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Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle – "A Biological Perspective on Mating Dynamics" and "The Future Is Now"

 A Biological Perspective on Mating Dynamics in a Sex Ratio Imbalanced PopulationSaturday January 110AM to 11AM SL timeThe basic tenet of biology is reproduction to continue the species. Evolution and genetics has programmed every species’ to foll…

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A Biological Perspective on Mating Dynamics in a Sex Ratio Imbalanced Population

Saturday January 1

10AM to 11AM SL time

The basic tenet of biology is reproduction to continue the species. Evolution and genetics has programmed every species’ to follow behaviors to ensure the next generation. This genetic programming influences the mating game between the sexes in those species even in “higher” cognitive species such as humans. The interplay between conscious and subconscious driven behaviors is increasingly complicated to understand as society becomes increasingly complicated compared to “cave-man” days. One aspect of human biology without intervention is that the birth rate of male to female is 50/50. One aspect of most historical and modern societies is a cultural trend towards life-long pair bonding being encouraged and even legally enforced in some cases. Research has suggested a correlation to economic and social stability in such monogamy encouraged societies.

China and India are notable case exceptions to the gender balance. Cultural practices has lead to an overabundance of men. These have important consequences for the mating game in those countries now and the foreseeable future. Japan similarly has had cultural practices leading to a current stagnation of dating today, developing the monikers: dating “‘herbivores” and “celibacy syndrome”

This presentation will explore initially the biology of sexual reproduction in vertebrates and humans, the development of monogamy practices in history, then look to reconcile or at least understand better the current society/cultural situation in these countries.

Presentation by Dr. Stephen Gasior (Xootfly)

For more information, Click Here.

Auditorium

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/125/132/22

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"The Future Is Now"

Saturday January 1

9PM to 10PM SL time

In a daily fog of uncertainty, we may lose track of transformational changes just over the horizon. So where are we headed? Some of the world’s smartest people in government, social research, academia, business, economics, science, and other fields have looked 20 years into the future and seen a time of abundance and shared opportunities. Let’s update on evolving technologies and trends from an optimistic perspective beyond the turmoil of today.

By Dr. Stephen Van Hook

For more information, Click Here

Auditorium

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/125/132/22
 

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Spotlight on SmacemanSpiff Grau- Mixing Business and Pleasure with Humor

Second Life is a virtual melting pot of people from all walks of life. In this unique global community, everyone has a story to tell no matter if they are in the virtual world for business or pleasure. Through the years The SL Enquirer has interviewed …

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Second Life is a virtual melting pot of people from all walks of life. In this unique global community, everyone has a story to tell no matter if they are in the virtual world for business or pleasure. Through the years The SL Enquirer has interviewed countless avatars and toured thousands of locations to learn more about the people behind the creativity and their virtual lifestyles.. For many, the attraction to friends and partners is based on the similarities in their likes and needs. Real-life looks and personal detail seem to fall into the background. The best part is we all meet each other from the inside out. Individual personalities are more important than looks. Not to say an attractive avatar can be a plus for those who want to enhance the fantasy and role play side of the grid.  Meet SmacemanSpiff Grau, winner of The Spotlight Feature Drawing at Terry’s Place  Sunday Showcase. He is an 11 year veteran of Second Life who has seen and done a lot and embraces the community in business as well as leisure activities with a good sense of humor.  SLE met up with Smace to get a glimpse at how he views Second Life and what he does.



Interview with SmacemanSpiff “Smace” Grau



SLE: Hi Smace it’s a pleasure to meet you. How did you discover Second Life?


Smace: Hi! Thanks for the opportunity! Second Life, for me, was initially a way for me to escape. I was going through a rough patch in life and had heard of SL as an online world with the creation and social aspects. I figured it could be a good distraction for me. I didn’t know much more than that and had no idea what to expect, so I signed up to see what it was all about!




SLE: I bet it was an eye-opening initial experience!  I’ve come across a lot of creative names but yours stands because it looks like a misspelling of “Spaceman” but according to the trusty Urban Dictionary, Smace means having an unusually small face and an average-sized head like a Keebler Elf. I had a good laugh with that one.   What inspired your name? 


