Saffia Widdershins's Blog

Froukje Hoorenbeek's Home - the living room, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFroukje 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 BeaumontFroukje 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 BeaumontFroukje 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.

Relay Wizards for SpUnKy campsite, created by Anhayla  Lycia and Relay Wizards for SpUnKy, phographed by Wildstar BeaumontRelay 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 BeaumontDesigner 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$90) and ... the dinkie twerked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjioxY8QZtU

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!*"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJTEGkM0PQ

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 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, or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Designer Sim created by Troy Vogel, phographed by Wildstar BeaumontDesigner 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.

Plenty to do for new users in the Yumix simsPlenty to do for new users in the Yumix sims

Join us today, Monday 4th August at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we re-visit the question of the new user experience and Second Life retention - but from a wholly new angle - because we are heading for Japanese regions!

SL Utopia, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL Utopia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

After our last show on this topic (and the Prim Perfect build at the SL11B Community Celebration), it was suggested to us that we should take a look at what was happening in the Japanese regions to welcome and support new users. So, with the aid of a fantastic guide, Kengo, we visited various groups and individuals who have created a wide range of projects and groups to support new Japanese residents. And you can see the results on tonight's show.

Beginner Center, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontBeginner Center, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We visit a newcomer support group - SL Utopia and the Beginners' Center located close by, the Yumix estate, which offers special support for newcomers, Melsapo - another newcomer center and group, and the Hotel Riverside, which offers special accommodation for free to newcomers. And we also take a look at something that draws together Japanese people in Second Life - television created for Japanese residents, which offers a very full range of programming (they even have a very popular show that explores Second Life regions - rather like Designing Worlds!).

Msapo - support for Japanese residentsMsapo - support for Japanese residents

Many thanks to those who have helped with the creation of this show - firstly Kengo, who arranged all the meetings with Japanese residents, and not only translated our questions into Japanese, but provided translations of all the responses. We would also like to thank the people who participated: Sayully Noel, Bucchus McDonnell, Tomoyo Newall, Halfapple Kidd, Yumix Writer, Eflora Loup, Kero Nishi, Okota Wingtips, Ayumi Hammerer and Clione Clary. And we would also like to extend our thanks to the many others who came to the different locations to offer support.

Hotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residentsHotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residents

This is, we think, not just a fascinating show, but an important one – 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.

SLTV headquarters - television for Japanese residentsSLTV headquarters - television for Japanese residents

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontImages of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 28th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a visit to a new initiative in the home and garden market - Casa.

Created by Reven Rosca of PRIME and Meshopotamia, and Kaerri Rae of Kaerri are launching Casa on Friday 1st August 2014, a collection of high end stores and designs in the Home and Garden market.

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontImages of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learning about this - and seeing a stunning example of their concepts (created with Cain Maven and Cherelle Capra, and the artists Kayly Iali and Ohsoleomio - makes for a fascinating show as we explore how we can define quality in a virtual market. And we learn more about mesh templates and how they can be made exclusive or limited edition.

It makes for a fascinating show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontImages of Casa, 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Join us today, Monday 21st July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for the second (and final) part of our discussion about Second Life’s continued viability and the ways in which Linden Lab might attract existing communities to their new platform.

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our great panel of guests is present again – including Jessica Lyon, Project Manager of Firestorm, Jo Yardley, owner of 1920s Berlin, Maxwell Graf, owner of Rustica. JJ Drinkwater, Virtual and real life Librarian and Pathfinder Lester, Community Engagement specialist (and the ex-Pathfinder Linden).

We don’t talk about the technical possibilities of the new platform; instead we’ll be focus on what needs to be done to keep Second Life vibrant and alive … and, at the same time, what might persuade the residents of Second Life to make a commitment to a new environment – and some of the answers may be surprising!

Join us at 2pm for an important and fascinating show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Discussion, 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 Aview TV, 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Join us today, Monday 14th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a discussion about Second Life’s continued viability and the ways in which Linden Lab might attract existing communities to their new platform.

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We have a great panel of guests – including Jessica Lyon, Project Manager of Firestorm, Jo Yardley, owner of 1920s Berlin, Maxwell Graf, owner of Rustica. JJ Drinkwater, Virtual and real life Librarian and Pathfinder Lester, Community Engagement specialist (and the ex-Pathfinder Linden).

We don't talk about the technical possibilities of the new platform; instead we’ll be focus on what needs to be done to keep Second Life vibrant and alive … and, at the same time, what might persuade the residents of Second Life to make a commitment to a new environment – and some of the answers may be surprising!

