1029Chris: A Duck for All Worlds

1029Chris is among that group which I half-jokingly, half-lovingly refer to as “my people“: passionate proponents of social VR platforms and virtual worlds, the sort of people who believe in the power and potential of virtual worlds, much the same as I do. Many of them belong to the RyanSchultz.com Discord server, where we gather to discuss, debate, and argue over various metaverse projects, and share pictures and videos of our adventures.

One of those people, 1029Chris (she/her), is a Canadian avatar creator. I have written about 1029Chris’ work in passing when I blogged about VRChat’s Virtual Market 4:

1029Chris’ bird sanctuary: feed the wonderfully animated ducks!

…I was invited to experience a special world built by someone I know well from the RyanSchultz.com Discord, 1029Chris, who had spent two weeks creating an amazing bird sanctuary with animated ducks, who milled about, and responded eagerly when I selected food items from a nearby picnic table to feed them! It was wonderfully done, and I hope to return soon for another visit.

Chris’s world is called the Udon Bird Sanctuary, if you are searching for it in VRChat. A visit is highly recommended, especially if you are feeling stressed out!

Chris’ signature duck avatar in VRChat
Another shot of Chris in VRChat

But 1029Chris is active in so many more virtual worlds than VRChat! She has decided to bring her signature duck and opossum avatars into as many virtual worlds and online games as she can. Here are some pictures which Chris kindly shared with me:

Chris’s duck and opossum avatars in Second Life
Chris in Sansar
Chris in Tower Unite
A couple of shots of Chris (in the world she created) on the old High Fidelity social VR platform
Chris in Barotrauma
Chris’ possum avatar in Garry’s Mod
Chris and her boyfriend in Garry’s Mod
Chris in Half Life 1
Chris in Minecraft

But Chris doesn’t just do still pictures! She also does machinima (that is, videos which are recorded in virtual worlds and games):

Chris in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Chris in Super Mario 64 (I absolutely love the part where she takes off her glasses and mops her brow!)
Chris in Half Life 2
Chris in Jet Set Radio Future
Chris in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Chris in Yakuza 0

1029Chris is only one of many people I know who delight in bringing their avatars from one virtual world to another. All of them possess skills I wish I had!

Second Life Machinima: What Living in a Virtual World for Seven Years Taught Me About It

The following three-minute machinima (i.e. a video shot on a computer platform) was put together by a Second Life user named Luca, who says:

Second Life for me began with curiosity which turned into something really fun for me to express myself that I enjoy a lot, then it became a platform of creativity and self-discovery. And something that I didn’t realize or really think of until recently, is that how by allowing people to see each other for who they really are inside, it also helps unite people by shedding lights into people’s inner selves which would otherwise be shrouded in mystery, and dissipate our innate fear of the unknown.

I found her work captivating, and I felt it deserved a larger audience, so here it is. The final quote of her machinima is:

A bridge that gives way to the unknown content of one’s heart is a bridge that spans the dark chasm of divisiveness and fear.

Linden Lab Is Looking to Hire a Second Life Photographer and Machinima Creator


Photo by Patrick Brinksma on Unsplash

Linden Lab seems to be on a hiring spree! The position of online community manager for Sansar has already been taken down from the Careers section of the Linden Lab website, but there’s a brand new job posting for a Marketing Content Specialist:

Linden Lab, a pioneer in the creation of virtual worlds, is looking for a Marketing Content Specialist who can help showcase the beauty and diversity of Second Life to both new and existing audiences. This junior-level position is responsible for creating outstanding short promotional videos, images, and other assets as needed, to be shared in advertising, social media, email marketing, and other outlets.

The ideal candidate for this position is already familiar with creating great photo and video content using Second Life. This job requires a solid understanding of “inworld” photoshoots and machinima including knowledge of high-quality and on-trend avatar creation, lighting, poses, and environments. You’ll also help us curate the Destination Guide, our directory of cool and highlight-worthy places and events in Second Life. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then we want to see your portfolio!

And the best part is, you can apply for this job even if you want to work remotely! (The job posting also mentions Linden Lab offices in the cities of San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Charlottesville, and Atlanta.)

This could be somebody’s dream job. God knows that there are dozens—even thousands—of talented photographers and machinima creators in Second Life. People who already have the skillset that Linden Lab is looking for.

So, if you think you have what it takes, get your application in! Who knows? You could land up working for Linden Lab!

An Artist Contemplates Second Life

Wagner James Au of the long-running blog New World Notes has highlighted the work of artist Erik Mondrian, who found himself so inspired by Second Life that it became his MFA thesis at the California Institute of the Arts:

Here, in Second Life, a vast virtual canvas where we create what cannot be, what could be, what was, and what might be again, I step inside the imaginations of people I have never met, and who I may never even have spoken to, understanding something of their inner worlds nonetheless.

— Erik Mondrian.

Here is the entire nine-minute video on YouTube from which this quote was taken:

It’s quite beautiful, and I would encourage you to take a few moments to watch and enjoy it. If you want to see more, there is a playlist of ten videos shot and narrated by Erik here.