Long time readers of this blog, and those who know me, will be aware that I’m a firm supporter of the annual SL birthday celebrations. Indeed, I’ve been an exhibitor at every event since SL8B, I designed the official Time Capsule for the 9th celebration, and I’ve made a point of reviewing the birthday sims and all things celebratory every year.
This year, it seems to be a case of unlucky 13, I’m afraid. Earlier this week, I wrote about how little time I’m managing to get to be productive inworld, and that has had the effect of telescoping the time I thought I had available to commit to this year’s event quite dramatically. As was rapidly brought home to me Tuesday night when I logged in.
This year’s theme is ‘The Shared Adventure’, and my plan was to create an exhibit based around the SL world map, from which would spring a strand of virtual DNA… My thinking being that the world map is the source of all our adventuring, and adventures themselves form the very DNA of our virtual lives, (well, I thought it was clever anyway!). Those adventures being represented by numerous objects being spawned from my double helix… Rocket ships, animals, music, and so forth.
The DNA took a little longer to construct than expected, then work intervened, tiredness interfered, and life in general got in the way and, in short, when I finally got back to building at the beginning of this week, I knew time was running out… Just how quickly though hadn’t quite registered. It was only Tuesday evening that I logged in to the message that build inspections would take place on Wednesday, prior to the opening, this weekend!
Yikes! I hadn’t even started adding textures, let alone being anywhere near finishing the build!
‘Thrown together’ and ‘half finished’ are not generally expressions that I feel comfortable with when it comes to describing any of my builds, let alone anything that’s going to go on public display at a major inworld event, but unfortunately, on this occasion, time and fortune have conspired against me in such a manner as to leave me with little choice. I’m not happy with the results, but I have to live with them; at least I’ve got something up that approximates my original idea, even if it’s far from what I wanted it to be.
My contribution aside, as always I really think you should take the opportunity to pay a visit to the celebration sims once they open – it’s a great way to kill a few hours and to take the opportunity to appreciate the hard work that so many people put into celebrating SL’s thirteen successful years.
Just try to avoid my bit!
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you’re going to fall
Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit