So tomorrow it has been one year Second Life for me. It was a great year indeed and Second Life (probably just because of my residentship) did a great leap forward, has all the press now and soon 4 millions residents. Thinking back it has been only near 140.000 residents been registered (althought counted a little differently).
The early days
I cannot really remember that much from my first days but I must have missed orientation island (of course I wanted not to learn anything more but now finally join it :-). I also remember that I landed somewhere on a rock then and needed to find the Ahern Welcome Area first, following that red beam. I also remember that on one of my first days Philip Linden was in the Welcome Area, telling us that we should cheer for somebody’s birthday (was it Catherine’s?)
Soon I then moved over to Morris, trying to build my first stuff. The first thing I did was a Plone T-Shirt, followed my furniture, funky houses and so on. I also soon visited The Shelter and Club Camarilla which unfortunately does not exist anymore (I think at least). I definitely met very nice people at both places! Also in my first days I met Linda Bailly, who went shopping with me 🙂 (you should also check out her club “Inner Circle”). As you can see to the right I also created that yellow skin back then (and I was known for having a chair on my back) 🙂
Doing the blog
And I started blogging. My first post dates back to March 3, 2006 and was about a Camarilla event. I never thought that I would blog much as it never worked out for me since then in RL. But with Second Life it was somehow different and there’s quite a bunch of posts out there right now. Later I also created the well-known blog aggregator worldofsl.com and it’s sister the fashionplanet.worldofsl.com which are still constantly growing.
Getting into machinima
On April 10, 2006 I decided to experiment with video blogging in Second Life. And here is my first episode I made back then. Apparently I already purchased some first land and I remember having nice friends amonst my neighbours. Unfortunately those are not anymore in Second Life and I am more or less surrounded by a big mall these days. But anyway, you can find the complete collection of Tao Takashi on Air here.
Meeting the developers
Later I then met more and more Second Life developers (such as Timeless Prototype, Hiro Pendragion, FlipperPA Peregrine and many more) and podcasters/video blogger, such as Eric Rice (aka Spin Martin), Michael Verdi and Steve Garfield. I also contributed to many events, such as the 3rd Second Life birthday where I help with scheduling events and organized a machinima showcase (and here), the virtual Vloggercon and more. It was great working together with all those nice people such as Almathea Blanc, Mera Pixel, Tateru Nino, moo Money and many more.
Other cool people I met were of course the metaverse consulting specialists such as Fizik Baskerville, the Millions Of Us people as well as those from the Sheep.
Bringing Plone to Second Life
Plone, the Open Source Content Management System I am doing consulting for with my company (as well as attending programming sprints, meetings and conferences) was brought into Second Life by me in October 2006, when the Plone Conference was being held in Seattle and we were streaming the event live into Second Life.
Right now the plot is still there and we are planning to have some sort of BarCamp there someday soon. In the meanwhile you can watch episodes from my RL video blog COM.lounge TV there.
This was especially a nice event as more and more Plone developers are joining now Second Life (and it even lead to some Second Life related job we are doing together with Lovely Systems now).
Meeting Linden Lab and other Second Life residents in Real Life
It was after the Plone Conference 2006 that I went from Seattle to San Francisco to meet some Plone and Second Life people. I had a little visit at the Linden Lab offices which was quite nice (although most people were busy as there was a community roundtable going on at the same time). Ben Linden showed me around, I met Joe, Vektor, Jean, Jesse and others. Earlier in San Francisco I also met Dancoyote Antonelli, a great Second Life artist, who showed me around at the San Francisco Art Institute. Finally I also met Glenn Linden to talk with him about businesses in Second Life. All in all a great visit.
In December last year I met even more people in RL, like Eggy Lippmann and splat1 Edison at the SLDEVU in London but unfortunately missed Timeless Prototype who was there but who wasn’t recognized by us (and vice versa). We hope for the next time 🙂
Because of my long and intense involvement with Second Life and the ongoing hype about it it makes sense for me to lead my company COM.lounge also on this way. So we are not doing Plone consulting alone anymore but also expanded this to Second Life and while working for other companies such as Pixelpark or MoU we are also doing our own projects. So finally there’s an excuse to spend more time in Second Life 🙂
So as you can see, it was quite a full year and I am sure I forgot something to mention. And that calls for a party! 🙂
So on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2007 it will be held from noon SLT on on Theta. The exact location is here but if you cannot find it, just IM me. Any DJs and live musicians are of course welcome to play! 🙂
Of course everybody is invited to come over! 🙂