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Things not going too good? Maybe you need a Second Life.

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Things not going too good?  Maybe you need a Second Life.

sl_connieUnder the Pixel Sun

by Kris Dibou

In the virtual life you’ve led
You’re neither living, nor are dead
You’ve met them all but met no one
Drifting under the pixel sun.

And as you tire of this place
The sun that doesn’t burn your face
The water that won’t make you wet
The death that never will be met

The wind that cannot touch our faces
Wand’ring through virtual places
What then is there in here for you?
Or should I ask you, perhaps, who?

What is Second Life?

If you don’t know what Second Life is… well, you should.  And we’ll give you a helping hand in that.

From the web site

Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.

  • From the moment you enter the World you’ll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you’ve explored a bit, perhaps you’ll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business.
  • You’ll also be surrounded by the Creations of your fellow Residents. Because Residents retain intellectual property rights in their digital creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other Residents.
  • The Marketplace currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. This commerce is handled with the inworld unit of trade, the Linden™ dollar, which can be converted to US dollars at several thriving online Linden dollar exchanges.

Welcome to the Second Life world. We look forward to seeing you inworld.

Immersive world of creation and destruction, fantasy, social networking, commerce, and more…

Note: First, a little about the language.  The aggregate of SecondLife is called the Grid.  Inworld is where you are when you are in second life.  You are reading this in your First Life or RL (“Real” Life)

Second Life is all of the aspects as cited by the Linden Labs quote and more.  It is an immersive virtual world of creation and destruction, fantasy, social networking, and commerce.  It has its own three dimensional space and physics similar to First Life – but not exactly.  The physics of Second Life is believable to a point with a slight suspension of disbelief as you would allow while watching a movie and yet being intellectually and emotionally attached to the plot and characters.   A day in the surreal virtual world of Linden Labs Second Life is only two (2) hours in duration as counted in RL.  Tempus Fugit in Second Life

How big is Second Life?

At the time of this writing in Q3 of 2008

  1. There are approxiamtely 16 million residents of Second Life.
  2. Typical number of residents inworld at any one time is about 60,000.
  3. Residents lived inworld for about  100 million hours.
  4. As regards the economy $100 million US dollars of transactions took place.
  5. The amount of land owned by residents is about  65,000 acres.

Here are some very basic highlights of Second Life.  We have provided a number of links in the Resources Section at the end of this posting so you can find out more on your own.

The Act of Creation

Everything in Second Life is created by residents – everything.  Every resident in Second Life has the ability to bring objects into existence (and destroy their own creations).  A resident can create a tree or a flower; a resident can create a building – from a skyscraper to a personal residence; residents can create a horse or a fish…

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December 13, 2008 at 8:12 am

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