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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)

____________________________

Favorite Men’s Fashion:

[ZD]  (Cecillia Blachere)

The Happy Hat  (Rah Rehula)

Emerald Couture  (Jiejie Emerald)

____________________________

Favorite Men’s Accessories:

The Happy Hat  (Rah Rehula)

Tabou (glamSOglamour)

Couture Chapeau (Chigadee London)

_____________________________

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)

_____________________________

Favorite Hair (unisex, male, female):

{Speakeasy} (Favorite) (JamesEdwardQ)

_____________________________

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)

___________________________

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)

________________________________

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)

__________________________________________

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)

__________________________________________

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)

____________________________________________

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

 


Designing Worlds explores the castles and mists of Rosehaven

30 January 2017

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th January, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting the beautiful estate of Rosehaven, which has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Perhaps the name may be a little unfamiliar to you? That is because until recently, the estate was known as Winterfell, a name it took in 2016, long before a certain television programme had made the name widely known.

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to the estate owner Selena Anansi about the reasons for the name change, and about why her voice sounds strangely familiar!

Rosehaven is a estate of mystery and romance, with some dark undertones. 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 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 go we talk about roleplay as opposed to lifestyle, and talk about the role that storytelling plays in Rosehaven.

We can promise you a really lovely show so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you would like to visit the Rosehaven Estate for yourself, the recommended starting point is Rosehaven Castle.

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.

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


The Lost Pleiads at One Billion Rising 2016

29 January 2017

Each year at One Billion Rising, as well as the art intallations around the edges of the region, and the 24 hours of music and dance that is taking place in the centre on the great stage, there are also poetry workshops, open mic sessions, dance performances and plays.

Last year saw a performance of The Lost Pleiads by Bhelanna Blaze and performed by The Cold Shot Ensemble.

Details of events taking place this year will appear on the One Billion Rising Events Schedule, closer to the date of February 14th

CAST
The Pleiads

Pleiad One, The teller of tales
Bhelanna Blaze

Pleaid Two, The sentinel
Adele Ward

Pleiad Three, The oracle
Grail Sangreal Arnica

Pleiad Four & Pleiad Five
Namaara McMoragh

Pleiad Six, The doubting one
Emma MacLeod Foehammer

Pleiad Seven, Sister of the Lost
Wisdomseeker (Lissena)

Maxine Wills
Wisdomseeker (Lissena)

Simone Bates
Grail Sangreal Arnica

Gemma Arroyo
Marita De Costa

Jess Dugan
Catori

Filmed and Edited By
Saffia Widdershins

Filmed At
One Billion Rising in Second Life 2016

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Read about planned events around the world here.

You can add your reasons for rising on our special page: Why I’m Rising.

If you would like to help with the event, please fill in the form here.

Additional links:
Our website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/


Designing Worlds visits Virtual Ability – now on the web!

29 January 2017

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the a visit to Virtual Ability estate, a nonprofit that has created online community of support for people with physical, mental, sensory, developmental, and emotional disabilities and their families, friends, and caregivers – is now on the web!

And a full transcript of the programme is available here.

We hear from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

Supported Housing on Cape Heron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Additional Website mentioned on the show:
Universal Design website — ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 


One Billion Rising in Second Life: Why We Rise

28 January 2017

OBR logo

There are many, many reasons why we rise.

Because, in Russia, MPs have backed a bill reducing the punishment for some forms of domestic violence, despite protests from rights groups.

Because, in India, more than 34,000 cases of rape were reported in 2015 (and think how many will go unreported).

Because, in the United Kingdom, government support for charities supporting women has been slashed and prosecutors are failing to pursue cases involving domestic violence.

Because, in the US – and around the world – women’s rights are under threat under the new US government.

Because, all around the world, women are faced with violence, exploitation, discrimination and repression.

And that’s before we think about the individual reasons why we rise.

