Bygone Picks V: Ten Thousand Things Camp

Well, obviously. :) Burn2 is over for the year, and so that pick no longer exists.

RL kept me from getting to a Man burn, but I got to one of the closing Temple burns, and got some nice pictures:

Temple Burn 2010

Temple Burn 2010

Lots of people have good writeups on the general closing; I’ll send you off to Honour again for both Man and Temple coverage.

Ten Thousand Things Camp was fun, and I think therefore a success. I expect lots of people passed by without it occurring to them to sit and look in the peepholes in the scruffy-looking wooden cube, but at least a few people stopped by. V good friend Michele did a posting all about it as well as her overall Burn2 coverage (she does these great video-photolog things that I’m going to have to figure out how to do someday when I have time again).

But anyway, now that Burn2 is over, and Ten Thousand Things Camp therefore no longer in my Picks, I have replaced it with the New Toulouse ArtWalk, because it is cool.

New Toulouse

A proper little European town with an artsy Bohemian sort of feel to it, and lots of actual art. Pop over and look around!

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Burn Dance 2010

So while I had great fun during the build phase of Burn2, RL and general mood kept me away from it during most of the time it was open. It makes me happy that the place was apparently packed and rockin’ pretty much the whole time, even without me. :)

Here I am (on the left, lookin’ macho) at one of the few things I did get to; a post-Man-Burn party at the Yokohama Marching Band camp. Woot!

Burn Dance 2010

Lots of other people have some great posts and series (serieses?) of posts about the great stuff at this year’s Burn2. I highly recommend Honour McMillan’s and Miso Susanowa’s, just f’rinstance…

Thingmaker news, and another video!

Funnest part first (I recommend one of the HD versions, if you got the bandwidth):

That’s a video from the special Burn2 version of the Thingmaker, currently experiencable (experienceable?) only at Ten Thousand Things Camp, my Burn2 build.

(The kinda neat one-prim-at-a-time pace of the action is thanks to Burn2 lag; I think Time Dilation was somewhere around 0.8 when I took this.)

Once Burn2 is over and I find some time somewhere, I will add various of the new features of this version of the Thingmaker to the commercial (“commercial”) version, and update it in my SL Marketplace store, to which I don’t think I’ve ever linked before because of the whole confusingness of XL Street L or whatever it was going away, and stuff being automatically copied over to the SL Marketplace, which at least I can spell.

If you buy the Thingmaker in its current version from the SL Marketplace, I will send you the new post-Burn2 version as soon as it comes out.

Unless I forget, in which case I will do so as soon as you remind me. :)

Bygone Picks IV: Midnight Reflections

For the fourth in my series of Picks updates, I’m replacing a place that’s not actually gone. But it’s changed quite a bit since I first went there, and so have I, and I haven’t been there for ages, and probably people know about it already.

Midnight Reflections

I remember Midnight Reflections as a complicated and mysterious place, all wooden walkways between steep cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, secret grottoes and hidden caverns, misty glowing places with darkness and enigmatic poseballs.

Of course, I was young then. :)

When I went back to it for the first time in ages to see if there was any reason to keep it in my Picks, I found a nice-enough sim, still with steep cliffs and waterfalls but somehow without the mystery, and with a big chunk of it now occupied by a remarkably uninteresting store.

The description as saved in my Pick was:

Midnight Reflections *Relax-Explore-Play*
BEAUTIFUL-PEACEFUL-NATURE-PARKLIKE SETTING with LOTS of WATER FALLS CAVES, Places to EXPLORE alone or with your lover.

fwiw, the description of the cliffs-and-waterfalls part now is:

Midnight Reflections:Love~Romance & Couples Dancing
Experience the softer side of Midnight Reflections. Gorgeous waterfalls,Slow jams, Love,Beauty,Romance, romantic couples dancing,Couples Club,Clubs,Slow jams,slow music,Propose,private balconies,couples cuddle blankets,secluded beach,romantic music

and the store part:

Midnight Reflections: Relax~Explore~Play~Dance & Shopping
Dance,Dancing,70s,80s,90s top 40s music,couples dancing,
beach,night club,clubs,events,djs,70’s,80’s,90’s,Image Reflections,romance, beach,clubs,affordable sexy Womens Clothing store,sculpted shoes,boots,gowns,outfits,Image, Womens hair, fashions

So has the place changed significantly, or is it just me? Who knows! But anyway, that’s a Pick slot freed up.

For now, until the end of Burn2, it’s being replaced with my build, Ten Thousand Things Camp:

My BURN2 Camp (Burn2: A Community of Fire, Art and Experience… In Second Life)

The way that can be trodden is not the eternal way.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of the ten thousand things.

Stop by. :)

Quite many more Burn2 pictures!

I have been having a great time working on my Burn2 build, pedaling around the playa looking at other peoples’s ones, and like that. Also taking pictures!

Here I am on my bike, returning from a notional quick trip back to civilization for more chocolate and apparently stuffed animals:

Back from a quick supply run

Entering along the road from the notional last outpost of civilization, there’s some nice monumental stuff as one comes onto the Playa, including the DMV.

Onto the playa

The DMV

The DMV folks seem to be working on some cool vehicles; but I like my classic Arcadia Asylum Hobo bicycle.

The Rangers are the best dug-in people on the playa so far; they got here first, after all.

Their dome is quite a landmark. And they have bunches of buildings!

Passing the Ranger Dome

I just hope us builders are rambunctious enough to give them something to do. :)

Finally there’s my box in the middle distance!

Almost there

It’s a longish pedal. (I wonder if that is another ranger dome on the horizon there.)

Home at last:

Camp Sweet Camp

That day I hung some cloth from the wooden awning there to keep the sun off, and made flags of my own with the Burn2 logo (and mine are Free To Copy, unlike Some People’s!), and met one of my next-camp neighbors.

Also sometime recently, an adorable little stoat or vole or sloth or something waddled through curiously:

Adorable visitor at Burn2 camp

and I’ve now pretty much finished off the place! The first draft, anyway. :) And I thought of a name.

So here is Ten Thousand Things Camp:

Ten Thousand Things Camp

The Blue truck and Red building in the background are not mine (although the shadow cast on the ground by the red building is, heehee). Nor is the wooden platform and stuff across the road.

Nor is the streetsign, that’s infrastructure. Apparently I am at the corner of Seoul and 6:00. Okay!

The Big Box and the Round Striped Tent-thing and the Awning and Old Car and Comfy Seats and Infoboxes and Fire Swirls and Random Junk are all mine, though. :) Many will be Free To Copy when the place opens and you come by!

The way that can be trodden is not the eternal way.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of Heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of the Ten Thousand Things.

And now there’s less than a month left until Opening Day.

Time Until Event

Plenty of time to fiddle with the build and peddle around nosing into other people’s. :)

My Burn2 camp exists!

Just a quick picture for possible interest-whetting. :) The playa is open only to builders at the moment; public opening is mid-October.

BURN2 plot -- sneak preview

I’m happy to see from the Burn2 site that Inner Child Camp and the Stilt Bitches are among the returning theme camps. And also happy to see Nish Mip (whose weblog I adore), and some names I don’t know who I expect will surprise and delight.

(Whispers: there are still some plots available, too; do you have one yet? It’s gonna be a fun time. :) )