Thoughts on flags & on symbolism

Just over a week ago the Orlando shooting happened. There has been a huge amount of commentary in the intervening period with narratives focussed on terrorism, hate crimes, availability of guns and other societal divisions. As with acts of this nature we can’t know for sure what the killer intended beyond murder and mayhem.

On June 15th on my way to work I took the picture at the top of this post. It was a typical morning. I was walking along Bloor Street from Yonge towards Sherborne Street, head down, minding my own business on my way to work. I looked across the street toward the Manufacturers’ Life insurance Building as I passed it – it is a beautiful building in itself, with lovely greenspace surrounding it and saw that the flag was at half mast – obviously in response to the Orlando shootings. I stopped and in a moment consciously realized that the flag flying in question was the rainbow flag – not the Canadian flag that normally graces that pole.

I’m proud of Manufacturers’ Life for the gesture, for the symbolism, for their bravery in substituting the one flag for the other. There are times when symbolism really matters, and for me this was one of them.

Orlando was clearly a hate crime. To stand with the community singled out, by flying their flag in respect for the tragedy suffered is a gesture of support, of shared identity, of desired healing.

Well done The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company – I’m proud of your values!

original photo taken from my Flickr

Second Life TLS 1.2 update – what works, what doesn’t

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

secondlifeOn Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, the Lab updated their Web Cashier services to TLS 1.2.

The change, which has been highlighted through official blog posts (and reported through pages such as this blog) has been implemented as a part of both LL’s on-going compliance work and in response to an ongoing  set of regulatory / compliance requirements which are global in scope (as explained by the PCI Security Standards Council).

However, there has been a certain amount of confusion over precisely how widespread the impact of the change will be, and what will or will not be affected.

To this end, and with the switched flipped, Whirly Fizzle and I have been trying older viewer (e.g. pre 4.7.7 Firestorm releases, the official obsolete platform viewer, Singularity) to find out what is and isn’t affected, and seeking feedback from the Lab.

This is what we’ve been able to determine:

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The start of a new journey certainly. I have no means of knowing what follows in terms of posting mind you. At this point I intend to post selected favourite photos of my own, as well as reblogging posts about both virtual worlds (I am an active participant in Second Life) and our physical/political world as well.

Who am I?

Well I’m in my 60s, a manager in a news publishing organization (Postmedia) which is having its struggles – but that is hardly unique within the industry in its conversion into a digital world.

I’m married, with three adult children and live in Toronto, Canada.

I’ve been a ‘keep my nose to the grindstone’ kind of guy, but I’m tiring of that.

And this blog in part is a reaction against all of that.

If you read any of this blog please feel free to engage.

cheers for now


and the featured image – well that was Tosh, a true friend, greatly missed