It seems standard that when Second Life reaches another apex of mainstream awareness, it happens on an inordinately quiet week in-world. Amid the usual crush of Tringo, Slingo, Greedy Greedy, and Pizza gambling game listings, there actually aren't many unique events in SL this week-- least the kind that are listed on the official site. There is, however, a Creative Commons Australia talk tomorrow featuring four stellar speakers, and the opening of a new live music venue. Details after the break. (And if there's any special event I missed, post the details in Comments, and I'll update this post.)
Update, 4/25: Just got word of a book discussion tonight connected with an initiative to bring library events and services into SL. Details under the April 25 listing after the break.
All times in SLT, i.e., Pacific Standard Time
Tuesday, April 25
|5:00PM-6:00PM: "Book Discussion of Norwood by Charles Portis" at Second Life Library 2.0, led by Maxito Ricardo. The resident who sent this notice attached a press release, snip here:|
"Alliance Library System and OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) are pleased to announce that selected OPAL programs will soon be offered in the online virtual reality game Second Life. Book discussions, training sessions, and other programs will be offered to current virtual
residents... Second Life also now has a Teen Second Life. If adult programs are successful, the group will work to offer library services in Teen Second Life. Librarians who would like to become involved and receive updates on this collaborative project can join a google group set up for the new service at http://groups.google.com/group/alliancesecondlife. Interested librarians may also contact Lori Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation to join the group."
9:00PM - 10:00PM: "21st Century Creativity in a Copyright World: How Can the Potential be Realised?" Host Nic Marx offers this description:
Queensland University of Technology Law Faculty and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation invite you to discuss this vital question on World Intellectual Property Day.
The rapid pace of technological change we are experiencing requires us to be aware of the balances inherent in copyright law; we must attempt to provide adequate protection to copyright owners, while allowing for a rich culture of experimentation and innovation.
Join us for a discussion of the current context, covering fair use/fair dealing, blogs, mash-ups, parody, and much more.
* Richard Neville (Futurist)
* Toby Miller (UC Riverside, QUT Vice Chancellor Distinguished Visitor)
* Professor Brian Fitzgerald (QUT)
* Professor Mark Perry (University of Western Ontario)
Sunday, April 30