Archive for April, 2008

CSI: NY DOA For A Day

April 12th, 2008 | Category: RL Meets SL, Second Life Videos, electric sheep company

Can’t believe I missed this, especially considering someone from the Electric Sheep was going to let me know when it was going to be on TV. The follow up episode to CSI: NY - Down the Rabbit Hole ran on April 2nd, 2008, it was called CSI: NY DOA for a Day, watch the full episode of here. I haven’t watched it yet, but at least it’s available online, as are many others here and below.

CSY: NY DOA For A Day Part 1

CSY: NY DOA For A Day Part 2

CSY: NY DOA For A Day Part 3

The rest are after the break.
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Second Life News for April 12, 2008

April 12th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Digital Trends Second Life Career Fair Offers Real Jobs Quote from the site - At Working Worlds, the desk, chair and avatars are all computer-generated, but the jobseekers and employers that use them both hope to hammer out real-life jobs.

From: Linux Insider Taking a Second Look at How Business Is Done Quote from the site - Many businesses are trying out virtual worlds such as Second Life as a way to market their goods and services, or to hold training sessions or meetings. H&R Block, Sprint and the University of Kansas are a few that have found some success in-world.

From: Living in the Metaverse Is The Second Life The Next Web? Quote from the site - No, it isn’t. I know that so many residents feels so hyped with it to declare the Second Life™ the next big thing and the next step that will replace the web as we know it. I can agree that virtual environments are possibly the next big thing.

From: Chaos Manor A little Second life evaluation Quote from the site - Second Life can appear rather dull at first and I can see where it might look to you as if there is little to do that would be worth doing. You might be surprised if you would take another, closer look and do a bit of exploration…

From: bMighty Terror Threats From Second Life? Uh, No. Business Value? Uh, No Quote from the site - A hearing was held in Congress (!) about the possibility of terrorists using virtual worlds for nefarious means. Second Life founder Philip Rosedale and other virtual reality experts were even called to testify. The verdict? Nothing real about a virtual world – neither for terrorists nor for business.

From: Listening Post Networked Music Symposium Slated for NYC and Second Life Quote from the site - Pace University will host a free public event on Friday called Programmable Media II: Networked Music to address the question of whether networked music can provide “a compelling music experience.”

From: Critically Unstable Muslim Muslim Brotherhood in Second Life Quote from the site - Teleport directly to the Muslim Brotherhood Second Life parcel…

From: eWeek IBM First to Host `Second Life` on Its Own Servers Quote from the site - IBM unveils a plan to host “Second Life” on its own servers as a stepping stone to greater adoption of virtual worlds across the enterprise.

From: Rasmuson Foundation Rasmuson Foundation launches Second Life Gallery of Alaskan Artists Quote from the site - Rasmuson Foundation announces that its Gallery of Alaskan Artists in Second Life is now open for visit. Second Life is an on online, 3-d virtual world imagined and created by members or “residents.”

From: the setonian Virtual reality gives Second Life to students Quote from the site - Members of the Seton Hall faculty attended a seminar on Feb. 29 held by the Technology Department regarding a networking program called Second Life.

From: theage.com.au Avatar crimes Quote from the site - THE lead detective on CSI: NY Mac Taylor, is a pretty conventional television hero: like his colleagues on the two other CSI franchises, he uses science to follow the evidence and catch the bad guys.

From: CIO Insight Second Life Goes to Washington Quote from the site - The founder of virtual world Second Life sought to reassure U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that the online community is able to police itself.

From: mrtopf.de Second Life Music Videos wanted! Quote from the site - As you can read on the Koinup blog, they now launched a Machinima contest for Music videos created in Second Life. You can win L$ 20,000 plus the MachinimaCam from CodeBastard Redgrave.

From: Unable To Connect - SuezanneC Baskerville Opera stretching the icons at the Second Life forums Quote from the site - Opera has been distorting these standard vBulletin provided images for months now. It’s intermittent but frequent.

From: smh.com.au They’re virtually famous Quote from the site - Imagine an art gallery where you can not only touch the works on display, you can walk over them, sit on them, even fly through them. Such actions would doubtless send security staff into apoplexy, but in Second Life, the world is your oyster.

