Between Sunday and Monday I spent a lot of time in Second Life’s Burning Man called BURN2. I listened to Philip Linden’s latest interview from SL9B on June 22. I’d seen part of it before but this time I listened to all three parts. By the way, there were only 21 views of part 3. There are several sections of Part 1 that talk about Burning Man.
The most meaningful part of my day was to engage more people in chats. When I arrived earlier in the day on Sunday, I saw a familiar name, Iono Allen, from my days at Hosoi Ichiba. I felt like I knew Iono but I didn’t really, I’d seen his award-winning machinima “A Question of Honour” about Hosoi a few years earlier. Anyway, I chatted him up a bit and like many others I’ve met, he was really excited BURN2.
Getting to know people and becoming part of BURN2 activities is a big part of what being a Burner is. Later in the day, I chatted with Support Staffer, Connie over at the Lamplighter Village. I learned that the Lamplighter’s have a drum and fire show every evening at 7pm SLT. And so it went throughout the day.
In my previous piece I talked about discovering BURN2 on opening day. Even though I’d had a preview on press day, there was a lot to discover, but in the next two days I began to feel the Burner experience. I suppose I was predisposed to becoming a Burner, but I’m not very good at kidding myself about feelings. I still needed to feel it.
On Sunday night while attending a live show at Center Camp, I became a Burner. It wasn’t a grand event but there was a good-sized crowd which included several of the BURN2 Camp Builders, Rangers and just plain folks like me. We were hanging out under that big tent as the Sun was going down, and I was reflecting on all I’d learned.
It wasn’t hard to imagine that this was the Nevada desert at night, and it had been a long hot day. People had gathered to hear a live performance by singer, Stella Silvansky. She was already on stage when I arrived, standing up, strumming a hot guitar. Stella sang just the right tunes with just the right chords. I was smiling when I realized it happened, I was a Burner.
I usually take Mondays off from Second Life, but I got a nice note from iRez author Katie Vizenor . Katie wanted to hangout at Burn, so we headed off for an hour. I tried to take her to the cool places I’d discovered. It was a lot of fun just meeting someone new and heading off on an adventure. We stopped at a new spots I haven’t highlighted yet, the Regeneration Plant.
The thing is, I had to know what she thought of the Guru Guru Stage. I mean, photos do not do this structure justice, so we allowed enough time to get over there and explore. Katie was indeed impressed with the Stage, so we headed in to do some dancing and prancing. It is all techno at the Stage and as we entered I saw the builder herself, Mikati Slade. Me being me, I chatted her up a bit, told her what an amazing build it is. I figured she’d heard this a lot, but as with so many of the great builders I’ve met, she was very down to Earth, even shy. It was a great place to end the evening.
There is still much more to see and remember, the burning of the effigy is yet to come.