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I'm going to be interviewed tomorrow in Second Life for Information Week's regular GridTalk session; full details here.

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Cool. I haven't logged into Second Life for months, but may to check this out...Since it's Veterans Day in the US, I thought it would be fun to post this here, WW II as envisioned by 13 year old Starcraft obsessives.

http://quining.livejournal.com/34425.html

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Gah. Second Life - asides from a few lonely perverts it's basically flypaper for gullible journalists who wish the VR hype from ten years ago had come to something.

Oh, you might see Warren Ellis there.

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The interview will be a podcast as well, downloadable from the IW's website.

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I guess it's sort of appropriate given the theme of Halting State.

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8 a.m Pacific time, that's 1600 GMT and 1700 CET. Jesus Christ, did they set the time to make it inconvenient for everybody?

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Watch out for the flying penises, Charlie.

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Charlie,

Have you seen this yet.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7094764.stm

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Hehe, I was just about to post the very same comment :-D

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Flying penii hold no fear for me; I am currently halfway through reading Warren Ellis's "Crooked Little Vein" and giggling like a terminally sick puppy.

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The Baron (#2): Thank you for making the mandatory comment insulting Second Life and the people who engage with it, which is required in any online discussion of Second Life. You forgot to include the comment, "Second Life is for people who don't have a *first* life." Please try to do better next time.

Srsly, dude, *every* *single* *time* I see a discussion about Second Life, somebody just like you comes in and makes a comment just like yours. Same tone, same content, same dismissive atttude, usually with a pun on the name "Second Life" and "get a life" or "no first life." It's like trying to have a nice discussion about the intricacies of Linux with other Linux users and having a Microsoft fan come in and pee all over it. It gets tired.

Roy G Ovrebo (#5): No, we actually just set up the time to make it inconvenient for *you,* personally. We sit around in meetings and think, "What can we next do to annoy Roy G. Ovrebo"?

Srsly, dude, InformationWeek is an American publication, Second Life is an American service, and I'm based in California. However, Second Life *users* are an international community, and any time we have an event it's going to be the middle of the night for *somebody.* This event was early in the morning for Californians, midmorning on the American East Coast, and mid-afternoon in Europe. That seems pretty convenient for the maximum number of people. What time would you have preferred?

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Mitch: Roy is in Norway, an hour ahead of me. And his working environment is not conducive to kibitzing in SL.

(But he's welcome to a personal reading next time he comes over here and buys me a beer. :)

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Charlie - Noted. Like I said, the Second Life community is global, which is great, but unfortunately that means anytime we do something, it's going to be inconvenient for someone.

We've been thinking of moving Tuesday GridTalk to later in the morning California time. That'd be early afternoon on the American East Coast, and early evening in Europe. Which would be more convenient for Europeans probably no net change for East Coasters, and means I don't have to be alert at 8 am. :)

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Virtual or real reality?

I was reminded of your comments on crime in virtual space on reading this:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/iandouglas/nov2007/habbo-thefts.htm#comments

Oops?

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Mitch@10: No, we actually just set up the time to make it inconvenient for *you,* personally. We sit around in meetings and think, "What can we next do to annoy Roy G. Ovrebo"?

Hah! I knew it!

This event was early in the morning for Californians, midmorning on the American East Coast, and mid-afternoon in Europe. That seems pretty convenient for the maximum number of people. What time would you have preferred?

Some time when people aren't going to and/or from work and/or in the middle of dinner? Ok, you foreigners keep weird work hours, but I'd bet a good few people on the US west coast, in the UK or in Europe were in the middle of their commute at the time. A couple of hours later would be far better, I'd think - and that's indeed what you seem to be proposing

Charlie@11: And his working environment is not conducive to kibitzing in SL.

You bet... I narrowly avoided having my vehicle catch fire on Saturday morning. Hydraulic leak on hot steel = no good.

(But he's welcome to a personal reading next time he comes over here and buys me a beer. :)

Thanks, man!

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Zero Linden is attempting a crossing between Secondlife and an opensim, this could be the start of 3D web browsing. Litesim is the group on Secondlife promoting a 3D web.

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Roy - Your wish is our command - we're planning to move the start time for GridTalk from 8 am Pacific/Second Life time to 10 am.

I'd like to say we did it all for you -- but the truth is, I dislike having to be awake and on my A-game at 8 am.

We change the times of these things every few months (not intentionally, it's just worked out that way). We gain a couple of regulars and lose a couple of regulars every time we do.

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Charlie I take it you are joining the other greats of SF in Secondlife............what is your avatars name?

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