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The SLCC 08 convention was held in Tampa, FL at the Mariott Waterside hotel. My overall feeling is that it was an amazingly well done event. Those who worked so hard, including all the volunteers and speakers should give themselves a pat on the back, it was superb.

The hotel was gorgeous, the meeting rooms were clean, well appointed, and comfortable. The breakfasts and lunches were delicious and fresh, and the wait staff were courteous and prompt. I mention these things because so often the service in even higher class locations such as this, is typically poor, but not here!

There were some wonderful discussions on each track. Personally I was there for the business track, but I also paid some attention to the education aspects of the convention. One thing that really struck me was how intelligent the Second Life community is. I spoke with so many surprisingly insightful people, It felt like heaven.

I must say that Philip Rosedale is quite the exceptional man. Not only did he create Linden Labs and Second Life, but he also took time to stop and chat with my friends and I for several minutes. I really appreciate it when people who have achieved sucess, do not act as though they are somehow better than everyone else around them, so many do, but not Philip. That fact really makes me want to renew my efforts to do everything I can to be a productive part of Second Life.

Then there was my personal reasons for attending. I met some of the people I knew from SL, most notably my good friend August. If nothing else had come from the trip, that alone would have been worth everything I did to get to Tampa. D and I enjoyed getting to know him in person and it just confirms what I already knew about him, He is one awesome guy!

I also attended Strokers Ball, held by Stroker Serpentine. The party was held a Banana Joe’s, a really popular nightlife hot spot just above the Splitsville bowling alley. I had to see Splitsville considering I built the Second Life version in-world when I worked with Dire Lobo on the project.

Banana Joe’s was in a great location, but to be honest the room was way over crowded! That speaks for the sucess of the party, so next year Stroker … we need more space! The umm.. blow up dolls were an interesting bar decoration, and the goodie bags had err… umm.. *grins* Well in any case I am sure people will be thanking Stroker and his sponsors all year long.

I am a bit sad now that it is all said and done, it was an amazing time that I will keep in my memories forever. The conference, the party, even my trip to see the beach at sunset. I can hardly wait for next year!

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SLCC of the Second Life Community Convention is just a few short days away! I am so excited because my husband and I are all ready to go and have a good time. I mean learn… we are going to learn new things.. *giggles*

I am a little dissapointed because so many of my friends will not be able to make it to SLCC, so I guess I will just have to take lots of pictures, as long as those in the photos are ok with that of course. I did notice there are quite a few rules pertaining to that on the official SLCC08 website ( slconvention.org ) and I do not blame some for wanting thier privacy.

There is also the Strokerz Ball ( strokerzball.com ) event thrown by Stroker Serpentine of Strokers Toyz, someone I met way back in 05 who was always a nice guy and who probably does not remember me by now, LOL. Anyways the party is Leather, Lace, and Latex and I am so going.

Im so excited I can hardly wait!

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My professor for Critical Thinking at Devry really impressed me with his parting letter. I felt like it was something really special and I really wanted to share. This is wonderful advice for anyone to remember.

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Hello Class:

Thought I’d send some information on careers to close out the course.  Enjoy!!

When Winston Churchill was a young man, his father concluded that Winston was unfit for a career in law or politics because he did so badly in school.

Barbara Streisand’s mother told her she wasn’t pretty enough to be an actress and she could never become a singer because her voice wasn’t good enough.

Conrad Hilton, who created a business empire with his Hilton Hotels, once overheard his father say to his mother, “Mary, I do not know what will become of Connie. I’m afraid he’ll never amount to anything.”

When Charles Darwin was getting ready to set sail on his five-year expedition on the Beagle, his father was extremely disappointed. He thought his son was drifting into a life of sin and idleness.

George Washington’s mother was a harping, complaining, self-centered woman by all accounts. She belittled Washington’s accomplishments and didn’t show up at either of his presidential inaugurations. She was always whining that her children neglected her, and she was especially enraged when her son George ran off to command the army for the American Revolution. She honestly believed it was his duty to stay home and take care of her.

In his youth, the late Leonard Bernstein, one of the most talented and successful composers in American history, was continually pressured by his father to give up his music and do something worthwhile, like help out in his family’s beauty-supply business. After Leonard became famous, his father was asked about that, and he answered, “Well how was I supposed to know he was the Leonard Bernstein!”

People may criticize you or make fun of your ideas or actively try to stop you. Often their efforts are only attempts to protect you from failure. But failure is only a possibility if you stop. If you keep going, a failure is just another learning experience. And besides, giving up on a heartfelt aspiration is worse than failing. “Many people die,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes, “with their music still in them.” That’s true tragedy.

So listen politely to the worries and criticisms of your friends and family, and do your best to put their minds at ease, but then carry on. Listen last to your own heart.  You know yourself better than anyone on earth. Make sure your song is sung.

Good luck in all that you do!

Regards,

Mark.

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Have you ever had the feeling that you have been somewhere before or done something before  but you are SURE that you have not? That is what they call Deja vu. A personal incidence recently had me wondering what exactly makes that happen so I looked it up and found out some interesting facts.

Here are a few of the best, courtesy of Psychology Today and Tesh.com

First, some researchers think jeja vu occurs when two of the brains cognitive functions are out of sync. For example, our brain might recognize a familiar situation, but fail to remember why it’s familiar. That leads to the “I’ve been here before” feeling. But since we can’t remember the event, we think the experience is new – and chock it up to deja vu.

Also, some experts think deja vu is a result of not paying attention. Our brains can take in information more quickly that we can consciously register it. Then, when what’s happening around us finally registers, it feels familiar. Not because we’ve seen it before, but because we’ve already processed it on another level.

It’s most common in people between the ages of 15 and 25 – when the brain is still developing.         
So besides age – what makes a person more likely to experience deja vu?

•    If you have an active imagination and recall dreams easily.
•    If you’re fatigued or stressed out.
•    And if you have an above average education level.

These things all indicate a highly stimulated brain.

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