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Thursday, December 30, 2004

TSUNAMI WARNINGS (DISASTER RELIEF, PART II)

Veteran resident Jinny Fonzarelli just sent me this announcement, for an in-world fundraising effort to benefit the many (tragically many) victims of the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Asia, launching in exactly 24 hours. As it happens, this will be Second Life's second disaster relief effort (first one reported on here):

The Mahoosive SL 24 Hour Fundraiser Thingie!!!
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In order to raise funds for disaster relief, from 12 Noon Friday there will be 24 hours of fundraising activity to raise money for victims of the tsunami...

A major part of this effort will be events being run during the 24 hours, but if you want to do something more proactive you can join Fau Ferdinand, Toast Bard and Jinny Fonzarelli (being sponsored also in real life) in their 24 hour Second Life session, or sponsor them directly via PayPal or with L$. If you'd be interested in that, or donating items as prizes, please contact Jinny! If you don't want to donate cash directly to the fund, you can take part in the many events that will be running during the 24 hours-- look out for 'DEC Fundraiser' in the event title!

CONFIRMED EVENTS!!!

- Misty 'Moisty' Rhodes will host a MEGA RAFFLE to kick off at 12 Noon Friday with DJ Gina Vogel!
- Party with DJ Dreams Lightcloud at Scrabble's!
- Special BRIMSTONE BAR events
- Thinkers discuss charity!
- Jinny and Fau raving about lack of sleep!
- Formal Closing Ball with DJ Dominik Bauer!
- Jinny Raffles Her Entire Stock plus some Unique items!

All monies raised will be donated to the DEC relief fund, a union of the major UK charities working in the affected area. Monies donated in L$ will be sold on the Gaming Open Market (or, preferably, sold privately to the best offer) and monies paid to the DEC.

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NEW YEAR'S NEW WORLD NOTES ADVICE

Now that the full archive of 2004 entries is up, I'm seeking advice on stories to pursue in 2005. What kind of entries would you like to see more of? Less of? What stories have I totally missed, and should go after in earnest? And so on. Post here, post often...

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NWN IN '04: STUNTMAN

... in which the author sets his Journalist's Hat at a cock-eyed angle, so that he can become Part of the Story, joining in on assorted in-world craziness, even at times to the point of unleashing the infamous Hunter S. Thompson avatar.

As impromptu alien-hunter...

- ALIENS AND INDIANS ATTACK AT DAWN!

As corpse interviewer...

- RATED BY THE DEAD!

As deluge investigator...

- WATER-LOGGED

As sky diver...

- TAKING A DIVE

As foolhardy 19th century explorer...

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION, REDUX!

- TRAPS LAID, DIE CAST

- CANNON FODDER

- THE TREK BEGINS!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II: A PREFACE

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE FIRST: FROM THE SHORES OF BAKER, TO
MUIR, LIMANTOUR, GUALALA, TO THE ELVEN PEAKS OF SEACLIFF, TO THE FIELDS OF
JENNER

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE SECOND: A HALLUCINATION IN JENNER, THEN
ON TO MONTARA, GERSTLE; A MAGIC BRIDGE FROM HOOPER TO BONNYDOON, THEN TO
BOLINAS, AND THE DEPTHS OF MYRTLE, AND THE HIGH HILLS OF BODEGA

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE THIRD: THE WATERY REGIONS OF PALOMARIAN
AND KELHAM, THE HILLY CLIMES OF MAVERICK, TO POMPONIO'S VIOLENT PEAK!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE FOURTH: DESCENDING IN DAVENPORT WHILST
REACHING FOR THE FIRE!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE FIFTH: IN THE VALLEY OF ALBION, TO THE
LAKE OF NOYO, TO A TREEHOUSE IN RODEO, A TEMPLE IN IMMACULATE, THENCE TO
STINSON AND COWELL!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE SIXTH: INTO CORDOVA BY FORCE, RACING
INTO GEORGAN AND BRILLIANT; RACING THE COMING DAY, IN BETHEL

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE SEVENTH: DAWN IN FORTUNA, UNDERWATER IN
FAME, TANKS IN BALANCE; FROM THE PLAINS OF OAKGROVE TO THE PEAKS OF GIBSON

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE EIGHTH: THE SHORES OF LUNA, THE TRAGEDY
OF CONEY, THE PROVING GROUNDS OF DARKWOOD, THE HILLS OF DORE AND BONIFACIO

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE NINTH: ONWARD TO MORRIS; HAPPY CAMPERS
IN AHERN; RAISING CHAOS IN LUSK; GAME FOR RIZAL, BUT TROUBLE DETECTED IN
TEHAMA!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE TENTH: A DIVERSION TO DA BOOM, THEN TO
RITCH AND THE GARDENS OF ZOE; FORWARD AND UP TO CLEMENTINA; DOWN TO NATOMA

