Archive for July, 2007

Second Life Video Creates Controversy

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Racism

Is this video racist?

Wordpress won’t let me embed it, so watch the video here.

This video was made to help promote conflict resolution, but some say it is racist and is promoting negative stereotypes of Muslims and Turks.

The video, in its pilot phase, features a lonely boy, Martin, at a European school who is being blackmailed by a Turkish gang member named Ahmed. He demands that Martin regularly provide him with money and goods. Martin resorts to stealing things from his classmates.

The closing scene of the video shows Martin giving a stolen cell phone to an armed Ahmed, while the owner of the cell phone—another schoolboy—looks on from afar. “How can we resolve this situation?” the video asks. Source: Second Life Video Made in Italy Stirs Controversy

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Real Lawyers in a Virtual World

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Legal, RL Meets SL

Neat little article about a law firm in Washington D.C. who not only has a virtual office, they are earning another $20,000 a year from it. And that is all from consulting people in world on issues that would just cost too much money offline to litigate, like stolen items, copyright infringement, or even a bad tenant. Even so, as we have seen, some cases do go straight to a real life court, like the Sex bed case where Stroker Serpentine, is suing another avatar, named Volkov Catteneo, for copyright infringement over a sex bed that made Stroker a lot of money.

Except for one thing: The jewelry store in question doesn’t really exist. Nor does the jewelry — at least not in the realm of traditional Newtonian physics. And although Lieberman has an actual law office, that isn’t where Davis found him. Instead, Davis saw Lieberman’s law firm ad in a place far removed from Washington, a place that only exists as an endless stream of ones and zeroes.

Not long ago, when lawyers spoke of “virtual law firms” or the “paperless office,” they meant being able to share electronic documents and hold video teleconferences. Here, the whole office disappears, or at least is radically transformed, into computer code, along with the people, furniture, conference rooms, copying machines — everything, in fact, except for the bad coffee.

Don’t misunderstand. Stevan Lieberman is a real-life attorney, and he does practice intellectual property law at a real D.C. firm called Greenberg & Lieberman. It’s just that he and his firm have opted to expand into the relatively uncharted territory of Second Life, an online simulated universe with more than 8 million users — and growing. Take that, DLA Piper.

“There’s real money changing hands, and there are real disputes that people have in-world over real creations,” says Benjamin Duranske, whose avatar, “Benjamin Noble,” created the Second Life Bar Association. “It just happens to be represented digitally.” Source: Lawyers Find Real Revenue in Virtual World via the WSJ

Real money changing hands, you guys running the stock exchanges hear that, a lawyer said that.

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Visual Basic on Silverlight

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Education

Join Amanda Silver, Lead Program Manager in the Dev Div, tomorrow at the Visual Studio Island Theater in Second Life to speak about Visual Basic on Silverlight.

Amanda’s work involves the language design of Visual Basic as well as managing a talented team of Program Managers that design and ship everything in Visual Studio that is Visual Basic specific. We are entering a new dimension in programming and now, Visual Basic, the programming language that brought Windows programming to the masses is now available cross-platform (yep, VB on a MAC)!

Event Details:

Guest Speaker: Amanda Silver, Lead Program Manager

When: Tuesday, July 31st, 4 PM PST

Where: Visual Studio Island Auditorium in Second Life

How to join the event:

Second Life URL

About Second Life:

Second Life is a 3D online world with a rapidly growing population of over 3 million registered residents from 100 countries around the globe, in which the residents themselves create and build the world which includes homes, vehicles, nightclubs, stores, landscapes, clothing, and games. As of May 10th Visual Studio established an area in Second Life where developers can hang out, attend events, and test their wits to win prizes. We’ve already given away 60 plots of land adjacent to the Island on Coders Cove where many developers have built houses and other interesting things.

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NCI Class: Water Effects

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Education

NCI Class: Water Effects Instructor: Protomas Ludwig

When: Aug 5, 2007 11:00 AM (Sunday) to Aug 5, 2007 12:30 PM (Sunday)

Learn to work with water in Second Life. This class is a smorgasbord of information in which you will learn building, texturing and scripting tips enabling you to create streams, fountains, pools and other watery builds.

