Random musings about things griddish

It was another crazy day in RL today, so please bear with me while I vent as I review my NetVibes collection of Second Life-related blogs:

  • The Second Life blog is old news. If you really want to know what’s going on in Second Life, you need to pay close attention to the Second Life Grid Status Report blog… especially with the “now you see it, now you don’t” approach to asset server availability. (As referenced here, here, here, here, and here…among other places. And, yes, those are all unique incidences of problems.)
  • If you really (REALLY) want to know what’s going on across the grid, the Second Life Herald probably has as good an ear to the ground as any place. But I won’t admit that I told you, lest some reformed griefer plants me in a Bill Cosby “jello” prim while I’m AFK.
  • Speaking of the Second Life Herald, they tell us that the Feds are onto the sweatshop that is Second Life. Or at least as it relates to the larger metaverse development companies, who often look at the Linden dollar to US dollar relationship as a 1:1 ratio. Yup, Sheep, you get to pay taxes for those serfs – errrr – employees of yours.
  • Goodbye, Ritchey Sealey-RL Australian Artist. I finally followed the counsel of way too many talented friends who abandoned the spam of the Art & Artist Network; Creatives, Artists & Musicians and Second Life Artists groups. And my viewer (and email, when I’m not inworld) has never been more tranquil. It’s kind of funny, all this marketing from artists…to artists…in the hopes that artists will buy another artists’ art. Don’t you think that – oh – growing the circle of art enthusiasts might be better? (Leave it for me to say that; I’m a prime ex-group spammer. Did I tell you about the Madcow Cosmos “14 Days, 14 Sculptures” show in the last hour? What about “Hidden Starax”?)
  • What happened to the discussion about intellectual property and content theft? Did the Linden inaction policy wear everyone out already?
  • Dusan Writer is a megaprim tease. To tell the world that there’s a patch to allow users to make megaprims on their own? And not tell us how to get the patch? D’oh! (Don’t worry, Dusan, you’re in good company. The only other tease I’ve identified was Torley Linden, who somehow remains a WindLight tease even though WindLight is part of the standard viewers. But you CAN forward that patch to morrisvig <at> sbcglobal <dot> net…)
  • The idea of offering a free Iron Man avatar in Second Life is freaking genius. That avi is so choice…and works GREAT in SL. I mean, look at this Flickr group. Or this machinima contest. (Thanks to New World News for the tip on the contest.)
  • Dusan Writer is a megaprim tease, but Nicholaz is The Man. His latest “eye candy” viewer has the megaprim patch. Now, Nicholaz, just include support for my 3D Space Navigator control, and I’ll abandon that official viewer faster than you can say, “My viewer crashed again.”
  • Prokofy Neva is right more than wrong. But don’t tell Prok I said that, lest I get labeled as some fascio-commu-liberal noob.
  • Good luck to you business-types…just don’t interrupt my recreational experience that is Second Life. Or wonder why I don’t care that you’re inworld.
  • Gwyneth Llewelyn’s avi has huge eyes. Really. Look for yourself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Whew. That was cathartic.  Back to the walkabout!

Finny Yates checked out the Madcow Cosmos exhibit

…and, in the process, further proved Vig’s Theory of SL Sculpture: The “coolness” of an SL sculpture correlates with its ability to be sat upon.

Finny Yates at Madcow Cosmos’ show

Thanks, Finny!

Don’t forget to check out this fantastic show on your own, readers!

“A Madcow Madhouse!”

Callipygian Christensen follows up on her sim-wide AM Radio exhibit with an exposition of Madcow Cosmos. I’ve seen a lot of his work from his repeated showings at Oyster Bay, but Madcow’s clearly been busy in addition to what I’ve seen….TONS of new works mixing his bones, steampunk and many, many more designs. Even some human figures (who knew?). Definitely worth seeing. Madcow is one of the true geniuses of Second Life art and sculpture; you’ll never see a vision like his from anyone else.
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[UPDATE: Charlot Dickins (whose blog is quickly becoming a must-read) has an excellent visual recap of the Madcow Cosmos show.  …   And Isolde Flamand’s photos from the Madcow Madhouse are just incredible!]

Great blog post on Rezzable

Photography posted on Flickr by Ganymedes Costagravas

Bettina Tizzy offers a strong analysis of Rezzable, the reigning prime mover in the Second Life art scene.

Photo posted on Flickr by Amalthea Blanc
Reading this post, I’m struck at how much the landscape of Second Life – specifically, its arts community – has changed over the last year. Rezzable has rewritten the rulebook…and largely on their terms. Love ’em or leave ’em, there’s no doubting their influence.

The view from up here

With all that’s been alluded to, I suppose I’d best share a little of the excitement to come at Oyster Bay. So let me get positioned, and I’ll pull the curtain back for you…

There, that’s better! Why don’t you jump into “Moresville” for the scoop?

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At the base of the Oyster Bay Christmas tree

This is a sculptie snowman, designed by sculptie wizard Charlot Dickins. A perfect addition under the Madcow Cosmos’ steampunk Christmas tree!
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Looking over the Oyster Bay Chistmas Tree

It’s turning into a wonderful display of SL art ingenuity! Definitely worth a look, if the holidays are your thing.
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