Archive for the ‘burn2’ Category

I want to share with the three people who read my blog this email I sent back in February to the core team of burn2. I left on my own accord and was not forced out made to leave or fired. I still believe in burn2 and I also believe this event is one of the last great ones in second life.

Greetings team,
I am writing this email after a few months of reflection and soul searching. My life has changed both in sl and rl. I am no longer able to commit to things like I use to be able to. And that’s not fair to the event, volunteers, or to any of you. between my fathers health issues and my personal life and work commitments ever changing.

There fore when the time Diana’s world calms and she is able to once again commit to burn, I will be resigning as the co-lead of DPW.

Diana has shown countless times her deep commitment to the event and the community filling in where needed without question. She has always strived to better the event and make it grow into what it has become and what it will be in the future. You should all trust her decision making skills and let her grow as much as possible she will not let you down I’m sure.

This will wait till after the April fools event and occuplaya have ended. As i have committed to be a part in those events. Unless Diana requests I leave sooner. I know her personal life is in flux currently so to alivate any tensions or commitments she currently has and to proceed in a transitional phase. I plan on being retired by the beginning of may.

It has been a very hard and personal choice to come to. I plan on serving still in a emeritus role for DPW and will still be available to anyone who has questions or is in need of my help in any way. But the time has come for me to move along.
As a personal request I ask that you please keep this email as confidential information till may. But I felt it was best to inform you all now of my future plans. I’m not leaving second life just going to explore other things beyond burn2 on the grid.

Funny how life changes and things we loved to do grow faded. I have nothing but respect for you all. And nothing but well wishes to you, the community and the event.

All creations I’m still holding that can be transferred will be gifted to m2 burner and to Diana for usage as the core, dpw, and Diana deem fit.


Kev Sweetwater

And so in case you didn’t know I’m no longer a member of burn2 as a departmental leader any more. I wish them nothing but great things and long prosperity in all endeavors and to Diana I say you can do it better than me I know you can make that event come to greater heights than I ever could have.


A few more than 24 hours remain till the official opening of burn2 in second life. I wanted to take a moment and give some information on how to best enjoy the burn and the playa.

– if your a long time resident of second life you know prims, flexible prims, sculpties, and scripts cause lag. Take off that hair, toss the boots, wear simple clothes and remove those Huds and animation overrides (ao’s) it will help

– talk to people all people be nice and friendly ask questions and make friends.

– explore let the playa guide you wander the roads see the sights take photos and enjoy it

– visit the schwag tent for all kinds of free gifts from the burners

– thank a volunteer some spent weeks, months and a entire year on making this happen. They deserve a thank you.

– be open and free express yourself, become a participant, burn2 isn’t a visitor event it’s a participant event we all make it what it is in our own way.

In the end before you leave stop an look around you and know your a part of the community and this is your event.


Wandering the virtual playa at burn2 this year I’ve seen many great things growing and becoming part of Black rock city’s virtual twin. I’ve seen art cars and builders and people sitting under shade structures, and I’ve also seen new residents of second life discover their soul on the playa.
I met a new resident who is less than a month old who has grand visions of creation and a need to develop a story they want to tell the world.
I’ve been creating content in second life since 2008 as kev sweetwater building some unique and stunning builds and also some never to see the light of day. I am always taken back when someone compliments my creations because in my mind they are just basic but they continue to say things like they are soul shaking and emotion bringing and all have a piece of you in them.
And some do some have hundreds of hours in them some have 15 minutes in them. But to me they are not always what I feel they should be. I am not on the level of some of second life’s great artists and creators, but they are mine and for that I’m happy to have made them.
So I spoke with this new resident and took them on a tour of a few art builds and could see their desire to create content like that. And in a way I think they might have a chance with it but I also fear the influence of them on new content creators trying to replicate what they have viewed, making it a copy and not something that is part of them.
My first build in second life was a child’s castle basic simple small but cute I sold three over time and never really remembered why I was proud of those prims I slapped together but in a way I am.
As I continued to wander the playa I noticed statements and creations in some builds and in some I saw sterility in their creation. All are beautiful and unique but not soul touching. Then I came across a few campers just having a conversation about nothing important an hear the words ” how can we compete with all this great art around here” so I knew I had to stop and say a few words.
To them I stated art is what makes the creator happy it can be the ceiling of the Sistine chapel or the graffiti behind the local Gas station to the maker it’s a form of art both totally different meanings but both thought invoking. If we all made the same art then it wouldn’t be art it would be cookie cutter creations.
They all got very quiet then one stated so when you create things like we see here all over what inspires you to make them. I said some are ment to have functions like center camp no it’s not a exact replica of the real camp yes it fits the form but it’s my inner souls ideas of what it should be. Another person said then explain why you choose a random creation for the Tokyo stage I said to me it is about inner conflict and tensions I feel in life the chains holding me down the fire trying to melt through them and the stage lifting higher every day because the fire in my soul is sitting below it encased in chains but breaking past them to lift it up.
I said create what moves you and then explain why and you will be ok, or don’t let the viewer try to find meaning in it for themselves.
I look forward to seeing their creations and the new residents camp site she has been focused on for days now finished to a point of inner peace.
We all are individuals in art and life and community we are what makes it all work in harmony create something that pleases you and let the world see it.

