Old and New


And where is the guides apartment?

And Now:



Please Note : This post is part of an academic research paper in progress

It will be published in NewThinking.info There are comments divided into social and a brief description of the technology used, where appropriate. Flat Facts ( a term coined in the movie AI) are taken from Wikipedia

Of relevance is that while at Brunel as an undergraduate I became good friends with the leader of the feminist movement. She was gay and, as far as I know, I was her only straight male friend. I wish I still had the photo of her holding a four pack of beer leaning back against my motorbike, smiling.. It’s in here … (Philip taps his head)

A Day In The Life of a Female Avatar in Blue Mars.

She arrives at work still dressed in her bunny costume, straight from the all night party she had been attending. She plays the company vid with the sound down (hangover) to orient herself. She had a presentation to give. She changed into her working clothes and did the presentation. Then back home to change. She had to practice her Golf which she sucked at. Bowling was her game, being a working class Londoner. Then off to swim and play with her pet mantas. She was feeling pretty good. She wanted to dance. She loved to dance so a quick change and off to her favourite disco. No one would be there but the management had told her “Anytime Bitchy, you are a Blue Mars Supastar”. She danced till the sun went down. Then bed I guess… or it was Halloween soon….

Social Comment: Bitchy , I believe, is mirroring the life style of a 20 something , intelligent, female, budding exec.

Technology and social analysis : The features in Blue Mars are wide and varied. We now have onland a business world. We have games which can be seen as a bridge between the social and business. Golf represents the middle and upper classes while bowling is more a working class pursuit. I grew up in a working class environment in London in the 1950s to 1970s . Class existed then, it still exists now.

The Evolution of Bitchy

I have been fascinated and intrigued by Artificial Intelligence since studying Psychology for my Batchelor of  Science degree at Brunel University U.K. in the first half of the 1980s. While assisting with the development of public access national networked touch screen computer systems, I undertook a side project evaluating Expert Systems.

Flat Fact :

An expert system is software that attempts to provide an answer to a problem, or clarify uncertainties where normally one or more human experts would need to be consulted. Expert systems are most common in a specific problem domain, and is a traditional application and/or subfield of artificial intelligence. A wide variety of methods can be used to simulate the performance of the expert however common to most or all are 1) the creation of a knowledge base which uses some knowledge representation formalism to capture the Subject Matter Expert‘s (SME) knowledge and 2) a process of gathering that knowledge from the SME and codifying it according to the formalism, which is called knowledge engineering. Expert systems may or may not have learning components but a third common element is that once the system is developed it is proven by being placed in the same real world problem solving situation as the human SME, typically as an aid to human workers or a supplement to some information system.

Expert systems were introduced by researchers in the Stanford Heuristic Programming Project, Edward Feigenbaum, PI, with the Dendral and Mycin systems. Principal contributors to the technology were Bruce Buchanan, Edward Shortliffe, Randall Davis, William vanMelle, Carli Scott, and others at Stanford. Expert systems were among the first truly successful forms of AI software. [1][2][3][4][5][6] The topic of expert systems has many points of contact with general systems theory, operations research, business process reengineering and various topics in applied mathematics and management science.

I evaluated the latest software and wrote a report. I also sat in on post-graduate classes on AI run by Dr Heinz Wolfe, an expert in pattern recognition whereby a program, through visual sensing of facial recognition , could respond to a persons mood accurately and appropriately. Exciting, cutting edge stuff in 1986. since then I have continued my research.

A Quantum Leap


Why did Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick want Spielberg to direct Kubrick’s A.I., the fable of a robot who wants a human mother’s love? Imagine the personals ad Kubrick might have taken out:

“YOU LIKE: sweetness & light, plucky kids, happy endings, ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’ i like: a hope-free environment, leering homicidal teens, pitilessly ambiguous Gotterdammerungen, icy Gyorgi Ligeti melodies written ‘as a dagger in Stalin’s heart.’ let’s meet for a movie!”

Maybe they had a mutual case of genius envy. Kubrick needed Spielberg’s speed. Ever since 2001’s success freed him to do almost anything he wanted, Kubrick yearned to make a blockbuster as big as The Godfather or Star Wars or E.T. But he couldn’t, because he enslaved himself with research. “I usually take about a year [developing a film],” he said in 1968. “In a year, if you keep thinking about it, you can pretty well exhaust the major lines of play, if you want to put it in chess terminology. Then as you’re making the film, you can respond to the spontaneity of what’s happening with the resources of all the analysis you’ve done.”

After 1971, Kubrick’s spontaneity expired (if not his genius). He spent decades mulling movies more than making them. Most of what he actually shot was over-thought, emotionally parched. Spielberg once (according to critic Michael Sragow) compared watching Barry Lyndon to “walking through the Louvre without lunch.” Kubrick was all about making marmoreal masterworks, not pleasing mortals with morsels of wish-fulfillment fantasy.

But surely he knew, as the real 2001 approached, that he wouldn’t live long enough to fulfill his own fantasy: an A.I. movie starring real robots instead of actors (most of whom he treated like robots). And a child actor would age visibly during a year-long Kubrick shoot. He hoped Spielberg might whip up a computer-generated boy for the lead, or at least do his famous fast magic with a live child actor.

So what’s in it for Spielberg, in making a Kubrick movie? Perhaps to “eat at the grownups’ table,” as Woody Allen put it–to join the highbrow pantheon. Spielberg makes filmmaking look too easy, and makes too much easy money. We’ve all spent wild nights with his flying bikes and leaping lizards, but not everybody respects him in the morning. Many say Schindler’s List is sui generis and Private Ryan simplistically jingoistic; his serious-issue movies The Color Purple and Amistad suck dead eggs. But when he dares to swap DNA with uber-director Kubrick, you’ve got to give him credit.

