King Midas and the Disappearing Avatars

Uber was in a play yesterday.  It was his first school play, and he did really well.  I was so proud!  Of course, there were problems, as all school plays are apt to face. 

First off, Uber and a couple other classmates were invisible at the beginning of the play.  Then, one of the cast members kept floating above the stage, which caused definite issues.  The most frustrating problem was that the players were all typing so fast that the avatars in the audience could barely keep up!

Wait…did I mention that this was a virtual play????

Ok, go back and read that last paragraph in context, and then get on board, people!! This is the 21st century, for cryin’ out loud!!  Did you think we actually needed a stage, or cloth costumes, or any such outdated modalities in this day and age??!!

Nope, this was a play in cyberspace.  Uber’s 9th grade Ancient Civ class at WiloStar3D Academy has been studying Greek mythology, and yesterday they performed a play based on the story of King Midas.

midas play 1

Uber was a guard, and granted, his part was small, but he did it with flair and his own unique touch (he kept guarding the wrong avatar – – hee).  Anyway, it was first ever school play, and – – virtual or not – – I still have bragging rights!!

midas play 2

If you have curiosity, patience, and plenty of bandwidth, head on over and check out what the school play of the future might just look like. (may take time to buffer – – seems to work best on xp/vista)


**jst not bf materL**

 Uber came to a conclusion this week.  During our morning prayer and discussion time, he announced that he wasn’t really “boyfriend material.”  A bit perplexed by this sudden revelation, I probed further to see what had spurred him toward such a conclusion about himself.  He replied that it was because he “just couldn’t make it work” with this girl in his class.

Keep in mind, here, that Uber goes to a virtual school.  This girl, that he was referring to, is his on-again, off-again cyber-crush, who also happens to attend the same school.  Now normally, I try to take my boys pretty seriously when they reveal a deep insight about themselves.  But just between us…I’m not sure Uber, at 13, should be throwing in the towel just yet.

So far as I know, Uber and Uber-Crush’s relationship has subsisted up to now of whispering in class (that’s where they send each other private messages via the school communication system), IM’ing after class, and checking out each other’s avatars (which I’m taking for granted have been fully clothed at all times).

So in this humble mom’s opinion, not “being able to make it work” under these circumstances hardly seems reason enough to decide you aren’t boyfriend material. Shouldn’t there at least be an accidental email sent to the wrong girl’s address?  Or forgetting to meet her in the chat room at 8:00?  Maybe even ignoring her IM messages while he plays a video game?

Now THAT would assure you top billing on the bad “cyber-boyfriend material” checklist.  But my Uber is prompt with his emails, considerate with his chat dates, and always answers his incoming IM’s in a timely manner.  So far as I’m concerned, it’s the girl who is the problem.  I always thought her avatar looked like she was trying too hard. 

Don’t worry Uber…the right gal for you is out there…she just may not have you on her friend’s list yet.