2008.04.13 13:00 - Getting Out and About

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    This afternoon, I was sitting on the wooden plank extending from the tea house, outside, admiring the landscape of Rieul. Maxine then teleported straight into the tea house. I invited her to get out into the open air, and I realized that she had not yet had much experience in the basic techniques of SL, like moving around, turning,

    walking through a door, using cameras. There is a rather high threshold for getting comfortable in SL, and once you’re comfortable there it is easy to forget how much time it took you to get to that point of familiarity.

    I’m including part of the dialogue here, since some of it may be helpful for readers who are also just starting out. If you are the type of person who would prefer to read a book, I have found the following book to be most practical: Second Life: A Guide to Your Virtual World by Brian White.

    After a while, Stim dropped by, and later Kat, who was kind enough to give Maxine some further suggestions and background. Here is the transcript, below.

    Pema Pera: Hi Maxine!
    Maxine Walden: hi, Pema
    Pema Pera: how about sitting out in the Sun for a change?
    Pema Pera: I see you teleported right into the tea house
    Pema Pera: It’s a lovely day and the landscape is well sorth looking at
    Maxine Walden: you know, I just stay here, when I ‘quit’ I am in the teahouse and just return. But I will follow you outside if I can figure out how to move easily
    Pema Pera: sure, just get up
    Pema Pera: by clicking “stand up”
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: and then walking to a door
    Pema Pera: either door
    Maxine Walden: which way is the door, to the right or left
    Pema Pera: both ;>)
    Pema Pera: there are two doors
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes, I should have known…
    Pema Pera: to go through a door, you left click on it
    Pema Pera: and it will open
    Pema Pera: there yo go!
    Pema Pera: I am to your right
    Maxine Walden: this is great out here
    Pema Pera: yes, about time we got you outdoors ;>)
    Pema Pera: you haven’t explored much in SL, have you?
    Maxine Walden: I agree, …no I have not explored it much, have used it
    Maxine Walden: as a way to connect with PaB…these discussions
    Maxine Walden: you are building a place nearby is that right, here in SL
    Pema Pera: sooner or later you probably would like to explore more, it is such a rich land here, in so many ways.
    Pema Pera: And also with respect to our discussions, the sense of immersion makes a difference, I think, I feel.
    Maxine Walden: could you say more about the immersion?
    Pema Pera: I would like to hear your opinion about that, in due time, as a psychologist.
    Pema Pera: But for now, if you turn to the right, how about sitting down here?
    Maxine Walden: I will try to turn right and sit down…
    Pema Pera: you can right click where you’d like to sit
    Pema Pera: there you go!
    Pema Pera: you did it ;>)
    Pema Pera: Isn’t this a great view?
    Pema Pera: The view itself is part of the answer of your question about immersion :)
    Maxine Walden: but I seem to be facing the wall
    Pema Pera: Now you also will have to learn to control your camera, independent of the position of your avatar
    Pema Pera: ah
    Pema Pera: just sit down again
    Pema Pera: Once you sit, you can use the left and right arrows on your keyboard to let your camera swing left and right
    Pema Pera: If you stand, those keys let your avatar turn
    Pema Pera: if you sit, the same keys let your field of view turn while you avatar stays put
    Maxine Walden: to sit down again I need to turn around the select the seat, don’t I
    Pema Pera: yes
    Maxine Walden: I am trying to turn with the arrow keys and nothing seems to be happening
    Pema Pera: just keep the key down for a while
    Pema Pera: ah, if you are still in text mode
    Pema Pera: then hit escape key
    Pema Pera: the text window will become transparent
    Pema Pera: then you can move
    Pema Pera: clicking on the text window will bring you back there
    Pema Pera: there you are, back again on the wooden board in front of the tea house!
    Pema Pera: Now can you hit the left key, say, and let your field of view turn?
    Maxine Walden: oh, back to the text windown but I seem to be facing the wall
    Pema Pera: escape from the text window
    Pema Pera: then hit left key
    Pema Pera: and see your view swivel around
    Pema Pera: does that work?
    Pema Pera: Hi Stim!
    Maxine Walden: yes, but the wall is back, will try to turn again
    Pema Pera: once you have escaped from the text window, you can turn left and right with the left and right keys on your key board. Does that work?
