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30th August 2008

Online and Gamer Identity!?!?

knife edge, this is braverfox, come in knife edge………

I was reading this article the other day. The ideas weren’t too profound. In fact, the network that they talk about is just as robust as Linkedin, but didn’t seem as sleek or user friendly.

At any rate (move on Braver!!!), the article talked about social networking being an important skill in the business place. Not goin’ too deep into it, read the article if you’re keen.

The article got my noggin rumblin’. I started to think about my gamer identity and how that will play into business in the future.

Imagine if you will….It’s your first interview, the year is 2010. You walk in and one of the first few questions that you are hit with is about your game preferences, if any. You answer with an air of pride that you are a level 70 Tauren Warrior! Much to your surprise, your interviewer (who is ten years your senior) is in an allied guild (group of players in a role playing game). Your guild choice is commended as is your accolades of completed quests, multiple alts (alternative characters) and accumulated periphery. You leave the interview not only having connected for a potential job, but very close to making a new friend. One thing is for sure, when you need help getting through that next raid (planned battle to obtain certain objectives), you will definitely tap your new found resource.

You may think me silly, but I’ll bet that this has come pretty close to happening in the recent past. Identity in online virtual spaces is rapidly becoming an issue that is affecting not only our communication, but also our discourse (see Steinkuehler). This kind of discourse affects how we navigate and will eventually greatly affect the way that we relate to one another.

I may be way off, but like I said, I was just reading an article and it got my thinker tinkerin’. I’d love to hear what you think.

braverfox, out!

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30th August 2008

Info Island and Libraries in Second Life this week

Classes in Second Life for Virtual World Educators, Librarians and Others

UIUC GSLIS and the Illinois Alliance Library System are pleased to offer a series of non-credit continuing education courses for librarians, educators, and others interested in libraries, learning, and teaching in virtual worlds such as Second Life.  Classes available include:  Second Life 101, Virtual World Librarianship, Technical Skills for Virtual Worlds, Working with a Class in Second Life, Setting up an Educational presence in second life, and Setting up your library in second Life:  An Applied Approach.  For more information and to register, go to http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/VW/ For more information, contact Marianne Steadley at UIUC at steadley@uiuc.edu 

 Investing InfoIsland

“Dirty Dancing” at the Lodge!   Please join us for a sixties dance at the lodge on Investing InfoIsland Saturday, September the 6th at 6 PM SLT.  Gabrielle Reil will be DJing and playing all the oldies that make you want to kick off your shoes and get comfy, down and dirty!  For more information contact Hypatia Dejavu.

 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Investing%20InfoIsland/139/131/37

 

Hot Topics – Activism and Protest: What’s Its Place in a Virtual World? 

 

Hot Topics – Activism and protest: What’s its place in a virtual world?  Wednesday, September 3rd at the Info Island Auditorium we’ll continue our Hot Topics series with a panel discussion on activism and protest in virtual worlds.  For more information contact Abbey Zenith.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/111/105/33

SciFi & Fantasy Portal – “The Terminator”

Join us for our monthly Film of the month discussion on “The Terminator” on Saturday September 6 at 1 m sl at Info Island 210-94-33.  Symmetry Munfo and Hawk Lightcloud will lead the discussion.  Set in a possible future, this is a complicated view of how humanity and technology might interact.  The film sparked serious discussions.  Join us to share your ideas and insights.  Our discussions are always thought-provoking and fascinating. For more information contact Franja Russell.

So you Want your Library or Organization in Second Life? A Practical Approach

 

So You Want Your Library or Organization in Second Life?  A Practical Approach, the introductory program for getting your organization into SL, will be held at the following dates and times: 

 

Saturday, September 13th at 8:00 a.m. SLT to accommodate those who cannot attend during the work week. 

