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)

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)

Tillicum Island in Second Life – A Photographer’s Playground

Tillicum Island (moderate)

I wanted to start this post by saying Klahowya Tillicum and did some research to make sure I wasn’t misremembering the meaning (Hello Friend). It turns out there’s a lot of history associated with the phrase.

Tillicum Island (moderate)

If you’re interested in linguistics, or ever used the greeting and want to know the context, there’s a great article on Chinook Jargon you might read. Don’t blame me if you start pondering colonialism. :)

Tillicum Island (moderate)

Back to Tillicum Island. I saw this image by Darkyn Dover and went to check the location out.

Set up by Tinker Drew and her partner Scott Yedmore, this is a region that just cries out for itchy camera fingers. Tinker is a wonderful photographer and knew what would appeal to the rest of us.

Tillicum Island (moderate)

I just realized as I was writing this that Inara also visited the island recently, you can read her post here and find out much more information about what’s available.

I’ll just add to her description by mentioning that there’s a cave as well. :)

Tillicum Island (moderate)
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