Judging by the sexy avatar to the left here, the tagline for tomorrow night's interview on Second Life's "Virtually Speaking with Jimbo Hoyer" show should be: "If I looked this good in the real world, I wouldn't have any problem 'moving a nation (of men) to care'!"
That in mind, I'd really like to thank Jane at InWorld Studios for creating this, uh, realistic avatar of me for tomorrow night's interview (my official Second Life name is IlonaMeagher Underwood), and I'd also like to thank Jay and all the rest of the gang for inviting me on. Looking forward to it!
Virtually Speaking With Jimbo Hoyer welcomes Ilona Meagher to the show. Ilona is the author of "Moving a Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America's Returning Troops" a powerful book about the realities facing our returning troops.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007
Time: 6pm PST :: 9pm EST
Location: InWorld Studios (40,57)
You need to join (it's free) and create your own avatar at SL to participate.
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What is Second Life?
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 9,708,801 Residents from around the globe.
What's the purpose of SL?
We are a global community working together to build a new online space for creativity, collaboration, commerce, and entertainment. We strive to bridge cultures and welcome diversity. We believe in free expression, compassion and tolerance as the foundation for community in this new world.
To see how art and the digital world come together in SL, take a minute to watch a short showcase video. Details:
In August 2006, Suzanne Vega became the first major recording artist to perform live in Second Life avatar form. This forms part of a larger project sponsored by The Infinite Mind, a public radio show which has hired Infinite Vision Media to create a permanent presence in Second Life.
Robbie Dingo was commissioned by Boliver Oddfellow (CEO, Infinite Visions) to make the Guitar and animation for the Vega avatar (created by Munchflower Zaius). The following is a fantastic short video that shows Robbie's considerable building skills at work while he whips into shape a lifelike replica of Suzanne Vega's guitar for the event.
While I haven't had a guitar created for me, I'm flattered to see how I turned out in digital form. As I said, if I looked like this in the real world, I don't think I'd have a problem 'moving a nation (of men) to care' about the issue of combat PTSD!