 

There is also a session on Tuesday, September 2nd at 8:00 a.m. SLT on Cybrary City 1. For more information contact Sonja Morgwain

 

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City/129/145/24

 

Introduction to Kiva and Its Programs


Wednesday, September 3rd, 8:00 am SLT, Cybrary City 1, Open Auditorium Mercedes Ochs, event coordinator for Nonprofit Commons and Kiva.org volunteer will present an overview of the microlending program developed by Kiva and how this non-profit uses Second Life.  She will also discuss the recent grants offered through the American Library Association in support of programs about Kiva in real life libraries.  For more information contact Sonja Morgwain.

Book Discussion at Reader’s Garden


Thursday, September 4th 6:00 pm Book Discussion of Louise Erdrich’s latest book, Plague of Doves.  Reader’s Garden, Info Island.  Presentation in voice and chat.  For more information contact Sonja Morgwain.

Live Music with Juel Resistance

 

Live Suzen JueL Resistance Concert, Friday, September 5th at 6:00 pm SLT at INKA’s Place, Eduisland 3.  Contact Sonja Morgwain for more information.


The Role of Libraries in Virtual Worlds

The Library Virtual Worlds Group will be hosting a virtual lecture by Paul Fishwick, Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, on Friday, September 12, 11am-12pm.  Prof. Fishwick will be leading a discussion on the role of libraries in virtual worlds as well as providing a tour of his recent work in Second China.  Pre-lecture questions posed by Prof. Fishwick will be posted on the Virtual Worlds Group wiki <http://virtualworldsgroup.wetpaint.com/page/Lecture+Series>  by September 8.

Come join us in Second Life at (Cybrary City, 97 x 15 x 24; slurl  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City/97/15/24/?title=UF%20Libraries or come join us in West 212 for a live simulcast.  Questions about the event may be directed to Laura Jordan, laujord@uflib.ufl.edu .

Prof. Fishwick received his B.S. in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University, M.S. in Applied Science from the College of William and Mary, and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation (SCS) and a Senior Member of the IEEE.  He has also had much experience working with games and simulations for learning and cognition.

Alexandrian Free Library: Caledon, Winterfell, Steelhead & New Toulouse Library events September 1st – 10th

Steelhead Public Library
Fractured Fairy Tale Festival
September 1-6
Steelhead City, Steelhead
 
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Steelhead/77/140/25

The Steelhead Public Library will be cosponsoring a Fractured
Fairytale Festival from from Sept 1 through Sept 6. Events will
include an art and sculpture exhibit, a storytelling festival, a
formal ball on Friday 9/5 from 5-7pm slt, and a Euro-friendly formal
dance on Saturday 9/6 from 2-4pm slt. For details, IM Riven Homewood,
CeAire DeCosta, or TotalLunar Eclipse

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The Caledon Library is pleased to announce the opening of its Steampunk collection.

Steampunk, a child of the Science Fiction sub-genres Cyberpunk and Alternate History, which traces its roots back to such tecno-fantastist writers as Verne and Wells, has become increasingly popular as both a narrative setting and a distinctive aesthetic sensibility.  The inspiration for such communities as Steeltopia and New Babbage as well as Caledon, steampunk is becoming more and more a part of life on the grid. The Caledon Library honors this vigorous, brass-cogged, steam-huffing form of expression with a collection of resources including “Precursor” works from 19th century fiction as well as 20th & 21st century writing, criticism, art, photography, and very much so on, plus an associated collection of primary source material on 19th & early 20th century airships.

Do us the honour to visit the Caledon Library Steampunk Dirigible in Caledon Victoria City
Opening Sept 1st
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Victoria%20City/211/131/60

West of Ireland Library Events

Join us at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center for these events:

 

Sunday, 31 August @ 11am – Summer and Sea Stories with the WOI Storytellers, Derry McMahon, Caledonia Skytower and Elder Priestman (to be followed by the Tartan Time dance party in The Glen, so wear plaid!)

 

Tuesday, 2 Sept @ 7pm – Han Sontse continues “Ariel: A Book of the Change” a good sci-fantasy read.

