Virtually Live Events Trumpets in 2010

Virtually Live Events will celebrate its official opening with a triple-header on Saturday, 09 January 2010 at Virtually Live's Main Stage. Junivers Stockholm (myspace.com/sevenjunivers), in a return visit to Openlife, will perform live at 9:00PM UTC. The dancing and music will continue at 10:00PM UTC as Zorch Boomhauer (myspace.com/zorchboomhauer) performs live. And, following at 11:00PM, DJ Gert Grigges, music, and, yes, *more* dancing!

Please come join the opening party and celebration on this special night of live events!

Take care,
Surreal

[Click on photos for larger images. The trumpet is the latest addition to the Virtually Live collection of instruments "made on the OLG." It's relatively lightweight at 72 prims but I'm feeling a trombone coming on :P ]

Magical Seasonal Party

Hi,

The Seasonal Party on Virtually Live this past Saturday was a wonderful experience. Everyone's photos, posts, and ims have been heartfelt and warm. Thank you!

About a month ago, I blogged the tree. I had tried hard to build something bushy, beautiful, and fitting for the island. The final shocking prim count seemed a noteworthy convenience of building in Openlife. Of course, the tree was also a quiet announcement of the party to come. However, over the following weeks, it raised many technical and social questions in my mind. To summarize: "Would the tree still be bare on 20 December?"

From a technical standpoint, grid performance was solid. The party lasted almost four hours without a region crash. The peak number of avs by my map count was 31, although others reported higher. For over two hours, 25+ avs danced, skated, decorated or otherwise enjoyed themselves in an open build and scripting environment.

Socially, it was an undeniable delight. DJ Gert Grigges had everyone moving for hours; Cat Agus Cu (Mistletoe Ethaniel and Doc Foster) provided an interlude of live music; and Father Christmas patiently listened to all the wishes of naughty and nice avs on the grid. In total, approximately 45 avs stopped by the party. Many friends also mentioned that they had friends online unable to attend in pixels but were there in spirit.

I remember camming around at one point, wondering about the tree. What I saw was a magical sight with avs darting in and out decorating. In that single moment, all the "bare tree" questions were resolved.

Please continue to visit and decorate through 25 December. Every prim contributes to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Kind regards,
Surreal

P.S. Please click the photos to view full-sized images.

Virtually Live Events Seasonal Party

Virtually Live Events will be hosting a seasonal party to decorate the big tree on the ice this coming Saturday, 19 December 2009, at 9PM UTC on Virtually Live. Decorating will support Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). Please read below for details.

Music will be provided by DJ Gert Grigges with an interlude of Christmas songs performed live by Cat Agus Cu [avs Mistletoe Ethaniel and Doc Foster], so come, dance, ice skate, and decorate!

The tree will be parcelled for building and each visitor is welcome to use the ornaments provided along the ice rink wall near the tree or to build one's own. The ornaments along the wall are copyable so just take to inventory, rez a copy, and place on the tree.

There are some rules for building one's own decorations but they are simple and for a good cause.

1. Each av can build as many ornaments as desired within a 256 prim allowance.
2. Each av's 256 prims may be placed on the tree at any point through Christmas Day
3. Ornament size must be proportional to the tree
4. No Sculpty Prims
5. No Scripts

The tree parcel initially will be set to 10000 prims. For each 1000 prims on the parcel, Virtually Live Events will contribute US$10 to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). If the parcel limit of 10000 prims is met any time before the end of Christmas Day, the limit will be raised an additional 10000 prims. So please come and encourage others to participate to maximize the value of this contribution.

Now, who's been naughty and nice this year?

FREE Ice Skates!!

Its the holiday season, so everyone needs ice skates. Find the FREE ice skates under the Christmas tree on Virtually Live island in OpenLife.

All wannabee Torvil and Deans welcome to skate around our ice rink in practise for the party coming up on the 19th :)






Danaus Foundation to Host 12 Days of Christmas Competition

Digital (Digi) Dreambuilder's Danaus Foundation is hosting a competition in the form of a treasure hunt on the Openlife Grid with an environmental theme, spanning the 12 days of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen between December 7th and 18th, 2009.

The location of all objects will be limited to the following regions : Merina, Phoenix, Danaus and Virtually Live. You can learn more about the foundation as well as the rules and clues of the hunt at:

http://sites.google.com/site/danausfoundation/twelvedays

Surreal

Need to build a Zamboni now...




What was supposed to be an initial test of Adec's fine ice skates, turned into a full-fledged region stress test literally and figuratively.

There were between 15 - 20 avs skating for the better part of an hour and there are some seriously sharp elbows on the grid!

Adec is tweaking the final version of the skates with a helpful pitch-in by Dawn Harbour of London Core who, among other things, noted immediately that the Yeti-sizing was too limited for women's tastes. :) The skates will be under the tree soon.

Thanks to everyone for coming!
Surreal

Under the tree...


Over the next couple of weeks, small seasonal items will appear under the tree on Virtually Live. They are copyable, so please stop by and enjoy.

Here is a small collection of simple two and three prim ornaments using just blank or silver gradient textures. Enjoy!