Tuesday, 1 April 2008

The 2nd QuestioN! P is for Pooky & H is for Hydra

From the top of Lord Rosse’s telescope to the bottom of the nano that sees magnetic energy in the cells of our very beings….covering SecondLife as no sane person can…tThis….Is…The….Slews!!

P:Good Evening Second Nation, and here now the Slews!

H: recepción y aquí ahora las noticias Spain makes the top ten of countries represented on Sl

P:In this weeks news arms to gather and hands to hold.

H: A new emissary from Earth is set to parachute onto Mars May 25, making it the first craft to land on the Red Planet’s north polar region.

P:NASA’s $386-million Phoenix Mars Lander features a robotic arm that will dig trenches up to half a meter deep in the frigid soil, scraping and scooping up samples of ice that lie just a few centimeters beneath the surface.

H: Phoenix will deliver those samples to onboard detectors including eight miniature ovens, to determine if the region contains water, complex organic compounds and sources of energy that might support life

P:Compared to the Viking missions, which assumed that Mars harbored life, this is just looking for a habitable zone,” . home on Mars for …somelife?
H: Almost No place like Home? SONY confirmed that PlayStation Home will be “open to the public towards the end of the year”. He apologised for the delayed release, but said he won’t open up Home until he’s “completely happy with it”.

P: Staying Home? Gas prices are having an effect on shopping - fully one-third of online U.S. adults say they are more likely to shop online rather than at a store because of high gas prices,

H: Winning at Home ? Rivers Run Red took top prize in the WEBBY’s in the Branded Content category for its work, from concept to machinima creation, in Coca Cola Happiness Factory filmed on SecondLife
For more proof of machinima magic check out annie Ok’s incredible IronMan made in SecondLife

P: Prime Sense raised $20.4 million in a second round of funding developing “technology that enables real time, low cost three dimensional machine vision” with the aim of letting users “interact with consumer devices in a simple and intuitive way.”

H: They don’t mention virtual worlds, but the sort of potential applications and technology seem like they could make Prime Sense a potential competitor (or partner) for Handsfree 3D’s Second Life interface.

P:I want a man with a free hand! In fact, Mitch Kapor mentioned several Israeli companies (Prime Sense is based out of Tel Aviv) developing 3D cameras as part of his inspiration for Handsfree 3D.

H: They’ve also got similar motivations to lose the mouse - its just so last cenrury Pooky. Technology expands, mouse remains the same.
Prime Sense’s technology propels user interfaces straight into the future.

P: Hand to Hand combat? http://www.handsfree3d.com/videos/
Two weeks after debuting their first Hands Free 3D video showing the possibilities for navigating there is a new demo out - Hands Free Object Editing in Second Life.

H: In Tish Shute’s blogbuster interview this week, http://www.ugotrade.com/
Mitch Kapor said he is working “so that avatars can directly mirror body language and facial expression.” the camera could be a central device

P: Mitch & Philippe are now working on use of camera so that avatars can directly mirror body language and facial expression. If I tilt my head to the side or smile or frown, the avatar will do the same thing.

H: They are optimistic they can do something compelling in pretty short order, like less than a month.

P: (Sticks tongue out) You didn’t see that right? I just did that at home this does take us from science fiction to science as it will make happen what people have been talking about for a long time. Snow crash!

H: the discussion turned to interactive data visualization and one that Ben Lindquist of Green Phosphor has been developing, that is, that you can actually process business models

P:-How about a power point.?

H: For me the this system work when I can see myself at home snarling laughing and emoting the hell out of my self.let’s FACE it, Linux users seems pretty interested in how, when, and if Linden Lab will take Second Life completely open source.

P: LinuxWorld talked about taking the back-end code of the Second Life Grid down the open source road.

H: Hit the open source road, JACK!! We dont need no stinking Standardization! Kapoor went on to say the power of the open systems is so much greater than the walled gardens Also the open source ethic is so deeply established in large parts of the development community.

P: he recommends making peace with a certain amount of chaos right now and the understanding that it’s likely to settle down. The chaos is not the last word. Man can not stand a world with no end, do you think we can open source our thoughts?

H: As Gwneth Lwellen says we want to defend our home, we dont want the ubercontrolled worlds of Disney - the restraints of a closed system. A proscribed society of programmed avtars who cant even do the diishes!

