Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Raglan Shire Tiny Poetry Slam

by Marcel Mosswood

Last week was my first time joining the Tiny Poetry Slam at the Raglan Shire. It was so much fun and cute! I can say it’s a poetry reading even where participant creates silly poetry and after the reading all who attend throw waffles, turkey, rubber ducks and toast to the participant as applause. In my opinion, Tiny Poetry Slam is a good way to be creative, silly, and fun! So, after it ended that day, I decided to interview Copper Mistral for SL Newser.

The Tiny Poetry Slam. This when I got rubber ducks and turkeys as applause after reading a poetry that I created

Marcel: Hi Copper, what makes you think that people in Second Life need such an event like The Tiny Poetry Slam?

Copper Mistral: All people have the ability to be creative in some way. Many people who can't paint or draw, or do hands-on art like knitting may feel, or even have been told that because they're not visually creative, they can't be creative at all.  But just about everyone can use words in some way. Other poetry slams I've attended in real life were often overly stuffy, and looked down on poets who just wanted to have fun and be silly with their words. Like the tinies of SL, Tiny Poetry Slam is all about having fun.

Marcel: Who are the avatars behind this event?

Copper Mistral: The hosts are Copper Mistral, Stereo Nacht, and Jillan McMillan. Raglan Shire Magistrate Zayn Till wanted to start a regular poetry event in Raglan and asked if I would be interested in hosting it. I had been attending the Wulfenbach poetry slam at the now-closed Mamma Gkika's and jumped at the opportunity to bring a poetry slam to Raglan. Stereo Nacht was asked to attend and give some guidance in getting things started. She fell for the tinies and joined our ranks, becoming ONE OF US!

Marcel: What a cool team! Is there an real life event that inspired you to create this event?

Copper Mistral: Not particularly, though it has been influenced by an real life slam I used to attend at the now-closed Zoomdweebie's Tea Bar in Wichita, Kansas, and that slam saw some of my tiny poetry performed for an RL audience.

Marcel: I see this event is held in the Raglan Shire, a community for tinies and Dinkies, is it open for biggies to participate?

Copper Mistral: Absolutely! We welcome everyone, all sizes, shapes, av's, as long as they behave themselves. While we throw applause, we do ask that people be respectful, not interrupt, and keep things family-friendly.

Marcel: Waffles, rubber ducks, popcorn, who has the idea of using those funny things? And why use them?

Copper Mistral: Thrown applause is one of the elements that came to us from the Wulfenbach Poetry Slam. Over there, books and bottles were frequently thrown around as applause. Being tinies, waffles are a natural choice for us, but we've used everything from waffles to anvils, rubber ducks to wrenches, as well as books, snowballs, paintings, and more! We do it because it's fun, it's funny, and it's something you just don't see that often. For those who prefer not to get pelted by everything from soup to nuts, we have a party cannon, which fires only balloons and confetti. All one has to do is ask that they not be buried by rubber ducks.

Marcel: Are the participants also poetry artists in real life? For example, a painting in SL was made by the artist in real life.

Copper Mistral: Some are, yes. All of our original poetry is written by someone, after all. Many of us would not consider ourselves "real" poets, but the words still come with feeling and meaning.  Some do write considerable poetry outside of SL. Others might not have written a poem since leaving school until they joined us at Tiny Poetry Slam and felt the urge to join in the fun.

Marcel: Can you tell me about the philosophy behind the rules on the board "Be creative, get inspired, ignore the roolz, add extra silly"? This is so interesting, while other community trying to keep the rules of poetry.

Copper Mistral: So much of real life is seriousness. We work, we have health problems, we take care of others. Second Life is a welcome escape, no matter how little time we can spend here.  Tinies are all about having fun and helping each other out. At Tiny Poetry Slam, we firmly believe that poetry should not be all super serious and stuff. Sure there's lots of fun, silly poetry out there, but it's usually "for kids." Why can't everyone else have fun, silly poetry? Enter the beloved Pawku. A form of poetry unique to Raglan Shire. A pawku is like a haiku but without all the rules. A typical pawku is three lines (more or less), may or may not rhyme, and has as many or as few sillybulls (syllables) as needed to make it work. They're almost always pure silliness, but occasionally have a touch of seriousness or a good dose of friendship and love. After all, tinies are a caring group, and our friends are very important to us.

