October 25, 2007
Photo by Ludvie
Did any one see last night’s CSI: New York? The episode Down the Rabbit Hole featured Second Life. Yesterday, in Second Life, I just received the landmark for the CSI Lab from Ludvie. When I was there, it was very crowded. People’s avatar dropped in ever few seconds. There is a team in world to solve crimes and Second Life residence can gather evidence to help solve the crime too. I need to read more of it. The television show was sponsored by Cisco and featuree the Second Life logo and a website to check out: cbs.com. In Europe, SL advertisement can be seen often on television. In the US, we mostly read about it in Forbes or some other publication. Could this signal a rise in Second Life’s advertisement on television? It seems other shows are following the lead. The Office also shows a worker’s computer with Second Life running.
The episode is called Down the Rabbit Hole. This is a good analogy comparing Second Life to Alice and Wonderland. The episode also includes reference to the Matrix. There is the all knowing White Rabbit. The agent is told to follow the White Rabbit into the Virtual world. The picture above shows the White Rabbit is killed. The premise of the show is that a Virtual celebrity on SL has been murdered. Some one else is assuming her Avatar. She is killed because she is well connected in SL. A congressman is also involved in the SL world. He is one of the hired assassin’s mark.
October 10, 2007
Originally uploaded by duccelykin
Fables of the Reconstruction…The last time Ducce was in Dune, (on Second Life) the Sietch had not been built. The Sietch Tabr, one of the home land for Fremen has just recently be started. It is one of the expanding environments on the planet of Arrakis. Ducce and other Fremen brothers were eagerly waiting the caves of his tribes to be built. Well that is if they accept him. Homeless, he hung out at the bar like a hobo. One of the fun thing about Second Life is that one can role play and really live a second life, in a fictional world render with prims, sims, and other digital tricks in the metaversal three dimension work. I read ‘Dune’ ages ago and find some facts about the author, Frank Herbert, fascinating. He was born in Washington. He took inspiration for Dune from the Beach of Florence. I have been to those dunes a few times. It’s about 3 hours drive from Portland, Oregon.
“Herbert began researching Dune in 1959 and was able to devote himself more wholeheartedly to his writing career because his wife returned to work full time as an advertising writer for department stores, becoming the main breadwinner during the 1960s. Herbert later related in an interview with Willis E. McNeilly that the novel originated when he was supposed to do a magazine article on sand dunes in Florence, Oregon, but he became too involved in it and ended up with far more raw material than needed for a single article. The article, entitled “They Stopped the Moving Sands,” was never written, but it did serve as the seed for the ideas that led to Dune.”
Much has changed since Ducce was kicked out of ‘Face Dancer’, a bar on Arrakis. He was charged with drunken disorderly conduct and poor role playing behavior. But thanks to the efforts of many good and skill folks, Dune raise renewed and refreshed. The good news is Ducce is allowed back! Look out…
Austin Ellison’s video:
October 4, 2007
September 26, 2007
Video Production by Ryan Rasmussen/Austin Ellison
Location: Relic, Santum Santorium Second Life.
September 14, 2007
Originally uploaded by Duc N. Ly.
Taking my lunch break with Science Friday. I’m in Second Life with the Science Friday guys: Joe Palca and Ira Flatow. Last week the radio talk show focused on Second Life. The group started gathering on SL in the last two or three weeks. The average attendance so far is around 30 people. The rent cost for SL land is $200 per month. They are taking donation and giving out SL t-shirts. If you are on SL look up the group call Science Friday.
Ducce here for an update. Did you guys check out Sci Fri? It was totally awesome! Girls and math was the subject. I’ve volunteer to help promote this even on SL.
Ly: I thought it was a good topic. I’m trying to find the source to order the book for Kawaii-cat. Back last year, I was trying to help Kawaii-cat with negative numbers. I couldn’t find an easy way to explain it.
Ducce: Are you done? now get out!
Ducce here again. You see me in the front row there? It was so crowded! Do you like my fish nets? The white chest piece is my wolf accoutrement’s. It was quite engaging. I could throw out any questions I felt like asking or comment on the discussion and felt like I could reach these famous radio hosts. The show also streams audio in Sl so the international audience can listen live to the show. Wooo….Danica McKeller! the actress that play the role of Weenie on the ‘Wonder Years’ has a book out call “Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail”
July 19, 2007
Originally uploaded by Duc N. Ly.
I’m glad to have with me today in Hell’s Kitchen on Second Life, a second interview with Ryan Rasmussen (aka Austin Ellison), one of the author of ‘Age of Conversation’. I’m please to have Ryan back again to talk about AoC and many other subjects. I will start the conversation by congratulating them on the success of the book.
You: Congratulations to you, an author of Age of Conversation.
[10:12] Ryan Rasmussen: Thank you.
