Events In Extropia

Solstice Party in New Extropia Region

Please join us this Sunday, December 21 for our second annual Solstice Party!  It may be the shortest day of the year, but it’s the longest party of the year!

We’ll be in the latest addition to the Extropia community, the Rising In Light facilities in Extropia Odyssey (SLURL).

Here’s the live DJ lineup for the day:anniversary26

10 am – 12 noon: GoSpeed Racer (classic rock)

12 noon – 2 pm:  Nicki Petrichor (ebm, electronica)

2 pm – 4 pm:  Vannesh Cannoli (classic rock)

4 pm  – 6 pm:  Seven Shikami (downtempo, the fun and strange)

6 pm – 8 pm: DJ keTchUp (indie new releases and old)

8 pm – 10 pm: DJColdFront Revolution (electronica)

Please join us to break in the new sim in Extropia style!

Rising In Light is a production of Orion’s Arm, a tenant in Extropia:

“… Orion’s Arm is a work in progress, a space opera setting like no other. It spans the next ten thousand years of galactic history, from the near future of interplanetary colonization to the far future where the galaxy is ruled by vast ascended intelligences. It incorporates hard science, and the “soft” or social sciences, as well as mythological and archetypal themes, as the gods of the collective psyche incarnate in unforeseen new forms. “
The Orion’s Arm Universe Project is a shared-universe, collaborative effort to imagine what life will be like in the far future. We share ideas for entities, technologies, ways in which humanity will evolve, ways in which our mind children will evolve. we vet them against the best scientific knowledge to be had today. Then we post them to our website’s Encuclopedia Galactica (http://www.orionsarm.com/eg/index.html ), we write stories set in the universe and share them, at places like Voices/Future Tense (http://www.voicesoa.net/ )…
and now we’re sharing here, at Extropia Odyssey , in a spacious orbital habitat.
Diverse.
Exuberant.
Expansive.
Amazing.
Welcome to a vision of what might be our future… just a little past the “possible”.
Welcome to Orion’s Arm.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon: Mitch Wagner

Our second year of Salons in Extropia launched this past Saturday with a special guest, Mitch Wagner of InformationWeek. Drawing a peak concurrency of 38, Mitch kept us enthralled well before and after Salon hours with a fascinating, and often hilarious, discussion of new media, politics, the future of Second Life, and much more.

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wagner_salon1 “Part of Obama’s political genius is that he saw people were spending less time on traditioanl media and followed them to the new media.”

“When we think about [augmented reality], we get hung up on the visual – reality overlay, like in Charlie Stross’s novel “Halting State” or “Snow Crash” or the Vinge novel. But reallyit’s all about using the Internet to deliver information about your surroundings whereever you are – and smartphones can do that.”

“Social media appeals to introverts who like people.”

“in the history of the Internet, when the kids go up against the grownups, the kids win.”

A full chatlog is available here.

December 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon: Thor Olof, Avatars United

Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon for January will feature Thor Olof, founder of Avatars United, a social networking site for avatars and Digital People.

Join us January 3 at noon SLT in the Salon Room, Central Nexus, Extropia Core.

au-logoAvatars United (AU) is a community website bringing virtual characters from all online worlds together. The project is built in recognition of the fact that strong bonds and close friendships actually can be tied within virtual spaces.

AU has furthermore gone one step further in recognizing virtual personas as personas in their own right by building a community for avatars only. Anyone involved in any type of virtual world is familiar with addressing people using their avatar names even after having gotten to know them.

With tools to communicate with, find and track old virtual friends and share experiences from virtual realms AU wishes to stand out as a community highlighting the social aspect of life within virtual worlds.

Thor will discuss the business of social networking, the company’s philosophy, and digital identity across platforms and worlds. Please join us for a fascinating discussion, and join the Extropia group on Avatars United!

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon Returns: Mitch Wagner

December 6 will mark the return of Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon as a monthly event, at noon SLT on the first Saturday of every month, as always in the Salon Room, Central Nexus, Extropia Core.

mitch-wagnerOur first guest of the new Salon era will be Information Week’s Mitch Wagner (Mitch Wagner in SL), for a wide-ranging discussion of technology and its social impact, beginning with an analysis of America’s new wired Presidency.

Mitch is a leader of InformationWeek‘s social networking and community strategy. He writes about Apple, social media and Web 2.0. In addition to writing, Mitch podcasts, creates Internet videos, and is one of a team overseeing newsletters for InformationWeek. He was previously a reporter and editor for InternetWeek, Computerworld, Open Systems Today, and the New Jersey Herald.

His recent articles are available here, and don’t miss his recent “Is it Adultery if the Sex Happens in Second Life?

Please join us on December 6 for a dynamic discussion with one of SL’s smartest analysts!

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Extropia’s First Anniversary

Extropia celebrated its first year on the grid in traditional style, with a blowout dance party!

anniversary26For six hours we filled the sim to capacity, rocking out to DJs GoSpeed Racer (GoSpeed, you saved our lives! We owe you bigtime!), Seven (“It’s Not an Extropia Party Without Him”) Shikami, and our awe-inspiring late night delight, DJColdFront Revolution.

The party was a wonderful chance for the Board to say “thank you” to the Citizens and friends who’ve built our community from one very bare grid of floating hexagons to a six-sim architectural marvel and thriving community of terrific people.

While we’re about to contract down to three sims, thanks to Linden Lab’s openspace pricing changes, our second year will bring more and better gorgeous futuristic design, a renewed calendar of quality events – and of course, plenty of parties!

