The Herald is running a bizarre story which purports to reveal that some anonymous Twitter account named @LabRatuOut has revealed that the notorious and universally-loathed Jumpman Lane, enemy of Stroker Serpentine, is actually a certain injured former national guardman, Jimison Hutchinson, husband of Sarah Kuehle Hutchinson, or Esbee Linden.
I'm looking at this story with a very weather eye and for now pronouncing it as not substantiated, and diagnosing it as yet another bid by Jumpman himself to get attention -- and/or the Herald to get more hits (Jumpman was featured prominently at the Herald's 8th anniversary party, along with a lot of The Wrong Hands new alts, if you want to fill up your ban lists.)
Jumpman has been desperately trying to keep the spotlight on himself and the traffic and the follows ever since he tackled Stroker viciously once again and set everyone up to worry about his possible suicide attempt -- which he gloated about.
Now, what's wrong with this picture?
Well, first of all, amidst the long jumble of drama tweets (couldn't this guy get a blog and put out coherent paragraphs?), there's a claim that Blue Linden and Jumpman Lane are the same person.
As much as I don't care for Blue Linden, I find that wildly improbable. First of all, if the LabRatuOut claim is that Blue=Jumpman=Jimison -- and a picture of Jimison is provided -- that we can see instantly that Jimison is definitely not the man who was Blue Linden, whose RL name was Tom something -- I forget although I met him in RL and even got his card.
Blue Linden indeed had an ancient alt named Fleabite Beach who made primitive prim genitals in the ancient history of SL, but that isn't a secret, he as good as outs himself in Hamlet ne Linden Au's first book about Second Life. (Blue hinted at this to me so many times, that I finally had to go in a bookstore and read the damn book, because I couldn't get the page up on Amazon, to confirm this.)
But Blue and his alts (and he has a number) are unrelated to Jumpman -- Blue, again, whatever his troubles, and he does have them, is an educated and cultured person. He does not have tatoos (Jimison does; so does Sarah/Esbee for that matter). Blue got a full-time job after he left the Lab and has a girlfriend and various interests, and I really don't think he'd have the time or the inclination to sit and play "Jumpman" all day -- it just doesn't fit. None of the speech patterns or memes fit.
Jumpman, as we've all felt, is a broken person. An educated person, but a person pretending to be...it's not clear what. A ghetto gang banger, speaking in some black dialect? That doesn't explain it -- I don't know any black people in New York or any other urban center who call people "saps" as some kind of regular tic in their speech. Or he's affecting some dumb redneck southerner...or something? But they don't say "tards" or "saps" either. It's a sort of fake dialect that is...unique.
To be sure, that broken educated-but-uncouth-and-wierd Jumpman could fit with the story of Esbee's husband.
He is by his own definition a "brokedick," which we're told means an injured army veteran. (I never heard that -- did you?). And this person in RL does have tatoos (which I personally tend to see as a mark of uncultured status although I realize they are increasingly popular among youth), and he does swagger in that way that people who are insecure about their stature in life swagger. Jimison -- he's a public figure and now the center of a Linden-related drama on the Herald -- strikes me as one of those people who gets a BA and psychology and an MA in history focusing on war -- and then thinks he is a psy-ops specialist who can outsmart and mind-control people -- which is exactly what Jumpman is.
Jimision isn't an attractive figure -- by his own writings about his ordeal, he does not garner sympathy. During the years that Esbee (who uses the name Kid Marmite on Twitter) kept a diary of their ordeal (which I don't believe is up any more, and a site with the same name is unrelated), my sympathy went all to her, to some extent, but not to him. Why? Because at the get-go, he blames the National Guard for putting him into training that he claims "wasn't in his contract" -- but that makes no sense. When you join the military, you do what they say. You follow orders. That's what it's all about. If you don't want to follow orders -- good or bad, rational or irrational -- don't join the army? That's all I can tell you. Bitching about what is in your contract strikes me as part and parcel of this entitlement psychology that has crept in everywhere with young people today and is especially loathsome in the people who are supposed to protect our security. Don't join the fucking army if you don't want to do the job, that's all there is to it.
But there's more, that always made me look somewhat puzzled at this entire RL drama -- because Jimison felt this entitlement grudge, when he was injured in this training and threw out his back, he felt that the army had to provide him the full menu of treatment as it was all their fault. I don't know what the National Guard's obligations are in that regard, but let's say they *are* supposed to fully compensate and/or provide adequate care to soldiers even who are part-time with them (and that makes sense). If you develop a dispute with them, the reasonable thing to do in a situation where your injury is deteriorating would still be to get medical care in the private sector and then keep litigating or complaining.
