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Designing Worlds returns to the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare

20 March 2017

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 20th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be returning to the fascinating Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare for a Second visit.

You can see the earlier visit here. In today’s episode, we join the Director and Curator of the Museum, OtakuSenpai Button to take a look at how different nations have tackled the idea of civil defence against the dangers of nuclear warfare, and memorials at the Museum to the results of nuclear accidents. We conclude with a deeply moving display of drawings created by children who survived the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It’s a fascinating show – both in terms of the content Otaku has gathered, and also in terms of demonstrating how Second Life can be used for a learning experience.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us to see more at 2pm SLT.

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.

You can explore the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare for yourself at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemia/69/221/22

 

 


Designing Worlds’ show to help Fill the Cauldron is now on the web (and how you can help too)!

19 March 2017

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a very special show, dedicated to Elicio Ember and a special event called Filling the Cauldron – is now on the web!

Elicio’s father has suffered a major stroke, and the family is struggling to meet medical costs associated with his treatment. Since then various groups of people have been putting together ideas, and we’re pleased to announce that we now have THREE ways in which people can and will be able to help Elicio and his family.

Today’s show is therefore a repeat of the show we made last year about Elicio and his work, and his wonderful region – Cerridwen’s Cauldron, a place well worth exploring and at that time newly updated! But we’ve given it a special introduction to explain the situation, and what YOU can do to help.

And full details are also printed at the bottom of this post.

So please join us for a beautful and very special show at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Filling the Cauldron

Filling the Cauldron is a week-long in-world event to be hosted at Holly Kai Park on the beautiful Blake Sea.

When

Saturday, April 1st through Sunday April 9th, inclusive.

What
  • Live music and DJ performances at the park’s main events venue
  • An art display inspired by Elicio’s work
  • A silent auction
  • A special Design a Garden contest with a very special prize
  • A photo contest with special prizes
  • A market area
  • Cerridwen’s Corner – a mini-store of Elicio’s creations, allowing you to buy his items and visit his main store.
Website and Information

The Filling the Cauldron website, dedicated to the event, is now up and running – please bookmark it! There will also be further updates through this blog, Prim Perfect and other blogs – so keep your eyes out for news!

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Help Wanted

Right now we’re looking for people to get involved, including:

  • Musicians, DJs and performers willing to give up one or two hours of their time to perform on stage and help raise money for Elicio. Please see the Filling the Cauldron Entertainment Applications page for more details
  • Artists wishing to participate in our Art Show
  • Artists and creators willing to donate to our Auction
  • Merchants wishing to be a part of our marketplace and gacha
  • Volunteers willing to help run the event during the week

So if you are interested in any of the above, please follow the links and sign-up. And if you’d like to attend, make sure you bookmark / follow Filling The Cauldron to keep up-to-date with all that is going on. Bloggers, we’ll have information on blogging the event available through the Filling the Cauldron blog very soon!

GoFundMe Campaign

Available now is a special GoFundMe campaign organised by Vecchio Barbosa (Felix Büchler in RL), which is raising money to help Elicio and his family through physical world donations.

The campaign has Elicio’s full support and endorsement, as he is unable to run a campaign himself from Mexico.

If you would like to donate to help Elicio RIGHT NOW, please visit the GoFundMe page. You can also reach it via a link on the Filling The Cauldron website.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ember’s Cauldron Shopping Event

Ember’s Cauldron is a shopping event which will run for a month between March 16th through April 16th. Organised by Lerochelle Destiny, it is a store-based event in which people visiting participating stores can purchase special items in the knowledge that 100% of proceeds from the sale are going to Elicio and his family.

We will be supporting Ember’s Cauldron via the Filling the Cauldron website, where you will soon be able to see a list of all participating stores complete with SLurls.

If you are a creator / store owner and would like to participate in Ember’s Cauldron, please visit their sign-up page. Please note than all enquiries on Ember’s Cauldron should be directed to Lerochelle Destiny.

 


Come to the taping of a special Designing Worlds show!

14 March 2017

Mont St Michel

On Tuesday March 14th at 1pm SLT, we’ll be recording a very special show in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams – and you’re invited!

We’ll be talking with guests including Patch Linden, of Linden Lab; Arik Metzger, the owner of Innsmouth; Tymus Tenk, the co-owner of Calas Galadhon.

