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Discussion With Science Fiction Writer Charles Stross

November 10th, 2007 | Category: Discussion, RL Meets SL, Storytelling

What: GridTalk Tuesday With Science Fiction Writer Charles Stross

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 8 a.m. Second Life time/Pacific time

Where: Dr. Dobb’s Island Amphitheater

Description: Our guest for our next GridTalk is science-fiction writer Charles Stross, whose most recent novel Halting State, is set in the near future — just 11 years from now, when virtual worlds, massively multiplayer games, advanced mobile computing, and augmented reality are a part of daily life.

Stross will discuss the world he created for Halting State, and how networked technologies are likely to evolve and affect our daily life and business over the course of the next decade.

It’s really hard to predict the future on the scale Stross does. Imagine yourself in 1996. Back then, would you have predicted the ubiquity of smartphones, user-generated content on the Internet (blogs weren’t even invented yet), Facebook, MySpace, the massive American entertainment industry grinding to a complete halt over a dispute over Internet video, and post-9/11 geopolitics? Could you have imagined, in your bones, what it would be like to live in that world?

Second Life URL.

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Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary inworld

November 09th, 2007 | Category: Avatar, Press, Q&A, RL Meets SL

One of the best comic book writers of all time, Neil Gaiman is coming to Second Life this Saturday, but I won’t get to meet him, he and Roger Avary are having a Q&A with 40 VIP Second Life fans on Beowulf Island, in the amphitheater. But, you will be able to view the simulcast inworld in some of the partner sims.

When: Saturday November 10th at 11am PST

Where: Streamed live to all the sites below:

Eternal Flames Pier

Joysco Convention Center

Hollywood Bowl

OnRez Event Center

The Shelter

They have a free Beowulf avatar you can get, check here as well as a free virtual movie t-shirt. On his blog, Neil says it’s his first time in Second Life and doesn’t comment much more about it. The official Beowulf site is here.

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Cisco Channel Partners Career Fair

November 04th, 2007 | Category: Career, Fair, Jobs, RL Meets SL

What: Cisco Channel Partners Career Fair

When: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where: Cisco Systems Second Life

Description: The Cisco Partner Networking Virtual Career Fair will provide a forum for our partners to recruit IT and networking candidates, and candidates to seek out possible networking and IT career openings.

Second Life URL.

From Cisco: Virtual Career Fair for European Engineers on Your2ndPlace.com,

The Career Fair will provide a virtual forum for companies to meet and network with IT candidates.

Participating partners include: Dimension Data UK, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, NetDesign, Alliant Technologies, Affinity, Voice Tech, Touchbase, Telindus, BBNED

You will also be able to meet with Cisco representative that can help answer questions about the company’s partners as well as Cisco’s technology.

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AgeLock An Alternative Identity Verification Plan for Second Life

November 01st, 2007 | Category: Child Protection, RL Meets SL, Security

I just received a press release announcing the Agelock system an alternative to the identity verification system from Linden Labs. They say in their press release that the Aristotle system not only violates their privacy and is too intrusive, but that it actually breaks privacy laws in several countries. AgeLock is supposed to allow residents to take responsibility for their actions, here is how it works.

The way it works

A land holder or content creator sets our scripted unit on their land. As new visitors arrive, they are scanned and checked against our database. If the avatar name is not already in the database, the avatar is addressed by the system with blue pop up windows.

The initial pop up window warns the avatar that there may be adult content in the area and that if they do not wish to, or are not legally permitted to view adult content, they should leave the area. If the avatar selects the option to remain then they will see another blue pop up window requesting that they input their real life date of birth and declare that they are of legal age to view adult content.

This information, avatar name, real life date of birth given, and acknowledgement of responsibility, will be added to our database. Once that is done, the individual will never be asked to go through the process again and will be cleared to access any land that uses the AgeLock system.

So an avatar visits, let’s say the Forum sim for example, they go through the system once, then when they visit another sim, owned by someone else, using this system later, they will not need to go through it again, they will already be in the database.

The ONLY real life information this system requires is the resident’s real life date of birth. More information than that is never needed, as the more important statement is the declaration that the resident is entering the adult area with full awareness and releasing land holders and/or content creators from any liability.

If it is discovered at a later date that a resident has lied about his/her age to bypass the system, it does not matter because it has been established that he/she was properly warned and given every opportunity to leave. It basically negates any “innocent victim” argument. Source: AgeLock

Remember how the Linden Labs announcement started out? We want this for the company we deal with, Linden Labs, they just seem to want the opposite.

