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I’ve been watching a livestream about the Facebook Metaverse (it’s a livestream, I guess the link will work afterwards). If you can stand Twitter, there’s a short clip about it here. Near as I can figure it, it’s Skype plus Second Life on a VR headset.

I was super excited about this idea in 1990.

No, really. When I first met Uncle B in the 90s, I gabbled on about how we would soon have virtual reality chat rooms and how I was going to design custom 3D skins for it. Thirty years later and meh.

Whoever thought Zuckerberg was the charismatic personality to sell this idea…I suppose when you’re the multibillionaire CEO ain’t nobody tell you no. The good news is, he’s sinking a LOT of money into the idea. The bad news is, he could afford to lose the lot without breaking a sweat.

World’s fifth richest man, y’all.

Oh, holy shit – moments before I hit Publish, Facebook changes its name to Meta in major rebrand.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 28, 2021, 7:48 pm

The world’s 5th richest man can go zuck himself.

He’s about as charismatic as vinyl siding.

“Meta” is a trademark of Lonza Elektrizitätswerke of Switzerland, whose product, a formulation containing metaldehyde and shaped into blocks, is used to kill slugs. I expect a trademark law suit from the inevitable confusion between the two products.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 28, 2021, 7:49 pm

Hitler – “I’ve been thinking, people don’t like the name NAZI – it sounds like NASTY!”

Goebbels – “Yes, perhaps if we changed the name. Hmmmmm, how about NICEY!”

Hitler – “NICEY. Perhaps. Is that an acronym? What does it mean?”

Goebbels – “We’ll work it out, we’re German, and we Germans never get stuck! We can just string words together to fit.”

Hitler – “Right. Like we did with GeheimStaatsPolizei, or Obersturmbahnfuhrer.”

Goebbels – “Precisely”

Hitler – “But we’re not changing anything else, you understand that, yes?”

Goebbels – “Oh, of course, a rose by any other name and all that Shakespeare stuff.”

Hitler – “I liked his plays better in the original German.”

Goebbels – “Quite.”

Comment from Mitch
Time: October 28, 2021, 8:34 pm

I don’t like computers much anymore. The internet turned out to be a really bad idea. When I grow up I want to be an old Amish farmer. Technology – PTUI!!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: October 29, 2021, 12:25 am

I confess that I am torn about Facebook. For most of y’all, it’s just a thing. Use it or not, it matters not in your life. I am an army brat. I moved 20 times with my parents before I married my husband at 21 years of age. I have moved an additional 11 times with my husband. I turned 59 just a few days ago. For the record I plan to die in this house.
For me, Facebook has been a remarkable thing…allowing me to reconnect with people I long ago left. And reconnect not just in the digital world…I’ve visited dozens of old friends and dozens have visited me.
That Zuck the fuck has so corrupted the original design pains me. I hesitate to give up Facebook as damn near every week I reconnect with somebody.

Comment from dissent555
Time: October 29, 2021, 2:55 am

I keep a meager, gossamer connection to MetaFace; mostly for a few friends and distant family. If the Zuck thinks I want to spend a lot more time there, he’s gonna be disappointed.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 29, 2021, 5:35 pm

Man, this is a tasty dish!

1 lb dry northern beans (soak overnight) *Use 6 cups liquid for unsoaked beans
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1.5 lbs andouille sausage
1 tbsp bacon fat, or oil
Granulated garlic, onion…to taste
Complete seasoning, to taste
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp creole or cajun seasoning
4 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves

Melt bacon fat, saute veggies, add in sausage, beans and seasonings along with broth and bay leaves.
Cook on high pressure for 20 min. Let pressure release naturally.
Puree one can of rinsed northern beans with broth from cooked beans, add puree to pot. Stir and enjoy.


Comment from Jon
Time: October 29, 2021, 7:46 pm

Rich person VR looks so much better than the crap that plebs have to deal with.
Also, this looks like “not in game footage” trailer for a game that will look like Minecraft in real life.
Meta apparently means “dead” in Hebrew, so that’s a plus.

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