All Alone!It’s so exciting that the SciLands is starting to happen. CoLab island has requested its move, but as of today (Sunday) we’re still in our old location. It was funny seeing CoLab island in the water all by itself yesterday. With ISM’s Spaceport Alpha moved to the new SciLands area already, it feels a bit like we’ve lost a limb :). With any luck, however, we’ll be over in the new area soon…

It’s interesting, the role of ‘physical’ place in Second Life is more important the one might think (as evidenced by the whole SciLands project, I suppose). Although we can teleport anywhere instantaneously, there is still a real sense of community amongst neighbouring islands. Many others have pointed out that this is unique to SL (as opposed to, say, the regular old web). I wonder, as more thematically motivated continents start to form, how will it affect our exposure to the unexpected or to the unwanted? In some ways, the physical (ie, contiguous space) element of SL creates a kind of fuzzyness to the filter we apply by teleporting to a specific, chosen island. In other ways, our thematic continent reinforces it. Obviously, this can be both a value and a detriment– as is, I suppose, the lack of ability to teleport in real life! (so far, anyway…).

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