My long suffering head of department has agreed to buy us land in the Second Life Teen Grid, with various comments about getting one's foot on the property ladder. Why do we need it? Because of Second Life's child protection policy where under 18s are not allowed, even on private islands. We have eleven under 18 students in the 1st year module and so they must have space on the Teen Grid to work. After all, they must be treated the same as their 18 year old colleagues. The alternative would have been to background check all staff and 18 year old students at $40 a shot! Can you imagine if any of the students failed the background check? The thought turns my hair white.
This is great because we now have private land for kids which will be really useful for projects with schools. If you are a teacher and want to visit with your classes, let me know! The land will arrive in the next couple of weeks.
We had an industrial steering committee meeting today, and my HoD mentioned to the visitors that we have Second Life Oscars and so on. (You too can sponsor HW's island!). I felt obliged to update them with news that Crufts has replaced the Oscars. Oh yes. Just you wait and see. The visitors seemed both bemused and amused, which is just as well. Maybe a company will sponsor Crufts. A pet shop perhaps?