Sunday, March 27, 2011

Brief summary of March Palais Issue

I thought I'd sketch a summary of a few of the articles in March's issue. Here it is:

The Mind’s Eye by Michiel Seetan. The inntro starts off with a quote from the Shakespearean play, Hamlet. Hamlet says he sees his father in his ‘mind’s eye’. Mr. Seetan is not arguing that nothing exists outside of our minds, though he admits that our reality is a lot about what we feel, taste, and touch with our senses. Our reality is a kind of ‘virtual reality.’ His main point is that our reality is just as real as virtual reality in Second Life. We experience life through immersion in the ‘real world’ of SL, through observing the works and creations of other resident.

Conquering Good and Evil: One perspective of the movie Black Swan by Elizabeth Weinberg. Black Swan is a movie about a ballerina, Nina, who loves to dance and at the same time, her love for dance threatens to destroy her. She wants to dance perfectly. Her desire consumes her. Nina is bulimic and hates herself to the paint that she mutilates herself. Elizabeth writes that Nina reminds her of the ‘deeply troubled people’ in the world who punish themselves ‘for their on [sic] humanity.’ Her struggles help us to see and understand the reasons for their behavior and internal conflict. “Nina’s struggle with her artistry is a metaphor for the many who seek perfection at the price of their own happiness.”
Frets Nirvana Lifted Up by Music by Traci Nubalo. Frets is ‘an amazingly ecletic player’ who has been performing for all of his life. Frets would play and play while others would party away. He honed his craft. He can play songs from Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed to Delta type blues. Traci says his sound is ‘pure audio magic.’ Frets plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, a 1930 resonator guitar, and a 1990 resonator guitar. Now that’s variety! Frets is really into sound. He has experience working as a recording engineer. He says “Sound has always been what draws me first. If it’s not there, I don’t listen.” Besides really knowing what kind of sound he wants and all the elements needed, he also plays tambourine with his foot! This man is quite versatile! The song that started his love for music…”Louie, Louie.” If you haven’t heard that song, have a listen! His parents bought him his first guitar when he was 6 or 7. He tried lessons and then ended up teaching himself to play. His style is so diverse. He says life is everchanging, going up and down. In his own words, “Music mimics life.” That it does, Frets. Keep on rocking, man!

Second Skills Education in Second Life by Flor Nachtigal. Flor recalls how she learned to be a resident in Second Life. She knew educators used SL as a teaching tool, but she felt that SL was a place to learn about virtual worlds and about desires and fantasies. Second Life is filled with ‘rich content.’ There are a lot of technical schools to be learned in SL. Her first instructor was Brinda Allen (like me). Brinda has helped thousands of residents in SL. But she doesn't just help them, she touches their hearts. She makes them feel loved and special.

These are only a few of the great articles packed into this issue. I hope you read through the entire magazine! :-)

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