Archive for October, 2007

Pedophilia in Virtual Worlds

October 31st, 2007 | Category: Child Protection, Discussion, Legal, Virtual Sex

Updated october 31, 2007

I have to ask this question, even though it creeps me out to even think about it, but is pedophilia really possible in Second Life? One would have to say yes, because it is entirely possible that a youngster playing an avatar could have sex with an adult playing another avatar, but, if you stick to avatars that have payment info on file, that should prevent it from happening accidentally.

But, what about people who are looking to have sex, even if it’s virtually, with children? Since the US Supreme Court removed the virtual children clause, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, the federal definition requires that an actual child exist, so, for right now, I don’t think by the letter of the law that it is illegal if two adults engage in the activity, it’s certainly sick, but I’m not going to get into all that.

Linden Labs has made it known how they feel about child pornography, which is certainly more applicable, I’m just not sure how animations or cartoons would fit into that category.

Linden Lab’s stance on child pornography

Linden Lab has absolutely zero tolerance for depictions of child pornography within Second Life. We were outraged to see the images that ARD showed us, and will cooperate fully with any legal authorities that choose to investigate the individuals involved in such activities. Child pornography is, of course, illegal and as such is a breach of our Terms of Service. It goes without saying that anyone engaged in this activity will be permanently banned from Second Life, and subject to legal consequences.

What are the consequences?

We simply will not tolerate the depiction of sexual or lewd acts involving minors in Second Life.

If Linden Lab learns that someone is engaging in, advertising or promoting locations or activities involving the depiction of sexual or lewd acts involving minors, their account will be terminated, and we will fully cooperate with all appropriate authorities.

If a Resident possesses or distributes real-world pornographic images in Second Life that appear to involve minors, their account will be terminated and their details provided to real-world authorities, as has always been our policy. Source: Accusations Regarding Child Pornography in Second Life

Lowell Cremorne did some looking around when this first came about from Linden Labs, and in his post here, you can see the kinds of child like avatars that came up when he searched for child, I’m glad he blacked out that first one, brrr.

Which brings me to the whole point of this post, a blog post from the Second Life section of Reuters says that the UK is going to investigate pedophilia in virtual worlds, they will be looking for depictions of adult-child sex and trying to track down the pedophiles.

But the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said Second Life isn’t being specifically targeted. “Our interest is wherever on the Internet children are,” a spokeswoman told Reuters. “We place officers into a number of virtual worlds.”

The CEOP takes a dim view of age play, even when both avatars have confirmed their identity as consenting adults. “Why would a 56-year-old man masquerade as a 13-year-old child? That’s something that would concern us,” the spokeswoman said. Source: UK to investigate pedophilia in virtual worlds

That concerns me as well and I hope they can find and eliminate them all from virtual worlds and real life for that matter. So, maybe the US doesn’t consider it illegal, the UK seems to think it is, and if I can help in anyway I certainly will.

This is kind of interesting as well because while I was checking out the sim, The Legend of Autumn Hollow, this child avatar came in and was looking around, eventually she came up to me and we started talking, which was weird to start with, but when she asked if I had a girlfriend, I bet my jaw hit my desk, I didn’t know what to say, but she kept on talking and eventually said he sister needs a good looking guy like me. I felt a little better after that and we actually ended up working together some and finding some of the items in the treasure hunt, she was kind of cute, she did not go out of character, talking like a child the whole time, skipping around and asking silly questions, but it was certainly a moment I will never forget when it comes to Second Life and another reason I would rather no child avatars be allowed inworld at all. Thanks God she didn’t hit on me!

A post at Techcrunch, Virtual Pedophilia Report Bad News For Second Life discusses Virtual Pedophilia in Second Life, and I am amazed at the commentators who say it’s okay as it’s two consenting adults, sure, that may be true if this happened in their own homes, but this is a virtual world where anyone can see it, sure there are some restricted areas, but if you can get into the area, you can pretty much watch anything happening with the camera. It would be very easy for a child to register and end up seeing this type of stuff, depending on what they search for, kids, children, etc.

I wrote this before I read and watched the Sky News report, but now that I have seen it, I am even more disgusted, the areas they have setup are swing sets with child avatars swinging on them, talk about trying to make it look like real life. I just added the video below.

“Wonderland is a virtual children’s playground where pedophiles cruise and kids are solicited,” said Farrell.

“At first site it looks like a real-life playground.

“Here child-like avatars are not just playing on swings - they’re offering sex. These are virtual children of all ages - even toddlers.

“After talking to one child I was offered a range of sordid and sick sexual acts.

