Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunday walks in Second Life

Sunday was a fine day for a walk in SL. Both New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Second Life Library revealed new islands that expand their complexes; Imagination Island, built by members of the SL library, and several new islands in the NMC complex. The NMConnect event mentioned in earlier posts is the first time these islands have been made public.

If you are looking for a beautiful, tranquil and imaginative place, visit Rachelville on Imagination Island.
"Rachelville developed originally in the mind of a seven year old girl, Rachel, who was undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. Stuck in a hospital room with only her parents as playmates she began to think out a place where the stuffed animals around her came to life and acted out daily stories within their own “virtual” world which she named Rachelville."(Welcome to Rachelville)
At the center of the island is the Secret Garden, built by Julia Hathor and inspired by the book of the same name. Besides the lovely garden there is the Dragon's Maze, built by Brian Corleone, and the Kitty Magic tree house by Alizarin Mondrian. Scattered throughout the island are children's book displays. This is a both a lovely tribute to Rachel and a loving gift to SL.

My adventures at the NMConnect were very different. I wandered over to the area dedicated to the theme of Love and Chaos looking for a concert. Instead I wandered into a Second Front event that featured competitive ushering. Both love and chaos did eventually result as my avatar was (temporarily) reassembled and offered hugs. We finished with a spontaneous parade to spread the love and chaos, and did even eventually end up at the concert I went looking for.

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