Friday, December 31, 2010
We covered the new surfable waves - the Cortes and the Cyclops, the international surf party, the Second Life Surfing Association's (SLSA) new scoring system, SLSA's new mascot (Salsa) and SLSA constitutional changes. We posted on the SLSA's Archipelago sim being Number 1 on the SL listings for destinations. We talked about the SLSA new voting system, covered all the SLSA elections, and posted surfing interviews including promising surfers and old timers. We did surf traffic reports, posted on the Hall of Fame (HoF) design competition and our take on the meaning of the HoF. We covered events and competitions by the SLSA, Pacific Coast Extreme (PCX), Australian Surf Association (ASA), SurfJam, Brazilian Surf Association (ABSSL), World Cup and various mini comps. We debuted our first video attempts which are now classic. We posted Mick Lunasea's Surfing 101 series, got Harbor Pier's perspective on the ride, and introduced Kantbe (Thursday) Serious. We promoted surf retailers, surf sims, and took trips down memory lane. We covered new surf sims, surf sims that were no longer, anniversaries of surf sims and changes going on effecting all of them.
Beyond surfing, we covered motorcycle riding, did a tour of spectacular homes, reported on crimes like the trailer meth lab, gave advice, posted on tidbits and SL sticky situations, and letters to and from the editor as well as opinion editorials. We covered kayaking, vandal attacks, did before and after make overs, and shared all our temp workers and visitors to SW Headquarters. We had pieces on Relay for Life and Grandma Barnside's recipies, What's Hawt, gave coverage to some new publications, and did special Valentine's, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas postings. We covered musicians, sales, and real estate. We shared growing families in SL and Real Life (RL). We covered dating adventures, posted on fashion, and held contests to spread the linden. Mari's (Marianna Monentes) Mailbag covered exploring sims to friendship to forgiveness and everything in between. We channel surfed with Jimbo the Cart Boy and tagged along with Bandit. We covered festivals, parties, concerts, contests, carnivals and events.
We had our SurfWatch 2 Year Anniversary Celebration with a 12 hour party hosting Heather Goodliffe as she addressed the surf community, entertainers, DJ's, and competitions. We made some major changes on the blog page design adding the Wave Report, the surf sim list with constant updates, and various other elements. I took a step back and Lissa (Pinion) took a step forward becoming the new Editor in Chief. We continued our quarterly In-World editions under the editorship of Ashleigh Dickins. We opened a shop, and we changed headquarters twice moving from Stables to Boracay to Vibes Surf Beach.
What will 2011 bring? More change, no doubt. Maybe whole new worlds of virtual surfing - and you know SurfWatch will be there to bridge all of virtual surfing as your one stop source of virtual surfing news. Maybe some projects that fell off the radar will have a chance to surface. No doubt new stars of surfing will emerge, new technologies will develop, people will come and go and return as someone else or with a renewed spirit. Some will step up as leaders. Some will step back into RL. And SurfWatch will be here like an old friend you can curl up on the warm sand with. Under sunny skies, in knee-deep snow, thru the hailstorms and whatever the future brings, we'll be here. Thank you for reading SurfWatch. We wish you all the best for 2011!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
It’s New Years, which means it’s time for resolutions. This is the perfect time for me to give some advice. Of course, take it with a grain of salt, because I’ve never been able to successfully hold on to one of my own resolutions. Maybe that’s why my first piece of advice is:
1) Don’t make a resolution you know you won’t keep. No matter how lofty or noble the goal, if you find yourself scoffing at the idea of “Reaching my Goal Weight!” or “Stopping Smoking” then just don’t set that as your resolution! Nothing sucks more than failing, it’ll bring you down and make you mad at yourself. So don’t set yourself up for failure by setting too high of a goal for yourself. A goal is supposed to be something you have to work for, but that is attainable. Those goals I mentioned may be both, but not within one year for most people. Which leads me to...
