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We were having a little talk, me and Alex, about how funny it is that of all the things that are possible in Second Life, one thing we really enjoy is having a club. We could be winged creatures, out ransacking mythic lands. We could be gangters with bigass guns setting up hits and extorting $L from our neighbors (actually, maybe we should do that…). We could be part machine – in fact, in SL we actually *are* part machine. But what do we spend our time doing the most? Recreating a part of our history that we never got to live in the first place.
Alex and I have spent a lot of time playing in clubs in our indie-rock band. I have spent more hours in stench-riddled dives from Boston to Charleston, rocking out, drinking cheap beer and squatting to pee over nasty public toilets than I probably have in shopping malls. We often fantasized about owning our own club but never wanted to deal with all the alcoholics. And it wasn’t conducive to being in a band either. So we never did, and came to terms with the fact that we never would.
Then came Second Life, which offered the chance to have a version of that experience without the drawbacks. Here we managed to create some of the club atmosphere, share good music, meet digital people and make friends, without having to deal with the drawbacks of a real club. The other day Alex and I discussed this and said, “huh – that’s damned cool.” And it is.
I’ve been thinking a lot about “real” in Second Life and what that means. Last post talked about identity a bit, as that’s the blog topic ablaze in the SL Blogosphere. Now I’m thinking about what it is we do. It is funny how sometimes we choose to emulate the physical world – we shop, we hang out, we hook up, we dance. And even though those experiences in some ways pale by comparison to the real world experience, they are not without value. Like when you can own a club and NEVER have to clean up some drunk’s vomit or blood, maybe it’s even better than the real thing.
So what’s your god damed dream, and how are you realizing it in SL?8 comments
There is a fine art to effectiveÂ party crashing. If you fuck it up, you’ll probably be seen asÂ any oldÂ griefer (discussion beyond thatÂ link over at Gwennyth Llewelen’s blog).Â Orbitted and banned faster than you can rezz your penis-party hat.Â
But if you manage pull it off with style and taste, you can become the star the otherwise routine night at the club orbits around. Well, at our club anyway. Not everyone has the same idea of “good time” after all.
Let’s look at some exhibits. Try this one:
Meet Partygirl29082.Â This avie knows how to eat a burger, and still leave room for flapjacks. We’re down with that.Â She rezzed on the dancefloor sporting some fine baby back, complete with freckles. We’re still talking about freckled asses to this day.
How did we know this was a party crasher and not a griefer? Simple. First of all, she was funny. Partygirl23012371 cracked actual jokes andÂ interacted with the crowd but didn’t attempt to make anyone feel like shit. That’s the mark of a party crasher, not a griefer.
Let’s go onto Partygirl9302o3oi2. Drunk Gramma.
Drunk Gramma crashed a private party last year and I remember her to this day because the minute she dropped in, the guests were just assholes to her. “Shoot it!” was heard from the wannabe poser crowd, not less than 5 times.Â ButÂ Gramma didn’t do anything – she didn’t even talk! I call this party crash the “social commentary” party crash. Gramma just dropped in looking old and heavy, and got quite the reaction.Â This kind of party crasher helps you thin your friends list real fast by letting you know who’s got a sense of humor and who’s just a farking idiot. They’ll show themselves when drunk Gramma arrives.
And finally, mob party crashing. Morrisey style!
Party crashing in groups, also knownÂ as flashmobbing, Â is highly recommended, but moreso if you’re all sporting the same last name. If it’s “Morrisey,” and you love the Smiths, all the better. (And if that’s the case, don’t forget to join the -=Morrisey=- group for oh so special Morrisey flashmobÂ notices).Â
The effect here is to essentially bring a party to a party, and as long as the beer holds and the tunes crank and everyone tips the DJ, is usally a good deal all around. Unless you don’t like the Smiths. In which case, maybe griefing is for you afterall. Nah, just kidding.
So don’t be shy. Put on aÂ beefy fresh or teeny baldÂ avatar and get out there! And if you know where to get a freckled arse, please IM me inworld.
See ya on the night circuit!3 comments
Alex started his semester today. It’s his final semester of classes. WooT!
I’ve been sick so I’ve got nothing for posts. Sorry gang. I must have got it from Gorgeous Guen!
I have been playing around with this Flock web browser. It lets me do some cool blogging tricks like blog from the browser (as opposed to the WordPress dashboard) and drop/drag images or text in from anywhere. Flock calls itself a social web browser. What the hell does that mean? Whatever, I am not terribly web 2.0 social these days but I do like the flickr feature that displays new media from my contacts in a media bar over the browser window. It’s a little cluttered but fun.
Anyways, we had fun at ye olde Clockwork last night. dj kEtcHup spun a mix of old and new rock gems, and then EsteHulk turned the funk up to 11 in honor of MLK day.
It was all fun and games until somebody broke out the suitcase nuke. Then it was fun, games, slagging on the Monte Cristo and gagging on virtual toxic flames.
Does Monday get any better than this?
Stay tuned for another Mandelbrot Set podcast, stat.
Blogged with Flock3 comments
Are you ready?
ARE YOU READY?
Yo yo yo! Ho ho ho!
We don’t mean to brag;
We don’t mean to boast,
But Christmas Eve’s
Gonna rock the most.
Let’s party, let’s party, let’s party.
Hey now. Get your fine foxy self down to Clockwork (SLurl Topgol 230, 138, 55) this Monday for the hippinest, happenest Christmas Eve music extravaganza and motherfuckin’ party funkdown this side of the Crab Nebula!
From 6-8 pm SL time, dj keTchUp takes you on a trip into the exploding super-nova blindness of your own musical consciousness with n(e)xT. (That means he plays new music, you n00bs.)
and then from from 8-9 pm or so, dj Esteban will hit you so hard with the funk connection, your whole family will get a groove on.
