Yesterday, November 3rd, the pyro-technitians of Second Life’s BURN2 set The Man ablaze, signalling the close of this years event is near.
Naturally, your ever alert, ever on-time reporter arrived 5 minutes late and couldn’t even get near The Man perched up high in the cold desert night.
And naturally The Man was already ablaze when I arrived. But fortunately I brought my telephoto lenses, opened up my Draw Distance to 1024 (SL for a long way). There I zoomed in and out, positioning the camera from different angles, and catching the Man as he burned. I snapped away, shot after shot, as pieces of the Man began falling off.
First the Man lost his arms, then his head. Parts of the base were crumbling like crazy and another 10 minutes everything was reduced to a pile burnt timbers and cinders, smoldering. It happened that fast and I couldn’t help thinking about what a well done job of SL building and software engineering.
Some structures had already been burnt and there were more structures left to burn. Today, the final act in the show, the burning of The Temple. Can’t make the first burning? Through the magic of Second Life, the burning ritual is repeated three times that day.
I enjoyed many of the activities but didn’t make it to many others. My favorite activity turned out to be the Lamplighters ritual lighting of the lamps, but I enjoyed many of the performances spread around the camp.
If you’ve read my other posts about BURN2, you know I declared myself a “Burner” this year. I still can’t I completely understand all that being a Burner entails, but I suspect that part of it is the tradition itself. I’ll have to wait till next year to experience that.