Thursday, June 24, 2010

And All Of Second Life Rejoiced

Those who've been under a prim rock, Mark Kingdon has stepped down as CEO of Linden Lab. Phillip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab, has returned as interim CEO of LL, with CFO Bob Komin being promoted to COO.

Now, let's see if Second Life changes for the better.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Why I Relay

Coming up on the final four weeks of Relay For Life of Second Life. Everyone involved each has their reason for doing this. This post is to give mine.

Relay For Life is something that I'm very passionate about.....perhaps at times, too passionate. I still remember watching the cancer take over my supervisor and friend of 27 years, David Wunder. It started out as simple prostate cancer, but quickly spread before the doctor's could do anything. He dropped from 250 to 135 in weight. At times, got around with a cane, in most cases, a wheelchair. Despite what the cancer was doing to him, his mind was still sharp as a tack. He knew every part on a Brunswick pinsetter, the part number of each part, where it was located in inventory, what page number in the parts catalog it was on. He knew every member of Doc Savage's crew, their descriptions, their quirks, and every villain Doc faced. He had every book featuring Perry Rhodan. He was a fan of Elfquest and Groo the Wanderer. A HUGE fan of the Myth Adventures series (people kept asking me what was a D-Hopper and why David was blaming me for losing ours). During the time that Hal Jordan, aka The Green Lantern, had taken the mantle of The Spectre, David was pissed and referred to him as "Not The Spectre" (I guess DC listened to him). In July of '08, David lost the battle, passing away in his sleep. The one thing I remember most about his fight with cancer, was how he got up every day, regardless of the cancer, and continued to live life to it's fullest, despite the fact that each day it became more and more difficult.

So, I relay in his memory, and the hope that one day, nobody has to fight so hard to enjoy each day.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Awesome Piece Of Music

Two Steps From Hell is a group known for creating music to use in movie trailers. Their piece "Freedom Fighters" was used in the teaser trailer for JJ Abrams' Star Trek revamp, "Protectors of the Earth" was used in the trailer to Inkheart, and recently, their "Am I Not Human" can be heard in the trailer to Tron Legacy.

Recently, they released an album available to the general public, "Invincible". You can find it on, iTunes, and CDBaby. It includes the above pieces and this really amazing composition.

Amazing that they only do music for movie trailers, a score like this would be brilliant for a full length motion picture.

*edit* I forgot to mention, the name of the piece is called "To Glory"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Why Steelhead City Relays

As of this writing, we've got about five full weeks of fundraising for Relay For Life before the big Relay Weekend (and I've seen the map of the track layout, the lag may hopefully be at a minimum this time around......please note, I said "may").

While I was unable to be in world due to a thunderstorm killing the cable modem.....but didn't kill the computer, which is plugged in the same area (so, let's consider myself lucky), an incident happened in world. I won't go into details about this incident, just that it was very immature, and a jab against Steelhead. So, I think it's time that everyone knows, as the title of this blog says, Why Steelhead Relays.

First off, two years ago we got involved with Relay For Life. NOT because other Steamlands were involved. We had personal reasons for getting involved. For me, it was a supervisor and friend of 27 years who was losing his battle with cancer, and yet he got up each day and tried his damnedest to live life to it's fullest. He passed away two weeks before the Relay weekend of '08. For other Steelheaders, it was for the memory of someone who lost their lives due to cancer. For someone who was currently fighting cancer. For someone who fought and beat it. For someone who was a caregiver for a cancer patient. And, like many involved in RFL, a Steelheader was a cancer patient, a survivor, or a caregiver.

Yes, there are awards given for top fundraisers, for best campsite builds, for best designer areas. But it's just a fun thing. There is no seroius competition between teams. The money goes to the same place, everyone involved should be satisfied that they helped achieve that goal. Bottom line, it's a fight against cancer, not each other.

Steelhead is involved in this, not for glory, not for raising more money than another team, not because we want to show off our building skills, but we are involved to be part of a great group of individuals from all over The Grid and for the satisfaction in knowing that we did our best to help raise the money for cancer research. In the end, that's the most important thing about all of this.

In the end, we're all on the same team, and the end goal is the same....least it's supposed to be, if all teams were on the same page