Svarga

And we’ll be discussing the how and why of preserving iconic Second Life builds – and what, indeed, makes an iconic Second Life build.

What is Linden Lab’s role in this? Should they have a role? And what can residents on the grid do to preserve the places they love? Just how hard is it to preserve a beloved build?

SS Galaxy

We’ll be asking all these questions and more on the show!

It’s looking like being a fascinating discussion so please join us in the studio!

Lost Gardens of Apollo


Designing Worlds’ show today wants you to help Fill the Cauldron!

13 March 2017

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 13th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a very special show, dedicated to Elicio Ember and the special event called Filling the Cauldron.

Elicio’s father has suffered a major stroke, and the family is struggling to meet medical costs associated with his treatment. Since then various groups of people have been putting together ideas, and we’re pleased to announce that we now have THREE ways in which people can and will be able to help Elicio and his family.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today’s show is therefore a repeat of the show we made last year about Elicio and his work, and his wonderful region – Cerridwen’s Cauldron, a place well worth exploring and at that time newly updated! But we’ve given it a special introduction to explain the situation, and what YOU can do to help.

And full details are also printed at the bottom of this post.

So please join us for a beautful and very special show at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Filling the Cauldron

Filling the Cauldron is a week-long in-world event to be hosted at Holly Kai Park on the beautiful Blake Sea.

When

Saturday, April 1st through Sunday April 9th, inclusive.

What
  • Live music and DJ performances at the park’s main events venue
  • An art display inspired by Elicio’s work
  • A silent auction
  • A special Design a Garden contest with a very special prize
  • A photo contest with special prizes
  • A market area
  • Cerridwen’s Corner – a mini-store of Elicio’s creations, allowing you to buy his items and visit his main store.
Website and Information

The Filling the Cauldron website, dedicated to the event, is now up and running – please bookmark it! There will also be further updates through this blog, Prim Perfect and other blogs – so keep your eyes out for news!

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Help Wanted

Right now we’re looking for people to get involved, including:

  • Musicians, DJs and performers willing to give up one or two hours of their time to perform on stage and help raise money for Elicio. Please see the Filling the Cauldron Entertainment Applications page for more details
  • Artists wishing to participate in our Art Show
  • Artists and creators willing to donate to our Auction
  • Merchants wishing to be a part of our marketplace and gacha
  • Volunteers willing to help run the event during the week

So if you are interested in any of the above, please follow the links and sign-up. And if you’d like to attend, make sure you bookmark / follow Filling The Cauldron to keep up-to-date with all that is going on. Bloggers, we’ll have information on blogging the event available through the Filling the Cauldron blog very soon!

GoFundMe Campaign

Available now is a special GoFundMe campaign organised by Vecchio Barbosa (Felix Büchler in RL), which is raising money to help Elicio and his family through physical world donations.

The campaign has Elicio’s full support and endorsement, as he is unable to run a campaign himself from Mexico.

If you would like to donate to help Elicio RIGHT NOW, please visit the GoFundMe page. You can also reach it via a link on the Filling The Cauldron website.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ember’s Cauldron Shopping Event

Ember’s Cauldron is a shopping event which will run for a month between March 16th through April 16th. Organised by Lerochelle Destiny, it is a store-based event in which people visiting participating stores can purchase special items in the knowledge that 100% of proceeds from the sale are going to Elicio and his family.

We will be supporting Ember’s Cauldron via the Filling the Cauldron website, where you will soon be able to see a list of all participating stores complete with SLurls.

If you are a creator / store owner and would like to participate in Ember’s Cauldron, please visit their sign-up page. Please note than all enquiries on Ember’s Cauldron should be directed to Lerochelle Destiny.

 

 

 


Designing Worlds’ visit to One Billion Rising in Second Life is now on the web!

13 March 2017

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we return to a very special event that happened last month – the 14th February One Billion Rising in Second Life – is now on the web!

We explore the making of the OBR video. the work of the group 2Lei (a regular partner in OBR), as well as the poetry, the art and the dance events. Guests include Samantha Ohrberg, AvaJean Westland, Kess Krystal, Rubin Mayo, Adele Ward, Judi Newall, Aelva, Stevie Basevi, Tea Gupte, Akay Utu, and a whole host of OBR volunteers and attendees!

