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Showing posts with label SL12B. Show all posts
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Monday, June 29, 2015

SL12B Closes Its Week of Scheduled Events – Moonshade Pastorelli Reporting


SecondLife’s 12th Birthday celebration, SL12B, was a grand tribute to the creativity, passions, perseverance, and strong sense of community of the virtual world’s residents over the years. What’s more, it reflected a positive look to Second Life’s future through its theme:  “What Dreams May Come.”

SL12B’s final day of events, for me, brought back childhood memories of the close of the local county fair—the lights, sounds, and excitement crescendo, then diminish into silence. But for SL12B, the party isn’t truly over. Although the schedule of performances and talks has concluded, residents can visit the 15 regions of 200 exhibits through July 4.
One of the highlights of SL12B on June 28 was the ChangHigh Fireshow of Light, Life, and Love, featuring Melvin Starbrook, Yman Juran, and Jennylinn Capalini. The audience was treated to a stunning combination light show and circus performance—twirling rings, highwire act, balancing balls, elephant riding, all against fire, particles, and a soothing soundtrack.

ChangHigh Fireshow of Light, Life, and Love

Melvin Starbrook walks the highwire

Jennylinn Capalini dances on elevated rings

The resident volunteers, clearly, worked hard to create a spectacular event in celebration of SL’s 12th birthday. So, I decided to turn the tables on them and ask what their favorite events and exhibits were. Two volunteers chose the Welcome Center/train station.  “Walton F. Wainwright (Faust Steamer) did a great job of creating a mood with the dark night and dreamlike quality of his train station,” said Pybar Bu, who served on the SL12B land team and took care of infrastructure. 

According to Wainwright, “The Station is a scene from a personal graphic novel concept about an unnamed journalist seeking out answers to explain the disappearance of a long missing colleague by following the advice from various bar dwellers speaking of an urban legend surrounding an abandoned train station in an alternate roaring ‘20s. Arriving there at midnight as instructed, the journalist encounters the Ghost Train, along with passengers seemingly appearing out of nowhere for boarding. He leaves his bench and follows them to find the conductor for more answers to curb his curiosity.

“The Ghost Train is an entity that transports souls to the world beyond. Upon leaving the old railway hotel hill, patrons will first notice the face of the train, accompanied by orbs of light flowing along the station. These orbs are the spirits ready to board the the Ghost Train:  a machine used to take souls to the unknown...or so the journalist has seen. The overall feeling of the station would be dark, yet, still holds the essence of magic and wonder with the mysterious souls that walk endlessly through the station, the dimly lit lanterns that light the area, and the machine grinning widely -- whose intentions can only be assumed from those who face it.”

“When I was given the theme of the event "What Dreams May Come," I made a project proposal that eventually lead my thoughts to this early story. It held significant personal meaning as a benchmark to pursue my dreams in my youth, as well as conveniently holding a similar theme with what the [Shakespeare] quotation originally meant:  the afterlife.”

The Welcome Center/Train Station
“The other place that really wowed me was ADudeNamed Anthony’s auditorium, which he named the Dreamitarium,” Bu said. “The details throughout the building are plentiful, and the build itself is a marvel of efficiency and style. It even has restrooms!” According to displays, Anthony’s vision was a building “where dreams and ideas are shared.” It was created as an inverted planetarium in which the outside is looking in, such as in a dream. It became a venue for performers and speakers.

The Dreamitarium
The Cake Stage confection for performances and the Pod Tour to shuttle residents around the sims were also noted by volunteers. But Treacle Darlandes, an SL12B hostess, remarked, “Most of all, what strikes me about SL12B is the happy mood, the hard work, and how much people love it and get excited for it.”

Bu further commended the staff of SL12B volunteers. “[They] are the most amazing people in SL. Dedicating their time and talent to inviting the entire Grid over for a huge weeklong birthday party and keeping everyone happy and cheerful is a huge undertaking. I'm hugely grateful for each one of them, and look forward to working with many of them next year too. They built excitement for any event we had this week, at whatever time it occurred, and made sure that all time slots were full.”

So, what’s in store for next year?

“We do always have a different theme each year,” Bu said. “Some of what we plan has a lot to do with what [Linden Lab] has updated or added to our world. For instance, this year we took advantage of materials rendering being more widely used. We also rely heavily on what the exhibitor applications are offering, though this was the first year we proactively asked exhibitors ‘make sure your exhibit is new stuff.’ I think that challenge helped make this year's exhibits as amazing as they are.”

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Second Life - Lacy Muircastle reporting ....

