Second Life interview Saturday April 21 at 4:00 Pacific

By Phil Plait | April 19, 2007 11:05 am

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I’ve done a lot of interviews over the years: Coast to Coast AM, CNN, some documentaries, radio, podcasts… but never have I ever needed to have an avatar to fly to one.

Now I do. I’ll be doing an interview with my friend Aaron Price from Slacker Astronomy. And we’ll be doing it in Second Life.

If you want to participate, you’ll have to do it through Second Life. At this point, you’re on your own, because I know very little about the life I have, and even less about Second Life. But you can get more info at Slacker Astronomy, and if you can read the sign in the image (and let me just add that it took a while for me to get that image; I fell off the mountain, and then flew around, and then couldn’t go up the mountain, and then flew around some more, then finally landed near the sign again, and was really careful not to fall off again) you’ll see that it says to go to NASA Colab 209, 29, 45 and to be there April 21 at 23UT, or 4:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Right. If you understand that, see you there. If you don’t, then congratulations! Your first life is good enough for you. Check back here later to see how things went.


Comments (14)

  1. Max Fagin

    Yes! I’ll be there! My college just got a SecondLife campus, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in world. See you there!

  2. Quiet_Desperation

    Ah, Second Life. Ground Zero for the phenomena known as “furry porn”.

    I support VR, though. The more people distracted by their virtual worlds, the easier it is for me to conquer the real one.

  3. I’ll wait – I have enough trouble in my FIRST life.


  4. Paul

    Whoa! There are some time zone conversions to fix. Especially with daylight saving time.

    21 April 4:00 p.m. Pacific _Daylight_ Time would be 21 April 23:00 UTC.

    21 April 0:00 UTC would be 20 April 5:00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) or 20 April 4:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

    The Slacker Astronomy site gives a 21 April 7:00 EST start time when it should be EDT.

    Remember: “Loose conversions / sink orbiters into Martians.” And man do I hate daylight saving time.

  5. tsg

    Bah. No Linux. Won’t be there.

  6. Paul, you’re correct. I fixed it on the blog, and sent Aaron at Slacker a note. Thanks!

  7. Kevin

    I’ll wait for when you do a presentation in World of Warcraft. :)

  8. Roy Batty

    Aww rats, I’ve been putting off getting a 2nd Life avatar for quite a while – now I have to … thanks a lot BA!!! :( :)

  9. Rosemary

    Kevin, wouldn’t Star Wars Online be more appropriate?

  10. Sheez, that is 7 am on Sunday for me! :-( I’ll be there if I am awake…. double sheez… that is very early for a Sunday (or any day for that matter!)

  11. To sign up secondlife (dot) com/?u=d4d1b0cb52fb1ba4952e930e3c4d9a5d

    It takes all of 10 minutes to pick a name and sign up (it’s free, later it’s easy to use PayPal or a credit card to get funds to buy stuff when you’re “inworld” if you’re going to stay with it).

    In general, try to use it in off-peak hours and you won’t be bogged down by server overload. Despite all the haters, it’s nevertheless an incredible platform to potentially do every manner of thing, fantastic and real.

    As voice enters (next month, and it will be optional) and as an increasingly photo-realistic virtual world emerges, the “metaverse” platform will become more immersive and amazing. I would recommend that anyone with a fairly new computer and fairly fast connection check it out. Ignore all the crap and just focus on the many good things. Check out the NASA sim.

  12. Diederick

    tsg, there is a Linux client, and it’s reasonably stable. Just sign up as a Linux beta tester. I played with it back in January (before I decided it was totally boring and I removed it from my computer).

  13. I have better things to do with my imagination. I have eneough problems with my regular life to worry about.


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