Sunday, September 30, 2007


Another new music video from Second Life - machinima story by Gary Hazlitt.

Story "In Memory of Lost Love" set to the song Chances by Athlete from their 2005 TOURIST Album.

"The story of a couple very much in love whose upward journey ends in tragedy. Flashbacks from the wake and their favourite time in Venice"

Avatanimation, Machinimatography, Editing, Story Written, Directed and Produced by Gary Hazlitt - Copyright 2007

Makes extensive use of the Second Life Joystick cam feature using a Space Navigator to control all six axes of movement.

The world is not enough- Music Video

Filmed in Second Life, a homage to Bond with a song by Garbage. Shame they kept the interface screen on - lol!

Gawd - I'm a sucker.

Human Chain

A review of the human chain formed yesterday in Second Life in support of freedom in Burma.

Second Health: Planned care

More about the health services being developed in Second Life for residents here in the UK. The shape of things to come.

Srikshetra at Night

Simply soothing - a wonderful meditative environment in Second Life.


Saturday, September 29, 2007


A fictional biography of sorts which is pure science fiction. Or is it?

I wasn't sure where to put this so it's here. Bear with it - there's food for thought in this bizarre mix.

Mal’s Second Space

Mal’s Second Space

Quick plug for what will be my new Second Life Hub. No RSS available yet though, so bookmark it if you like it.

Blogged with Flock

Live Window - Final 10 Hours

This clip is a year old now, but shows the final hours of a New York City build, together with a great Bowie/Queen clasic as the soundtrack. Could not resist posting it for prosterity.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Burma Day Inworld

Vigil/Meditation for Burma
Originally uploaded by KCasavecchia.

In Second Life as around the RL world there is huge concern for the flight of citizens in Burma, especially the monks. Today there were a number of vigils and meditation sessions around the metaverse in a concerted effort to draw attention to the issue.

Red t-shirts were worn everywhere and there was a concerted attempt to enlighten more casual residents to the RL problems being faced. In it's own small way, the event succeeded and generated great interest.

Let's hope our concerns spread to the greater world and that anyone who can will bring pressure to bear on the powers-that-be to end these crimes.

Fun in the Sun

Here in London, Northern Hemisphere, RL, summer is coming to an end, but such things don't matter in Second Life. Here is a tour of some of the beaches you can find - re-live the days of warmth in style.

The MetaVerse

An overview of the new medium using Second Life as a template.


Narrated Tour of Intel Island

A look at the processor giant, Intel, in Second Life.


Visiting Second Life

This seriously pleasant film is a short tour of unusual scenes in Second Life. Music by SaReGaMa freely available at Jamendo.

Philip Rosedale on C4 News

Finally - here is the feature on Second Life broadcast here in the UK by Channel 4 other other night.

As the mainstream goes this is good coverage and it's my favourite news programme anyway. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Restore Habeas Corpus

Restore Habeas Corpus
Originally uploaded by ana herzog.


Second Life. Newt Gingrich escalates his Contract on America to an American Final Solution and talks about it in SL. He rented Capitol Hill South.

The Capitol Hill team allowed 5 protesters to be outside.

Neither I nor most other individuals actually working inside Second Life could get near the place - I got the brick wall job trying to go under the radar from a neighbouring SIM. I do wonder about the famed "lag" - the overload of avatars present were mostly an army of virtual "bodyguards". Be it overkill or paranioa - something tells me the guy has not quite absorbed his own message in a quest for "hip" PR.

Greenies Home

From Rezzable comes the Greenies SIM - a bizarre and popular experiment in Second Life. This silent home movies captures some of the essence of it.

Rezzible are also behind the Cannery SIM which is a massive inworld art gallery and as I write I am currently in search of a new venture of theirs called "Hallucinogen".

