Arrivano le scuse di Silvio, Veronica accontentata

A 6 mesi dalla festa sorpresa di Marrakech, Berlusconi manca di rispetto a sua moglie. Lei chiede le scuse pubbliche e lui risponde scusandosi.

"Scusami dunque, te ne prego". Così si conclude la risposta di Silvio Berlusconi alla richiesta di pubbliche scuse fatta dalla moglie, Veronica Lario. L’ex-presidente del Consiglio accetta la sfida lanciata per via mediatica e risponde giocando con le parole: "Ero recalcitrante in privato, perché sono giocoso ma anche orgoglioso."

Di’ la tua: Berlusconi e Veronica Lario: cosa ti aspetti?

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“Second Life was just unfundable”

Good interview up from Inc. magazine with Philip Rosedale on history of Second Life. Here are some choice quotations:

In mid-1999, I came back to San Francisco and I started the office in Hayes Valley, on Linden Alley

>> HW: We were at 333 Linden St between a corset/fetish wear store and a semi-legal auto mechanic. The building had no heat and no air conditioning. It was perpetually uncomfortable. We did have a conveyor belt though. After we left, 333 Linden briefly became a male sex club. I didn’t think this boded well for our company’s legacy – I’m fairly certain the HP Garage never housed anonymous gay love.

Second Life was just unfundable. It was just the dumbest idea ever. Mitch Kapor [the founder of Lotus Development] was the only person who got it. Mitch invested in 2001 after I had invested about a million dollars of my own money. I think some of the early angel investors were largely investing in me

>> HW: We did pitches/conversations with most of the major VCs but all passed. At various points two firms had one partner who believed in us but couldn’t win over the rest of their team. (side note: one of these partners actually left the firm shortly after, partially because he was so distraught that he couldn’t fund Second Life). Philip had been an EIR at Accel, where Mitch also was a venture partner for a short while. And Accel still passed. People just didn’t get what we were doing. But we knew it was something interesting, if only we could make it happen.

A nice piece – highly recommended for Second Life fans and just plain old entrepreneurs who have a dream.

League of Okay Gentlemen

My periodic descent back into illustrated fiction continued this weekend with the HC collection Scarlet Traces. The premise is a fun one – it’s Victorian England 10 years after War of the Worlds and the English have been able to harness Martian technology for advancement of society. But when bodies of young women start turning up drained of blood, all is not good in Her Majesty’s realm.

Definitely some similarities to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the terrible movie but great comic also taking place in this era.

My verdict here? Nice art and a compelling premise but some cliche storytelling. Entertaining brief escapism but not enough to pull me back into the medium. Ends with a cliffhanger so we’ll need to see if there’s a sequel.