Back in 2018, I had the pleasure and honour to interview Will Burns (SL username: Aeonix Aeon, SL screen name: Will Burns), a published academic and former Vice Chair of the IEEE’s Virtual World Standards Group who also runs the Andromeda Media Group store in Second Life.
Judging from his published work that I’ve read, and from the discussions I’ve had with him, he’s one of the best tech analysts and experts when it comes to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Worlds, bar none. I’ve always admired him for his down-to-earth approach which is based on facts, reason, and actual scientific and technical knowledge and experience rather than “common wisdom” and buzzword-riddled hype. Unfortunately, the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic has taken a toll on just about everyone, wiping out jobs, slashing people’s income, and pushing health systems to their limits and beyond. Will is no exception to this sad rule.
I’m not going to beat about the bush here: he needs our help this time – like other distinguished members of SL’s user base did, at one point or another, and we all showed our solidarity. So, like I did in 2017, when I was one of the first to call upon my remaining readers to help Max Graf, and like I did in 2012, when I joined in the effort to aid Sway Dench, I’m sharing Will’s GoFundMe campaign with you. The situation is that, after his mother’s passing on August 6th, he needs help to cover several funeral and administrative costs for which her life insurance isn’t enough – the campaign’s description explains them to a significant degree.
If you can help him out by contributing some money and / or by sharing this campaign, it will be greatly appreciated.
- Will’s Cindy Stoll Memorial Fund campaign