Origin Rang returns to Oyster Bay!

Origin Rang concert sign - October 2007The last time Origin Rang graced Oyster Bay with his presence, he was a little-known commodity on the Second Life music scene. Back after just a couple months, he’s a bona fide star. And we’re so excited to have him back this Friday night!

Origin 5 - by Michelle BabliiSeeing as Oyster Bay is a “part-time” music venue, we have the luxury of being extremely picky and choosy about our performers. I’m really more interested in quality over quantity – making every performance at Oyster Bay not just another show on the calendar but rather an event.

Listening to Origin play is one of the treats of Second Life. I mean, to live in the United States where I do and then listen live to a classically-trained concert pianist play from Tokyo, Japan for me and 40 or so of my close friends is worth the price of tier twelve times over. Go and look at the link above…performances from just anyone don’t inspire the outpouring of emotion that you see from Tree’s comments.

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New blogs from Jordan Morgenrote

The prolific Jordan Morgenrote (shown here shaking her stuff at the August 2007 DJ Doubledown Tandino/Oyster Bay “CultureBeats” show at the Playboy sim) found time between her Artisan Gallerias gallery, the Jordan’s jewelry design/sales and her Grid-wide status as queen of the SL nightlife to put together a couple blogs for her two main Second Life ventures:

They are both in the Blogroll on the right-hand side of the page. Jordan’s off to a great start in the world of blogging about her extensive SL experiences, and I look forward to seeing what she’s up to next!

Great SL Enquirer article/interview re: Lauk’s Nest/VAT

I missed this piece from the SL Enquirer with all of the hustle leading up to the Save Lauk’s Nest art and music festival (right). It’s a very strong interview, giving Lukas Mensing space to share his concerns and to speak to the effects of this sudden VAT policy bombshell by Linden Lab and its effect on SL’s artist/creative community.

Because I neglected to mention it in the “Mission Accomplished” entry – and because it really is a well-done piece – I thought it deserved its own mention. Kudos to Lanai Jarrico and crew for their support of this important SL policy issue!

Got my book today

Starax Angel and DevilBrian White (SL: Ansel Gasparini) told me many moons ago that he was working on a book about Second Life and asked if he could use Oyster Bay in it.  No problem, I said…I mean, the whole Oyster Bay concept has been about sharing Second Life-generated art and the joy of creating such art with others.  So we chatted a while about Second Life art – and SL in general – and he went on his way.  We kept in touch; at one point, he loaned his copy of Starax’s “Angel & Devil” to Oyster Bay (right) for exhibit.  We also discussed the possibility of his putting up a unique sculpture of his own – but this book project kept getting in the way.

The book release, for “Second Life: A Guide to Your Virtual World,” finally happened via a fun in-world launch in mid-September.  At the time, I asked Ansel where to get the book.  He said, don’t worry about it; he was allowed a number of free copies and offered one to me.  Ever the freeloader, I quickly accepted his generous offer.  (But I saw the Thinc Book excerpt of the first chapter, which mentioned Oyster Bay on pages 12 and 13 – even with a photo of the Oyster Bay Balloon Festival!)

The book arrived today, and it’s REALLY nice.  (Yeah, there’s a bit of a rush to seeing your virtual venue cross over into print.  A sense of permanence, too…guess that condo development will have to wait until the book goes out of print!  Hee hee…)  I feel guilty about Ansel sending me a free copy but am very appreciative of his kind gesture.  Looking the book over for the past hour or so, I’m finding myself impressed that he covered the gamut of user experiences – from the total newbie to the more advanced SL resident.  And it’s an attractive book, too.

Run out to the bookstore or click your way over to Amazon.com to  get your copy.  And thank you, Ansel!