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Friday, September 22nd, 2006
3:58 am - Anyone going to AoIR06?

Association of Internet Researchers' Conference ~ Brisbane: 27th - 30th of September 2006.

I was just wondering if there are many people from this community who might be going to the AoIR conference next week in Brisbane?

Or.. do all the real internet studies academics keep "real blogs" and not el-jays? heh.. ;)

Nah, srsly, in the spirit of networking... we could all hang out, LJ-posse-style... :)

...I apologise if this post lowers the tone of the community. :/

current mood: quixotic

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Friday, June 2nd, 2006
7:54 pm - A new mud
ilyrias Ilyrias, the Aegadian Isles is set in a world unlike any other. Carlean scholars have recently unlocked the system of the world, giving them unprecedented control over the forces of nature. Though some denounce this new science as magic and heretical. Meanwhile the Alberen natives in the south fight to keep their homelands safe from the destruction wrought by the Carleans "progress" and unrelenting expansion. Utilizing the ancient techniques of spirit conjuring and runelore, they present a formidable foe for any enemy of the Ianai forest.

We are currently accepting applications for builders!

Interested parties should send an e-mail to applications@persistentrealms.com with the following information:

- Your name and age (You must be 18 or over to apply)
- Your experience with MUDs, including time spent as a player, builder, immortal, or admin
- A sample of your writing. This should be in the form of room descriptions (please no more than 10) plus a single item description of some kind of steam-punk gadget that might be appropriate for the Ilyrias theme.
- And anything else you think we should see

Persistent Realms LLC Development Team for Ilyrias, the Aegadian Isles.
Contact us via comments or visit our forums.

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Friday, January 27th, 2006
11:31 pm - On MMORPG communities


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Monday, January 16th, 2006
11:42 am - Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2006 - Brisbane, Australia.

i notice that this hasn't been posted in this community yet and might interest some people:

Association of Internet Researchers - Internet Convergences

Brisbane, Australia
28-30 September 2006

Pre-Conference Workshops: 27 September 2006

Abstract Deadline: February 7, 2006
Paper Deadline: July 31, 2006

Presentations can include:
• Single papers (abstract max of 750 words)
• Multiple paper sessions (overview max of 1000 words)
• Short Presentations (abstract max of 750 words)
• Creative or Aesthetic Presentations (abstract max of 750 words)
• Roundtable (abstract max of 500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement

International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers


The Internet works as an arena of convergence. Physically dispersed and marginalized people (re)find themselves online for the sake of sustaining and extending community. International and interdisciplinary teams now collaborate in new ways. Diverse cultures engage one another via CMC. These technologies relocate and refocus capital, labor and immigration, and they open up new possibilities for political, potentially democratizing, forms of discourse. Moreover, these
technologies themselves converge in multiple ways, e.g. in Internet-enabled mobile phones, in Internet-based telephony, and in computers themselves as "digital appliances" that conjoin communication and multiple media forms. These technologies also facilitate fragmentations with greater disparities between the information-haves and have-nots, between winners and losers in the shifting labor and capital markets, and between individuals and communities. Additionally
these technologies facilitate information filtering that reinforces, rather than dialogically challenges,'narrow and extreme views.

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Association Website: http://www.aoir.org
Conference Website: http://conferences.aoir.org

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005
9:59 am - At the Piano


at_piano2 - click for full screenshot

Seated at the piano at my paz (port-a-zone) that used to be in the sky over the Tyr boneyard. I always loved the moon and the stars here. I think this was sometime around last Christmas since there is snow falling.

Hi, all. This is a cross-post from my journal. I will be making these kinds of posts there regularly so feel free to add me and follow along.

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005
3:23 am - Livejournal and the Digital Genesis (x-post)
rayne_vandunem http://www.livejournal.com/users/rayne_vandunem/37180.html

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Thursday, October 13th, 2005
7:25 am - blogging "communities" - individual monologues...

I'm probably repeating myself again - The blogging interface on most blogs - is frustrating in that it centers the monologue.

In livejournal an illusion of conversational interactivity seems at least possible - but the organization of conversations becomes inefficient there too (which is why I suppose the "friend cut" happens - when someone is trying to do a sort of "spring cleaning" on their LJ...)

Anyways - Like T. S. said at the precon in aoir - it took 5 years for researchers to actually begin to examine LJ - but is this perhaps also generational?

Can one experience LJ cyber-ethnographically if one is old enough to be an academic producing what is officially recognized as "research" - who lives there?


