Posts Tagged ‘dragon

15
Dec
08

Becoming Dragon Closing Reception / Party, Tues 8pm

Tuesday night, December 16th, will be the last night of my 365 hour durational performance, Becoming Dragon. To celebrate, I would like to invite you to join me in my space in Second Life and in Real Life at 8pm SLT for some casual hanging out, music and drinks.

Where: The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), Atkinson Hall, Visiting Artist Lab #1613, UCSD, and in Second Life.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/144/39/235

11
Dec
08

night, day 10

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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.

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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.

01
Dec
08

How to see Becoming Dragon

You can see Becoming Dragon from December 1-16th, 2008, in real life at Calit2 on the UCSD Campus, directions here, or in Second Life at the performance space sponsored by Ars Virtua, teleport here.

Opening night is tonight! December 1st at 7pm, where I will be reading poetry. There are also events throughout the performance, if you can’t make it tonight. I hope to see you there.

05
Jul
08

Fireworks in SL on the Isle of Wyrm

Happy drunken patriotic jingoist idiocy day. I like to think that these fireworks were celebrating something else, something in second life, but they were super cool, including sound…

Some impressive particle effects here. Somehow, I actually got excited watching these fireworks, and hey, I’ve never been able to fly through a fireworks display before. Cool.

23
Jun
08

I Am A Dragon, Summer Solstice Weekend Celebration

I am a Dragon!

The excitement of becoming a dragon on the Isle of Wyrms has been one of the most interesting and fun things I have done yet in Second Life. Click the link above or click here to see my flickr set of the whole process, which describes how it went.

There is so much craft and love and energy that obviously goes into this process, from the HUD Token which you use to register for the drawing for the adult dragon eggs, which update your registration and winner status, to the avatars themselves, to the large community of dragons who were so helpful and joyful throughout the entire process.

Its interesting, while the dragon avatar doesn’t seem to have that aspect of allowing you to look like the sexy person you might want to be in real life, it does have its own particular appeal in imagining yourself as a massive, majestic, magical creature. The community on the Isle of Wyrms is obviously very serious about allowing people to have this experience and to enjoy imagining this fantastic world. It demonstrates, for me, a very different kind of SL experience. Also, much of the Isle of Wyrm is PG, although there are areas that are mature. When I went to a sandbox to hatch my egg over in Limbo, there were some humans nearby in fancy chain outfits engaging in some submission while lots of eager humans transformed into their new adult dragon forms around them.

Go to the gallery and see the wonders from yourself, and don’t miss the amazing hydra photos. I wish I could’ve captured video of the hydra, hovering before me with its moving molten fire skin and its three heads swinging back and forth, it was one of the most impressive moments I’ve ever had in this world of Second Life. Even the silly dance party seemed such an outpouring of joy and nervous excitement, its own impressive experience, if a really silly one.

The dragon HUD is also very interesting, allowing you to customize the colors and textures of every aspect of your avatar: scales, belly, horns, spines, wings, nails. It also allows gestures like aura, roar, breath, wing and tail movement.

Its definitely going to take some time to get used to this new form however, as it is so massive, and I’m sure I’ll have to shapeshift back to other avatars, as many places don’t allow dragons, such as Midian. I realized today that being a dragon just make so much sense in SL, as dragons are magical creatures known to shapeshift and teleport.

Check out the Isle of Wyrm soon, while there are still lots of new, excited dragons around stretching their wings. There are also lots of other interesting people around, as I saw a drow the other day, and there are always cute hatchlings zipping around happy to answer questions, or offer you a cookie.

Oh, I imagine that a lot of you steampunk fans out there will appreciate the Steam Dragon too, so here’s a pic:




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