So I’ve started thinking about Burn2 in Second Life and what I’m going to create this year that is i have a love of high quality things and of late it’s micro brew beer created in a artisan manor. So I bring you Black Rock City Brewery. A realistic re creation of a brewery and of course a bar serving free drink to all who visit this in Second Life. Construction has already begun on this build and I anticipate it will 4 months to complete to a showing level. So expect updates pictures and just good old ventilation over when things don’t play nice.


Burnal Equinox 2011

Posted: March 26, 2011 in burn2, burn2

Today was the opening of the Burn2 Spring event, and from what I got to see it was some opening great first day of partying and music and races and flying avatars. Everyone worked so hard on Burnal Equinox the volunteers were doing a great job the various departments did wonderful doing what they do. And of course we crashed the sim at least once just so we all remember what that was like. Take a look at some photos here on Flickr

See you on Burning Man Deep Hole

Not in second life download it here

Want more info about Burn2 in second life click here

More to come tomorrow

Kev Sweetwater

Over the last few months as the dpw lead for burn2 I’ve spent countless hours answering questions from the community taking a peek at builds people are so excited about reviewing plans and proposals for the region lay out and community builds. And I loved every second of it.
People in out community have such a passion for what we are about and how we all work together to form this almost utopian society that the default world can’t seem to emulate. A community where we help each other we listen and learn and when someone needs or has something we might need we gift it to them with a smile and the offer of assistance if it is needed. In the default world we go thru our life with ourselves as the main goal and we have little concern most of the time for neighbors or strangers who need us for help a extra hand a meal a cup of water. We turn a blind eye on people in need this isn’t true for our community we don’t leave any one behind we include everyone in what ever we are doing or working on with each person gifting a idea it materials or just a positive attitude to the project.

A few nights ago I was building the burn2 welcome bells for the new burners to ring when they are at the greeters station and And some members of the community came by and offered different sounds for the bell and textures without even being asked and while we stood and chatted we made the bell to welcome people to there new home on the virtual playa.

A few days later standing at the prim map I was asked about center camp so I dropped the rezzer and out it came we stood and looked at it and one person said hey I got some great textures we can use on this and there they came at me these unique textures and we stood and enjoyed being there.

A few hours later I get a message as a offline from a burner I’ve never met or spoke too just to say thank you to the entire ops team for all we do. This never happens in the default world random acts of kindness

Last night I was speaking to a friend who was leaving burningman for his home and we were talking about how once you go to burningman you never want to leave it gets in your soul and becomes a part of who and what you are. He told me he had a tear in his eye with how true that was and how he missed being there so much already. It was his first burn for his human avatar and it won’t be his last.

Burn 2 is coming we are going to cross the bridge from vr to reality and enjoy this ride as it has been one of the greatest for me in my secondlife so far and now my real life also. See you on the burn2 playa