Archive for May, 2008

ISTE Campfire Ring on Presidential Educational Platforms

May 29th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, Meet and Greet, Politics

Join us at the ISTE Campfire Rings on Thursday, May 29th, at 6 PM SLT for a discussion about the educational platforms of US presidential candidates. Moderators will share tips for researching the educational platforms of presidential candidates followed by an informal discussion of their platforms. Second Life URL

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Second Life News for May 29, 2008

May 29th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: OhioNet Getting a Second Life: An Introduction to the Metaverse for Libraries Quote from the site - Laura Solomon is the Library Services Manager for OPLIN and former Web Applications Manager for Cleveland Public Library. She has been doing web development and design for over ten years, in both libraries and as an independent consultant.

From: Rezzable Surfline’s Treasures Quote from the site - Even the most relaxing beach can be busy with events. For the past three weeks Surfline has been rolling out the freebies. A couple of weeks ago was a lovely golden & orange strapless sundress, normally valued over $250L. Last week, rich chocolate pair of boardies that looks just as good on the ladies. This week,a beautiful sundress, with bursting blue print.

From: Spindrift SciEye welcomes Phoenix lander to Mars! Quote from the site - The rl [real life] earthlings got to watch Phoenix in parachuted descent after entry and from its camera after landing; we NASA JPL, Ames, & CoLab worker avatars, plus the independents of the ISM [International Space Museum] got a better view as we watched Phoenix arrive and land on Martian terrain at Explorer Island.

From: Rezzable Copyright & the Garden Quote from the site - It was brought to our attention the p_OO_f Gallery has placed for sale some photos of the Rezzable Garden of NPIRL Delights. This has upset the artists which work was on sale: they were never asked for permission for the sales of their works. Neither were they given proper attribution for the time and effort they put into the builds. Rather, the seller claimed the items on sale as ‘copyrighted to me’.

From: Send2Press Museum of Robots in Second Life Announces the Build-A-Robot Competition Quote from the site - Museum of Robots (www.MuseumofRobots.com) in Second Life announces the “Build-a-Robot” Competition, and invites all Second Life residents to participate. According to the organizers, “Our goal is to explore what a robot is, how it can be expressed within the parameters of Second Life, and to encourage creativity and originality. Our definition of ‘robot’ is unlimited: any creation that the designer thinks can be called a robot is acceptable.”

From: The Austrailian Old funds for new worlds Quote from the site - Font Size: Decrease Increase Print Page: Print Mahesh Sharma | May 29, 2008
VIRTUAL worlds and computer games are not everyone’s idea of art, but these technologies come into their own when you take into account it’s not just what you see and hear but what you do and how you interact with them that creates the art.

From: CollegeDegrees.com 50 Tips and Tricks to Create a Learning Space in Second Life Quote from the site - The popular virtual world of Second Life attracts online gamers, former Sim City addicts, entrepreneurs-in-training, and tech-savvy teachers. The educational possibilities through Second Life allow teachers and employers to reach out to students beyond their traditional classrooms and school districts, expose young children to global issues and new friends around the world, design their own avatars and environments for highly customized training sessions and interactive discussions, practice real-world skills and manage real-life situations in a safe environment, and most of all keep students engaged in a technologically-driven society.
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Avatrait Artist Corbett Howard Breaks Gallery Record

May 29th, 2008 | Category: Art, Exhibit, Gallery, Second Life Art

From a press release in email:
Artist Corbett Howard
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. Their monthly features resumed in May with an exclusive showing of images by noted artist Corbett Howard.

Regarding the show, he wrote: “Corbett Howard exists within the confines of a virtual world. He is piloted by a rather nondescript fellow, who has drawn and painted as far back as he can remember, scratching a living, as we all do, in the day-to-day grind, occasionally selling a piece here and there, but always compelled through ability and imagination to paint and create. Upon finding this new virtual world he saw its possibilities for creative expression. Artists have a certain responsibility, as a place holder in society, to reflect life - whether that life is the Real or Second Life.”