Stay tuned for notice of a sim tear-down party, and mark your calendars for the Solstice Gender Freedom Day 12-hour bash, December 21!

Lots more party photos on Soph’s Flickr account, and on Boc Cryotank’s as well!

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Gender Freedom Day planning session 2

Interested in running or helping out with an event for Gender Freedom Day on December 21?

planning2Come join us in the Salon Room in Extropia, noon this Saturday, November 8, to plan and coordinate grid-wide events!

We’re particularly working for a nonprofit group working in the field of gender/sexual orientation freedom and civil rights that’s active in SL to work with us, and to be the beneficiary of our 12 hour fundraiser dance party.

If you’re affiliated with a group, or know of a group, who might be interested in sponsoring activities that day, and in getting some $Linden love in return, please post a comment with the group name *and a contact person*

So far, we’ve had a complete failure of response from the organizations we’ve contacted. We’re hoping that’s a shortcoming of our network, and not a sign of lack of commitment to fight discrimination in digital worlds.

Let’s get that turned around, get some good support from established activists, and put on a terrific day of positive, high-visibility events celebrating diversity in SL and other digital worlds!

November 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Halloween in Extropia

Last night marked another legendary Extropia party in Club Suncrown!  DJ Seven Shikami and and DJ GoSpeed Racer rocked us for four hours, packing the house with old friends and new.

Our costume contest winners:

Best Human Costume, round one: Ali Hermes, “Space Chick;” Sophrosyne Stenvaag, “Sophrosyne Tudor;” Meissa Thorne, “Clockwork”

(apologies for not having a good photo of Meissa)

Best Non-Human Costume, round one: Seven Shikami, “Dark & Spooky Masked Entity”

Best Human Costume, round two: Argent Bury, “Sophrosyne Stenvaag”

Best Non-Human Costume, round two: Chestnut Rau, “Translucent Mystery;” Deebrane String, “Fire”

A special award for “Needs A Unicorn Chaser” to Harper Beresford for granny pole dancing on the camping cross!

And another special award for brain-breakage (if we do say so ourselves) to Argent Bury for her razor-sharp parody of Sophrosyne Stenvaag, and to Soph for stoically impersonating Argent!

Catch all the photos on Extropia’s Facebook page or Soph’s Flickr.

Next party: Extropia’s Anniversary Bash, November 11, all day!

November 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gender Freedom Day Planning Session

Yesterday we held an open planning meeting for gender-freedom related issues in the Salon Room. Over 25 people showed up for a two-hour discussion of gender and sexual orientation issues in SL and how best to address them.

Here’s the full transcript, thanks to Peer Infinity.

We settled by consensus on the following:

  • On the Solstice, Sunday, December 21, we’ll encourage a set of small events across the grid, anchored by the 12-hour Extropia Solstice Party, which will have a gender-freedom theme.
  • Open planning meeting in the Salon Room on November 8 at noon in the Salon Room, Extropia Core. Planning teams will coalesce around various activities on the Solstice and before then.

October 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gender Freedom Day postponed

With much regret, we’ve just notified our committed speakers that Gender Freedom Day in Digital Worlds, scheduled for this Saturday, October 25, will be postponed indefinitely.

While the cause received tremendous support, the event hasn’t: an economic collapse, pending US elections, and a short time frame seem to have prevented us from filling out the day’s schedule.

Extropia’s Director of Events and Marketing, Soph Stenvaag, also takes responsibility for not putting in enough time to develop and promote the event, as it became difficult getting speakers and DJs for the date.

At noon on Saturday, Soph will be in the Salon Room in Extropia Core to discuss digital gender issues and to brainstorm how best to promote gender freedom and combat harrassment and discrimination in digital worlds. You’re all welcome to come by and join the disucssion, and together we’ll figure out how best to proceed.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Gender Freedom Day in Digital Worlds

October 25 is Gender Freedom Day in Digital Worlds!

Come celebrate in Extropia, the nexus for events throughout Second Life and across other worlds!

Digital worlds allow unique opportunities to express and experiment with gender and sexuality, but that freedom has spawned a backlash of harrassment, hostility and hate speech that in some communities has become the norm. Please join us for a serious look at the issues surrounding gender and sexual expression, and a free, fun and fabulous fundraising fiesta celebrating digital diversity in disparate dimensions!

Extropia will host a signature day-long dance party in Club Suncrown to raise funds for organizations active in promoting freedom of gender and sexual expression in digital worlds, seeded by a $L125,000 donation from Extropia’s Sophrosyne Stenvaang.

We’ll also feature a series of speakers, panel discussions and open forums on gender and sexuality issues on Friday, October 24 as well as on Gender Freedom Day in Digital Worlds, October 25.  Tom Boellstorff (Tom Bukowski), author of Coming of Age in Virtual Worlds, has already signed on to discuss his previous work in Indonesia, comparing the construction of gay and lesbian identity in that populous Muslim nation with issues of homosexuality and homophobia in digital worlds.

There’s much more to come!  Anyone interested in presenting a talk, developing a creative/artistic/multimedia installation, DJing, designing graphics or contributing in some other way can post here, email the Board of Directors of Extropia at extropia (dot) board (at) gmail (dot) com, or send a notecard (no IMs, please!) to Sophrosyne Stenvaag inworld.

Soph will be available in Extropia from 3-5 pm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for brainstorming and event planning: meet her in the Salon Room, Central Nexus, Extropia Core if you’d like to help!

We’re also happy to provide logistical and publicity support to anyone in any digital world interested in running their own events on Gender Freedom Day in Digital Worlds – we’re here to make the day a big, splashy success, so please feel free to call on us!

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment