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Something to Major Tom….

I’ve done and seen a few filk in my time, many of them quite good. Here’s one I just found over at Laetizia Coronet’s blog, Virtual Village Voice:

Linden Lab to Major Tom
Linden Lab to Major Tom
Start the viewer now and put your headset on

[Spoken]
Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Connected

Linden Lab to Major Tom
Region handshake, clothing’s on
Check for IMs and may Phil’s love be with you

This is Linden Lab to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the Herald wants to know whose hair you wear
Now it’s time to try some flying if you dare

This is Major Tom to Linden Lab
I’ve pressed the button ‘Fly’
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the world looks very different today

For here
Am I sitting at my desk and
Floating in this world
Second Life is blue
And there’s so much I can do

Though I’m just one hundred minutes old
I’m feeling very skilled
And I think this world is just the way to go
Tell your Phil I love him very much (he knows!)
Major Tom to Linden Lab
My map is red, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Linden Lab?
Can you hear me, Linden Lab?
Can you hear me, Linden Lab?
Can you ….

… here am I frozen in this flight pose
Far above the Grid
Second Life is grey
And I think I’ll go away…

David Bowie, eat your heart out!

A Submission for a Residents’ Flag

In case you haven’t read it already, Laetizia Coronet has opened a competition for designing a flag for the use of Residents. The quaint custom of using the “Eye-in-Hand” logo of Second Life has been thrown into question by the trademark flap, and ‘zia is asking people to send her ideas. With my own design, that should make four entries to date. But, if you’re interested in becoming the Betsy Ross of the Grid, read her article and break out your Paint Shop Pro or GIMP.

Just remember not to waste her time with ridiculous entries; she says right in the article that she won’t consider any Lag Flags (solid grey), anything even distantly smacking of a derogatory nature, and text should be kept to the barest minimum. The best flags combine a clear symbology, expressing a few key points. For instance, this is my own submission:

Proposal for Residents\' flag

As I said in my submission letter to ‘zia, “The field is a rainbow gradient, symbolizing both the international/pan-ethnic nature of the Resident Community, and world with unlimited potential of Second Life — a horizon without end.

“The blue canton is charged with a Celtic knotwork, the interlacing, never-ending, multicolored spiral symbolic of the never-ending creativity exhibited by Residents.”

What do you think? Heraldically speaking, the color combination stinks, but I think we may not need to concern ourselves with that in a virtual world. Even if it doesn’t win the competition, I’ll probably use it as a personal ensign!

Harper\'s signature

Raising the Red Flag

In my last article, I linked to Rheta Shawn’s ongoing article listing known participants in the bloggers’ protest strike to encourage Linden Lab to clarify its new trademark/brand policy.  The comments to her post show that the bloggers are approaching their concern with a sense of humor as well as seriousness — and not a little grasp of the classics, as well.  A painting by Delacroix, invocation of Victor Hugo and the musical Les Misérables that derives from Hugo’s masterpiece; it’s all there.

One writer, Laetizia Coronet of Virtual Village Voice, took it to the next level.  Revolutionaries have used the red flag as a symbol of revolt for years, and that includes, of course, revolutionaries of a more recent vintage.  In her comment, Laetizia did a bit of light filk — to the Internationale!  In the same vein, I responded that if we were going to be subjected to Marxian polemics next, I’d be putting in a phone call — to the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover.  (The modern FBI doesn’t worry too much about Commie plots….)

All that reminds me of my college days.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in humanities (hail the Seven Liberal Arts!), and was, of course, required to take several core classes.  In the one dealing with the 1800s, we were required to either write one major paper on a topic of our choice, or several smaller papers from a list of suggestions.  One classmate chose the mini-papers, and one of the suggestions was Karl Marx.  She purchased copies of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto, and was reading them at work during lunch time.  They were laying on her desk, out in plain view, as the boss walked by.  According to my classmate, he took one look and winced, and begged her (jokingly, I’m sure) to put those things away in a drawer!  I think he was afraid she was planning to set off the revolution there in his company….

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