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE ELEVENTH: FROM MINNA TO FREELON TO CLARA
WITH A HEAVY HEART; TO PERRY UNDAUNTED AND TO KISSLING, ALARMED BY A
STRANGE DISCOVERY

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE TWELTH: VILLAINS MET ON THE WAY TO
BOARDMAN, PEACEFUL FIELDS FROM TAN TO SAGE TO TEAL, AT SECOND DAY'S END

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE THIRTEENTH: FROM OLIVE TO SLATE TO
MAROON, AS DARKNESS FALLS; INTO PERIWINKLE, PURPLE, AND UMBER, BY
MOONLIGHT

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE FOURTEENTH: WALKING BY MOONLIGHT
THROUGHT MAGENTA, INDIGO, AND CRIMSON; LOST AND ABANDONED IN MOCHA AND
LIME; ENCOUNTER WITH A TEMPTRESS IN PLUM!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE FIFTEENTH: THE FINAL LEG OF THE JOURNEY
BEGINS IN BLUE, THEN TO MAUVE BY NIGHTFALL, AND TO CHARTREUSE IN EARLY
MORN; ONWARD TO GREEN, BISQUE, AND ARGENT

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE SIXTEENTH: FROM THE PLACID HAMLET OF
BROWN, TO THE DEMENTIA IN AQUA AND THE AIR CITY OF GRAY; INTO THE PARKLAND
GLEN OF DE HARO, TO THE HIGH PEAK BENEATH THE VARNEY TREE

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE SEVENTEENTH: FROM VARNEY INTO STILLMAN
WITH ROBOTIC COMPANIONSHIP; THROUGH THE TUDORIAN VILLAGE OF TABER AND
ALONG THE SHORES OF WELSH

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE EIGHTEENTH: LAYING SIEGE TO RAUSCH,
FINAL MARTIAL PREPARATIONS LAID IN CLYDE!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE NINETEENTH: PENETRATING JESSIE!

- THE GREAT EXPEDITION II, PART THE 20TH AND FINAL: REGROUPING IN HAWTHORNE,
THEN TO STANFORD AND INTO FEDERAL, AND AT LONG, LONG LAST, HOME IN SHIPLEY

- THE TREK ENDS!

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NWN IN '04: IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Notes on everyday goings-on happening around the continent that usually feels more like a small town. (A small town almost entirely inhabited by mad scientists, utopians, artists, schemers, and hordes of non-stop partiers, that is.)

- ROWDY RAUSCH

- FOOL ME ONCE...

- "THERE HERE!"

- I LOVE A PARADE!

- RADIO FREE PHILIP

- YOU COULD SEE THE SEA (IF YOU COULD SEE IT)

- THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF STREAMING

- THE TROUBLE WITH TELEHUBS

- SCARY MONSTERS

"The Sim's Story" was a multi-part story tracking the evolution (or de-evolution, depending on the neighbor's point of view) of a single sim, Tenjin, over the course of a month and a half...

- THE SIM'S STORY; CHAPTER 2; CHAPTER 3; CHAPTER 4;CHAPTER 5

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

NWN IN '04: SPEAKING OUT

Notes and footnotes for various public/media appearances in 2004...

For my South by SouthWest '04 talk...

- NWN at SXSW!

- THE STATE OF THE GAME-NATION: AN NWN-AT-SXSW PRESENTATION

- POST COMMENTS ON MY SXSW TALK HERE...

For an editorial I wrote for the Sunday Los Angeles Times (footnotes to stories referenced)...

- FOOTNOTES FOR LOS ANGELES

For my talk at New York Law School's State of Play II:

- STATE OF PLAY, STATE OF SECOND LIFE

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NWN IN '04: IN MEMORIAM

In honor of many things, and to many people, offered up in plaques and installations and full-fledged community events...

For a resident's real life father...

- FLOWERS FOR FATHER FAIRCHILD; FATHER FAIRCHILD FOLLOW-UP...

For the fallen Coalition soldiers lost in Iraq...

- LIVING MEMORIAL

For the victims of 9/11's terrorist attacks, and those who responded to them...

- IN THE TOWERS OF NO SHADOW; PART II

For a beloved resident who passed away in real life, way before her time...

- MISSING MELTS

For World AIDS day, and for loved ones struck down by the disease...

