The 1st Question - 28 Jun 2020

*Tinies Prance*
*Music swells*

The Grande Finale Edition of the 1st Question!
Our Tribute to Paradox Olbers and the Era of The Scilands in Second Life

Paradox Olbers / Spike McPhee to whom this show is dedicated offered me the SpinDome in a special area of Second Life in which to produce The 1st Question in March 2008. In 2020 after 8 years off the air we came back to honor him in his passing. Paradox was a guru, friend, inspiration and is sorely missed, though there is comfort in knowing his ashes were scattered amongst the stars...

The show which ran weekly 2008/2010 and monthly 20011/2012 produced over 150 episodes of incredibly fun, rich content of humor and invention. The panelists were incredible people from around the world's science and tech communities who were there for business, universities and commerce. It was a show highlighting human innovation, one that made rock stars of smarts with questions about the past, present and future of discovery. The live audience logged in and texted along in real time, playing the game as it went along for some real immersive entertainment.  

Great thanks to everyone who were part of the shows, the crew who filmed, did sound checks, ran the game boards and provided security when needed. Also the tiny furries who opened with dynamic props and flair, riding tiny helicopters through burning hoops of fire among other mayhem.  And of course to the magnificent panel, a stunning array of visually and mentally brilliant avatars. Thank you for being game enough to play! And to our audience, smart and funny as the panel! It was great to be in this pioneering era of virtual entertainment, with The 1st Question being the only game show broadcast live over

The 1st Question - 3 Jun 2012

The championship continues with with more fun with the quiz show in the stars. The panelists are Valiant Westland, Melody Regent and Geenz Spad.

One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men, no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. ~Elbert Hubbard

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1. Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston, Texas
2. MIT
3. Lego
4. Makey Makey
5. Quorum sensing
6. LiquiGlide. And you know condiments are everything
7. Streptococcus

The 1st Question - 3 Feb 2012

Special super duper celebrity show with StupidFunWill (Will Wright), Widget Whiteberry, and Alem Theas (Grady Booch). Hosts Pooky Amsterdam and Hydra Shaftoe run the lightning fast quiz for points, glory and fun.

Everyone has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future ~ Steve Jobs

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1. Kia Silverbrook
2. "Ytterbite" discovered at a quarry in the village of Ytterby, Sweden
3. The Aspen movie map
4. Grid cells (Synthetic a priori - Kant was right, again)
5. “Things to Come” by HG Wells
6. Moscow

The 1st Question - 31 Jul 2011

The brilliance that is Pooky Amsterdam brings you another face-off of quick wits with this week's panelists: Buffy Beale, Emmo Wei and Krahazik Dragon. It's another fun time under the dome with hosts Pooky and Hydra.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, judge it by the seed you plant ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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1. The Anxiety Suit
2. California Institute of Technology
4. EnviroMission
5. Tata
6. Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation
7. The Voynich Manuscript

The 1st Question - 26 Jun 2011

Filmed at the SL8B main auditorium, it's the kick-off of the 1st Q Championship! Who is the smartest avatar? Join the fun with this week's panel Troy McLuhan, CathyWyo1 Haystack and Patio Plasma back to test their wits with questions from Pooky and Hydra.

Life must be lived as play ~ Plato

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1. Derek John de Solla Price
2. Finland
3. ZionEyez
4. From Russia
5. University of California-San Diego
6. USC and Wake Forest University
7. Kilobots
8. Lytro
9. UrtheCast
10. Australia and  Royal Melbourne IT

The 1st Question - 1 May 2011

The quiz show in the stars brings us the best in science & tech fun. Join panelists Fearchar Enoch, Stereo Nacht and AnimaTechnica Umbarundu as they try for the most points with your hosts Pooky Amsterdam and Rosco Teardrop sitting in for Hydra this week.

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens ~Ellen Glasgow

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1. Japan, at the RIKEN center
2. A positronic brain
3. $20 million a seat
4. IntoNow
5. Cann Can, for cannabis container