another rainy Wednesday
Today is the 4th day of the 30th week, the 25th day of the 7th month, the 206th day of 2018.
ON THIS DAY IN ...
315 – The Arch of Constantine is completed near the Colosseum in Rome to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge.
1536 – Sebastián de Belalcázar on his search of El Dorado founds the city of Santiago de Cali.
1538 – The city of Guayaquil is founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana and given the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil.
1567 – Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.
1609 – The English ship Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, is deliberately driven ashore during a storm at Bermuda to prevent its sinking; the survivors go on to found a new colony there.
1693 – Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Mexico.
1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K550).
1837 – The first commercial use of an electrical telegraph is successfully demonstrated in London by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone.
1869 – The Japanese daimyōs begin returning their land holdings to the emperor as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms. (Traditional Japanese Date: June 17, 1869).
1908 – Ajinomoto [a Japanese food and chemical corporation which produces seasonings, cooking oils, TV dinners, sweeteners, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals] is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in kombu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it.
1909 – Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine from (Calais to Dover, England, United Kingdom) in 37 minutes.
1915 – RFC Captain Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British pursuit aviator to earn the Victoria Cross.
1917 – Sir Robert Borden introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).
1946 – An atomic bomb is detonated by the United States underwater in the lagoon of Bikini Atoll.
1952 - CBC/Radio Canada TV covers Montréal Royals baseball game; First experimental Canadian telecast; regular television programming begins in September, 1952 in Montréal, Québec
1965 – Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music.
1973 – Soviet Mars 5 space probe is launched.
1975 - The musical "A Chorus Line" opened on Broadway.
1976 – Viking 1 takes the famous Face on Mars photo.
1978 – Birth of Louise Joy Brown, the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.
1984 – Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 42 mins 25 secs of light-travel time and Voyager II is 16 hrs 15 mins 43 secs of light-travel time from Earth
George Carlin used to do a great routine about “stuff” and how you would take your stuff with you wherever you went so you would have your stuff around even if you were buying new stuff. Many of us who have 2nd Lives are now learning just how hard it is for folks to give up their stuff when it comes to digital assets as InWorldz is closing. InWorldz is a community based, open sim world that is much like Second Life. They have slightly different rules, a more flexible land system, and some amazing landscapes. Many people, including beladona, are actually denizens of both IW and SL and over the years we have accumulated very large inventories just jammed with virtual stuff for which we laid out real money – avatars, clothing and accessories, landscaping, homes, and scripts that enabled us to dance and do other things in the course of living.
Fact of the matter is we consumers don’t OWN the things that we have bought. We actually purchased a license to use those things, or as I think of it, we rented space on the server where the world lives for that item. Thing about that is when the server goes away, so do the items, and some people are really angry and upset about that. I will admit that I will miss the cottage I had, with landscaping and some pretty fantastic furniture. I will admit that I am sorry to lose the “mini me” that was custom designed for beladona. The owners are trying desperately to back things up by Friday and have a GoFundMe page, but there has been a lot of vitriol spread as people struggle to understand what has happened.
After nine years, it is hard to give up stuff, even virtual stuff. And that doesn’t even address the communities and friends
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