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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ansleigh's Corner

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the Summer Solstice. This is the longest day of the year and also the shortest night, more importantly, it is the official beginning of summer!

We don't really pay much attention anymore to when summer begins or when the longest day of the year is, but sometimes it's nice to take note of little known facts just for our personal edification. If you're anywhere in the southern United States, then you've undoubtedly already felt the scorching summer heat that has settled upon us, and whether or not you've noticed it, the days have slowly but surely begun to lengthen; the extra hours providing us with that much more time to cram our busy lives into from the comfort of our air conditioned homes and offices
We've had a wonderful week at Wilder. We just finished working on TOMOZOO Lomu's Dreams-Mall Quiz Rally. This modified hunt is both entertaining and educational. Rather than simply TPing from shop to shop collecting prizes, you'll have to use your brain power a little bit. Participants must answer random trivia questions in order to gain stamps to trade for rewards. It's a fun way to get some awesome freebies (a few even created by some of our clients) and learn a few more of those fun facts I mentioned earlier. Though Wilder's work for this event is done, the Quiz Rally itself continues through June 28th. If you have already been, go play again! There is no limit to the number of times you can play. If you haven't tried it yet, you may read more about it on this blog or the press release section of our website, and you should definitely TP over and check it out!

Speaking of fun facts, not only is today the Summer Solstice, it's also the anniversary of the first program run on the first stored-program computer, the Manchester Baby (yes I'm a Wikipedia enthusiast). The program was run on this date in 1948 and took nearly an hour to complete. The computer itself took up an entire room, yet the name "Baby" is a reference to its size. In the sixty short years since then, computer technology and programming abilities have evolved to make it possible for us all to own a personal computer, many of which take up nearly no space, and run complicated programs at conveniently fast speeds. Second Life happens to be one such program. And now our SL turns six, and in just those few years, look how far we come. It's nice to take a moment to see the ancestor of the program we all enjoy so much so that we may appreciate it all the more.

Though we love SL for the platform it provides us to conduct our business is, we are even more appreciative of our friends, colleagues, and clients for the wonderful help and support they have given to help make Wilder Public relations the success that it is. We could not be where we are were it not for you, and we are forever grateful.

I hope that you all have summers filled with fun and relaxation, and I hope that you get a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather outside, even if is it unbelievably hot. Soon it will be fall and winter again and we will all be stuck inside waiting for spring, so enjoy this season while you can!

Wishing you only the best,
Ansleigh Beverly
Administrative Assistant, Wilder PR