Archive for May, 2008

Second Life News for May 5, 2008

May 05th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Botgirl Lives The ongoing quest for SLurpose Quote from the site - Just like a personal hook-up, a hot crush on Second Life itself has a shelf life of just weeks or months. Unless one can find some kind of deeper purpose or new position, boredom and dissatisfaction will likely emerge. If the initial chasm of disillusionment is crossed successfully, ongoing conscious effort is required to keep things fresh.

From: The Independent Andrew Keen on New Media Quote from the site - How is new media changing the communications business? What has been the impact of Web 2.0 on advertising and PR? And what can a traditional marketer learn from the intrinsic openness of new media?

From: Torley Second Life has advanced arts and crafts like photography Quote from the site - That title can be read a couple (or more) ways, and I mean both (or more) of them: I’ve often written about how Second Life empowers people to discover new talents and rediscover old ones.

From: Second Life Left Unity 3-D Immersive Virtual Environments: Platform for Radical Democracy or Communicative Capitalism? Quote from the site - 3-D immersive virtual environments (IVEs) are at the forefront of ‘the physical Internet.’ (Scola 2005) They allow users to communicate with each other through avatars, their digital personas, rather than relying solely on text.

From: SpaceRef NASA CoLab Open House Quote from the site - Join us for the afternoon at our new location in Building 17 at NASA Ames Research Center, room 114!

From: everyday second life Shakespeare in Second Life Quote from the site - Someone is playing Shakespeare in Second Life, and I think you should do like me and go see them. What they’re playing is «The Mousetrap», the so-called play within the play in «Hamlet», and it lasts half an hour.

From: The Observer Your 10 o’clock meeting is being held in Second Life 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: The Republican Island on the Internet Quote from the site - Students and faculty at Springfield Technical Community College will soon be taking a step into the future via a wholly online world known as Second Life.

From: Second Life Community Convention CFP: Second Life Education community conference Quote from the site - The Second Life Education community conference is a proud member of the Second Life Community Convention – the official Linden Lab-sponsored and approved event for everyone spending significant time in the best of all possible virtual worlds! This conference is for everyone currently or seriously thinking of engaging in teaching and learning in Second Life.

From: Purplegrrl’s Second life The problems with observing a learning community Quote from the site - I must admit I thought observing a learning community would be much easier than it really is. The first problem I have found is sometimes when there is an learning event I am unable to attend as I have other commitments (many work) as many of you may have read in my previous blog entry I am studying a group in second life.

From: Sean Percival Virtual Exits: Second Life Residents Turn Their Back Quote from the site - Second Life, the virtual world that millions call “home” and millions of others enjoy having a good laugh at. An experiment, the future, completely useless? Those statements are probably all both correct and incorrect at the same time.

From: Second Thoughts Turning My Back on Governor Linden Quote from the site - Hey, time to go on strike against Governor Linden and Second Life. Or, let’s call it more properly: a work slow-down for 7 days where I’m just not going to blog about Second Life, bad or good, or roam all over hell’s half acre sticking up for this virtual world to all the haters — I need to picket with the handy sign I keep in my closet for every conceivable demo: UNFAIR.

From: Pioneering Ideas The “Second Life” of NY Times Magazine Cover Feature, CeaseFire Quote from the site - This weekend’s New York Times Magazine cover story profiles CeaseFire, a violence prevention program built on a public health model that attacks the spread of violence much like epidemiologists attack the spread of infectious diseases.

From: Torley An illuminating tale of the history behind Second Life’s facelights Quote from the site - A facelight, in its most basic form, consists of an invisible prim (object) which is attached to your Second Life avatar, via one of your face’s free points — perhaps chin or nose, but not skull because that’s often where prim hair goes.

From: Rehula Tips to make your own best photography in Second Life Quote from the site - I think everyone’s passion in Second Life is taking pictures of your best moments in Second Life. We can find tons of models, but we can’t find tons of PROFESSIONAL photograpers. I mean by photographer as :

- Have a good sense of perspective, use and abuse of the editing tools that professionals image editors gives to us, and of course, the ability to be creative in using poses.

From: Kate’s So-Called Second Life Good Guide for SL Beginners Quote from the site - Once I figured out the basics of avatar fashion in Second Life, I wasn’t sure what to do next. I thought maybe a little building, maybe a little scripting .. but more so I could have a good time, not to become a hard core builder or anything.

