Who am I?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you had added the feed to a reader at some point in the past. It certainly hasn’t been because of scintillating recent posts! But in the spirit of new beginnings, here’s a bit of reintroduction and redirection.

Otenth Paderborn came into existence in November 2006 when the typist had a particularly persistent cold that kept him home from work and bored. So I tried out the new thing, Second Life. I joined at the beginning of the first major swell of publicity. In the years since, my interest has waxed and waned. It is currently waxing. I am once again renting Caledon Murdann (albeit in a different location than its original placement). After some months of being rather bored with DJing, I’m once again acquiring new music, am in the process of organizing my music library in a new system, and have had a couple of tea dance events at the Bashful Peacock that have been really fun, both to prepare and at the event.

[data loss: there used to be a column of photos of some alts here.]

And who are all these other people?

Well, sometimes it’s hard to tell. But part of my current adventure in Second Life is to delve a bit deeper into the relationships between Otenth, the typist, and these other people. And there are more! Sadly neglected, with no suitable portraits. Clearly a fertile and fallow field of exploration. Perhaps in due time their stories will be told here as well.

Am I back?

I don’t know. But I found an interesting set of blog memes.

A weekly meme from Strawberry Singh.

  1. Google your Second Life name in “quotations” and share your results. 5,910
  2. What is the first link that comes up? To this blog.
  3. Which link were you surprised to see? A Google books link to me cited in a footnote.
  4. Click on the “Image” tab and tell us where the first 5 pictures listed are from. Twitter (ugh, a terrible little anime avatar), onebillionrisinginsl.wordpress.com, otenth.org, flickr, and otenth.org
  5. Click on the “more” tab and then click “news” and share your results. None

And another, similar meme that Strawberry recommends, from Emily at sltimewellwasted, which compares the search results for my RL and SL names.

  1. How did the two digital footprints compare, and did that surprise you? My RL name isn’t common, but it’s not all that uncommon either. The first two links are to LinkedIn and Facebook search pages (“everyone named Kenneth Sutton” things). Then three results that aren’t me, and finally at number 6 a link to my profile at work. My personal blog comes in at number 9. (For images, I don’t show up until the 9th image, from Twitter, and then again at 12 in a wedding photo on someone else’s website.)
  2. Does anyone interesting share your name? Apparently not.
  3. Are you happy with the size of your digital footprint, or do you wish either one was larger/smaller? I’m gratified that the care I took in choosing my Second Life name (which I have claimed in several other virtual worlds, as well as using in web venues like this blog) is reflected in my ownership of the search results. When Google introduced Google+ I killed my Otenth Paderborn account, although it was the “real” one that reflected a thriving social life. There were too many things linked to it to risk getting involuntarily canned in the nymwars.
  4. If you woke up/ logged in one morning to discover over night you had suddenly gained rock-star status, and everybody knew who you were and wanted to know what you were doing, what would you do? Reconsider every single social media outlet and select only one or two to use. Also, I would develop a new set of alts.