Plus: Morriseys, no doubt.
Okay, this started a couple of weeks ago when this charming man, Wrath, the biggest Morrissey/Smiths freak that ever was, noticed that â€œMorriseyâ€ was an available SL last name. Someone pointed out that it would be funny if we had a Smiths/Morrissey night at Clockwork and all came with alts with the last name â€œMorrisey.â€ Well, hang the dj, thatâ€™s a brilliant idea. (And yes, we understand itâ€™s not exactly the spelling of Mozâ€™ last name. Leave the second S off for sorrow. Or something.) We laughed about it and agreed we should. But, as we have brilliant ideas all the time (ha!), we didnâ€™t immediately pursue it.
But last night we started talking about it again and began thinking of first names to go with “Morrisey.” Myg disappeared and then, faster than a hairdresser on fire, this ugly n00b â€œMyg Morriseyâ€ tpâ€™d into the club. It was on. Soon there was â€œMore,â€ â€œKillUncle,â€ â€œJellyBean,â€ â€œHawksRock,â€ “Jillian,” and â€œSuedeheadâ€ Morrisey. By the end of the night we had â€œSable,â€ â€œNene,â€ â€œPiccadilly,â€ and â€œZo.â€ It wonâ€™t stop there.
Morriseys are against rules. They are anarchic, friendly, and weird.
Morriseys generally travel in packs. Though there are no rules, Morriseys feel more comfortable in the company of other Morriseys. A lone Morrisey is a vulnerable target, and we donâ€™t want to feel more vulnerable than we already do. Also, traveling in packs is a moveable feast, a transient Morrisey mob. While out traveling in packs, Morriseys will be noticed. Donâ€™t panic. Stick together. Ask the people if they like The Smiths or Morrissey. When they say â€œyesâ€ jubilance ensues. Encourage them to change their last name to Morrisey immediately.
What will come of this? I wouldnâ€™t say, no. But you can bet there will be events, probably parties, sets, and Morrisey Mobs. Eventually, we will outnumber the Lindens. Get your Morrisey now. How soon is now? Today. Join the group -=Morrisey=-. Await instructions.10 comments
Ska and punk tonight with JellyBean Madison at Clockwork! SLURL: Topgol (225, 143, 54)
6-8pm SL Time!
That’s for starters. For seconds, here’s a stupid picture of me and Alex from Sunday’s SL Blogmeet, hosted by JellyBean Madison and HawksRock Gunawan! Not in the SL Bloggers group? Why the hell not? We have parties, with themes even! IM Mygdala March or Zoe Connolly for an invite.
And third, but not lastly or leastly, yes, the Tuesday post is coming, although late. Maybe you were hoping to catch Burgess’s (n)eXt set podcast today at work, but due to circumstances – let’s just call them circumstances – the post is coming late. So it’ll be here soon in all it’s indie glory.No comments
The sun was either coming up or going down when I got this shot of Tiana last week, but I couldn’t tell you what time of day it was because the week was packed with the debut of three new djs at the club. First on Tuesday, JellyBean Madison’s ska set killed and everyone lost their minds skankin’. Check it out her podcast here. On Friday, Callie Carr, one of SL’s premiere rock DJs ratcheted up the intensity with two heavy hours. Then last night, Clockwork saw the debut of DJ Xax, who generated a lot of buzz with her set of ultranow electronica, it’s clear she’s destined to become one of the hottest IDM/electronic djs around. Lucky for us, all three of these dj’s will be right here in Topgol to give you the hippest soundtrack for your Second Life. Okay, did I hype that up enough? I’m pretty excited, obviously.
Schedule for week of 20-26 August 2007
Monday 20 August, 6-7 p.m. SL time
DJ keTchUp spins freestyle. Old school punk to electronica, if you want to party on a Monday but want to hear more than just the new music and funk hours, get out early and shake it.
Monday 20 August, 7-8 p.m. SL time
(n)eXt with DJ keTchUp
New music Mondays with the latest indie rock, glitchiest idm, electroclash, blog rock, postrock soundscapes, and digital tweaking.
Monday 20 August, 8-9 p.m. SL time
Esteban makes the mothership connection with the funky Anti-Monday mix.
Tuesday 21 August, 6-8 p.m. SL time
Skankinâ€™ Tuesdays w/JellyBean
um, ska (duh), and some punk, because whatâ€™s one without the other?
Wednesday 22 August, 8-10 p.m. SL time
DesertWolf brings you a rock soundscape that will make you think the weekend came early.
Thursday 23 August
DJ keTchUp will be on the road, so no IDM this week.
Friday 24 August, 4-6 p.m. SL time
DJ Callie Carr gets heavy on you.
Sunday 26 August, 6-9 p.m. SL time
DJ Xax layers the evening with mid-tempo electronica. (She’s on vacation earlier this week, so this slot may or may not happen. Watch this space for details.)
Also, Myg and I’ll will be on vacation Thursday, 23 August, through Monday, 3 September, so the schedule may vary somewhat, especially on Mondays and Thursdays.4 comments
October made it out last week and kept me company. We had an excellent convo about her circuit bending exploits and the x0xb0x she built.
I’ll be spinning glitchy electronica and ephemera again tonight from 7-8 p.m. SL time at Clockwork in Topgol (225, 143, 54). The past couple of weeks have been great (DesertWolf brought the noise again last night to a growing fan base of hard rockin’ avatars) and the roster of DJs is expanding and more slots are getting filled in the schedule. Tomorrow from 4-6 p.m. SL time, Callie Carr will make her Friday debut spinning a range of danceable rock tracks. Stay tuned for details about other additions and special events.
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DJ keTchUp spins in the beer locker at Clockwork
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