2009.06.04 13:00 - A new institute

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    The guardian for this session was Storm Nordwind. The comments are Storm's.

    There are just eight cushions and no pool.

    Storm Nordwind: Storm settles down at five to the hour. All is quiet and peaceful...
    Storm Nordwind: Good evening Wester
    Wester Kiranov: good evening storm
    Storm Nordwind: Was it election day for you too?
    Wester Kiranov: yup
    Storm Nordwind: It was very peaceful in my polling station. Almost no one there. Almost as peaceful as sitting here! :)
    Wester Kiranov: I couldn't find my passport this morning, so I sent my husband to vote for me instead. So I haven't actually seen my polling station, but I do suppose it was quiet
    Storm Nordwind smiles

    Adams and Eliza arrive.

    Storm Nordwind: Welcome Adams
    Wester Kiranov: hi adams
    Adams Rubble: Hello Storm and Wester :)
    Storm Nordwind: A spectacular frock Adams :)
    Adams Rubble: thank you Storm :)
    Adams Rubble: Hello Eliza :)
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Adams! Hi Storm, Hi Wester :)
    Wester Kiranov: hi eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: Cozy :)
    Storm Nordwind: Yes. All done by magic words. :) How is your guardian plot coming along?
    Adams Rubble: cozy and our clothes are steam cleaned every 15 minutes :)
    Wester Kiranov: :-D
    Eliza Madrigal: Not too much has changed since you last saw, except that I think I buried the cello
    Storm Nordwind: You can hang in the gallery if you prefer Adams! :)
    Eliza Madrigal: hehe Adams
    Storm Nordwind: I'll show you how to retrieve it Eliza :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Thanks :)
    Adams Rubble: Eliza has done a beautiful job with her plot
    Adams Rubble: and it is a beautiful site as well
    Eliza Madrigal: :) Adams is a great realtor :)...jaqueline of all trades
    Storm Nordwind: It was ambitious for a beginner - to have a slope - but you've pulled it off effortlessly
    Eliza Madrigal: Thanks kind. Thank you :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh...tech call...brb
    Adams Rubble: so many places to enjoy the view :)
    Storm Nordwind: Yes indeed. Always trying to keep it that way

    Adams is in reflective and complimentary mood about the past year.

    Adams Rubble: so Storm, who would have thought I'd be here a years later :)
    Adams Rubble: You started me off well :)
    Storm Nordwind: You keep saying that!
    Storm Nordwind blushes
    Adams Rubble: can't help myself :)
    Storm Nordwind: I was just myself. And something in you responded. I'm so pleased you're here :))
    Storm Nordwind: I suspect we all are!
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Wester Kiranov: :)

    I joke about having an "endurance award"!


    Storm Nordwind: So perhaps I should make you a pin to wear
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    Storm Nordwind: Or a special floating tag
    Adams Rubble: first year pin
    Storm Nordwind: "I survived a year of PaB! (And I'm still sane;)"
    Adams Rubble: well, that part is debatable. hehe
    Adams Rubble: Hello Sophia :)
    Storm Nordwind: I meant relative to how you started of course! ;)
    Adams Rubble gigglees
    Wester Kiranov: hi sophia
    sophia Placebo: hi adams :) storm eliza
    sophia Placebo: hi wester
    Adams Rubble: yes, an improvement to that Storm
    Storm Nordwind: Hello sophia
    Storm Nordwind: Someone else using the north entrance. I though it was only the Nordwind that blew in from the north
    Adams Rubble: Hello Mick :)
    Storm Nordwind: Good evening Mick
    sophia Placebo: hello mick
    Wester Kiranov: hey mickey
    Mickorod Renard: Hiyaa,,how are you all?

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    Storm Nordwind: I'm good - and we're celebrating Adams's first year in PaB. Thinking about some way to institutionally embarrass her - like giving her the bumps or something ;)
    Eliza Madrigal throws confetti
    Eliza Madrigal: :D
    Eliza Madrigal: (back obviously-forgive me)
    Storm Nordwind: hehe
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Adams Rubble: Hello Ara :)
    sophia Placebo: hello ara
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Sophia , Mick, Ara

    arabella dive bombs Mick.

