Microsoft Imagine Cup Gallery Opening on Second Life

This Thursday I attended the Imagine Cup Gallery Opening/Party in Second Life and wow was it packed out or what, plenty of people to chat to thats for sure. The Island contains 12 Imagine Cup screens each with two different videos or presentation slides to watch as well as this there’s also a concert stage and a party area just to the side of the skydiving seat launcher! ūüôā

So yeah I had a great time watching the videos/presentation, dancing and chatting to people. Shame the sim at one point at to restart, though it didn’t take long for the crowd to come back in.

Check out some of the Screenshots I took below:

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Can you spot me in my Visual Studio Winner Jacket? ūüėČ The Guy with the baby monkey on top of him is no other than Miel, who was showing some great moves,¬†not¬†sure about one of the pics though. Took it at the wrong time¬†that’s for sure. ūüôā¬†

Al Gore, Kevin Wall Issue Far-Reaching

Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall joined with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Alliance for Climate Protection CEO Cathy Zoi today to announce the Live Earth Call to Action a series of commitments that Live Earth will be asking people across the globe to make to combat the climate crisis. Wall also announced that there are going to be more than 6,000 satellite Live Earth events taking place in more than 100 nations around the world on July 7th in support of Live Earth.

In addition to providing over 100 simple actions people can take in their daily lives, which will have a tremendous positive impact when carried out on a mass scale, Live Earth will ask people to support a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 and a comprehensive international treaty on global warming by 2009.

If we are going to solve this crisis, we have to commit, and we have to do it now. Live Earth will ask people across the world to commit to changes in their lives and to move other people, communities, companies and governments to reduce our carbon output by 90% by 2050 and ensure there’s a new, global treaty on climate change by 2009, Gore said. Nations all over the world are making progress in tackling the climate crisis. But too many proposals fall short of the strong, decisive action that’s needed. Individual nations alone cannot solve this crisis. The nations of the world must join together as one if we are to succeed.

Live Earth will ask people to commit to making changes at home, at work, while getting around, while shopping, in their communities and to urge changes by their governments. Through its Answer the Call campaign, people can make their commitments and find solutions against the climate crisis at liveearth.org, LiveEarth.MSN.com, or by sending a free text message of SOS to 82004.

At Thursday’s announcement in New York City, Gore, Wall and Zoi all signed Live Earth’s 7-point pledge on the climate crisis:

  • To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;
  • To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become carbon neutral;
  • To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
  • To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
  • To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
  • To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,
  • To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.

The names of people making commitments and signing the pledge through their computers or cell phones on July 7th will be shown on the Live Earth web site, on the screens at the concerts, and on the global TV broadcasts.

Wall noted that Live Earth and this pledge will reach a massive global audience through an unprecedented media architecture.

Live Earth will jump-start an ongoing, global effort that will drive a critical mass of people to stand up and make challenging global warming a priority in their lives. Live Earth will be a launch event that no movement has ever seen before. Our message will reach all 7 continents with 8 official concerts, special broadcast events broadcast worldwide on TV, radio and the Internet. We’ve produced a collection of films, PSAs, and even an official Live Earth companion book. This massive multimedia platform will be the foundation for a movement that drives us to the tipping point, Wall said. If enough people come together to fight against the climate crisis, corporations and governments will have no choice but to act as well.

Live Earth is being broadcast on television and radio in more than 100 countries. For example, in the US, Live Earth will be broadcast on the NBC network, the Spanish language Telemundo network, the Sundance Channel, Bravo, MSNBC, and Universal HD. In the UK, Live Earth will be carried by the BBC and in Japan, in an unprecedented step, both NHK and Fuji TV will carry the shows. The shows will be broadcast globally by MSN at LiveEarth.MSN.com. MSN reaches 465 million unique visitors a month in 21 different languages.

The climate crisis requires a global solution. Live Earth is using an unprecedented media architecture to reach a global audience, Wall said.

In addition, Wall noted that Live Earth has produced more than 60 short films, 30 PSAs featuring stars like Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, and a book The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook by David de Rothschild that was released just this week to serve as lasting media that will echo the Live Earth call to action delivered at the concerts on July 7.

Wall said that after the announcement of Live Earth, people and organizations all over the world asked to host their own events to support the cause, and the Friends of Live Earth program was created to support these efforts. The events range from small gatherings in homes to public screenings of the Live Earth concerts for thousands of people to multi-day festivals in places ranging from Portland, Oregon to Zurich to Malta, all to be held on July 7th. To date, more than 6,000 Friends of Live Earth events have been organized in 109 countries. Visit liveearth.org to participate in the Friends of Live Earth program.