It is recommended that you take NCI’s Basic Building and Basic Scripting classes (or have equivalent knowledge) BEFORE attending the Water Effects class.

This class includes a freebie pack with everything you need to get started working with water effects.

Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Duration: 1.5 hours Location: NCI Plaza South (Hamnida) Dance Floor

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NCI Class: Basic Scripting

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Education

NCI Class: Basic Scripting Instructor: Fox Hwasung

When: Aug 3, 2007 3:00 PM (Friday) to Aug 3, 2007 4:30 PM (Friday)

Ever wondered how all that funky stuff you see in SL works and moves? Want to learn the scripting magic to do that on your own? This class will cover all the basics you need to know to get started writing your own scripts or modifying existing ones. Tips on where to find useful information on scripting will be given.

This class is open to all, though knowledge of basic building prior to attending is recommended so that you know how to create prims and how to edit a prim’s inventory.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Duration: 1.5 hours Location: NCI Caledon (Caledon Highlands) Great Hall

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NCI Class: Advanced Building: Prim-Efficient Homes & Building Challenge

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Education

NCI Class: Advanced Building: Prim-Efficient Homes & Building Challenge Instructor: Sally Savard

When: Aug 2, 2007 9:00 AM (Thursday) to Aug 2, 2007 11:00 AM (Thursday)

Think you’re ready to put down roots and settle into your own virtual home but are not sure where to begin? You need building and texturing skills — and scripting too. Oh my! Plus, there’s the low prim limit on that tiny plot of land you rented to consider. What’s a poor avatar to do?

In this class you will learn tips and tricks for building and texturing a low prim home suitable for a small plot of land. Precision prim placement, working with linked parts, building models to scale, and resizing your finished design will all be covered and the secrets of a simple scripted door revealed! Then it’s your chance to put it all together and show off what you’ve learned with the design of your very own low-prim home. Prizes will be awarded to the best builds!

Pre-requisite: NCI’s Basic Building class (or equivalent knowledge) Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Duration: 2 hours Location:NCI Int Sandbox

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NCI Class: Advanced Building - Prim Jewelry

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Education

NCI Class: Advanced Building–Prim Jewelry Instructor: RoseLinUK London

When: Aug 1, 2007 3:00 AM (Wednesday) to Aug 1, 2007 4:30 AM (Wednesday)

Have you ever wanted to know how to make jewelry in Second Life? How SL Jewelers get detailed and beautiful jewelry from big plywood prims? In this class I will cover some basic building and texturing techniques you need to know to begin to make some of those lovely pieces!

This class is an advanced building class. You need to have a basic knowledge of building and editing prims, KNOW HOW TO USE CAMERA CONTROLS TO ZOOM IN AND SEE ALL ANGLES OF A PRIM, and know how to edit prims using numerical values in the Object tab.

This class is limited to only 15 people! Please arrive early to save yourself a place. The class will be held in the sky classroom at NCI Beach.

Time: 3:00 am to 4:30 am Duration: 1.5 hours Location: NCI Beach (Fishermans Cove) Sky Classroom

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Cards and Dice Evening at the Royal Majestic

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Gaming

Description: Its Cards and Dice evening tonight! Come over and play your favorite games. We are looking for the best and most skilled players in Second Life. Drinks are on the house! The Royal Majestic Mall & Events is the most beautiful location in Second Life for all your parties and events. Invite your friends and have your receptions, weddings, events and parties in a unique environment with a classy atmosphere.

When: Jul 31, 2007 10:00 AM (Tuesday) to Jul 31, 2007 1:00 PM (Tuesday)

Please contact Amiryu Hosoi for more info.

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Basic Building 101 - Introduction to Building in SL

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Education

Description: The Academy of Second Learning Presents… Basic Building 101 - Introduction to Building Instructor - Andreia Bertolucci

When: Jul 31, 2007 10:00 AM (Tuesday) to Jul 31, 2007 11:00 AM (Tuesday)

Taking your first steps with building in Second Life? Eager to start attending building classes but first want to learn the basics?

Come along and learn the Basics of Building!

We will talk about: How to Create prims; How to change the prims Position; How to change prim’s Shape; How to Stretch, Rotate and Texture a prim; How to change the prim’s Color; How to give a Name to the prim; How to make the Prim more useful; How to practice with our object in Inventory; How to Take or Delete your prim.

