Dec 21

Second Life News for December 21, 2007

Category: Second Life News by Stone Culdesac

Updated: 4PM
From: Ambling in Second Life Brush up on Colgate Smile Power Quote from the site - Hi. Just wanted to give you a heads up that Colgate-Palmolive will be officially entering SL tomorrow (Friday, December 21, 2007). They’re going to offer residents several cool new ways to express themselves and enhance their experience in-world, including a sparkling Colgate Smile they can flash to others, a new dance move to bust out with, and a list of some of the SL destinations most likely to evoke a smile.

From: The Healthcare Information Systems Blog Medical School Comes to Second Life Quote from the site - Several months ago I posted a review about the book Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Roleplaying Games and my motivation for reading in. I believed then, and believe now, that the underpinnings of computer roleplaying games have a direct application to Health2.0, and that one day EMRs and the like will create compelling new ways for people to understand and become engaged in maintaining their own health and wellbeing.

From: Fortune Second Life still living its first one Quote from the site - The buzz has diminished but Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale says his Second Life virtual world is stronger than ever. Now he vows to make it a “stable public utility.”

From: The Channel Wire Accenture Scientist Predicts Death of Second Life Quote from the site - While VARBusiness 500 executives are predicting a surge in the use of new technologies in 2008, everything from software as a service to cloud computing, Accenture’s chief scientist Kishore Swaminathan noted that among the challenges and trends that lie ahead is the “death” of virtual worlds, such as Second Life.

From: The Huffington Post Does your Teen Live a Second Life Through the Monitor? Quote from the site - With competition fiercer than ever before and the media constantly redefining social norms–failure seems to be a steppingstone for adulthood. It’s no wonder teens are turning to escape mechanisms to find comfort and bliss. Just like the lure of Pleasure Island for Pinocchio or the Looking Glass for Alice–today’s teens are being lured into the fantastical worlds of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) and Second Life.

From: Entrepreneur Starting Your Business’ Second Life Quote from the site - If you’ve got a product that’s hard to show off in person or your customer demographic skews thirtysomething, start thinking in 3-D. While skeptics write off virtual worlds on the web as arcades for young folk, research firm Gartner Inc. estimates that by 2011, 80 percent of active internet users will have an identity in a virtual web world.

From: geek gestalt Donate to a ‘Second Life’ Christmas Quote from the site - If you’re a Second Life user and you’re feeling charitable in these last days before Christmas, I’ve got something you may want to look into.

From: Web Access Centre Blog Wheelies in Second Life Quote from the site - Second Life has drawn a lot of attention from accessibility circles this year and has been a hot topic of conversation across the blogsphere. While there are technical barriers of access for some groups of disabled people such as people with sight problems there are some huge benefits for others.

From: Virtual Worlds Forum Blog SL Shakespeare Company gets set for Hamlet in Second Life Quote from the site - The idea of transferring theatrical productions from real-world stages to virtual worlds is rich with potential, and doubtless many people have tried it already. However, a high-profile new venture will see the SL Shakespeare Company put on Hamlet within Second Life, using real-time motion capture technology for the performance, in a virtual replica of London’s Globe Theatre.

From: Digital Planet Nii Quaynor wins Internet Society award Quote from the site - The Internet Society has awarded Internet engineer Nii Quaynor the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award for 2007 for his pioneering work in advancing Internet technology in Africa.

From: Second Life Blog Tip of the Week #16: How to make a gift box… happy holidays! Quote from the site - In the spirit of the season, here’s a festive Tip of the Week with practical applications — make a gift box to put gifts in and share with loved ones & friends!

From: Second Life Blog Knowledge Base Article of the Week: Getting Some Me (You?) Time Quote from the site - We’re proud of the way Second Life allows you to find people, make friends, and communicate easily, but many of us sometimes want to have some time to ourselves, whether it’s to organize our inventories, go through notecards, be with a certain special someone, contemplate a build, or some other reason entirely.

From: New World Notes New World Tableau: olmia Tenk in Pera Vista Quote from the site - olmia took this seemingly mundane Christmas tableau in Pera Vista, but it comes with several twists. Miss Tenk for example, is actually pictured here, but you need to squint to spot her– she’s the exotic plant next to the snowman.

From: Hibernia on the Skids Reaching from Reality to Virtuality Quote from the site - Having a bit of leave time to burn at the end of the year, my human finds himself at home this week, and blogging more often than he ought. I found myself in world at a very unusual time for me, during daylight EST.

From: Second Life Herald As the Hype Cycle Turns Quote from the site - Google trends shows that the SL Hype bubble continues to deflate while Webkinz pwns.

Theoretically, the Gartner hype cycle is supposed to go like this:

1. “Technology Trigger” — The first phase of a hype cycle is the “technology trigger” or breakthrough, product launch or other event that generates significant press and interest.


From: Second Life Blog Snowball Fight! Snowball Fight! Quote from the site - Beginning at 5 AM - 7 AM the first of our series of snowball fights has started in the region Carpentaria - Make your way over and grab a snowball. Find your resident snow fort and have a blast! The Lindens await you!

I don’t know about you all, but I plan on hunting some Lindens this evening. ;)

From: Second Life Blog ‘Inside the Lab’ podcast with Philip Rosedale Quote from the site - I’m happy to introduce a new podcast series entitled “Inside the Lab.” You can download the first installment here.

From: Massively Colgate-Palmolive’s Second Life site not raising a smile Quote from the site - A few hours ago, I got an invite to zip out to see Colgate-Palmolive’s Second Life promotion, which opens today. Colgate’s Smile Power Team will be handing out free virtual goody bags, we are told. There are also four vending machines at the site that are supposed to give out the same freebies.

So, why aren’t I smiling?

From: Business Center IBM Virtual World Defies Laws of Physics Quote from the site - IBM’s uptight, starched-shirt image has survived for many decades, but the stereotype may finally meet its demise at the hands of a giant boulder and a meeting room up in the sky.

From: UgoTrade A Conversation with Eben Moglen on Second Life Quote from the site - Recently I met with Eben Moglen, the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, and David W. Levine, a researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and IBM representative to the Architectural Working Group, for an informal conversation that looked at many of the fundamental social, technological and legal questions of building 3D immersive online spaces like Second Life.

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