Wednesday, April 8, 2015

2015 PEOPLE: Housebound does not mean home alone--voluntarily housebound in virtual worlds.

Housebound does not mean home alone.
The web is pages.  Virtual worlds are people.
Updated 4/27/2015
Voluntarily housebound?  Yes.  By choice.  Oh, I walk outside on occasion, when the weather is nice.  And I go out once in a while for medical attention.  And I chat from time to time with the people in old folks home where I live.  But those people are old.  Most of my friends are online in the virtual worlds where I also live.  The are younger.  
Dancing and carousing
  • In a virtual world you don't need dancing lessons.  You just need an animation.
Background: I am 85 years old.  I live in a retirement facility.  They provide my meals so I don't have to do grocery shopping.  I can order anything else I need from Amazon, so I don't leave my computer when I go shopping.  I gave away my car several years ago because it was costing me more in time than it was worth to me.  I really needed it less than once a month, but I had to drive it once a week to be confident it would start.  Now, if I ever want to go anywhere, I can call a cab.  For what I was paying to support my car, I could pay a lot of cab fares.

I am telling about this because lots of people are housebound, not voluntarily.  They could be enjoying what I am enjoying.  

On a metaverse tour
Most of my friends are online. I go into my virtual worlds several time a day to do things and talk to some of my friends.  I am often talking to someone about an article I am writing for this blog.  I am getting information, asking for some written copy to include in an article, getting pictures (you've seen them), or occasionally getting a video.  

If you look through my blog, you will see some of what I am doing while "suffering the limitations of being housebound."   Sure, I don't go to movies.  (I do remember them. They used to be interesting.  But by now I have seen all the plots.)  I can get movies from Amazon any time I want, which isn't all that often.  But I can work with a whole group of actors, directors, writers, comedy writers, comedy acts, musical performers--in all,over 50 people doing some part of the entertainment business in virtual worlds.  

Here I am at Lauren's place

I sometimes do comedy there.  Here are a couple of my laugh lines

Starting a metaverse tour
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  • Metaverse tours
  • I am the one in the blue jeans shorts and white t-shirt with printing on it.
  • That printing is promotion for Lauren's place. 
  • Right.  I don't look my age.  In a virtual world, I can choose.
  • Who wants to look 85?
On a metaverse tour
Kitely community group meeting
Visiting Virtual New Orleans
Metaverse tours
  • Had a wonderful time.  Wish you had been there.
  • Metaverse Tours, a Google Community


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Lauren's Place


Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds



How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the navigation bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again in a minutes.  Sometimes the first try fails (probably times out).  And try again a few hours later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day. 


Video-Machinima in virtual worlds

1 comment:

  1. I am thrilled to see you are on second life! If you'd like to say hello (and I'd love you to) my inworld name is Cwenmaria Abeyante (Maria Fury)