Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fun Things in SL

Just as in RL the weekends in SL I have reserved for some fun adventures. Here are some things that can be done in SL that are fun and free.

I actually attended the Second Life Ballet. It was rather good. I am providing information from the Second Life Ballet Note card below. The Second Life Ballet's Director is Inarra Saarinen.
I highly recommend looking at it in SL, and going early if you plan on attending this event because of high teleport volume:

Group = Second Life Ballet

Second Life Ballet produces professional works that creatively utilize the Second Life environment; we produce neo-classical, contemporary, and eclectic ballets for and with the residents of Second Life.

Roles are available for dancers, designers, composers, animators, supporters, and audience members. All welcome!

Our debut ballet was the premiere of "Olmannen", an original 3-act story ballet written, choreographed, and directed by Inarra Saarinen with original music by Alazarin Mondrian, and danced by Amber Shablin, Alina Mikadze, Chryssie Bunnyhug, and Amelie Dibou. The ballet plays Wednesdays and Sundays at 4:00pm SLT through February at the Second Life Ballet theatre (Quat 45, 19, 108).

There are currently 105 members in Second Life Ballet. To join, see the group "Second Life Ballet"; there is no cost to join.

We audition dancers for each ballet. We are looking for commitment first and foremost -- you MUST be able to attend 99% of all rehearsals and 100% of all performances. If you cannot, even if it because of RL commitments, please do not audition or accept a role. Sorry, but we all need to be fair to the other dancers. To give you an idea of the amount of time required, we rehearsed from November through February twice a week for 2 hours each rehearsal for our debut ballet. Out of 32 rehearsals plus private coaching, each dancer only missed one rehearsal.

For reviews and notices of "Olmannen" see:

1. Second Life Herald review
"Olmannen Premiere Performance"

2. AvaStar's "Event of the Week"
Issue #7, p.32

3. AvaStar review
"Ballerinas Wow Crowd" p.16

4. New World Notes "Rik's Pick of the Week"
February 4, 2007 "Olmannen" premiere

5. New World Notes events listing
"Second Life Ballet to Present 'Olmannen'"

6. Second Life Insider story
"Second Life Ballet Performs 'Olmannen'"

7. GNC review on Youtube

8. Flickr Photos by Pathfinder Linden

9. Great Dance Weblog
"Stealth Ballet Company in Second Life"

10. NMC Observer
"Stealth Ballet Company" under #2 Comments

11. Short video by Osprey Therian
"Olmannen" premiere on February 4, 2007

12. FOX News
February 8, 2007 at 12:50pm EST

Enjoying a sunset on one of the many beaches in SL when RL does not offer this tranquility.

Sitting and talking with friends at many of the floating ice skating rings.

or just simply ice-skating with SL friends. Many of these locations provide free skates, in the choice of your colors as well. lol

Windsurfing on the virtual ocean.

Wind surf with friends (KM).

Snowboarding in Valle with friends (Victoria and KM).

Go horseback riding with a friend (here is Firefly and Dembe).

Go Sky Podding. Do not forget to pack a parachute for your avatar. These can go as high as 4000 meters.

Take a hot bath, yes this avatar has its clothing on. It is a PG blog. Seriously, the animation was fantastic on this. This was Firefly's creation.

Blow bubbles with friends (KM).

Experiment with new looks on your avatar.

Get dressed up and go to events, such as the Oscar Ball in Virtual Hollywood.

Hang out with friends and watch a sailing race. In this picture is Milamber and Victoria, both are RL friends. Just as in real life, some friends just can't seem to stay awake during the conversation. lol

Go hang gliding off of many locations in SL.

It is even funner when you go gliding with friends like KM.

Do some yoga with a friend (Victoria) at her floating house. Or, go the the Support for Healing Island to do some Yoga and/or meditation exercises.

Look for land and meet some interesting Avatars on the journey. I am still landless in SL. Beginning to wonder if I want the land headache - but this is another blog.

Explore some of your favorite movies, such as Stargate. At the Stargate Store, you can even get a uniform for your journey.

Volunteer for organizations such as ISTE or attend trainings or classes. (It seems a lot of these happen on the weekends.)

Visit famous landmarks such as the Seattle Space Needle, when real life and resl life finances do not allow such trips.

Get together with colleagues to discuss work and socialize outside the office.

Go sailing with friends. Above is Victoria and Dembe in Victoria's new boat.

Go shopping with a friend. This is Fireflies Native American avatar.

Attend a conference, the one above is in Dublin and was on a Tuesday, but they do take place over the weekend as well. Dublin was a very nice area in SL. It is worth checking out on SL. Again, this is a subject for a blog entry all its own.

Relax in a hot tub with friends. Above, Dembe is with KM and Victoria.

Get a pet avatar and teach it tricks. Above is Firefly's pet dog. This dog does many tricks. I was very impressed with the animation and is ability to follow commands give.

As you can see, I have a pet penguin, but it does not do tricks. It just follows me around SL like a shadow. I have to say, the penguin does not even follow well. When I teleport he frequently gets lost and them IM's me to come and get him. Figures, of all people I would be the one to get the virtual needy pet.

This is just a sampling of what can be done in SL and what Dembe has taken part in in the last month. I do not spend a great deal of time in SL and am currently not a premium (paying) member of SL. (However, I am considering it.) Most of the activities above where free or the cost was minimal - $1 Linden. Remember, I pick my Lindens off a money tree. For entertainment, SL has many things to offer. Many which I have not even began to explore yet.

Regards until my next blog,

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