For I’m A Jolly Good “Fellow”

Last week I received a large envelope in the mail from the International Napoleonic Society, an organisation I’ve had nothing at all to do with outside of the fact that their Vice-President J. David Markham has been my co-host on the Napoleon podcast for the last couple of years.

Inside the envelope was a folder containing lots of Napoleonic literature as well as this letter:

Fellow

As you can see, it says that I am being made a “Fellow” of the society for my contributions to the remembrance of Napoleon. Do you think I’m the first podcaster to be made a Fellow of a historical society for his/her contributions to the field? It is a very great honour and I’ve been feeling both extremely grateful as well as extremely undeserving. I mean what do I do except hit the record button when David talks? The only thing I ever really did was have the idea to do the show and then talk David into it. When I rang David to thank him, he pointed out that the show now has 30,000 listeners every month and that very few Napoleonic books published sell 30,000 copies, so our little show is having a pretty big impact on spreading the word about Napoleon’s place in history.

The letter is signed by INS President Ben Weider, who is also co-founder of the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) along with brother Joe Weider who is the guy who brought Arnie to the United States.

You’ll also notice that Prince Albert of Monaco is the Honorary President of the INS. No “Prince Albert” jokes necessary, thank you.

Now that I’ve achieved this honour, I feel a little closer to my dream award, a Légion d’honneur, established by Napoléon on May 19, 1802. The Grand Master of the Order? Nicolas Sarkozy. I wonder if any Australians have been inducted into the Order before? I know Canadian Ben Weider is. So are Americans David Lynch and Clint Eastwood. So perhaps I have a chance one day. I wonder what I’d need to do to be worthy?

Second Life Brand Map

Which companies have a presence in Second Life at the moment? Check out this map.

If you’re in marketing, you need to ask yourself: what do they know that you don’t? And, if you’re on the side of the fence that says that Second Life is a waste of time/money/energy, then answer this question: what data do you have to justify that position that you think these companies *don’t* have?

Some Christians Make Me Laugh

I know I should restrain myself, but I really can’t.

Back in January I wrote a post about how many people the Judeo-Christian god “Yahweh” killed according to their “Old Testament” or “Tanakh”.

So far it’s had 69 comments. Some of them are hilarious but none more than the most recent one left by teenage “Heather S”.

She has some ripper statements like:

In the bible, God pretty much said do what he says and you shall live a great life.
So if those retards back then didnt listen. When they had prophets plain as day telling them what God is telling them to do. And from what your saying. “God Murdered Them.”
well, hello. If he brought you into this world, he sure as hell can take you out.

and

i didnt read all of the reply thingys…
who said they believed in evolution????
OMG! Are you serious?
mmk, so you think you came from a fucking monkey?
so someone in your family tree screwed an ape? honestly.

and my favourite:

Cameron you seem like a funny sad, sick, slightly mental little person.

At least she got that part correct.

God bless you Heather S. You made my afternoon.

G’DAY WORLD #298 – Katherine Cunningham on The Power Of The Pussy

Katherine Cunningham, my guest on today’s show, runs menstrual education for woman and joins me today to talk about how our attitude towards female sexuality ended up so screwed up in Western society. I’m fascinated with the power that women have over men but which most don’t seem to realize. I blame the Christians for screwing it all up, but then that’s not surprising.

So Katherine and I talk about sex, sex and more sex. She tells me how she wants to reclaim “cunt” and I tell her that I think women already are running the world but just don’t seem to realize it.

Hope you enjoy it. I’ve told Katherine she is now the official “cunt correspondent” for the show.

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Xero

Tonight Jono and Beti (host of TPN’s Health and Fitness Podcast) celebrated the opening of their new store XERO, a very cool tech store at 106 Elgin Street, Carlton.

I presented them with a very wonderful opening night gift – an original copy of Heino‘s ” Halli, hallo, wir fahren” album.

Now… I think everyone at the opening, including Jono, thought I was taking the piss. But really… as everyone in Germany knows, Heino is a complete L E G E N D.

HEINO!

Perhaps it is true that I only paid $1.00 for the copy that I gave them but that is a BARGAIN. It is currently for sale on Ebay for EUR$20.00!

Anyway… if you’re in Melbourne and you want to check out some cool geek stuff, including the Nabaztag, pop in and see Jono and tell him Cam sent ya.

