October 4, 2008

Crazy things I do for work...

It's Saturday and the mutt and I are in the office...

My tar baby project stuck with me all week and ended up sapping all my creative juices. I was trying to push through it yesterday and then gave myself permission to have an off day and leave early. Which meant I'd need to come in today. I don't really mind. Jrex had to be in lab most of the day anyway. If I get to wear a baseball hat and bring the dog with me, I can pretend I'm not really in the office. (Muttola loves coming in with me. We play chase around all the cool, artsy cubicles here in the design studio.)

I'm listening to my jazz playlist and registering for Second Life.

One of my major clients has a Second Life Island. We keep looking for events and options for the developer community. While we often discuss Second Life, I'd never gone into that world...

OK. Just checked it out. And...nothing. I mean, I saw my client's pavilion complete with store, but no people, just wandered around. Whatever, I'd rather do that somewhere real. I teleported to "Hobo Island". Again, just wandered around. Flew a little. Didn't care enough to start touching things or knocking on doors.

So, back to work.

Edited to add: Second Life (link here) is an on-line world. You go into it, pick a persona--including first and last name-- adjust the look of your persona or Avatar (mine is "OTRgirl Turbo") and start wandering around. If you run into another person, you can do on-line chats. Your avatar can do facial expressions and physical movements. You can fly, walk, run, fight. There are real life millionaires from Second Life. You buy SL money with your real dollars, then you can buy, trade, sell, invest in land, etc. Essentially, as if none of us are already busy in real life, you can live a second life. I guess it's cool if you want to try out what it would be like to be a different race, gender or physicality? Overall, I think I have enough technology in my life as it is...

4 comments:

OTR sister said...

I haven't done Second Life either and probably won't. But I tried Sim City briefly years ago. All of the necessary tasks stressed me out. It's hard enough to keep up with the dishes and taking out the garbage in my real life.

Anonymous said...

Because you're in graphic design --
and because you live on the West Coast -- you live on another planet.
Please tell us: What is Second Life?

Mama Nabi said...

HAHA... So I thought "Second Life" was code for something else, you know, like all these meaningful names you give to people...

Crazy. Actually, it might be kind of fun to have a virtual 3-D land for all of our bloggy friends.

Rachel said...

I've never really understood the appeal of Second Life, although I was addicted to the Sims a long time ago.

Sorry you had to work on the weekend, but how awesome that you got to bring Muttola.