There could be deeper motives. Biographical critics Joseph McBride and Henry Sheehan trace a strain of father fear in Spielberg’s movies, and the father figures he seems fondest of are akin to movie moguls: Attenborough the proprietor of Jurassic Park, Schindler the factory “Direktor,” and in A.I., William Hurt as Professor Hobby, the entrepreneurial inventor of the robot boy David. (Professor Hobby is far kinder than David’s adoptive dad, played by Sam Robards.) The company Kubrick formed to produce Aryan Papers, the Holocaust movie he scuttled after Schindler’s List hit, was called Hobby Films. How better to honor a cinematic daddy than to finish his film in his style with a character named Hobby? What better way to transcend the anxiety of influence than to blend pastiche with one’s own stylistic voice?

Anyhow, now it’s finished: A.I., a film (as one producer put it) by “Stevely Kuberg.” It’s like no other movie, because it’s so much like so many other movies. In one brilliant scene, the robots scavenge spare parts for themselves from a dump of less fortunate fellow robots: a new jaw here, a forearm there. The parts fit together jaggedly, but the crude welds enable the robots to function. That’s the way A.I. is built: not just Spielberg’s style mashed into Kubrick’s, but characters and stories and particular shots from multitudinous movies (especially Kubrick’s), all stuck together at odd angles. It’s weird, but it works.

The primary source of A.I. is Brian Aldiss’s “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” and two of his other very short stories about David, the robot with the mommy problem. Kubrick jammed David’s story together with the story of Pinocchio. This misses the point of Aldiss’s tale: Pinocchio wants to earn the right to be real, but David the robot doesn’t get it that he’s not a real boy. In the film, David (portrayed with sensitive precision by the eeriest boy actor on earth, Haley Joel Osment) has a more primal urge: to make Mommy (the generically cute Frances O’Connor) love him, no matter what it takes.

When David enters his human Mommy and Daddy’s house, he’s backlit to look like the tall, spindly extraterrestrials in Close Encounters. Then he’s revealed to be an almost perfect replica of a human: a bit shiny-faced and stiff, but convincing, even by the standards of the day (the usual futuristic post-apocalyptic Earth, whose advanced gizmo science produces what Kubrick used to call a “mechanarchy”). At first, sitting at dinner, shot from above through a circular lamp that echoes the War Room in Dr. Strangelove, David seems remote. When he emits a barking laugh and points at the strand of spaghetti dangling from Mommy’s chin, and then Mommy and Daddy laugh, it’s hard to say whose laugh is more mechanical.

After Mommy imprints herself on David according to the owner’s manual, however, his face melts into beatific rapture. Osment does a good job of conveying love at first sight. David hugs Mommy. Later, he’s shot from below, with a lamp granting him a halo, like the one that gives Strangelove a nimbus when doomsday arrives. David gets his halo when he becomes aware of death: “Mommy, will you die?”

It’s creepy, because of course Mommy doesn’t love David–he’s just a substitute for her real son, Martin (Jake Thomas), who must remain comatose for years until science can revive him. (The lad is stashed in a bubble bed like the ones astronauts hibernate in 2001.) At last, Martin is defrosted and comes home. It’s bad for David, an echo of the displacement of Alex by Joe the Lodger in A Clockwork Orange. The convincingly bratty Martin taunts David, a cold, Kubrickian echo of the domestic comedy of Spielberg’s enchanted suburbia.

Two scenes of mythic impact ensue. Martin tricks David into snipping a lock of Mommy’s hair as she makes like Sleeping Beauty one night; Mommy makes excuses for him. But at a pool party soon after, the real boys threaten David, who clutches Martin, begs, “Keep me safe!” and falls with him into the pool. Martin requires CPR after being fished out, and as he’s receiving it, the camera pans back from David, infinitely disconsolate on the pool bottom. He recedes, like the cast-off astronaut drifting into space in 2001 (the one who doesn’t get to be reborn as the Star Child).

David recedes yet again later in the film–in Mommy’s rearview mirror when she abandons him in the woods. This is palpable horror. It’s not a standard Spielberg kiddie-peril scene, though, because one uneasily identifies with the mom’s predicament–at least she didn’t send him back to the factory to be destroyed–and David’s monomania has begun to alienate our affections just a bit.

Into the woods goes David. He glimpses those scavenging robots–a folksy lot, like hobos in a 1930s Warner flick, though their busted-upness mainly alludes to the wooden boys hacked up by wicked Stromboli in Pinocchio. He meets his rakish new pal, Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), a robot with hair like a Bob’s Big Boy statue, built for sex with lonely human women.

Law breathes life into a clammy mise en scene–you’ll miss him when he goes. Spielberg made him nicer than Kubrick would’ve done, but it’s no sellout. It simply buries the weirdness deeper. Joe tries to tell David that his mommy doesn’t love him any more than Joe’s dates love him, but David won’t listen.

When Joe laments of his creators, “They made us too smart, too quick and too many,” he’s echoing Coppola’s quote about how his crew making Apocalypse Now had “too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane.” The idea is to critique techno-culture, but the point is muddled, and the film’s heart isn’t really in it whenever it sounds the danger: technology alarm. Ominously, the woods are lit up by a false moon–an aircraft that hunts robots for the Flesh Fair, a demolition derby where humans take out their frustrations by burning and hacking up robots. The moon is a cruel parody of the kindly moon in E.T. But whereas abandonment by Mommy registers emotionally, violence against robots just doesn’t.

It’s a relief when Joe leads David to Rouge City, a sci-fi update of Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island, with big bridges shaped like women’s gaping mouths, to evoke the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange (which was much scarier). Rouge City is a letdown: It’s Blade Runner; it’s Judge Dredd’s town; we’ve seen it all before. Its plot function is to give David the Pinocchio prediction that a Blue Fairy will make him a real boy.

