One day Bill complained to his friend that his elbow really hurt. His friend suggested that he go to a computer at the drug store that can diagnose anything quicker and cheaper than a doctor.
”Simply put in a sample of your urine and the computer will diagnose your problem and tell you what you can do about it. It only costs $10.”
Bill figured he had nothing to lose, so he filled a jar with a urine sample and went to the drug store. Finding the computer, he poured in the sample and deposited the $10. The computer started making some noise and various lights started flashing. After a brief pause out popped a small slip of paper on which was printed: “You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water. Avoid heavy lifting. It will be better in two weeks.”
Later that evening while thinking how amazing this new technology was and how it would change medical science forever, he began to wonder if this machine could be fooled. He mixed together some tap water, a stool sample from his dog and urine samples from his wife and daughter. To top it off, he masturbated into the concoction.
He went back to the drug store, located the machine, poured in the sample and deposited the $10. The computer again made the usual noise and printed out the following message:
“Your tap water is too hard. Get a water softener. Your dog has worms. Get him vitamins. Your daughter is using cocaine. Put her in a rehabilitation clinic. Your wife is pregnant with twin girls. They aren’t yours. Get a lawyer. And if you don’t stop jerking off, your tennis elbow will never get better.”
Yes its super. Great processor oodles of RAM and a good graphics card. Second Life flies without any jerkiness. But as i realised many years ago the front end aka monitor is one of the most important things. I bought a computer in 1994 spent over half of the total cost on the 17 inch monitor which I still have. I have a 22 inch with a blemish on the bottom but its still usable. I didn’t “need” a new monitor. BUT this was a computer upgrade so it had to be better than my last system. I was scared about spending so much money on a new 27 inch monitor. I debated whether to buy a higher resolution than 1920 x 1080 but the price doubled. And now I am glad I didn’t. As my old 22 inch runs at 1920 x 1080 I discovered I can merge the two into one without any disparity in the resolutions. There is no need to resize any window for the smaller to larger monitor and vice versa. One screen slides seamlessly into the other. In the video below you will see second life captured over two monitors seamlessly. The clarity of the new monitor is great and trust me 27 inches is far bigger than 22 inches. Having trouble with the capture but below gives you an idea. YouTube isn’t big enough LOL. Heres the capture but it doesn’t do it justice….
Fantasy meets Reality in Cyberspace, in a world where our online and offline experiences, friendships and even, our identities are excitingly entangled. Avatars are extensions of us, leading lives parallel to our own dull everyday existence. Having a Virtual Life sets you free to dream and some dreams do come true.
Meet the Divine Penny, the Italian-speaking Siamese cat, with the delicate chocolate paws, and find out if Professor Poppett’s poodle recovers from ‘indoor barking syndrome’. Go on an adventure in the alligator infested bayou to hunt for the Golden Kitten and find out why love always wins the day.
My computer won’t run Second Life because there is a fault in the motherboard (RAM sockets). I am buying a new computer but don’t know when, it could be a month or it could be three. So I decided to buy a tablet. I chose from three and picked the one with the most powerful spec :
ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 ME173X …
ASUS MEMOPAD ME173X, MediaTek MT8125 CPU 1.2Ghz Quad-core, 1 Micro USB, 16GB Storage, 7″ HD Display (ME173X-1B018A)
One reason I chose the Asus was because my gf has an Asus laptop. A good name in computing.
It cost €125 and is a nice piece of tech. I bought from Elara in Ireland and got it in 4 days. Here is the first screen:
The blue upside down triangle on the left is Lumiya, the sl client for tablets. Installation as with all tablet widgets was fast and easy. Once installed you have a settings page with some usual features like changing rendering , draw distance etc. Rendering is a bit slow but not too bad.
You have the option of 3D view like the above. You can also chat as below:
This is fine but when you want to chat the keyboard takes up a lot of room:
I have decided to get a Bluetooth keyboard..
