NCI, Roswell and Flat Earth Theory

I have found the following blog post. This is an example of what I call “Yammerhead Drama”

Below is a full analysis of the resignation of Carl Metropolitan as the Executive Director of NCI. Carl is the founder of NCI and developed it to it’s status from 2005 to 2009. He was forced out of power by the Woodbury University Group members that had infiltrated his organization and had become officers of NCI. The entire scheme was orchestrated by an unlikely character – Imnotgoing Sideways (Immy)

A group of friends go to a bar. One or two of them are acquainted the manager. They all drink a bit too much and get into argument. The next day, the bar closes, and then reopens under new management.

As is inevitable on the internet, people who have exactly zero clue of any of the reality of the situation, place themselves at the center of the universe. Not being equipped with even the most fundamental facts*, or the intent to apply the least bit of critical thinking, they doggedly mistake correlation for causation, and ascribe the change in management to the personalities involved in the argument. Read the rest of this entry »

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NCI and Preventing Propaganda

Recently there has been a change of management at New Citizens Inc. Carl Metropolitan has stepped down and resigned the group. NCI is Second Life’s largest newcomer helping organisation. It’s also my home and my “second life family”.

Carl made the decision that he thought was right. While I’m personally deeply saddened, I accept that he’s no longer with us. Even though he is no longer here, NCI is, and there’s still work to be done, bills to be paid, a membership to be served.

The following is my own voice. I’m speaking for myself, not NCI. This is my personal blog, my personal thoughts, anyone caught trying to impute any of this as “NCI’s official position”, or imply that I have an agenda other than what I’m about to express, should be summarily dismissed as ignorant of the facts and a yammerhead. Honestly, I’m posting this to vent because I’m irritated that some people feeding off of this like drama leeches rather that simply acknowledging that people simply saw things in a different light.

So who the heck am I in relation to NCI? Here’s where I fit in: Read the rest of this entry »

How to find New Citizens Incorporated in Second Life

How do I find help in Second Life? Where do I go in Second Life to find answers to my questions? How do I learn things? Are there classes, tutorials or primers to learn how to do things in Second Life?

New to Second Life and looking for some basic newcomer (newbie) tips tricks and tutorials? New Citizens Inc. Is just the place to go. NCI’s mission is to help newcomers integrate themselves into Second Life in a wholesome, safe, peaceful and fun environment. We offer dedicated experienced and knowledgeable helpers who other than having been around the block more than once, are patient, courteous and IMO generous with their time.

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Interview with Brace Coral, founder of New Citizens Inc

Quite Oh: is teleported to Brace Coral’s home…
… and lands deep into the ocean

Quite Oh: Sploosh!

Brace Coral:  welcome to Teh Shack!

Quite Oh: Thank you. Is this TEH shack!? :)

Brace Coral:  Have a seat where ya like

Brace Coral:  Uh… the Brace Luv Shack!

Brace Coral:  lol

Quite Oh: :)

Image of Brace Coral and Quite Oh at Teh Luv Shack

Image of Brace Coral and Quite Oh at Teh Luv Shack

Quite Oh: Well thanks for taking the time, Brace. I’m doing a series of  interviews on the whole of the NCI crew on my blog, and as founding member, many of us thought it appropriate that you be the guiney-pi… er, first member interviewed.

Brace Coral:  My life is an open book! Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching Newbies in Second Life

I’m a helper at New Citizens Incorporated. I like to do it. And along the way, I’ve learned a few tricks. Just some random thoughts at the moment.

Keep focused. The objective (IMO) of a helper is to bring the newcomer, specifically the new-rezzed to a point of competence in the basics skills of SL as quickly as is possible. The shorter you keep your training, the easier it is on both of you.

Now, YOU are the helper. It’s up to you to take charge. YOU set the frame for the interaction. Keep structured, if you let Them Who Know Not What They Do take charge, you will be helping them for hours on end. This goes against our mission, and honestly, sometimes our (and their) patience. I’m a helper, but I live there, so when I like to hang out with my friends and build, it’s nice to help someone move on quickly.

Have a structured tutorial for the basic skills. I’m in the midst of writing a formal version of one that I use and adapt right now. I’ll post it at some point.

When teaching someone basic skills, start off with the very simplest granular piece, then progressively build on it. Walking: Arrow Keys. One tap = one step. Running. Just like walking. Control R toggles walk/run. Flying: just like walking. Page up. arrow keys. Tap tap. Page down. Sit on the ground, sit on a cube.  Sit on a pose stand. And so on and so forth.

Teach them what they need to know now. When you teach them to use the camera, for example, use the alt/option click. Don’t bother with shift-alt/option and control-shift-alt/option. It’s too much detail to take in at once. Teach them to focus on your nose (torso is usually a bigger and easier area, so they *always* pick that. Yeah. Boobs. It encourages them <<shrug>>). Then teach them to look at the back of your head. Then teach them to look at their face. That’s the part they love the most. Then teach them to read a poster far, far away.

As you are teaching, teach them WHY things pay off. Your camera skills are important, because you get to see everyone from far off. Ever notice that oldbies don’t walk into each other’s faces? Nothing says Noob like being Nose to Nose. Now you can stand at a comfortable distance! +1 coolness points for you!

And encourage them at every action. Yay! Running! Now you can sit and stand! Good job! Trust me, this goes a long way. It keeps them motivated, positive, energized and feeling good about acquiring new skills. I believe that positive experiences with polite, courteous, supportive and generous teachers up front creates for good citizens. Remember: YOU are one of their templates.