[10:12] You: You were saying before the crash that there is quit a buzz about this book AOC…it’s interesting that I came to it through your Facebook profile
[10:13] Austin Ellison: That is what happens when you collect 100 ‘social media savvy’ minds and ask them for creative methods for marketing this project.
[10:14] Austin Ellison: Several of the contributors joined Facebook solely for this reason: to market the book.
[10:15] You: I think that it’s a great idea. The Facebook (FB) community is growing also I join because of the notebook community. FB is being used in a very creative way.
[10:15] Austin Ellison: It’s incredible addictive!
[10:16] You: Yes it is more so then any other media…maybe it’s because of the ‘mash’ables
[10:16] Austin Ellison: Last night, I was taking photographs and videos of a thunderstorm while walking down Michigan Ave solely to upload them to the FB profile.
[10:17] Austin Ellison: I used Shozu, and a few FB modules/mashables to automatically upload the media.
[10:17] Austin Ellison: I’m not entirely certain ‘why’ it is so intriguing. However, I suppose it is just a new form of journaling 2.0
[10:17] You: You always seem to find ways around it, to use it fully.
[10:18] You: Let’s get back to AOC. I always think about the story of how we met.
[10:18] Austin Ellison: Sure. I believe it you were shopping for groceries, right?
[10:19] You: Meaning that I was experimenting…around that time I was doing some PayPerPost… and the idea of asking for sample products to review on my bog.
[10:19] You: I have always like paper products and on a whim I sent out an email
[10:20] Austin Ellison: Yes. You actually had created quite an impressive footprint online with your Squidoo and word press pages.
[10:20] You: Aha Yes I was in the Polish European meat market shopping with my wife when I got that phone call from you.
[10:20] Austin Ellison:
[10:21] Austin Ellison: Anyway, I really noticed your site when I realized you were in the top 20 Google results for Levenger.
[10:21] You: So you were the impetus for my subsequent reviews of the products from other company as well… but it’s a perfect example of what AOC is all about.
[10:21] Austin Ellison: Google searches are quickly becoming a compelling new method for deterring exactly what is occurring with one’s brand.
[10:22] Austin Ellison: Thank you. I think it works best when both parties see the “conversation” as an opportunity to collaborate, or co-create.
[10:23] You: yes our real life company, a mortgage company is paying thousands of dollars to be able to be search-able on Google. In fact, I sent the article you wrote on AOC to my marketing person. She’s young and energetic…I hope she’s open minded about marketing and social media. I also showed her my Circa Rolla notebooks because she saw it and was very curious.
[10:24] Austin Ellison: Excellent.
[10:25] Austin Ellison: An active conversation about something is pretty attractive to a Technorati spider or Google-bot.
[10:25] You: So I’m curious as how you got involved with AOC…what was the first conversation? The seed…where did it start?
[10:26] You: Can you please define for us laymen Technocratic spider or Google-bot?
[10:26] Austin Ellison: *terms for methods used by search engines to determine a site’s relevance.
[10:28] Austin Ellison: As for connecting with AoC, I started only with DiyPlanner.com working with the idea of collaborative innovation * opening new product development up to the group of natural creative-types. The DIY community was natural to the processes of brainstorms.
[10:28] Austin Ellison: I then attended a presentation by Ben McConnel of Church of the Customer.com
[10:29] Austin Ellison: It was then that I started to understand the divide between traditional PR and marketing approaches to engaging customers.
[10:30] Austin Ellison: Traditional messages were one-way. Microsoft’s Digital Advertising Solutions, “The Break-Up” did a terrific spoof of this in video titles.
[10:31] You: I see
[10:32] Austin Ellison: Although the ROI is near impossible to calculate, a word-of-mouth campaign is incredible powerful. However, it requires passionate customers + responsive merchants.
[10:33] Austin Ellison: Social media provide the opportunity for companies to really learn how customers feel about their brand through open conversation.
[10:34] Austin Ellison: Ben’s presentation leads me to seek out other marketing bloggers that might be actuating this sort of campaign.
[10:34] You: Well said….
[10:34] Austin Ellison: Large companies, like Microsoft and Google, realized the importance of corporate blogging some time ago. I was on a quest to see who else was actively questioning and listening to their customers.
[10:35] Austin Ellison: This led me to Gavin Heaton’s blog, and the open call for participants.
[10:35] Austin Ellison: My email simply stated, “I have been working with customers online for quite some time.”
[10:36] You: true true
[10:36] Austin Ellison: In my own article, I chose to speak of some of the obstacles to approaching this sort of open engagement.
[10:37] Able Whitman is Online
[10:37] You: Yes, I’ve underline a few sentences.
[10:37] Austin Ellison: Entering a community as a company representative exposes oneself to any number of incalculable slings and arrows.
[10:37] You: They are reluctant….
[10:37] Austin Ellison: Often, this is the reason companies are reluctant to jump in.
