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I *do* believe in fairies…

Well, I’ve sprinkled myself with fairy dust, & I’ve *tried* to think a happy thought, but… well…I can’t fly. In fact, I can’t even get into Second Life. I have been asking my resident ‘geek’ about it, though, and have learned some interesting things–like that Second Life is a pretty good place for pervs (or was it ‘preds’?) to hang out (our latter day pirates, I guess). I decided to test this by setting up an account using a fake name, birth date, etc. I was too lazy (ah, maybe THAT’s why I couldn’t make it into the air) to set up a whole new email identity, but I’ve done that before and know it’s pretty straightforward, so, yeah, just about anyone could hang around there pretending to be, well, just your run-of-the-mill lost boy.

Anyway, I googled things like “Second Life learning skills” or “Second Life academic success” and didn’t find anything that got me that excited. I think there are possibilities for introducing models for really engaged learning in these virtual worlds, but most of what I found were people from, er, my generation trying to seem hip. But maybe I’m just sulking because I really really do believe in fairies, but I still can’t fly…


  1.    1 Geek in Residence says:

    My first attempt at flight led to a most embarassing face plant. Something also happened to my leg (broken in the fall?) — for the next couple of logins, my avatar’s left leg was at a right angle. Then all of a sudden it got better.

    Posted April 23, 2009, 8:15 am
  2.    2 n.perret says:

    Hmmm. Thanks for the encouragement (?). In fact, I never did make it into Second Life–I was thwarted by one warning or another, no matter what computer or browser or whispered sweet nothings I used… Reading your account of first trying to fly, though, I must say that I feel a bit relieved that I was “kept out”–otherwise, I guess I’d end up being wheeled to Geek graduation in a full cast!

    Posted April 23, 2009, 9:14 pm

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