Update with exclusive photos

Here’s where we are right now:

  • Make our avmans (This was to make more than the one we started out with). Done.
  • Message the GPs with the plan (See, they kept some secrets πŸ™‚ ) Done.
  • Clear the cluster (This happens tomorrow morning) Done.
  • Rebuild the legacy tables (This is scripted, but deploying resources might take a while) About 50% done
  • Increase max pending invitations to 50 or 100
  • Reinvite all the GPs – Later this week for sure
  • Message them to re-register
  • Look for any new troubles

I also have some exclusive photos I took today of Bruce and Dan working on the project:

As you can see, it’s a tough job.

(Yes, I took all of these. No, I’m not in California.)

(Taken with a Nikon D3X with a 70-200mm zoom, at 200mm natch πŸ™‚ ).

  1. #1 by Amanda Presswood on 2011.08.08 - 10:00 am

    YEEHAW! Brokeback Beauty’s

  2. #2 by Escape on 2011.08.04 - 1:39 pm

    Mess with the Bull and Get The Horn………..

  3. #3 by JonmiChel on 2011.08.04 - 10:03 am

    OMG this sounds so COOL! Thanks you very much for keeping us updated and for these awesome pics.

    I’ve heard that CANON’s camera was the best camera but I can see.. its kinda false! :O haha

  4. #4 by GreenAngel on 2011.08.04 - 9:03 am

    Great snapshots, I rather watch the rodeo then actually being in it. Yike!!! Great job MW looking forward to go back home. πŸ™‚

  5. #5 by Bikerx5x on 2011.08.04 - 8:58 am

    I thought your camera was a leica m9 ;D

    • #6 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.04 - 9:00 am

      The Leica’s don’t have a zoom which would be uh, advisable, for such photos.

      • #7 by Bikerx5x on 2011.08.04 - 9:01 am

        Just get up close a little knock to the head from one of those bulls would be worth the shot πŸ˜€

  6. #8 by Mr_Perry on 2011.08.04 - 8:45 am

    (sings) “I’m getting closer to my ho-oommee” πŸ™‚

  7. #9 by scroogeverse on 2011.08.04 - 8:44 am


    MrScrooge is reborn again, please add me again. Most of you don’t exist yet so I am guessing you had trouble signing up. Try now!

  8. #10 by xSnoopy on 2011.08.04 - 8:22 am

    I’m looking at those pics and saying, “WOW”.
    My next thought is “I gotta get one of those Nikon’s”
    Sooo, I look up the price .. DAMN, people in this neighborhood have paid less for their foreclosed homes.
    Another dream shot down in flames.
    The previous dream was “I gotta have one of those planes Michael was on”.
    The paramedics revived me 30 mins later.
    Nice toys Michael!!!! I’m envious but not jealous. Can I make that distinction?
    Would love to know whats sitting in your driveway, at home?
    Please don’t tell me “an original 65 Shelby 427 AC Cobra”, Or the wife will have to call the paramedics AGAIN πŸ™‚

  9. #11 by Seg_Vio on 2011.08.04 - 8:04 am

    Michael, If I promise to rub Pele’s feet for a week, could I use my invite for this avatar (Seg_Vio) instead of Tharealthing? It would really make my day! I just dont feel like myself on him.

  10. #12 by calliekitty on 2011.08.04 - 7:20 am

    Wow, some impressive photos there, and I love the comparison. And I’m very impressed in how quickly you and your team are moving forward into opening back up There.com. Once again thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication from MW and his wonderful team!! I really can’t wait to be playing once again in the There world!!!

    • #13 by Lola_Baby on 2011.08.04 - 8:31 am

      Hi Ms. Callie, so great to see you! Miss you very much!

      • #14 by calliekitty on 2011.08.04 - 10:27 am

        Lola, It’s so good to see you too!! I can’t wait to be playing in There.com with you and my other friends!!

  11. #15 by Skydraggon on 2011.08.04 - 7:15 am

  12. #16 by Harrison on 2011.08.04 - 7:10 am

    The photos are fab and the developments are looking good πŸ™‚

  13. #17 by IMAKOS on 2011.08.04 - 6:42 am

    Awww, I never got a Re-invite 😦

    • #18 by Defector on 2011.08.04 - 6:52 am

      I haven’t gotten mine either IMAKOS. Maybe they aren’t ready for us yet lol

      • #19 by mimi06 on 2011.08.04 - 10:17 am

        nothing here yet either gp’s.. πŸ™‚

    • #20 by Seg_Vio on 2011.08.04 - 7:53 am

      Mine made it in my junk folder this time. You guys might want to check there.

