Archive for September, 2007

NCI Class: Bulding 1 - BASICS

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Building, Education, Prims

What: NCI Class: Bulding 1 - BASICS

When: Sep 25, 2007 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Tuesday)

Where: Fishermans Cove Second Life

Tags: Education Fishermans Cove NCI Princess Second Life

Description: NCI Class: Bulding 1 - BASICS Instructor: Sally Savard Location: NCI Beach (Fishermans Cove) Sky Classroom When: Tuesday, 9am to 10:30am, 1.5 hours

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.

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NCI Class: Intro to Second Life

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Education, New Residents

What: NCI Class: INTRO TO SL

When: Sep 24, 2007 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (Monday)

Where: Human Resource Island Second Life

Tags: Education Human Resource Island Printer Brian Dowd Second Life

Description: NCI Class: INTRO TO SL Instructor: Brace Coral Location: Semper Auditorium When: Monday, 5pm to 6:30pm, 1.5hours

Sponsored by: Semper

Have you wondered….”What is there to do in here anyway?”?

This class will attempt to give you a ‘taster’ of the many ways that SecondLife can inspire and entertain you!

We create our own world, interact with it, style our personal appearance, and even run businesses in here! Art and live music also add much to our enjoyment.

So come and begin the journey with our Introduction to Second Life.

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New resident Q&A

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Education, New Residents, Q&A

New resident Q&A

When: Sep 24, 2007 2:00 pm - 2:10 pm (Monday)

Where: Slate Second Life

Tags: Bob Bunderfeld Education learning Second Life Slate

Description: Confused? Lost? Unsure of where you are or even WHY you are? Wish you knew more about Second Life, but you are afraid to ask people?

Former Mentor and Long-Term Resident of Second Life, Bob Bunderfeld, will be happy to answer all your questions concerning Second Life.

Bob has been doing the New Resident Q&A events for over 3 1/2 years and is ready to help you with your Second Life issues/problems/questions.

Feel free to join Bob every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, to get your Second Life questions answered by someone who’s been in Second Life for over 4 years!

Depending on the lag, this event MAY or MAY NOT be a VOICE event. Either way, answers will be typed for those that don’t have voice activated.

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New People Class - Learn About AO’s

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Avatar, Education, New Residents

New People Class - Learn About AO’s

When: Sep 24, 2007 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Monday)

Where: Zugspitze Second Life

Tags: Education MASUkills Masala Second Life Zugspitze

Description: Ever had trouble with your AO? Do you even know what an AO is? Come to learn what AO’s are, how to use them and figure out your problem with them! New Class .. New Instructor. A great class if not for now .. it will be. Check out our Freebie store. Volunteers/Teachers always welcome.

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New People Class - You & Your AV

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Avatar, Education, New Residents

New People Class - You & Your AV

When: Sep 24, 2007 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Monday)

Where: Zugspitze Second Life

Tags: Education MASUkills Masala Second Life Zugspitze

Description: This is a wonderful class if you are trying to figure out what you want to look like in this world. Tips and ideas to help make you .. YOU!! Check out our Freebie store. Volunteers/Teachers always welcome

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Build a Heart Diamond Necklace

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Building, Design, Jewelry

Heart Diamond Necklace@ValU

When: Sep 24, 2007 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Monday)

Where: Meyers Second Life

Tags: Education Meyers Mia Winthorpe Second Life

Description: Come to Valhalla University and complete the princess jewelry set when we make the heart diamond necklace. The necklace continues the heart theme we started with the earrings and the tiara.

Instructor: Mia Winthorpe Duration: 1,5 hours Level: Advanced: extensive camera work and knowledge of SL editing tools required Fee: None (tips appreciated) Supplies: 50 L (optional, one for the whole jewelry set)

Valhalla University - Giving you the tools to build your dreams in Second Life.

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Google’s Second Life Competitor?

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Second Life News, Virtual Worlds

Word has been circulating for awhile now that Google has been preparing a virtual world that will use Google Earth, especially since you could already create 3d models using Google Sketchup and then add them as a layer to Google Earth. The thought was, all that was missing was an avatar and a virtual economy. Oh, and probably loads of new servers to actually allow the avatars to roam Google Earth. Here are the pics on Flickr of the questionnaire the student saw, here and here. I hope those avatars have nothing to do with it, that’s all they would need right there to drag more pedophiles inworld.