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 


Designing Worlds visits One Billion Rising in Second Life

6 March 2017

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 6th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be returning to a very special event that happened last month – the 14th February One Biillion Rising in Second Life.

We will be exploring the making of the OBR video. the work of the group 2Lei (a regular partner in OBR), as well as the poetry, the art and the dance events.

Our guests include Samantha Ohrberg, AvaJean Westland, Kess Krystal, Rubin Mayo, Adele Ward, Judi Newall, Aelva, Stevie Basevi, Tea Gupte, Akay Utu, and a whole host of OBR volunteers and attendees!

Join us for a fascinating show at 2pm SLT.

One Billion Rising in Second Life, 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.

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And please make sure you read about the special initiative to support Elicio Ember – Filling the Cauldron!

 

 


Designing Worlds explores Feed a Smile and the MadPea International Food Festival

4 March 2017

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we visit two places – the MadPea International Food Fair, and the amazing cause it is supporting – Feed a Smile, a project of Leben und Lernen in Kenia, Live and Learn in Kenya International – is now on the web!

We visit the Feed a Smile region and talk to Brique Topaz – Brique Zeiner in real life, who is the the Founder and Chairwoman of the German charity Leben und Lernen in Kenia, Live and Learn in Kenya International, whose project Feed a Smile is, and which is based on the shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya, where they are building a school for local children, through sponsorship of individual children, and through events in Second Life, such as the International Food Fair.

Feed A Smile Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Brique shows us around areas that are re-creations of the work being done on the ground in Africa, and explains how the Food Fair will be supporting the vital work of building a new kitchen for the school, and we’ll be seeing some films of the work as well.

MadPea International Food Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we travel to the International Food Fair and join the organiser, Kestrel Keiroz, to learn what is going on there, with stores, an art gallery and regular music events, and we see some of the amazing food-related items you can purchase (with the money going to Feed a Smile).

 


Filling the Cauldron in Second Life

2 March 2017

Filling the Cauldron

On February 22nd  I wrote about the situation involving Second Life creator Elicio Ember and his family, and so did Inara Pey. In short, Elicio’s father has suffered a major stroke, and the family is struggling to meet medical costs associated with his treatment.

Since then various groups of people have been putting together ideas, and we’re pleased to announce that we now have THREE ways in which people can and will be able to help Elicio and his family.

Filling the Cauldron

Filling the Cauldron is a week-long in-world event to be hosted at Holly Kai Park on the beautiful Blake Sea.

When

Saturday, April 1st through Sunday April 9th, inclusive.

What
  • Live music and DJ performances at the park’s main events venue
  • An art display inspired by Elicio’s work
  • A silent auction
  • A special Design a Garden contest with a very special prize
  • A photo contest with special prizes
  • A market area
  • Cerridwen’s Corner – a mini-store of Elicio’s creations, allowing you to buy his items and visit his main store.
Website and Information

The Filling the Cauldron website, dedicated to the event, is now up and running – please bookmark it! There will also be further updates through this blog, Prim Perfect and other blogs – so keep your eyes out for news!

Help Wanted

Right now we’re looking for people to get involved, including:

  • Musicians, DJs and performers willing to give up one or two hours of their time to perform on stage and help raise money for Elicio. Please see the Filling the Cauldron Entertainment Applications page for more details
  • Artists wishing to participate in our Art Show
  • Artists and creators willing to donate to our Auction
  • Merchants wishing to be a part of our marketplace and gacha
  • Volunteers willing to help run the event during the week

PLUS we’re also seeking artists and designers to participate in our Design A Garden Contest.

So if you are interested in any of the above, please follow the links and sign-up. And if you’d like to attend, make sure you bookmark / follow Filling The Cauldron to keep up-to-date with all that is going on. Bloggers, we’ll have information on blogging the event available through the Filling the Cauldron blog very soon!

GoFundMe Campaign

Available now is a special GoFundMe campaign organised by Vecchio Barbosa (Felix Büchler in RL), which is raising money to help Elicio and his family through physical world donations.

The campaign has Elicio’s full support and endorsement, as he is unable to run a campaign himself from Mexico.

