May 4th, 2008


second week on holiday

On holiday and having breakfast by the dock in Treasure Island, FL. I'm catching up with holiday photos and playing with Louis, while Kate catches up with her blog. On Monday we fly to New York and will be there for a week.

Training for the summer school programme has been going well, and covered a lot of material with the summer school teachers. We started creating new avatars and looking at appearance and clothing. Moved on to building and even some basic scripting. Final day yesterday we started to try animations and making a musical sculptures by uploading and scripting the sounds into piano keys.

Useful meeting in the afternoon where the second life trainers were brought together with some of the other people involved in the the summer school programme including Josephine and Dan along with people who work for the Patel Centre composing music and working with young people using music and digital media. It's a much more organic process than a conventional performance course, taking ideas from the young people in the course and sharing and building on them. It seems that everyone is enthusiastic to see how we can bring the different skills and techniques together in an interesting way, and having a series of multimodal performances in the real and virtual worlds.

space centre visit

We took a trip out to the Kennedy Space Centre. Had one busy morning driving across the state like a wronged astronaut, we even had the nappies (for Louis).

Bit disappointed that the Shuttle launch STS-124 was pushed back from 24 April to sometime late in May. We even missed the roll out to the launch pad by a couple of days. But had a good day anyway with a bus tour round the site.

Walking around the real rocket garden showed how much work has been put in to the virtual space centre in Second Life. The replica of the rocket garden is really well done.

Spent the next day floating around playing with Louis in a mini-water park attached to our hotel.

posting stuff elsewhere

I've been posting a few things in different places online, including typepad, and flickr. You can track a combined list at friendfeed/digitalsean

Flickr published photos on Flickr 21 hours ago

Louis and Katie

Twitter “Louis nearly lost both parents in J&R, while looking at small laptops. OQO, Asus eee-PC, HTC shift and a little HP too.” Wednesday at 3:01 pm
update: also looking at some interesting presentation devices which I've bookmarked on delicious/digitalsean

Flickr published 47 photos on Flickr

IMG_1706 IMG_1718 IMG_1721 IMG_1723 IMG_1717 IMG_1699 Kate on the Beach

TwitterTwitter “Driving across Florida like a mad astronaut. We even have nappies (for Louis)” Thursday at 7:48 pm

Twitter “joined rezed - a social networking space for SLED members and others interested in education using virtual worlds” April 29 at 3:53 pm
update: Barry corrected me - the official URL is

Blogposted a blog post Filtering your facebook feeds on digitalsean@typepad Wednesday at 4:25 pm

Blogposted a blog post Going offline for travel with Window Mobile on digitalsean@typepad Tuesday at 10:29 pm

Twitter “having a unix tweaking morning - rss + flickr elgg, crontab; git to track moodle development and make it easier to merge our customisations”

Blogposted two blog posts on SUPA Sean Farrell : Weblog

Revamp of SUPA website April 28 at 3:36 pm

Widgitised Web April 28 at 3:22 pm