“My avatar had entered a virtual pedophile ring. Obviously, I declined the offers and reported my disturbing findings.” Source: Perverts Use Virtual World For Fantasies

Wonderland needs shut down, it’s no wonder that almost every newbie I saw and talked to coming into Second Life in the CSI area the other night mentioned, hookers, sex or having fun, that’s all they think we do inworld.

Warning: The might not be considered safe for work, although I don’t think anyone is naked.

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caLLie cLine Makes Maxim Top 100

October 31st, 2007 | Category: Brands, Business, Marketing, RL Meets SL

Callie ClineWhy is this a big deal? caLLie cLine is a Second Life avatar from this blog, ~•~ mOtoRaTi giRLz ~•~.
Damn, I just noticed they posted the Hot 100 in May, where have I been?

Are the guys at Maxim hitting some of the good stuff, have they lost their minds? I’ll admit that’s one good looking avatar, but anyone who picks an avatar over Kim Kardashian is just crazy or in need of new eyewear. Seriously, it’s not just me is it? Here’s what it says about her on her page.

95. Second Life Girl
Second Life—a 3-D virtual world that’s imagined, created, and owned by its online residents—was launched in 2003 and now boasts nearly five million inhabitants around the globe. Never taken part in the nerd fest? Isn’t she reason enough? 95. Second Life Girl

They didn’t even give her whole name, just Second Life girl. Why would they pick a Second Life avatar as number 95 of the Hot 100? It wouldn’t have anything to do with advertising, now would it? Her blog, ~•~ mOtoRaTi giRLz ~•~, has the tagline “tearing up Pontiac’s motorati island with fun & flair!”, you see that, it’s Pontiac’s island. If you visit the MotoratiLife website, you’ll see a button that says Maxim, 2nd Life Style, a button for caLLie cLine and some others, including one that says Land a Palooza, apply for land, but I will get to that one later.

I’m just a regular girl who loves to create, imagine, encourage & dream… I love people and equally enjoy my privacy and quiet times. I think every person has something very special to offer, and I’ve been very fortunate to meet some amazing people in my life who have shared their amazing gifts, talents and stories… Source: Blogger profile

So, the question is, did Maxim put her in to get featured on their website, as some sort of cross advertising thing? She says she was born in 2005, but it makes me wonder if Pontiac had her redone, if she did her avatar herself, or maybe even Pontiac bought her avatar and have guys running it now, just saying. All I know is, I just lost a LOT of respect for anything at Maxim, I love Second Life, I think it could be big part of a lot of people’s future, but, I’ll take a real life girl over a hot avatar any day. As for the promotion, it worked, I actually visited Motorati Island the other day, but it was real late and nothing was going on, but now I think a deeper inspection of the Island and caLLie is called for. If she is any good at racing, she may be the perfect Second Life Girl.

Oh, and the apply for land button, it looks like Pontiac is giving away land to avatars with good ideas, so if you have a great idea, you may be able to get some land to start something car related in Second Life.

Become a partner with Pontiac and create a thriving island of car culture!

Car culture is so embedded in our society that the themes used by builders can come from every nook and cranny of the real world…

From screaming engines redlining across cracked asphalt to rock-a-billy babes dipping french fries in a drive up diner.

From science geeks blasting rocket cars across the desert hardpan to shade tree mechanics changing the oil on their prized muscle car.

From battle hardened mechs gearing up for battle across an apocalyptic plain to Shriners on go-karts cruising down Main Street.

Let your imagination run wild and then click on the link below to fill out a submission. Consider us insane landlords with a taste for fast cars and big ideas.

It’s your chance, whatcha gonna do?

Apply Now

Note: Due to the amazing amount of interest and submissions for our project we’re almost at capacity with our island. If you have a great idea we’re still interested in it but be aware that there might be a delay in land grants on Motorati for the immediate future. Source: Land-A-Palooza

Here is a promotional video featuring caLLie cLine.

The Motorati website has some other interesting links, like the Car Builds, the Drift or Die Zombie Smash and the Maxim section has links to pick up hot chicks, links to some hot spots and a create the ultimate bachelor pad tutorial.

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Saving Lindens and Inworld Fashion

October 31st, 2007 | Category: Second Life Money, Shopping

Just some news and posts about sales and fashion in Second Life.

Laynie’s Weekly Wrap - Oct 31, 2007 Then I popped over to Diversity for their sale. That Cobain style everyone’s been wondering where it is? It’s back, and retextured so it’s even better than before.

Unique Skin… Made Affordable by Tête à Pied It looks like skins are the new black on the grid. Everyone and their mother seem to be determined to make skins. I’m not judging the quality of the efforts here, but it is hard to keep up with the industry these days.

