In 2007, as the N.S.A. and other intelligence agencies were beginning to explore virtual games, N.S.A. officials met with the chief technology officer for the manufacturer of Second Life, the San Francisco-based Linden Lab. The executive, Cory Ondrejka, was a former Navy officer who had worked at the N.S.A. with a top-secret security clearance.
He visited the agency’s headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., in May 2007 to speak to staff members over a brown bag lunch, according to an internal agency announcement. “Second Life has proven that virtual worlds of social networking are a reality: come hear Cory tell you why!” said the announcement. It added that virtual worlds gave the government the opportunity “to understand the motivation, context and consequent behaviors of non-Americans through observation, without leaving U.S. soil.”
Mr. Ondrejka, is now the director of mobile engineering at Facebook
Leland Sklar is one of those behind-the-scenes true legends of music. As a bass guitarist he has played for almost everyone (check the list on wikipedia!)
According to Henry Diltz, one of the most accomplished music industry photograhers ever, Lee hosted a Haloween party every year in the Laurel Canyon area of LA that “everyone” regularly attended in the 60’s & 70’s. One could only imagine the guest list today, The Eagles, Carole King, James Taylor, Crosby, Stills, Neil Young, “Momma” Cass, etc
One year Henry photographed his wife, Elizabeth (shown in picture on the left) with a mystery guest. No one knew who the other person was. Lee had begun to walk around and ask who it was, if they knew him and who he was with. Nobody had a clue. Finally, Lee couldn’t take it any longer and goes up to the guy and asks “Are you at the right party? Do you know anyone here?”
The “guy” turned out to be his good friend and fellow artist, the legendary Joni Mitchell.