“Dirty Rice” // Creole Beef and Pepper Rice

This looks so good I’ll have to make it!

Wish to Dish

Bringing you a warming one pot wonder today as even in the midst of summer comfort food is still essential!

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I recently experienced my first foray into Creole cuisine via a Gumbo that my Dad made for dinner a few weeks ago. It was sheer perfection. Warming, spicy and packed full of carefully balanced flavours yet utterly gentle on the palate. In short it was a hug for my mouth. Centered in Louisiana it is a style of cooking and eating brought together by it’s immigrant population – a blend of cultures and cuisines from all across the world. I read about a common side dish eaten in Louisiana called dirty rice; “dirty” because of the colours and flavours the rice adopts by being cooked with meats and spices. This recipe is inspired by several traditional dirty rice recipes that I read though I substituted the customary chicken liver for…

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show #152: mesh heads

Mesh heads are what revived my interest in SL. Before the Bento mesh heads my interest was falling.

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]

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we talk mesh heads, bento mesh heads, avatar identity and where the train is headed in second life and elsewhere >>> why do we enjoy playing dress up? is second life turning into zombie land like real life due to lifeless mesh barbies?

you be the judge:

more info on all we talks about is below:

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  • music today by frank zappa and da mokettes = palolo valley girls
  • random pic of palolo valley just to complete the metaphor:

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  • new edu vr tech looks like sl ca 2005:

  • the bunnies are dead and we will talk about them in a week or so:

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show #145: an easter manifesto

I’ve rarely listened to a Drax pod cast all the way though in a long time. Generally they have been a rebroadcast of VR hype or some other type of hype. But this interview was thought provoking.

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]

show #145.jpgjim reichert [aka illiastra] is our guest. he speaks not in his function as a microsoft employee or hololens pioneer but as the man who penned a “metaverse manifesto” of sorts.

while the neo vr crowd [jim’s term!] mingles at vrla, drax stayed put, requested permission to rename the manifesto for the season and discusses the implications of the points raised:

and just a bit to read coz we are in easter mood. sorry…

  • here is the man >>> in rl and sl:
  • jim’s manifesto:

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  • freewee ling is mentioned by jim and her art is fab! [she has a cameo in the film below]
  • are you at vrla? we are not but do not worry coz…

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]…

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Real Magic

This is how I’ve done magik for years. I prefer this spelling for “magic” so the idea won’t be confused with actions of some mystical power outside of myself.

I confuse my more mystical pagan friends because I read tarot but only for myself as an aid in my own meditations. I’m comfortable with the cards from years of experience with them. I’ve even setup a Tarot reading place in a virtual world called Second Life. I try to go once a day and read for myself. It gives me a place to go and look inside myself. As well as having a place to go to have some me time away from the frantic activity of the real world.

Atheopaganism

Reality. It’s filled with marvels!

It is not, however, filled with every marvel we can imagine. There are no dragons, nor unicorns. There are no pixies or fairies. And there is no “magic” in the sense of spellcasting, “charging” items with “power” or “energy”, hexes, curses, or otherwise affecting the course of events without material cause.

Just as there are no gods, there is no magic. If we soberly consider the evidence, the conclusion is inevitable.

Except…well, wait a minute.

When a ritual adds to your confidence and performance in a job interview, is that magic? When a ceremony breaks open longheld rage and transmutes it to grief and healing? What about when a wedding binds two people to one another before their communities and loved ones?

Are not these things “magical”, in the sense that they surprise and delight us with effects psychological and meaningful?

Well, certainly they are.

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New Second Life community platform coming soon

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On 17th February Linden Lab announced A Fresh New Community Look is Just Around the Corner!. The next version of the Second Life community platform will have a new look and feel to it. It’s been some time since the Second Life community platform last got updated so it will be great to see the new look when it launches before the end of February 2017.

Read-only mode comes into effect soon

To go from the current platform to the new platform the forums will be put into read-only mode during the export process. During that time everyone will be able to read the forums but they will not be able to publish new posts until the export job has been successfully completed.

Upcoming changes that you know about:

  • Between 21st – 27th February: the forums will go into read-only mode
  • On 27th February: the new Second Life platform…

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Why Ritual?

Because of physical and location limitations I do my rituals with friends in the virtual world called Second Life.

Atheopaganism

For atheists new to the “pagan” part of Atheopaganism, the frequent question to crop up is: what’s up with these rituals? Why do you do those?

And to speak to the rational parts of their minds which are commonly what they most rely on, I answer that ritual enables us to enter the Ritual State (limbic/”trance” brain state, also known to artists as “flow”). It’s pleasurable. It adds depth and meaning to life.

But there is more than that. In marking the passage of the seasons, in conducting rituals to recognize, transform and heal our personal woundedness, we gain new hope and motivation towards our goals, and express deep intentions for the future. We connect with one another, building community.

We conduct rituals to mark special events in a person’s life, such as naming ceremonies, passage into becoming an adult, marriage, or death. These rituals are powerful reminders that our lives…

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Linden Lab amongst tech companies who filed immigration legal brief opposing Trump

Glad to know some companies still have morals. 🙂 (zzpearlbottom said it first but I feel the same.)

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After a public statement of disapproval regarding Donald Trump’s immigration policies, Linden Lab is now on the list of 127 Tech companies who have signed a legal brief.

The so called amicus brief argues that Trump’s immigration order is illegal and mentions the important contributions immigrants have made to the tech economy.
It also mentions that the policies will make it harder and more expensive to hire new employees from abroad or to do business there because of travel restrictions.
In short, it is bad for business.

Some of the other companies on the list are Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Twitter, Paypal, Ebay, Tesla and SpaceX.

If I understood correctly, the legal background of an amicus brief is that it is an official way of supporting a lawsuit without being a party to it.
Although of course this might still change if the companies decide to step up their involvement.
But it’s a…

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