Update 2011.07.31

Here’s the update as of the end of July:

  • Last week we invited two more groups of GPs into ThereIM. You’ve seen many of their comments and videos here and on Facebook.
  • The last group of GPs was especially hard because we took a “hands off” approach as much as possible with the testers. Once we open this up to the world, we obviously won’t be able to give everyone individual attention, so this was a good test.
  • Bruce is working to restore the Developer assets (they’re in their own source code repository) so we can deploy them to the cluster. This will happen next week, and everyone’s developer clothing, etc, will appear.
  • Bruce is also working on expanding the cluster and laying it out exactly how we’d like it. We may have to clear the world for this to happen. We’ll discuss that early next week.
  • We fixed lots of bugs this week. Thanks to the GPs for all their patience.

I’m also going to make you look at these pictures.

  1. #1 by jokerhallman on 2011.08.02 - 9:54 am

    jokerhallman here, wondering if im on the next list of invites for There.com and if the Theregames will be on again.

  2. #2 by Chris Trower on 2011.08.02 - 5:20 am

    Are these pictures stumbled upon or self-taken? They look very professional, if they aren’t.

  3. #4 by Helhound on 2011.08.01 - 3:45 pm

    How do you get these pictures?!?! they’re awesome! and i can smell there getting closer! i can’t wait!

  4. #5 by Drake Steele on 2011.08.01 - 11:45 am

    Wow if that’s what the new There looks like, I’m there! Oh, wait. Those are real life pics. Well crap. XD


  5. #6 by Mr_Perry on 2011.08.01 - 10:49 am

    Mr. Wilson,
    I’ve got hundreds of hi res. pics of there 1
    some really cool and unusual shots…
    love to share them with you …just don’t know where to send them….

  6. #7 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.08.01 - 8:50 am

    Mw Iam not trying to rush you guys but do you think we mite be in world by dec?……. : )

  7. #8 by Elaur on 2011.08.01 - 8:36 am

    Yay its getting closer all the time!!

  8. #9 by JonmiChel on 2011.08.01 - 7:18 am

    Sounds awesome, thanks you very much for this awesome update and pics”I’musing one of your pics as background for my deskopt, hope you don’t mind it 😛

    We’re getting so THERE !

  9. #10 by AgapeLove on 2011.08.01 - 6:32 am

    I will be turning 58 on August 4th; I’m not getting any younger! I know what I would like for my birthday! 🙂 I know “end of the line” I fear I may die in that line! 😦 Agape’

    • #11 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.08.01 - 7:43 am

      While we may age in RL, we don’t age in There.


      Just… try to adapt that for feeling better 😉 haha

  10. #12 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.08.01 - 4:43 am

    Seg_Vio’s picture almost made me lose my breakfast… thanks for that.

    Thanks MW for the update; i know there’s plenty of impatience amongst the ranks here but whatever needs to be done can’t be negotiated… so thanks for all the time you guys are putting in (Sam, GP’s…). In the meantime I guess I’ll just have to go mess with squid.

  11. #13 by Okalnix on 2011.08.01 - 3:43 am

    Yep that is great new.
    Thanks for the update

  12. #14 by martin71 on 2011.08.01 - 3:36 am

    the first pic looks abit like them huts on top of the hill behind cosmo on the hill side

    thx for update

  13. #15 by kazenoai on 2011.08.01 - 12:16 am

    you know what would be an awesome added feature to ThereIM? Spades! I could spend hours playing that game with my Therian friends and would not realise how quickly the time had passed. Fingers crossed that ThereIM will be open for all by the end of August.

  14. #16 by hdo0oi on 2011.07.31 - 10:22 pm

    Ty for the update MW

    The second pic look amazing the sun hidding behind the clouds ugh I would like to go there for my honey moon :p

    We’r so THERE 😀

  15. #17 by _Overscore on 2011.07.31 - 10:16 pm

    love the first photo.
    Thank you for all the hard work you’re putting into this. I hope it all pays off soon for you guys.

