Friday, October 31, 2003

A little rant about There.com
Well, I'm about three days into the free trial over at There.com, which is the new 3-D interactive environment. There's some good and some bad, but right now, I'm frustrated with them and want to post some of the bad.
- The free trial is not free. If you want to do pretty much anything, you have to get your hands on there bucks. Assuming you don't start off ready to earn there bucks by showing noobs around, you have to purchase there bucks. After a day, I was ready to fork over a little bit of cash to use some there bucks and see how some more features worked. [I thought that was pretty generous of me.] So I went to the page to buy therebucks, followed the instructions, charged it to my debit card, and... no there bucks. Frustrated yesterday at the zero balance in my there bucks account, I did the IM thing with a help agent (done well - very fast). However, while she was there quickly, she wasn't actually helpful. Apparently, when you buy therebucks, it takes "1 to 4 days" for the charge to "go through" and for you to get your therebucks. So for two days now, I've pretty much been able to do jack squat in There, despite the fact that I've charged real American bucks to my account. Paypal told them they were paid, and they accepted the payment, but no credit to my There bucks account. Couldn't they just assume it will go through and give me the there bucks? Then if for some reason the payment did not make it, they could just remove the there bucks from my virtual account and take back whatever I had purchased? (The things you purchase are like virtual clothes and virtual rental properties, you don't actually get anything they'd have to repo.) This is such a problem it probably will prevent me from getting a membership. Also, it would have been nice to know the therebucks would not be instantaneously converted. And adding this material piece of info to the page would not have been difficult.
- You have to use internet explorer. There.com does not support standards complient browsers. So now the only reason to have IE on my desktop is to launch There. That sucks, There.
- When the system is down, you go to There Central, which is sort of a browser based portal for all things There. That's fine- it's a huge system, and they're still working out the bugs. But how about a little news piece at There Central, so I know when it's back up?
- There's some bug in the system that automatically hangs up my dial-up connection every 15 minutes or so. No other program that I use online does this to my connection. This is the kind of bug that would make someone get frustrated and not use the system, don't ya think? I mean, your right in the middle of a conversation with a sexy avatar in a catsuit, and ~poof~ you're disconnected. To the person you're talking to, you just kinda vanish. Not good.

There are good things There. You have hover packs to get around. You have tons of parties to go to. The IM interface is easy and intuitive. The graphics are really well done. Excellent costomization. Great, interesting environments (although night time would be nice, especially at all the Tiki bars). It's sooo close to being the first of its kind and worth the subscription. Hence my frustration.

I'll keep you updated. Oh, and if any of you are in There, my handle is Sagcat. If you decide to try it out, use me as a reference, and I'll get some there bucks (someday.)

Halloween
What's the scariest thing in the world this Halloween? Well, it's the same thing that's the scariest thing in the world every other day of the year: Religious People!! This story on 'Le Halloween' in France is kinda funny, except for this frightening quote: "French Catholic youth groups plan to demonstrate for the second year running against what they see as Halloween's trivialization of death." Protests? Oh well, it's still better than what the religious freaks do in this country. A while back when I was working at the Humane Society, some kids were in with their mother getting a cat. They seemed like perfectly normal people. One of the kids asks me when the cat's birthday was. Well, some quick math on my part and I'm saying, "October... End of the month... You could use Halloween!" I thought that was great. The mother says to me, "Oh, we don't celebrate that." And then one of the other kids pipes up and says in the spookiest possible voice (think Rod & Todd) "We call it 'Hallelujah!" Poor kids. Let's go get our Anti-Christian / Pro-Pagan groove on tonight, shall we?

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

There
I am currently downloading the software to the free 14 day trial of There. There is an interactive 3D environment, kinda like the Sims online, but supposedly cooler. Do any of you, my blog groupies, have any experience with There which would be helpful? Is there anyway to make therebucks other than selling designs of hoverbikes and such? Is it worth the time, not to mention the money? I have a feeling this could be something I'd enjoy for about a month, but then get bored with, ala SuicideGirls.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Huge solar burst recorded and headed toward Earth
CNN.com - Sun erupts in biggest storm in years - Oct. 28, 2003
Could cause some cool Auroral shows, too. Go to slashdot (link on right column) to get links to movies of the solar flares. Cool stuff!.

Religious people being phenominally stupid - AGAIN
Salon.com Life | No sex, please -- or we'll audit you
This is Salon's lead story today, and you should read it - Republicans are stupid (we all knew that) but the Republicans motivated by their religious views are downright scary. Can we please one-term this administration?

Random Tuesday morning thoughts
In the Pilot of Futurama, Leela's job is determining people's career's by determining what job they are best suited for and then installing their career chips. Interestingly, that means that Leels is best suited to tell people what to do. In that system, I would be given the Dictator of a Carribean Island chip.

My neighbors leave their screen door open all the time so that it just flops around in the wind. It's not a big shared porch, so it's kind of annoying. Then again, the tree we have on the porch has been dead for several months now, so...

Pat Robertson explains what to do about Pagans in your home!!
Satanic Activity in the Home
This is pretty much a must read. Also check out the CBN's site devoted to Halloween.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Help the President!!
MoveOn.org: Affidavit Campaign
You can sign an affidavit and send it to the white house assuring them under oath that you are not the person who leaked Plame's identity to the traitor, Robert Novak. Since the White house is having so much trouble figuring out who leaked the information, I'm sure this will help.

A story about blogs
CNN.com has this story today describing how blogs are the most important things in the whole world.

The boy and I are home sick today. We both feel like total crap.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Lament
erased