Our first stop was on TSoA 14, one of Virtual Christine's sims in Sanctuary (hg addresses at the end of this post) - the name 'The Spirit of Arcadia' gives you a clue about what these sims seek to do, they preserve some of the best free content, much of which has had a hybrid existence across opensim and SL, with particular emphasis on the work of the artist known as Arcadia Asylum, and also Lora Lemon, Aley Resident and Aley Arai. But it's not only Aley's stuff, sim 14 is set aside for the creations of the late great Cornflakes Woodcock. This is not the only such collection on the hypergrid, but it's a good one, and everything can be copied, so you can take it away and make your own little corny corner!
The idea of Cornflakes week is not only to celebrate one man's creations, but to have a hyperverse-wide celebration that goes beyond the kind of real-world related things people often celebrate inworld.
This is unique to the opensim community! And the sim on Craft, our second destination, exactly captures the mood of Cornflakes. Sim Cybearland is built by Tao Quan and Licu Rau, co-founders of Craft. It is full of bright colors, and copyable content. There's a chocolate fountain, and a train that goes around the sim. And of course, plenty of dancing.
|Lucy Afarensis looking the epitome of Cornflakian Celebration|
The music was supplied by a radio station new to open sim but well known in SL called Sensation Millennium. It's a Italian language station with a range of upbeat music that Craft grid has taken to its heart. You can find them on Facebook here.
|Craftians and Sensation Millenials at the party...we may have stunned them, hard to be sure|
|Christine, Wizardoz, Sunbeam and Truelie doing a Scottish dance. Not something you see every day.|
|Licu looking disinctly corny|
|sim oars on osgrid|
The sim is home to a Guitar museum, which not only houses his impressive collection of sculpty and mesh guitars, handmade by himself...
...but also an interesting timeline of the guitar's evolution, a bar, and a performance area.
|Greybeard Thinker, doin' the tunes!|
George Equus: Guitars look terrific
Greybeard Thinker: ty G, no photo's, all mesh or the early ones are sculpted
Thirza Ember: take a seat guys if you can, so we can keep the sim steady
Greybeard Thinker: and welcome all to The Guitar Factory
Wizardoz.Chrome: il sentiero era una chitarra :) bellooo
Wizardoz.Chrome (it -> en): the trail was a guitar :) bellooo
Total Sorbet: g&t please bartender
Lucy.Afarensis: I'm going to levitate this martini if it kills me
Ni Lemon: Thank you for your hospitality Gray
Sunbeam.Magic: i love the shape of the building !
Thirza Ember: for those who do not know, Greybeard is in Australia and for him it is about 8 am tomorrow
Greybeard Thinker: yes, ty Thirza, it's 8:30 AM Thursday for me folks, nice sunny day too... now, any questions folks?
Thirza Ember: yessssssss ....did you make all these guitars and how long did it take
Sunbeam.Magic: yessssss ... are you married ?
Greybeard Thinker: every guitar you see here and more, I have made yes,
Thirza Ember: he is married to the sea
Greybeard Thinker: early ones are sculpted, the newer ones mesh, all custom textures.
snowbody Cortes: cool Grey
Sunbeam.Magic: then I'll become a mermaid ;)
|The future Mrs Mermaid, Sunbeam Magic, with Chopsy Bode and Total Sorbet|
Greybeard Thinker: ty Ni, the photo's around are RL musician friends and collegues
Ni Lemon: a sim and a building with a guitar, this is so lovely
Thirza Ember: do you make custom guitars for musicians in open sim also?
Greybeard Thinker: down the hallway on this lower floor you will see some of the history of the guitar as an instrument in it's own right, and yes Thirza, I do build custom guitars for genuine performers here... ONLY for performers
|Bright stockinged Ni Lemon with George Equus and Snowbody Cortes|
Greybeard Thinker: most of my own personal guitar collection is also on display in the floor above, and I have replica's of all that I play in world, so when you see me perform in world, you will see my avi using the very same guitar I am playing at the time.
|WizardOz Chrome and Billy Bradshaw|
Sunbeam.Magic: I walked around the museum... its amazing. i've never seen a Harp Guitar before ... so neat !
Azi Az: very interesting place you have here Grey
Greybeard Thinker: ty Azi, I'm glad people like it and are enjoying it. I think this might make a nice drop-in and jam session place possibly
Sunbeam Magic: feeling happy to have shared this hour with you Grey ! you light my world! thank you!
Christine's Cornflakes sim... sanctuary.homelinux.org:8002:TSoA 14
Cybearland ... craft-world.org:8002:cybearland
The Guitar Factory ... hg.osgrid.org:80:oars