From: University of Kentucky News Student’s Art Exhibit Gets Second Life Quote from the site - Have you ever wondered where the art goes after the exhibit or just missed the opportunity to get to the gallery to see it? Well, with today’s technology you may get a second chance to see that exhibit if it goes to Second Life.

From: Reuters Virtual world offers bands global stage Quote from the site - Leo Wolff, a woman who joined the online world of Second Life in 2005, bought a small plot of virtual land with eight other musicians and opened the “Virtual Garage” to showcase and perform their music.

From: Dragon Tail Press in Second Life The Problem with Bots Quote from the site - The debate over the use of bots in SL is a passionate one with many different points of view. Anyone can read the blogs at http://www.blog.secondlife.com (search for “bots”) to see that for oneself.

From: Your2ndPlace In Case You Missed that Hearing About Second Life and Terrorism… Quote from the site - Here’s Jon Stewart from a few days ago, pulling no punches: This created a mild ruckus on at least one list - but Jon Stewart hadn’t gotten his hands on it yet. Some people were pretty upset about how Second Life was portrayed.

From: Second Life Games Adult Themed Game For Clubs Quote from the site - Mob Mentality, a new adult themed game designed to be placed in Second Life Clubs and Strip Clubs, is now available! The game offers fun and sexy game play designed to enhance a club goers experience and create a more social environment as players interact while playing.

From: Ogle Earth Programming planetariums in Second Life Quote from the site - Second Life is not a dedicated virtual globe or virtual planetarium but a free-form three-dimensional programmable space that anyone can use to build globes and planetariums in. One impressive recent example is the virtual planetariums built by Magnus Zeisig, one of Sweden’s most talented SL programmers.
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Avatrait Gallery Introduces An Exclusive Showing By Shoshana Epsilon

Evanston, IL – 04/11/2008 – Avatrait Gallery, Second Life’s premier site for “Digital Impressionist” art, has recently undergone a major renovation as part of the on-going upgrades to the Simuality sim. They are very pleased to announce the resumption of monthly features with an exclusive showing of images by noted artist Shoshana Epsilon, starting with a gallery re-opening celebration on Saturday, April 12th, at 1pm SLT.

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Shoshana noted on her blog:

“I’ve been working privately for months to try to come up with a new set of pictures that would be unique. … I’m really excited about this show. I’ve really stretched, as far as the subject matter is concerned. There will be topics on display that I’ve been too sensitive to touch before.”

She notes that many of her images have “a back story” and invites attendees to ask her about these, but also adds that some are just pure whimsy. Aside from the April 12th opening, Shoshana will be available for additional “meet-the-artist” events during the month: Thursday, April 17th at 4pm; Sunday, April 20th at 5am; Tuesday, April 22nd at 4pm; and Tuesday, April 29th at 4pm (all times SLT).

Shoshana Epsilon’s images can be purchased both on an exclusive basis in-world (only one copy of the image exists), and as high-quality real-world prints. As always, there is a “freebie” framed graphic by our featured artist available across from the gallery welcome desk.

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14 New QuickTip Tutorials from Torley

Here are 14 new tutorials from Torley Linden, he must have a list of hundreds of suggestions for these tutorials to keep coming up with good info like this.

Amidst the storms, we carry on — and the watermelon guru has returned to bring you… yes, that’s right, more video tutorials (AKA screencasts) to help you learn Second Life! And if there’s a particular theme for this one, it’s things that make you go:

“I wish I knew that when I started my Second Life!”

Wishes do come true. Source:

You can’t remove body parts! - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Teleport location history - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Shift-drag to copy objects - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Saving objects back to your inventory - Second Life Video Tutorial QUCIKTIP


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Second Life News for April 9, 2008

April 09th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

Of course some of the big news recently has been the big price drop for new islands $1000 from $1675. Avatars everywhere are either mad or happy, mad that the islands they bought at 1675 or now only worth 1000, or happy that they are only 1000. Some links, LL Slashes Land Prices — Landowners Scream In Pain, Estate Owners Lose BIG BUCKS! OMG!!! Pffft., Linden Land Bolshevism, Linden to increase land supply, drop prices, Playing with fire, and many others.

From: Second Life Blog Quarterly Land Supply and Island Pricing Update Quote from the site - As with my previous quarterly posts, here is an update on land, including supply, average prices, abandoned/defunct land and pricing information relevant to Q2 of 2008.

