After over 5 years of efforts maintaining 3rd Rock Grid (3RG) as one of the top 10 premier virtual grids in the metaverse, I must unfortunately announce my immediate need to leave virtual life. The management and helpers of 3RG are amazing people who be able to facilitate the brightest of futures that 3RG will undoubtedly attain.
My personal hope is that each of you continue your support of 3RG and help create the absolute best virtual experience possible. As the fantastic citizens of 3RG you deserve that! If we all stay mindful to show respect, empathy, and compassion for each other, that alone will keep 3RG on the proper course.
I have made so many friends in virtual life and will miss all of you. Unfortunately, I can’t say goodbye to each of you personally but you will always be in my memories as I look back on my years in both Second Life and 3rd Rock Grid. I will maintain my email at email@example.com for any who need to contact me.
Hello there. I did not know how to start this small text , so opt for the obvious and begin saying that this is all about: I am the user (mostly) the avatar known as Filemina Quinzinio, and this text below is a summary of my experience on 3rd rock grid
People in RL sometimes thinks that what happens within the grids is false, an illusion that has us all captivated on unattainable dreams and fantasies . But I’m faithful to the idea that sometimes it through the ilusion when we learn most of our reality.
Before, I was the girl who sat up the back of the room , hoping not to be noticed … And when I was noticed, I didn’t feel that I should be taken for consideration, because in my point of view, I did not deserve it . In the past I hardly made eye contact with people I was talking to, and it was even harder to have me on an active role in the conversation. Before the grid , I had only had a boyfriend , which (making a big summary on that issue) was a complete moron. Sounds sad, but the truth is that I used to be like that, and I didn’t feel so bad about myself.
I entered the grid because a person I admire outside the grid (known in there as Juana deAsbaje ) was “experimenting” to be “baroque” in the computer. On the night of October 6 , knowing nothing more than how to move and talk ( old skills obtained in SL) , I got in… and in the few moments I was there with Juana, I realized I wanted more. My first achivment was joining the project Virreynato, of course, I was not as bright as Aldo and Juana. Surprisingly, one of the nights I was working in the grid , a classmate asked me which was the trick to “be different” inside. I changed my way of being inside the grid… and I had not even noticed, so I decided to do a series of experiments.
Have you ever heard of “The Hero with a Thousand Faces“ of Joseph Campbell? It is one of my favorite book since high school (not much time has passed since then…), in it, Campbell talks about a 12-step path in which people go through to have a change on their lifes. Well , I decided that the grid would became my path of adventure, and a change actually happened, because I let myself being carried away by the experience.
Within a few months I felt I should complicate the experience because somehow Filemina is my way of being , so I made Eduardo. It was when I was him that I behaved in a more extroverted way, and I met even more people through being him. After Marina came, the complete antithesis of Filemina, I set her as exclusive avatar of Virreynato (by its nature , be careful not to get her out… And indeed there were few people with whom I had contact).
Well, what resulted from all this? My life changed , and I just not became the most extroverted person in the world… But I have made many new friends , I have improved the relationships already had, and I’ve even gone out with several guys since I started my experiment on the grid more consciously . I’ve learned to be a leader , to propose my own ideas, to become more involved in different projects in RL … I learned to use Photoshop , Illustrator , Blender , and I grew curious to learn new tools ( I liked both of these tools to learn , I’ve begun to take college classes to enhance what I’ve learned ). It is true that I might not have returned to the grid as I used to on the first months, but I always have it on mind (it is so deep on my thoughts that I have made my thesis about the aesthetics of the Metaverse, how cool is that?). Whether I login with Filemina, Eduardo or Marina; I try to learn something new from them (my alter egos) and the people I know (the other users), to learn more about the arts-and-crafts in there, and the most important thing for me: to understand me better.
People, Perspectives, and Purpose
by Lazuli Pooraka
The other day while discussing the value of virtual existence with a few virtual friends, I was struck with the an overpowering recognition that the people surrounding me, even if only in their virtual forms, were some of my closest friends that I have ever had. I was aware that I had not met any of these people in my physical life but knew that each of them impacted my life as strong (or stronger) than the family and friends I shared existence in the physical world. Powerful relationships like these become a part of you, deep inside you and effect your mental makeup. What I have come to know about my priorities in virtual existence is that people matter most and each one of us have our individual challenges and our gifts. As a virtual person I want strong and valuable relationships in my life and I want very much to have people find the incredible gift I have found in virtual life, each other. I want to be less concerned with me, and become more of a participant in the virtual we.
There have been many opportunities for me to gain insight and awareness from these virtual experiences. This effort has been in part a wonderful uplifting challenge and in other respects a frustrating energy draining weight, both have held great value to me. Through it all there has been one primary perspective that drives me to continue; Building a better world based on respect, empathy, and compassion! I do not want to be a leader but empower people to lead, I don’t want to create a world, I want to provide the palette where we paint a better world, together.
3RD rock grid (3RG) has come through some challenges over the years, the grid itself has been created, supported, and populated by thousands of people over the course of it’s 6 years of life. The grid exists today, not because of my efforts, but because of a many people who gave their talents and efforts to keep the grid operating. Without their efforts we would be in the history books of virtual grids of the past. Both the grid technical efforts and the community building aspects of the grid owe a debt of gratitude to all who have, are, and will contribute and participate in the 3rd Rock Grid effort. Thank you.
To every single person that has been in 3RG, participated in the support of the grid, website, land development, community, greeting, educational, and event efforts, Thank You for your efforts.
Those of you who provide or have provided your musical and artistic skills to make 3rd Rock Grid a leading grid in entertainment, Thanks to You.
Those of our citizens that have found the ability to rent our virtual space to create your awesome content, and the merchants and consumers that participate in our economy, allowing us to create a solid hardware platform to create today’s more secure, stable, and available 3rdRockGrid, Thank You.
The great beauty of a platform like OpenSimulator is that the grid content is created by the citizens efforts. We have been fortunate to have had and continue to attract high quality builders that show their great skills and love for creativity in the many builds that are already part of our grid experience. With the new “Themed Core” concept, we expect to see even more public space created for your virtual enjoyment. We are committed to making 3RG an enjoyable experience and exciting adventure for all of our citizens.