A student at the University of Pennsylvania, my alma mater and employer, has been working on a fascinating study on self perception using Second Life avatars. In the study, she takes mug shots of various subjects: a front shot, as well as a side shot. She then asks the subject to create an avatar to […]Read more "Study on Self Perception Through Avatars"
I’m some what guilty here: I have been focusing a lot more on other technologies lately, such as the OpenSim and realXtend platforms. That doesn’t mean that Second Life is anywhere close to dead. Many media outlets (I’m looking at you, hacks at ValleyWag) have been gleefully reporting that the virtual world is on life […]Read more "What’s With the Second Life Death Watch?"
So I got a call on my mobile phone today. It was an automated text-to-speech voice telling me my MasterCard had been canceled for online purchases. It then provided me with a 1-800 number to call to reactivate. Naturally, I was suspicious, and wasn’t about to provide any information, except to my bank directly. It […]Read more "WARNING: New Phishing Scheme / Ad Scheme"
I may be a day late and a dollar short, but I witnessed my second favorite writer on television with one of my favorite TV personalities. Anyone who didn’t see Gaiman and Colbert missed a tete a tete of two of the greatest minds and wits of our generation. Enjoy! The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs […]Read more "Gaiman and Colbert"
Registration for the 2009 Second Life Community Convention is now open. You can register here. I’ve got to say, I’m impressed – prices are down significantly, which will hopefully make it easier for people to come in this economy. From the SLCC web site: If you want to pay $135.00, you need to be one […]Read more "Registration for the 2009 Second Life Community Convention is Open!"
C-Net has a story today that Washington has declared today “National Pi Day” (you see, it is 3/14, after all). Here’s a quote: The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution introduced two days earlier that designates March 14, 2009 (3/14, get it?) as National Pi Day. It urges schools to take the […]Read more "Happy Pi Day!"
This just came into my Wharton inbox, and is quite possibly the greatest email I’ve ever seen. I wish all spam was this entertaining! Here is the contents of the email, unedited for your viewing pleasure: IT IS NOT A SPAM, but if you received that message second and plus time JUST CLICK DELETE button […]Read more "This is the Greatest Spam Ever: Scarlett Johansson is a Clone!"
Anyone who has worked with me knows that I am a big fan of MySQL. I’ve heard a lot of unfounded complaints about “getting a real database solution” from people who simply haven’t done their homework over the years. MySQL may have been a toy database around version 3, but that was a decade ago. […]Read more "MySQL 5 Stored Procedures"
A lot of the complaints I’ve heard about OpenSim have been related to the avatar. Many people end up stuck on the default “Ruth” avatar, and miss looking like their virtual selves. I’ve come across several posts explaining how to do this, and figured I’d combine them here, split into two sections: your base avatar […]Read more "Transferring Your SL Appearance to OpenSim Grids"