Fantasy Worlds …

June 15, 2010

Today’s Washington Post has this quote:

The New York Times reports that Meg Whitman, who at the cost of $80 per vote became the Republican gubernatorial nominee in California, is accused of shoving an employee when Whitman was the head of eBay.
This reportedly led eBay to pay a six-figure settlement to the employee, who was preparing her boss for an interview about Second Life, an online fantasy world not unlike California politics.


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 celebrates SL6B, Second Life’s 6th birthday, at SciLands exhibit

August 10, 2009
SPNN News, SL6thBirthday continent, Second Life – In the summer of 2009, Second Life celebrated its 6th birthday, inviting groups to display their information at symbolic builds on a 20-region continent created for the occasion.

Some of the SciLands Senators [island owners/admins] at our SL6B exhibit. Clicking on an island tile rezzes a rotating cube showing 4 representative pictures from the island.  Then hop on top of the cube by right-clicking it and choosing ‘sit here’ for a fun carousel ride! 

SciLands Senators at SL6B exhibit riding islands

SciLands Senators at SL6B exhibit riding islands

This is a picture shot with a ‘noontime setting.’

This crystal mountain with each facet’s top surface showing one SciLands isle’s overhead view was designed and built by Adrienne J. Gauthier (SL: Ourania Fizgig) and her student Alan Myhre (SL name) from Astronomy 2009 island/region with textures provided by SciLander volunteers. for more info about the SciLands and our science events & talks within Second Life.

Visit the SciLands Second Life 6th Birthday exhibit at  [show closed – exhibit soon to move to SciLands Orientation Island]

And this view:

SciLand Senators riding island carousels with names showing

This is a picture shot with a ‘midnight setting’ and avatar group banners & names showing.

SpinSpace Gallery welcomes Lionel Bret, IAAA artist, Jan 2009

December 17, 2008
IAAA artist Lionel Bret's SpinSpace Gallery show
Here’s Lionel’s show in the IAAA Wing.  A picture set is at flickr here.
four illustrations of Humans' Machines in space by Lionel Bret

four illustrations of Humans' Machines in space by Lionel Bret

His website astronomy art page is here

IAAA artist Lionel Bret exhibits at SpinSpace, the Spindrift Space Gallery on Spindrift island in the SciLands science continent, Second Life.

Six by Lionel Bret

Six by Lionel Bret

About SpinSpace Gallery and artists’ show schedules

If you already have a Second Life avatar or want to create one, here is the direct link to the SpinSpace Gallery showroom

How About a Game of Thermonuc-, er, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe!

December 14, 2008

Spindrift’s latest game addition is Treasure Box’s implementation of 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, or as she calls it, 3D3T, three-dee-three-tee.  :) 

Paradox Olbers staring at all 64 positions in an effort to see the 76 winning lines ...

Paradox Olbers staring at all 64 positions in an effort to see the 76 winning lines ...

But be warned!  This isn’t the trivial 3x3x3 first-player-always-wins version; *this* is the non-trivial 4x4x4 grid, with 3 selectable sizes of blocks for better viewing ease, and a sixty-second timer on each player’s moves.

Pondering my new 4x4x4 3d Tic-Tac-Toe set

Pondering my new 4x4x4 3d Tic-Tac-Toe set

To start a game, have one of the 2 players click on the overhead “3D Tic-Tac-Toe” sign, then select the sphere or the pyramid for their playing pieces.  Now the one-minute timer starts!  This insures a fast game.

You can get your own copy at the SkyWheels Gallery for the Holiday pricing of L$3500 at

A 64 position playing field ...

A 64 position playing field ...

For strategy tips, try this page

Drop by anytime and try out this set! No fees – free to play. It’s been strongly proven that the first player can always win.  Can you?

An additional four pictures are up at my flickr site.

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