Corbett is going to have to re-think the “occasionally selling a piece” part of that, as, for the first time ever, an artist has nearly sold out the entire stock of “exclusive” one-of-a-kind images in an Avatrait Gallery show! Avatrait offers three types of images, unique “originals” of which only one virtual copy exists, standard “virtual prints” which many people can purchase and enjoy, and real-world high-quality framed prints that are shipped world-wide, and every one of Corbett’s “originals” sold in this exhibition. Another first is the “stage set” of Corbett Howard’s poster image where visitors to the gallery can take pics of themselves, and enter them into a contest!

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Second Life News for May 22, 2008

May 22nd, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Times Online The office psychologist. Second (corporate) Life Quote from the site - The boundaries between work and personal life have been blurring for years, but the next generation of office technology will mush them into a social gloop.

From: Scothoser’s Corner Tourism Industry in Second Life Quote from the site - Second Life isn’t really a game, because there are no real objectives that you need to accomplish. For this reason, a lot of people are turned off. But, let’s say you don’t have the money to visit exotic locations around the world, but would like to see them for yourself? Second Life is a very inexpensive way to see the locations through someone else’s eyes.

From: Eric Jennings Does playing second life affect your real life? Quote from the site - Second Life, the popular online virtual world, supposedly affects your real life interactions with humans based upon some new research. The research that Jeremy Balinson and his colleagues did at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Instruction Lab “suggests that the qualities you acquire online — whether it’s confidence or insecurity — can spill over and change your conduct in the real world, often without your awareness.”

From: Laurelyne in Second Life Laurel’s Pick of Places to Go - Blarney Stone Irish Bar Quote from the site - The Blarney Stone is one of my most favorite places in Second Life. Join the group to get notice of events all over all the Dublin sims! Frequent events range from coffee hours for chat and meeting new friends to DJ and live music events beamed from Ireland and England.

From: hackenslash Company touts potential of Second Life to Filipinos Quote from the site - AVATRIAN LLC, a US company focused on creating virtual items, said Filipino firms must tap online virtual worlds, particularly Second Life, in creating brand awareness in newer markets, especially those not familiar with their products.

From: Daily Herald Keep reporting on ‘Second Life’ fair Quote from the site - Regarding “Kirk: Limit access to social networking sites” (May 5), I play “Second Life” and there are some things about “Second Life” that you failed to make clear in your article.

From: New Zealand Herald Researchers teach an avatar to think Quote from the site - Edd Hifeng barely merits a second glance in “Second Life”. A steel-gray robot with lanky limbs and linebacker shoulders, he looks like a typical avatar in the popular virtual world.

From: ars technica Second Life prank in real world disrupts Russian politics Quote from the site - In an example of life imitating art, it seems that the infamous flying phallus attack of Second Life has actually crossed over into the real world and was used to disrupt a political meeting in Russia.

From: AOL Travel Virtual Adventures in Second Life Quote from the site - Okay, so when you play outdoor sports in Second Life—the online 3-D world that mimics the actual world—there are no potential wipeouts, no sudden bursts of adrenalin, no sweet thrills of just doing it. And a pixilated view of a mountain can’t even compare to the Niagara Escarpment, let alone Mount Assiniboine. But there are real benefits to virtual adventure.

From: Thinking Past The Square… A Second Life Quote from the site - So, here I am sitting on my bed in New Zealand. Within a few clicks I can find myself in my Second Life. Last night I was shopping for bmx’s, clothes and new hair do’s. I found myself talking with educators from all over the world.

From: Kapp Notes Second Life Created Virtual Documentary Quote from the site - Second Life and movies have had a history. In my post Second Life at the Movies, I discuss the possibility of a full-feature length movie being created in Second Life.

From: Second Life Blog New Release Candidate Viewer: 1.20 RC7 Available Quote from the site - When you last saw our Release Candidate in the previous iteration, we were tightening the gates for only last “critical” fixes, and hoping to have our last candidate then. In the intervening week, however, we just did not make enough progress on the stability of this viewer (as seen from all the great Crash Reports you send us — keep them coming!)

From: Second Life Blog Calling All Cultures to the Second Life 5th Birthday Celebration Quote from the site - Each year, on the date that Second Life came out of beta (June 23rd 2003), Residents and Lindens have gathered to celebrate the amazing world we’ve been creating. This June 23rd, our community marks its Fifth Birthday, and the volunteer Birthday Team (who has been planning this party since last year) picked a theme that will be hard to resist– “Celebrating the cultural diversity of Second Life”.

