Tuesday, October 30, 2007

DreamTime eXPerience

Bit psychedelic this one. Another experiment with brain waves.

Mandala Bead Games - Autumn Equinox Celebration 2007.

Preview of the DreamTime eXPerience - Part 3. MindSurfing in Second Life.

Monday, October 29, 2007

MoShang Zhao @ Terra Incognita

A Second Life machinima taken from Taiwanese "sound jeweler" MoShang Zhao's live inworld performance at the Terra Incognita sim. One of the best "live music" Second Life machinimas for a while.


Electronic Musician Kirsty Hawkshaw and Second Life Filmmaker Rob Wright Collaborate for the Millions of Us New Artist-in-Residence Program.

NPR: Don't Stand So Close To Me

A bit of psychology but we are talking about Second Life.

from www.npr.org

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dance for the World

Join groups of residents across the Metaverse and in Reality came to Dance for the World (D4TW) on Friday, November 9th, 2007

CUSO is a Canadian organization that has been sending volunteers overseas since 1961 and D4TW is part of a campaign to fund these volunteers with the tools they need to complete their community projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

For more information, please contact rubianneellison@gmail.com or phedredumouriez@gmail.com, or visit www.dancefortheworld.ca

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Drug Overdose Episode - Second Life

Really not sure what to make of this one - great little film though.

Drug Overdose Episode - Second Life is a 3D film performed by Brunina Flow. Directed n Produced by Steve Beck, music by Skazi. Sponsored by Mateverse Branding.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Old Media - In Bed with the Sheep

How CSI came to Second Life.

The new "who dunnit" virtual game coming to second life is not the Paris Hilton murder investigation but an interesting marriage of old and new media. Electric Sheep Company releases browser and merges sims with successful TV show brand. A new era of growth for SL or the death of culture?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

CSI:NY in Second Life

Tonight - but you know that didn't you? Still awaiting email with new viewer though.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Long Walk Home

A nice bit of Brice Springsteen and a home movie that is a pretty nice advert for Second Life - something about the lyrics I guess.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Versailles Palace

Running around Versailles in Second Life. Another impressive build.

Music: "Whatever Happened" - The Strokes

Women In Art

Well it doesn't quite come up to date with avatars but this morphing excercise has just got to be one of the best videos I have watched in ages. And this was originally an art blog anyway.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

NBC Nightly Newson Recruitment in Second Life

Published on YouTube so I don't know about the copyright notice. We'll let Google figure that out.

Nice feature though.

Santa in snowland

It seems like Second Life has been celebrating Halloween for weeks now, even though it hasn't come around yet. Now comes another season avatar style which will no doubt plague us for a few months.

BritneysPeer Pink presenting new santa avatar in Second Life. Truth be told, it has a certain charm. But on top of all the religion propaganda and the annual marketing feast, I may be sick of this come yuletide.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

NASA CoLab's Second Life Mission

NASA CoLab is a Collaborative Space Exploration Laboratory being developed at NASA. CoLab will provide a framework for exciting partnership projects between the nation's space program and the thriving technology-entrepreneurial community.

In addition to the benefits to collaborating with intellectual assets of the technology business sector, the general public will benefit through various projects supporting the NASA's goals.

CoLab will feature a physical space in downtown San Francisco, a collaborative online space where scientists and engineers from NASA will collaborate with the entrepreneurial technology community, and a space in "Second Life", a virtual learning community with interactive content.

This video is focused on NASA CoLab's Second Life efforts.

VAT more do you need to know?

Linden Lab's CFO, Zee Linden explained VAT to many European SLers on Pooley recently. The protest culture in SL showed that it is alive and well: anti-VAT signs, shirts and many groups have sprung up and found a new cause! Seriously: VAT will really hit the pocket books of many and many more plan to sell their land. Momi Despres reports.

Botanical Fly Through

A Botanical Fly Through Second Life Sculpti Trees. Life inworld doesn't get much better than this. Lovely.

Monday, October 15, 2007

English Village October 2007

This video gives details our educational mission at English Village in Second Life.

Feedback at Virtual World Conference

At the 3rd Annual Virtual World Conference in San Jose, CA, attendees share insight about the future of virtual worlds and its potential impact on businesses.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

An Introduction to Second Life

A new layman's introduction to Second Life which does a good job of summarising all the potential and facilities of the inworld environment.

from slvid.com

Friday, October 12, 2007

William Gibson

An interview with author William Gibson about his recent encounters with virtual worlds, following a publicity event in Second Life for his book Spook Country.