If you would like to donate to help Elicio RIGHT NOW, please visit the GoFundMe page. You can also reach it via a link on the Filling The Cauldron website.

Ember’s Cauldron Shopping Event

Ember’s Cauldron is a shopping event which will run for a month between March 16th through April 16th. Organised by Lerochelle Destiny, it is a store-based event in which people visiting participating stores can purchase special items in the knowledge that 100% of proceeds from the sale are going to Elicio and his family.

We will be supporting Ember’s Cauldron via the Filling the Cauldron website, where you will soon be able to see a list of all participating stores complete with SLurls.

If you are a creator / store owner and would like to participate in Ember’s Cauldron, please visit their sign-up page. Please note than all enquiries on Ember’s Cauldron should be directed to Lerochelle Destiny.


Designing Worlds Feeds a Smile with the MadPea International Food Festival

27 February 2017

MadPea International Food Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 20th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting two places – the MadPea International Food Fair, and the amazing cause it is supporting – Feed a Smile.

Feed A Smile Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We visit the Feed a Smile region and talk to Brique Topaz – Brique Zeiner in real life, who is the the Founder and Chairwoman of the German charity Leben und Lernen in Kenia, Live and Learn in Kenya International, whose project Feed a Smile is, and which is based on the shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya, where they are building a school for local children, through sponsorship of individual children, and through events in Second Life, such as the International Food Fair.

Feed A Smile Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Brique shows us around areas that are re-creations of the work being done on the ground in Africa, and explains how the Food Fair will be supporting the vital work of building a new kitchen for the school, and we’ll be seeing some films of the work as well.

Then we travel to the International Food Fair and join the organiser, Kestrel Keiroz, to learn what is going on there, with stores, an art gallery and regular music events, and we see some of the amazing food-related items you can purchase (with the money going to Feed a Smile).

MadPea International Food Fair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You still have time to go to the International Food Fair! The entry point is here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Harms%20Way/163/141/1233
You can also visit Feed a Smile at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Feed%20A%20Smile/62/142/22

Join us for a fascinating and very moving show at 2pm SLT.

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.

Feed A Smile Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


Designing Worlds explores the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare – now on the web

27 February 2017

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we visiting the fascinating Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare – is now on the web!

You might expect it to be all about the weapons, but in fact it’s much broader than that, as we discovered through talking to the Director and Curator of the Museum, OtakuSenpai Button.

In this first show we explore the reasons why Otaku established the Museum before we take a look at the background to the Manhattan Project which led to the development of the first atomic bomb and – subsequently – to the two bombs that were dropped on Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We then look at the work of nuclear reactors, and learn something of the background to nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a fascinating show – both in terms of the content Otaku has gathered, and also in terms of demonstrating how Second Life can be used for a learning experience.

This is the first episode of a two part show (the second will be shown later in the series) as we discover a part of the wealth of information and installations that the Museum hosts.

You can visit the Museum here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemia/69/221/22
You can read more about the Museum here: http://otaku-155.wixsite.com/slmnw
The Museum has a Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/slnuclearwarfare/
There are a series of videos about the Museum here, created by Petlove Petshop and Lorin Tone: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemia/69/221/22

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


If you do one thing today … buy something from Elicio Ember at Cerridwen’s Cauldron

22 February 2017

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Almost all of you reading this will know Elicio Ember’s work. If you don’t own several pieces yourselves, then you will have seen it around the grid, sometimes in fantasy areas, sometimes adding a touch of mystery and romance to other locations as well. We’ve shown his work many times on Designing Worlds – a couple of times in shows about him, but many more times as we film other places that use his items.

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

Elicio has designed some of the most beautiful regions in Second Life – his own Cerridwen’s Cauldron (which we used in filming Season 1 Episode 4 of The Blackened Mirror), but also stunning regions for Fantasy Faire – the glorious glass lanterns of Titan’s Hollow, the mysterious decaying Ruins of Nu Orne, returning to the jungle – and so many others. He created the wonderful Otherworld where the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival was held last year.

Titan’s Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And his store is filled with beautiful items – water lilies and surprising plants, glowing obelisks and intricate temples. To everything he brings a touch of fantasy that is grounded in reality; his background in the dual worlds of biology and graphic design make even his wildest creations completely plausible.