 

Wednesday, 3 Sept @ 7pm – Rei Hax will relate more of “Ender’s Game” by a classic sci-fi book Orson Scott Card.

 

Thursday, 4 Sept @ 7pm – Shandon Loring entertains us with Irish Myths and Legends and some tales of the ‘little folk’ in the Catskill Mtns of New York state.

 

Friday, 5 Sept @ 5pm – Sioban McMahon will bring a chapter from Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row”. If there is time Caledonia Skytower and Derry McMahon will offer mermaid and nautical stories and poems.  (To be followed by “Nautical Night” dance party at the Neart deck.)

 

Saturday, 6 Sept @ 2pm – Elder Priestman will tell a story from “Zion’s Cause” by Jim Peyton, fine tales from Kentucky

 

Sunday, 7 Sept @ 11am – Caledonia Skytower will read “Beat to Quarters” from the Horatio Hornblower series, and Elder Priestman will bring summer and nautical stories. 

 

Please IM Derry McMahon with any questions!  And please join us at any of these events!  http://slurl.com/secondlife/West%20of%20Ireland/44/171/26

 

Bibliotheque Francophone

 

Proust: The Kiss of the Matrix

Proust lu/le baiser de la matrice
1993-2050 :57 ans autour de “la recherche…”

Veronique Aubouy/Agnès de Cayeux

Jeudi 4 septembre 2008/Friday september 4
21:15 french time/12:15 pm SLT
Biblio – Ebeoplex Island
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ebeoplex/43/200/124/

“The Kiss of the Matrix” Véronique Aubouy proposes to more than 3000
people worldwide to read in front of their web-camera a page of “A la
Recherche du temps perdu” by Marcel Proust. After this experience, all
of the words have been read in French, by people of all backgrounds,
what will provide a film of approximately 170 hours.

The web-shooting will take place live on the Internet from September
27, 2008 twelve o’clock GMT. It is open to all. Véronique Aubouy
invites you today to register on her blog and you are free to  invite
friends to build a network of “Kiss of the Matrix.”

The Bibliothèque Francophone in Second Life will join the reading by
inviting 30 avatars who will all read a part of the text in the
grounds of Ebeoplex, while they have taken place on a giant mandala.

Of course, as curious as we are, Véronique Aubouy is willing to tell
all who is interested about her project on Friday 4 September at the
Bibliothèque Francophone. 

 

 

 

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29th August 2008

SLEDCC Wiki!

If you’re planning to attend the SLCC in Tampa, Florida (or inworld in one of the many venues that will be hooking up to it) next week, you may be confused by the multitude of internet presences. This is a hands-built event, and the history of its Web iterations reflects that. Its online “face” started out with a WordPress blog, moved to a  new address that basically revised its WordPress design but maintains the blog look and aspect; and then, to my mind thankfully, blossomed into a very tidy and comprehensive wiki. That’s the one you want, ya’ll.

Let me be very clear: This is NOT a criticism, only an observation, and an attempt to highlight the process by which beginning efforts can, with community collaboration (and in a very short time) become extraordinarily rich and helpful. Useful linkage means everything to busy people. This site has it!

The SLCC Wiki!

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27th August 2008

Cool Tool: Headtracking in Second Life

Thanks to Pathfinder Linden for this awesome link!

http://www.mobitrends.com/2008/08/27/head-tracking-in-second-life/

>From the website:

“There is something that I’ve been missing in Second Life for quite some time now… Have you noticed how impersonal the avatars are in SL ? The move through mechanical gestures with no real link to what you are really doing. I gave a few keynotes inworld and it’s really a pain to see that as a speaker your body language and your attitude just don’t reflect at all your words. As body languages transmits so many useful information which are currently lost when in SL, I though it was time to act.

The VR-WEAR team has been working for a couple of months to integrating cool signal processing abilities to the SL client which is now able to connect to your computer’s camera and analyze your head motions in real-time.
Below is a short demo video of tracking my head moving “Yes/No”. We’ll be releasing in September a full load of cool emotions/motions filter that will give your SL avatar a more human look.

