Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Aha - free to blog at last!

Just a quick note to say that I went to the Rearch Group at Monash University earlier.

I flew around for a while looking here and there, but decided that the crowd on the ground had to be where it was at. The talk sounded interesting but went a bit above my head, well nearly all of it did as soon as I landed ;-)

I'm always interested in presentation modes, and here they had the main speaker using voice, whilst the audience were able to type in requests and such like. Unfortunately the sound quality was distorting a lot - after suggestions from the crowd, it improved slightly, but it was still a problem. Shame.

One thing I've started doing on and off, is to click on an avatar to bring up the grey circle of options, and then click on 'profile' so that I can scroll through their group memberships. By clicking on a likely sounding group, a new card pops up with a little bit of info about the group. There is usually an option to join up too.

It feels a bit nosey, but it's kind of a short cut to finding out interesting groups, and so I think it's ok.

Disappointments, frustrations and annoyances

Sigh. Life may not be full of them, but Second Life is.

I'm still struggling with a teleporter which tonight:

Dropped me out of the sky nowhere near where I wanted to go.
Dropped me into the sea that was quite a long way down even for an avatar that cannot drown or catch a cold.

Then I went to the Globe to listen to some music.

And what happened?

My system produced no sound.

Made it to ISTE

Feeling very pleased with myself tonight !!
I used my landmarks and teleported from the Sistine chapel ( quite a lonely visit - even though it is very impressive ) to ISTE.
Managed to look around and check out various notice boards. I met two nice members who were busy trying to set up their microphones - to no avail. One of them had to log off and reconfigure the microphone ( A taste of things to come !) .

I tried to use the laptops but they were members only.
I also met a fellow teacher from Norway and we discussed SL and teaching - she was also a teacher of teens and unable to use SL in school. She suggested I join ISTE and gave me cards and info to do so. So all in all I felt pleased about meeting people and discussing work issues - I even managed to add her to my friends list.
One member then shuffled across and made remarks about us all cuddling up next to the fire ....... time to go back to RL for some more marking !!!!
Bye for now
aka Juniper