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Thanks to everyone for their patience and notes of support as I try to figure out my new world in RL.  A quick update for all of you:

1. Viglet was born on May 7 – and is a happy and healthy infant.  (Who’s sleeping a lot today, giving me time to blog!)

2. I’m now a stay-at-home dad, and have been since the beginning of July.

3. Viglet takes a LOT of my time, as he should.  And the baby comes first.

4. With next to no time, and I even took a few weeks off of SL cold turkey at one point, I decided to get out of the gallery ownership business.  I wasn’t DOING anything with the place, and Phinn’s photography – while GORGEOUS – was a reminder to me that I needed to get moving.  Because Viglet comes first, I decided to quietly close Second Arts gallery.

5. In the same vein, I couldn’t justify the tier I was expending on Second Arts and sold the property.  Rad Andretti, the new owner, has ownership of my Second Arts building (Why trash it?  It’s still a nice build.) and apparently is going to be continuing it as a gallery.  I believe that he will be focussing on avatar portraits.

6. I purchased a much smaller (and lower tier!!) property in Bay City-Molesworth.  I plan on building a small residence there.  No galleries, no sculpture gardens…no, none of that.  Just a place to hang out, tinker with photos and prims, and hopefully host a few friends on occasion.

7. The Second Arts blog is going strong due to the masterful writing of Nazz Lane.  He is all over the Second Life arts scene, offering quick snapshot overviews and more detailed profiles of some of Second Life’s more prolific artisans.   But I don’t have to tell you – readership on that blog is just about as high as it’s ever been.

8. I think Rezzable’s “BuilderBot” concept is crap, pure and simple – especially because they have code which will let them poach other people’s creations WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION.  Now Rimbaud suggests that they won’t release that particular code, but they have it, nonetheless.  What’s to say that the company’s ethics stay as strong as they portend to be right now?  And shame on Linden Lab for making this abomination possible – their code has to be leakier than we want to imagine.

9. I think Prokofy Neva’s blog rocks.  I don’t necessarily agree with everything stated, but an articulate contrarian is hard to find.

10. I’m around a little more than I would have thought these days, but just so darned inconsistently that I can’t commit to anything.  Also, I am not able to devote large blocks of time and have to go offline at the drop of a hat.  With the limited time at my disposal, I hope to hit a few shows (love that inworld music scene!), get to an art exhibit or two (gotta support Nazz’s great work) and build the “Palais d’Vig.”

That’s all for now…signing off!  Hope to see you inworld!

Doubledown Tandino has a provocative post about the lack of attendance at Second Life live music events.  Check it out here. Here’s a brief excerpt to whet your whistle…

While participating in a SL forum I frequent, the conversation came up about performers and venues not being able to pull a large crowd as well as what is expected (especially with MORE people logging into SL these days). Over the past month, many performers noticed and are noticing a dramatic drop-off in the crowd numbers. Musicians and DJs that were easily pulling in 30, 40, 50+ people to their shows, are seeing 5, 8, 10 people show up now.

The question I have been asking myself in the past weeks is: Why has there been a dropoff in live music attendance?? And the answer I keep coming back to is: over inundated, unoriginal, same stuff day after day after day is not going to draw MORE of a fanbase.

OK, I’ll bite.  I’ve been saying for a long time that the main indicator of success in Second Life is a demonstrable community of interest.  Communities need support from institutions, like media, to sustain and grow the very community it serves.  Community building is a self-fulfilling prophecy…and, for a while, it worked real well.

The demise of the online newspaper, “The AvaStar,” started breaking up the tight(-ish) social network during which the ties that bind at least felt the strongest.  The unfortunate illness and subsequent retirement of Phoenix Psaltery from the Metaverse Messenger appears to have crippled that online newspaper, moving it from a weekly to monthly(-ish) publication.  Without a common “language,” a common place for people to go for their inworld news of note, the binds weaken and then break.  Self-fulfilling prophecies go both ways, you know.

When I don’t know what’s going on…and I don’t know that there’s a great musician playing – or that there’s an art show or fashion show – and end up not doing any of the above.  There’s one less potential  participant in the community.  And at least one more disappointed artisan/performer/designer.

So how do we turn it around?  That, my friends, is the $1 million Linden question.

With a title like this, I HAD to check it out

We are organizing an exhibition about Second-Life & the Future of Music Industry. The music industry is in crisis – you’ve heard the news. But in the virtual world of Second-Life, an alternative music economy is emerging. Already, real musicians are making a living by playing exclusively in Second-Life, and music labels and clubs of a new kind are created every week. We have spent 3-months researching the new musical trends in Second-Life, and we’re bringing them to you in the form of snapshots, sounds, videos, interviews and more. Come discover what music could become in the next 10 years.

Place: Harajuku Design Festa Gallery 2F, Tokyo (Japan)
Date: April 10-12, 2009
Hours: 11am-7pm
Info: aucouturier@gmail.com

As those who know me know, I’m a bit of an inworld music afficionado.  If the organizers get the top tier acts to be part of this event, it will be something special.  Need a hint as to who I mean?  #1: Start with Doubledown Tandino.  #2: Look below…

"Komuso plays Planet Mongo" by Juko Tempel, from Flickr

Thanks to JeanSnow.net for the lead!

Thanks to Doubledown Tandino for the mention of this little “offshoot” in his blog.

If you haven’t seen DD play live inworld (check on his blog, his Twitter feed or his Plurk timeline for dates/times/locations), you’re missing a treat.  He’s fun, funny and has a GREAT sense of musical taste that matches his skill in mixing.   In my mind, there’s no better DJ on the grid.  Combine that with his openness to innovation and being a standup guy…and you’ve got a winner on your hands.

(Ladies, I think he’s single, too!!)

This is the best video I’ve seen in a LONG time…

Not a bad remake by Coldplay of the original, instrumental “Life in Technicolor” from “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.”