This week we examine the Second Life community’s relationship with Linden Lab, new insight into the Lab’s new direction, Qarl defines a wackadoodle,  and more!

This week’s topics include:


Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres) is a musician, new media producer, and machinima journalist.

Karl Stiefvater (Qarl Fizz, formerly Qarl Linden) is visual effects artist, software developer, and interactive designer extraordinaire.

Thank you to our sponsor, Pretty Feet!


About Kim/Gianna

Kimberly Winnington (SL: Gianna Borgnine) is the Emmy nominated owner and CEO of Sand Castle Studios, LLC, a company dedicated to helping organizations maximize the full potential of virtual worlds and social media by creating interactive, social, and 3D experiences. For the last 5 years, Kimberly has helped SCS clients stay ahead of the curve and is a respected resource for information on current and developing trends, social media, and immersive experiences.
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12 Responses to Wackadoodle-Doo

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  2. Crap Mariner says:

    I, for one, am proud to be a wackadoodle. (And so it my alt.)

    It’s fun.
    It’s wild.
    It’s liberating.
    And it’s what the voices in my fillings tell me to do.


  3. Snow Bristol says:

    Qarl needs to make that site, if you just write his name on money and put it in the mail, it doesn’t work. Plus, the post office gets really mad at you.

  4. Chestnut Rau says:

    OMG. Here is what I actually said on my blog:

    “As near as I can tell, Karl Steifvater was quoted as saying ” You know what’s the best part of being non-Linden? I don’t have to deal with the wackadoodles any more.” ….I can understand why Karl said it as anyone who deals with the public has to cope with insane customers now and then. If you combine that with the “celebrity” status Lindens have I imagine it can get tedious.”

    See where I said I UNDERSTAND why Karl might have said it because there are wackadoodles out there? There are lots of ridiculous passionate people out there who are CRAZY.

    I was trying to be *funny* when I proclaimed myself to be a wackadoodle. It was meant as a light hearted post – a JOKE.

    • Chestnut Rau says:

      Ummm….Gianna. I don’t know who you know nor was my post “against” you.

      I find Gary Vaynerchuk interesting. I listened to what he said and it resonated with me so I wrote a post reflecting my views.

      Clearly the dynamic between LL and the community is profoundly broken. I don’t know how to fix it but I am looking to Linden Lab to show leadership. That is all.

      I am always gonna be a wackadoodle though.

    • Kim/Gianna says:

      I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I’m pretty sure we all knew your post (as well as Botgirl’s) was a joke. I thought I expressed on the show that it was about half and half with people making joke posts and people making serious comments like the example I gave using one left on my blog. I didn’t mean for it to come off otherwise.

  5. Vanessa says:

    – wackadoodle – sounds very much like wacking off – that is jerking off, which makes a wackadoodle = a wanker. Enough said.
    – Drax is spot on (again! wow that’s twice now): people create their own version of what you say. Gianna needs to stop saying sorry that people are stupid and choose to misinterpret what she says.
    – to paraphrase something I saw this week – “the negativity police are so personally invested they have lost the ability to see clearly and think critically.”
    – perhaps people should check first before they try to quote your friends to use against you, unbeknownst to them
    – Drax’s comment regarding running off to go wackadoodling is funny but TMI, see first point
    – I think that sometimes Lindenlab appears not to communicate well simply because they have not anticipated the screaming hysterical fits from quite a tiny minority of residents.
    – Karl’s comments on communication are interesting, especially that it takes at least two parties to actually want to communicate, not scream meaningless, abusive babble because someone can’t use their viewer correctly in a badly built, over lagged sim.
    – good to hear some of Rod’s official stats, but I’m sure the doom and gloom crowd will find reason to undermine these, even if just calling him a liar outright
    – I’m really curious to see what unique and weird is, according to the world of Rod Humble
    – Philip’s new ‘idea’ is not original – see http://www.stickk.com, it’s been around since 2007. This is a terrible venture for Philip to involve himself in: it smells like a scam, reads like a scam. So even though I don’t believe that Philip is scamming anyone, this is what it appears to be. DON’T DO IT KARL.

  6. Chestnut Rau says:

    Hey Vanessa thanks for quoting my tweet! “the negativity police are so personally invested they have lost the ability to see clearly and think critically.” I am glad you saw it and liked it enough to repeat it here.

    To be very clear – my post was not “against Gianna” or even about Gianna in any way, shape or form. It was was me musing about ways to break the cycle of dysfunction that threatens Second Life, which is a goal many of us share.

  7. Pam Broviak says:

    The story about someone stalking Karl because they hated mesh was priceless! And I think I’d be ok with being called a wackadoodle – I’ve been called a lot worse by construction workers on my projects.

  8. Feeling very guilty towards Qarl right now after listening to this.

    Thinking we’ve hooked onto ‘wackadoodle’ mostly because it is the easy thing to lock onto when our real frustration is the near muzzle put on communications from the lab over the last year, that’s exploded since discussion of last names got shut down.

    When that happened, I and others who’d read Hamlet’s blog not long beforehand, and commented on that at its time, ran with it even moreso once it seemed as if “and here’s the example” had come out with that communication shut down.

    Oh and on the rendering system mentioned in one brief paragraph in this podcast: I’ve been chanting on how better screenshots look in the current viewer for a while now. But people don’t notice this stuff as easily as the ‘it ain’t working’ issues.
    – I only starting thinking about after some people asked me why some of my screenshots looked so nice.

    – Which is a general thing, V3 in general has been like that. Lots of not so obvious but actually pretty big improvements… which is kind of what makes the lack of good communication out of LL so frustrating.

  9. Allen Eppenberger says:

    Dang! I was listening to the podcast, and when you got to the Bitcoin story, I was REALLY hoping you got your source from my story in the SLEnquirer. But you went with the direct source. Oh, well, Its still a good show. :-)

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