But what Jimison opted to do was to deny himself medical care, although he was in pain, because somehow he found out that if he got medical care, that might disqualify his claim of compensation from the National Guard.
Now, sorry, but that's just wack. Your own health is more important than being right, especially if you have a family. And yet poor Sarah went along with this rationale, and did all the earning for the family's welfare and took on the burden of tackling the army's bureaucracy. Jimison's manipulative and immature personality sure shines out there -- it was shocking, really. Sure, medical care can be expensive, but if you have a choice of deteriorating further and becoming a cripple but maybe getting compensation, or immediately getting adequate care, you borrow against life insurance, you run up bills, you get relatives to help, you appeal to strangers, you do what you have to do.
Back problems are notorious for being difficult, of course, and people have them for years and live in pain and never seem to get them fixed, even after operations. I have relatives and neighbours in this situation and I sympathize. But I also see how psychological it all is -- if you are determined to be an invalid, you will be one when you have a vague complaint that is bad enough to cause pain and discomfort but isn't clearly an injury that a doctor can immediately fix. But if your outlook is more self-reliant, you will live with the pain, mitigate it in various ways, and keep working and keep trying different treatments. Your attitude toward your own problem is vital.
Eventually, this psychological manipulator got senators, press, etc. involved and got his surgery, and I hope that at least it resulted in less pain -- it may not have (seldom does surgery perform magic with back issues).
Now, poor Esbee, bearing the brunt of all this. But she went from being a contractor doing some independent projects for the lab on the original viewer 2, to getting a full-time job at the Lab working as the chief of the Scrum team on the big viewer 2 push. Then, for some reason, she left, apparently voluntarily. "I had to do it for me," she told me on Twitter. Maybe the hours and the stress got to be too much. Maybe she had to leave if her hubby was having the surgery, etc. Maybe she simply couldn't stand Oz, who is a tyrant (one of my theories).
Interestingly, she came back, to work on fixing viewer 2 and making it better, and the world is a better place for her work. Rodvik came in and hired her back, and from the outside, anyway, it looked like he tamed Oz.
Esbee moved to San Francisco, although Jimison appears to have remained in Michigan (he went to the same university as Peter Ludlow/Urizenus Sklar used to teach at -- maybe they knew each other? it seems not).
I hope for Esbee's sake that if Jimison *is* Jumpman, and she is having a trial separation or merely a forced separation due to job priorities and the need to live, that she starts that trial separation anyway now, because her hubbie is one sick, manipulative puppie and is harming his wife's job. Obviously, if a Linden spouse is caught with a resident alt used to harass a leading content creator out of SL, and make effigies of him and all the rest, that could be grounds for dismissal.
That is, if he's Jumpman.
We don't know that he is, and I submit several pieces of evidence indicating that he is not (even if he is as an annoying personality, and even if some of the puzzle pieces fit).
For one, when Jumpman leaves his numerous comments on my blog -- hundreds over the years -- they've all been from the same service provider.
And that service provider is not in the state where Jamison or Esbee for that matter lived or are living.
How to explain that? This is not an anonymizer, but a provider.
Then LabRatuOut also claimed that Blue Linden is involved in this tangle and is Jumpman -- but that's all wrong. He's definitely a completely unrelated person than Jimison, and even his alts, that have been known to get a bit rowdy, are absolutely nothing like Jumpman. The claim about Blue is somehow related to some sighting of him at a party, but I think this is mistaken identity. Jumpman is just not Blue, because Blue is not stupid or obsessive -- he's intelligent even though I personally have cut cards with him for his banning of me on the forums once briefly because I cited resident businesses that were capable of supplying business furniture -- in opposition to Fiziks Baskerville's claim that some special super closed store had to be made because residents were not up to the job to serve the Nebraska clients.
So if LabRatuOut is wrong about Blue, he could be wrong about everything else.
I also think that if Jimison *is* Jumpman, he would never have taken all this so far, unless he's completely addled and crazy because it would harm his wife's job and their meal ticket. That makes no sense, unless he is sabotaging her deliberately because he's an asshole -- but I don't see evidence that he is doing that, from her or him.
The LabRatuOut figure could also be Stroker himself (it's a pro-Stroker caper) but...I don't think Stroker would have all that time to go delving into Linden spouses and theorizing that someone was going to get him that way -- he seemed to genuinely be winding down out of SL in recent years and to have genuinely left. If he suspected who Jumpman really was and it was related to a Linden, he would have told me or someone else, no? Maybe he didn't know yet?
Jumpman has always gone around bragging that he is a hired gun. So *that* theory goes like this: that Esbee, who is really very much of a fangirl to the Lab and loved her job and loves SL, would have been so outraged at Stroker's supposed harming of it with the Taboo show, that she'd want to sic her hubby -- ostensibly Jumpman on him.