[10:38] You: I’ve asked a number of companies for product review and often I get rejections.
[10:38] Austin Ellison: However, any feedback, including negative, is vital to brand health.
[10:39] You: Extremely. Ryan, in a year you went from Manager to Director of new Media at Levenger…incredible.
[10:39] Austin Ellison: I continue to manage the store.
[10:39] Austin Ellison: I spoke with Stephen Smith at HDBizBlog about this a few weeks back.
[10:39] You: I see you as an example of what they call ‘Blue Ocean’ Strategies…
[10:39] You: Oh I’ll have to see the link
[10:40] You: Stephen wrote a post about Levenger getting it right
[10:40] Austin Ellison: Well, it was actually a more recent conversation with him where I asked if he had any advice for what I should actually “call” my position.
[10:41] You: what is it officially called now?
[10:41] Austin Ellison: A few members of DiyPlanner had suggested, “Company liaison”, etc.
[10:42] Austin Ellison: I direct Levenger’s social media program. What started as an experiment last fall has developed into something pretty compelling.
[10:42] You: I think that you have gone above the red sea of the competition and have created a position where you are in the blue…an innovative new place beyond other competitors. And that’s unique.
[10:42] Thim Vella: hello
[10:43] Austin Ellison: Therefore, “director of social media optimization/engagement” came together.
[10:43] Austin Ellison: Thank you.
[10:43] Seth Rahja: draw
[10:43] Austin Ellison: However, it really was born from the interaction I was accustomed to on the retail floor.
[10:44] Austin Ellison: Instead of approaching social media from a marketing background, I saw it as another method of forming genuine relationships with customers.
[10:44] You: Great…let’s mention Tom Kelly’s book and his ‘Ten Faces… or personas
[10:44] You: as I would like to call them…one is the Anthropologist
[10:45] You: that is an excellent analogy for what you do…
[10:45] Thim Vella: hi Seth
[10:45] You: and you are very careful not to be too commercial or marketing it.
[10:45] You: trust is important to you as any cultural anthropologist would say….
[10:46] Able Whitman is Offline
[10:46] Austin Ellison: Tom instilled an “urgency” of innovation when I heard him speak.
[10:46] Austin Ellison: This is what really catapulted the project forward.
[10:47] Murda Cortes is Offline
[10:47] You: And that’s why when I approached you to blog about some of what you do you were careful and I was hesitant because I didn’t want to compromise your trust.
[10:47] You: Yes so it is the same for you and I because we , mostly you were doing things…stuff like fast prototyping before we read the books.
[10:48] You: In our last interview I think the readers got a sense of not being too commercialized
[10:49] You: I was evangelizing to some extent before I realized what I was doing….until Art of Innovation states it in a text book.
[10:50] Austin Ellison: It’s important that I not overtly commercialize my blog, or the manner with which I present new products in communities that are built upon “real” emotional connections. I stated in a post on DiyP a few months ago, that during a presentation to managers I felt as though I should have been wearing and official DiyPlanner.com t-shirt. The bonds between community members are real, and trust is incredibly important.
[10:50] Austin Ellison: Yes, about evangelizing, Ben McConnel’s book was titled, “Customer Evangelists”.
[10:50] Austin Ellison:
[10:50] Murda Cortes is Online
[10:51] You: In your write up for AOC there was a quote about Flickr.
[10:52] You: Levenger is incredibly fast.
[10:52] Austin Ellison: The early adopters, the 1%’ers, brand advocates, … they ‘do’ generate spontaneously. However, honest direct relationships that show a company “listens” as often as it “talks” can actually generate some of this excitement.
[10:53] Austin Ellison: That quote was from a DiyP member under the handle, Eris.
[10:54] You: DIY Planner community is incredible….
[10:54] You: It really comes from the testing of products that consumers do.
[10:54] You: I think I found out about the hpda from a Flickr hack
[10:56] You: Even with the appearance of Tom Kelly on Cira notebooks in the web, then I see him in the paper Catalogue.
[10:56] Austin Ellison: -what better method for determining if we should or shouldn’t develop a new product than by simply bouncing the idea off of a notebook community!
[10:56] Austin Ellison:
[10:57] You: Then in the next paper catalogue there is a product tailored towards that idea of Circa Jr. notebook as a tool to write books.
[10:57] You: I wonder how Levenger feels about its products being knocked off?
[10:57] You: or I mean imitated.
[10:58] Austin Ellison: There is an old adage I’ll spare you from.
[10:58] You: hehe
[10:58] You: So you encounter Tom Kelly’s book after the fact?
[10:58] Austin Ellison: ?
[10:59] You: Meaning that instinctually you knew the direction in which you were going?
[10:59] You: That is, you were playing the anthropologist even before realizing it…
[10:59] Austin Ellison: Yes ;), but his words made the project seem vital! …
[11:00] Austin Ellison: Tom used an interesting analogy I had not heard before.
