It has been a while since I updated here. Part of that has been due to recent health issues brought on by the sub-zero temperatures we experience the week before last, which greatly reduced the time I’ve been able to spend in Second Life.
Yesterday was the sixth anniversary (or ‘Rez-Day’ as it’s called by some folks) of my joining Second Life. Sadly, I wasn’t feeling up to celebrating, so it was pretty low-key this year.
I also had to contend with an extended loss of broadband access last Friday, thanks to a cock-up on the part of Virgin Media. That came at the end of a stressful few days as we worked, and waited on the phone, to haggle down the price Virgin are charging. Thankfully, the broadband returned last Saturday, but by that point I’d had to cancel my DJ set at Second Pride, which I was gutted about as I’d been looking forward to it.
But I’ve had some success, at least with my job as Advertising Production Manager for Gorean Whip Radio. With help from a few others (hi to Shaina and Volund!) several new adverts got put together and are now in rotation, making for very happy sponsors. 🙂
And I have a new home in Second Life! I’m renting a small apartment in MetroSomnia, the place where I role-play now, as well as the garage underneath. That has given me an excuse to rez and use the two hover-bikes I have in my inventory, one of which is a two-seater. As the sim is cyberpunk-themed they fit in perfectly, and I’ve taken them for a spin around the city. 🙂 I do need to work on my driving skills a bit more, so I doubt I’ll be persuading anyone to ride with me any time soon. 😛
For a change, I was able to get plenty of photos taken for this visit to BURN2, which is great because words along cannot fully describe the creativity (and craziness) on display on the Playa! 🙂
The theme of this year’s event was ‘Bubblegum & Duct-tape”, so there was much pink gooeyness and tape replacing the roads.
I took these photos on the day before I was due to perform, so it was marginally less laggy walking around the region and I could get unobstructed views of the various builds.
Suffice to say, there were a lot of Bernie Sanders meme pictures dotted around! I guess the Burners decided that he was perfect for a winter festival. 🙂
Incidentally, that last picture is the installation of Patrick Moya, who has an entire region of his own full of his wonderfully surreal creations. He’s in the bottom right of the photo, by the way. 🙂
I caught the end of one of the Saturday DJ shows, which was followed by a live performance by the Changhigh Sisters. They are regulars at just about every BURN2 event I’ve been to, and for once I was able to both watch the show and take some photos. These stills don’t really do them full justice, their performance combines dance, acrobatics and a lot of pyrotechnics!
My show was on the Sunday from 12pm to 2pm SLT, and once again I simulcast it on Gorean Whip Radio. There was a small technical hitch at the start where the radio didn’t get switched to my DJ stream right away, but everything went smoothly at my end. I say ‘smoothly’, but that was because for the most part I had my Firestorm Viewer setting cranked down so that I could still type and control my broadcast setup!
There was a large crowd during my show, and they enjoyed the mix of soul, funk and disco. 🙂 Later on, I was able to bring up my viewer settings enough to snap some photos of the partygoers — lots of sexy pixels on display!
I had a great time, and will definitely be back for the next BURN2 event!
Move On Up — Curtis Mayfield Soul Man — Sam & Dave I Say a Little Prayer — Aretha Franklin Sir Duke — Stevie Wonder (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay — Otis Redding Try a Little Tenderness — Percy Sledge War — Edwin Starr Walk On By — Dionne Warwick Let’s Stay Together — Al Green Ain’t Nobody — Rufus & Chaka Khan Sweet Love — Anita Baker
It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who To Sock It To) — Marva Whitney The Message From The Soul Sisters (Pt. 1 & 2) — Myra Barnes Think (About It) — Lyn Collins Super Bad, Pt. 1 & 2 — James Brown & The J.B.’s Never Too Much — Luther Vandross Le Freak — Chic We Are Family (Single Version) — Sister Sledge Boogie Wonderland — Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions
Give Me Just a Little More Time — Chairmen of the Board Play That Funky Music — Wild Cherry Disco Inferno (Single Edit) — The Trammps Proud Mary — Tina Turner Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) — Marvin Gaye We Have All the Time In the World — Louis Armstrong
Audio recordings are not working at present — this appears to be a security setting change at the site where I host the audio files, the files are still there. I’m working to get those links accessible again, apologies for the interruption. (Update: Derp, turns out that was a problem at my end, a DNS firewall was stopping me accessing the site where the audio files live.)
Hope you’re all taking care of yourselves out there.