Category Archives: Animals

How Nature Documentaries Are Fake

“Everyone loves BBC’s Planet Earth, but how much of it is real?” Watch this thought-provoking video by Simon Cade  @dslrguidance  showing some of the tricks used to create compelling narratives in nature documentaries. Not fake news, but fake nature.

Check out my book Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: How to feel better without logging off.  Paperback and Kindle.

Thousands of ‘Second Life’ Bunnies Are Going to Starve to Death This Saturday – Waypoint

Here’s a grim little curiosity for you; a story about what can happen at the intersection of DRM and virtual pets, straight from the reaches of Second Life.

One of the biggest markets in this unfairly sensationalized virtual world is in so-called “breedables.” These scripted, modeled and animated objects take countless forms—from cats to chickens to dragons to shoes to flowers— with the general premise being that someone buys them blindly (usually in egg or nest form) with certain odds of getting rare versus common varieties.

As their name might imply, breedables can be raised and “bred” with each other, which created a thriving niche of individuals breeding their virtual pets for resale. Beyond that, the features vary from brand to brand. Some breedables can play with toys and interact with their owners, some produce items as part of larger systems, some are more or less just decoration. Most need to eat, as a way to ensure their creators still get a cut of the action while their original product propagates without them. Most need to communicate regularly (if not constantly) with a database, to prevent any tampering.

Maybe you can see where this is going.

Read the whole sorry saga at  Thousands of ‘Second Life’ Bunnies Are Going to Starve to Death This Saturday – Waypoint

‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ – new book by Sue Thomas

Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age by Sue Thomas
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I announced a while ago that I was working on a new book, and now it’s ready. The title has evolved to ‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age‘.

This is the first time I’ve written and created a Kindle book from scratch, and it has been a very enjoyable experience. I plan to do more!

I hope you like this short excerpt, which includes a few practical tips to try for yourself. You’re also warmly invited to join the conversation in the Digital Wellbeing Facebook Group

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