  16. #18 by Riot_Girl_1 on 2011.07.31 - 9:28 pm

    That first picture is gorgeous, dark or not. Is that a place you’re just visiting or are you lucky enough to have that view from your home? If it’s the latter, I’m incredibly jealous. Hell, EITHER way I’m jealous :p lol.

  17. #19 by Seg_Vio on 2011.07.31 - 9:08 pm

    This is a preview of There2 for those who haven’t seen it yet!

    Don’t we all wish 😛

    • #20 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 9:24 pm

      Pele shudders.

      • #21 by Seg_Vio on 2011.07.31 - 9:35 pm

        I guess I’ll have to find another virgin to sacrifice to the volcano again…3rd time this week! She dosen’t like me very much anymore… 😦

      • #22 by Basya on 2011.07.31 - 9:47 pm

        Thanks for the gorgeous pics and the updates! Pictures reminded me of some of the beautiful sunsets we had in There!! BTW, what is that red streak coming from the left side? It’s more evident in the “edits.”

        Methinks it sounds like ThereIM will be open very soon for all — hope so!!!!

        Oh, a question: I noticed in some of the vids by the GP’s that their team colors may not have been their original (Francis_7’s for example, was originally red and now shows up as olive.) In an earlier post we were told we would retain our original colors — I do hope that is still the case — I was originally PINK and would like to remain so! (Go PINK!!)

        Cya in There,


      • #23 by Seg_Vio on 2011.07.31 - 11:12 pm

        Thats just Pele targeting me!
        Seems like no one knows for sure.

    • #24 by jimony on 2011.07.31 - 11:32 pm

      Those two dishes look like eyeballs watching you, probably getting ready to paintball you.

    • #25 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.01 - 7:27 am


  18. #26 by Ant1977 on 2011.07.31 - 9:00 pm

    Sunset, my favorite time of day. It is when my body awakens and life begins a new day. Beautiful photos MW!

  19. #27 by RRTT on 2011.07.31 - 8:23 pm

    Regarding the possibility of having to “Clear the world” while working on expanding the cluster, I’m wondering what exactly that would consist of. By clearing the world would that mean you wouldn’t be able to use the same terrain layout, and would have to create new islands, or am I totally off?

    • #28 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 8:37 pm

      It means we delete all the existing content, most notably GP’s and their assets, and re-load it. The GPs would have to re-register and re-claim their avatars and content again.

      It’s pretty standard procedure for MMOs at this stage.

      • #29 by RRTT on 2011.07.31 - 9:08 pm

        Ohh, so it wouldn’t get rid of anything for good, just another fresh start. Good deal, thanks for the response.

      • #30 by jimony on 2011.07.31 - 11:30 pm

        In layman’s terms, MW is going to go around and knock each of our avies over the head and we’re all gonna wake up with amnesia.

      • #31 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.01 - 7:30 am

        …and a strange metal bracelet on your wrist and Harrison Ford as your new best friend.

      • #32 by jimony on 2011.08.01 - 1:17 pm

        I can’t wait for the sequel; Cowboys and Zombies.

  20. #33 by Corey_Lee on 2011.07.31 - 7:13 pm

    Thank you for update sir, the first photo is so beautiful .

  21. #34 by Namron Therian on 2011.07.31 - 6:01 pm

    Yes Mr. Wilson! Thanks for the update!

  22. #35 by justagreatguy on 2011.07.31 - 5:38 pm

    I just want to say “Thank You”
    So thank you Mr. Wilson for not giveing up on There. I was so sad when it closed. I also want to thank all the great people that is working so hard to make there run again! I still have a password and email problem with there so I hope There will get it all fixed when it’s time and I will be happy to see every one in there! I hope every one that reads this will say “Hi” to me if you see me in There even if you don’t know me as I will be glad to say “Hi” back. There friends are great to have and I dont think I could ever have to many. So “BIG THANKS” to every one that helped!!

  23. #36 by Kelayna Hilton on 2011.07.31 - 5:04 pm

    Nice scene Mr Wilson 🙂

  24. #37 by Antaios Thereian on 2011.07.31 - 4:59 pm

    I think i saw my avatar in the first pic.. oh wait it was just a seagull never mind..

