Goodbye to Falling Water

This week the blogs and tweets and plurks were buzzing. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation withdrew its license to the Virtual Frank Lloyd Wright Museum in Second Life. This is the kind of news that makes me very sad. When I talk about fighting the darkness, the darkness includes such dispiriting news. I will concede that there could be all sorts of issues involved of which I am unaware. But as a simple resident of SL, as a person who enjoys creativity, art, architecture, loves many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s creations, well, I just don’t see why this has to be. There was a tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright in SL. It seemed back in September 2010 that the RL FLW organization had recognized and welcomed this tribute. But come December apparently there was a change of heart. And in the now-famous tradition of this century, a cease-and-desist order has come through to shut down what was intended as a joyous celebration, not an intrusion or rip-off. Sigh. There is only one week left to see the FLW sim. I urge you to do so.

Many people have blogged this far better than I. I refer you to two blogs in particular, which both have other links. Betterverse, a blog devoted to non-profits in virtual worlds has a very good write-up. ArchVirtual, a blog for Architecture and Design in Virtual Worlds has a very heartfelt post by Jon Brouchoud as well as links to many other reactions to this forced closing. And of course Honour McMillan has some lovely photos of the SL site.

Oura and I spent a lovely evening at Falling Water back in the summer of 2009. My pictures do not do it justice, so I urge you to get there yourself before Dec 10, 2010.

Last night was the farewell ball at the Virtual Museum. It was EXTREMELY crowded and very laggy. Not exactly a surprise. For the first time ever, I crashed when I attempted to take a photo. So I switched machines, lowered the photo quality and tried to not focus on gray semi-shapeless forms. Go see the museum for yourself, while there is still this one week left to enjoy it.

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There's not much to say about me. I discovered SecondLife by accident, wandered in, and decided I wanted to stay. This blog was a chronicle of my adventures and misadventures in SL. It also includes stray thoughts that occur to me as a result of my time in SL. Both I and my avatar are female. We both love water and the beach and gardening and parties and hanging out with friends. Updating this after quite some time. I haven't appeared in SL in many many months (probably over a year by now) but SL has remained in my thoughts. I do miss my SL, but at least I still have contact with some of my friends from there. In the meantime.... this blog has evolved to be about my RL adventures. :) Nowhere near as risque as my SL but I do keep busy. I still like all the things listed above. I didn't have any cats in SL (only ducks and a panda) so my cats feel that they should play starring roles in my posts. :) I didn't do much eating IN SL although certainly food and drink accompanied me in RL while I roamed inworld. Cooking and baking have become more fun and interesting once I redid my kitchen. That renovation took longer and cost more than if I'd done it virtually, but I'm thrilled to have a tangible new kitchen! I hope you like food and drink as well! Thanks for reading!

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