in our hearts. Okay. That is totally corny, I know. But it would be oh so wrong to say that what happened at SLCC, stays at SLCC, despite my goofing around in Plurk and insisting that that IS my story and I’m sticking to it. *grin*
By now everyone else has begun posting about their experiences at SLCC 2010 and most of those bloggers have been far more articulate and to the point than I will be. So don’t expect much in the way of brilliant insights HERE. Certainly Prokofy Neva has what I think is a VERY good description and analysis of what went on. Dale Innis’s description of how it felt and schedule changes and why meeting SL friends in the atomic world is really wonderful, speaks for me as well. Although Dale’s bit about alcohol does NOT apply to me. Chestnut Rau mentions the power of how meeting people “in the flesh” so to speak, so very strongly impacts the way we view their avatars and our future relationships. And yeah, she’s right about Philip. *grin* Fleep Tuque posted a slide show! (I’m in it!!!!)
It was great. I had a wonderful time, I’m so glad I went. I am STILL trying to recover from the sleep deprivation. When I first started keeping crazy hours in SL, I was taught that SL REALLY means “Sleep Less”, not whatever other words may or may not be copyrighted. So SLCC means Sing, Laugh, Chat Continuously.
So let’s see…. I said I hoped to get renewed if I went. *grin* I suspect that even after I catch up on my sleep, this crazy happy excitement will continue. Philip DID come in person. That was great. Philip had retired before I rezzed. That means that my entire SL experience has occurred during the reign of M. Until the return of Philip. Now I begin to understand the whole mystique that jazzed up everyone when he came back. He is charisma in a human shape. I hope that he can accomplish as substantial tangible success with SL on this go-round as he does with people’s emotions.
It was interesting and useful to hear announcements from the Lab and get feedback immediately from all the different people around me. The buzz after announcements about the teen grid, SLE, mesh, avatar limits, scrum and the rest… wow. Mostly what I realized is how lazy I am and so I am neither sufficiently informed nor experienced to grasp the nuances as quickly as so many others can and did.
I loved meeting/hearing so many of the bloggers I’ve read. Although I spent a good part of my last 2 years at work supporting meetings in virtual worlds, sometimes you simply MUST meet face to face, breathing the same air, not just viewing through a camera.
To my great amazement, my work project that I thought was pretty much over, may indeed still have a little life left. *grin* I have been asked to forward the video to some folks. I got an offer of assistance (hardware kind of stuff) from a coworker. I think that maybe I listened to the wrong presentations. Or maybe I need to go back and view the videos of sessions I missed. I was following the Opensource and Business tracks. At lunch on Sunday, 3 younger folk sat down and talked about their work in education. I think that they had a lot of information and attitude that would have helped and might still help me as I attempt to develop tools for use in virtual worlds.
Meeting my existing friends, making new friends….. aw c’mon folks. You all know how wonderful that is. What more can I say? I met so many people that I’d never have met in my normal SL travels. I have new names in my friends list. And wonderful glowing memories of good times. Sitting about chatting, dancing to music, listening to the talks, laughing and being silly, giving myself over to being only Ahuva and not worrying too much about atomic world issues for a bit. I loved dressing up (or maybe my mother would think I was dressing down, I’m not sure…..) I LOVED finding and wearing Ahuva shoes. OMG – I LOVED dancing. And don’t forget: what happened at SLCC, STAYS at SLCC. *grin* There is one of you, oh person who walks the halls late at night and hears things like “you never saw us and we never saw you”, who seems to be trying to defy that edict!!! *ROFL*
My thanks to all of you who humored me and partied with me and talked seriously with me. It was grand to be among hundreds of people who also believe in and love SL.