- QUILT OF MANY COLORS


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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

NWN IN '04: ARTISANS AND ENTREPENEURS

Going through my entries for this year, I notice some coverage on land speculators, casino moguls, and fashion designers who make a tidy profit in Linden Dollars from their trade (not to mention those who convert those dollars into actual cash)-- but not much else on all the scripters, architects, vehicle engineers, and other tradespeople who keep the in-world content flowing. So I'll make my first resolution a vow to give them more coverage, in 2005.

Meanwhile, if you wanna read about fashion designers, you've come to the right place...

- MARKET FORCES
(A brief, illusory disruption in the Linden Dollar's market value creates a great springboard for interviewing the world's most successful entrepeneurs, real estate brokers, and fashion mavens.)

- POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION
(War hero, abroad; unemployed vet, at home; casino and real estate tycoon, in-world.)

The New World Notes Fashion Expo was my attempt to give the Second Life fashion industry and some of its top designers their due...

- IN FASHION

- ON THE RUNWAY

- HONORABLE MENTIONS, NWN FASHION EXPO 2004

- THE ELEGANT FASHIONS OF MISTRESS MIDNIGHT

- THE ENTICING FASHIONS OF TORRID MIDNIGHT

- THE SENSUAL FASHIONS OF BAKUZELAS KHAN, UP-AND-COMING DESIGNER

- THE SASSILY STREET SMART FASHIONS OF AIMEE WEBER

- THE FANCIFUL FASHIONS OF FEY BRIGHTWILLOW

- THE STUNNING FASHIONS OF MUNCHFLOWER ZAIUS

- THE ROCKSTAR FASHIONS OF ZAIGE LUMIERE, UP-AND-COMING DESIGNER

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NWN IN '04: JUST LIKE THE MOVIES

A year or so after its addition, Second Life's video capture function is still relatively under-utilized, but enough residents have dabbled in SL-based machinima to create a fairly substantial library.

Some of the standout vids, unsurprisingly, include two marriage montages, and a satirical take on the in-world dating scene...

- MONTAGE MATRIMONIAL!

- MONTAGE MATRIMONIAL, PART II!

- MACHINIMA RETURNS TO SECOND LIFE (WITH A VENGEANCE!)

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Monday, December 27, 2004

NWN IN '04: THREE WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL

Stories of in-world marriage ceremonies, sometimes with a real world relationship component, and a story of an in-world memorial service of a resident who passed away in the real world, as documented in NWN for 2004...

The marriage of Faerie Muse and stampshady Grimm...

- WHO WANTS TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE?

- THE WEDDING PLANNER AND THE AXIS OF MIDGETS
(Old friends crash the party, irk its legedary event planner.)

- FROM CAVE TO CATHEDRAL IN 15 MONTHS
(The wedding itself, and the real life relationship which helped fuel it.)

- The wedding of Malana Spencer and Johnny Bunderfeld, as documented in machinima...

- MONTAGE MATRIMONIAL!

- The wedding of Torrid Midnight and Water Rogers, as documented in machinima...

- MONTAGE MATRIMONIAL, PART II!

The memorial service of Meltsinyourmouth Steed...

- MISSING MELTS

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Friday, December 24, 2004

NWN IN '04: SEX, POLITICS, AND RELIGION

Not necessarily the best topics to talk about at a party, but always great story sources for New World Notes, in 2004...

On sex and sexual identity...

- DUNGEONS AND DISASTER RELIEF

- INSTANT INSIGHTS ON SEX AND RACE

- OUT IN THIS WORLD

On religion...

- WHERE TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED...

- THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE

On racial politics...

- KING FOR A DAY

On gender politics

- SITTING PRETTY

On self-governance...

- MISSING CONVENTIONS

On the 2004 US Presidential election, as it impacted Second Life...

- THE ELECTION COMES TO SECOND LIFE!
http://secondlife.blogs.com/nwn/2004/04/the_election_co.html

- JESSIE'S PUNK ROCK REPUBLICANS! (THE ELECTION COMES TO SL, PART II)

- SO VERY KERRY

- POLITICAL ARCHETYPES

- STREAMING THE DEBATE!

- BUSH VS. KERRY, LIVE FROM MINNA

- THUS ENDETH THE ELECTION

- RED STATERS MEET THE WORLD: SETTING THE STAGE!; RED STATERS MEET THE WORLD, PART I: INTRODUCTIONS; PART II: WMD, THE EU, IRAQ, A HIJACKING ATTEMPT, AND AN ISLAND GETAWAY; PART III: ECONOMICS, BIN LADEN, AND THE INTERNATIONALS ON ANTI-AMERICANISM; PART IV: MORE ON WAR, AND SOME COMING TOGETHER (THOUGH NOT A LOT)
(NWN's contribution to post-election trauma, bringing Bush supporters together with Bush opponents from Blue states and from around the world.)

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