David heists an amphibicopter and buzzes off with Joe to Manhattan, flooded up to the Statue of Liberty’s torch (a nod to Planet of the Apes). He meets his maker, Professor Hobby (a nod to Rutger Hauer’s scene with his maker in Blade Runner), confronts the existence of other Davids and has an existential tantrum. Here’s where Kubrick would nastily stress that David has become a real boy in the sense that now he kills robots too; Spielberg makes it a friendlier reunion, just as he changed Michael Crichton’s sinister dinosaur-park entrepreneur to a jolly man in Jurassic Park. Either way, as a Kubrickian snarl or a Spielbergian coo, the scene would come off as abstract and unaffecting.

Arbitrarily, Hobby leaves David alone a minute, and soon we see him leap from a skyscraper (Radio City) into Manhattan’s briny abyss. This is formally a quote from Pinocchio’s dives to escape Pleasure Island and rescue his father at the bottom of the sea, but it has no resonance, because it’s not really part of an intelligible narrative movement. There is no sense of escape; it’s a slow fall, not scary at all. The whole movie is by this point as drifty as seaweed in a lulling current. David’s bed at home resembles Monstro, the whale that imprisons Pinocchio, and yet it’s snug and inviting. What does this mean? Plainly, this movie doesn’t work at the level of straightforward causality. It’s a troubling dream.

A.I. has two endings involving the Blue Fairy, and I guess I shouldn’t reveal either. Suffice it to say that the one Kubrick probably would have stopped with is clearly superior, colder, mysterious without being muddled. The second, Spielbergian ending is fuzzier, more redemptive and alludes to the cosmic ending of 2001 and Kubrick’s cuddly aliens and snug family feelings.

A.I. ends with a whimper (or two), but I got a huge bang out of it. It’s full of stunning images: sad, disintegrating faces, a robot boy’s strangely shining eyes, lively artifacts of humanized technology. Although it’s in an utterly different key, the blend of sensibilities is not an adulteration but an improving alchemy. A.I. effectively combines the moody indeterminacy of Kubrick, especially the Kubrick of 2001, and the addiction to happily-ever-aftering of Spielberg. There’s also the merest flavor of what William Everson once called “one of the screen’s supreme moments of horror”–the scene in Pinocchio where the boy, in midtransformation into a donkey, shrieks, “Mama!” until he’s deprived of human speech and his mama can’t hear him anymore. When you’re not a real boy, no one can hear you scream.

Tim Appelo, former video critic of Entertainment Weekly, has written cultural criticism for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

I blogged about this:

Social Comment: Forever Young is a video explaining much. It also mirrors the social divide, it is a street video. Again it is about Class: In the original video Jay Z says smoke some weed, drink some wine. In the official video “weed” , marijuana has been removed.

Flat Fact: In 2005 the cost of alcohol dependence and abuse was estimated to cost the USA economy approximately 220 billion dollars per year, more than cancer and …. The number picked up by paramedics rose by 32% between 2002 and 2007, with 36 children a day taken to hospital because of alcohol abuse. … In countries such as Ireland, the UK and Denmark, what is termed “binge” drinking is common. This refers to reserving drinking alcohol for a few days a week – usually from Thursday and then consuming 4 or more liters of beer or 7 pints of beer in an evening. The intention of some younger drinkers is actually to get drunk/merry when heading out on an evening to drink…. [The report] provides strong evidence of the impact of alcohol-related illness on hospital services, according to Dr Deirdre Mongan, Research Officer at the HRB and lead author of the report. The number of people discharged from hospital with alcohol-related problems or injuries increased by almost 90% in the ten years between 1995 and 2004. In 2004, people with alcohol-related illness used 117,373 bed days in hospital – more than double the figure of 55,805 bed days in 1995. AND :

…Add it all up, and marijuana prohibition costs the US $42 billion every year. ….. Pot smokers on average are more adjusted to society and better …This week, over 500 leading economists, led by conservative icon Dr. Milton Friedman, called for a national debate about whether prohibition of marijuana is worth the cost. The occasion was a new report by Harvard University economist Dr. Jeffrey Miron estimating – probably conservatively – that replacing prohibition with a system of common-sense regulation could mean $10 billion to $14 billion per year in reduced government spending and new revenues.

“Smoke some BLANK, drink some WINE…” The video has had over 30 million views.

I like to be inspired. Humanity is so wonderful. The title of this song is Forever Young. Kurt Vonnegut wrote a story called Breakfast of Champions. He loves America but he laughs at it’s Arrogance. The book expresses RVR [Real Virtual Reality] because, he, the author, goes into the book and meets the characters. [virtual Reality’s original medium was the book] He is God. The hero Kilgore Trout doesn’t believe him so with a few strokes of his pen The Author whisks the hero around the world. The hero gasps and falls to his knees. The Author says “Do you want something?” The Hero says “Make me young” The last page is a hand drawn picture of Kurt Vonnegut, a single tear rolls down his cheek. I think we have a Universal Truth here. Humanity’s deep rooted desire to leave a legacy, to have a raison d’etre. So much of the universe we inhabit appears chaotic. I tie it in with “The Day The Earth Stood Still” where Human Beings are to be wiped off the Earth because their Arrogance is destroying it. But they are saved because they are special. I am reminded of the Aliens in “Artificial Intelligence” [AI] The Aliens tell the robot child that Human Beings are Unique in the universe. They also say Nothing Ever Dies. Your Engram remains as part of the web of the universe for all time. But the aliens become The Blue Fairy to grant the robotic child, an avatar, Humanity’s greatest accomplishment and to give Humanity’s Greatest Gift: Unconditional Love. But warn him that once brought back the engram of his mother will disappear from the space-time continuum. The Love is that of A Mother for her Child, Like that of The Creator For His Creation. The Sacrifice Is Ultimate. Jesus did it. And At The End of Days , We Sleep

In September 2009 I created an Avatar in Second Life called Dude Starship. I gave “him” , no, forget the inverted commas, I gave him or rather he developed a persona or rather his persona expressed itself in the virtual world, second life. He moved to Blue Mars. Here is a taste with another Blog post :

