Happy Birthday Second Life. It’s been a busy week, full of interviews and exciting events at SL18B. And then there … Continue reading This resident’s initial thoughts on how to attract more people to SL – as requested by Brad Oberwager, exec chair of linden Lab and co-leader of the mysteriously unnamed LLC that now owns it.
I’ve been thinking about Second Life communication. Again. Text communication in Second Life is a minefield. I’ve spoken to you … Continue reading The Vanished IM. Something needs to be done about it.
This coming Friday is a bit of a personal landmark for me: it denotes ten whole years in Second Life … Continue reading I turn ten on Friday. Where’s my gold watch, Linden?
Can it really be that November and its annual writing contest – National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, as those … Continue reading Pokeprim, Civil War and Mr Copybot: Some novel ideas 2016
It’s nearly November again, the month of NaNoWriMo – which is, of course, to say, the month in which complete … Continue reading Bright Canapé, Sansarially Yours and Game of Prims: Some novel ideas 2015
Rarely a month seems to go by without news that some place or another in Second Life is to disappear. … Continue reading Disappearing places
I think it’s over a year now since the last performance of ‘Paradise Lost’ at Basilique. Put together by Canary … Continue reading Paradise Lost: The Movie
I’m a bit late to the business of streaming the metaverse. I recognised SLGo as a significant thing, but it … Continue reading Bright canopy and all that
The word from SL12B is that Sansar, the new virtual world from Linden, will offer its users free land. Speaking … Continue reading Free land for everyone in Sansar… how will that work?
Here’s my contribution to Xiola Linden’s video share request. Continue reading What Second Life means to me
My first foray into creating new words to describe the various Second Life experiences we’ve all shared but have no … Continue reading The Second Life® Dictionary of Virtual Experience: Avatar animation
One of my favourite dip-in books is Douglas Adams’ and John Lloyd’s ‘The Meaning of Liff’. This wonderful little book … Continue reading The Second Life® Dictionary of Virtual Experience: Inventory
Several years ago – in 2007, in fact – I wrote my first ever article about Second Life®. Titled, ‘The … Continue reading Pardon the expression
Meeting the Lindens on 14 May The Basilique is a sleepy little Italian town. More and more often now I … Continue reading The oddness of one hundred avatars
Thoughts on the new name for Second Life 2. Continue reading Welcome to Sansar
After a big event, it’s always nice to escape to the countryside for some new air and a change of … Continue reading Leka
It’s probably no great surprise to learn that I’ve only sold one of these so far (actually, it probably isa … Continue reading Mesh addiction
November is nearly upon us, that month when the world’s population of fictional characters is incremented by at least a … Continue reading Yet more novel ideas
Wagner James Au has opened up an interesting debate over on his blog, New World Notes, stating that Linden should … Continue reading Is sex in Second Life pornography?
How Second Life and everything else internet has failed us – or we have failed it. Those of us old … Continue reading The continuation of division
Following a signpost from Ziki Questi’s blog, I spent some time yesterday at ‘Second Life History’, an LEA (Linden Endowment … Continue reading Ten facts about early Second Life
Now that everyone’s panicking about the atomic bomb dropped by Linden last month when they announced their successor to Second … Continue reading Could an office in Second Life 2 be the killer app that virtual reality is looking for?
