Monday, July 28, 2008

The Future of the Internet - Lawrence Lessig, Joichi Ito and Phil Rosedale

The best panel (by far) at Fortune Brainstorm was "2018: Life on the Net." It was moderated extremely well by Quincy Smith, CEO of CBS Interactive. On the podium was Lawrence Lessig, professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Joichi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons and Chairman of Six Apart Japan, and Philip Rosedale, founder and chairman of Linden Lab, (Second Life.)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Metaverse Week In Review & Metaweek Roundup

What a day! What a week! What a weekend!

It has been one of the busiest weeks inworld I can remember and today's shows reflected it. We went live with 90 minutes of "Metaverse Week In Review" on Operator11 at 6pm SLT and then came back for another 90 minutes of "Metaweek Roundup" at 9pm SLT. Since the shows now have a dedicated website HERE for all our archives, I am no longer embedding them here too, so just hop over and watch.

This week Tara and I brought you the usual newsroundup and we were joined live in the studio by Stuart Warf of SLPN (Podcast Network), GoSpeed Racer and the ever-amazing Slim Warrior talking music and more. Plus regular news clips and arts features.

The distinction between the two programmes was originally news at Op11 and arts and culture at Blogstar. However, Blogstar offers chat and new studio registrations which Op11 has seemingly lost, so there is enough overlap that they have become almost the same show.

Notwithstanding, there will probably be one or two mid-week episodes at Blogstar from now on, enabling us to bring you news and discussion closer to the time events occur.

Meanwhile, watch this space for longer programmes and embeds from elsewhere as usual.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

News Hour feature on virtual television

This news story produced for the Asia Pacific market by Sonia Lear features SLCN's Paisley Beebe and Starr Sonic. Neat stuff.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Just Leap In

There's been a heck of a lot of fuss about Google's Lively, Vivavity and the still forthcoming Rocketon (plus many more) but this is what we consider closest to an actual metaverse "inside" the web. Although we believe the web will ultimately be viewed from "inside" a metaverse on your desktop, "Just leap In" displays the graphic wealth of places like Second Life even at this alpha stage.

We're still waiting to get in on the full testing but you can all check out the demonstration room. There's a one-off plug-in to download but (thankfully) it's fully cross-platform for Windows and Macintosh.

Now back to Eselle! I am on this month's panel at Nokia Island at noon (SLT) today so we'd better brush the virtual hair. Do drop in.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SL5B: Dizzy Scenes

No, we're not referring to the camerawork - MWIR regular Dizzy Banjo is the cameraman.

In this new clip Dizzy looks back on his favourite scenes from the myriad choices on offer during the recent two-week long 5th Birthday celebrations inworld. Enjoy.

more about "SL5B: Dizzy Scenes", posted with vodpod

Gibson Island

Today Gibson announced the launch of the official Gibson Island on Second The first major music manufacturer to establish an official island in Second Life, Gibson encourages consumers to participate in this new and exciting virtual world, complete with digital luthiers, instruments, and guest stars. The Gibson Island will officially launch at 8 a.m. SL Time on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 with an exclusive live music performance at 6 p.m. SL Time.

In tribute to the legendary Gibson Les Paul guitar and to Les Paul himself, the Gibson Island is in the shape of the famous guitar body and rises up from the ocean in Second Life. The "island" features humbucker mountains, full theatres, mini-theatres, and other areas resembling pick ups and other aspects of a Gibson guitar.

A Lively Night in Second Life

The arrival of Google's "Lively" browser plug-in caused a bit of a stir in the virtual worlds, even though it hardly qualifies as such. Not only did we attend a 3 hour inworld discussion on Friday, but on Saturday were treated to this presentation by World2Worlds.

