Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hey Now

First let me say - Mean People Suck

I'm not sure why people have to be so mean to each other - especially in SL. Whats the point? If you can't have fun here - whats the point? And peace-loving hippies should know better.

Anyway - I want to share some cool pics. I'll be adding them a few at a time - so check back often.

top to bottom:
Dancing in the lot at DarkStar
Terris, Jon, and Yamis at Black Swan

GG at the piano

Monday, April 14, 2008

Is It a Game?

An interesting conversation has been going around here and there - nothing major - on Ripple and DarkStar about people's view of SL. Is it a game, or is it an extension of reality? It's pretty clear that no two people have the same experiences in SL or even came to SL for the same reasons (or are staying in SL for the same reasons).

So for me, when I first got here I wasn't sure what the hell was going on - so I couldn't really tell if I was in a game or an alternate reality. I met people who played the game and were very clear that they kept RL and SL separate. Other people shared their stories: where in the RL world they lived (general area), what they did, etc.

I don't know how to be anyone other than me, and I've been called a really bad liar more than once (and my alt was outed by my friends within minutes). So I am going for the open approach. Ask me about me, and I'll tell you (within reason). I want people to know me. SL has become an extension of my life - new friends, new experiences, but all for me. And yes, my nickname in RL is Yamis (pronounced Yaymis - thanks Grateful for being so clear about that always - lol).

For those of you on the "its a game" side of the spectrum, you might be the lucky ones who haven't been consumed and addicted to SL (see the link on the right for more about SL addictions "We only dream in wireframe") and I respect your view of the game. For those on the "reality" end of the spectrum - will we ever be able to leave? Do we even want to?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this...

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Thanks for visiting my blog - I will be using this blog to share my adventures in Second Life.
I live on Ripple and have made some wonderful friends here - this will be about us!

So everyone wants to know what I do here in SL, how I got here in the first place, and why I spend so much time here.

I was introduced to SL at a Educational Technology workshop - using SL as a learning platform in schools. I went home to check it out and was hooked ever since. It took a while to not be a n00B enough to wander around and figure stuff out. Lots of sandbox time. Lots of NCI time. I've spent most of my life chasing around the Grateful Dead, so why change here? I looked around for other Deadheads and found Dark Star. This is when I started really living in SL and the people I've met there are why I stay.

Dark Star is a sim built by Starling Glitterbuck - one of SL's best builders (imho). It is entirely dead-icated to the Grateful Dead. In July I moved onto a connected sim, Ripple. It's been my home ever since.

So what do I do here? I dance! I listen to my friends play music and I dance! I play, I build (not enough) and I love to shop. ;-) I spend time with friends and smile, smile, smile.

So for all my DS/Ripple friends: ZB, TG, JL, SM, GG, KL, KR, JL, TT, JM, DW, WF, BO, CJ, SG, CN, CCM, the other GG, GS, IK, KM, QG, FD, JGB, (I hope I didn't leave anyone out) and for all my friends in the rest of SL, I LOVE YOU - YOU ARE WHAT MAKES SL SO MUCH DAMN FUN!!!!! WOOHOOO!!!!!

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