Join us at the SL10B Community Celebration for the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 29th June!

Two weeks ago, the flags were raised to signify that the SL10B Community Celebration was open.

Flags Aloft! Photograph by Pygar Bu

Now, two weeks later, the event is coming to an end and the flags will be lowered at 12 noon on Saturday 29th June.

Once again, the idea is that as many people as possible can watch the flags lowered, marking the end of the Celebration.  The flags are stationed  around the sims (you can see their locations marked with red X‘s on the map below).

Position of Flags for the Opening Ceremony

Position of Flags for the Closing Ceremony

You don’t have to land right on top of a flag (that would be rather painful!).  The idea is to land close – you’ll be able to find a spot where you can see the flags lifting!

Following the flag ceremony, there will be fireworks (organised by Marianne McCann) at the gorgeous Cake Stage (which will be viewable from many points).

No pressure...

The Cake Stage, photograph by David Abbot

And to round off events, from 1pm – 9pm SLT, there will be a party on the fabulous Turtle Stage on SL10B Impressive and SL10B Spellbound. Details of the DJs who’ll be performing will be published soon.

So come and join us for the Closing of Second Life’s 10th Birthday Community Celebrations – and then stay to enjoy the party!

On the Turtle Stage, photograph by Argus Collingwood

On the Turtle Stage, photograph by Argus Collingwood

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It’s a very good time to go for a Long Walk at the SL10B Community Celebrations!

David Abbot with The Long Walk Poster

David Abbot with The Long Walk Poster

The week of entertainment on the stages has come to an end, but the exhibits are still opened and, with a little less traffic, it’s a perfect time to explore.

It’s also a perfect time to undertake the Long Walk too!

The Long Walk is a special guided tour of the Second Life 10th Birthday Community Celebrations – with extraordinary gifts to find along the way.

Over the Birthday Week, David Abbot made a complete circuit of all the sims, posting an account of that day’s Walk on the blog, describing some of the things he saw as fun, whimsical, beautiful and sometimes very moving. You can follow in his footsteps, and along the way you will discover some amazing gifts – not in every location he mentions, but in very special places where X will mark the spot!

You can follow the Long Walk and find the special gifts while the sims remain open until June 29th.

And here are some of the gifts you can find …

A petite signal box from Sweetbay Designs

A petite signal box from Sweetbay Designs

This is a beautiful creation from Sweetbay Designs, who are NOT exhibiting here – but the generous hunt gift from designer followmeimthe Piedpiper is very much is keeping with its location on The Long Walk …

A beautiful chest and flowers from Chic Aeon

A beautiful chest and flowers from Chic Aeon

Two lovely pieces here that you can find  as you explore …

The Explorer's Study - created by kaerri

The Explorer’s Study – created by kaerri – and yes, you REALLY get all of this!

This really awesome hunt gift from kaerri (designer Kaerri Rae) includes all the elements an explorer needs for his or her study, including a bookcase, a trophy cabinet, a desk with computer for writing up exploits, a telescope, maps and a globe lamp to start planning the next expedition – and a slide projector (with projected slides) so you can tell your friends all about your last expedition!

Celebrations of Second Life’s Tenth Birthday in videos on the web!

Some fun videos are coming out about SL10B – such as this one.

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And, of course, there’s this brilliant video of Loki Eliot’s build, filmed by Draxtor

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And you can now see quite a few of the talks and the presentations that were given in the Auditorium – thanks to the Herculean efforts of Mal Burns, Petlove Petshop and Emmo Wei!

Here are just a few of them:

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And let us know if you’ve made a video about SL10B – so we can include it on our Community Links page!

Schedule for SL10B, Sunday, June 23

"Cake Stage" by Donpatchy

“Cake Stage” by Donpatchy

 

The Long Walk at SL10B CC – Episode Seven: Full Circle

From  Bear Island to the Welcome Area
Bear Island, Spectacular, Astonish and Wonderous.

And so the last day is upon me; two more sims and I’m done. I started late today, and saw a whole lot more people as I walked than usual, which is nice. And any day that starts with the sight of a flying saucer blowing up a trailer park (Flying Saucers from Outer Space, in fact!) has got to be a good one – especially when it’s followed by a garden like the one at the Lost Eden Paradise Pavilion.