      • #21 by Escape on 2011.08.04 - 8:50 am

        I am also waiting (back of the line for me?)! ‘lol

      • #22 by mimi06 on 2011.08.04 - 11:32 am

        junk folder too.. but having log in issues.. prob me tho πŸ˜›

  14. #23 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.08.04 - 6:26 am

    He’s a cutie~ Thanks for the update Commander! Got the re-invite, waiting for the rest to get sorted XO

  15. #24 by Innie on 2011.08.04 - 6:06 am

    Thanks for the update.

    I will not say anything about bull riding……I will keep my mouth shut and walk away. *sigh*

  16. #25 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.04 - 6:00 am

    RE: I also have some exclusive photos I took today of Bruce and Dan working on the project:

    Are these the photos of what the There employees and the GP’s had to go threw to get There running again?
    Painful Stuff!!

    • #26 by scroogeverse on 2011.08.04 - 8:41 am

      Indeed it is. I didn’t know what I was in for, I was in the dressing room and MW gave me a red shirt and red pants to put on and then shoved me out of a door into the arena where a bull was waiting. Anyway, after 5 days in the ER, I am feeling better, finally.

      • #27 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.04 - 8:44 am

        You did better than me. My “friends” gave me a thong and a pair of chaps to wear!

      • #28 by Lady_Tigrane (lady_tigrane@yahoo.com) on 2011.08.04 - 8:50 am

        “My β€œfriends” gave me a thong and a pair of chaps to wear!”


      • #29 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.04 - 9:49 am

        Way to funny!! Was you the guy holding the red towel running from the bull or did they just throw you the bull and and yelled “GET”

  17. #30 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.04 - 5:51 am

    Mr. Wilson has made alot accomplishments over the years and I will give him credit for all his help in making the world what it is today!


    My first computer was a IBM 286 with 12Mhz with I think 256k of ram and you booted from a 5 1/4 Floppy Disk and after it was booted you had to change the floppy to what ever disk had on it that you wanted to do next. (No windows just Dos) The monitor was only green typing on it.
    Slowly I moved up to a 486 33Mhz and I went to best buy and bought 4 megs of ram for it and it cost me $100 for the ram.
    We never had much for internet back then we had Bulletin Boards that we had to dial up a number to get on it and we were lucky if there was some pictures to look at.
    Now I got a AMD 3.4 Quad Core, 16 Gigs of Ram, 1TB Hard Drive, 1Gig Memory Video Card Running on a 50 Inch TV for the monitor. Computers came a long way!
    Every one have a great day!

  18. #31 by Cassi on 2011.08.04 - 5:29 am

    ROFL picture number 4 makes me laugh. The look in the guys eyes is that, “OMG this is gonna hurt!” followed by number five where we all feel his pain. Very nice action shots. If you uh… ever want to donate your used camera’s to a very nice charity I’ll email you my address πŸ˜›

  19. #32 by Michelle on 2011.08.04 - 4:44 am

    lol great pics and thanks for the updates!

  20. #33 by Michelle on 2011.08.04 - 4:44 am

    LOL MW xD

  21. #34 by RockinWolfman on 2011.08.04 - 4:32 am

    Your in denver or oregon, lol

  22. #35 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.08.04 - 3:52 am

    I’m pretty sure the first day the world is open I’m going to take off work.

    Ok; not just pretty sure… 100% sure.

    Thanks for the update! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to come home!

  23. #36 by xeroxcopy on 2011.08.04 - 3:42 am

    You have to stay on 8 seconds and at no time can you touch the bull with your free hand. Bull riding and bronc riding are always thrilling to see but the mutton busting and calf scrambles make me laugh out loud every single time. Thanks for the update.

  24. #37 by L. on 2011.08.04 - 3:12 am

    What about if the mail i registred the avatar was close by HOTMAIL, although i have password, how i can get the invitation to be registred?e

  25. #38 by studlythere on 2011.08.04 - 2:55 am

    😦 my email must have been lost.

  26. #39 by jimony on 2011.08.04 - 2:08 am

    Photos of Samsyn and Bruce, eh?
    Well then, if Samsyn would just get off Bruce’s back, and they stopped horsing around, maybe they’d be done by now.