From: collapsing geography connections and networking Quote from the site - I was chatting with Pathfinder at the Virtual Worlds Conference 08 in New York and we realized that there were two particularly long chains of personal connections that were relevant to the event and Second Life. The first was the State of Play conference, the second a video I had just been emailed showing Second Life being used for public diplomacy in Doha, Qatar.

From: ScienceRoll Health News in Second Life: More and More Tools Quote from the site - In Second Life, the virtual world, there are so many tools in several aspects of medicine. Here I present just a few examples…

From: Full Comment Robert Bloomfield on Second Life: The first entrepreneurial virtual world Quote from the site - The press has not been kind to Second Life, the virtual world developed by San Francisco-based Linden Lab.

From: Second Life Blog ‘Inside the Lab’ podcast with the WindLight Team! Quote from the site - The third edition of our ‘Inside the Lab’ podcast series is now available!

From: user experience network “Second Life” - Michigan ASIS&T Spring meeting Quote from the site - Please join us for an interesting presentation, refreshments and a walk in the gardens.

From: Dusan Writer’s Metaverse Times UK Reports (barely) on VW2008 Quote from the site - The Times UK reports, in a meandering sort of way, about VW2008, coming to the conclusion that “Companies are increasingly turning to virtual worlds not just for brand building, but also to hold meetings and train staff.”

From: PRNewswire The Benelux Career Fair of ‘Working Worlds’ in Second Life Quote from the site - Encouraged by the tremendous success of the first virtual Career Fair held in Luxembourg at the end of last year, the Luxembourg based company Gax Technologies is organising a second recruiting event. On May 29 the exhibition ‘Working Worlds’ opens its doors again on Second Life, this time to all three Benelux countries.

From: TTG Live Kuoni builds island in Second Life Quote from the site - Kuoni has created an island in the virtual world of Second Life, giving visitors a travel book to chart their trips.

From: nmc Second Life Simulcasts from UD: Global Agenda and International Polar Year Quote from the site - International experts on climate change have concluded with near certainty that climate changes could bring disastrous consequences within the next century, unless the nations of the world reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere.

From: SLWTF Driven to distraction Quote from the site - Nissan has built some islands in Second Life with the intention of selling you Altimas. Whether or not these islands will you the trick, you have to give them an A for effort.

From: New World Notes New World Newsfeed: Second Life On “The Daily Show” Quote from the site - Jon Stewart’s cadre unleashed a barrage of mockery over last week’s Congressional hearing on yesterday’s show, and the segment represents a larger cultural milestone than the actual hearing.

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April 17th Marked As Second Life Remembrance Day

April 06th, 2008 | Category: Festival, Lindens, Memorials, Music

Recently I posted about a site in Second Life in which you can make a memorial for your inworld loved ones and friends who have passed on in RL, in this post Remembering Our Friends Memorial in Second Life. Linden Lab has decided to make April 17th Remembrance Day for everyone who has lost a loved one or friend and has dedicated two sims to it.

Second Life Day of Remembrance, April 17th, 6 am to 11 pm SLT Big Easy

Resident Katt Kongo recently lost a dear friend, SL resident Ginny Talamasca. In response, Katt conceived of a new community event that would commemorate the life, spirit, and creativity of all the residents who have left us. April 17, Ginny’s birthday, marks the beginning of the yearly ‘Day of Remembrance’ in Second Life.

The event is organized around the New Orleans tradition of the Jazz Funeral and the Second Line. Rather than a sad, solemn affair, a New Orleans funeral celebrates life with music and parading. Our parade will depart from historic Jackson Square and crash joyously through the Big Easy region four times–so that Residents in all time zones can participate. Source: [updated] Second Life Day of Remembrance is April 17

They are making this a resident created event, meaning if you are a builder and can do something cool then volunteer and make it happen, or if you are a musician or a DJ, you can perform on the main stage. Sounds like this could be a great event and a way to remember everyone who has been lost from our virtual world.

For even more info, visit the official web page here.

