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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.


So not to beat a dead horse I’m writing this blog post, mostly because I’ve been harassed into it by many friends in second life
First lets focus on what a second life birthday party is about. It started in year two of linden lab virtual world as a celebration of what had started as a idea and turned into a 3d virtual world with user created content and events. it was a giant thank you party to those who had started the world and a celebration of where it was going. These parties were hosted by the lindens on various regions till they made special regions just for the celebration.
Each party developed a theme of sorts a common idea that linked most of the event together as a community. An of course a giant birthday cake. One that was so large it required the space of four regions to fit on. Now that’s a big cake. It also included Will Webb’s time capsule the past history of the world created where people shared note cards and well wishes and gifts some at the time were really cutting edge in the start. And people like Will kept the capsule safe and protected even till this day he still holds them safe and sound except for the first one that is currently located under the basement in governor lindens mansion on the mainland.
It was a event where in the business world you would call a stock holders meeting everyone was welcomed and made to feel a part. There were speeches and talks and classes and promotions of other communities and of course music and fun on anything from two to five stages plus those folks who brought their own.
There were also bad things that happened artists upset about policy’s and rules who felt they didn’t apply to them or were being censored over the years. People complaining about huge amounts of lag. Crashing more times than most ever did just trying to sit and listen to a talk or dance at a dj stage. The list can go on and on about both good and bad parts of a sl#b events from to big to to small to just about anything you can think of.
I had the pleasure of being a coordinator for the last official linden hosted event sl8b and to work with some really great people. My role was to design a place for this event and lay it out and map it. And when your in the high 20+ region counts that’s more than one person can do. Thankfully we had some great passionate volunteers who helped with everything from getting hundreds of slurls to walking the sims checking for proper settings. And thank god for the linden moles who worked tirelessly on making sidewalks and paths and sim crossings function. And to some of those great volunteers Rails Bailey, Dev Chaos, Diana Renoir, dmom2k, honour, dawny and the list can go on.And to the lindens who kept the sims up as the event started an the influx went from 20 people on the sims to almost 500 in minutes then 1000 and trust me they worked hard keeping the sims running even if the lag was off the charts.
I had the task of finding content creators for large scale parts of the event. This year I had chosen Paige Raven and KT sakuima to be the stage builders and we choose Tao Mistwalker to take over the duties of head baker and they did things on a scale that were so impressive. KT made a giant clockwork stage as best I can call it with a huge gear and a moving platform floating on the sea. Paige made a small village with houses and a mayors office and stores full of free gifts. We had a team designed and maintained by a resident that did a full circuit of all the regions automatically and gave you information about each space and what it was and who’s creation you were seeing as you rode by.
My fellow resident organizer Doctor Gascigone is for lack of better words a superhero running for days on little sleep managing people, stages, complaints and lag issues and working hand in hand with our linden counterparts. He is truly a master event planner in second life who doesn’t always get noticed or thanked but a man who does so much for the world we all love that he should be appreciated for his tireless effort and ability to smile and laugh while the world crashes around all of us. And then work on rebuilding it better than before.
Sadly my real life took over just before thee event was to start so KT stepped in and took over my slack and pulled the rope with Doc and others as well to make a great event happen.
So now this year with the end of hosted parties I know many people are sad and upset and want to bring it back and have been all over twitter and Facebook saying someone should do something the lab should make it happen or give us land and let us run it again. But that isn’t where the world we
enjoy is heading. So I say this think about for Americans the forth of July we all celebrate it every city has a party or event towns get together and watch fireworks. Together but separate. Globally we all celebrate new years around the clock face again together but separate.
So I think all we need is for one land Barron to gift the world a place for a kiosk where people can find events and direct tp to them and still allow us to celebrate separate but together.
This is where we make a choice on where our world is going to be.

I want to one more time thank the great volunteers too many to mention them all by name for their past work and friendship and I hope one day we will all be wearing ugly shirts and fighting the lag monster and crashing together as we have a fight in a giant blueberry pie.

