Virtual Halloween!

If virtual world Second Life was a country, and some of us think it is, then Halloween would certainly be its national holiday. I know there will be some who’ll disagree, but you don’t have to be around SL for long to discover the inner pagan lurking inside as All Hallow’s Evening draws …

BURN2 Official Opening

Saturday, October 20th, was the official opening for BURN2 2012. Yesterday I wrote about the history of “Burning Man” and Second Life’s “Burning Life” a bit. But my quest to understand the Second Life Burner movement has just begun. I was ready to learn, so within minutes of BURN2’s opening, I poured in with …

BURN2 "Welcome Home"

Virtual world Second Life will be home to “BURN2 2012” this week. It begins today, Saturday, October 20th and continues to October 27th. BURN2 is based on the real life “Burning Man” events in the Nevada desert. BURN2 also replaces Second Life’s former “Burning Life” events, originally sponsored by Linden Lab, but now independently organized …

Ephemera

I apologize for these sporadic postings… my dissertation has been keeping me busy, although I have to say that I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m about half way done combing through my hefty stash of data (over 1,000 pages of transcripts collected …

If Sims Were States

In the bad, old sooty days before methane or carbon monoxide detectors, miners would carry down caged canaries into the dark tunnels with them. If dangerous gases leaked into the mine-shaft, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners. I’m beginning to believe that Hosoi Ichiba might just be …

Virtual Orchestras

Van’s proposition to turn my “childhood dreams” into virtual world reality got me really excited. And what do I do when I get excited?!?! My OCD kicks in :). So, I’ve been spending some time looking into virtual world (SL, specifically) orchestras and am amazed at what I’m finding. I’m …

God is in the detail

The idiom “God (is) in the detail(s)” expresses the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e. details are important. Hosoi Ichiba might just be one of the best manifestations of that idiom that can be found in Second Life. I have yet to meet Amiryu Hosoi, but …

Networked Imagination

Reading  Vaneeesa’s interpretation of what is presence in virtual worlds made me think of an article I read a while back (and which thoroughly influenced my research and interest in virtual reality) by Thomas and Brown. While I am applying their concept of presence to virtual environments akin to SL, …