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Where has Prim Perfect gone?

25 September 2014

The new website!

Have you been missing your updates from the Prim Perfect blog? Have you been missing the jigsaws, the messages about our TV shows, the updates about events, the glimpses of the latest issue and the discussion of important Second Life issues?

Don’t worry – we haven’t gone away!

We’ve moved to our new website – a site which draws together all our productions, has a striking new design, and provides some serious eye-candy!

If you subscribed here but aren’t getting updates, then you probably need to go to the new site and register there.

Keep up with all our latest news – today!

And don’t forget to sign up to our subscriber at the new site!

 

 


Prim Perfect magazine is back – with a whole new look, and a brand new website!

18 September 2014

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Cover

Welcome—to a whole new incarnation of Prim Perfect!

You may have been wondering why you haven’t seen the magazine recently, and now you know why!

Over the summer we have been planning a complete redesign of Prim Perfect, both the magazine and the website, with the website becoming a portal for our blog, our magazine, and all our media productions, including Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting!, The Blackened Mirror, and The Quest for the Golden Prim.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: photofeature

The magazine has a whole new look—we have become squarer—but I think you’ll see, when you open it up, that there’s a whole new look to the pages, something that we’re very excited about!

Of course, we still keep the level of writing and information you’d expect. There are some of our favourite articles—and some exciting new ones too.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Pro

For example, we’re going to have a series of articles about controversial topics that Second Life residents argue about, and we’ve asked writers to put the cases for and against. First in the series we ask, “GACHAS: criminal ripoff or a way to play a fun game and take home adorable items?” Cain Maven and Alianna Logan put forward their arguments.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Con

This issue sees the start of a new series which we’re planning to make highly interactive: Favourite Things. Each month, we’re asking you, our readers, to send us a brief account and a picture of something old or new that you love and would like to share with other readers. It’s a chance to give a boost to your favourite designer, so… why not take a look at the article—and then send yours in?

We’re also going to look under the bonnet at the workings of Second Life. We’re starting this with a series on animations: what they are and how they’re used. We start with a look at basic animations and animation overrides written by Beq Janus.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Froukje Hoorenbeek, Designer of the Month

Our Designer of the Month is Froukje Hoorenbeek of Dutchie, whose amazing house, created over the last two years, is also a focus for a full photo feature. Joonie Jatho has interviewed Froukje and explored the house, while Judith LeFevre has created the photo feature.

Honour Macmillan has explored an interesting Region of the Month: the Cornfield, which has a long and interesting history in Second Life (read the article to learn more!). Now it is the location for trials of new tools for Second Life—how effective and engaging are they?

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: The Cornfield

Qwis Greenwood continues to explore Second Life to discover small and niche designers who create interesting and unique items that we think you should get to know. This month she finds a store that caters to artists, photographers, and videographers, as well as instructors of training classes and leaders of business meetings.

There’s a beautiful new room design from Samantha Ohrberg, highlighting the skills of mesh designers… and if you would like to start working with mesh, we are re-running Beq Janus’s brilliant series on mesh.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Getting Creative with Mesh

There’s news of our annual event, Cake Against Cancer, a virtual world event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraiser, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

There’s another in our series of restaurant reviews, this time with a visit to a very special 1950s diner. And you can catch up on news about our TV shows: Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting!, and The Blackened Mirror.

Our team of talented photographers, led by Wildstar Beaumont, Judith LeFevre, and Honour McMillan, bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

All this with News From the Grid and more!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Restaurant Review

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?
If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 52 here – and please do leave a comment!

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also download a pdf of the magazine from Calameo – or print it out!

You can get the latest issue inworld – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our head offices at Sund in Second Norway.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Discoveries

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – so you can just click to subscribe. You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as an IntelliBook, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Intellibook version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: our new animation series

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: all sorts of exciting articles!

 

This is the last post that will appear on the Prim Perfect blog at this location. The blog will remain for the forseeable future as an archoveof our first (gulp) 2,000 posts (and this is indeed our 2,000th post).  To read future posts, go to our new blog at www.primperfect.net/blog – and to make life easier, you can subscribe!


