Thursday, December 21, 2006

Advice to Marketers Who Would be Avatars...

Good advice from What's Next Blog.


Nixie Tube Steampunk Christmas Ornament, Anyone?

From Make Magazine who got it from Instructables. Click the Instructables link to learn how to make this Nixie Steampunk Christmas Ornament yourself.



Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Infinite Mind interview with Kurt Vonnegut live from Second Life

"Author Kurt Vonnegut is interviewed by host John Hockenberry, live from Second Life. The interview was for the "Through the Looking Glass" series, from the national, weekly public radio program, The Infinite Mind, which featured the first live broadcasts from virtual 3-D cyberspace."

Almost machinima vlogging. "The Infinite Mind" goes digital with a videoblog. It's the first national broadcast to establish a base of operations in Second Life. Unfortunately, their site is not RSS-enabled. Videos are Google-hosted in flash and there's no subscribe button.

Suzanne Vega is the first major musician to appear in concert in Second Life. See the Suzanne Vega video here.


Saturday, July 22, 2006

Geek Entertainment TV::Interview w/Hamlet Au (nee Linden)

GET interviews James Wagner Au / Hamlet Au (nee Linden) in the flesh.

Great to see the man behind the white suit who was so generous in helping us raise funds for the Creative Commons earlier this year at our Second Life Burns Night Supper.

In-world, Hamlet Au is publisher of New World Notes. In first life, James continues to write his book.

Geeky? Check out Geek Entertainment Television.


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Second Life::Google Map

You can now give dimension to your Second Life / First Life parallel existence with a special Second Life Google Map from Community Walk.

Thanks to a heads up from Walker Spaight and his multi-media blog at which covers all things digitally three-dimensional.


New Steampunk Sim Raising Funds

The Steampunks group has united to raise money to create a Steampunk sim. Here's a wee tour with Ordinal Malaprop and her doppleganger butler.

Visit Jefferson Gould's 3-D map at Steampunk Headquarters in Caledon.

Music courtesy U.C. Santa Barbara Library Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project.


Thanks to 3pointD for the nod.


A Hotlink to a Ben Linden film on the New Followcam Functionality

Check it out, new followcam scripting options illustrated in a motion picture.

But as Ordinal Malaprop points out, " appears that only attachments and vehicles can control the camera as yet, which is something of a blow." You said it, Ordinal. That said, I'm confident that camera controls scripting and future menu options will flourish soon.


Saturday, April 08, 2006

Second Life Music, Part II

Watch the video

A St. Patrick's Day reflection on the state of music in Second Life.

The short version is: music thrives.

Visit Robbie Dingo's store in Second Life by clicking HERE.


Saturday, March 18, 2006

Lawrence Lessig::Second Life

Lawrence Lessig::Second Life
The Faux Press reports on Lawrence Lessig who's on tour with his book, "Free Culture" and spent some time in Second Life talking about the Creative Commons.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

George Méliès' "La Voyage dan La Lune (A Trip to the Moon)"

I've taken on the idea of populating the Steampunk Manor house with late 19th and early 20th century motion pictures and audio. Couldn't find a copy of George Méliès' "Le Voyage dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon)" on the web in Quicktime format, but Google Video had it and this is a test as to whether Google Video's Flash-formatted videos will pass through to aggregators.

Here's a link to a site with more information on this seminal steampunk film.

Thanks to Steampunk Coke Bernstein for the heads up.


Monday, March 13, 2006

Building the Camera Obscura::Jefferson Gould / Steampunks

The Faux Press in Second Life
Jefferson Gould is rather an amazing inventor and industrialist of the Steampunk stripe. Visit his Manor House and Adventurers' League Headquarters at Caledon. Word has it that the Difference Engine installation is in progress.


Monday, March 06, 2006

Fine Old Scots Clock for Second Life


So lovely!

IM me for pieces of the sounds.


Saturday, March 04, 2006

Carp [sic] Diem / Machinima Experiments

An SL commercial created with SL pal Kevin Hauptmann for my FL vlogging friend Eric Nelson of Bottom Union fame to his "carp caviar" theme.

Satchmo Prototype suggests linking the PC to the G4 via s-video cable and playing the game on the PC while recording with the mac. Sounds like it would work well, in theory.

The alternative is to film to tape from the wall using a projector to play the game from the PC, similarly hooked up with s-video from PC to projector. The exposure might be tricky, but think it will render the smoothest rendition possible.

Plan to A/B the experiment in the coming week.

Road Node 101::Media Van-in-Progress

Road Node 101:: Second Life Van
I've a notion to outfit a van with everything needed to make media, even in the absence of electricity.

Concieving and manifesting in Second Life is much easier since it is 3-D and my feeling is that the translation from imagination to fruition will be similarly easy.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

In Search of Sound Effects

Industrialist Jefferson Gould's Tesla Nixie Type-o-Graph on working roll-top table.
Photograph by Dagny Hemingway.

A Manhattan soundscape with SL in view.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Second Life Machinima

One of my Second Life friends/collaborators is a west coast mystical DJ who hosts a weekly live jazz jam at station "".

Subtle Petion.

Equally cool, Subtle and I are working on a video camera. The camera's currently able to play videos in its viewfinder (you can change the media textures to add whatever you like) as well as lists who's around, and at your request, puts you in the pose of a filmmaker. Our hope is to have the camera actually record video to hard drive via voice command.

Road Node 101, on the move.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Who Said Academics Can't Dance?

Professor Lawrence Lessig attended our Burns Night Supper that raised more than L37,000 for the Creative Commons. He looks pretty good dancing a jig.

Hamlet Linden wrote about it here.