Produced by Darren Alexander and Ian Daffern

from uk.youtube.com

Lingerie Model Search in Second Life

In July and August 2007, Budweiser Select, through ad agency Millions of Us, extended a 2 real life model search events into Second Life. A winning avatar from each event, and then an ultimate winner--SLer Scarlet Niven--was chosen. Something for all tastes inworld these days I guess.

from uk.youtube.com

Thursday, October 11, 2007

CSI: NY Second Life Virtual Experience

Released today by CBS is this promotion for the television programme entering Second Life on October 24th. The actual plotline will continue until next February.

At the same time, the Electric Sheep company will be releasing a new inworld viewer known as the "On-Rez" viewer with an interface designed to be familiar to general mainstream web users. A CBS/CSI branded version will also contain links relevant to user participation in the show itself.

Whatver your interest in the television series, this is an important step forward in bringing the metaverse interface to the mass consumer and will benefit us all. Despite its simplicity, the On-Rez viwer still contains all the functionality of the Linden Lab version.

from uk.youtube.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Jabara Land

Welcome film.

OnRez Viewer

OnRez Viewer
Originally uploaded by Electric Sheep Company.

Seriously good new for many today as a company called Electric Sheep announce new viewer software for Second Life.

This version will allegedly bring a familiar "web feel" to the mass usre and also include web-compatibility features to make life easier for those of us who need to switch frequently. From this preview snapshot it certainly looks like an improvement in the Linden's own idea of an interface.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Through the eyes of an avatar

Through the eyes of Scottie Menges - a slow tour of his place in Second Life set to music by Enigma.

One More Dismal Morning

A fairytale filmed in Second Life.

from uk.youtube.com

A Universe of Possibility

For the benefit of French speakers, another extended clip discussing the endless potential of Second Life.

from www.dailymotion.com

Monday, October 8, 2007

VAT hits the Metaverse

Second Life users living in the European Union will now have to pay Value Added Tax or VAT. The fee, which could be as high as 25 percent, will be applied to any type of transactions SL residents have with Linden Lab directly. The news caused widespread discontent among Second Lifers, many accusing the Lindens of implementing a country-specific price hike unfairly affecting EU citizens.

Marmaduke Mertel sat down with one outraged citizen, who says the VAT tax creates unfair competition and will kill off many small businesses.

A look at Second Life

Short piece of journalism on financial transactions in Second Life.

Stateline report featuring SLCN

As part of the launch of the Melbourne laneways project, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation did a feature on their 7.30pm current affairs show about Second Life.

SLCN, the Second Life Cable Network which provides inworld television services, featured prominently, with Keren Flavell interviewed and excerpts of footage filmed by SLCN for Multimedia Victoria used in the report.

from uk.youtube.com

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Everything Must Go!

Fun with a corporate future - French style

from www.dailymotion.com

Virtual Recruiting

Find your job these days means getting to grips with using the metaverse - especially Second Life.

from uk.youtube.com

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Real Hope in a Virtual World

Accompamying article in Washington Post : Real Hope in a Virtual World. Some of the benefits of Second Life.

from digicmb.blogspot.com

Kucinich on Second Life

Clearly the candidates for the US presidency think there's is something to be gained from going inworld. Here we see one of them show us around his virtual HQ. Not much else though - certainly no indication of his politics.

from slvid.com

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Virtual Holland

Short promo film on bringing a virtual Holland into Second Life.

Melbourne Laneways Comes to Life

Australian Metaverse developer The Project Factory has unveiled an artistic remix of the alleys and laneways of Melbourne (my local stomping grounds). Rather than simply replicating a chunk of the city, the installation draws on the elements and flavor of many scenes and locales, mixing them into an artistic reinterpretation of the feel and mood of Melbourne's almost mazelike webwork of minor streets and byways.

from www.theprojectfactor

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Blues Al Andalus

A new project headed by Michel Manen wants to to combine ancient Islamic laws with modern progressive values. The Al Andalus sim hasn't even officially opened yet, but many residents are up in arms about the form of governance proposed. Do women have to wear headscarfs in SL now? Are virtual beheadings next? Yes, Islam is coming to SL and it might be the beginning of a new constructive dialogue!

from uk.youtube.com

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Using Second Life Voice

Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill

In the interests of promoting Second Life ...

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, appears on Capitol Hill in Second Life to launch a series of "Solutions Day" Workshops to be held in the virtual world.