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Saint Torley’s Day 2013 Press Release

September 8, 2013

St. Torley's Day invitation

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life

Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 8 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 15, with a special service at noon, followed by a party at 1 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2013 will mark the end of his ninth year “in-world.”

“Yes, this is essentially the same press release we’ve run for the past five years,” admitted pastor Samantha Poindexter. “Between the demands of First Life and wearing several hats in SL, it’s a wonder this is happening at all. Frankly, Torley deserves better, and we encourage people to bring their own Torley-inspired creations and gifts, or even to host their own celebrations. He’s still out there, making QuickTips videos, and giving advice and inspiration to all on his profile feed. And, just to be clear, while our church is known for affectionate satire, our love for Torley is entirely devoid of irony. Whatever else happens, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy, watermelons, and friendly greetings.”

At noon, Second Life Time, a special service—by which we mean the same one hosted for the past five years, but hush—will take place at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

From 1 PM to 3 PM, the celebration will continue with a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The final hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and perhaps more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (30, 107, 82). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

Based on past years, there will be a zillion tweets and plurks and blog posts about the event, suggesting that hundreds of people will show up in all their neon finery and crash the sim! While we certainly encourage this, it has yet to happen. The good news is that you can be among the elite who enjoy as close to a lag-free experience as one gets in SL on Sundays! And those who have been there have generally had tons of fun. (If you can’t make the whole thing, come for the concert, because Kaklick is the scintillating glitterriffic bomb of goodness.)

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services used to be held on occasional Sundays, and may yet return. (Currently, it’s pretty much down to two events a year, the other being the SL Birthday celebration.) Those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens features all manner of useful and whimsical items, including the Quicksort fatpack sorter, Rezday Reminder, Flickering Light, Trivia HUD System, and wide varieties of nifty cupcake seats, stepping stones, and other decor… some of which goes “ding.” They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

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Saint Torley’s Day 2012 Press Release

September 12, 2012

St. Torley's Day invitation

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life

Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 12 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 16, with a a special service at noon, followed by a party at 1 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2012 will mark the end of his eighth year “in-world.”

“I wonder if anybody is reading this far,” mused pastor Samantha Poindexter. “It’s essentially the same press release we’ve run for the past four years; all I change are the dates and this quote. At this point I’m not sure if this is just a sad side effect of the organizers being run ragged in First Life, or an incisive commentary on the state of Second Life itself. Probably the former, but…

“Anyway,” she went on, recollecting herself, “the good news is that Torley’s still out there, giving tips, advice, and inspiration to all on his profile feed. And, just to be clear, while our church is known for affectionate satire, our love for Torley is entirely devoid of irony. Whatever else happens, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy, watermelons, and random falling tiles. (Have you seen his sim lately? It’s trippy.)”

At noon, Second Life Time, a special service will take place at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

From 1 PM to 3 PM, the celebration will continue with a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services used to be held on occasional Sundays, and may yet return. Those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens encompasses a small park that looks like an army of playful faeries came through and decorated. Their work includes all manner of useful and whimsical items, including the Quicksort fatpack sorter, Rezday Reminder, Flickering Light, Trivia HUD System, and wide varieties of nifty cupcake seats, stepping stones, and other home and garden decor. They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

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First Church of Rosedale, SL9B, and You!

June 17, 2012

The celebration of the 9th anniversary of Second Life officially emerging from beta (popularly known as SL’s 9th birthday, or SL9B) starts tomorrow, June 18th, and runs for about a week. This year, the Lindens themselves are not involved in planning the festivities, leaving them entirely in the hands of the Residents… which I personally see as a Good Thing, and which is why the First Church of Rosedale applied to be part of them this year. Appropriately, the overall theme of SL9B is “community.” While our plans changed considerably in the course of putting our exhibit together, I think it turned out pretty well, and reflects that theme.

The First Church of Rosedale's exhibit at SL9B.

Yes, that’s a water slide in the background. We are, after all, an Immersionist church… and even if that’s a cheap justification thought up after the fact, it’s still not a bad one. (Also, I like water slides, and it seems to me that you used to see a lot more of them around SL. They’re part of our cultural heritage!)

If the still photo isn’t enough, there’s also a promotional video made by Crap Mariner while we were putting the parcel together:

But even better than both those things would be coming by and seeing it in person. As of 11 AM tomorrow, we’ll be in the southwest corner of the DreamSeeker SL9B Kyuu sim! In addition to the water slide, we’re bringing back the Melon-Go-Round, and we have all manner of refreshments… plus a very special freebie, which wasn’t rezzed when the above picture was taken. Let’s just say that it’ll put a spring in your step.

