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ISTE Discussion for New Educators in SL

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, New Residents

Are you an educator new to Second Life or ISTE in SL? Come out to the ISTE Discussion Skypark on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 PM SLT (8:30 PM EDT) to connect with avatars who can answer your questions about Second Life and ISTE. Second Life URL.

Connectors needed! Are you interested in mentoring a new avatar at this week’s social? IM Corinne Fleury for details.

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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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New Avatar Social

March 12th, 2008 | Category: Education, Meet and Greet, New Residents

Received from a group notice:

Are you an educator new to Second Life or just new to the ISTE community in SL? Join us for the New Avatar Social at 5:30PM SLT this Thursday, March 13th in the discussion sky park to meet with ISTE SL members who can answer your questions about Second Life and ISTE. Looking for some places to visit? Click here. Need to know how to do something in SL? Want to know more about ISTE activities in SL? This is the social for you.

ISTE SL members interested in mentoring new avatars, IM Corinne Fleury.

Second Life URL.

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Second Life Quick Tips by Torley Linden

March 05th, 2008 | Category: New Residents, Second Life Learning, Second Life Tips

Torley Linden, famous for his video tutorials on how to do various things in Second Life, has posted a bunch of new, short video tutorials he is calling quick tips. He says he kept getting requests for shorter videos, and videos covering the simpler stuff, so he has created 13 short videos to do just that.

This first one I had no idea you could do this, I guess I need to actually explore the menus in Second Life a little more. Someone showed me how to use the camera controls and that is what I have always used, but this zoom in sure looks like what I want, as, sometimes you really have to work the controls to get a look at stuff up close that’s in front of you. Thanks again Torley.

Introducing Second Life QUICKTIPS! Micro Video Tutorials with macro loveliness, giving you the info you want + need in 2 minutes or less! Source: 13 *FRESH* Video Tutorials for your enjoyment!

Here are the rest of the videos that have been posted to our video site.

TUi Lvl1: Scripted Snacks

November 18th, 2007 | Category: Animation, Eating, Education, How To, New Residents, Poses

What: TUi Lvl1: Scripted Snacks

When: 11:05pm SLT November 17, 2007 NOW!

Where: TUi

Description: Ever wanted to make something truly delicious? Why not feast on a corndog. Get your lick on with an ice cream. Or, get your hands all sticky with a caramel apple. That’s right come to this class and learn how to make many great snacks that you can enjoy in your second life without gaining a pound! This is a beginner class at 11:05pm :)
Second Life URL.

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Learn Scripting From Scratch

November 15th, 2007 | Category: Design, Education, New Residents, Second Life Scripting

What: Learn Scripting From Scratch

When: Nov 15, 2007 1:00 am - 2:00 am (Thursday)

Where: Woolybear Second Life

Tags: Education learning Second Life Simon Kline Woolybear

Description: Friendly greetings!! If you’ve always wanted to learn something about scripting then you’ve come to the right place!

Even if you know nothing about scripting this class is designed for you!

We’re going to learn how to create a script, and look over what each part of the basic script does as a foundation to creating bigger and better things!

By the end of the class we will have made a working notecard giver! Giving you practical experience in writing a script while having fun along the way!

All welcome :D
Second Life URL.

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New People Class - Prims and Land

November 01st, 2007 | Category: Land Ownership, New Residents, Prims

What: New People Class - Prims and Land

When: Nov 1, 2007 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Thursday)

Where: Zugspitze Second Life

Tags: Education learning MASUkills Masala Second Life Zugspitze

Description: Today’s class deals with Prims ..what are they? Why are they important? What can you do with them? A great class to understand the principals of SL and the building here. Highly Recommended. More advanced landmarks available.

Freebie store opened, Volunteers/teachers always welcome.

Second Life URL.

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CSI:NY What Do You Think & the Aftereffects

By Stone Culdesac

Well, as usual I missed the first 20 minutes of the episode, daggone kids ;). Anyway, if someone wants to let me know what I missed, I would appreciate it. I am currently downloading, again, the OnRez browser, and it is going painfully slow, about 1/10th of my normal download speeds, so I wonder how many potential users Second Life is losing right now. I wish I would’ve copied my previous download to my flash drive now, dangit.

So, I will limit myself in this post to talk about the episode and virtual New York. More and more avatars are showing up, but most have been here awhile, and as my download is stuck at 3%, we may not see too many newbies for awhile. As I type this, the download site has gone down a couple times at least, I wonder if anyone has been able to get it as the logged in numbers have not changed much tonight, or, they are separate and secret, like everything else.