Trust is the foundation of any community. And one cornerstone of trust is identity. You’ve got to know something about the person you are dealing with before you can trust them. Knowing who to trust in an online environment presents unique challenges. Traditionally Second Life users have based their trust on relationships built over time, and often on some basic verification such as ‘Payment Info on File’.

They want everyone to trust a third party with our information, but just mention it briefly to start.

Further to Ian Linden’s recent blog post about Grid stability, I’d also like to reassure you that this system has been developed by a third party and has not detracted from essential bug fixing efforts, which we realize are key.

Of course many, many people objected to having to give their info to another organization, especially one like Aristotle, check the quote from this blog post, that shows three different circumstances in which they fail as age verification system, like not actually keeping minors out, selling the info to others and combining info from other sites, lists and cookies.

So, what’s the big deal? It is, after all, public information, although somewhat difficult to obtain. Well, you see, Aristotle combines its voter data with supplemental information purchased from other data vendors. The result is an Orwellian blend of personal profiles that would make the savviest of marketers blush. Data fields include the typical name, age, gender stuff, along with not-so-typical info on car makes and models owned, estimated income, party affiliation and voting history, employer and occupation, home ownership status, and whether or not the individual has an “ethnic surname.” But that’s simply not suitable for the insatiable folks at Aristotle. Now they’re panning for real gold: data that’s been garnered through cookies online.

According the NY Times piece, “In the last year, Microsoft and America Online backed away from proposals by Aristotle to mesh its voter data with information Internet users give to Microsoft and America Online when registering to go online.” Source: You didn’t really think Integrity/Aristotle would be a good company, did you?

Sounds like a company I want to get hold of my data, and I wonder how much they already have? AgeLock is definitely worth checking out as it only needs your birth date, so that is something at least. The sim they have listed has a little both you walk into to try it out, all it asked me was I old enough, I agreed and I had to enter my birth date and then it said I was verified. Now, I realize this in no way guarantees that it will keep children out, but, it does give the owner the benefit because the person had to actually verify they were old enough, this is to protect adults and it goes on to say the protection of the children belongs to the parents. Which I agree with, most things should be difficult for them to do, but I should know what my kids are doing while online.

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caLLie cLine Makes Maxim Top 100

October 31st, 2007 | Category: Brands, Business, Marketing, RL Meets SL

Callie ClineWhy is this a big deal? caLLie cLine is a Second Life avatar from this blog, ~•~ mOtoRaTi giRLz ~•~.
Damn, I just noticed they posted the Hot 100 in May, where have I been?

Are the guys at Maxim hitting some of the good stuff, have they lost their minds? I’ll admit that’s one good looking avatar, but anyone who picks an avatar over Kim Kardashian is just crazy or in need of new eyewear. Seriously, it’s not just me is it? Here’s what it says about her on her page.

95. Second Life Girl
Second Life—a 3-D virtual world that’s imagined, created, and owned by its online residents—was launched in 2003 and now boasts nearly five million inhabitants around the globe. Never taken part in the nerd fest? Isn’t she reason enough? 95. Second Life Girl

They didn’t even give her whole name, just Second Life girl. Why would they pick a Second Life avatar as number 95 of the Hot 100? It wouldn’t have anything to do with advertising, now would it? Her blog, ~•~ mOtoRaTi giRLz ~•~, has the tagline “tearing up Pontiac’s motorati island with fun & flair!”, you see that, it’s Pontiac’s island. If you visit the MotoratiLife website, you’ll see a button that says Maxim, 2nd Life Style, a button for caLLie cLine and some others, including one that says Land a Palooza, apply for land, but I will get to that one later.

I’m just a regular girl who loves to create, imagine, encourage & dream… I love people and equally enjoy my privacy and quiet times. I think every person has something very special to offer, and I’ve been very fortunate to meet some amazing people in my life who have shared their amazing gifts, talents and stories… Source: Blogger profile

So, the question is, did Maxim put her in to get featured on their website, as some sort of cross advertising thing? She says she was born in 2005, but it makes me wonder if Pontiac had her redone, if she did her avatar herself, or maybe even Pontiac bought her avatar and have guys running it now, just saying. All I know is, I just lost a LOT of respect for anything at Maxim, I love Second Life, I think it could be big part of a lot of people’s future, but, I’ll take a real life girl over a hot avatar any day. As for the promotion, it worked, I actually visited Motorati Island the other day, but it was real late and nothing was going on, but now I think a deeper inspection of the Island and caLLie is called for. If she is any good at racing, she may be the perfect Second Life Girl.

