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Jeffrey Ventrella

Artemesia, you will live forever in bit heaven. And your human counterpart will continue her work, breathing life into new virtual worlds, building new treehouses - each one more beautiful than the last.

I am honored to have been able to help bring this world into existence, with the first line of code in 1997. While much is being evaporated into bit-heaven, I have leaned so much from the experience, and have made many friends There - including the remarkable Celia Pearce.
-j

Katherine Milton

The transworlder in me mourns the loss of this amazing place of creativity and community, while the researcher in me celebrates the lessons we will learn from the diaspora as they migrate to the next place. Living on the digital frontier is not without its dangers. In the closing of There.com we see one of its biggest drawbacks, sudden and irreparable annihilation.

Last night, my Necromancer in EverQuest, Devisri, entered the world of Norrath after a long absence. Those who play EQ on a Macintosh share only one server, making the culture and connection between avatars in this iteration of the game most unique and quite like a small town. I was moved by the emptiness of the place. The once busy and bustling merchant's bazaar is now dotted with sparse few "mule" avatars selling the spoils of their loot. The central meeting place in front of the bank at The Plane of Knowledge, while still active, is largely barren. With the introduction of World of Warcraft 5-years ago, we saw the decimation of the world of the Al'Kabor server as throngs of our friends and battlemates moved often like those of URU, and now for There, as a community, to a new adventure. Perhaps part of that which unites those of us who inhabit both a proximal as well as a connected world is that we must be temporal nomads.

Your work through Artemesia is seminal research in this emergent field. Your understanding and analysis as Celia gives our temporal worlds a voice of balance and legitimacy at a time when so many would dismiss the profundity of the experience. In the late 80's Gene Youngblood wrote about the "creative conversation" and creating the context from which community emerges. Today's "virtual" citizen plays the critical role in this conversation through not only their participation, but more importantly in what they bring away from one encounter and give to another.

BRAVO to THERE.... to URU.....to Artemesia... and to Celia (and others) for risking time and heart in being a part of this unique experience, and especially for sharing your stories with us all. We have grown to understand our own links between each other in a more comprehensive way through your participation in creating both the world and the intellectual artifacts of its place in the canon of digital culture.

- katherine (aka: Devisri (EQ); Phinney (WoW); Smarty (iVisit); and Katherine Barth (SL)

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Gracie Kendal

Hi Artemisia, I have actually never been in There.com, but an a resident of Second Life, I am working on my Masters Thesis using my avatar Gracie Kendal and Second Life as the focus, I think it is relevant to what you are talking about here. www.graciekendal.wordpress.com
Thank you for the amazing post.
Have a great day :))
Gracie/Kris

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