Overall its quite awesome and very usable. With practice it will do the job and I hosted with it for 4 hours. Not bad at all.
I love making videos, especially using second life. If you need one for a club or function fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you. My main production site with the videos I love best ( made in the last month) is on Ravens Kiss (dot ) org. With modern software it is amazing what you can do if you use your imagination. If any one needs lessons likewise fill out the form and advice for me? Fill out the form …..smiles. I manage on disability but don’t charge much for making a video, it depends what you want. I charge €8 or $10 an hour and I’m pretty quick. Here is a list of the programs I use.
Expression Studio (there is a free version , highly recommended, lessons given)
Microsoft PowerPoint Excel Word 2013 ( I have MS Certs in them, lessons given)
Camtasia Studio ver 8 ( this is my main program you can pick up a lower version for very little, lessons given)
Autodesk 3DS Max (I’m learning this at the moment)
I use anything I can get my hands on. Its surprising the free stuff out there. Anyone using Paint to do graphics is daft! lol. Just as an example I have captured a PowerPoint transition and saved it as an animated gif on a loop. Ok I have been doing this for some time but to be perfectly honest its not rocket science. I studied PowerPoint online and then went up to Dublin to do my exam which I passed with flying colours! Cost? Nothing except my time.
Having your own domain, a personal domain is so much fun. I mean I just tell people to google me ( Philip Finlay Bryan ) and there are links to everything I do. My email address is me@PhilipFinlayBryan.com [I actually use a different one, Philip@IrishSecure.com, I forward all my email addresses there] So be a member of the 21stCenturyNetworks (dot ) com . Come join the fun.
I’m still trying to put together my first year in second life but i haven’t been able to get my head around it coz i keep crashing in sl. So far I have spent €250 trying to sort it out. I have had a great deal of support from friends in sl especially from my DJ Siani she came up with great ideas. My gf Storm has been great too. We finally nailed it down to getting a more powerful graphics card. However I know there is another problem but can’t for the life of me find it. My whole computer freezes while in second life. I borrowed this card and I seem to be able to last 5 hours which is great. BUT I still freeze. What has saved my sanity is Skype which has enabled me to stay in touch. Skype is great. My gf lives in Sydney I live in The Bog of Allen in Ireland. We communicate with text and video seamlessly. And of course it is free. Most of the testing programs I have used have been free. I have a Dell and on Dell.com (not Dell.ie) there is a diagnostic program which tests hardware. About a year ago I had the same problem which turned out to be memory. I’ve run a memory program from boot that found nothing. I have lost a great deal of data that couldn’t be backed up such as 200 odd very nice fonts. Also GodKnows.info was destroyed by spammers. Not my month is it? Computers are logical beasts so presumably there is a logical solution. However what happens when you have tried all the logical solutions? Waving incense over the hard disk? The odd mantra being repeated? I dunno . So, Great I’ll try and meet you in sl….
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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
Some see Second Life as a game. It isn’t. It is a 3D world that you experience as an Avatar. Wiki says:
In Hinduism, an avatar/ˈævətɑr/ (Hindustani: [əʋt̪aːr], from Sanskritअवतारavatāra “descent”) is a deliberate descent of a deity to earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being (i.e., Vishnu for Vaishnavites), and is mostly translated into English as “incarnation”, but more accurately as “appearance” or “manifestation”.
