Archive for May, 2008
I’m attending the NMC Summer Conference for the second year in a row; this time around, the conference is at Princeton University. As a baseball fan, that’s crazy close to Yankee Stadium which will be closing at the end of this year, after 85 years in operation. So, I checked . . .
- if the Yankees were playing in town. NOPE. They’re ironically playing in my hometown while I’m in NJ/NY.
- if they have Tours available on Saturday. YES BUT, all of the advance individual tickets are sold out via Ticketmaster.
- for alternative sources for tour tickets. NOPE.
So…. If I want to see Yankee Stadium, I have two options. I need a new best friend (preferably someone that I already know or with whom I share a mutual friend) that can make it by Yankee Stadium about 9am on Saturday, June 14 to pick up two tour tickets for the 12 or 1pm tour. OR, I need 11 new best friends that want to tour sometime that day; given that, we can arrange discounted group tickets.
Any other avid baseball fans going to NMC that want to tour Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon (hopefully around 2pm!). I hope to be traveling from Princeton to the Newark airport to check my bags at a hotel and then on to the Bronx. If interested, comment here or email to topher (at) muveforward (dot) com.
On April 22nd, I was attending a few events in Second Life and getting in touch with colleagues regarding the Student Expenses in Second Life question. After discussing that issue for a little while with Brett Bjornson (RL: Brett Bixler) from Penn State, he invited me to see the project he was working on at the moment.
Brett was/is constructing a virtual prototype of a space to be built on his campus; they’re in the planning stages of the Educational Gaming Commons. In meatspace, the ECG will house eight PC’s (2 teams of 4) and three different game consoles: Wii, PS3, XBox 360. It will serve as an open lab which students can use as they wish (12-15 hours a day), and faculty can reserve it for teaching or research. Brett was scheduled for a meeting the following Monday to discuss the prototype and physical world build of the ECG.
The idea of prototyping physical spaces in Second Life has been a particular discussion within my institution over the past several weeks. We have a bond election coming up in the very near future, and if successful, Second Life would provide a meaningful way to prototype and explore the spaces to be designed and built in the physical world. In the early conversations regarding that possibility, I put together an image collection of virtual facilities juxtaposed with their real life counterparts. The opportunity to virtually create and test a space with stakeholders and end users which will be built and used in the physical world holds a great deal of promise.
For those perhaps considering similar projects, two builds in Second Life may be of interest. The Palomar Pomerado Health facility to be built in San Diego, CA has opened in Second Life; and when I was collecting images, I highlighted the National Health Service location in Second Life. As seen in the image below, Second Life makes it possible to richly experience the interior design of a space.