Diplomacy Island

Click to enlargeDiplomacy Island is the next step in over a decade of research and development in the field of Virtual Diplomacy. Through Second Life, Diplo will explore new possibilities for diplomatic representation and interaction. Diplomacy Island will also be another channel for Diplo’s main mission of assisting small and developing countries in participating meaningfully in international relations. At the Island, Diplo will also promote development issues among Second Life citizens.


What is Second Life?

Second Life ( SL) is an Internet-based virtual world which has substantially developed over the past year. More than five million users worldwide have registered to become part of this virtual world developed by Linden Lab.

Click to enlargeThe users, or Residents, interact with each other through mobile avatars, providing an advanced level of social network services. They can explore, meet other Residents, socialise, participate in educational and social activities both individually and in groups, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.

The stated goal of Linden Lab was to create a world like the Metaverse described by Neal Stephenson in his novel Snow Crash. The Residents define Second Life – they create a world in which to communicate, interact, play and do business.

Second Life’s virtual currency is the Linden Dollar (Linden, or L$) and is exchangeable for US Dollars in the marketplace operated by/driven by residents, Linden Lab and real life companies.

More than 60 universities have established campuses in Second Life, alongsidemany companies and media houses. Some of these are Aarhus Business College of Denmark, Harvard University, Leeds Metropolitan University, New York University, Newcastle University, Sheffield Hallam University, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh and Virginia Tech.


How to find us in Second Life


Step #1:
Download Second Life software from here.

Step #2:
Install it and run it.

Step #3:
Open a new account in Second Life and define the appearance of your avatar (character).

Step #4:
Click the Map button and search for “Diplomacy Island,” then go there by teleporting your avatar (use the teleport button). The shortcut is here (the Second Life software has to be started before you can use the shortcut).


Additional settings


Step #5:
Click on EDIT - PREFERENCES and then the Audio & Video tag to set up your audio and video. Turn on: Play Streaming Music When Available and Play Streaming Video When Available. Click the OK button.

Step #6:
At the bottom of the screen, note the Movies control. Click on the PLAY button to receive video streaming (when available).

Step #7:
If you cannot hear avatars near you (or if you cannot even turn on the Talk button), you need to manage the security settings in your firewall. Set your firewall settings to make an exception (unblock) for 5060 TCP port.


System Requirements


Your computer must meet these REQUIREMENTS or you may not be able to successfully participate in Second Life.


Address of Diplomacy Island in Second Life:


- from the Net: Diplomacy Island

- our SL “latitude/longitude” (if you are in SL) is: 150,191,26


 

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Avant Garden: Mixed Reality Theater Performance in San Francisco Wednesday

This Wednesday evening, long-time Second Life resident and artist DC Spensley (aka DanCoyote Antonelli in SL) is presenting a free, mixed reality theater performance in San Francisco. If you’re in the area, come see the show in person - details from DanCoyote are below.

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Avant Garden, a mixed reality performance presented by DC Spensley

Avant Garden is a mixed reality theater performance by Artistic Director and Virtual Worlds Producer DC Spensley. Mixed reality in this sense means a combination of live and virtual reality dance performers interacting by means of a rear projection screen. The virtual team is called the ZERO SkyDancers, an ensemble that has been performing professionally since 2006 at art biennials, festivals and commissions, log in from all over North America using their computers to rehearse and perform together in simulated space. Imagine people controlling puppets over the internet all together on a stage similar to a video game environment. The live dancer (physically present) Kathleen Moore (of Dance Generators) performs in front of the screen allowing her to interact with the virtual performers and stage set.

Avant Garden is a combination of avant garde and walled garden, and refers to the challenge presented in offering virtual reality theater to a physical audience. Avant Garden is an experiment in doing exactly that: sharing virtual theater with a live audience.

This show is only for the live audience in the physical theater, but for those unable to attend, it sounds like performances for inworld audiences are also planned for the future. As details become available, we’ll share them here!

 



Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/14/2014

The virtual world can be an enjoyably odd place. While it might have the same trees, grass, and skies as the one outside, it differs in a surprising number of subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways. The grass could be neon purple, the sky filled with mythological creatures, and the trees might just have a gleeful disregard for the laws of physics. This week, the Second Life Destination Guide is proud to be your ticket to a taste of the delightful oddities that recently caught our eye.

Take the first steps through a forested island in a forgotten land before solving a dark and horrific mystery with a Japanese twist. Brave provincial ballrooms populated by beings from your darkest imagination, or traverse kaleidoscopic technicolor cliffs in a geometrically-reforming land that may even boggle Escher.