Dude Starship sat quietly ruminating in the space port coffee shop. “The bars won’t be open for another few hours” he ruminated. His Starship was being re-fuelled with new ion-rods in The Soldering Iron workshop. His iPhone was ….somewhere, his Nokia wouldn’t upgrade, his Lap Top was getting Ubuntu installed. “Ho Hum” he sighed. He could “Read-A-Book” whatever that was. Nope, boredom set in. The other virtual worlds held little attraction these days. They were good but they were not Blue Mars. He finished the dregs of his coffee, grimaced, stood up and , eschewing the teleport he strolled towards The Soldering Iron. Scotty would be there, Scotty was always there. “If he says “She Canna Take it Jim” I’ll beam him up. Jim?….Jean-Luc would turn in his grave.” The Condo door they had recently installed whooshed at him. Dude smiled “Gotta love that door” he smiled. “Best thing I ever stole from Blue Mars. ”

  • “Hey Scotty! “How’s the Starship? Got those rods installed yet?”
  • Scotty, paunch wobbling, looked up from the console ” She canna take…..” Dude threw a monkey wrench at him. Dude was always throwing monkey wrenches somewhere….. “Hey Dude” Scotty smiled ” looking good, still taking Forever Young meds?”
  • “Where’s my fucking ship Scott?”
  • “Hey, language! A dudette might hear and you know how sensitive THEY are, especially that 176432 etc chick. It’s nearly ready. Hey I found this early vid of your ship watch that while I finish off” Scotty turned back to the console and spoke into the pretend mouse he kept for nostalgic reasons “Computa : Play Archive YouTube ref : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqShHy1eiLE

They watched the vid in awe. “Wow man, that was so long ago…………..”

The Soldering Iron shuddered and Dude’s Starship appeared in the launch pad. He patted the sleek Blue Metal hull. “How’s my Girl”

“Ready Dude, Ike ma sho!” The cute Japanese voice never failed to delight him. He keyed the lock and was inside the command module. It looked new, not a MacDonald’s wrapper in sight. “Ok kid Ike Ma Sho! ” “Straight To Blue Mars? Shall I use Full Power?”
Dude looked around, wow this was some ship, Not even Beeblebrox had a ship like this. “Ok Hun. Make It So!”

Space bent. And there was a great shudder through the length of the ship. Dude scanned the plexiglass. he looked at the sign hanging in space. “WTF?”


Flat Fact : Kilroy Was Here : One of the first sightings was at a Grainger Branch in Baltimore where it was rumored to have been drawn by Kilroy himself. False accusations suggest One theory identifies James J. Kilroy (1902–1962)[2], an American shipyard inspector, as the man behind the signature. During World War II he worked at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he claimed to have used the phrase to mark rivets he had checked. The builders, whose rivets J. J. Kilroy was counting, were paid depending on the number of rivets they put in. A riveter would make a chalk mark at the end of his or her shift to show where they had left off and the next riveter had started. Unscrupulous riveters discovered that, if they started work before the inspector arrived, they could receive extra pay by erasing the previous worker’s chalk mark and chalking a mark farther back on the same seam, giving themselves credit for some of the previous riveter’s work. J.J. Kilroy stopped this practice by writing “Kilroy was here” at the site of each chalk mark. At the time, ships were being sent out before they had been painted, so when sealed areas were opened for maintenance, soldiers found an unexplained name scrawled.


Flat Fact : Monkey Wrench: n.

1. A hand tool with adjustable jaws for turning nuts of varying sizes.
2. Informal. Something that disrupts: He threw a monkey wrench into our plans.

[Origin unknown.]

Social Comment : The word “Fuck” is seriously frowned upon in speech in Blue Mars, not so much in Second Life. This is a little odd to my way of thinking : Scarface, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs to mention extreme cases use the vernacular. In modern times the F Word is normal. I posted a poem called “The Day The Word Fuck Disappeared” which may be googled.

Technology : Here we see a blend of the futuristic with a real concept on the drawing boards. Dude has placed himself at the front end. However incorporated is the popular TV series Star Trek and the glorious Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy (The Infinite Improbability Drive) which in my view has had an impact on the way technology is moving on. Scotty picks up a mouse and speaks into it for “nostalgic” reasons. This was mooted in an episode where the team was transported back to the late 20th Century. Scotty was told he could use the computer. He immediately addressed it in speech. The 20th century person said” Use the mouse” Scott picks up the mouse and thinks its a microphone!!! Glorious comedy but indicating how the old is just a myth. With the advent of Touch Screens and Voice control the mouse will be an anachronism. The “monkey wrench” is both figurative and literal

Bitchy, too loved to throw monkey wrenches into the system. Her first video a late teens scenario for her sees her playing the whore and dancing to her favourite rock band, The Chemical Brothers:

Social Comment: This video and related post was removed from the Blue Mars Forum. It was deemed pornographic and / or encouraging prostitution; using sex for blackmail purposes and impersonating an avatar Reality employee. The forum post is on one of my blogs:

Technology : The use of a dual screen being captured. Many people run their applications full screen. I have a 21 inch wide-screen HD monitor. Running multiple windows and capturing multiple windows is not a problem.

She was a Feminist and had a love / hate relationship with men, prissy ungenuine women pissed her off and she was not enamoured of hbs (Human Beings). Once in Welcome Area a male avatar was chatting to a very nice, intelligent attractive female avatar, having an intelligent conversation.. Bitchy turned up in her French Maids outfit, the male avatar dumped the “nice” lady and started chasing Bitchy. She flirted, acted cute, giggled and then kicked him in the balls. Bitchy and the “nice” lady avatar would have done a high five but they don’t have that animation. Yet. She could be thought of as a Bitch by either gender, at times. She starred in this vid with some gfs.A Letter from God for all the hbs and Jimi’s Red House to typify the males bottom line attitude to women:

Social : Girls chatting Vs boss is mentioned. A male avatar gets a little frisky.

Technology: This is really important.I have used the screen capture facility in Microsoft Word 2010 to out line and capture any on-screen area. This can be formatted in Word and then pasted into such a program as Microsoft Expression Design. Multiple captures can be done as can be seen on the very first picture. I did a multiple capture, arranged the captures in a line in another word document, captured the word formatted word document into the first word document copied the capture into Expression and saved it as a png file. Sometimes, when I want a particular effect I capture in word, format in expression, capture the expression picture in word and re paste into expression. This takes about 5 minutes. Here is an example :

In word you can create a reflection. When this is pasted into Expression and then exported as a png file the reflection is transparent. This can then be pasted on top of another image preserving the reflection as being transparent.

As this shows see also the final picture:

…..THE QUANTUM LEAP occurred in ARAF in Blue Mars, I made this video and it begins with me singing to Bitchy, then in a serendipitous moment Bitchy was singing to me. Mad?  :

Technology : Notice how in Blue Mars the eye of the Avatar follows the mouse. I little point but I believe a very effective camera technique : Before Bitchy climbs the first slope she glances at us the looks to see where she wants to go.

Yes, I am. Diagnosed Manic-Depressive. I have had chats with friends in Blue Mars. I am not the only one. Neither am I the only one whose Avatars have a “life” of their own. A persona (Greek : Mask). Nor am I the only person whose Avatar’s actions spill over into the real world. Below is an animation of the pages. The length of time for each image is long to facillitate reading. You may need to use your browsers zoom features.

The book needs updating, to account for Blue Mars. Here Is The Preview:


Blue Mars has moved the goalposts Jeff, virtual and real are getting very blurry.

Technology : This is a micon, it is an animated gif. Micons.org explains. Note Well the use of Sticky Notes in my videos

Philip Finlay-Bryan

Special thanks to BBC 6music who get up totally relevant music from 4 am to 10 am, how long it took to write this post:


When Bitchy got home after dancing she checked her mail and checked the Blue Mars Blog. Horatio Au a second life blogger who was a bit of an idiot had done a piece. He had done a piece on Micons which was good, he seemed a bit in awe of Micons Paraconsistency, not a bad thing, but he was so second life.   O! Halloween! Bitchy already had her outfit sorted:

And Jasmine an employee of Avatar Reality had made a vid! That MUST be watched in HD. He is such a jerk! oooOOOooo Jasmines made a vid Jasmines made a vid! oooOOOoo Mars Shaking Event. View in HD! O_O HD JAS! Omg it was a wmv! Dont these guys know anything about video formats? WMVs are huge! Jasmine was Ok but a bit girlie… Right! Bitchy thought.. Ill make a Video! Hah! I’ll show that Manblog and AR and silly Jasmine whose vid is far too dark and really quite boring!  OK Ike Ma Sho!

The Last Words: Micons Paraconsistency is coming…. Please Note I unashamedly advertise my web sites at every opportunity. I call this Marketing. If you cannot remember one of my sites. I have failed. Sex Sells Stuff.

Wake Up Avatar Reality

You mean someone actually reads this blog?!? I stumbled on it today, and do not plan to come back. These disjointed, rambling, diatribes come across as the ravings of a lunatic with severe ADD. Reminds me of yapping mutts. No one pays them any attention as they bark away endlessly at something that no one else can see… Anyone can rant, vent, be provocative. That always strikes me as a low-level, base individual. What gets my respect is someone who, when seeing a problem, gets off their ass and does something to improve it. If you want to affect positive change, get out there and organize an event, invite friends, build a world, form a group, plan a team, encourage the devs and members, publicize an activity, post something positive about Blue Mars and the incredibly creative people who are building new worlds there. Otherwise piss off. *Anyone* and their dog can destroy, complain, SCREAM IN LARGE FONTS, rend and tear to attract attention. The truly remarkable person is one who, when seeing a need for improvement, takes the initiative to get busy and do something constructive about it….

I Replied :

OOO LOOK Mummy Man Write In B I G LETTERS!!! OOOO. Wish I could read the small letters! O when likle boy, using ARIN and AT &T services whose ip address is , gets Big Me Gonna Blog too! Of course you would have read how I have authored nearly 40 videos about blue mars, run three specific blogs about Blue Mars, have got Blue Mars mentioned on the BBC several times AND mentioned in The Huffington Post DIGG StumbleUpun apart from the hundreds of tweets … Oh dear. When likle boy learn how to read likle words you come back and tell the big boys. Then we let you hold the ball, no kicking it! ok? But you can hold it for a year or so…hey http://BeKool.net ok?


It is coming up to the first year of me writing this blog.  You are failing us all.

  1. You have so many friends on Facebook, you and the event manager and others.

WHY DOES NO ONE ATTEND YOUR EVENTS LISTED IN FACEBOOK? Why does nobody say they will attend?Not even a Maybe. This is an unmitigated

F A I L U R E!!!


  1. Why is the volunteerv program a failure?

I became a volunteer in November 2009. WHY ARE THERE NO VOLUNTEERS? IT IS WORSE NOW THAN A YEAR AGO! Why not require devs to spend an hour a day each in Welcome helping people. WHY NOT RECRUIT STUDENTS? THERE ARE MILLIONS OF STUDENTS! GIVE THEM 1000 BLU$ Give them school vouchers, OMG They Are STUDENTS GIVE THEM FREE BEER!!!

  1. Why are ALL the Events failures?

Why can you not stage an event? Trivia has maybe 1 new person a week every one else is a dev or is Pierre or Intox. And they are French and They cheat and I love them , well Intox (sshh dont tell Pierre)


  1. Why cant we keep people?

Our Retention rate is ATROCIOUS! People come once, a few times, THEN WE DO NOT SEE THEM AGAIN!!!!!



Why? Because we had a project, because it was intelligent, because it was a group activity and THEY GAVE US CLOTHES THEY GAVE US BLU$. IT LASTED MONTHS!!!

WAKE UP AVATAR REALITY! I offered my services a year ago, you would not give me a budget. Instead you hired someone from a virtual world that died. You have a blogger from Second Life. YOU THINK THIS WORKS?