Smace: Ha!! Well, those elves make some really good cookies, especially the ones with the fudge stripes… but no, it did not come from the vertically challenged bakers. It was a typo from trying to register Spaceman Spiff, the alter ego of Calvin from the syndicated comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I love that kid and his tiger. It ended up being a good mistake to add some originality to the name. Excuse me for a minute while I go measure my face to head ratio…


SLE: So I was right! LOL! Would you say Second Life is an extension of your real life or just a game? 


Smace: It is definitely an extension of my real life. Even my partner in SL is my partner in real life, sharing a desk and sitting 3 feet from me. The person I am in SL is pretty much the same as on the other side of the screen, minus a few grey hairs and with a better wardrobe.


SLE: That has to feel great to find someone who enjoys Second Life as much as you do and omg yes the wardrobe here makes my rl character jealous!  Someone once said Second Life is just a chatroom with sh*t to do. I have to agree.  What type of activities do you get involved in on the grid?


Smace: Music started out as a big draw for me, and still is. It is fun to hear new music and I do enjoy fun banter with people. I also love to see new sims that people are building, especially the ones that use custom-made or modified objects pieced together. I am amazed at the creativity and attention to detail. Also, shopping, because… shopping.  


SLE: Absolutely! After 16 years, the creativity in SL still amazes me. With over 11 years of virtual world experience under your belt, what events have stood out the most to you?


Smace: Well, there was that one day when I met my wife… that was kind of a big one… 




SLE: Aww that's sweet! So,  you have a small shop in-world that features some of your creations like migrating Canadian Geese, neon signs, go-karts, a rocket blaster, and even a Zamboni. I mean who wouldn’t want one of those? Just the name alone is pretty funny. I personally like the wood signs Lol. You also have a marketplace shop that features even more things. Can you share with our readers how you would describe your products and what inspires them?



Smace: I’m the type of person that likes to figure out how things work, which is also how a lot of things in my life end up broken. As far as inspiration, a lot of it comes from my wife who says "you know what would be fun" or "can you make me a...". The rest comes from me asking myself the same questions. I try to make things that are fun and interactive with a little bit of whimsy. Everything that I make and sell at Spiffy has made me smile at some point. I like to push all the buttons and see what they do, which is why I try to add all the buttons to my products. I’m not a professional creator by any means, but I really enjoy the building process and hope that I can make things that other people will enjoy, too. Every project introduces new challenges, which is kind of like a game to me. I’m not sure if I’m winning yet, but it sure is fun!



SLE: I still haven’t mastered placing pictures flush to my building walls and it drives my manager crazy, but I definitely can see how trying new things and nurturing your creativity can be exciting.  Aside from getting inspiration from your wife, Do you create custom products for customers?


Smace: I have not been asked for any custom products, but I’m always up for a challenge!


SLE: I always wanted a rolled-up newspaper with a beat-down animation in case I need to attack a griefer. Are you up for that challenge? Anyway,  I can tell you have a sense of humor. It’s almost a must in Second Life with all the weird and wonderful things it has to offer. Besides creating interesting products, what other things do you like to do in Second Life?



Smace: I like to play. Dressing up in costumes for parties, playing with toys, shooting snowballs, exploring new places, taking silly pictures, dancing all the dumb dances… I love using the space as a playground amplified by ridiculousness. Rando and I have built and been managing a farm on a homestead we call Walsh County. When you add go-karts, it’s endless laughter among the rows of wheat.




SLE:  lol, I’m trying to picture that. Too funny! Do you have any advice you would give a Noob just starting out in Second Life with no direction?


Smace: Whatever your reason for being here, roleplay, creating, meeting people, dating, exploring… remember that the characters you interact with have a real person behind the pixels. We all have a story and a life. Have fun. Make it your own Second Life, but not at the expense of others. 


SLE: That’s great advice.  Congratulations on winning the Spotlight Feature drawing at Terry’s Place. Thank you for taking some time out of your day. It was a pleasure to chat with you. Before we go, is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?