[11:00] You: and what is that?
[11:00] Austin Ellison: He used the term, The Red Queen Effect.
[11:00] You: meaning?
[11:00] Austin Ellison: Referring to Alice and the Looking Glass.
[11:01] Austin Ellison: The idea is that the playing field of competitive advantage and innovation is already in motion.
[11:02] Austin Ellison: In order to succeed, the speed of innovation must be faster than the rate at which the entire playing field is moving.
[11:03] Austin Ellison: It was this concept that instilled a “hit the ground running” approach to the experiment.
(Due to some technical difficulties, some parting words were lost. Basically, I asked Ryan what was next for him. He mention mobile reviews. Ryan said that he could not have predicted a year ago where he would be today and would not attempt to. Very well said.)
June 27, 2007
Photograph of Cyrus and Alexander.
I’m listening to an interview in Second Life about Long Now Foundation…Here’s a small excerpt:
[14:47] You: yes
[14:47] Alexander Rose: The Long Now Foundation was started in 01996 by Danny Hillis (super computer designer) and Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog) as an incubator for projects that might increase cultural attention span. It started when Danny told Stewart about his idea for large very slow clock that could be an icon for long term thinking. Stewart added the notion of a library, or long term information service that could help a culture remember its past.
[14:48] Cyrus Huffhines: yes!
[14:48] Kithrin Yalin is Offline
[14:48] Cyrus Huffhines: So is 77 Million Paintings, from its inception, another way to increase the cultural attention span?
[14:49] Alexander Rose: actually I have found Brian’s email about this which I will share here…
[14:50] Alexander Rose: “it’s about time and about stretching one’s sense of now. That’s why I keep sending these things to the Long Nowists: I’m sure there’s a connection between what I’m doing here and what we as a group are trying to achieve….”
[14:50] Alexander Rose: This was in response to another board member (Kevin Kelly” asking about its altar like form that it was presented in at the Venice Biennialle
[14:51] Alexander Rose: “And it does function as an altar – not so much because it’s a cross but because it induces the state of surrender which religious experience can also induce. I said rather flippantly during my press conference in Venice that perhaps this could be thought of as religion without God, but now I’m starting to think I may be on to something there.” Brian Eno
[14:51] Cyrus Huffhines: we will hunt images for the transcript
[14:52] Cyrus Huffhines: You mention the religious aspect, and it reminds me of the fact that Long Now by its very nature must extend beyond our own lifetimes
[14:52] Kithrin Yalin is Online
[14:53] Alexander Rose: yes but we have certainly made a conscious choice to not be a religion
[14:54] Alexander Rose: But we have a set guidelines that were designed specially around how to be long lived. Things like “take no sides”
[14:54] Alexander Rose: “ally with competition” is another very important one
[14:54] Cyrus Huffhines: yes
[14:55] Cyrus Huffhines: You once mentioned, I think after you finished the first prototype, that clocks and clock prototypes would continue to be created long after you were gone. The scale of the entire thing is so enormous.
[14:56] Cyrus Huffhines: and then with 77 Million, to watch all the permutations and variations it would take, at top speed, something like 9,000 years
[14:56] Cyrus Huffhines: so how do you reconcile work at such a huge scale with working in the here and now
[14:56] Alexander Rose: Well we certainly have dealines too…
[14:57] Cyrus Huffhines: lol
[14:57] Alexander Rose: We are a group of people that are very deep in technology. This is very much not about ignoring or rebelling against speed or tech.
[14:58] Cyrus Huffhines: told by Danny, right? can you tell it?
[14:58] Alexander Rose: Its more about finding some of the issues that are more necessarily long term
[14:58] Cyrus Huffhines: (board member Danny Hillis)
[14:58] Alexander Rose: The hall there was built in the 1300′s when it was the “new college”
[14:59] Alexander Rose: 50 years later when they needed to replace the beams they could not buy them readily in Europe anymore
[14:59] Alexander Rose: The story of the beams at New College Oxford is one of the best examples…
[14:59] Alexander Rose: However when they talked to the school forrester, he said “we have teh tree you planted”
[14:59] Alexander Rose: The trees I meants
[15:00] Alexander Rose: So they were able to replace these beams with the trees that were planted 500 years before
[15:00] Alexander Rose: It was this type of thinking that our founding board felt was not happenning anymore
[15:01] Alexander Rose: Something as simple as throwing down some acorns, solving a truly unsolvable problem if leveraged correctly
[15:01] Alexander Rose: So problems with the environment, hunger, education all have this feeling of being unsolvable now
[15:01] Alexander Rose: But in fact if you look at them much longer term they can become tractable
[15:02] Alexander Rose: anyway that was the basic inspiration around the Foundation.
[15:19] Alexander Rose: or there yes
[15:19] Inigo Kamachi: Can I ask a specific question about 77 million paintings in SL?
