Rezzable is proud to announce the opening of our ‘Rezzable Alpha Grid’ - based on the OpenSim system - for testing by our fellow virtual world citizens, and invite you to take part in it. Currently we are running eight sims, including a replica of Greenies Home and a bunch of empty ones with plywood in them. Our stress tests will take place at Greenies OpenSim Home and takes thes form of a giant party, with host Angelina Rhode. (Yeah, we’ve duplicated her too! ;)) Theme: Find the 7 Differences. Dates are Wednesday December 17th and Thursday December 18th starting 1PM SLT.
I’m slowly starting to think that if you don’t promo the ‘virtual hell’ out of something - Group Notices, blog post, Flickr Pools, more blog posts, Triptychs, get famous people, inworld broadcast list, … - regardless how beautiful, ingenious the build is and regardless who helped construct & ‘vitalise’ it - Miki Gymnast, Madcow Cosmos, Cube Republic, Glyph Graves, Kitsune Kyomoon, Lorin Tone, Photon Pink, Seifert Surface and many others -visitors will be less.Plasma City is definitely as ‘explore rich’ as the Gardens, yet where are the visitors (become one, TP there)? Tsss… ! (Errr, yes, guys and girls girls and guys, that’s YOU!!) Or did we forget to mention it’s open to the public? Let me correct that:
Plasma City is open to the public. Visiting is obliged. You shall be amazed and utter lots of ‘Wow!’s, ‘Woot!’s and ‘WTF?! Incredible!’s.
Go visit NOW! Teleport!
Hmm, that should get my point across, no? And in combination with this this machinima tour of Plasma City by Nitwacket it should definitely convince you (to visit), with it’s fun bleeping sound. What I love about it, it’s that it’s not just a ‘follow an avatar around’. As there are a lot of ‘motion’ and ‘interactive’ objects in a ‘Future that Never Was’, the recording of exactly that future never gets boring… . Sit back, relax and enjoy… (and afterwards TP to Plasma City!)
Enough call to action for one blogpost? Someone recently - to my surprise - mentioned I’m not bossy enough. So, all say “Yes, Misstress Vint” and teleport to.. - you guessed correctly - Plasma City! Oh, and bring a friend or a sub! ;)
Ever wondered how an alien invasion of a TV studio would look - and missed Mars Attacks? Pretty cute actually, especially if the host is forced to were an alien tie at ‘zapgunpoint’. ;) The occasion? RightasRain Rimbaud (Jon Himoff) - often referred to here as The Boss -, Dusan Writer (Doug Thompson) and Mr. K-Zero (Nic Mitham) discussing the Future of Second Life, and other - interlinked - stuff at Metanomics:
Rezzable! (always an interesting subject)
Is Second Life still growing? (enough, that is?)
Openspaces (what were the Lindens thinking)
Immersive workspaces (what are the Lindens thinking)
This ‘quick’ summary by Dusan Writer on Plurk might just be the best one: “applauds RightAsRain…just the um right level of passion and frustration at Metanomics”. Got you curious? Great, that was the idea! Go and watch ‘Unpredictable Spaces’ in the Metanomics Archives or read the transcript here.
(Yep, image stolen, hotlinked and recycled from the Rezzable Blogpost. But don’t you think RaR looks fashionable darkish this time? Way better than the usual camouflage trousers! ;)
As I start typing this, Lindens should be deleting, erasing for good from the Grid Second Life, ‘The Dump’ and ‘Cannery’ sims, together with the 6 remaining Rezzable owned voids. Decommissioning is ordered for November 4th, although I assume Lindens are very busy deleting and converting voids anyway - cause to the recent happenings -, so nobody really knows when exactly they will *poof*. Anyway, the rest of this post is not Rezzable’s point of view on the removal of both sims, it’s my personal one, as a Resident that has great memories of these sims and the people I met there, even before I became part of the Rezzable team. (On the bright side: Greenies Lawn gets upgraded!)
Just to make things clear, official Rezzable announcement: go here; Vint on a nostalgia trip, read on!
My Second Life profile still reads: ‘I’m still a youngster as it comes to SL, but willing to learn and open to (almost) everything. Don’t hesistate to talk to me. I speak Dutch, English and French and have slight notices of German.‘ Guess what? I really need to change that. The willing to learn and open… now seems a bit dubious at least, and I am not really a youngster anymore either. I have met the most interesting avatars & their humans, of which some disappeared from the metaverse again. I have watched the creation of some of the most impressive sims in Second Life from terraforming on, I tremendously enjoyed noticing the community grow on them, together achieving things that would not be possible with only a handful of avatars, and then now… I am present at some of those simulators’ virtual death. Murder? Maybe. But it’s not Rezzable I hold responsible for their premature deletion. Anyway, I feel old. Where I felt soenthusiastabout dino destory, I now think Vint would cry, if we would have fluids physics inworld. I can’t even imagine how Beatrix Newt & the others that put all their building skills into these areas now feel.
