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Post #1: Second Life, Try it you might like it.

Have you ever wanted to start all over in life? On the other hand, have you ever wanted to live through your alter ego? Well, welcome to Second Life, “a 3D online digital world imagined and created by its residence.”

I first entered the realm of Second Life thinking it was just another online game. Being a lightweight gamer, I was at once unfamiliar with the surroundings and the entire platform. This was different from anything I had experienced before. To those who are into, “The Sims,” this may be recognizable territory. I consider myself a gamer, yet I quickly began to see what a rookie I have been.

In the world of Second Life, almost everything that takes place in real life is imitated. The only thing I have not seen is people excusing themselves to go to the bathroom. Did I say people? Ah well, I must begin at the beginning. After you set up your account, the first thing you do is create your Avatar. This is quite an exciting endeavor because you literally build a virtual human being. Using the tools provided, you give your avatar a body in the shape that you want. With the same tools you construct a face with eyes, nose, mouth, configurations that you choose from are attached. Finally, you add clothes, shoes, etc. Oh yeah, did I forget to add that you give your virtual person a name? You get to name your avatar any first name you’d like and choose from a selection of surnames given.

Some of my acquaintances were speaking about Second Life recently and one person made the comment that was sort of like the following,”Ooh, I’m afraid of that, it’s kind of creepy.” And, “You could get hooked on that and spend all of your time on Second Life.” Well, maybe, maybe not. I found it to be a totally liberating experience. Let me explain. In this virtual world you can fly, teleport, and do numerous other things that you may not be able to do in real life. It is just a little taste of fantasy.

Some people own businesses, buying and selling their goods or property. There are hundreds of businesses, libraries, communities, art galleries, and churches, you name it, and it can be found in Second Life. The incredible thing is that real life companies, businesses, libraries, universities, and so on have found a place in Second Life.

This online virtual world is indescribable. If I’ve peaked your curiosity at all, go ahead and try it out. But don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to sell anyone on Second Life. At this point, I don’t think this brief description can do it justice. Let me put it like this, if you would like to play hard, or have any experience you have not tried but would like to, check out Second Life. You see in Second Life, I can fly a helicopter.

But beyond the things I’ve already mentioned, are the resources available for librarians. It was surprising to see how many libraries can be found on Second Life that offer services, information, and resources.

The web address below leads to a recent article about real life achievements in this virtual world. I have also provided the Second Life address. Let me say finally, Second Life is definitely to be viewed with an open mind.