Yesterday, Sunday, the 30th of March, I walked 14 miles – the greatest daily distance so far in the march reenactment. It was a most interesting day – the afternoon of walking was actually going fairly slow – I spent much time stopping and chatting with others – finding myself at the 8 mile mark near 5pm and hoping at least to make 10 miles by my usual stopping time of 6pm. Just after 5pm or so the entire world of Second Life crashed completely! So I took a break grabbed some food and waited until the service was restored around 30 minutes later. Feeling re-energized by my rest and hoping to make up some lost time I began walking again and didn’t stop until just after 8pm. I was also assisted in the walking by one Gyovanna Schumann from Brazil (see image below on our walk posing by a cactus) who walked with me for the last hour or so. Having others for company makes the experience that much more interesting. So, with the 14 miles from yesterday, that makes for a total of 182 miles covered!
I have five days of actual walking to go as the original march technically reached the beach at Dandi on April 5th, 1930, with a short walk to the water and the making of the salt on the following morning of April 6th. As such, Saturday, April 5th will be the culmination of the actual walking of the 240 miles – I am hoping to have a crowd both with me in SL to complete the walk on next Saturday afternoon and in person at Eyebeam in NYC. Please join me in either context! Information on the last day’s events will be posted soon!
Hail Caesar! So visited a Roman sim, complete with a Coliseum where gladiators were engaged in battle. Gandhi walked around the viewing area a bit and sat in Caesar’s throne – soon thereafter finding his chair floating upside down over the field of battle – upon detaching myself (standing up), I landed in between to of the fighters below, picked myself up and made my way towards the exit to continue on.
Later I found myself at Svarga where I posed with a dragon and had a chat and made some friends with some wizards and such. At the far corner of this sim, I found an audio installation called “Ambipod”, very nicely done – one gets into an elevator pod and you are lifted to an airborne environment where you are invited to float or move around the space, all the while with sound loops intermingling and overlapping – quite a sensory experience and one of the few I’ve come across so far that truly, imaginatively utilizes the visual and auditory possibilities of SL.
Of the more typical variety of activities, imaged above, are the plethora of “camping” opportunities in SL – these are avatars who plant themselves on a given property to be paid by the owner of said property just to be there in order to attract others to what then appears on the map to be a populated area. Here is a large group of campers earning Linden dollars in SL.
And of course more of the ubiquitous beachfront properties (hope they survive global warming!)
And visiting with two guys who I think were from Brazil in a private residence – if the property allows me, I generally walk right in and say hello! These two were very nice to me. Others have ejected me using security software.
Finally, just before the SL crash yesterday I landed at a most fascinating region of Mission Viejo College. I suspect this is meant to be a creative artwork/online performance work (although one could argue that this is essentially what the entirety of SL actually is!). Another stand out experience in SL visiting this space – all the avatars on the site were attached together in a vibrating group at the top of a ominous formation in an otherwise empty world of water and stone. Very worth the visit, will likely return to see if it changes over time.