Now, pictures have surfaced from a student at Arizona State University who got an email with a link to MyWorld, I assume you have to be logged in to see that page, and a questionnaire that asked if the student had a Gmail account, it said there was a “major internet company” behind this and it included hints relating to social networking, 3D modeling and video games. From Google Operating System,

So where’s Google in this picture? One of the questions from the form asks you if you have a Gmail account and if you are willing to get one. The product’s name is “My World” and the logo shows a globe - this could be related to Google Earth. Google also owns a 3D modeling software that could be used to create avatars.

Arizona State University has a very close relation with Google: it’s one of the first large universities in the US that uses Google Apps, the site search is powered by Google Search Appliance, the university uses Google Maps and the ASU campuses already have 3D models in… Google Earth. But there’s actually more than this: the university offered photos for the Google Mars project, Google employees serve as guest speakers or adjunct lecturers at ASU and Google has an office on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. Source: A Social Network for Google Earth?

So, ASU definitely has a big connection with Google. Duncan Riley at Techcrunch says,

We know for certain now that Google has big plans for social networking, from SocialStream to Google’s planned November 5 launch of the mother of all open social networking platforms. Whether the planned service will be a true Second Life competitor is still to be seen, however I suspect that if Google is prepping a virtual world it will be closer to IBM’s Virtual World chat platform than Second Life. To deliver a full UGC world is a not an easy step where a basic 3D world which builds on Google Earth, SketchUp, and existing Google social networking platforms including Orkut would seem more likely. Source: Google Prepping A Second Life Competitor?

Hey Duncan, what’s your avatar’s name? Would like to meet you inworld sometime. Anyway, I seriously doubt this will be an actual competitor to Second Life, but, it could surely help people move over into virtual worlds, if this is just some form of mashup between the web and Google Earth, tied together with avatars and social networking. One of the founders of Google Earth, Avi Bar-Zeev, has this to say on the subject.

But I do know that their CTO has publicly stated that Google Earth will remain true to the real world. In other words, it won’t turn into Second Life with new islands, fictional fantastic places, furries, and so on.

He didn’t rule out avatars at some level, and I do think they’re likely at some point — specifically, when GE offers the ability to walk down the street and enter virtual stores. Once you can do that, it makes sense to be able to do that with friends, or just meet on a street corner in virtual Paris and go sightseeing. Street View is a step in that direction. The same data could be used to make 3D models at street level. And there’s an effort paying people to digitize the insides of stores in major cities, at least in 2D. I’d give it two years or less for the technology issues to be worked out and for this to be possible.

However, I still don’t expect that to be a full-blown social network. The next generation of 3D social networks will have the concept of your “home” in the virtual world in the same way that MySpace offers you a home on the web (or at least a bedroom, messy as it may be). You need some kind of anchor point to tie all of your social links together and form a big social space (a graph without nodes is just a bunch of lines). And making a virtual home for yourself is most likely to be a highly creative (read: fictional) activity, not in GE’s main mission to represent the real world. Source: A Social Network for Google Earth?

So, everyone here seems like they are on the same page, big changes would need to be made for Google Earth to scale a virtual world based on the real world, millions and millions of servers would need to be added, and scaling issues would need to be sorted of to cover the inevitable crowding of avatars into the more popular sims. I guess if anyone has the funds, the knowledge and the horsepower to do it, it would be Google, but this seems like a big project for anyone to attempt so early in the evolution of virtual worlds.

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Second Life News for September 24, 2007

September 24th, 2007 | Category: Second Life News

Second Life developers start thinking big… So this week marks a beginning for Second Life and Linden Lab to truly start to open up second life and think about interconnected worlds and a standards for connecting them. Well, welcome boys and girls, now maybe you can throw your weight in with Intel and HP to further the standards that Croquet has been working on for years.

