It seems some people have gotten the wrong idea here. Allow me to explain:
- Yes, I was homeless. However, what Hamlet is talking about in that video happened in February of 2003. In fact, his original story about it even notes that I hadn’t been homeless for some months as of its writing.
- I did not build a laptop; I had one with me. Hamlet is drunk and mixing up his words. Besides, have you ever looked inside a laptop? Not gonna happen.
- I did build much of the computer I actually used to connect to SL from parts I scrounged up, both before and after I became homeless.
- “Hacking” into wireless networks is more a matter of antenna strength than software. The software is a matter of point-and-click.
- Picking power supplies out of a dumpster is not a feat of unparalleled hacker skill.
- I have been living well out of slum conditions for over three years now.
- Had I been homeless for the past four years, there is almost no way I could have continued to enter Second Life during this time. Computers break. Computers are stolen. Computers are sold for crack.*
- I attended SL Views at Linden Lab earlier this year, without anyone suggesting I might be homeless.
- There are numerous photos of me circulating around the internet, with clean clothes and skin, my hair cut and styled, in an apartment I claim to be mine.
- Homeless people tend to be homeless for a reason. People homeless for more than a couple weeks tend to be homeless for a very good reason, that frequently precludes their ever escaping poverty. Society sucks.
* I am not on crack. I was not on crack. After four years on the streets? The odds are pretty good I would be.