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Transylvania 6-5000

When you materialize inside a pentagram, you know you’re in for some strange things going on….

The Transylvania sim is dedicated to the vampire, as you can guess.  Among the things you’ll find there is this:  the Vampyre Cultural Centre, which celebrates the more cultural phenomenon in the arts, such as paintings.  It’s featured right now on the startup screen of the Linden viewer; if you materialize inside the pentagram, turn until you see the sign on the archway, and just walk on.  You shouldn’t need to worry about Bloodlines players (if that’s still a concern); that business is officially discouraged in Transylvania.

Lest we forget….

As I’m tired, and need to get a short nap in before work today, this will be mostly photos.  But the photos will say most of the words here, aside from this —

Beyond the fact that tomorrow will be Memorial Day in the United States RL as well as observed by many USA Residents in Second Life, we should also remember that this December will be the 70th anniversary of America’s entry into what became the Second World War.  In the Real World, the living memory of those years is rapidly fading as our parents and grandparents, those who Tom Brokaw referred to as the “Greatest Generation,” pass away.  Today or tomorrow, be sure to call or visit with them and thank them for all that they did, both then and after; speak with them, if they’re willing, of those days, and remember and record their memories, so that we shall always know what they did to save a world.

This, and all photographs following the break were shot at the virtual recreation of the World War II Memorial in WW2 Pacific. I hope you will visit, and that you will contribute to its upkeep when you do.

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5th Annual Beltane Celebration In World

By the grace of Her Ladyship Eva Bellambi, Lady Chief of the Clan Bellambi, Patron of the Order of the Red Rose, & etc.:

Poster for 2011 Beltane

Lady Eva Bellambi is pleased to invite you to a celebration of the Celtic holy night of Beltane, to be held in Winterfell Anodyne on the evening of April 30 at 6:00 p.m. SLT (0100 UTC/GMT, 1 May).  This will be the fifth annual Beltane feast held by Lady Eva, and will include music May poles, and the lighting of the Beltane fires.

More details, including a synopsis on the tradition of Beltane, may be found at her Ladyship’s blog article.

How Much Diversity in Second Life?


Want proof?  Just a taste?  Check out Peter Stindberg’s article and photo (NSFW!!), based on a similar project at Tumblr.

It’s More Real Than You Think….

People look rather askance at many of us Residents when we say that Second Life is more than a game.  What they don’t realize is that we build friendships, community and joy into this virtual world.  When something happens to one of those we know — and, yes, even love at times — we feel; and when something happens to the far from solid place we enjoy, we feel that, too.  When the Opera Populaire in the old Intemptesta Nox region was taken down, as well as many other places, people gathered to say goodbye to an old friend.  Myself, though I don’t go as often as I did in my first six months, I can’t imagine Second Life without the Blarney Stone or Fibber Magee’s in the Dublin regions.

Not long ago, there was a group of friends who met on what appeared to be a rambling agglomeration of a boat floating in China region, a sort of “junky junk.”  It became something of a social club, especially with the comfortable seating areas and room for dancing, judging by the looks of the scenes in the machinima above.  But the boat did not belong to them.  The owner decided to take it down — no build is guaranteed to last forever in Second Life — and did the traditional thing for grand builds:  a burn-down.

To the people who gathered there, this place was real; they knew it was a simulation in a massive computer program, but they had joined together in this place, dammit, and it was their home in a sense.  So you can understand some of the melancholy that permeates this machinima.

Things like this are more than pixels on a screen and binary numbers in a data pool….

Thanks to Hamlet Au.

Putting the Bite on Bloodlines in Second Life

Second Life begins to bite.  Or at least certain Residents do.

No, I’m not developing an Enemies List.  I’m referring to players of Bloodlines, a viral game centered around vampires and their victims.  It’s apparently spreading through the Grid like…well, like a pack of hungry vampires on the prowl.  I was unaware of the game’s existence until I read about it at New World Notes, where Hamlet Au interviewed a player who was begging him to be bitten.  (The guy was trying to bite a Linden, looking to goose his rep with a slice of cachet.  Ham isn’t working for Linden Lab anymore, but he still has the cachet.)

The game is quite simple; one of the players comes up and “bites” you while they’re wearing the game HUD.  If you accept the bite, you become one of the Walking Undead — by wearing the HUD yourself — and your avatar’s name is entered in the game database.  Then you go on the hunt yourself.

Bloodlines claims an unreal number of participants — and therein lies the problem.  In order to rise higher in the ranking, you need to bite more necks.  (The resemblance to a Real World pyramid or Ponzi scam, where you need to keep bringing in more new [ahem] blood to raise your returns, has been noted by other writers.)  Some players have taken to hanging out in areas of avatar concentration in the search for victims.

Avatar concentration.  Gee, I wonder where avatars tend to concentrate…?

More after the break….

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