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A Very Curious Economic Exercise

Introvert Petunia
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02-17-2006 05:16
As someone noted above (and I felt the same), the method of release seems to feel somewhat "lab rattish" and I don't think that was your intention. Rumor also has it that you've been mildly "stalked" in the hopes of catching a flower at the moment of release; that can't be fun.

If "the hunt" was not part of your experiment. I'd suggest that you give them to other players to place for sale with the request that they a) place them for sale at an arbitrary time and place and post a general clue or b) announce on the tulix thread that they have not placed it for sale but have chosen to keep it.

How to get distribution? Certainly people have posted interest in the experiment/game would be good candidates, but do be aware that they may be alts posting. Not to volunteer anyone, but Travis does know trustworthy people in all time zones, and Torley Linden is by her own admission "anywhere and everywhere simultaneously" and could conceivably use her Linden-fu to place them just about anywhere like an undetectable tulip fairy. Of course, having a Linden placing tulips would instantly cause a firestorm of "favoritisim" accusations even though not true.

You are smart enough to realize that announcing the "distributors" would subject them to "stalking" so you shouldn't.

Incidentally, I have offered to give one of the two in my precious hoard to another player because she seemed desirous, so there are reasons to distribute other than expected return.
Surina Skallagrimson
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02-17-2006 07:39
While talking to Desmond this morning I sugested the distributer method to counter the stalking he has suffered, however he gave a couple of good reasons as to why he doesn't want to go this route.


(No, I wasn't stalking him. He just happened to be there when I went looking...)
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Josie Hamilton
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02-17-2006 07:54
I assume these are being placed at Desmond's store in Alice.
Ordinal Malaprop
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02-17-2006 07:59
I'd like a tulip. But I'm not going to pay for one that somebody else has bought. That would take the enjoyment out of having it... it's not just the owning, it's the acquiring as well, and it would mean I was just a tulip buyer, not actually part of the event.

I suspect that I'm unlikely to get one.
Surina Skallagrimson
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02-17-2006 08:04
From: Ordinal Malaprop
I'd like a tulip. But I'm not going to pay for one that somebody else has bought. That would take the enjoyment out of having it... it's not just the owning, it's the acquiring as well, and it would mean I was just a tulip buyer, not actually part of the event.

I suspect that I'm unlikely to get one.


The whole point of the "event" is to buy and sell tulips between each other... If you get yours direct from Desmond and do nothing with it then you are missing out.
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Ordinal Malaprop
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02-17-2006 08:07
No I'm not - I'm just taking part in my own way....
Doc Nielsen
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02-17-2006 08:10
From: Desmond Shang
Wah...

*loosens tie*

Ok, ah... where to begin.


1) Comment by Mr Nielsen - Mechanism for trading tulips - you are right!

So here you go: /244/fe/88655/1.html

...mainly because it is not appropriate for the Land and Economy forum.


Ms actually... :p
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Desmond Shang
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02-17-2006 08:18
And... while many in the United States make themselves busy at the office, the fourth FIVE are released!

Once again, outside (in the wild, so to speak) at West Trade Imports.

1) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 6 of 36
2) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 7 of 36
3) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 6 of 25
4) Name: Spirit of Flame Tulip, 4 of 15
5) Name: Pale Lavender Tulip, 1 of 10


PLEASE reveal the variety and number on the TuleX trading floor. If you destroy one, please make a record of it there.

TuleX: /244/fe/88655/1.html

Note: I'm trying my very, very, very best not to make any mistakes. But it's a possibility; my customer IM's from my usual business are *very* distracting to this process and I must take care of them promptly and attentively.

Edit: my Most Sincere Apologies to Ms. Doc Nielsen!!!

Edit on Edit: and these tulips are Gone, in record time! Mere minutes...
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Desmond Shang
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02-17-2006 08:56
And... the fifth group of FIVE are released!

Once again, outside (in the wild, so to speak) at West Trade Imports.

1) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 8 of 36
2) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 9 of 36
3) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 7 of 25
4) Name: Pale Lavender Tulip, 2 of 10
5) Name: Luscious Peach Tulip, 2 of 8


PLEASE reveal the variety and number on the TuleX trading floor. If you destroy one, please make a record of it there.

TuleX: /244/fe/88655/1.html

Even if you intend to cherish your tulip forever, please let others know of your secret pleasure!

Edit: all picked in RECORD time!
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Salzie Sachertorte
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02-17-2006 10:59
GRRRR! Stuck at work - unable to tiptoe through the tulips.
Desmond Shang
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02-17-2006 11:09
The sixth group of FIVE are released!

Once again, outside where tulips belong at West Trade Imports.

1) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 10 of 36
2) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 11 of 36
3) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 8 of 25
4) Name: Pale Lavender Tulip, 3 of 10
5) Name: Luscious Peach Tulip, 3 of 8


PLEASE reveal the variety and number on the TuleX trading floor.

If you destroy one, or intend to keep one forever, please make a record of it there.

TuleX: /244/fe/88655/1.html

Edit: all tulips found! And yes, apologise for the time... but we can't let only the United States folks get them all can we? :)
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AJ DaSilva
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02-17-2006 11:17
Y'know, I'm really enjoying the whole get IW and have a hunt about aspect of this. Excellent distribution method I say. :D
Desmond Shang
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02-17-2006 12:20
The seventh group of FIVE are released!

