Category Archives: C.C. Chapman

[SL] L$32,069,017!

The’s the number. For the year 2007, Second Life’s Relay for Life raised the rough equivalent of US$130,000. Each donation, each penny, made it happen and takes the research one step closer.

While Relayers made their rounds on the track, some excellent music was played, survivors were honored and hopes were offered. Some musicians remarkably offered to match if donations reached a certain number while they played. One friend, asked for donations to reach L$150,000 on one kiosk and he would lay down L$100,000 on top of it. A few seconds later and it was well past the $L150K mark. It was a remarkable moment.

Later that evening as I took the track while the last band played, I was drowsy and worn out, I received a Skype call from Ed Roberts who made me laugh and put up with my bad sense or humor for a few “miles”. IMs were crazy to manage I found, but all of the people who kept me talking that night, thank you. Beautiful effort was made on the team sites to make them entertaining to bounce through, aye, because I pogo’ed the entire track. I won’t mention specific sims here, that’s already been done, but excellent job builders and thanks for the remarkable views.

By the end of the walk I was wide awake again, so I hung out the Spin Martin/Eric Rice for a while and let me tell ya, that guy has lots of strange vehicles in Second Life. Even smacked me into a wall a time or two, much I’m sure, to his amusement. Part of what’s so great about working with Spin on any project is that he gives you something and then believes that you’ll handle it. If you have a problem, he’ll come to your rescue. He will keep you going when you get tired. In complete awe how that man never seems tired. Managing the stages with him and with Fleep was great fun and laughter. Two great people, steady fun, commitment to getting things done and making things flow with ease. Thanks you two for making it so much fun.

The next day was pretty effortless, some morning bands, Relayers still racing. DrFran was still on the track and pushing herself to more laps. She did a remarkable job pushing herself to stay on the track and compete for the most laps.

And when the time came, the closing ceremonies began and we listened to the tallys, we applauded each others efforts and celebrated the excellent job well done by everyone. Once the fireworks started, everyone was very ready to celebrate! Parties erupted and fireworks followed. It was a beautiful celebration.

To those who made donations on the real life donations page, Christopher Penn, Becky McCray and geORge Brett, in memory of your loved ones, thank you. If you’d like to donate, the page is still up and accepting donations, http://todayisave.com/alife or http://www.helpingthecause.com. Thanks to Chris Penn and C.C. Chapman for donating these urls for easy connecting.

And a special thank you to the Buckets, Corey Akula donated 10% of his DJing tips from Bucket parties to Relay!

If you took one moment to help during this year’s RFL at my request, you know who you are, thank you. It means a lot me that you have donated your time and your effort. I look forward to working with you again and eagerly anticipate the 2008 Relay for Life.

(For photos you can visit, http://www.flickr.com/chelpixie)

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[RL] 8 things continued for Mr. Brogan

I decided to write 8 more things about me because Chris Brogan also tagged me. I previously answered this meme when tagged by MrsB aka Karen Cardoza. But hey, Brogan is a hero of mine so I’ll answer any question he wants to ask, if I can.

– Before Virtual Hot Wings, I felt stuck in Arkansas and much like I couldn’t make a difference from there in anyone’s life. Add a little marketing, a little ninja, a new business, great clients, wonderful community and poof! Confidence! Achievement! I’ve changed so much over the last two-three months that my best friend was shocked when we had a phone conversation a couple days ago. Thank you, Chris, Matthew, C.C. and Brogan!

– I have a habit of saying thank you to people when I’ve connected with them or when they’ve touched my life in a way that changes it. I appreciate each touch, each change and think that people should know the effect that they’ve had on me.

– I’m hyperfocused. I get attached to projects emotionally. It helps me to be good at what I do but also affected by the outcome. That can be both good and bad at times.

– My goal in the next 5 years is to be front and center on the new media and music marketing stage. I believe that extending my ability to create fast and interesting media and connecting with many people on a personal level are the keys. I’m great at connecting, just need to focus it. And gather more tools for creating the means

– Almost daily I look at the clock at exactly 9:11. Strange but true. I am slightly superstitious but not about every little thing.

– I hate needles. I abhor needles. If given a choice I will not get a shot or blood drawn. I refuse to have my finger poked with those tiny needles. Nope.

– I have a thing for superheroes. Superman, Wonder Woman or just Heroes. Superheroes rock.

– I like to read. I started at age 3 and spent most of my early life as a bookworm. My favorites varied between classics and Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew.

– When I want to recharge, I go out to dinner with a friend or crank up “Working Sunday” by Dorado Sound. Nothing like dancing around in private to change the mood.

Hmmm. Who to tag this time around? How about Neil, Chris, Matthew, Peter and Clarence, if they haven’t been tagged already!

[RL] there is a way to influence the world, what’s yours?

Between Christopher Penn and Chris Brogan it’s a wonder I don’t have a headache. Christopher posted about a month ago about Second Life, Superheroes and the greater good. Last week, Chris Brogan posted about being the grasshopper.

I’ve been a little busy with a little something so I’ve just now gotten the chance to comment on some of this stuff.

I wanted to share my response to Penn’s post re: superheroes. I think it’s important to realize that we all hold a very special key to something that can change the world.

“We’re only as good as the powers we put to use in our lives to reach out and touch the world and make a difference. It doesn’t matter *where* you are physically, if you’re online, you’re in the game. In Second Life (and this applies to real life too), there’s a wide open door to anything that you want to do. Personally it’s taken my powers of insight, the ability that I have to feel out and touch other people, to hold their attention and give them something to talk about. And a bird and ninja.

It cannot be left to one person to change the planet however, that’s why there are superheroes, not a single superhero. You can change the world one person at a time, but that change has to affect others. So that the effect is those taught become superheroes and pay forward in their own way. Creating a chain of goodwill and affecting the greater good. Teaching what you know and sharing that with others is the key. Brogan’s words are still ringing in my head, “Be a grasshopper. Teach. Share. Grow.”

That, IMO, is the real way to being a superhero.”

Teach to share, share to grow. Tap into your knowledge and gather people around you that ask you to use it on a daily basis. Remember that we all need help building our dreams.

Toward that end, I’m pretty lucky that there are some real superheroes that I’ve worked with lately including C. Penn, Matthew Ebel, C.C. Chapman, Crap Mariner and Dedric Muriac.

Craving something spicy? Virtual Hot Wings released!

Quite the Team!

Photo taken by C.C. Chapman

Two weeks ago I started a conversation with a ninja (Christopher Penn, to those of you who don’t know) in Second Life who had broken into the treehouse to listen to a live stream of Matthew Ebel/Hali Heron in concert. The result? Virtual Hot Wings, a landmark fan created and released album of Matthew’s Second Life tour, is now available for download. This brilliant piano man gives himself to his fans each time he puts his fingers on the keyboard and does it so well.

Unlike buying an album from CD Baby or iTunes, which then take a cut from the sale, this album entirely benefits Matthew, 100% of all proceeds are instantly paid to him!

With the assistance of C.C. Chapman and crayon (read the press release here), this release has the power to change the way that the music industry works. The record labels and the RIAA have a whole lot of catching up to earn the love and loyalty of the fans the way that Matthew has.

Join the live concert by Matthew on tomorrow from 11 AM – 1 PM SLT (2-4 EST) at the Coke’s Virtual Thirst Pavilion. You can purchase a copy of the CD during the concert! I’ll see you there!

Don’t forget to digg or tweet this to the world, spread the word and show the RIAA what it means to be a fan! (All multimedia on this release can be found here.)