Elicio’s Lilies

On top of all this, Elicio is one of the sweetest and kindest people I know, whether in Second Life or the real world. He is warm and deeply supportive of friends – and he has many, and gives unsparingly to causes that he believes in.

A Cave of Elicio’s beautiful plants on Night Whispers

So, that made it all the more sad to receive the news today that his father has had a very serious stroke, and that Elicio and his sisters, who are all in Mexico, are faced with very serious medical bills.

On Facebook he writes:

My father had a stroke yesterday that was not seen to until today. There is no clear prognosis yet but things are serious and some kind of neural damage is confirmed. How serious is yet unknown, as his brain is still swollen and blood obscures the true size of the damage. …

Public health security in Mexico is insufficient and often of very low quality. And often even government institutions seek ways for skirting or ignoring health insurance or not subscribing their workers to the public health program. My father is a 72 year 5 idiom speaker that gave language classes during the whole day at the Senior Citizens University in Mexico. A government institution. Such institution does not subscribe their teachers to any kind of health protection program. Through a really shady 1 month contract-recontract practice that insures no teachers get health protection or antiquity bonuses. Even though most of them are senior citizens. So, my father has no health protection whatsover. Which I found about just 4 days ago. Private health insurance is usually out of reach for people like me, several of my sisters and my father. Basically the non existent middle class and below. Mexican public hospitals; although they admit people not subscribed to the public health program, they will often treat people not subscribed as low priority in an already overloaded and poor health system. It’s a Russian roulette. People can be treated well and recover. People die waiting to be treated. People die by malpractice. And if not subscribed to public health, uncertainty is always higher. So we took him to a private hospital before risking a long wait. I have 5 sisters, but not even between all of us we will be able to pay for the hospital charges without severely straining all our economies, not even considering all the expenses of rehab and care that will follow if…well. If he makes it. Which might be actually more terrifying than if he does not as its yet uncertain what the rehab possibilities are.
That’s why, even though I have asked you for support by buying my work during my last months upheld, I will have to ask you for it yet again …

So I am making a rare appeal. I am asking you to go to Elicio’s store today. I am asking you to buy what you can. You won’t regret owning his beautiful objects. But more – I’m asking you to tell people about this. Share this post. Share the address of the store. If you can’t get inworld, buy something from his marketplace store. Tell your friends to go and buy everything they can.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elicio has given so much to Second Life. Let’s show him what Second Life can give back to him.

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

 

 

 


Designing Worlds explores the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare

20 February 2017

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 20th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting the fascinating Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare.

This is the first episode of a two part show (the second will be shown later in the series) as we discover a part of the wealth of information and installations that the Museum hosts.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You might expect it to be all about the weapons, but in fact it’s much broader than that, as we discover through talking to the Director and Curator of the Museum, OtakuSenpai Button.

In this first show we explore the reasons why Otaku established the Museum before we take a look at the background to the Manhattan Project which led to the development of the first atomic bomb and – subsequently – to the two bombs that were dropped on Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We then look at the work of nuclear reactors, and learn something of the background to nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

It’s a fascinating show – both in terms of the content Otaku has gathered, and also in terms of demonstrating how Second Life can be used for a learning experience.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us to see more at 2pm SLT.

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.

You can explore the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare for yourself at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemia/69/221/22

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


Designing Worlds travels in time with the new Time Portals – on the web!

20 February 2017

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we explore Time Portals, the fascinating new region created by Jo Yardley (creator of the very popular 1920s Berlin Project) – is now on the web!

There are three portals already open – with a link to Berlin itself. Each portal has a distinct time and theme, although not so firmly structured as Berlin, which echoes a single year at the end of the Weimar Republic. The idea behind the time portals is to enjoy experiences of different periods, but also to shop or possibly live in a congenial environment.

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, because this us created by Jo, there are plenty of places to gather for social intercourse and partying!

You can explore the Time Portals from the central location at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/128/128/1930

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


Designing Worlds travels in time – but not really in space!

13 February 2017

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 13th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring Time Portals, the fascinating new region created by Jo Yardley (creator of the very popular 1920s Berlin Project).

There are three portals already open – with a link to Berlin itself. Each portal has a distinct time and theme, although not so firmly structured as Berlin, which echoes a single year at the end of the Weimar Republic. The idea behind the time portals is to enjoy experiences of different periods, but also to shop or possibly live in a congenial environment.

