I meant to point this out before, but I got sidetracked. The next round of applications for the LEA Artist in Residence Grants↑ is now open. There is a lot of information on the page I’ve linked to and you should read it. :)
In short form, you have the opportunity to receive the use of a full sim for 5 months to build the project that has been percolating in that artistic brain of yours. Don’t be afraid to apply – we’re always looking for new artists and would love to hear from you. Applications close on December 30, so go do it now!
I say “we” because they’ve foolishly added me to the Committee↑. If you follow my blog then you know I’m in full agreement that the recent changes to the ToS need to be fixed to ensure that artists, authors, musicians, creators of all types, are protected and (apart from grid maintenance issues) do not give away the rights to their work.
I am comfortable both working on the LEA Committee and inviting artists to apply for a grant for a number of reasons.
- I believe the efforts currently underway to resolve the issue will succeed. I’m not involved in the discussions, I just know they’re taking place and I have faith that within a couple of months things will be sorted out to the residents’ satisfaction.
- The Linden Endowment for the Arts is not Linden Lab – they donated the land, but it’s run by volunteers. I’ve been an Advisor now for 10 months and have never seen a Linden anywhere near the place.
- The Committee manages the sims, defines the projects and initiatives, and establishes the policies specific to them, but the ToS is all on the Lab.
- Finally, and most importantly, I believe strongly in the project’s mandate↑. There cannot be too much art or too many venues for artists on the grid.
My photos today are from one of the areas of LEA that we don’t talk about enough. In addition to the 20 Artist in Residence regions (again, go apply↑ to get one of those) there are a number of other exciting things going on. One of them is the Machinima Open Studio Project↑.
If you are making a video, and need a set, this is a great place to check out. Chic Aeon has all the information on the MOSP blog↑ and you’ll find more tools on the sim↑. Luckily for me they allow still cameras there as well. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 13, 2013
You’d think that being 125m tall, and armoured, would make you impervious to the stress and strain of everyday life. Surely you should be able to ignore the tiny voices demanding your attention and remain stalwart in the face of minor obstacles. I think this beautiful creature is subject to the same forces as the rest of us.
Ziki Questi↑ led me to the newest exhibit at Per4mance Metales↑; Sleepy Snail↑ by Rebeca Bashly↑. Our heroine is gorgeous, and huge, and hollow. I am none of those things, but I felt a strong kinship with her.
I too seem to be moving very slowly (I won’t say who I blame *cough* Saffia) and, even though I point out I have a great deal of work to do, my 4 legged children and other real life inhabitants are not sympathetic. I’m very short on sleep as well. Playing with my toes at 2:00 am is NOT cute.
So, although there’s no backstory for this installation – I’m convinced I know what’s going on in her head. I had a chat with one of the Sleepy Mollusc’s children and suggested they give her a break. I did not get a positive response – which is pretty much like real life. I did find a place I could hide though – even if they keep nagging, at least I’ll have a great view. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 11, 2013
I can finally share with you some really exciting news. (yay!) For years those of us familiar with Second Life have been promoting not only the wonders of a virtual world built from our imagination, but also the myriad of real world applications that we feel business and government should recognize.
A proof of concept test exercise has just been completed which involved a joint Canadian/American cooperative venture known as NORAD↑.
If you live somewhere other than North America you won’t be familiar with this military organization, so a brief history is probably appropriate. NORAD was formed during the early stages of the Cold War↑ and is one of the remnants of that era’s heightened paranoia.
The principle is very straight forward. It became obvious, to those brilliant minds who worry about things like this, that the most efficient way for the bad guys to bomb the US was to take the shortest route, which was over the North Pole. A line was, therefore, drawn on a map and anything that crossed it looking vaguely threatening would be intercepted by a joint Air Force operation.
This makes perfect sense unless you’re a Canadian. Think about it – those nasty invaders with their big bombs get shot down before they hit the United States. Unfortunately, it means everything that was aiming for the US winds up landing on our soil.
The Cold War might be over – but NORAD is still active. They have one major and very public responsibility at this time of year – they track Santa↑. Not just in our airspace either – they track his journey around the world.
An operation this large, with this much exposure, requires careful planning and testing. This year both Santa Enterprises and NORAD were convinced to use the grid for their shakedown cruise. After all – Second Life not only has thousands of destinations and the variety of weather patterns they might encounter on Christmas Eve, but it also has enough technical glitches to stress any system.
Testing is designed to discover any potential problems. With that in mind, I can report that this exercise was a huge success. Please remember that these pilots know the risks and consider it an honour to participate. There is a little cleanup required on Derailed↑. The good news is that nothing on the sled was radioactive.
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 8, 2013