Tonight, in about an hour, I’m going to be on Second Life in a talk show called Virtually Speaking. You can show up there in your avatar, or if you aren’t quite that nerdy, you can just listen in on the audio simulcast.
Strangely, I just realized that I have absolutely no idea what the topic of the interview will be. I guess you can just surprise me with questions!
I really don’t like SecondLife very much. It’s pretty hard to use, at least for me.
Second life? You know whats going to happen right.
Is this a bad time to tell you that I have a man-crush on you?
Good luck, PZ. May the flying penises not hit you in the face.
I’m a pretty big nerd, but not enough to be in 2nd Life. However, I will be listening in on the audio simulcast.
Ted Powell says
Well, on the web site, it says:
(Not that that narrows it down very much.)
Also, watch out for Spartans.
Meh. Second Life. Some time ago, I created my free account, then I didn’t use it for awhile and forgot my username. I couldn’t find any way to recover it, so I tried to create another one, but it wouldn’t let me create a second free account (at least, not without lying about it). So I sent them a support email to recover my original username, and they never responded. At that point, I pretty much lost interest.
I just signed up for it, from work- since thats where I am now, and it asked me to download some crap.. not from here!-anyway, i will just have to listen on the net and hope we dont overload the server.
PZ, you so Web 2.0 right now.
Glen Davidson says
Breaking news, if OT:
Well, there you have it, if USA Today labels it a political rant, who can they get a good review from? Sure, blatant right-wing and religious rags, but that’s about it.
Ryan F Stello says
USA Today wrote,
And which people were those?
Cuttlefish, OM says
PZ, while you’re there on Second Life,
Just take a look–perhaps you’ll find my wife;
I think I lost here there–it seems that I,
In mundane First Life, don’t know how to fly.
/USA Today wrote,
Those who believe in evolution often have foreign accents, are stuffed shirts or seem ready to foam at the mouth./
Funny, those who write for USA Today are underqualified to write for the National Enquirer…
For those who missed it, I’ve posted three snaps from the event. I would have done more, but I figure that much geekiness would melt the interwebs.
I don’t know if I missed it or showed too early. This whole second life thing is a little baffling for me so far…
Back to Welfare Island where I can earn some free Linden Dollars!
James F says
Thanks for those! Love the chambered nautilus, squids with fan signs, and the gigantic octopus!
I say, more geekiness! More!
Cuttlefish @ 12
I’m so used to lighter fare from you – that was touching.
PZ Myers says
Whew. For a moment there, I was afraid you’d be posting photos of me wrestling the giant penis at Cafe Wellstone.
I got yer back, man. What happens in Cafe Wellstone, stays in Cafe Wellstone. Just don’t be telling people how you earned that Rolex.
Trent Eady says
Don’t worry PZ, I saved some snaps just in case I need to blackmail you one day. Glad you enjoyed the rolex.
~Trent A.K.A. Dapper Drakes
damn, i wanted to call you. i missed it.
shane - dancin' slut says
You gave the man a rolex? Newbs don’t have a penis. What good is a rolex if you don’t have any junk?
Ok, back to dancin’ for Lindens now.
John B. Sandlin says
It was an interesting event. As per SL requirements, there were technical glitches, of course. I was going to snap a SL photo – but PZ’s avatar took a nap. Then I forgot.
We had no Creationist gate crashers, as far as I could tell. Could be the 20 meter Octopus above us protected us.
Also OT. From NYT review of Expelled:
Ugh, second life. A buggy place full of ugly graphics and people that should focus more on their FIRST life.
GaaaAAAAHH! I miscalculated timezones. Or, more likely, somebody was on a daylight-saving-time thing. I got there – literally – just in time to see PZ saying goodbye. I hung around long enough to hear he’d be at the Cafe Wellstone.
So, got to the Wellstone. Approached PZ, long enough to say “hi, I post comments on Pharyngula” under THIS name. I NEARLY managed to say “love the blog, makes me wish I understood more biology”… when the SL viewer crashed on me. Came back, crashed again.
A pox on lag, a curse on heavily loaded SL servers. Giant flying penises against all computer faults, I say. Damn them all. May they all be infested with drooping, syphilitic virtual penii.
PZ: apologies; I was Arnott Timtam. Thanks for the tolerance. I look forward, very dearly, to seeing the captured video. Or, dare I hope somebody will post a transcript, please, please, pretty please?
OT, but I saw this German documentary about the octopi of Stromboli. These critters know when the volcano is going to dump lava into the sea and they get out of the way. Lots of good footage of their quaint mating habits too.
This would be something for PBS or the Discovery Channel. I don’t know if it is in English yet.
Ruetha Jewell says
PZ, thanks for coming and speaking to us. I had a great time. Please come back and speak again. I’d love to hear your thoughts on resources for non-scientists on evolution.
thanks for coming by PZ. We really appreciated it.
Thanks for the snaps Alice. And for the, um, kind words about us.
This program has been going along pretty well. Next week Glenn Greenwald. Next month, Rick Perlstein will talk about Nixonland–he wants a Nixon avatar.
the blogtalkradio archive has a podcast. I had a little trouble getting started–this is only our second BTR simulcast, so there is about 2 minutes of scarlatti before we get started.
Dire Lobo says
You can find the podcast of yesterday’s show at http://www.inworldstudios.com/vs along with audio and video clips from previous shows.
Quiet Desperation says
Rated PG for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking.
This stood out above everything for me. A movie’s rating can be affected by a person *smoking*? Really? That the silliest thing I’ve read online this week.
And this is from someone who thinks smoking is only slightly above taking a dump in public.
Naked Bunny with a Whip says
Damn, I woulda totally been there if I’d seen this in time. Mrrf.
Glen Davidson says
A review that ties in the political aspects of Expelled rather well:
Glen Davidson says
National Review decides to cease making the presentation that conservatism can be intelligent:
Honestly, as little as I’ve thought of them, I didn’t think they were that stupid. He’s really doing nothing but mouthing rank lies, long exposed on the web, that the film and its producers put out.
If anything, this puts me off Leno’s show.
Sure, Derbyshire will no doubt demonstrate what a moronic film it is. But what’s the point? There only seem to be a few intelligent folk who will stand up for science on the conservative side by now, and it seems that they’d probably do best to leave. Not their politics, if that is important to them, but the wretched pile of shit that the conservative movement has become.
Start over, if you think conservatism has inherent value. The group as a whole is simply wallowing in stupidity, lies, and an incapacity to think. Any intellects remaining had better think to saving themselves.
You even know that a number of people at National Review are smarter than to think Berg and Stein are anything but chowderheads. And what of that? They’ll sell out to the most blatantly stupid propaganda, all to “save” the movement? That just means there’s nothing to save, other than perhaps a few individuals.
#29 jayackroyd wrote:
Consider it a compliment. I haven’t done a virtual world thing for many many years, so you should feel special. :) Definitely worth a chuckle, especially when PZ’s avatar kept nodding off.