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Burning Man BURN2 countdown 2012

Burning Man BURN2 countdown 2012, originally uploaded by Daniel Voyager.

I’ve been out of world for a few days, and out of touch with the greater amount of SL activities — we’re ramping up everything, including (hopefully) the children’s enthusiasm for school beginning tomorrow — so I missed Daniel Voyager’s pictures showing a countdown clock and kiosks for this year’s BURN2. Click on through for more — or check Daniel’s blog!

Posted August 19, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, Events

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Burn2, Baby, Burn2

Announcements are going out now calling for volunteers for this year’s Burn2, the successor to the annual Burning Life event on the digital playas of Second Life.  I was sent this notecard yesterday by Kim Chihuly, who gives permission to reprint it (I’ve reformatted it for purposes):


October 1-9
Theme: Rites of Passage

Burning Man Theme
Burn2 Theme

Former Burning Life is now Burn2.  The first year of the Burn 2  was a blazing success. We are expecting this coming burn to explode with new and exciting art, fun and performances.

In the spirit of the 10 principles of Burning Man – Radical Inclusion, Radical Self Reliance, Unmediated Interaction – WE MAKE THE BURN! Please help us Fuel the Burn in any way you can. We invite all SL residents to participate in one way or another. This is your Burn!

Volunteers are important year round! There are many areas you can volunteer and help out within whatever time you have available to commit. Your skills are needed or we will help you learn so that you can contribute. Please think about volunteering and be truly part of the Burn! You will not have to commit a lot of time . Take a look at the opportunities.

Volunteer signup

This is not a Linden Lab sponsored event anymore, therefore, one way to help is to gift a Sim for the Burn.  Information on how to donate a sim.  Plots are now on wave3  and will be based on the donated sims.  Monies from plot sales and donations are used to finance the sims for Burn2 event.

History of Burn in Second Life

Any questions you may contact me . Lots of information on the Burn2 websites .
Gemma Cleanslate


See you on the playa!

Posted August 10, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Announcements, Events

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Events on the Grid

Shuffling through blogs this morning, I came across a pair of art items, one quite a nice opportunity, and the other almost sure to generate controversy in light of previous happenings.


First, the easy. Prim Perfect magazine and blog have joined with the Orange Island community to sponsor a fashion photography contest, which will run across five days during the week of August 25. Competitors must shoot to a different theme each day, at a location specified by the judges, for daily prizes. There will also be a Grand Prix for the Most Consistent team, available only to those who participate across all five days.

For more details, you can read at the Orange Fashion Photo Contest blog, or on page 48 of Prim Perfect’s issue 11. Get yourself warmed up, get a good model (or spruce up your own avatar), and go for it!

Thanks to Maggie Mahoney of Runway magazine.


And now, the rough.

The word has gone out on the Big Blog.  Volunteers are being solicited for this year’s Burning Life Festival, the in-world equivalent of the famous Burning Man art festival in the Real World.  It’s said that Philip Rosedale got his idea for Linden World, the predecessor of Second Life, from attending Burning Man in 1999.  (That may be, but there must be a dollop of Neal Stephenson in here somewhere, too….)

So what’s the problem?  They’ve done this for several years now, with no complaints from anybody.  Well, Ari Blackthorne examines the festival in light of Linden Lab’s apparent current policy of sanitizing — some would say “Disneyfying,” as Manhattan did to a good deal of Times Square — the Grid.  Remember that Burning Life emulates Burning Man in many ways; and one of them has been a general casualness about clothing.  Ari is suspicious about what will happen to Burning Life if the Lab decides to go after the exposure factor, as it did with ageplay and other matters during the planning for the recent SL5B celebration.  Ari notes:

No one twisted anybody’s arm to go running around to the pr0n clubs, or to put their money into these banks, or any of all that other crap, yet it was the shrill vocal minority that whined about it all. And remember, the alleged trading of RL photographs of child porn in the sensational news story that seemed to be the catalyst for all the bad press about Second Life is alleged. The last word from Linden Lab is that they have not been able to find these assets in the system, thus the media company fanning those flames may also have been blowing smoke up Linden Lab’s ass – just to ‘validate’ the sensationalism of their so-called news story.

If this is the case, then the funky lab on Linden Street, where you could get away with about anything in its virtual world, is definitely adopting a policy of reaction to bad press similar to many normal businesses.  To borrow from an old television program, the new management is getting measured for a team jacket, size 54 extra-uptight.  Virtual nudity isn’t particularly my thing — I ran off last night from someone who was pretending to be a body model at Alady Island and asked me if I’d like to have some fun — but that kind of trolling insanity does not happen routinely in Second Life, despite what the press has to say.

Burning Life doesn’t fall under the canopy of “what you do in the privacy of your home is your affair,” but my understanding is that it’s usually been clean, safe and fun.  It isn’t a mass meet-for-meat market, but a place to display your creativity, just like the celebration of artists in RL; and what is SL but a whole mess of artists at one point or another, shaping a new world for research and enjoyment?  I think the festival should come under the rubric of “If it doesn’t hurt your neighbor or yourself, go ahead and do it,” advocated by such as the ever-lovin’ Spider Robinson in Callahan’s Lady.

The question is, will the new Linden Lab mentality allow that this year and in future?

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