The 23rd June is given as the actual birthday of Second Life and yesterday was said actual birthday.  The highlights of the day on the SL12B sims included an interview with Patch Linden, Senior Manager, Second Life Product Operations, and  Dee Linden, Land Product Specialist for Linden Lab in the Auditorium, a Beach Boys tribute band followed by the Lil Mambas Dance Group at the Cake Stage, closing the day with the rock and blues DJing from Titan Hawksby at the Main Stage.

We (the SL Enquirer) are also represented on the SL12B sims. Since the theme for the celebrations is What Dreams May Come, we decided to go with a Wonderland theme, set in a maze for our parcel.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

All I have to do is Dream... Second Life style - Mackenzie Abbot and Lacy Muircastle reporting .......

This year’s theme for the SL12B Community Celebration is “What Dreams May Come.”

Only trouble is
Gee whiz
I'm dreamin' my life away  (with apologies to the Everly Brothers)

After much promotion and hoo-hah from the SL community, the Press Day for the 12th Second Life Birthday (SL12B) arrived and a mass of bloggers and press people descended on the landing spot, high on a hill on one of the many sims reserved for the birthday exhibits.  Mackenzie Abbot shares his thoughts on the SL12B, and Lacy Muircastle does her best to blog bomb his efforts …

Friday, June 12, 2015

Review of the Premium Member SL12B Tiki Party- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…

12 Years ago Second Life launched in all its blazing glory and became home to virtual world enthusiasts from around the globe who were excited to explore a brand new world. It was bliss, pure addiction from the start as the pioneers brought new ideas and creativity to the grid. Members spend countless hours and lots of money building our environment and making it a better place for everyone.
 As time passed more businesses and venues popped up and the community was booming with activity. Three years into it, the Lindens seemed to retreat and spend less time supporting the community and our efforts.  People took notice and morale started to decline. Squabbling, griefing, break ups and make ups became a regular occurrence that only added to the grid troubles.
There have been many changes through the years as I reflect back on my experience as an SL journalist. I’ve spent years documenting and observing the activities and people of Second Life. It saddens me to see such a great virtual world of potential be treated with such carelessness and disregard by the “Gods” who created it and their devout followers.
A decade is a long time to invest with the continued hope that all of the wonderful things Second Life has to offer only gets better with time, but I must admit I felt very disappointed by the display of community involvement handed to SL members at yesterday’s Premium Member 1SL12B Tiki Party.

I would think with the investment of every premium member’s time and money, the Lindens would have provided the community with something to marvel at while showcasing what Second Life is really capable of. It was nothing short of throwing us a shriveled up cold hotdog on a flimsy paper plate with no bun! That is how cold this party was served to us. The atmosphere was similar to a Noob landing point with no real agenda or organized plan.

 Upon landing on a bridge, it took forever to rezz and if I was lucky enough to move, I went straight for the bushes.  I could see scores of avatars standing around not really knowing what direction to go in. Some could be heard complaining about lag, others wondering why they were unable to get their free premium gift of a dinosaur avatar from the kiosk. After gaining my wits I was able to observe some of the crowd congregating around a sprinkle of Lindens who did nothing more than banter in local chat about irrelevant topics and small talk. 

After absorbing this unorganized event I expressed my opinion in open chat about my disappointment and how I expecting more out of the Lindens.  Only one other person was bold enough to agree while everyone else just stared like deer in a headlight.

I shrugged and I teleported back to the SL Enquirer Media Center to reflect on what I had witnessed and felt compelled to go back and give it another shot. Maybe it really wasn’t what it seemed and fireworks or something was about to happen while a parade of lindens would present themselves and give everyone in attendance a great show well deserved.
I went back to the party and found myself surrounded by the same sea of confused avatars just standing around and planting kisses on the asses of the few Lindens who were there. I thought to myself, is this really all they could do for us? 

Across the bridge I could see dinosaurs basking in the sand, one of which was Michael Linden. The next question that came to mind was, what do dinosaurs have to do with any of this and how does it fit the theme? I guess I should just be grateful for the bone they did throw at us and maybe it will all make sense later.

My final thought is this…

I love Second Life and still see its potential but my patience for improvement is fading. I hope to witness something spectacular at the SL12B Birthday Party; an event that shows the community they are truly appreciated and not just avatars that LL counts on who continue to work hard to breathe life into this virtual world.

I feel like the Lindens have let us down and abandoned us in many ways.  I don’t want to see them show their pixel faces because they feel they have to rather than want to. What are your thoughts on how the Lindens Gods show us their appreciation? Use the comment box below and express what you want to see. Maybe LL will step it up.