Smace: No, thank YOU for taking the time to do this! This has been great and I really appreciate it! I don’t have much else, other than to suggest looking up your name in the Urban Dictionary before agreeing to an interview with The SL Enquirer.


Additional Information:


Walsh County

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Campton/46/53/23


SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rivuline/241/249/2001 


Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/212961 


Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/


Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zDEqLyjbaXO_VBMeXuDzw?view_as=subscriber 


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Designing Worlds celebrates Winter Places around the Grid in our last show for 2021!

Join Designing Worlds today, Monday 20th December, as we explore winter places around the grid, old friends and new discoveries – and some great Christmas events too! From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful […]

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Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds today, Monday 20th December, as we explore winter places around the grid, old friends and new discoveries – and some great Christmas events too!

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams – and there may be mince pies, mulled wine – and dancing!

Whispering Windz, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Saffia and Elrik are in a cosy Bellisseria log home, owned and decorated for the season by Brianne Slade, and from there they show us some of the beautiful winter locations around the grid.

This show was filmed by Elrik, Saffia and Bain Finch – and the photoshoot is by Wildstar Beaumont.

You won’t want to miss it so tune in or come to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams! There may be dancing afterwards!

INSPIRE Winter Wonderland Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Note that these places and events should be open till the end of the year.

PLACES:
Crisp Kringle – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Malfurion/227/96/21 
Cheri Noel – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noel/109/66/23 and http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noel/117/120/23
Where our Journey begins – Winter of 21 @ Whispering Windz – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whispering%20Windz/229/22/24 
Mieville Shelley – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Shelley/139/134/31 
Rosehaven – 
Winter Hollow – https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/145/209/2501
Calas Galadhon – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MIST/247/82/3002

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

EVENTS:
Winter Wonderland @ Winter Wonderland – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter%20Wonderland%205/113/7/32 
Mad Pea – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Magical%20Peak/201/204/24 
Roos Holiday Village – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elite%20Oasis/143/12/25 
WINTER ICE CHRISTMAS FEST 2021 -9th Year @ REBEL YELL CONCERTS – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REBEL%20YELL%20CONCERTS/34/48/27 

(Sadly, some events, such as the Second Life Christmas Expo finished too early to be included in this show).

Luane’s World at Le Monde Perdu, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
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Designing Worlds discussion with Patch and Brett Linden – see it here!

Catch up with the discussion – when Designing Worlds met with Patch Linden, Vice President, Product Operations and Brett Linden, Vice President of Marketing at Linden Lab, to talk about some developing projects – and the possibilities of the sudden popularity of and conversations about the metaverse. We started off in the newest area of […]

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A Bellisseria Fantasy Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Catch up with the discussion – when Designing Worlds met with Patch Linden, Vice President, Product Operations and Brett Linden, Vice President of Marketing at Linden Lab, to talk about some developing projects – and the possibilities of the sudden popularity of and conversations about the metaverse.

We started off in the newest area of Bellisseria, which we first saw at this year’s Second Life Birthday celebrations – the Fantasy homes. We discovered the magnificent Community Centre – The Eyrie – and the progress of Linden Homes, as well as current interest in the metaverse. And the wonderful photoshoot from Wildstar Beaumont was all about the fantasy Linden Homes.

Then we moved on to discuss and explore current joint projects between Linden Lab and third parties, bringing new experiences to Second Life: Film Threat and Zenescope. And we also talked about what the future might hold for virtual worlds in general and Second Life in particular.

Inside a Bellisseria Fantasy Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Places on the show:
The Eyrie – community centre for the Bellisseria Fantasy Linden Homes – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eyrie/127/169/37
If you would like to visit some Fantasy Bellisseria Homes, look at this page in the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review: https://lastditch.typepad.com/belli_parade_of_homes/fantasy-homes-bellisseria.html
Film Threat – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Film%20Threat%20A/254/25/27
Read more about Film Threat here: https://filmthreat.com/
Zenescopehttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zenescope%20Metaverse%201A/113/140/22
Read more about Zenescope here: https://zenescope.com/

A Bellisseria Fantasy Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
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