  25. #38 by IMAKOS on 2011.07.31 - 4:54 pm

    GP IMAKOS Here, NOT much going on today in the IM’s

    • #39 by Defector on 2011.07.31 - 7:01 pm

      You guys always get me when im AFK LOL

    • #40 by kazenoai on 2011.07.31 - 9:25 pm

      awesome IMAKOS.
      note to self: add IMAKOS as soon as I first login into ThereIM

    • #41 by kssams on 2011.08.01 - 3:51 am

      Ohh, I’ve missed those chat bubbles!! ‘tu 🙂

    • #42 by Francis_7 on 2011.08.01 - 5:29 am

      I think I was eating dinner at the time…

  26. #43 by Zip on 2011.07.31 - 4:48 pm

    Thanks for the update. We’re all waiting anxiously for “There” to reopen. Keep up the good work, thanks again 🙂

  27. #44 by Jennifer Rickenbacker on 2011.07.31 - 4:46 pm

    Great news.

  28. #45 by June Shaputis on 2011.07.31 - 3:56 pm

    Just glad to see that THERE is opening soon. I know there are a lot of people looking forward to it rising from the dead (like a Phoenix). Hi everyone, I enjoy reading this and your comments. It seems like THERE is almost alive by having this blog to post on. ‘hugs

  29. #46 by Philip Key on 2011.07.31 - 3:44 pm

    Michael, again, thank you for all the updates. Just knowing There will be back before long is much better than having that big question lingering, IF? There will reopen… Like most have said, we know it will be worth the wait.
    I’m sure this has probably been asked, but what kind of limitations will there be on funzones and events with using cloud servers? Will it be the same as before, or will areas be able to be opened up to larger populatin limits, for things like holiday events or There Games? If not, could server space be added for an as needed basses, like for the games?


    • #47 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.08.01 - 8:49 am

      Yea someone asked him a week or so ago if the cloud servers would allow a higher limit to the neighborhoods and other zones, he said no. It would probably causer a bad server lag to let too many people at once it’s why there are different instances for each room.

  30. #48 by debbilyn on 2011.07.31 - 3:39 pm

    Your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing and oh, thanks for the There update.

  31. #49 by Taelos Katran on 2011.07.31 - 3:34 pm

    Sounds like progress is being made by leaps and bounds. ‘tu

    • #50 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.08.01 - 1:38 pm

      oh…I thought it was by Samsyn and Bruce….

      • #51 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.08.01 - 1:38 pm

        (don’t hit me) lol

  32. #52 by coolnet on 2011.07.31 - 3:25 pm

    Thank you for the update. I am looking forward to it.

  33. #53 by Kattwomann on 2011.07.31 - 3:18 pm

    Love the updates! Keep em coming!

    Gosh I had a question earlier today and I forgot what it was! ‘doh!

    • #54 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 6:27 pm

      The answer was “42”

      • #55 by Kattwomann on 2011.08.01 - 3:24 pm

        I believe the question was something like “How many free There accounts can I
        get?” Yeah um something like that…

        42 sounds great and also the meaning of life, how about that!


        Seriously it was a good question, I know it was! Ugh! I going to blame this one on mommy brain. I suffer a terrible case at times. LOL

    • #56 by xSnoopy on 2011.07.31 - 6:52 pm

      Hmmm, that sounds like me walking into the kitchen and wondering why the hell I was in there 🙂
      I also notice a change in your responses Michael! It would appear that you are enjoying yourself!
      Who ever said that being a CEO was not stressful?
      I’m sure your working hard but what better place to take your laptop to than a beach on one of those beautiful islands!
      Would enjoy buying you a Lava Flow, if I was there. If you have never had one, you gotta try it. Spectacular!!

  34. #57 by NateTheStar on 2011.07.31 - 3:12 pm

    While we’re all impatient, I think we’re all settled to waiting to get this done right so that everyone is happy. Building a sustainable and well-functioning There is the best way to keep it open for as long as possible. I just hope I see you and the other staff in game sometime so that I can thank you for the hard work. Keep it up!