[15:19] Cyrus Huffhines: question from aisling sinclair: question for alexander rose: his ideas on what may be the most significant contributions to mechanical engineering and/or design in the next century? also, does he see possibilities for breakthroughs in bionics any time soon? thanks
[15:19] Alexander Rose: you bet, Angry Beth is here who did all the amazing work on it
[15:20] Inigo Kamachi: I only found this meeting by accident. How was I supposed to find out about it?
[15:20] Alexander Rose: Sorry we have two questions going on. Lets start with the one about 77 mIllion….
[15:20] Cyrus Huffhines: Angrybeth’s work is really briliiant and coming out on Friday, right here at 8pm
[15:21] Alexander Rose: I saw a preview yesterday and the work that she did as well as the others she worked with was really stunning
[15:21] Shy Ling is Offline
[15:21] Cyrus Huffhines: :O yeah it was
[15:21] Inigo Kamachi: OK, thank you. But having joined Long Now in SL, should I have seen info some how? I am new to SL, so maybe stupid question.
[15:21] Alexander Rose: Okay so I guess I should take the question about mechanics
[15:22] Cyrus Huffhines: go for it
[15:22] Alexander Rose: Re reading the question I am not sure I am too qualified to answer about the most significant mechanical advances and bionics…
[15:23] Jamesf991 Flanagan is Online
[15:23] Alexander Rose: But I would say that the advances in the intense miniaturization of components
[15:23] Alexander Rose: MEMS machining etc I think will be making machinery possible that will seem like magic to us now
[15:24] Alexander Rose: I would also say that the solid state developments in nitonol wire, piezzo electronics etc will also be very important
[15:24] Alexander Rose: anything else?
[15:25] Cyrus Huffhines: any more questions?
[15:31] Alexander Rose: So he has made the images open basically
[15:32] You: I haven’t seen the images yet but I wonder how it relates to his music.
[15:32] Alexander Rose: And I think this has interesting ramifications in a generative world like SL.
[15:32] Cyrus Huffhines nods
[15:32] Leece Xi is Online
[15:33] Alexander Rose: The images that the system starts with the generate the ‘paintings’ are a collection from over 30 years of his experience.
[15:33] Yngwie Krogstad: So is there any effort to get the people making TV’s to adopt this and make their TV’s more visually appealing? If a script could be added to them to create randomly changing textures on the screen when it’s not turned on, for example, they wouldn’t be just a plain static texture. Or even get them just to put in a painting instead of a black screen or a logo like JZ or CC on them.
[15:33] Alexander Rose: He very much thinks of colors and images in relation to his music and i defiantely feel that this work shows that.
[15:34] Alexander Rose: THere is also generative music that is part of the DVD that works in concert with the piece.
[15:34] You: That’s what I thought.
[15:34] Alexander Rose: There is no effort like that to my knowledge.
[15:36] Alexander Rose: Indeed. I dont have TV in the broadcast sense at my house, just a mac mini and monitor.
[15:36] Veritas Variscan: throught the HDTV
[15:36] Veritas Variscan: mmm
[15:36] Cyrus Huffhines: rtisan Hawks: With the long now way of thinking isnt SL almost too hear and now, for a large part of the people that are here, how do you plan for a long view in SL?
[15:36] Alexander Rose: I dont think we have to necessarily
[15:37] Alexander Rose: This is as much about the present as the past and future…
[15:37] Alexander Rose: I had a researcher from IBM India looking at one of the earliest clock prototypes. He listened through my whole demo and then said “in 3000 years they will be sacrificing virgins on this thing and all the blood and sinew will screw it all up”. I responded that while that may be true, before he looked at the Clock he likely had not thought about what our world would be like 3000 years from now… So in that respect it is already working.
[15:38] Artisan Hawks: lol
[15:38] Alexander Rose: So basically by simply changing the conversation, having the one we are having now, we succeed
[15:38] Artisan Hawks: interesting
[15:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: even if the space fosters the thought of future then it is valuable
[15:38] Alexander Rose: yes.
[15:39] Alexander Rose: I feel as though we passed a question back there somewhere…
[15:46] Alexander Rose: Tell em more about recreating history?
[15:46] Cyrus Huffhines: word.
[15:46] Alexander Rose: Vertias>
[15:46] Veritas Variscan: Models can be created here
[15:47] Yngwie Krogstad: For clarification, my concern is that people are looking too short-term and thinking that the sky is falling, when it’s been thorougly shown that the Earth goes through constant cycles of warming and cooling. The Earth lives in millenia, but I see too many scientists and other public figures thinking much shorter than that, and I wonder just how big a problem this is in the long view.