  27. #40 by toufovou on 2011.08.04 - 1:57 am

    Man them rodeo lads gotta be crazy to do what they do. I would never ride a bull even if my life depended on it!!

  28. #41 by AlwaysAngie on 2011.08.04 - 1:40 am

    omg you’re funny MW. How lucky are we, to have a CEO with a sense of humor. Good Stuff πŸ˜‰ Thanks again for the updates.

  29. #42 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.08.04 - 1:33 am

    Love the pictures and the update!! Thanks to all!

  30. #43 by Lady_Tigrane (lady_tigrane@yahoo.com) on 2011.08.04 - 1:07 am

    At 4:52 am I recieved my reinvite to ThereIM. Got back on… seems to work smoothly so far. I think I’m the first one to get back in!

    ps. concerning cowboys:

    They’re dissapointing due to the fact they only last up to 8 seconds… ROFL

    • #44 by Lady_Tigrane (lady_tigrane@yahoo.com) on 2011.08.04 - 2:03 am

      Hmm… had difficulty trying to log back in a second time. Could be server issues… or I coulda messed up… LOL

      • #45 by mimi06 on 2011.08.04 - 11:31 am

        having probs here too.. but its prob me.. arrg…….

  31. #46 by Jypsi on 2011.08.04 - 1:05 am

    I am so excited it’s getting closer.will there be an announcment to when its ok to sign up or will you use our email addresses from the past to let us know ? sorry if this has already been explained i must have missed it thanks πŸ™‚

  32. #47 by SnyperFla on 2011.08.04 - 12:23 am

    ‘woohoo getting there! πŸ™‚

  33. #48 by Like_a_bossx on 2011.08.04 - 12:10 am

    wow that looked painful thank you very much for updating us cant tell how many other gaming corprations just leave us in the dark thank you πŸ˜€ Hope all is going to plan πŸ™‚

  34. #49 by Myhay12 on 2011.08.03 - 11:17 pm

    Ohh,and btw who neds i still have emails from there from since i was member.They bring me good memories back!

  35. #50 by Myhay12 on 2011.08.03 - 11:03 pm

    Cool Mchael.I see one of your hobbies is photography.Very cool mine is the same .And good job whyt the updatez.

  36. #51 by Jonathan on 2011.08.03 - 10:35 pm

    You and your expensive cameras! Puts my D7000 to shame! Presumably you’re using a Nikkor lens?

  37. #52 by Leon Tolstoy on 2011.08.03 - 10:28 pm

    Awesomeeeee!!! excelllent!

  38. #53 by kazza123 on 2011.08.03 - 10:10 pm

    great pics and thanks for the update getting closer cant wait.. i have a question can we download the hair patch /emotes bar/and compass so we are all set when we are able to get in to the world or should we wait till we are in ?

  39. #54 by kazenoai on 2011.08.03 - 8:46 pm


  40. #55 by SunnyMusic on 2011.08.03 - 8:46 pm

    Holy Cow!!!! πŸ˜› hehe

  41. #56 by VM on 2011.08.03 - 8:23 pm

    Awesome photos and great camera! Its also always good to see things are going okay! Can’t wait!!!

  42. #57 by Linda Keen on 2011.08.03 - 8:19 pm

    oh momma, don;t let your boys grow up to be cowboys….

  43. #58 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.03 - 8:04 pm

    Great pics! I bet you had a lot of fun watching the bull riders. What pic is you on what bull? lol

  44. #59 by James Matheson Bradley on 2011.08.03 - 8:01 pm

    I tried the mechanical version once & embarressed myself enough that i’m pretty sure i’d be killed on a real one. xD

    Updates are sounding great, keep the pictures coming – they’ve been a really nice addition.

  45. #60 by GaryBob on 2011.08.03 - 7:47 pm

    The last two have me laughing my butt off – always good to see the bull get his revenge!

  46. #61 by RRTT on 2011.08.03 - 7:45 pm

    Great update, sounds like the real time consuming bits are almost finished. Wish I could fast forward to next week!

  47. #62 by Lance J Deacon on 2011.08.03 - 7:38 pm

    Bull one Cowboy 0 Nice shots and for the update

  48. #63 by anonification on 2011.08.03 - 7:24 pm

    I’ve been to a bull riding show once! It was actually a lot of fun, haha.

