New ‘The Drax Files’ features a VERY special guest indeed…

..in fact this episode features probably the most important person in Second Life, full stop.

CEO Rod Humble aka Rodvik Linden talks about Second Life and comes across as a genuinely nice guy.

Rather than being a CEO who keeps himself at a distance from the end product, Rod confirms that he actually uses various alts in-world that enable him to immerse himself in the experience without revealing his true identity.

Actually being able to engage with Rod via this video makes me happy; I really get the impression that he understands Second Life, and above everything else he also enjoys it too, which is of course absolutely crucial to the experience.

Seeing Rob so enthused by Second Life makes me feel confident  that as our metaverse approaches its 10th birthday we’re in safe hands, and as a resident, that’s just what I want to hear.

If you’d like to read a transcript of the full interview, check out Jo Yardley’s awesome blog.

Great work as always Drax, keep them coming!

The Drax Files Go Pop!

I can’t think of a better way to end the week than with the release of the latest episode of The Drax Files, and this edition is an absolute corker.

This week our intrepid reporter  Draxtor Despres takes on original live music in Second Life, and he features the fantastic duo Engrama, comprising of Lakua Arriaga and Pupito Helstein.  I’ve heard about these guys before, but never had the pleasure of actually hearing them play until now. Make no mistake about it, these guys are brilliant musicians and evidently take great pleasure in playing live in-world.

It’s really heartening to see these passionate performers discussing their Second Lives. They’re obviously incredibly enthusiastic about the Metaverse, and are quick to dismiss any criticism of their creative outlet.  Not only that but their talent shines through too, and it’s contagious! While I was watching the video Jez was behind me and suddenly got very excited about what he was viewing, to the point that he even said that he’d love to go to one of their gigs in-world!

Draxtor’s editing and production values are as spot-on as always, and he always gleans the best soundbites from his interview subjects. I love his style.

I’m so looking forward to seeing  Engrama live in-world and can’t wait to go to one of their gigs. This is a video you really should share with friends in real life, especially if they’re music aficionados. I have a hunch that after they see this video, they’ll feel exactly the same way about Engrama too!

The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 3: Eshi Otawara]

The latest instalment of Drax’s virtual adventures introduces us to the esteemed designer Eshi Otawara. Once again this is a fantastic look behind the scenes of Second Life, enabling you to encounter the person behind the avatar and learn a little more about their creative process.
Eshi is an amazing artist in world, and is just as accomplished in real life, as this video shows. She’s also absolutely gorgeous too. I’m loving these sneaky peeks into life behind the keyboard, and I hope this series will continue to showcase the heroes and heroines of our metaverse. It’s essential viewing if you ask me, and the entire series so far is not to be missed! Enjoy!

Must Watch – ‘The Drax Files:World Makers’

One of the things that *really* annoys me when I tell people about Second Life is how quickly they dismiss it as being nothing more than a fancy chat program, or as a perverts hang-out. Thanks to some really bad media coverage in the past it would seem that most people don’t know that the truth about Second Life is very different, and what a wonderful virtual environment it really is.

Fortunately, the celebrated Machinima visionary, Draxtor Despres, is going some way to correcting this unfavourable reputation with his new documentary series,  ‘The Drax Files: World Makers’, which features individual avatars and the stories behind them.

The first video in this series is about Kriss Lehmann, the creative genius behind Botanical. If you’re not familiar with the name, Botanical is one of the best places in-world for landscaping, plants and virtual topiary. It’s a wonderful place to explore and Kriss’s creations are truly evocative and perfect for creating your very own natural retreat.

This video gives us a peek at the man behind the avatar and his creative process. It’s also really refreshing to discover how he found love in Second Life, which subsequently  blossomed into real life. I adore stories like this, and I didn’t realise Kriss was partnered with the wonderful Shai Delacrox, an avatar whose fashion brand has long been respected and admired.

 

This video is so sharply edited and produced that it leaves you longing for more, and fortunately there’s a brilliant second instalment,featuring Jo Yardley and her astonishing recreation of  1920’s Berlin.

This is a place that I never knew existed, and it looks sensational. It’s clear that this location has been created with love and care and the utmost respect for the period. It looks totally authentic, even to this untrained eye, and the fact that it is home to a thriving community is testament to the beauty and spirit of the place. Draxtor’s video presents Jo’s story perfectly and shows how she applies her fascination for this decade to the modern world of Second Life.

 

Jo also makes a really interesting comment during her commentary. She explains that  “I have more social interaction with people than you do the entire evening updating your Facebook profile..” and this is a very valid point.  Behind every avatar is a human being, so when you’re in a club surrounded by thirty or more of them you are interacting with thirty complete strangers, can there be anything more social than that?

I honestly cannot wait for the next instalment in this series.

It’s a fascinating glimpse into Second Life and the people who use it, and it also strikes me as great publicity for the product.  It’s the kind of advertising that Linden Lab should produce, but they seem so out of touch these days.  At least we have residents in-world like Draxtor who are clearly so passionate about Second Life that they care enough to make these documentaries.

In future episodes I’d really love to see Draxtor feature esteemed avatars  like  Antonia Marat, who is the creative force behind Artilleri, where you can purchase stunning 1950’s and early 1960’s style clothing and homewares.   I’d also like to see Strawberry Singh featured. Strawberry blogs the virtual world and creates the most fantastic photographs, so it would be great to see her in real life, and listen to her voice as she explains how she creates her wonderful Second Life  images.

But of course I’m sure Draxtor has a list as long as his arm of all the people he wants to feature! Whoever he chooses, it would seem that their stories are in great hands.

Thank you Drextor for making this video series.  It truly captures the spirit of Second Life and illustrates the many reasons why I am so happy to be a part of it.