The Future of the Metaverse: Blueprints for the Evolution of Virtual Worlds

On Sunday, September 18th, Will Burns (Aeonix Aeon in-world), Vice-Chair IEEE Virtual World Standards Group, authority on virtual domains, author of the thought-provoking Andromeda Media Group blog, will be presenting The Future of the Metaverse: Blueprints for the Evolution of Virtual Worlds, a joint session with ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries, which will be held at the CVL Auditorium.

The presentation will provide an overview of the history of virtual worlds and phases of development, offering a definition for the “Metaverse” and a glimpse into the future of virtual worlds, and will include interoperability and other key elements of design. It will last for around an hour, and will be followed by a further hours for questions and answer and general discussion.

The CVL auditorium
The CVL auditorium

This will be an informative event, offering a unique perspective on virtual worlds and their future from a man who has been offering insights, observations and helping shape the metaverse since its inception.

Join librarians, educators, and anyone interested in virtual worlds and the future of immersive learning.  The session is jointly sponsored with the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Initiative Group.

A Pirate Sunday and tales galore in Second Life

Pirate Sunday - The ships are in port!
Pirate Sunday – The ships are in port!

Every year, on September 19th, people around the world celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day. However, as it this year falls on a Monday, when a lot of people will be busy at work, Seanchai Library, in partnership with Kultivate Magazine, will be holding a special Pirate Sunday Storytellers Sandbox at Kultivate’s in-world HQ of Water Haven.

Running from 3:00pm SLT through until 5:30pm SLT, the event will comprise 90 minutes of storytelling live in voice, including:

  • pirates-16Kayden O’Connell and Bryn Taleweaver reading selections from “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Caledonia Skytower reading selections from “Women Pirates” by Anne Myers
  • Shandon Loring will read from Dead Men Tell No Tales a collection of stories from the Pirates of the Caribbean
  • R. Crap Mariner reading various pirate tales from his 100 Word Stories collection.

An hour of music from Anek Fuchs will follow from 4:30pm, with dancing at the “shipwreck cove”.

Guests are strongly encouraged to come dressed for the occasion, whether as brigands or wenches or whatever outfit they’ve got stashed away in Davy Jones’ Locker.

The entire celebration, from X-marks-the-Spot to Pieces-Of-Eight, will benefit Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C).

An international movement, originally founded in the United States, SU2C takes an innovative  approach to ending cancer by focusing on forming “dream teams” of doctors and researchers who are directly involved in leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and then undertaking aggressive research programmes. 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding cancer research and treatment and paying for these teams; none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc.

To mark the occasion, one half of Water Haven has been flooded and docks installed, and a flotilla of ships  – privateers and men’o’war, and merchant ships – to come alongside, having skirted the dangers of ghost ships, wrecks and a waiting Kraken in the bay beyond!

Pirate Sunday - even the Kraken awakes to listen to the salty tales!
Pirate Sunday – The Kraken Awakes!

Sanchai This Week

And don’t forget that throughout the week, Seanchai Library will be presenting a range of stories in voice for our listening enjoyment, with all dominations and tips going to support  Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.  So, check out the schedule in brief below, and do be sure to visit the Seanchai Library website.

All events are at Seanchai Library headquarters at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated in the descriptions.

  • Sunday, September 18th, 13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street – join Caledonia Skytower, John Morland and Kayden Oconnell as they continue to read from that most famous of tales from the pen of Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Dramatised many times over the years on stage, film, radio and television, it’s a story told many times and in many ways. So what not settle into the lounge at 221B Baker Street, the University of Washington iSchool, and hear the chilling original?
  • Monday September 19th, 19:00: A Spectre is Haunting Texas – Gyro Muggins reads Fritz Leiber’s 1969 novel telling of a world in which Texas had secretly run the United States from 1845 through until the Third World War, after which the former state conquered the entire North American continent…
  • Tuesday September 20th, 19:00: The Old Country – Faerie Maven-Pralou concludes a reading of Mordecai Gerstein‘s 2005 novel of shape-shifting, magic, war, and discovery.
  • Wednesday September 21st, 19:00: A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell #2) – return to 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington’s iSchool, for the latter-day adventures of Mr. Sherlock Holmes (retired) and his young orphaned protégé, Mary Russell, originally from the United States, as written by Laurie R. King.
  • Thursday, September 22nd:
    • 19:00 Cutlass! Three Pirate Tales with a Twist  with Shandon Loring (In Second Life and Kitely. Check Kitely event announcements for specific grid location)
    • 21:00: Seanchai Late Night – late-night science fiction with Finn Zeddmore.

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