  35. #58 by dakotaman on 2011.07.31 - 2:50 pm

    As always, thanks for the update, MW!! I know that time seems to have ‘slowed’ for many of us playing the waiting game, but there is some saying about ‘those who wait’….lol!

    Also a very nice cadre of pictures that you shared with us. Lightroom is a fun program to process photos through. Do you happen to shoot everything in RAW format and then process them with Lightroom?


  36. #59 by Aristoteles on 2011.07.31 - 2:49 pm

    Beautimus pictures 😀 There’s landscape always made me happy, glad to hear you guys are getting closer. Keep up the good work!

  37. #60 by _Taz on 2011.07.31 - 2:47 pm

    Actually the darkness of the photos gives me a kind of relaxed feeling, i like both the unedited and the edited. Weather looks nice too, its so freakin hot over here.

    Anywho good luck with all the technical progress you guys are making and keep on crackin at it. ‘feedgoatfood

    • #61 by Eating, Sputters, Pneumonia, ect. on 2011.08.01 - 11:39 am

      It’s hot here too. 105 degrees today. ):

  38. #62 by Stephen Mol on 2011.07.31 - 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the update. Can’t wait til the world reopens.

  39. #63 by AlwaysAngie on 2011.07.31 - 1:46 pm

    Thank you for the update….. 99.9 % of us are happy with your progress and are waiting patiently 😉

  40. #66 by Santacroce on 2011.07.31 - 1:36 pm

    very nice!

  41. #67 by Actionizer on 2011.07.31 - 1:32 pm

  42. #68 by Guernseyman on 2011.07.31 - 1:22 pm

    I’m so glad the testing with the GP’s and your IT team are going well, well done all of you from a very proud Thereian.

  43. #69 by SnyperFla on 2011.07.31 - 1:00 pm

    Excellent and TY for the scenic pics. 🙂

  44. #70 by kevman95 on 2011.07.31 - 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the update, cannot wait to play in my favorite world soon!

  45. #71 by Diatribe on 2011.07.31 - 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the update MW

  46. #72 by appaloosa on 2011.07.31 - 12:13 pm

    Thank You MW, Sam, Bruce, GP’s and everyone involved in all the hard work this week!! ‘Yay!! I am so excited I can’t stand still 😀

  47. #73 by shezbanjo on 2011.07.31 - 12:10 pm

    thanks for the update..and all the hard work behind it

  48. #74 by toufovou on 2011.07.31 - 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the update. How did the “hands off” test go? Was it a success?

    • #75 by Sara on 2011.07.31 - 3:58 pm

      Why don’t you put Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat book in front of him? It might be more suitable. It would be cuter to think he is laughing over reading something like that. Just an idea.

      • #76 by Nancy Baker on 2011.07.31 - 6:51 pm

        I see that pic and all i can think is that the baby is thinking “Got Milk?”

    • #77 by Escape on 2011.08.01 - 2:44 am

      I can only speak for myself. I ran into a “snag” during the registrition process which should be easily corrected.

    • #78 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.08.01 - 6:30 am

      I think I must be a “hands off ” GP since I only talk to other GP’s and so far everything has gone smoothly, from the registration up until now. I am hoping to get my “change me” inventory in today I have been in my newbie suit for 3 days LOL. I am soooo looking forward to everyone being able to use ThereIM!

  49. #79 by bronnieb59 on 2011.07.31 - 12:02 pm

    Great update thankyou….beautiful photos!

  50. #80 by DoubledXx on 2011.07.31 - 11:50 am

    WOW, I hope its ok, but i set one of those pictures as my background =D

  51. #81 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.07.31 - 11:45 am

    Beautiful! I’d like the 1st one as a desktop minus the dishes in the yard LOL
    Gp(ing) is going well I hoping to have my clothes today and looking forward to seeing the world.
    thanks for the Update~

    • #82 by Jonathan on 2011.07.31 - 3:34 pm

      Not the best photoshop in the world, but you’re welcome.

