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SL9B – But that’s not all!

June 18th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

There’s a couple other items with a SL9B feel I’ve got going on.

Burn2 is turning their own region, Burning Man- Deep Hole, into its own SL9B party, called “Conception.” Furthermore, my build “A Child’s Metropolis” was asked to come back back and have a reprise showing on the virtual playa. Yay!

I talked about the build right here on this blog when it originally came out. Of course, back then I did not have shadows in the SL viewer to really show off the build so… here’s a new picture!

A Child's Metropolis

Pygar Bu helped me on the completion of A Child’s Metropolis, and I assisted a bit on his SL9B build for Second Life Children. Through some small luck I also have a little build across from him in the Jamboree region caled “It All Beings With A Cube.” More of a folly than anything, it is a “history of building materials” in Second Life, from the oldest prim (dated 25 January, 2002!) to a mesh rubber duck created during the mesh beta.  It’s not much, but it was a little bit of fun just ‘cuz.

It all begins with a prim

I also used a lot of projected light on it. Oh, and Crap Mariner did an audio clip, which you can hear on the music channel.

Oh ya, and a few things here and there at SL9B, like signs and stuff in the welcome hub. Not to mention Sim Coordinating and all that. Whew.

SL9B – Bay City Community Pavilion

June 17th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Bay City is proud to play a part in Second Life’s 9th birthday, or SL9B. To that end, we have erected a large pavilion and plaza that welcomes to weary SL9B traveller to learn about our area, or just relax in a pretty, park-like setting.

Bay City SL9B Community Pavilion

The pavilion itself is based on a rescaled version of the National Dairy Products building from the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, as a nod to the Bay City theme, “the American urban experience, between 1940 and 1965, perhaps best typified by Chicago circa 1950 and marked by a distinct deco influence.” For some, the streamlined shapes of the building may evoke the sails of boats such as those at the New Port Yacht Club.

Inside, you’ll find several things. Well well as a spacious area for relaxing indoors out of the sun, you’ll find several freebies – including goodies for celebrating the party – as well as information boards detailing the history and culture of Bay City, and even an interactive map of the city.

At night, this white building is awash in blue and red, mimicking its first life counterpart. The projected lighting is best seen using the advanced lighting and shadows in the newer SL and third party viewers. Your experience is not cheapened without this, but is enhanced with it.

The plaza leading up to the building is a typical city park type area, largely paved, with neatly trimmed hedges, park benches, and other amenities. Banners, provided largely by Residents of Bay City, frame the area, showing some of the places and events that exist in our borders.

Leading into the plaza is a photo of some of our Residents, welcoming you to our build and to SL9B. Balloons also encircle the area, providing a festive atmosphere.

Bay City Alliance 2012

During the day, the plaza is home to many birds of the city, and you may just hear the siren’s song of the bustling city in the distance.

We will be hosting some parties and other events here during the week. Please feel free to check in with us over the course of the event.

SL9B – Proud

June 16th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

SL9B Candle

I am so very proud of my co-collaborators at SL9B.

When Linden Lab posted on their blog that they were not going to host the land for SL9B this year, a lot of people were very disappointed. Even though SL birthday events have been plagued with controversies — SL4B and Mature content, SL5B and kid avatars, SL6B and theme, SL7B and “Barbies,” SL8B and purple hats — and have shown a declining interest in the last few years, it was still part of Second Life’s culture. It was a touchstone in the Second Life year. And now it was seemingly gone, replaced with shout outs on the Second Life Destination Guide.

On my mySL feed, I put forth a proposition. When SL5B “respectfully declined” child avatar participation, kid avvies were understandably upset. We considered boycotts, protests, and all sort of actions to vent our displeasure. Then we got creative. We made our own celebration, Kids5B, and packed all the awesome we could muster into two regions. It was epic. And even though SL5B did eventually move towards full inclusion of kid avvies, we in the SL kid community still had this incredible, positive, amazing thing that brought our community together.

So, I said, ” I wonder if the same could apply to SL9B. What would be a good way to turn this negative into a positive?”

That same day, or close to it, Crap Mariner put forth a proposal to have the LEA and others chip in some space, and hold our own event. Saffia Widdershins started to ask around and see if a separate sponsor could be found (this lead to DreamSeeker Estates being so heavily involved). Doctor Gascigone and I both began to ask about, as I’m sure others did (if I forget anyone, it’s not intentional – mea culpa).

Many began to offer space. A parcel or two here and there. Pallina60 Loon jumped in, offering a big chunk of the LOL region. Others too. Then an anonymous private owner stepped in offering six full regions to me for the event. Then DreamSeeker Estates ponied up 10 more. Later we’d get two from Fruit Islands and two from KittyCatS. All of a sudden, we had 20 regions and as big as the last two Second Life birthdays. The event was a “go.”

Volunteers stepped up. : greeters, moderators, exhibitor assistants, and more. Builders submitted applications — over 450 of them, far more than any previous birthday event. Last year we had troubles filling all our spaces, this year we had to turn people away due to the sheer number of requests. The stages filled with amazing acts from all over. We still have people wanting to perform, and even added a fifth stage to help make that happen.

Tomorrow, the SL media and press will be in to see our works for the first time. The builders have done great things. The volunteers too. In spite of a blog or two attempting to gin up controversy and claim this year’s big drama, things have been pretty smooth. Smoother than I’ve seen before, and I’ve been at the SL birthday event since the 3rd. The builds are at an all time high, and I’m not just talking about the build height. They’re great.

In the blog post that started it all, Linden Lab said, “No one throws a better event or party than the Second Life community!” In our own way, we proved that to be 100% true. We did not do it for them — but for us. This is one for the record books, and one we — as a community — can be very, very proud of.