Oyster Bay’s broken “Light Mill”

Here’s a hard question: If you own a gallery and a scripted piece is broken, what do you do if the artist and owner of the piece is no longer in-world?

Do you remove the broken piece, knowing that it will never come back? Or do you leave it up, imperfect as it is? The piece still has value – its texturing is still as great as ever, its form is smooth and flowing…but its script is broken. The wind tosses the propeller to and fro. So sad.

Second Life misses you, Pakito Kawguichi.

TallGuy Kidd show recap

At long last, the TallGuy Kidd recap! Here are a few photos and comments on Wednesday night’s show:

The “have a friend write the recap” thing works so well that I asked the show promoter, Isolde Flamand, to briefly share her thoughts. Here’s what she had to say:

  • The music had something for everyone–some fast, some sad, some mellow, some funny.
  • TGK seemed to have as much fun as the audience, laughing and playing into the following hour.
  • It was the kind of evening that used to only happen on summer nights in the backyard, when out of town company shows up and brings a guitar, singing songs after a barbeque.
  • It had a kind of energy–seemed almost like we were participating in the concert, instead of just listening.

The thing that I noticed about TallGuy Kidd (besides the incredible number of women in the audience – guys, if you’re wondering where all the ladies in SL are, you’re clearly not at a TallGuy show), is his level of skill in performance.  He’s got a classic combination of clear, accessible lyrics and acoustic guitar prowess.

I listen to my share of real life singer songwriters like Shawn Mullins and David Baerwald, and TallGuy/Dale fits right into that mold. Yet TallGuy’s songs are perhaps a little more reflective than the two I mentioned. He has some incredibly heartfelt songs, such as “The Water is Wide” (which is written over a classic religious hymn), interspersed with the very funny “Yahoo! Song” and the kazoo-laden “Analog Guy in a Digital World.”

Like Mullins and Baerwald, TallGuy/Dale is a very strong performer who keeps his rock-solid fanbase happy while making a great first impression on TGK newbies. I think he made some new friends and fans on Wednesday night. Thanks to Isolde for putting the show together, and thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed!

Oyster Bay by WindLight

Oh, Torley, you tease….

If you haven’t seen it yet, this is Cheen Pitney’s Bullrider. Of course, Torley’s using Windlight…and we can’t right now…so this is as good as you’re going to see it. Oh, I can’t wait. I had a taste of WindLight in the prior FirstLook viewer – it was SO choice!

Hidden Starax! Week 1: Achilles and Samson

The collaboration between Oyster Bay sculpture garden and the Crescent Moon Museum has begun! Come see Hidden Starax! – 6 weeks of classic rare (and some free/copyable) pieces from the now-departed wizard of prims.

We’re starting with the classics – the towering Achilles and a fitting counterpart in Samson. Over 200 prims of strength each – wonders to be seen! They’ll be here through Sunday!

Achilles is a tremendous piece in scope and size:

Thanks to Daedalus Young and Randal Kline for posting snapshots on Snapzilla!

As for Samson, he’s trying to hold things up (while I sit around doing nothing to help…:

Come see these pieces today!

New Oyster Bay Welcome Center is open

Finally, a satisfactory resolution to one of my pet peeves about Oyster Bay.  As big as the place is, why isn’t there a “welcome center” where people can acclimate themselves and learn more about the richness of resources that are available?

Located right off the pier within steps of the property landing zone, this facility features touch-delivered URL links to key parts of the Second Arts blog, landmarks and t-shirt freebies.  The classic Oyster Bay graphic has been augmented with a nifty “welcome” as you can see.  Also, the picture frame at the back is an incredible, low-lag rotating image viewer that offers up some tips for visitors and photos from the Oyster Bay community’s finest moments.

The blog upgrades have been pretty considerable, too, to match up to the welcome center.  The Artists and Stores pages were launched, offering SLURLs to every significant point in Oyster Bay.  (I’m still working on store details and accumulating photos of the individual sculpture works.)  No more getting lost in the gardens – find what you’re looking for fast from these pages and have more time to explore!

All that in a room with gently falling water textures.  It’s bright, it’s user-friendly, it’s integrated (with the blog) and it’s DONE!  Just in time for Hidden Starax! to begin!

SL Insider picks up Hidden Starax! release

Thanks to Akela Talamasca and the crew at SL Insider for running our release.  I knew that was a popular blog, but the traffic at Oystre Bay this morning after the story posted has been incredible!

31 July: Oyster Bay “CultureBeats” on Doubledown’s DeepSexyCool show

SL’s best DJ, Doubledown Tandino asked for some help putting together an art show for his weekly DeepSexyCool show at the Playboy sim a week from today, 31 July, from 6-10PM SLT.


Doubledown wanted primarily wall art (2D pieces), so I put out an all-hands request for submissions from the SL art community. In the process I found some TERRIFIC artists whose works will be on display during Doubledown’s show. It now looks like I’ll be able to include a few sculptures, so I’ll contact the Oyster Bay artisans as well as rez a few favorites from deep in my personal collection.

Should be a fun show, and Doubledown and I just figured out how to Skype-talk tonight (a side benefit of the SL grid being down is that learning improves immeasurably!)…so I’ll be live with DD throughout the evening explaining the pieces.

Off-site events like this are a GREAT way to spread the appreciation of art (and especially SL-created art!) through the SL population. Playboy runs a professional (and surprisingly restrained, at least against SL “mature” standards) sim, and Doubledown is as solid as they come. I’m honored to put Oyster Bay’s name on this sign.