One of the hardest things for people attending an event as big as SL9B is finding out what is going on where and when. Schedules have to be drawn up, spreadsheets made, information sorted and promoted to blog pages – and that’s even before we get to people finding the information and making use of it.
For SL9B, Crap Mariner has made things a breeze for all, by pulling everything together into a single data table which he has fed into Google Calendar.
The result? A totally spiffy and browsable day-by-day Performance Schedule, which is also being relayed in-world to Codie’s Superboards for the event, which are placed at strategic points around the SL9B regions – and with the organiser’s permission, will be appearing in my (hopefully daily) coverage of the festivities. Here’s what it looks like:
What’s more, if you click on the Google Calendar icon at the bottom right, you can import the schedule into your own Google Calendar, which allows you to do two things:
- Display all events times in your local times (rather than SLT) if you wish
- Easily search for a specific performer by name
A further advantage to this approach is that changes can be made centrally, and then instantly be seen in-world and on blog pages using the calendar feed.
Thanks, Crap for putting this together and furnishing it to the team and to those of us covering the event!
A further word on lag
In my preview on SL9B, I briefly mentioned the issue of lag; I didn’t go into inordinate amounts of detail, as a preview is hardly the place. Lag can result from many different things and there are many myths that have sprung up around the subject over the years – many of which have resulted in people being quick to point the finger at others when they encounter lag (particularly on heavily used sims). However, the inescapable fact is that the biggest portion of lag resides at the user’s end of things. I had intended to cover the subject in more depth with a focus on SL9B. However, Harper Beresford has done so with a very excellent and worthwhile post on the subject on the SL9B blog – and if you are intending on visiting the regions during the course of this week, I thoroughly recommend you give it a read-through in advance.