      • #83 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 6:28 pm

        Nice work. Can you do my birth certificate next? 🙂

      • #84 by Jonathan on 2011.07.31 - 11:13 pm

        Sure! Obama asked me to do his… so I don’t see why yours could be a problem!

      • #85 by Jonathan on 2011.08.01 - 12:37 am

        You might just get away with it… http://youfroob.com/graphics/birthCert.jpg

      • #86 by scroogeverse on 2011.08.01 - 5:06 am

        After you do his birth certificate, could you make a PhD for my cat. Her name is Doctor Enright.

        LOL 😀

      • #87 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.08.01 - 6:27 am

        WOOT! Your good! That just became my desktop background! Thanks love! XO

      • #88 by Jonathan on 2011.08.01 - 9:49 am

        Here’s your cat’s PHD! http://youfroob.com/graphics/catPHD.jpg

        You’re welcome.

      • #89 by Skye on 2011.08.01 - 9:55 am

        Long form or it’s fake!

      • #90 by Lady_Tigrane (lady_tigrane@yahoo.com) on 2011.08.01 - 10:21 am

        OOH.. I always wanted to be a doctor.. ROFL

  52. #91 by Brandyn Rlp There on 2011.07.31 - 11:43 am

    Thank you for the update! Sounds like the date of the world is getting farther away, sadly. As many have said though “We have waited over a year, we can wait longer”. Still excited about getting in ThereIM though.

    P.S. What beautiful pictures you take MW. I might need some Photography lessons form you! 🙂

    • #92 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 11:45 am

      It’s not getting further away – we need to solve all these problems some time or another. You’ve seen screen shots of “civilians” in world – to me that counts as evidence it’s getting closer.

      • #93 by Charles Davis on 2011.07.31 - 12:37 pm

        Don’t forget about the countless GP updates. Less complaints and boo hooing from the mass and more support would be great. Keep up the good work. Rather it work it’s best at opening, than crash and be off line because it was rushed. Momma always said “Anything worth a dam is worth a wait.”

      • #94 by Brandyn Rlp There on 2011.07.31 - 1:00 pm

        Very true MW. Even though we are seeing avatars and things in world. September is coming up fast, and ThereIM isn’t out yet to all members. But from what I have seen/heard progress is really being made in bugs and such. 🙂

      • #95 by jimony on 2011.07.31 - 3:49 pm

        I think the lessons they are learning in transferring the ThereIM are good for transferring the World too, so it won’t be like starting from square one. Plus, I am sure they are working on both now, not waiting for ThereIM to be ready before doing anything with World.

      • #96 by Brandyn Rlp There on 2011.07.31 - 7:08 pm

        @Charles I’m not complaining it was going to be longer. I wasn’t complaining what so ever. I was just pointing it out. 🙂

  53. #97 by Frances Aquino on 2011.07.31 - 11:28 am

    Those sunsets are beautiful love them ty so much for sharing them
    I can’t wait for there to reopen

  54. #98 by Sara on 2011.07.31 - 11:25 am

    What are you doing Mike, making me feel poor that I only travel in virtual environments not being able to afford to vacation in real worldly places like you do? Showing me that you have a cushion of cash that sits in your bank while I eat can-goods from the dollar store? At the same time I eat that you are eating lobster? MW why would you do this to me? Maybe this is old money or maybe you are self-made. I will never know. I am sure you won’t disclose this information to any of us. I guess I don’t have the skills to make millions. Registering a few nice dotcoms with a dream doesn’t make me a red-cent. I will have to go back to the drawing-board to figure out my next step. Now get back home so you can get this project up and running. You need to breathe down their necks a little. Getting out the cell isn’t going to cut it this time MW.

    Maybe a ; is constituted or maybe not.


    • #99 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 11:43 am

      SamSyn and Bruce are working many hours to get this done, me “breathing down their necks” isn’t going to make it go any faster. We are all working to make this happen, even though we’re in wildly disparate locations – where we are doesn’t affect how we work, or how many hours we work.

      Thanks for your comments.

