’t understand what a CMS is supposed to do, and with WordPress.com’s high horse, conceited, condescending and downright insulting attitude (mind you, I’m a paying customer of WordPress.com, and I’m already considering migrating to something that works). BTW… Dear wiz kids at WordPress.com: Fuck you.

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As announced by Canary Beck on the 15th of July, the Basilique Performing Arts Company’s critically-acclaimed theatrical adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost will be shown for a second season, beginning on August 2nd. Tickets are on sale at the Basilique store on the Second Life marketplace for alternating Saturday and Sunday performances.

Season 1 was highly successful, with every performance being sold out. If you missed the opportunity to watch Paradise Lost during its first season, I will say it again: You really cannot afford to miss it. It is the most ambitious and perhaps the most important artistic event in Second Life and virtual worlds for 2014. You can read my review of the show here. If you are interested in attending the performance, you are advised to book your tickets early. The tickets are non-transferrable, so, if you wish to purchase tickets for your friends and/or loved ones, you should buy them as gifts.

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linden-lab-logoThis post is certainly going to be one of the most difficult for me. No, it’s not personal, intimate or anything. It’s just that what I see makes it very difficult for me to maintain a civil tone – and it’s not only about Linden Lab’s decisions, but also about the way things are affected by the appalling mode of discourse in SL forums and blogs on important matters. I’ll try to do the best I can, though.

It’s already well-known to pretty much everyone that follows SL-related news that the changes incorporated to LL’s ToS on August 15th, 2013, caused significant controversy among SL users, most notably certain content creators. They also spawned two controversial announcements by CGTextures and Renderosity, which I have covered rather extensively here. It’s been nearly a year since then. Throughout this time, much was said, and very little was done. On Wednesday, the Lab announced (in an almost self-congratulating way) that they amended Section 2.3, which caused the controversy. For comparison’s sake, in my previous post, I covered the announcement and also linked to a Google document where I present both the post-8/15/2013 ToS and the new ones side-by-side.

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linden-lab-logoLast August, Linden Lab revised its Terms of Service. The most important changes were made to Section 2, which governs content licences and intellectual property rights. While the entire section was overhauled severely (you can read about the changes in greater detail here and here; I have also covered the issue as exhaustively as I could), it was the changes to Section 2.3 that caused certain content creators to protest in various ways, and led to two controversial announcements from stock content providers CGTextures and Renderosity – for my assessment of these two announcements, please read here. Today, July 16th of 2014, the Lab announced that it has amended the offending section.

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