How-To: FireFox calls SecondLife SLURLs To configure Firefox to handle the secondlife:// protocol, you’ll need to go into Firefox’s configuration settings. Do the following:

1. In a blank tab, type about:config. You will be shown a page with a list of Firefox’s configuration variables. Click here for the rest.

Don’t ignore Second Life Australians are early adopters of technology. Think of the rapid rate of take up of ATMs, mobile phones and flat screen TVs. So, it is hardly surprising that Australian companies are beginning to enter the brave new world of Second Life.

Open Notebook Science Case Studies SFLO Session Just a reminder that the ONS case studies session on SciFoo Lives On is tomorrow Sept 24, 2007 at 9:00 PT/12:00 ET/16:00 GMT.

The idea here is to get our hands dirty and look at the guts of our operations. What is working/what is not -what technologies are we using and where you can get them.

My Second Life… Welcome, Stranger Like you, I have a Second Life. Do you have a house in your second life? Mine is rather handsome, I must say. The house looks like an old 1930’s manse that you might find on a quiet street in Boston, or Chicago. It’s covered with an ivy that looks like Virginia Creeper and filled with antiques. The old 1940’s Wurlitzer plays contemporary Internet radio stations and I can walk out of the bedroom and look at my ocean view.

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SL Places: MSTies Unite! A few years ago, I found myself in love with a robot. No, I mean REALLY in love! With Crow T. Robot, from the TV show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. I wanted this little gold metal character with the cute headgear (grill?) to be real. I wanted a RELATIONSHIP with him. Naturally, I was disturbed to find myself infatuated with a robot, but of course, that was before Second Life came along, where falling in love with robots is normal.

Imagine my joy when I discovered a larger-than-life sized version of Crow in Second Life! Along with robot Tom Servo, and a replica of the spaceship theater itself, where you can watch old episodes of MST3K.

Second Life’s 2nd value: Testing ideas Second Life allows people to lead two lives — one in the real world and another in the virtual. But in a way, Second Life itself leads two lives.

In its first, well-publicized life, it’s a forum for residents to socialize, shop and even have sex via on-screen avatars. In its second life, it’s a flexible platform for running inexpensive simulations and experiments.

Kathy Dryburgh Keeps it Real, Virtually Kathy (Schrock in RL) was literally among the first people I met in Second Life, back in January 2007. We had met at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference in 2006 (somehow she remembered having breakfast with me) and our Second Life friendship got started.

Scottish Learning Festival discussion in Second Life After a really hectic week at the Scottish Learning Festival, C4 In The Wild and TeachMeet07, and having had barely a chance to catch up over the weekend, it’s with some trepidation that I enter tonight into Second Life to host a quick general discussion around the event. If you missed the F2F event and want to find out what people thought were the hits and misses, this is the place to come.

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Architecture of Golden Bodies

September 23rd, 2007 | Category: Art, Design

What: The Graz Theatre Extension

When: Sep 23, 2007 3:00 am - 4:00 am (Sunday)

Where: public townscape Second Life

Tags: Arts and Culture Epletre Asp public townscape Second Life

Description: Forming architecture of bodies -an intersection of virtual and real.

Real Life Second Life Performance

Join us and take the opportunity to perform at the main stage of the cultural festival Steiricher Herbst in Graz, Austria. Meet real life performers from Tokyo, Berlin, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Have a one-to-one conversation and get a gold skin. Help us create an Architecture of Golden Bodies!

We are all performers and the world is our stage!

The Graz Theatre Extension @ The Office, The Port, The Collective, The Public Townscape - 23/9/2007 3AM SL time/12.00 European time.

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Brazilian Camping Spots

September 23rd, 2007 | Category: Camping

I was just going through the popular places tab in Second Life for another post, and noticed there were at least three Brazilian sims in there, well they mostly turned out to be popular because of camping, as far as I could tell, please let me know if there are some other reasons they would be popular that I missed.

But here they are for all you Second Life campers out there.

LA CITTADELLA Italia Italy Germany Usa Brasil Japan France There were 82 people here when I visited. It says, Germany, US, Japan, France and Italy on the title but everyone I saw was speaking Spanish, I assume, so I included it.

Buzios Praia diversao Voice Brasil Spain Portugal Italy There were 67 people there when I looked.