      • #100 by Lady_Tigrane (lady_tigrane@yahoo.com) on 2011.07.31 - 11:57 am


        You just keep doing exactly what your doing. It’s working better than any of us could have possibly dreamed. You and the team are putting your heart and souls into this. I’m grateful more than I can possibly say. The fact that you’re working while on vacation says to me that even when you can glean some spare time for R and R… You’re still hell bent on getting There flying again. Keep those pics comming too… Heck you should upload them as picture objects and sell them in shop for folk’s there houses.. I’d buy one in a heartbeat!

        I have an inkling that any money you made was EARNED the hard way. Not that it’s any of anyone elses business. In fact, you’ve been in the past pretty much supporting There.com financially just to keep it running till now. These people should be grateful.

        I’m just sayin…

        Michael Wilson’s There Mom

    • #101 by jimony on 2011.07.31 - 1:32 pm

      Sara’s comment has the feel of “tongue-in-cheek” to me, therefore I shall make a “tongue-in-cheek” reply and tell her to go get a job that pays enough to let her make her own trips to Hawaii – and then to share it with me cause I need one of those jobs too.

      • #102 by kssams on 2011.08.01 - 3:47 am

        *Snort* 🙂

    • #103 by Seg_Vio on 2011.07.31 - 3:12 pm

      Anyone with the will, and motivation can do what any millionaire does. You just need a yes I can attitude and a good idea. In the 80’s a man with a half ass idea made millions selling people a rock that he put eyes and a mouth on dubbed “the pet rock”. So with that said…Youdon’t need a lot of money with the right idea!

      I myself have started 2 businesses and I’m a highschool dropout. The only reason that I’m not as successful as I could be is that I allowed myself to become unmotivated just because my partner I was 50/50 with copywritten (behind my back) the work I spent 6 months on and dissappeared. I let that get to me more than I should have, but you live and you learn. I was in the music recording business for those who are curious. I do plan to start again soon. That is the reason my first avie was named Moe_The_Producer (my nickname is Moe btw). My 1st business was right out of highschool and was advertising for small businesses (business cards,flyers, etc.). The reason I stopped doing that is because the growing internet allowed people to get the same product much cheaper and better quality.

      Right now I am working on a book about an alternative to money. It is close to the same idea that Jaque Fresco (The Venus Project) has, but I am going much more in depth.

      Check out a book called The 4 hour work week, It is full of helpful information. I hope this helps anyone who wants to become self made.

      • #104 by jimony on 2011.07.31 - 10:00 pm

        “my first avie was named Moe_The_Producer (my nickname is Moe btw)”
        Curly was my favorite.

    • #105 by Eating, Sputters, Pneumonia, ect. on 2011.08.01 - 4:42 am

      I do believe anyone has the “skill” to make millions. When I was 17, two friends and I made $22,000 just be innovating a design now owned by Dyson. All we did was say, “Hey, a no-blade fan would sell!” Next thing we knew, There was an E-mail in our inboxes, asking us to meet James Dyson in Los Angeles for a contract signing. We went, and they wrote us a fat check to split between the three of us.

      Now, when you used the word “Skill,” I thought about how my friends and I were given this, just by sitting down and thinking. Don’t get me wrong, thinking is one of the best skills the human race can learn… But c’mon… and idiot can do it.

      I’m sure MW’s cash flow is none of anyone’s business here. If he has the money to go visit Hawaii, then all power too him. By him having fun, spending his money means he’s more than an uptight CEO of a company.

      Breathing down people’s necks do nothing but frustrate, and rush people (Not to mention getting their necks to be feeling all gross and what-not.) Great things come in great time. If you’re going to do something right, it’s going to take time. Most people on here understand this, and want them to take all the time they need. I’m personally just glad There.com is returning, no matter how long it takes.

      Michael, good job on doing EXACTLY what you’re doing. We know you’re working hard. And with hard work… comes great reward.(So have fun in Hawaii, you deserve it.) Keep taking those beautiful pictures aswell. I personally enjoy them.

      SamSyn and Bruce, Let me speak for the whole There community when I say, we appreciate ALL of your hard work. Thanks!

