Archive for February 17th, 2008

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Farewell Oyster Bay

February 17, 2008

Alas, Morris Vig is closing the Oyster Bay Sculpture Garden and Aquarium after its year-long reign as the most popular arts venue in Second Life. Due to various First Life commitments that he has undertaken, this decision is understandable, and I respect it wholeheartedly. I wish him the best of luck in all that he does in both of his lives.

This should not suggest, however, that Oyster Bay is going quietly into the night.  Oyster Bay is not only a collection of servers that reside near the Pacific Ocean, it is a collective consciousness of people in the Second Life art community. If one of our most beloved venues is to close down, it shall go out in a fiery and glorious blaze!

Dear readers of “Wherein I Try to Balance My First and Second Lives”, please do keep a lookout for further developments. They will be spectacular.

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PhotoHunt is back!

February 17, 2008

Very few people out there will remember my efforts to begin the PhotoHunt a little less than a year ago… the result was a bit of an unorganized and discouraging mess, but I’m glad to say that I’ve got my shit together this time around!

With the help of Dale Innis and Welcome Doobie, the Virtual Artist Alliance will be able to hold the PhotoHunt event with very few, if any hitches this time. Dale has created a submission/voting system which is simple enough for nearly anyone to understand, so the game won’t be limited to people who are fluent with Second Life functions. Welcome built most of the new gallery which will host the matches and designed the incredibly sexy Photohunt logotype that you see in the snapshot above.

Our first trial run will be taking place on Sunday, February 17th and 6PM SLT (tomorrow!) and will be limited exclusively to VAA members– this way I can get bug testing and feedback in a controlled environment. I can’t wait to see how this turns out! After that, assuming the trial run goes well, I’ll be opening up the event to anyone and everyone willing to participate!

PhotoHunt Gallery