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This week’s show begins with gifts from 2 more hunts that Host and Hunt Reporter Cinders Vale has brought back to the Happy Hunting set. Check out some of the gifts from The Man Hunt and the Sail Away Hunt.

Then Cinders sits down with Rosamoo Mendelsohn in the Hunt Buzz corner to talk about the upcoming SL11BIG Hunt that is starting when the Birthday celebrations begin on Sunday. Be sure to check out the little hunt on Happy Hunting’s own parcel at the event.

C&R #61

 

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Remember SL9B

Remember SL9B

Today is the last day to vote for the Avatar Choice Awards – and there’s one in particular that I want to draw your attention to – in the favourite event category.

It’s one I had the honour and pleasure of being involved in … but, actually, so did you.

Maybe you sponsored a sim.  Maybe you volunteered to help out – and worked your virtual butt off.  Maybe you created one of the vast stupendous stages. Maybe you built something really terrific that everyone loved. Maybe you built something that was very special to you.  Maybe you blogged or filmed or generally cheered it on.

Or maybe you came along and wandered from plot to plot going, “Wow! This is AWESOME!”

Because “this” was SL9B, and we made it happen.

Lotus Stage at SL9B

Lotus Stage at SL9B

Back in the dark days of April, when the Lab said that it was up to the Residents to organise their own birthday celebrations, it seemed a huge task. I wrote about it (a prescient blog post, as it turned out) – but I’m not sure that I actually expected anything would happen.  Then there was a month of maybe it will/maybe it won’t with the LEA, before the Lab backed away (and rightly so; the LEA was not the group to organise a large scale community event).  But by then it was May; the Birthday was only six weeks away.  No land.  No builds. Just a bunch of people who wanted it to happen, and some amazing sponsors who were willing to back them: Dreamseeker Estates, Fruit Islands, KittyCatS and an anonymous donor.  Then suddenly it was twenty sims – and six weeks to pull together the biggest community party on the grid.

Cake Stage at SL9B

Cake Stage at SL9B

Now SL9B is nominated for an Avie and, in one way, I would love to see it win.  But, in another way … it doesn’t matter.

We already won. We had SL9B.

Don’t forget to go and vote for the Avies, whatever your favourite is – today is your last chance as voting closes at 8pm SLT.

Now – let’s do a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

A Birthday Bear at SL9B

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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The SL9B Opening Ceremony

The SL9B Opening Ceremony

Earlier on today, Second Life’s Ninth Birthday Celebrations kicked off with a speech, river-dancing tinies, attendant dragons and fireworks.

The text speech will be published tomorrow – and you’ll be able to see edited highlights of the opening too, thanks to Mal Burns and Petlove Petshop who recorded it for Metaworld Broadcasting.

But for now, there’s a jigsaw as a taster – picture courtesy of Victor Mornington.

Opening Ceremony at the SL9B

Opening Ceremony at the SL9B

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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An announcement has been made by Linden Lab that this year’s Second Life Birthday celebrations are all about the community – and that the focus will be on the community events that residents throw in their own communities.

In one sense, this makes good sense. Every year that I can remember, the Second Life Birthday celebrations have been attended by acrimony or rows.  There are always arguments about what constitutes adult, or advertising or one of numerous other issues that sours the run-up to the event and even, sometimes, the event itself.  At least this year we are spared the sight of people declaring that they are withdrawing their support – there’s going to be nothing, really, to withdraw their support from.

Empyreal Dreams - Owl and the pussycat

Empyreal Dreams - Owl and the pussycat at SL8B: Photo by Beq Janus

We’re also spared the cringe-making sight of Lindens being forced to mingle with the community – clearly drawing the short straw and having to appear before the mob and make bright little speeches. There are still Lindens who enjoy being out and about in the community – although many of those have left the Lab now.  But they are not necessarily the ones who have to appear at the Birthday celebrations and even when appearing as an avatar, there’s a vast difference between hanging and chatting with friends, and giving a public address to a hundred or so people – especially when all you have on the speech card is platitudes.

One of the builds at SL6B: Photograph by PJ Trenton

One of the builds at SL6B: Photograph by PJ Trenton

But there are huge losses too.  For one thing, the Birthday was the opportunity for ordinary residents to share their creativity with the wider grid.  As you wandered around, you’d find small parcels with the most fascinating creations – made by people who would never have the opportunity to display their work elsewhere to a wider audience.  Cheek by jowl with the well-known names, there would be something fresh, unusual, surprising – and frequently great fun.

Resident Builds at SL8B

Resident Builds at SL8B

I made discoveries too – who knew you could play golf in Second Life? Well, presumably large communities of golfers. But I didn’t know … nor did I know about the Chang High sisters before they blew me away with their performance in one of the main venues at last year’s Birthday celebrations – and then I resolved we had to have them on Designing Worlds.  And then there was the Japanese marching band I found on the deck o0f an ocean liner, their act a gesture of thanks to people who had supported Japan through the terrible tsunami and its aftermath.

Timeline by GM Nikolaidis and Raven Haalan; photograph by GM Nikolaidis

Timeline by GM Nikolaidis and Raven Haalan at SL7B; photograph by GM Nikolaidis

And it was free – every other event now in Second Life, you have to pay to be a part of.  The great Fairs and Expos are either charitable or commercial ventures; even Burn 2 now charges its exhibitors (apart from those specially invited to display).  But you could apply for a plot at the Birthday celebrations and all you needed was a compelling idea.

Main courtyard of the Prim Perfect/MetaMakeover SL5B build

Main courtyard of the Prim Perfect/MetaMakeover SL5B build

And there were the great builds.  The centres of the events – music stages, great gathering venues that occupied four sims for maximum attendance.  There have been sme stunning builds – and a huge amount of diversity.  Remember Prad Prithivi’s futuristic space craft and domes at SL6B? Or Paige Raven’s great Country Fair style music venue at SL8B?

Mesmerize - part of Paige Raven's build at SL8B: Photo by Beq Janus

Mesmerize - part of Paige Raven's build at SL8B: Photo by Beq Janus

So this year, the events are to be staged within the communities. I’m not sure we’ll see great builds especially for the Birthday – following the Linden lead, I suspect that – without encouragement – most people will hold a birthday party where they already are.  And the chance for people to come together, to find new things unexpectedly next to each other – that will be gone.

So too, of course, will the rows.

Except, probably, the one about the fact that there isn’t going to be a central birthday event this year.

SL7B: Dragons raid the SL7B cake!

SL7B: Dragons raid the SL7B cake!

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