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A Life of Its Own

In the days when literature was supreme, one of the highest compliments one could pay to a writer was that a character in a work of fiction took on “a life of its own.” The impression being that the portrayal was so “real” that the character jumped off the page to take on a life […]

Art, Philosophy and Virtual Reality

For any number of reasons, several of which are explored on these pages, virtual worlds offer fertile soil for artists, philosophers, theologians … in fact, anyone, with a penchant for reflecting on the meaning of life. The short movie (referred to by virtual world enthusiasts as “machinima”) now showing on YouTube and linked to below, […]

White House Rep Hosts Meeting About Digital Technology

This from Amanda Linden on the Second Life blog: Yesterday, Beth Noveck, the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House and the person responsible for Open Government, held a mixed-reality event co-sponsored by the Markle Foundation and Global Kids, to discuss her new book “WIKI GOVERNMENT: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, […]

Virtual Hype

The Fashion Research Institute today posted this ad: NEW YORK — May 4, 2009 — Today Fashion Research Institute announced its short course for avatar apparel design for virtual worlds. This fast-paced course takes a student from novice user to functional avatar apparel designer by building essential skills in just 20 hours of instruction. Students […]

Television Sucks!

New research shows that television is the greatest consumer of human life, literally an angel of death. You think our education system is failing? It’s not the system that is failing, it’s the individual decisions of citizens to tether their minds to a totally passive medium for more than five hours every day. This is […]

Anna Lo Bello: Artist of the Virtual and the Real

Anna Lo Bello is a painter living in Turin,Italy, at the foot of the Alps. She populates her imaginary worlds with fruit and flowers, with human figures, characters and costumes, exhibiting her work, among other places, in the virtual world, Second Life. Read more about Anna, here. [youtube=]

It’s All About Love

The week the 5th “Le Web” conference is unfolding in Paris. As explained by conference co-founder and organizer Loic Le Meur, the gathering is not about technology, business, or even social networking, “It’s all about love.” Embedded in his remarks is the weighty claim that the web itself, together with human community, commerce and, yes, […]

Is Virtual Identity Arbitrary?

Given the opportunity to shape your own appearance at will, what would you choose to look like? In “real life” one’s control over such things as gender, skin color, body type, or height is limited to say the least. In “virtual reality,” many of these limits do not apply. So in my mind, the interesting […]

Rave Me

New York Couture’s “Rave Me” is the perfect clubwear for your Second Life avatar. See this outfit in action on our model, Charlene Myoo, dancing to the beat of Don Philip’s “Sugar.” This dress was commissioned by a customer who admires our design; IM us and we’ll consider designing a special item of clothing for […]

New World Notes

Wagner James Au is one of the most perceptive observers of the metaverse. His blog is indispensible to anyone seeking better understanding about the importance of virtual worlds. His blog, New World Notes deserves a place in your “favorites” file. Check it out.