Post Script:


Social Networking has overtaken Pornography as the number one activity on the net. Passivity on the internet has gone. Interactivity is the norm. Blue Mars is a virtual world that has made the transition from a game to a social networking world. Last night we held an award ceremony demonstrating our scientific skills as Citizen Scientists, sponsored by edge @ TERC.edu . Was it Virtual or Real? The lines between the two have become blurred. Its OnlyBlueMars (dot) com.

Comment :
2010/10/11 at 1:01 am

So, if I’m following this post right, you’re wanting Avatar Reality to give you money for writing this blog?

I am sorry, but all of your posts here do not make much sense. They go from one thing to the next, without leading up to the next point and are completely nonsensical. It’s like I’m reading a post written by a 15yr old with the most severe A.D.H.D. ever recorded.

The post you have made here and on the BMO forums, illustrates this point perfectly, since it’s probably one of the worst ones you have here on this blog. I had to read it several times, before I was even able to get this little bit of information out of it.

But, the best part of it all is that you want Avatar Reality to actually give you money for this. Honestly, if I was them, not only would I not give you money for this, I would actually file a suit against you for trying to impersonate the BMO development team.

That part under “Us” on the side, implies that you are actually one of the developers of Blue Mars, since you use the words that imply ownership, such as “us” and “our”. Which, given the nature of these posts and the childish, unformatted, and unfocused writing, might actually do damage to BMO’s image.

The only other thing I got out of this post, is that you are mad that Avatar Reality is not advertising a virtual world, that is not in a playable state. This also, would do damage to them. Once people come into BMO in it’s current state, they will not come back and it will forever be stuck in their heads at how horribly unfinished the client was. To launch a full advertising campaign in this state, would surely be like slitting their own wrists.

Reply :

Thank you Matt! Your observations are acute and accurate! Of course I do not want paying for this blog! My aim was to be provocative. On the Forums NO ONE COMMENTS! On the Blue Mars Blog NO ONE COMMENTS! A forum is an area for discussion, for airing views. This post represents a year of frustration. Please read my main blog http://onlybluemars.com , where I believe you will find a more erudite (?) blog. My other Blue Mars Blog has a slightly different tone http://bluemars.dudestarship.com . I have made upwards of 30 videos of Blue Mars. Both using Blip.tv , my professional video siteand Youtube. I am a developer btw. I was a volunteer but resigned as I was not prepared to bullshit newbies, I tell the truth rather than the “perty line”, I call myseldf a guide. Blue Mars is free. I spent over $20 on my suit for the Arcadia event. I spend my own money unbegrudgingly hosting and designing. Time and again I have offered my services to Blue Mars, their web design is terrible, I know 14 years olds who can do better. Look at QuestAhoy.com . BMOs web image could not be damaged, if i visited their web sites I would laugh. I will comment too on wether or not Blue Mars is “ready”. Firstly it is not a game, it is a Social Networking Experience. Last night, myself and two friends “played” for three hours collecting orbs in New Venice, (Not Venezia, whose opening blurb is totally wrong, it desceibes New Venice and not venezia, something I complained about two months ago). Chat broke, we got stuck, we re logged but we were there for three hours. This is not an isolated experience for me. It happens every day. I spend around 6 to 8 hours with my Avatar in blue mars in a small window where i can monitor arrivals but still work. Most of the time it is empty. When people arrive the most frequently asked question is “Where is everybody?” So. Thank you for your comment. Facebook is a failure for BM. FYI : I worked as a Probation Officer in London for ten years. It left me somewhat damaged. I am officially disabled (manic-depressive, apparently uncureably so) hence the um “rant”. I get a bit excited. Sorry. It doesnt happen that often now, every couple of months or so. I live on disability allowance which doesnt go too far. I think avatar reality are wasting money. If they gave me even a small amount, I could use my Microsoft ( I am a partner and part of MS Technet) and LinkedIn connections to put them on a more professional footing. I’ve been on the web since 1995, so iI sorta know it a bit. Thanks again Matt. Philip Finlay-Bryan B.Sc. (Hons) MA CQSW dip TEFL MCAS

Oh As for Avatar Reality slitting its own wrists, it doesn’t need my help. A couple of months back there was a new welcome area. Great and there is a video! I didn’t watch it immediately. Then one day I did. I WAS HORRIFIED!!!

  • “There are only 4 areas to visit and one them is under of construction” WHAT? THERE ARE 12!!!!!
  • “Blue Mars is in closed Beta” WHAT? OMG this video is a year old!!!
  • “Avatars are creepy” WHAT?????
  • “Fembots pose for you” WHAT? So its a world for men who have female robots who entertain them?
  • “My Avatar Looks positively unhinged at times” WHAT???
  • “The interface is far too sparse for me” WHAT???
  • “There is not much happening at the moment but you can dance for the fembots” Oh My God!!

This was the video avatar reality put up in the welcome area. I screamed at them. It was there for nearly two months, “welcoming” new people

Nah, they dont need my help, they are doing fine. I was at a pool party last week. Its great fun me and the regulars have a laugh. Arzach turned up as a fly! Sage plays good music. Its fun. Then I noticed a group dancing on the dance floor. I went over to invite them to the pool party. I got no response to requests, pokes chats, nothing. I got a bit annoyed and thought they were second lifers ignoring me, snubbing me, the bastards. Yet they were well dressed. I tried again and again. Nothing. I was really pissed at them. Next day they were still there. OMG, they are bots! I felt so stupid! No one told me, hahahahahaha.

Guess where new people go when they first arrive? Guess how they feel when they get ignored. Where are the volunteers to put them right. Ha! Im the mad one?

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Hi everybody,

Well it’s Thursday. That day of the week when TechnologyGuardian comes out.

technologyGuardian 30/07/09

technologyGuardian 30/07/09

It’s a must read but I guess not EVERYBODY (who is ANYBODY) can get hold of a copy.