Calico Creations Items reviewed: Elizabeth, Diana, Sarah II and Calico hairstyles.

As mentioned before in my silent sparrow review, I met Ms. Ingmann through the Simone! Supermodels contest. I won’t rehash, you can go read the silent sparrow review. I’ll also note that I was supposed to be showing Calico hair at that show I couldn’t model in, sooo… here’s the review instead! Hope that makes up for it somewhat. I’ve been meaning to do a review on her hair anyway, since I wear it a lot and use it in my jewelry ads.

Review of Fetch Alternative! I’ve got more pics than usual for you, so pay attention. There is some cute clothes from Fetch Alternative that I want to show. The designers are Vanessa Cardway and Matteus Boa. I was lucky enough to score a pair of jeans that aren’t even out yet, and I practically live in jeans, so I am a happy girl!

Twinsanity! Lots of bargains listed at the bottom.

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Second Life News for October 31, 2007

October 31st, 2007 | Category: Second Life News

Linden Lab responds to Wonderland scandal Linden Lab has responded to our request for comment about the Wonderland scandal with a statement. The statement was issued just minutes ago by Lewis PR, Linden Lab’s external public relations handler.

Entrepreneur’s Guide to Second Life Now, I know that a lot of people are skeptical these days about whether it’s even possible to make money in Second Life. Much of that skepticism stems from the fact that there was a huge amount of hype over the last year about big companies coming into SL and setting up six-figure builds, only to discover that they don’t quite know how to make them pay off.

Second Life Lawsuit Lands in Real-World Court Here’s a legal riddle for you: how does one party manage to sue another for the theft of items that, in reality, don’t exist?

A federal district court in Brooklyn, New York is facing such a dilemma. Six Second Life merchants that sell their wears in the virtual world of Second Life are suing a Queens’ man for the theft of their – go figure — “adult-themed virtual objects.” Most objects are not adult-themed and include shoes and clothes. But others are more exotic.

Cisco Announces Winners of Connected Life Contest Earlier this year, Cisco invited consumers to share their ideas for future telecom services and entertainment options through the Connected Life Contest. The most innovative and compelling entry would receive a $10,000 grand prize, and 10 runner-up winners would earn $1,000 each. Here are the winner.

Paedos target Second Life online Paedophiles are targeting the online virtual world of Second Life, it was claimed today.

Police are investigating reports that “child” computer characters are offering sex and pandering to the sick fantasies in the virtual world which has 10.5 million members.

CNN: User Generated Journalism in Second Life Reuters embedded a reporter in Second Life. But starting the week of November 5, CNN is venturing into Second Life, giving Second Life citizens kits that will allow them to transmit photos and information back to CNN.

The Office in Second Life - An Update I just received the following, from Kiwini Oe of Clear Ink, as a comment on my recent post about The Office in Second Life. Rather than leave it there, where few might stumble upon it, I thought I should post it so that more people get a chance to read it…

10pm MDT Second Life chatlecture on building community 9pm PDT (SLT as well) tonight Tom (and myself since he invited me) will be talking about building community virtually. If you read this blog, or the conference blog, or Tom’s, you’ll know that building and supporting community are big deals to us.

CSI:NY Shrinks By 93% A virtual recession may threaten the metaverse, as service workers hired to meet and greet noobies suffered mass layoffs today. The layoffs are part of a significant downsizing in the number of CSI:NY sims - perhaps due to a less than enthusiastic response to shark jumping, couch potato marketing of immersive games to television viewers. At this time last week, some enthusiastic reports were suggesting that CBS television’s CSI:NY/Second Life hookup could yield as many as 1 million new players. However, that enthusiasm has been tempered by reality.

What’s next for the Electric Sheep? Do Electric Sheep dream for Avatars ?

The Electric Sheep Company, perhaps the world’s largest content design company for virtual world platforms, has big plans beyond its high-profile CSI:NY experience in Second Life that includes more movie and television mash-ups, possible widgets, and a viewer for mobile phones.

Quicklinks - Brooklyn Law Review on Virtual Defamation, Dove Lane on Going Mainstream, and Orient Lodge on a Trademark Cease & Desist Letter VB runs “Virtual Law Quicklinks” whenever we have a backlog of interesting items that aren’t big enough for full posts. Here’s today’s batch.

Can Twinity Foster Creativity and Economy in Virtual Cities? In a few months, Twinity, a virtual world based on virtual cities, will open in beta. Metaversed got an initial brief, and tour of the alpha system last week. The overall impression was encouraging. Some of the differences in how the system will work over other worlds may make or break the fledgling world created by German company Metaversum, who are keeping many of the final details under close wraps. One things for sure though: Of the many new worlds in pre or closed beta currently, this is one of the most exciting.

