Last chances for virtual clubbing at Urbis

19 03 2008

Urbis have been running a series of club nights in their second life space and the last ones are tomorrow, Thursday 13 March, and next week, Thursday 20 March 2008. Both events run from 9pm – ‘late’ UK time, 2pm – ‘late’ Linden time.

I logged in quickly to the first event, but, as in real life, it seemed that everyone else was going to turn up fashionably late. I’ll see if I get a chance to see it properly this week or next.

Urbis virtual clubbing

Thursday 13 March  

Noir Bazaar

With DJ Pick Pocket playing Psychedelic Claptrap, including funk, jazz, folk and bubblegum pop, alongside incredibly heavy drums

Thursday 20 March  

Just Good Beats

Funk, Soul, Reggae, Dub, Hip Hop, Fast Rap, Barrio, Ska, Old Skool, Mid Skool, New Skool, Northern Soul, Beat Music, Blue Eyed Soul, Deep Soul, Big Beat, House, Techno, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Phat Beats, Scratching, FX Units. 


Factory and the Hacienda lecture: Urbis in Second Life

14 11 2007

I haven’t had time to look at the Second Life Urbis yet, but here’s very short notice of a lecture there today and slightly longer notice of the lecture series as a whole.Talks in Second Life from Urbis, Manchester

Design Lecture: Factory and The Haçienda…
Wed 14 Nov
6-8pm (uk time) 11am – 1 pm (Linden Time)
This event is sold out in real life, but experience it from the comfort of your own armchair by visiting Urbis and attending this lecture in Second Life… Don’t miss this chance to catch up with two design gurus and members of the original Haçienda crew, Peter Saville and Ben Kelly in this Urbis talk and question and answer session. So join us in Second Life find out how things were done the first time around.

Any (sensible) questions you have can be put to our guests live…so if you have any burning questions you would like answered from the good old days, then this is your chance!

The above event is just one of a number events Urbis is running in Second Life, along with our four floors of exhibitions which are now up for you to explore.

Museums in Second Life google group

17 07 2007

The Museums in Second Life google group is a mailing list with 79 members. As well as the mailing list, they hold meetings in Second Life and hold tours of venues.

With all the members in different time zones, organising meeting times that suit everyone is impossible. I thought I’d go along to their latest meeting yesterday, even though it began at 6pm (GMT), 30 minutes before our building closes.

Finding the meeting involved following an SLURL (hypertext link that opens at a location in Second Life) to the meeting venue, the UIUC-GSLIS parcel in Cybrary City II (no idea what that means). There were six or seven people already at the meeting when I arrived, seated on piles of books in a semi-circle.

Attending meetings for the first time in Second Life can be just as awkward as it is normally. I didn’t know how to sit down and spent ages messing round before working out that right-clicking on a pile of books would give me several options including ‘Sit’.

This left me sitting down, facing away from the group. I also noticed that I was still eating the popcorn. After several attempts at standing up and sitting down I managed to face in vaguely the right direction and concentrate on the conversation.

Museums in Second Life meeting, July 2007

A transcript of the meeting has been added to the google group. Before I had to leave we barely had time to introduce ourselves (clockwise round the semi-circle). Looking at the transcript today I see that discussions included scheduling of meetings, the creation of a map showing the locations of Second Life museums, potential locations to visit, evaluation methods, US funding for projects and, finally, how to tag photos and related documents (I think ‘slmuseums’ was the choice here but I’m not positive).