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  • Ryan 21:06 on 30/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Oona Fawkes & the Grey Dossier

    Are you as excited as me? New Blog Post!

    • Oona 22:18 on 30/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      “But try to exchange something. And never worry about β€œlosing” something. The most meaningful things in life cannot be lost by sharing. They can only become even more precious.”

      <3 What a beautiful series of words strung together. I will add, I think I’m settled and not ready to move again for about a month. πŸ˜›

      • Pearl Grey 21:29 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve been considering different ways that I can exchange at MU, including the learners I’ve never met or that I see around and never talk to. Feel free to contact me with any ideas.

        Anyway, I’ve been mulling over some ideas to do a blog post regarding Bad Ryan’s Agent of Chaos post called “Why Bother?” I just reread it and noticed that comments have been activated six hours ago.

        /me points at it.

        • Oona 18:00 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Hey Pearl πŸ™‚ I’d love hear that blog post about Bad Ryan. πŸ™‚

          As for exchanging with other learners, I enjoy trying to find new ppl to meet that I haven’t before. Its not always easy it seems and sometimes my fear of rejection works its way up into my head, but overall – I’ve had few problems and many surprises. And…. I think I’ve made some of the best connections I’ve ever made anywhere else in Second Life. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, MU is one of my fav places ever for what its about, what it gives and who is here. Its a hidden gem. πŸ™‚

          • Pearl Grey 02:15 on 03/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

            I agree Oona; it’s a hidden gem. And I’ve made a few great connections that will last longer than MU.

            I’ve kept my invitations to collaborate simple to make them more do-able and I’ve had to say no to some because they’re beyond what I can do.

            The rejection part is a little scary, I know. Who wants to feel like an interloper?

            I’ve found that being on the sim at different times of the night and day when possible can result in pleasant surprises.

  • Izzy 12:57 on 28/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Incredible Friday!

    Did you catch how many awesome things happened @MU yesterday!?
    (More …)

    • Oona 20:31 on 28/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yay… Fawkes sounds dirty though. lol While I miss my old neighbourhood, I’m enjoying the process of rebuilding in Vashti. Although I’ll always be a Nostro girl at heart. pours some liquor on the ground for my homies back in Nostra As for moving every week – I’ll have some of what Izzy is smokin’ BUT if i was challenged… i do have a hard time resisting a challenge. πŸ˜› Please don’t challenge me though…. cries lol Wishing Feels the best in Nostra! Hope your first keg party rawks!

    • Neeva 19:25 on 30/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, a lot happened on Friday. But did you see how much happened on Sunday! So much activity on campus, both formal and informal. I’m afraid our calendar will never be able to capture the spontaneous stuff like the pink-pillow-bus sky tour or Onna kickboxing my tower until it collapsed while a crowd cheered her on. You just have to be here to get in on that good stuff.

  • Ryan 00:18 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    My Sister 

    {closes eyes… drops posture… tries to look humble… opens eyes… taps microphone…}

    tap… tap… is this… one… two…

    Hello everyone. I’d like to apologize for a somewhat abrupt group notice yesterday. And to assure you that I, and everyone here at Medici University hold our many, wonderful, and diverse learners in the highest esteem. My probably too-early announcement of our Guy Fawkes Day / Studio Roulette activity was intended to inspire, enlighten, and ennoble you. I hope that it did that for at least a few of you. But I appreciate now that for many of you change is not a welcome thing. It was not my intention to distress anyone nor to suggest that our freedom loving university was going to dictate experiences to anyone who didn’t want them.

    Please accept my apologies and know that I will redouble my efforts to handle Campus Facilities Management with sensitivity to the needs of all learners. I’d also like to apologize to my sister who had to do some explaining to some of you earlier in the day. I’m sorry about this everyone. I’ll do better.

    photo of a dog tag that reads "Isabella Medici, FLOFL, 31 Aug 1542, 16 Jul 1576, Uxoricide.

    First Lady of Florence

    I think everyone at MU appreciates how much Isabella does for us. And in my own case, I have to confess a certain, lifelong over-exuberance in so many things. I’m always striving to maximize creativity, or just to live moments fully, but I know it’s most often Izzy who has to cover for me or bail me out. We all owe her thanks, and no one owes her more than me.

    I thought I might share a short paragraph about my sister that Donna Cardamone wrote in 2002,

    Wit, beauty and talent made her conspicuous among all the women of the day, and she captivated every heart except her husband’s. Speaking Spanish, French and Latin fluently, a perfect musician, singing beautifully, a poetess and improvvisatrice by nature, Isabella was the soul of all around her, and the fairest star of the Medici.

    • Paypabak Writer 02:05 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      We all adore and admire your sister!

    • Neeva 04:47 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Stand tall agent-of-chaos Ryan! Big teletubby hug to you and your sis.

      • Ryan 05:49 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        ooo… Agent-of-Chaos! I like that so much better than Director of Facilities.

        Do you think I should switch titles?

        Oh gosh, but I’m still apologizing for last time! Maybe AoC isn’t such a good idea.

        Oh well, thanks anyway for your support Neeva. It’s appreciated.

        • Neeva 15:52 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Why switch titles when you can have them both? I think traditionally the two titles go together anyway.

