Posts Tagged ‘SciEye’

“…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 treet.tv broadcast audience of hundreds to thousands, and over 30,000 views on most episodes in the treet.tv 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 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.

http://www.scilands.org/ 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.

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” http://slurl.com/secondlife/SciLands/98/124/25

 

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 meets Jules Verne at ISM’s ATV display

April 4, 2008

SPNN News, Spaceport Alpha, the SciLands, Second Life

ISS ATV approach at ISM 1s

Automated Transfer Vehicle, ISS, & Shuttle

The soft “ping!” of an incoming ISM group notice distracted me momentarily from the discussion at this Thursday’s SciLands Senate meeting.  Afterwards, I eventally got some time to go to Spaceport Alpha’s Low Earth Observation platform and celebrate the arrival of the real ATV – the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Automated Transfer Vehicle – named “Jules Verne,” by looking at modeller Gamel Goodfellow’s version approaching ISM’s ISS [International Space Station].

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High above the world (well, 200 meters is high!), I got different views of the robot cargo ship.  Another timely display from -altogether now, “ISM’s not NASA!” – the International Spaceflight Museum.

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SciEye – How to Pick Up Science

January 17, 2008
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SciEye’s 1st stop in my tour of the SciLands is the epynomous Science Friday island.

Science Friday is a wide-ranging weekly science news and interviews radio show on, yes, Fridays back in RL (Real Life). Join us in Second Life at 11am SLT!

Here’s larger versions of the same 3 photos of the SL version of the show at FlickR.  [update Jan 18th – I’ve added 5 pics of the 3rd home island show as well.]  I can’t offer a tour of Science Friday island yet, because the terraforming landshapers and exhibit builders are still designing on this newly-birthed island.   Here’s the archived podcast of the first Science Friday show co-hosted in RL & SL: Virtual Worlds, Virtual Lives, broadcast on Friday August 31st, 2007.  All of their shows are archived at their website.

The SciEye column’s next SciLands stop is Mars, in Exploratorium.  I’ve gotten word that an asteroid is inbound …

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