The Egyptian Hunt – Clue Seven

I write these words, the last of my account, from the sick bay of the merchant ship SS Rails Bailey. An odd name for a vessel, to my mind, yet who am I to judge any more?

The last day was filled with horrors I can only now begin to think about. I had just finished my breakfast when the strange lights about the Temple of the Great Physician began to glow and pulse once more, shifting colours as they tracked back and forth across the worn stone surface. Then the noises began. Loud thumping drums, over and over, with strange whoops between them, and the voices singing words I could not understand… I have never heard the like, and I pray I never do again. As this all became overwhelming, a great voice came from the heavens, counting “One two, one two…”

The next thing I remember is Professor McCann shaking me awake. All was quiet again, and I was curled up in my tent with my fists balled so tightly that my fingers had cramped. Doctor Widdershins checked me over and we set about breaking down my camp and securing the finds for transport. An hour or so later we were on our way, down the avenue, turning right by the great cats and heading out across the desert. I slept as we rode, awakening only when we reached the sea. A mariner appeared to load everything onto the boat and I was brought here, when I slept peacefully for the first time in days.


Shin-Dig still had one surprise for me, though: as I walked from truck to gangplank, there on the shore, the side of my boot brushed against something hard. I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket – and that last find sits upon my bedside table even now.

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SL9B Community Celebration – Pictures of the Day: Final Day of Events

Here’s a selection of pictures of SL9B which is today holding the final full day of celebrations.  The sims will remain open for another three days for people to visit and enjoy … it will close on June 27th at 11.59pm slt and then it will all be gone – so visit while you can.

Once again, links given when supplied by photographers!

First of all, a taste of the amazing parties at the DJ stage aka the Egyptian stage on Shindig, photographed by Kagemaru McMahon.

SL9B Shinobics with DJ obi Galli

SL9B Shinobics with DJ obi Galli, photographed by Kagemaru McMahon

A lovely atomspheric view of the Cake Stage by KT Syakuni:

The Cake Stage, photograph by KT Syakumi

The Cake Stage, photograph by KT Syakumi

Daniel Voyager has some great pictures of people partying – including this view of the Lake Stage:

Partying at the Lake Stage, photograph by Daniel Voyager

Partying at the Lake Stage, photograph by Daniel Voyager

Briarmelle Quintessa stopped by at Prim Perfect tearooms to pick up the cute cookie bears made by Sway – and her friend Chywe stopped by to say hi & also pick up the adorable bears!

Collecting Birthday Bears, photographed by Briarmelle Quintessa

Collecting Birthday Bears, photographed by Briarmelle Quintessa

Here’s an exuberant view of Hoedown by Tamzin Xigalia:

Celebrating the Birthday! Photograph by Tamzin Xigalia

Celebrating the Birthday! Photograph by Tamzin Xigalia

This is a lovely view of one of the Dream Seeker Estate builds, taken by Crap Mariner. Dream Seeker Estates are one of the main sponsors of SL9B, having donated ten estates for the celebrations.

Dream Seeker Estates at SL9B, photograph by Crap Mariner

Dream Seeker Estates at SL9B, photograph by Crap Mariner

Hilde Gynoid has taken some lovely photographs of the Lotus Train (the train on the viaduct by the Lotus stage, but she has taken the opportunity to explore inside the train too!

Inside the Lotus Train 1, photograph by Hilde Gynoid

Inside the Lotus Train 1, photograph by Hilde Gynoid

And another image:

Inside the Lotus Train 2

Inside the Lotus Train 2, photograph by Hilde Gynoid

To submit your picture as a possible picture of the day, join the Flickr group SL9B Community Celebration and send your picture in!

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The Egyptian Hunt – Clue Six

Such strange days and nights pass here. When I first came to Shin-Dig I could not credit the bizarre tales I had heard from those who came before me, but now… now they all make so much sense.

The latest strange incident came while I was examining a group of fallen columns a little way in from the entrance to the complex. I wanted to get far away from the strange  wreckage and the place of yesterday’s vision, and this seemed like a potentially fruitful area of study. The carvings here tell of a mighty huntress, wreathed in flames and full of wisdom. I was just coming to the end of a tale in which she appeared ready to vanquish a beast called “The Laag” when out of nowhere, I was hailed by a voice! I had thought myself alone out here, but there before me were two travellers – a lady sitting astride a camel and a man riding… well, I’m not quite sure what he was riding, to be honest. It seemed like some kind of horse, clad entirely in black armour. What was even stranger, the lady was a friend from home! We spoke for a brief while, discussing the dig and what I had found here, and then on they rode. I watched them go, marvelling at the oddness of their appearance here and as they approached the Temple of the Great Physician I saw another figure raise an arm to greet them. A terrible figure, clad all in black and bearing a scythe that he waved above his head. I was overcome, and slid into the welcome embrace of nothingness. I do not know how long I was unconscious, but when I awoke the sun was low and all signs of their passing had gone. I was back by the pillars I had been examining and beneath my head lay another curious object…

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Where’re the bears this year?

SL9B Cookie Bear made by Sway Dench

SL9B Cookie Bear made by Sway Dench

For many people, the bears are an important part of the Birthday. Every year, the Lindens would make a birthday bear that would be given free to residents at the main Birthday event.  This year, of course, as the Lab has stepped back, there is no official bear.  But visitors to SL9B will discover that there are bears to see and even some of the most gorgeous Birthday bears to take home.

Sway's wonderful SL9B bear and vendor at the Prim Perfect tearoom

Sway’s wonderful SL9B bear and vendor at the Prim Perfect tearoom

Sway Dench has made an awesome Birthday bear – and you can get it free from the vendor on the tree at the Prim Perfect tearoom in Kyuu or from the Happy Hunting Exhibit in Jamboree.  Well, I say “it”, but you actually get three bears in the single package – one to rezz and set out, one to cuddle in your arms (very comforting) and one that will swing along holding your hand as your companion!

SL9 Birthday Bear at the Happy Hunting! kiosk

SL9 Birthday Bear at the Happy Hunting! kiosk

There are other bears available too – if you are offering one, perhaps you could add details in the comments!

And, if you like, you can give a bear to the Lindens too (or maybe keep if for yourself!) This is part of Loki Eliot’s exhibit, created by Everest Piek who says:

Everest Piek's bear for customising (and maybe giving to a Linden)

Everest Piek’s bear for customising (and maybe giving to a Linden)

Loki Eliot brought me to an idea about Lindens sometimes would need a hug and a fluffy bear. Adding to that it started some chain of thoughts: It is THEIR birthday and THEY should expect and get some presents, as we do at all our birthdays.
So I took a bear on full perms and put some template textures inside so you would be able to make your very own RESIDENTS BEAR to give away to one or several Lindens of your choice to show them how much you actually appreciating their hard work to keep us interested and contended in Seconlife(TM).
Add anything you think would be defining the bear as YOUR bear and link it to the bear, then rename it with your Name and maybe some name of the bear, i.E. mine is called SL9B Everest Piek EvryBear.
Enjoy being creative and giving some love to your favourite Lindens!

Where to find the bear templates at Loki's School Project

Where to find the bear templates at Loki’s School Project

Do you have a Birthday Bear to share? Tell us about it in the comments!

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SL9B Community Celebration – Pictures of the Day: What will you be looking at this weekend?

Our Flickr photographers have some suggestions of things that you could be looking at – if you join us at SL9B! (Links given when the photographer has supplied them)

Here is a selection, starting with a glorious image from Hoedown:

Cartolina da Second Life by Pallina60 Loon

Cartolina da Second Life by Pallina60 Loon

People have been getting in the mood for SL9B – here’s Briarmelle Quintessa at the Egyptian stage:

Briarmelle Quintessa at the Egptian stage, a self-portrait

Briarmelle Quintessa at the Egptian stage, a self-portrait

And here’s Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry exploring Maya Paris’s build:

Music and Bright Lights, created by Maya Paris, photographed by Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry

Music and Bright Lights, created by Maya Paris, photographed by Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry

And here is a great collection of towers at the build:

Towering SL9B builds, photographed by Pygar "Chicken Boy" Bu

Towering SL9B builds, photographed by Pygar “Chicken Boy” Bu

And a picture of a really cool party where people got into the retro mood!

Party at the Bay City Pavillion, photographed by Pygar "Chicken Boy" Bu

Party at the Bay City Pavillion, photographed by Pygar “Chicken Boy” Bu

To submit your picture as a possible picture of the day, join the Flickr group SL9B Community Celebration and send your picture in!

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The Egyptian Hunt – Clue Five

My dreams were strange last night. I blame the fumes from that mysterious wreckage.

I can see it now, beyond the scaffolding left by a previous expedition. Not archaeologists, this group – more like dinosaur hunters if the subject of their interest is anything to go by. Of course, they had entirely the wrong subject: the beast is far too shallowly covered to be any older than the ruins themselves and they only date back a few thousand years at best. The creature does hold some interest, though, for it is no small specimen.


