In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, I want to highlight the generosity and good spirit of Her Grace, CoyoteAngel Dimsum, Duchess of Primverness, the Baroness Lovelace, Defender of the Faith(less), Keeper of the Light (Beer), Speaker to Machines. CoyoteAngel is to me the epitome of a “geek duchess”: creative, experimental, savvy, patient yet no pushover, and extremely generous. Not only are CoyoteAngel’s lands open to all for recreation, she also hosts the long-term site of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Second Life, with all its prims, scripts, avatars and their attendant lag. Anyone who needs a megaprim can find them in her domains, along with sculpty stairs and arches, girders, a variety of flying machines, and sculpty maps of parts of Caledon.
And all this while carrying on a career and building a business as a programmer in “real life.”
Brava, Your Grace!
If you have an interest in meeting in “real life” at a convention or special event (or even if you don’t), please take a quick survey to help determine interest in meeting at SteamCon, Seattle Airport Marriott, Washington, October 23-25 or Second Life Community Convention, Marriott San Francisco, California, August 13-16. This is an effort started by those who attended and created CaleCon last year, who wish to attract a much wider range of participants this year. Please pass the word around the neo-Victorian, Steampunk, themed, je ne sais quoi communities that might be interested.
Mr Hotspur Otoole has some insightful words about what it takes to build community:
I’ve been involved in many organizations in the real world– clubs, hobby organizations, academic organizations, lodges, professional organizations, recreational groups, church groups, charity groups. Much like the rest of us. I’ve seen what seems to keep groups thriving and what does not work as well. As virtual worlds are really just real societies with a computer graphics overlay, as it were, I’m not at all surprised to see that the organizational patterns that tend to succeed in RL also tend to succeed in SL, and the reverse is true as well. People are people, after all, and they interact in similar ways in virtuality as they do in reality.
Go read the whole thing. It’s well worth your time.
The Typealyzer got my actual MBTI type for both my blogs.
INTP – The Thinkers
The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.
They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.
Look at the amazing creations made with a new kind of prim!
CaleCon (and SLCC) are not the only times people who have known each other only in virtual worlds meet in the physical world. Such contacts range from informally getting together with a group of friends to consumating relationships. Siri Woodget’s blog has a charming post written by guest blogger Andrijah Beardmore.
What I did discover is that Colleen’s hair is not quite so spiky, and that Siri is a bit more outgoing, among countless other little details. But the thing is, neither was in any way too different from the avatars they control on a daily basis. For the most part, they are the same people, even though their actions may not be the same – but then again, who does the same thing in both worlds.
Their experience is quite similar to what many of us experienced at CaleCon, and similar to what I experienced a year ago when my friends Asha, Bromo, nox, and I hung out for a weekend.
As I waited to cross back into the United States (a very long wait, but a blessedly easy interaction with the customs official), I looked back with great joy on the days I spent with my fellow Caledonians at CaleCon. (Behind the cut is a long post with several photos.)
Continue reading “CaleCon reflections”
A show at the Suite 100 Gallery in Seattle, Washington: Anachrotechnofetishism – artifacts by pioneers of american steampunk
Long before the age of the internet, and well before the cold efficiency of the assembly line, existed fantastic and terrible machines, run on hope, sweat, and steam. It was a time in which form and function lived in sin, and everyman was a revolutionary.
These are 13 American artists united by broad geography and narrow aesthetic.
Marrying narrative and nostalgia to design and technology, they imagine the triumphs of the past overriding the failures of the present to create from the ruins and detritus a dazzling future-perfect.
Prim Perfect reports on the benefit for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders to which I donated two hours of DJing:
Now we are delighted to tell you that this event raised the substantial sum of L$71,120 which equates to a cheque for US $251.67 which has been sent to the New York offices of MSF/DWB.