    Maxine Walden: ok, I was backing through the wall, am out again
    Pema Pera: also
    Pema Pera: you can use the up and down keys
    Pema Pera: down will zoom out
    Pema Pera: up will zoom in
    Pema Pera: can you try that too?
    Maxine Walden: I will try
    Pema Pera: Hi again Stim!
    Pema Pera: I saw you flying by, and therefore I offered a tp
    Stim Morane: yes, I was just looking around. I saw you here but was curious …
    Maxine Walden: Pema, would you say more about the immersion? I do have some thoughts about it but would like to hear yours.
    Pema Pera: well, there is so much to say about it. . . . arriving here in SL is like undergoing a kind of immigration
    Maxine Walden: yes
    Pema Pera: You have to learn to move around, as you are now beginning to do, but that is only a very small part of it.
    Pema Pera: You meet people, you leran the culture — actually a large number of subcultures, but there is a general etiquette, a way that people interact, expectations about how to behave.
    Maxine Walden: yes, is this part of trying to separate from daily RL?
    Pema Pera: No
    Pema Pera: Not trying to separate
    Pema Pera: it is just how things have grown here
    Pema Pera: If you travel in Europe you behave differently in different countries
    Pema Pera: because the culture and expectations are different
    Pema Pera: and if you don’t you won’t fit in
    Maxine Walden: yes
    Maxine Walden: I have traveled some and think I know what you are talking about
    Pema Pera: so here over the years a particular culture has emerged
    Pema Pera: I can try to explain it in words
    Pema Pera: but really the only way is to experience it
    Pema Pera: and then, afterward, we can sit down and try to analyse it
    Pema Pera: so I suggest you take some time to look around
    Pema Pera: To get started, of course you need to know how to move your avatar and camera
    Pema Pera: that is absolutely essential
    Pema Pera: and there are several ways to learn all that, depending on your preferences
    Pema Pera: most people go to a welcome area and/or learn from others and/or use trial and error
    Pema Pera: I personally like reading a book with hints; did I already give you the name of a good book?
    Maxine Walden: I can here your strong recommendation. I did some trial and error, but actallly did a tutorial when I first signed on to SL, guess I forgot it some,
    Pema Pera: oh, I forget it all the time at first
    Pema Pera: it was VERY frustrating
    Pema Pera: then finally I decided to plunge in
    Pema Pera: and then it became really fun.
    Pema Pera: This is the book I mentioned, Second Life: A Guide to Your Virtual World by Brian White
    Pema Pera: can you click on that?
    Pema Pera: Hi Kat!
    Kat Lemieux: Hi!
    Kat Lemieux: Hi Maxine
    Maxine Walden: great, I can click on it. Hello, Kat, you helped me a couple of days ago
    Maxine Walden: with QSL
    Kat Lemieux: Right!
    Kat Lemieux: Nice to meet you Stim!
    Stim Morane: Nice to meet you too
    Pema Pera: Stim, this is Kat, with whom I am heading QSL, the Qwaq-Second Life Liaison
    Maxine Walden: Hello, Stim, sorry I did not see you earlier
    Pema Pera: So Maxine, I suggest you order that book, as a general reference
    Pema Pera: I found it very helpful
    Pema Pera: and the rest is just plunging in
    Maxine Walden: I will, thanks, I need all the help I can get
    Pema Pera: Kat, I have lured Maxine out of the tea house ;>)
    Kat Lemieux: ;-)
    Pema Pera: until now she tp-ed in and out
    Pema Pera: and I thought it was time to get some fresh air ;>)
    Kat Lemieux: You need to explore!
    Kat Lemieux: There’s lots of fascinating things to see in SL
    Pema Pera: what is your recommendation for the quickest way to get started
    Pema Pera: through the SciLands?
    Maxine Walden: yes, doing it the shortway, limiting exploration
    Kat Lemieux: Well, just do it
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: need more info
    Pema Pera: intro?
    Kat Lemieux: The SciLands?
    Kat Lemieux: Hmmm.
    Pema Pera: Maxine is still at the very beginning
    Kat Lemieux: Well, of course, i think the best place to start is where it started — the ISM
    Kat Lemieux: But there’s a good intro to SL on SciLands island
    Pema Pera: can you give here a lm?
    Pema Pera: for the intro part?