Anyone care to discuss this?

current mood: contemplative

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Sunday, July 31st, 2005
7:10 pm

i'm thinking of starting an encyclopedia nerdaica which would use a wiki to chronicle the cultural/social history of the internet as it happens. it would basically be a serious version encyclopedia dramatica (cuz the internet is serious business ;) or a meta archive.org

what do you think? would you contribute? is someone already doing this?

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
11:42 pm - what do you want in a 3D virtual community toolset?

I am directing a project to design and implement
the next-generation of web-based 3D for general use
[ see the xVRML Project site for more details ]

our goals include directly supporting
Avatars and multi-user virtual spaces

my question for this LiveJournal community is
what sort of tool(s) would be the most valuable to people
to support individuals constructing their own spaces?

sure sure
the obvious answer is "modeling apps"
but that is mostly the answer for
"professionals" or focused amateurs
but what about for the majority of folks
who will probably want to assemble sets and scenes
rather than build objects "from scratch"

what tool(s) do the members of this "group" think
would best serve the "newbie" or somewhat "casual" user/constructor
of 3D virtual environments??


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Sunday, May 8th, 2005
10:15 am - link to round-up of current 3D Chat facilities

hi folks....really glad to see there's a comm for this exciting area of web development. These are crucial times for global communication and interaction. Glad to be a part of it! ....Check out this quick summary i've done of current online systems that are available:


best wishes.

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Saturday, May 7th, 2005
6:57 am - patternhunter feed

I created a feed for Pattern Hunter, a blog based around William Gibson's concept of nodal points:


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Saturday, March 5th, 2005
9:35 pm - Mapping Friends

This is kind of a random question, but does anyone remember the name of a mapping site that was popular a few years ago where you would put a map on your journal or website and then visitors could add a "dot" in their location with some sort of message/comment? It remember it was really popular on diaryland, but I assume it was on here also. I'm also pretty sure you could choose from lots of different maps-US, North America, World, etc. I've tried about a billion google searches and can't find anything.
xposted a bit

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8:03 pm
teach2think Hello.

I am hoping that someone may point me in the right direction. I am looking for an on-line database that I could use to organize all of my articles. I'm a psych grad student and have quite the overwhelming stack of journal articles, etc. I've thought about using access to input the information so I can search by groups (i.e.: psychodynamic theory, Jung, marriage and relationship) but would much rather have this information on line.

Is there a free or inexpensive site that will allow me to do this?


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Friday, January 21st, 2005
5:46 pm - today's thought on intellectual property...

I found this amusing and thought I'd share:

Sinfest comic

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
3:55 pm - Help! Help! I need a little help here.

I could use your help. I came here hoping that a community that boasts interest in virtual communities/culture might be willing to help me test my webpage. Yeah, I know I just bopped into this community today. How rude! Just joined and already asking for a hand out, huh?

I'm testing a plug-in on a webpage, a webpage that happens to have a video you may enjoy watching if you haven't seen it before: "Real Life vs. The Internet" by RedvsBlue.

What I'm testing is Chatterbox. I tried Shoutbox first. It kept timing out.

I'd appreciate it if everybody and his grandmama would drop by and leave a comment in the chatterbox on the page. Feel free to link back to your Live Journals. You can comment on the chatterbox, give me a tip on similar products (I'm a dabbler, not a genuine technophile.), or comment on the video even, whether you find amusing, whether you've seen it before, you know.

It's racy humor, so if you're a prude, I suggest you don't watch it.

I have a background in communications, so this is makeshift user testing here.

WOW, must be a little manic today. I did go on.


PS: If I've broken an unspoken community rule, here, please let me know.

current mood: hyper

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Monday, January 10th, 2005
9:40 pm - going strong since May 11th, 1981

I'm sure most will get a kick out of this.
.. Usenet Archive 20 years

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2004
2:02 pm - OCL :: creative commons in australia

hey. thought some ppl from here might be interested in this:

Queensland University of Technology's Faculty of Law in association with Creative Industries Faculty proudly presents a conference on

Open Content Licensing (OCL):
Cultivating the Creative Commons

Early in 2004, the Creative Commons (CC) project was launched in Australia. Creative Commons aims to make copyright content more "active" by ensuring that content can be reutilised with a minimum of transactional effort.

With Special Guest Speaker
Professor Lawrence Lessig (Stanford University)

Stanford University Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is very much a superstar of the American legal academy, he has gained notoriety over the last five years as a person willing to challenge the boundaries of thinking on copyright and the Internet.