But...she is a smart cookie, and wouldn't do something that stupid -- I heard her speak at SLCC and talked with her some afterwards -- it doesn't make sense to me.
Well, *if* her RL hubbie *is* Jumpman, I can only hope that the Lindens would be reasonable and not fire her over this -- it's not her fault. She is supposedly shown "liking" the effigy that Jumpman made of Stroker, but I have to wonder about that. Esbee strikes me as a southern -- or midwestern -- girl who is just pleasant when people approach her. She is the only Linden who wished me a happy rez day. Most Lindens wouldn't want to be seen doing that. I see her chatting to lots of people. So her "like" may have been sociable, and not diabolical. It's not proof of anything.
I think the people in this drama including Stroker and Jumpman most of all fail to see how it doesn't really get at Second Life or Linden Lab. The story sunk without a ripple under the tiny SL blogosphere. Nobody cares about it. It's not a crime to voice your strange fantasies on national television -- the authorities will not come knocking down the door no matter how morally disgusting it is. It's not pedophilia, as Jumpman tries to imply. The Lindens have weathered worse -- they ignored it. They are smart enough to know that "giving the green light" to someone to "go after" a resident is a worse problem than the original "sin".
Of course, this arrogant chap with a lot of time on his hands (another sign he *could* be Jumpman) may *think* he has a green light, merely by being married to a Linden -- and that Linden can't even stop him. And that's of course common in the geek world of under-educated and unsophisticated people who believe their arcane knowledge gives them power over other people. The Scrum cult is of course particularly guilty of that culture as you can see from recent TechCrunch discussions.
And here's the thing -- the Lindens, even with all this uproar, may have no grounds to ban Jumpman because he hasn't done anything inworld that they can claim is a TOS violation. Making an effigy of Stroker is revolting and sacriligious -- but hardly a Linden TOS offense. The hump boy thing, however, may have fallen enough into their category of obscenity that they had to take action, especially as it was against one of their top content creators.
Here's a tip -- Urizenus is taking a huge interest in this story and trying to find angles on it -- he's teaching a course again on virtual worlds and looking for "material". That may be all there is to it. I have to wonder why twice, Uri, who ignores me for years on end, has IM'd me inworld with numerous questions about the Stroker/Jumpman saga.
He enjoys talking about it as a meta-game, along with Senban, that pathetic fanboy who follows Pixeleen around (or *is* Pixeleen) and pretends he is too busy for SL now and doesn't log in any more, even though nearly daily, he finds time to heckle me on Rodvik's profile lol. Senban has written a Uri-type thumbsucker recently claiming that griefing is like the Natural Order of Things, with predatory foxes being unable to stop killing pixel chickens...and people who can't appreciate this Reality are somehow unrealistic or uncreative or against organic, freely-traded localvore coffee...or something.
Baloney. Foxes in nature are hungry and need food; the griefers in SL don't need food and deliberately push chickens off sims to cause anger to others simply because they enjoy another's misfortune. Malicious fucktardery isn't the same thing as Nature's Way, and trying to backdate it into some sort of legitimacy is only what griefers -- and the griefer-professors who enable them -- do for a living. Lum Lumley got it right on that one, saying Senban's thesis was like the players who whine that devs won't let them gank newbs on every server, that some don't have PK enabled. Sigh.
Some other aspects of this drama -- Stroker gave me his all-perms-enabled bed inworld and I told him I had it for sale and also as a freebie.
Some people have claimed that this product actually has other people's work in it, and they are now filing DMCA's on the Lab that will presumably take it all out of our hands and make our customers whine that we took money from them. I look at this story with a weathered eye as well, as these people who originally made their work available to Stroker didn't do so without compensation, and I don't know whether in fact they got a one-time fee, or a percentage cut, but it's not something they could have hoped to hold in perpetuity -- unless they have a written contract to that effect, in which case, they'd be wielding that with real lawyers in real life, and not trying to shower the Lab with DMCA notices *shrugs*.
Oh, and I heard back from Blondin Linden. Remember how the original theory was that Blondin Linden sicked Jumpman on Stroker in an office hour? A number of people have pointed out that the transcript of the OH doesn't contain anything to back up this claim, but I heard some more from Blondin, after he read the Herald piece - he completely denied it and said the OH transcript would back up his claim, and that he would never get in the middle of a resident dispute, and that LL always instructed them not to comment on lawsuits, and said that he left SL for reasons that had nothing to do with any of this, and that some day, his story would be told -- working title, "Chicken Soup for the Linden Soul".
There better not be any of *my* chickens in that soup!