          Conceptually, I think the idea of studio roulette is pretty awesome (minus the part where the villagers revolt and chase you with flaming torches. πŸ™‚

    • Oona 07:51 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hugs Ryan, I know you meant well. Wish everyone wasn’t being so hard on you. Hang in there.

  • Izzy 17:13 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Guy Fawkes Day @MU 

    photo of fireworks over parliament with the superimposed caption "Have a Blast! Guy Fawkes Day!"

    Yesterday my step-brother, enfant terrible, and MU Director of Facilities, Ryan Medici let out an early notice about the upcoming Guy Fawkes Day at MU.

    For anyone who may have been upset by the notice, I apologize. Let me remind you that this IS Medici University! No one ever has to do anything here!

    The Details

    Guy Fawkes Day is, of course, the fifth of November. Since there is no 5 November in Spring Semester, we’ve decided to do a “half-Guy Fawkes Day” and rotate it by 6 months to 5 May.

    β€’ 1 May – Friday – Mayday Celebrations at MU
    β€’ 1, 2, 3 May – Jane’s Walk 2015 – we’re so excited that for this 9th annual Jane’s Walk, MU will become the 1st ever Virtual City to participate in the global event!
    β€’ 4 May – The Monday after Jane’s Walk weekend is Jane Jacobs’ actual birthday
    β€’ 5 May – Tuesday is Guy Fawkes Day @MU

    It’s Always about Choice

    If you’ve familiar with the foundational ideas of MU, espoused around our websites, then you know that no one, not Ryan, or The Chaplain, or I, or anyone else is here to force anyone to do anything. If you want to pick a spot and never move, that’s great. If you want to make a lot of work in that spot, that’s great. If you want to rez a gallery and never come back, well, that’s not great, but it isn’t a violation of any rule since we don’t have any rules, other than be nice to each other, try to get along, be tolerant and inclusive, be supportive, look at each others work, blog about it, share links, and so on.

    Wow! That was a lot of rules for no rules! Basically we have no rules. Except for the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That’s it. It’s really that simple. Oh. And while not “required,” we do encourage working your ass off and doing amazing things!

    At times we might suggest things like Studio Roulette, and before you dismiss it out of hand, I’d urge you to really consider the possibilities, but it will always be your choice. Opt in. Opt out. Your judgement. The only thing that isn’t a choice is that come 1 July, we’ll all be gone and LEA23 will become someone else’s art project and it will look very different.

    Guy Fawkes Day

    Our 5 May Guy Fawkes Day celebration is indeed an optional Studio Roulette. When we get a little closer to that time, you’ll be able to very easily opt-in or opt-out of Studio-Roulette as you like. Even though MU is all about creativity, change, innovation, new ideas, new connections, new pathways, risk, trying different things, and so on, we all have a tendency to get comfortable and set in our ways. Even though we know we’re getting tossed out on 30 June, we still like to set up fortresses and protect them like they’ll never change. That certainly includes me. Ryan. All of us. Guy Fawkes Day / Studio Roulette is an optional invitation to nudge ourselves out of our comfort zones. An optional invitation to interact with different MU Learners. To see the campus from a different vantage point. To be closer to the center, or more out at the frontiers.

    Men are animals of the earth. They come from Papa, the earth mother, and make their homes on the land. They walk the ground, like Pig and Rat. Walking animals do not know the spirit of motion, as you do. Their world stands still for them, and their footsteps fall always against the steadiness of rock and soil. Winds blow and they crawl inside houses. The red floodwaters rise and they climb to dry caves and sleep poorly in the stale, cold air. What do they learn in these houses and caves? Stillness. Calm. They hope things will never change. Men hate change. But that is not the way things are. Light and darkness. The currents. Death. That is the order. When these men speak, their voices are little because nothing pours into them. They do not want other powers. But the man whose chest swells like the tides, who leaps the sea cliff to hear the roar of the fall, and dives straight into the ocean like a spear — this man is not like the rest. His mana is not only of the earth, but of the sky and water. He swims the lagoons and outer reef to watch the fish. He stands tall on the mountaintops. When he speaks, he will be listened to.

    — Maui, The Demigod, Steven Goldsberry

    photo of people in striped shirts and pirate hats walking with torches in the night

    • Paypabak Writer 18:15 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have all kinds of fireworks and I love setting them off! Go go Guy Fawkes!!

      • Izzy 18:17 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomesauce! You certainly don’t have to wait till May for an MU fireworks show! You can call one anytime! Or maybe team up with an Emma Roof Rave.

        But yes, come may, you can be the official MU Pyrotechnician!

    • Neeva 19:09 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Come July 1 this sim will be flooded by Neeva’s tears. Then it will dry and we will start planning the Medici University reunion party and inking MU merchandising deals. How about MU the movie? Imagine one just like this university, but filled with movie stars, only everyone is naked….and then…Sharknado!!! I’m switching to the MU creative writing program and starting my script now!

      P.S. I have a lovely, centrally located studio for studio roulette. Well maintained, lightly used. Looking to trade for studio with indoor swimming pool and 60 prim garage + cash in an amount to be negotiated at closing.

    • Fanny 19:28 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Guido Faukes still seems to be very popular. SL search found 43 Avatars with “Guy Fawkes” in their name.
      I am looking forward to the fireworks!

      Neeva, I guess there will be enough tears from us to flood the whole sim. Maybe we should warn the neighbors? And I agree to naked!

      P.S. None!

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