Saturday, 30 May 2009
As I popped in-world to pick something up the other day a friend invited me to a Chinese taster class. I went, purely out of interest, I am not likely to be trying to learn Chinese, but was fascinated by the introductory session. We managed to say a few words and started to learn about numbers. Using tones as part of a language is something completely new to me, but very interesting! The Chinese language includes four tones and the written language based on graphical stokes akin to paintings. There are thousands of graphical characters instead of just the two dozen or so letters of the Western alphabet, I can’t begin to imagine really trying to learn it J
Ling Teardrop led the session, I believe that the Chinese lessons are being run by Language Lab. At the end of it she took us all on a dragon boat ride – it was quite spectacular!
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Saturday, 23 May 2009
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Friday, 15 May 2009
After the most wonderful, stimulating Slanguages conference in Second Life last weekend where I enjoyed listening to various teaching experiences, particularly about a Virtual Tourism Course and Teacher training in Second Life I have had a pretty manic week. It is time to try to catch up on a few bits :-)
The event last weekend was well attended and offered 39 sessions to 359 unique avatars visiting over the 24 hours.
There are a range of photographs offered on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=slang2009&page=2
The archive of slides and audio recordings will soon be available on http://www.slanguages.net/home.php
I was fortunate enough to be able to present a workshop – that was a bit mad but good fun, see the photos! Someone contacted me early in the week to see if I would do the session for them as they missed it, consequently I decided to change my maze in SL to a sound workshop for at least a few weeks!
Monday, 4 May 2009
There is a really lovely build from Rezzable that has recently opened, at least in preview mode - King Tutankhamen.
Get in the balloon and look down on the Sudan and Egypt, see the Nile and the Red Sea or visit the tomb of King Tut, check his
Note from Rezzable:
This area has been developed over the last 12 months as part of our research into what is the best use of virtual world technology.
We believe that the online, 3D, immersive environment can be an amazing way to experience the ancient world. Explore time and place. See amazing details from stunning artefacts. Enjoy this unique experience with friends and archaeology experts.
As you teleport to the Virtual Kings you land in The Arrival area – Watch the ground and the sky around you, it gives the impression of being in space. This is where Audio-on-demand begins introducing a) Creation b) The Valley of the Kings c) King Tutankhamen and politics d) Geography and History. You start the journey of exploration by teleporting from here.
There are four "Must See" areas:
1) The Tomb Wall Paintings – You can walk down into the tomb that had been hidden from the world for over 3000 years before being discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. Study the wall paintings and the beautifully made artefacts in the Tomb. It does really look like the Valley of the Kings!
2) The Collection Gallery: The funerary shrines are wonderful, so detailed they could be the real things, you could easily imagine yourself in Cairo Museum! There were four gilded shrines nested one inside the other. The innermost of these covered a stone sarcophagus. Inside that were three coffins - the innermost being made of 110 kilograms of solid gold, inside that lay the pharaoh himself wearing the famous gold mask.
Make sure on your visit that you touch the coffin that rests in its own room! The coffin layers peel apart to show how they fit together. Touch a section again to enlarge and view the piece. It is impossible to get this clarity of visualisation from a visit to the museum. There is also more an audio-on-demand here explaining about the sarcophagus.
3) The Amarna area - Amarna was an Egyptian capital for a brief 30 years, built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). Located on the east bank of the Nile River, and according to the Amarna Project, Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt, as well as the first site to include depictions of daily life, thus providing a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. http://www.amarnaproject.com/
It looks so like the Nile Valley with date trees, papyrus reeds, temples etc. There are even hippopotamuses in the water - I never saw any of them when I was in Egypt, water buffalo was the most exotic I encountered - but I was not around 3000 years ago :-)
4) The Cosmic Gallery: Turn your music stream on and view the objects in a setting that invites boundless thinking about our place in the universe. This is just amazing, cam round to find the artefacts – all as items in space.
This build is really beautiful, I have already spent a lot of time there getting to know it :-)
Sunday, 3 May 2009
It is undoubtedly an ideal little camera, cheap and easy to use with very good quality film at the end of the process.
Friday, 1 May 2009
The second tip that I wanted to try was to use ~ to link two search terms. I created a Wordle of my blog, but was then unable to link two words, for example Second and Life, I guess I would have to select as much of my blog as possible and paste it into notepad to be able to link words, then into Wordle. So - two example Wordles, one straight from the blog and one from a lesser section of the blog but with linked words!
I am sure that I have removed a whole load of words from this one without them returning though :-)