    Kat Lemieux: Sure
    Pema Pera: I love your lag T shirt — hahahaha, words of experience!
    Pema Pera: “Mind the Lag”
    Pema Pera: I thought it was the London Tube
    Kat Lemieux: ;-)
    Maxine Walden: mind the gap
    Kat Lemieux: Yeah, I don’t wear t-shirts normally, but couldn’t resist this one
    Pema Pera: yes, hehe
    Pema Pera: where did you get that one?
    Maxine Walden: Kat, thanks for the reference
    Kat Lemieux: I don’t actually remember….
    Pema Pera: we sure got our share of lag this week
    Kat Lemieux: Let me see if it’s copy/transfer
    Kat Lemieux: Rats, no transfer
    Kat Lemieux: Bossa Nova Mainstore
    Pema Pera: thnks!
    Kat Lemieux: The store is at Muse (176, 95,24)
    Pema Pera: ah, great, thanks!
    Pema Pera: But Maxine, I hope you didn’t mind that I was steering you around
    Pema Pera: and don’t worry about it taking time
    Pema Pera: we all need time to learn
    Maxine Walden: oh, no, I was/am very appreciative
    Stim Morane: Thanks for the landmarks, Kat!
    Kat Lemieux: YW
    Pema Pera: just take it easy
    Pema Pera: and soon it will become second nature (no pun intended)
    Pema Pera: actually, we can go over there, since no one else is showing up — shall we do that, to the Scilands intro?
    Kat Lemieux: Sure
    Pema Pera: you go and tp?
    Stim Morane: I need to do a few things in rl before the qwaq meeting, so I’ll say good bye here.
    Pema Pera: sorry, Kat, for such a short intro!
    Kat Lemieux: NP
    Pema Pera: People new to SL seem to be more in a hurry ;>)
    Pema Pera: things just take longer here
    Pema Pera: but that has its peaceful side too
    Pema Pera: like the Southern US culture, different from the NYC hurry
    Kat Lemieux: ;-)
    Kat Lemieux: It’s too hot down south to rush around
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: Kat, lead us wherever you’d like
    Pema Pera: it’s time to get Maxine moving a bit!
    Maxine Walden: are we going to the ism clubhouse, as it seems to be showing up behind the text screen, or what
    Kat Lemieux: We could
    Pema Pera: that screen you are looking at is a lm
    Pema Pera: landmark
    Pema Pera: you got it from Kat
    Maxine Walden: just trying to keep up with you who know what’s what
    Pema Pera: it is in your inventory as well
    Pema Pera: many things to learn . . . .
    Pema Pera: for now you can just click on the cross and let it go
    Maxine Walden: it is a landmark, so many things to learn, like the first day of school…
    Pema Pera: YES
    Pema Pera: very much so
    Pema Pera: but also fun!
    Kat Lemieux: Well, the inventory tutorial is a good place for noobies– catch it before you get overwhelmed!
    Pema Pera: a whole new way of life
    Pema Pera: did you know, Maxine, that you are called a noobie?
    Pema Pera: ;>)
    Pema Pera: new person here
    Kat Lemieux: There’s a folder of reference landmarks
    Maxine Walden: ok, will recheck the tutorial, the inventory tutorial may be different…a noobie or a newby, I am familiar with each
    Kat Lemieux: The first LM in that folder is for the tutorials on Dreams
    Maxine Walden: yes, the folder, looks like an envelope
    Kat Lemieux: Right
    Maxine Walden: tutorial on dreams, I will be very interested in that, should I look now or later
    Kat Lemieux: Or a little manila folder, with the tab at the top
    Kat Lemieux: Well, later, maybe
    Kat Lemieux: It’s possibly something to do by yourself
    Kat Lemieux: It’s a very pretty island, though
    Kat Lemieux: Created by stroke victims
    Maxine Walden: by stroke victims…
    Kat Lemieux: It’s a place they got together to do some recovery/group therapy
    Maxine Walden: sounds wonderful
    Kat Lemieux: Then they made a really nice island
    Maxine Walden: a dream place
    Kat Lemieux: Yep
    Kat Lemieux: Spaceport Alpha used to be just one sim away from there
    Maxine Walden: where they could go/come in their dreams and fantasies
    Kat Lemieux: Until we started SciLands and moved
    Maxine Walden: one sim, what is a sim?