Marcel: Thank you, Copper, very nice info here for avatar who like to join the Tiny Poetry Slam.

The Raglan Shire Tiny Poetry Slam is held every Monday at 6 PM SLT, here is the LM:

Marcel Mosswood

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Scenes From Bay City's Anniversary

By Bixyl Shuftan

On May 19, the city and community of Bay City celebrated it's 11th anniversary. It was spring 2008 in which this largest of Second Life's urban areas came to be, created by the moles to describe the North American urban environment of the mid-20th century. Every year since, there has been a celebration by the community and it's friends. And this year was no exception.

The action started in Harwich, where those wishing to take part were gathering before the start of the parade.

Marianne McCann was the ringleader of the parade, and beforehand was organizing the chaos. "How're we all doing today?" She asked, "Ready to take to Route 66 and hit the party?"

"I'm still amazed that our little city has managed to make it 11 years. Or 66 years, if we consider that SL has 6 day cycles in one first life day."

GoSpeed Racer may or may not be a "demon on wheels," but that's not exactly the Mark-5.

Noted SL blogger Daniel Voyager was there.

This guy wasn't "sheepish" about his support for Bay City.

Someone was ready to "boldly go" into the parade while another looked like he was ready for a "close encounter."

A Giant Snail racer next to a fishing boat that looks like it made the "deadliest catch."

Kenny Luckless was looking like he was ready to give some "friendly greetings."

Anyone looking for a "Lost Prim?"

Rosie the robot was driving a car that looked like it had a little trouble under the hood.

The sheep from earlier got his own truck, with a few buddies for "sheer" enjoyment.

Finally at 12:30, Marianne shouted, "Okay - everyone ready? ... Here we go!" And the parade started. I zipped to Route 66 to see it pass.

Lost Prim would say of Kenny, "It's perfect.  Kenny is like our parade float. ... Well, balloon."

 Newser reporter Gemma Cleanslate, on her own horse.

I would zip ahead to see more.

RacerX Gullwing, in his snail truck.

As they neared the end of the parade, finally night turned into day.

 And they began crossing the finish line.

 "What a great parade. I crashed as soon as I got here. Heheheh."

"I made it, but I am now blind. I have everybody derendered."

Some came in through a more southern route.

Among those to see the people arriving was DrFran Babcock, whom makes only occasional visits to Second Life nowdays, "just wanted to wish Bay City a happy." Unfortunately, her avatar wouldn't rezz properly.

With the parade over, it was time for the music event, Marianne saying, "Welcome all! Let's have some fun!"

GoSpeed Racer, the head of KONA Radio, was the DJ for the first half hour of the concert.

Wendi Linden showed up to join the party. "Hi Wendi! Welcome to the Bay City thing." "Oh em gee," someone commented, "it it a rather fresh Linden, it have that new Linden smell still." Wendi just smiled, "It must be those tree-shaped air fresheners."

But it wouldn't quite be a Bay City event without one particular dance, "We want conga (chuckle)!" "Marianne has to start the conga!" And eventually, the conga line got started.

Among those in the line, a large battlesuit that joined in, "robot conga."

Marianne McCann enjoyed the party along with everyone else.

A half hour after the start, Gospeed stepped down, and live musician Parker Static took to the stage.

At 2:30 PM, Maxamillian Kleene began performing for the crowd. Later on, Melenda Baptiste would sing on stage.

 Eventually, the conga line shrunk in size.

It was quite an anniversary event for Bay City.

RacerX Gullwing happened to have made a video of the parade and party. Click Here if the video doesn't play.

Bixyl Shuftan