These 6,000 events are just the beginning, Gore said. If just one person from each event holds one of their own, we’ve doubled our reach. We think many more people will answer the call and help us spread the message of Live Earth even farther on July 7th and for long afterward.

The Alliance for Climate Protection, Al Gore.com, Avaaz, Defenders of Wildlife, ICLEI and the Sierra Club have joined with Live Earth to organize Friends of Live Earth events around the world. Evite is also encouraging its users to hold Live Earth viewing parties.

Live Earth is just the beginning of a massive global movement. It will be the first great note in a worldwide song demanding change that will be heard on every continent in every time zone. And we will keep singing this song until meaningful actions are taken by our leaders to halt the climate crisis, Zoi said. Post Live Earth, The Alliance for Climate Protection is undertaking a 3-5 year campaign to educate people from all walks of life that the climate crisis is both critically urgent and something we can solve. We will take the momentum of Live Earth and continue to challenge people to take action in their own lives and demand action from their leaders — actions that must deliver reductions in global warming pollution that will safeguard the planet and provide for a prosperous 21st century.

Prior to taking the helm at the Alliance, Zoi spent more than two decades in the energy and environmental sector in both the United States and Australia, including stints with environmental organizations, the New South Wales government, and the Clinton-Gore Administration. She was Group Executive Director at the Bayard Group in Sydney, Australia. Bayard is the world leader in smart metering systems with operations in 30 countries and revenues in excess of $1.2 billion.

Disney Pixars Movie Ratatouille Released Soon!

Have you heard of Pixars newest film for 2007?

It’s called¬†Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee) and it is to¬†be the eighth animated feature film produced by Pixar. Ratatouille¬†tells the story of Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt), a rat living in Paris who wants to be a chef. However this is¬†obviously a rather tough dream for a rat. Yet his dreams come true,¬†when a young boy called Linguini, who desperately needs to keep his job at the restaurant, despite his lack of cooking abilities, discovers and partners up with the young Remy.

Its up to the two of them to avoid the insane head chef, bring the rest of Remy’s family up to his standards, win his partner a girl, and, of course, produce the finest Ratatouille in all of France.

The film is directed by Brad Bird, who took over around the time Jan Pinkava left Pixar. And it is scheduled for release on the 29th of June 2007 in the United States and Canada, the 30th of August 2007 in Australia and the 5th of October 2007 in the United Kingdom.

So far it is currently receiving some fantastic thumbs up from the reviewers. With a 92% on MetaCritic.com and 100% of freshness on RottenTomatoes.com.

And from what I’ve seen so far¬†from the images, trailers and other¬†sneak previews it looks like a great film/movie. I for one can’t wait to watch it. And that won’t be far away because thanks¬†to Digital Outlook, I’ve been invited to a Ratatouille press screening premier¬†in London this July, just got to choose one of the available dates now.

For some great trailers check out the Official Website and YouTube.

Experience the Microsoft Imagine Cup Gallery on Second Life

It looks like Microsoft has created an Imagine Cup gallery on Second Life and is holding a launch party on the 28th of June 2007 beginning at 8.00pm CEST. (11:00am PDT / 2:00pm EDT / 6:oopm GMT / 7:00pm BST / )

This event has been designed to allow Imagine Cup student finalists from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to showcase their work on Second Life, ahead of the Imagine Cup finals in Korea in August 2007.

On the island, student teams representing 20 countries across the region will demonstrate their projects on large plasma screens in an open gallery atmosphere and be on hand to discuss them. Each of the projects focuses on creating technology that will help improve the world of education.

The event will serve as a forum for social learning and discussion around the student innovations, and spark buzz around the competition and the impact it has on students with a flair for software design.

So if you want to come, simply sign up for a Second Life ID and Avatar and install the Second Life application if you haven’t already done so.

Then teleport directly to the Microsoft Island in Second Life from 20:00 CET June 28 2007 to join the hottest party in Second Life and win some great Xbox 360 prizes!

Thanks goe’s to Mark Johnston for the heads up, and hey if you want a little bit of a sneak preview of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Island¬†check out¬†Miel’s Post, got some more info about the island there too! ūüôā

Live Earth Official Desktop Wallpapers provided by Ninemsn.com

Find the Live Earth wallpaper you are looking for below.

