It was a completely insane idea: a 12 hour marathon party, booked chock-full of SL’s best entertainment, to raise funds for Uthango Social Investments’ Virtual Africa. Thing is, it worked!
An hour before the party officially started, it was already going strong, and 13 hours later, when DJ keTchUp wrapped his brilliant new-music set to close us down for the night, 15 people stayed to dance and chat! We finally closed up after 15 hours and $L90,610 raised for Uthango!
Special thanks to the amazing talent who turned out for us, and who stayed to play, dance and donate: DJs Vannesh Cannoli, Seven Shikami, Reactor Radio’s Nicki Petrichor and Clockwork’s DJ keTchUp, Alexander Burgess, as well as special guest performer Grace McDunnough.
Thanks to Jen Shikami and Meissa Thorne for donating party favors – brilliant holly wings from Jen and a full kit of holiday gear from Meissa!
Thanks also to Grace, Michel Manen and Nepherses Amat for bringing their crowds to mix & mingle with us – we all made a lot of new friends through that long night!
Thanks so much to Meissa and to my love
for going the distance, to Jen for keeping me sane, and to dearest
for revitalizing me!
Never, never, *never* again!
Um, till this Saturday, when we’re throwing a party in Al Andalus, with DJ Nicki Petrichor, from 11am to 1pm SLT…. 😛
Our Salon Spotlight Guest, Extropian Citizen Yel Oh led about 30 of us in a terriffic discussion of sensuality, technology and the future!
There were too many brilliant comments to repeat, so we’ve put up the full chatlog on the Extropia Core website! Special thanks to iAlja Writer for our new slide/video screen and helping get all the multimedia up and working well before showtime! You’re a lifesaver! 🙂
Next week – instead of a regular Salon, we’re throwing a 12 hour Solstice party to thank all of you who’ve made the Salons and Extropia so wonderful!
|Salon Spotlight Guest Yel Oh!|
|Talking gorgeous ink!|
This Saturday from 1-3 pm SLT at The Nexus in Extropia Core, Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon will do something different: we’re going to host a Philips Design Probe to discuss SKIN:Tattoo, a revolutionary new concept in body art.
Yel Oh of the Philips Design team and a Citizen of Extropia, will be our Salon Spotlight Guest for the Design Probe:
Philips Design Probes is a dedicated ‘far-future’ research initiative to track trends and developments that may ultimately evolve into mainstream issues that have a significant impact on business. It challenges conventional ways of thinking to come up with concepts to stimulate debate.
One of this year’s Probe project areas is SKIN, which examines the future integration of sensitive materials in the area of sensing – the shift from ‘intelligent’ to ‘sensitive’ products and technologies.
With the SKIN: Tattoo project Philips Design examined the growing trend of extreme body adornment like tattoos, piercing, implants and scarring
Today’s Spotlight Guest Aleister Kronos of Ambling In Second Life delivered another wonderful two hours in The Nexus in Extropia Core! 32 people turned out, in our usual mix of old friends and new – special thanks to Alanagh Recreant for bringing in her crowd as well!
We had a wonderful spirited discussion of the criteria for judging a good build in SL, what architecture should and shouldn’t import from the atomic world, corporate best practices in SL, and the (de)merits of lag versus big carbon footprints.
Al had some *brilliant* slides – we’ll keep them up on the projector in the Nexus, and make copies available to the Extropia group.
It’s a great Salon when I don’t have to ask many questions, and the group conversation flows on its own. By that standard, Al gave us a *great* Salon!
ETA: If you want to know what a Salon is like – and what Extropia’s like – check out this fantastic photo series from JimmyJet!
|Salon Spotlight Guest Aleister Kronos|
Please join us this Saturday, December 8, from 1 to 3 PM SLT at The Nexus In Extropia Core as we discuss what makes an effective corporate build, and how to liberate our design imaginations!
Our Spotlight Guest will be Aleister Kronos, of the popular and insightful blog, Ambling In Second Life! Al is a veteran traveler, wildly creative designer, and incisive design critic. Join him for an amble through the best and worst of Second Life builds!
I love all my Salon Spotlight Guests. All of them are valued colleagues, many have gone on to become dear friends. But with all respect to all of them – none have moved me to the core, shaken my sense of self and world, touched my heart and changed my life, the way Grace McDunnough did yesterday.
I knew Grace as an innovative artist and popular SL live musician, and a fun, gentle person. What I didn’t know is, Grace taps into the soul of Second Life. Her voice can break your heart, set it afire, send it floating to the skies.
Grace is a Digital Person: like me, she lives only in the synthetic world. She has an atomic Other Personality, but they’re not an artist, not a performer. I’m sure they’re a wonderful person – I can’t imagine anyone sharing *anything,* let alone a body and brain, with Grace and not being touched with her great gift. But Grace is a child of the synthetic world, and like so many of us, her True Self has blossomed here.
If anyone asks you what’s so special about Second Life, tell them it’s a place where someone like Grace can be born, and can live to inspire us all.
I’m not going to describe the discussion, or tell you about her set. I’m just going to say, join her group, Votaries of Grace. Go to one of her shows, and find out for yourself. I’m working to bring Grace back to Extropia soon, to play the big Extropia Solstice party on the 22nd, and when she announces her next Musimmersion multimedia concert, I’ll make sure everyone I know gets the word.
Grace so inspired and energized us that when she was done, the afterparty ran two hours – we needed to dance, to bond, to light off a torch to burn the psychic energy Grace left us with.
It was heaven. It was Extropia. It was Second Life.
It was Grace, and she left us filled.