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Roaming Bot Analysis Update

1 September 2019

I've been keeping the Bot Survey updated monthly with current figures on the automated avatars that cruise around the Second Life grid, but this month I've updated the text and descriptions to better reflect analysis to date. Short version: many (but not all) roaming bots are basically surveying Second Life land; most are likely concerned with ownership and status information, while a few have more-specialised functions. They are certainly not stalking individuals.

There's also a pretty chart. See? Don't I always treat you right?

Bots and Avatars

1 May 2019

Avatar Survey

I've been running my bot Loubottin for a while now, and I've finally gotten a small start on presenting some of the data it gathers. Ever want to know if:

  • Avatars are getting shorter in the last couple years? (not really)
  • What's the ratio of male to female avatars in SL? (About 1:2. Think about that.)
  • Is average active SL avatar getting older? (definitely)
  • Are avatars getting "heavier" to render? (not really)
  • Are avatars using more script memory lately? (yup)

Well, guess what? Now instead of speculating about stuff like that, I have actual data. I'm sure it's not going to stop bloggers from having ridiculous unsubstantiated opinions, though.

Bot Survey

Did you know over 100 automated avatar accounts (bots) teleport around the Second Life grid on a near continuous basis? Well, they do. Now you can learn a bit more about them.

Exit Stage Left

28 February 2019
Happy Birthday

Lou vs. The Bee Gees

1 January 2019

Did you know the Bee Gees dabbled in hippy-dippy flower-child songs in the 1960s just like everyone else? Me either! It's not quite Ah ah ah ah Aquarius!—and, to their credit, the Bee Gees apparently never intended the material to be released—but I still thought it might be fun to play around with it a little bit. Happy New Year!

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

15 December 2018

Now we know what happens when I let whisky decide what belongs in a holiday tune.

Blue Christmas

Obligatory Fleetwood Mac Cover

29 October 2018

Most women who play in bands get asked to cover some Fleetwood Mac song or other at some point. It's happened to me! I just figured it would be sensible to cover the song also covered by Judas Priest. Happy Halloween!

Green Manalishi

Cross the Styx on Route 666

17 October 2018

Just in time for Halloween — slightly creepy music over on the music page! For years I'd been carrying around the idea of doing a parody of Bobby Troup's "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" but changing it to "Route 666" with appropiate lyrical shifts…and just sort of assumed everyone had already done it. But when I went to look, it didn't seem like anyone had! So I took a crack at it. Special thanks to long-time friend Geoff Novi for playing some lap steel and making it extra twangy!

Route 666'

I don't think I've ever done this before, but here are the lyrics I came up with since they have lots of proper nouns and nobody agrees on the pronunciation of "Dis" (it's a long e sound, Dante was Italian y'all). Apologies to Bobby Troup.

Route 666

If you need a plan for eternal rest
Just take my way on the highway that's the best
Cross the Styx on Route 666

It winds from your soul to your grave
Paved with good intentions all the way
Cross the Styx on Route 666

If you're dissed by Saint Peter take the down escalator
Dis the city never looked so pretty
You'll see Stalin, Hitler, and the entire board of Texaco
Fire, pain, and torture, crack the whip why doncha?
Manson, Dahmer, Pol Pot and Sese Seko…

Now will you get hip to this timely tip
Seems the Good Lord above is on some kind of power trip
Cross the Styx on Route 666

If you're dissed by Saint Peter take the down escalator
Dis the city never looked so pretty
You'll see Eichmann, Amin, Kim Il-Sung, and devils picking at Jim Jones
Fire, pain, and torture, crack the whip why doncha?
Leopold Louis Philippe Marie Victor…

Now will you get hip to this timely tip
Put your affairs in place for your one and final trip
Cross the Styx on Route 666

Lyrics © 2018 Lou Netizen, all rights reserved