    Kat Lemieux: sim == simulator == one region == 256 meters square, 256 by 256 meters
    Maxine Walden: thanks,
    Kat Lemieux: also called an island when it’s not on the mainland
    Kat Lemieux: YW
    Kat Lemieux: Estates can be on mainland, or a cluster of islands, usually more than one region/sim
    Maxine Walden: what is spaceport alpha
    Kat Lemieux: Spaceport Alpha and Spaceport Bravo are where the International Spaceflight Museum exists
    Maxine Walden: I see
    Kat Lemieux: Alpha was our first island
    Kat Lemieux: We added Bravo about a year ago
    Kat Lemieux: In fact, a year ago this week was our grand opening for Bravo
    Kat Lemieux: Alpha was opened in Jun 2006
    Maxine Walden: sounds like you and others have been doing this for some time;
    Kat Lemieux: We started the museum in Sept 2005
    Kat Lemieux: Right
    Maxine Walden: I see, nearly 3 years
    Kat Lemieux: Gearsawe and I started in SL in July 2005
    Kat Lemieux: We used to have our first houses across the street from each other in an old sim called Luskwood
    Kat Lemieux: That’s where we met
    Kat Lemieux: Then I bought land in Aglia
    Kat Lemieux: And after that we started the museum, Gear and I
    Kat Lemieux: Then Gear bought land in Aglia
    Kat Lemieux: Now he owns an island and I rent 1/4 of it from him
    Kat Lemieux: That’s where “Kat’s Beach House” is
    Maxine Walden: I see
    Maxine Walden: and what does the Museum house?
    Kat Lemieux: We have lots of rockets and spacecraft and interactive exhibits
    Kat Lemieux: And other stuff
    Kat Lemieux: You’ll have to come see.
    Kat Lemieux: Almost all our exhibits are full scale
    Maxine Walden: I would enjoy that
    Kat Lemieux: Including the Vehicle Assembly Building, the 3rd largest (by volume) building in the world
    Kat Lemieux: OK, let’s go there now, ok?
    Kat Lemieux: Got time, Pema?
    Pema Pera: sure!
    Kat Lemieux: OK
    Kat Lemieux: The “Interenational Spaceflight Museum” landmark is for the landing poitn
    Maxine Walden: I was planning on going to Qwaq in 12-15 min
    Kat Lemieux: I hope
    Kat Lemieux: We can have a quick look before you have to leave
    Kat Lemieux: But you’ll have to come back there & explore — it will take hours
    Maxine Walden: good, but I am afraid you will have to ‘tell me how to follow you there
    Kat Lemieux: OK, I gave you a landmark to it.
    Kat Lemieux: Just doubleclick on it and you’ll teleport there
    Kat Lemieux: Do you have a LM to International Spaceflight Museum now?
    Kat Lemieux: I see some of the things I gave you are lagging
    Kat Lemieux: Look in your Landmarks folder
    Maxine Walden: OK
    Kat Lemieux: It’s a good idea to stand up before you TP
    Kat Lemieux: TP == teleport
    Maxine Walden: the folder says I do not have permission from the owner so cannot go, I think
    Kat Lemieux: Oh, dear. That’s not right, but SL must be having problems again
    Kat Lemieux: I got that message yesterday or the day before a lot
    Kat Lemieux: It’s the database messing up again
    Maxine Walden: maybe I can come over soon, when the database and I are running better
    Kat Lemieux: OK
    Kat Lemieux: Try this one instead … Stage right
    Pema Pera: thanks a lot, Kat!
    Kat Lemieux gave you Stage right, Spaceport Alpha.
    Maxine Walden: thanks
    Pema Pera: We probably should go to Qwaq now
    Kat Lemieux: OK
    Pema Pera: Thanks for your time!
    Kat Lemieux: YW
    Maxine Walden: thanks Kat and look forward to seeing you again soon
    Kat Lemieux: OK, nice to meet you!
    Pema Pera: see you in Qwaq, Maxine — busy day today!
    Maxine Walden: ggreat, see you in a few minutes. And thanks for your patience, Pema
    Kat Lemieux: See you later!
    Pema Pera: I keep forgetting how long it took me to learn things . . . .
    Kat Lemieux: ;-)
    Pema Pera: Well, gotto run!
    Kat Lemieux: Ciao

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