So, I don’t know what to think about the download, either they planned poorly, or many more tried to get it than they planned for, either way, they should have had some other sites to download it from, such as Amazon S3 or Second Life itself. This is certainly a poor way to start thousands of possible users in Second Life, at least they could download the client from Linden Labs, if they knew how.

Mozy Pera
There was one lady here answering questions, but she left after a bit and no one was there to help newbies. The beautiful Mozy Pera, a veteran of SL and accomplished builder, and I helped a few of them, we tried to take some dancing, which probably wasn’t the best move, although I can see one still shaking his groove thing right now. Mozy and her husband were helping some the last I chatted with them. Mozy said, “I think the people who are involved in that CSI sim should have been around to offer some support to visitors, “networking is the key to success” …and there was nobody on that sim to offer anyone any help getting around when I visited. I felt bad for the noobies….many were so new and so lost.” She mentioned having trouble getting anything to work, couldn’t download the toolbar or the OnRez browser. I hope some try at least one more time, or visit Second Life site itself and get the SL viewer. Visit Mozy’s sim Pera Home & Garden Center for some great deals on all kinds of cool stuff, waterfalls, furniture and more.

While the sim certainly could have used some help, what I saw of the show was very good, it didn’t try to make anyone look like a loser, the fight scene was okay, although, I don’t really have an opinion on the hand to hand fighting yet, as I have not tried it out. I saw somewhere someone was complaining because they thought he was using a gamepad or something, when it looked to me like a numberpad from the keyboard, but, again I missed the beginning of it. Of course it leaves you hanging at the end, the show itself will wrap it up in February, but you can try to catch her inworld, the whole point of the sim.

Note: The download is working fine now, so either everyone quit trying or they fixed the problem, still no more users online than before.

On the orientation section of Virtual New York City, they have several stations setup to tell you how to do stuff. You can even get a Rookie Detective Badge.

NY Orientation

Some basic help and a message from Anthony Zuiker.

NY Orientation 2

How to communicate and meet the team.

NY Orientation 3

Test finding the evidence and checking to review in the toolbar.
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NCI Event: Blitz Building for New Players

October 18th, 2007 | Category: Building, Education, New Residents

What: NCI Event: Blitz Building for New Players

When: Oct 18, 2007 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Thursday)

Where: Kuula Second Life

Tags: Education Kuula learning NCI Acronym Second Life

Description: NCI Event: Blitz Building for New Players Host: Heiko Decatur Location: NCI Plaza North (Kuula) Main Stage When: Thursday, 10pm to 11pm, 1 hour

You like to build–or you’ve just dabbled in building a bit?

Come on over to New Citizens Plaza for some fun and inspiration! We promise you’ll leave here ready to create something different and unusual! Come on over for some great building fun! We tell you what to build, you get 45 minutes to do so, everyone votes, and the best builds win prizes!

Not a builder? That’s okay, come watch, learn, and help us vote for the best build! Everyone is welcome; but you must be 90 days or younger to enter.

Second Life URL.

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New People Class - Prims and Land

October 18th, 2007 | Category: Building, Land Ownership, New Residents, Prims

New People Class - Prims and Land

When: Oct 18, 2007 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Thursday)

Where: Zugspitze Second Life

Tags: Education learning MASUkills Masala Second Life Zugspitze

Description: Today’s class deals with Prims ..what are they? Why are they important? What can you do with them? A great class to understand the principals of SL and the building here. Highly Recommended. More advanced landmarks available.

Freebie store opened, Volunteers/teachers always welcome.

Second Life URL.

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The OnRez Browser and Second Life

October 16th, 2007 | Category: New Residents, Second Life Browser, Second Life Clients

By Stone Culdesac

Browsing the web while in the OnRez viewer
I just finished reading James Wagner Au’s post about the new OnRez browser form the Electric Sheep Company, he got a little demo from ESC when he was at the Virtual Worlds Expo. He was worried that the OnRez browser would AOL-ize the Second Life experience, because the build button was gone and some other changes they had made to make it easier to use. Of course, that post was just from some screenshots they had sent him, he had not seen the browser itself yet.

In a follow up post, Worldwide World: OnRez integrates Web browsing into metaverse experience, is where he got to see and use the OnRez browser in Second Life and he gives a little mini review/thumbs up.