This class is for beginners and new residents to Second Life!

At the sim’s landing point, behind the reception desk, there’s an ASL sign and teleporter that will take you to the edge of the classroom area.

ASL - Taking you to the next level!

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Basic Building in Second Life

July 31st, 2007 | Category: Education

Description: NCI Class: Basic Building Instructor: Protomas Ludwig

Learn the basics of building in Second Life. Rez, shape, and texture prims. Even learn what on Earth a “prim” is! A small class size and a 1.5 hour duration allows lots of personalized instruction.

This event will be held in the NCI Beach Sky Classroom. Come on over or IM Sally Savard for a teleport.

Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am Duration: 1.5 hours Location: NCI Beach (Fishermans Cove) Sky Classroom

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Issues with the Grid

July 30th, 2007 | Category: Grid Performance

In a post at Second Life Insider, they say the recent issues we have been having with the Grid are being caused by some script kiddies named The Patriotic Nigras, and they figure someone else has to actually be causing all of the problems.

It’s unlikely that the Nigras themselves are actually responsible for the work, as most of them are ’script kiddies’ (people who cannot create or modify software) and this sort of thing seems to be well above their usual displayed capacity (usually limited to screaming obscenities, using cage-guns or employing the work of others). Most likely, their eagerness to cause trouble is being exploited by someone else.

As for the exploit itself, it was reported at least as early as February 12, 2006, and apparently remains unpatched to this day. It is relatively simple to take advantage of and as such, we’ll not be publishing the specifics at this time.

The exploit takes advantage of a feature-by-design, and as-such, is going to be tricky to fix without (a) breaking the actual intended feature, and (b) breaking something else - That said, there are several possible points at which the exploit can be closed. Source: What is wrong with the SL grid?

Some think it is because of the gambling ban, others think it’s just griefers causing trouble, we may find out one day and we may not. ;)

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Second Life News

July 30th, 2007 | Category: Second Life News

SL Relay for Life: Second Life success! The Guardian Gamesblog’s magnificent team of many dedicated members ran tall and proud in all manner of avatars this weekend as part of the third Second Life Relay for Life. I don’t think I can thank Clarence Kamachi, JoannaTrail Blazer, Helter Alexandre and Stigsson Lundquist enough for their support and time and for the hours they spent running around the track during the 18 hour race! In total, we raised L$101,435 - that’s US $485 - for the American Cancer Society, ran 10 laps on a track that took a full hour to run without stopping (it took me 4 hours to run my first lap and I didn’t get to see half of what I wanted to!) and clocked over 120,000 virtual meters. Pictures here and here. Our efforts, in conjunction with those of the other teams, helped to raise over US $115,000 in total - 1.5 times 2006’s record. WOW.

Ambitious New Second Life Maps Mashup They are creating maps for Second Life using Google Maps and layering them with land info, land sales, etc. Looks pretty cool.

7 Ways Croquet is Better than Second Life No, it’s not talking about the stick and ball game croquet, they are talking about this, “Croquet is a powerful open source software development environment for the creation and large-scale distributed deployment of multi-user virtual 3D applications and metaverses that are (1) persistent (2) deeply collaborative, (3) interconnected and (4) interoperable. The Croquet architecture supports synchronous communication, collaboration, resource sharing and computation among large numbers of users on multiple platforms and multiple devices.” The blog post it is Second Life, but much more.

WIRED AND THE LONG TAIL OF SECOND LIFE MARKETING Last Friday I contacted Wired Magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson about my critique of Frank Rose’s article on failed marketing in Second Life, to get his perspective. Chris told me he agreed with the article, and Rose’s subsequent defense of it. Fair enough, though I still maintain the piece doesn’t begin to offer a full and nuanced consideration of the subject.

The New World Notes site mentioned in the previous paragraph, created by James Wagner Au, has a reader survey going in which they are collecting your votes on why the Lindens stopped gambling right now. Me, I think it has a lot to do with the shady splodders and avatars being milked for their money, but what do I know. Check it out READER SURVEY: WHY DID THE LINDENS END GAMBLING IN SECOND LIFE NOW?

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