    Wester Kiranov: hi ara - now that's what i call dropping in
    Mickorod Renard: hi Ara
    arabella Ella: hiya Soph Eliza Adams Wester, he he
    Storm Nordwind: Hi ara
    arabella Ella: like a bombshell u mean Wester?
    Storm Nordwind: Adams, would you like to mark your year in any way? Or is that too artificial?
    Mickorod Renard: hey yea,,congrats Adams
    Adams Rubble: Thanks Mick :)
    Adams Rubble: I summed up my year a bit with Eliza this morning :)
    Adams Rubble: in the morning session
    Mickorod Renard: yes,,very compassionate and loving,,he he
    Eliza Madrigal: :) Adams is
    arabella Ella: your year Adams?
    Adams Rubble: It has been a good year
    Adams Rubble: yes Ara
    Mickorod Renard: I am gonna do the scribe so I have read the log
    arabella Ella: rez date?
    Adams Rubble: I am ready for another :)
    sophia Placebo: i should read that chat log
    arabella Ella: congrats!
    Storm Nordwind: And the chat log is already posted - woohoo :))
    Eliza Madrigal: hehe
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Adams Rubble: Eliza was very quick :)
    Storm Nordwind: Very impressive. Thank you!
    Mickorod Renard: and as scribe,,i am on the ball too
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Mickorod Renard: but I would like to say that i feel alot of similarities with what you were talking about too
    Adams Rubble: :)

    People muse about the surroundings and how suitable they find them for Play as Being.

    Eliza Madrigal: A year seems like ages in PaB
    Adams Rubble: yes and no :)
    Eliza Madrigal: :) and no time at all?
    Adams Rubble: the place has changed twice :)
    Adams Rubble: love these comfortabel cushions and the wonderful setting
    arabella Ella: :)
    Adams Rubble: somebody with a great sense of design built this :)
    Eliza Madrigal nods
    Storm Nordwind stares at his knees
    Adams Rubble pokes Storms
    arabella Ella: yes it is so lovely i enjoy the birds chirping too
    sophia Placebo: :) agrees
    Wester Kiranov: agrees too
    Storm Nordwind: Somehow we manage to be open and cosy at the same time. Very much in the spirit of Play as Being
    sophia Placebo: hi kenji
    Storm Nordwind: Hello kenji
    Adams Rubble: Hello kenji :)
    kenji Pookes: Hi. Things seem...smaller.
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, that's true
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Kenjii
    Wester Kiranov: hello kenji
    arabella Ella: yes i thought it was only me ... hiya ken
    kenji Pookes: hi all
    arabella Ella: cosier :)
    Storm Nordwind can say the magic words to make things bigger again kenji

    Any guardian reading this who needs to know these magic words, please just contact me!

    Mickorod Renard: Hi ken
    Eliza Madrigal: cosy AND open
    arabella Ella: abra cadabra?
    Storm Nordwind: Like a well adjusted familiy
    kenji Pookes: open sesame?
    Storm Nordwind: Not even "say friend and enter"
    Wester Kiranov: i think a steam cleaning was quite enough :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Storm Nordwind: You get another in 3 minutes
    Adams Rubble looks for the soap
    Eliza Madrigal: hehe
    Wester Kiranov: giggles
    Storm Nordwind: Someone was talking a few weeks ago about how people's names may affect what they do
    Storm Nordwind: Perhaps places also affect people then?
    Wester Kiranov: i remember that
    Wester Kiranov: (the names)
    Mickorod Renard: me too
    Eliza Madrigal: I'm sure places must also.
    Adams Rubble: I think places do

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    Wester Kiranov: i cannot imagine places do not

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    Storm Nordwind: But virtual places affecting people is interesting. They are sitting in front of their computer in perhaps a very different atmosphere to what they see in-world. But which wins out in affecting the way they feel, and why?
    Adams Rubble: When I stare at my screen, this one :)
    Wester Kiranov: isn't that the same with names?
    arabella Ella: depends on where tipping point is ... like at the cinema
    Adams Rubble: yes
    sophia Placebo: whatever track more attention me thinks
    Storm Nordwind: Tipping point ara?
    Adams Rubble: someone interrupting :)
    arabella Ella: yes ... depends where attention is drawn to most
    arabella Ella: like weights
    arabella Ella: or balance
    Storm Nordwind: So is that a factor of the design, or the medium, or a human trait, or your particular talent for doing it?
    Eliza Madrigal: Some can read in a crowded place and some cannot
    Wester Kiranov: all of the above
    arabella Ella nods
    Adams Rubble: In some ways this is like having you all over to chat in my living room
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Storm Nordwind: yes I find that too Adams
    sophia Placebo: particular talent , wondrs what that could be like
    arabella Ella: yes and i love the way this place is all open not constrained indoors
    Eliza Madrigal nods...it is like that because the environment is soothing
    arabella Ella loves the serenity that the outdoors offers
    Eliza Madrigal: if there were distractions in the screen periphery that might be more distracting than ones at home
    kenji Pookes: Except that if you listen, you begin to notice that the bird calls repeat.
    arabella Ella: all we need are the fragrances of the flowers and trees and grass
    Adams Rubble: :)
    kenji Pookes: I find that somewhat disconcerting.
    Storm Nordwind: The blackbird outside my window also repeats!

