Snapshots of Lumiere Noir’s special remembrance service

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Over 70+ avatars attended Lumiere Noir’s special remembrance service today over at Natoma & Taber regions in Second Life. Many shared their memories of Lumiere and experiences. After the tribute session there was a live music disco to celebrate the life of Lumiere.

He will be deeply be missed by everyone and lets all remember the good times. Here are some snapshots of the remembrance service for Lumiere Noir.

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Special remembrance & celebration gathering for Lumiere Noir

There will be a special remembrance & celebration gathering held today at the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives in Second Life starting at 1pm SLT/PDT on Sunday 16th August 2015.

Avi Arrow announced this notice about the gathering via the Second Life Forums...

A *Remembrance & Celebration* gathering for Lumiere Noir will be held at 1:00pm (13:00) SLT on Sunday 16th of August at the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives (G-rated) . Bring fondest of memories and dancing shoes.

It’s a time to come together and remember Lumiere Noir.


Lumiere Noir who built the Ivory Tower of Prims has died

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Breaking News

Sad news to report today is that Lumiere Noir who built the Ivory Tower of Prims in Second Life and participated in building contests in the early days of Second Life died on Monday 10th August 2015.

My condolences go to his friends and family at this time. 😦

Today we heard about the loss of our dear friend Lumiere Noir whom we have known for some years. We would like to express our deepest sorrow and sympathy for those who were close to him and wish him a good journey into the next virtual world.
Licu, Tao and all the people of Craft World

I hope something will be arranged in Second Life to mark his passing and he will be missed deeply. You can visit the Ivory Tower of Prims in Second Life here and revisit the building tutorials etc. 

  • A Self-Guided, Self-Paced, Comprehensive Building Tutorial.
  • Library Contacts: Lumiere Noir & Avi Arrow
  • Ask for Help: Avi Arrow or Kennylex Luckless
  • Learn how to build lessons.
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Tom Boellstorff featured on Episode 31 of The Drax Files

Episode 31 of The Drax Files is now available to watch featuring Tom Boellstorff talking about avatar identity and the use of virtual worlds. Tom is an anthropologist from the University of California in Irvine. Tom is the author of Coming of Age In Second Life which was published back in 2008 and many may find the name Tom Boellstorff familiar. 

When Tom signed up to Second Life back in 2004 there were only around 2, 500 members with an average concurrency of two hundred. Tom said that you could fly over every region across the grid within a week at two hours a day.

Tom says that Second Life’s a place with places in it, people are still interacting inside the virtual world, there’s still plenty to observe. Tom feels if the virtual reality explosion happens then virtual worlds are going to be a major use case. Tom says that VR won’t take over virtual worlds, it will be a different way of accessing them.

The interview is around five minutes long but there is great footage of Second Life throughout the episode and its really worth watching.

About Epsiode 31

“The challenge is always time” he says: “You need to get to know the people you are studying, you need to live among them, so they can get to know you!”

For over 12 years Tom Boellstorff has been an active resident of Second Life, not only writing books about his research there and the methodology used in exploring user-centric online societies but engaging hands on with diverse communities such as the Parkinson’s support group and Virtual Ability.

In a recently published new edition of his book “Coming of Age in Second LIfe” […] he cautions against dismissing sustainable digital communities like Second Life simply because they are not the hot tech property of the day: “The biggest obstacle in studying technology is the obsession of the media with what is new and what is big. Nobody asks me why I am still going to and writing about Indonesia for instance. From an explorer’s point of view the culture in Second Life today is as vibrant and fascinating to me if not more so than when I started out!”

In this 5 minute mini-documentary Tom Boellstorff not only addresses the issue of big data, avatar identity and what role the new wearable VR technology may play for revitalizing interest in virtual worlds but elaborates on a more nuanced way to address the difference between what we tend to label “real” versus “virtual”.

For more information about Tom Boellstorff go to…

Big thanks to Marianne McCann for creating powerful sets, Apple Fall for custom props and all the great extra actors who had the courage to film with us at the Welcome Area [especially Hexapoda, Bryn Oh, Gidgette & Wilber Adagio and Chorister, Calisto Amato and williarenato]

Special thanks to the Drax Family – young and older- for participating in the filming of this episode.

Super special thanks to Jacki Morie for getting great footage from the SoCal VR Expo 2015.

Spread the word about this episode 🙂

Watch previous episodes of The Drax Files here from 1-30.

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BURN2 2015: Carnival of Mirrors Announced

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iSkye Silverweb released a new press release this week announcing the upcoming annual BURN2 event for 2015 in Second Life and this year the theme will be Carnival of Mirrors. BURN2 2015 will run from Saturday 17th October through until Sunday 25th October 2015.

There will be a week of music, performances, fire, mirrors and art. The plots sale is now open with lower prices from last year, plot lottery and the juried art camp applications are now open.

