show #59: gdc post mortem [with karl krantz]

the game developer conference in sf is over & the winner is: #vr [of course]! we have karl krantz give us the definitive overview –  what matters and what doesn’t. enjoy: more reading you like? of course: – our new sponsor fatewear is giving drax some shoes: – black dragon viewer now available to download…

show #58: beau hindman has seen it all!

game journalist beau hindman has been in second life since 2004 and knows what he is talking about. that is why we have him, finally! also = gdc is full of head mounted displays and free render engines. good or bad or neutral news for sl/ll? you be the judge: read, watch, listen: – our…

show #57: teaching in sl = dancing with the power points?

today’s show title is [obviously!] a play on the [most common?] educational use of second life & yes, while we are painting with a broad brush again, let us be honest – have you not been invited to a dance party where folks ran through a power point at the same time? jo and i sure…

show #56: marketing sl

on the show today: canary beck is telling us how second life should be marketed and she has such good points. result? we had to go way over the hour alloted to the program…..well, that and drax’ 8th rez day is happening. enjoy: now educate yourself further via them links below: – immersis projector lets…

show 55: one billion rising…

a live show today – with a rather large audience and all – minimally edited for the full authentic glory: if you caught this show before saturday 2/14th – head on over to the one billion rising sims in sl now and participate to end violence against women! and of course you can read on…

show #54: freedom

we know that a creative virtual world like second life is empowering but jj zinfanwe from the university of australia will tell us today how special sl is for people with disabilities or chronic illness. all that plus xiola linden on why she loves to manage virtual communities: want more context? click the linx below: – ll…

show #53: kaya’s passion

kaya angel is a well-known and respected content creator in second life. his recent video where he shares his passion for creation and community is a great testament for the uniqueness of a user-empowering virtual world. jo is not in the house today so i was able to talk with kaya for 40+ minutes about…

show #52: sl looks good today!

a fab reaffirming show with some second life enthusiasts from madpea games. that is it! enjoy: and now read on to get the gist: – our new sponsor maven homes – get a leap motion by telling us a bad marketing idea from sl [and read all about dragonfly on roadtovr] – news from daily…

show #51: vr goes mainstream?

we are back, happy new year, it is 2015 indeed – possibly the year of vr going big & our first show features ben lang from the road to vr blog about what is hot and not straight from ces in las vegas, yeah baby: and more to read and watch while you listen and/or…

show #50: dmca

our 50th anniversary has tracy redangel and kitty o’toole discussing legal matters with us & fatima mekkaoui tells us her stories imvu. fascinating: now on to more reading if you will: – firestorm is on sl go and sl go can enter multiple grids – congrats to rob [who are you though?] for winning a leap…

show #48: always in season

what a show: if you like to hear filmmaker jackie olive explain why for her documentary about the horrific history of lynching of african-americans in the united states second life is the perfect companion environment, fast forward to 20:35 and get into it. fascinating stuff all around: read on friends: – always in season documentary…

show #46: unter den lindens

drax went to linden lab hq in san francisco [because you know they are still the s*** in virtual worlds] and saw the light. or did he? what does the above sentence even mean? take a listen and hear straight from lindens, passionate lindens, who love to make the [digital] world a better place: and…

show #45: the good old days

a show full of oldbies today, talking about the rich media landscape in second life ca 2005-2009, led by – in the print section – the intrepid publishing and reporting team at the metaverse messenger. enjoy & get some perspective, my dear n00bs: and now please read on for more: – a sl griefing video gets…

show #41: confessions of a lifer

on the show today we have a well-known and smart 10 year old: salazar jack aka justin esparza has been active in second life for a decade now and he knows a thing or two about what worked and what did not in a user-centric vw. lindens – are you listening? plus: dennis harper from…

show #40: chris, the money guy!

christopher colosi was once the ben bernanke of the virtual universe second life, setting policy, dealing with land barons and guiding a team that handles a 500 million us$ annual economy. now he is back with gloebit, a digital currency platform, ready to facilitate any [virtual] goods and services transaction. a fascinating conversation about “real” vs….

show #39: argyle alligator

we have a new addition to the second life community: it is a tiny alligator from florida who engages in guerilla [or is it gorilla?] reporting on the ground all across the grid and he seems to capture the core of sl culture with his respectful questioning. or does he? we examine the man. plus a…

show #38: nothing but oculus!