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Second Life News for April 6, 2008

April 06th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Second Life Blog Video Tip of the Week #29: Using the Second Life Wiki Quote from the site - I’m always one to share knowledge + resources that’ve helped me in hopes they’ll help you, and the Second Life Wiki is an info-site you can add to. If you’d rather just read it, that’s fine too, but should you feel more adventuresome…

From: Linux Insider Big Blue’s Secure Second Life Fortress Quote from the site - Second Life may still be in its Wild West phase, but IBM intends to inject some security into an otherwise lawless and disorderly environment. Big Blue is collaborating with Linden Lab to create a space where its employees can engage in serious business dealings behind virtual locked doors.

From: Ambling in a Second Life Euro-VirtWorlders, 2 For Your Diary Quote from the site - If you are a virtual worlding conference junkie - and particularly if you are based in Europe (and, depending on your political sensitivities about such things, the UK) - you will be thrilled to the core by the news that, not one, but two Virtual Worlds conferences are on the way to London in 2008.

From: SL Attitude Dorkwad Congressman … In Second Life Quote from the site - Several days ago he held a Congressional hearing in Second Life, a specially designed “virtual world” for sociopaths, furries, and flying penis “avatars.”

From: Danger Room Congress Freaks Out Over Second Life Terrorism Quote from the site - Oh no, the virtual terrorists are coming to get us! Well, maybe. Congress, in its infinite wisdom, had an entire hearing about virtual worlds and terrorism, even calling in the chief executive of Linden Lab to testify about the possibility of Second Life being used for evil terrorist ends.

From: SL iReports Software Update Disrupts Second Life Surfing Quote from the site - According to the Second Life surfing blog SurfWatch (surfwatch.blogspot.com) the new code is upsetting surfable waves, surfboards and other objects that are rezzed in the water. Surfing sim owners all over Second Life have been contacting Linden Labs support staff as their simulated waves crash, stop, sink, fly into the air or simply make it very difficult for surfers to ride them.

From: Kansascity.com With its virtual club, H&R Block is among the KC firms finding ‘Second Life’ online Quote from the site - As a tax pro for H&R Block, Kathy Burlison has helped countless traditional customers. She’s also helped vampires, cartoon characters and a knight doing the tango in a full suit of armor.

From: Ambling in a Second Life Second Life and 3D Intranet Quote from the site - One of my predictions for 2008 was that we would see IBM, Sun and others launching “virtual world behind the firewall” products. I thought then, and think now, that this is inevitable - and I daresay you may feel the same way.

From: Architecture+ The Second Life Grid Quote from the site - I sat down and using the map inSL, slowly panned around and was able to collect a complete crude image of the grid and the people in it. each little grey dot is an island or region of 256 x 256 meters.

From: Molaskey’s Pub Virtual World Expo Convention NYC April 3,4, 2008 Quote from the site - This week, Apple and I attended the Virtual World Expo in New York City where dozens of virtual world companies and their dedicated pioneers exchanged business cards, pleasantries and participated in presentations on the topics of ‘virtual law’, ‘kids in virtual worlds’ and the overall growing business within virtual worlds.

From: collapsing geography it’s a small world after all Quote from the site - I’m having fun spending a couple of days immersed in the metaverse at the Virtual Worlds conference in New York City. I was out in New York for consulting and the company asked me to attend, so suddenly I’m back where everyone knows my name.

From: Second Life Blog [RESOLVED] Intermittent inventory and login issues Quote from the site - We have seen reports that a number of our residents see inventory related problems, such as slow or no loading, problems in picking things up etc. Those same residents might find themselves unable to log back in if they left Second Life.

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Second Life News for April 4, 2008

April 04th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: The Diary of a Second Life Socialite Paper Couture Show a Success! Quote from the site - Ahh! So exciting! I just did my first runway show for the amazingly talented Lu sisters, and I thought I’d share some snaps of the outfits I modeled for them - since there’s nothing that I hate more than missing a show and there being no good snaps of the clothes!

From: The Anglican Church in Second Life How do you run a bible study in Second Life? Quote from the site - How do you run a bible study in Second Life?

Sophia Tulip who runs a Bible Study each week shares her thoughts….

From: Oh Second Life Pics from the Work of a Dedicated Group of Educators in the Teen Grid of Second Life Quote from the site - Thanks to Kevin Jarrett, tons of pics from his work this past week with Bernajean Porter, Peggy Sheehy and Marianne Malmstrom (and others, I’m sure–somebody help me out heahhhh!) on a variety of projects in the Second Life Teen Grid.