Share what you see on the Official Second Life Flickr Page, and if you see anything else of interest that may not already be in the Destination Guide, be sure to share it.

 

Lost Island

Lost Island is, quite simply, just a lost island on a lost planet. Travel here to see glorious waterfalls, large cave complexes, relaxation spots and more.

Visit in Second Life

 

Kagami 2014

Everything started with the simple words of a childhood friend. Midnight, a few mirrors, what could happen? No one could foresee what happened to Kasumi... Kagami 2014 is an interactive horror experience complete with a custom HUD and dark mysteries.

Visit in Second Life

 

The Province of Kishar's Nest

The Province of Kishar's Nest comprises a small city with outlying areas. The social life revolves around Le Salon de thé Sanglant - Bêtes Élégantes, a ballroom and salon where high-end patrons gather to commune and dance the night away. Many things happen in the Province... Not all are as they seem.

Visit in Second Life

 

Pinwheels

Pinwheels shows an extensive, continually-changing landscape. This kaleidoscopic landscape consists of many identical triangles in different orientations shaped as stairs, walkways and dangerous cliffs. Follow the path at the landing point and prepare to be amazed.

Visit in Second Life

 

District 5

District 5 is a full-sim fashion fair bringing together an eclectic group of designers from across the grid. This massive event boasts five sections, with each section housing two sponsors and 20 unique stores separated by type and style. Make some time to join the shopping depravity of District 5.

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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/7/2014

Here’s this weekend’s guide to some cool spots we discovered this week in the Destination Guide.

Make your first stop a challenging hunt with some great prizes if you’re willing to play along.Visit a charming Italian lakeside community or neighborhood before dancing the night away at a swanky club. For those of you who want the night to last forever, brave the horrors and delights of a decade old vampire region as they celebrate their anniversary.

As always, if you find a place of interested that isn’t in our Destination Guide, pleaseshare by suggesting to the the guide.. Just be sure to show off your adventures on theOfficial Second Life Flickr Page

The Bleeping Bunny Hunt 2

It's the Bleeping Bunny Hunt 2! It's meant to be hard, why bother if it's easy!? Every designer provides a hint, a riddle, or a scavenger hunt leading to hidden exclamation points. You'll encounter decoys along the way, but stick to the path and you'll be rewarded. The sponsors will be giving bleeping fantastic prizes for all your hard work.

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Silver Lake

The Argento Lago (Silver Lake) is a rugged portion of land just off the Liguria region of Italy. The Silver Lake is surrounded by four terraced towns, rugged landscape and cliffs overlooking a gorgeously-realized lake.

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Fashiowl Street

Fashiowl Street is a charming corner with places full of life and perfect to gather for fun. You just have to wander through this beautiful site, and discover the myriad of wonderful details. Everyone is invited to Fashiowl Street!

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EnVogue Night Club

EnVogue is a place where the people are friendly, the music is great and an overall fun place to dance. All types of music are played to accommodate the everyone who enters the doors of EnVogue.

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Transylvania Turns Ten!

Give in to your dark side and enjoy a week of Gothic-themed events as part of Transylvania’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Transylvania is one of the oldest communities in Second Life and features a thriving and welcoming social scene. With live music, DJ’s, masked balls and red carpet parties, there's plenty to see August 7th through the August 13th.

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50% off Premium Membership and Premium Gift Airship Ending Soon!

Our 50 percent off Premium Membership* promotion is fast approaching an end - so if you were considering upgrading while the price is slashed in half, now is the time to do it.

The Linden Marauder is available to Premium members only and is also going away soon, so don't delay! It now comes with two version - a lower land impact version and the original high-quality version that holds up when photographing from distances.

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There’s no better time to see what’s available to Premium members of Second Life. For more info, you can see our original blog post about this promotion here.

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT

This limited-time discount offer is available only for memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Friday the 18th of July at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 4th of August 2014 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

 

 



The Drax Files Episode 21: Editorial Clarity

The latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers highlights Editorial Clarity - owner and operator of the Love to Decorate Magazine.

Editorial Clarity and a staff of photographers and writers have turned Second Life decorating into a passion and artform by not only publishing a well-received digital magazine, but also by creating three-dimensional spaces inworld that people can visit. It is through these projects that Editorial feels he was able to discover what he best at, and how he first met his real life partner, Rico (creator and namesake of Rico’s Tea House) in Second Life.

When not visiting one another face-to-face, Editorial and Rico bridge the physical distance by enjoying their work together in Second Life.

Editorial says that Second Life ”taught me that I can be who I am no matter what.” To learn more about their love story, their works, and some of Editorial Clarity’s thoughts on Second Life watch this video. 

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Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers