Betterverse.org closed down


For many years I have enjoyed reading Betterverse.org blog posts about Second Life and virtual worlds. Recently I wondered to myself why there hasn’t been regular blog posts in my Google reader feed and it’s sad to report that since August 2012 Betterverse.org  closed down reporting.

Betterverse.org has been running for many years with 652 blog posts covering popular SL news stories. It’s sad that Betterverse.org has closed down reporting and i’m sure everyone will miss the well written interesting blog posts. I will miss it for sure!

The reason for the closure of Betterverse.org project…

I have many other demanding projects on my plate now, and I don’t have  the time and energy it takes to keep this site alive and relevant. I’ve been feeling burnt out and uninspired, which is not the right kind of energy to give to this project.

The last blog post was on…

Betterverse.org highlights some of the big new stories…

The blog blog mentions more details about the closure of Betterverse.org. Betterverse is closed for now but perhaps someday in the future someone will bring Betterverse back to life again with new stories on virtual worlds.

Why the Wrap Up?

So why am I closing Betterverse?  It certainly isn’t because of a lack of stories.  There still is a lot of great work being done in the metaverse, from new web-based worlds like Cloud Party, interesting places to visit like JPL in Second Life, and cool projects likeMinecraft in the classroom.

Honestly, my heart isn’t in it anymore.  I still love virtual worlds, visiting the eye-popping 3d spaces and builds,  learning about exciting educational and public good projects, and meeting all the inspiring people I encounter along the way.  But I have many other demanding projects on my plate now, and I don’t have  the time and energy it takes to keep this site alive and relevant. I’ve been feeling burnt out and uninspired, which is not the right kind of energy to give to this project.

And I know that there are others who are doing a great job covering important news in the metaverse, including my friend Hamlet at New World NotesDaniel Voyager, and Tateru Nino, among others.

So it just feels like the right thing to do set down this project now.

Thanks to all of you who have over the years read my stories, shared, and commented on them.  I hope this site has been useful for you in finding out about the exciting work that others are doing out there to improve the human condition, using these exciting virtual tools.

I believe that there is still an important role for Betterverse as an archive of educational, nonprofit, government and philanthropic efforts in the virtual world.  So I’ll keep this site up for as long as I can. Perhaps someday I’ll be in a position to bring this site back, or pass it off to someone who can take it to another level.

But for now, Betterverse is closed.  To all of you creating better worlds out there, I salute you.

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Did you enjoy reading Betterverse.org blog posts ?

What do you think about this blog ending ? 

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First InWorldz Halloween Fright Fest 2012


InWorldz is celebrating its first Halloween Fright Fest during the whole of October 2012. It’s open for everyone to explore the Halloween festival on the InWorldz Events sims A, B, C & D. There are 37 shops that are filled with Halloween goodies and treats from the best InWorldz designers on the grid. Check out this scary wonderful event InWorldz and watch out for the ghosts. lol

Teleport Here – Must have a InWorldz account to access these sims 

Places to visit 

  • The Cemetary
  • Haunted Mansions
  • The Haunted Gothic Castle
  • Luna-Tic Park Amusement Park
  • Caverns of Doom
  • And there’s more!

InWorldz Halloween Fright Fest 2012 Events  

Saturday – October 13th
11 AM- MADD Storytelling by Alestria Bravin
12 Noon – The Great Scare-Venger Hunt begins at The Castle Stage

Saturday – October 20th
10 AM- MADD Storytelling by Alestria Bravin
11 AM Freaky Field Day Events

Friday – October 26th
4-6 PM DJ Adam01time Time
6-8 PM DJ kyfire Oakleaf

Saturday – October 27th
12noon-2PM DJ Astoria Luminos
2-4 Kept free for fashion show
6-8 PM DJ ChahtaHatak Giranamo (DJ Chah)

Sunday – October 28th
12 Noon-1 PM Michi Renoir- Classic Piano
1PM-2PM- Ilianor Illios with Yichard Muni- Live Harp & Story Telling
2PM – 4PM DJ Gerrard Winstanley

Monday – October 29th
2-3 PM Prowess Rayna- Classic Piano & Synthesizer
3-5 PM DJ Jim Tarber
5-7 PM DJ Mike Chase

Tuesday – October 30th
2-4 DJ Astoria Luminos
4-6 PM DJ Adam01time Time
6-8 PM DJ kyfire Oakleaf

Wednesday – October 31st
5-7 PM DJ Cataplexia Numbers

Halloween Sim Displays by..

The Caverns Of Doom & Shops- Sim D
Team Genesis- Carnage Genesis, Tiana Genesis, Samyiel Fallen, Nightshadow50 Resident

The Haunted Castle – Sim A
Alternate Metaverse- Mike Chase & Cataplexia Numbers

Luna-Tic Amusement Park – Sim B
NoHaven Halloween Supplies – CheysuliLir Restless

Fear Factory & Haunted House – Sim C
Legendady Creations – Gregg Legendary

Haunted House On The Hill – Sim C
Witchy Woman Designs – Beverly Zauberflote

The Witches Lair – Sim B
Creative Fantasy – Julia Hathor

Offroad Gothic Nightmare – Sim C
Gypsy – cracker taggart

The Gothic Outdoor Shops – Sim B
Lanell – Veovis Nightfire

The Autumn Forest – Sim B
Wolf Tek – Wolf Hartnell

The Praying & Preying Monster & Cathedral – Sim C
Eleseren Grey & Knutz Scorpio

The Graveyard’s Haunted Surround- Sim A
Scrimshaw & Copper Hollow – Tenbears Running, Jay Copperfireld, Lindee Elsmere, Sy Celina

Will you be attending the first InWorldz Halloween Fright Fest 2012 ?

BURN2 2012 Press Pass Sign Up


On the official BURN2 website there is a section called BURN2 2012 Press Pass Request. If you apply now you will have the chance to preview the BURN2 2012 builds and sims. The BURN2 core team are looking for SL journalists and bloggers to cover this year’s BURN2 festival in Second Life.

Will you be going ? 

The Man at BURN2