Dear Miso

  TO: Miso Susanowa, Artist FROM: Xue Faith, Host of Haiku Speedbuild, effective 1 March ’13 RE: Twisted Prims @Haiku Speedbuild Dear Miso, Hello! I’ve heard 3 things about you: 1. That you’re one of the most talented Twisted Prim artists 2. That you’re one of the best Twisted Prim …

Haiku Speedbuild & Builders Brewery

TO: Sensuous Maximus & Supremius Maximus, Founders, Builders Brewery       Robin Kierstrider, General Manager, Builders Brewery       DeAnn Dufaux, Education Director, Builders Brewery FROM: Xue Faith, Host of Haiku Speedbuild, effective 1 March ’13 RE: Haiku Speedbuild & Builders Brewery Dear Sen, Sup, Robin & DeAnn, Congratulations on, and thank you for, …

Virtual Halloween!

If virtual world Second Life was a country, and some of us think it is, then Halloween would certainly be its national holiday. I know there will be some who’ll disagree, but you don’t have to be around SL for long to discover the inner pagan lurking inside as All Hallow’s Evening draws …

BURN2 Official Opening

Saturday, October 20th, was the official opening for BURN2 2012. Yesterday I wrote about the history of “Burning Man” and Second Life’s “Burning Life” a bit. But my quest to understand the Second Life Burner movement has just begun. I was ready to learn, so within minutes of BURN2’s opening, I poured in with …

BURN2 "Welcome Home"

Virtual world Second Life will be home to “BURN2 2012” this week. It begins today, Saturday, October 20th and continues to October 27th. BURN2 is based on the real life “Burning Man” events in the Nevada desert. BURN2 also replaces Second Life’s former “Burning Life” events, originally sponsored by Linden Lab, but now independently organized …

A Spree of Violence

One consistent part of gaming worlds as opposed to open platforms such as Second Life is violence, and then especially the worst kind of it: murder. Although we gamers as a rule use the euphemism “killing things” instead of the much stronger “murdering people”, the essence is the same. Apparently …

Ephemera

I apologize for these sporadic postings… my dissertation has been keeping me busy, although I have to say that I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m about half way done combing through my hefty stash of data (over 1,000 pages of transcripts collected …