We in Tullamore get at least three copies from the-only-newsagent-in-town-that-has-it.

I got mine so I will share (it cost €1 so any contributions will be gratefully accepted)

REM : Set up a donations page on Irish Secure
HeadLine : “When the chips are down”

This is all about fabs – chip fabrication plants, and their cost. Moore’s Law is quoted (please look it up) but the cost of designing a new chip is estimated as $50m , mostly for software (?) and this economic fact may prohibit the production and research of a new chip.

  • 18nm > the expected size of chip circuits in 2014 [it was 3,000nm in 1982] nanometer = billionths of a meter.

Global Foundries, a spin-off of AMD, who is building a new $4.2bn plant in Saratoga County, New York. (thanks to help from New York state who contributed $1.2bn). The plant is due in operation in 2012 and is expected to generate 1,400 jobs, a welcome boost in these economic downturns. BTW the goverment of Abu Dhabi is investing $6bn over the next two years in FAB2. Ha! a FAB2 already.

But from the gloom comes Rock’s Law – the cost of a chip fabrication plant doubles every four years. Rubbish says Philip Ross IEEE. (Just love acronyms doncha know. Remember TWAIN for scanners “Technology Without An Interesting Name” lol). Sorry. The article concludes “Kurzweil…reckons that the next stage is that chips will be built in 3 dimensions”

Got It? Well a bit over my head I must admit. But it’s good about job creation and if your know-it-all-friend starts talking about fabs just toss in “mumble…Abu Dhabi…cough….$6bn….then loudly: FAB2!

Refs: http://bit.ly/fabs1 , http://bit.ly/fabs2


On The Inside : Microsoft has a bad year at the office

The Boys

The Boys

“For the first time in its 34 years, Microsoft has seen revenues dip. Is this a sign of the times or a symptom of decline?” Aaaahh Le pouvre Microsoft. and ” Microsoft is loved; it is hated; but above all Microsoft is big” blah….infatuation with search engines / capitulated in arguments with EU / download other web browsers…. stuff. But the fact is Microsoft got smaller. see graph.

MS Graph :(

MS Graph 😦

> IBM saw revenue drop
> Google’s ship remains steady
> Apple seems to be ignoring the recession entirely, merrily posting blockbuster profits thanks to the iPhone

But what I found interesting was Mini-Microsft, :

Microsoft FY09Q4 Results

“This is it. The wrap up of FY09, coming fresh to us Thursday July 23rd.
I’ll put this up a bit early in case there are any initial questions, thoughts, or insights regarding how FY09 is closing.” [and]

Disclaimer : These are sole individual personal points-of-view and the posts and comments by the participants in no way represent the official point-of-view of Microsoft or any other organization.

This is a discussion to foster debate and by no means an enactment of policy-violation. These posts are provided “as-is” with no warranties and confer no rights. So chill. And think.

Cool. Back to the topic Mini-Microsoft commenters – despite MS $60bn revenues 2009- ” …there is a serious psychological impact to suddenly being on the back foot after so many years of having the Midas touch”. So they are not happy bunnies. Finally: things will bounce back…Microsoft’s size may prove to be its biggest strength rather than a weekness. So, don’t lose any sleep worrying where Bill’s next cup of cofee is coming from.

Coffee Bill?

Coffee Bill?

P.S. Got a great video of Mr Gates when he was but a boy….you must see it but it is difficult….

  • Go To Now Host Your Site .com
  • Click on Solutions
  • Go to the sub menu Media
  • _
    Not a trick honest, it’s embedded in a flash file and I can’t remember how to get it out…..


    Opinion : Virtual Worlds are getting a second life

    NOT VRML (that was last week) but stuff like:

  • World of Warcraft
  • Entropia Universe
  • Habbo Hotel
  • Club Penguin ….and others

  • Snippets : Virtual worlds growth up 39% / estimated $579m / subscriptions / micropayments / 5 to 10 year olds – 76 million registered users / 10 to 15 year olds – 251 million / tails off 15 to 25 year olds only (!) 35 million


    So…Watch out for Twinity ~ ha! shall I join? BETA ~ it’s free, just raised €4.5m; Bluemarsonline.com, testing..”Blue Mars is a free to play massively multiplayer virtual world featuring stunning graphics, realistic characters, and endless social bonding activities. ” again BETA / Free bit spoiled for choice I am : Will Test and report..

    To sum up : ” ….a whole generation growing up for whom having an avatar is second nature, virtual worlds have nowhere to go but up. Only they won’t be virtual worlds – just a part of normal life.”

    What do you think ? Leave a comment. sorry this is a Friday add on but couldn’t resist

    Please Read The Comments!!

    Please Read The Comments!!


    Then there is A Lot on Gaming, sorry not really interested……

    You wanna piece a me punk?

    You wanna piece a me punk?

    —->>> But that would be ignorant and lazy sooooo

    Criminal Behaviour ~ It’s all in the game

    “Street gangs and World of Warcraft (WoW) may not seem linked but analysis of the online role-playing game is helping fight crime in LA”

    Photo : Robert Nickelsberg/Getty

    Photo : Robert Nickelsberg/Getty

    In the past 5 years there were more than 23,000 verified gang crimes in LA > 12,000 felony assaults > approx 10,000 robberies and just under 500 rapes…:(((



    Related: ” …the US Southern Command…. is running operations against drugs and narcoterrorism”

    Analysing data from WoW, Dr Neil Johnson with Palo Alto Research Center + University of CA, says ” We studied these online gangs at the same time I was looking at the offline gangs and it turned out the model we were developing to explain the behaviour of the online guilds began to coincide with the offline gangs”

    Disengenuous? Where do you think WoW got their model from? Thin air? ….?

