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Thursday, June 28, 2007


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I bought one to play with it after seeing this post. I haven't had time to do much, but it's kind of neat.

Here's what I've looked for and the results:

Me: tomato vegetable supreme court [this is a search we ran successfully in wikipedia outside of SL... don't ask LOL]
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: Cant find it....

Me: tomato
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Lycopersicon esculentum

Red tomatoes, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 20 kcal   80 kJ

4 g

- Sugars  2.6 g

- Dietary fiber  1 g  


Me: Second Life
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: .

Me: second
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: The second (SI symbol: s), sometimes abbreviated sec., is the name of a unit of time, and is the International System of Units (SI) base unit of time.
SI prefixes are frequently combined with the word second to denote subdivisions of the second, e.g..

Me: Missy Elliot
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer..
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: .

Me: wikipedia
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: Wikipedia (IPA: /ˌwikiˈpiːdi.ə/, /ˌwɪkiˈpiːdi.ə/, or /ˌwaɪkiˈpiːdi.ə/ (Audio (U.S.) (help·info)) is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project..

Me: World of Warcraft
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia:
World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a pay-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game..

Me: Galileo
Wikipedia Ring: Wikipedia: Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who is closely associated with the scientific revolution..

Honestly for me I would just tab out to Wikipedia so I could see more than one sentence. But it's kind of neat.

I have also gotten the Wikipedia Oracle. This is a one-prim poster that you touch, then enter your search term, and it pops up a link to the wikipedia result in your standard browser. Not as nifty but a bit more what I would want from a wikipedia search =)


This is the kind of "innovation" that drives me nuts. Is switching into a browser to run the search yourself really that bad? It's maybe a little more convenient to whisper something to an attachment, but what you get back is so limited as to be not really worth the convenience. I don't think Second Life will ever succeed as a place where you do everything. We need to recognize that it's just another tool for connecting to information and people, and that the web is really, really good for certain sorts of things that we don't need to recreate in SL. Designers should be focusing on building systems that do things that aren't possible on the web, not recreating things we can do better in other media.

The NOAA visualization work that everyone loves to tout has the same issue - it's not nearly as good as a web based weather map because it's fundamentally 2D data which print and web media are really quite good at displaying.

HatHead Rickenbacker

Very cool gadget. Wish it didn't emit particles when being worn though.


I also got myself one of those "magic" rings. I must say that it works perfectly, and it's a constant aid since I wasn't even aware of the need to find-out things and know stuff, while navigating SL. Sure, I can look it up it myself, but that would only hassle me and take-up valuable time, especially when involved in a conversation or other interactions in SecondLife. It's just more comfortable and efficient.

I think previous posts don't see the potential in it. If and when it evolves to include more and more databases - I would surely like this tool accompanying, similar to a personal secretary, but without having to drag him/her anywhere I go :)
I can't wait for it to be more versed and connected to more sources. Literally. I just can't afford to wait. This thing just does it for me. It's all about how easy, fast and ultimately helful. And bottom line - it is!

Currently, I can't seem to think of something that better serves my interests or performs these tasks for me. But also, when considering the big picture, and by that I mean the whole web surfing experiance (presently and in the future) - there's no reason to "leave home" without it.

...and why should I?

Persig Phaeton

This is a great start. It would be even more useful if it had an option not to send a silent message but to share with people on the chat channel.
Someone should code one of these to interface with MusicBrainz (musicbrainz.org) and give it away for free or cheap. Anyone who likes talking about music would love it. :)

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