[15:47] Veritas Variscan: Sims devoted to human history have alread y been created extensively
[15:47] Veritas Variscan: mathematical models, weather simulations, all these things can also be done here in SL
[15:47] Veritas Variscan: government is already doing simulations here
[15:48] Alexander Rose: Over the long view we know its changing no matter what. So preparing for it cant be a bad thing. We have two threads here. let me answer Veritas’ question.
[15:48] Veritas Variscan: comparisons can be drawn, analogous phenomenon
[15:48] Veritas Variscan: sorry
[15:48] Alexander Rose: No I am interested in this.
[15:48] Artisan Hawks: The media has a large part of contributing to a short view of things, does long now address this issue at all?
[15:48] Veritas Variscan: (I get all excited)
[15:49] Alexander Rose: I am basically pretty new to SL so learning about the simulation stuff is very cool. I think it has large potential for helping people understand long Term issues. Regarding Hawks question…
[15:50] Alexander Rose: I agree that the media really makes us feel as though we cant pay attnetion to things more long term.
[15:51] Alexander Rose: However examples of pieces done by media outlets supported by listeners like NPR etc show that there is interest for a deeper understanding.
[15:52] Alexander Rose: We now have the opportunity to choose our media more broadly than ever before and I think that will also increase squeezing out a lot of what we see today.
[15:52] Alexander Rose: If that is all, I will be signing off. But I really want to thank Cyrus and AngryBeth and Artisan Hawks for all their amazing and hard work on this. Also all the hosts of the sims. They deserve a round of applause.
[15:52] Yngwie Krogstad: That sounds like a positive thing. Lots of major media outlets seem to thrive on crises, and if they can’t find a crisis, they have to invent one. They seem to believe the money is in playing Chicken Little.
[15:53] Frans Charming applauds
[15:53] Xantherus Halberd applauds
[15:53] Yngwie Krogstad applauds
[15:53] Veritas Variscan applauds.
[15:53] Xantherus Halberd: w00t!!!
[15:53] Alexander Rose: applause!
June 22, 2007
[9:36] Austin Ellison: I’m interested to see how Microsoft’s coverage of Wimbledon will work in SL.
[9:36] You: really
[9:36] You: how
[9:37] You: give me the landmarks please.
[9:37] Austin Ellison: I think Allison wants to play – I’ll grab a link – one moment
[9:37] You: k
[9:37] You: *throws Allison a bone
[9:37] You: Well I will have to get my tennis whites on
[9:38] Allison Jonze gnaws on the bone
[9:38] You: *pets dragon
[9:38] You: Allison I can’t remember when I saw you as a human.
[9:39] Austin Ellison: I think big blue is keeping the build location a secret for now.
[9:40] You: ha-ha
[9:40] You: lovely
[9:41] You: I use to have a flaming wall.
[9:42] You: Do you have any other Avies?
[9:46] Austin Ellison: No, just Austin Ellison. (So if you want to publish anything, just ask. )
[9:48] You: btw I saw what you wrote about ten faces on Stephen’s blog.
[9:48] You: I always wonder why you don’t write like that in your own blog.
[9:49] Austin Ellison: Just remember, not many of your readers understand what an avie [avie is an Avatar] is, let alone that there can be a separate ‘personality’ attributed to that avie.
[9:49] Austin Ellison: Thank you.
[9:49] You: or maybe it’s because when people asks in form of an interview or questions…our writing response becomes better?
[9:50] Austin Ellison: I walk an odd line with how I use Collaborative Ideation. I want to keep it entertaining, but I ‘do’ represent Levenger to an extent with what I write.
[9:50] Austin Ellison: I often try to avoid anything that appears too commercial.
[9:50] You: Yes … I think that is your fear to appear too commercial…
[9:51] You: and I think it holds up some of the writing.
[9:51] Austin Ellison: There are times where I am really excited about a new product or find a large discount on an item others have expressed an interest in, but I do not post such content as it would appear to anyone unfamiliar with my work, as an advertisement.
[9:51] You: in a way it’s a sort of censoring of one self?
[9:51] You: I would agree.
[9:51] You: that’s where people like me come in
[9:52] You: to bring that sort of good news to the consumers.
[9:52] Austin Ellison: With your outside perspective, you can offer an opinion about what I write that feels more objective.
[9:52] You: I see.
[9:53] You: but some times I hold my tongue.
[9:53] You: because I know they are free samples.
[9:53] You: and I edit my opinion too much.
[9:53] You: I try to find a ground where products try to work together if I can.
[9:54] Austin Ellison: I’m thankful for the work you do, with the entire notebook community. I realized a few months ago that the social media experiment I’m running is less about the ‘kind’ of notebook used, but about the creativity and “fast-prototyping” of the community that helps us learn together.
[9:54] You: and I think that’s the most fun …to be creative with the good.
[9:54] You: thank you…I sometimes don’t know what I’m doing…I simple play on a hunch and experiment like you.
[9:54] Austin Ellison: Your voice is certainly being broadcast out there to businesses. You’re doing a great job.
