Tuesday 19 June 2007

I Made it to Second Life!!!

As those of you who are members of Blogpower, or who kindly supported this blog in the recent awards will know, there is a presentation ceremony on July 1st.

With a difference.

Appropriately, the venue is in cyberspace.
Or to be more exact, it's in Second Life.

For those of you who don't already know, this is a virtual reality world which exists in a kind of parallel dimension to our own but is accessible through magic portals, a bit like Narnia, but without the talking lions, etc.

Yes, I'll admit I was a bit sceptical too, but last night I took the plunge.
Fortunately, I was in good company. Our erudite host, Tom Paine, was there to help visitors settle in . There's no denying he has a good spread.
What's even better, Second Life seems doesn't seem to be run by the same people who run First Life, which can only be a good thing.

As you see, I'm kind of getting the hang of it. I now have a Second Life avatar that actually looks like me, though I haven't been able to get him a crucifix yet.

Well, it should all be a lot of fun meeting fellow bloggers in a reality simulation for the afternoon.
Also it's a good chance to showcase some of the positives that are going on within the bloggosphere. We hear too much about the negatives.

I look forward to seeing some of you there!


Anonymous said...

I signed up for Second Life about three weeks ago, but I couldn't decide on a name. Unfortunately they let you pick one but not the other. Once I get past that stage, I will see what all the rage is about. Then again, if I like it too much I won't get any of my other work done. People seem to LOVE Second Life.

Anonymous said...

This does sound like fun. I plan to check it out soon. By the way, are you inferring, by the crucifix comment, that you look like Jesus? How will they tell us apart? I'll have to make sure I can find an appropriate hat.

Anonymous said...

Bravo, you make it sound easy. Although it is unlikely I can make the 1st July, I am thinking of having a birthday party in Second Life. I will give it some thought.

Anonymous said...

I tried it last month for the first time and uninstalled it on the same day. All there appeared to do was wander around aimlessly in a slow loading world with terrible navigation controls. It all seems pretty badly programmed and ate up most of my system resources. It might be different if there was actually a purpose and a place to go in there for.

And why cant I choose my own name, whats that all about??

Anonymous said...

A good friend of mine told me mainlining heroin was pretty cool.
I'm sure it is but I'm going to hang in there and give reality a shot for now.
Grow up, you cabbages.
Turn off the PC and take your dog for a walk...

Anonymous said...

Alexys- I think it is obviously dangerous if you let it take over from First Life.
After all, it's not real.

Captain- The picture shows my avatar, which is kind of me, it's even dressed how I would dress when I go out. But I always wear a crucifix.

Ellee- Excuses, excuses!

David- The controls are hard, I'll admit. I can't interact with the objects at all. But for something like this, where bloggers from the across the globe need to interact, it's a good idea.

Fingers- Obviously, I can see dangers in it for regular users.
But in this instance, it serves a purpose.
I would agree that avoiding heroin is a cunning plan, it never strikes me as a good life choice.

Anonymous said...

Tom is very skilled. I enjoyed my little trip the other morning. What is your second life name?

Anonymous said...

What happens when you change into your avatar and how does it get inside the computer? Also, what happens if someone turns off the computer whilst you are in there? Could you end up trapped forever, or can you emerge from someone elses pc? Also can you tap on the screen from the inside?

Anonymous said...

Your avatar is cute but how come you have one leg longer than the other?

Anonymous said...

Nice arse, Crushed.

Anonymous said...

Colin- CrushedbyIngsoc Merlin.
The first bit probably speaks for itself, the second part derives from my interst in the arthurian legend, obviously.

Mutley- Good point. Try it and see what happens. Let me know the result.

JJ- You think? I'll go measure my legs...

E-K- Thanks. I get told that a lot in real life.
I actually used a full length photo to compare with, but there's a limit to just how close you can get.
Plus, I don't want to be TOO close.

Anonymous said...

Well done, Crushed! I must get to it.