This project will be released under a dual license (GPL-like for non-commercial applications) – so if you have some mad skills that you think could be useful and want to give us a hand, don’t hesitate !”

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26th August 2008

What Second Life Means to Me: A SLCC Project Worth Checking Out!

News of a neat project for SLCC!

From the Second Life Wiki

Announcing: Open call for words and pictures that express “What Second Life Means to Me.”

Would you like to know that attendees at the 2008 Second Life Community Convention will see your images and comments about what Second Life means to you, in a video aired this year, at the event in Tampa?

You are invited to submit up to 10 images, and up to 250 words on this topic, for possible inclusion in a video that Linden Lab is producing, to be shown at the 2008 Second Life Community Convention

If you would like to submit your original images or up to 250 words on this subject, please note that you must include your statement that they are your original work and that you grant to Linden Lab and the SLCC permission to use them for the “What Second Life Means to Me” video presentation.

For inspiration, see Dizzy Banjo’s great video “Message in a Bottle at SL5B

Email your submission to Katt@lindenlab.com with the subject “(yourname) What Second Life Means to Me,” or email your text and link to your images on Flickr, but please, to qualify for consideration, remember to include the requested Flickr tags and permissions in Flickr (see below) and your statement (see above) that the work is yours and you grant permission for it to be used for this purpose.

Images may alternatively be uploaded to Flickr, and tagged “SecondLife” and “SLCC08_Video” Please remember that for your images to be considered they *must* also be tagged in Flickr with the Creative Commons permission to “Share alike” so that you’re granting permission to allow commercial uses of your work” and to “Allow modifications of your work.” Please note that if you label images this way in Flickr, anyone can use them per your permission, if you send them to the email above, instead, they will only be used by us.

Thanks for your participation!

Of course we can’t guarantee that every submission will be used, but we’ll do our best to include as many of you as possible!

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26th August 2008

Beginning of the Year Tips: Five Things Students Should Know Before Creating Their Second Life Accounts

It’s August which means, of course, back to school time! The SLed mailing is is abuzz with questions about account creation, syllabus guidelines, and other issues related to bringing new students into the Second Life grid for the first time.

Let’s start with tips about account creation!

Beyond any technical decisions about hardware and IP ranges there are a few basic common sense things that students should remember when creating their first SL accounts.

1. Gender Neutral Names: Picking a name for your avatar can be tough. I’m sure we all remember trying name after name to find one that hadn’t already been taken. But beyond that, given all the role playing and identity experimentation that are possible in SL, you might want to advise students to choose a gender-neutral name that can suit any identity they develop. In addition, especially for female students, gender neutral names may also decrease the chances of being harrassed, stalked, etc.

2. Easy to spell names: Kewl l33t names might be fun but when people are trying to search for you strange spelling can make finding you nearly impossible. Be creative but avoid swapping letters and numbers like zeros and Os.

3. Associate the right email with your account: SL can send handy emails regarding group notifications, inventory offers, friendship requests, and instant messages. These are convenient ways to keep up with your second life but they can also fill up your inbox. Be sure students select the most convenient email address to associate with their accounts.

4. Filling out your profile: Based on your campus’s guidelines, your course guidelines, and a bit of common sense, students should be advised about listing their profile on the web, providing information about where they go to school, etc. Be sure to walk them through these decisions and the ramifications, benefits, and hazards of their choices.

5. Plan your inventory: It might seem premature to worry about inventory when you’ve just landed in the world for the first time but there’s no better time to become organized. Your inventory comes jam packed with library items and students will soon be picking up freebies and junk yard items that will clog their folders and prevent them from finding what they need for class. Suggest to students that they start off right by creating a few master folders and using them religiously and they begin to accumulate all the typical newbie items.

What other tips do you give to your students as they create their first Second Life account?

