Second Life

One of the most popular online game has got to be Second Life.

Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual community created entirely by its membership. Members assume an identity and take up residence in the environment, creating a customized avatar or personage to represent themselves. The avatar moves about in the virtual world using mouse control and intuitive keyboard buttons.  I’ve played this before and it does move very slow. The graphics are pretty good, but do people really go here for a get away from the real world? Yes.

It also includes sound; wind in the swaying trees, babbling brooks, audible conversation, and built-in chat and instant messaging(but doesn’t work very well.) Users can buy property, start businesses, game with other residents, create objects, join clubs, attend classes, or just hang out.

Could people really make a living off Second Life? Yes

In the fall 2006, over 3,000 residents were reportedly make an excess of $20,000 per year running businesses in Second Life. Most of them sell objects they’ve created that other residents want. One resident landed a Business Week cover story for earning a three-figure income (in the real world) selling virtual real estate.

Property purchased in Second Life is owned by the buyer using a scheme referred to as Internet Protocol copyright. Some owners reward members for staying at their property with Linden dollars, the community’s currency. Linden dollars can also be purchased with real dollars using a credit card. Part of the exchange rate goes to Linden Inc., with the site purportedly generating over $64 million a year.

I really think that if someone could make a living off playing video games, more power to you. That could result in you being a nobody and never going outside, but hey, if you’re making real life money, I’m jealous. Second Life is weird in my eyes but it’s all about who actually uses it.  People will pay to play, and could get paid to play. It’s pretty interesting.

-RV

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WoW

WoW

World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth released game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe, which was first introduced by Warcraft: Orcs & Humans in 1994. World of Warcraft takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard’s previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment announced World of Warcraft on September 2, 2001. The game was released on November 23, 2004, on the 10th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise.

I’ve personally never played WoW but I know there are a lot of people who will sit in front of a computer screen and play the game for hours upon hours.

About The Game

As characters become more developed, they gain various talents and skills, requiring the player to further define the abilities of that character. Characters can choose from a variety of professions, such as tailoring, blacksmithing, or mining. Characters can learn four secondary skills: archeology, cooking, fishing, and first-aid. Much of World of Warcraft play involves the completion of quests. While a character can be played on its own, players can group with others to tackle more challenging content. This teamwork is how you become so successful and grow an army. The bigger your group, the more powerful you are.

Price

World of Warcraft requires a subscription fee to be paid to allow continued play, with options to pay in one month, three month, or six month blocks, although timecards of varying length are available both online and from traditional retailers. Expansion packs are available online, and are also available from traditional retailers.

With over seven million subscribers as of July 2013, World of Warcraft is currently the world’s most-subscribed MMORPG, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers. Talk about WoW.

-RV

The Sims

EA Sports came out with a virtual game called The Sims in 2000.  It’s a casual life simulation video game that is the most successful video game series of all time.  As of May 2011, the franchise has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, and is also the best-selling PC franchise in history. The games in The Sims series are largely sandbox games, in that they lack any defined goals (except for some later expansion packs and console versions which introduced this gameplay style). The player creates virtual people called “Sims” and places them in houses and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires. Players can either place their Sims in pre-constructed homes or build them themselves. Each successive expansion pack and game in the series augmented what the player could do with their Sims.

I have played Sims multiple times on multiple platforms, and it’s never a boring time. I used to play it on my Windows 98 computer, and now I can play it on my phone. I even created a Sim of me and made him look as close as possible to me.

Sims Freeplay

Unlike other Sims games, Sims FreePlay runs in real-time and takes real time to complete actions. You can progress through 52 levels and unlock new content, create up to 31 Sims, build town map buildings, complete goals to earn Lifestyle Points, plant, bake, go to job and school, get married and have a baby (and watch babies grow up), get pets, grow to elder and teach those young ones and much more. My favorite part is that I can send grandma and grandpa to go play bingo at the bingo hall.

Having such a technical and fun game on my phone is pretty awesome. I love having a virtual world like Sims to accomplish cash. I wish the money I earned in the game went back to real life, but that’s just wishful thinking. This is completely different from SecondLife. The Sims gets my vote.

-RV

DeSean to DC

It only took four days for the explosive wide reciever to pick his new home for the next couple years.  DeSean Jackson, 27, has played his first 5 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles until signing with their NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins. I am a huge Redskins fan and I think this addition will be perfect to fit into the offense already in place.

The speed of Jackson will open the top of the defense for the likes of Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, and Andre Roberts.  Last year, Garcon caught an unbelievable 113 catches to lead the NFL last season. This is coming with numerous double teams in a game. Moss is a reliable slot reciever who brings leadership and experience to the wide recieving core. Roberts was recently signed in free agency earlier in the month and had a break out season along side all-pro Larry Fitzgerald.

