Saturday, 28 February 2009

3 years old



There is a platform you can walk, or run, up.


The views are really amazing for a computer game.



This sign was to celebrate 3 years of Caledon.



You can rezz an aircraft on the fields available in the sky.

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Friday, 27 February 2009

Middlesea Citadel Island


Exploring Middlesea Citadel Island in my avatars own little submarine




I have noticed that even though Caledon is a community it does not yet have a fixed formal name. Some land masses call it the independent state of Caldeon others call it the Common Wealth of Caldedon. Since as a community the state is just a state of imagination this is to be expected, when strict formal laws come in about names it will be business and the state are entering Second Life establishing regimes of control.





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Large trees of Caledon


Caledon Stormhold

The Commonwealth of Caledon is an established neo-victorian or "steam punk" virtual community on Second Life.


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Faking it



One thing my wife noted about Second Life is that there seems a lot too many people claiming to have cancer. I have meet several people in Second Life who claim to have cancer. I am sure most of them are telling the truth, but......

Now I am not one to doubt anyone who claims to have a terrible disease, but over time I have come to agree with my wife that a large group of people in Second Life are making up more than just avatars and sex animations; I think that false claims about health are probably as common as false claims about education, gender, nationality, marital status and wealth.

I would suspect that people who claim some kind of health issue who also exhibit difficult social activity, who claim to be griefed alot, who cling to certain groups and are openly hostile to others, who seem to need a firm identity and play a lot of drama. People who exhibit this kind of behaviour and claim to have some kind of RL condition like cancer would raise concerns for me. I am intersting in figuring out how to study this kind of thing. If anyone has faked a disease in SL or knows someone else who has please contact me. rhooker1236(AT_NO_SPAM)hotmail.com

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Prepared for a meeting



A meeting agenda in a metting space in Al Andalus Alhambra.



It is my impression that more firm communities are beginning to form and evolve in Second Life. These communities tend to be extremely visual and creative. But conflicts do break out and bad blood often flows wild with people calling each other "griefers". One strange thing you might notice is that the same small group of people seem to attract all the griefers. No one seems have just encoutered 1 or 2, people have encounters dozens or none. Frankly I think griefer is an idiotic term and the residents of SL should work to a more solid set of social principles governing interaction. Griefers main problem as a concept is that it really means nothing, most of the things that I have filled complaints against avatars were clearly stated offenses. I reported someone for haking a friends island, I reported another woman for child sex role play. These offenses are well established on the Internet, but griefing means what ever you want it to.



One time when I was in an African female av I was kicked off some land for no real reason at all. The person who did it was right wing conservative republicans from the United States, someone with Rush Limbaugh all over their Last.FM page. When I complained I was told I was griefing. In that case racism in Second Life was validated via the term griefing. Since that time I have avoided the term and frankly my rule is someone who talks about being griefed a great deal as social problems they are bring to Second Life.

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Making friends



Here I am making friends in Second Life. Second Life offers and amazing structure to find people with similar interests. For example an art opening. A room full of art pieces gives a mass of visual cues to someone in SL. These cues are analysed and we decide if we could or could not imagine ourselves in that context. If we can it is likely we will share values and concepts with others who also imagine their avatars in the context. You can't do this with a text based system like Facebook.

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Culture speed



With new Web 2.0 tools like blogging and Second Life you can very rapidly move information around, and information can quick come back. Here I am looking a photos of a art show while posting the photos to the Internet.

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Art opening in Second Life



Looking at paintings in an art gallery in Second Life.


About the artist:

Fragment Alter Exhibition Da Vinci Isle (feb 27th 09)

Fragment Alter is a RL artist working and living in the Netherlands.Experiencing life's innumerable layers of realities, he developed a way of working wich enables him to express the stratification of being.

There is the layer of the surface, the skin of the work, the "picture". It invites the spectator to come in, and discover deeper hidden layers.

At some point spectating can become experiencing, in Fragment Alter's opinion the only way to truly penetrate his work.





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The empty head test



I have altered Rober1236 Jua, my Second Life avatar, to be more cyborg and look more distant from humanity. There is a reason for this. According to Lacanian theory this highly fragmented vision of the self reflects a fragmented feeling of our body, which can cause anxiety. I will be interested to observe how my interactions change in SL and if people are different to me.





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Saturday 28 february



Saturday 28 february


MMIF 2009 event
Saturday 28 february
21:00 CET (= SL 12 pm PST) - OPEN
22:00 CET (= SL 1 pm PST) - Machinima film screenings
03:00 CET (= SL 6 pm PST) - THE END + After party online in SL
http://MMIF.org

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Thursday, 26 February 2009

Community and radio


A group of people come together in Second Life to listen to radio and chat.

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Elucian Island


A science radio being listened to by a group in Elucian Island Second Life





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NPG Exhibition & Macmillan Ideas Store


NPG Exhibition & Macmillan Ideas Store Talk on human machine interaction.



"Welcome to the Elucian Islands, home of Nature Publishing Group and Macmillan Publishers. Here you will find free books, conferences, scientific and general talks and a wide range of exhibits."

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A talk in Second Life on Brain Machine interaction


A talk in Second Life Listening to digital radio on Science

My dream is to merge in to virtual reality. I want to be the first human who becomes fully emerged at one point in a virtual reality. Not sure how I will get to this state but I am starting to budge for some new technology.

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The Borg


Rober1236Jua sites on a Borg cube in a Star Trek simulation in Second Life

The Borg express an anxiety of loss of individuality and self in global network structure. I think the myths of the Borg help IT geeks structure their interactions with Global Network culture. The Borg makes a strong case for the value of the individual. This argument just happens to be precisely the consumer injunction of our culture: you must fulfill yourself.

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Star Trek


Scenes of Voyager in Second Life. Star Trek is a key mythology for geek culture.




Explore issues of science raised by Star Trek. Here rober1236Jua explores Warp Theory implications.




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