Monday, August 15, 2022

Alice in Bell Fairgrounds and NatureCon

By Gemma Cleanslate

While you are waiting for Naturecon2022 to open take a trip over to the Bellisseria Fairgrounds to see a really sweet installation that Gracie (GracieAustinn Resident) has built. 

It will be there until Friday the 19th or Saturday the 20th she said.

There was a really fun party to open it Friday. Many participants came dressed in costume to fit the venue. 

The banter and the music by DJ Far added to the enjoyment as he played songs from various holidays in the UK that were not familiar to many but brought smiles and laughter to all at the event.
Take a walk around and see the creatures of the Alice story that most of us remember loving then and still.

Then cross over into the abandoned carnival next door arranged by Tristan Elan. Jump on the rides that are still working though the carnival seems so broken and closed. We tried them!

Naturecon 2022 is opening the 18th. There was a lovely meet and greet held a while back where those participating gathered to share their planned activities. There will be two regions for the event with many booths and installations celebrating the varied nature locations on the Mainland and Bellisseria.

I went over to regions to see the layout . Placing the regions the Moles placed a mountain with a lighthouse overlooking all. Now the land is ready for the all the groups. Exhibit booths are in place.
There are so many places to explore all over the regions.

Soull Starlight and Yukiko Yeshto are putting in so much time and energy preparing for the week.
There are nature activities planned as well as live performances, parties and so much more. I believe some collaborators plan tours. Families are I invited to participate tours in special activities for them.

While exploring I walked up, up the mountain. On the side of the mountain I stopped in at a lovely Cafe ready with food and drinks for visitors. I found a hang glider near the summit and had an easy time coming down. I think there is rock climbing that I need to find. The train is running and offers a nice ride around the mountain with many stops along the way.

I found Hiroko Nubalo working hard getting the Mount Campion installation in place. She has nature trivia planned as one activity at the Nature Center on site. Her displays are so interesting at the mountain I look forward to it all. Next door I see that Pygar Bu has also started the Bay City contribution. It will be exciting to see the finished installations. Save time for this wonderful event that will last from August 18 through the 31st.

Here is the landmark to save also until then. It will put you right next to the train crossing and the office.

Gemma Cleanslate

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Gemma's Busy Weekend

By Gemma Cleanslate

What a busy weekend!! I attended several functions that I intended to get to and made time to do it all.

My first visit was to the Opening of Spark at 10slt Saturday. 24/7 hours of music began.
DIRTYANGEL Iwish was the first dj with music that was both stimulating and soothing . There was a great crowd in the amphitheater .

I spoke with one of the Spark team spoke with me and was thrilled with the whole event and the music too. He gave me a clue to the next installation already more than in the minds of the team.
ɠɛɠɛ ʄɛɖųƈƈı (OSMAN Genesis) in charge of djs was also present as were several other djs ready to go. Lots of time to explore the installation.

Later I made my way to the closing event of the Hammies summer fun installation on the Fairgrounds of Bellisseria. It has been there for a month with fun taking place on the interactive water slides and other activities. The party was great fun as usual and I learned that the next event by the Hammies will be Halloween.That should be a hoot!

My last visit Saturday was to Mount Campion. Buried deep inside the mountain is a grand Cavern Club where there is music provided by dj ScÔt Kip NÔrth (ScotNorth Resident), who is also Ranger on the mountain. It was jumping with all many residents and guests in attendance. It was open to the public as are many of the events on the Mount. Teresa Firelight was there and reminded us that a huge anniversary party is coming in September. Time passes so fast!

Sunday I took some time to visit the regions where people are getting ready for Naturecon. I ran into my friend Pygar of Bay City measuring their parcel. It is coming soon!!! Keep an eye on the website!

Then I stopped over at The house of Bellboy in Sweetmarsh to end the weekend at a casual party. Bellboy was not home but the party was going strong. Earlier I did run in the Linden Realms grabbing crystals for a bit. With all these parties I need lindens to tip the djs! Glad to see Monday coming!

Gemma Cleanaslate

Friday, July 22, 2022

"The Man" Statue Turns 20

By Bixyl Shuftan

July 19 was a day to celebrate in the sim of Natoma. One of the oldest objects in Second Life, "The Man" statue, would be turning twenty years old that day.

So with Second Life having celebrated it's nineteenth anniversary last month, how could anything here be twenty, some might ask. The answer is the virtual world was in alpha and then beta for a time before it's official opening. So there are a few items, and residents, older than the official opening of June 20 2003.