Your avatar is your representation descended down to the 3D cybercommunity of second life. You have or can have god like powers. You can create your own realm or join with others in theirs. You are as tall or as short, fat or thin as you like. I am of average build and 7ft 6ins tall (228cms) One of my favourite cybercommunities in second life is that of the blues community. I was in Junkyard Blues Club and we were talking about sailing. The realm or sim is based in The Gulf of Mexico. With a wave of my hand I manifested or rezzed a beautiful fully equipped 60ft yacht and invited 6 people to come sailing with me. I can raise sails including a spinnaker control the wind and sail around the 13 sims. [there is a video below, sailing on a 200 sim ocean. Remember I am seven and a half feet tall, for scale purposes.] Quite god like. I also have the ability to create peacocks any number anywhere it is allowed by the locale. I have two on my island. Pippi and Clara. The animations like many in second life are created using motion capture of the real thing. Quite god like. When the Greek gods visited the world they were of pleasing countenance. As was Krishna. If you are a professional in second life you will need a “pleasing countenance” to be taken seriously. A new avatar with jerky movements and inept mannerisms will not be accepted. The cost to you is small compared to the advantages. Second life is expanding more and more into teaching and into professional role playing. There appear to be some cognitive benefits too. This is being explored. It is free to join, so please join us for an enriching professional experience.
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Why am I doing this? WELL I think everyone should have a presence on the Internet. EVERYONE. I think everyone should have a decent email address not email@example.com but like firstname.lastname@example.org. I think everyone should have their own space in cyberspace where they can say WHAT THE FUCK? or I LOVE YOU. As time goes on who your are will be defined by what your are in cyberspace, if it isn’t already. Its daft to get left behind and great fun too.
WHY NOT? JUST PLAIN LAZY? It will take an hour. It will all be set up in 48 hours. AND YES I WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD YOUR HAND AND MAKE YOU SHINE LIKE THE STAR THAT YOU ARE!
Second Life’s (sl) Chat room s divided into three elements in two windows. On the right is the name of the instigator :
LOCAL is where everyone in the local area chats. Friends and Instant Messages are displayed under local. Instant Messages are either between a person to a person or from a group you have joined.
In a chat room many abbreviations are used. Here is a taste:
TIME STAMP NAME OF SPEAKER CONTENT | EXPLANATION
[11:23 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ✰↑Good Morning↑✰ | [11:23 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ….҈Bonjour… [11:23 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ☼Hola☼A | THIS IS CALLED A GESTURE. It is activated by a forward slash followed be an abbreviation [11:23 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ✪ お早うございます ✪ |In this case it is /gm = good morning [11:23 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ૐ Namaste ૐ [11:23 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: Hey [11:23 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: My rl & sl are fuseed | rl = real life sl = second life fuseed = a spelling mistake for fused [11:24 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: Fused*| A correctionformat = wordplus * [11:24 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: brb brb = be right back [11:24 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: •✖•【 Huггץ ßαck 】•✖• n | People in chat will say hb = hurry back or use a hb gesture [11:25 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ……………doin stuff in rl or sl | an explanation [11:25 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: . [11:25 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: . [11:25 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: back | You announce your return [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ㋡ ->>༶|♫ Ŵëℓƈøмε ßαςк!! It JuSt WaSn’T ThE SaMe WiThOuT YoU!! ☆|༶<<-㋡A welcome back gesture [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: ty | ty = thank you [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: _ _ _ _ [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: | | | | | | | | | A WOOT gesture indicating happiness [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: | | | | ___ ___ | |_ | | [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: | |/\| | / _ \ / _ \ | __| | | [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: \ /\ / (_) | (_) | |_ |_| [11:26 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: \/ \/ \___/\___/ \__| (_) [11:27 PM] ĐŲĐĘ: Thes ar Gestures ok going to do my blog brb…. [11:27 PM] Ðäńńęţţę ℱιяєℓутє is Offline | In the local chat box I receive notification if a friend is online or offline
Here is a picture of the interface. Yes my partner and I are lying naked in bed.
The Chat window bottom left the avatar window various interface HUDS top right is a notification.
Getting the idea?
THE CHAT WINDOW :
lhs the Person or group who are chatting…You click on them to chat to them using the by typing in the “click here to chat bar” The highlighted ones mean there is new chat you have not seen. The local chat which is being displayed is chat that is going on in your local environment. See the notification of who is on line. These are your friends.
Chat in local requires concentration as there maybe numerous threads.
This will help in a chat room >>>>>>….hmmm wait a sec…..