In both cases, what we achieved there was amazing, got me some great ‘virtual’ & ‘real’ friends, and learned me a whole lot about the fact that organising things in a virtual worlds is just as difficult (if not more difficult than) as in ‘first life’. It also grew my fondness for ‘Second Life photography’ and ‘SLart‘ (<- this is still ongoing btw) in general. Christ! I even took my first WindLight™ photographs at the Cannery. I got to see Sho’s nipple. Ok, Photoshop, I admit! I attended great parties & live shows at Cannery, and even got to work with the Koinup peepz! And all that before this.
No wonder I feel ‘auwch’, right? All my friends & family think I suffer from PMS since October 27th, how do I explain to them it’s not female hormones, just some weird state of the mourning process?
On the bright side of things, I’m seriously lobbying to keep the Giant Floating Pig inworld. Anyone got bright ideas on that? And errr… as I was doing ‘remember’ cards anyway, and people - mainly real humans - keep pointing out to me that there are far more serious ‘first life’ issues:
(Wow! You’re still reading? Say ‘yes, I am!’ in the comments, I’m curious how many people got this far on such a ‘Second Life Drama’ post. Not our land anymore, not our world anymore, but at least we still own our drama! ;))
Today at the Virtual Worlds London Convention one of the panel members - don’t ask me _which one, RaR took home my Smarties and ate my notes - mentioned that a great story line - be it a television series, a game or something else - should have the power to make you cry, emotionally involve you. I must say, I did not stumble over such content in Second Life yet. Except for our virtual roaches maybe. Aurakyo Insoo’s Viva la Vida might be one of the first virtual world art works that has such a huge influence on avatars and the humans watching over their shoulders.
Viva la Vida - a tribute to life, as creator AuraKyo Insoo puts it - is a sequenced performance, taking up a complete (Rezzable) sim. As part of the Visions project, where artists get the chance and scripting-, promo- and whatever-else-they-need-support to port their virtual artistic vision to a whole-sim-build, AuraKyo created an engaging pathway through birth, life, suffering, death and in the end, salvation. Containing tons of little secrets, symbols such as a giant ark, a sound excerpts, compelling images, ups and downs, and things to click - hear, hear, Prok! - this ‘virtual ride’ with Miss Insoo as your guide is something that will definitely not disappoint you. If you have a mind willing and/or capable to think about what it sees & experiences, that is.
In this performance I want to tell what I feel with humility, because I believe that we must do something by the suffering of others and this world that dissolves in fragments. I really hope that you can live a beautiful moment of your life here. “Come on, the Ark will start the trip!” True the exhibition it becomes very clear AuraKyo Insoo is not a native English speaker, but rather than taking away from the experience, it adds to it, making it more easy to get to the essence of what she wants to share with us, in the mean while leaving some of the interpretation of her words & sentences to the audience, forcing our - sometimes tired brains - to think.
Visiting Viva La Vida
I advise taking some friends - or even complete strangers - along on your visit of this celebration of life, because you are bound to stumble over, into and under things, which will make you go ‘huh?’ and where you will want to consult others on what they think it means. I took Loaf and Roxette, whom made excellent companions! ;)
AuraKyo Insoo stipulated some rules - that make lots of sense, btw! - for photography/machinima which you should read before visiting: All the content of this installation has copyright reserved, that means that you can take photographs and video and show them only if you mentioned the creator and the place, but you can not manipulate and sell them because this is a non commercial creation. Thanks for understanding. For more information see: DMCA Copyright Legislation.
If you appreciate AuraKyo’s work of art - 100% guaranteed you will - make sure to leave a small - or huge - donation in her tip jar. I’ll add a little non-L$ donation to that. As her Viva La Vida inspired me to make my own interpretation of her work by adding some image & pixel manipulation, I return to her the idea & result that originally belong to her. I ’shot’ the snapshot above, but by this transfer all rights to the full, giant version go to AuraKyo (& corresponding human). It’s all hers now, to do with as she pleases. Does that make sense as a ‘thank you’?
PS. I’m not including much pictures, although Viva la Vida is definitely worth taking them. It’s my opinion you should see & experience this yourself!
PPS. Credits go to Madame Maracas and Ana Lutetia for helping me with the title of this blogpost! ;) The other optional title I had in mind was: ‘This is what Second Life was created for’.
PPPS. I left a secret behind when visiting the ark. Guess which is mine?
Continuing the search for great machinima’s 2008 there’s ‘Carnival of Doom - Noobs Welcome’ filmed by PG Broadbent from Ididthisfilm.com. PG ((with some aid from his human Pier Giorgio Provenzano) shot this movie for Rezzable’s - which is, yes, my employee - ‘15 fps of Fame’ series. Regardless if they pay me or not - of course, I prefer that they do - this film definitely deserves a mention as notable Second Life machinima production 2008: Story line is fun, sound overlay is awesome - watch out for the cutting knife sound - and then there’s the exellent ‘noob’ performance by Miss Lokum Shilova. Starring more than 10 avatars in total, such as there are Griete Rasmuson, Vampires Bulloch and Pie Darkstone, and a whole lot of freaky carnival folks, puppets on strings and one innocent noob, this is definitely one to watch (over and over again)!