PC:

  • Find the right size for you: right-click on your desktop, select “Properties”, select the “Settings” tab, note the dimensions in “Screen Resolution / Area”
  • Click on the size you want (800×600, 1024×768, 1280×1024 or 1680×1050)
  • Right-click on the image and click “Set as Background” (or “Set as Wallpaper”)

Mac:

  • Click on the size you want (if in doubt, choose the largest as Mac will adjust to fit)
  • Control-click on the link and select Download Image – save image to desktop Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Personal – select “Desktop”. On the “Collection” pulldown, select “Choose Folder” and find the image

Now, you’re ready to go!

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Nunatak plays for Live Earth Antarctica

What must surely be the coolest gig in this summer’s Live Earth concerts takes place at the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station. On 7 July the science team’s indie-rock house band, Nunatak¬†will debut in the global event that features over 100 of the world’s top musical acts. Concerts from all 7 continents will raise awareness of climate change world-wide.¬†

Darkness and freezing temperatures isolate the Antarctic continent during the Southern Hemisphere winter so the only people who can actually go to the Antarctic concert will be Nunatak’s 17 over-wintering colleagues. But an astounding 2 billion people worldwide will get to enjoy the 5-piece combo through broadcasts on TV, film, radio and the internet.

Nunatak’s lead singer Matt Balmer said,

I can’t believe we’ve been invited to do this it’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage people of the world to deal with climate change.¬† ¬†We expected to spend our Antarctic winter here at Rothera quietly getting on with our work and maybe performing at the occasional Saturday night party.¬† We could never have imagined taking part in a global concert!¬† ¬†

Director of BAS, Professor Chris Rapley, CBE said,

The need to reduce our carbon emissions to avoid serious climate change is one of the greatest challenges humans have had to confront is a complex issue that will only be solved by us all working together scientists, politicians and society.¬† Right now, Antarctic scientists and our colleagues in the Arctic are taking part in International Polar Year – the biggest ever globally co-ordinated research effort to help find the way forward.¬† Hopefully, Live Earth will make a real difference in public awareness and attract talented young people to become scientists it’s a cool job with a real purpose.¬† I am looking forward to Nunatak’s appearance in the Live Earth concert inspiring young people the world over.

Read more about Nunatak here.

Confirmed performers for Live Earth Lineup

The intention of the Live Earth Music Concert organizers is to invite over 150 of the world’s most famous artists to perform on the concerts. So far, the artists who have confirmed their performances are the following:

Wembley Stadium (United Kingdom)
FINAL Confirmed Lineup

Beastie Boys
Black Eyed Peas
Bloc Party
Corinne Bailey Rae
Damien Rice
David Gray
Duran Duran
Foo Fighters
Genesis
James Blunt
John Legend
Kasabian
Keane
Madonna (with Nicki Richards)
Metallica
Paolo Nutini
Pussycat Dolls
Razorlight
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Snow Patrol
Spinal Tap (with Ricky Gervais)
Terra Naomi

Giants Stadium (United States)
As of Friday the 22nd of June 2007.

AFI
Akon
Alicia Keys
Bon Jovi
Dave Matthews Band
Fall Out Boy
John Mayer
Kanye West
Keith Urban
Kelly Clarkson
KT Tunstall
Ludacris
Melissa Etheridge
Roger Waters
The Smashing Pumpkins
Taking Back Sunday
The Police

Appearances by…

Al Gore

Aussie Stadium (Australia)
FINAL Confirmed Lineup

Blue King Brown
Crowded House
Eskimo Joe
Ghostwriters
Jack Johnson
The John Butler Trio
Missy Higgins
Paul Kelly
Sneaky Sound System
Toni Collette & the Finish
Wolfmother

Coca Cola Dome (South Africa)
FINAL Confirmed Lineup

Danny K
Angelique Kidjo
Baaba Maal
Vusi Mahlasela
The Parlotones
The Soweto Gospel Choir
Joss Stone
UB40
Zola

Appearances by…

Naomi Campbell

Makuhari Messe (Japan)
As of Tuesday the 29th of May 2007.

AI
Abingdon Boys School
Ai Otsuka
Ayaka
Cocco
Genki Rockets (opening act)
Kumi Koda
Linkin Park
Rihanna
RIZE

T√Ö¬ć-ji (Japan)
FINAL Confirmed Lineup

Bonnie Pink
Michael Nyman
Rip Slyme
UA
Yellow Magic Orchestra (special reunion)

AOL Arena (Germany)
As of Friday the 22nd of June 2007.