Prim Perfect is having a party!

18 September 2014

Prim Perfect Party

Because we’ve got a lot to celebrate!

Later today we are relaunching Prim Perfect magazine. There’s a whole new look, and new features (as well as some old favourites).  You’ll get even more gorgeous eye candy from our photographers – and great articles from our writers!

New website

And in addition, we are migrating our website from here at wordpress.com to a whole new site at www.primperfect.net. It’s still a wordpress site, but hosted by ourselves, which will make it easier for us to add a range of new features. We’ll be combining the old primperfect.net website with the blog to make for a smoother, more integrated feel. It’s where you’ll be able to read about Designing Worlds shows too, with links to our other media productions, and our other activities.

And if you’re a current subscriber to the blog, don’t worry – we’ll be transferring everyone across later today!

So – as we are a home and garden magazine (as well as so much more, we like to think!), we’ll be holding a launch, relaunch and celebration party from 2pm – 4pm today in the Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo.  We’ll see you there!


Prim Perfect Talk at the Home and Garden Expo: Auryn Beorn of Black Tulip

17 September 2014

Auryn Beorn at the Home and Garden Expo

Meet Auryn Beorn of Black Tulip, Wednesday 17th September at 2pm SLT in the Prim Perfect Castle.

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See the full list of our talks here:

And don’t forget – every day at 4pm SLT, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the Prim Perfect castle. It’s a short time for quiet reflection, for thinking of those we have lost, for celebrating those who are still with us.

The best place to watch will probably the stone circle overlooking the castle. And after the lantern release, while you are here, you can also explore the element of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, The Lady of Shalott, which Aisling Sinclair has incorporated in this beautiful build.

 


Come and join us at 4pm each day of the Expo for a beautiful and moving ceremony.

 


Full schedule of Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

17 September 2014

Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

We now have a full schedule of the talks that will be taking place daily at the Prim Perfect Castle throughout the Home and Garden Expo.

TIME

DATE

DESIGNER

STORE OR BUSINESS

14:00 Wed 17th Sept Auryn Beorn Black Tulip 14:00 Thurs 18th Sept Prim Perfect Re-Launch 14:00 Fri 19th Sept Sandi Glas Glas Houses 14:00 Sat 20th Sept Tess Spargel Spargel & Shine Homes 17:00 Sat 20th Sept alecat Breda N4RS 14:00 Sun 21st Sept Sandi Petunia & Zandi Moe trappings furnishings & dandelion garden center 10:00 Mon 22nd Sept Froukje Hoorenbeek Dutchie 16:30 Mon 22nd Sept Deann Dufaux Park Place Designs 17:00 Tues 23rd Sept Cube Republic Cube Republic 14:00 Wed 24th Sept sheerpetal roussel DaD Design 17:00 Wed 24th Sept Landru McCallen Wood Works 14:00 Thurs 25th Sept Aki Shichiroji Organica Specialty Landscaping and Home Decor 17:00 Thurs 25th Sept wendi nitely LunaFatale Designs 14:00 Fri 26th Sept Cain Maven Maven Homes 17:00 Fri 26th Sept Robin Sojourner R(S)W 14:00 Sat 27th Sept Mesh Creative 17:00 Sat 27th Sept eku Zhong Culprit

 

Most will be at either 2pm or 5pm SLT each day – but we will be having a few specials at different times – so please check the timetable – either on the blog or in the castle!

Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And don’t forget – every day at 4pm SLT, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the Prim Perfect castle.  It’s a short time for quiet reflection, for thinking of those we have lost, for celebrating those who are still with us.

The best place to watch will probably the stone circle overlooking the castle.  And after the lantern release, while you are here, you can also explore the element of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, The Lady of Shalott, which Aisling Sinclair has incorporated in this beautiful build.

Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle

Come and join us at 4pm each day of the Expo for a beautiful and moving ceremony.


Join us for the Prim Perfect Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

16 September 2014

Every day at 4pm SLT, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the Prim Perfect castle.  It’s a short time for quiet reflection, for thinking of those we have lost, for celebrating those who are still with us.

