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ISTE2015 VEN Maker Space WELCOME!

Hello, all,

Heading up to good olde Philly on Saturday morning and I'll hit the ground running with Hack Education at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The ISTE Virtual Environments Network, my primary peeps, have already created a space for us to gather whether we're physically at ISTE 2015 or are home in our pajamas at our laptops, in Sydney or Kyoto, it matters not.

Watch this one minute intro, then meet us in Second Life at for the fun, and, yes, the games!

Visit for my best guesses about whereabouts at any given time.

For my father on Father's Day

For my father, whom I remember with fondness and complete love, and whose passing I celebrated with this constructed artifice written in the early '90's. Reading this poem aloud in a college poetry class brought on performance panic attacks that haunted me for over two decades. Nothing is simple. 


I saw you to auditions, steering a rented wheelchair past
many things we daily take for granted, onto an antiseptic stage where your veins were infused with some hack director's concept
of the substance of the play; to no good end, for in the end there is no stifling this playwright's primal theme. Of necessity, father mine, no doubt, the play will out. You could not choose a role to play

Bad Ladies EP is OUT!

Edgie, original and intense psych-rockers Bad Ladies have hit the streets with their EP and as a purely self/son-serving exercise I share it here. Proud as punch of my son Colin and his buddies Graeme and Zan, who laid down most of this recording in a purely analog studio on Charlotte Avenue and did so with flair, musicianship, and such creativity as burns the braincells in a good way. Pick it up and play it loud and often, and see if you can get some if its hooks and riffs out of your mind after a few listens. Please buy and share:

Rude Bitchez EP by BAD LADIES

Moving toward ISTE 2015

Just a note to note we're getting into some pretty darned interesting stuff for the Virtual Environments Playground at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia.

New this year, we're giving up half our playground so that the Games and Simulations Network, a group of friends we care about, can have their own playground. So essentially the two presentation areas and six ongoing presentation tables that constitute an ISTE Playground will be reduced to one of the former and 3 of the latter for each network.

We don't mind. We're focused on bringing the best of the best to bear for our ISTE colleagues, all of them. Our Second Life Playground was one of the very first ever at NECC, oh these many years ago, and it's looked rather different every year since morphing into the SIGVE Playground and now the Virtual Environments Playground. The fact that the conference organizers this year did not have space to offer G&S their own full playground attests to the popularity of the format: Ope…