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A Stroll Through the 2013 RFL Christmas Expo – Part 4

As I continued to walk the cobbled streets of the Peace sim at the 2013 RFLChristmas Expo, I was again struck by the number of great stores occupying this space.  Many are well known to me, such as Evie’s Closet and Aphrodite Shop.  Oh, and in case you don’t know about Aphrodite, they have the nicest café at their in-world location, very family/kid friendly.  Do check it out. Nice way to spend some time with your SL children.

I decided to begin today by visiting some merchants not so well known to me.  DG Designs offers clothing and jewelry.  The RFL vendors included two candy-ribboned formal gowns, and I liked the swing dresses on another wall.  I wasn’t sure if they are mesh or not, but I believe they are.

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My actual favorite in the store was the Gatcha machine, offering some really cute holiday pendants.  I played the game and got three fun ones to wear this season, and a duplicate to give to my sister. I may go back for more. DG Designs is also participating in the Expo Bell Hunt and has a Naughty/Nice gift for you to click. Continue reading

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BURN2 SKIN BURN 2013

We just got the following press release from Burn 2:

BURN2 2013: CARGO CULT was a fantastic event, filled with the joy of Burning community and a fabulous Burn of the Man. But it’s NOT QUITE over til we have the SKIN BURN!

What is Skin Burn?

It’s bringing the community together again in a low­lag way to watch the Man Burn one more time. We attend in just our skins (system clothing optional). No scripts, no attachments, no HUDs, no AOs ­ just US! Wear creative colourful, glorious skins or just come as yourselves. Enjoy great tunes, an awesome Burn, and Burning with the community!

All this will happen on Saturday, the 9th of November at two times to accommodate most time zones: 9:00am SLT and 6:00pm SLT. The greeter area will be open for 2 hours before each Burn time. When you’ve de­scripted and detached, you will get a special group invite and the landmark to the Man Burn site. You can only access the playa if you are in that special group.
Please let us know when you have included us in your publications as we link back to online TV, magazine and blog posts at http://www.burn2.org/media_coverage and would love to include you! Just email communications@burn2.org a link to your content, and we will include it.

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man

festival and community into the world of Second

Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups.
The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall ­ a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.
We’d like to encourage you to use the following labels and hashtags when you write about the event: Burn2, #burn2 .

We will promote those tags to make it easier for people to find your content.
Want more information? Check out these resources:

Website: http://burn2.org

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/burn2/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/

BURN_two Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Burn2.SL/

Regional Page: http://regionals.burningman.com/regionals/cyberspace/second­life/

Contact people: communications@burn2.org

Steering Committee: steering@burn2.org

BURNING MAN Regional Contact: secondlife@burningman.com

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Burn2 and Burning Man – What is it all about?

Many of you have probably heard about Burning Man or Burn2 and I bet quite a few of you wonder what it really is. I know I did, so I did some research into this event.

Burning Man is an annual festival held in the Black Rock Desert, a 40 square mile area of dry mud surrounded by mountains. Due to the harsh environment, the participants needs to be able to survive. They need to know how to survive in a hot arid environment, they need enough water and food to survive, but Burning Man is not about survival.

Since it is a festival, they also need to make room in their packing for party food, drinks, music, entertainment and festive clothing. Many even make room for entire buildings, right there in their back packs.

The main event, as the title of the festival suggests, is the burning of a wooden figure in the shape of a man. This was started in 1986 when two men, Larry Harvey and Jerry James, brought an 8-foot statue of a man made out of scrap wood to a beach and set fire to it. It got the attention of people around them and a small crowd formed to watch the man burn. Out of nowhere, the crowd began to “give into the burning man”, one person performed an act of kindness towards the man, another picked up his guitar and made up a song on the spot about the fire and soon they had a party going around the burning man.

The next year, the duo repeated the burning on the same date as the year before and this time they brought a much larger wooden man to burn. The crowd was larger this time, but the response was the same. They repeated the event every year, same spot, same date and it became a cultural event. That didn’t last forever thou.

In 1990, the crowd reached several thousands of people and police was called to the beach because the beach could not hold all of them and it became a hazard. This is when Michael Michael and John Law stepped in. They rescued the statue from the San Francisco beach and hauled it to the Black Rock Desert. When people came up in their cars to join the festivities, Michael Michael drew a line in the sand and proclaimed that whoever crossed that line would be forever changed.

All of this helped form what is today the 10 principles of the Burning Man. These principles are known by all participants of the burning culture and adhered not only during the now weeklong event, but through their whole lives. Over 50 000 participants braves the desert each year to build a town around the Man and party for a week, yet the day after the festivities, not a speck of dust shows that anyone had been there.

The 10 Principles:
  1. Radical Inclusion
    Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
  2. Gifting
    Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
  3. Decommodification
    In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
  4. Radical Self-reliance
    Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
  5. Radical Self-expression
    Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
  6. Communal Effort
    Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
  7. Civic Responsibility
    We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
  8. Leaving No Trace
    Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
  9. Participation
    Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
  10. Immediacy
    Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

How does this translate into Burn2 and Second Life?

In 2003 a small corporation formed to create a virtual world. This corporation is today known as Linden Lab and the world is Second Life. Many of the “Lindens” (employees of Linden Lab) were Burning Man regulars, but the development of Second Life prevented them from going to the event. Phoenix Linden asked the Burning Man organizers for permission to recreate the events in a virtual format and they built a digital replica of the Man and “burned” it in Second Life.

Over the years, several different Lindens have helped facilitate Burn2, but in 2007 the whole company was too busy with new developments to take care of the event, so private interests took over from there. The new organizers had never been to a real burning and only had previous Burn2’s to go by along with the principles, so they decided to stick as close to the 10 principles as they could.

Concerns arose about how the events would be portrayed in the future and how well the principles would hold without official backing, so Everett Linden, the head of Community Initiatives and experienced burner, hired Dusty Udal, one of the worlds most experienced burners, to make sure the events held true to the real Burning Man.

In 2010 Linden Lab suffered from some downsizing and the partnership between Linden Lab and Burning Man was dissolved, but on friendly terms. From that moment and still today, Burn2 has been in the care of the real life Burning Man organizers, to ensure that the events mirrors those of the real life burnings as closely as possible.

These organisational shifts also mirrors the real life shifts, as Burning Man underwent similar organisational shifts in its youth, until it found the stable organization it has today.

Burn2 will be held from October 19th to October 27th this year. If you are interested about the events or would like to participate, you can check out their website for more information.

Fantasy Roleplaying in Second Life: Avilion Part 2

Trustees of Avilion reviewing the Combat Parade

Trustees of Avilion reviewing the Combat Parade

Our series, Fantasy Roleplying in Second Life, featuring the sims of Avilion is back with part 2, after a couple of week’s hiatus. In our first installment, we introduced you to the sims of Avilion. In part 2 we will look at the people of Avilion. Continue reading

Fantasy Roleplaying in Second Life: Avilion Part 1

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Castle Ballroom of Avilion

Welcome to the start of a new series, Fantasy Roleplay in Second Life! This four part series will look take you inside the mythical realms of Avilion and will cover the people, places, and events of this great Second Life location!

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Hidden Gems: Pala and Greyhaven

One of the many fishing areas at Pala & Greyhaven

One of the many fishing areas at Pala & Greyhaven

On this week’s Hidden Gems, I venture into the sims of Pala and Greyhaven. Pala and Greyhaven are owned and operated by Grey Nacht in Second Life. Both of the sims have been in Second Life for almost 4 years. The sims are unique in that they are set up entirely for 7Seas Fishing and offer a variety of customs and freebies from the Acardia Asylum.

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of June 2, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Music & Festivals:

Berry Festival, 4th Edition! After the great success of the Berry Party on 2010, 2011 and 2012, HullaBaloo presents the Berry Festival 2013, from May 20th through June 23rd. This event is hosted and supported by SL Kids Community, and it’s absolutely family friendly. For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/16W6KQb.

Glastonbury Pop Festival:  Throughout June, London City celebrates the Glastonbury Pop Festival with performances from the many popular bands and acts who’ve appeared in London City this past year with a month-long tribute to the world of pop music, complete with contests and prizes. For more details, visit http://mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Hidden Gems: Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant

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Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant

In this week’s Hidden Gem, we explore Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant. Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant has been owned and operated in Second Life for the past 4 years by Victor1st (Victor or Vic) Mornington. This unique location is located in one of the steampunk sims of New Babbage.

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of May 26, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Fundraisers:

World Goth Fair: The World Goth Fair is an annual Second Life event, officially sanctioned by the folks at World Goth Day to benefit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The event runs from May 15th through the 31st and features a massive amount of vendors, musicians and two huge areas to explore. For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/12sy0pG.

2013Relay for Life: for team registration and more information, please see the official websites:

http://rflofsl.intuitwebsites.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl

Home & Garden Expo 2013: The annual Home & Garden Expo returns, and it’s the most exciting expo so far! With over 100 exhibitors of stylish home products, 30 exhibitors of breedables, raffles, auctions, 11 sims and a full entertainment schedule, make sure come help Relay For Life. Everything opens at noon on May 24th, visit http://bit.ly/18c4A3Y for more information.

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