POI: Thirza Ember the Catlady of the hypergrid

To start the OpenSim People (Person Of Interest — POI)section of HG (hypergrid) Traveller I would like to introduce you to some one very well known in OpenSim, Thirza Ember. Intrepid Hypergrid explorer and Hypergrid (HG) safari organiser, Hypergrid International Expo (HIE) co-founder, OpenSim men and women calendar creator and WOSKI creator.

I sent some questions to Thirza and she gracefully agreed to answer them for me to post here so you, dear readers get to know a little about her. The quotes are as they were answered and the questions that I asked are included.

Leighton: Introduce yourself … including how long you have been in OS/SL etc?

Leighton: Tell me about the HG Safari, Hypergrid International Expo (HIE), the yearly men and women of OpenSim calendar?

Thirza: Pathfinder Lester began his Hypergrid Adventurers Club and I attended as often as I could. I loved the idea of exploring the OpenSim hypergrid as a vast and can be as lonely as the prairie — and people coming from the ‘big city’ of Sl feel that isolation even more strongly than opensim ‘natives’. I started the Safari to help people find their way around the hyperverse, to combat the incipient tribalism of the various grids, to push the envelope in terms of the number of people that can be on a region before it crashes, to foster collaboration and generally raise awareness of the fun and creativity of opensim.
I Have been blogging about virtual art since 2008 on my Arts Parks blog, so it was an obvious choice to continue to write about opensim… my opensim blog as alled ‘Pings from the afterLife’ but eventually I changed the name of the blog to HG Safari because it was simpler.
Thirza: HIE the Hypergrid International Expo offers a chance for non English native speakers to give a talk about their projects, regions, art, or tools… it is born from the OSCC the opensim community convention, which attracts a lot of people who use opensim in their professional lives like teachers. HIE opens the door to both professional opensim users, and hobbyists, to talk about their work in their own languages.
Thirza: HIE the Hypergrid International Expo offers a chance for non English native speakers to give a talk about their projects, regions, art, or tools… it is born from the OSCC the opensim community convention, which attracts a lot of people who use opensim in their professional lives like teachers. HIE opens the door to both professional opensim users, and hobbyists, to talk about their work in their own languages.
Thirza: The Safari Calendars began in December 2015 with a ‘women of opensim’ calendar It as a great opportunity to combine great contributors to opensim with great locations. The following year, the calendar features destinations all over opensim, and this year, we went with two calendars. The people in the calendars are folks who have been stalwarts at hosting or attending Safari events. The calendar is perhaps unique in that they show anniversaries unique to opensim, like the first HG jump, various grid ‘birthdays’ and similar virtual milestones.

Leighton: What one thing can you not do without in your OpenSim inventory?

Thirza: The thing I cannot do without in my hg inventory… my Landmark collection. Not all LMs still work, but they serve as a reminder of the people and =places I have visited, and are a great resource when it comes to planning future Safari trips.

Leighton: What is your favourite place or places in OpenSim and why?

Thirza: My favorite places in opensim — always a tough one. I would say, the big art grids, NGrid, Aire Mille Flux, anything on Francogrid by Cherry Manga. And equally important, regions with fun games, like EZombie on Endivatomic, Outbreak on OSgrid, The coin car game on OpenSim Life [Desert Oasis region] … and then anything by Ange Menges and Nani Ferguson. They rock my world

Leighton: What picture/s sum up OpenSim for you?

Thirza: pictures that sum me up = any picture of me with a big crowd of safaristas.

I have two other projects, OpenSim Freebie of the Day, a Facebook page / Twitter hashtag where I occasionally post info on places around the metaverse where you can find nice interesting and mostly original creations that are given freely to the opensim community, and WOSKI, a sort of ‘Wikipedia’ which is a portal hub of educational/informative builds all over opensim. The WOSKI build is on Ignis Fatuus grid, and will be opening later this year.

Thank you Thirza for answering my questions and being the first Person Of Interest (POI) you can follow this publication to be notified when I make a new post.

HG Traveller

Opensimulator exploring, one region at a time. I really enjoy travelling to different grids and seeing the creations of other people meeting and making friends as I go. 

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