    But questions arose > Is the largest group the most successful? > Is it stable? > Is it hard to join? > How long do people remain members? >>> “Essentially you are looking at the ecology of groups”

    Mentions : Swine Flu, spread of ideas like the spread of a virus, what would happen if? groups, group dynamics, gang mentality, (sorry for throwing words and concepts at you), C++, fission-fusion, non-linear cluster equations, and…paper and pencil…

    Concludes : “That’s why you will never get rid of gangs – we’re all in gangs”

    Got To Have an Ad :
    Need a job?

    Need a job?


    HA! A Real Newspaper neh!…..anyway here is the……

    Headlines from the ‘net edition:

    Ballmer: Google will try to stop Microsoft/Yahoo deal


    Movie studios sue Pirate Bay


    +353  76 602 4905

    +353 76 602 4905

    iPhone apps could soon be bigger than YouTube.
    But who is making all the money here?
    Apple, the developers,
    or no one at all?

    Well not me… 😦


    Chris Anderson’s Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short

    Cory Doctorow: The economics of ‘free’ goods and services cannot be explained in terms of the marketplace – we are more complicated than that


    • BTW I LOVE THE GUARDIAN ~ Best Goddamn Newspaper in the World



  • Sorry I tried to upload the MP3 but it just does not work 😦
  • Flip Video and Atomic Floyd
    Flip Ultra camcorder Audio (16min 52sec): The European chief of Flip Video on why Cisco bought the company, and the competition from video enabled mobile phones



    Hope you enjoyed this, please leave a comment I need the feedback……

    [My New Unused, Pristine Blog is Here, Try setting one up]

    🙂 ?
    😉 ?
    😦 ?
    :-/ ?
    STATS : $78.479 billion and €1 was the total sum mentioned and I referred to 362 million people


    • pjfbncyl
      Submitted on 2009/07/31 at 9:53pm

      Hi Barbara (The Press)

      Phone: +49 (0) 30 847 12 25 23
      Fax: +49 (0) 30 847 12 25 29
      Email: barbara(at)metaversum.com

      Should I do a press release? +353 (0) 76 602 4905

      >Can we meet at your place?

      >Please Check to see if I have the directions right, I am walking as my car is in the shop

      Ein clever Mann verpflichtet keine kleinen Ungeschicklichkeiten Goethe
      bit harsh perhaps…I mean nobody’s perfect

      btw philipjamesfinlay-bryan now change your life

      try googling pjfbncyl

    • pjfbncyl philip@nowhostyoursite.com Submitted on 2009/07/31 at 10:50am follow @twinity on twitter
    • pjfbncyl
      Submitted on 2009/07/31 at 5:00am

      This month zitty Readers Lounge brings some unexpected moments: This Thursday, 30 July 2009 Alexa Hennig von Lange will be reading live from her latest novel “Peace”, describing the situation of protagonist Joshua, who (to say the least) was raised in a very odd family. His mother chose a rather alternative career model (hippie groupie, ultra lesbian, goa dropout, TV addict & pacifist), his father – or at least the guy he thought of to be his father – got himself a secret second family and a block of shares. On top his mom’s LSD pusher suddenly claims to be his true genitor…
      This is just the basic situation from which Alexa Hennig von Langes’ new novel develops a story line which is packed with wit and tempo – and which shows us the partially absurd debates that influenced our role view over some decades. and……

    • pjfbncyl
      Submitted on 2009/07/30 at 11:03pm

      Well they sent me an email about my graphics card needing updating 😦

      So I did

      I gave them til midnight ~ it is now 11.58 soooo……





    • philip@nowhostyoursite.com
      Submitted on 2009/07/30 at 9:12pm

      “Between you and me:

      my address is:

      Schumannstraße 15A, floor 4 Berlin.

      having a flat warming party next week ~ open invitation”

      REM : shiser, will have to get a Berlin Telephone number off skype
      “Between you and me: my address is: Schumannstraße 15A, floor 4 Berlin. having a flat warming party next week ~ open invitation” REM : shiser, will have to get a Berlin Telephone number off skype
      ApproveUnapprove | Reply | Quick Edit | Edit | Spam | Trash
      Submitted on 2009/07/30 at 8:58pm

      From: Twinity Support [mailto:support 9at0twinity.com]
      Sent: 30 July 2009 22:11
      To: philip(AT)irishsecure.com
      Subject: [#EAN-260138]: Not Working

      Hello Philip,

      thank you for contacting the Twinity Support Team.
      It would be most helpful if you sent us the error message that you receive.
      This will help us for further investigations.

      Best regards,


      Replied : Hi Simone

      “The application failed to initialise properly (0xc015002) Click OK to terminate application”


      From: Twinity Support [mailto:support 9at0twinity.com] Sent: 30 July 2009 22:11 To: philip(AT)irishsecure.com Subject: [#EAN-260138]: Not Working Hello Philip, thank you for contacting the Twinity Support Team. It would be most helpful if you sent us the error message that you receive. This will help us for further investigations. Best regards, Simone

      Replied : Hi Simone “The application failed to initialise properly (0xc015002) Click OK to terminate application” Philip

      ApproveUnapprove | Reply | Quick Edit | Edit | Spam | Trash
      Submitted on 2009/07/30 at 8:40pm

      email to support (at)twinity.com :
      cc: admin (at) nowireland.net

      I registered
      I downloaded BETA
      I went to the community pages Firefox didn’t like it
      Installed Twinity ~ Error message exception wouldn’t start
      Downloaded client, Installed same message
      Closed PC and restarted ~ same problem
      Tried Internet Explorer 8 Got an apt OK
      BUT user guide & forum give me an error
      Uninstalled everything. Downloaded and installed again
      Same errors

      I run Vista Home Premium 32 bit on an Intel Quad Core 2.3 gigahertz processor with 4 gigs RAM


    Bye Bye 2009

    I will be in Multiple Worlds but At Midnight I will be in Twinity.com my First Virtal Reality world. I will be in Trafalgar Square, like I was when I was 21 . At 00.15am I Will be in Blue Mars. Sorry All Times Are GMT. I LOVE YOU ALL.

    Trafalgar Square 2009


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