Monday, March 31, 2008

International Justice Center Launch in SL

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 ( For more information, see the Justice Center website at

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Weekly News 3/30/08

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

fly me / volavola

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

Sine Wave Island

A typical afternoon at Sine Wave Island. Soundtrack is 'Funky Dancers' by Antigone.

Sowerby and Luff in Second Life

Visit Brian and Georgina's virtual radio studio in Second Life.

Global Justice - SL Style!

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.

Mitch Wagner

Part of a series of "Time Capsule" interviews recorded by MetaverseU. This one is with Mitch Wagner of Information Week who was also prominent in the Life 2.0 event inworld last week.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Clarissima Schumann

Pianist/oboist/educator/performer Clarissima 'Sisi' Schumann (RL: Alpha Walker) accompanies her RL husband who performs Ave Maria on a saw.

An extract from SLCN's excellent "Music Academy" programme.


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.

Second Life - HIDE AND SEEK

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.

Music Awareness Begins

The opening of the 48 hour Music awareness Event in Second Life.

Opus Magna Towers and Gallery

An Invitation to Opus Magna on Second Life.

Wired's Chris Anderson Presents The Long Tail in Second Life

An old clip here but nonetheless relevent today. Advice for the business fraternity in Second Life.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

A Twinity Art Exploration

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

Friday, March 14, 2008

W. James (Hamlet) Au on Why Second Life Won't Go Away

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.

Second Life Bloggers go to Ning

Stuart Wark reports on the latest hub for Second Life bloggers. I am there of course.

from stuartwarf.composted with vodpod

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


NewBERLIN, the 1-to-1 scaled version of Berlin, Germany in Second Life.

IBM VIrtual Healthcare Island

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.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


OK - This is not Second Life though it look a bit like it. It's a demonstration of the forthcoming Earthmine appilcation for virtual travel to real places.

from blip.tvposted with vodpod

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Secrets of 2nd Life

A selection of features inside the world of Second Life. Some good guides for beginners or those considering moving into the metaverse.

from web.splashcast.netposted with vodpod

Monday, March 3, 2008

Vain Issue 7

A style magazine about Second Life.

from vaininc.blogspot.composted with vodpod

MBC Weekly News 3/3/08

The latest news bulletin from the UK Second Life news service, MBC. You lucky folks see it about an hour before it goes up on the main channel.

from blip.tvposted with vodpod


"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"

Inner Thoughts

A short music film about a lost love filmed in Second Life.

Node Zero Opening in RL

This is a short clip taken from the RL installation which coincided with the opening of the Node Zero Virtual Gallery.