From: New World Notes When Did Making Friends Become So Complicated? Quote from the site - In Second Life’s early years, making Friends was easy: you just had to select Offer Friendship from your menu. Of course, it’s still that simple, technically speaking. Socially, it seemed about that effortless back then too, because for the most part, friendships were made shortly after meeting someone– or even as a means of meeting someone.

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NMC Virtual Learning Prize

May 22nd, 2008 | Category: Building, Competition, Contests, Education, Press release, Teaching

The New Media Consortium is looking for some unique learning experiences in Second Life and they are giving away $100,000 to get them. Here is a link to the official press reselease: press release.

The NMC is committed to pushing the boundaries of how we collectively view teaching and learning in virtual space. The NMC Virtual Learning Prize is envisioned as a way to surface and realize creative ideas for how to make optimal use of a virtual setting, using a process that provides recognition, financial incentives, professional development services, and a return for education as a whole.

“Projects funded under the NMC Virtual Learning Prize program will be those that make learning fresh or novel, or that illustrate concepts that are usually very difficult to teach,” explains Dr. Larry Johnson, NMC’s CEO and director of NMC Virtual Worlds. “We are seeking immersive learning experiences in particular, as well as tools that support the craft of teaching. We hope to see a number of proposals with broad applicability across disciplines as that will allow us to maximize the reach of the shared resources that are to be developed under this program.” Source: NMC Announces $100,000 in Virtual Learning Prizes

How to Apply
Proposals should be detailed enough to fully communicate the vision and ideas behind the proposal; images or sketches may be included if they will help the reviewers visualize the experience or product.

Please download the Virtual Learning Prize Application Form to complete your submission. Your application must include the following information, as specified in the form:

  • 100-word abstract;

  • Title and description of the learning experience or teaching tool/resource;
  • Essential characteristics or features that make this idea especially suitable within a virtual space;
  • Key outcomes for the participant in this experience or the user of this tool;
  • Discussion of the applicability of the experience or tool to a variety of disciplines and courses; and
  • Author contact information — name, title, institution, email, address, phone, and avatar name.

Proposals will be accepted at any time until all funds are disbursed for the 2008-9 award year, but proposals received by June 16, 2008 will have the greatest chance of being funded, as that is the date upon which the review of proposals will begin. Proposals should be submitted electronically to virtual-learning@nmc.org. Questions should be directed to the same address.

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Even More Great Video Tutorials from Torley

May 17th, 2008 | Category: Second Life Tips, Second Life Videos

Torley Linden has certainly been a prolific video tutorial creator, and here is the latest batch of quick tips. He’s also given a little tutorial on his personal website on what he uses and how he does it here.


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Second Life News for May 17, 2008

May 17th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: torley linden How I dealt with technical challenges behind Second Life video tutorial production Quote from the site - Second Life poses some unique hurdles to make video tutorials for. I want to share my experiences in hopes it’ll benefit someone(s) who’s interested in making SL vidtuts but has run into the same obstacles I have. And if you’ve never seen one of my vidtuts before, watch and learn something valuable in just a few minutes!

From: oneclimate.net Smart Buildings Today (May 14) in Second Life Quote from the site - The Serious Games Institute is holding a virtual seminar today both in the SGI at Coventry University and in their virtual auditorium in Second Life.

From: business 360 A second act for Second Life? Quote from the site - Call them growing pains. The virtual world Second Life has had a tough time of it lately.

Last month, its founder Philip Rosedale said he will step down as CEO of Linden Labs - the company which runs the community. He said he was staying on full-time as chairman preferring to focus on innovation rather than people management.

From: Virtual Africa Respecting Land Owners in Second Life… Quote from the site - Have you spoken to a few owners of virtual land in Second Life (R) the past month or two? In developing a new media strategy and virtual world presence, we follow the trends as closely as possible, and it is with some distress and a pinch of interest that we listen to the discontent of land owners. Prices of private islands (sims) have been slashed by Linden Lab.

From: The Anglican Church in Second Life What do you want from a church in SL? Quote from the site - The following is a report of the group discussion that occurred last Saturday, revolving around the general topic of “Being Christian In Second Life.” These discussions happen every Saturday at 11 a.m. SLT, at the benches in front of the Parish House. All are welcome to attend! Arundel Dragonash, who co-moderates these discussions (along with Joyous Schism) prepared the following summary.

