- About Virtually Olivia -

Welcome to the chronicle of places I go, and events I attend in my Second Life travels. I post lots of photos and landmarks to get to stops I recommend. Most of this blog - but not all - is dedicated to educational builds or places pertaining to education. I am an ardent Second Life traveler, and this blog reflects that. Olivia Hotshot. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

31 March 2009

SLER Meeting

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Hybrid and fully online education was the topic today.
Excellent presentations as usual...

SLER Transcript

FREE April 2009 Desktop Calendar

Just in case...

29 March 2009


rockcliffe_017.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

virtual worlds best practices in education

- the celebration after the first day of the conference

26 March 2009


insilco_022.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

field trip


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insilico_001, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.


24 March 2009

omen's build at the VWBPE conference

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Omen created the central area for the social sim for the conference


20 March 2009


the mannequins were at it again....


17 March 2009

cat's clothing at the relay for life


An awesome day at the Relay for Life Clothing Faire! And my dear friend Cat hit a home run with her mention on Roland Zepp’s Fashion Sense Blog

Be sure to see her shop and donate to the cause by purchasing her gorgeous pink gowns.


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Friday, Olivia, Omen


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here we are sitting on a float before the parade starts
there were so many people and the lag was so bad we were really unable to see most of the floats


Question the new rulings about adult content on Second Life. Although it perhaps started off with best intentions, it is spiraling off kilter.

10 March 2009

SLER Meeting 3_10_09

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Jeremy Braver

SLER Transcripts

Best Practices Conference

best_practices_001, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

I am on the planning committee!


09 March 2009

mannequins ascending a staircase

mannequin3, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

I've recently joined a very fun group...

Thess's Mannequins Travel Second Life.. they try to find unique, gorgeous or totally wicked places and will stay there for a while.. could be 3 days.. or 1 hour.. all depends on the mood of the Mannequins.


NCI_Kuula_001, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

new citizens area - sorry cannot recommend this area at all! I saw this recommended on the SLED list, so I tried it out. While there i was propositioned by vampires, land rentals, and sex sluts. I also was nearly run over by someone learning how to ride a simboard in the courtyard.

Scott Simon Looks for Coffee

This video accompanies the audiocast below.

Second Life at New Mexico State

Listen to this wonderful NPR audiocast:

Read his account

"Weekend Edition Saturday, March 7, 2009 · Michael Demers is a geography professor at New Mexico State University. He not only uses a standard classroom to teach his students, but also uses the online virtual world, Second Life.

Host Scott Simon speaks with Demers about how this virtual terrain helps his students learn more effectively."

07 March 2009



06 March 2009


otaku_project_005.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.


my "are you ready" results

Are you ready to teach in Second Life?
Professor Wow! You're a pro at this! You have mastered the basics and are well on your way to becoming an expert with the Second Life interface. Ready to bring students in world? Check out the terrific lesson plans and mission guides in the Global Kids Second Life Curriculum to get ideas for your classes! http://simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=GKCx/Table_of_Contents
Fun quizzes, surveys & blog quizzes by Quibblo

05 March 2009


fishing_003.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Friday showing Cotton her fishing swag (which includes the boat!).

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

A huge thank you to Bettina Tizzy from NPIRL for sharing this.

04 March 2009


Locus_006, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

* ESHI - A DB Bailey and Eshi Otawara collaboration for the Stanford Libraries at Locus *
Designed by DB Bailey, this exhibition features fabric samples from traditional Japanese kimonos that date back to the late 1800's, combined with selections from Eshi Otawara's stellar Winter-Spring Collection that incorporates elements born of spring, power, strength, and light from within, while embracing softness, curves, blossoms, and lightness. Importantly, there are symbols from Japan within her collection, from airy blooms to powerful petals, all with a wonderful blend of coloration, patterns, and contrasts.

The fabrics belong to the prized collection held by the Stanford University Library. The full collection can be viewed at the Stanford site: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Stanford%20University%20Libraries/131/137/133

from NPIRL Group

03 March 2009

Museum of Robots

friday_025.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Omen and me in our new avatars we made at the Museum of Robots

fishing gear

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Friday Karu fishes in blue.

gotta love the 7Seas fishing servers. we have 3 on the property.

Buddy Sprocket - Sloodle Guru

sloodle_SLER_3_3_09_013, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

02 March 2009

What Kind of Hero Are You?

Blistering Alloy - I kinda like it. I think the flaming gun is a direct influence of my time in WOW.


01 March 2009

Iggy Travels to the Gallery

Please go check out Iggy's blog and read his reaction after visiting the Art Garden.

And check out the story in ROLE magazine about Feathers Boa, one of Second Life's best and someone I am proud to call my friend.

Virtual Social Worlds and the Future of Learning