2009.06.30 19:00 - Scripting Spirits Around Us

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Eos Amaterasu. The comments are by Eos Amaterasu.


    It's just Eos and the pavilion for a while


    Eos Amaterasu sits in time, in space, in knowing

    Storm arrives, and gives Eos a few tips about the pool

    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Storm!
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Eos
    Storm Nordwind: I'm not going to stay long. I really should be sleeping! :)
    Storm Nordwind: But with my long-range vision I could see you were by yourself
    Eos Amaterasu: These are also late times for me, but it's hard for me to make the others
    Eos Amaterasu: I guess you're the author of much that is here
    Storm Nordwind: I guess I am :)
    Eos Amaterasu: You can see for miles and miles.... :-)
    Storm Nordwind: I remember learning to play that when it came out :)
    Storm Nordwind: What time is it for you?
    Eos Amaterasu: 11:14 pm
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Storm Nordwind: 3:14am here
    Eos Amaterasu: !
    Eos Amaterasu: You're in England?
    Storm Nordwind: At present, for another few weeks
    Storm Nordwind: Before I go, do you know about how to manipulate the pool (accordingly to your whim/taste)?
    Eos Amaterasu: No, say more :-)
    Storm Nordwind: Let me demonstrate
    Storm Nordwind: And I will reveal all in IM
    Storm Nordwind: Low fountain
    Storm Nordwind: No pool
    Eos Amaterasu: whups!
    Eos Amaterasu: Look mom, no pool!
    Storm Nordwind: And a cosy session
    Storm Nordwind: Back to default
    Eos Amaterasu: This is really playing with being :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: Is that different appearances of the same object?
    Storm Nordwind: hehe!
    Storm Nordwind: perhaps
    Eos Amaterasu: I guess this could startle people!
    Storm Nordwind: It startles them even more if you start like this and they're sitting in the middle and you put the pool back!
    Storm Nordwind: When I first built this place a year ago, it only looked like this with the tall fountain.
    Storm Nordwind: Some people found the fountain distracting and others wanted it more cosy sitting closer
    Storm Nordwind: By convention, the guardian on call chooses! :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Hmmm, interesting

    Storm describes the systems supporing the Play as Being pavilion

    Eos Amaterasu: The pool knows when someone is close by
    Storm Nordwind: Yes it does
    Eos Amaterasu: It starts or stops recording
    Storm Nordwind: That's a separate control
    Storm Nordwind: There are five mechanisms built into the pool
    Storm Nordwind: One is the recording and that's entirely separate
    Storm Nordwind: One you've played with
    Storm Nordwind: Another controls the bell on the 15 minute boundary
    Storm Nordwind: Another controls the sound volume
    Eos Amaterasu: ambient sounds?
    Storm Nordwind: And there's a scanner for my remote radar HUD which tells me how many people there are in all the Kira locations
    Storm Nordwind: No the fountain sounds
    Storm Nordwind: Oh... and a sixth...
    Storm Nordwind: The ON AIR signs are controlled too
    Storm Nordwind: And they force the pool to go back to this default when they switch OFF AIR
    Eos Amaterasu: the scripts can call each other
    Storm Nordwind: yes they do
    Storm Nordwind: I sometimes forget just how much is going on here!
    Eos Amaterasu: I like these kinds of "magical" objects/containers
    Storm Nordwind nods

    Eos describes World Café, and possible supporting scripting magic

    Eos Amaterasu: I was working on doing World Café with some people here
    Storm Nordwind: Please tell me more
    Eos Amaterasu: that could use some magic objects in the cafe, such as a table that knew about its chairs and their occupants
    Eos Amaterasu: and could set up an IM for each table, so just the people at the table could converse
    Eos Amaterasu: and then when they switch tables and talk with a new set of people that table would do the same
    Eos Amaterasu: Do you know World Cafe, how it works? It's a form for working with large groups of people
    Eos Amaterasu: where you have them break up into groups of 4, each around a cafe table
    Storm Nordwind: No I have not come across it so far
    Eos Amaterasu: for twenty minutes or so, all discussing the same topic, something that matters
    Eos Amaterasu: and then they switch tables, find new partners, for another twenty minutes
    Eos Amaterasu: and then a third time
    Storm Nordwind: Sounds intense
    Eos Amaterasu: usually one person stays behind at each table to pass on some of what went on before
    Eos Amaterasu: and there's also doodling/drawing on a pad of paper ont he table
    Eos Amaterasu: and finally a "harvest" at the end, where people get up and pull out key things to share
    Eos Amaterasu: it can bring ouit "the wisdom in the middle"
    Storm Nordwind: It sounds like the fastest typers might dominate
    Eos Amaterasu: I think in SL it could be done really well - at the moment the logistics are intense
    Eos Amaterasu: so that's why a cafe with "magic" would be great
    Eos Amaterasu: It's a form that is good when there are lots of people
    Storm Nordwind: You are saying this does not yet exist in SL, but it does in RL?
    Eos Amaterasu: This has been happening in RL for years
    Eos Amaterasu: and there's a place here in SL, called "Third Life" actually, that's the SL home for the World Cafe people
    Eos Amaterasu: But I worked with one of them recently, Lucida Skytower, to do a World Cafe that was simultaneous with an RL cafe and a Skype cafe :-)
    Storm Nordwind: Interesting
    Eos Amaterasu: Circle forms like here work for small numbers of people
    Eos Amaterasu: Cafe is an interesting experiment with working with large numbers - it's had some success
    Storm Nordwind: The cosy 8 here works best for that
    Storm Nordwind: How large?
    Eos Amaterasu: IN RL, up to hundreds
    Eos Amaterasu: The RL component last week had 210 people
    Eos Amaterasu: About 12 or so in SL, and 12 on Skype
    Storm Nordwind: And what is the purpose? Experiement? Therapy? Discovery? Problem solving?
    Eos Amaterasu: It's a group discussion, contemplation of a "question that matters"
    Eos Amaterasu: We had some cafes here on, for example, the question of boundaries in SL
    Storm Nordwind: Sure, but why discuss? Is there a group purpose? Or are people invited to find their own purposes, if any?
    Eos Amaterasu: I guess usually there's a context. But for example, you could discuss the funding of health care
    Eos Amaterasu: That's a political, economic, societal issues
    Eos Amaterasu: The Triple World Cafe was considering genuine wealth, communities, and complementary currencies
    Eos Amaterasu: It's a form for dialogue, which could be part of considering action, behavior, strategy...
    Storm Nordwind: It seems an interesting technique
    Eos Amaterasu: I think the form used here is quite interesting, and seems to work well
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Eos Amaterasu: A circle, an overall theme, good logistics (how the "container" works and opens up and protects the conversation)
    Eos Amaterasu: and also good ritual (90 secs pause every 15 minutes, with the bell(s), the fountain
    Eos Amaterasu: It's all important (congratulations!)
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Storm Nordwind: Please excuse me now. Sleep calls! :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Thanks for the conversation, Storm!
    Eos Amaterasu: 'night!
    Storm Nordwind: My pleasure :)
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
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