    I shall miss its song in Colorado.

    Wester Kiranov: and the feel of our butts on the cushions
    Eliza Madrigal: Attention fades in and out also
    sophia Placebo: i like to sit on the roof with the black bird above :) my best spot
    kenji Pookes: But there is more randomness to the real blackbird.
    Eliza Madrigal: :) Sophia
    kenji Pookes: Watch for dropping objects...Sophia
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    sophia Placebo: hehe
    Storm Nordwind: I could make more randomness for you kenji
    Storm Nordwind: A few more sound clips
    kenji Pookes: That's ok, it is a sim and I approach it that way.
    Storm Nordwind: I like the birds on Corvi's shack. Have you seen them?
    kenji Pookes: No, I haven't.
    Adams Rubble: yes :)
    Wester Kiranov: no
    sophia Placebo: no
    Storm Nordwind: If you walk on her roof towards them, they get agitated!
    Adams Rubble: I discovered them by accident when I missed my landing and ended on the roof :)
    Eliza Madrigal: hah
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh that's great

    kenji has a major compliment to deliver.

    kenji Pookes: Actually, I think this is probably the best spot I've been to in SL.
    kenji Pookes: I've been working on my own parcel and found it interesting to think about how to organize the space.
    Storm Nordwind: I'm flattered kenji
    kenji Pookes: Oh, and I like the Japanese wind bell here. I've spent quite a bit of time in the city where those are made in Japan.
    Storm Nordwind: But it depends what you want from your plot I guess
    kenji Pookes: I mean the real ones.
    Adams Rubble: Hello fef :)
    Storm Nordwind: Will be an artistic expression

    Fefonz arrives and there is no place for him to sit. The magic words are uttered and 24 more cushions appear!

    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Fef Cloud
    sophia Placebo: hello fef
    kenji Pookes: Hi fef
    Wester Kiranov: hi fef
    arabella Ella: hiya Fef you are still a cloud :)
    Fefonz Quan: Hi all :)
    Storm Nordwind: At least he is a cloud with a place to sit now!
    kenji Pookes: When I created my parcel, I decided to have a regular building to use as an office where my students can meet me in SL, but I also created an outisde area.
    Wester Kiranov: i hope he doesn't get an identity crisis when the steam comes
    Storm Nordwind laughs
    Eliza Madrigal: hahahah!!
    sophia Placebo: hehe :)
    Mickorod Renard: Hi Fef
    Adams Rubble: hehe

    kenji announces a fascinating project of his.

    kenji Pookes: If any of you are interested, I will behaving regular meetings to discuss the expression of religion and ritual in SL. The location is called the Institute for the Study of Religion in virtual Worlds. Aftter I have it more organized, I will create a time for meetings. There is also a group of the same name.
    Adams Rubble: internal steam cleaning :)
    Adams Rubble: thanks kenji
    Storm Nordwind: Fascinating kenji
    Wester Kiranov: sounds interesting
    Storm Nordwind: Is this a mirror of what you're doing in RL?
    Mickorod Renard: Ken,,are you into theology?
    arabella Ella: sounds interesting ken please keep me posted ... and would appreciate if they dont clash with PaB timings ... and also that they are Euro friendly too :)

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    kenji Pookes: not really a mirror. What I'm doing in RL is studying SL. Mick, I am not into theology at all.
    arabella Ella: so many demands ... apologies
    Mickorod Renard: ok cool,,thanks

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    I mention that Play as Being has grown up in a contemplative neighbourhood. And we supply kenji with sources of contacts.

    Storm Nordwind: Have you wandered around the two sims to the west of here? One of the oldest religious buildings in SL is there. And many others (including my own).
    kenji Pookes: I'm an anthropologist, so I'm interested in function and meaning of religious and ritual activity.
    arabella Ella: intruiging
    kenji Pookes: Not really. What are the locations called?
    arabella Ella: and how they play out on SL u mean?
    Storm Nordwind: The sim immediately to the west is called Mieum. The old place is the Orthodox Church. It's featured in some book IIRC
    kenji Pookes: Yes, Arabella, I'm interested in how religion is being used in SL. Right now, I'm interested in evangilism, but also in sites for meditation--there are quite a few Buddhist meditation sites.
    kenji Pookes: I'll chech that out, thanks.
    arabella Ella nods
    kenji Pookes: Right now, I am organizing a research group to develop a project on this.
    Storm Nordwind: I recommend you also talk with Beth Odets who has done a huge amount of organising with the Jewish community - I think she still has ties to Mieum too
    Adams Rubble: Our exhibition called "Sacred Art in a Virtual World" is a good index to many religious sites
    kenji Pookes: Thanks.
    arabella Ella: well ken if u need any volunteers it would interest me if timings are ok for me
    Storm Nordwind: are you SLT+9 or 10 ara?
    arabella Ella: +9
    arabella Ella: CET
    kenji Pookes: Right now, I'm at the stage of putting together an IRB proposal. Then the fun begins. Arabella, I may take you up on that. Sometime perhaps we can chat more specifically.
    kenji Pookes: I have no idea what that meant Storm.
    Storm Nordwind: SLT = Second Life Time
    Storm Nordwind: = California
    arabella Ella: ok great as I was involved a year ago with putting together something similar with a Uni in Ireland
    Storm Nordwind: arabella is on a small island in the Mediterranean
    arabella Ella: CET = Central European Time - now it is 22.51
    Storm Nordwind: and her time zone is 9 hours ahead of SLT