The Lantern Release

The best place to watch will probably the stone circle overlooking the castle.  And after the lantern release, while you are here, you can also explore the element of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, The Lady of Shalott, which Aisling Sinclair has incorporated in this beautiful build.

Come and join us at 4pm each day of the Expo for a beautiful and moving ceremony.

 


The Home and Garden Expo is Open!

16 September 2014

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo 2014, benefitting RFL of SL, opened today, September 16, and will run through to the 28th.

2014 Home and Garden Expo

Spread over nine sims, HGE features the finest in Second Life Home and Garden design product and creator tools. Over 85 participating creators have joined HGE, one of the first mega-events of the 2015 Relay For Life fundraising drive in Second Life.

This year’s HGE is supported by nine Platinum Sponsors and eight Gold Sponsors. It also includes, for the first time, a comprehensive shopping guide listing all donation items, new releases, hunt, raffle and gatcha items. New rules and a new layout for HGE reduces lag and provides ample display space for each of the participants’ products.

Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo
As in previous years, Prim Perfect is delighted to be a Platinum Sponsor at the Home and Garden Expo. We will be holding a series of talks and discussions with designers, starting tomorrow, 17th September – and more details of this will be published shortly. Do visit our Lady of Shalott Castle (created by Aisling Sinclair!)

We will also be celebrating the relaunch of Prim Perfect magazine and the launch of our new blog and website on Thursday 18th September – so watch out for more details!

And we’ll be broadcasting our next two Designing Worlds shows from the Expo too!

And every day, at 4pm, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the castle.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Rezzies
The 2014 HGE also features the debut of the Rezzie Awards. The Rezzie Awards are specifically designed to honour the excellent work of the designers, creators, coders, and builders who make Second Life so visually stunning and interactive, and who inspire roleplay, photography, machinima, and so much more.

Nominations were open to the public through September 12th. The awards jury then selected 4 nominees to represent each of 35 categories. The nominated works are listed on the website and visitors are invited to vote for their choices there. (HGE Staff members will be excluded from the final list of nominees, and are not eligible for awards.) Voting commenced on September 14th, and will remain open through September 27th.The winners will be announced just prior to the close of Home Expo on September 28th!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winners will receive an exclusive, customized trophy, designed by Reven Rosca. The Rezzie Awards are organized by Fallacy DeCuir, and audited by Fallacy DeCuir, Kat Alderson and DeAnn Dufaux.

How to get there
Home Expo 1- sponsored by Potomac Signature Homes
Home Expo 2 – sponsored by Dutchie
Home Expo 3 – sponsored by Roawenwood
Home Expo 4 – sponsored by Studio Skye
Home Expo 5 – sponsored by Prim Perfect
Home Expo 6 – sponsored by Galland Homes
Home Expo 7 – sponsored by Meshopotamia
Home Expo 8 – sponsored by Maven Homes
Home Expo 9 – sponsored by Black Tulip

More info:
Official Blog: http://slhomeandgardenexpo.com/
Official Flickr Group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/homeandgardenexpo2014/

Relay For Life of Second Life Officia Site: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/
Relay For Life Official Site about Second Life: http://www.cancer.org/involved/participate/relayforlife/second-life

Home Expo – Master Map

Home and Garden Expo 2014’s organizing committee is:
Coordinator: Kat Alderson
Co-Coordinators: Fallacy DeCuir, Reven Rosca, DeAnn Dufaux
Blog and Shopping Guide Coordinator: Eden Knoller with Joonie Jatho and Roman Godde

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 


Designing Worlds explores Dutchie’s New Home

15 September 2014

Froukje Hoorenbeek’s Home – the living room, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 15th September at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the wonderful new home that Froukje Hoorenbeek has created for Dutchie.

It’s a magnificent build that has been two years in the making. Froukje has released various pieces and sets over the last two years that were created for the house – and many have found their way into homes across the grid. But now, for the first time, all that creativity is drawn together in one magnificent home – and Designing Worlds was given the opportunity to explore it.

