"... the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead or lame,
and on each end of the rifle we're the same... "
May the blessings of a forgiving universe embrace us all, now and always.
Tai Chi on the Beach is a success, but way too early for those of us on SL time and not good for those on the East Coast. Some of our EU folks have asked for evening classes. So, we're changing our Tai Chi class to 11am SLT beginning 6 Jan 2012.
While our New York friends will grumble it allows folks in Hawaii to join us, too. Hey East Coasters give me a time and day that's best for ya.
You read it right ... Research is showing that joining a virtual gym increases your success at continuing with real world workouts. Their research also showed that those participating in a peer support group on weight loss lost just as much weight as those who only dieted in real life. No wonder the weight watchers website is so successful!
Second Life was featured in a series of articles on virtual weightloss. Links for articles from the BBC News, Forbes, and others are posted on the Second Life website (http://secondlife.com/news/). Scroll down to June 2011 for some of the articles or google it (second life and weight loss).
What does this mean for Etopia? We already have food information available at the Farmer's market and we'll continue to add more resources. We're building a food cooperative demo at Etopia Plaza that will showcase good eating and food choices as well as info about food cooperatives.
To celebrate the continued bridging of SL and RL we're launching Tai Chi on the Beach. Tai Chi on the Beach will begin December 2nd and run every Friday morning at 7:30am SLT. This is our opportunity to support each other through conversation and sharing of experiences. We'll also share detailed information about tai chi and tips to maintaining well-being. You can also come down to the beach on your own and learn a little more about the benefits of fitness.
I can feel the sand between my toes already!
Good business is not only profitable, it's fun. I recently ran across a great website that creates art-dolls keeping the environment in mind and the prices reasonable. There's a lesson here...
DIrect from their website, "Snooter-doots™ are whimsical, handcrafted, art-dolls inspired by nature, featuring vegetables, bugs, fish, birds, fantasy creatures, and edibles. We are earth-friendly and sustainable! Snooter-doots are knit by hand from renewable wool and other animal fiber yarns before they are felted."
I couldn't believe I found such a great gift! Who could resist the idea that a handcrafted doll was not only unique in appearance and composition, but has it's own personality (the website says so) and it's own name and birthday. AND you can adopt one by visiting the Snooter-doot website (http://www.snooter-doots.com). It's worth visiting this website even if it's just to read the Snooter-doots story.
They even make a geoduck named Georgie. Cuter than his real-life model for sure.
If you missed last night's concert at the Drumming Circle featuring Mark Humbridge, Kevin M Thomas, Edward Lowell, Bat Masters, & MRMulti Writer you missed a bang-up line-up.
BUT! You have another chance to party across Etopia today. Both Etopia Island and Etopia Prime will be filled with the sounds of music from our favorite artists at 2:30pm SLT. BUT! Before then be sure to join us at Tsidel's at 1pm SLT ...
1pm SLT - Eric Steffensen at Tsidel's Cafe
2:30pm SLT - Super Sim Music Event! This event will stream across both sims. Start at the Farmer's Market (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Etopia%20Prime/94/237/23) for the main stage and wander Etopia with the Super Sounds of Max Kleene, Kevin M Thomas, Edward Lowell, and Bat Masters.
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become." (Steve Jobs)
A very cool project is bringing light to thousands in the slums of Manila. This project is about providing solar light by sticking plastic bottles filled with water and bleach into the roof. Here's the website; http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/
"These predators and processes ultimately protect humans. This isn't just about them, it's about us," said William Ripple, a professor of forestry at Oregon State University and co-author of the report in the journal Science.
The planet is currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, said the study by scientists from 22 different institutions in six countries.
But this one differs from previous ones because it is entirely driven by human activity -- through changes in land use, climate, pollution, hunting, fishing and poaching -- and is focused on large, or apex, predators.
Read more about it here... Human-Caused Loss of Big Predators Disrupts Earth Ecosystem: Study.
We already know Etopia is a favorite SL spot for knowledgable in-worlders, but when the outside world pays attention to us it's a big deal. We're working with a special group of folks to raise awareness of environmental issues and how we use Etopia to support our real world work. Who are we working with? What's the project? Who's in it? hehe....
Stay tuned ... here and in world.
For many years I worked with underserved youth in arts and technology. I've preached that if you want audiences tomorrow engage kids today. The Alliance for Climate Education is working the high school scene educating and engaging students on issues of global warming. They hold free multimedia assemblies in schools across the country. This 3 minute video gives you a great idea of what this is all about; http://bit.ly/fkWS5a.
I'm not saying book a presentation. I'm asking everyone to share their environmental, community, and sustainable work, ideas, and builds to Etopia. Let's use Etopia to further our reach, shout out our message. Then let's head over to Tsi's for coffee and music or the forest for a night of drumming with Daneah, Windy, and the trees.
David Korten is one of my favorite visionaries. He posted a direct call to action piece on his blog yesterday. In it he says we have yet to have a much needed conversation about the 2008 Wall Street debacle. He calls for a meaningful conversation that goes beyond finger-pointing. Here's part of what he said.
"We have yet to engage in a much-needed national conversation that addresses essential, yet unasked, questions. For example:
To read the entire article go to Yes! Magazine and begin following his series on "Agenda for a New Economy."