I finally got around to watching the episode of CSI: New York from last week that was supposed to portray Second Life. One question kept going through my head: Had anyone involved in producing the episode actually ever been in Second Life? It certainly didn’t seem so.
The avatars and sims did look like ones that could exist in Second Life. However, the CSI characters’ avatars did things that I’ve certainly never seen avatars do: find out from a white rabbit (or anyone else) where a particular avatar is currently located, walk off in synch while holding hands, teleport together to a different location, assemble a crowd on the spur of the moment for any kind of activity, pick something up with a hand.
I’m afraid this show is only going to make it harder for educators to convince administrators and students that Second Life is different from violent computer games.
I read about Twine in a post on Read/Write Web. It looks very interesting. According to the About page, “Twine is a new service that intelligently helps you share, organize and find information with people you trust.” In addition, “Twine uses the Semantic Web, natural language processing, and machine learning to make your information and relationships smarter.”
I’ve requested an invitation to try it in beta, but I haven’t heard back yet.
Sherpa Voyager at Second Seeker reviewed Renaissance Island in a post yesterday. Her review was generally positive. She wrote that she was “was delighted to find myself in a community that has some claim to historical accuracy.” The most exciting thing was seeing my place, the Poet’s Corner, in the first picture.
For a while, I’ve been putting a different one of my poems on an easel outside my house on Renaissance Island. I finally put them all together in a book and put it outside. The price is L$100. I’ve been thinking about creating books of some poetry from Tudor England as well.
I’m going to be co-authoring the Tek Trek blog with Bethany Bovard. I hope to post my first entry next week.
About a month ago I finally bought some land in Second Life (from a private party not Linden Labs). My property is on an Athurian-themed sim named Logres, which is one of the historical names for Arthur’s kingdom in England. I bought a cave with crystals, so, naturally, I had to name my lot The Crystal Cave, after Mary Stewart’s novel about Merlin.
At one point there were close to 50 people on Renaissance Island for the festival last Saturday. I got to be the queen’s lady in waiting. (Floria is in the red dress in the picture.)
The jousting went quite well, and a lot of people want to do it next time.