Oyster Bay cited in RL higher education project!

Looking through the list of referring sites, I see that a class from Emerson College is working on a class project that is (at least in part) inspired by the work of Oyster Bay.  Links in the class wiki (They have a wiki!  Too cool!) are offered to works by Cheen Pitney, Manfred Pessoa and Jesz Murakami.  Also, a link to the Black Tie and Blues machinima release party is posted.

How exciting – it’s neat to see that this little corner of Second Life is offering value to others in such a creative mode.

Profound post alert (READ: A great read)

Among my 86 SL blogs is the Electric Sheep Company’s “PrimDig.”  I usually cringe when I read their rose-colored views on why RL companies should spend lots of money on Second Life and expect little in return.  However, I think it’s important to see what the other side has to say, so I dutifully check in.

My patience was rewarded.

One of their authors is being faced with having to take a favorite SL build (in this case, AOL Pointe) down and ponders what that means.  Even if you couldn’t care less about RL company builds (/me raises his hand), the notions of permanence in Second Life come out for all to consider:

It’s possible that the history of virtual worlds will echo that of the real world, although sped up a hundred, a thousand fold. There will likely always be new projects and buildings on the horizon, to look forward to with drooling anticipation, and the sunrise of other virtual worlds already seems full of promise. But sunrise over a new project is always tinged with that ephemeral feeling of what will be, and how long will it last, and will anyone remember when?

Lots to think about.  And it plays into my core questions about SL history and who really is cataloguing this amazing moment in the history of the 3D web.

“TAGGED!” – 8 random facts about me

Having been tagged by Cheen Pitney, Bettina Tizzy and Cyanide Seelowe, I guess I can’t hide from the blog trend of saying 8 random facts about yourself. So here we go…but I’m going to stick with Second Life as opposed to talking about my “Real Life.” In all honesty, my Second Life is much more interesting!

  1. I have 3 “alts.” One is a purple furry…he’s my accountant. One is my work alt (yeah, I have a little RL vocational bleedover…but not as much as I’d like). The other is my “peace and quiet” alt. Why 3? Because I don’t have 4…
  2. I blew off Orientation Island when I rezzed inworld over a year ago. And I don’t regret it.
  3. I won’t even acknowledge unsolicited teleport requests with a reply. In my opinion, that’s the height of SL rudeness.
  4. Perhaps my favorite HUD is the EmoterHUD. It’s a freebie, but it can make for entire minutes of fun as the user makes his/her avatar actually have something resembling human expressions. Case in point:
  5. I feel inferior to nearly all of the SL sculpture artists, photographers and machinimists with whom I interact, making my role as a “gallery” owner kinda interesting. I mean, the artisans are the creative ones. I just own land.
  6. I read SL men’s style blogs. A lot. Like embarassingly so.
  7. Speaking of blogs, I use NetVibes to track 86 SL-related blogs at last count. And that number grows by one or two every week. Yow!
  8. I use Skype and Google Talk to talk with close friends quite a bit while I’m inworld, but I rarely use SL voice.

Whew! Made it! Now I have to choose 8 people to “tag,” so they have to offer their 8 random facts. That means you’re up, Charlot Dickins, elros Tuominen, MoShang Zhao, Daedalus Young, Sasun Steinbeck, Joeru Pugilist, PleaseWakeMeUp Idler and Finny Yates. If any of you 8 want to offer your 8 random facts on my blog, please feel free to post them as comments for this blog entry and I’ll point them out with direct links. Heck, enough people have been tagged that I’ll be happy to host anyone who needs a place to post their 8 random facts.

If you’re interested in the 8 random facts of some other friends of Oyster Bay, check out: Isolde Flamand, Sunn Thunders and Spaceman Opus. Don’t forget Bettina Tizzy and Cyanide Seelowe at the top.