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Dr. Who in Second Life

Doctor Who in Second Life place

I’m a big fan of the BBC television show, Dr. Who, which is being shown with new episodes in the U.K. and on BBC America, used to be on syfy in America. It’s about an alien time and space traveler who visits earth a lot. He saves the world constantly with scientific ways. His time machine is a London police call box, called the TARDIS, which is bigger inside than the outside! I posted on my personal blog about this show and the new episodes.

One day I saw two daleks, which are alien enemies of Dr. Who, fighting in Second Life. I never thought of looking for fans in this world. I know I should have thought about it because I found fans of RHPS and MST3K in second life. I decided I was going to search around for any objects I can find. Found the fighting daleks at “Dr. Who Museum” which were free and saw the tardis which disappears and moves around the sim. Check out the dalek ship and visit the store where one can buy the TARDIS!

Mask from the Doctor Who TV Series in Second Life

I also found Dalek avatars on sale at 5th Dimension Ltd! I haven’t seen anyone dressed up as one yet but I’m sure there are people out there who have it. I might buy one soon. They look so cool and scary! Now if you’re in America and watch scifi, be sure to catch the new season of Dr. who! This week is a good episode and I found a prop from this episode at the “land of Doctor who” sim above.

K9 from Doctor Who in Second Life

If you’re in the UK or some other countries you probably can catch season 2 and recently saw K-9! Well I found K-9 for sale at TechGirl Storeand he can actually scan areas for avatars or objects. He also follows you where ever you go. He’s kind of cute I must say.

Be on the lookout for your favorite TV shows! Do a search in the places tab on the find window! You’ll be surprised what you can find!

My Introduction and Second Life Experience

You can call me JohnnyRS because that is my name in Second Life. I’ve been a programmer ever since I touched my first computer, Sinclair ZX80. In the 90’s I checked up on some chat programs and some virtual reality places. Most of them were just too slow and confusing.

I’m not a big socializer so I tend to play games that I can play by myself or with my nephew. I’ve always wanted to find some place that had a mixture of chatting, games and creating stuff. When TD Goodliffe introduced Second Life to me I wasn’t that interested. I went there to listen to his radio show and that’s about it. I know I can get addicted to this sort of stuff very fast and didn’t want to affect my real life work. It’s been more than a month since I first signed up and figured I’ll try to figure out how to use it.

I found a group for newbies called “New Citizens Incorporated“, which has a lot of helpful information and free stuff to get. Saw some events from TeaZers, where they have classes for beginners to advanced users. All of this started me off and I wanted to start creating things, but first I want to give myself a makeover! This is where I got confused and found almost no help. I wanted to take a photo picture of myself and make a skin. I downloaded the face template provided from the second life website. Played around with stretching and smearing the photo onto the template. Looked good to me but when I went to upload the image, it was uploaded as a texture. My question is how can I actually make a skin? Looked everywhere for any tutorials and haven’t found an answer. So what I did was use the image I made and used it as a Head Tattoo. It doesn’t look like me at all. Well here is a picture of what I look like now. If anyone has the answer to this I’d be so happy.

My avatar in Second Life with tattoo image

I was looking for some events and found a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, one of my favorite movies to experience. I remembered going to a show with some friends in real life and I had lot of fun! So I made plans to attend this event on Saturday night. A friend was visiting me that day in real life so we both watched it and I took out some audience participation scripts I printed out many years ago so we can have some fun. For the first full movie I seen at second life I was very impressed. The movie was broken up into 3 parts. The movie was played inside a theatre so it really made it feel I was going to see the movie for real! In the middle of the theatre there were props to pick up. For the first two parts I moved the camera close so I can see it clearly on my screen. For the last part I watched what was happening with everyone else. People were throwing their props out and some stage performances were happening in the middle of the stage just like a real RHPS experience. I have to say I really enjoyed myself. Here is a snapshot I took of myself enjoying the movie.

RHPS in Second Life

I did find some other stuff to do in second life which were interesting. Found slots all over the place. Played with them for awhile but I think the most interesting thing were the small games. I tried Tringo out for awhile and found it a very addictive game. I need to check out more games and fun events to attent. I’ll post later about any interesting happenings. I am not ready to do any scripting yet. The only scripting I have done is at the beginner classes where they provide some scripts to try. I learned how to make a bouncing ball. found it interesting. Don’t know when I’ll have free time to try anything new. But I am liking the DJ’s at some of the dancing clubs. I might use that for background music when I am working.