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, because this us created by Jo, there are plenty of places to gather for social intercourse and partying!

Now, we’re not going to spoil things by telling you where and when these portals take us (although the pictures here should provide clues!). Instead we invite you to join us for the show – and take the time portals for yourself!

This is definitely one you won’t want to miss, so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, you can explore the Time Portals from the central location at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/128/128/1930

Or – if you can’t attend the show 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.

 


Join the fun OBR (One Billion Rising) shirt challenge!

10 February 2017

The One Billion Rising in Second Life team would like to challenge all bloggers/vloggers, or those who want to take a fun picture in support of this year’s event.

Show us your fabulous style with our new 2017 T-Shirts!

You can visit our inworld main office On NonProfit Commons Aloft and get your shirt today.Nest choose a beuatiful or wonderful or just downright weird location in Second Life to take your photo!

The tee-shirts come in a range of colours and sizes to fit system and mesh bodies.

Then post your picture to the OBR SL Flickr Group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23

Special thank you to Kess Crystal for this year’s shirts!!


Designing Worlds seeks out romance on the grid – again!

6 February 2017

Romance at Rustica

It’s Valentine’s Day next week and we’re inviting you to join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 6th February, for a special repeat of last year’s Valentine’s episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we meet three couples who are behind some of the best loved brands in Second Life – and who have taken their Second Life partnerships into real life.

Each of the three couples have crossed continents or oceans to be with each other in real life, and they’ve all been together since around 2007 – that’s getting on for ten years!

We talk to Shai Delacroix of Casa del Shai and Kris Lehmann of Botanical, to Lyyric Fei and Maxwell Graf of Ristica, and to Bastchild Lotus and Paul Lapointe of Lapointe and Bastchild. They share their stories with us – funny, moving and exciting by turns – and sometimes with touches of frustration with officialdom too!

It’s a show that reveals the real people behind the avatars, and it’s also a powerful demonstration of how our virtual world impacts on our lives away from the screen.

It makes for a fascinating show that you won’t want to miss!

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.

Casa del Shai: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/127/213/30
Botanicals: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/125/187/28Rustica: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rustica/128/128/2
Lapointe and Bastchild: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evocative/176/125/79


Designing Worlds explores the castles and mists of Rosehaven – now on the web

5 February 2017

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the the beautiful estate of Rosehaven, which has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary – is now on the web!

 

And if the name is a little unfamiliar to you, that’s because until recently, the estate was known as Winterfell, a name it took in 2006, long before a certain television programme had made the name widely known.

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven is a estate of mystery and romance, with some dark undertones as we discover when we take a look at builds old and new (including some new mews cottages), and discuss the different aspects of this lovely fantasy estate. We talk to the estate owner Selena Anansi and visit some of the residents in their homes – including Elizabeth, the Duchess of Trikassi, Mr Podruly Peccable and our very own Wildstar Beaumont who was one of the very earliest residents of the estate!

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take several tours of the waterways to see some of the magnificent castles and other builds, as we discuss the importance of story in the lovely and magical Rosehaven.

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


Break the Chain! Dancers needed for this year’s One Billion Rising video!

5 February 2017

 

Would you like to dance in this year’s upcoming One Billion Rising video? If so, then sign up today – and remember to tell your friends!

OBR 2017 Video Registration form:

You can also volunteer to help One Billion Rising on the day!

Sign up here to attend one of our special greeter classes and collect your greeter gifts.

Training Sessions for Greeters:

Saturday 4th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm
Sunday 5th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm

Fri 10th Feb – – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm
Saturday 11th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm
Sunday 12th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm

 


Can you help One Billion Rising in Second Life?

4 February 2017

The OBR in Second Life team is looking for organized, enthusiastic and dependable volunteers for One Billion Rising Revolution 24-hour Global Awareness event on 14 Feb 2017.

We have positions for Stage Managers and Greeters.

If you would like to help us – whether it’s just for a couple of hours or for longer – please complete the OBR 2017 Volunteer Application form, and become a part of our team!

Full training will be given.

