Metanomics Returns to the Air, January 17th of 2011

reported by Metanomics December 16th, 2010

NMC Campus Observer Note… You can watch this Metanomics show live at Teaching (111, 113, 23) on NMC Campus

Our holiday break is extended slightly this year because of scheduling issues with our production team. The first show in 2011 will be on January 17th, at 12pm SLT/ PST.

You can follow developments in several ways.

Metanomics Community Forums will continue in the Metanomics Studio. each Thursday at 12pm SLT/PST
MCF will not be held on 2010.Dec.23 or 30.

Twitter: “@Metanomics,” “@DusanWriter,” “@JennFor,” “@BevanWhitfield,” “@DevonAlderton”
FaceBook: Metanomics as a group or the Metanomics Page.

Questions, comments or suggestions, please forward to:
Jenn Forager, Community Manager
jennfor@gmail.com

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MCF: Community Planning Session and A Holiday Performance

reported by Metanomics December 16th, 2010

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We are about to enter the non-stop schedule of holiday events. Since the next two dates for the Metanomics Community Forums are almost on top of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I’m going to declare those dark dates and ask that you join us today at 12pm SLT to do a bit of planning work. Monday’s panel discussion on Metanomics featuring Larry John, Brian Kaihoi and Terry Beaubois talking with Rob Bloomfield about the strengths and weaknesses of Second Life and virtual environments inspired a lively stream of comments in the chat channel. Let’s gather and continue with this topic, and work to define the focus of our meetings for 2011.

This planning reflects continued work on the design of what we’ve termed the Metanomics Community Area, working to create a means for visitors to the Metanomics Studio to better understand just what it is that we do in-world, and where all the excitement resides. This reflects our efforts to be aware of resident’s interests, the Metanomics community’s pursuits and how to best share all of this far-ranging news.

Finally, we’d like to share news of a perfect event for the holiday season. Duo Appasionato performs regularly at the JenzZa’a beautiful open air performance space on Muse Isle Northwest. Tomorrow, December 17th at 2pm SLT, they’ll present a special program for the Metanomics Community and friends. Formal Holiday Attire is requested in honor of the artists and the exquisite setting.

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Muse%20Isle%20NorthWest/23/214/23

Duo Appassionato:
Violinists Izabela Jaworower ( Izabela Spiewak in RL) and Young Zeid ( Xi Yang in RL)
Friday December 17th at 2pm PDT

www.duoappassionato.org

Duo Appassionato possesses exceptional virtuoso ability and musical harmony rarely found in two instrmentalists of the same genre performing together. Both active solo performers of unsurpassed spirit and flair, the duo has a refreshing stage presence and often explores a repertoire that is rarely performed because of its unusually demanding nature. They project “ virtuosic devilry and imagination…” and their playing is “ stunning and incredibly well matched”. Their presence is a highlight to any recital or concert stage.

This past summer 2010, Young Reid was invited to perform with the best symphony orchestra of Sichuan,China as a soloist and was very warmly received. The concert was later called “ The Return of the Great Master”. Here is a stunning video posted at YouTube of that performance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np-8OPqWqJ8

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Metanomics Returns to the Air on January 17th of 2011

reported by Metanomics December 15th, 2010

NMC Campus Observer Note… You can watch this Metanomics show live at Teaching (111, 113, 23) on NMC Campus

Our holiday break is extended slightly this year because of scheduling issues with our production team. The first show in 2011 will be on January 17th, at 12pm SLT/ PST.

You can follow developments in several ways.

Twitter: “@Metanomics,” “@DusanWriter,” “@JennFor,” “@BevanWhitfield,” “@DevonAlderton”
FaceBook: Metanomics as a group or the Metanomics Page.

Questions, comments or suggestions, please forward to:
Jenn Forager, Community manager
jennfor@gmail.com

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December 13: 2010 & Next – Second Life, Virtual Worlds and the State of the Union

reported by Metanomics December 13th, 2010

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Its been a decade of advances for virtual worlds, ending with a year that many won’t forget. As the technologies allowing immersive experiences expand, Second Life has come to a cross-roads of sorts, with Linden pulling the plug on its enterprise product and raising the price for educational and non-profit institutions.

