Archive for September, 2006

What is Cyber Oppression?

Posted in Laws by epictetus on September 18th, 2006

Because of my Cyberone class I’ve been thinking a lot about virtual worlds and the ethics and control systems inside those worlds.  I am wondering, what would it take to create a totalitarian, oppressive government inside Second Life?  Could one arise independently of the world’s technical admins?

How Free Software Taught Me To Fish

Posted in Laws by epictetus on September 18th, 2006

I thought I’d upload this essay I did for a summer expository writing class.  I took the class with my stepson Avery, it was a lot of fun. The essay is about how free software saved my life, and the way I feel I must repay that debt of honor.

I am mad busy

Posted in Laws by epictetus on September 16th, 2006

Hola amigos, it’s been a while since I rapped at ya.  I’ve been really busy with school and work and marriage and step-fatherhood and all the other stuff I do to keep busy. Just last week my company started running radio ads for the product I designed, efact. We’ve also sent out postcards to a few thousand real estate conveyancers, and have a team of cold-callers calling all of those conveyancers to tell them about the product.  It seems to be selling very well, but the rollout is keeping me very busy.

My classes are just starting right now also — I am in a class called CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion.  It is taught by Charles Nesson and his daughter Rebecca. It’s only been going for a week, but so far it seems like it might be one of the coolest classes I’ve ever taken. Parts of the class are being held in Second Life, and CBS Evening News is supposedly going to do a special about it because it is so innovative.  I am also taking a programming class (on linux, unix, C, CGI) and a laboratory electronics class.

I’ve had some kind of illness for quite a while now, I’ve been on two different kinds of antibiotics but I just can’t seem to kick it. I hope I get better soon.