Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Philosopher Says 20% Chance First Life is Just a Sim

I KNEW it!
clipped from www.nytimes.com
My gut feeling is that the odds are better than 20 percent, maybe better than even. I think it’s highly likely that civilization could endure to produce those supercomputers. And if owners of the computers were anything like the millions of people immersed in virtual worlds like Second Life, SimCity and World of Warcraft, they’d be running simulations just to get a chance to control history — or maybe give themselves virtual roles as Cleopatra or Napoleon.

Monday, June 11, 2007

WBurg.TV :: Second Life :: The Electric Sheep Company

Jerry Paffendorf leads a double life. In meatspace, he's high geek. In Second Life, he and his colleagues make machinima and work to create a virtual 3-D Williamsburg, Brooklyn online (among many other things). The Electric Sheep have a regular Friday meetup at Williamsburg's Barcade, where we finally met the metaverseical & regally mayorial Paffendorf in person.

Jerry and others from The Electric Sheep Company rock digital worlds:

"The Electric Sheep Company is the largest company in the world dedicated to designing experiences and delivering add-on software for 3D virtual worlds. Our Professional Solutions team delivers strategic, creative and technical insight and services to global organizations. Our Software team is building a suite of information services to enhance virtual world experiences, such as trending and measurement tools, e-commerce, and social networking.

We support multiple virtual world platforms, and have implemented major projects on both Second Life and There.com technologies. We are an active participant in the Second Life open source community, are driving new advances in virtual world usability, and closely review emerging technologies such as Google Earth, Multiverse, and Areae.

We see the Web evolving to support an ecosystem of metaverse applications. If your creative plans involve the intersection of virtual worlds, games, avatars, simulation, user-creation, shared social spaces or 3D construction, The Electric Sheep Company is here to help."

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Watching Videoblogs in Second Life

I've seen David's device in action and it works pretty darned well.
clipped from mmeiser.com

Videoblogging in Second Life

As part the Videoblogging Week 2007 theme "crossing borders", Lisa Rein has done an excellent series of posts on videoblogging in Second Life. As part of the series Chicago based videoblogger Davide Meade has created this amazing video of an interface he's created for videoblogs in Second Life. Complete with a channel changer and multiple screens. If you have second life installed you can check it out by visiting the below SLURL... that's a Second Life Uniform Resource Locator or Second Life URL for you geeks. :)

See it in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Gyeongju/113/158/74

Mashup for Videoblogging Week 2007

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Why SL Fails Marketers :: GapingVoid Finds SL "Creepy"

I have deep respect for Hugh MacLeod's marketing saavy.

But this MacLeod comment makes me shake my head

"...Second Life is PRETTY DARN CREEPY."
SL isn't creepy if you've purpose in being there. Whether it's scripting or building or making machinima, or listening to ten cutting-edge nanotechnologists theorize about the future.

MacLeod links to a GigaOM piece that explores the failure of SL marketing efforts in depth. Read the comments.

What digital marketers fail to respect is the idea that the Internet wants to remain free. More than that, eyeballs are gained by engaging those eyeballs in productive activity.

Create a space in which avatars have something to DO, be, create. Give 'em purpose.

Giving useful stuff away works, too.

The benefits of the best digital marketing - as with most digital benefits - are largely indirect, and comprised of multiple layers of good will. And good will takes time. Time for word of mouth. Time to build streed cred.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Re-Vlog :: My Buddy Clark of ZipZapZop.com

ZipZapZop.com is in SL. Know Clark Saturn from the Vlogosphere. He's one helluva guy. His regular vlog always surprises. Mr. Saturn often reads from the Tao Te Ching, writes and plays his own music, and at least used to do "naked Fridays" that always gave me a tingle.

We've been out of touch for a while since he moved upstate and will any day now be a father.

This is the first of his machinima I've seen.

Way to go, Clark.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ban Lines :: No Entry!

From the Grid
Originally uploaded by Ordinal Malaprop.

Gah. Ugly. Ugly.

Seeing "No Entry" scripts makes being in SL suck. Might as well be in the real world.

Thank, Ordinal, for ramping up the discussion.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Visit Pulveria. Waiting for you in Second Life

SLURL to Pulveria.

Their note from Blip:

A tour of Pulveria. Narrated by Jeff Pulver. Visit Pulveria today in Second Life

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Nikola Tesla, NYC

tesla, nyc
Originally uploaded by Jannie-Jan.

This bust of Nikola Tesla appears in front of the church that sits between 5th and 6th Avenues on the north side of 25th St. in New York City.

As a steampunk wannabe in Second Life, thought it would be appropriate to share.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Jumpin' Jehosephat! Supply v. Demand

And so it goes...

BREAKING NEWS: Linden limits new Second Life signups

Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:03am PDT

By Adam Reuters

SECOND LIFE, March 14, (Reuters) - Linden Lab blocked new registrations to Second Life on Wednesday in an attempt to cope with a surge in population growth that has caused repeated problems on the grid.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Meta Metaverse :: Machinima Advertising

Thanks to Twitter-pal Prokofy Neva, this video.

Does that make this vlog post 'meta-meta-metaverse'? I think so.
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Monday, March 12, 2007

Finally :: An Alternative to Text Chat in SL

Yes! I'm bored with text. It's too slow and furthermore, texting leads to misunderstanding. Here's to emotional information.

We spoke tonight…

Johnny Ming with Voice

A year ago at GDC I met with the folks from Vivox which resulted in the blog entry, Voice you on Sheep Island. So it is with great satisfaction that a year later, Linden Lab has announced VOIP integration with SL and tonight the SL Voice beta group was invited to give it a try. The client ran awesome (on my Intel Mac), the voice quality is better than Skype, the 3D proximity chat works great and the experience was amazing.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

A Conversation with Miss Odinal Malaprop

A Conversation with Miss Odinal Malaprop
Originally uploaded by Dagny Hemingway.

Lovely to see the amazing Miss Malaprop again, and to learn she's creating and building as ever many magical things in Second Life. She's making machinima, too.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Power Move for Ze Frank

From Second Life. This is an example of the heart of viral advertising, people. Move a community to bring the best parts of themselves forward. Ze Fuckin' Frank gets it. Not everybody has what it takes to build a community. It is a rare and beautiful thing. Jay Dedman's got it, too. This kind of leader is charisma on crack. This is something that cannot be taught, bought or bottled. Valuable on the scale of supply & demand. Ze Frank moves me. I'd sooner be addicted to movement than sugar.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Time :: $ :: Illusion

Video poem in Second Life machinima.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

SL on CBS Sunday Morning with David Pogue

Watch the video that features Eric Rice (known in-world as Spin Martin) HERE.

How did they do that Pogue morph at the end???

Here's Pogue's NY Times blog post
on Second Life.

Wish CBS allowed its videos to travel down RSS pipes.



Wednesday, February 21, 2007

News Flash: Potato Monster Invades 2nd Life

Second Life has been invaded by a potato monster.
More footage at 11:11. 

Fire Vultures for Media Equity :: Second Life

Playing with Second Life machinima. Getting the process down. Learning curve: steep.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Listening to Radio in Second Life

Reading the NY Times while listening to the Presidential Podcast in Second Life.


An Invitation to Second Life Machinima

Stop by Road Node 101 Second Life. Click HERE to teleport there and/or download Second Life.

IM me, Dagny Hemingway.

Let's do something together.

Machinima of any kind of interest isn't done alone.
Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day :: Spring Fever

Oh. Got it bad.

I'm as restless as a poet on a string.