2) Examine your goal and adjust your resolution to give yourself the highest likely hood of success while still being challenging enough to feel like you achieved something. Using the above examples maybe that could be “eat healthier” or “reduce the number of packs per week I consume.” Other examples: “Work out every day.” = “Find ways to incorporate more exercise into my routine.”; “Get a raise.” = “Find a way to increase my income.”; “Spend less time on Second Life.” = “Find a hobby I really love in Real Life, and have fun exploring the options!”
Lissa Pinion asked people about their resolutions for our last in-world, so check that out to get some ideas. And I hope my 2 key pieces of resolution advice help you for a better life in 2011. As for me? I think I might make all of those alternates my resolutions, except the smoking one since I don’t smoke to start with!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
My only answer...because it's there. As virtural worlds spring up, SurfWatch will keep track of beaches, fashions and surfing opportunities across the various worlds.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
This is definition from Wikipedia: A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.
See? It says one might be donate to the poor. So looks like I have mine. Now let's hear yours.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Since it's Christmastime, I decided to write about love and bonds that form here in Second Life. Funny, when I first came to Second Life it was all about creating and learning all I could in this virtually cosmic world. That soon changed when my friendships became much deeper because communication doesn't go in one ear and out the other. No, here we read what's said and most of the time preceive what was intended. I feel we are better listeners here because most times we are reading.
The feeling of love we feel during Christmastime stays with me most of the year here in Second Life. Sure, there are stresses and misunderstandings, but they are quickly forgotten with laughter and discussing our feelings with the many friends we have met here.
So now that it is Christmastime, share your time if thats all you have to give. You will be bonding with someone who might otherwise be needing a smile.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
7 PM SLT
Monq Pinklady and Robin Mapp invite you to
The Naughty or Nice Winter Ball!
Join them at Surf naked, Exotica Bay (131, 126, 33) for a holiday celebration you won't forget!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I personally am thankful for how I have grown and for so much more. To V for always supporting me no matter how much chaos and mayhem ensues, to Tauri, Ash, Max, Colls, Bandit, gosh the whole gang at SW for giving me the honor of becoming a part of the SurfWatch family, for Aly, Que, En, Monq, Abel, Sie, (omg I need to put my entire friends list here!) for all the laughs and adventures and tears and love. Each of you has made my life richer for the knowing and it is with great excitement that I look forward to the coming year.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
An exploration of happy innocence past. A neglected playground beckons you to come play and explore.
Images of innocent joy that passed too quickly. When imagination made anything possible and knowledge held no limitations. The world was big and full of wonder.
You're invited. It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
Sunday, December 12, 11:00am to 12:30pm SLT
The Eclipse Gallery
Burning Man at Eclipse, Gemini Elysia (221, 223, 62)
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
SLSA has announced the 2010 Season 2 Hall of Fame nominations are open. Each season, four total members are inducted into the HOF. The Season Champion and Runner up and two members who have contributed to promoting surfing in SecondLife.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
submitted by Kantbe Thursday
78 year old Aunt Ester just called and is dropping in for dinner tomorrow night! Ya'll know that Aunt. She's the one who's house is always spotless. She has all of her Christmas decorations up and everything is perfect before the close of business hours on Black Friday. You know, that one who always looks in every nook and cranny of your house when she drops by and acts like you're a disappointment to the family and all humankind if you're not ready for the holidays as early as she is. Can you see those raised eyebrows looking at you over her glasses yet?
There's help out there for people like me this year. Not only are decorations available, but at fellow surfer Bobbi Laval's Laval Christmas Shop, you can even get an entire room that's completely decorated including a fire to warm the coldest Aunt's heart (well… that might be asking too much).
For the less panic stricken who just need some gifts or decorations, check out some of the other items in the store. If you're into making your own Christmas photos, check out some of the props or some of the picture frames. I'm still look'n for those elf wetsuit boots with the bells on the toes… I'm sure they must be in there somewhere…
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
The results are in from December 1st's SLSA Director Election. Three seats opened by the departure of Syx Toshi, Mick Lunasea, and Harbor Piers are being filled by CoolKat Delicioso, Robbin Ember, and GiavannaMarie Melody. It was reported that 19 members voted in the new Directors.