Archive for August, 2008

Can you knit a blog?

Can you knit a blog? No, or so it would seem until recently that is when the knitted terrorists gave it a go.

A knitted blog on display in a gallery in London

A knitted blog - Klog?


The result is now on display at HTTP, a new media art gallery in London as part of the Open Source Embroidery show.

And what is the connection with me? Well it was I who suggested the idea rather casually some time ago, aided by zero knowledge of knitting and a slim grip on reality.  Easier said than done?  However, the Knitted Terrorists took it on utilizing their closely-knit (I thank you) international community of knitters.

The result is: a story? a cronological narrative? a bunch of knitted thoughts? An impractical piece of clothing or an artristic work that easily betters Tracy Emin’s tent for frank insight? You’ll have to decide.

August 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm 1 comment

Online Seminar Series: Using Second Life® in Engineering

Some details about a recent Seminar i ran with collegues here. The session on the whole went well but i learned a few lessons about running a workshop/seminar in SL. As detailed below.

Using Second Life® in Engineering

Online Seminar Series: Using Second Life® in Engineering

I’ll call them Robs tips for Virtuous Virtuosity for Virtually flawless Virtual events:

  • An Agenda existed but I didn’t stick to it tightly enough. People when in such a free environment prefer to have an Agenda and a facilitator that enforces it. Rather than running the event in the spirit of the environment the opposite was required.
  • People will turn up on the day unannounced – don’t let it bother you.
  • do ask all involved with running the session to turn message logging on; its difficult to catch all the names of delegates and the principle points made in the discussions otherwise.
  • select somebody without too much to do to take photos, videos etc. and just to chat to people if necessary and fire fight the inevitable last minute problems experienced by people who didn’t check their computer, avatar the location etc.
  • Have a plan ‘B’ ready for Greifers – don’t run a session without the landowner on hand.
  • Make really sure all presenters etc. are members of the right land Group in order to allow opportunities to  Rez (create) objects and load presentations etc. (If you don’t get this right half your carefully constructed exhibition could disappear 5 minutes in. (Believe me!)
  • Come ready with thought provoking ideas and do leave time for plenty of debate – most people who are interested in SL have a *feeling* it will be useful but don’t yet have any hard ideas about application.
  • if you’re planning to report on the event or measure impact etc. ask all the delegates to give their real-world names at the beginning – the chat logs should catch this info if it is provided as text which is the usual communication channel in SL.
  • plus all the other normal caveats – don’t overstuff the agenda, don’t let presenters go on too long allow talking and shuffling around time between sessions

We decided to feature a session on Sloodle – a combination of a Moodle VLE and Second Life. Great though this is, it was far too complex and esoteric for everyone but the most knowledgeable. Delegates wanted something to take home and unfortunately this mostly just baffled everyone.

August 6, 2008 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment


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