Chris Cornell
Enrique Iglesias
Jan Delay
Juli
Katie Melua
Lotto King Karl
Maná
Mando Diao
Maria Mena
MIA.
Michael Mittermeier
Reamonn
Roger Cicero
Samy Deluxe
Sasha
Shakira
Silbermond
Snoop Dogg
Stefan Gwildis

Appearances by…

Katarina Witt

Copacabana Beach (Brazil)
As of Tuesday the 26th of June 2007.

Pharrell Williams
Lenny Kravitz
Macy Gray
Xuxa
O Rappa
Marcelo D2
Jorge Ben Jor
Jota Quest
Vanessa da Mata
MV Bill

Oriental Pearl Tower (China)
FINAL Confirmed Lineup

Anthony Wong
Eason Chan
Evonne Hsu
Huang Xiao Ming
Joey Yung
Sarah Brightman
Soler
Winnie Hsin
12 Girls Band
Artists from TV shows My Hero and My Show

Rothera Research Station (Antarctica)
As of Tuesday the 12th of June 2007.

Nunatak

Live Earth Brazil Revealed

Live Earth organizers today revealed the line-up of popular music artists who will be performing at the Brazil leg of the 7-continent, 24-hour Live Earth concerts on July 7, 2007. Brazil is the only country hosting a Live Earth concert that is entirely free and open to the public, and producers expect the concert being staged on the famed Copacabana Beach will draw over a million people. Live Earth Rio de Janeiro will feature the following acts live on stage:
LENNY KRAVITZ
PHARRELL WILLIAMS
MACY GRAY
XUXA
O RAPPA
MARCELO D2
JORGE BEN JOR
JOTA QUEST
VANESSA DA MATTA
MV BILL

Live Earth Rio de Janeiro is supported locally by Banco Ita√ɬļ and Rio de Janeiro City Hall, among others. The concert will be broadcast on TV Globo, Brazil’s largest television network and Live Earth’s official network for Brazil. Live Earth Rio de Janeiro is also supported by Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements for the Environment and Development (FBOMS), WWF Brazil, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Brazil, Friends of the Earth Brazilian Amazonia and REBRAF: The Brazilian Agroforestry Network, Live Earth’s official local NGO partners.

The commitment to sustainability is part of the Ita√ɬļ Vision and it is translated by strategies and actions linked to socio-environmental responsibility. Our support is aligned with Ita√ɬļ’s philosophy of stimulating the discussion about the future of our Planet and the new generation, said Banco Ita√ɬļ Vice-President Antonio Matias.

Rio de Janeiro reaffirms its position as an icon city in the America by supporting and being one of the host cities of Live Earth, important peace manifesto that aims to increase the conscience about global warming, said Ruben Medina, Rio de Janeiro Tourism Secretary.

Live Earth South Africa Concert changes venues

It has been reported that the Johannesburg leg of the Live Earth concerts has changed venues due to lack of ticket sales at original venue.

The show will now take place at the 18,000 capacity Coca Cola Dome in the city as opposed to the original venue in Maropeng.

It is thought the 45-minute drive and lack of public transport to Maropeng is responsible for poor ticket sales for the July 7 event.

Tickets for the show which will feature performances by Joss Stone, UB40 and various African artists are priced at around $35.

It has also now been reported that the Istanbul leg of the event which was recently cancelled, due to lack of sponsorship interest, was because Local business in Turkey are said to be reluctant to get involved with the event, fearing protests from environmental groups about pollution produced by their factories.

Live Earth Turkey Concert Canceled

According to the BBC and NME, organisers for the Istanbul, Turkey leg of Al Gore’s upcoming Live Earth global spectacular have confirmed that¬†the Live Earth Event in Istanbul, Turkey¬†has been canceled due to insufficient sponsorship and lack of time.

Tickets had yet to go on sale, although major Turkish stars including Mor Ve Otesi, Sebnem Ferah and Hayko Cepkin had agreed to perform. Officials will instead erect giant screens so locals can gather to watch the global warming awareness gigs.

The 24-hour Live Earth concert series will begin in Sydney, Australia and continue across the world with events in Japan, China, South Africa, Germany, London and Brazil, before concluding in New York.