Pur ti miro, pur ti godo

One of the most romantic and beautiful moments in all of opera is at the very end of Claudio Monteverdi‘s final opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Act III, Scene 7), the duet aria “Pur ti miro, pur ti godo.” Written just months before the composer’s death at age 76, the opera is the pinnacle of Monteverdi’s . . . → Read More: Pur ti miro, pur ti godo

Virtual and Real Body Consciousness

A recent study at George Washington University School of Public Health suggests that watching avatars engaged in healthy behaviors may influence the tendency to engage in similar real life behaviors. [1.] In the small pilot study, researchers tracked 8 women who had all tried some kind of diet for weight control over the past year. . . . → Read More: Virtual and Real Body Consciousness

SL Viewer 3.0 and Mesh

N.B. There are lots of better places to find specific details on SL viewer and mesh. If you want more depth, follow the links in this article.

The current SL viewer is now 3.0 (V3), released just within the last few days, I believe. I haven’t tried it yet. The main difference in V3 is . . . → Read More: SL Viewer 3.0 and Mesh

Ubiquity as Silent Revolution

I came across an interesting article titled “What happens when computers stop shrinking?,” by popular and articulate physicist Michio Kaku about the apparent impending demise of Moore’s Law. One tangential statement in the article got me thinking:

“The destiny of computers — like other mass technologies like electricity, paper, and running water — is to . . . → Read More: Ubiquity as Silent Revolution

Machinima

Machinima is the art of movie making in virtual worlds. An immersive environment like Second Life allows users to create extravagant sets and characters and to move the camera and actors with fairly simple scripts. This is a fairly interesting new artform that is just beginning to get serious attention. The National Endowment for the . . . → Read More: Machinima

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