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20th August 2008

Internet2 Conference Includes Virtual Worlds

Hey, ya’ll,

I’m, like so many other teachers, so buried in start of the school year punchlists that I can’t believe I’m making time to get here In my rl. Thank GOD for Project Runway, which is keeping all of my lovely tv-addicted family members otherwise involved!

I teach K-4 technology at a thriving independent K-12 school in Nashville, TN and work one day a week at a premier private university science outreach group.

This week, I’m thinking about SLCC, where I’ll be streaming sessions into SL for the International Society for Technology in Education and helping my MUVErs colleagues present about our online education simulator projects. I’ll be busy. But something you may not know about is the Internet2 Member Meeting, scheduled for October 13-16 in the lovely city of New Orleans. I’ll be there helping with two panels, one called “Virtual Worlds: Successful Uses in Teaching and Learning” and one called “Virtual Worlds Panel”, and I’m buzzed about both. If you’re in the neighborhood, look us up. If you’re in Second Life, watch for information at the ISTE Island Blogger’s Hut! Heck! Look ME up!


from correspondent Scottmerrick Oh!

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20th August 2008

Spotlight: Weekly SL Education Roundtable, an event worth checking out

Whether you’re a new educator in Second Life or a seasoned veteran, the SL Education Roundtable is a weekly event you may want to add to your calendar.  Organized by AJ Kelton (SL: AJ Brooks) on the Monclair State campus, the sessions offer great discussion and conversation. Some weeks feature a presenter or a focused topic and other weeks simply invite educators to come and share ideas or ask questions of one another.

It’s always a good time!

When:
Every Tuesday  3:30 PM-4:30 PM SLT

Where:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Montclair%20State%20CHSSSouth/129/156/22

To access transcipts of past roundtable visit: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Montclair20State20CHSS/214/237/22

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18th August 2008

How not to hire a contractor in Second Life

This is a bit different from what I normally post so I hope you’ll bare with me but I need your help and I think that my experience is probably common with other educators. Here’s the story.

Recently, I agreed to help develop an island for a nearby university. One of the tasks I was given was to find a developer to create an interactive game for the island which will serve as one of the central activities for visitors. I searched far a wide for a great scripter and finally posted my job on the classifieds and found someone who seemed very qualified for the job. We drafted a contract in a notecard, agreed on a deadline and I paid the first half of a hefty fee. For the first week we met every day to review his progress (his idea, not mine) and it seemed all was on track. Then the second week and the project’s deadline came around and my contractor disapeared.

He no longer responds to my messages even though I was open to delays and tried to express understanding. Regardless of how gracious I tried to be I got no response at all. Now I’m out the money, without the game, and my deadline is looming.

Have you ever hired a contractor in Second Life that you didn’t know in First Life? What process did you go through to ensure that they were legitimate? What advice would you give to someone who was in a similar situation? What kind of recourse would you exercise when a contractor has taken your money and not delivered a product? How do you assure administration that funds invested in Second Life developers is safe business?

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14th August 2008

SL-Education Events Calendar

Hi folks. Here at Sl-Ed we’re getting geared up for an exciting fall! SLCC, campus openings, conferences, new student projects…there’s a whole lot to keep up with and we don’t want you to miss out so we’ve added a new feed to the top of the right side bar that lists upcoming SL education events.  This listing feeds from the SLedevents calendar graciously begun by Bruce Sommerville.

There are two ways to add your event to this calendar:

1. List your event in the in-world event listing and mark it as “education.” The calendar will automatically find your event and add it to the listing in the sidebar. Sorry, that’s incorrect. But, if you announce your event on the SL-Ed mailing list Bruce will add it to the calendar too.

2. If you’d like to share your event but you don’t want to add it to the in-world public event listing you can email sledevents at gmail dot com with details for your event. Be sure to allow plenty of time for your event to be added and include a SLURL to the event location.

Now you need never miss another great event!

If there are other features you’d like to see us add to the site please let us know!

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