Wednesday, September 24, 2008

STEALTH BLOGPOST #1: Battle of the Ironclads

Unless you are a member of their group, the EXCLUSIONARY ELITISTS at the Playa have made it impossible this year for you to enjoy the Battle of the Ironclads or any other fantastic build on the 22 sims worth of extreme NPIRL goodness by hundreds of extraordinary artists and builders until they open their LAGFEST IN THE DESERT 2008 for just one week. Furthermore, it seems that I am not even ALLOWED to blog about any of the creations at LAGFEST 2008 until it officially opens for just seven miserly, tight-fisted days - despite the fact that I am literally drooling... so I must resort to stealth blogposts and stealing other people's materials. Even though I respectfully requested - as instructed - press materials from Linden Lab's press office over a week ago, I am still waiting, and the organizers have made it clear that they want me to STAY AWAY.

I can't help wondering how this all fits with the Ten Principles of Burning Man which they claim to be living by... especially this one:


Participation
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.


One more thing... When we organized the Garden of NPIRL Delights, we restricted access and the publication of photographs, because we wanted to keep it a surprise... but that was just four sims worth of work and the exhibit was open well over a month. Even so, so much of the work went unnoticed because people simply didn't have the bandwidth. This event covers 22 sims and it is only open one week. So what does that mean for coverage? I bet if you polled the participants, they would almost unanimously say yes to early coverage. Wouldn't you?

Anyway...

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Hotspur O'Toole describes himself as "An Irish would-be gentleman of indeterminate age, of a somewhat military bearing..." but any amount of text written by or about about this man cannot begin to convey the character he keeps, or the world that he and his cohorts live in.

Hotspur is always up to something... and more often than not it has something to do with a battle, but don't assume that guns and swords are always involved. For example, in July 2007 he invited me to attend the Duel of Compliments for the benefit of the Caledon Library, which he presided over. Here's but a snippet of text that I managed to keep from that event, just as it was getting underway:

Hotspur Otoole: We have surveyed the ground, sirs, and can attest that there are no stray compliments laying about, and we will take your words you have no extras hidden up your sleeves.
Bryndal Ellison hopes that she's not naked...as SL is not working
Terry Lightfoot giggles
Eva Bellambi: You do appear to have clothes on, Ms Ellison
Bryndal Ellison: Your Grace, good to see you
Hotspur Otoole: um, yes..... you're totally clothed... yesssssss
JJ Drinkwater sighs in disappointment, as she is quite clothed

Oh, I know... most of that text has nothing to do with the actual duel of compliments, which was uproariously funny and entirely and spontaneously ad libbed, but that level of sophistication in their text chat is standard fare with his crowd, where "LOLs" and "ROFLs" are quite, quite absent.

At any rate, he and his clan have been spending a good deal of their time in the desert lately - The Playa, to be more specific - and what they have concocted is a great deal of fun!

It isn't hugely complicated to play this radio-controlled game. First, take a copy of the free HUD that is offered there and wear it. Next, take one of the four available seats on the sides of the pool/ocean. Then, find the ironclad that corresponds to the color of your flagged seat and apply all your dexterity and skills with the goal of being the last one standing! Um... floating!

Because I am unwelcome on the 22 sims of the coming LAGFEST 2008, I've snuck over to Hotspur's delightful blog and swiped his video of the build.

5 comments:

Ordinal said...

I'm rather shocked at this, though heartened that the respectable-ish Mr O'Toole's activities are being properly promoted.

Seven days is clearly too short a time to explore that many sims, but more importantly the very idea of threats being issued for simply wishing to publicise art makes me extremely cross.

Razrcut Brooks said...

Can you give us some idea what the objections were without divulging names and specific chat/Im logs?
My guess: I bet many builders/organizers did not think it fair that a small of group of residents should get special, FIC treatment during the construction phase. Some may not simply want to be bothered by passing tourists or desire their work to be viewed unfinished. Others may be finished with their builds and can't wait to tp their friends in, yet cannot till opening day..so why should others be allowed to enter prematurely?
I also find it funny that the the NPIRL group creator is complaining about not being allowed in an exclusive group. Creating a group for elite builders is your option, but no doubt it has also created animosity amongst the hundreds/thousands? of other highly skilled builders who cannot afford a sim or land to showcase their art. Burning Life provides the highly skilled, average "joe" an opportunity to create and display.
Having said that all of that, I DO enjoy your website and am a member of your open group,IMPIRL. I think your motives are genuine . My above comments are not a criticism of you as a person, I am only shedding light on NPIRL's perception by others.

---Razrcut Brooks

Miki said...

dont overestimate these places... have been there yesterday, flown over nearly all sims, for sure some interesting stuff on display, but max 1-2 good builds per SIM, rest is same low quality stuff as seen on so many events before.

Bettina Tizzy said...

Hi Razrcut! I've broken up your comment and questions into pieces I can address:

Razrcut: Can you give us some idea what the objections were without divulging names and specific chat/Im logs?

Me: For the most part, I cannot as I'd be violating TOS big time. I'm between a rock and a hard place. I cannot share most of what has happened or what has been said. :(

I can share that I received an IM and notecard from one of the lead organizers of BL which, in part, read:
"Please note that:
11. PRESS. If members of the Press request event information from you, please direct them to Katt Linden,
as oulined on the wiki - http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Burning_Life."

In other words, I was being treated like a member of the press corps, not a member of the BL group, or a resident of SL. Of course, I immediately contacted the press office 8 days ago.

Razrcut: My guess: I bet many builders/organizers did not think it fair that a small of group of residents should get special, FIC treatment during the construction phase. Some may not simply want to be bothered by passing tourists or desire their work to be viewed unfinished. Others may be finished with their builds and can't wait to tp their friends in, yet cannot till opening day..so why should others be allowed to enter prematurely?

Me: If people would rather I not blog about them or their work, so be it. For the most part, I like to interact with the creator of a work and learn much more *before* I blog about it. That would be a good time to tell me that they aren't interested.

Razrcut: I also find it funny that the the NPIRL group creator is complaining about not being allowed in an exclusive group.

Me: NPIRL is a private working group. BL is a public event. I don't see any similarities.

Razrcut: Creating a group for elite builders is your option, but no doubt it has also created animosity amongst the hundreds/thousands? of other highly skilled builders who cannot afford a sim or land to showcase their art. Burning Life provides the highly skilled, average "joe" an opportunity to create and display.

Me: Hmmm. NPIRL owns no land, and when we had access to land as was the case of the Garden of NPIRL Delights, the effort was open to all Residents of all levels of expertise. Believe me, no one wishes that there could be more members in the NPIRL group more than I do. I'd add another hundred tomorrow if I had the bandwidth. As it is, I'm stretched to the max.

Razrcut: Having said that all of that, I DO enjoy your website and am a member of your open group,IMPIRL. I think your motives are genuine . My above comments are not a criticism of you as a person, I am only shedding light on NPIRL's perception by others.

Me: Thank you for the balanced comment, Razrcut. I am just crazy in love with quality content and want to empower its creators, celebrate it and advocate for it any chance I get. As I've said before, Impossible IRL members receive nearly all of the landmarks and building tips NPIRLers get.

Still, I'm just one outspoken tack on the seat here. What matters still is that 22 sims worth of work - and so much of it is simply AWESOME - will only be seen for one week, under the worst possible conditions, and never get the coverage or recognition it deserves.

Razrcut Brooks said...

Lagfest, is accurate. Lets hope Havok 4 and the other grid improvements allow for a more enjoyable experience this year.