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...