I keep hearing all sorts of things about Second Life. When I discovered that it was free for basic membership I decided to give it a try. So far it's somewhat interesting – sort of like a giant online chat system with avatars and objects you can create. It is more reminiscent of the older MUDs or MOOs than of the more recent MMORPGs. I really have no interest in making it an active part of my life and mostly I'm just checking out the state of things. It's worth taking a look at least from a conceptual point of view – certainly a lot of interesting stuff takes place there.