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
It came as a shock to me when I discovered what I was seeing on screen was not what others were seeing. I just don’t mean mesh. Not everyone is running at 1920 x 1080 most are on a laptop it seems. Then in the viewer you have settings from low through mid and high up to ultra with shadows. On top of this we have draw distance which will determine the background. In my circle these days nearly all can see mesh but this was not the case three months ago. It struck me that one of the reasons I made videos (311 on YouTube) was because I wanted everyone to see what I was seeing in Glorious Wide Screen Technicolor® . Before we look at individual implications let us note something. Soul Mods. Given the vast area of accoutrements and textures available in second life one would be hard pressed to find lino. When I first visited Soul Mods and saw wine bottles on the dance floor I thought they were temporary. I also noticed less than half the available space was being used. It was cramped. BUT mes amies in the real world is not your favourite club a bit down at heels? a bit cramped BUT where you feel at home? If Soul Mods had a makeover that burn in the bar stool that you have picked at when you are feeling a bit down would be gone. BUT its not just familiarity it is Atmosphere. Buy that in Market Place. Capture that on video. Well maybe.
So : What is onscreen is not real, it is highly dependent on your equipment. Environment whether pleasing or not is mitigated by an intangible atmosphere. How then do I find you “pleasing” or them “agreeable”. So far I have been approached by women with the favourite pick up line “I love your profile” or “What an interesting profile” and I admit to doing it myself. However there have been numerous instances where after an hour or even several I have remarked “I must look at your profile”. The killer ap is Social Interaction. It has to be.
“yes darling, undo the hooks at the back. Now feel my soft silk panties around my suspender belt…….” so says the 50 something fat blowsy housewife, in curlers, dressed in housecoat and slippers, fag hanging out of her mouth, frying chips, giving phone sex.
Reality is what I imagine it to be. On a physical level “Look at that Jade necklace” I am colour blind with shades of green. If I am in a bad mood a smile is seen as a grimace, a good mood the child that drops ice cream on my trousers “a scallywag” . In second life as in real life we have two personae. One public one private. Then we have Seren my nemesis bete noir and mentor. her public face in second life does not equate with her public face in real life. So I’m fucked. Or am I? Put Madame Haven down in somewhere like a real Soul Mods with her mates and she would act EXACTLY the same.
Behaviour is dependent on the environment which is ultimately dependent on social interaction. AND how I perceive it. I think the perception thingy goes a bit further in second life. You may be a half naked blob but above your head it says “Dude”.
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.
Graphic Designers and professional web designers are princesses and princes and are paid accordingly. Always wanted to be one but between you and me and this blog (just between us ok?) I’m not good enough. Sure I know html (hypertext markup language) even a bit of html 5 . I can recognise segments of code and nick them if they are not copyrighted. But friends why bother? There are a million free WordPress themes. AND web site templates. All free. AND if you find a really really good one buy it. I did for 2ndLife.biz. Its gorgeous and omg costs me 8 euros a month! Shock! Horror! 2 euros a week that’s, hang on, oh shit about 21 cents a day. Damn and me living on disability. The cat will have to go, she costs me 80 cents a day. Could have 4 web sites ….I’M JOKING>
I just do not understand why people are not internet freaks like me.
In this one-hour documentary produced by the BBC in 1990, Douglas falls asleep in front of a television and dreams about future time when he may be allowed to play a more active role in the information he chooses to digest. A software agent, Tom (played by Tom Baker), guides Douglas around a multimedia information landscape, examining (then) cuttting-edge research by the SF Multimedia Lab and NASA Ames research center, and encountering hypermedia visionaries such as Vannevar Bush and Ted Nelson. Looking back now, it’s interesting to see how much he got right and how much he didn’t: these days, no one’s heard of the SF Multimedia Lab, and his super-high-tech portrayal of VR in 2005 could be outdone by a modern PC with a 3D card. However, these are just minor niggles when you consider how much more popular the technologies in question have become than anyone could have predicted – for while Douglas was creating Hyperland, a student at CERN in Switzerland was working on a little hypertext project he called the World Wide Web…
The point is Douglas was tired of the passivity of watching television; Here is the opening of the movie:
He thought there would be an Avatar to assist him through the internet, cyberspace. We do not have such a thing unless Google bots can be called that. The multi media lab no longer exist and the only micons we have are the ones I created and yes I own micons.org and made hundreds of them . Here’s one i like :
So we are interactive. um…er… is web surfing different from channel surfing? Of course we have 600 million vids on youtube but is that different from just having 600 tv channels? We have a global community like Facebook AND ANYTIME ANYWHERE I can poke a friend. Second Life has Avatars now we are getting somewhere, well to 30 to 50k people. We have blogs.
How many posts are published on WordPress.com?
WordPress.com users produce about 29.2 million new posts
I spent a good while sussing out my comments plug in. Because :
How many people read blogs on WordPress.com?
Over 395 million people view more than 3.7 billion pages each month.
40.5 million new comments each month.
So here we have great interactivity. Youtube has comments.
What gets to me I guess is that people do not seem to be a part of it all. If I lived in a city I would want a cool address. I would also want a cool mail address (jeez I’ve been saying this sine 1998, still they don’t listen). I have email@example.com (hate country names) . its my name. I have Philip and Dude @irishsecure.com for twitter i have firstname.lastname@example.org . email@example.com and now firstname.lastname@example.org for staff i am hiring. If I need an email address i just create one. Takes 30 seconds and they all have web mail. No no no I don’t check each one I have them all forwarded to email@example.com which I keep open all the time.
So kids there you have it., I can do no more than offer my services. Domains cost 15 bucks hosting 9 bucks a month getting me as Tech Support and will throw in a web site and blog. AND training if you need it. C’mon guys the internet is here to stay, start living it. Go to Services page
I was never very good at Art. At school I had all these brilliant ideas, my imagination flew, but when it came to putting pencil to paper, well even my stick men looked stupid. technology has always been a love of mine. At 5 years old my dad would bring me home instruments and magnets to play with. He worked in Smiths Industries making things like tachometers. I’m good at manipulating software. Ah but Photoshop I could never come to grips with. I did an online course and got the basics sorted but the more sophisticated stuff is beyond me.
However I can do a bit. Here is an attempt; This is a background i captured from the 3d world blue mars:
Then using Photoshop I captured avatars and removed their backgrounds and put them in and made this :
This is my first attempt at using Photoshop. i have a long way to go. Please right click on the pictures and View Image. They are very big. I have set up a gallery in sl called Don’t Panic. Here is the idea :
They get a website out of it too. It might just be a profile picture or it might be a whole scene. We will see. Meanwhile here is my best attempt so far :
Now who is my audience? The general public? Ok An explanation for the GP. Second Life is a chat room. It has sims, Areas where people go to meet. There is often music there, with a live DJ. You are an avatar. You can dance by yourself with someone or as part of a group dance. You chat. You can own your own place. oh my good god watch a vid. My Island Paradise .