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With the success of CaseCamp Second Life and the speed at which the passionate new-media crowd moves and innovates, caries stomatology I should have seen this one coming.

Another *Camp is headed to the virtual world: PodCamp.

The unconference for podcasters and new-media enthusiasts, which began with a flourish in Boston back in September and now has spread to Canada, Germany, and Denmark, is tentatively scheduled to take place in Second Life from January 26-28, 2007 (Friday-Sunday).

The event is being organized by Lynette Young from Lynette Radio and SCRAPcast. Lynette was the person who made sure we had live streaming audio at CaseCamp on Thursday, and she’s well connected to Second Life’s thriving podcasting community.

Lynette is hoping to secure a venue for PodCamp that will accommodate far more than the 40 avatars we could allow into the Crayonville Amphitheatre last week. The bet here is that she’ll do just that.

I love being pleasantly surprised. Great way to end the week.

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I just received this generic LinkedIn invitation:

I found you while I was searching my network at LinkedIn. Let’s connect directly, web
so we can help each other with referrals. If we connect, both of our networks will grow. To add me as your connection, just follow the link below.

The request came from a person that I didn’t know, or at least that I didn’t remember that I knew. If you’re a LinkedIn member, how do you handle these invitations?

My take is that 1) this person — who seems to remember me — should have personalized his request, in order to jog my information-overloaded brain (Where or when or in what context did we first “meet”? Was it online or offline?) 2) I’m diluting the value of my network, and by extension, my connections’, when I accept invitations in willy-nilly fashion from names I don’t recognize.

(Update: Thanks to the power of Gmail search, I’ve been able to dig up that I commented on this person’s blog exactly one month ago. A strong enough connection to connect LinkedIn style? I’ll have to think it over.)

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Audio from the first-ever CaseCamp Second Life, case held on Thursday, December 14, 2006.

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Hosted by Bryan Person. Recorded from Boston, Massachusetts, USA and published for Tuesday, December 19, 2006.

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IN TODAY’S SHOW:

This New Comm Road “extra” edition features the soundtrack from the first-ever CaseCamp Second Life held on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00 Linden Time. This recording features presentations from:

  1. Douglas Walker, World RockPaperScissors Society — “Viral & WOM communications for RPS Society”
  2. Michael Seaton and — “Viral campaign for Scotiabank and Ottawa Senators“
  3. John Wall, AccuRev — “Google search campaign for AccuRev”
  4. Eli Singer — “National global-warming awareness and fundraising campaign for WWF Canada, ‘Save Our Climate’”

With the exception of John’s talk, all of the presentations include plenty of Second Life sounds — instant messages, applause, whistles, cameras snapping, etc., and I think this helps to capture the scene just that much better.

* This show can also be found on Blubrry.

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LISTEN:

Running time: 1:00:19

Direct download this episode, or listen using the player below!
Some excellent CaseCamp Second Life feedback from Shel Holtz on Episode 199 of For Immediate Release: The Hobsonn and Holtz Report.

Shel’s Second Life avatar, approved Shel Witte, seek was one of the 40 members of our audience.

(Running time: 3 minutes, 10 seconds)

 
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… I hope I can just be a fraction as eloquent in writing a blog post to him as Michael O’Connor Clarke is in this birthday message to young Ruairi.

This post tugged at my heart strings, here to be sure, and I’ll be giving Amani an extra big kiss when I get home tonight.

Michael is a PR pro at Thornley Fallis Communications by day, and that’s how I came to find his blog in the first place. But he also a wonderful way of mixing in so much of everything else that life has to offer in his writing, and that’s what keeps me coming back.

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… I hope I can just be a fraction as eloquent in writing a blog post to him as Michael O’Connor Clarke is in this birthday message to young Ruairi.

This post tugged at my heart strings, here to be sure, and I’ll be giving Amani an extra big kiss when I get home tonight.

Michael is a PR pro at Thornley Fallis Communications by day, and that’s how I came to find his blog in the first place. But he also a wonderful way of mixing in so much of everything else that life has to offer in his writing, and that’s what keeps me coming back.

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How about this … a clever holiday-style self-mocking promo from Fox for the upcoming season of “24“?

(RSS readers may need to click here to see the video).

Keyboard tip to Matthew Gilbert.

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… I hope I can just be a fraction as eloquent in writing a blog post to him as Michael O’Connor Clarke is in this birthday message to young Ruairi.

This post tugged at my heart strings, here to be sure, and I’ll be giving Amani an extra big kiss when I get home tonight.

Michael is a PR pro at Thornley Fallis Communications by day, and that’s how I came to find his blog in the first place. But he also a wonderful way of mixing in so much of everything else that life has to offer in his writing, and that’s what keeps me coming back.

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How about this … a clever holiday-style self-mocking promo from Fox for the upcoming season of “24“?

(RSS readers may need to click here to see the video).

Keyboard tip to Matthew Gilbert.

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I served as guest host for the Financial Aid Podcast today. Regular FAP host Christopher Penn will return the favor for me when he takes over New Comm Road next week.

Take a listen:

 
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FAP431: Bryan Person guest hosts, and study abroad, info
Jill Parr

Student Financial Aid News

+ Bryan Person from New Comm Road hosts today’s episode!

+ Is financial aid in jeopardy for students at for-profit colleges in the State of California? That is what state officials are asking the U.S. Education Department, help following the decision by California Republican California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a bill that would have extended the life of the Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Vocational Education. Should that bureau close down on July 1, as it is now scheduled to do, for-profit colleges in California may lose their “legally authorized” status, which allows them to adminster federal student aid. Stay tuned on this one.

+ Financial aid help may be on the way for members of the military in Minnesota. State attorney general-elect Lori Swanson has proposed a $15 million-a-year assistance bill for veterans and their family members. Nearly 8,000 soldiers from Minnesota have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last four years, including 3,000 currently. Under Swanson’s proposal, veterans who spent at least 90 days or combat or two years on active duty would qualify for aid. Veterans’ spouses would also be eligible, as would children of soldiers injured or killed in the line of duty.

+ Higher-education news out of Iraq … the prime minister there Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is ordering students and professors back to class … for the good of the country. Many students and professors have been avoiding the university … for their own safety. According to the Charlotte Observer … Iraq’s universities have routinely been a target for violence by insurgents since the war began there nearly four years ago. Gangs take over school buildings, issue death threats, and generally bring out plenty of fear and chaos at universities. Many obeying the prime minister’s orders to go back to school or risk expulsion have resorted to traveling to school … in disguise.

Focus on Financial Aid

+ Talking about studying abroad today — why it’s important and how you can finance it with financial aid. Questions to consider:

+ Are you interested in a study abroad program at your own school? How do the costs of a semester abroad compare to costs of staying on campus?

+ Are you selecting a program at another school that’s part of a network or consortium with your home school?

+ Is your program of interest being held outside of the normal semester schedule (summer session, winter session)? If so, using your financial aid for these programs may impact the amount of financial aid you have available in the rest of the academic year.

+ Are you studying directly at the international school? If so, you’ll need to find out whether that school is has received its Title IV certification from the U.S. government.

+ What are the work regulations in the country you intend to study? Are there any restrictions/prohibitions on working as an overseas student?

+ Does your school offer scholarships specifically for overseas study? If so, are they awarded based on need or merit?

Other steps:

+ Talk to your school’s financial aid office.

+ Talk to your school’s study abroad office.

+ Do a search for study abroad programs at:
http://www.internationalstudent.com/studyabroad/

Scholarship update

+ The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarshi was established back in 2000 and provides overseas study scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students at a 2- or 4-year colleges who are currently receiving the Pell Grant.

+ The program is funded by congress and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). This academic year 777 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded, with the average award worth $4,000.

+ The overseas program must last at least four weeks and can last for a maximum of one academic year. There are two application cycles. The first is for programs starting between December 15 and April 15, which has just passed. But the next one is coming up soon and covers programs starting between July 15 and October 15. The deadline for the Fall 2007 cycle is April 3, 2007, and the application will be available online in February.

+ More details available at StudentScholarshipSearch.com

Podsafe Music

+ Jill Parr, Oh Come All Ye Faithful

+ Music via the Podsafe Music Network

Direct MP3 file download: FAP 431

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