Check out the SL9B Community Event site for more information, including key dates and updates on entertainment. There are a lot of really cool builds this year, and I’m really looking forward to everybody being able to see them. It’s just about everything I love about Second Life packed into 20 sims. Be sure to check it out while it lasts!

Saint Torley’s Day 2011 Press Release

September 13, 2011

St. Torley's Day invitation

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life

Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 13 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 18, with a party at noon, followed by a special service at 2 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2011 will mark the end of his seventh year “in-world.”

“Truth be told, my church is kinda moribund,” admitted pastor Samantha Poindexter. “We haven’t had any services since the last St. Torley’s Day, which is ridiculous when you consider how much material I’ve been given to work with. Spare the Rod and spoil the grid! The coming of the Mesh-iah! It’s almost criminal. The problem is that I’ve gotten addicted to the escapism offered by First Life, which has left me without much time for the real world.

“Fortunately, the same cannot be said of Torley,” she continued. “He’s still out there spreading the word about new viewer features and new creations by Residents. Just last week he made a video tutorial about a little-known feature that’s great for fashion bloggers, for example. And just to be clear—because let’s face it, the church is known for affectionate satire—this is the one event we run all year that’s entirely devoid of irony. We love Torley. In an uncertain world of turmoil and recession, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy and watermelons.”

From noon to 2 PM, local time, there will be a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

At 2 PM, the celebration will continue with a special service at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Torley’s story will be recounted, and hymns will be sung. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so  participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services used to be held on occasional Sundays, and may yet return. Those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens encompasses a small park that looks like an army of playful faeries came through and decorated. Their work includes all manner of useful and whimsical items, including the Quicksort fatpack sorter, Rezday Reminder, Flickering Light, Trivia HUD System, and wide varieties of nifty cupcake seats, stepping stones, and other home and garden decor. They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

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Torley Day 2010 invitation

September 7, 2010

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life
Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 7 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 12, with a special service at 11 AM, followed by a party at noon. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2010 will mark the end of his sixth year “in-world.”

“This is essentially the same press release as last year,” said pastor Samantha Poindexter. “All I’ve done is change the dates, a few details, and this quotation. You’d think I’d find a more original approach, but nooooo.

“If I were stepping out of character, I might note that after the rollercoaster of the past few months—the Linden Massacre, the Second Coming, the upcoming Third Servile War—it’s nice to be able to step back and enjoy the only activity my church ever does that’s entirely without irony. We love Torley. He embodies the enthusiasm all of us have had about Second Life at one time or another.

“Torley represents Second Life’s possibilities,” she continued, sliding smoothly into last year’s sound bite. “In an uncertain world of beancounters and budget cuts, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy and watermelons. He’s responsive to us Residents because he’s one of us. We appreciate that he never lets his enthusiasm for Second Life get in the way of his recognition of where it needs to improve… or vice-versa.”

At 11 AM, local time, the observance will kick off with a special service at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Torley’s story will be recounted, and hymns will be sung. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

From noon to 2 PM, there will be a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services are held on occasional Sundays, and those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens encompasses a small park that looks like an army of playful faeries came through and decorated. Their work includes the ever-iconic Cathulhu, Roaming Freebies, Fishy-Go-Round, wide varieties of nifty cupcake-seats, and the fated-to-be-infamous 4Kittens Instant Wardrobe HUD. They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

Summary of last year’s event:

https://samanthapoindexter.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/st-torleys-day-2009/

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He is rezzin’!

June 27, 2010

No doubt you have heard the joyful tidings of the Second Coming of Our Lord Philip Linden. Naturally, the First Church of Rosedale had to celebrate this momentous occasion. I think it was our best service ever.

Below is a partial transcript of my side of things, including the sermon. I can assure you it was much better with the contributions of the rest of the congregation. (I neglected to get permission to post them. I also neglected to take photos. Oops.)

(more…)

St. Torley’s Day 2009

September 15, 2009

So here’s the scene. After a brief assault with popguns, rifles, and anything else onhand, a watermelon piñata has been demolished, filling the area with brightly colored particles, some reading “Yayzerama!” A King Kong avatar that’s literally bigger than the nearby shop is offering to give people a ride in its fist. Around the area, dancers in retina-endangering shades of pink and green are moving their feet to techno music. Meanwhile, a merry-go-round made out of watermelons continues to spin merrily.

“Oddly,” says partygoer Nadine Neddings, “this is precisely the sort of unfiltered madness I would expect from a St. Torley’s party.”

