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.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
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.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
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.
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".
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
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.
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.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
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?
http://www.mdkiosk.com 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- web9.secondlife.com/join/index.php /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: http://secondlife.com/community/downl...
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
Part 2 of the broadcast. Part one below.
Part One of last weeks video cast from Metanomics
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
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
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
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
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"?