  • Lamplighters to kick off the BURN2 Festival 2015
  • The Man Burn will be on Saturday 24th October 2015
  • The Temple Burn will be on Sunday 25th October 2015

If you have any questions, please contact iSkye Silverweb.

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Press Release
BURN2 2015: Carnival of Mirrors 
Press Contact: ​ iSkye Silverweb 

This year’s theme is about mirrors and masks, mazes and merger. It will be a kind of magic  show that takes the form of an old­fashioned carnival. This Carnival of Mirrors asks three  essential questions: within our media­saturated world, where products and people,  consumption and communion morph into an endlessly diverting spectacle, who is the  trickster, who is being tricked, and how might we discover who we really are?

Classic carnivals, as theaters of illusion, upheld a very strict dividing line that separated  carnies, cast as showmen, from members of a naïve public who were labeled chumps and  suckers, marks and rubes. Our carnival, however, will perform an even more subversive trick  — its motto is Include the Rube. The wall dividing the observer from observed will disappear,  as by an act of magic; through the alchemy of interaction, everyone at once can be the carny  and the fool.

With great glee and inspired excitement, we announce the upcoming BURN2: Carnival of  Mirrors. The event will take place October 17­-25, 2015, culminating in the Burning of the Man  on the 24th and the Temple Burn on the 25th. Going into this season of preparation, the  annual plot sale opens, along with the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Camp Applications. This  year we will gift MORE free plots in the Plot Lottery! And prices for the plot sale are LOWER!

Get all the information you need about the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Camp applications by  going to ​ and finding the link to the desired application form in the menu  at left under “Carnival of Mirrors.”  Read all the information on the form including the  guidelines and Ten Principles before you submit your application.

Builder guidelines are available at ​ – playa aesthetics mirroring the Black  Rock Desert are in effect for this event.

You can purchase a plot for BURN2 at the kiosks on the playa. In the spirit of the theme, your  receipt will be in the form of a wearable mask. Prices are as follows, and we are happy to  note the prices are lower than last year:

  • L$2500 = 512sqm, 117 LI 
  • L$5000 = 1024sqm, 234 LI 
  • L$10000 = 2048sqm, 468 LI 
  • L$20000 = 4096sqm, 936 LI   

Think about the mirrors, masks, mazes and mergers, let the word “Carnival” evoke inspiration  in your creative mind, then come, participate, in this fiercely fun and fiery fiesta!

Please let us know when you have included us in your publications as we link back to online  TV, magazine and blog posts at​  ​​ . We would love to  include you! Just email a link to your content to ​​ , and we will  include it.

BURN2 is the virtual extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of  Second Life. It spreads Burning Culture and the​  Burning Man Ten Principles​  all year round.  BURN2 is one Burning Man regional, out of more than 100 first world Regional groups.

We encourage you to use the following labels and hashtags when you write about the event:  Burn2#burn2 . We will promote those tags to make it easier for people to find your content.

Want more information? Check out these resources: 

Contact people: 

  • Communications: 
  • Steering Committee:​ 
  • BURNING MAN Regional Contact: ​ 
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Spread the word about BURN2 2015! 🙂

Ebbe Altberg discussing Project Sansar

This week Nick Ochoa and Ebbe Altberg met up and discussed Project Sansar in a 30 minute  conversation. It’s a very interesting fireside discussion with some new updates to mention.

The latest update is that the start of the closed alpha testing will be happening in a few weeks from now and that it’s a bit behind schedule. The Alpha phase will continue for the rest of 2015/2016 with a public beta sometime in 2016. No set dates have been given yet.

Those that have been invited to the closed alpha will be able build their own experiences in Maya and publish the results on Sansar by pushing a button in the application.

In terms of Second Life active monthly users Ebbe mentioned it’s now south of 1 million with a rather slow and steady decline. At Second Life’s peak Ebbe mentioned it was north of 1 million for active monthly users for Second Life. Second Life is still going strong and people cashed out 60 million dollars last year.

Ebbe mentioned that Sansar land will be larger and cheaper. There will be a sales tax within the Sansar revenue model. VR will take years to get to a critical mass and VR will change the way we play/socialize.

Ebbe talks about ways that Second Life can be used such as musicians in SL concerts, selling clothing, virtual goods and there was a mention on the 1920s Berlin project.

The lab will be hand picking people for the alpha with the right skill set and the doors will open next year to the public. It’s going to be long journey ahead and it’s going to be fun ride.

Stay tuned for more news on Sansar in the months ahead. 🙂

Second Life events happening during August 2015

Summer is way underway and it’s time to look forward to some of the big events happening in Second Life during August 2015. Spread the word and add these to your calendar. If you know of any other big events happening this month then please add a comment. 🙂

  • Classically Kinky
  • Festival of Sin
  • Cool Fair
  • Cosmopolitan Bi-Weekly
  • Origami