Here’s Part 3.
“Fred, where the hell is the ocean?”
“I have no idea.”
“And what are we sitting on? This is definitely NOT the beach.”
“Dude, I’m freaking out!”
“Steve, calm down. We’ll get through this.”
“Can you hold my hand?”
“You got it, starbro.”
On January 23rd 2011, I was an invited guest on Paisley Beebe’s “Tonight Live” show in Second Life. Thank you again to everyone on the Tonight Live and Treet.tv team for working so hard to put on such a professional show and the opportunity for me to participate. I had a fun time, and thank you to everyone who attended as well.
I shared some of my thoughts about my time working at Linden Lab, some simple advice for Linden Lab’s new CEO, my new gig with Reaction Grid, the state of education in virtual worlds, and the future of interconnected virtual worlds in general.
I hope I was entertaining. If anyone would like me to expand on anything I said in the interview, please leave a blog comment and I’ll happily reply.
Here’s a recording of my interview.
-John “Pathfinder” Lester
“This is nice.”
“Is that a biscuit on the floor over there?”
“Stop looking at it. You’re not going anywhere. I need your body heat right here, right now.”
“I swear it’s a biscuit.”
“It’s an inedible chewed rubber bone that you nevertheless tried to eat yesterday. Focus on being in the blanket.”
“I don’t remember…”
“Focus. On. The. Blanket.”
Opensim is a pioneering platform where everyone is building anew, and that pioneering spirit brings out an amazing level of creativity.
But on this particular tour, we discovered something that completely blew me away. We found a cityscape spanning 16 regions. A Tolkien-themed area called “Romenna,” created by a single artist named Nick Lassard.
“I’m half asleep. You’ll have to be more specific.”
“The fact that we are the same species. I mean, look at our size difference!”
“You’re 10 times my size! You’re gargantuan! Yet we are both Canis lupus familiaris. How is such disparity within the same species possible?”
“You think too much. Let’s snuggle some more. My butt is still cold.”
“I wonder if there’s a Wikipedia article about this…”
When I was in high school, I used to write a lot. Mostly short stories. I really enjoyed it, and apparently I was pretty good at it too. As a junior in high school I won a Brown University Book Award for my “academic excellence combined with clarity in written and spoken expression.”
I’ve always remembered that nice formal affirmation. Despite the fact that I never ended up going to Brown. And that I spent most of my academic focus in high school playing D&D.
But such an affirmation doesn’t mean anything if you don’t actually continue to write. Continue reading
Instead of discovering strange new worlds and interesting new creations, we found an empty and vacant place.
So we left a message in a bottle.
At this meeting visited the region Wizzy on ReactionGrid. At this location, Wizard Gynoid has created a giant model of the E8 Polytope, one of the most complex and elegantly beautiful geometric objects known to mathematicians.
Read on for a full transcript and photos of our adventure.