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Archive for Juni, 2008

Thesis Available Online

Posted by admin on Juni 28, 2008

Finally!

Last year I wrote my master’s thesis in intercultural education on “Second Life as an Emerging Platform for Intercultural Education”. Now I finally got approval to put it online.

I had the choice to either write the thesis in German and the abstract in English or the other way around and decided to go for an English thesis with a German abstract, both can be downloaded (in PDF format). I changed typoes and other obvious errors, but all else left the thessis as it was handed in.

Download the abstract.
Download the thesis

Second Life - Fat Elf Project

Posted by admin on Juni 25, 2008

Why would anyone want to have a pot bellied, sheepish looking elf with cheap hair as an avatar in Second Life? Find out here.

deviantART Update

Posted by admin on Juni 15, 2008

I started to place some of my pictures from Greece into my deviantART account. Take a look here.

Daily Latin

Posted by admin on Juni 11, 2008

I found this daily Latin proverb widget and just had to add it to my blog. My sidebar is getting longer each day. If you click on “Englis+audio” you will not get just a simple translation, but will be directed to a blog that explains each proverb with its source and meaning. If you want to include the widget on your blog, go here for the code.

Second Life Online Status Display

Posted by admin on Juni 8, 2008

Did you notice the Second Life in world status indicator that I added to this blog? Do you want one for yourself? Read more on my Second Life blog.

Social Commerce - Does it exist?

Posted by admin on Juni 5, 2008

I spent too much time on deviantArt again today. One of the things I do NOT like about the place is the fact that I can practically not afford anything they offer as shipping and handling (and customs) are a pain, if you live outside the US.
Now you would think that there may be similar sites located in Germany or at least Europe, but my search so far came up empty handed. Sure, there is Spreadshirt. I opened a shop there ages ago. No, I won’t give you a link, there isn’t really anything in it. But different from e.g. Cafepress, they only offer shirts. Which is all nice and well, but I happen to love mugs. Or look at some of the beautiful postcards you can order at deviantArt!
Am I too blind to fidn it? If you know any similar sites, please post a comment with the link.

I do understand why it is more interesting to offer such a service in English and with a distinct international touch. Actually it is what makes deviantArt so interesting and so much alive. But the way I see it, now people from all over the world can easily sell to the US, while potential customers in other parts of the world are practically excluded. I did order stuff at Cafepress at some point. You will understand this better, fi you know that I play and work at the Star Wars Combine for now almost 10 years, so I had to get some of the merchandise, no matter the costs. But I paid more for shipping, handling and customs than on the actual products.

If the whole “long tail economy” and “social commerce” stuff is ever supposed to work out, this will have to change. You would think someone would pick up on this and turn it into a business, but so far I can’t see it. Too bad I am too busy (and maybe also not adventurous enough) to do it myself.

And if you are at it, check out Amanora’s gallery at deviantArt. She had a coffee mug with her cat (”Nele“) made for me as a birthday present, because I kept nagging how brilliant it would look on a mug. What will I do, if my husband ever puts it in the dishwasher and ruins it?

Welcome!

Posted by admin on Juni 4, 2008

And yet another blog. Why?

I felt like I had no place where I could easily bring together my various activities, be it online or offline, in my first or Second Life. This is why I set up this blog. It will keep track of what I do and serve as a gateway and archive for the many things that I do. This is why I called it a metablog.

Take this as a warning, this means you may find rather disparate content, I hope I will be able to make it hold together.