Hat tip to Land of Enchantment for those amusing shoe diaries and for inspiring me to beg and cajole shoes pics from my progressive friends and allies in Second Life.
Can't get to Austin this year? We have got a deal for you. Free. No registration fees, no hotel fees, no travel costs. Food, of course, is on you. Also, no sore feet, no sore backs. Bad hair days are possible, but that's a matter of taste.
Over the past year, we've been busily building community in Second Life. And for months we've building a great environment and planning a concurrent week of events, with a score of programs streamed in from Austin. We plan, we dance, we talk politics, we attend public affairs programs, we dance. We watch old movies and listen to political speeches. Then we discuss. We post diaries here. We read, we rec, we comment. Sometimes the music is live, sometimes our DJs stream it in. Did I mention we dance?
Dance this way for pics and schedule highlights.
At 1pm SLT, 3pm TX time, Austin bloggers will be beamed into SL and, at the same time, SL will be beamed into Austin! If you are in Austin, gather in room 19 of the Hilton, if you are in SL, come to the Netroots arena. And W00t to IF Mastroianni, for holding the vision and making it happen!
Tonight at 5:30 SLT, we'll watch Howard Dean and Wes Clark in the opening keynote slot. They'll be followed by Joan McCarter, Jimbo Hoyer, Cliff Schecter and political satirist GenJCChristian Homewood who will offer commentary and speculation. Then we move to the Ballroom for dancing and chat.
Every program will begin with an audience tech check. For programs streamed in from Austin, you'll want to turn on the Media stream and set your camera to see the screen behind the stage. For programs produced in Second Life, the music stream (look for the music notes on your bottom-of-the-screen navigation bar) will carry voice and be audible anywhere on the conference sim.
We have an awesome crew. Builders, designers, scripters, writers, photographers, organizers. Big picture, little picture, dedicated one and all. They love their virtual shoes. Lazy thing that I am, I'm leaving it to folks to introduce themselves in their comments. Here's a taste:
Meet Roisin - say Ro-SHEEN - Hotaling, who blogs here.
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Come say hello. We've left the lights on for you.