Oh, and the apply for land button, it looks like Pontiac is giving away land to avatars with good ideas, so if you have a great idea, you may be able to get some land to start something car related in Second Life.

Become a partner with Pontiac and create a thriving island of car culture!

Car culture is so embedded in our society that the themes used by builders can come from every nook and cranny of the real world…

From screaming engines redlining across cracked asphalt to rock-a-billy babes dipping french fries in a drive up diner.

From science geeks blasting rocket cars across the desert hardpan to shade tree mechanics changing the oil on their prized muscle car.

From battle hardened mechs gearing up for battle across an apocalyptic plain to Shriners on go-karts cruising down Main Street.

Let your imagination run wild and then click on the link below to fill out a submission. Consider us insane landlords with a taste for fast cars and big ideas.

It’s your chance, whatcha gonna do?

Apply Now

Note: Due to the amazing amount of interest and submissions for our project we’re almost at capacity with our island. If you have a great idea we’re still interested in it but be aware that there might be a delay in land grants on Motorati for the immediate future. Source: Land-A-Palooza

Here is a promotional video featuring caLLie cLine.

The Motorati website has some other interesting links, like the Car Builds, the Drift or Die Zombie Smash and the Maxim section has links to pick up hot chicks, links to some hot spots and a create the ultimate bachelor pad tutorial.

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The Librarians and ABC Island

October 30th, 2007 | Category: Discussion, RL Meets SL, TV

Looks like ABC is joining the ever growing group of TV shows that are appearing in or featuring a virtual world like Second Life. According to Australia’s Second Life News Source, SLOz, the Australian made comedy, the Librarians makes it’s debut this week and there is a tie-in event scheduled on the Melbourne Laneways section of ABC Island. While Second Life doesn’t appear on the program, I don’t think, they are drawing people in for an event on their Island, so it will probably be worth checking out to see if it is funny and to see what kind of stuff they are going to do inworld. If your cable company does not offer it, you can watch it online here after 10pm, I assume that is AEDT time zone. The following night they will hold a discussion about the episode.

When: Thursday November 1st at 7:30pm AEDT, 5:30pm (WA) 1:30am SL time (PDT).

Where: Melbourne Laneways section of ABC Island

The Librarians, is a new six-part comedy series from ABC TV, based around the highly-strung head librarian of an outer suburban Melbourne library.

This new social satire premieres on Wednesday October 31 at 9.30pm AEDT. Or if you can’t watch it live, you can view it online at http://abc.net.au/tv/librarians/from 10:00pm.

Then on Thursday night, in conjunction with the ALIA, Emerald Dumont - a librarian avatar from the Australian Libraries Building - will host a discussion.” Source: ‘Librarians’ tie-in on ABC Island this Thursday

Second Life URL.

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Kick Dilbert in the Nuts in Second Life

October 30th, 2007 | Category: Appearance, Art, Entertainment, Giveaway, RL Meets SL

Scott Adams
What: Scott Adams had an avatar created in Second Life just users could abuse him in the virtual world, much like they do on his blog, here, or so he says.

When: Tonight, October 30, 2007 at 9pm Eastern time.

Where: Kula Second Life

Description: From his blog, I took digital photos of my head from all angles and had it turned into a 3-D character, called an avatar. I’ll be on stage answering questions in a public forum in Second Life tomorrow night. Each person will have a chance to come on stage and literally kick my avatar in the nuts. Or punch me, or slap me, or any combination. Just push a button to select your method of assault. My avatar is programmed to react to the blows but won’t fight back.

You can also get a free digital poster of Dilbert and Dogbert, suitable for displaying on your digital wall in Second Life.

This idea was born of the old marketing truism, “Your customers tell you what business you are in.” In my case, this blog has evolved to a forum where I say unpopular things and my readers abuse me in the comments. I’m just extending that to the virtual world where you can take out your frustration at my stubborn refusal to recognize the truth and beauty of your opinions, by kicking me in the ‘nads. This is what you call being customer focused. I think Nordstrom could learn a thing or two from my example.

Second Life URL.

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More Second Life in Future for the Office

October 29th, 2007 | Category: RL Meets SL, TV, Virtual Worlds

Fans of Second Life may soon become fans of the Office, if they aren’t already, as articles from Tech Blorge and Second Life Insider mention more upcoming episodes with Second Life in them. This would make perfect sense as the some of the last of the Local Ad episode featured Jim’s avatar that he created and Pam giving him a hard time about buffing it up and making sure it looked like him. This would be a perfect way to mess with Dwight, like he does on most episodes, and it’s hard to imagine what kind of stuff they will come up with in the future.

