By Bixyl Shuftan
On Sunday Sept 29, Tuna Oddfellow and Shava Suntzu launched their first
performance of the Odd Ball in the virtual world of InWorldz. The event
took place just after Noon SL time and InWorlds time. Jana Kyomoon
performed live music for the crowd.
Then Tuna announced the start, "Welcome everyone to the first ever Odd
Ball in InWorldz." And then things began to take shape. First the club
vanished and the floor turned psychedelic shades. Then all around us,
the sky turned kaleidoscope colors. The Odd Ball was back, and it was
just as trippy as before, "it's a carnival ride for the mind." "Sure am
glad I not did drugs in college. I wouldn't know what is show and what
tried to explain the way the special effects worked, "The theory is
that your brain's wiring for estimating space is being tricked into
reframing the frame of reference, as though you were on a carnival ride,
or as though you had entered a vaulted space like a cathedral or domed
space in a big building, or were looking off a mountain top. There's a
moment of a feeling of pure awe that our brains give us when we can't
compute a space like that, left over from the reward our brains give us
in childhood when it's so important that we master spatial relationships
in play. That's our theory."
A few people had a little trouble with the sound, but not usually for
long. And it took a while for some to get dancing with the animations in
a whole new Grid. And the psychedelic colors had an effect on some
people, "Oh my God, I'm getting dizzy." "Wow, couldn't find my mouse
pointer for a sec." "Ohh this iss grreeaat." "Hey, try moving around in
this." But everyone had a great time there. "If you know me in SL," Tuna
told the audience, "please friend me here. If you know me here, please
friend me here.- it's really that simple."
People discussed what they had done here, "I think after 4 years I've
got more stuff here (smile), certainly got a better avi." "Well, I could
have never built Replicant City on SL. So that is a tremendously good
trade-off." "With the exception of the shoes and hair, everything I'm in
is either self made or uploaded from samples online I found." "First
thing I did when I got here, made an RLV collar. (grin)"
also discussed what others were doing in Inworldz, "Have you seen
Wizard Gynoid's experiments with linkage geometry here? 80,000+ linked
prims ROTATING!" "Here we can actually have single-object mega
starships. Not to mention single-object ocean sailing ships."
Eventually, the hour was up, and the show was over. The triply effects
soon faded, and the club was back, "Well folks, we've come to the end of
another Sunday Odd Ball! We'll be back tomorrow at 6pm with more
tripped out brain candy." "Thank you for the music that was awesome."
"YEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHH TUNA!" "Really do appreciate your support," Jana told
the crowd, "and again a BIG congrats to Tuna." "Great time everyone and
WELCOME TO INWORLDZ TUNA & SHAVA!" "Kewl show & really nice
people doing it."
Shava commented, "So many people we know were already here -- both
worlds or you know, we've been dual citizens three years. But a lot of
folks came over first time from SL just for today and probably more for
tomorrow's show. We do two shows every month with Jana this time of
month, and we didn't miss them just because of this." There would be
another show scheduled for Monday at 6PM Pacific/SL/InWorldz time. "This
is only the beginning," Tuna told the crowd.
the crowd dispersed, Quadrapop handed me something: a "Wingless" anthro
Fox avatar. I could look foxy again! I had to change the color of the
hair, but there was no arguing with the price. Finally a foxy look.
As it turned out, there was an event in Inworldz just after the Odd
Ball. Bain Finch and Panza Elde from the Relay for Life were there at a
dance party, and invited me over. And earlier, there had been another.
"Bixyl, you missed the fun this morning," Panza told me, "Sailing event.
I ended up on the rocks." "Ya, you missed Panza's driving," Bain mused.
The dance party had a number of Tinies there, some from Raglan Shire,
which has a presence in Inworldz. I was also told that in the past week.
a large number of residents from Second Life had come over, notably
There was other thing I noticed. Lag was less in Inworldz than in Second
Life. At least this was my experience with an older computer. I also
didn't crash any. A few residents from the Odd Ball did seem to have
some problems, though. SO the switch wasn't an improvement this way for
"Thanks for being our Tunaverse – can't have a consensual hallucination without the consenting!"