A look at the statues age shows when it was created. It was made by Oldjohn Linden. It ended up in the hands of Avi Arrow, the late manager of the Ivory Tower of Primitives.

"The Man" statue is one of the only surviving objects from the original "Linden Town" area that was developed in Second Life during the earliest Alpha stage of it's development.
At times, The Man has served as a shrine where miscellaneous offerings were left, and a celebration of the creativity SL was founded upon.

The Ivory Tower itself was decorated for the occasion.
Nearby, a place had been set up for a party, with DJ GoSpeed Racer playing the music.

Avatars of all kinds took part.

Including a large gryphon, "Summon all the griffons!"

There were a few Lindens and Moles present, such as Oatmeal Linden. "'Oatmeal? Oh, emm, gee, what a cute name!" The Linden just smiled, "I'm not even a year old in this avie."

Wendi Linden was also there, "Nice to have some Lindens visit us for today's occasion (smile)"

And there was Abnor Mole, looking a bit bookish.

Someone came by in a huuuuuuge mega-macro avatar.

It was someone named Fop (Kingforri Resident).

The avatar was well over a hundred meters tall, "Here comes Fop, the fop. What's a fop? It's a fop, or a pizza bat."

One thing that came up was how many longrime residents were around here, "Is less than a week from his 18th SL birthday himself." "Look at all the other oldbies"

The gryphon soon changed to a Chickenzilla, "Now Psyra is a giant cock." "The feathered kind." "I want to speak to this so-called Colonel!"

Eventually came the end of GoSpeed's two hour set with the playing of "Man Or Astroman - Mystery Science Theater 3000 End Theme." Then the place fell apart around us!

"Wheeee! Explosion of the ancients!"

"Well, that was a rememberable ending!" "What a fun day!"

"Yeah nice ending." "That was cool"

"Ok, now rebuild it."

Someone had the idea of a group photo.

"Everyone to the Man statue! group photo!"

"Great shot Ancient Mole!" "Let's do it again in another 20!" "Thank you so much for organizing the party." Kennylex Luckless would say, "Marianne McCann was big big help." "Sorry Marianne missed this today." "Happy 20th Birthday Man statue!"

Someone would rezz a huge corkscrew.

Then rezz a hollow ball, invite people inside, then drop it inside and let it roll down.

Before leaving for the day, I would see someone rezz a firestorm tornado.

Coming back later, I see a party hat had been placed onto the statue, owned by Kenny Luckless. 
It was quite a celebration for this old icon of the earliest days of Second Life.
Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The "Eggfigy" Burn

By Bixyl Shuftan

Lately things have been more than a little complicated for Second Life's Burners. A tribute to their early days, Burn ONe, turned into their gathering place when the leaders of the Burn2 team shut down the Burning Man Deep Hole sim for what they stated was a temporary time period.

On Monday July 11, a few of the Burners decided to lighten things up, literally, by constructing something to burn and set it afire. This was a giant egg-shaped effigy, or "eggfigy" as it came to be called.

It was made by Jeff Olhoeft. I would later hear from him, "I build it last Easter when for some egg themed antics on the Burn2 region. Brought it back out to the beach for fun."

"Eggfigy burn in a few minutes. (teehee) Come to the beach."

 I went there, along with a number of Burners. Someone asked, "Can't remember, does this build explode?" And the puns started, "No, but it gets scrambled." "Good, no hard hat required." "Not exactly, although does tend to toss embers far." "Yes, you're egg-xactly right."

And before long, we noticed smoke coming from inside, "Does anyone smell smoke?"

And then, the underside went aflame, "Fire fire fire."

The fire slowly worked its way up.

And the whole structure was afire, "Smoked omellette?"

Panning inside, it was an inferno in there, "and hear the crackling."

As the fire blazed on, the structure started to become charred and brittle.

Then pieces started to flake off.

And as time went on, more parts were flying off.

Some pieces were getting a little close to the Burners.

There were more egg puns from Mrs. Mia Wallace (Mia Quinote), "Terreggific. EGG-cellent!"

Before long, pieces had scattered in all directions, "I'd say this event went, 'over easy'." "Yeah, getting past hard boiled now too." Mia remarked, "Everyone 'scrammbled' here very quickly."

They ended up redoing the egg burn.

One guy took a "Bobcat" and moved burning pieces away.

Some of them into the water. 

Before long, not much was left. 

Not everyone stood around. Some were dancing.

For the Burners, it's been a turbulent time as there's been some trouble behind the scenes. But events like these allowed them to put aside their worries and relax for a little while. 

Bixyl Shuftan