Have you heard?! FIC 2.0 is out! I knew it as soon as I twittered it and then Jeremy V. put it on his title! Like FIC 1.0, it's hard to define -- you gotta just feel it. But you know it when you see it. FIC 2.0 is simply improved -- but of course, laggy and a bitch at times, too. Sculpted, even Voiced, but...a pain in the ass and basically broken in an essential way. Still, it works to hold the whole SL enchilada together, and the Lindens haven't come up with anything that works better -- yet. Watch for an SL Views coming soon to the Lab near you on June 29 for more FIC 2.0 sightings!
FIC 2.0 are the folks who run things -- and get paid even RL dollars! They have metaversal agency jobs; gigs on panels at game conferences; fabulous in-world businesses with gadzillion amounts of money; power, prestige, and Philip's name on the speed-dial AND a certain Linden's secret Twitter identity (heh, and you thought he was too cool to tweet, bah). But...they are lacking in quite the degree of evil and determination that FIC 2.1 has.
FIC 2.1, like 1.0 and 1.1 before it, is determined to keep others at bay, to block, mute, ban, eject, push overboard. FIC 2.1 not only actively bans from worlds and blogs and conferences -- it victory-dances. It's about Snowcrash, aiming not only to become superior and elitist, but to block all future dissent and challenges. But...are all these FICy types just "all the talented people"? or "people Prok doesn't like?" or "people who disagreed with Prok?" Of course not. It's merely that I'm a litmus test. Run up against me on a blog -- and you'll rapidly show whether you are 1.0 or 2.0 material, I assure you.
FIC 1.0 (not to despair, wunners, upgrading is still possible when you get a better DSL line with less packet loss), and you can level up and become 2.0 -- watch this for more motivation: http://www.1938media.com/stop-crying/
FIC 2.0 -- the more stable version to be using now, more professional, in power, but not always in your face
Reuben Linden Steiger
SnoopyBROWN Zamboni/Jerry Paffendorf
GreeterDan Godel/Daniel Terdiman
Spin Martin/Eric Rice
FIC 2.1 -- urge a recall on this version which seeks to keep the platform to itself and throttle its growth
Hamlet Linden Au
Forseti Svarog/Giff Constable
Zero Grace/Tony Walsh
I know I've got lots more to add -- and of course, I could be wrong on some of my judgement calls here, as FIC taxidermy is tough work! Help me out here!
How does a Linden not get from 1.0 to 2.0? It's the little things, you know? Not twittering, not being at office hours, or simply never showing up after scheduling them -- although that sort of callous indifference can also ratchet you right up to 2.1, too -- it's subtle.
How do you stay at the improved 2.0 and not lurch off to 2.1? Well, not posting nasty personal attacks on blogs is one way, and not, oh, hijacking the voter tools. That will do it!
Notice I now have Lindens in the FIC. That was my grave theological error of my earlier years in undertaking my monumental study of the FIC -- leaving them out! My God, that was short-sighted. Of course they're FIC -- they *invented* FIC, for God's sake! And as they've fanned out now from 1, to 2 to 2.1 -- well, they're everywhere. They R even in yr Twitter with SecondlifeUser (bleh).
What's little understood about the FIC (remember, kids, it's pronounced FIKE like BIKE) is whether I "hate" it. You don't "hate" the weather that controls your life, you just report on it, on the ones. Some of it you "hate" however as it's so unnecessary (like muggyness). I've never been opposed to their being an elite; I just want it to be a *good* elite. An elite that can take us to the next stage of the Metaverse (my God, I am still finding that a totally pussy name for this overarching thingie. I mean, it sounds like we named this thing Frothingbash the Third or Kent or Stanley. It needs a better name. Worldbeam -- I'm kinda liking that but it isn't round and 3-dish. I'm still thinking of it as the Noosphere.)
Crowdsource with me now, people, help make up these lists, so that we can know our elites, hold them to account, and avoid the unstable 2.1 version especially. Those of you with machines that still run only 1.0, know you are still loved.
Dare to dream! FIC 3.0 anyone???
P.S. Everyone always asks me why Anshe isn't on here. Well, she's just not FIC because she's a world-creator in her own right, and has her own world. That means she's big enough not to be dependent on these various iterations of the FIC -- and FIC tend to be content-creators, programmers and such, and not land developers.
P.P.S. Everyone always asks why I'm not FIC, given my influence *cough*. Well, if you have to ask, well...well...you just don't get it.