Abuse Report I missed part of the office hour today with Robin Linden, but I’m told it was about griefers with particles, lack of response from trouble tickets, and copyright theft. It’s funny, we live in a blogosphere and Twittersphere and Concierge chat and we think “everyone” knows about Stroker Serpentine’s case — leading to one of those famous great New York Post headlines, “Booty and the Geek” — but in fact not “everybody” knows.

Unexpected chat at BNT financial meeting reveals Hacking Incident So on Sunday evening I went to a meeting for bank customers of BNT financial aka M2B bank. I was pretty much hearing the regular PR pitch from the Bank exec about hope for the future and the expected opening of their ATM’s. I should mention only 6 or 8 people came to the meeting which is a sad display of SL resident’s interest in banks at this point in time.

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ASTRALCOM SL Deploys Mobile Aerial Messaging Solution in Second Life ASTRALCOMSL, the in-world division of ASTRALCOM Digital Business Solutions a US-based company, today announced that they have completed their commission to develop a solution for its Boston, MA client that wished to provide messaging services in a mobile aerial format in the skies within Second Life.

The messaging solution includes the deployment of a customized airship, or blimp, that can be flown throughout the skies in Second Life and will allow for passengers to fly in the blimp, while also displaying messages via side panels on the blimp as it flies.

Second Life is powerful teaching tool The online program Second Life has been taking the world by storm for four years now, according to www.secondlife.com. It is an online world where the players create everything you see besides the land space itself. It can be used for many different purposes including: social networking, business strategies, stock market play, business ideas, product development and now education.

WSPA to open in Second Life World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has become the latest brand to use virtual world Second Life to raise awareness. The charity has begun building office space, meeting rooms and an auditorium in the virtual world.

Kathy Schrock’s Second Life Challenge Those of us who have been in Second Life for a while will likely nod our heads in agreement with much of Kathy’s October 26th post on her Second Life-specific Lighthouse Learning blog. (Kathy is well known to many educators by way of the Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators).

Katharine’s Second Life The creator of Ajaxlife has decided to leave Second Life, one of the reason’s cited was that a significant portion of the grid seems to hate her. Katherine, I bet we can find a great spot for you on an Island, who cares about the rest of the grid. Via Second Life Insider.

Second Life Havok4 Beta Preview (2007-10-31) Simulator and Database Refresh starting at 5:00 PDT Tonight we will be taking the Second Life Beta Preview offline for maintenance starting at 5:00pm PDT. The Beta Preview is expected to be back online by late Friday, if not before. During this offline period we will be performing a set of updates…

Knowledge Base Article of the Week, Volume 2 This week’s Knowledge Base article is about how to sell land, with emphasis on selling land to a specific Resident. Whether you’re playing the real estate market or just transferring a parcel to a friend, it pays to make sure your sale goes as planned. By following these steps, you can protect yourself from any unwelcome tricks this Halloween… at least as far as land sales are concerned!

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The Librarians and ABC Island

October 30th, 2007 | Category: Discussion, RL Meets SL, TV

Looks like ABC is joining the ever growing group of TV shows that are appearing in or featuring a virtual world like Second Life. According to Australia’s Second Life News Source, SLOz, the Australian made comedy, the Librarians makes it’s debut this week and there is a tie-in event scheduled on the Melbourne Laneways section of ABC Island. While Second Life doesn’t appear on the program, I don’t think, they are drawing people in for an event on their Island, so it will probably be worth checking out to see if it is funny and to see what kind of stuff they are going to do inworld. If your cable company does not offer it, you can watch it online here after 10pm, I assume that is AEDT time zone. The following night they will hold a discussion about the episode.

When: Thursday November 1st at 7:30pm AEDT, 5:30pm (WA) 1:30am SL time (PDT).

Where: Melbourne Laneways section of ABC Island

The Librarians, is a new six-part comedy series from ABC TV, based around the highly-strung head librarian of an outer suburban Melbourne library.

This new social satire premieres on Wednesday October 31 at 9.30pm AEDT. Or if you can’t watch it live, you can view it online at http://abc.net.au/tv/librarians/from 10:00pm.

Then on Thursday night, in conjunction with the ALIA, Emerald Dumont - a librarian avatar from the Australian Libraries Building - will host a discussion.” Source: ‘Librarians’ tie-in on ABC Island this Thursday

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Kick Dilbert in the Nuts in Second Life

October 30th, 2007 | Category: Appearance, Art, Entertainment, Giveaway, RL Meets SL

Scott Adams
What: Scott Adams had an avatar created in Second Life just users could abuse him in the virtual world, much like they do on his blog, here, or so he says.

