Lana is a Dubliner, so to introduce her to Second Life, I though I’d take her for a tour of a virtual Dublin. It is an amazingly detailed recreation of the hlighlights of Dublin city centre, including Trinity, Grafton St, St. Stephens Green, Halfpenny Bridge, Temple Bar, the GPO and of course the spike.
(With apologies to Philip K. Dick.)
As the Switzerland v Ukraine game was threatening to send me to sleep yesterday evening, I fired up Second Life and happened to meet up with Ian from eightbar, who gave me some great pointers about getting around and understanding the world (along with some nice bikes and boats!) Ian has been doing a lot of investigation into the area of virtual worlds/MMOs and how the potential that exists in virtual worlds may be harnessed. When reading and listening to him on the subject, you can’t help but be enthused.
So much so, that I woke up this morning from a rather vivid dream in which I found myself talking to a room of people about mash-ups, Second Life, wet-ware grids and a load of other Web 2.0/3.0 buzzwords. Quite worrying!
My dream also gave me an idea of what I might build in my first go at creating something in SL that interacts with the “real” world”, but more on that later…
P.S. A link for all your virtual sheep needs 😉
Following in the footsteps of many other colleagues, especially Ian and the guys over at eightbar, I’ve taken my first steps into the virtual world of SecondLife. At the moment, all I’ve done is purchase an England top, as displayed above, and visit an online appearance by the US rapper Chamillionaire. Seems like a pretty cool place, and I look forward to playing around some more. It runs fine on my T42p Thinkpad with 2GB of RAM, but is a bit slow on my 12″ iBook G4 (1.33GHz, 1.5GB RAM)