It is now the night of day 10. i am tired. i didn’t expect the incredible effort of expending social energy towards people literally all day every day. from when i wake up to when i go to bed, i have people coming in rl or sl, knocking on the door or sending me an IM. It is actually tiring now, maintaining one or more conversations, all the time. We’ve had lots of interesting visitors in the last few days because of the Cinegrid conference, but it hard being on public display for so long. As someone said the other day, it can feel like the “Dog and Dragon Show” (as opposed to pony).
Today at 7pm I had some friends here, and I asked someone to leave the physical space because public hours were over. He proceeded to stay for about 5 minutes more and it really bugged me. Obviously, I’m tired and grumpy.
But it was wonderful to see mary and nikki. I was sooo happy that they stopped by.
Last night, as I said in my earlier post, were again, amazingly fun. I went to some of the places on Koinup’s list of top 10 places of the week. First we walked around a winter wonderland of reZone, which is a very nice build. The music, the water and all of it are very soothing, which is what I need right about now.
After that, Calder invited my to MyBase, the new Air Force base in Second Life. At first, I was so disgusted to see more United States jingoist propaganda crap reproduced in second life, with the music and all, but then I quickly realized what fun we could have there!
We burned the flag, we setup our own Air Force posters that said “Join the Air Force: Travel the world, meet exitoc people and kill them”, we set off rockets (much better than the rockets there help up by sticks), we had a jolly time, doing just what we would want, using virtua worlds to realize our dreams. Thank you air force! LOL…
After one last dragonball Z shot into the heart of darkness, we went on our merry way. It was late by then, and tired we went with Hibiki Ochs to see the Beat Cafe and art exhibits at the University of Columbia in Chicago, which are amazing and you should check out.
Today’s panel with Brian Holmes and Rubaiyat Shatner on “Biopolitics and Second Life, The Challenge of Imagining New Worlds” went great, and is pictured above. Since Brian had a slower machine, we just used text, which turned out to be more democratic anyway, since everyone could chat together. I’ll post the chat log soon.
Now I’m just happy to relax for a bit and write this blog post. Looking forward to the home cooked soup brianna brought me this morning! Oh, and Dr. Dominguez brought Ze by today, which was also wonderful. Ze is Ricardo’s little boy, I think he is about 2 now? He liked the dragon a great deal and immediately began making up reality bending stories about it, and the magical scroll he found on the floor, and the pokemon stick he found outside, all made better by his new dragon force power.
Good news came tonight in the form of an SL photomodel, Callie Cline, who IM’ed me to say that she thinks my project is interesting and she wanted to take a picture with me. Apparently she was the first avatar to get a modeling contract for a RL company, pontiac. Interesting, but her contract is up now. Still, she makes great clothes and she told me that the dr dobbs story about my (a repost of the calit2 one) and the city beat article were headline news on the front page of secondlife.com. That’s good news. Although since we were discussing the problematics of one corporation running SL and the need for more opensim servers at our event today, its a bit ironic. I was also very happy about Frank’s Waag Society blog post, since they do such fascinating work.