what a great run – a virtual one


wow, i’ve been in VWs since mid 2006 and have experienced a lot of interesting things

com "the making of A Life Transformed"

me with dark wings for “A Life Transformed”

from my first 4096 parcel and building a Deaf artist’s gallery complete with a gala grand opening to 19 sims and 101 tenants. i truly loved Second Life and am so glad that i documented my avatar’s journey through it all

15,000 pics on flickr, a few dozen videos, over 2000 blog posts, and 46K followers – hitting the top 1.72% of global web traffic . . .

from Second Life to Reaction Grid to SimHost to Kitely to Sim-on-a-Stick


my office on my first sim – Enerville =)

all those numbers are important to me but don’t really mean much else – earmarks in a lifelong journey =)

the numbers that are meaningful are the friends i’ve made along the way – from n00bs when i was a Second Life Mentor to long lasting friends that stay in touch via email

so many awesome people, so many awesome friends, so many awesome memories

the last chapter of this book is done and that means a new book is starting – who knows the memories that will create, but i bet they’ll be awesome too =)


the future’s always bright when you face the sun and Ener Hax will live on as the hero in a semi post-apocalyptic novel – funny, all that time spent making fallout shelters in the virtual world will be shared with an even broader audience! =D

namas te!


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written by Ener Hax

May 20th, 2014 at 8:18 am

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  1. I started using Second Life as a project for the University I work for, then Linden got rid of educational discounts and USM Island sank beneath the waves. I was crushed. I’d made an exact replica of the campus library building, exact right down to the location of the water fountains.

    That was several years ago, and recently on a hunch I looked to see where virtual worlds were heading, and found OpenSim. For some reason, my initial attempt refused to even load, so I thought I was sunk. Then I found Sim On A Stick.

    SoaS was JUST what I was looking for! It ran right out of the box, and allowed me to learn region creation and expansion bit by bit. Apparently, vehicle creation is not quite ready for use in OpenSim, but other than that every thing I’ve tried has worked.

    It’s sad to hear you’re leaving, since I’m just getting on board. I hope you’re not gone for good. Your blog is full of great info.

    Thanks for the site. Without it, I may have never gone back to virtual worlds.


    27 Apr 12 at 9:00 pm

  2. Are you leaving the virtual worlds? I hope not, I love SoAS

    John Sheppard

    20 May 14 at 8:29 am

  3. Yes, I think we need to send out an SOS — Save Our SoaS!

    Anyways, best of luck to Ener and her typist in their future endeavours — glad to hear Ener survives the apocalypse!

    Graham Mills

    20 May 14 at 8:39 am

  4. […] "…..the last chapter of this book is done and that means a new book is starting – who knows the memories that will create, but i bet they’ll be awesome too =) ….."  […]

  5. Good luck Ener :-)

    Ilan Tochner

    20 May 14 at 11:50 am

  6. What???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo……

    Maria Korolov

    20 May 14 at 11:51 am

  7. Awww surely you’re not leaving virtual worlds?

    If that be the case then I wish you well in whatever path you take. You gave our community so much and for that we love you to bits.

    Please say it isn’t true!

    *big hugs*

    Talla Adam

    20 May 14 at 12:10 pm

  8. This marks the end of the era, which makes me feel sad and poignant. During the whole time I’ve followed OpenSim, your blog has been a cornerstone and a regular source of delight -I still point people to your soas->hypergrid guide.

    I’ll miss your blog, but I wish you well and MUCH SUCCESS with your writings and other future endeavors.

    Han Held

    20 May 14 at 1:00 pm

  9. […] what a great run – a virtual one […]

  10. Wishing you all the very best, Ener.

    You’ll be missed.

    Inara Pey

    20 May 14 at 4:30 pm

  11. OMG, you’re GOING AWAY?

    Well…best of luck in all you do, Ener, and thank you for all you’ve given us.

    (But…I betcha we’ll see you again. You can check out, you know, but you can never leave!)

    Lindal Kidd

    20 May 14 at 7:37 pm

  12. aww, thank you everybody! being an avatar is, and always will be, a wonderful way to truly explore yourself. as avatars, some of us are freed to do more than maybe we would in real life and we get judged on what we do and how we contribute rather than “who we are”

    in a way, avatars are a shining example on how gender, race, religion, physical challenges, or any other factors, don’t have to be determining factors in being a nice person

    i’ll be keeping my hand in it and looking to make SoaS 0.8 when the final OpenSim release is out and we still have Enclave Harbour on the back burner (i should just sit down for a weekend and finish it and share it with everyone) =)

    so i’m not gone gone, but just stalking, err, lurking in the shadows of the virtual world (that’s right – i’m Batgirl!) =D

    Ener Hax

    21 May 14 at 7:50 am

  13. The end of an era !

    Wish you well wherever you be ..