Froukje Hoorenbeek’s Home – the kichen, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And as we explore it, we talk to Froukje about how she designs and creates, and the role that her life in the Netherlands plays in her creations.

You’ll be able to see this magnificent house for yourselves at the Home and Garden Expo.

This is a fascinating show that all lovers of fine design in Second Life will adore – make sure that you don’t miss it!

Froukje Hoorenbeek’s Home – the laundry, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.


Prim Perfect Jigsaw: Dutchie’s Canal Boat

15 September 2014

Dutchie’s Canal Barge Home

Today’s Designing Worlds’ show will be a visit to the new house that Froukje Hoorenbeeke has created for Dutchie – and to whet your appetite a little, we have a jigsaw of one of the lovely Dutchie canal boats.

Like many of Dutchie’s homes, inspiration is drawn from her native Netherlands, and this is one of the converted canal boats that you might find of the famous Dutch canals, making someone a cosy home.

Her new home is … rather larger – and we’ll be posting more about the show (and where you can see the home for yourselves) later today.

In the mean-time – enjoy the jigsaw!

Dutchie’s Canal Barge Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.


Designing Worlds at the Relay for Life Weekend – now on the web!

15 September 2014

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we look back at the stunning builds that we saw at the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend at the end of July – is now on the web.

Sadly, we only had time to visit a few of the great builds, and talk to a small number of the talented creators behind them – we just wish we could have shown everything. Thankfully, our wonderful photographer Wildstar Beaumont was on hand to ensure that we have many more on our slide show!

Enlightment – Designer Sim created by Lemondrop Serendipity and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can also see this show at slartist.com and aviewtv.com


Virtually News with AvaJean Westland – Premiere today at 2pm

13 September 2014

Virtually Newsn with AvaJean Westland

You are cordially invited to the premiere of the comedy machinima “Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” this Saturday, September 13th 2014 at 2:00pm SLT at the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) sim. Creator AvaJean Westland will be on hand with actors and crew (scheduling permitted) from the film to talk about the making of the piece and to answer questions.

Dress is upscale casual to formal – whichever you choose. Please keep scripts and prim counts low, and please arrive a little early to get your seat and for textures to rez.

We will be showing the film in-world as well as provide links for YouTube, Vimeo and SLartist. So if you can’t make the premiere in-world, let me know and I’ll send you the links when the film is live.

This film is for mature audiences only; please ensure no very young children are watching!

Virtually News with AvaJean Westland
Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” is a mock/spoof news piece machinima created by actress/writer Gameela Wright. Filmed exclusively in Second Life, in the vein of SNL’s “Weekend Update” and “The Onion News Network,” AvaJean’s irreverent take on current events and pop culture pushes the boundaries while using animation as the filter.

Biography
Gameela Wright (pronounced “Guh-MEAL-uh”) is an actress and writer based out of New York. She began acting in theater, then moved into commercials, voice overs, television and film. Some of her on-camera credits include:

TV: Blue Bloods, The 3 Law & Order series, The Blacklist, Members Only (new series)
Film: Admission, John Wick, Shelter
Commercials: Staples, FedEx, Ally Bank, GoDaddy.com

As her Second Life alter ego AvaJean Westland, she performs live theater with the Avatar Repertory Theater Company (ART). She has worked as a voice actor or avatar puppeteer for The Blackened Mirror, Running Lady Productions, Chantal Harvey, Island Rain Studios, and Alfonso Kohn.

She created her own production umbrella, Virtual Girl Productions and has collaborated with Suzy Yue of Running Lady Studios on machinima projects such as “The Twilight Sim” and “Name That Schmuck!”

In addition, she created machinima for the Project Homeless campaign (“The Quiet Dark Wind”) and SciFi Film Festival (“Centuries Past”) in conjunction with Screen My Shorts and The University of Western Australia (UWA). “Centuries Past” took home two awards.

It is her hope to use machinima as a way to bridge real and second life and to help cement machinima as a form of animation that appeals to all.