sorry folks but we will talk second life and dk2 today & then we move on to oculus connect and crescent bay. that is it. oh wait: no, we also talk how to tackle sl messaging in the age of vr resurgence and teleporting in 4d. intrigued? well then, have a listen: good show? we…

show #36: virtual harlem

a fascinating conversation with bryan carter, the mind behind virtual harlem, about identity and ethnicity in virtual reality, about time travel, immersive education and generally about where the train is headed: and here are links – as per usual – for your further investigating pleasure: – net neutrality: – microsoft buys minecraft [and not second life?]…

show #34: is sl vr? [rerun interview with ben lang]

one more rerun before season 2 starts, folks! a conversation with ben lang from the roadtovr blog centering around the question if one can be  truly immersed in secondlife or not. enjoy and discuss: now read/watch [before you comment]: – mona eberhardt’s post about refocusing the vr debate –  our sponsor leaps into vr but…

show #33: tony parisi…again [because he is that good!] [rerun]

just as i finished putting the show together, guest tony parisi informed us that he has joined philip rosedale’s high fidelity virtual world venture as advisor. indeed perfect timing to replay the interview with tony from episode 26! enjoy & let us know in comments =  who should control the metaverse of the future? philip, tony…

show #32: what about opensim? [rerun with maria korolov]

another rerun folks, a good one though: maria korolov from the hypergrid business blog talking about how open virtual worlds will fit in with the metaverse of the future. enjoy: some linkage below: – maria’s open letter to the lindens – raph koster at wikimania on online communities: – visit frau jo’s new hotel adlon…

show #31: esteban [rerun]

esteban winsmore [aka charliezzz] owns most of second life [according to himself that is] & henceforth claims the right to crash any event, live in every house and/or repossess every business in our beloved virtual world. today: rerun of a conversation with the controversial man/figure/entity. enjoy & discuss: more linkage to explore below: – esteban’s youtube…

show #30: cyberith…

the future of full immersion into virtual reality/worlds will have to include a way to explore digital spaces by walking, running and jumping. in other words: using more than your vision! even adolescent males, securely confined into their mom’s basement – gaming the day away – intuitively know that moving around a bit more is not a bad idea….

show #29: terms, terms, terms AGAIN [rerun]

linden lab has updated its controversial terms of service while we are on summer break and therefore we are running again an extensive interview with artist and activist richard a. goldberg. enjoy and join the discussion: for the most current news on the tos issue [until we are back with weekly live-to-tape shows] please check…

show #28: lunch with a lifer [part 1: stefan weiss]

muenchen is a popular tourist spot in real life and in second life it too has been thriving albeit only since 2007 and not 1158. the capital of bavaria in the virtual world is a lovingly put together group of sims. it recreates not only the landmark buildings around the historic marienplatz center but through events…

show #25: sl11b

what a week [again]: ll announces a new virtual world is in the works while second life turns 11. the situation seems akin to a young family welcoming another child into the world while the first born is not sure if he/she should be thrilled or depressed upon this news. anyhow – jo and i were…

show #23: emily short [for the love of text, AI & IF]

folks, we are thrilled that emily short and her team have successfully negotiated with linden lab to keep great interactive fiction coming our way under the name versu. just out yesterday: “blood and laurels”, written by our guest, who delves deeply into all sorts of issues in this extensive interview: i press her on promising me…

show #22: anthropology in virtual worlds

welcome to the off-season set of shows [yes we ARE on vacation!]: pre-recorded interviews with fascinating newsmakers from all over the virtual reality map. we are starting this friday with tom boellstorff, professor of anthropology at uc irvine and author of many books including “coming of age in second life”. enjoy a great discussion on issues of “real” relevance…

show #21: svvr [part 2: lindens with goggles]

lindens were spotted [above l to r: ed mason, gamefacelabs, voidpointer, catalyst]at the recent svvr con/expo. most certainly they were dragged in front of a mic and they had a lot to say about the recent vr resurgence + goggles + redefining the sl narrative! enjoy the show: yes, this is indeed our last live [to…

show #18: lindens are people too! [part 3]

you wanted more linden interviews and what are we going to present this week? yes exactly: a conversation with a linden who enjoys quality tv shows like “macgyver”! plus race-car driving sl pioneers…. ….and of course karl krantz who is tirelessly educating vr youngsters about a little known [albeit vast] digital universe: more reading material to deepen…

show #17: lindens are people too! [part 2]