When: Tonight, October 30, 2007 at 9pm Eastern time.

Where: Kula Second Life

Description: From his blog, I took digital photos of my head from all angles and had it turned into a 3-D character, called an avatar. I’ll be on stage answering questions in a public forum in Second Life tomorrow night. Each person will have a chance to come on stage and literally kick my avatar in the nuts. Or punch me, or slap me, or any combination. Just push a button to select your method of assault. My avatar is programmed to react to the blows but won’t fight back.

You can also get a free digital poster of Dilbert and Dogbert, suitable for displaying on your digital wall in Second Life.

This idea was born of the old marketing truism, “Your customers tell you what business you are in.” In my case, this blog has evolved to a forum where I say unpopular things and my readers abuse me in the comments. I’m just extending that to the virtual world where you can take out your frustration at my stubborn refusal to recognize the truth and beauty of your opinions, by kicking me in the ‘nads. This is what you call being customer focused. I think Nordstrom could learn a thing or two from my example.

Second Life URL.

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Second Life News for October 30, 2007

October 30th, 2007 | Category: Second Life News

By Stone Culdesac

Here’s one I hadn’t seen mentioned before the Dazzle Project from Linden Labs, from Torley, Introducing Second Life’s ‘Dazzle’ user interface update! At Linden Lab, I have an opportunity to work on many projects which are both intriguing and exciting. In hopes of sharing such intrigue + excitement with you, I wanted to let you in…

I’m helping to get the word out about the Dazzle project, which is our codename for the Resident Experience (Rx) Team’s visual update of the Second Life user interface — you know, all the windows you move around, buttons you click, and other things you interact with to control your inworld experience.

CNN Supports Citizen Journalism. In Second Life. In an experimental move, the news company is not only moving into the realm of virtual reality, but it’s enabling Second Life users to create the content. What’s more, is that CNN will also be providing tutorial resources for breeding these virtual citizen journalists. Guidance will be offered by heavy hitters like Larry King.

Is Second Life a Panacea? I read a heartwarming article in the Seattle Times on October 7th about Second Life improving the quality of real life for many. It talks about a wheel-chair bound woman who is able to find physical freedom to walk, run and dance in Second Life, an autistic fellow who is able to learn social cues by chatting in Second Life and a man with agoraphobia (fear of going outdoors) who was able to conquer his fear of going outside by taking one step at a time from Second Life out to First Life.

Does ‘Second Life’ need CNN’s resident journalists? On my way to work this morning, I came across an item in MediaWeek talking about how CNN is planning to inaugurate a substantial citizen journalism project in the virtual world Second Life.

The idea is that CNN will distribute kits to Second Life residents that will make it possible for them to “transmit copy and photos” back to the network, which could, presumably, run the stories or images on its Web site.

Immmersive Second Life platform: Real 2nd Life! At the Laboratory of Eidomatics of the University of Milan, in cooperation with Eximia, the RFID company, a new interface has been developed for visualizing Second Life environments, and interacting with them.

SLPTO Offers Second Life Content Creators Suite of Intellectual Property Protection Tools The Second Life Patent & Trademark Office, has opened its doors, offering Second Life users a suite of new intellectual property protection tools.

Too many arrows spoil CSI: NY Don’t tell anyone, but I decided to get an alt so that I could get the full experience of downloading the ESC viewer and experiencing CSI: NY. In this rendition of my CSI experience, I won’t go into all the troubles I faced getting my alt, my experiences with the Electric Sheep Viewer, OnRez, and the disappointment I felt being unable to meet up with ace reporter Justine Babii, so we could strut our stuff as virtual detectives.

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Second Life: It’s Everywhere! Have you seen the CSI: New York episode where they go into Second Life (SL) to catch a murderer? It was an interesting episode but, even more interesting, is that they have created a version of New York within Second Life along with virtual crime scenes and now allow you, the viewer to play games, investigate crimes and become involved with all aspects of the television show virtually.

Book party for “Second Life Herald” by Peter Ludlow and Mark Wallace Of all my favorite memories as a reporter, there may be none higher on the A-list than what happened in Peter Ludlow’s hotel room late one night in Austin, Texas.

Welsh researchers hold their forum in Second Life’s virtual amphitheatre In what could be a fitting way to present research and development findings about digital learning toolkits, a research team from the Institute of Digital Learning at the University of Wales, Newport held their forum in a virtual amphitheatre of the popular Second Life.

Second Life Sex Toys Spat Spurs Real-Life Lawsuit Six vendors operating in the online virtual world Second Life have filed a real-life lawsuit against users they claim stole their intellectual property. The suit dealing with acts in Second Life is the first of its kind. “Punching through the veil of the computer to go after avatars is the brave new world of cyberlaw,” said technology attorney Raymond Van Dyke.