Training Sessions for Greeters:

Saturday 4th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm
Sunday 5th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm

Fri 10th Feb – – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm
Saturday 11th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm
Sunday 12th Feb – 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm

It will really help us if you can let us know when you are planning on attending. Please sign up to book your training session here.


HUNTIES Awards 2016! Favourites and the show

3 February 2017

The 2016 Hunties Awards took place last weekend. Created by the TV show Happy Hunting! and the blog HuntSL, these are the only awards in Second Life which focus primarily on the Hunt Community, and they are voted for by Hunters across the grid.

The Favourites were:

Favorite Women’s Fashion – Snowpaws

Favorite Women’s Accessories – The Happy Hat

Favorite Men’s Fashion – The Happy Hat

Favorite Men’s Accessories – The Happy Hat

Favorite Footwear – Lindy Modern and Retro Shoes

Favorite Jewelry – GDit Jewelry

Favorite Hair – {Speakeasy}

Favorite Body Parts – 7 Deadly s{K}ins

Favorite Poses and Animations – Something New

Favorite Indoor Home Furnishings – The Artist Shed

Favorite Outdoor Home Furnishings – The Artist Shed

Favorite Food – The Artist Shed

Favorite Garden/Landscaping – The Happy Hat

Favorite Vehicle – Hogs And Cart Wheels

Favorite Building Components – Tool Shed

Favorite Building/Structures – The Happy Hat

Favorite Hunt Theme – The Twisted Hunt – Odyssey

Favorite Grid Wide Hunt -The Twisted Hunt – Odyssey
The Twisted Hunt – Divination

Favorite Store/Sim Hunt – The Free Dove

Favorite Hunt – The Twisted Hunt – Odyssey

Favorite Organized/Organizer – The Twisted Hunt

 

At the Hunties

 

The Full List of Nominees: Favorite Women’s Fashion:

Steel & Ink (Drake Nightfire)

Snowpaws  (Carrie Snowpaw)

[Co*Motion]  (Krista Darbyshire)

Emerald Couture  (Jiejie Emerald)

Carrie’s Lingerie  (Carrie Bridger)

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Favorite Women’s Accessories:

The Little Bat (Drusilla Dethly)

Couture Chapeau  (Chigadee London)

Chapeau  (Isabelle Torok)

The Happy Hat  (Rah Rehula)

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Favorite Men’s Fashion:

[ZD]  (Cecillia Blachere)

The Happy Hat  (Rah Rehula)

Emerald Couture  (Jiejie Emerald)

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Favorite Men’s Accessories:

The Happy Hat  (Rah Rehula)

Tabou (glamSOglamour)

Couture Chapeau (Chigadee London)

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Favorite Footwear:

Chic & Shoes (Ona Loire)

Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes (Delinda Abbot)

The Happy Hat  (Rah Rehula)

Skateworld (NL Sperber)

Crazy Pastry Designs (Khookie Loon)

Cara’s Closet (Faerie Lindley)

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Favorite Hair (unisex, male, female):

{Speakeasy} (Favorite) (JamesEdwardQ)

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Favorite Jewelry:

Secrets of Gaia (Rox Arten)

Glitzz (Lissa Bohm)

The Happy Hat (Rah Rehula)

TeaBunny (Caronwynn Chau)

GDit (Favorite) (MOZ Loordes)

Indulge Temptations (Aneanu)

.:Glint:.  (Rainbow Fairymeadow)

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Favorite Body Parts (skins, shapes, makeup):

7 Deadly s{K}ins (Favorite)  (Izara Zuta)

Avatar Bizarre (Spedni Eel)

Nail Me (Meranda Gloom)

Go Frock Yourself (Ripley Rozenberg)

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Favorite Poses/Animation:

[Black Tulip]  (Auryn Beorn)

Pics & Poses (Sue Hunniton)

Something New Something Erotic (Favorite)  (allysondwyer)

~XM~ Designs (XMarieX Fairport)

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Favorite Indoor Home Furnishings Gift:

By Chiana Oh, (Chiana Oh)

Panda Panda Store, (Liam Metaluna)

Dixie Dandelion, (Ginger Emolite)

The Artist Shed (Favorite) (MargeKinson)

*Pastiche* Home & Garden, Jynx Rae

Park Place Home Decor, (DeAnn Dufaux)

