I have an HTC Vive headset and I signed up for an account for Second Life’s 3D program – Sansar.
My Blue Hair podcast may have faded quite a bit there, but after DrFran Babcock and Gomem Desoto asked about it, I decided to look into getting it back on the air. This time, I’m using CastBlaster to produce the podcast live. I was more prepared with notes as well as playing a few songs that I like from the podsafe music network. Download the episode, Catching Up, and give it a listen some time.
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00:01 Blue Hair Jingle – Geoff Smith
00:44 Space Balls: The everlasting know it all
I am working on creating a skin for myself from pictures in real life. I found that Morpheus Photo Morpher v3.01 Industrial works well for this task. I recommend Robin Wood’s avatar UV templates. I was inspired by pictures of people and avatars put side-by-side next to each other. I opened a feature request to allow people to move there avatars eyes up and down.
I go over the Relay for Life events where many musicians played for 3 days. Many musicians in-world participated with sound-clips for the groovy scavenger hunt. We raised over 120,000 US$ for the American Cancer Society this year. My friend, DrFran Babcock got the most laps this year.
Voice comes to SL and not many people are actually using it. Infohubs such as Ahern are becomming popular destinations for people who would like to speak.
Sculpties are in SL as well with a lot of software provided solely for SL. Snurb O’Matic is an in-world sculpty editor offered by SkyHighatry. Tokoroten and Rokuro are made to extrude and spin patterns and very easy to use. SculptyPaint is a technical tool available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
I got a wiki for myself lately after hearing about them being used by Beth Ritter-Guth. I’ve been writing out all of my product descriptions that I sell and trying to make them more professional. I’ve posted a job listing on SLTaskForce.com to hire someone to help me out. I’ve also noticed that SL Boutique is now known as Shop On-Rez.
49:26 Blue Hair End Tag Preview – Geoff Smith
49:41 Arno Lubbinge – Produced with CastBlaster
Now this is wierd. I opened my SL viewer today and instead of seeing a pretty screenshot of the world with blog posts and statistics, I saw the following:
The requested URL could not be retrieved
While trying to retrieve the URL: http://secondlife.com/app/login/
The following error was encountered:
- Access Denied. Access control configuration prevents your request from being allowed at this time. Please contact your service provider if you feel this is incorrect.
Your cache administrator is webmaster.
Generated Sat, 28 Jul 2007 17:43:20 GMT by web11.lindenlab.com (squid/2.6.STABLE12)
I’ve been learning about readability indexes in my online college courses lately. Specifically the Gunning Fog Index and the Flesch Reading Ease Scale. There are plenty more, but the basic concept is that these formulas determine what reading level someone must have mastered to be able to understand what it is that you are writing.
I went on the web and found some automated tools to do the job for me. It is tediouse to do this manually without them. For something to test with, I used the Second Life Terms of Service (TOS). I was not at all surprised at the results. Second Life is available for anyone who is 13 years of age or older, but you must have a reading level of a college graduate in order to understand and agree to the terms of service. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound rite to me.
I would think that one test would be skewed and I found find myself being optimistic. However, I have a diversity in testing methods and the lowest possible grade was 11. How many 13 year olds do you know in the 11th grade? I believe the average age of a High School Junior is 16.
The average grade is 27.33. Not only would I need an AA and BA to understand the TOS, but I would probably need a Masters as well. I doubt that Linden Labs is the only company with terms of services that targets a reading level of college graduates when at the same time it targets people who do not have that level of understanding. When was the last time that you installed software and read through the entire license agreement? Let alone read, but actually understand it as well.
The world of software and services loves to protect themselves with legal jargon that its end-users may not understand. Perhaps it is time that we have our own legal jargon that states our own rights to protect ourselves from the service providers. “By allowing me to connect and offer service to create content in a virtual world hosted and owned by Linden Lab, they are agreeing that I can not be held responsible for blah, blah, blah.”
The only problem there would be that they would need to agree. I do not have the power to persuade them to do so since they are not despirate for my services in particular. There are many others willing to offer the same services without host-end agreements.
Why is it that service providers have such power over us? I’m not talking about Linden Lab’s alone. The MS Windows operating system, Sony Playstation games, even those limited liability warranties that come with your luggage. How can we as a people get our power to persuade when so many accept the norm without question?
Number of characters: 44661
Number of words: 7484
Number of sentences: 183
Average words per sentence: 40.9
Flesch Score: 11.65
Flesch Grade: 22 : Beyond Twelfth Grade reading level
Automated Readability Index: 27 : Beyond Twelfth Grade reading level
Coleman-Liau Index: 21 : Beyond Twelfth Grade reading level
Gunning-Fog Index: 55 : Beyond Twelfth Grade reading level
A lot of us are still asking ourselves why this is happened, and how it could happen. There are many unanswered questions regarding the largest mass casualty event at an educational facility. The facts are still being discovered. Eyewitness accounts are coming in left and right. Procedures are bound to be changed. The whole nation has been stirred up. For those of us who wish to show that we care, a memorial has been erected. People have left candles, flowers, stuffed animals, and even a symbolic sculpture (black for depression, white eyes for the soul, and a red tear for each death).
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Notice: I am not a student at Virginia Tech. I attend another university, but I do have relations with a community where some members do attend Virginia Tech as educators on Info Island and the surrounding sims in Second Life. I state this because I’ve noticed a ton of hits to my blog coming from Kleine Zeitung. It is hard to determine what is said about me, as I can’t determine the language. I’m getting a general idea that they believe that I’m a student at Virginia Tech.
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