Sl9b update

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Second Life, virtual worlds, Welcome to my world
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update from linden lab

And so the light came upon a lonely prim a small box sitting on a bit of land the stands full of spectators cheering for friends and excited to see what would happen. Four shadows appear walking forward. The stand erupt as they draw into view and they sit next to the box. The box used to create a world. The box we all can make, but this one is about to share a secret. The emcee takes the stage area an begins their introductions giving small bios about each competitor and then after the cheers have died down. He says those magic words ” today’s theme is …..”

About a year ago I challenged myself to create a build or work of art with just prims and limited use of sculptie objects no more than 4 and they could not be main features of the creation. And I set a time to finish one hour and at the 59:59 second point I stopped and looked at what I had made. It was a marvel to me and those around to see what one hour can be used for in second life.
My latest project I’m self curating and hopefully will be able to get a grant for is speed building where builders either solo or in teams get a weekly theme minutes before the event and then create their work all while people watch on shouting advise some good some bad and after the time limit ends the participants explain what they made and why it fits the theme. Then the audience votes on the builds. The winner moves along to the semi finals and then if lucky the final competition.

This is your world what will you make it become……..

More often than not I speak with friends and fellow content creators and they all say the same thing. I had to close my sim or my store because I don’t get the traffic I need due to marketplace.
Regions use too be themed, some had great themes others not so great but when you went looking for the thing you needed or desired it was a experience not a website three clicks of a mouse and a box arriving in your inventory.
You went to the sellers store and wandered around looking at vendor boards looking at static models and exploring. Then after shopping was finished we use to leave the store and walk around the region. See what else was there good or bad. Many regions had rides and games and other things too offer. I have personally found many creators in there stores willing to talk and explain their goods and offer demos of them before you purchased or not.
Today we login to the website enter a keyword and scroll. Creators of unique content no longer need stores and themed sims to entice people in to buy things or clubs to keep them there.
Marketplace when it was slx wasn’t as wide spread you had to locate terminals too fund you account on regions I had a few favorite spots I use too visit to do that. Now it’s linked off your balance and you can shop while sitting on your fat avatar ass watching porn for that perfect outfit or item.
The winner in marketplace is linden lab, not the content maker. Yes it makes accounting easy and sales tracking simple because they run your metrics but they also take a percentage of your sales and charge you for a featured listing if you like. In the old days you made a classified ad and picks and had folks there all the time to increase your traffic counts showing the popularity of your items. And yes many cheated at this with bots sitting around to just skew the numbers unfairly.
My rule was always unless I know this is legit I won’t bother going there to shop. I use to skip the top ten on the search list and go from there and always got what I was looking for.

So I propose this remove your content from marketplace re open a store theme your sim and get back to basics it better in the end for everyone. Sellers and consumers alike. Enjoy your second life again. Not a web page


I know I need to blog more to gain followers and I need to do better self promotion both in sl and outside it. It leads me to a discussion I had with a friend a few weeks ago. We were talking about how using a virtual world platform as your default real life avatar and not as a shadow avatar that exists only in the digital world.
I began to ponder this, can my virtual life make my real first life better, and if so how ? And why do we hide our selves behind these pixels and prims.

Well I guess telling my story might help me am I ready to blend them together yes on a level that I can safely control and be comfortable with. Will I open up fully yes at some point. But it’s best to start in the beginning I think.

It was a warm night in new york in August I have always been a technology fan and have loved what you can create in a computer limitations aside. I happened too be watching the science channel and saw a piece on second life. The primary story was virtual love crossing into real life love between two people one in holland I believe the other in California I could be wrong on their locations it’s been a few years.
As I watched this show segment I saw the beauty in this world and the creativity when one of the interviewed people said in second life I can be anything do anything and create anything. After the segment ended I went too my pc and downloaded the viewer from second life to find out my graphics card would not support this world / game. But my other computer a older Mac g4 would.

