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Memorial for the Laid-off Lindens

Submitted by Paypabak Writer

It’s already old news but read this in case you’ve been focused on other things. Great dreamers, hard workers, and people who really got immersed with the residents of Second Life were laid off two weeks ago. The people are not dead, the dream is not dead, but those avatars are transmigrating and something precious has been lost.

Codie and Gabby put up a little graveyard in the middle of the Rouge Club with names of many of these folks. This gesture, which was highlighted in Flickr and by other bloggers, posted on Plurk, etc., brought a rush of visitors to a sim that is a wonderful showcase of the creativity and freedom of expression that is the heart of Second Life. They have left all kinds of tokens for favorite Linden friends and pretty much challenged the object limits of the sim very quickly.

Gabby informed me that they have someone willing to let them move the memorial to somewhere where people can continue to add to the markers. This is nothing new and original. Second Life has a memorial garden and a day set aside for remembrance that has become a model for memorials throughout our virtual world. I have seen numerous such sites, especially in the various roleplaying sims I’ve visited. Recently a wonderful professional acquaintance passed away in first life and the memorial her friends created moved me to tears at how strong the ties binding us in a virtual world can be.

This memorial is different, to be sure, but nevertheless a heartfelt tribute to those Lindens who are gone. What is significant isn’t so much that they needed to be honored so much as people were compelled to do so.

ML Spotlight: Raven Haalan

Raven Haalan uses our Calendar Cogs and therefore is the focus of this Spotlight. However, Raven is worth the spotlight for a number of other great reasons: he’s a great scripter in his own right, with the RavenScript product line (the store mentioned in this blog is closed, sad to say). He’s involved with the communications team for Burning Life in SL, which is the mega event of Second Life, entering its seventh year of infamy. He also participates in Step Up!, a special event day for creating awareness about content theft in SL. Raven is also a delightful resident of SL in any of his three forms: Jaime Kenin and Binary Rascon being his other avatars. Time spent with any of these people is well spent as my sister Pay can attest, and for whom I am indebted for all her notes and pix taken in service to this article. Of course, I wonder sometimes where he gets time for operating three avis and all the things he does when he also is a regular contributor to Prim Perfect!

SLers Ottawa Group clubhouse in the sky.

SLers Ottawa Group clubhouse in the sky.

Raven has probably done the best job of ’splaining how Calendar Cogs work outside of this blog, of course (although the new upgrade now does away with the server components he describes). He is using the Superboard to handle events for his latest SL project, the “SLers of Ottawa, Canada” group, where he has created a clubhouse for fellow Canadians to meet and plot virtual domination of SL. (Doesn’t everyone belong to a group like that?) Sister Pay was there while Raven built the skybox for this group and came away impressed with the speed at which he worked.

Raven added a red bow for the holidays to the SuperBoard announcing SLers of Ottawa, Canada, events.

Raven added a red bow for the holidays to the SuperBoard announcing SLers of Ottawa, Canada, events.

Thanks, Raven, for your continued support of MechanizedLIFE products!


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