A lot of acronyms, but I will spell them out ...
A friend decides to do a Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) in Second Life (SL) that will be 24 hours long. We have some initial planning discussions.
The Human Rights Campaign had been in support of a non-transgender-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Dicrimination Act (ENDA) and were doing a competing TDOR to the other DC one. See here
for the DC one and here
for the SL one.
I am at a planning meeting in the evening for the local (DC) TDOR that runs until 9 pm. Now watch the balls go round and round.
Thursday: After a list is compiled of people to contact to do publicity for the SL TDOR, her boyfriend and myself start doing IMs.
Friday: We continue to send more IMs. The press release for the DC TDOR starts making the rounds.
Even more IMs and publicizing ... oh did I mention not a lot of sleep between Friday and Saturday and that Saturday I was up until 2 AM? I realize we need a pose of holding candles for the vigil and thymeenough
graciously agrees to do that for us.
I wake up and both myself and the person who came up with the idea of a SL TDOR have come to the same conclusion that morning: we are in *no* shape to do anything about publicity that morning. Fortunately her boyfriend seems to still have energy and someone volunteers that wants to do as much as she can.
To give you an idea I was asked to put up as many posters as possible at the Transgender Resource Center (TRC) and pretty much covered it. Never ask someone who takes thing literally and is half-asleep to do something with no ending condition.
The DC TDOR had planned a press conference ... with this being a political city and recent political events (ENDA and so on) we did not want the press disturbing mourners so we wanted to head them off at the pass. I go to be on the panel at the press conference .... and nobody else is there. Some frantic cell calls later and I am able to reach the person in charge .... it turns out it was cancelled and she did not have the right email address for me. One interesting thing I find out in that call: HRC cancelled their competing TDOR and were telling people to go to ours instead. In SL that evening we do some frantic last-minute things to be ready since the 24 hours start at 3 AM for the east coast.
I wake up at 5 AM to start my shift at the SL TDOR before work and it turns out the woman who started it all and her BF are there already ... and are there all day. At 9 I sign off to go in to work with the most eventful thing being that someone filed an iReport to CNN for the SL TDOR. Sometime during the day another blog has this mention
That evening I go to the DC TDOR before running back to the SL TDOR to hear some speeches I wanted to catch. Oh, at the end of the DC candlelight vigil I am thinking of the most respectful way to extinguish my candle .... and the person next to me points out the paper shield around my candle is on fire ... problem solved.
I get back to SL minutes before they are due to start ... and find out SL is having massive networking problems. Fortunately most people know the obvious secondary location (the TRC, which has another memorial garden) and we wind up having the event there. Just as we are getting ready to start, a griefing (people that like to cause annoying things for others by cracking SL) attack starts. Amazingly, we are able to get the Powers That Be to respond to the attack within minutes (it looks like they were pretty sympathetic as they usually are not that fast) and go on with the ceremony. Eventually we get back to the primary location. It is going until 3 AM (with some staying later) but I get to sleep at 1 AM.
Wednesday: After 6 hours of sleep and a rushed pre-commute routine work starts as an uneventful day. A quiet one too as many people are not there. About 1 I am debating leaving by 2 because of the lack of sleep the past few days .... and a few minutes later someone tells me their web pages have been defaced. Very quickly I realize this is not just a matter of fixing the symptom as some script kiddie has found a way to crack into our system. This means several of us stay at work until 8 going through logs and such.
Thursday: Finally, a day off!
Friday: I will be back at work, to complete the clean-up of what was done to the site.
Oh, and after the weekend we will be starting to make plans for next year's TDOR. Talk about a week where I was pretty much existing on adrenaline and caffeine!