I signed up for a free account and logged in to this virtual world a noobie with not clue as to what I needed too do next to begin. I wandered this virtual land I was on help island there were other new people there all of us clueless on what it was we were ment too do. I opened the map and saw all these green dots spread out and when I clicked a red circle appeared and I teleported out to some place I don’t even remember. I met some people sitting on a brick wall and made my first friend a female avatar named grace.
She was a few weeks older than me and proceeded to show me her favorite places she had found. One being a dance place where you floated in the air with the solar system all around you.
I was hooked right then by this. A day or so later she said come see this singer he’s having a live show. So off I went and experienced the virtual music of this stranger who sung well enough he could be on the radio. And yet he was a guy outside Chicago who just enjoyed singing. After his concert performance show thing we went outside the club with a group of his fans and him and enjoyed the amusing park setting rides and games. Never forget even virtual bumper cars are fun.

I made friends with these new people most on some sort of relationship a few single and they said to me man we gotta help fix your avatar it’s hideous. To me it was me no big deal. But they said no look at us we are unique but different also they had hair that looked real skins that mimicked the real skins we all have. Yes they had no body fat perfect smiles and each was more beautiful than the other.
I proceeded too make my home here on this sim in a virtual home I rented and then furnished. Even send a entire living room set flying into my neighbors house. A year passed I worked on my home and my land and enjoyed their live music venue. Found a woman who was at the time special and loving and proceeded to leave second life to explore other things.
My friends moved off this main land region to a private region and that is where I learned how too work with land terraform it and build things on this platform. Some not so well as others

This led me into my own land off there’s to build my own world. A small bit of land on a sim edge for a house and some water thankfully I had understanding neighbors who didn’t mind me landing a virtual jet at all hours or crashing into there homes.
It was a playground where you really could have an do anything.

By now I felt secure in my virtual life and it’s protective shell it allowed me todo things I normally would never do in real life as easy or morally be able to do. Like playing tag with machine guns. In real life you would go to jail for that here you laugh about it.

Months passed I grew a network of friends we would spend nights together doing something exploring the grid and what was out there in a group of laughing people.
Then it changed. People grew mad at each other feeling heartache and distrust towards other members of our group and so I moved along and left lost of them behind some I still talk too at times but not much. Most have left sl now for real life only. Even though I suspect at times they come in for a look.
I opened my first club with a friend in this giant warehouse looking hall decorated it with funny things and ran a few comedic events there. We had a show even the Kev and miike show told jokes made people run and drive obstacle courses our best event to date was we took four people and told the to anywhere on the grid naked and take a photo with three other people in it that you don’t know. A few minutes passed and they returned photos in hand all the while laughing and having fun. We crowned the winner who not only got a photo with three people but brought them back with her to the club.

Moving on I opened another club this time on a entire full region an tried to rent it and keep it funded but with rental costs of $345 a month for the sim and club expenses after 6 months I grew tired of losing money daily between staff costs and sim costs and lack of rentals. I closed it down. Then I found burning life the virtual world of burning man in sl. A festival I had attended in the past in my real life. I rediscovered the playa and why I loved these people so much. I eventually took over the role of lead of the department of public works for the festival in charge of layout and design for the festival. Finding quality builders to created key elements of the temple and the man and roads and many other things.

Still today I am the now co-lead of the burn2 DPW and while it is frustration at times I would never change that enjoyment I get from this event. This event led me into being a resident core team lead for second life’s 8th birthday official event held on linden supplied sims and with their guidance and support to create a giant party. The best to date I’m still told. Wait till sl9b I have things planned already to make it even better.

And so that is when my real life changed I had a parent with stage four cancer now requiring me to move from new York to Arizona. And taking time from my virtual world life for my real one again.

I still enjoy second life because of the people mostly. Many know me from name because of things I have been involved in some have no idea who I am and that’s even better because I can not be seen as this large event planner but as a individual who is just enjoying the virtual world.

My friend I spoke too about merging worlds said when she did it. Things came flowing in friends and family and real life business opportunities as well.
It made me think why am I hiding this world from my default world. As best I can describe it I think it’s that security a virtual avatar allows in you are anything you wish too be and anyone you want too be on some level.
To the three people who read this I thank you I will be writing a follow up piece soon but typing this all out on my iPhone yes really two thumbs can type this much, has tired my hands.
Part two coming soon where we delve into what’s next and what’s it all about