[SLED] The Second Life Alumni Association and Omlettes

Beth Ritter-Guth bethritterguth at gmail.com
Sat Oct 9 06:24:35 PDT 2010

Wow.  This made me laugh, AND it made me hungry.

I am disappointed in LL.  At the SL Views I attended, Phillip told me he was
committed to educational uses of SL.  Clearly, he is dedicated to profit
(which, by the way, he won't make by ticking off the educators).

I am not sure of the future of Literature Alive!  We have struggled with
finding donated land to build upon, and now it will be even worse.  We will
have to take our pixels and go elsewhere.

Alum Desideria Stockton (SL), CEO of Literature Alive! in Second Life

Beth Lynne Ritter-Guth
English, Computer Science, and Robotics Teacher
Oak Hill Academy

CEO, Literature Alive! in Second Life

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 8:52 AM, Aldon Hynes <Aldon.Hynes at orient-lodge.com>wrote:

>  Welcome to the Second Life Alumni Association.
> Some of us graduates of Second Life, still return every so often for
> homecoming or other events.  Others have left for good.  We will see how
> long the Alumni Association can keep using the organizations resources, but
> many institutions recognize the value that alumni associations bring to
> their institutions.
> There are some very noted alumni that I look forward to staying in touch
> with.  There are others that I never really got to know during my studies in
> Second Life, just like some of the alums from my physical alma mater, that
> I've only gotten to know and appreciate after graduation.
> Kate noted that whenever a community gets busted up due to massive change,
> you can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.  She was writing about
> virtual communities, but I believe it applies to all communities.  I can
> never be a senior at College of Wooster in 1980 again.  Every year, we see
> communities get busted up due to massive change.  It is called graduation,
> and usually, we celebrate it.
> Usually, we exchange contact information and promise to stay in touch.
> Every so often, we gather to remember what a great time it was.  Often
> organizations spring up to assist us in staying connected.
> I've lived through this many times in real life.  I've also lived through
> it many times in virtual lives.  I am still friends of Facebook, Twitter and
> even Second Life, with people who were important parts of the LambdaMOO
> community I was part of in the early 90s.  I am still friends on AIM with
> people that I met in Social Relations in Cyberspace that a friend of mine
> taught at Brandeis in the late 90s.  I even spend time speaking with friends
> that were active in The Well, even though I never really became part of that
> community.
> Yes, life changes.  Community changes.  Technology changes.  Years ago, I
> used to listen to freshmen cyber-anthropologists argue about whether
> technology, and especially internet communications technology is good or
> bad.  I would always take a middle ground.  It isn't good or bad, it is
> something that can be used for good or bad.
> I guess I feel the same way about change itself.  It can be good or bad,
> depending on what you do with it.  Me?  I'm planning on being the sort of
> pioneer that Pathfinder wrote about.  I'm excited about sims on a stick,
> virtual worlds on my smartphone and the ability to connect all of them
> together through cross platform chats.
> Yeah, you can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again, but I always thought
> he looked a bit silly sitting on that wall, and my mouth is watering as I
> think about the kickass omlette we can make.
> Aldon
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