By Anna Wright
The Independents are a real life outreach organization based out of Oakville, Ontario. They do some amazing community work, fund-raise for good causes and work to make their part of the world a kinder and safer place. The Independents are also in GCG and represented by Toaster and Sabrina Dementros. In GCG they are known for their tribute concerts where they create avatars to dress up as famous bands on virtual stages to delight audiences and raise money for charities using a fun event. Their most recent success was the ZZ Top Tribute held on September 24th. All proceeds from this event went to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
The following is care of a notecard from Toaster Dementros. I am reprinting it here with his permission:
"On behalf of myself, Sabrina and the real life Independents, we want to Thank each and every one of you that attended and donated to our fundraiser. We are so happy to announce we raised 16,275 mc's!!!! At the time of writing this (Monday, September 25th), that amounts to 93 Real Life Canadian Dollars!!!!
A very special Thank You to Stassi Susanti, and Kotu Sapphire for all their continued support and hard work they put in to helping us with the very worthwhile causes we raise money for. We are very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you all again for all your generous donations. We'll keep you posted on upcoming fundraisers.
In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook at:
And, join our group here in GCG at: secondlife:///app/group/b07bf975-4eb8-420f-a82e-062ea5cc61f8/about
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR TOP FUNDRAISERS:
The following is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Donations Link:
Thanks Again, Everyone!"
And thank you to the Independents and their supporters. Keep up the good work!
All photos shared here were taken by Rayne Eagan and used here with her permission.
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by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Home. What does that word mean?
According to Wikipedia, the meaning of home is complex, interpretational and unique. It is also subject to our aspirations, beliefs and historical experiences. Whatever it is, the meaning of home is a way of organizing and understanding the space within ourselves and the way the world is constructed around us.
The meaning of home has both a unique personal and public character. The personal quality of home provides a place to experience our inner being and also allows for the temporary detachment from our public character.
So, when we think of home, I am sure most of us feel that way about the GCG.
On Aug. 31st, we all got this message from Roddie: The GCG is backing up all 8 TB of our users contents.This is to ensure we have an extra backup of everyone's inventory for safe keeping. Sorry for any inconvenience.
I am not sure how others felt but I couldn't wait to be able to log back on with all my friends and family.
I went on SL, and found that I was extremely bored and dissatisfied. Although I have a huge friend list there, I felt more alone than I have since I joined GCG.
I love to build, but I am rather obsolete as a builder there, having never learned mesh yet. The upload costs alone are such a deterrent to even trying. For those who can do mesh, perhaps they spent some time on SL creating things they can port over to GCG.
SL used to be fun. I find the fun to be not there anymore. Lots of friends, who are so busy trying to work and earn money...for things they have no time to use because they are working so much.
GCG doesn't have the same feel to it. We all love to create, but we also take time to visit each other, chat, dance or whatever. We are like one big family to each other.
To me, that makes a home. A place where you feel welcome, and appreciated. Whether you are a builder, creator or you just hang out and bring your positive vibes to all, we are able to feel that sense of belonging.
When Roddie announced he had a sim on SL for us all to visit, I was there! And to my delight, so were many others. We laughed and talked, danced and spoke of missing our GCG home.
It became a "home away from home". As we spoke to others on SL who knew of the Cabin from way back, they indicated that they missed it, and also many seemed to develop an interest in the GCG.
There wasn't a Cabin there at the time. mainly just a nice dance area. Even so, it felt like home. Home is not a house. Home is not a piece of land, it is those who gather there in friendship and family. It is that feeling that I believe "home" really defines.
GCG is like a magnet for many. No matter where we are, that sense of home on our grid outshines anything else we find.
Roddie worked so very hard on this grid and welcomed us back with open arms. We are all grateful for this.
As the time we lost our connection to our home drew to a close, we felt the joy of signing on and seeing what we have all created. A home...for me, for you, for all
Thanks Roddie for all you do for us. And to one and all, Welcome Home!
Roddie has set up a sim at Second Life called the Great Canadian Cabin, The Group is open to join for anyone and it’s one of the largest Canadian Groups there. Look us up on map search under Great Canadian Cabin. This is for when the grid goes down, a place we can all come and hang out until we get back online.
by Anna Wright
OpenSimWorld was created by Satyr Gator (AKA Satyr Aeon) as “a new hypergrid directory that lets you know which regions are active and how many people are visiting them.” That is how Satyr described it in one of the early posts made to promote it. It has evolved into so much more and had become a true staple of the hypergrid. This article has three purposes. The first goal is to spread the word to any readers who don’t know about OpenSim World. The second is to explain how to use it for travel. The third is to explain how to sign up for it with your region and get a beacon so you can participate fully in the extended community offered by this site.
OpenSimWorld is a web based tool that integrates with your in world viewer. The website that lists hypergrid regions you can visit this way is found here:
You can view the regions using different categories after you click on the button that says Regions. Once you select a region, there are a few ways you can hypergrid teleport.
You’ll see a section on the right sight with three little blue buttons you can click to teleport; Hop, V3HG, HG, Local Grid. I’ve never actually tried the V3HG one but the buttons, when clicked will communicate with your in world viewer to teleport you to the location. I’ve always used the HG and local grid buttons myself and found them to be great. Every now and then technology just wants to glitch so if for some reason that doesn’t work, you can just copy and paste the address in the box right under the word Hypergrid directly into a map search and teleport that way.
To get a package of tools to set up your own OpenSimWorld beacon on your region or land, you can go to the region hosted by OpenSimWorld on Metropolis Metaversum.
You can use the buttons on the OpenSimWorld site to get there via this page:
Or type the hypergrid address into a map search to teleport there:
The package is a big box of tools you’ll see right when you land on the region called OpenSimWorld Package 0.914. Right click and take a copy. The box will go into you’re my Suitcase folder. Satyr Aeon is Satyr Gator’s avatar name on Metro. The region itself is an interesting destination with some fun NPCS and an outer space distant planet landing feeling.
After you teleport home, you can rez and open the box with the OpenSimWorld Tools. Inside is a beacon as well as a HUD, which is another way you can travel and connect to the website. There is also a notecard with very clear instructions on how to use both items.
To activate and use a beacon to allow others to teleport to your region using the site and tools, you first need to register on the OpenSimWorld site and put your region info on it.
After you create an account to log in to OpenSimWorld, go to Regions. There will be a little green button up on the right that says + Add Your region. Click that and you will get to the page to start entering your region information here:
Once you’ve done that, you can edit your info and add pictures when you’re logged in and on the page for the region that is yours.
This is the best way to promote a region in the OpenSim in the modern era of the hypergrid. So if you would like to be social, show off your builds, get folks to come dance at your nightclubs or partake in your virtual role play group, this is the key.