Mission accomplished.

Kaklick Martin (photo by Daniel Voyager)

Kaklick Martin (photo by Daniel Voyager)

The St. Torley’s Day party got off to a great start with a concert by Kaklick Martin, known in First Life as Bryan Baker. He played songs from his latest album, Mr. Lincoln; favorites from his previous work; covers from other artists, some reworked on the spot to be more Torley-relevant; and church hymns “Torley” and “Yayzerama.” It was a fun set, very suited to the occasion. This was the second First Church of Rosedale event Kaklick’s performed at, and we were thrilled to have him.

After that, the stream switched to St. Torley’s own compositions, and there was dancing, carousing, particles, and creatively chaotic fun in general. (Torley himself had sent his regrets at being unable to make it, and said he looked forward to seeing snapshots. We aimed to please.) Those present included a diverse cross-section of Second Life residents, united by a desire to celebrate Torley Linden.

After the party, we adjourned to the First Church of Rosedale for a special service. The introductory reading came from Wally Amos, and was cribbed from St. Torley’s own blog; from there, we moved on to telling of his lives, First and Second, and why we appreciate him.

One thing I’d like to make clear… this year’s celebration wouldn’t have been successful without the help of several people. Kaklick Martin performed, of course; several bloggers and Twitterers spread the word, perhaps most notably Daniel Voyager and Riven Homewood; Chestnut Rau included us in her New World Notes events roundup; and the other various partygoers and church attendees each added their own energy to the mix.

But most of all, this year’s celebration wouldn’t have existed without two people: Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen, of Four Kittens of the Apocalypse. The party took place on their land, and they created decorations, the piñata, the melon-go-round, T-shirts, balloons, watermelon sombreros, and more. Reader, they did everything this year. About all I did was write the press release, the sermon, and this blog entry.

Finally, the most important credit of all. As I post this, we’re just entering September 15th, Torley’s actual rezday. Any good party runs the risk of having the celebration itself overwhelm the reason for getting together in the first place. That was not the case here. Torley Linden was invoked early and often, with celebrants speaking of how much they appreciated his video tutorials, his enthusiasm, his feedback, his joy. Torley’s rezday isn’t just a great excuse for a party; it’s a cause for celebration. From all of us who were there, I’d like to send our very best wishes.

Torley Day 2009 press release

September 8, 2009

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life
Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 8 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 13, with a party to take place at noon, followed by a special service at 2 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2009 will mark the end of his fifth year “in-world.”

“Torley represents Second Life’s possibilities,” said pastor Samantha Poindexter. “In a world increasingly dominated by bean-counters and boardrooms, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy and watermelons. He’s responsive to us Residents because he’s one of us. We appreciate that he never lets his enthusiasm for Second Life get in the way of his recognition of where it needs to improve… or vice-versa.”

From noon to 2 PM, local time, there will be a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

At 2 PM, the celebration will move to the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale for a special service. Torley’s story will be recounted, and hymns will be sung. Please note that the church is now in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services are held on occasional Sundays, and those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners — mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen — 4Kittens has expanded significantly in the past year, and now encompasses a small park with a variety of fantastic (and fantastically insane) innovations. Their work includes a Fishy-Go-Round, Cathulhu, and the Chicken Defense Zone, with other unique products on the way.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

Summary of last year’s event:

https://samanthapoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/st-torleys-day-roundup/

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On Party Themes In Clubs

August 4, 2009

This started as a reply to a comment by Dale Innis on a recent entry on Miss Emilly Orr’s blog, but it got rather long, and it’s a subject that’s come up before, so I thought it might be best to move it here.

Oh no, I just had an awful thought! Eventually there’ll be a grid-wide hunt for every vapid “Best in…” theme (“theme”) that lazy club hosts use to bribe people to come to their clubs!

As somebody who attends such events, and as somebody who occasionally runs them, I contest this characterization. I would describe them as “useful” and their users as “practical,” rather than “vapid” and “lazy,” respectively.

I have an extensive wardrobe, which reflects one of my primary motivations for being in Second Life: I enjoy playing dress-up. It is therefore not surprising that I enjoy having events at which I can show off my various outfits, and admire those of others. I could happily attend weeks of “Best in Red” or “Best in Black” events without repeating myself. Similarly, I can run such events and assure myself of a very wide audience of people in the same situation.

More creative themes are more fun for the person doing the organizing to devise, but they’re worse in just about every other respect. The more specific or outlandish the theme, the less likely people will have something appropriate onhand, the less likely people will attend, and the less likely you will end up with an event achieving the critical mass conducive to people having fun on a non-sartorial level.