UPDATE: Jono just sent me this. I suspect it was made with Comic Life.

xero opening

Looking For A New Laptop Sponsor

It’s time for me to get a new laptop and I’m looking for someone to sponsor me one.

Whoever foots the bill for the new laptop gets a year of free advertising on G’Day World.

It was to be a new fairly top of the range machine. Mac Book Pro or PC Equivalent.

And I need it by Oct 25.

How To Get Scammed In Second Life

Well today I learned a few lessons in Second Life.

About three weeks ago, I rented my first land in Second Life with the idea of experimenting to see how TPN could use it to spend more time with our community. I rented the land from an avatar called Rich Bulloch (who also apparently goes by the avatar Dog Fargis). We paid six months in advance and it wasn’t a lot of money – about L$20,000 for six months (about US$80). After about a week on our first block of land, Rich sez he has a bigger block, a whole island, we could rent for a bit more L$. I asked Rich if there were any “gotchas” on the new island and he said it was “low prim” (1874). Being a complete n00b, I asked him what the practical implications were of that and he told me it limited what we could build. It was twice the prims we had on the previous block however, so we upgraded.

The first thing I learned pretty fast is the real implication of “low prim”. We ran out of building room pretty fast. Everything you want to build on your real estate in SL requires “prims” or “primitives”, like building blocks. And when you use up all of your prims, you can’t build anything else – buildings, chairs, etc. So we figured out pretty quickly that we were going to have to move again.

Little did I realize how soon….

This morning I found out that Rich Bulloch, who was renting the land himself from a Gigs Taggart, is behind in HIS rent and as a result, I’m getting evicted from my island. Gigs claims he hasn’t heard from Rich is over a week and Rich is way behind on his rent. So Gigs is evicting us! We can rent the land ourselves from Rich but he wants US$114 a MONTH. Remember I’ve already paid Rich about US$150 for SIX MONTHS. That’s a pretty big rental rise and way more than I had budgeted for.

I tried contacting Rich myself but his profile said he hadn’t been online for a week. So I IM’d the R & A Realty Group, Rich’s group of tenants, and asked them if Rich is a scammer. That started a slanging match between a few members of the group until I finally got a private message from one of Rich’s friends, telling me it was all a very big mess, that Rich wasn’t a scammer, that it was all her fault, involved “mafia stuff”, and that Rich would refund my money by Wednesday. I told her that even if it wasn’t Rich’s fault, he should get in contact with his tenants and explain why they were getting evicted. I paid him money in good faith, not I’m getting kicked off my land. I gave her my email address and asked her to pass it onto Rich.

A few minutes later I got an email from Rich saying:

well i tell ya what i will get you in the next few days all the proof that it was paid that is how i paid threw paypal but i did cancle that account afterwords but i have spoke with paypal and they are gathering the info where i did pay him i will make sure you get copies of that also they will be faxing it to me within 48 hours and i will make sure you get copies of it to post with your blog if you would like gigs is saying something deffernt and i will not fight with him in world i am letting sl take care of that issue for me and paypal for charge back

Okay, so… I may see my money back (not that it was a lot of money) and there are some lessons learned.

1. Second Life needs a good way of reference checking who you are dealing with. Ebay has a pretty good (though not infallible) rating system. These things may already exist. If they do, I’m not aware of them and it would be good to have them built into an avatar’s profile for handy reference. Rich’s profile in SL was only a month old when we rented from him. Probably should look for someone with a longer track record?

2. I deliberately jumped into my first land rental without ANY research, knowing I might get hurt, but wanting to learn. And I’m a big believer in LEARNING BY DOING, as long as while you are DOING you minimize your downside. This time I’m going to do some more research before we get new TPN land. I’m talking to people like Duncan Riley and Jeremy Chase (from the Second Life mafia, as heard on G’Day World #105). Duncan sez we should buy our own land, not rent. Sounds like a good plan, if I can afford it.

I want TPN HQ to be a place where our audience can experience and experiment with Second Life, learn the rules, find their Slegs, in a safe and encouraging environment. So I’d rather I learn these lessons and be able to pass them on. I’m fairly resilient. 🙂

Bye Bye for now TPN HQ. 🙁

JohnQ5 on Global Warming

If you haven’t seen this video yet, then watch it now. It’s a presentation of a basic analysis on the consequences of getting our position on climate change right or wrong. The arguments contained within it might be useful when you find yourself in a debate with someone who is still arguing against taking significant action.

(thanks for Des Paroz for the link)