With the final show of the year, Metanomics host Robert Bloomfield welcomes a panel of guests who will explore the year that’s been and the year ahead.

Have management changes at Linden Lab put a damper on innovation? Does the growth of OpenSim as a viable technology alternative herald the end of Second Life as the largest user-generated virtual world? Has the “Viewer 2.0” been a failure, or is it making progress?

Our panel will help us to grapple with the tough questions that faced many institutions over the past year, but will also take a look at the often unheralded progress that has happened with or without the ‘platform owners’ – the advances in education, cross-disciplinary learning, and health.

Robert Bloomfield welcomes three leaders who have helped to shape awareness of virtual worlds, and facilitated the wider understanding of the important role they play in education, training, architecture, social change and healthcare.

Join us as we welcome:

Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium
Brian Kaihoi of the Mayo Clinic
and Terry Beaubois, Professor of the College of Architecture and Director of the Creative Research Lab (CRLab) at Montana State University

Watch the episode live on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. PT. You can join us in Second life for this event Metanomics Studio or watch it via video stream on this Web page.

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December 13: 2010 & Next – Second Life, Virtual Worlds and the State of the Union

reported by Metanomics December 11th, 2010

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Join us Monday December 13th for a special panel to close of the year as Robert Bloomfield leads a discussion of the past year in Second Life and the future of virtual worlds.

FYI, NMC CEO Larry Johnson will be part of this panel.

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December 9 |  Metanomics Community Forum: Losing Weight, Changing Behaviors, Virtually

reported by Metanomics December 8th, 2010

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Join us Thursday, December 9 at 12pm PT as we welcome Club One Island’s Creative Director, Celeste DeVaneaux to the Metanomics Community Forum. Club One Island is a visually appealing interactive weight loss and behavior change program based in Second Life, and they’ve proven that you can lose real weight by learning new behaviors in a 3D online world.

Losing weight virtually: The 60 pilot-program participants for Club One Island were U.S. adults (age 20-70+) with a body mass index (BMI) of 35.17 as measured by health professionals, while the control group had a BMI of 35.70 (note: a person with a BMI of 30 is considered obese according to the CDC). The control group’s program had all the components of the virtual world program, including exercise, nutrition, behavior change and a support group, but just in a different environment. The average weight loss results from the program after 12 weeks and four one-hour sessions per week:

  • Club One Island (Virtual World): Loss of 8.08 lbs, 3.88 percent body fat and 1.98 inches from waist
  • Control Group (Physical World): Loss of 5.98 lbs, 3.63 percent body fat and 1.92 inches from waist

The participants also completed a survey to determine the impact of Club One Island on whether or not the program worked for them and how it impacted their personal lives. Below are the combined percentages of Somewhat Agree, Agree and Strongly Agree:

  • Optimism: 100 percent – I have a greater sense of optimism about managing my weight.
  • Control: 100 percent – I feel a greater sense of control.
  • Worked Better: 80 percent – The program worked better for me than other things I have tried.
  • Communication: 76 percent – I am better able to communicate my needs to my family.
  • Positive Change: 71 percent – I have noticed positive change in my relationships.

Resources:
Club One Island Web Site: ClubOneIsland.org

You can join us in Second life for this event Metanomics Studio or watch it on our web site where it will be streamed live from the Studio.
Questions:
Jennette Forager, Metanomics Community Manager
jennfor@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTEMIXED TEXT AND VOICE SESSION: The Metanomics Community Forum is a mixed voice / text discussion session. Please feel free to participate in voice or in text, to your preference. The facilitator and some participants will be using voice, so you may wish to enable voice in your viewer so that you can hear the voice portions of the session. Thanks for joining us!

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December 6: Can Being Part Machine Make Us More Human?

reported by Metanomics December 6th, 2010

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If your body contains technology it might help you to hear better, it may reduce seizures or prevent heart attacks – but does it make you more human? What if the technology in your body was a computer? Does the integration of computer with the human body spell a threat to our humanity, or will it enable us to return to being more fully ourselves?

