After reading in BoingBoing about Mia Wombat’s speech to be held in Second Life, I thought I probably should have a bit of a look-see.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
To do in Second Life tonight: CC head attorney speaks!
Wagner James Au from Second Life says,
Creative Commons general counsel Mia Garlick, known in Second Life as Mia Wombat is speaking tonight at 6pm PST on the big island of Kula, the isle just purchased by Joi Ito for events like this. SL accounts are free, so to attend, just create one and in the interface, click Map, type “Kula 4″ in Find Region, hit Enter, then Teleport.
The first thing is to create an account, so as the first Basic account is FREE (and includes full access to events, shopping, building, scripting and more) I went with the Basic account option. [Note: Credit Card details are required for verification]. Not a lot of choice for the Family name for the basic account, so I thought that I’d give a nod to CC for getting me to have a look around — so the avatar Eltham Commons was born.
Then a bit of customization, and a free CC t-shirt
As more notice is taken of the Virtual environment will we see our academics lecturing in SL? Or can we expect the same sort of interaction as in Tad William’s Otherland? As you can see in the image below, some Australian Uni’s already have an SL presence.
What’s up Doc?
Wagner James Au, an SL ‘embebded reporter’ gives us amoungst his first-hand articles ‘the Gamer’s rough guide‘ to SL [1,3]
The goal of Game SLave is to provide players of Second Life with a one-stop-shop for finding out what fun activities there are to do in-game. 
SL newspapers? Try The Metaverse Messenger | A Real Newspaper For A Virtual World and Second Life Herald. Maybe the SecondCast podcast?
Linking to SL
Of interest is the SL URL format; secondlife://gluphisia/15/82/97/
This is in the format:- secondlife://region/x/y2/z/
[SL link--> Gluphisia]
Marking the location in the URL on the Map in SL (you then teleport to the location).
This means that you can link directly to events, such as the CC
[SL link--> Kula 4 : Creative Commons]
[SL link--> Kula 1 : The Commons]
What about SLurl?
You can also build links via SLurl, a webpage of the SL map providing direct teleport links to locations in Second Life. eg. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Theretra/177/168/98/ the home of Ordinal Malaprop
These links can be built rather quickly using the web based SLurlBuilder.
Here are the CC links from above presented in SLurl format:
[SLurl link--> Kula 4 : Creative Commons]
[SLurl link--> Kula 1 : The Commons]
Also worth a look is the Webmap API Guide
[1.] Second Life: Your World. Your Imagination
[2.] New World Notes
[3.] THE GAMER’S ROUGH GUIDE TO PWNING SECOND LIFE
[4.] Game SLave
[5.] Community: Second Life Forums
[6.] Second Life [cc]
[7.] Real Virtuality in your Second Life and beyond [FutureTag]
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