Rezzable Reel 001

Some scenes from the Rezzable sims in Second Life. More info

Rezzable are one of the leading edge environment developers in Second Life achieving magical experiences with SIMs that push the boundaries.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"Second Life" et L'Art

A French film looking at art in Second Life. Some nice avatars on display here too.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Big Avatar on Campus

It's a virtual world, but the transactions are real. Go inside Second Life, an online game where millions of people are creating digital personalities called avatars and are living virtual lives – meeting other avatars, going to events, and even buying property with real money.


A new 3D scene arrives

SceneCaster jhas just been announced and here Robert Scoble has an interview with Mark Zohar, founder. He tells us how SceneCaster is different from Second Life and how it'll enable new 3D experiences for Web site owners.


Blogger Party - September

We bloggers in Second Life have our own group and some of them are prone to holding frequent parties. You might want to turn the sound down on this before hitting the play button though.

Yours truly and partner can be seen in close up bopping on the roof here - I'll leave you guessing which I am. In fact, I spent most off it with the music turned off and conversing quite seriously in voice chat instead.

Living Inworld

This short theme-movie was made for the yearly filmfestival "Beelden aan Water" in Goes, Zeeland (province in Holland), september 2007.

It was intended to display the experience of "Living in Second Life".

Monday, September 24, 2007

Many Worlds, One Planet

Chris Melissinos from Sun Microsystems at last weeks Life 2.0 summit.

Threedie Ceegie

A light hearted comment on Second life. As someone who used to work in the comics field it strikes a chord.


Sunday, September 23, 2007


Another immersionist experience in Second Life - The land of Kyria Ascalon and it's market.

Sadar Fair in Wastelands

A walk through the SIM in Second Life. Another example of a wonderful environment to explore.

Fiësta at Puerto Banus

Friday's spectucular in Second Life. I didn't get there but looks like it was fun. Great music anyway!

Chichén Itzá

The recreation of the ancient world of Chichén Itzá in Second Life. Part of the (successful) bid to become one of the Seven Wonder The recreation of the ancient world of Chichén Itzá in Second Life.


Virtual Health Island

This is a promo for the MD kiosk on the Health island in Second Life. I'm publishing it here because it is also a good overview for those of you not already active in the metaverse.

This accompanying text also provides convenient links to get to started. What are you waiting for? THERE ARE MANY FREE AREAS ON THE ISLAND YOU CAN EXPLORE.

Follow these steps to open a free

Second Life® account:

1) Open the URL #1: https://secure- /Choose- Name?form%5Baction%5D=Skip+This+Step

2) Follow the steps specified in Second Life (make sure you activate your account by the email link sent to you.)

3) Download Second Life software--this should be automatically offered to you after you activate your account.

If not, go to URL #2:

4) Open the URL#3: MD Kiosk Health Island. Press "Teleport Now."

5) Make sure you download URL #4 or #5: Quicktime player 7


7) When Second Life open, type your user name, password, and press "Connect."

TO MOVE: use arrow keys on keyboard, or go to VIEW

TO SELECT A CLASS: Right click on the teleport ball and select "pay." Right click again to select teleport. (Free classes only require that right click the ball and then hit "teleport.")

TO VIEW THE VIDEO: Video screens are viewable by a SINGLE CLICK (it should say "video loading" and then "video playing").

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Diving vessel

Nice submersible build by "Save Our Seas" in Second Life.

Students build

Some art students start a build in Second Life.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Inworld Linden meeting

Inworld Linden meeting
Originally uploaded by Torley.

The Lindens are the inhabitants of the lab that runs Second Life, or more accurately the Second Life Grid. They are seem here at a large inworld meeting today discussing the future of its development just as they have opened a public discussion of the direction of its architecture. Torley Linden took the snap.

Today also came this quote.

"Lovers conversing at a great distance will behold each other as in the flesh. Doctors will examine patients' tongues in another city and the poor will enjoy visual trips wherever their fancy inclines."

This is not about Second Life, this is about what would later become known as fax - transmitting images via wires. From the NY Times, February 24, 1907

The Virtual And The Far Away

Some nice "art" from Second Life. Chosen by Roo Reynolds of IBM for a forthcoming talk at the Wigmore Hall here in London.