[9:55] You: you have an input and support have help.
[9:55] You: and it seems each blog links me to a new connection.
[9:55] You: from Levenger I found out about Tom Kelley
[9:55] You: and then to snow crash to SL
[9:56] You: I wonder if it’s like that for you?
[9:57] Austin Ellison: There are a small group of influencers managing content. Following the web, or clusters, is what can lead to hive research. (Or lots of wasted time.)
[9:58] Austin Ellison: Learning takes on an entirely new operation with collective content intelligence (web 2.0)
[9:58] You: hm…Hive research
[9:58] You: good analogy…we are like worker bees.
[9:59] Austin Ellison: Try creating a feed from a del.icio.us search for some topic or group of words like “SL+library”. You will benefit from the research of everyone else, and as you bookmark your own sites, give back to that effort.
[10:00] You: I see
[10:00] You: I’ve always wonder why you don’t use del.icio.us?
[10:00] Austin Ellison: This is where I step off to some proverbial lectern and begin speaking about emergent communication technology. …..Rather see the space station?
[10:00] You: Or why you choose Tumblr?
[10:01] You: fine with me…do your lectern
[10:01] Austin Ellison: (I find ma.gnolia.com to be much better. It is the blogroll on the right of the tumblr page.)
[10:02] You: Tell us about what you think is the emergent communication tech.
[10:02] Austin Ellison: Further, the guys behind Tumblr have some bright potential. I think there should be some great improvements to the platform in the next few months. It is very “mash” able
[10:03] You: aha I see…delicious had become too commercial maybe.
[10:03] Austin Ellison: A great place to learn about emergent communication is Alex Pang’s EndOfCyberspace blog.
[10:04] You: I see… how did you find his blog?
[10:05] Austin Ellison: He works with a few other researchers from Palo Alto. It was only by chance that I learned of his upcoming book. I had read his entries on Future Now for quite awhile.
[10:06] You: I see….it’s all overwhelming sometimes to keep up with.
[10:06] Austin Ellison: I’m not going anywhere.
[10:06] You: You were talking about Avies earlier.
[10:06] You: what is your explanation.
[10:08] Austin Ellison: Yes. I wanted to mention that sometimes the concepts that you and I have already grasped in regards to dividing selves into SL-Avie, RL, RL on the phone, RL instant messaging, etc, aren’t easily understandably to an audience unless they have experienced them first-hand.
[10:10] Austin Ellison: SL is actually pretty foreign to some. Perhaps you should create an objective, or mission, for Ducce as Duc. Something to help distinguish the personalities while adding a purpose like, “the web 3.d explorer”.
[10:10] Austin Ellison: I bet your fans would find that exciting.
[10:11] You: I think so…(Duc looks around…What fan?)
[10:11] You: I didn’t think anyone reads those things.
[10:11] Austin Ellison: …or “ace reporter from the metaverse”
[10:11] You: but one woman got out of character to chide me on my bad grammar.
[10:11] Austin Ellison:
[10:12] You: Ducce’s personality arrives as he went, a sort of fool misfit.
[10:12] You: I even had to make corrections to make her happy.
[10:13] You: She is a furry in SL. I know some people only exist as furies on here.
[10:13] Austin Ellison: I grasped that on your first post. (Especially when Ducce called Duc an XXX) But I bet you thoroughly confused a few readers
[10:13] You: and good…
[10:14] You: I think some people are so serious with their blogs
[10:14] Austin Ellison: Yeah, I agree.
[10:14] You: that’s why I like to read the humorous Steve on DIYplanner.
[10:14] Victoria Trenchard is Online
[10:15] You: What do you think about trying to appear like your real life self on SL?
[10:16] You: I’m thinking I would like to do that but I don’t know how yet.
[10:16] Austin Ellison: I ‘read into’ things a great deal. Further, I felt it would help me to remain focused on my objectives and keep accountable for my actions.
[10:17] Austin Ellison: A fountain pen network member was in Chicago last Friday. He recognized me by my avatar. I was quite impressed.
[10:18] Austin Ellison: -just add a suit and tie.
[10:18] You: I did see your Youtube demonstration of the Aaron Chair
[10:18] You: I must say there is a resemblance.
[10:19] Austin Ellison: Have you seen the station?
[10:19] You: No….I do like the Circa ‘salad’ bar.
[10:19] You: Perfect cross pollination there!
[10:19] You: It’s design experience in action.
[10:19] Austin Ellison: …oh ….. I’m having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to promote this thing.
[10:20] You: The gadget station?
[10:20] Austin Ellison: It’s funny how a difficult advertising ‘free’ notebook is. (What’s the catch? the predominant response.)
[10:20] Austin Ellison: -no the space station – SL
[10:21] You: oh *Ducce perks up* free?
[10:21] You: I haven’t seen the space station.
