I frequently tell people that although 95% of what I speculate upon turns out to be wrong or stupid - or both - 5% has some value. For example, earlier this week, I set out to my colleagues at work a plan to make life on earth less stressful based on changing the earth's gravity. The plan was to establish an international drilling agency that would position deep-drilling wells all over the earth with the sole intention of removing as much of the earth's core as possible. By then shooting all this off into space, we could reduce the mass of the earth, thereby reducing the gravitational field, therefore making everything easier to do.
Although this is logically sound and, given the will, technologically feasible, it probably ends up in the 95% option.
So as a way of trying to get myself back into the 5%, I thought I'd re-post a comment I made in the Second Life Herald two days ago. It relates to the recent acquisition of XStreet and OnRez by Linden Lab:
“Although not an avowed aim of Linden Lab, I note that this move to have more control over the handing of a virtual economy might well be a marketable asset to other virtual worlds. Sticking my neck out a little further, LL may well be positioning itself to operate as a virtual ‘Central Bank.’