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26 06 2007

JonSun Spitteler avatar imageI’ve created a JonSun Spitteler profile picture that will be used by WordPress when (or if ever) I leave a comment on another WordPress blog while using this profile. I used the banner image from above and used the WordPress cropping tool to crop the image.

This is also the first image I’ve used that is being hosted by WordPress. Previous images have been hosted on a third party server or used straight from Flickr using their excellent blogging tools. WordPress will host up to 50MB of files (images/videos) on their free service and you can pay for more.


VodPod added to blog

14 06 2007

Got distracted again and added the video link on the right side of the blog. This is populated with Second Life videos from Google Video and YouTube.

Got distracted and added banner

14 06 2007

I created the banner for the blog in Photoshop. It’s a picture of JonSun on William Brown Street.

Star Trek Museum of Science

14 06 2007

I searched for ‘Museum’ in places and one of the results with ‘most traffic’ (no idea what this is based on) was the Star Trek Museum of Science.Star Trek Museum

This was a lot neater than the Goldsmiths degree show and it was clear a lot of work had gone into it. There were a lot of rooms (I’m pretty sure it was on board whatever the Star Trek spaceship is called) and it was easy to walk around. There was one person there but they ignored my questions..

The museum had interactives and seemed to be displaying a mixture of real and science-fiction-phoney science. You could hover and fly around a 3d star map. There was a 3d planet thing showing a ‘Star Trek universe’.

Star Trek Universe

In the chemistry room there was a laptop that you could click and leave a message for Sabri Piccard. I presume this is a person who is regularly in the room/made it/will show you round.

Leave a message

I didn’t leave a message.

The more you explore it there is lots of stuff – videos, journals, diagrams. The wall below has programs you can download onto your desktop.

Wall with programs to download

11.33 – Annotations, Goldsmiths Degree Show

14 06 2007

I could spend all day just finding out how Second Life works and reporting back on the blog but I’m impatient for something resembling the museum experience. I bookmarked a BBC article a couple of weeks about Goldsmiths art college holding their degree show simultaneously in the Old Truman Brewery and in Second Life.

Of course the BBC don’t bother to give any decent external link with the story so I have to google around to try and find out how to access it. A Goldsmiths press release gives the following advice:

‘just search for “Annotations” and teleport yourself there’

For the first time today, something is as simple as it seems.

The degree show is in a small room and you quickly get a good feeling for being in that room. I get the idea that it is probably pretty similar.

Degree show
I think it’s a good attempt but for 3d it’s got a very 2d feel. You can see the artworks on the wall and objects have been created to resemble the sculptures but you can’t look at them properly.

Degree show

In Second Life you can interact with objects by clicking on them. There didn’t appear to be any interactivity in this room.

I wanted to use video capture to give you the best idea of the experience of being in the room but I wouldn’t have time or the equipment to do that today.

The room had some sort of sound installation.

Degree show


14 06 2007

I’d been very happy with WordPress so far this morning. The account was setup in less than a minute and posting to it is easy. But now I’m getting a bug with the popups for uploading images and adding links. I’ve tried it in firefox and wordpress and I’m getting different but similarly disruptive errors.

10.15 – Starting this blog

14 06 2007

I’ve started the EP day by keeping notes in WordPad, but I’ve just thought that I might as well blog these notes live so that I’m learning about WordPress as well (as WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools).