Come Be The Second Life of the Party!: Que Publishing Holds In-World Party to Launch Second Life: A Guide To Your Virtual World

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Whether you're new to Second Life or an experienced virtual world user, join the fun at Que Publishing's launch party for the book, Second Life: A Guide to Your Virtual World by Brian White (known as Ansel Gasparini in- world). The party will be held in Second Life on Menorca in Slimmie's Cafe on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 2:00 pm ET and again at 10:00 pm ET.

Throwing this launch party will also help to get the ball rolling for those new to Second Life, so they can socialize with experienced users in a non-threatening atmosphere.

    Party attendees will hear White's views about the ins and outs of being part of the Second Life community, and receive advice on how to get the most out of their in-world experiences. They'll also be able to dance to the music of popular band JueL Resistance with DJ Doubledown Tandino, talk to Ansel Gasparini, socialize with other members of the Second Life community, and have the chance to win a copy of the new book. Que will also be giving away party bags including the first chapter of the book, an exclusive dress by Ginny Talamasca, and an exclusive t-shirt by Dragontat Zagato.

NEWS FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK

-- Second Life: A Guide to Your Virtual World is priced at $34.99 U.S. and is available at http://www.informit.com as well as bookstores nationwide.

-- The book provides a fast track to learning the basics of Second Life so visitors don't come across as obvious newbies, and so their residence "in- world" is fulfilling and financially rewarding.

-- White thoroughly explains Second Life's mechanics, cultural norms and economy. He also helps readers unleash their creative sides by gaining an understanding of what is possible and how to use the building, texturing, and scripting tools to create their own objects.

-- Resident expert interviews and resident-created tutorials are included to help readers capture tribal/expert knowledge and to ensure accuracy and depth of the information.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian White has more than 15 years of experience in defining, developing, marketing, and selling enterprise software solutions. He is currently the VP of Product Management for Opsware Inc. White has been involved for more than 20 years in online gaming, 3D modeling, texturing, and photography (digital and traditional). He is familiar with the technologies driving Second Life as well as the real-life tools that perform similar modeling/texturing jobs, such as LightWave, Poser, Bryce, and Photoshop.

He is organizer of the first Seattle/Pacific Northwest meetup for Second Life residents, and SL Instructor.

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"Other than blogs, wikis, and forums, there is little structured information to help new and old Second Life residents alike," said Brian White, author of Second Life: A Guide to Your Virtual World. "I felt there was a need for a book that structured all the information and helped new residents in a practical manner.

"Throwing this launch party will also help to get the ball rolling for those new to Second Life, so they can socialize with experienced users in a non-threatening atmosphere."

ABOUT PEARSON EDUCATION

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education (http://www.pearsoned.com) provides scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help people of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. Professionals, leaders, academics, experts, and consultants draft the books and online resources that help develop today's and tomorrow's business leaders. Top technology companies who have chosen Pearson Education as their publishing partner include IBM, Symantec, Cisco, Adobe, and Macromedia. The company is home to such renowned publishing and information portal brands as Informit.com, IBM Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Addison-Wesley Professional, Peachpit, Cisco Press, Que Publishing and Sams Publishing. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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