    21 May 14 at 9:31 pm

  14. Wish you well and glad to know you will not be leaving for good:)


    22 May 14 at 7:18 am

  15. As usual, I’m several days late getting here. I wish you and David all the best, Ener. I’ll always be very glad Micheil talked me into renting some land on the iliveinsl Estates so many years ago. I’ll be keeping my eye on you from Twitter. <3

    Nickola Martynov

    22 May 14 at 9:24 pm

  16. Awww….I hope you realize none of us want to see you leave the virtual world scene! I read iliveisl daily. I hope this turns out to be a hiatus and that you return but if not, please know you have been an enormous value to VR and you will be missed.

    Going to go cry now.


    23 May 14 at 7:10 pm

  17. I can understand your feelings Ener. I’ve pulled back a bit from virtual worlds and have tried to live in the real world more. It’s hard when you are used to freeing your mind in a project. One of the reasons I started doing web design is because there is only so much you can do in virtual worlds. I’m glad that you aren’t quitting altogether and neither am I, but I do understand your reason.

    If you ever need to talk, you know my email address ;-) I’m always here for you…


    Sunny Whitfield

    25 May 14 at 6:10 pm

  18. Virtual worlds have changed, and so has my virtual life … My third chapter was called ‘SoaS’ and be sure: it was magic! And I’m very very sure, that all the possibilities that are included are not discovered up to now. Thank you for all your efforts!

    (Hope you discover the SoaS-logo on the startscreen: :-)


    29 May 14 at 11:39 am

  19. Hi Ener,

    What a wonderful blog you did, I enjoyed reading it so much…so cleverly written and humerous.
    If your stats show someone looking through the archive posts, then that would be me wondering how it all began for the pink haired supergirl. Best wishes in your new ventures and Thankyou !

    Wilo B

    WiLo Bloemfontein

    29 May 14 at 3:03 pm

  20. thanks Beacara – i still talk to people about your art catalogue! =)

    SUNNY! my longest running VW friend! =)

    Serenity – you have a great insight to how all this runs and a hiatus is probably a very good assessment!

    Nikki it does seem like forever ago in some ways and just yesterday in others – your zip line is still working in the SoaS version of Enclave Harbour! =)

    zz, you and me are both long timers in this all and you know that one can never actually fully leave – just a plate full of other projects (include some that make some spending money!)

    aww hihowruman, thank you for the well wishes – i gather all those and hold them near my heart (yeah, i am very corny but usually pretty happy) =)

    Ener Hax

    30 May 14 at 12:07 pm

  21. All those pics bring back memories! I still have a copy of the floating chain house you gave me, long ago.

    Wish you well, whatever form you take next… and I hope to see you again, somewheres!

    Knowing one Ener is more fun than knowing 1,000 “normal” peeps.

    ♥ and moonlight,


    3 Jun 14 at 12:33 pm

  22. Wow… what a day. First I read that (the big grid) is planning to go away, and now OpenSim’s greatest superhero too? I think I need a nap for a week.

    Well, I have to thank you for your blog and for bringing SOAS and I together. SOAS will always be the “grid” I can count on. It won’t go away until I can’t run it anymore. That’s a bigger deal to some of us than you may ever know.

    I’m sure I’m far from alone in saying you’ll be missed. Your blog and the SOAS site have been on my favorites list since the first time I came across them. But, things do change, and I wish you all the best in whatever you do. Go get’em Ener! :)

    Kiko Kenichi

    24 Jun 14 at 2:08 am

  23. As long as you aren’t GONE GONE – Gone gone would be bad!

    Enjoy your break!!! BUT COME BACK!

    I was wondering why my reader wasn’t telling me there was a new post on your blog! Now I know!


    30 Jun 14 at 11:44 am

  24. Hi Ener! Greetings and best wishes from our lovely Simona Stick who is playing football (soccer) on OpenSim 0.8 on a Varregion, BulletSim … and is a bit lonely


    13 Jul 14 at 12:05 pm

  25. Now I know why I can’t find you. I was six months too late. :(

    Lofa Rhode

    10 Nov 14 at 6:11 pm

  26. never too late Lofa! =) *big hugs* XOXO

    Ener Hax

    14 Nov 14 at 2:01 pm

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