Friendly greetings! I’m on a mission to wake up and start work at 4-5 AM PDT. I’ve got several reasons for this, one being that in the quiet hours, I can really focus, concentrate, get things done. That “magic time” before 9 AM hits its stride is a great block for triaging bugs on the Issue Tracker, replying to email, and even doing some exploring inworld to better understand how you are experiencing Second Life — something I can always do more of.
I was originally inspired by an article on the Zen Habits productivity site, and began to think of how those practical principles apply within Second Life. As you may know, I believe that knowledge is often useless if not shared, and from the first day I was a Resident (almost 3 years ago) to today, I can’t help but share tips ‘n’ tricks.
My heroes in this field include both Ann Landers + Dear Abby, the inimitable Photoshop master Russell Brown, and even John Tesh — as some of you know, he runs a popular radio show about “intelligence for your life“. Reflecting on this the other day, I joked to myself, “what about intelligence for your Second Life?” then proceeded to transition into the kind of jubilant laughter you can hear in my video tutorials.
Speaking of vidtuts, did you know our Second Life Wiki’s 3rd-most-viewed page is the Video Tutorials one? I started it off on a lark, and thanks to each and everyone who used it, it’s going to cross 200,000 views shortly. Check it out if you want to learn SL skills in motion, and you may also be interested to know that as blogged previously, my esteemed colleague Eric Linden is working on a new series. Watch and learn! I’ve got ultra-passion for teaching SL in action, so if you make or know of some great viduts, please put ’em on the page and let me know. I thank you graciously!
And on a related note, because this hint hasn’t done the rounds enough, did you know you can convert YouTube videos to play in Second Life? Or even easier, for a small subset of videos, stream ’em directly from YouTube Mobile! (Thanx Callum!)
Anyway, maybe this should’ve come at the beginning than the end of my post, but I wanted to share that I’ll do my best to write at least once a week about my Second Life at work. Robin Linden — my warm Mentor, she r0x! — and I were talking about how we’ve certainly got lots of formal news here about Grid issues, support concerns, etc. but amidst the pieces of the pie, personal Linden perspectives are scarce. (That’s a big chunk of missing context that informs the why behind what we do!) Each post will be directly inspired by/in response to eclectic ideas brought up by you, our treasured Residents.
In the meantime, don’t forget that a diverse cross-section of Lindens (with more to come I hope) are holding inworld Office Hours to discuss specific topics of interest. Attendance capacity tends to be limited so we can have cozy discussions (think of close-quarters concerts with your fave band), so come early!
See you in Second Life,