Saturday, August 30, 2008

MBC Weekly News 8/29/08

Today's news from MBC.

more about "MBC Weekly News 8/29/08", posted with vodpod

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I Dig Tanzania Virtual Summer Camp

In July 2008, Global Kids, the Field Museum and the Biodiversity Synthesis Center collaborated on an innovative project to teach kids in Chicago and New York about paleontology, scientific field research, and Tanzania culture using the virtual world of Teen Second Life. For more information, contact

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Metaverse Week In Review - 24th August

Two parts again today. We got the broadcasting of clips fixed just in time for Firefox to do a dirty at startup, but think we prevailed.

Part one features a bit of chat plus a 30 minute replay of an excellent "Viewpoint" programme from earlier this week.

Part two with some art installation clips, more that with Mal and Tara, plus Dizzy Banjo live inworld from Artropolis.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Nurien Software's Nurien Demo

More "wow" factor?

Nurien Software have made an amazing social networking world like Second Life. It is much more graphically detailed because they used physx technology from Nvidia.

Awesome Photosynth Demo

Nuff said.

more about "Awesome Photosynth Demo", posted with vodpod

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Week In Review - 17th August

Well, this evening's show is over and there was more chaos with the Operator11 site malfunctioning. As a result, part one here only lasted 20 minutes before the reboot.

After the reboot, things went smoother with the latest MBC news, an Australian TV feature on Second Life and more. Enjoy.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Joseph Jaffe Video Interview

Joseph Jaffe arrives in Australia for a whirlwind speaking tour on 19th August. In the run-up to Joseph's arrival, is posting parts of a long interview conducted with Joseph using the online video conferencing software ooVoo.

In this clip, Connie Reece, communications consultant and social media maven asks Joseph "Does having a presence in Second Life remain important for Crayon [Joseph's company] and for what type of business would Second Life be effective outreach?"

Second Life and Public Health

The University of Michigan's Health Sciences Libraries have produced a video highlighting Second Life and Public Health. Second Life is a virtual world through which an active public health community is simulating disaster scenarios, creating interactive health games, offering people with disabilities a place for support and social networking, and providing a space for professionals to view presentations and attend international conferences. This video showcases the potential of this new media.

SECOND LIFE -Best Multi-Modal Production Thursday's Fictions

This multi-modal production has been put into the Atom finals awards 2008.

Award Recipients‚- Names: Richard James Allen, Gary Hayes, and Karen Pearlman

Award Recipients‚- Organisations: The Physical TV Company, AFTRS LAMP (The Australian Film Television and Radio School - The Laboratory for Advanced Media Production), The Literature Board of the Australia Council ‚- The Story of the Future, and The Project Factory

This documentary devised and edited by Gary Hayes and co-produced with Physical TV.

Voice-overs captured and reassembled from a LAMP Virtual Story seminar in May 2007.

Thursday's Fictions is a fantastical parable about reincarnation by Australian writer Richard James Allen which has evolved over almost twenty years to become a cross media work for the stage, the page, the screen and most recently the new media creative platforms of Second Life (a 3D online immersive interactive story world) and machinima (cinema made inside a games engine).

NCR / Second Life

Financial primer on business and transactional models characteristic of the Second Life virtual world. Created for National Cash Register (NCR).

Note: 'Room 504' is NCR's internal name for it's research division.

Being Virtual

OK - It's an advert, but we like it. "Being Virtual" is a new book about the social metaverse.


The 'Social Virtual' World's A Stage
A Film by Gary Hayes © Personalizemedia 2008

"This is not a Game"

Over 50 virtual worlds featured including:
Second Life, HiPiHi, Kaneva, Twinity, ActiveWorlds, LagunaBeach vMTV., Habbo, Google Lively, FootballSuperstars, Weblin, AmazingWorlds, CyWorld, Whyville, Gaia Online, RocketOn, Club Penguin, YoVille, Webkinz, BarbieGirls, Prototerra, IMVU, Spore, vSide, Tale in the Desert, SpineWorld, Stardoll, The Manor,, ExitReality, Vastpark, Qwaq, PS3Home, GoSupermodel, Grockit, Croquet, Metaplace, Coke Studios, Dreamville, Dubit, Mokitown, Moove, Muse, The Palace, Playdo, Sora City, Voodoo Chat, TowerChat, Traveler, Virtual Ibiza.

An Invitation to Collaborate on Understanding Islam

An on-going and worthwhile project from Dancing Ink. This clip is largely aimed at the YouTube audience and their own text is below.

Dancing Ink Productions invites you to collaborate with us on the Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds project. This project is led by Dancing Ink Productions for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. It is funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.

We seek mixed media (and mixed reality infused with a healthy dose of accountability and thoughtfulness).

This project seeks global collaboration with those who wish to contribute to a deeper understanding of Islam through internet participation and collaboration. We invite you to respond to this message with a video of your own that might illuminate your own experiences and thoughts whether you are Muslim, or whether your belief system fully differs. This project endeavors to include as many thoughtful contributions as the global community offers through internet collaboration. Be creative. Be passionate. Be candid. Be honest.

September 5, 2008 is the submission deadline for response videos that hope to be included in the collaborative body of work comprising the project.

Please get the word out in any way you can through all of your social networks. And check back frequently for messages from Dancing Ink Productions.

Visit us on the web:

Join the DIP global network:

Being A Gridnaut

A short trip into the other grids using the new OpenGrid viewer from Linden Labs. Yes - I am a "Gridnaut".

This clip as also in today's "Metaverse Week In Review" programme earlier but got cut short due to technical glitches. See for the full show.

Being A Gridnaut

Well we just finished recording this week's "Metaverse Week In Review" which you can find over at

Sadly, things went a bit awry at the start so the above clip didn't get aired in its entirety. NP. I'm sticking it here.

It's all about my trip from the Second Life beta grid into some of the new Open Sim worlds located on non-Linden servers. Limited as yet, it was a fascinating experience.

Second Life Augmented Reality in Physical Space

An installation at the John Curtin Art Gallery at Curting University in Western Australia by Julian Stadon.

The installation involves the user wearing a headset with a webcam, looking through goggles and using a paddle to "liberate" a 3D avatar from within Second Life.

Collaborative Browsing in SL

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Week In Review - 10th August

A bit late, here is Sunday's programme. Only one part this week due to problems with broadcasting clips. An update programme should be up later today.


A promotional film for what appears to be a new photo-modelled virtual world which runs in a web browser and allows users to customise as many rooms as they want. Unless this is an elaborate hoax, the work done here is extraordinary and could represent a major leap in metaverse quality.

In the absence of further information we are both apprehensive and awestruck.

more about "LivePlace/CitySpace?", posted with vodpod

Monday, August 4, 2008

A degree in SL?

World2Worlds just finished an interesting session with the first organisation in the states to offer a fully accredited degree course within the virtual world of Second Life. This is a recording of it with questions from the moderator, Rissa Maidstone and the audience.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Flying Pigs

floating pig
Originally uploaded by oxoc

Clearly the folks at Rezzable share my enthusiasm for the Pink Floyd. I presume it's a tribute to the "Animals" album from way back when - the location below is the old Battersea Power Station here in London.

Now - can they TP the build over to the actual London sims please? lol.