Archive for March, 2008

Congressman Markey’s SL hearing was held Tuesday, April 1st, 9:30 a.m. (6:30SLT)

March 31, 2008


SPNN, Rayburn island overflow room, Second Life – April 1st, 2008rep-markey-on-sl-screen-s.jpg

Rep Ed Markey [D-Mass] asking questions.  [latest updates: linked to apparent resolution to LL video misattribution, added links to SL tour vid shown at the hearing and continue to update my notes of other coverage, posted my ten pics of SL side of the hearings at flickr, a ref to Rep Markey’s previous inworld appearance coverage by Kat LeMieux, noted Musgrove’s WashPost coverage – Apr 10th, 7 pm EST]


Susan Tenby of TechSoup testifying.


Listening to remarks by Colin J. Parris, Ph.D., VP, Digital Convergence, IBM Research, IBM Corp.

We were viewing at the overflow Rayburn isle in SL.  Video link will be released soon  is here with pdfs of witness testimony.  Thanks to Troy McLuhan for spotting that at NMC‘s [New Media Consortium] Campus Observer.

*Philip Rosedale said one good use of this sort of networking tool would be to fill gaps of all kinds – geographical, cultural, from differing languages, or lack of information.

*SciLands space and science islands featured heavily in Linden Lab’s [LL] 7 minute SL video from Machinama by Silver & GoldieISM(the International Spaceflight Museum)’s Spaceport Alpha island and NASA’s CoLab, a collaborative RL/SL [real life/second life] effort, as well as NOAA’s Meteroa got screen time as examples of the best that has been done in Second Life up until now.  See the video Second Life®: Making the Real World a Better Place.  ISM footage was misattributed to NASA CoLab, but Linden Lab and ISM are resolving the mistake, according to Kat Lemieux’s update.  Goldie of Goldie & Silver just informed me that the copy with the corrected soundtrack is now up at their site. 

*This is Congressman Markey’s second official appearance in SL; he attended the UN carbon conference on Bali last Dec, possibly becoming the first US legislator to hold a mixed-reality press conference in SL or any other VW.  Kat LeMieux, who now blogs “about the developing metaverse” & tools for it in her NewMedia On the Go blog, captured the technical newness of last year’s event at her travel blog.

My followup interview with Representative Markey’s office made it clear he wasn’t the first legislator to hold a VW press conference, but is the first to hold a simulcast Congressional hearing in a Virtual World [VW].

Other coverage:

*Benjamin Duranske has a thoughtful analysis at the vr legal site Virtually Blind, and points out in a comment at TerraNova that Philip Rosedale’s prepared remarks were cut short [not allowing for LL vid time].  Be sure to read the pdf of Rosedale’s prepared remarks for the full version.

*Rik Riel posted pics from the SL Congressional room.

*Mike Musgrove’s Post I.T. technology column, Washington Post, April 2nd – Congress Goes Virtual in Online World Hearing

*Representative Ed Markey’s own website coverage


John Zhaoying talks to SciEye: carbon, future trends, & advantages of running VR conferences

March 28, 2008


This is how a high-attendance area slowly rezzes for a new arrival.


John Zhaoying low-rezzed in my viewer at 106 person Mitch Kapor conf.


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“SL For Dummies” authors’ SL appearance successful!

March 27, 2008


Intellagirl Tully & Typewriter Tackleberry with MC Kim Anubis.


Another Wiley production.  Nearly 50 avs attended.

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NASA CoLab’s latest machinama vid – rough cut

March 27, 2008


ISS model in NASA CoLab’s Testbed sandbox, with HQ ring behind it and Geofrank Taurog’s Lunar building looming in the upper background.

I was one of a dozen avs who burned part or all of 4 hours inworld Wed March 19th while Earth Primbee shot footage for his 2nd CoLab machinama vid.  A big thanks to all those who responded!

The 2 minute rough cut is online, as is Earth’s previous CoLab machinama vid, NASA CoLab’s Second Life Mission, with over 36,000 hits at YouTube! 

SciEye at UBM/CMP’s Life 2.0 Spring’08 conference – low-carb(on) diet!

March 27, 2008


UBM/CMP’s Life 2.0 Spring’08 conference was held last week, starting with Mitch Kapor’s keynote opener on Monday.


Weaving parts of the six days of the 3rd Life 2.0 conference into my free time, around attending group meetings for the three isles & orgs that I help manage (ISM Spaceport Alpha, NASA CoLab, and Spindrift, all in the SciLands), gave me a great week of peering into the near-future of mixed reality events and the now of virtual-only events and conferences.


During one of the last day’s presentations, the speaker was asked about the carbon footprint of the event; the organizer, John Zhaoying of UBM World2World, part of ThinkServices division of United Business Media (formerly CMP Metaverse), had the audited numbers he had commissioned for the Fall ’07 event available.  He told the audience that’s figures showed that the estimated 1200 tons of carbon produced if it had been a realworld six day meeting was replaced by 4 tons of carbon – total.  (This is roughly equivalent to six MWh, megawatt-hours of electricity, or to my personal yearly electric consumption of 500 KiloWatt hours a month).

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We expand on this with SciEye’s upcoming exclusive interview with John Zhaoying, John Jainschigg in real life: carbon, future trends, and the advantages and disadvantages of running VR conferences.

“Exclusive interview!?!”  “Yes, it’s the only one he gave at 4am, March 26th.”

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