Moderated by John Jainschigg, Director, Internet and Community Laboratory, Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc., this lively discussion with panelists Rhonda Lowry, VP Emerging Social Media Technologies, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Eric Reuters, Special Correspondent, Second Life, Reuters, Inc.; and Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, InformationWeek, UBM TechWeb looks at Google's quiet introduction of the Lively virtual world platform that may mark the beginning of a new era for the exploding virtual worlds industry. The locus of greatest attention in that industry — and the domain of greatest innovation — has long been Second Life, which just celebrated its fifth birthday. What do Second Life residents, stakeholders and media think of Lively? Does Lively represent a challenge to Second Life's vision, or a powerful endorsement? Will communities of residents and business stakeholders on these platforms remain separate, or mingle? What does the near-term future hold for both platforms? In this informal panel, hosted by multi-platform metaverse developer World2Worlds in Lively, Second Life, and on the web, you'll hear first thoughts from major media minds on the Second Life/Virtual Worlds scene.

more about "A Lively Night in Second Life", posted with vodpod

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Metaverse Week In Review - 13th July

The first part of today's show with extended "lively" discussion, including guests Dizzy Banjo, Crap Mariner and Yogi Fish joining Mal and Tara in the studio.

Part two of the show. Dizzy returns with an extra report and we discuss other news.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tube2SL TV's in Second Life

Liberate the media! Ur ...

Get FREE TV's that broadcast user uploaded videos throughout Second Life on our network of publicly owned TV sets. Just like real life TV, Tube2SL TV's show programmes to a daily schedule. Our website has a built in TV guide, machinima forums and more.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lively by Google

Lively by Google is a new product available in Google Labs. Create an avatar and chat with your friends in rooms you design.

Monday, July 7, 2008

SL5B: Mitch's Closing Keynote

Today marked the end of the Second Life birthday celebrations and the party was closed with an address by Mitch Kapor. Robin Linden also gives us a short introduction to the man himself.

In particular, Mitch discussed emerging technologies of import to avatar interaction and announced a Linden Lab annual award for the best use of Second life as disruptive technology in the human interest.

Jonathan Kazan presents Digital Art in Second life, with the artist Jonathan Kazan.

Traditional artist has thrown over the virtual world of Second Life and the have seen the possibilities to promote there art to a broader audients. Following is the emergence of new forms of digital art as more uses the interactive and visual opportunities in Second Life.

Pilot Theatre

A walkthrough demo of Pilot Theatre's Second Life Hub. With streaming video plus live web links and RSS feeds plus the 3-D set design elements solution.

Metaverse Timeline

An interesting history project for virtual worlds created by Annie Ok. She is encouraging contributors so follow the link to Dipity and sign up if you have anything to add.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Metaverse Week In Review

Part one of today's show as we catch up on the week and Dizzy Banjo joins us live from his "Message In A Bottle" exhibit at the SL5B sims.

Part two of the show with more clips and the latest MBC news. We had an extra clip from Dizzy and some others spare so we ran a third part as a special that the new "Metaweek" channel.

The special extra programme at Blogstar with a guest visit from an old friend, JoiKoi.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

CRY in Second Life

CRY (Child Rights and You) is the first Indian nonprofit organization to create a presence in Second Life thanks to the office space and construction by IndusGeeks on the Bombay Island.

Wimbledon 2008

A little experiment by ePredator Potato (aka. Ian Hughes from IBM) showcasing their annual build for Wimbledon Tennis inworld. By all accounts turnout as been good, despite the fact that the RL Sim seemed to have it's weather systems in unusually good order this year too.

Wimbledon is a good example of a new breed of virtual installation that pulls in real-time active data from the "outside" world to create a compelling and pretty much immediate experience. If only we had time to sit and watch it all day!

The finals are on this weekend.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

World2Worlds Session

Urbanism, Architecture, Planning: How Second Life Can Help Build the Urban Landscape of the Physical World--and Vice Versa.

Quite a handful, but the title of a great session yesterday at SL5B. Here is the recording.

more about "World2Worlds Session", posted with vodpod

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"M" visits the kids!

Linden Lab's new CEO entered the teen grid today to visit the Global Kids' Digital Media Initiative. Teens in both New York and Chicago were in TSL learning about the history, culture, and paleontology of Tanzania while working with each other and with an international team of scientists collecting fossils in Tanzania.

more about ""M" visits the kids!", posted with vodpod