Podcasting Roundup Okay, it’s Monday. You don’t want to watch the fake news or lame entertainment or listen to the rant-and-shriek radio… what is there to do?

Why, listen to some SL-related podcasts, of course!

OnRez rezzes… As I mentioned once before, in conjunction with the CSI event, the Electric Sheep Company released its new third-party Second Life viewer, named OnRez. It’s now freely available to all SL resis, whether you’re doing CSI or not (though, for the time being, it makes you flip through a CSI intro screen, I expect that will end fairly soon).

Virtually Halloween Chris and I went to a Halloween party lastnight. Not a conventional one mind you..but a very cool virtual one. We were actually the hosts of the party.

New search functionality has promise I’m encouraged by the work being done on an improved search interface in Second Life. Here’s hoping he’s right and this will help newbies at least.

Protest on IBM’s SL campus causes exit of top IBM exec? In late September, IBM’s vast Second Life campus was inundated by an international coalition of labor union supporters, who arrived as avatars to protest a paycut levied against staffers in the company’s Italy division. (Among them, a pro-labor banana and at least two off-message geometric shapes.)

Real Lives, Virtual Worlds, Real Reputations The Financial Times has the article, Real life intrudes on the virtual world, which might be worth taking a glance at. The premise is pretty straightforward, and has been something debated for some time:

“On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” says one pooch to another in front of a computer screen, in the famous 1993 New Yorker cartoon.

Deruth-ing HUD Just what it says, a De-ruthing HUD.

Kick Me in the Virtual Nuts Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert is coming to Second Life and says you can kick him in the nuts.

DK enters ‘Second Life for Teens’ Dorling Kindersley is reaching out to teens to promote its Christmas title Do Not Open, with a new promotion through teen-focused online virtual world Habbo Hotel.

Tips for Second Life Presentations Previously I have discussed the interface of the standard Second Life client. But on this post I’m looking at how people can step up beyond their usual real world methods when giving a presentation or talk in Second Life (SL). Now I’m not an expert on Second Life, but I have noticed a few things that work and don’t work when presenting a talk.

Tateru Nino’s Mixed Reality Headcount: Top 10* Corporate Sites in Second Life How well did RL corporate sites engage SL’s community? Tateru counts heads…

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Building, Marketing and Media in Second Life

October 29th, 2007 | Category: Building, Marketing, Media, OnRez Viewer

What: Building, Marketing and Media in Second Life - Metanomics Event

When: Today at 11am SLT

Where: Metaversed Island or Muse Isle or the Ampitheater at Colonia Nova. It will also be broadcast live through http://www.slcn.tv/.

Description: Metaversed presents another compelling session of the Metanomics series. The event’s host, Professor Robert Bloomfield, has entitled it Building, Marketing and Media in Second Life. Today’s guest is Chris Carella (Satchmo Prototype), Chief Creative Officer at The Electric Sheep Company, who will be giving us insights about the plan behind the CSI build everyone is talking about as well as details on the new OnRez viewer; customized client software used for logging into the virtual world of Second Life.

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More Second Life in Future for the Office

October 29th, 2007 | Category: RL Meets SL, TV, Virtual Worlds

Fans of Second Life may soon become fans of the Office, if they aren’t already, as articles from Tech Blorge and Second Life Insider mention more upcoming episodes with Second Life in them. This would make perfect sense as the some of the last of the Local Ad episode featured Jim’s avatar that he created and Pam giving him a hard time about buffing it up and making sure it looked like him. This would be a perfect way to mess with Dwight, like he does on most episodes, and it’s hard to imagine what kind of stuff they will come up with in the future.

They also have a little more info about the Local Ad episode that was on last week.

The episode was written by 28-year-old B.J. Novak (who also plays the show’s recently-promoted intern Ryan.) He written a line about an unhappy Dwight loving Second Life so much, he’d “created his own world. It’s called Second Second Life.

“For those people who want to be removed even further from reality.”

But he also included at least one line that suggested a real affection for the game, showing at least one way that a virtual life could fascinate an eccentric like Dwight.

“Absolutely everything was the same.

“Except I could fly.” Source: More Second Life pranks coming to The Office?

I myself will be watching for it as I usually try to catch the Office anyway.

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Avatar Hair Guide for Beginners

October 29th, 2007 | Category: Appearance, Editing Your Appearance, Hair, How To

Found this blog post from April of 2006, Hair Editing 101: The Ultimate Salon Guide for Beginners, that is still a very good resource for users who want to modify their hair in Second Life.