yes there was more raw interviews with linden lab engineers and we are airing it all. plus: vr news as usual and the beauty of fantasy faire explained. listen up [preferably on stitcher]: …and read/watch some more for context: – leap motion giveaway: watch the new TDF episode, find the answer and let us know…

show #16: lindens are people too! [part 1]

what a week: drax travels to santa cruz to meet ebbe altberg & a bunch of lindens in the flesh. meanwhile jo stays at home and blogs about user-retention, virtual world marketing and oculus rift awesomeness. enjoy [and don’t forget = subscribing with stitcher is the way to go]: below as usual more reading/looking material: – our new sponsor…

show #15: reconnecting with education

i am sure we can all agree that education in virtual worlds – the immersion into science, art and/or history – is one of the most important “unique affordances” of second life [and other such platforms]. only natural then for the new regime at linden lab to emphasize their eagerness to embrace the diverse community…

show #14: philip > there thou art!

you guessed it: this show is all about mr.rosedale aka philip [formerly] linden and what he has been up to since going back to creating worlds. there is indeed a LOT of new shiny stuff to talk about. listen and learn: and now read some more: – leap motion giveaway [leave us a message on skype draxfiles…

show #12: the proprietary metaverse?

yes we most certainly are discussing the facebook/oculus deal however maria korolov from hypergrid business is also in the house. she gives us a fab history lesson [AND advice for the future ] in regards to open source worlds and  leadership in digital platforms [is linden lab listening?]. this big hour is filled to the brink,…

show #11: the road to vr

you guessed it: jo and i were not invited to game dev con in sf. so unfair… …however: ben lang from the “roadtovr” blog spend some quality virtual time with us and shared his vast knowledge on everything vr hardware. enjoy the show: and relevant links below: – bill may visits me in rl &…

show #10: oculus!!!

friends: time for oculus rift demo roller-coasters and tiny little tuscany replicas to move aside coz….. “they may have the goggles but WE got the world!” [i am printing a shirt with that slogan RIGHT now while waiting for my loaner oculus to be shipped from maine!] yes it is true: oculus integration into sl is…

show #9: SL GO

SL GO [by onlive] renders sl in the cloud in the most beautiful way for tablets, old laptops and every TV on the planet plus: we give-away a leap motion! what more do you want? perhaps coffee for us$ 1,50? ok then, here ya go: now on to contextual links: – strawberry on sl go…

show #8: the BIG picture

what a show: oculus components are running out, new linden lab ceo ebbe altberg loves his job [so far], researcher nick yee says the virtual is real and the local sheet music store owner pamela says the virtual is make-believe and totally NOT real! oh and yes: second life is growing again! listen [on stitcher it…

show #7: look he’s talking!

what if someone invites you to a meet and greet with the new ceo of the company behind the most amazingly empowering [and sustainable] digital product coming out of silicon valley in over 10 years & you show up? well i admit: i put all these qualifiers into the opening sentence to get some google search…

show #6: the reality of virtuality

voila =  here is show numero 6: fascinating discussion this week with philosopher [and alphaville herald reporter] peter ludlow [starts around 32:00] about governance in virtual worlds, griefer management & investigative journalism plus: one billion rising against violence against women [we talk with saffia widdershins about the sl version of today’s global event]. enjoy [here…

show #5: mr. altberg goes to linden lab

big week in virtual worlds: a new fearless leader has emerged at linden lab, he is of swedish roots & as a natural consequence has an awesome name: ebbe altberg. so: on the show today we speculate about digital leadership and hear from a retired linden with historical perspective. we have a feature interview with…

show #4: the sky is falling….

the party is over and the sky is falling: cloud party was absorbed by yahoo & rod humble left a certain building on battery street in sf for the very last time… is this the end? or is this just the beginning of the resurgence of virtual worlds? well, we have one hour of audio for…

show #3: esteban!

yes we dared: we arranged, conducted and are now broadcasting an interview with the infamous esteban winsmore. listen with an open mind and form your own opinion. we are not here to judge, just to report. but of course esteban has not hijacked the whole show, just the title. for the fast-forwarders amongst you: the…

show #2: the legacy of osprey therian

alrighty, we made it to show number 2 and we are not off the air quite yet, we are in fact expanding our empire to stitcher, arguably the best radio-podcast-on-demand app out there, sandwiched between award-winning public radio programs & home-made podcast fare, varying widely in quality…awesome: just where we belong! now onward: today’s show is…