~XM~ Design, (XMarieX Fairport)

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Favorite Outdoor Home Furnishing Gift:

Nordari (Jordan Grant)

The Artist Shed (Favorite)  (MargeKinson)

Stitches Creations (Stitches Bade)

Dawn’s Dreamy Garden (Dawn Larimal)

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Favorite Food Gift:

The Artist Shed (Favorite)  (MargeKinson)

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Favorite Garden/Landscaping Gift:

The Artist Shed (MargeKinson)

Incendia Outdoors  (Lucie Scorbal)

The Happy Hat (Favorite)  (Rah Rehula)

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Favorite Vehicle Gift:

X-Clusives Animations (Kacey Pomegranate)

The Happy Hat (Rah Rehula)

Hogs And Cart Wheels (Favorite) (Hellbone Barbosa)

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Favorite Building Components Gift (i.e. full perm):

Love My Textures (Mandi Blanco)

Sanna – Science and Art (Sanna Jupiter)

Tool Shed (Favorite)  (Fallacy DeCuir)

Clutter for Builders ( Kat Alderson)

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Favorite Buildings/Structures (homes, prefabs, free standing):

The Happy Hat (Rah Rehula)

Love Everlasting Plant Pets (Roxy Bergiere)

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Favorite Hunt Theme:

Steam (Perryn Peterson)

The Twisted Hunt – Odyssey (Rox Arten)

Around the Grid in 80 Days (Isabelle Torok & Ripley Rozenberg)

Twisted Hunt – Divination (Rox Arten)

Back to School Hat Hunt (Chigadee London)

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Favorite Grid Wide Hunt:

The Twisted Hunt – Odyssey (Rox Arten)

The Twisted Hunt – Divination (Rox Arten)

Steam XI (Perryn Peterson)

Around the Grid in 80 Days (Isabelle Torok & Ripley Rozenberg)

Renaissance Hunt and Faire (Perryn Peterson)

Back to School Hat Hunt (Chigadee London)

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Favorite Store or Sim Hunt:

The Free Dove Hunt (Palomma Casanova)

The Twisted Hunt (Rox Arten)

Zuri’s Jewelry Creations (Zure Rayna)

Mountain Rose (Sebastian Tioger)

Renaissance Hunt and Faire (Perryn Peterson)

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Favorite Hunt:

The Twisted Hunt – Odyssey (Rox Arten)

Steam XI (Perryn Peterson)

Penguin Awareness (Vampir3princess9)

The Twisted Hunt – Divination (Rox Arten)

Renaissance Hunt and Faire (Perryn Peterson)

Medieval Fantasy (Men Dinzel, Eldowyn Inshan, Aischa Akina)

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Favorite Organized/Organizer

Rox Arten, Lokii Violet, Srendi Eel(Twisted Hunt)

Palomma Casanova (The Free Dove)

Vampir3princess9 (!Vamp! Events)

Isabelle Torok & Ripley Rozenberg ( I&R Fun With Hunts)

Krista Darbyshire (Purple Puffin Productions)

Perryn Peterson (Historical Hunts LTD)

Cheryne Jewell (Miss Jewel Events)

Allie Munro (Evil Bunny Productions)

Barbie Alchemi (Creations Park)

Xandra Bressig (Sour Pickles Hunts)

Gardenia Events

BrigittaCoral Resident & Chigadee London (Hat Hunts of SL)

Tiviyah Resident (Peace on Earth)

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Favorite Organized/Organizer:

Rox Arten – The Twisted Hunt

Palomma Casanova – Mini Hunts at Free Dove

Taki Kujisawa – NOP Events

Vampir3princess9 from ! Vamp ! Events

Isabelle Torok and Ripley Rozenberg- I&R Fun With Hunts

Krista Darbyshire – Purple Puffin Productions

Perryn Peterson – Historical Hunts LTD

Cheryne Jewell – Miss Jewell Events

Barbie Alchemi – Creations Parks (MICHAEL J FOX FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSON’S RESEARCH)

Xandra Bressig – Sour Pickles Hunts

Gardenia Events – Gardenia Events

Brigitta Coral & Chigadee London – Hat Hunts of SL

Tiviyah Resident – Peace on Earth

Cheryne Jewell – Miss Jewell Events