Once again, outside where tulips belong at West Trade Imports.

But this time gentle rains, followed by a brief heat snap in sim Alice caused one particular breed to germinate and flower.


1) Name: Spirit of Flame Tulip, 5 of 15
2) Name: Spirit of Flame Tulip, 6 of 15
3) Name: Spirit of Flame Tulip, 7 of 15
4) Name: Spirit of Flame Tulip, 8 of 15
5) Name: Spirit of Flame Tulip, 9 of 15

PLEASE reveal the variety and number on the TuleX trading floor.

If you destroy one, or intend to keep one forever, please make a record of it there.

TuleX: /244/fe/88655/1.html

Edit: All tulips of this round picked! It took a good little while though!
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Josie Hamilton
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02-17-2006 12:38
I agree that hunting for the scarce resource is more fun than the trading aspect of this, but that hasn't reached its peak yet I believe.

I wonder though if this experience could ever be recreated. There is a novelty aspect to this, and future attempts to create something similar might just seem opportunistic or phony.
Desmond Shang
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02-17-2006 13:20
The eighth group of FIVE are released!

Outside where tulips belong, at West Trade Imports.

The weather has cleared a bit, and things are back to normal in the garden.

1) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 12 of 36
2) Name: Scarlet Passion Tulip, 13 of 36
3) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 9 of 25
4) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 10 of 25
5) Name: Pale Lavender Tulip, 4 of 10


PLEASE reveal the variety and number on the TuleX trading floor.

If you destroy one, or intend to keep one forever, please make a record of it there.

TuleX: /244/fe/88655/1.html

Edit: all found, in four minutes or so - really fast this time.
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Nyx Divine
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02-17-2006 13:36
From: Desmond Shang
Edit: all found, in four minutes or so - really fast this time.


I wonder how long you could keep this up. I kinda feel like a rat being enticed w/ a piece of cheese ;)
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02-17-2006 13:40
From: Nyx Divine
I wonder how long you could keep this up. I kinda feel like a rat being enticed w/ a piece of cheese ;)


Right now (while I'm at work) I feel like the second class rat beating his head against the cage in frustration as he watches the star pupil rats get to run through the maze and kick back with well deserved cheeses and tasty sweets.
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Nyx Divine
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02-17-2006 13:43
From: Gabe Lippmann
Right now (while I'm at work) I feel like the second class rat beating his head against the cage in frustration as he watches the star pupil rats get to run through the maze and kick back with well deserved cheeses and tasty sweets.


Too funny
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Desmond Shang
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02-17-2006 13:48
The ninth group of FIVE are released!

Outside where tulips belong, at West Trade Imports.


The heavens smile favourably upon someone...

1) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 11 of 25
2) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 12 of 25
3) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 13 of 25
4) Name: Phantom White Tulip, 14 of 25
5) Name: Precious Gold Tulip, 2 of 5


PLEASE reveal the variety and number on the TuleX trading floor.

If you destroy one, or intend to keep one forever, please make a record of it there.

TuleX: /244/fe/88655/1.html

Edit: all found, folks. Something about gold maybe... the sim is crawling with searchers, though I tried to tell them!
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Gabe Lippmann
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02-17-2006 13:57
You're killin' me, Smalls. :D
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Patroklus Murakami
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02-17-2006 14:40
Damn, you always manage to put these out when my mind is on other things!
Gabe Lippmann
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02-17-2006 17:36
Desmond, I'm advocating that after you distribute all the tulips you put out a final Commemorative Tulip Hunt Experiment or Commemorative Lab Rat Tulip Hunt tulip that is available for everyone to buy. :cool:
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Joy Honey
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02-17-2006 17:41
From: Gabe Lippmann
Desmond, I'm advocating that after you distribute all the tulips you put out a final Commemorative Tulip Hunt Experiment or Commemorative Lab Rat Tulip Hunt tulip that is available for everyone to buy. :cool:


I approve this message :D
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Desmond Shang
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02-17-2006 18:24
From: Gabe Lippmann
Desmond, I'm advocating that after you distribute all the tulips you put out a final Commemorative Tulip Hunt Experiment or Commemorative Lab Rat Tulip Hunt tulip that is available for everyone to buy. :cool:


Ah... see first post, I'm sworn not to make more tulips.

This suggestion involves making tulips.

So once this is over, you'll have to satisfy your kink for virtual Liliaceae Tulipa elsewhere.

But don't be disappointed!

Would you have imagined even last week, that Desmond Shang (of all people) would stir deep slumbering desires within you... for things that you didn't even realise you wanted?

Then help you explore them, along with dozens of others at the same time?

*wicked grin*
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Joy Honey
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02-17-2006 18:32
From: Desmond Shang
Ah... see first post, I'm sworn not to make more tulips.

This suggestion involves making tulips.

So once this is over, you'll have to satisfy your kink for virtual Liliaceae Tulipa elsewhere.

But don't be disappointed!

Would you have imagined even last week, that Desmond Shang (of all people) would stir deep slumbering desires within you... for things that you didn't even realise you wanted?

Then help you explore them, along with dozens of others at the same time?

*wicked grin*


Who would ever guess there would be TULIP BARONS in SL? :D
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