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Curtains Down for Encore Mayne?

Posted in SecondLife®, SL® Fashion with tags , , , , on December 4, 2008 by Catero

In the midst of all the Encore Mayne madness that’s pock-marked the fashion feed as of late I just wanted to throw up a log of my own conversation with Miss Mayne, which she initiated (I don’t know her from Adam) after I commented on the Shopping Cart Disco post that outed her as a pay-to-play fashion blogger. Oddly enough, she wanted to be paid off for blogging about a freebie item.

Since the SCD post’s publish date, Mayne has scrambled to re-establish her credibility, but has proved to be her own worst botched public relations campaign (more drama here and here)

Very unflattering.

My suspicion is that she has been systematically instant messaging anyone who posted a commented with their Second Life™ name that was not in agreement with the method(s) to her madness (which was everyone) as it came to light that she was also messaging someone else on my friend list at the time who had also commented.

I share with you my conversation with Encore Mayne on November 30/08:

[15:07] EnCore Mayne: hi catero
[15:08] Catero Revolution: hello
[15:08] EnCore Mayne: just noticed your comment on SCD
[15:09] Catero Revolution: and it compelled you to IM me in-world?
[15:09] EnCore Mayne: of course
[15:09] EnCore Mayne: i was wondering if you’ve ever been over to my blog
[15:09] Catero Revolution: i have. i’ve also read the chat log as posted on scd
[15:10] EnCore Mayne: so your opinions of my blog are based on the log or the reviews you’ve seen
[15:11] Catero Revolution: is there a point to you IMing me, miss mayne?
[15:11] EnCore Mayne: yes
[15:12] Catero Revolution: please share
[15:14] EnCore Mayne: i was hoping you could answer some questions
[15:15] Catero Revolution: you have a 3 question allowance
[15:15] EnCore Mayne: [15:10] EnCore Mayne: so your opinions of my blog are based on the log or the reviews you’ve seen
[15:16] Catero Revolution: as i said, i’ve read/seen your blog prior to the SCD outing on your unethical practices
[15:17] EnCore Mayne: that suggests you have an opinion of my ethics before you read my private comm with [Store PR staff name removed]?
[15:18] Catero Revolution: i’ve had an opinion of your blog prior to reading the chat log
[15:18] Catero Revolution: one more question
[15:19] EnCore Mayne: no, that’s one question, you had an opinion of my “unethical” behaviour prior to the SCD post, i’d like to know what that might be based on?
[15:22] Catero Revolution: miss mayne, i’m not going to even ask you of your state of mind in that conversation. but i will say very clearly that asking for monetary or other compensation in exchange for writing a review is not only absolutely ridiculous, but also unethical
[15:24] EnCore Mayne: you seem to miss the “prior” to my stolen private communication, the question i was trying to get you to answer: you had an opinion of my “unethical” behaviour prior to the SCD post, i’d like to know what that might be based on?
[15:26] Catero Revolution: i doubt the sl public was aware of your unethical practices prior to the post. and you’ve just gone over the 3 question limit
[15:26] EnCore Mayne: clever, you never answered but the first
[15:27] EnCore Mayne: let me surmise that the unethically revealed log has completely supressed any prior knowledge you may or may not have had of me or my work
[15:29] EnCore Mayne: have you exhausted your squirming?
[15:30] Catero Revolution: i have no reason to squirm. i’m actually in several other IMs. the log was revealed ethically, bypassing linden labs tos
[15:32] EnCore Mayne: yer not about to answer anything that goes outside of your firm beliefs based on that log
[15:37] Catero Revolution: listen, i don’t know you and i have no idea why you’re IMing me outside of the fact that i did not post in agreeance with your ideals and/or actions. deal with it
[15:38] EnCore Mayne: i am
[15:38] EnCore Mayne: thanks love
[15:39] EnCore Mayne: sure wouldn’t want my good name to be dragged through the mud too much, haha
[15:39] EnCore Mayne: i’m ending this comm, please do the same, thanks

In reading other comments, mine was very tame. Others described her as “haughty, and poor, sprinkled with an attempt to be overly-dominant”, “a fucking nutjob” and (my personal favourite) “nuttier than squirrel shit”.

(I just hope she IMs Stephanie Misfit not realizing she will soon be on the receiving end of a merciless verbal bludgeoning.)


To Shit or Not To Shit Rainbows

Posted in Op/Ed, SecondLife®, SL® Fashion with tags , , , on November 11, 2008 by Catero

Recently, an anonymous SLsecret postcard called into question the character of Second Life™ fashion bloggers, asking:

Why does every freaking fashion blog have to constantly poop rainbows? Can’t we be unhappy sometimes?

The short answer: no. “We” can’t. You can. But not in a fashion blog post. Take your gripes to a more appropriate forum. Like Craig’s List.

How could one possibly be unhappy while being courted by the community’s best and brightest design talent to showcase their latest creations? C’mon.

Fashion blogging by its very nature is a labour of love. One writes about what appeals to them. People aren’t likely to put forth the (quality) effort to invest so much time and resources into something they are not positive and passionate about. Considering the flipside to mainstream fashion blogging – like the ill-fated and hate-filled Brutal Honesty blog – I’d take shitting rainbows to shitting … well … shit any day – literally and figuratively. Shit gets messy, and you have to wipe it. Rainbows would probably float out in a candy-scented trail, leaving no unsightly residue. Not to mention that the power of positive thinking is good for your mind, body, and soul.

Let’s not kibosh this fecal-free trend. I much prefer it to sucking the hopes and dreams out of your fellow man, like some Supernaturalesque crocotta, leaving behind a trail of empty, soulless carcasses.

Keep in mind, there are plenty of people who poop rainbows, not just SL fashionists with blogging know-how – followers of the Ba’hai faith, GLBT rights activists suffering from chronic flatulence, and Sarah Palin supporters are amongst the most common rainblowing factions.

The critical postcard has resulted in a movement of pro-prismatic poopers. The charming Kesseret Steeplechase of KessKreations has made a graphic tee for proponents of this particular interest group.

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Photo Credit (right): Courtesy of Shopping Cart Disco’s SLsecret week #13.