P: Speak for yourself

H: We defend where we grow up though, walled gardens have spawned many an avatar as well. Is it wrong to defend ones Virtua World the way one would defend one’s nation?

P: Hands off! U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said Monday
With nearly 13 million online users, t Second Life is a risk for children, who could be sexually exploited,

H: Kirk sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting a consumer-alert warning about its dangers when one o f his aides tried and failed to log in as a 10-year-old. But gained access, using the same e-mail address when she claimed to be 18. Kirk is running for reelection

P: That is just what kids are looking for a way to do – spend more time with their parents online. Sl has identity verification for anyone wishing to use ‘Restricted’ regions . called Aristotle - Might help to know who the person is your doing business with, or falling in love with is.

H: OneBigPlanet is trying to make the world just a little bit smaller. The company recently announced the launch of a new Commerce and Loyalty Platform to help social networks tap into new revenue streams and fight the high turnover seen by most sites

P: The new platform creates individual, specialized portals for social networks So each user can pick their favorite stores and Web sites – & advertisers can pick them.

H: Sony Entertainment revealed LittleBigPlanet to be released in October.
“The game will include over 50 wonderful environments”, but of course the USP is the UGC. LBP will let you create your own GL OL

P: Also unveiled MotorStorm’s which has interactive vegetation. It also fights back, apparently, so shrubs will take you down if your vehicle isn’t big enough. Water also won’t be just a backdrop, and has forces, flows and buoyancy. But is it wet?

H: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/index.html
You’re doing it within a 3D virtual world, but that world is just a model of the actual world.

P: huh? Fox Interactive is adding self-service video ads to its menu of online ad options. The AdStore will allow advertisers, especially small businesses, to find video producers

H: Hearst-Argyle’s Boston affiliate WCVB-TV will be testing a TV-to-internet ad clicking system from Backchannelmedia. It enables web-like ad interaction from a TV set. Whoop de do

P: Christian video-sharing site GodTube raised $30 million to fund its crusade & AbsolutePunk.net, was acquired by BuzzNet.

H C3L3B Inc.,a stealth startup just raised millions in january. Building a casual MMO targeting the mini-game and entertainment news hungry 25-45 y/o female.

P: This, web site remains unlaunched but just how important is fashion and style? The placeholder is simply a woman’s shoe with the words “coming soon.” Sex in the SimCity?
A world without men. What was Barbie without GI Joe?

H: MySpace is reportedly charging developers for thier applications to appear on its “Featured Apps” page. Prices are said to run between $50,000 and $100,000 for a week of placement.

P:MySpace launched a karaoke feature. How much do you have to pay to get people to listen to you? And forget the first man on the moon who will put the first ad on the moon?
H: Here’s the metaverse mystery of the week: This strange new private island with a very familiar name was recently spotted, by Second Life blogger Tateru Nino (and confirmed when I checked the world’s dynamic map today), we have to assume it’s an official Nintendo property.

P: Here’s a more tantalizing possibility: A German firm has created a Wii-to-SL interface for treadmills, so maybe Nintendo is cooking up some interesting new home gym product feature. Mii -wii

H: Fighting to take back your life! Professor Patrick Bordnick has recently brought 40 alcoholics into a guided virtual environment for 18 minutes that featured each individual’s favorite drink. Participants were asked to rate their cravings

P: “The virtual was real enough that their cravings were intensified. So, now they can develop coping skills, in these environments until those skills are working real life tools ” They could just stay inworld until they have to go to sleep and miss drinking entirely- Dont drink & hard drive you might crash!

H: When I have my optimal self in the virtual world, how does that change how I think about myself how do I internalize this new me,”

P: Do you Howl at the real moon or the one here- its full every night. A series of recent studies showed that after spending time as an attractive avatar, an hour later, the afterglow of attractiveness hadn’t worn off when participants were asked to make real-world decisions.

H: The confidence you’ve gotten from having a virtual attractive face pervades in the physical world one hour later, a recent study pointed out. In digital worlds, from phone calls to Second Life meetings, avatars are replacing more and more personal interactions. And how will this affect business done in the virtual world?

P: I don’t know, if everyone is gorgeous, the playing field is kind of level isn’t it? And that is the Slews.

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