Join us for a provocative discussion as host Robert Bloomfield welcomes Michael Chorost to Metanomics on December 6, 2010. Attend the show live at the Metanomics Studio in Second Life, at one of our Event Partners or watch live on this page as we broadcast to the Web.

Michael Chorost will share his personal experiences in transforming the classroom with technology, and will share his insights on transforming himself as he explores the implications of a future in which our bodies are increasingly augmented with technology, and those technologies are widely integrated with external systems.

“Dr. Michael Chorost (pronounced “kor-ist”) was born with a severe hearing loss due to an epidemic of rubella. He didn’t learn to talk until he got hearing aids at age 3½. Those enabled him to grow up speaking English more or less normally, and he got a B.A. in English from Brown and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation was on how online environments are transforming classroom teaching. As a basis for his research, he created an online “collaboratory” in ColdFusion and used it in his English classes for four years. In 1998, this application won First Prize in the university’s annual contest for innovative educational software.

On July 7, 2001, he lost the remaining hearing in his one usable ear and got a cochlear implant shortly afterward. This experience was chronicled in his book, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). It has garnered over 20 strong reviews from publications such as the L.A. Times, the Times of London, the Village Voice, the Chronicle for Higher Education, and Business Week. It was named as an Editor’s Choice in Reader’s Digest’s August 2005 issue. It won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2006, and has been optioned for the screen. It has also been published in the UK and translated into Japanese.

Since his book came out he has written for The Washington Post, Wired, The Futurist, The Scientist, Technology Review, Sky, the Stanford Medical Report, and The Best American Science Writing 2006. He screenwrote a TV special on brain implants titled The 22nd Century, which aired on PBS in January 2007.

Along with Chris DiGiano of SRI International (now at Google) and Shelley Goldman of Stanford, he co-edited the book Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools, which was published by Routledge in November 2008.

In July 2008, he contracted with The Free Press (Simon & Schuster) to write his second book, “World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans and Machines.” This is forthcoming in February 2011.”

You can learn more about Dr Chorost on his Web site or by joining us live for this provocative discussion as Metanomics explores the boundaries of what it means to be human in the age of the machine.

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December 6th: 12:00 p.m. (PT) – Can Being Part Machine Make Us More Human?

reported by Metanomics December 5th, 2010

NMC Campus Observer Note… You can watch this Metanomics show live at Outreach (87, 125, 34) on NMC Campus

Join us on Monday as host Robert Bloomfield welcomes guest Michael Chorost. Read the full listing and watch live from this page.

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2010.Dec.2 |  MCF: Triumph of a Combo—Documentary Film and Virtual Mine

reported by Metanomics December 2nd, 2010

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We are thrilled to be able to share with you, news of a Second Life triumph, namely the build out of a Virtual Mine which informs participants of the very real conditions and tribulations of coal mining. Join us at 12pm SLT today as we welcome Draxtor Dupres and Sandcastle Studios, as well as the producers of the documentary, Deep Down.

At the Metanomics Studio in Second Life.

You can join us in Second life for this event or watch it on our web site:www.Metanomics.net where it will be streamed live from the Studio.
SLurl: http://bit.ly/MCForum

Questions:
Jennette Forager, Metanomics Community Manager
jennfor@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTEMIXED TEXT AND VOICE SESSION: The Metanomics Community Forum is a mixed voice / text discussion session. Please feel free to participate in voice or in text, to your preference. The facilitator and some participants will be using voice, so you may wish to enable voice in your viewer so that you can hear the voice portions of the session. Thanks for joining us!

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Entertainment “News” Coverage of the Midterm Election-Danna Young

reported by NMC Campus Calendar November 30th, 2010

Please join us for our final speaker for this year’s National Agenda series. Our speaker is UD faculty member Danna Young, who was a huge hit when she spoke last year.

When: Wed. December 1, 2010 – 4:30pm SLT  (7:30 ET)
Who: Danna Young: Entertainment “News” Coverage of the Midterm Election
Where: http://slurl.com/secondlife/University%20of%20Delaware/56/150/26

Danna Young is an affiliated faculty member of the University [...]

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