My Second Life

It was in April 2012 that I got the all clear about cancer. I rejoined second life on 14th June 2012 after an absence of 3 years. On the 4th November 2012 I registered IrishSecure.com again. On the 12th of December I set up the hosting company around IrishSecure. I wrote a paper on Cyberculture that the few that have seen it, well,  it has been well received and thought to have original ideas. My goal is to get or rather help move second life into the world wide web.

I see no reason why clubs should not have a domain where they can put up advertisements, events and schedules. DJs could like wise have their own sites. Is this difficult? No it takes 10 minutes. Does having a web site take up a lot of time. No it does not its a piece of cake. What are the advantages? With a simple link you can tell your clients exactly what is going on day to day as well as announce special events. It will also serve to drive those new to second life to your venue. I can be of great assistance. AND I will do it for a donation. The strange thing is second life  users seem scared to go onto the world wide web. Why? I dunno. I have gone as far as taking the piss. I believe everyone should have an internet address, just as you would in rl. I believe every group or organisation or club or professional should have a web address. The first question I will ask is : “Why not?”

I have two clients covering 4 domains. The last domain I registered number 45 was fuckim64.com on my 64th birthday. When I was 61 / 62 I did not think I would reach 64. Therefore is is with some amazement that I reached 64. Nor did I think I would become a Domain Registrar again. Yet here I am at 64 with my domains. Here is a video of the domains I have registered, its a bit long 19 minutes but the music is great and can be watched full screen. The music is great.

 


All in all things are looking bright tho I think much work has to be done. I have not made a dent in second life. I have not made serious effort only feelers. I have become a host in Junkyard Blues and this is going well. I failed miserably with Sideroads.

As to personal domains the research I have done still points to this being a good idea.

8 Reasons Why Having a Personal Domain Name is Essential

  1. Search Engine Rankings
    With the world of the web run by Google, Yahoo and Bing, having your own domain automatically places you higher in search engines for your name and in many cases on the first page. Assuming you can secure yourname.com. If you can’t secure a .com, than try .me, .tv, or .info. If you have a common name, then get a name that references your profession like www.merrillmarketer.com or www.digitalmerrill.com. One more reason to secure it now before someone else does.
  2. Professionalism
    Having your own domain name and email address provides a higher level of professionalism and trust. If you have your own domain name vs. some long hotmail.com address it instills a higher level of integrity. If you are in marketing or tech it also shows you understand branding and technology and the value of SEO
  3. Brand Recognition and Recall
    How much easier is it to remember yourname@yourname.com than Joe356TX@aol.com. More importantly, every email you send is your name. If folks can recall your name when they think of a need they have, you are more likely to get a referral or a sale.
  4. Same Email Address Forever
    This one is a no brainer. As I mentioned above, you can now keep your email forever even if you change your ISP or hosting provider. Your domain stays with you as long as you pay the hosting fee every year.  The other added benefit is that jobs may come and go, but your personal email address will always be the same.
  5. Security
    Even if you don’t plan to do anything with the domain other than redirect it to your LinkedIn profile, secure it so no one else can. Especially if that person could be some worthless celebrity, convict or questionable politician. Remember, very few folks look past page one on Google.
  6. Advertisement Free Emails
    The best thing about having your own domain and email address is you don’t spam your friends with ads with every email you send
  7. Your Homebase on the Internet
    If you ever decide to start you own blog or consulting business, you will have a URL you can immediately point your blog to and start promoting.  Your blog becomes the hub of all of your social sites and drives everyone back to content you own forever. Don’t forget to of course back it up.
  8. Just Google Me – Similar to number one, wouldn’t you love to tell folks to “Just Google Me”. Crowd sourced

Of Course I have PhilipFinlayBryan.com

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Virtual Classrooms

I am desperate to teach. One way will be to have a virtual classroom in second life. I found such a classroom in my wanderings. AND found a whole world of teaching at Texas State. Here is the classroom I found Set up by the look of it as a Primary School Classroom. ,> you can watch it better on this page< Or watch it here:

But Then Dear Readers I returned a bit later to the classroom and found a techy working there.  We chatted and they will be using the classroom for teacher training. Another opportunity for Avatar Creations perhaps. However I got a link to a great project they had going in 2011.

Heres An Explanation of it. :>

My next step is to visit.
Unfortunately the cones appear to be inactive. Could be my viewer and / or might need a plugin.

HOWEVER as you can see from the first video Second Life has a great academic role to play. The construction of the virtual classroom using modern techniques and make for a truly realistic environment. What I plan is a feature not seemingly explored that of facilitating DISTANCE LEARNING. Watch this space

 

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