      Half of you won’t even read this though. (:

    • #106 by RockinWolfman on 2011.08.01 - 8:09 am

      Well, breathing down MW’s neck deosn’t accomplish anything except being sent to the back of the line. And MW, he didn’t do it because he wants to cram it down our throats, he wants to show off his photography skills, nothing wrong with that. And BTW he approved of your critique of a comment, showing some level of character!

    • #107 by Kayleigh Lace on 2011.08.01 - 10:38 pm


      Explain how do you know his home isn’t in the place that he took these photos? Or that he’s out there visiting and caring for a sick parent while working on bringing There back? Where do you see the shot of him eating lobster? How do you know he’s not eating food out of a can? If you are feeling ‘poor’ by pictures of landscape then I can only say you’re doing that to yourself.

      How about just enjoying the beauty of the pictures and be thankful that in the world in which we live today there is still beauty to be found out there?

  55. #108 by Defector on 2011.07.31 - 11:00 am

    Just a little update from inside ThereIM. So far everything is going great. Only problem I can see is when the conversation groups get too big one of the avies gets kicked out, literally out, of the group and you end up standing next to the group of people. If you move forward your avie goes into the “falling” position and you get stuck until someone leaves the group. Other than that a few of us have crashed but not bad. Also, like many of the other GP’s have mentioned you can only wear the clothes There or sponsors have made. If its a Developer clothing it will show up white. Some of the Island Guide clothes do that as well. Other than those small things its been pretty great. I had no problems getting into the IM.. my inventory was restored after about 2 days so wasn’t too bad. Looking forward to getting back into game.

    • #109 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.08.01 - 6:25 am

      Yes I would REALLY like to see my clothes! LOL I am hoping they come in today! * crosses fingers*

  56. #110 by RRTT on 2011.07.31 - 10:50 am

    Great update! Recovering developer assets makes it sound like it’s close!

  57. #111 by VoniLei on 2011.07.31 - 10:47 am

    That second pic looks like There come to life. 🙂

  58. #112 by Kattwomann on 2011.07.31 - 10:34 am

    The first pic doesn’t even look real! I mean that in a good way! I’ts frikkin awesome!

  59. #113 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.07.31 - 10:26 am

    Thanks for the update and the lovely photos! Good job to everyone!

  60. #114 by kk on 2011.07.31 - 10:21 am

    Such a beautiful view.

  61. #115 by dandaroo77 on 2011.07.31 - 10:18 am

    Thanks to all :).

  62. #116 by Latha on 2011.07.31 - 10:04 am


  63. #117 by yankeeinthesouth on 2011.07.31 - 10:01 am

    Always nice to see a update, thanks!

  64. #118 by Alease on 2011.07.31 - 9:59 am

    Thanks for the update and keep those pics coming!! 🙂

  65. #119 by studlythere on 2011.07.31 - 9:49 am

    are all these pictures that you’re showing us going to be new concepts in There???

    • #120 by Cyndi Yonkers on 2011.07.31 - 1:34 pm

      I think it means he is having a wonderful time in Hawaii on his vacation and he is sharing with us.
      Thanks MW for the photos and the updates. All are appreciated. 🙂

  66. #121 by IMAKOS on 2011.07.31 - 9:46 am

    MW, Thank you for the update.

    WOW !! Only in Hawaii can you take such beautiful sunset images. Simply Paradise ” he nani napo’o ‘ana o ka la O Maui nei ( The Beautiful Sunset of Maui)”

  67. #122 by Jennifer Taylor Waggoner on 2011.07.31 - 9:44 am

    This is so wounderful MW! The GPs look to be having fun and finding the bugs for ya. Can not wait to get into There. I miss so many of my friends. Chatting with them on FB is just not the same. If I see ya in There, I’ll buy you a “drink”. 🙂

  68. #123 by Roxannie on 2011.07.31 - 9:38 am

    wow, beautiful pictures, where did you right click those and save them, rofl rofl hahahahahahaha jokin

    and great progress, tyvm gps tech and you!