They also have a little more info about the Local Ad episode that was on last week.

The episode was written by 28-year-old B.J. Novak (who also plays the show’s recently-promoted intern Ryan.) He written a line about an unhappy Dwight loving Second Life so much, he’d “created his own world. It’s called Second Second Life.

“For those people who want to be removed even further from reality.”

But he also included at least one line that suggested a real affection for the game, showing at least one way that a virtual life could fascinate an eccentric like Dwight.

“Absolutely everything was the same.

“Except I could fly.” Source: More Second Life pranks coming to The Office?

I myself will be watching for it as I usually try to catch the Office anyway.

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Real Life Job Fair in Second Life

October 28th, 2007 | Category: Fair, Jobs, RL Meets SL

What: Real Life Job Fair in Second Life

When: Oct 30, 2007 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Tuesday)

Where: PowerMatch Second Life

Tags: Commercial education Heidi Ballinger job air learning PowerMatch Second Life

Description: Mark your calendar for Tuesday 8:00pm CET (11.00 am SLT/PDT)

At that point in time the first large RL-job fair in Second Life is launched on the Powermatch island. Here you can meet FL Smidth, Saxobank, Grundfos, TDC and others.

You will be allowed the opportunity of speaking directly to a Human Resource-employee and be part of a personal dialog about the available job positions they each bring with them to the fair (this is only RL-jobs)

We open at 8pm with a short opening speech from leading virtual world researcher Sisse Sigaard Jensen - associate professor at Roskilde University, Denmark. The opening speech will take place in the Auditorium and the job fair will afterwards take place in the large globe.

By any doubts you can always get hold of one of our friendly guides. They will be happy to show you where to be.

Looking forward to seeing you

Yours truly Heidi Ballinger

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Dwight’s Second Second Life - Watch It Online

October 26th, 2007 | Category: RL Meets SL, TV

By Stone Culdesac

For the person who wants to be even more removed from society, Second Second Life, or at least that’s how Jim referred to it.

I believe that’s how he said it; anyway, it was pretty funny, about what I expected from Dwight, who said, he signed up a year ago to Second Life because his first life was going so well that he wanted a second one.

Some links from the Office section on NBC.com:

Watch full episode of the Office here, looks like they put up every odd numbered episode, they have posted the new one, it is called Local Ad and you cn watch it right now online. Pretty cool NBC, now I can watch the end of it, as I think I feel asleep. ;)
Schrute Space Dwight’s blog.

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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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More on CSI:NY Down the Rabbit Hole & Virtual NY

October 24th, 2007 | Category: Places to Visit, RL Meets SL, Sims Worth Exploring, TV

Gary Senise and his avatar
By Stone Culdesac

Here is a great video from Anthony Zuiker of CSI:NY fame and in this video he gives out some great information on tonight’s episode, Down the Rabbit Hole featuring Second Life. The first thing he mentions, and I saw it somewhere the other day, that CBS had acquired the Electric Sheep Company, which is a great move on their part, buy the Second Life creative team ESC and start building stuff to include it in some of your series that would lend itself to something like Second Life, such as CSI, and create some stickiness for your TV series.

He also describes the thought process behind the Down the Rabbit Hole episode, such as having the sim after the show that people can do stuff in and interact with, they are calling it the CSI:NY Virtual sim, where they have recreated the Flat Iron Building, not sure if that is right but it is the one you see in the Spiderman movies and episodes of Friends, they have recreated Times Square, the Chrysler building, the Empire State building, he says they have recreated every inch of New York city, so it really is a virtual representation. It will take you through an orientation process and then right after the show you will be able to do some cool things like a facial reconstruction game, puzzles and memory games, for the intermediate player you will be able to play Murder by Zuiker, a blog written by him in which you have to find one crime scene a month and the one who comes closest to giving the correct explanation of what happened wins a prize.

The last thing is Murder of the Month, where you can fly around virtual New York city, find crimes, solve the crimes, go to the virtual lab, be hands on inside the lab, and go to the Cisco teleconferencing system and deconstruct and solve the crimes every month. The same lab that you see in the show, will be the same in the virtual lab, with an audio/visual department, where you can trace, do fingerprints, do an autopsy, think about that, do an actual autopsy on a body to gather evidence, so you can be the CSI in first life and in Second Life, he says.

This looks so cool and will definitely be something I check out monthly to see what the crime is and whether people are actually playing and using the sim. Don’t forget, the show is on tonight October 24th at 10pm eastern time, 7pm SLT. Check out the new video below of the creator talking about the new Virtual New York city.

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