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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

So I’m back in the blog game again seems I just can’t get enough abuse or is it I just have some much stuff i want to tell the world that I have no choice but to blog it. So I guess this is the part where I promise constant updates and breaking news and stuff and swear that I will post as much as I can. ¬†Well I won’t lie, I will post here I won’t post like someone who has nothing better to do and spam you with my life’s information both real and in Second Life. Now I’m sure your wanting to know more about me, why I have no clue but here you are reading this. So rather than tell you more about me I will tell you more about why I am who I am today. Back in 1989 I got my first computer a Vic 20

Thats all you got right there

all in one keyboard computer, no hard drive, no floppy drive, no cd rom no this computer worked off cartridge

that you had to use a hammer to get into a port in the back and pray it aligned correctly or else it was destroyed or damaged. Well to me at that time this computer so simple that a child could work it was something I have never seen before and all I wanted was to master it. I would spend hours writing basic code, hundreds of lines just to make thing like the cursor bounce around the screen and change colors. And of course you made errors and had to fix it but I will never the first time i typed the word ” RUN ” and didn’t get a syntax error. I was hooked right there, from that computer I went to a Commodore 120 it was a Commodore’s popular 64 model’s new version that never really caught on, but they had a Commodore 64 core in it so you could at boot tell it to go into 64 mode or at the command prompt could type ” Go 64″ and then when it said are you sure you could answer yes or no.

I don’t want this to be a computer history blog but these are the things that got me to where I am today, Like discovering if you took a hole punch and made a hole on the side of a floppy disk in the right spot you could use both sides of the disk. ¬†That you had to hook your dot matrix printer to the back of the floppy drive not the computer to make it work. And as bad as the games were and as copied as they became I don’t think in my entire childhood we ever bought a game we just copied all our friends disks. And when one friend didn’t have something you had they got a copy of your’s.

Around 1994 computer technology was growing more almost daily, the internet for the general public was coming out more and more, basic HTML webpages with small flash and little content appeared. I got my first computer with a 28.8 baud modem that connected to a phone line and would dial out to a server somewhere and make static noises and beeps and blips and crackles and then poof you could explore a small portion of the internet. I started in BBS (Bullen Board Service) sites like point-blank. From there i made a few friends one told me about Telnet and how university and large corporations used this Unix function to connect to computers and share data back then, or to connect to an account you had on an off site location via a shell account. And then he said if you find the right port number on a server you might even find, other people doing things. So once day when trying ports on the University of Denver’s new Server Evans i came across port 2323.

Talk about going down the rabbit hole, full screen ansi text saying RESORT scrolled up. and Enter user name with a flashing cursor next to it. So of course I entered a user name Craworme. Magic the gathering was new and big and the in geek game back then and it was sitting on my desk so I became Craworme. And entered this new world of confusion and commands and text scrolling and over 200 people there all talking and doing things. Took me 5 or so months to learn how to use this program called EW-too and what it could do, and as this happened I made friends around the globe, London, Sydney, Paris, the entire US, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa. Some of these people I still do speak to today that says something there don’t it.

Within a year or so I like everyone else grew board and wanted more I wanted to be a super user where you got to help residents and grant them residency and verify their email address thrilling stuff lol. Bored and closed the page yet ? well if your still here Resort was the biggest “Talker” ever to this day it’s still has the most unusual user usage. But there were others some big some small most with 20-60 people who called it home. Surfers in the UK, Foothills in the UK , Forest hosted at the university of technology in Sydney. You think sl lag is bad try international cross atlantic cables for lag.

That’s enough I think to get you going, next series will delve into learning Coding, Drama, the wars, and evolution of talkers into……

Kev