From: Second Life, First Person Self Jealousy Quote from the site - Are you jealous of your Second Self? That’s the question that a recent post by Dandellion Kimban implores us to ponder as we muddle through this grand experiment in dual identities that is Second Life.

From: Fast Wonder Jeska Dzwigalski on Second Life at Community 2.0 Quote from the site - Here are my notes from Jeska’s presentation at community 2.0. In other words, these are my interpretations of her words (not my words), and she talks pretty fast, so I might have some typos or other errors.

From: California Library Association CLA Second Life Q & A Panel Quote from the site - So you have conducted library orientation for many years. You have taught a one credit class for freshmen in information literacy. You have responded when professors wanted you to teach reference or database tools to their classes. These traditional approaches to information literacy are now eclipsed by users who just ignore the library and Google it.

From: No there there Pursuing a solution for printing a notecard in realXtend Quote from the site - I have a list of things I consider essential functionality for a knowledge worker in a virtual world like Second Life or realXtend. One of the items on the top of the list is printing a notecard. The lack of printing functionality was reported a year ago in the Linden Lab JIRA database (VWR-391), but it has been a low priority bug because there is a workaround - copy all the text on the notecard, paste it into your favorite text editor outside Second Life and print it from there. It’s about as clunky as the machine below.

From: Orient Lodge Second Life Parallel Processes Quote from the site - I spend two days away from my computer and come back to over 2000 unread email messages and several interesting discussions. Last year, Gartner, “the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company”, predicted that 80 Percent of Active Internet Users Will Have A “Second Life” in the Virtual World by the End of 2011.

From: Wall Street Journal Businesses Take Their Avatars and Go Home Quote from the site - Ninety percent of forays by businesses into virtual worlds–animated online communities where people can do things they do in the real world (and some things they wouldn’t)–fail within 18 months. That’s according to the tech researchers at the Gartner Group, although we could have told you the same thing, if not with a specific statistic.

From: The Huffington Post Second Life Gets Its Virtual Auteur: Douglas Gayeton and Molotov Alva Quote from the site - Second Life now has is own film auteur. He is Douglas Gayeton; and his movie, debuting tonight May 15 as a half hour on Cinemax Reel Life, is Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator” –a unique and ground-breaking kind of documentary about Second Life, from HBO Documentary Films, constructed entirely as a sequence of dispatches from the online virtual world it’s portraying.

From: Wall Street Journal My Virtual Summer Job Quote from the site - With summer jobs in short supply, more young people are pursuing money-making opportunities in Web fantasy worlds. Alexandra Alter on the new online workers.
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Second Life Israel to host 60th Birthday Party with Performance by Members of Top Israeli Band ‘Shotei Hanevuah’

May 17th, 2008 | Category: Anniversary, Live Music, RL Meets SL

Via email:

In honor of Israel’s 60th birthday this May Second Life Israel is proud to host a special performance featuring members of ‘Shotei Hanevuah.’ On May 25th, parallel to a concert held at Columbia University in New York in honor of Israel’s 60th, SL Israel will be streaming Shotei Hanevuah’s performance at 11AM and 7 PM SL (PST Time). This is the first of the ‘Israel at 60’s’ series to be held this year at SL Israel highlighting different aspects of Israel and its society to Second Life’s global audience.

‘Shotei Hanevuah’ literally ‘Fools of Prophecy’ was one of Israel’s premier bands, winning its Band of the Year Award in 2005. The band’s music was a fusion of reggae, dub, hip hop and dance spiced with an eastern Mediterranean flavor, with lyrics in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Both in Lyrics and sound the band conveyed in beautiful harmony a blend of East and West influences, including references to the Jewish Mishna and Kabala, alongside lyrics in Arabic and Middle Eastern harmonies. Though the band disbanded in 2007 this performance of 4 former members of the band, featuring a rich range of musical styles and lyrical content, testifies to the beautiful cultural and spiritual variety that makes up today’s Israel.

