Who needs history?

August 5, 2007

by Stone Semyorka

We do, if we want SL to have more than a quick 15 minutes of fame. We need to build a strong foundation under our virtual world.

We live in a new era. Second Life just entered our real lives in 2003. There hasn’t been a lot of time for historians to write about what went on here before we arrived.

Mythical dragon serpent at Morris welcome area
Mythical dragon serpent at Morris welcome area commemorates ancient times before we arrived in our virtual world

The present has its roots in the past, and knowledge of our past is necessary for understanding the present. History helps us understand our foundation — how we reached the point where we are today.

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Stranger finds island Myst clearing

July 7, 2007

by Stone Semyorka

Imagine developing an entire island in Second Life. Building an elaborate infrastructure. An island so fantastically beautiful it has fans doing handstands. And then one day just demolishing it, removing it entirely, deleting it. Unthinkable, you say? Well, that is the fate of our Myst Island.

Fourteen years ago I was sitting in front of a Macintosh color computer playing with a software technology called HyperCard. I arranged stacks of virtual cards in a deck programmed with a language called HyperTalk to do this and that. It was exciting to see my screen windows change with video wipes and dissolves. Baby steps for me, but…

Elsewhere in Rl, in that same year, 1993, when the big names in published Mac games were Civilization, Prince of Persia and SimCity 2000, the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller were shuffling their HyperCard decks into a far more remarkable and potent product that they called Myst.

Myst Island in Second Life 1

It was a first-person adventure game with graphics so real for their time, so visually appealing, that they set the standard for years to come.

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About

June 10, 2007

Second Edition is commentary on the passing scene by veteran Second Life resident Stone Semyorka.

He has been in-world since 2006 and, among other contributions, has designed and constructed a vast public park on 88,000 sqm of land he acquired for that purpose. He has been active in SL education, politics and various social circles. Stone constructed the 60,000 sqm in-world campus for his RL university.Stone Semyorka portrait

Stone has traveled the virtual world north, east, south and west, and has scaled its heights and plunged to its depths. Today, he is in the center and has some thoughts about what he has found in-world that he would like to share with you.

Communication is a process of sharing. To share is to tell someone something and to receive something back from that someone. Please feel free to comment on his posts. Your observations, insights and analyses are valuable to all readers of this blog.

Please see Stone’s first blog entry for more about where these postings are coming from.