Stranger ? Who is this ?

Welcome to the continuation of my venture into SL. It sure has been a journey and I have some new news to share.

To begin, last Wednesday a second class of Is One Life Enough was held. During that class John mostly tied up some loose ends such as explaing to people who didn’t make it last night what they have missed. We did however were surpised by two strangers in the class, after a while of letting them sit and listen into what was happening John made a conversation with one of the strangers who went by the name Shymus Roffo, Shymus is a web devbeloper who worked in SL for 10+ years and owns his own business there too. Shymus claimed that many people in SL are “toxic” which was a very strong word to use and it shocked me as I myself from the very few that I met (will go into detail later) have been helpful. I will say that the sense of humour is totally different to the one that we are used to in real life. It is far more open and from the people that I have met a lot of sexual jokes have been made, which is something that not many of us are used to in real life.

Once Shymus and his friend  (didn’t catch their name) left we began out elevator pitches. The idea of an elevator pitch comes from Hollywood, it is a roleplay where you’re put in a scenario in an elevator with a film director and you have 30 seconds to pitch your idea to the director. The elevator pitches were a way of us becoming more and more accustomed to speaking in SL, as that’s something that the class seems to be struggling with. Throughout the class I myself became more comfortable with speaking to a computer.

As for the work that we were assigned to do for this class we discusssed the different blogs that we were asked to look at and pay attention to the tone that the writers used.
Dolce Merda is written by a creative individual who is friendly and bubbly.
Brain Picking, is a blog that is a collection of articles on different but all creativity-related topics. The tone of that blog is not very personal as it is not written by one person.
Illustration Friday, is a collection of artwork that is shared to a large audience. It doesn’t use a very personal tone but they do interact with their audience through weekly competitions.
Chris Brogan, is a blog that uses a personal tone as it is ran by one person. It reminded me a lot of marketing as the author shares ways of how to make your blog more succesful.
We also briefly discussed the article that we were asked to read which set out guidelines on how to make your blog more succesful.

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Group exploration

Once the project groups have been announced my groups and I decided to log into SL to explore the place together. Trying to meet in the same place was much more complicated that I originally expected, the teleport wouldn’t work for us for some apparent reason and then we kept loosing each other and also at one point Laura’s computer crashed so she was unable to continue exploring with us.

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Paris 2000

To continue the exploration and meeting new people on SL I have logged in myself few days later. It is SO hard to find people in SL, I went through several locations such as Hawaii and Moma, and I finally decided to go back home to Dublin, this is where I had luck on my side.

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Awaiting for that prince in shining armour – Hawaii.

In Dublin I came across a pub where a few people came togehter, it was very nice to be greeted by a person who was already there. I explained that I’m on SL as part of a module and the guys asked me what would I like to know. I asked the question that I was most curious about “what brought you to Second Life?” as I still can’t wrap my head around as to why people would spend their time and even money there. The answers I got didn’t really help me to understand why. The people there were open and helpful but also did make a few inappriorate jokes that I am not used to.
I sended out friend requests to a few of the people that seemed the nicest from the nearby chat and I did manage to befriend one person, Londoner who turned out to be a fairly nice person. Pretty awkward and shy but I did keep on asking him a lot of questions so it is understandable why he’d get awkward. His reason for coming to SL was that a friend of his is on it too and they introduced him to the place. After a while of awkward conversation more and more people kept coming in, the place became very laggy and as a result my SL crashed.

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Conversation with a stranger, Dublin.

This brings me to the end of this blog! Hope I didn’t bore you to death, see you soon!


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