Looks like Ina Centaur is making it easy for people in different time zones to attend the sLiterary Writing and Art Info Meeting. There’s an hour scheduled at 4pm and another at 9pm (SLT both). Here’s the blurb:

“sLiterary (http://sLiterary.com) is a new quarterly ezine dedicated entirely to stories set in the reality of Second Life. sLiterary will be published both inworld in SL as well as on the web at sLiterary.com, which will also feature quarterly art portfolios — some of which will be displayed in sLiterary’s in-world art gallery, free of charge.

“Come to this Info Meeting to discuss your story ideas, meet writing buddies, and find out more about sLiterary.”

If you’re a writer, I strongly recommend attending this event.

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Posting about this a bit late, but there’s a discussion about the recent activities regarding minimum wage in the US House of Representatives. This event will be at 2pm slt at the virtual Capitol Hill.

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This looks like a promising event: Integration: Making Second Life work for the Real World. Hosted by Aki Clutterbuck in Sinsation from 7pm – 8pm slt. From the events posting:

Weekly discussion group about Second Life as a tool for Real World organizations and education.

Using SL to further RL organizations and projects? Yes, please!

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Today is fairly quiet, discussion-wise. However, at 8pm slt, there are two events: the wednesday night, open topic discussion at the Benicia Hill Community Center; and the men’s group discussion in Modesta.

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There’s an interesting article (”The New Status Symbol for Colleges? An Island in Second Life“) in today’s Chronicle.com about the private islands of colleges. Sez the article: “Second Life, the increasingly popular virtual world, now boasts more than 100 “islands” dedicated to a variety of educational pursuits. And many of those islands — digital plots of land that can be made invisible to random passers-by, unlike most of Second Life — are owned by colleges and universities, according to The New York Times.

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Linden Lab have open sourced the SL client. From the official announcement: “Freely-downloadable from the Second Life website, the Viewer software enables Residents to control their in-world avatars, interact with each other via Instant Message, create content, buy and sell objects, access multimedia content and to navigate around the virtual environment.” Read more on Reuters. I, for one, am very pleased about this development.

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  • Tonight at 6:00pm SLT, Jesa Li will be the guest speaker at the Bliss Center. Jesa is a bright, articulate woman, so this should be a good event. The title of the event is “Healing with the Faeries at the Bliss Center.”
  • At 5:00pm SLT, there’s a Buddhist Talk in Huchu, hosted by Pepper Laxness. The “Buddhism Listening and Discussion Group” will gather to hear a pre-recorded audio talk on “Practice In Daily Life”, followed by a brief chat. Suitable for all, and all are welcome.
  • If you’d like to take part in organizing the March diversity festival, head on over to Verum’s Diversity Festival Committee Meeting.

In other news, I see that the Rubyists haven’t resumed their Sunday night discussions. I wonder when that might start happening again.

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A few of the participants at the SLake chat.

The inaugural SLake chat was held tonight at the Benicia Hill Community Center. A number of great SL things were mentioned including:

  • SLiterary (http://www.sliterary.com) – A publication dedicated entirely to stories set in the reality of Second Life.
  • Excerpts of the works of Steve Miller and Sharon Lee on Chatrez Island. (SLurl) (Look for the glass building.)
  • People mentioned the need for a resource for cool places to explore in world.
  • The Candle Society was mentioned. This group “aims to become a clearinghouse of locations of substance in-world. They also have ambitions to provide a physical space where such information can be archived, as well.”

Then a fascinating discussion ensued about ways event notification could work in a more perfect (second) world.

Thank you, everyone who came to the discussion tonight.

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One more event of note: There will be a Buddhist meditation tonight at Heartwood Forest Monastary. Quoteth I the event page:

Today is the Mahayana Buddhist New Year as well as an Uposatha full moon observance day in the Theravadin tradition. To celebrate, please join us at Heartwood Forest Monastery in the Sponsa sim for Vipassana meditation instruction and a short group meditation session. Learn more about Buddhism or meditation in general. All faiths are welcome!

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The December doldroms are behind us, and things are picking up nicely in discussionland. Today there’s:

If I weren’t hosting the 8pm discussion, I’d like to go to both the Men’s Group and the novel discussion. Hm. I can be in three places at once, right?

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