    And I love men in cowboy hats! So cute. πŸ˜€

  49. #64 by Jennifer Taylor Waggoner on 2011.08.03 - 7:11 pm

    MW I am so glade you have a sense of Humor! By the way thanks for the updates and GREAT pics. I had a boyfriend that rode bulls in the PBR I could watch everyone else ride…but not him…it scared the **** out of me to see him do it. πŸ™‚

  50. #65 by trevor9393 on 2011.08.03 - 7:01 pm

    Thanks for the update. That fall looks like that would hurt

  51. #66 by Cef on 2011.08.03 - 6:51 pm

    #5…ouch! that will leave a mark

  52. #67 by xSnoopy on 2011.08.03 - 6:51 pm

    Hmmm, looks like Big Sky, Montana.
    How about some scenic shots. That is beautiful country.

  53. #68 by Brett Peake on 2011.08.03 - 6:46 pm

    Thanks for the updates and nice pics πŸ™‚

  54. #69 by Corey_Lee on 2011.08.03 - 6:46 pm

    Hmm, more interesting photos . Btw progresses are going fast πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your team and your hardworks so far.

  55. #70 by Kelayna Hilton on 2011.08.03 - 6:45 pm

    taking the bull by the horns

  56. #71 by Bronnieb There on 2011.08.03 - 6:44 pm

    So not just a load of bull then….. rofl πŸ™‚

  57. #74 by xSnoopy on 2011.08.03 - 6:43 pm

    Ok, I need some help here Michael!
    I definitely recognize you in the pictures but which ones are Bruce and Dan?
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  58. #76 by jamt on 2011.08.03 - 6:41 pm

    Talk about being sore the next day!

  59. #77 by kevman95 on 2011.08.03 - 6:41 pm

    Oh god! that looks like fun!

  60. #78 by Brandyn Rlp There on 2011.08.03 - 6:40 pm

    Thank you for keeping us updated! Great news! πŸ™‚
    That looks umm pretty dangerous. At least for me! lol. Hope your having fun! πŸ™‚

  61. #79 by Deleight on 2011.08.03 - 6:37 pm

    lol cool rodeo pics πŸ™‚

  62. #80 by Chris Ittner on 2011.08.03 - 6:29 pm

    At least they tamed the wild beast! πŸ˜›

  63. #81 by Michelle on 2011.08.03 - 6:27 pm

    1st comment! W00t! Nice Pictures! If i had to ride one, i would’ve fell off the 1st try! xD

    • #82 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.03 - 6:40 pm

      You ALWAYS fall off on the first try, or any try. The challenge is to stay on for at least 8 seconds. These are “PBRs” (Professional Bull Riders). I’d post pictures of them when they paraded them out at the beginning, but I won’t for fear of making some of you, uh…what’s the word…well, here’s an example:

      • #83 by thunderstoorm on 2011.08.03 - 7:45 pm

        Yahoo! now that’s a cowboy!

      • #84 by INVU34 on 2011.08.03 - 8:21 pm

        Yeah MW that is not very nice…mmm mmm mmm…see what you started hahahahha did I mention that grin was from ear 2 ear LOL

      • #85 by Riot_Girl_1 on 2011.08.03 - 9:22 pm

        OH HAAAY COWBOY! πŸ˜€

        I do believe you just made a bunch of people’s night, Mr Wilson. lmao

      • #86 by Ant1977 on 2011.08.03 - 9:30 pm

        This REAL man supports Breast Cancer Awareness!! Thanks for the newest update MW….

      • #87 by AnOldDeveloper on 2011.08.04 - 5:06 am

        Oh he’s so yummy!

      • #88 by xMelodyChasex on 2011.08.04 - 6:07 am

        Ohhhhhhhhh yeeehawwwwwwww baby!!!! πŸ™‚

      • #89 by Puddlefish on 2011.08.04 - 8:08 am

        It’s fantastic to hear about the progress being made. Thanks. Starting to get really excited! :))

      • #90 by debbilyn on 2011.08.04 - 8:39 am

        Nice….eye candy!

    • #91 by Basya on 2011.08.03 - 7:56 pm

      Thanks for keeping us updated so frequently! It’s so exciting to hear the progress you’re making and even more wonderful the thought we might be in ThereIM (or maybe even the 3D world) very soon now! I’m on pins and needles!!!

      Ummm…once we’re in World, do you have any idea how long it will be before designers can submit/and or relist their designs in Auction?

      Cya in There — hopefully very soon!! πŸ™‚



    • #92 by Asifchris on 2011.08.03 - 11:05 pm

      GREAT ACTION SHOTS!!! I love PBR!!! Next to There of course… LOL

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