Thursday, 21 August 2008

Everything New Babbage from my wiki

Everyone, I have a wiki and I am starting to think if you want to see my travel that makes more sense than the blog. Plus I have more stuff in it.



Tuesday, 29 July 2008

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New Babbage in Second Life







Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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Thursday, 24 July 2008

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Exploring the canals of New Babbage in the style of Jules Verne



This would make a really cool combat game.



Sadly this amazing space has a community of anti-social builders. It is a dream and one of the most amazing places in Second Life, but empty of people. Just builders.


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Don't I have a life?



My two primary AV incarnations: Rober1236 and the Lady. Here they are exploring New Babbage.

Don't I have a Life?

Maybe not. Miriam Milo asked me about the amount of time I must spend on Second Life blogging. Though I don't track my time well I use a set of tolls that helps speed the process up a great deal.

Firstly SLURL.com is bookmarked on my computer and over the last year I have gotten very good at understanding it and how Second Life SIMS are put together. Getting the SLURL is still the hardest part of the expedition but also I think the most important.

As for blogging the images I use Blogger which links to Picasa so that is easy. I take the photo and Picasa from Google detects it. I can then crop it and blog it by pushing a button. So as I am in SL I am blogging most of the time. This is why people sometimes think I am rude. Well actually I often wonder on stages and in to things and am so busy blogging I don't notice people IMing me.

Sorry.

But the speed enables me to link image, links, and text to SLURLS which then links to Second Life's VR. This means that work like mine is making much of the space of Second Life machine readable.

For example imagine the photo above with an SLURL. If I blog it with text "Steampunk Victorian clothing in New Babbage" and some text along with some links to Steampunk web sites and communities Google can index the blog post and thus form some statistical quess as to what the link in to SL means. The more of these kinds of SLURLs in place for Second Life the more Google can know about the space of Second Life.

My great regret is the lack of comments. In my previous blogging work with Maria Hooker we used to get hundreds of comments per week and it really improved our ability to tell Google what was going on. I think the lack of comments is tied to the small SL community at this point and I hope that as the VR community increases I will get more feedback.


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Tuesday, 22 July 2008

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Exploring the Vernian Sea


Rober1236 Jua explores and underwater complex in the Vernian Sea in Second Life.






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Thursday, 3 July 2008

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Abney Park Palaeozoic Museum Laboratory Annex



Its sad that some of the most interesting places in Second Life are essentially vast ghost towns.



Some people have told me that SL residents are generally social butterflies or builders, its a part of folk knowledge that builders are often not social and social butterflies are often not builders. I have had people who identify themselves with both sides of the line tell me this.



New Babbage is a place of builders and not social networks. Over the past year I have watched efforts to form communites in New Babbage fall one by one: the Navy vanished, the air defense team vanished, the orphans seem to even be gone. For some reason the community of collectors and designers who have created this amazing.



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Saturday, 28 June 2008

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New Babbage Culture in Second Life


Walls over New Babbage


A wedding party forming. It does look kind of like theatre geeks in High School? They say its private and ask me to leave, which I do.
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Saturday, 31 May 2008

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Hanging out in New Babbage




Steam car



Exploring
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Taking a flight



Flying in a steampunk fantasy in New Babbage.




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Music in New Babbage



Rober1236 Jua watching Sir Snoodle play music on the docks of New Babbage in Seocnd Life.
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Orabelle Steamforge Steampunk Airship Hanger in Port Babbage



This is where I used to live in Port Babbage. It remains a place to fly amazing machines.



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Edge of New Babbage



Second Life topology of isolated spaces without edges i s the one thing I really hate about it.




Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life



But if you want to really see what a Jules Verne like Universe might look like my best pick is still New Babbage.




Here is the SLURL to start out



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Saturday, 3 May 2008

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Babbage Statue in New Babbage




Well Mr Babbage does not look much like his portrait.

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