Saturday, June 30, 2007


Microsoft in Second Life in more detail

I now have visited the Microsoft Island in Second Life three times and thought I should reflect a bit more about the experience.

On the launch night I had difficulty getting to the island. Second Life kept saying it couldn't get me to the island and that it had teleported me nearby. Nearby was in fact miles away. I managed to hop to a nearer location and then teleport in. The lag was very bad, I chatted to a bloke from Norway who said he couldn't move for 5 minutes. I managed to pick up a free Imagine Cup T shirt (I was the only person I saw wearing one).

I had a bit of a mooch around and then headed over to the stage for the Natalie Moody concert. I was very impressed by that, I liked the music and there was a good atmosphere in the arena. The concert was followed by dancing. Dancing was easy; all I needed to do was click the floor and accept the dance steps. I do wonder how many people at the event were there because it was the Imagine Cup event and how many because it was a free concert.

The next afternoon I visited with a colleague (Futura) and we had a quick look at the facilities. There were a load of humming birds about, and they seem to be attracted to avatars, they were very annoying and so we decided to leave.

I returned in the evening for a bit of a longer look round. The island was much less busy but still suffering from lag. I was propositioned by a guy in an evening suit who thought I might like to visit another venue: "No thanks I've come to look at the IC stuff". The annoying humming birds were still around. I picked up details of a challenge (effectively an Easter Egg hunt), I was told the first egg was in area 10, which is the area which includes the UK. I didn't have much look in 10:

I'll probably go back and see if I can get some of the other videos to stream, I would like to see the UK team as I saw them at the UK finals in Reading and it would be good to know how they are progressing.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007


Microsoft in Second Life

Microsoft have opened an island in Second Life and have linked the launch to an Imagine cup event (see the island is open until early August and is worth a visit.

There was a concert by Natalie Moody.

Followed by dancing.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007


1st European SecondLife conference Berlin

Experience a conference where virtual meets real life.
Encounter potentialities for businesses and learning environments in a virtual life.
Engage in political and social real-life discussions and the effect of political and social decisions on the virtual life.

The conference will consist of a one-day workshop followed by a two-day conference featuring interactive sessions and workshops revolving around Business & Marketing, Education, Art, Design & Scripting and Community & Citizenship. Keynote presentations will also be a highlight of the conference as well as evening entertainment programs.

The event will take place in Berlin, Germany, from September 16 – 18, 2007.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007


SecondLife the movie


What do you do when there is no internet conection in the conference area but you really feel like playing SecondLife with your friends?

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