    Teachers' talk.

    kenji Pookes: Do you do research on religion Arabella?
    arabella Ella: my background is philosophy but i work on innovation now mainly
    arabella Ella: but my interests are quite broad - research interests i mean
    kenji Pookes: Mine are, too. I have a very short attention span.
    kenji Pookes: Probably why I became an anthropologist.
    arabella Ella: he he
    arabella Ella: i have met quite a few antropologists on SL
    arabella Ella: and if i may ask
    arabella Ella: how do you feel about bringing students to meet you on SL
    arabella Ella: cos that is something i still feel a bit reluctant about
    kenji Pookes: I haven't tried that yet. That's going to begin in the fall. I won't use it to replace regular office hours, just to augment them.
    arabella Ella: yes i see
    arabella Ella: i speak to my students openly about SL but something holds me back from introducing them to this
    kenji Pookes: I work at a very large research university where students are not exactly the priority, so I think this may be quite good for them to find a way to contact the professor outside of coming to office hours.
    arabella Ella nods
    kenji Pookes: I may set my SL hours in the evening as a way to provide greater access.
    kenji Pookes: Arabella, do you teach philosophy?
    arabella Ella: great idea ... but u have not yet started this have you?
    arabella Ella: i teach some philosophy yes ... but not as my main topic
    kenji Pookes: I will start doing this in the fall, most likely.
    arabella Ella: ok
    kenji Pookes: What is your primary area?
    arabella Ella: innovation management
    kenji Pookes: I see. BTW, I have a question.
    kenji Pookes: What does "artifical mind" mean?
    arabella Ella: it is just a tag i like

    arabella mentions a future topic of artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, it's time to get ready for Stim's workshop and I also need to enlist some help with a test at the Kira Dome...

    Storm Nordwind: Quick question for people. Is anyone going to Stim's workshop next?
    kenji Pookes: But it must have some meaning.
    arabella Ella: as i am interested in artificial intelligence too
    Eliza Madrigal: I am going
    arabella Ella: altho as a group seems like it is not active
    kenji Pookes: I've always thought that all intelligence is artificail.
    arabella Ella: yes i hope to go to Stim's too
    Mickorod Renard: bye Eliza
    Adams Rubble: I have to leave at 2:00
    sophia Placebo: i may if i didnt fell asleep
    Wester Kiranov: I'm going to stims too
    Fefonz Quan: better Yes to storm
    kenji Pookes: What's stims?
    Storm Nordwind: Could I ask anyone who going to go to the Dome briefly first
    arabella Ella: hey that would be a great topic to discuss - is all intelligence artificial?
    Eliza Madrigal: Thanks for reminding of the time, Storm
    Storm Nordwind: Just so I can test the sensor/reporter
    Mickorod Renard: whats at the dome Storm?
    arabella Ella: the dome?
    Adams Rubble: bye all who are leaving :)
    Mickorod Renard: I see
    Storm Nordwind: There's a landmark in the globe
    Fefonz Quan: (in the globe?)
    Storm Nordwind: And it's a 30 second walk back to the Cafe
    Mickorod Renard: how do u get to the dome?
    Storm Nordwind: The green dome in front of me
    Mickorod Renard: ok,,I think I know it
    kenji Pookes: I've got to run to make dinner. See you all later.
    Storm Nordwind: Click on the the green thing here
    sophia Placebo: bye kenji
    Eliza Madrigal: Adams, Congratulations on your Year at PaB. Thank you for everything :)
    Adams Rubble: Thanks Storm :)
    Adams Rubble: Thank you Eliza :)
    Wester Kiranov: see you all later - or in a moment
    arabella Ella: bye ken
    Mickorod Renard: ok,,then i will see u all at Stims

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    Mickorod Renard: bye Ken
    Adams Rubble: bye eeveryone :)
    Fefonz Quan: OK, see you all soon :)
    arabella Ella: bye adams and everyone who is leaving
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