The Process of Learning, In & Out of Second Life

Illumination Island and Bibliotheque (moderate)

I don’t have children, but I can’t avoid the news that it is the beginning of a new school year for those who do. This has made me ponder the various learning methods and opportunities afforded to us all.

Inworld I explored three sister islands this morning. On the first is a library offering “collections of literary classics, religious works, philosophy and history”, which is very cool. They have a group and events which, if literature is your thing, you should check out.

The second island, gives you a chance to experience the Wilanow Royal Palace↑ in Warsaw. You could spend a long time wandering these halls and grounds. The third region, Museum Island, is crammed with ancient monuments and structures from a variety of cultures. They provide historical data/explanatory texts and give you a chance to see important works you may only have heard of (or, in many cases, have never heard of).

I love sites like this, because I’m never going to get to these places any other way.

Illumination Island and Bibliotheque (moderate)

My encounters with learning in the physical world are varied and unending. Who knew, for example, that you’re supposed to replace a furnace filter more than once every 6 years?

Or, how could I know that the designers of a modern computer tower wouldn’t take into consideration that water can be spilled when they decided that some USB ports should face the sky? My mouse now acts like it ate bad sushi and is experiencing uncontrolled stomach spasms. sigh

The newest addition to the household is also being educated. I’m using flash cards – “Yes, this is a squirrel, the enemy, you can chase them. These are the cats, the good guys, you cannot chase them!” I get the feeling this is going to take a while.

Wilanow Royal Palace (moderate)

One of my favourite “learning” past-times involves those television series where an historian travels in the footsteps of some explorer, or wanders around the ruins of a lost city.

One of the first shows I remember being captivated by involved a man in the traditional khaki fighting his way through the Central American jungle. I can’t remember his name. It wasn’t Michael Wood, I don’t think, but a very similar type.

The British are superb at this type of television. There is often an understated acknowledgement of post-colonial guilt, and a history of under-estimating the intelligence of other cultures. Mostly, it’s just great visuals and fascinating bits of information.

Museum Island (moderate)

I bring this up because I encountered a new series yesterday. Treasures of the Indus, is a 3 part exploration of the history of the Indian sub-continent and it’s very different from anything I’ve watched before. Oh it has the beautiful images, and the first episode taught me many things.

The big difference though is the guide. Sona Datta is smart and well educated and well spoken, which so far doesn’t make her much different from the men I’ve watched. However, she is also quite snarky (in an understated way) and funny.

I can’t imagine Michael Wood (or the others I’ve seen) introducing the greek influence on Buddhist art by referring to Alexander’s “testosterone-fueled mission to outdo Darius the Great”. I didn’t know about the impact the Greeks had on Buddhism, but that line about Alexander means I won’t forget it.

If you get a chance, do watch this series. I may have to see them multiple times – partly because her throw-away digs at other historians mean I spend a lot of time googling the names of these people. Sona’s opinions on everything shine through – but, I feel like I’ve learned something. That’s what counts right?

Now, where are those flashcards?

Museum Island (moderate)
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Got Insomnia? See What You’re Missing at Cica’s Dreamers in Second Life!

Dreamers by Cica Ghost (general)

The latest Round of LEA Artist in Residence grants began on July 1. The recipients have a few months to work on their installations before opening, but Cica Ghost doesn’t need that much time!

Her Dreamers opens today at noon and it’s wonderful.

Dreamers by Cica Ghost (general)

The ground level offers a colourful landscape full of fantastical creatures and images (your camera finger will get a real workout).

As you wander around, and try to see everything, you’ll stumble on the group of Dreamers which give the exhibit its name.

Dreamers by Cica Ghost (general)

Click on their heads. Eight of them will transport you into their sleep-created world. Some of those landscapes are already inhabited by characters from the individual’s imagination.

Each dream is worth your time and attention – they’re quirky, and beautiful, and will inspire your own nocturnal stories.

Dreamers by Cica Ghost (general)

I took far more images than I can share in one blog post – but you’ll see many more. I ran into two of my favourite bloggers while I snapped my virtual shutter button, and both Ziki and Yana will post their own favourites. Many more will come as other photographers and bloggers get there.

This was a great way to start a new week. The exhibit will be open through December – but you’re going to want to visit over and over. There’s a lot to discover and a lot of joy to be had!

Dreamers by Cica Ghost (general)

Wherein I Fail The Bushido Challenge in Second Life

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

The Bushido Challenge offers tradition, adventure, penalties and treasure. As usual, in my case, it also offers an opportunity for abject humiliation.

I’m terrible at these things, but I did love the attempt. You’ll find yourself wandering through a series of tunnels and completing the many individual tasks required to solve all 7 portions of the Challenge.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

This is a story of seven samurai …. The Kami gave each of the samurai a brilliant crystal and bade them use it to travel through this portal and to embark on a series of heroic quests!

Having completed each of the quests ….. the samurai were granted increasing honor, riches, and safe passage back ….. to their home worlds.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

….. one of their company was separated from the others ….. We, the remaining six …..beg you to help us by continuing our search of these forbidding passages. Somewhere within this portal, these endless tunnels, our lost brother remains imprisoned. Seek out our crystals, seven in all, and assemble them here in this stone before the great samurai. His statue can help you in assembling the crystals and then unleashing their helpful power.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

Follow the banners from the landing spot to locate the start of the Challenge. Just join the group and jump in. It helps to follow the footprints you’ll find to get the challenges in the right order.

I found the monkey to be very helpful – don’t poke him though, he gets really annoyed. I also managed to correctly answer one of the riddles (yay me!).

At another spot, however, I was told that my only honourable option was seppuku. It could have been worse – I could have wound up like this fellow.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)
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