  69. #124 by Sassybeme There on 2011.07.31 - 9:31 am

    btw.. you should so submit those to puzzle makers. Those could be annoyingly fun. 🙂

  70. #125 by SB on 2011.07.31 - 9:27 am

    Gorgeous pictures! The clouds are so awesome!

    You know, I started reading this blog to keep informed about There’s progress, but it’s been enjoyable in other ways…just reading the fun and enlightening comments, not to mention the picture show!

    Thank you, thank you! 🙂

  71. #126 by HighFlier on 2011.07.31 - 9:20 am

    I clearly see an unidentified flying object captured in those shots. I won’t say which one because it might be big brothers ^^^ from a blue planet watching over you.

    • #127 by jimony on 2011.07.31 - 1:24 pm

      Move your cursor off the picture and look again.

      • #128 by RRTT on 2011.07.31 - 8:24 pm

        Hahahahahaha. Jimony ‘rolleyes

  72. #129 by Striker194 on 2011.07.31 - 9:09 am

    Great to hear, oh and amazing photos!

  73. #130 by Falun on 2011.07.31 - 9:05 am

    we will be home soon !!!!

  74. #131 by Boxing on 2011.07.31 - 8:53 am

    Thanks, for all the effort you have put in :O

  75. #132 by Jonathan on 2011.07.31 - 8:48 am

    Don’t mean to be critical, as I can tell you have an eye for a good photo, but, is there something up with your Leica? They just seem very dark!

    • #133 by Jonathan on 2011.07.31 - 8:52 am

      Also, just wondering what you think of this ‘edit’ : http://i56.tinypic.com/1624fms.png

      • #134 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 8:54 am

        I’m sorry, but I prefer unedited.

      • #135 by Kal on 2011.07.31 - 11:29 am

        …You must have dark monitor settings if that edit looks okay to you.

      • #136 by Kal on 2011.07.31 - 11:30 am

        “You” = Jonathan.

      • #137 by Jonathan on 2011.07.31 - 11:47 am

        Each to his own.. It sort of gives it a HDR effect, although probably not appropriate for a sun-set.

        Also, it’s hard to judge on these kind of photos with a ‘super-annoyingly-glossy’ display at mid-day. Excuses, excuses I know.

      • #138 by Jonathan on 2011.07.31 - 11:51 am


        Just looked at the original on my desktop monitor (properly calibrated), and it looks 10x better! Apologies!

    • #139 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.31 - 8:53 am

      They were taken at Dusk with very long exposures.

      I don’t know why they are so dark here – they’re fine on LightRoom. I think it’s a artifact of the upload or compression or something.

      • #140 by kssams on 2011.07.31 - 8:59 am

        Still beautiful though! 🙂

      • #141 by Jonathan on 2011.07.31 - 9:02 am

        The bright white background on here might not help, giving the impression they are darker than they are?. They may appear darker to me too, as i’m on a glossy display which reflects like nobodies business! All being said, you’re good with a camera!

      • #142 by Sassybeme There on 2011.07.31 - 9:16 am

        The first one I think is just perfect. Just enough dark on the ground to keep focus on the clouds, but can still see the land. The others are just to dark of land that pulls the focus more on the clouds.

        So far my prediction of opening There when school starts might be almost true. 😀

  76. #143 by IndyLou on 2011.07.31 - 8:41 am

    Thanks for the update! Love the newest pictures!

    • #144 by wavgirl on 2011.07.31 - 9:37 am

      That’s an amazing sunset. Enjoy the view… wherever that is. Thanks for the update.

  77. #145 by Charles Davis on 2011.07.31 - 8:40 am

    Wow that sound great… getting closer…..Great job guys.

  78. #146 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011.07.31 - 8:37 am

    Glad 2 hear the development is going well. Im sure everyone here appreciates all the work u guys r doin.

    • #147 by shiningknbighgt1955 on 2011.07.31 - 4:43 pm

      Not everyone appreciates their hard work….lol….Read some of the other posts!

  79. #148 by Rick on 2011.07.31 - 8:36 am

    thanks for the update so does this mean september will be it?

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