! ILHA BRASIL There were 47 people there when I visited.

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Popular Places in Second Life?

September 23rd, 2007 | Category: Search

Is that really the best name for that tab in the search function in Second Life, Popular Places? I’ve been visiting them periodically for different reasons lately, and EVERY ONE of them have been because of camping spots. I was looking tonight and noticed that at least three of them were Brazilian and I thought I would check those out to see if there was anything different from the other popular places.

Nope.

Camping, camping, camping, oh and of course shopping spots and clubs. I did find one that had a cyber cafe in it, but don’t get me started on that.

What the popular places tab needs is to be rated by us, with some kind of favorite tool, like an add to favorites, a vote for, or some kind of system that lets users pick actual popular places, and not places that are there just because of traffic. If not for us regular users, at least do it for the newbie’s, they will end up going to these places just because of some of the keywords, like sex, dancing, free, make lindens, etc. Its no wonder lots of people think all Second Life is about is sex and dancing, and these camping sites are also reinforcing the myth that everywhere is deserted. While you land in the places with lots of avatars hanging around, half the time you don’t see anyone when you get there.

Come on Lindens, give us a say in the popular places and it will help us all out. Just make sure users can only vote once per place.

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Second Life News for September 23, 2007

September 23rd, 2007 | Category: Second Life News

The Future of Virtual Worlds Are virtual worlds like Second Life here to stay? My answer is “yes, but.” Yes, but virtual worlds are part of a long-term transition which also includes the mobile Internet. Yes, but the result will be a complete transformation in how we think about being “on the Internet” vs. being “away from the computer.” Yes, but Second Life might not be the virtual world’s platform of the future.

Riches in your Second Life From fashion to ‘Bollywood’, paintings to entertainment and IT, more companies are discovering money in Second Life. Dean Williams talks to denizens of the other ‘reality’ about the future of a company in the virtual world

This is the future,” says Siddharth Banerjee, CEO and founder of Mumbai-based Indusgeeks, referring to the rise and rise of the virtual world Second Life (SL). And it is a future that multinational companies across the globe are increasingly paying heed to.

Banned Books Week hits MySpace, Facebook, and Second Life American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is pulling out all the stops with this year’s Banned Books Week, September 29–October 6, 2007, by taking the show on the digital road, so to speak, with events and official listings in Web 2.0 spaces like MySpace (no account required to view), Facebook (you need an account to view and join the Banned Books Week group), and Second Life.

5 common myths about Second Life Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Second Life talking to new users, and also talking to companies/institutions that want to get into Second Life. And one thing my colleagues and I have noticed is that some Second Life myths are still very popular among people. That is why I think that it’s important to talk about what Second Life is and what Second Life isn’t with a good dose of realism. So, here is our list of some of common myths that should in our opinion be addressed in any serious meeting/discussion about Second Life (and other virtual worlds).

Metaplace.com: “Second Life Killer?” My friend and colleague Sylvia Martinez over at Generation YES just blogged about Metaplace, a brand new development environment that some people are calling a “Second Life Killer.” Holy hyperbole, Batman!

Virtual travel on Second Life Our tour started exotically enough, with castles and Mayan ruins and jungle, a tree with steam coming out of it, and snow falling below moss-covered towers.

But as we passed the Science Fiction museum, things got strange. That’s when the flying purple dragon we were riding stopped moving and the screen turned white.

Second Life Grid Architecture Meet up tomorrow If you want to know more about the new Second Life Grid Architecture which Zero Linden talked about in this blogpost you should join me tomorrow at 11 am SLT in our sim Stadt.

Investing virtually: New Delhi is India’s First City on Second Life Mumbai may be the country’s financial capital but it is Delhiites who rule virtual reality finance. Of the over 12,000 active users of Second Life, the net-based virtual reality (VR) world, from India, nearly 9,000 are from Delhi. And about 90 per cent of the accounts registered from Delhi are engaged in some serious financial investments.

My Second Life brings virtual world alive on TV When HBO won a bidding war early this month to telecast My Second Life, it marked a media breakthrough — a television network buying an online property that was completely created in a virtual world.

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