[10:22] Austin Ellison: *this is where I sound like a commercial* Anyone that enters a Levenger retail store, can receive a free, custom, Circa notebook. We build a sample with the kind of pages they want to try. The idea behind it, obviously, is that we want to get people excited about the personalization potential of the system.
[10:24] Austin Ellison: Anyway,…that is what those video prototypes are about. We are developing some method for letting customers know about it that doesn’t seem too “cheeky”. A series of videos shot within the actual stores seemed the right blend of authenticism.
[10:24] You: Oh…I would put on a different mask and appear with a different accent so I can get it all…hehe
[10:24] Austin Ellison:
[10:25] Austin Ellison: To the space station? (I thought it would be a good photo op in the cockpit before launch
[10:25] You: good idea
June 21, 2007
‘Check ignition…may God’s love be with you…’ *breaks into a solo*
Yeah Ducce here again for another fine installment….Austin thought ‘Ace reporter from the Metaverse, explorer of web3.D’ would be a good moniker for Ducce, yeah that’s me! (Did you just call me a Monica?) Today I decided to be a sidekick to the great Aeronautical genius that is Austin a.k.a Rasmussen! Yeah the heat was getting to me so outer space may be a bit cooler. Summer Solstice, you can kiss my behind. Anyway, at the International Space Museum, I had a chance to go to Uranus. Okay, bad joke…I wouldn’t help it. But I didn’t. I picked Pluto. The Landmark to the space museum is called something like…Bravo 123, or something like that. I’ll have to look it up. But anyway if you do a search on your places in SL it might pop up. Boy do I go to such lengths to bring you this kind o’ exciting stuff.
I cover the Metaverse!
I go forward, not reverse!
Ace reporter from the Metaverse…
I got a hipster(Circa Hpda) in my pocket,
Sure I’ll ride on a rocket…
Go anywhere (Pluto but not Uranus)
Sure just plug that comp right into the socket
O’ what’s happenin’!….Word.
Bringing you Verse from the Metaverse.
Your word-meister for the Universe….
I get around…Circa’lating.
Ain’t no waiting.
Dropin’ it like it’s hOt…
off the press.
I come to you super Max Express……
…..hm something like that. I’m trying to work on that rap song and a mission statement for my Second Life Profile.
[10:27] Austin Ellison: Have you tried this before?
[10:28] You: No. Where am I?
[10:28] Austin Ellison: There is a great deal to explore here at the museum.
[10:28] Austin Ellison: However, the rocket flight to the space station is kind of neat.
[10:29] Austin Ellison: Take a look at the directions on the sign behind you.
[10:29] Austin Ellison: Let me know after you’ve changed the settings for the preflight
[10:30] You: How to changed it?
[10:30] Austin Ellison: CTRL-P
[10:31] Austin Ellison: Under graphics and advanced graphics
[10:32] You: I change distance
[10:32] Austin Ellison: Yes, to 192. Then go to the advanced graphics tab to set you fog ratio and nighttime brightness.
[10:33] You: Set fog and brightness.
[10:33] Austin Ellison: Okay, right click on shuttle and board.
[10:34] You: Let me turn around
[10:34] You: Do i have to put away my pen and Circa hpda?
[10:35] You: Where is the shuttle?
[10:36] Gemini Titan whispers: When ready, say ‘+blastoff’
[10:37] Austin Ellison: +blastoff
[10:37] Gemini Titan whispers: BLAST OFF!
[10:37] Gemini Titan whispers: Here’s your EVA Checklist:
[10:37] Gemini Titan whispers: 1) World -> Force Sun -> Midnight
[10:37] Gemini Titan whispers: 2) Edit -> Preferences -> Graphics -> Draw Distance: 256 meters
[10:37] You: wow
[10:37] Gemini Titan whispers: You are now in orbit around the Earth!
[10:37] Gemini Titan whispers: Please wait while the capsule docks with the platform…
[10:37] Gemini Titan whispers: If you have not already done so, now is your last chance to set your sun to midnight!
[10:38] You: I don’t see you
[10:38] Austin Ellison: Cool, right?
[10:39] Austin Ellison: just careful of the edge.
[10:39] You: k
[10:39] You: very cool
[10:40] You: wow
[10:40] You: Okay photo op.
[10:40] You: 00000…
[10:41] Austin Ellison: you will need a jetpack up here to get around.
[10:41] You: I’m affraid to move.
[10:41] You: There’s the abyss.
[10:42] Skee jetpack (X-Flight): All Go
[10:42] Austin Ellison gave you Skee jetpack (X-Flight).
[10:42] Austin Ellison: if you fall, that will help
[10:42] Skee jetpack (X-Flight): All Go
[10:43] Austin Ellison: Where to?
[10:43] You: Pluto?
[10:43] Austin Ellison: Meet you there.
[10:48] You: okay