Sep 12, 2008

Random Thoughts With Eva Bellambi

As opposed to Deep Thoughts With Jack Handy (TM)

In no particular order:

Upcoming Events

  • September 26th - Co-sponsoring a rawther fun Fox Hunt in Steelhead. (Really Lunar and Tensai are running this one. I'm just here to help as I can.)
  • September 27-October 5 - Burning Life. The Wrath Fleet has a fun build put together. The Oasis in the sands - complete with RC controlled ironclads. :-D. Given that this is Burning Life there will be nothing for sale, no branding, just lots of community fun.

In 1999, an innovative man made a long trek from San Francisco to the
sun-baked playa of an
enormous, flat, dry lake bed in the Nevada high desert. He went to attend the
renowned Burning Man festival where, for one week each year, 50,000 people build
art, camps and communities and celebrate being who they really are. This man
came back with new ideas for the virtual world he was planning; ideas about the
nature of reality, creativity, identity and community. He worked some of these
ideas into the very fabric of "Linden World" which eventually became what you
and I know as Second Life. That man was Philip Linden.
What happens at
Burning Man is something phenomenal. This real-world city built by its citizens
has roads, street signs, an FAA-approved airport, a power grid, a hospital, huge
public plazas, street lights, processions, rituals and spectacles. It has
fabulous fashions, ridiculous situations and artworks so raw they are dangerous.
BUT - It's all temporary. At the end of that week, every last last speck of
what was brought there is taken away again, leaving no trace of the city that was just there. When the winter rains come, even the footprints vanish. Til next year....

Burning Life is a mirror in spirit of a real life event, albeit with the unique
and creative twists only Second Life can offer, we follow suit. Together, we
will build a city, and we voluntarily accept many of the same restrictions that
Nature imposes on the real thing. We do this to see how creative we can be with
the same palette of materials and to revel in the beauty of simplicity. We use
the same blank, desert landscape, and many of the things we build are naked or
primitive in structure, easily revealing to the casual viewer how they were
constructed. Just pretend that you're bringing everything you need with you in
your car or truck and you're going camping. Extreme Camping. Really Extreme
Camping.


The other thing you need to know up front is this: Both Burning
Life and Burning Man are completely non-commercial. There is no buying or
selling in this city...no sponsorships, no logos, no advertising, but acts of
unconditional gift-giving that play a large part in Burning culture. It's all
about about the radical inclusion of participants, it means welcome and respect
— with no prerequisites for participation. It's all about us and what we have
made for each other to enjoy.

Excerpted from: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Burning_Life

  • October 4 - Co-Sponsoring the Boobie Ball with Serra Anansi. Many more details to follow shortly. This will be a great time. Non-formal fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research and Support. This fully relates to BoobieThon, which you have heard mentioned a few times on this blog.
  • October 25th (I think) - Co-Sponsoring the BardHaven Ball this year. More details to come on this one. We'll hold it in Loch Avie, where the Royal Society are already planning to dig into some strange underground areas, which have been detected on Professors Krogstad's and Nicholas' fabulous scientific equipment.

Have discovered the technical issues with my video from CaleCon. Am working through that now, but my typist will likely end up returning the blessed new HD Camcorder this weekend. Never fear. We WILL get the footage converted into a Mac usable format and will bring some motion pictures to a video stream or viewer near you.

And finally something I found today while watching the rain out my window:

Laughing in the Rain by Raymond A. Foss

No one’s timetable governed our steps

up with the first light long before the sun rose

over the slate blue ocean

Wandering between palm and bright blooms

in our own world together

Watching the humming birds high in the branches above us

camera catching the moments

Suddenly darkening clouds to snap the equatorial heat

Laughing in the rain without care or keeper

We were soaked and in love

alone together on the island

2 comments:

Ray Foss said...

What a nice blog.

I could use a patron too (smile).

All of my poetry (just short of 3,000) and 800+ photos are at Poetry Where You Live, www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com.

Her Grace, Eva Bellambi said...

Ray-

Thanks so much for your comment. What a pleasure it is to have you, as author, comment on a post.

Glad you found the blog an enjoyable read. I have made a quick trip over to your blog. If what I have read so far is any indication of your collection, I think you may have found someone who will utilize and link to your work (sounds a little like a patron, eh?).

Eva