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Water balloons!

May 31st, 2010 by Marianne McCann

Happy summer! It’s been hot here, and I know of few better ways to cool down than a serious water balloon battle!

Water Balloons

Fresh in stock, You Know, For Kids water balloons! Just attach and go into mouselook to go after friend or foe! Upon hit, the balloons pop, particle water is released all over your target, and a satisfying splash is heard! The balloons even change color randomly! Buy it for yourself or get a “Golden Ticket” to give water balloons to a friend!

Also in today is the Summer edition of my pinwheels! This time, a new look and sun-shaped particles upon command!

Both the water balloons and the pinwheels are available at You Know, For Kids in Bay City – Imaginario, Livingtree, Funky Town, and in Fletcher at Inner Child Depot!

* Bay City – Imaginario

* Livingtree

* Inner Child Depot, booth 103 in Fletcher

* Funky Town

Happy summertime from You Know, For Kids!

Hooray for Moles!

May 27th, 2010 by Marianne McCann

Two years ago, Linden Lab started the Linden Department of Public Works. While not as flashy as big technological breakthroughs or whatever, the LDPW and their “Moles” have been a huge betterment to the Second Life Grid.

Moose Beach

For one, the department helps fix things. Two years ago, I started to look at how much was of Linden Lab’s inworld structures were busted up. I found places where road, bridgeworks, even whole buildings were destroyed and unusable. The vehicle regions were not very usable. Famed Mt. G’al was unable to take any noob sacrifices. So much just felt neglected and uncared for.

Today, the vehicle sims are in fine form, many of the worst damaged places are fixed or are being fixed, and things don’t feel as run down as they did. Oh, and falling into Mt. G’al’s lava will kill ya once more.

Mt. G'al's Caldera

But they do more than just fix broken stuff. Aside from their work on big projects like Zindra, Nascera, the Blake Sea, Nautilus City, and Bay City, they also build our roads, have been fixing our rails, decorating other waterways, providing little builds here and there along the way.

The benefit of these should be obvious. Because of their work, you can spend an hour riding a ferry boat along the Blake Sea waterways. You can take out a car and race at Talpidega Speedway in Georgean. You can fly a plane out of the Bay City Municipal Airport and fly round the Gulf of Lauren. You can grab a juice drink in Brownlee. You can find the merman bunker in the seas west of Degrand. You can stay over at the truck stop in Ribeata. You can explore dozens of places all over the Second Life mainland.

Talpidega Speedway

What’s more, all of these places are open to us all. There is no one to tell you that your not welcome, which can be of great benefit to those who play child avatars. We’re all equally welcome at these places, and can all enjoy them. It’s like land we get to play on as an extra value to our membership in Second Life.

They’ve been doing a lot of roadwork, paving paths all over. Some have been making new switches and crossings for the SLRR. A great many have been decorating waterways around Baffin, Kara, and Thurston. They’re fixing up the old sports area in Rizal and Wild West Town in Oak Grove.

Coral Reef

For those who do the sort of role play I do, or just anyone curious, check out the LDPW Parks and Recreation Directory, and go see some of these places. It’s worth your time!

Kid Unity

May 17th, 2010 by Marianne McCann

I want to take a moment to talk to those who are kids in Second Life, as well as those who take on the role of parent, caregiver, teacher, principal, scout leader, camp counselor, and whatever else I may have missed from the list.

Our community is a great one, filled with special, wonderful people.

Us kids have opened up a part of ourselves rarely seen, sometimes shy, sometimes capricious, always childlike part of out psyche — and through this, have unleashed some awesome parts of ourselves onto the Second Life Grid.

Those who serve as adults, too, are very special. These people nurture our inner kids, providing incredible places and wonderful experiences, while giving a great amount of their time creating amazing shared experiences for us all.

Yet, I also know that our community is a fragile one. Over time, I have seen wounds open up between people, virtual kids and parents set against each other, adults against adults, kids against kids. Entire subcultures have begun to spring up in response, and these may well end up hurting us all.

Perhaps there were slights, perhaps great wrongs. I know that there are people amongst out community who hurt every day over things that may have happened here. In a world where we are here for fun and joy, we need to look hard at this.

Each of us is a special being, and capable of great things. We may have a hard time believing it, but I’ve seen this little group of ours grow from a handful of people dispersed over the grid like so much thistle down, to a large but disparate community.

We don’t have to agree with each other every day, and I know that there are kids and adults out there who I don’t always agree with. I’m no saint neither.

Yet I ask each of you this: if you feel you were wronged once, try to forgive. Seek out those who you were hurt by, and talk to them. Don’t accuse, but seek to mend. Likewise, if someone does seek you out, or if you feel you may have hurt someone, seek them out too, and tell them your sorry for any thing you might have done to hurt them.

We are a big, wonderful bunch — but we’re even better as a team. Imagine what our world could be if all the schools worked as a district, if our regions worked to the benefit of all, if we could truly be one community?

Let’s make this happen, and strengthen our ties to each other: we’ll all stand to benefit.