A while ago I wrote about the publication of my essay When Geeks Go Camping: Finding California in Cyberspace and this morning I was amused to hear NPR's Scott Simon sitting beside a virtual camp fire in Second Life. On that occasion he was not in faux California, but faux New Mexico, with Dr. Michael DeMers, a geography professor at New Mexico State University. I loved the sound of virtual logs crackling as they burned! However, Scott is not beside the campfire in this video segment of the item unfortunately, so you'll just have to imagine it without the use of technology.
PS: What a pleasure it is to be here in the US and wake up to the measured tones of NPR instead of the bleating antagonistic jibes of John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4's Today. That's one thing about the UK I really do not miss.