Carnival of Doom is one of the Rezzable sims that make me really go ‘woooow!’ skilfully prim-tortured and assembled by Beatrix Newt, it’s a delicacy for the eye and snapshot function! And then I’m not even mentioning the fun carnival games, hell and the freaky but oh-so sexy (ok, except for the evil clowns maybe) fashion & costume possibilities you find there. Follow the TP to go there. Not convinced yet? See this:
Because previous two times I forgot to tell, here it goes: on October 6th 08.52PM Vint F. will take the Eurostar which - if no fires or electricity break downs or bomb alarms happen - will get her to London by 10.15PM. There she will mistakenly look to he wrong side of the street, almost walk under a charming trolley bus or taxi and make her way through hordes of tourists towards the Rezzable HQ (which she’ll be occasionally leaving for a nap, pizza or hopefully some social life).
I get to talk to _real_ human beings without the need of a data connection or phone.
I have to share my cookies with Lokum (look left).
I get to ponder which side the chicken looked at first when crossing the street.
The human will be allowed to visit Camden Town once. On a limited budget.
Communications are faster & more reliable.
RaR is within an arm’s length of reach.
I hope to get to meet up with Rob Danton again.
Drupal. Drupal. Drupal. And more Drupal. Oh! Need to take umbrella!
My brain will work in English by the time I return, frustrating the Belgian friends (and partially limiting my thoughts.)
Way less cigarettes: on the roof (look right) only.
Wondering if Katharine Berry ever comes to London. (If she does not think I’m to old/math-stupid/arrogant/… for her! ;))
Adapting to another blend of coffee.
I get to see how our ‘Project Poseball’ tree is doing. (look up on the right)
Native English people will be shocked somebody is actually wearing high heels AND carrying a giant laptop.
Any data that isn’t on my portable disk or laptop will be unreachable for that time.
A first in Rezzable’s ‘15FPS of Fame’ machinima series: machinima footage from the ‘Passions of Black Swan‘ fashion show last week. Catchy tune, lovely models, large crowd, great designs, … what would one want more?
The blip.tv version is of a bit better quality, but YouTube is that handy for embedding. *lazy avie here* If you’re curious about the shots I took at the fashion show, take a look on Flickr.
For some strange reason, I’m incredibly happy with how the cover for Foolish Frost’s newest release ‘Prim in my hand’, a Second Life builder’s song. I already loved his ‘Avatar Song’, so I was honoured he was as lazy as to let me do the cover for this one! I already had a ’sneak prehear’ and the lyrics are - as usual - hilarious. Together with ‘Prim in my hand’ (listen and/or download) , Mr Foolish will bring an ‘updated’ version of the Avatar song which, I promise you, will guarantee you at least a few chuckles over the added lyrics. The Second Life God reference? Now, c’mon, who has not heard from Mr Foolish yet? The official invite:
Those that know the ‘Avatar Song’ by Foolish Frost will be highly delighted - and those that have never heard of it should urgently check out avatar.rezzable.com - to hear that Foolish Frost - for the GMF festival - will perform ‘Avatar’, a revised version ‘Return of the Avatar’ and his newest release ‘Prim in my hand’ this Friday, 26th of September, 2PM sharp at Crimson Shadow. All invited for the release party this Friday!
More on Foolish Frost and the gig over at the ‘invitation blogpost‘. The Avatar Song is already available for watching, listening, reading lyrics & downloading at avatar.rezzable.com. We’ll publish recordings from ‘Prim in my Hand’ and ‘Return of the Avatar’ after Friday’s release party at music.rezzable.com. If you - or your human - use facebook, feel free to RSVP here (yeah, Vint testing social networking skills! ;)).
My apologies to:
Michelangelo: For ripping off God’s hand, rotating it, and recolouring it. But guess if virtual worlds existed in M’s time, he would have loved them!
Foolish Frost: For adding that cute pink flower coming out of the prim. I know it’s not really your style.
Rezzable & Language Lab have come together to celebrate cultural diversity in SL by holding a Global Music Festival for the month of September. Throughout the festival, September 6-28th, Rezzable is sponsoring the ‘Captured Proverbs’ Second Life Photography Contest. This is not your typical photo contest; it is a celebration of the RL diversity that helps make SL special. This is your chance to showcase your Real Life Culture by taking the best photo in SL that represents something typical to your home country & culture: it’s proverbs. Prizes are abundant, with 30,000L$ and lots of in world goodies for the first prize winner. For more info - I’m not going to write this all down twice! ;) - visit the ‘Captured Proverbs’ SL Photography Contest for GMF webpage on the Rezzable website. For those wondering, ‘GMF’ is - of course - short for ‘Global Music Festival’. Enjoy the creative process and snapshotting!