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“…and goodnight, Mr. Rosedale, wherever you are!”

October 21, 2010

SciEye, SPNNews, Spindrift, Second Life

“…And goodnight, Mr. Rosedale, wherever you are!” is the famous tagline that ends each of the first one hundred episodes of Pooky Amsterdam’s Second Life weekly science-themed panel show, the  First Question!  Produced and broadcast from her PookyMedia Studios high above Spindrift sim/region in SL’s science continent, the SciLands, the fast-paced comedy game show has run for 2 1/2 years so far.  With a live viewership of 40 to 80 avatars on Spindrift, a broadcast audience of hundreds to thousands, and over 30,000 views on most episodes in the archives, 1st Q! has found a loyal and growing audience.

When 1st Q!, then known as 2nd Q! before they realized they were even better than that*,  started on April 10th, 2008, Philip Rosedale, known as Philip Linden in SL, was still CEO of the company he co-founded, Linden Lab [often misspelled as Linden Labs].  He left not long afterwards, and has recently returned to that position, giving a third level of poignancy to that closing signoff phrase, which riffs off of Jimmy Durante’s “…and goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!” show signoff tagline.

At the last SLCC conference, held August 2010 in Boston, US, Pooky actually found out where Mr. Rosedale was that night!

2010 SLCC Creators Pooky Amsterdam & Philip Linden


 Photo credit by Arminasx Saimen.

*Actually, the lawyers told everyone inSL that they could no longer use ‘Second’ in a business name inSL, but instead could use the logo ‘inSL.’

[Update Oct 21st – Philip Rosedale stepped down as interim CEO 2 days ago.]

SciEye: The SciLands Are Moving! But not Spaceport Bravo

October 12, 2009

SPNN News, Spindrift isle, the SciLands, Second Life – Your SciEye columnist says the SciLands are moving again, this time next to the adjacent University of Texas [UT] education continent.  Today, Monday, October  12th, is  the scheduled day for the Lin, represented by Dee Linden, to lift and land 62 of our science, technology, engineering, and math isles.

[Update 7pm SLTMonday Oct 12th] 

“We’ve moved!
[18:27]  Dee Linden: (Saved Mon Oct 12 18:30:58 2009) 63 regions moved
today, Paradox

Many many thanks to Dee for saving us from 63-ticket purgatory!-Paradox”

[Update Tues 10am SLT – the Map has updated!]

Your LMs [landmarks] will still be good, but you will have to manually revisit and reenter any of your Profile personal Picks again.

More updates as events unfold …

[Disclaimer: I’m the SciLands POC (Person/Point of Contact) to both UT and LindenLab for this move.]

In a related story, the International Spaceflight Museum [ISM] is leaving Spaceport Bravo behind in the SciLands move, and announced that it is for sale by auction.  “Kirra Ball donated the isle and 2 years rent/tier, but after that wonderful donation ran out in the spring of 2009, visitor and volunteer  staff donations were never   enough to pay for Spaceport Bravo.  It is with the greatest reluctance that the ISM Board of Directors voted this weekend to put the isle up for sale,” is my  comment as ISM Director and President.

Gus Plissken /SL name is handling the transaction, with an ISM BoDirectors  waiver: “Resolved, that Fred Fuchs and/or Firesabre Consulting be authorized to act as agent for the ISM Corporation in marketing and selling the sim, Spaceport Bravo, and should be indemnified against any claims of conflict of interest for the purposes of performing this service for the Board.”

Paradox Olbers

SciEye scopes the 1st MICA “Ask An Astronomer!” meeting

October 28, 2008

SPNN NEWS – Kira Cafe, Baikun Island, Second Life.

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Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe
Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe

MICA stands for Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, a professional scientific and educational, non-profit organization based in virtual worlds.  The new MICA Director, Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech [SL: Curious George], who has just taken over from founder Piet Hut of IAS, Princeton [SL: Pema Pera] took questions for over an hour from a crowd of 17 avatars at the first “Ask An Astronomer!” session.  The 11 am PDT/SLT public astronomy hour will be every two weeks.

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

Much of the hour was spent on the shape of the universe, regions beyond observability, dark matter, and other large-scale issues.  George tried to get questions rephrased if he couldn’t clearly see what the questioner had in mind, and, although he’d reserved the right to say “I don’t know!” he usually had an at least partial answer for most of the inquiries once vocabularies had been translated from non-astronomer to practicing astronomer/astrophysicist and vice-versa.
Curious George)

Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech (SL: Curious George)

SciEye Espies the Naked Scientists

October 9, 2008
Pavillion outside the Naked Scientists mansion at SciLands island

Pavillion outside the Naked Scientists mansion at SciLands island

SciEye has previously visited the Science Friday NPR radio show.  The other great science radio show in the SciLands is the UK’s The Naked Scientists.  Every Sunday at 10 AM SLTime, the show takes questions from its real-life audience and its Second Life audience during one segment.  My personal favorite is their Kitchen Science feature; this last Sunday, they implosively crushed a soda can by heating water in it to boiling, then immersing it in water.  *>!CRUSH!<*
To visit the Second Life studio audience location directly, use this “slurl”


Some misunderstood the nature of the naked scientists meeting

Some misunderstood the nature of the naked scientists meeting

The Naked Scientists phrase refers to having a Eureka! moment like Archimedes, who leapt out of his bath and down the street in his excitement in solving a vixing problem.  Not everyone is clear on that …  :)
naked scientists show logo

naked scientists show logo

The longer you look at this hilarious takeoff on Michaelangelo’s orginal concept, the more you start to laugh …

SciEye welcomes Phoenix lander to Mars!

May 28, 2008

Phoenix arriving!

Explorer isle, SPNN(SPindriftNewsNet), SciLands, Second Life – The rl [real life] earthlings got to watch Phoenix in parachuted descent after entry and from its camera after landing; we NASA JPL, Ames, & CoLab worker avatars, plus the independents of the ISM [International Space Museum] got a better view as we watched Phoenix arrive and land on Martian terrain at Explorer Island. 

Lander heatshield starts glowing red from entry heat

 A Phoenix explaining the Phoenix landing photo to me …  Since this is a still image, I have to add that Helios Eusebio’s burning feathers shimmer and glow as they renew.  :)


Jet’s narration is interrupted by one of the ever-present dust devils!

Here’s Ron Miller’s portrayal of dust devils and dust storm from the Spindrift Space Gallery:


 Visit the Phoenix exhibit at NASA-JPL’s Explorer Island in Second Life with this Landmark

 The Phoenix lander team site for new pictures and science from northern Mars.

 In the interest of avoiding panic, SPNN wishes to clearly state that this following image from the surface of Mars has *not* been identified as a Martian tripod fighting machine!

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