Of all the walks, though, this one has more personal stops than the rest combined. Half my address book seems to be here, for a start, so when I came across The Blackened Mirror (and a couple of pages of next season’s opening script on the floor!) I realised that the only thing to do was take in everyone quickly so it was off to see (deeeep breath here) Treet.tv, Prim Perfect, Happy Hunting!, the HuntSL Museum of Hunting, the SL Newser and Metaverse Broadcasting.

What kind of waterslide is this, anyway?

What kind of waterslide is this, anyway?

I had company again by this point, which was perfectly-timed for me to stop and take a quick turn around the floor at Tango in Second Life, before going on to admire the gorgeous display put on by Running Lady Studios and Virtual Girl Productions (with whom I’m not affiliated at all, for a change). Just up from them was another beautiful build, Aqualonde. The elves who built it, though, have left me confused, since the glorious chutes of  water that run from top to bottom have no sign whatsoever of a single rubber ring in which to ride them…

Emphatic Eccentrica had enough beautiful lunacy to make up for a lack of waterslide, though, with a giant Pinocchio and a trip from the moon to the sun and safely back again. What a great way to top up my tan!

It started with a noob...

It started with a noob…

And then, what is probably the most personal of all the exhibits I’ve seen this week: that of the Caledon Oxbridge Community Gateway. It was here that I pitched up three years and change ago as a fresh-faced noob and learned the basics of survival in this strange and wonderful world we all share. My first home was here, back when the halls of residence still stood by the river, and I probably slung my first prim in their sandbox. It’s no exaggeration to say that if I hadn’t found my way there I wouldn’t be writing this now, and if The Blackened Mirror is where I stop to look forward, then this is the best possible place for me to take a moment and look back to where my own journey began.

It started With A Cube, of course, as my next stop reminded me, and the plain plywood exterior appropriately turned out to be something altogether more interesting when I stepped inside to the sight of stars. After which was my final stop, Now & Then, the Avatar Portrait Project, another thoughtful moment to stop and dig an early snapshot from the depths of my inventory, smile and look back to the path ahead.

Long Walk 7_009

Not you again?

That path took me through a few small hills before the Time Capsule display opened out in front of me. A brief stop there and then a few steps more took me back to where I had begun this walk a week ago. What a trip it’s been – and yet I’ve already heard about things I missed, and there are things I wish I’d had time to see more of.

We’re open for another week, right?

See you out there.

Long Walk 7_015

X marks the spot!

X marks the spot!

This is a hunt, and you’re looking for one (or more) of these. They’ll be somewhere on the route but even I don’t know exactly where you’ll find them so there’s no point asking me for hints. Explore! Have fun! Live a little!

If you’re joining us late, you can catch up with the whole thing here.

Schedule for SL10B, Saturday, June 22

"The Tightrope of our Affection" by Blue Tsuki

“The Tightrope of our Affection” by Blue Tsuki

The Long Walk at SL10B CC – Episode Six: Single-Stage Rocket

From the Reactor Stage to Bear Island
Awesome, Incredible, Dazzle and Bear Island.

The Reactor Stage is inside a… well, it’s a cooling tower if we’re going to be technically accurate, but cooling towers tend to go with reactors and if there were a reactor in there people wouldn’t have anywhere to dance. So there.

Semantics aside, the way to the stage can be a little challenging for the unwary. There are tight corridors, barrels of… stuff… lying around, the odd loose cable and a few other surprises, like the lasers (and if you want to know how I dealt with those, watch next Monday’s Designing Worlds). Inside is a space you’ll have almost certainly seen written about elsewhere – a huge cavern of a place with a rocket pointing its exhaust right at the dance floor. While this would probably fail even a Bond villain’s lair safety inspection, it looks fantastic and is well worth a look.

Great beach, comfy chairs, nice view of the reactor. Perfect.

Great beach, comfy chairs, nice view of the reactor. Perfect.

