Friday, January 09, 2009

Virtual Botanical Gardens

A couple years ago, I read that Microsoft was conducting screening interviews with people's Avatars in Second Life. In classic curmudgeon form I muttered to myself:

What the heck is an Avatar? And, what is Second Life?

If you're familiar with Second Life you can find me here. Near the ocean on my purple [velvet!] lounge chair, in the Botanical Gardens.

I hate to be the last one to know what's cooking. So, I downloaded Second Life [think of it as a computer game on steroids,] and I created an Avatar ~ which is just an imaginary me.

How often does one have the freedom to lounge beneath a Wisteria tree?

In Second Life, I discovered a place called the Botanical Gardens where I can take my little Avatar for a walk.

Heading toward a greenhouse.

The really fun aspect of this is that I'm literally tip-toeing through the tulips!

Enjoying the rush of a waterfall.

It's a beautiful, expansive, blooming garden by the sea. With sounds of birds and rushing water, ocean waves and gentle rains. As I wander around here, I grow more and more impressed with the artists who created this lovely place. I've read that it took them several years. Which makes sense. It takes a long time to grow a garden!

I wish I knew how to talk to these people in the first life, because I'd love to join in the fun.

PS: They even have a riding club. :)
* This one is for you, Omega - something interesting to explore on a bitterly cold Alaska winter day. Bonus! It's free.

PLEASE NOTE: As with any internet community, this joint has it's fair share of oddballs and weirdos but you don't have to interact with anyone. I'm not very familiar with Second Life because I only frequent the Botanical Gardens and the stables. I figure if an Avatar loves flowers and horses they can't be all bad.

10 comments:

Granny J said...

Thanks for the brief tour of 2nd Life -- you're the second person I know who's in that scene. The Q is, however, how do you manage the time?

Kate said...

Sleep disorders free up a lot of time!

Jeannie said...

Now that sounds like fun! I'll have to check it out, especially since it's snowing here and a lovely garden to walk in sounds fabulous! I love your blog. :)

Kate said...

Thanks, Jeannie. That's very kind of you to say. :)

thismngardener said...

Wait-if you are going in and doing this, then why aren't you on fb? Oh, that's right, you are an INTROvert.

Kate said...

IMHO Facebook is stupid.

thismngardener said...

ouch

Kate said...

I guess that came off as a little harsh, Jane. Sorry. Everyone keeps pressuring me to be on Facebook. I just don't see a real purpose in it.

thismngardener said...

no worries kate. i was just kidding.

Kate said...

I'm still mad that you called me an introvert.