Saturday, April 23, 2011

SLings and Arrows

Hamlet talks New World Notes, negativity, and his next book.

I own a lot of books, but only two of them are about Second Life. One is about scripting, which was an incredibly poor purchase on my part, because even if I ever did get around to learning SL scripting, I would then have to tediously retype those obsolete scripts into my objects. The other book turned out to be far more noteworthy and entertaining: Wagner James Au’s The Making of Second Life, covering the early years of Linden Lab and the creation of SL.

Under his avatar name ‘Hamlet’, Au is also the blogger behind New World Notes, which has been a mainstay on the Second Life scene for an impressive eight years now, an impressive achievement in any online realm.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sell It To Us!

Actually, she's a 49ers fan...

Community ownership as Second Life's endgame.

What can the Green Bay Packers teach us about Second Life?

Forget the dreary sports clich├ęs about teamwork and giving 110%. What is instructive about the Packers is that they're a professional sports team able to compete and triumph at the highest levels in one of the most competitive arenas on the planet without the backing of a giant corporation or the wallet of a mercurial billionaire. They did, after all, just win the Super Bowl.

Unique amongst all professional sports teams in the US, and indeed much of the world, the Packers are a non-profit, community-owned enterprise. All profits are put back into fielding the best team it can. The Packers are owned by fans, run by fans, for the benefit of all fans. The team cannot realistically be sold or moved. As long as there is an NFL and a Green Bay, Wisconsin, there will be a Green Bay Packers.

So for those of us who worry or wonder about the future of Second Life, perhaps the brightest road for Linden Lab runs through Lambeau Field.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

From SL Griefer to Spokesman for Anon

Had to share this story on D Magazine about a heroin addicted writer named Barrett Brown, who seems to have graduated from griefing Second Life to becoming the spokesman for the Anonymous group of hackers:
Brown was part of what he calls “an elite team of pranksters” that did whatever they could to make people miserable on Second Life. They developed a weapon that propagated giant Marios until certain areas of the online universe crashed. They would go into a concert and produce a loud screaming that no one could stop. They went into nightclubs for furries, people who get off by wearing animal costumes, and hassled them.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spooks in Second Life

Private Security Contractor Pitched Second Life PsyOps Campaign to US Military

In mid-2010, private security firm and defense contractor HBGary Federal proposed a psychological operations campaign to the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that would take place within the virtual world of Second Life.