I had a feeling this deal would work out before it was even announced when I saw an Instagram photo of DC rapper, Wale, Pierre Garcon, DeAngelo Hall, and Jackson. This comradery  between future teammates showed that the current Redskins would love to have Jackson on the squad.

Reports started coming in that noted that the starting quarterback of the Redskins, Robert Griffin III, was esctatic to have the talents of Jackson come on down the I-95 corrador.  The Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson due to “poor work ethic” and potential “connections to LA gang members.” The positives outweigh the possible negatives of Jackson. His act will change because we all know that the Redskins are a team to deal with in the NFC East.

This isn’t the first time an Eagles player became a Redskins player. Sonny Jurgensen played for the Eagles for 7 years before being traded to the Redskins. After the trade, he was named the the Pro Bowl 4 times.  Some may remember the Donovan McNabb trade that brought him to D.C. in 2010.

Let’s hope this trade with DeSean Jackson has a more positive effect along the likes of Jurgensen. I’m really looking forward to this season with the Redskins.

-RV

Playoff Bound: First time since ’09

The up and down season got summed up in a 48 minute game last night.  The Wizards will beat the first place team in the East one night, and lose to a team struggling to make the playoffs the next. Focus needs to be present when it comes to the final 9 games of the season. With the Raptors losing Kyle Lowry for an undisclosed amount of time.  This could open the door for the Wizards to make a push to get the third seed in the East.  Out of the three teams, Raptors, Nets, and Bulls, the Wizards are matched up to most likely play, I think the Raptors would be the easiest team to beat in four games to move on to the next round.

The Wizards lost to Charlotte last night after playing one of their best quarters of the season. 40 points in the second quarter wasn’t enough to beat the Charlotte Bobcats. They currently sit in the 7th spot in the East and are trying to make it higher. The Zards blew a 16 point halftime lead. The lack of focus cannot happen if a team wants to be successful in the playoffs.

Both the Bulls and the Nets have a number of players that have been in the playoffs before. Their experience and talent will make it a hard task for the Wizards to beat in a 7 game series.  The Wizards’ playoff hopes are looking more and more promising each day.  To clinch a spot, the next win by the Wizards or loss by the Knicks, will be the first playoff appearance by Washington since the Gilbert Arenas era in 2009.

Because the Wizards normally show up to play against the best teams of the league, I think we have a great chance to beat Indiana or Miami when we meet them in the second round… that is if we make it that far. I’m sure we will because Nene is coming back and Bradley Beal coming out of his slump. Behind John Wall, the Wizards have a strong case to be a force in the East.

-RV

1 Down, 161 To Go

Yesterday was opening day in the MLB and the local teams got off to a great start.  The Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals got 2-1 and 9-7 wins respectfully against their rivals.

The Orioles beat the reigning World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox all thanks to a huge pick up of free agent, Nelson Cruz. Cruz went 1-2 with a walk, and a home run.  His two runs were the difference maker in the opener. The home run in the seventh inning separated the Orioles from the Sox. Starting pitcher, Chris Tillman went a strong 5 innings, allowed 7 hits, 1 run, and 4 strikeouts.  Reliever Zach Britton, was an outstanding play in spring training and it paid off when he was awarded the win. Ryan Flaherty had an outstanding game at third base in replacing Manny Machado.  Adam Jones went 2-3 with two singles. This all around great play is what the Orioles need on a daily basis to come out on top of the AL East.

The Nationals made it interesting.  It took them 10 innings to beat their rivals the New York Mets. Anthony Rendon hit a bomb, three run home run during the top half of the inning.  The Nationals were at least very consistent.  Rendon was the only player with 2 hits. Everyone else had one hit. For a team to hit consecutive hits in the inning, they’ll be able to put runs on the board. And that’s exactly what the Nationals did.  With a pitching staff that’s arguably the most dominate in the MLB this season, Washington’s club will have to put up runs to balance that power.

Both teams are very good in different ways. I think the Orioles have a better offense, but the Nationals have a better pitching staff. Many Maryland baseball fans want to see a Baltimore vs. Washington World Series. With teams like they have, I can easily see that happening either this year, or in a matter of a couple years.

-RV

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ANIMAL ABUSE

Animal Cruelty

According to the Black’s Law Dictionary: cruelty to animals is the infliction of physical pain, suffering or death upon an animal, when not necessary for purposes of training or discipline or (in the case of death) to procure food or to release the animal from incurable suffering, but done wantonly, for mere sport, for the indulgence of a cruel and vindictive temper, or with reckless indifference to its pain.