Second Life Israel was launched January 13th and since then has consistently ranked as the top Israel site and one of the top Jewish sites in Second Life. SL Israel offers Second Life’s millions of members the ability to teleport instantly into the virtual Israel, and to explore a country that is fun and educational, ancient and modern, imaginative and real. Sites on SL Israel include the holy sites of the 3 major monotheistic religions, the Tel Aviv Promenade with the Opera House and Dizingoff Fountain, the Dead Sea and mud baths, the Eilat Underwater Observatory, and the Roman Amphitheater in Caesarea.

For additional information
Chaim Landau, SL Israel Founder
Tel: 972-54-753-9943, Email: SLisrael8@gmail.com

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Simuality Hosts Fundraiser For China Earthquake Aid

May 16th, 2008 | Category: Dance, Entertainment, Music, Press release

From a press release:

Metaverse developer Simuality LLC is seeking to help raise funds for relief of the horrible human tragedy in China’s Sichuan Province following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which devastated the region this week.

Hosting their appeal in the virtual world of Second Life, Simuality will be turning over the very popular Club Mannequin for a 24-hour fundraiser. The club is one of the most popular locations in Second Life, and is a hub for nightlife and designer clothing, as well as being the future cornerstone of a developing virtual fashion and entertainment district. Club Mannequin is one of the highest traffic spots in SL, featuring urban styles and hip-hop music. Special guest DJs will be on hand to keep the party going.

Prominently featured in the middle of the dance floor will be an attention-grabbing donation kiosk, with smaller versions placed around the club and in surrounding areas. The event will take place from midnight to midnight (Pacific Time) on Saturday, May 17th at Club Mannequin in Second Life.

Virtual world donations are being collected in the Second Life currency of Linden Dollars. All monies collected will be donated to the International Red Cross to support their efforts to aid the hundreds of thousands of survivors of China’s major earthquake disaster.

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Second Life News for May 13, 2008

May 13th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Business Standard Second lease of Life Quote from the site - As the war to attract and retain talent rages, companies are using a variety of new, innovative hooks to catch the right talent. Some of them have cast their nets in Second Life.

From: Virtual Job Candy Virtual World News: Congressman Mark Kirk v. Second Life Quote from the site - On Tuesday May 6, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) held a press conference in Chicago to denounce institutionally-sponsored access to virtual worlds and social networking sites like Second Life. Rep. Kirk reaffirmed his commitment to a bill sponsored over a year ago http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-6160610-7.html that would require federally-funded institutions such as schools and libraries to block children’s access to any “commercial social networking Web site or chat room unless used for an educational purpose with adult supervision.”

From: The Suburban Masquerade How Second Life made me $26,320 richer in just one day! Quote from the site - Yep, I was paid the above amount for a magazine article I wrote on Second Life. Unfortunately, that’s my fee in Linden dollars (the SL currency.) In U.S. dollars…well…let’s just say the amount was substantially less.

From: Rowin’s blog Second Life on a mobile phone - part 2 Quote from the site - As an alternative to the Vollee mobile phone Second Life client I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, there’s this Samsung mobile phone due out later this year in the US which also claims to run SL.

From: Game Politics More on Congressman’s Campaign to Regulate Second Life Quote from the site - Recently GamePolitics reported that Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) had called upon the Federal Trade Commission to issue a parental alert regarding online game Second Life.

From: PSFK Spain Opens STD Clinic On Second Life Quote from the site - Spanish-speaking teens can virtually visit a health clinic anonymously on Second Life to ask doctors embarrassing questions that may be left unasked face-to-face.

From: dusan writer’s metaverse Mega Prim Creation Patch for Second Life Viewer Quote from the site - The long standing mega prim controversy may be partly resolved - by adding it to the Second Life building tools.

From: Ananke Media Systems First Second Life Portrait Contest Quote from the site - The contest is restricted to Second Life residents and it is a photography contest; artistic media other than photography are not allowed. Submissions will start on May 15th and will finish on June 4th.

From: WSJ Online: My So-Called Second Life Quote from the site - There are roughly one million active residents of Second Life. But for people who haven’t visited that virtual world — or don’t intend to — director Douglas Gayeton has brought back a dispatch.

