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Animoto

Yeah – I know – feast of famine. I don’t post blogs for months and now I post two in one day. I hope to post more frequently – but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Anyway, although I’d seen and heard of Animoto before, a work colleague recently tried it out and I like the result so I thought I would try it myself.

It took me about 15 minutes from soup to nuts. I watched a 30 second intro, signed up, uploaded 12 pictures I’d take in Athens in March (which are now on display in an SL art gallery – contact Wealthy Mizser in SL for details.) I selected a favorite classical piece and hit enter – Animoto does the rest.

Here is the result.
http://animoto.com/play/2oddBM4iyUr0iCNU6CTnKA

Have you ever used Animoto before? If so, feel free to post the link here or talk about your reaction to this app.

Renaud leave Cisco

I received an announcement in SL for a Metanomics event today (6/30) with Christian Renaud, who announced on Friday that he’ll be leaving Cisco. Renaud has been a leader in the VE field for the work he’s done at Cisco and, apparently, he’s heading off to do his own thing.

The quote they used in the promo was a bit odd to me.
“From the heart of Cisco’s incubator for emerging virtual technologies, we’ll explore Renaud’s experience, and you’ll find out why he believes that “Second Life and its walled/closed ilk will fade into the sunset in the next 24-36 months.”"

I’m not sure its a very bold thing to say that SL and other closed environments will fade in the next 2-3 years! 24-36 months doesn’t sound so long, but it IS a long time. Think back 24-36 months – had most of you reading this even HEARD of Second Life? I know I hadn’t. Now, say that SL will be on a serious downslide this time next year, that might be considered out there, but 2-3 years?

I argue, almost ANYTHING can happen in 2-3 years.

Unfortunate I have previous plans at the time this takes place. Hopefully some of my colleagues will be there (cough cough Fleep cough cough) and perhaps they will write about it.