From: Educational Gaming Commons Second Life Education Community Conference 2008 Quote from the site - The Second Life Education community conference is a proud member of the Second Life Community Convention – the official Linden Lab-sponsored and approved event for everyone spending significant time in the best of all possible virtual worlds! This conference is for everyone currently or seriously thinking of engaging in teaching and learning in Second Life.

From: Welt Online JavaOne Conference Social Networking Tools Available to Help You Stay Connected Quote from the site - If you’re unable to attend JavaOne in-person, have no fear, you can get the best of the best in the Second Life virtual world.

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Real Life Meets Second Life Windsurfing

May 02nd, 2008 | Category: Press release, RL Meets SL

Press release via email:

Real life and Second Life windsurfers are set to face off in tomorrow’s Secondreef wave riding competition at Majini Island in the Bishara Resorts group of sims

Majini Island , Second Life — 2 May 2008 - Secondreef, organizers of a pro-windsurfing competition taking place at Pozo Izquierdo in Gran Canaria on Saturday have teamed up with event organizer Poid Mahovlich and Bishara Resorts to hold a windsurf event at Majini Island in Second Life on the same day. The event follows a similar tie-up with Secondreef last year which saw a Second Life competition take place at Chi Island.

Majini Island

“We are proud and excited to be hosting the Secondreef windsurfing event in Second Life and the competition will be streamed live from Majini Island to screens in Pozo Izquierdo in the Canary Islands,” said Poid Mahovlich, the event organizer. “The Majini Island windsurfing competition takes place as the event in Poza is winding down in order that both Second Life and real life windsurfers can take part.”

The competition in the Canary Islands, ‘Canarian Wave riders ‘08′, takes place over four days from May 1st to 4th and is expected to bring more than thirty windsurfers to Pozo Izquierdo, including some of the best in European windsurfing.

The Secondreef Windsurfing Competition, takes place at Majini Island, part of the Bishara Resorts sim, starting at 10am Second Life Time (SLT) or 6pm Gran Canaria time on Saturday 3 May 2008. Competitors from the real life competition will compete with Second Life windsurfers in five-person qualifying heats leading into semi-finals and finals. Majini Island has a Heather Goodliffe Epic wave with one of the longest runs in Second Life and the wave has been especially tuned-up for the competition. Windsurfers will compete using Sebastian Saramago’s boards with Heather Goodliffe windsurfer scripts, while judges from the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Craig Stallion, Keala Mimistrobell, Sally LaSalle and VW Sands will be awarding points for jumps and wave riding tricks.

“This competition is a wave riding competition. Wave usage, flow and style all count for the good rider, but windsurfing has an excitement all it’s own in that the tricks and overall dynamics are different,” said VW Sands, Bishara Resorts manager and competition judge. “We’re all looking forward to a fast paced free-style event with the biggest, fastest wave that Second Life has to offer!”

Second Life URL for spectators.

Photos from the 2007 event are here.

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Grand Opening: The Roadhouse

A few friends of mine are opening a bar, and Friday night is the grand opening. The Roadhouse, a little biker bar in Gula, with some great tunes and events everyday. This place even has a cage for the band to play in, just like the movie Roadhouse.

The Grand Opening is this Friday at 7PM SLT and everyone is invited. They are planning on having live entertainment and I guarantee you will have a good time, stop by and check it out. A couple events that are already listed are best tattoo, stupid avatar tricks, and a skydiving contest based on accuracy and style.

Tell ‘em Stone sent you and get a free beer. ;)

The Roadhouse

Inside the Roadhouse

The Roadhouse Cage

Second Life URL

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Second Life News for May 1, 2008

May 01st, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: New World Notes The Second Life Of Star Wars: In Fan-Made Mini-MMORPG, Metaverse Meets Lucas-verse Quote from the site - Game developers haven’t catered very well to Star Wars fans who want to live in George Lucas’ world. While there’s innumerable action and strategy titles based on the franchise, and the single-player RPG Knights of the Old Republic series is beloved, fans who joined Sony Online’s Star Wars Galaxies hoping to roleplay together were soon disappointed.

From: Grady Booch Grady Booch via Second Life! Quote from the site - I’m presenting a keynote at the next International Association os Software Architects (IASA) IT Architect conferences on May 22 - 23 in New York City.