Anyway, back to the AOL-ize statement, if you ask me, this is exactly what Second Life needs, an AOL version that is very simple to use and easier to get around Second Life with. With the Herald proclaiming that Orientation Island has been broke for months and is trapping new residents, why wouldn’t the whole grid want to make it easier for the “normal people” to go inworld? The more people in Second Life actually using the program, the bigger the grid gets, the more money people will make, the more people in the more people to pull people in, it’s a snowball affect. With the upcoming CSI: NY they have the possibility of pulling millions of new residents in, if it is easy for them to use, they will recommend it to their friends and try to get them to go inworld, and it will just keep getting bigger. I can understand what he is saying about people not being able to see the build button, or it’s harder for them to get started, but, come on, we need more people in Second Life, we need it to get bigger, and while people are signing up, if they can’t get out of OI, then they will never come back. With the OnRez browser, Second Life will have a better shot at keeping this users and getting them to actually login again and again.

If you look at virtual worlds, they will develop much like the web did, the creators come first, and the followers come next, some will create, some will never create, but they all still use it. With Second Life, it’s a lot harder to get started, so users move on quickly, with the OnRez client being more like a browser, these new users are already going to be more comfortable than they are with the default SL client.

James mentions one thing he likes a lot, and that is the address bar, you can enter Second Life locations and teleport straight there, if you enter a keyword, it will give you a list of possible matches to choose from, if you enter a web address, a browser will open in the OnRez browser, instead of an external window, and take you too that webpage. If you have one monitor, this will probably be a godsend, as you won’t have to minimize SL to do anything else, people like me with two or more monitors will probably continue using the external browser to do web stuff while in SL.

By integrating HTML addresses and virtual locations into the same navigation interface, the OnRez version of Second Life effectively swallows the Web.

Some qualifications from Forseti (Giff Constable): the browser within OnRez isn’t yet fully-featured; it doesn’t run Flash or some other key plug-ins, for instance. (I found that out after I entered into the OnRez address window, and got sound, but no video.) Giff says they’re planning on incorporating those in later versions, but then, there’s another catch: while the OnRez viewer is an outgrowth of Linden Lab’s open source initiative, OnRez itself is close sourced, created with a special commercial license the Sheep received from Linden. Not necessarily a bad thing, of course, and Giff tells me they plan to open source some of the OnRez features, but that may slow its evolution as a fully functioning operating system.

So now I need to ingest some barbecued crow: OnRez isn’t the AOL of Second Life, as I caviled. It’s more like its Firefox. And when it’s made publicly available, I’ll probably be one of the first to start using it. Go to this link to sign-up for an automated notification, for when it is. Source: Worldwide World: OnRez integrates Web browsing into metaverse experience

I myself can’t wait to try it out, although I have a feeling I will continue using the default client, if the OnRez browser is not as resource intensive, it will be great for those situations when you have a PC that may not be the best to login to Second Life with. Plus, I can try to get more people to try it out, hopefully without having to explain as much as you normally each and every time you help someone get started. As I mentioned earlier, you can go to and signup for notifications of when the browser will be released.

Added: For some reason wordpress wouldn’t let me leave a comment on my own blog, so I am just adding my reply to prokofy’s comment below.

I read both of the posts that you link too, and while you have a couple good points on how they could instantly become the SL Google with this new browser and the new users that they send, I believe I will wait until I ACTUALLY TRY IT FIRST prof, unlike you, I am not going to get all bent out of shape on the word from others without trying it out for myself. If it shakes out anything like online search, then the best search engine will win anyway, and if they exclude the Second Life search, one would think it would be easy for the Lindens to ban the Sheeps spider grid wide, and you know that wouldn’t be good for ESC. There will have to be some give and take, so instead of getting my blood pressure all worked up as you are, I will wait until they actually release and go through the whole setup process for myself before I pass judgement. Thanks for stopping by Prof.

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New People Class - Communication

October 14th, 2007 | Category: Education, New Residents

What: New People Class - Communication

When: Oct 14, 2007 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm (Sunday)

Where: Zugspitze Second Life

Tags: Education learning MASUkills Masala Second Life Zugspitze

Description: Second Life is all about communication, and the options can be bewildering. This class will take a close look at SL’s Communicate window and explore the most popular modes of communication: Chat, IM, note cards, and Voice. We’ll talk about how…and WHEN…to use each of them Freebie Store Open… volunteers and teachers always welcome.

Second Life URL.

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