The single greatest obstacle to drafting, interpreting and more effectively enforcing animal-protection laws is the premise on which they are based. Constitutionally designed to protect people from acts that are considered offensive to human morality, these laws do not always consider animals’ true biological and social needs.

Nowhere is this more evident than in humane law enforcement. Each day in the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Department brings calls from people concerned about activities that they consider cruel but that may not violate any law.

Examples of cruelty:

One of the most common, and sometimes heart-wrenching, of such calls concerns the dog chained to a doghouse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The dog is fed and watered adequately and is in good physical condition; but its only contact with another living creature occurs when its owner sees to its basic physical needs. The dog, like most dogs, apparently craves companionship, as it often cries incessantly. But it lives in near-total social isolation.

Negligence

In almost every jurisdiction, a person is liable for all losses and damages that result from his or her negligence. With certain exceptions, dog owners, people who handle dogs, people who harbor dogs, and everyone else connected in any way with a dog can be held responsible if their negligence causes injuries. The doctrine of negligence may make a person liable not only for bites but also for non-bite injuries.

Negligence is usually defined as an unreasonable action, or unreasonable omission to take action or give a warning. Negligence also is defined as the lack of ordinary care; that is, the absence of the kind of care a reasonably prudent and careful person would exercise in similar circumstances. If a person’s conduct in a given circumstance doesn’t measure up to the conduct of an ordinarily prudent and careful person, then that person is negligent. An example of an unreasonable action would be a dog owner letting go of his dog’s leash when another dog approaches, so that the dogs can “play.” An unreasonable omission might be the failure to keep a dog away from guests, where the dog is known to play too roughly and knock people down. Negligence can consist of putting a watchdog on a bed with a crying infant.

Examples of how courts have come down on the negligence:

  • . A dog is chained in the unfenced front yard, so that it can’t reach the sidewalk, and a “Beware of Dog” sign is posted. Someone walks up to the dog and gets bitten. Ruled: The owner was not negligent. Confining the dog inside the owner’s property and posting a sign are reasonable precautions against someone being injured.
  • A house guest, searching for the bathroom, is frightened when she hears the hosts’ dog growl, and falls down a flight of stairs. The dog was behind a gate in the laundry room, across the hall from the bathroom. Ruled: The owners were not negligent; they took reasonable precautions and were not liable for the injury. (Partipilo v. DiMaria, 211 Ill. App. 3d 813 (1991).)
  • A dog owner lets his dog loose in his yard, and the dog runs at a bicyclist riding by. Trying to avoid the dog, the cyclist is thrown from his bicycle and suffers permanent hearing loss. Jury verdict: The dog’s owner was negligent. (Laylon v. Shaver, 590 N.Y.S.2d 615 (App. Div. 1992).)
  • A dog owner lets his dog loose in his yard, and the dog runs into the street and hits a motorcycle, seriously injuring the riders. Ruled: Because the dog did not have a history of chasing vehicles, the dog owner was not negligent. (Williams v. Hill, 658 So. 2d 381 (Ala. 1995).)
  • A contractor leaves a gate open, allowing the property owner’s dog to get out and injure a neighbor. The contractor wasn’t liable for the injury, because he didn’t have a responsibility to keep the injured person safe from the dog. (Williams v. City of New York, 306 A.D.2d 203 (2003).).

 

Sources:

http://dogbitelaw.com/legal-rights-of-dog-bite-victims-in-usa/negligence.html

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/a-negligent-dog-owners-liability.html

http://www.mspca.org/programs/cruelty-prevention/animal-cruelty-information/

 

Fact Sheet:

  1. Dogs that lose fights (or refuse) are often abandoned, tortured, set on fire, electrocuted, shot, drowned, or beaten to death.
  2. Chaining dogs, while unfortunately legal in most areas, is one of the cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals. Embedded collars are one of the largest problems seen among Salisbury vets and animal control.
  3. Regardless of how trivial or painful animal experiments may be, none are prohibited by law.
  4. 4 to 5 million animals die in shelters every year.
  5. Neglect and abandonment are the most common forms of companion animal abuse in the United States.
  6. Approx 5-7 mill companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year
  7. Shelter intake is evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control
  8. Less than 2 percent of cats and only 15-20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips
  9. More than 20 percent of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter
  10. Only 10 percent of animals received by shelters have been spayed and neutered. This is one of the biggest issues regarding animals in the Salisbury area.
  11. Dogs used for fighting are chained, taunted, and starved to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggressiveness
  12. The cost of spaying/neutering your pets is less than the cost of raising puppies/kittens for a year
  13. The average number of litter a fertile cat produces is one to two a year, average number of kittens 4-6 per litter.
  14. The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year, average number of puppies is 4-6 per litter.