Monday, 30 November 2009

State Dept. Sponsors "Virtual Worlds as Green Workplaces" December 3



The event will discuss the following two main themes related to work and energy use: 1) Can virtual worlds be viable and efficient workplaces?, and 2) How can virtual work impact energy use, policy and action regarding climate change?
State Dept. Sponsors "Virtual Worlds as Green Workplaces" Panel December 3 - 3D TLC - 3D Training, Learning and Collaboration



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Meditation in Second Life


La Luna - Fairytale and fantasy

Spirituality, from new age to Buddhism, to Islam and Christianity to reconstructed religions plays a critical role in the Second Life imagination.


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Alter Art Access

http://slurl.com/secondlife/ZI%20Ocean%20View/182/105/324

Fragment Alter's Artstudio/Gallery, Fragment Alter is a dutch artist who ahs produced a very interesting 3-D floating space in Second Life.

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BBC on Steampunk

In Victorian times much chatter in drawing rooms and salons was directed towards defining the qualities of a gentleman.

Novelist and sportsman Robert Smith Surtees ended debate in 1858 when he wrote that they prove themselves by their actions rather than by simply declaring their membership of that distinguished breed.

Steampunks - contemporary Victorians - share the same elusive qualities.

"It's hard to define. It means different things to different people," said James Richardson-Brown, a steampunk who regularly sports a mechanical glove of his own design and construction.

Broadly, steampunk is about re-imagining the Victorian age and creating the appliances, clothes, weapons and lifestyles that might have come about if some present-day innovations had been invented way back when.

"It's about taking modern technology and presenting it in a way that the Victorians would have accepted," said Mr Richardson-Brown.

BBC News - Tech Know: Fast forward to the past

Sunday, 29 November 2009

3D Web will save high-performance computing industry, Intel CTO says - Network World

"High-performance computing doesn't need a killer app as much as it needs a killer application framework," Rattner said. "It needs a platform in which people can leverage the power of high-performance computing to do just about anything they can imagine."

That "killer application framework," Rattner said, is the 3D Web, powered on the back end by cloud technologies and the HPC industry. The 3D Web technologies will not only power virtual worlds we know today like Second Life, but create ways for people to interact with each other and new platforms for businesses to test products, he said.

To illustrate the 3D Web's potential Rattner brought on several guest speakers from fields as varied as biology and fashion. Aaron Duffy, a biology researcher at Utah State University, made an appearance via a virtual world video feed, in which he explained that he is using 3D simulations to study how environmental conditions affect fern populations over multiple generations. The video panned out over many fields of virtual ferns that help Duffy understand the plant populations.

3D Web will save high-performance computing industry, Intel CTO says - Network World
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Monday, 23 November 2009

Pretty girls and nerdy stuff


http://slurl.com/secondlife/Elon/176/184/30

The dream of Wierd Science, of every kid with his first kit computer in the 1980s to make his own girl has come true.




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A sciecne sandbox


Elon University

A sandbox for science and math education, a charter member of the SciLands, and home of the Apollo 11 moon sim.

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EPA in Second Life


US EPA Test

EPA content in Second Life.

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Under water art



comet Morigi studio the studio of arts comet Morigi. As I have noticed in other blog posts water plays a major role in forming Second Life space.






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Very whimsical island in Second Life


The Love Poetry Path at Avgi

Trees in Second Life are generally low Prim trees that come with the simulation. If you own land you can drop trees around and they only take little space, you only get a few conventional trees. That is why I am noticing with great interest efforts to make plants and trees as works of art.






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Thursday, 19 November 2009

Cherry Orcenhall


Cherry Orcenhall
Avgi, Isle of Awakening


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Another amazing Sim in Second Life


Avgi, Isle of Awakening

There is a tendency for Sims to kind of "flake out" in Second Life. They are often lovely but they look like 1970s Yes album covers. Like Roger Dean other worldly art work it is both lovely, but kind of also pisses me off.




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Italian enjoying art in the virtual snow


TANALOIS2 di Alo e Tani



A group of Italians enjoying art in the virtual snow. This may be just me, but I notice that the French, Italian, Spanish, Swiss, Belgian crowd in Second Life seems to make nicer SIMS and enjoy Second Life more for the art of it. I also notice that Eurozone events have larger groups. In the Anglo-American SIMs (the vast majority) its more sex groups or commercial exchange. But English speakers are very likely to attend lectures, but I can't speak for Italians.



Google renders this as

Un gruppo di italiani che godono l'arte in mezzo alla neve virtuale. Questo può essere solo me, ma mi accorgo che i francesi, folla, italiano, spagnolo, svizzero, belga in Second Life sembra SIMS per rendere più piacevole e godere Second Life più per l'arte di essa. Ho anche notato che gli eventi della zona euro hanno grandi gruppi. In the Anglo-American SIM (la stragrande maggioranza) dei suoi gruppi di sesso più o scambio commerciale. Ma di lingua inglese è molto probabile che frequentare le lezioni, ma non posso parlare per gli italiani.




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Lesbian club in Second Life


Kittens Lesbian Erotica - **WOMEN ONLY** Club, Disco, Dancing
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Whitlow/94/53/53

There is a ugly cold war that may or may not be happening in Second Life. I have meet many lesbians on SL VOIP who claim many men are making female avatars to have sex with lesbians in Second Life. Of course if this is true it means that most likely many men are pretending to be women to have sex with lesbian avatars who are themselves men in real life. Perhaps for this reason lesbian clubs in Second Life are some of the most exclusive spaces in Second Life, like this one with rules not allowing any male avatars.

On the other hand gay clubs never have rules not allowing any female as far as I have seen.

What do I think? I think there are a suspiciously high number of "lesbian" avatars in Second Life. And I think that the exclusiveness of the lesbian society is large part a guilty conscious from many of the men who come in to Second Life pretending to be lesbians, and maybe an effort to deny the obvious conclusion of the Second Life lesbian war.

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Chick head banger band in Second Life


Chick band in Second Life music shop. This may be an advanced form of camping. Pretty cool to watch for a while.






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That ghost town feeling


Route 10

Exploring Second Life is like a kind of dream where you encounter places that should not be empty, and yet they are.

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A gaggle of stranger


A gaggle of strangers: the more time I spend on Second Life the more "friends" I make I know nothing about. One of the experiences of virtual reality, and internet social networks in general is that is reduces the meaning of contact. How many people did you wished you could have spoken to again, only to have them on Facebook each and every day until you start acting like you don't see them?

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A tree as a work of art in Second Life


StarZ Art Corner

Isolahara Catteneo created this interesting tree. Second Life allows the creating of "living" objects as pure art. From a sociological view its interesting because over time the real world will have more and more of this precise kind of thing.




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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Pictures of Second Life inside of Second Life


Bacchus Island - Center

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Imagine they build a virtual universe and no one showed up?


Bacchus Island - Center

Exploring Second Life is like finding yourself the last man after the end of the world. Many massive virtual constructions sit empty, much of the place is just a vast ghost town.




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