Evergy Saving Island

The first part of a tour of this SIM in Second Life. This features the showroom and event area. Parts two and three of the tour appear below.

Evergy Saving Island

Second part of a tour here featuring the CO2 exhibition area of this Second Life SIM. Part three below.

Evergy Saving Island

The third part of a look at the Energy Saving Island in Second Life.

This is a tour of an area which focuses on providing water through wind and solar energy.

Exploring Tomorrows Educational Tech Today !

Short film from Greenbush labs.

Virtual Guantanamo in Second Life

Over 300 men and women are still at the US military run detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, most of them never charged of any crime...they are enemy combatants in the war on terror, the worst of the worst say defenders of the prison, outside of US law and according to president Bush not protected under the Geneva Convention against torture. So how does it feel to be locked up indefinitely and utterly hopeless?

Draxtor Despres visited virtual Guantanamo in Second Life!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Virtual Learning Report

A report from Teacher's Tv, featuring Accipio Learning, highlighting the use of virtual/online schooling.

What They Learned At Coventry

From Coventry University (UK) opening in Second Life.


Glimpse Inside a Metaverse

Google looks at Second Life - a programme from last year but worth the revisit.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Do U Hear It

Music video from the Planets Citizens. Entirely realised on Second Life and made by the band! Ambient lovers, this is for you!

Beautiful Ecovillage

Building a model ecological village in Second Life.

Interdependence Day

In both SL and Mexico City a week ago marked the 6th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. One lesson has become clear by now: isolation doesn't get us far in the fight against extremism. We are all in this together! Which was exactly the message of "Interdependence Day", held in Mexico City this year, organized by the Citizen's Campaign For Democracy or CivWorld. Draxtor Despres witnessed the Second Life portion of this mixed reality event!

India goes virtual

The sub-continent arrives in Second Life. A film shot to celerate Indian culture and community inworld.

Location Jumping

The future is coming. Highlight the location on Google Earth, showcase the fine details in a traditional 3D software, offer a 'live' experience in Second Life. In this example real estate goes virtual!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Police Department

Self appointed forces of law and order are appearing in Second Life. Are we really ready for this ...?

News from the Virtual World

New services coming to Second Life.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ken Wohlrob (Part 3)

Third part of the interview in which Ken reads from one of his stories.

Ken Wohlrob (Part 2)

Th second part of the interview with the author in Second Life. See below for first installment.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Calogero "pomme c"

Another romantic interlude from Second Life but I'm a sucker for the song mostly.


Wedding In Old York

I'm not too keen on the invasion of Second life by religions all promoting their own version of afterlife propaganda. Indeed, in the metaverse there is no place for death or violence - without which organised religion has barely a leg to stand on.

But people are actually getting married in there now. As this demonstrates. Sadly there are modelling the union on old real-world stereotypes rather than exploring alternative social systems and methods of communication.

Coventry University in Opening Ceremony

The UK university opens up in Second Life. Recorded during Serious Virtual Worlds conference launch event on 13th September 2007


Greek villa

Fantasy Greek villa built by Scottie Menges (aka 'Scottie the Builder'). Music is a dance version of great classical piece. Another example of Second Life as an environment for re-creating worlds lost to history.

Greenies Tour

One of the most talked about creations in Second Life is the "Greenies" SIM which plays fantastic games with perception and environmental exploration. This film is a short tour of the experience but almost any point in the journey contains a waelth of things to explore that cannot be seen here. A must visit.

Terra Incognita

Introduction film to a new series filmed within Second Life.

Virtual Fashion shows

There's something for everyone being done in Second Life these days. Actually this is a just issued student project and there are many more like it being run by the regular fashion houses. Some are inworld only but an increasing number of demonstrations of costumes by real-world comapnies and designers.

Canadian Centre for Digital Media is launched!

BC Premier Gordon Campbell becomes the first Canadian politician to visit Second Life - seen here unveiling the Centre for Digital Media in first and Second Lives with MDM Director Dr. Gerri Sinclair.

