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Your Name Escapes Me – But I Never Forget an Avatar

November 6, 2006

An tÉan Corr
The Irish noun “aithne” means “acquaintance” or “recognition”.  It is sometimes prefixed with the qualifier “súil” (meaning “eye”).  “Súil-aithne” is “eye-acquaintance”, meaning that “I know the face – but we haven’t been introduced.”

The online community of Irish speakers has developed new qualifiers to succintly describe the new kinds of relationships which are found in electronic networks.  “Ríomh-aithne” is a general term which translates literally as “compute-acquaintance”, and is probably more specifically used to mean “email-acquaintance”.  “Blag-aithne” means you read the other persons blog, or he/she reads you, and you’ve probably commented and tracked back.

I’ve used “Skype-aithne” – and you can probably have “IM-aithne”, “IRC-aithne”, “Boards-aithne” etc. as well!

I have physically met with Eirepreneur author James Corbett as neither of us live very far from Limerick.  Then last week, chuir mé SecondLife-aithne air – the two of us met up for the inaugural “Blarney Camp” in the Blarney Stone Virtual Irish Pub in the “Dublin” sim in Second Life.

As it happened – we experienced some unusual technical problems, which we initially put down to bad timing on our part – the fact that the simulation appeared to have a lot of users at the time.

Slua Second Life
However, I experienced no such issues during a brief visit on Sunday morning.  I ran into SLDublin’s mayor, Ham Rambler who explained that the Second Life system itself was experiencing technical problems (Linden Labs Blog says they are external network issues.)

This morning, Second Life appears to severely curtailed.  I’ve tried to log in several times and I generally find that I cannot even move my avatar.

Notwithstanding these little glitches, Second Life is a featured topic this week on An Líonra Sóisialta – and we’ll also be talking about internet maps, especially Google Earth.   Today’s show is titled Úirlisí na Samhlaíochta (Tools for the Imagination!)

Follow the secondlife tag in my Flickr stream for more images and commentary from my Second Life adventures over the past few days.  I was particularly pleased to run into Ham Rambler on Sunday.  He was glad to hear about the interest from Irish bloggers and he’s even offered us a meeting room in “Trinity College” for our next Second Life get-together!
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Come to Blarney Camp!

November 1, 2006

I miss all the good meetups. Blogging the Election, BarCamp Ireland, IT@Cork. And it’s not just the tech ones either. Oireachtas na Gaeilge starts today in Derry. Cén mhaith dom é? Ní bheidh mé ann! 😦 I had planned to attend, but it’s just not possible.

I’m going to Blarney Camp though! 🙂 James Corbett is organising a virtual meetup in The Blarney Stone Bar, inside the “Dublin” simulation in the virtual world “Second Life”, tomorrow at 3pm GMT.

I’m curious about Second Life – and I’m curious to know what James and Donncha and others think about it.

Maybe it’s no more than a toy – but score one for Second Life when it comes to giving me a chance to “attend” a meeting. We’re just going to “sit” around the “bar” and have an IRC conversation – but that’s only a part of what’s possible.

The most interesting SL moment I’ve had so far was when I “walked” in to the Blarney Stone one night to find a disco in full swing and several avatars “dancing”. The avatars are just cartoon characters – but the people controlling them are real. So was the DJ and the music streaming to my PC. I had a short IM chat with the DJ and the next thing I heard was her voice on the live stream – as she welcomed me to the place!

Tomorrow, we’ll just “sit around the bar” and type messages to each other. But on another occasion we could all look at a “TV” in the corner and watch the real-life James give a presentation on OPML? Or we could hire a conference room from the owner of The Blarney Stone and watch slides presented by Simon McGarr‘s avatar (McGavatarr?) while listening to his voice discuss the legal issues for bloggers and podcasters. Physically, Simon would be in his office in Dublin, I would be in my home in West Clare – anybody, anywhere in the world, could participate.

I’d love to attend more real-world events, but I’ve got two jobs and two kids. Of course Second Life can’t replace the real thing – but let’s give credit for what it can do.

All are welcome! James has the details! (Second Life is free to download if you don’t already have it. Over 18’s only.) Say hi to Conn Edgeworth when you get there! 😉