Sony Online Entertainment Gears up for Halloween

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures

Sony Online Entertainment is getting into the Halloween spirit this year by introducing a host of in-game events to its many online titles.

Aside from decorative Jack-O’Lanterns and Scarecrows in the Jedi Temple, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is introducing a daily Mask Handout event, so players can collect iconic Star Wars character masks. Players can also dress up their characters and droids, or decorate their houses with Halloween-inspired items available at the Marketplace. The festivities end on November 5th. For more details, visit the Clone Wars Adventures website.

Free Realms, the family-friendly online virtual world, is hosting the Super Spooktacular event, which introduces vampire and werewolf costumes, as well as a new questline in the Blaskspore Cemetery. Daily trick-or-treating, festive quests, and lots of costumes round out the event, which runs from now until November 17th. Visit the Free Realms website for more details on the Super Spooktacular event.

EverQuest introduces a quest to celebrate Halloween. The Scroll of the Skinwalker is causing trouble in Illis Taberish, and it’s up to players to track down and destroy the Skinwalker before he strikes again. This quest goes on until November 7th, so players can visit the EverQuest website for more details.

EverQuest II celebrates Halloween with the “Nights of the Dead” celebration, which makes a return to the game with an all new questline. Players can purchase new costume illusions and re-play quests from previous “Nights of the Dead” celebrations. Visit the EverQuest II website for more information on the Nights of the Dead event, which goes on from now until November 8th.

Finally, Star Wars Galaxies celebrates the “Galactic Moon Festival,” which runs from October 21 to November 16th. Players can enjoy trick-or-treating, costumes, and all sorts of festivities, so check out the Star Wars Galaxies website for more information.

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Study findings from University of London broaden understanding of environmental planning. site university of london

Ecology, Environment & Conservation October 31, 2008 “A good deal of research within the cultural turn in economic geography has sought to understand the relationship between economic activity and regional culture. This work encompasses an increasingly heterodox set of approaches to regional economic activity, from innovation studies to processes of embedding to accounts of regional learning and clustering, and an increasingly broad set of empirical cases through which these issues are regularly discussed,” scientists writing in the journal Environment and Planning a report.

“Only recently has the literature had much to say about the relationship between scientific knowledge and regional culture, however, or about the empirical experience of non-Western regional economic activity and forms of innovation within this. This paper seeks to further develop these two recent strands by bringing them together. Firstly it transposes the study of high-technology regional cultures to a developing world and socialist country context. I examine, as a case study, Cuba’s Science Pole, a biomedical growth pole on the outskirts of Havana comprising some forty-two interlinked institutions and 14000 scientists. I show how a space for biotechnology was created and maintained outside of the capitalist milieu with which the industry has come to be associated in the West. More specifically, I reveal how the formal demands made by the Cuban state of this biotechnology endeavour paradoxically encouraged the development of a suite of informal and innovative scientific practices. To account for how this very different approach nevertheless resulted in a similar ‘regional culture’ of innovation to that found in high-technology regions in the West, I suggest we need to consider not just the structural components of regional cultures (labour mobility, attitudes to risk, etc) but also the forms of rationality that underpin such factors themselves,” wrote S. Reidhenry and colleagues, University of London. university of london

The researchers concluded: “In order to do this I turn to some of the insights of the science-studies literature as to the epistemological foundations of processes of innovation and knowledge production, to argue that regional cultures of innovation are never just economic spaces, they are also epistemic spaces.” Reidhenry and colleagues published their study in Environment and Planning a (Scientific innovation and non-Western regional economies: Cuban biotechnology’s ‘experimental milieu’. Environment and Planning a, 2008;40(8):1966-1986).

Additional information can be obtained by contacting S. Reidhenry, University of London, University of London, Dept. of Geog, London E1 4NS, UK.

The publisher of the journal Environment and Planning a can be contacted at: Pion Ltd., 207 Brondesbury Park, London NW2 5JN, England.