Sneaking back out, though, I wanted to see more of what is sadly likely to get far too little attention – the rest of the landscape surrounding the reactor. It’s a blasted wasteland, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a look and there’s a lot to find if you make the effort. I even found time for a nice sit-down for a few minutes before skipping over the water and heading north into Dazzle, where my first stop was Physeter Nicholls ‘s Scriptless Machine. I’ve seen the demonstrations of this announced, and heard people enthuse about them, but I’ve not managed to get to one yet and that’s a shame. Perhaps I’ll be able to make tomorrow’s.

But that’s tomorrow, and a day I already have some plans for.

I found DRUM next, and yes, there were indeed Drums, and then discovered a build I’ve been looking forward to: the 1920s Berlin Project. I’ve been a fan of theirs (mostly in absentia) for some time, and especially of their efforts to maintain a strong hold of keeping the right feel there. Frau Jo Yardley, who keeps the place running, was absent as I passed through, which meant that the bar was unguarded unsupervised. I behaved as most contemporaneous writers would, of course, and I’m sure they’ll be able to bill the clean-up to my travel expenses.

Suitably refreshed (and I really am sorry about the barstool – I’m sure it’ll turn up eventually), I visited the elegant glass pyramid of the Brokeback LGBT Centre, and from there to an exhibit I was delighted to see, for a cause I feel very strongly about: Relay for Life of Second Life. Those of us who Relay all have our own reasons, and so many people come together here to raise money for ACS that it’s good to see such a community-spanning initiative represented here. Next was the Acorn2Oak PTSD Community, a less-famous initiative but one that also does important work for those who need it, and another subject that I have my own reasons to care about.

Yes, I know it's bad for the engines - those Jumos were twitchy at the best of times.

Yes, I know it’s bad for the engines – those Jumos were twitchy at the best of times.

And then there were aeroplanes. I don’t expect many people to get excited by the sight of an Me262 coming into view, but I have a model of one above my desk and I’ve always found it a deeply evocative aircraft (which reminds me – I’ve been promising myself SL flying lessons for ages!). So my thanks, at least, to Dogs on the Run for parking one outside their hangar.

My last stop was both a hint of the day’s destination and an irresistible joke given how I got there: Bear Silvershade’s exhibit Journey. It’s certainly been a journey so far, and my final stop was just across the water, covered in…

Bears.

Counterpart to the Linden Bear, the Mole... um... mole?

Counterpart to the Linden Bear, the Mole… um… mole?

Yeah, yeah, it’s a lame gag. But there are Moles, too! It was really nice to see those quiet workers who make nice things for us represented among all the bears of Lindens current and departed. It’s also, if you want to look at it a certain way, a nice balance to the Cornfield, which sits on the opposite side of the estate. Here are the bears given to those who help out or ask nicely (thanks for the Pwny, Rod!) and the Cornfield was once what happened to those on the other side of the coin. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it all and should go for a nice lie-down.

Tomorrow sees my Long Walk come to an end as I pass through two last sims before reaching the Welcome Area once more. Hopefully, someone’s warming up the foot spa already…

X marks the spot!

X marks the spot!

This is a hunt, and you’re looking for one (or more) of these. They’ll be somewhere on the route but even I don’t know exactly where you’ll find them so there’s no point asking me for hints. Explore! Have fun! Live a little!

If you’re joining us late, you can catch up with the whole thing here.

Learn about some of the people behind the SL10B Community Celebration!

New on the sitea series of interviews as Joonie Jatho talks to some of the people who have made this year’s Second life’s 10th Birthday Community Celebrations possible.

The A'stra (Turtle/Main/Live Stage) - photographed by PJ Trenton

The A’stra (Turtle/Main/Live Stage) – photographed by PJ Trenton

First of all, she talks to Jahman Ochs, Stage Lead at the fabulous Live Stage (also known variously as the Main Stage, the A’stra Stage and the Turtle Stage).  She follows that up with an interview with Fleas Bussy and Toady Nakamura, who created this magnificent stage!

More interviews to come, so keep watching this page: Behind the Scenes Interviews

UPDATE: Interviews with Diana Renoir (Land Lead) and Rails Bailey (Moderation Co-Lead) have been added!

Schedule for SL10B, Friday, June 21

"Nature is an Art" by Motoko Oanomochi

“Nature is an Art” by Motoko Oanomochi