December 13th, 2010: Matthew Anthony – Cont’d


This time of year is so incredibly busy.  Students are taking final exams, gifts for family and friends need to be picked out and purchased, people are traveling to be with their families, holiday cards are being sent, and so many other holiday-related things are happening.  For me, part of that is figuring out how to make a turtle that’s representative of the holidays.

In Second Life, I was one of the people who came up with the Petable Turtles, cute little breedable critters that have been around for about 16 months now.  One of the things we try to do is celebrate each holiday that rolls around with a festive type of turtle that our customers can get.  Let me tell you, some holidays are much easier than others.  For example, Halloween is probably the easiest (in 2009, we turned the turtles into ghosts and this year we put pumpkin masks over their faces).  How would you make a turtle represent Boxing Day, though?  What about the World Cup?

For me, part of the fun and frustration of what I do is coming up with all the crazy little things, including many that most people never see.  On one hand, it’s a great creative outlet for me as a non-artistic person.  On the other hand, it’s often frustrating to have to figure out specific holidays, and beyond that to do it more than once as well come around to them the next year.  We also try to celebrate some completely random things, like National Turtle Day last May or Mario Appreciation Month last March.

So, today has been spent in large part trying to figure out how in the world to make different turtles represent various December holidays. It surprises me every time just how long it takes to not only figure out what to do, but then make it work.  Later tonight, I have to make the transition to writing my part of my family’s annual Christmas letter.  Yep, life is certainly hectic at the moment!

I hope this holiday season brings you joy in both of your lives!


Matthew Anthony is still 24, still living in Hoboken, NJ, and is still a west Texas boy at heart.  He loves expressing himself creatively through making the most random little things in Second Life, but focuses most of his time and energy on the Petable Turtles.

Matthew’s previous post was on August 26th, 2010.


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