Prim hair is an addiction that most of us female type creatures have in SL. But, even with our favorite designers, there are many styles that suffer from “if only” issues:

If only the tint were slightly darker…
If only that one strand wasn’t in my eyes…
If only I could shrink the whole damn thing just a smidge…

With most hair, this kind of minimal editing is possible. It’s detail work, but with a few simple precautions and some close attention, you can have your perfect hairstyle, and wear it too. Source: Hair Editing 101: The Ultimate Salon Guide for Beginners

Some of the topics covered:
Step I: Fitting (Moving/Adjusting Entire Wig While Worn)
Step II: Rez and Copy
Step III: Edit (Resize Entire Wig)
Step IV: Edit Linked Parts (Moving or Resizing Strands)
Step V: Unlinking Linked Parts (Removing Individual Strands)
Step VI: Tinting (Entire Wig or Individual Strands)
Step VII: Texturing (Entire Wig or Individual Strands)

As one of the commentators said, “WOW.. ok.. I think that is the most helpful how to that I’ve read yet.” And they are right, check it out.

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Second Life News for October 29, 2007

October 29th, 2007 | Category: Second Life News

Playing Catch-Up: Business News Briefs Manchester Evening Star has a nice follow up article on the launch of virtual Manchester, UK last February. According to the story the Manchester International Conference Center has plans to offer virtual exhibit space to compliment exhibitors’ RL installations.

Fashion & Fantasy Ball and Costume Contest to Draw Fashionistas and Residents to Sim Elysian Isle is hosting a Fashion & Fantasy Ball on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 5pm SLT for Halloween and the event will include a Fashion & Fantasy Costume contest with celebrity judges. The event includes dancing, refreshments and Second Life celebrities and will take place on Elysian Isle in the Rose Garden.

Google Making their own “Second Life”? The Arizona Republic notes an interesting rumor— Google is reportedly working to create a virtual world that will take-on Second Life. The company may be testing the project at Arizona State University.

Day 398: Zero Point Zero Point is one of the Second Life Galleries. It’s undoubtedly one of the best light and texture displays in Second Life, and an amazing exhibit of modern art.

Live Second Life in a virtual world It was with some chagrin that I remembered the Gleamers after I began to form my disdainful opinion about people who participate in the virtual world called “Second Life.” Second Life is a community in cyberspace in which an SL member creates a virtual “self.”

What will the month of November tell us? Well it’s just about here, November, will it be a month that starts revealing a few answers? Will the concurrency levels, hitting over 50,000 residents online more frequently now, continue climbing?

The Office - A Viral Approach to Second Life Almost - but deliberately, not quite - slipping under the radar into Second Life this week was the hit US TV comedy: The Office. Based on the UK version, but reworked for an American (and indeed worldwide) audience, The Office purports to chart the fortunes of a small, struggling stationery company through the eyes of a fly-on-the-wall documentary team. Unlike most such remakes, this has been a critical success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Ten Questions for Daniel Terdiman about Second Life Entrepreneurship With all the hype surrounding Second Life and claims of its burgeoning ecosystem, it’s not surprising to see a how-to book come to market.

Resident-Reported Inventory Loss Survey Launched This post announces a survey that is a new part of the Resident Inventory Loss Analysis project. The Inventory Loss Reduction Initiative, that this project is part of, has already eliminated one major cause of inventory loss. We are now working to identify and eliminate all other causes.

YAAR! The Pirates of Sanchon The captain and crew of the barque HMS Endeavour, a 400 ton SL replica of Captain Cook’ ship of 1860, find themselves press-ganged into fighting a series of sea battles aboard pirate brigantines purely for the entertainment and amusement of the pirate Admiral Benson Willis. During a sword swinging melee ashore the Endeavours become cornered in the old Ben Bow tavern. In the ensuing dust-up Clasico Cassini’s foot crashed through rotten floorboards to reveal a rusted strongbox . Back on board, the crew pried open the strongbox to discover an ancient map.

“Creating Your World” sells out first print run I’m at the in-world book launch party being thrown for Kim Anubis (a co-author of Creating Your World: The Official Guide to Advanced Content Creation for Second Life), and she is in a great mood.

Suncorp GM: Second Life trumps videoconferencing Second Life is potentially a better communications tool than video conferencing, according to Gavin Keeley, General Manager of Solutions at Suncorp Metway.

“I believe the conversations before and after the meeting can be as important as a meeting itself,” Keeley said in an interview with SearchCIO.com.au. “In the sterile environment of a conference call you do not get the pre-and-post-call interaction.”

CNN Goes Virtual As news organizations slash budgets and scale back bureaus, CNN is expanding—except not in real life.