Virtual Girl Productions
@AvaJeanWestland
avajeanwestland@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Adventures-of-Virtual-Girl-AvaJean-Westland
http://www.gameelawright.com
gameela@gameelawright.com
@GameelaWright
http://www.facebook.com/gameelawright

 

 


Designing Worlds is back – with a look back to the stunning builds of the Relay for Life Weekend

8 September 2014

Relay Wizards for SpUnKy campsite, created by Anhayla Lycia and Relay Wizards for SpUnKy, phographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Yes, Designing Worlds is back for a whole new season – and we’re inviting you to to join us today, Monday 8th September at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we look back at the stunning builds that we saw at the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend at the end of July.

Sadly, we only had time to visit a few of the great builds, and talk to a small number of the talented creators behind them – we just wish we could have shown everything. Thankfully, our wonderful photographer Wildstar Beaumont was on hand to ensure that we have many more on our slide show!

Designer Sim created by Beq Janus, phographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar and Saffia were both thrilled to be awarded two of the first ever Community Champion Awards at the Wrap Up for this year’s Relay for Life of Second Life. The other recipients of this award were Stingray Raymaker and Daniel Voyager. Saffia says: “That’s very awesome company for me to be keeping! I was so privileged to receive this award – working with Relay for Life of Second Life is not just a pleasure, it’s a privilege.”

Saffia also won another award – Smell the Roses – The Clown Awards – for her Twerking for a Cause. This was a moment at the telethon captured by Petlove Petshop. She was wearing my dinkie avatar (a cute little cat) for one of the hours and someone mentioned the fact that Saffia could twerk as a dinkie. So it was agreed that if the telethon team raised 10,000 Lindens (the Second Life virtual currency – it would be about US440) by the top of the hour, the dinkie would twerk. By the top of the hour, people watching the telethon had donated a total of 22,000 lindens (around US$900) and … the dinkie twerked.

And in other video news, Elrik and Saffia were challenged to the Ice Bucket challenge by Nikki Mathieson. You can see the results below!

Saffia and Elrik decided to donate their challenge to the charity Water Aid. Saffia says – “Here in the UK, it’s become customary to choose which charity to donate your Ice Bucket challenge to. While we are both supportive of the work done by ALS, we decided that we would like to raise awareness of a charity connected with clean water – something we wish as a blessing for people at the end of every Designing Worlds show. We’re therefore making our donation to Water Aid – and you can read here about the impact that Ice Bucket Challenges are having on the work of this vitally important nonprofit. And we’re proud to say no real water was wasted in our taking the challenge!*”

This is a fun and beautiful start to our new season – make sure that you don’t miss it!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Designer Sim created by Troy Vogel, phographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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*That’s because we did it on Saffia’s dock and all the water went straight back into the lake.


Calling All Designers! Join the Conversation at the Home and Garden Expo with Prim Perfect!

7 September 2014

Sign up for our talks!

Following the success of our discussion / interview programmes at the Home and Garden Expos for 2011, 2012 and 2013 … and the Christmas Expos and the Birthdays … well, you get the picture!  At the 7th Home and Garden Expo, running from September 16th to 28th, we are planning a further series of talks with designers and landscapers.

These talks will take place inside our very special poetically inspired castle on the Prim Perfect sponsored region. But we’ll be telling you more about that later!

We’re planning to host events at 2pm (and, if needed, 5pm) every day.  If you would really LOVE to give a presentation, but can’t make that time, contact us and we will see if we can fit you in.

We are happy to host talks, presentations, interviews, question and answer sessions.  It’s an opportunity for designers to share ideas, for people to meet their favourite creators, for communities to come together and talk about their culture and ideas.  We’re very open to hosting what YOU want to tell us about!

If you would like to be a part of our programme at the Expo, please complete the form below with your topic and preferred dates and times. We will try to fit in as many people as we can!

 


Autumn Comes to Happy Hunting

7 September 2014

Happy Hunting’s Host and Hunt Reporter Cinders Vale brings forth gifts from the Silver Platter Hunt, the enMESHed in Fall Hunt 2 and the Splash of Color Hunt. You get a look at the active hunt posters, as well as those accepting applications.