From: Your2ndPlace How NOT to Make Money in Second Life Quote from the site - Tonight I was chatting with Fugazi about my SL unemployment and prospects for the future. A company or business? Potentially an IPO? I have a great voice and have been paid IRL for voice work in the past, maybe that’s an angle? Actually, I might try the latter.

From: Science Roll Case Presentation in Second Life Quote from the site - Yesterday, we had a meeting in Second Life, the virtual world at the Ann Myers Medical Center. One of our educators did a case presentation by giving us a textfile that contained the anamnesis and all the important physical signs.

From: Vint Falken Motorability, The United Spinal Association in Second Life Quote from the site - When I asked whatever happened to Motorati (the Pontiac sims) a while ago, I got told it was baptised ‘Motorability’ and handed over to the United Spinal Association.

From: PRlog Virtual Concert To Raise Funds For “relay For Life” Quote from the site - World music artist Rhida will once again bring his original style of entertainment to the virtual stage as a part of the “Second Life Relay for Life” Sun March 30. Rhida is expected to hit the Stage on The Island of Hiriam for the fund raiser at 3 PM Second Life time.

From: Discovery Education Network Mark Your Calendars - April Events Quote from the site - This is a workshop for new arrivals in S/L. We will look over the menu functions, Search, Inventory, Maps. We will take a look at editing your avatars appearance.

From: Click Heard Round the World Two upcoming documentaries examine virtual worlds and their effects on real lives Quote from the site - Within the week, I received invitations to two in-world events related to upcoming documentaries about virtual worlds and the people that inhabit them. It’s interesting seeing the increased public and media attention to the social and emotional implications of virtual worlds and MMORPGs on the people that play in them.

From: The Industry Standard Second Life: Interface, infrastructure and growth woes continue Quote from the site - A social virtual world, accessed through a desktop application. Unlike virtual worlds driven by gaming (World of Warcraft, Tabula Rasa, EverQuest), Second Life focuses on the social and creative aspects of interacting in a 3D, computer-generated environment.

From: Hey Jude Virtual Learning and Teen Second Life Project Quote from the site - Skoolaborate is a place for teens to create and be part of a global educational community.

From: Reuters Business Intelligence Network Opens Online Facility in Second Life Quote from the site - Maintaining their position as an innovative online publication, Business Intelligence Network has launched BeyeLAND, a Second Life island dedicated to furthering the interactions of the business intelligence.

From: SLNN Is SL conducive to mental health? Quote from the site - SL’ang Life Magazine hosted a conference this past weekend on “Mental Health in Second Life: Potential Chances and Threats.” The conference was attended by 25 physicians, therapists, social workers and mental health professionals.

From: The Register IBM unveils nano-projector based VirtuaHuman with 1TB of memory Quote from the site - April Fools Don Eigler – a researcher famous for spelling I-B-M with individual atoms – stunned the world once again today by revealing on his blog that a creature known as Robert Scoble is really a research project.

From: Bits Dreaming of a 3-D Web Quote from the site - Vivaty, the company I wrote about in Monday’s paper, represents the fulfillment of a 14-year-old dream to bring 3-D images to the Web.

From: Business Week Ahead of the Bell: Online Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Some House lawmakers on Tuesday will deliberately step into another realm of existence for a look-see at commerce and safety issues in virtual universes.

From: Silversprite Outer Hebrides recreated in Second Life. Sort of. Quote from the site - For a while I’ve been thinking of re-creating the Island of Berneray in Second Life. Hills, terrain, key buildings, a few croft houses, beaches, that sort of thing. It would be interesting to see if the causeway could be re-created in SL as well.

From: PC Magazine Terrorists in Second Life? Hogwash, Says CEO Quote from the site - The founder and chief executive of Linden Lab on Tuesday testified before House legislators that his virtual world of Second Life does not serve as a playground for terrorist activity.
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The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe

April 04th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Science, Space, Technology

The MICA - VW Astrophysics group is sponsoring a talk Friday April 4th at 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. GMT/UTC at the Galaxy Dome on Spaceport Bravo (LM attached). The title of Rob’s talk is “The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe.”

Rob Knop (Prospero Frobozz in SL) was on the team that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. The presentation and the discussion afterwards are aimed at the general public.

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