Monday, June 18, 2007

A Second Life

As reported by Tom Paine, I did indeed drop into the world of Second Life (SL) yesterday.

Your humble Devil surveys the scenery whilst having a relaxing smoke, with Tom Paine and Thunderdragon, on the terrace of the Awards venue "skybox".

Tom and James Higham have decided to hold the Blogpower Awards Ceremony in this virtual world and so your humble Devil decided to drop in and investigate the venue.

Your humble Devil...

I have been meaning to look into Second Life, from a professional point of view, for some time now; however, it may surprise you to know that my ability to deal with this sort of technology is actually quite poor. This is mainly because I don't play computer games very much and, when I do, I like to have a large piece of rapid-firing ordnance in my hand.

I also lack the patience to learn how to do things, and I'm not tremendously interested, as a rule, in meeting strangers in a virtual world. As such, and as far as I am concerned, I am uncertain as to how much of an "experience" SL really is: in the end, those virtual cigarettes and drinks are just that—virtual.

Having said that, Tom Paine has not only built up an impressive estate—featuring his main home, a beach house and two "skyboxes", a zeppelin (which I crashed) and, I am glad to report, a vast quantity of Macs (on one of which, he showed us his real life (RL) family)—but also a highly detailed knowledge of the place and its capabilities. Indeed, he seems to have found ways to accomplish useful RL tasks within SL.

Given all of this, the decision to hold the Awards Ceremony in Second Life—given the fact that many of those taking part are scattered all over the globe—seems a novel one and I think that it could work very nicely. As such, I recommend that you drop into Second Life (it's free for a basic account) and try playing around with it.

Should you wish to find people, you can add them to your friends list: I am Devilskitchen Writer and, probably your first stop for any questions, Tom Paine is LastDitch Writer. When you have signed up and downloaded the software, this link will take you directly to the venue.

The Blogpower Award Ceremonies are being held on Sunday 1st July 2007, at 2pm London time. I shall hope to see you there...

9 comments:

Jockney said...

Mr Devil Sir,
your email link aint working so I have contacted via comments.

I think, I hope, that some of your many devoted readers will be interested in my campaign to unseat the odious Livingstone next year.

I would be grateful for the merest puff.

London Independent Democratic Party

www.lidp.blogspot.com

PS Am I right in thinking that the only cunts who can swear properly in this fucking country are the toffs and the workers?

Robert said...

Can you run Second Life on a Mac? I've always assumed you could not, and have never heard anything to the contrary.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Yes, you can; no problem. Tom Paine a Mac man as, of course, am I. The software exists in Universal Binary.

DK

Tom Paine said...

Thanks for the write-up, DK. I look forward to greeting your readers in SL - and to seeing them packing the hall at the Blogpower Awards.

lost_nurse said...

What's the healthcare like in SL?

I bet you get seen quickly - and by a proper doctor.

Colin Campbell said...

I enjoyed my visit this morning. Tom certainly knows his way around. A very gracious host. Each time I visit it is a bit easier.

Still frustrating at the moment. I think you have to simulate the virtual drinks with real life drinks.

Anonymous said...

hi there, is anybody having trouble siging up to sl? it keeps telling me that my name is invaild.
cheers john

Pogo said...

Frankly, now I've tried it, I reckon that this Second Life thingy is what my stepson would call "a load of pants"...

Or maybe I'm just 40 years too old to appreciate it. :-(

mutleythedog said...

Which one is you in the picture? and how did it go getting back out of there? I am worried about being trapped and having to live there forever...