Granted, this doesn’t apply to all events. For infrequent community events for which people have plenty of time to prepare, more creative themes can be wonderful; indeed, “Best in Red” would hardly make sense for those. I did not attend “Dress as Your Favorite Jaeger,” but it nevertheless springs to mind as a recent example of this; it was intended as an exceptional event, it was advertised well in advance, and advice and outreach were given for those without previous experience with such forms.

But for day-to-day club events? All my experience says: the simpler, the better.

Let it be.

May 13, 2009

It was inevitable that people were going to start claiming that Rheta faked her own First Life death. Various bloggers have been quick to rush in with reports that there appears to be no evidence for a pregnant woman getting killed by a van in France — indeed, Europe — on April 3rd, and that it is therefore clear that Rheta is alive and well and laughing at us all.

I will freely grant that I have doubts about the details of the story given. My own entry, written immediately after getting the news, all but beats the reader over the head with that. But I also think those trying to “out” Rheta now are completely missing the boat.

I would submit that there are at least a dozen possible scenarios here.

  • It’s possible that Rheta’s typist did indeed die in the manner we’ve been told, and that the media failed to notice. The media does sometimes miss stuff, especially stuff that would be in the Saturday edition of the paper.
  • It’s possible that Rheta’s husband found out that she was leading a Second Life—one in which she was proudly active in BDSM and had a female partner—that he insisted she immediately cut all ties to the world, and that he made up the whole hit-by-a-van story to get rid of us.
  • It’s possible that Rheta’s typist died by some other means, perhaps in childbirth, and that either her tech guy or her husband changed all the details in order to keep her identity safe. Perhaps they suspected that an army of bloggers would try to violate her privacy once informed of her passing. (I for one have assumed from the start that “Valérie M.” was not her real name.)
  • It’s possible that the last scenario applies, but that she’s actually comatose with little hope of recovery.

I’m sure you can think of any number of other possibilities yourself. The only common denominator between these scenarios is that Rheta Shan, Second Life avatar, is no longer with us, and that this is true for reasons either largely or entirely beyond the control of her typist.

Opposed to all of the above is the hypothesis advanced by various bloggers, that this is all a deliberate attempt by Rheta to screw with us and/or see how we react to her passing. I would say that this is, by far, the least likely possibility of the bunch.

(Actually, two motivations are given for the alleged deception, but the greed argument doesn’t even make sense. The claim there is that she had to leave in order to claim the L$500,000 she was given in-world by Dusan Writer. But as staying or leaving wouldn’t have had the slightest impact on her ability to cash out, that can only be regarded as empty sensationalism.)

Ultimately, the assessment on all sides hinges on Rheta’s character. Certainly, there are known cases of online personalities faking their own deaths. But those cases have generally involved one of two scenarios: either they’d woven a web of lies that they couldn’t maintain anymore and couldn’t get out of by any other means; or they were complete drama queens using death as the inevitable culmination after months of attention-getting tactics. Those of us who knew Rheta could tell you that neither applies here.

Of those bloggers claiming that Rheta is alive and acting out of greed, perversity, or psychosis, one has spent months in active opposition to Rheta personally and everything she stood for, and the rest claim not to have really known her at all. I would submit that this makes all of them poor judges of what sort of actions she’d have been likely to have taken. Is it impossible? Nothing is impossible. But for those of us who actually knew her, loved her, and have a basis for knowing how brilliant, sensitive, and self-effacing she was, it’s far less plausible than any of the other scenarios given above.

That being the case, the question is whether we really have any business prying into the sordid details of Rheta’s First Life. My answer there is a very firm “no.” For one thing, they don’t matter. We don’t get to see those cards, and they’re not going to bring her back. I’m reasonably convinced she wouldn’t have wanted the release of what little information we have gotten.

Rheta was a standard-bearer for Immersionism. Like almost all of us, she was actually somewhere on an Immersionist-Extensionist spectrum, or we wouldn’t have known she was pregnant in the first place, but for the most part she guarded the boundaries of her worlds. It is sad, but not entirely surprising, that some are now trying their best to posthumously (or otherwise) tear those boundaries down and drag her First Life into the public view of those she knew in Second Life… and, unavoidably, vice-versa. Any prurient interest I might have in the exact nature of the catastrophic event that caused her avatar to leave us is far outweighed by my interest in safeguarding her privacy.

I will never forget Rheta Shan. But let her rest in peace.