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Cool Toys pics of the day: Be a Martian

Be a Martian:


Today I saw an announcement of Microsoft's new Townhall application,

which is part of Microsoft's Campaign Ready collection of campaign

social media management tools. Townhall is partly social network for

politicians and partly crowdsourcing app for constituents. I had

intended to blog that, and then I saw a sidenote that said NASA was

already using parts of this. I bop over to visit NASA, and well,

everything else left my mind. "I want to be a Martian citizen" was the

first thing I saw. I just finished reading the famous Mars Trilogy (Red

Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars). I spent most of the last six months

placing what little precious time I had for reading into these

volumes, which I feel I need in hard bound library editions on my

shelf next to Shakespeare. After roughly six months immersed in the

evolution of Martian culture, you bet I want to be a Martian citizen!


Sign me up! and off I go. Or not. This is, true to advertising, a site

built in collaboration with Microsoft. That means to get much of

anywhere I am going to have to install Silverlight, which I loathe.

Slows my computer down so much I might as well give up trying to do

anything. So I don't. However, despite that, it sure looks like a lot

of fun — deeply educational, promoting science, technology,

engineering, and more. Characters have a variety of biologically based

avatars to choose from, so I am guessing that means the life sciences

are also included. Likewise you can choose primary roles to play of

explorer, volunteer, knowledge creator, innovator, witness, learner. I

couldn't make up my mind. I hope you can change roles once you get

into it.


Personally, I'm not sure just what the relationship is between a

political campaign and crowdsourcing tool and what seems to be an

astronomical and outer space roleplay game, but I hope to find out, if

you know what I mean. :) Me, I'm off to the map room, to start

exploring. Cheers!

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Taken on April 19, 2010