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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 since being downsized. There are six SL sims that makeup the desert landscape.
I was fortunate enough to go to the BURN2 Press Preview on Thursday. There was a good briefing and I collected my press kit and was given some great information about the history of Burning Man and Burning Life. Then we had an hour to wander around, collecting goodies, shooting pics and talking with peeps.
One thing I heard often on Press day was, “Welcome Home” and it felt just right. I believe this part of the whole tradition of Burning Man. In fact, there seems to be a great tradition behind Burning Man, even a set of The Ten Principles that will give you more of an understanding.
As iRez salon’s official cheerleader I’ve got my rah-rah’s on (well, figuratively)! And I’m already gaga for this event. I have stars in my eyes and I’m happy as a clam, but what do you expect? I’m just full of wonderment and new possibilities, and I’m ready to become a “Burner.”
The BURN2 coordinators said to wear warm clothes and set the region to nighttime. And I think this is part of the whole scene too. I’m picturing the temporary community coming to life as the sun goes down, and there’s a lot of events, including entertainment scheduled.
I’m still learning what Burning Man and BURN2 are all about. One thing that was emphasized in the press briefling was the idea of building a temporary community from scratch, a “Burner Community.” Already I can see the festive atmospher of that community.
BURN2 is a place where you can walk around and meet new people. And if you like to wander around, get lost and stumble into entertainment, there’s that too. I’m planning to be here often in the coming week and hope you will too, so give me a shoutout when you drop by.
In a way, BURN2 reminds me of the festive atmosphere created by Second Life’s 9th Birthday, “SL9B.”