The teacher or priest or or boss whose hand brushed a little too intimately a little too often for comfort.  The uncle or stepfather or father who wanted his “special” kisses. The boyfriend who wanted to push us to places we didn’t want to go, and told us, “everyone does it” or accused us of being prudish. The man in the street who thought he could jeer or call out obscenities or just order us to look the way he wanted us to look – “Smile, darlin’!” The boss who paid us less and asked more. of us. The firms that demand we wear make up or short skirts or high heels because our ability to do our job professionally is not enough.

On 14th February, we will be Rising. Women and Men together, we’ll be Rising in Solidarity with women around the world.

Read about planned events around the world here.

You can add your reasons for rising on our special page: Why I’m Rising.

If you would like to help with the event, please fill in the form here.

Additional links:
Our website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/


Designing Worlds is back – with a visit to Virtual Ability!

23 January 2017

Virtual Ability Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 23rd January, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – for the first show in the new season, when we’ll be paying a visit to Virtual Ability.

We’ll be hearing from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

Virtual Ability Induction Course, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Art Gallery on Cape Able, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

It all makes for a really interesting start to our Designing Worlds season – so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Health Info Island, 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.

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont


Get Ready for One Billion Rising in Second Life 2017: Solidarity against the Exploitation of Women

16 January 2017

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RISE! DISRUPT! CONNECT!
One Billion Rising first began in 2013 with the fierce struggle against sexual and physical violence – taking on the advocacy against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking that V-Day campaigns over 18 years have been at the forefront of. Over the last four years, as One Billion Rising has grown and the local campaigns deepened, it has also brought in economic violence and the violence of poverty, racial violence, gender violence, violence caused by corruption, occupation and aggression, violence caused by environmental disasters, climate change and environmental plunder, violence impacting women in the context of state sponsored wars, militarization, and the worsening internal and international displacement of millions of people, among so many others.

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.

Read more here about the international campaign to Rise! Disrupt! Connect!

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One Billion Rising in Second Life 2017
For the fith year, on February 14, 2017, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Disrupt and Connect as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dramatic productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period and poetry and dramatic events will be held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.

If you would like to volunteer to support the event, go here to find out how you can join in.

If you would like to  contribute through art, poetry, music, or drama, contact our team inworld:

Music: Samantha Ohrberg
Art: Krystali Rabeni
Dance: Aelva
Poetry: Adele Ward

If you would like to report on the event as a member of the press, go here.

The objective of the event is to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations will be available for those wishing to donate.

We will be announcing the sponsors for One Billion Rising shortly.

Additional links:
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising page: www.onebillionrising.org/


Prim Perfect main blog down – so watch this space!

15 January 2017

The main Prim Perfect blog has been infected by malware. While we work to bring it back, we are reverting to our old blog address here.

We have news about One Billion Rising, Designing Worlds and an upcoming event to help out a Second Life user (sponsored by eku Zhong of Culprit) so watch this blog for more details!

And we’ll keep you updated on the progress of reclaiming the main Prim Perfect blog. It looks as though we have malware in the database (just writing that gives me an itch) so it may be some time – and some serious money – before it can be sorted out. The blogs affected are Prim Perfect and The Blackened Mirror. Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting, and One Billion Rising are all fine!


Radegast now up-to-date with SL Voice

30 November 2016

The value of serendipity. This came about when I was filming for the forthcoming Designing World show. A great end…or a great new beginning.

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Radegast client is the leading lightweight client for many users with disabilities

Earlier in November 2016, I invited Beq Janus to write about recent issues which have come to light for people trying to use SL Voice with the Radegast client. In short, it was recently noticed that Radegast would no longer install SL Voice on a new or clean (for those who had previously used it) installation. The problem lay with the Voice package being used no longer being available, compounded by the fact that since the sad passing of Radegast’s developer, Latif Khalifa, no-one is actively maintaining the client.

At the end of the article, Beq put out a plea for someone with the necessary coding expertise to consider stepping forward, and – if not take over maintenance of Radegast – at least update the installer to ensure it can use the correct Voice package going forward.

Well…

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