Use metaphores based on experience that they understand. A landmark is like a bookmark. You’ve surfed the web, right? Ever bookmarked a place? Same idea, instead, just like we can bookmark a site, we can landmark a place.

When meeting a newbie, quickly assess their skill level. Ask questions right up front. Are you on a Mac, or a PC? What is your skill level with computers? Don’t take it for granted that they are either competent, or incompetent. Ask pointed questions to know how to direct their attention.

When they say “I need help” ask question that are specific: “To do what?”. Then wait. And listen. The next few words will tell you everything about their skill level.

When they say “I’m new”, don’t respond with “Obviously”. That’s just not nice. Welcome them to Second Life with energy and a cheery smile.

Working with a group is actually easier than working with individuals. Not only do you have pack mentality at work, but they help each other out and each other’s successes encourages the other.

You want to make sure that they can move, communicate and use their camera. In that order.

The next level is that of understanding the fundamentals of inventory, rezzing and taking. Then the search feature, teleports and how to use common objects.

The next steps after that are the very fundametals of culture and etiquette.

At this point, they are well equipped to go out in the world. You can set them free! If they come back, the questions they will ask you will be so much more interesting. They usually involve houses, land and money (they’ve discovered shopping).

Helpers get asked the same questions, over and over. Have some sort of text-macro software with pre-made answers.

Sometimes it helps to have two people relay help. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just don’t seem to have the language, or the right conceptual frame to ‘splain something to that particular someone. It’s often useful to have another person bounce ideas in a new way, or catch it from a different angle. But make sure that your partner understands what direction you are going in.

Take every single helping instance as an opportunity to streamline your teaching matter. Take the time to consider how to sequence ideas and phrase them so that the shortest sentence drills it into their mind. This is a repetitive task. The shorter and more impactful you can make it, the funner it will be for you in the long run.

Hope some of these ideas help. I’ll post more as I think of them.

PS: I am WAAAY open to new ideas and suggestions on this theme. Let me know!

Brace Beats Bejeezus out of Beautiful, Bodacious and Benificient Quite Oh

Sunday, August 3, 2008,
Kuula, Second Life

Before shocked and terrified avatars, Brace Coral, founding member of New Citizens Incorpororated went on a rampage of widly transforming from shape to shape until in a blinding act of Avatar on Avatar violence beat Quite Oh senseless. “At first, we thought she was having a good time”, quivered Nikko Dezno, fluid running down his pipes, “but then Quite hit the ground as if lightnting struck! We were all in shock, and then we looked up only to see Brace wielding a bat over her, with a wide-eyed yet placid look on her face”.

Quite Oh, who was allegedly beaten sensless, over and over claims to not recall the event, saying that “…everything was sort of hazy and unrezzed. It was like I was hovering above my body. I thought I was dying”.

Quite Oh remained motionless for a full three minutes before realizing that she had not died or frozen. Witness to this brutal and baffling act, Miter Lorefield managed to capture the dangerous woman in the act. Miter was logged to having cried out “Proof!”.

Brace Coral Beats Bejeezus out of Benificient Oh

Brace Coral Beats Bejeezus out of Beautiful and Benificient Quite Oh

The wild and cunning Brace Coral remains uncaptured to this day. Said a witness who was too chicken to give her name *cough*Disa*cough*: “I’m not turning her in! Brace is wild and crazy and sets fear into my heart. I tremble at the mere mention of her name! No way man!”.  Locke Cardway a less than sympathetic and well known shady character offered “Finally someone had the courage to do it. X-D”. Ms. Cardway is currently under investigation by the mean-people avatar squad.

A reward is offered: high quality cubes made of plywood from genuine Linden trees is offered for information leading to her arrest, or at the very least, serious tsk-tsk-tsking

Some reasons why I love NCI and Kuula

Kuula, which belongs to New Citizens Incorporated, an organisation dedicated to providing a safe, wholesome and fun environment for Second Life newbies to learn the basics, is my home.

I love Kuula. Here are some reasons why.

Ems catches Quite's attention

Ems catches Quite's attention

Friends

Friends

Oldbie Show and tell!

Oldbie Show and tell!

Quite's first show and tell item

Quite's first show and tell item

There's always something fun to do at Kuula. Like pranking AFK's

There's always something fun to do at Kuula. Like pranking AFK's

That'll teach him to go AFK!

That'll teach him to go AFK!

The setup... Turns out he was AFK long enough for us to build a studio around him!

The setup... Turns out he was AFK long enough for us to build a studio around him!

Kuula has some of SL's most handsome sheep! Bahh!

Kuula has some of SL's most handsome sheep! Bahh!

Onigokko! Need I say more?

Onigokko! Need I say more?

We have battles with Evil Egg Men

We have battles with Evil Egg Men

They are pitched and exciting!

They are pitched and exciting!

And the best is that he lets us win!

And the best is that he lets us win!

None of us are Miter's girlfriends

None of us are Miter's girlfriend

Newbie building blitz's. Miter won! Yay!

Newbie building blitz's. Miter won! Yay!

Of course, I am put on a pedastal and worshipped.

Of course, I am put on a pedastal and worshipped.

Beverly's parties and dances at Fisherman's cove

Beverly's parties and dances at Fisherman's cove

And finally, more friends. The variety of personalities, avatars, characters always makes Kuula a fun place, but the real magic is the bonds we form.

And finally, more friends. The variety of personalities, avatars, characters always makes Kuula a fun place, but the real magic is the bonds we form.