On March 20, 2008, the non-profit Global Kids launched the International Justice Center in Second Life, a virtual clearinghouse supporting public information and action in support of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and related human rights concerns. The inaugural event featured presentations by Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and Lloyd Axworthy, former foreign minister of Canada. This footage was prepared by the Second Life Cable Network (SLCN.tv). For more information, see the Justice Center website at http://justicecenter.net.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
This week's latest from MBC which will be on the channel shortly.
Last week's sudden onslaught of new rules about trademark accredition by Linden Labs have caused great concern amongst those living and working inworld, having, as they have, implied a degree newly required implementation that borders on the absurd. In addition, the lab's seeming urge to impose new rules this late in the game are considered not to bode well for the future direction of what is now almost a world that dare not speak it's (own) name.
It certainly goes against the spirit of the community that has built what can considered to be a superlative template for the future of the metaverse. Without the existence of common platform protocols a lot has been left to faith and trust - something many would now claim the lab has betrayed.
With the likes of Sun Microsystems developing open platforms that look set to eclipse the promise and vision of Linden Labs, there is a fear that we could see a mass exodus from everyone's favourite building and creating grid.
Good to see that this week's news, whilst not exactly focusing on it, has absorbed the message and interpreted it during the programme to a "vitually" laughable degree.
Let's hope Linden Labs see the error of their ways and realise that some consideration of their users/population might not be remiss in these rapidly changing times. Many good organisations and individuals have invested massive time and money supporting them despite huge teething problems - the last thing they want to see is a new arrogant offspring rapidly proving itself unfit for purpose.
Linden Labs are a business of course - but one wonders what it's value will be if the brand becomes obselete. In this case the brand is a cumilative effort on the part of virtual citizens colonising a new technological frontier. Prohibit that or impose boundaries on it and those who lead the way will turn elsewhere.
A cautionary tale methinks.
from blip.tvposted with vodpod
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Promo for the movie "fly me / volavola" and filmed in Second Life.
The production of Volavola has started in the beginning of 2008 and is still in progress. A lot of production was done using the new Lip-Synch client viewer.
from www.creativemachinerposted with vodpod
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The International Justice Center opened recently in Second Life with a panel discussion featuring International Criminal Court pro The International Justice Center opened recently in Second Life with a panel discussion featuring International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. What will the SL community do to further the cause of the forgotten and helpless of the world? Draxtor Despres captured some voices from the frontlines.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Artist Cao Fei created a city within the online game Second Life. A six minute video is projected in a reflecting pool and in the back a 25 minute video of the artist's avatar having a relationship with another avatar. As one may expect from shifting identities and alternate lives, it's quite wistful (the NY Times calls it haunting.) The show is called "RMB City" showing at the Chelsea art gallery, Lombard-Freid Projects.
A machinima by Gary Hazlitt completed on easter Saturday afternoon 2008. The song 'Hide and Seek' is by Imogen Heap from the album 'Speak for Yourself'.
Special thanks to the creators of Second Life sims Planet Mongo (spelt wrong on video, I know not Mondo, sorry rush job! ;-() built by Lumiere Noir and Svarga built by Svarog Laukosargas. Deakin sim and spaceship for this video built/designed by Gary Hayes.
Lip sync animation created using Crazy Talk 5, green screened in Final Cut. The spaceship shots were filmed live in Second Life.
An old clip here but nonetheless relevent today. Advice for the business fraternity in Second Life.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Twinity is a new metaverse platform and I tried out the beta some weeks back, only to find it very empty. This weekend, one of Second Life's leading creators took a peek too and managed to construct this exhibit.
The artist is Angrybeth Shortbread and if the mail is to be believed she spent some some thinking about this whilst playing air-guitar in my apartment. Beteer hop back in and check methinks.
from blip.tvposted with vodpod
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
The best known Second Life journalist W. James (Hamlet) Au talks about his views on the online world, and why Second Life itself won't go away at ETech, the Emerging Technology Conference organized by O'Reilly Media in San Diego in March 2008.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
IBM has debuted its newest island in Second Life: IBM Virtual Healthcare Island. The island is a unique, three-dimensional representation of the challenges facing today's healthcare industry and the role information technology will play in transforming global healthcare-delivery to meet patient needs.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
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Monday, March 3, 2008
"All footages in the short movie "ILLUSION" are taken in Second Life, which is an 3D online virtual game. In Second Life, you can create your own virtual ego, be whoever we want to be and do whatever we want to do.
The main actor in "ILLUSION" is Chara Oh. Chara Oh is my virtual ego in Second Life and he is controlled by me - a 23 years girl in real life. In second life, Chara Oh ( = I ) meet another virtual ego called Agne Auer ( the girl in the movie). After chatting in the virtual world, we feel like that we like each other. So we started virtual relationship in Second Life. The footages are some of the screen captures I took when we were together.
The film emphasis the virtual egos, questions the notion of "self-identities". How many sides can we have as a person? The film also alludes emptiness and solitude emotions inside modern city people."
Director, Camera and Editing: Chara Oh
Background's Music: David Bowie "Space Oddity"