From: Second Life First Person Aggregators out, Aggregators in Quote from the site - Time for me to eat some crow, because it’s official. I’ve completely given up on Sweet Second Life. Yes, it’s the same blog aggregator I noted months ago for being a good way to discover new and interesting Second Life blogs. But I’m done with it.

From: MaryMaryQuiteContrary Quote from the site - Sun is a global company.

We have more than 30,000 employees in 100 countries.

We all live on the network.

From: Second Life Blog New Highway Routes - LDPW Poll Quote from the site - So our gangs of skilled Moles are ready with the components to expand the Second Life road network. We’ll try to match the roads to the terrain, and to the existing road styles … but our eager little insectivores have some creative ideas, too.

From: MixedRealities Kelly Services works with Clever Zebra offering staffing services in Second Life Quote from the site - Kelly Services, the staffing services company, will provide staff for companies and organizations in Second Life. It will be real life jobs for functions in Second Life, so senior director Dave Fenech of Kelly Services just announced at the vBusiness Expo conference and expo in Second Life.

From: Business Communicators of Second Life Cultures of Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Over the last two days I’ve had the real pleasure of being back in the classroom, straining at times to hear over the noise of the construction of the engineering building next door.

From: hannem3kg Between RL and SL - Interview with a Second Life Professional Quote from the site - During my time studying in the US, I have developed an even greater interest in Online Communication and Internet Culture. My aim is to combine what cultural studies knows about communities, culture and human interaction with the Online space and understand it better.

From: Linux Insider Virtual Real Estate: Building on an Imaginary Foundation Quote from the site - Sure, people have become millionaires buying and selling land in virtual worlds such as Second Life, but the practice carries with it a higher risk than real property transactions. The legal status of both virtual property and virtual currency remains tenuous at best.

From: Collaborative Learning Center Teaching w/ Technology Tuesdays - Second Life Quote from the site - Kari Swanson, Acting Head of the Science Libraries, took us on a tour of Second Life with her avatar Kari Meadowbrook. Second Life is a 3-dimensional online environment populated by graphical representations (avatars) of over 1 million people.

From: Twilight Musings - Imagination, Parenting, & Life The appropriately named “Havok” 4 in Second Life Quote from the site - Second Life, a virtual world owned by Linden Labs which readers of this blog will hear me mention often, recently introduced the Havok 4 engine. Havok is a physics engine software that is responsible for calculating supposedly realistic interactions within the 3-D world.

From: Straight Goods Union Island opens on Second Life Quote from the site - Activists from around the world will gather online for training, strategizing, and fun.

From: Virtually Yours Second Life’s rising threat? Project Wonderland Quote from the site - It appears that there is an increasing interest in Sun’s Project Wonderland which is a platform in the same way Second Life is. I tried googling for videos of projects from Wonderland but could not find many at the moment. However, the two I have been able to land on points to a few things worth mentioning.

From: Information Week ‘Lost’ Fans Serve Up Surprising Lessons About Web 2.0 For Business Quote from the site - When I set out to do an article about fans of the TV show Lost and how they’re using the Internet, I didn’t think I’d learn anything about using Web 2.0 for business. I thought it was an article our readers might find entertaining, and that I’d enjoy doing, and nothing more than that.

From: Second Life Blog Second Life Showcase, Popular Places and the Future of Traffic Quote from the site - Looking for cool places to visit within Second Life? We are too! We’re pleased to announce that the Second Life Showcase is coming to the 1.21 viewer release, which is planned for Release Candidate in 2-3 weeks and in final form in 6-7 weeks.

From: Ambling in Second Life My Alibaba Quote from the site - Out and about after an interesting day, helping with a guided tour for about a dozen newcomers, I stumbled upon the intriguingly-entitled My Alibaba sim and its immediately adjacent neighbour, the rather more prosaically named HongKong Island sim.

From: Your 2nd Place Time Versus Social Networking and Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - With so many things competing for people’s time on the Internet…

Personally, I was surprised that LinkedIn didn’t make it into this video. I’ve never had a MySpace page, and I wouldn’t want one. Friendster? Nope. Facebook? Semi-useful though the poking and super wall junk is annoying. Second Life?

From: Massively Xbox out, Nintendo in Quote from the site - Close to one year ago, we stumbled onto a new Microsoft island in Second Life, called Microsoft Xbox. The island was brand-new, and was still closed to the public, and there was a lot of speculation as to what it was for.

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