What i’ve taken away from Burn2 2010 #SL #Burn2

Well Burn2 is drawing to a close and i can honestly say that i have been CRAP this year. I may have contributed with a build but in all i’ve done nothing really. I haven’t done an SLC race, i haven’t even walked around the place. I just have not been in the Burn spirit which is poor and i will have to make up for it next year.

I tried to experiment with the latest technological features of the SL viewer2 this year. In The Steampunk Town New Babbage last year i did a quest where you would follow clues and unlock parts of a story. I had it so that if you clicked an object it would open a webpage in your external web browser so you could watch a video. With the announcement of Shared Media it became apparent that i could do away with the external web pages and have a video screen appear inworld….or can i?

Professor Liddens Lab used this idea of video on a prim to tell a story and ads to the immersion of the world. You never have to leave the environment to watch the video and the combination of live action within the virtual realm is refreshing.

Unfortunately almost everyone i talked to who visited my Burn2 build was not using viewer 2 which is needed to watch Shared Media, so they were unable to watch the videos. Adding to that was the fact that the poorly released Viewer2.2 appeared to break the video links in shared media for some users.

So what to do about shared media? i was excited by the prospects of it at first but now im not so sure. I start work on The Next New Babbage Chronicles very soon and after the Burn2 experiment, it would not be sensible to use shared media which is incredibly disappointing as we had waited years for it.

Anyway for those who could not see Professor Lidden due to broken Viewer2.2 or refusal to use viewer2 here is a walkthrough of Professor Liddens Lab…

Burning Life 2010, i mean #Burn2 #SL

Ok another year has past and Burning Life is back, the koolest event in SL is now only run by volunteers and has nothing to do with Linen Lab. Because of this, the event could be a much smaller affair, but the Burners there are enthusiastic and will do their best to bring the spirit of Burning Man to the virtual population.

I myself have had to scale down my usual size of project because of the work on Escapades. Hopefully though my build will still be interesting to its visitors. It is called “Professor Liddens Lab – a second Life delusion”.

It uses Shared Media quite vitally so those without a shared media viewer will not see anything but a dusty old building.
Here is a small teaser for the Build 🙂

Burning Life 09 – The End

So Burning Life events Draws to a close for another year. It’s been a mad week, but seems like months. The amount of fun we’ve packed into that week has exhausted me. We opened with a great show by M’n’K, Had a crazy bumble Bear race and lagged out 4 or 5 SIMs with our badly scripted Bikes.I lost an Airship somewhere (still out there not been returned!), got sandwiched by naked people, played in a ball pit and nearly ran over 2 people in my mini bus. We partied hard, burned a wicker Kid, watched a Temple burn to the ground and listened to some amazing live bands…… If only SL was always this packed full of fun.

The House of Pip’s has had an amazing amount of comments. People really seemed to enjoy visiting it and felt compelled to tell me how much they were touched by the story.

I should thank you, Tis utterly charming and poigniant

Hi! I love your Burning Life build. It’s so fun! Thanks for letting me be a tiny part of it.

This one stole my heart this year. When you start listening to the parcel music station, the full story of the build and it’s characters unravels and come alive. Curl up in a donut, pop some popcorn and stay a while.

That is an amazing house!! ^_^

This was a very cute project and certainly one of my favorites in Burning Life 2009. Thanks for making me smile.

oh it’s one of my fav of this years burning life 09,really fun and interactive place – woot!

Super cool, Lokiboy! Wonderful … sweet, and fun, and so well executed. Just love it. ;=)

So i need not have worried about wether people were going to understand it or not. But as with every Burning life, it must come to an end and this year the ending was not just about burning the house down, but telling the end of a story. I wanted those who had come and become fond of the house and its characters to go away with a complete story to remember. From what i can tell people were moved by the final event and thankful to have been there to witness it. But for those who could not make it, you can watch the ending unfold in this final video….. Hope everyone had a great time at Burning Life 😉

Burning Life 09 – Burning of the Man & Burning the Kid?

Saturday saw the official Burning of the Man. It was a really amazing atmosphere with drums and so many avatars. Everyone was in great spirit as the sun set. I had not seen so many avatars in one place since the protests about open Spaces.

I got myself a really nice spot and watched as the circle of flames surrounded us then… well…. just watch the video and you’ll see. All the sound is how it sounded there, i did not replace the soundtrack!

Later that day at the house of Pips I DJ’d for an hour then we went outside and set fire to a smaller wicker man fondly called THE KID. So the whole day was full of great SL moments.