My thoughts on this announcement. The breaking news yesterday on Wagner James Au’s always excellent New World Notes was that … Continue reading Linden Lab announce a successor to Second Life
How one day you’ll have nothing to remember your Second Life by, and possibly the real reason for that terms … Continue reading Inventory: Your own personal ticking time bomb
Part two: The approach of digital humans Last week, I considered what the technical challenges are to creating digital scans … Continue reading More metaverse and Death
Part one: Will copies of human beings one day end up in the metaverse? In my upcoming novel, Beside an … Continue reading Metaverse and Death
Virtual Reality might be both the saviour and the slayer of our metaverse. Depending on who you listen to, Second … Continue reading The second life of Second Life
Sign up to test the new world. Picked up from New World Notes just now, Philip Rosedale’s new virtual world … Continue reading Second Life 2 going alpha
Here’s my December column for AVENUE magazine, the last for a while whilst AVENUE takes a break to consider a … Continue reading On faking your death in SL
Here’s my November column for AVENUE magazine. November is with us again, the month in which hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading Some more novel ideas
Here’s my September column for AVENUE magazine. The written word, as we all know, is a wonderful thing. As it … Continue reading The withheld smiley
The second of two articles this month for AVENUE magazine. Just over a year ago (February 2012), we discovered that … Continue reading Linden’s adventure products: dio and Versu
The first of two articles this month for AVENUE magazine. Asimov once wrote of his pride in coining the word … Continue reading Fatal Crosspost: Coming soon to a conversation near you
Whilst the celebrations on SL10B draw to a close and in the few remaining days before the switch gets flipped … Continue reading Going back
It’s SL’s tenth birthday today. And here’s the final part of my ‘Absent’ series. Absent addiction In AFK I wrote … Continue reading Absent addiction
Here’s my June column for AVENUE magazine. A professional acquaintance of mine in RL recently transitioned from male to female … Continue reading Living in your gender, in SL
In part five of my ‘Absent’ series, I discard some obsolete products. Mega prims Oh how I cheered when the … Continue reading Absent products
In part four of my ‘Absent’ series, I remember some SL ideas. Business When I joined SL, there was one … Continue reading Absent ideas
In part three of my ‘Absent’ series, I remember some SL places. The Greenies home Stepping into the Greenies home … Continue reading Absent places
In part two of my ‘Absent’ series, I turn my attention to some of the things I used to do … Continue reading Absent activities
To coincide with Second Life’s tenth birthday, I thought I’d put down a few reflections on my own SL, focusing … Continue reading Absent friends
Here’s my May column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Leah McCullough. In June 2003, smartphones and tablet computers … Continue reading Second Life® is Ten
Last night, I attended the opening night of Romeo and Juliet, an SL production stage managed by Harvey Crabsticks, and … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet
Here’s my April column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Leah McCullough. Last month, I examined in passing … Continue reading And you’re done
Here’s my March column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Ziki Questi. In the days when I was … Continue reading Second Life Updates
Here’s my February column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Annough Lykin. Recently on my blog I published … Continue reading The Evolution of Identity
Here’s my January column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Annough Lykin. A new thing happened to me … Continue reading Like it. Your New Year’s Resolution.
Whilst I wrestle with my 2012 NaNo (currently at 19,000 words; only 6,000 behind…), here’s my November AVENUE column. This … Continue reading Some novel ideas
Here’s my October column for AVENUE magazine, which relaunches this month with a brand new look to celebrate its fifth birthday. … Continue reading Are you a metaverse citizen?
Here’s my September column for AVENUE magazine. I had a lot of fun thinking up and writing this article; the cherry … Continue reading Proposing the Second Life® Games
Here’s my August column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Annough Lykin and features Canary Beck’s KamaSutra Exotic … Continue reading Pixel flesh matters
Due to some technical difficulties, the July issue of AVENUE magazine was a little late. Here’s my column, and this month photography is … Continue reading Building matters
Here’s my June column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Eve Kazan. It’s that time of year again where … Continue reading Visualising the metaverse of the future
Here’s my May column for AVENUE magazine. Photography this month is by Val Kendal. Cyberbullying is a topic of increasing … Continue reading Are you a cyberbully?
SL’s latest free gift to Premium Members is a “fully interactive railcar that you can ride across more than 80 … Continue reading An SL rail travelog
Here’s my April column for AVENUE magazine. I’m delighted that this month my article has been accompanied by photographs by Simotron … Continue reading Reports of SL’s death have been greatly exaggerated
I’ve also put together a book to celebrate my five years of SL. A collection of my SL pictures, poems … Continue reading five
Here’s my March column for AVENUE magazine. This is a column I’ve been meaning to write for a while now, and … Continue reading Second Life is a place we visit
Here’s my February column for AVENUE magazine. I think it would be fair to say that a lot of the … Continue reading The approach of artificial people
Nordan Art closed last week. It happened suddenly and without warning; judging by the comments left at the Nordan Om … Continue reading Nordan Art: Interview with Flora Nordenskiold
Here’s my January column for AVENUE magazine. Out of the blue at the very beginning of December (apparently it was available … Continue reading Exploring Linden Realms
Here’s my December column for AVENUE magazine. Photography by Brie Wonder Christmas in Secondlife® is a slightly odd thing. Land owners … Continue reading Christmas and SL
Here’s my November column for AVENUE magazine. November marks the five year mark for me in Second Life®, although it wasn’t … Continue reading Long live text
Here’s my October column for AVENUE magazine. At long last, Mesh is here. What seemed like a whole year of … Continue reading Mesh and other matters
I’m now a regular columnist for AVENUE Magazine. Here’s my September column. Read Linden’s August update and you might just … Continue reading Anonymity – Three cheers for Linden Lab