John Paczkowski

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Turn-Ons: Linden Dollars, Nonhuman Avatars; Turn-Offs: Mechs, Furries, Exploding Pigs, Anshe Chung

second_life_playboy.jpg“What sort of man reads Playboy?” Playboy has long posed that vaguely rhetorical question in the pages of its monthly magazine. Well, now we finally have the answer. He’s a Second Life entrepreneur, an established man of experience and poise, comfortable in his furry avatar with the taste, talent and unrelenting drive to make it in a virtual world where conflicts are resolved with exploding pigs. Oh yeah, and he loves hot avatar-on-avatar action!

Linden Lab’s Second Life, the metaverse’s premier destination for folks missing a first, is getting a new tenant: Playboy. The world’s largest-selling men’s magazine will open shop in the Internet-based virtual world sometime in June. What sort of form it will take remains to be seen. A metaverse mansion and grotto? A retail outlet peddling Playboy Bunny avatar skins? Or perhaps a simple casting call for the girls of the next “cultural zeitgeist”?

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work