As I examined it, I found myself seeing something out of the corner of my eye. Something that became apparently more solid as time passed, until it was fully-realised before me. An oasis. But here? It could only have been a mirage, but so much more real than I have ever seen before. As I looked upon this curious vision, my throat became suddenly dry and I was seized by an inhuman thirst – I had to have water at once! The desert around me had become a blur, and all I could see were the cool, wonderful water and luscious palm trees. I clambered my way over the rocks and the giant skeleton without so much as a thought, and staggered towards my object. I was almost there when I fell, my foot caught on something. Looking up from the sand, the vision had gone – and with it my thirst. Everything was as it had been this morning, with one exception: the strange item that tripped me. It now resides safely in my camp, and I cannot help but wonder what might have befallen me had it not interposed itself in such a timely manner…

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Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS: Benefit Day at SL9B

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS at SL9B

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS at SL9B

Today is a very special day at SL9B – because we are holding our first charitable benefit this year.

Dream Seeker Estates had designated June as the month they would support the charity Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS well before they came on board as sponsors of SL9B. We decided that in return for their support, we would have a day of fundraising for their chosen charity.

So today you will find special donation jars at the the stages, the auditorium AND the Welcome Area.  Please give generously, to show your support of this important cause – and to show how support for such initiatives is, for Second Life residents, every bit as important as celebrating the Birthday.

About BC/EFA…
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Actors Fund Work Program, The Dancers’ Resource, The Stage Managers’ Project and three supportive housing residences.

BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

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A HISTORY OF GIVING
Equity Fights AIDS was founded in October 1987 by the Council of Actors’ Equity Association. Money raised through the efforts of Equity theatre companies across the country was specifically earmarked for The Actors Fund’s AIDS Initiative.

Broadway Cares was founded in February 1988 by members of The Producers’ Group. Money raised was earmarked to be awarded to AIDS service organizations nationwide, including Equity Fights AIDS.

In May 1992, Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway Cares merged to become Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Board of Trustees of this newly established not-for-profit fundraising organization assumed the missions of the previously separate organizations and continues to fund the social service work of The Actors Fund and to award grants three times a year to AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Unlike most other nonprofit, grant-making organizations, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS must raise every single dollar of our philanthropic budget every year in order to fulfill our mission. In turn, BC/EFA works hard to ensure that the money we raise is spent carefully and wisely on programs where these hard-earned funds can have the maximum possible impact.

For more information go to:
http://www.broadwaycares.org/

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Let them know how much you liked their build!

Howdy, folks.

Once the torrent of last-minute requests for parcel name, description, landing point, and music stream changes finally let up, I made it my goal to wander through every exhibit at SL9B to see what y’all are sharing about yourselves and your communities with everyone out there.

And when people ask me for the SLURL or landmark of my own build, I’ve refused to give it out, saying “Go explore them all, and you’ll eventually come across mine.”

In my travels, I’ve been tossing a lot of my snapshots up to the SL9B Flickr Group, but there’s plenty more Second Life groups you can add your Flickr shots to. (Even an Official Second Life one the Lab uses for gathering snapshots of the day and other marketing material… read their terms first, okay?)

You can also post your travels to your mySL social feed, Google Plus, Facebook… whatever social network you’re a part of that you use to connect with your SL friends when the lag takes its toll.

But most importantly, when you come across a build that drops your jaw and leaves you speechless, let that exhibitor know how much you liked their build and appreciated their freebie gifts.

For instance, I came across this cave on Neun just now:

Magical Meeroo Cave at SL9B

I right-clicked the cave, brought up the profile of the builder, and messaged them about how much I enjoyed the build.

Been doing that all this past week, and I think those exhibitors appreciated someone taking the time to let ‘em know it’s appreciated.

Because this past week, yeah, I’ve appreciated it when folks have been posting in the group chats “Well done, guys!” and “This is great!” and WOW! (I assume that last one is not a suggestion for people to log off and go to World Of Warcraft, right?)

Now, I know that there’s been a few bumps in the road to SL9B, and the way hasn’t been perfect for everyone, so in the next few days, we’ll be posting a way to let us know what we did right, what could have been done better, what ideas you have for future events, and if you’d like to toss your hat in the ring for helping get things running even better next year.

Stay tuned, but until then… keep exploring and enjoying the wonder and magic that happens when we come together to share our passions with each other!

Happy birthday, Second Life!

