Benicia Hill Community Center website is up!

The Benicia Hill Community Center website is up and running. Have a look!

Earth Day Skate-A-Thon and After Party!

The every-energetic Aki Clutterbuck has informed me of a wonderful event you should know about right now! Sorry for the short notice — my fault, not Aki’s!

TODAY from 3-6pm SLT, there will be a Skate-A-Thon. This is a fundraising event for San Francisco’s Friends of the Urban Forest, so come have a blast and benefit a great non-profit.

This is part of a series of Earth Day events designed to “spread the word about environmental non-profits and groups in SL and raise enough money to plant a real tree in San Francisco.” Good times for a good cause, so what are you waiting for?

But you want even more fun? Well, you’re in luck. There’s an after party from 5-9pm SLT.

For more information about these and other Earth Day events, IM Aki Clutterbuck.

Influences SL has on RL, or vice versa

The potential for SL to influence and be influenced by RL is significant. On Saturday, Absolute Balderdash (what a name!) will hold a discussion about this topic as part of a research project. Should be fun and interesting. From the blurb:

“How does SL influence RL situations or vice versa? What does SL mean to people? The discussion will be recorded and may be used as input to a research project.”

Millions of Accounts: Too Many Too Soon?

At 3:30pm slt today, Extropia DaSilva is hosting a discussion about the implications of explosive population growth in Second Life:

“Linden Labs recently introduced plans to limit access to SL when the ‘demand for transmission of data between servers is outstripping the ability of the network to support it’. In other words, when there are too many people in SL, the grid simply cannot cope. When this ocurrs, ‘only those Second Life Residents who have transacted with Linden Lab either by being a premium account holder, owning land, or purchasing currency on the LindeX, will be able to log-in’ and new account registrations will be closed.

Is it true to say that it was only through ‘free’ accounts that LL managed to secure a million+ ‘residents’, and that this was a worthless target, given that SL seems to choke on anything higher than tens of thousands?

Come discuss with Extropia DaSilva. All welcome.”

Ruby, Obama, and Wednesday Night Chat

It’s Wednesday night, and that means it’s time for wednesday night chat at the Benicia Hill Community Center at 8pm slt. Tonight is “open topic” so brings ideas for stuff to discuss. Serious. Silly. Whatever you like.

Also tonight are two other tempting discussion events:

The Rubyists meeting is “show and tell.” From the description: ” Bring any Ruby or Rails script you’ve developed and would like to discuss & share with the group.” Sounds like good, clean, nerdy fun.

The War In Iraq, Wednesday — Other great discussions Tuesday

Wednesday night, we’re eschewing the obvious Valentine’s Day theme and going for a political discussion instead. Take that, Cupid. Come discuss the War in Iraq at the Benicia Hill Community Center.

Tuesday night is hoppin’ with four (at the time of this writing) excellent discussion events, at various places around SL with various hosts:

  • 3:30PM Thinkers Discussion: Can the Lindens become Deist gods?
  • 6:00PM Meet the Authors Of the Second Life Official Guide
  • 7:00PM Political Forum: Iran – Rogue State?
  • 9:00PM Socrates Cafe

Go nuts!

Return of the Rubyists

Hooray. The Rubyists of Second Life are back and having a 2007 kickoff meeting on Wednesday, February 7th at 6:00pm slt. If you’re unfamiliar with Ruby, please read the Wikipedia entry about it. (Hint: It’s a programming language.)

“Rubyists of Second Life Meeting – 2007 Kickoff

We’ll hold our first meeting of the new year, starting Wed, Feb 7th.

“This will be an informal meet and greet gathering. We’ll discuss what we
want the RoSL group to accomplish this year.

“We hold regular meetings at the Rubyists of Second Life HQ, Kula 3 (198, 211, 21) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 PM SL time ( prevailing Pacific time ) IM StarJunky Fermi for a teleport.”

Micro-Kyoto Protocol, SL Style! — Free Idea Needs A Good Home!

Extropia’s event (see previous post) reminds me of something that’s been floating around on my project list for a few weeks and has already moved to my “give this idea away because I don’t have room for it” list. I’ve talked to one or two people in-world about it, and there appears to be interest, but those I’ve talked to have likewise not had room for it.

So, why not mention it here then, eh? I think I shall! If you read the idea I’m about to describe, and you like the sound of the project and think you can pull it off, feel free to run with it! Be free, little idea, be free!

So what is this idea? Second Life has a measurable carbon footprint (given all the physical servers, UPSs, HVAC for the server rooms, et cetera), so why not organize an in-world charity/fundraiser that allows people to “adopt” a portion of that carbon footprint. What does that mean, exactly? Maybe an example would help:

Let’s say you use SL, on average, 10 hours per week. Through this project, you could adopt a chunk of the SL carbon footprint proportional to the amount of time you spend in world per year. (Or more, if you were feeling generous.) To adopt, you donate an amount of money calculated to fit that portion of the footprint, and that money is in turn donated to an environmental cause. Voila — “micro-Kyoto Protocol”, SL style! Linden Lab turns green from the grassroots up.

As I said above, I have no room to head the effort, but I love the idea of someone picking it up and running with it. If you happen to be that person, just drop me a line to let me know; I’ll be glad to help out!

Terrorism, Planetary Destruction

somewhere in texas, a village is missing its idiot

Tee shirt reads: “Somewhere in Texas there’s a village missing an idiot.” BHCC chat participant 24 January 2006

Here are two events I recommend next tuesday, 30 January 2007:

  • 3:30pm sltThinkers Discussion: Will the metaverse kill the planet? – Blurbage: “It sure is fun working and playing in cyberspace, and it does not seem to require much energy. Not much effort in using a mouse and keyboard, huh? But Google’s datafarms require a massive 5 gigawatts in order to handle web 2.0 applications, which is enough to power Las Vegas-hotels, casinos, restraunts and convention centres included-on the hottest day of the year. And the average SL resident requires as much energy anually as the average Brazillian (in terms of carbon emmissions, it amounts to driving a car 2,300 miles per year). With energy wastage and climate change such big issues, is cyberspace a luxury we can ill afford? Come discuss with Extropia DaSilva. All welcome!”
  • 7pm sltPolitical Forum: Terrorism and the Politics of Fear – Blurbage: “How has your country’s government responded to the threat of terrorism? Have they done enough to make you feel secure? Or have they gone too far? Do you regard the loss of personal freedom as a necessary part of coping with an unfortunate reality or the first steps towards an Orwellian style future? Do you feel that your government has utilized the fear generated by terrorism to secure unnecessary power? … Please join the group Political Forum if you’d like to receive notifications of upcoming events and group activities. Political Forum has been set up for people who’d like to get together for casual, fun political chats. IM Misty McConachie if you have any questions.

An intro to a Buddhist’s Life

Here’s another great event by way of the tireless Verum Vacirca. Diversity
2007: An intro to a Buddhist’s Life
. “Reverend Jishin Shinohara will share
about becoming a Buddhist priest and her life since. Q & A afterwards.”
(7pm slt)

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