Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue. It was a crazy flippin’ day in SL to be sure.
At 2PM, I beamed into the Infinite Mind sim to catch Mia Farrow, John Heffernan and several other notable personages talking about the deteriorating situation in Darfur. Ms. Farrow spoke passionately about the plight of the people living in the refugee shelters in Chad from her recent visit there. It made me sick to my stomach listening to another activist talk about how China has blocked all UN action to stop the genocide because they have significant oil investments there.
Later in the day, Cory Linden held a Town Hall meeting to talk tech with other geeks. It was a momentous occasion, what with Linden Labs shocking announcement that they had released the source code of the SL client program. I wasn’t able to attend to Town Hall, but I read the chat log and blog post later. It’s certainly a bold, revolutionary step they are taking, following the path of pioneers like Netscape and Sun Microsystems.
Finally, hundreds of avatars gathered this evening for the in-world showing of the indie flick "Four-eyed Monsters." The main showing at the new Sundance Channel sim (SLURL) was reportedly full hours ahead of time, with newbies from the Sundance and independent film crowd squatting there long before the movie showing. I bopped around to several viewing sites, settling in at Better World Island, which was the least crowded and laggy, hanging with my friend In Kenzo.
Yep, a helluva day. More pics after the jump…
SnoopyBrown Zamboni dropped by the BWI sim where I was watching the movie most of the time. Amazingly, even Snoop — the brainchild behind the Four Eye Monsters showing in SL many months ago — was not able to attend the Sundance sim showing! That made me a feel a bit better about not getting admitted, I have to admit. He was a much better sport about it than I would have been.
Arin Crumley stares down at all the little digital people in the very laggy and raucous Shelter.
Here’s the packed house in the Shelter.
The lovely and pixelated Ms. Mia Farrow.
Great audience for this important and timely event.