-ls/cm
R. Crap Mariner
SL9B Exhibitor Assistant and Troll

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SL9B Community Celebration – Pictures of the Day: The Best Side of Second Life

Yesterday, after a hectic day of talks and events at SL9B, I relaxed at the end of the day by taking a podcar ride with a friend.  And we did stop of several times: the Herdthinners pub on Hoedown, so that I could introduce him to the world of Kevin and Kell – and take a picture of Tara Yates’ beautiful Lotus Flowers (and bunnies) at the same time (for today’s Prim Perfect jigsaw); Loki Eliot’s wonderful School Project onKittyCatS SL9B Birthday Bash – which gives us all excellent reasons to love the poor old Lindens; and finally ending up at a very awesome roller coaster created by Takni Miklos and Apollosmile Resident on Jamboree  – there are some other amazing fairground rides opposite at Jahman Och’s Pando Carnival and Amusement Park, but I decided that my stomach wouldn’t take it so late in the day/early in the morning!

Part of the SL9B School Project by Loki, photographed by Draxtor

Part of the SL9B School Project by Loki, photographed by Draxtor

These were just a few random places that caught my eye as I travelled – but it occurred to me that this really is the best of Second Life, created by the most wonderful community coming together and working to create something awesome, something that we can cherish and remember.  Sometimes, when it seems that the main pulic conversations about Second Life are about negativity, it’s good to walk around the twenty sims and see what we can achieve.

So … here are some more pictures from the Flickr group to enjoy (and, with the final weekend coming up, to go and visit too).

First of all, a wonderful view of the Train that is part of the amazing Lotus Stage, created by Dogpatchy Dagostino and here photographed by Spanki Moulliez.

Stop, train! - at the SL9B Lotus stage, by Spanki Moulliez

Stop, train! – at the SL9B Lotus stage, by Spanki Moulliez

Next, an exhibit by Schism Productions in KittyCatS SL9B BirthdayBash, photographed by Ami Tamura:

Exhibit by Schism Productions at SL9B, photographed by Ami Tamura

Exhibit by Schism Productions at SL9B, photographed by Ami Tamura

And now, from the Safe Water Foundation on the Gala sim, Mermaids Danicing. As Serafin Galli, the photographer says:

Gather of mermaids dancig together in the Safe Waters Foundation display pond.
No sharks here … just nice relaxing music and a lot of talking about the life undersea

Mermaids Dancing at SL9B, photographed by Serafin Galli

Mermaids Dancing at SL9B, photographed by Serafin Galli

The next few images are lovely – but don’t come with exhibit or name information. If you are of the persuasion that needs all your photos tagged so that you can go and visit them, look away now.  The rest of you … enjoy – and then get out on the sims and go and see if you can find them!

Nascent Nebulae SL9B - photograph by  Caro Fayray

Nascent Nebulae SL9B – photograph by Caro Fayray

Black Rose Mermaid Fountain at SL9B, photographed by lareinefroide

Black Rose Mermaid Fountain at SL9B, photographed by lareinefroide

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The Egyptian Hunt – Clue Four

Today has been…. remarkable. And long.

I was awoken in the early hours of the morning by the most terrible thunder. As I opened my eyes to see what was happening, a bright streak crossed the heavens and came to earth with a huge crashing sound that left my ears ringing for some time. I rose immediately, of course, and went to investigate.

What I found was so hot as to be glowing a dull red colour, and I could barely approach with twenty feet without discomfort. As I tried to look upon it from other angles, I made another new discovery – two statues had appeared by the temple which was to be the focus of my day’s work! Perfectly coloured and without signs of age, these giant tigers sat to either side of the strange altar in the temple area. Most perplexing!

I took to my day’s labours with renewed enthusiasm. The temple seems to have been a gathering-place, judging by the state of the floor, and such carvings as I found referred to a “Great Physician” – perhaps there were healing rituals here? The altar was strange, too: shades of the strange design I found under the Great Pyramid yesterday. Combined with the unnatural lights that play about the area and the constant gaze from the newly-arrived tigers, the effect was most unnerving. I dread to imagine what strange bacchanales took place here…


Although the Temple took much of my day, it did allow time for the strange device which fell from the sky to cool so I could approach and examine it more closely. A curious thing, this: clearly some kind of machine, and I am inclined to think of it as part of an aeroplane, despite no sign of propellors anywhere about the wreckage and a design the likes of which I have not seen before. Perhaps this lack of apparent propulsion is why it crashed, although I have no explanation for the terrific heat it gave off upon landing here, nor for the foul-smelling gas that leaks from it at intervals. Sadly, aeronautics is a science of which I know nothing, so I must take what notes I can and hope that they make sense to others when I return home. At least my search of the wreckage yielded a little evidence that I can take back with me along with my photographs…

 

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