From: Princeton University Press Coming of Age in Second Life:
An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
Quote from the site - Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds. Second Life is one of the largest of these virtual worlds. The residents of Second Life create communities, buy property and build homes, go to concerts, meet in bars, attend weddings and religious services, buy and sell virtual goods and services, find friendship, fall in love–the possibilities are endless, and all encountered through a computer screen.

From: Smart Mobs Public Goods in Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - I agreed to help judge the competition for Second Life and the Public Good: A Community Challenge gives real rewards. I need to say no to all offers for the rest of the summer, so I can concentrate on the social media classroom/collaboratory, but I couldn’t say no to this.

From: Linux Insider Not Much Life in China’s Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Chinese virtual worlds such as HiPiHi, NovoKing and UOneNet are currently in their early stages; however, corporate players are starting to take notice since that’s one place they can find their target demographic.

From: techdirt Your Second Life Avatar May Impact How You Act In Real Life Quote from the site - Slashdot points us to a clip from NPR’s All Things Considered discussing some research out of Stanford about how the appearance of your virtual avatar may impact your actions in real life. In the story, two examples are given.

From: Second Life Blog Bring your “A” game Quote from the site - So, you know a lot about Second Life, right? You’ve got ideas, big ideas, and are tired of waiting around for Linden Lab to make it just so. The challenge of stabilizing, maintaining, and extending the Second Life Grid, and the dozens of services and thousands of machines it entails, excites you.

From: New World Notes Vigilant Bunnies: Second Life’s Playboy Staffers Investigate Knock-Offs, Offer Partnerships To Some Violators Quote from the site - According to CNN, virtual Playboy Bunnies are leaving their island paradise to track down unauthorized Playboy products being sold in Second Life.

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Guns N’ Roses Performing Tonight at Pera Vista

May 10th, 2008 | Category: Concerts, Dance, Live Music, Mozy Pera

My friend and sometime contributor Mozy Pera has just let me know about something special going on at her place tonight.

Gunz N’ Roses will be performing on Pera Vista Tonight, SATURDAY MAY 10 at 6PM…don’t miss out!!

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Second Life News for May 10, 2008

May 10th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Second Life Blog Video Tutorials list simplified! And *20* video quick tips! Quote from the site - Friendly greetings! Torley, enthusiastic teacher of Second Life skills here. For your ease-of-use, I’ve reorganized the big page o’ Video Tutorials so you can faster find what you want to learn. One of the new features is that when you view the lists for “Tip of the Week” (30+ of ‘em) and “Quicktips” (75+!), columns can be sorted by category!

From: Second Life Blog Sculpted prims made simple - Video Tip of the Week #32 Quote from the site - Another HOT topic I’ve been asked to do! Sculpted prims are enjoyed by the masses, but making them is a mystery to many because they’re mostly modeled with external tools. Fear not, for with Sculptypaint by Cel Edman, I show you in a little over 10 minutes JUST HOW EASY it can be to make sculpties. Even if you’ve never built anything before.

From: Second Life Blog Bay City - Up And Running! Quote from the site - Now open for Resident inspection — Bay City! Regions intended for a vibrant urban experience, double primmed for your pleasure. Roads, parks, a movie theater and city services are already in place, maintained by Linden Lab.

From: Second Life Blog Knowledge Base Article of the Week #25: Liberal Media (On A Parcel) Quote from the site - This week on KBAotW, I’d like to introduce you to a little feature called Media On A Parcel. With Parcel Media, you can share your movies, music, images, and even webpages with other Residents on your land. Movie night, anyone?

From: Second Life Blog Second Life Grid availability in April Quote from the site - We’ve just updated the Quality Metrics page, and the numbers show what you already know: April was not a good month for Second Life Grid availability. Our internal outage tracking tool estimates that about 630,000 usage hours were lost to global system failures over the course of the month, which is about 1.9% of the total (up from 0.06% in February and 0.22% in March), and resident surveys clearly indicate great unhappiness coinciding with these failures.

From: Animation Magazine Second Life Doc Debuts Quote from the site - Dutch production company Submarine today began rolling out Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey, a documentary made entirely in Linden Labs’ online virtual reality community known as Second Life. The unique production will unfold in ten episodes at www.molotovalva.com.

From: LA Times A Second Life for corporate America Quote from the site - To save money in these tough times, universities, conference planners and global firms have started holding gatherings for far-flung employees and students in the online world known as Second Life.

