Where everybody knows your name

June 15, 2014

Do you remember Cheers, the American sitcom television series that aired for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993?

The show was set in Cheers, a bar named after the popular toast, in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals met to drink, relax, and socialize.

Muddy's Music Cafe through the front door window

Muddy’s Music Cafe through the front door window

The bar had a theme song, Where Everybody Knows Your Name, which may have stuck in your mind. It seems as if everybody over 30 remembers the tune.

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Virtual alternatives in education

July 10, 2013

Thousands of educators have used the virtual world Second Life during the past decade for teaching and learning.

VWBPE main auditorium

VWBPE main auditorium interior

As time has passed this global grass-roots community has brought into focus some top-notch practices for educating students in immersive virtual environments.

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Cadeling Garden at the end of the sea

June 11, 2011

At the end of the sea is a breathtaking small province, a whimsical fantasy garden where French artists display their works in a fanciful notion, a chimera, a poetic imagination on the water.

Cadeling Garden at the end of the sea

Cadeling Garden, by Ling Serenity and Cadel Abubakar, is a place in Second Life to contemplate, to muse, to meditate, to lose yourself in thought while absorbing the plain and simple beauty all around.

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Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad Compound

May 15, 2011

What an eerie feeling it was walking around the Abbottabad Compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed May 1, 2011.

Osama bin Laden's compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan

Osama bin Laden's compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan

A metaverse development team, Avatrian, drawing on data from Google Earth and media sources, created in Second Life and opened to the public a replica of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottobad, Pakistan.

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Making Flip Comics in Second Life

March 7, 2011

There’s a most interesting display of intercultural communication at a comic art exhibition posted in Second Life by hybrid teacher Ines Ogura from the Deutsche Internationale Schule – the German International School – at Jakarta, Indonesia

Ninja Princesses

Ninja Princesses

Being a hybrid teacher means Ines is teaching not just with bricks and mortar, but also with bits and bytes. And, in this case, with comic book art.

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Modern protests in ancient Egypt

February 3, 2011

Second Life mimics real life. After all, SL residents are real people behind their keyboards and they bring along their personal baggage as they travel the virtual world.

Protesters on the Egypt sim in Second Life

Take, for instance, the ancient land of Egypt in the real world, which has been in turmoil for the last week with tens of thousands in Cairo and other cities marching in street demonstrations, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, and violent clashes that began on National Police Day, January 25, 2011.

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Sailors Cove for seaside old salts

January 1, 2011

Exploring means for me following the road less taken. I love to wander the byways of the virtual world Second Life because, quite often, I come across some of the most beautiful countryside and architecture anywhere in the metaverse.

The Waterfront at Sailors Cove Theater and Park

The waterfront at Sailors Cove

Who doesn’t love those quiet, quaint, charming small New England towns? Recently I happened onto the authentic New England village of Sailors Cove on Fishers Island.

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Kickin’ back on the high frontier

June 2, 2008

What could be better than relaxing in front of the big-screen TV watching the astronauts fly by overhead?

What is this place anyway?

Anywhere’s a better place to be

February 16, 2008

Most of the 12.5 million or so residents of Second Life get in free. Each has the right to do whatever they can imagine and is possible in a virtual world.

Anywhere’s a better place to be - Harry Chapin Memorial

Townscape memorial to singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (1942-1981).

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Another date that lives in infamy

September 11, 2007

The infamous attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941.

When President Roosevelt spoke to a joint session of Congress the next day, he called December 7 “a date which will live in infamy”.

September 11 Memorial wall
September 11th Memorial wall in Second Life is etched with nearly 3,000 names of victims of the 2001 terrorist attack against the United States

Fast-forward 60 years

On September 11, 2001, a total of 19 men affiliated with an Islamic extremist group calling itself al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger airliners en route to California from Logan International Airport at Boston, Dulles International at Washington, and Newark airport at New York City.

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