Thursday, 30 September 2010

Another Buddhism Talk


BUDDHA CENTER Buddhist Meditation and Teaching center buddhism

Its wonderful to be able to meet with a small global group to hear talks about Buddhism, on very short notice and with no transport costs.



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Happy belated Eid عيد الفطر

From The Second Life Great Expedition The Cyber Trekker

As an American user of Second Life I wished, on behalf of myself and all my Alts to wish all my Muslim readers in the Middle East, Africa, the Gulf, India and the far East and belated happy Eid عيد الفطر.

GALAXY ISLE Second Life in 3D


GALAXY ISLE in 3D




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3D images from Second Life



Fracture in 3D

"Fracture is a club presenting eclectic aural adventures. We are a haven for an eccentric and lovely crowd of oddballs, queers, freethinkers, radical faeries, gender transgressors, lefties, and mad scientists. All species and orientations welcome."


3D from Dales Client for Second Life. Just search it on Google.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Dancing



Witches Island Community,Mall and Artemis Tavern music pub



Second Life is the kind of community where people just come to a Witches Island to dance before going to sleep.

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The Cyborg will have a gender


I have written a great deal about my favorite radical feminist Marxist technology theorist Donna Haraway, probably because I just think it is cool to have a favorite radical feminist Marxist technology theorist. As I stated Donna in the Cyborg Manifesto speculated that the state of merging with technology might free of from the binary of gender constraint.



After three years of looking at this issue in Second Life I have serious doubts about Haraway's concept. I have come to the conclusion of the very opposite: that free the limitation of biology and free to create what ever identity one wants, people tend to make identities that are more in line with cultural concepts of gender, in something I call hyper-gender.





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Its a party


Heartfelt...An Old World Feel!

One of the big disadvantages of living in Europe you miss the big West Coast parties in the US. Today I had to get up early so I got to see one.




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Monday, 27 September 2010

DeNovo Broome


DeNovo Broome looking amazing in virtual latex in the shop Brigadoon Station





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felicity Hannu and Vela Phenomena



felicity Hannu and Vela Phenomena in some lovely outfits in CDS

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Confessions of a Second Life Addict | smalltok

Confessions of a Second Life Addict | smalltok

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Where the real and fantasy meet


Neufreistadt

Just a a virtual world create a fluid space between map/model and reality it also provides the individual with a space between the reality of fashion and body show and fantasy. In these images we see people combining traditional Germanic clothing, imaginary elf clothing with goth and the latest in tattoo fashions to produce a hybrid identity between reality and fantasy, an identity they can rapidly play with and experiment with.





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Communism Pro and Con in Second Life


Communist Party of Second Life


MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM

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Communist Party of Second Life


Communist Party of Second Life, Second Life sees the full range of political ideology, though the ruling ideology is Liberalism with a mixture of tolerance and free market brought to the organisation by Phillip Linden himself. This means that Second Life is a place that allows extreme diversity and protects IP rights, and is a fairly open community, but one where market forces generally decide everything.


It would be interesting to think about how a Communist virtual reality would function. On one level you might say Communists would see Virtual Reality as a kind of drug to distract from the real world where the real struggle is. On the other hand the "Imagination Age" dominated by creative media promises (potentially) a kind of wealth and equality Marx could never have dreamed of.



I happen to think that virtual reality, really immersive virtual reality in an economy dominated by machines, nano, and information will not need money and will take on many of the trains Marx outlined in Capital: I just don't agree with his dynamics of how this will happen.

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More than just porn


Mystic Academy, One Light, Many Paths, Spiritual community

One could be forgiven for thinking SL is just about cybersex and bling, but like this Wicca community their is a great deal of spirituality in Second Life and just about any kind of faith you want is there, including not faith at all.

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E-CNCS


E-CNCS owned by Marc Moana with a site at http://e-cncs.net





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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Open Sim "London", still very much a Frontier


Open Sim London Westminster, does not really look anything like the realy thing, more like remote regions of China under rapid development. http://slurl.com/secondlife/London,%20Westminster2/163/158/23

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Germanic Village in Second LIfe


Neufreistadt it is really amazing the emergent reality forming in a free community like Second Life. There is endlessly new stuff to explore. What is amazing is that despite the less than impressive growth in numbers compared to Twitter of Facebook, the level of emergent construction dazzles, its really amazing.




One of the things I think SL and Wikipedia show is that you only need a small part of "everyone" to make something amazing. As long as you have a model that embraces user creation and user ownership. Facebook and Flicr have millions of regular users but nothing really has emerged from it. Flickr is just a collection images, mostly either boring or porn. The central control prevented users from experimenting a creating new things beyond what they wanted them to create. The same is true of Facebook. Companies can create Apps, but the mode is still company make, user consume.




Second Life and Wikipedia have embraced a prosumer model where the line between creator and consumer is blurred, where a community is allowed to crate and these leads to amazing emergent properties that planned systems like Facebook can't have. This is why so much more new innovation is coming out of Twitter, because the platform allows emergent uses the inventors could never think of.

There is an interesting story about Wikipedia's co-founder Larry Sanger. Larry actually was the one who brought the wiki technology to Jimmy Wales attention and it is he who created the "technology." In 2001 he sent a letter to all volunteers on the than early project asserting that he had the power to make all final decisions on the project and that to oppose him was to oppose the project. (Clay Shirky reports this in "Here Comes Everyone").

The Wikipedia community quickly got him off the project. Jimmy Wales had a different vision, a vision of communities able to create emergent properties that the engineer Sanger probably could not grasp. If Sanger had been allowed to keep in control these emergent properties would have never happened. Over the next 6 years Wikipedia was a constant battle against those admins who felt they knew best and felt they could trust the community. In the case of Wikipedia overall the community and anarchy won, and look at the wonder it has.

On the other hand in 2005 Flickr was probably the most amazing collaboration tool on the Internet. During the Israel Lebanon war the site exploded not only with images or protest, but be using the site to link up protest images, to organize and debate, to show images from both sides. I even member going to Northern Israel to help take shots and send them to Flickr right away, so intense was the passion for it.

Then came in the Filters and the Censorship. Since that time Flickr has become a pathetic second to Facebook for image upload. The rate of image upload to Flickr has not even improved with the introduction of smart phones, and the social communities that used to exist are replaced with groups generally opposed with rules.

Its not the technology, and its not the size of the user base, it is having good enough technology, enough users and a culture that trusts the users to create. You can become massive like Facebook without producing one bedimming or interesting thing about it. And lets be honest, if your friends were not on Facebook would you ever visit it?

No.



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Maps inside of Maps inside of Maps


The Neufreistadt School



We used to think in terms of maps and landscapes, and we used to warn to not mistake a map for the landscape. It took training the imagination to be able to go from the map to the landscape. But with Web 2.0 technology and Virtual Worlds he movement from map to reality can be seamless, with the ability for simulations to hold maps, to maps to hold simulations and simulations, or even RL locations to be zoomed out and augmented to for maps. For me the virtual and augmented reality unite the map and the landscape.




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