I’ve still yet to find the magic formula for acheiving optimal attendence at discussion events. I think it’s a combination of various factors plus a little random luck. Perhaps someday I’ll explore the factors here in this medium, but for the moment, I will say that in general it’s better to post your event earlier rather than later. As in: days in advance. And now there’s more reason to do so, apparently. Today the Lindens added a little note to the event listing page that reads: “[PLEASE NOTE: Posts should be made 24-48 hours in advance to help assure listing in-world]” Strikes me as bizarre that a post could take up to 48 hours to propagate in-world, but that’s okay. Doesn’t hurt to be early anyway. I guess this would explain why my event last week didn’t appear in in-world search! Happy listing, my fellow discussion nerds.

Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 151 user reviews.

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.”

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 156 user reviews.

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.

Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 174 user reviews.

The following blurb was forward to me today by a SLake reader. (Thanks!)

“Please come and join in the discussion at the first meeting of the newly formed ‘Language and Culture Exchange’ group in Second Life. This group was established to promote language and culture exchange through the creation of a dynamic language and culture lesson database and a coordinated learning and exchange program in Second Life.

Event to be held at 15.30 SL time at imagiLEARNING

Join the Skypecast here: http://tinyurl.com/2rn7gt

We’ll also be streaming at WorldBridges (Sandbox B)”

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 171 user reviews.

You’re a creative person, so pop on by the Bakery of the Poets tonight to chat about creativity. From the blurb: “Come on by Bakery of the Poets. Set your region to midnight and let’s talk about art, creativity and inspiration. Question of the night: To be decided.”

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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!

Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 277 user reviews.

I’m back from my vacation/business trip, and I’ve scheduled tomorrow’s BHCC chat. It’s at 8:00pm slt. Here’s the blurbage:

The topic: “YouTube Link Fiesta! Come share and enjoy the best (or worst) of YouTube. Tell people about your favorite clips. Find out about new ones you haven’t seen. It’s stupid – It’s fun – Get over here. IM Bieneff Bruder for tp.”

* Update * Here’s the YouTube playlist of the clips mentioned during the discussion: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6484F4B16E0C68E4 (Thanks, Stephen!)

Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 based on 257 user reviews.

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.”

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 262 user reviews.

Soren Ferlinghetti has IMed to let me know that they’re having another great event at the Virtual Temple: 5 p.m. slt on Feb 1. I’d love to post more details here, but theĀ  SL events web page isn’t showing the event, and, given the wednesdayness of this morning, I can’t duck in world to have a look. Rest assured it’ll be a good one; just go. :-)

Also, there’s an open chat tonight at the Benicia Hill Community Center at 8 p.m. slt. I won’t be available to host, so we have a special guest moderator: Stephen Sabena. Enjoy!

Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 184 user reviews.

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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.

Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 199 user reviews.

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