Open Mic Night in VRChat

The long-running Open Mic Night is a popular Friday evening event in VRChat, where various users take to the stage to sing, dance, do stand-up comedy, recite poetry, or share whatever other talents they may possess with the audience.

Here’s a two-minute overview video showing you a bit of some of the many performers who appeared on the Open Mic stage last Friday night, October 25th, 2019:

According to the #openmic channel on the VRChat Events Discord:

Come own the stage at Open Mic Night! Every Friday at 10:00 p.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. PST come perform or enjoy the talents of the VRChat community as they bring you a night of music, dance, comedy, and more!

This event streams to Mike P’s Twitch channel, https://twitch.tv/TelepathicRum.

There is a sign-up sheet for performers; the link is in the description of the #openmic channel on the VRChat Events Discord. The organizer, Mike P, explains how the weekly event is organized:

Hey guys, this Friday before the show when everybody’s there I’ll take names down and form a proper list to go off of. I’ll also ask if anybody else would like to be added to the list between performances. The event will be Invite+ instead of Friends+ so that it’s only people who are manually invited by people in the instance that can join. Just as last week I’ll send out invites to everyone at the start of the event from my “Open Mic Night” account. If you’re interested in attending, add the user “Open Mic Night” in game.

For details on this and many other events taking place in VRChat, visit the VRChat Events website or join the VRChat Events Discord server.

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Dr. Fran Hosts Her Weekly Salon on the Topic: Is High Fidelity a Cult?

Dr. Fran hosts a weekly salon on the social VR platform High Fidelity, where various topics relating to technology, science, art and philosophy are discussed and debated.

And this Sunday’s topic seems, well, particularly pertinent, given all the recent travails that High Fidelity has been going through:

A few weeks ago, the topic was: Why are you still here?

Is it possible that you are here because of cult-ish leanings? What makes a cult, and what would cause YOU to be part of a cult?

IN ADDITION: This discussion can touch a bit on confirmation bias, as in: I made a choice to be a member of High Fidelity, and to admit that it is a losing proposition would mean that I am wrong about my choice.

So, am I holding on because I believe in HOLY HiFi, or maybe, I don’t want to admit that I put my hopes and dreams on the wrong virtual world? Or, is it the wrong virtual world?

The salon takes place on Sunday, October 20th, at 2:00 p.m. High Fidelity time/Pacific time, at Franny. (Unfortunately, I have a real-life event happening at the same time, so I cannot join the discussion.)

Franny — the site of Dr. Fran’s weekly salon

By the way, when I popped in-world to take this picture, I was one of a grand total of six avatars in High Fidelity on this Saturday afternoon, according to the GoTo section of their user interface tablet. Now, there might be a few more who are in unpublished domains, but you have to admit, that’s a pretty depressing figure.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Uber 5th Anniversary

The popular monthly Uber shopping event in Second Life is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and the many vendors participating are giving away free gifts, such as the following simple but beautiful pink ballgown by Storybook:

Here I have paired Storybook’s Briar Rose gown in bubblegum pink with the Bella floral headpiece, a free gift by the Bauhaus Movement from the recent Second Life 16th birthday shopping event. They look as if they were meant to go together!

The Uber event is absolutely jam-packed, so I would recommend that you wait at least a week before you try to get in (you have until August 22nd). In the meantime, watch this unpacking video by Naria Panthar, as she methodically goes through all the gifts available, and you can take notes as to which gifts you want and what stores they are at. I did this and it saved me much valuable time. Thank you, Naria!

As always, in addition to the gown and headpiece, Vanity Fair is wearing:

Gala De La Lune Formal Event Tomorrow Evening in Sansar

Have you joined the RyanSchultz.com Discord yet? More details here


And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Linden Lab is hosting a formal event in Sansar tomorrow evening, Friday, May 17th, 2019 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Pacific time/Sansar time. The event, titled Gala De La Lune, is described as:

A Great Gatsby inspired formal event. Croquet, scones, and ballgowns. It don’t mean a thang if it ain’t got no Electroswing.

And if your avatar is looking for something suitable to wear, the Sansar Store has a featured selection of formal clothing created for such an event!

Here’s the lineup of performers for the party:

  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST – DJ Bayleigh
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. PST – DJ Puddles
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. PST – DJ GrandadGotMojo
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. PST – DJ DisneyHuntress

You will need to install the Sansar client software on your computer and create an account to attend this party. Here’s a guide on how to get started. On the day of the event, open up Sansar and navigate to the Atlas (look for the Go button on the left-hand-side menu). Once there, click on the Gala De La Lune experience to join. The doors will open 30 minutes ahead of the event.

It promises to be a very elegant soirée. I hope to see you there!