His two keynote presentations will appeal to academics from across many disciplines including Law, Creative Industries, Arts, Business, Information Technology, Social Behaviour and Ethics.

We believe that this is a tremendous opportunity for students and academics from all over the country to gather together and listen to one of the very great speakers of our times.

Conference Chair: Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Head QUT Law School

Speakers include:

Professor Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University

The Hon Justice Ronald Sackville, Federal Court of Australia (TBC)

Richard Neville, Futurist, Author and Social Commentator (TBC)

Christiane Asschenfeldt, Creative Commons, Germany

Tom Cochrane, QUT DVC (Technology, Information & Learning Support)

Professor Stuart Cunningham, Director of CIRAC, Creative Industries, QUT

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Head, QUT School of Law

Dr Terry Cutler, Company Director of Cutler and Company Pty Ltd

Ian Oi, Special Counsel, Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers

When: Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January 2005

Cost: $380 (inc. GST)
(incl. conference dinner and optional "Law and Computer Games" session)

$80 for undergraduate students - 30 places only (excl. dinner)
$120 for postgraduate students - 30 places only (excl. dinner)

Venue: QUT Gardens Point (City) campus, Brisbane, D Block, Room 101

For more information on the conference and to obtain a registration form
please visit the conference webpage

Registration to Sian Haigh on +61 (07) 3864 2712 or email s.haigh@qut.edu.au

QUT CRICOS Code: 00213J

this is an exciting concept, and i encourage anyone interested to check it out.

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Saturday, December 4th, 2004
1:28 pm - CMC and class


I'm looking for scholarly resources dealing with online interaction styles (preferably from a linguistic/discursive perspective) and social class. (There are many, too many perhaps, looking at gendered interaction styles.) Any suggestions?

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Friday, November 19th, 2004
11:02 pm - copyright virtual think-tank


for anyone who is interested straight out of brisbane festival 04 and vibewire.net are hosting a virtual think-tank of the future of copyright in australia and the affect of creative commons licensing. get onto the vibewire forums to get involved.

:: Copywrite/Copywrong ::
Culture is a dynamic, evolving organism that should be freely interpreted and reconfigured. How do exclusive rights on creativity effect the development of art and science? Has copyright become an instrument for censorship? This session will look at how ancient knowledge & new ideas get fenced-off, injected with growth hormones, & sold to the highest bidder. Our 'speakers' will introduce the latest tactics for rescuing the warm & fluffy creatures of intellectual capital. The big question: can you keep your intellectual property rights & share them too

chaired by Mark Fallu
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, James Arvanitakis, Sarah-Jane Woulahan and Elliott Bledsoe

the virtual think-tank is also hosting two other tanks:

::"You can't govern a nation by Google" The future of ideas online ::
How will new technologies affect the way we produce and distribute ideas? In the 90s the rise of email & open publishing paved the way for campaigns without consensus (like the anti-globalisation movement), and conferences without conclusions (like the world social forum). What will new web applications, P2P programs, & the rise of peer-edited websites bring? How might universities, NGOs, activists and think-tanks react?

chaired by Daniel Mackinlay
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, John Sutton, Sam da Silva, Alex Burns, Damien Lewis

:: What's on the cards? Long term agendas for change ::
With a royal flush of Liberals in both houses, Australian laws will be changing faster than you can say "fold". Who has plans to change Australia over the next three years and beyond? How are they going to make it happen? How do political parties and lobby groups plan for the future? How can we look over the shoulders of the men who are holding all the cards - or even start dealing a few decks of our own? Is it time for the rest of us to start coming up with our own twenty-year plans?

chaired by Miriam Lyons
speakers/thinkers Graham Young, Mark Davis, Hamish Alcorn, and James Arvanitakis

this is an exciting concept, and i encourage anyone interested to head on over to the vibewire.net forums and get thinking. head to the SOOB ideas page on vibewire for more info

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
1:04 am - What hack / attack could result in this?

I came up with a problem and need your kind help—thank you in advance!

A computer network goes down, either from the result of malicious intrusion or random misconfiguration. It is just mysterious. The settings are wiped, and no one knows the proper ones. The experts pool their talents and figure them out after a period of time.

Admittedly, this is an unprecedented network emergency that nobody would have anticipated or prepared in advance. However, this incident may happen--even it sounds "impossible" or "unthinkable" now.

1. If this scenario does exist, what/ or how could it be? What available attack or hack technique would result in similar effects?

2. From current techniques of computer attack /hack, imagine and narrate a situation which most resemble aforementioned.

Thank you!

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