From: LLRX.com A Little Grafting of Second Life into a Legal Research Class Quote from the site - Can immersive online environments such as Second Life enhance legal research instruction? Experiments in full class lectures and other uses of Second Life in higher education offer a mixture of hype and excitement. Second Life obviously won’t replace traditional law school teaching, but can Second Life be used modestly to enhance traditional classroom legal research instruction?

From: Science News Scientists Get a 2nd Life Quote from the site - To track down neuroscientist Corey Hart, you could stop by his laboratory, located on the second floor of Drexel University’s medical building in Philadelphia. Or, you could visit the lab of Luciftias Neurocam, located in the virtual world of Second Life.

From: The Guardian Teenagers to take embarrassing ailments to Second Life doctors Quote from the site - Spanish health authorities launched a virtual portal through the Second Life website yesterday designed to help young people too embarrassed to speak to a doctor about sexually transmitted disease or a drug problem.

From: Ambling in Second Life VWCE2008M Quote from the site - OK, come on, ‘fess up… what am I missing? I was minding my own business, out for a late night stroll among the islands of SL, and stumbled upon VWCE2008M. Now, if you know my modus operandi, you will see immediately why I went for a squint at this sim.

From: Radar Online Statism Rears Its Ugly Avatar In Geek Paradise Quote from the site - “Gambling was prohibited in July 2007. Unregulated banks were banned in January 2008. The February prohibition of exploitative billboards was preceded by the debut of a… ‘Department of Public Works” dedicated to “improving the experience for residents living on or visiting the… mainland.”

From: No there there An experience of working in Second Life Quote from the site - Today I set a new virtual work record, spending six hours straight in Second Life doing what could be described as work. Five of those hours were spent at the virtual campus of Case Western Reserve University attending a conference titled Collaboration Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008.

From: Stop the Seal Hunt Second Life Concert to Help End Seal Hunt Quote from the site - Animal lovers and Second Lifers are being encouraged to attend a live virtual event to help end commercial seal hunting – with guest appearances by a US musician and a UK politician. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) concert on Saturday 10 May (3pm SLT & 11pm BST) will feature singer/songwriter Juel Resistance and Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol East, Kerry McCarthy.

From: post gazette Cybertainment: Second Life is focus of documentary filmed in virtual world Quote from the site - “Molotov Alva and his Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey” is the first documentary filmed entirely in the virtual world of Second Life. The half-hour “Molotov Alva” premieres 8 p.m. May 15 on Cinemax, and repeats 7:30 a.m. May 30.In “Molotov Alva,” filmmaker Douglas Gayeton leaves his real life to immerse himself totally in a new Second Life existence.

From: NZ Herald Virtual world already dwarfs New York Quote from the site - Forget expanding Dubai, forget sprawling Las Vegas, forget the mushrooming skyscrapers of Shanghai. There’s a city state which, at just five years old, has enjoyed such turbocharged growth that its square mileage already dwarfs New York. Not bad for a place that doesn’t exist.

From: Northern Star Attempted ‘Second Life’ ban doesn’t solve real problem Quote from the site - First, they told you not to drink until 21. Then, they said you couldn’t watch rated “R” movies until you were 17.

From: digicmb Final Project Report for HealthInfo Island Project in Second Life Now Available! Quote from the site - A final project report from the Alliance Library System marks the latest chapter in an exciting experiment funded by the Greater Midwest Region of the National Library of Medicine (GMR/NNLM).

From: The Chronicle Co-Founder of Second Life Says Academics Are Biggest Trailblazers in Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Cory Ondrejka, the co-founder of the virtual world Second Life who is now a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, said in a speech today that virtual worlds are here to stay, and that professors are among the most active pioneers.

From: New World Notes What’s Your SL Name-To-RL Name Google Search Ratio? Quote from the site - So here’s a fun if disconcerting exercise: Google your Second Life avatar’s name, and be sure to put it in quotes. Note the number of Results you get. Now do the same with your real life name (also in quotes) and tally those Results, as well. Which number is larger? Marvelous Second Life blogger Kit Meredith did that recently, and though she’s an IP lawyer in real life, discovered that far as Google is concerned, her avatar is more popular than her.

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