Some of the US congress are already there of course and the issue was raised into high profile by Brazian President Gilberto Gil's speech on the importance of the metaverse last week.

Here in the UK of course, we can expect the politicians to be asleep for the next decade. Bu which time they will be playing serious "catch-up". The tax man is snooping though!

Friday, September 14, 2007

My little cottage

Nice old Billy Idol track as someone shows us around a home built in Second Life. The inhabitant also has some pretty good animations about her.

Irene Grandi - Bruci La Città (MV)

Yet another music video filmed inside Second Life. I don't understand a word and the music is pop-rot but the visuals are nice, albeit with some RL thrown in to detract from the experience.

Walk this way

Re-release for the classic Run DMC track with a video filmed in Second Life. Not the most imaginative but an example of how far avatar animation has come.

from slandreamedia.wordpr

About Second Life

An everyman's introduction to using Second Life.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Interdependence Day

Held simultaneously in Mexico City and Second Life. Included an extraordinary speech by musician and Brazilian president, Gilberto Gil.

CRC Machinima Camp Part 2 of 2

The second part of the clip featuring Global Kids contributions. Part one I posted yesterday.

Biker Gangs

Oooo - LOL - everyone is in SL. This is a fun example bu I'm posting it mostly because it is one of my all-time favourite songs. The sound of an era. So there!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

CRC Machinima Collection Part 1 of 2

This is the first half of the CRC Machinima Camp 1-minute series made by teens in Teen Second Life

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Almost a whisper

Machinima Music video made in second life. The music is by Yanni.

Seriously Engaging

Produced by the folks at the Electric Sheep Company, this promo provides an overview of the New Media Consortium's virtual campus built in Second Life It also acts as a wonderful demonstration of what is now becoming possible inworld.

Identity Verification in Second Life

It's arrived despite serious questions about the service provider and whether th system is fallible anyway. A report.

Psychodelic Poland?

This is a showcase for De Lodi Psychodelic Poland developed in Second Life by aHead Corp. Not sure whether that is a spelling mistake or deliberate.

Grinspoon - Lost Control

A music video filmed entirely in Second Life.

3D Future with Gilberto Gil

The president of Brazil talks about virtual worlds and their importance for the future. With English translation subtitles.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Avatar Avant-Garde

An in-world interview with Second Front, a performance art group who create art within Second Life. Originally shown on the Globe and Mail website, the first machinima in Canadian press.

Machinima Paradiso

A Second Life machinima animation about an artist and his creation. First exhibited at The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, MI, September 2007 (


The rather drippy pop song gets a "Second Life" in both senses of the expression in what I have to admit could almost have been a promotion for Linden labs were it not filmed as a screengrab.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

A Chance Meeting

Silence is golden! And kind of sweet.

Cruccuris Resort

Commercial for a new resort in Second Life. Nifty choice of music too.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Better Life 2.0

OK. It is a bit juvenile but funny and thought-provoking in it's way. Beyond Second Life?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

What the Heck Happened to 'Blink'?

Some seductive art from the Electric Garden in Second Life.

Second Life Activism

A look at social and political activism in Second Life. It was this kind of potential for my own interests that originally brought me inworld, although alternate electronic life in the metaverse has taken on an impulse of it's own now.

Capitol Hill Info Centers

Using the SunlightLabs APIs, Kiwini Oe of Clear Ink created info centers on the Second Life Capitol Hill that offer detailed information on members of the U.S. Congress.

Will the supposedly tech-savvy Gordon Brown pull his finger out and get this going for our so-called "Open Government"?

Gregory Ain/Mar Vista home walkthrough

Walkthrough of a reconstruction built inside Second Life.

Philip Rosedale at MIPTV 2007

The man behind Second Life gives a keynote address.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Metanomics '07 Introduction

Some news from Nick at Metaversed. As you will hear, you can now participate without coming inworld.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

SL - A grand tour

Yet another illustrated introduction to Second Life for all you skeptics out there.

Parable of Reincarnation

Short film made within Second Life which accompanies a book. Gives a good feeling for the SIM here.