In the week of Nov. 5, the news giant is set to open a news-gathering outpost in Second Life. And unlike news service Reuters, which embedded a real reporter in the online virtual world last year, CNN will rely on Second Life “residents” to do all the legwork.

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20 trends defining virtual worlds in 2007 So, I spent two days soaking up presentations, viewing demos and talking to people at the Virtual Worlds Forum Europe conference in London last week. I’d label myself as an interested participant - I’m enthusiastic about the potential of virtual worlds - but nowhere near as steeped in their culture as most of the other attendees.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 20 trends and ideas that I picked up at the conference, which seem to be the most important and/or interesting ones affecting the development of virtual worlds right now. They’re entirely subjective, of course, but I think they’re all valid points. See what you think…

More Second Life Lawsuits Just last week, Eros LLC was finally able to name a John Doe in its trademark case, and now Eros is caught up in another suit. Along with five other Second Life content creators, the company has filed suit against Second Life user Thomas Simon for copyright and trademark infringement after Simon allegedly duplicated and sold thousands of products using the avatar “Rase Kenzo.”

Ginko is Gonezo Ginko is Gonezo? Yes, so it seems — as the phrase on the SL forums has it — but the fat lady hasn’t sung — or rather the blue fox.

Shaun Altman, who, as the largest stakeholder, took over the attempt to liquidate the Ginko assets, is going to be posting something Nov. 1st. I won’t steal his thunder, but it’s one of those “good news/bad news” sort of things, I guess depending on how you look at it.

Metanomics Event Today 11am - Building, Marketing and Media in Second Life Today at 11am SLT Metaversed presents another compelling session of the Metanomics series. The event’s host, Professor Robert Bloomfield, has entitled it Building, Marketing and Media in Second Life.

Second Life to get mobile client in Japan? My Japanese language skills aren’t what they should be (i.e. I can’t read a word), so I can’t say much about this story on the TokyoZERO website. However, the images should be enough to give you an idea: they appear to show a full Second Life browser running on one of Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA handsets. Meanwhile, the diagram indicates Sun’s involvement.

Cavalli for Hennes & Mauritz… Did He Shop in SL First? When a few weeks ago I saw above campaign shot (by Terry Richardson), mise en scène during an actual party at Cavalli’s Tuscan Mansion I could not help but notice how similar the clothes are to things I already own in Second Life. Lets take a closer look for comparison.

An overview of the strengths and weaknesses of Second Life, with particular reference to its use in education.

‘LivePlanet’ Dies In ‘Second Life,’ ‘Warcraft’ As I predicted, a pair of news sites launched by LivePlanet to report on social world Second Life and game world World of Warcraft failed to live up to expectations.

Neither Grid World News, which aimed to be “the premier media outlet for Second Life,” and Azeroth World News, which boasted it would “exclusively report all the news within the [Warcraft] universe,” have been updated since the beginning of October, after having been announced a few months earlier.

Games Conference Hosted on Second Life Island The University’s School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Magee, broadcast its first conference live on Second Life – a virtual world populated by seven million users worldwide.

The Serious Games Awakenings conference, hosted by the North West Regional College, in collaboration with the University of Ulster, brought together key figures from the world of software game development.

September 2007 Service Quality Metrics Posted We have updated and expanded the Second Life Service Quality Metrics page through the end of September 2007, and as promised, we’re including the Viewer and Region crashrates and performance statistics on that site instead of in the Economy metrics where we temporarily posted them in July.

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Real Life Job Fair in Second Life

October 28th, 2007 | Category: Fair, Jobs, RL Meets SL

What: Real Life Job Fair in Second Life

When: Oct 30, 2007 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Tuesday)

Where: PowerMatch Second Life

Tags: Commercial education Heidi Ballinger job air learning PowerMatch Second Life

Description: Mark your calendar for Tuesday 8:00pm CET (11.00 am SLT/PDT)

At that point in time the first large RL-job fair in Second Life is launched on the Powermatch island. Here you can meet FL Smidth, Saxobank, Grundfos, TDC and others.

You will be allowed the opportunity of speaking directly to a Human Resource-employee and be part of a personal dialog about the available job positions they each bring with them to the fair (this is only RL-jobs)

We open at 8pm with a short opening speech from leading virtual world researcher Sisse Sigaard Jensen - associate professor at Roskilde University, Denmark. The opening speech will take place in the Auditorium and the job fair will afterwards take place in the large globe.

By any doubts you can always get hold of one of our friendly guides. They will be happy to show you where to be.

Looking forward to seeing you

Yours truly Heidi Ballinger

Second Life URL.

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