V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media) Subject: V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink - KidCast List/Progress-Final Notice-Happenings Dear Friends of Creativity Cafe, KidCast For Peace, Art and Technology for a better world, Contents: KidCast Mailing List What's Going On Now: Avatar 97 KidCast Progress As the World Shrinks: Distance Learning STORYTELLERS DELIGHT: Creative Comrads Welcome to VMI, the newsletter of Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services and Creativity Cafe. With this post, those of you wanting to keep in (get in) the KidCast loop and join our exciting and growing event are invited do so. This invitation will not be extended again in this general publication until just before our next (April) KidCast. Subscribe by sending a message to email@example.com. In the body of your message write this: subscribe kidcast your@email Your Name That's it. You will receive updates about 3 times a week until a week before the event (11/17). At that time, the intensity of global organization will rule. You can unsubscribe the same way at any time...or COMMAND the list to send a digest once a week with compiled messages. Details at: http://creativity.net/kclist.html. KidCast'ers PLEASE post directly to: KidCast@envirolink.org paying special attention to write your subject lines to clarify the focus of the message, i.e. Music Coordination, or CU-SeeMe Audio glitch. In this way messeages non essential to any given person's particular KidCast focus can be ignored by them. What's Going On Now Avatar 97: Avatar 97 (www.ccong.org), being held in San Francisco is covering all the basses about Virtual Worlds and the entities that inhabit them. Details of Peter Rosen's Birds of a Feather Session, "Can Building Virtual Worlds, Build Better Humans?" can be viewed in our community forum. Avatar 97 seems to be concerned with many of the issues we face on Earth, therft, sex, personal space, freedom of movement, City Planning, etc. The beauty of Cyberspace is that you never run out of room, the downside is that you never see the light of day (once you get addicted to the Internet as a way of life--as many of you already know). Many illuminated speakers have come together to discuss and write the rules of Cyberspace, Avatar interaction both from social standpoints as well as looking to standardize technical issues. Congratulations to Bruce Damer for his great contribution as producer of A-97, and also for his just released book on Avatars. We are also celebrate the release of a new book on Interactivity by our friend Ceila Pearce. Perhaps we will get a chance for reviewing both? KidCast Progress: Committed so far: Honolulu, Maui, San Francisco, Palo Alto Plugged-in and the Japan Teleclass. Vienna and Graz, Austria...and Brussles are in the works as is Australia. Directions for the Natural Music making aspect of the KidcCast have been sent to the KidCast list and will appear in KidCast Central within a week. The MIDI Jam is unfolding nicely thanks to ResRocket.com who will set up a KidCast Chat and Musical Jam area. They are also going to Comdex and are considering putting up a CU-SeeMe link from there. On a similar front; I got a call from New York Siggraph, co-producer of the New York Digital Salon. They are also seeking to weave their Netcast program and involvement with us on Peace Day, Nov. 17th. Dave Warner, M.D. continues to organize for our EarthDay and Siggraph KidCasts (check out his cyberarium project at www.pulsar.org). Jon Fox at MediaCast (www.mediacast.com) has put up the KidCast reflector for testing. Point your CU-SeeMe (get it free on the net) software to: cuseeme.mediacast.com. A message will go out shortly to advise of our second test (join the KidCast list or you will never hear about it). There are many companies, individuals and organizations supporting and wanting to support/participate in the KidCast events. Unfortunately, this writer is only able to manage a small degree of the energy and necessary technical, marketing, and production skills/details at this time. Gladly, this still unfunded project has grown bigger than this small office can easily handle. Lots of great energy is falling through the cracks. We expect this to change by EarthDay. BTW, SCI-FI Channel called saying they will cover the KidCast, ZD-TV also expressed interest and MY-Kids.Com will supply automaticly built "KidCast for Peace" web sites if you send them your pictures, GIFs or JEPG'ed "visions of peace." Details soon in KidCast Central: http://creativity.net/kidcast2.html. As the World Shrinks: The first CU-SeeMe test was a dismal failure as we tried to hook up to the GLOBAL LEARN DAY program from 3220 Networks (Our live SF broadcast node). GLD is the project of Tak Utsumi who is doing research and amazing organization in Long Distance Education using a myriad of technologies. A full report of his exceptional work can be found at: http://www.wiu.edu/users/milibo/wiu/resource/glosas/cont.htm. Our goal remains to build a network of physical Creativity Cafe's to serve indigeonous cultures with local education and Internet access points, so the technophobic and the curious can become as saavy as the digital elete to the communication revolution. The building at 654 Mission is still waiting for us. Please send you friendly "Adventure Capitalist" to back the project. STORYTELLERS DELIGHT The Macromedia Users Conference (www.macromedia.com) produced some great connections and opportunities for guerrilla marketing (this writer jamming with a "suit and tie" booth rep; dueling guitars in the aisles). The makers of the best storytelling tools announced their new product; Dreamweaver, to make web site creation nightmares a thing of the past (like having all your hand coded HTML, re-written beyond your recognition when turning to any other automatic web tool). DreamWeaver features full integration of their Shockwave and Flash technologies. I met a gentleman there named Bhakti who is volunteering to help redeisgn KidCast Central using these latest tools. Look for our new face by the end of next week. As always, Macromedia has helped KidCast in numerous ways and continues to do so. Special thanks goes out to Jane Chuey and Linda Kilby. A few notes before you go: Our appologies in advance if you received more than one copy of this. We are fine tuning the KidCast List and Creativity Cafe communication methods. Please let us know if you receive more than one copy of this message.
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