Even some of my most techno-freak friends have been unable to "grock" my fascination with Second Life, and I usually find myself avoiding the topic since I seem to be unable to convey why I find it not only mesmerizing, but also somehow really important. I know the idea of a "virtual world" pushes up against many closely held assumptions but I hope this post begins to open a different window.
The other morning after my woman's group in Second Life (which meets in a five-chambered cave carved into the side of a beautiful mountain on Sunseed Bardeen's Third Life), I found myself in a spontaneous conversation with some people from another Second Life group I'm part of - Bettina Tizzy's Impossible IRL (Impossible in Real Life). The creative collaborations that Bettina has attracted and the art she showcases and promotes on her island are examples of some of what's most exciting to me about Second Life - visit her place in Chakryn and you'll see what I mean.
In this instance, she was sharing a video she'd found and posted on her wonderful blog: