Today's Washington Post has a nice review story by Daniel Greenberg on Second Life (in arts and living-> travel). What I especially liked is that there is not much over-hype, but some sensible observations about challenges as well. This helps to create normal expectations for future Second Life users and avoid their disappointment if things are not up to the hype. (The link is here, free registration may be needed).
The Estonian Embassy has a nice mentioning too:
Estonia is the latest nation to build a Second Life embassy, opening last month. Its ultramodern building represents the high-tech aspirations of a nation trying to make rapid technological progress. Daniel Vaarik, managing director of Hill & Knowlton Estonia, which designed the building, said the virtual embassy was a "logical step," adding that the intention is "to reach outside of Estonia and find people who are interested in . . . e-technology and e-governance, to create a discussion ground for e-services, communication in virtual environments."
To be exact, I would also like to give most of the designers credit to Scope Cleaver, the architect, Miko Omegamu, who did a lot of fine interior design and Seifert Surface, who made several really nice sculptures, also Waghorne Truss and Edwin Broek for their contributions.
I also liked the conclusion by Daniel Greenberg:
"When it comes to Second Life, it isn't the buildings I'll remember as much as the residents. You can meet interesting people with different worldviews, share a laugh and discover things you never knew before. Just like traveling in the real world."
He is very much right. As our own experience shows, SL is a people to people medium, buildings are just an infrastructure that needs to encourage communication, just as in reality.