Why I tend to wander off…

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t tend to go to big Linden-run events, or to other huge events like the Hair Fair. Part of it is my impatience with lag, and the feeble video on this aging laptop. But another part of the problem is that somehow I often just don’t Get It.

I stopped briefly by the Land Expo, landed at the landing points, waited (and waited and waited and waited) for things to rez, read a few signs which were breathlessly enthusiastic about… things related to land, I guess, wandered about a bit, and then left. I guess really one was supposed to attend Scheduled Events, but I’m never organized enough to make it to many of those.

I pretty much ignored the SL Fifth Birthday stuff, but a couple of friends have builds in the Sixth one (SL6B!), that I’ve been helping with some scripts and beta testing, so I’ve been wandering around there a bit. This morning I TPd over at random, took a random teleport from the arrival area, and found myself at the Second Life Time Capsule. Sounds cool!

So there’s this sign about how in June of 2003 various Residents put their most treasured possessions and journal entries into this capsule for future Residents to see, and how now the capsule has arrived here for us all to enjoy. Great stuff! So I walk over and there’s this capsule, and it’s sitting there, and it’s a capsule and… it doesn’t do anything at all. I go into Edit on it, and see that it has all sorts of interesting stuff in its contents, but it doesn’t respond to touch…

Cool!  Now what?

… or to being sat on, or otherwise offer me any access to any of the stuff it holds.

So I have no idea and I wander off. Later on I happen to run into Phaylen Fairchild, who is big in SL6B, and I ask her about it, and she says oh yeah all those things in Contents are going to be on display tomorrow afternoon.

Okayyyyyy… :)

They might have mentioned that somewhere. Maybe they did and I missed it. Or maybe everyone but me just intuits better.

I ran into Phaylen, btw, at an intense live guitar performance at the Synchronicity Auditorium on the SL6B grounds.

Johnny99 Gumshoe and his flamin' guitar

Now this, I understand…



It’s sort of silly to be recommending something after it’s over, but WTH it’s my weblog, I can do whatever springs to fingers.


The other evening Phinn IM’d me to remind me that I kept saying I wanted to see the very notable “The Wall V-2” and well hey it was the last night so it was now or never, so I made room in my Busy Social Calendar and I went and it was really amazing and memorable and afterwards they invited us all to go up and dance on the fragments of the wall so there I am up there doing that.

Pretty neat, eh? :)

The whole thing was very very well done and highly effective. Lots of great scripted events, like shattering glass, entire-stage color changes (except, mostly, for The Wall itself, which sat there grey and graffiti covered and ominous), moving spotlights, character puppets, mostly sinister, that I couldn’t tell if someone was wearing or if they were being operated or scripted or what, costumed dancers, and generally all sorts of things. As well as disturbingly relevant Dubya voiceovers scattered through the soundtrack.

Good performances in SL are just wonderful. Visual / audible / mental / social delights, and all from the comfort of one’s easychair. A good RL event involves vastly more sensory input and “realness”; but it’s also vastly harder to get to, and in many ways vastly more limited. I say profoundly. :)