Join us at 2pm for an important and fascinating show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

Designing Worlds studioDesigning Worlds studio

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

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Convergence Culture

Henry Jenkins, communications professor at MIT, talks heavily about the 'Black Box Fallacy' and how convergence effects older media. For example Jenkins talks about how 'Cinema did not kill Theatre or TV did not kill radio' but rather each medium was 'Forced to coexist with one another'. Henry also talks about how old media is not being displaced, but it's status has shifted by the introduction of new technologies. The black box fallacy argument is that all media content will eventually flow through one 'black box'. The reason why the term was coined is because we see more and more black boxes around our homes and work places (VCR, DVD and CD players), but these boxes over the years have started to converge and have multiple uses
http://convergence-culture.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Box_Fallacy

Immersive World Convergence Culture
https://www.facebook.com/groups/immersiveworld.convergence.culture/

Convergence Culture Overview for Immersive Worlds 2.0
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152571968994201

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontResident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 7th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we pay the last of our two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration!

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontResident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Last week we concentrated on the public builds - this week we explore some of the resident builds - and also the amazing Welcome Area created by Donpatchy Dagostino - who talks about his fantastic build on the show.

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontResident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also talk to Tutsy Narathava, machinima artist and SL11B CC exhibitor and Harper Beresford, Website and Social Media Lead for SL11B CCabout their installation, created around the machinima that Tutsy has created for the Homeless propject, to littlepeppergirl and Red krasnirex about their beautiful Belljar, to Nber Medici about her fun tugboats, and to DJ Larretronix, about his amazing Fun House.

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontResident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there'll be a look at the builds produced by the different branches of Prim Perfect - the Happy Hunting! site, the Blackened Mirror and the Prim Perfect build itself.

In addition you can see more of the builds as captured by the camera of Wildstar Beaumont!

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontResident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a spectacular show – 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 Aview TV, 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

PrimPerfect Build at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontPrimPerfect Build at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

SL11B CC Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL11B CC Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 30th June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we pay the first of two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration!

This show was recorded before the event opened, so we concentrated mainly on the public builds - next week's show will focus on the residents' builds (many of which were still under construction as we filmed).

SL11B CC Live Stage, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL11B CC Live Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Diana Renoir, Exhibits Assistants, Sec Mod Co0Ordinator and Land Team (and half a dozen other key roles!), Rosamoo Mendelsohn about the wonderful Big Hunt (which still goes on to July 5th), the builders of the DJ and Live Stages -Kaz (Kazuhiro Aridian) and Aki Shichiroji, Will Webb, theTime Capsule co-ordinator and last but certainly not least - Yvanna Llanfair, the creator of the wonderful pod tours - which this year include seamless transitions to balloons and boats!

SL11B CC DJ Stage, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL11B CC DJ Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL11B Community Celebration is open for a further week - until July 5th - so make sure that you don't miss it! And to help you explore it, you can find a copy of the Guide (with maps and details of the exhibitor builds here on the web - or you can pick up an inworld copy at the Prim Perfect exhibit on Fascinate. Both versions have links to enable you to jump or tp quickly to anything that catches your eyes!

Join us at 2pm for a spectacular show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

SL11B CC Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL11B CC Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

SL11B Big HuntSL11B Big HuntHow do I find out more about the SL11B Community Celebration?
You can find out more by following the official blog, and by following on Facebook and Twitter.

Find out about the Big Hunt here.

SL11B Community Celebration GuideSL11B Community Celebration GuideThere is also a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Or you can get the Guide – on the web or inworld.

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl11b/

SL11B CC Cake Stage – Interior, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL11B CC Cake Stage – Interior, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 23rd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we visit the town of Flotsam, encounter the Nautilus and Captain Nemo's underwater observatory, contemplate a trip to the moon and a voyage to the centre of the earth - and undertake an amazing underwater journey - all courtesy of the fabulous creative Aley!

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Aley has - under a variety of guises - been an amazing creator in Second Life for a great many years, and the Freeport Township of Flotsam is a brilliant example of her skill, her inventiveness and her sense of fun! It's a floating town in Blake Diego, with strong overtones of Jules Verne - as we discovered whenwe visit Nemo's Observatory, Saffia explores the Nautilus and Elrik takes a perilous journey to the centre of the earth!

Begin your Journey to the Centre of the Earth at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar BeaumoBegin your Journey to the Centre of the Earth at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumo

But there are other elements too which are wonderful to discover. Who can resist feeding the kraken (even if it takes a whale to satisfy his appetite), or dining yourself at one of the restaurants - McSushi, perhaps, with its dragon arches, or The White Whale (which serves excellent seafood)? Each building holds stories and surprises - some enchating, some alarming ... what could have happened to the previous occupants of Stan's Previously Owned Coffins?

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As we discovered on last week's show, Aley has also been busy decorating the waters of Blake's Deep and we conclude by taking an underwater tour that leads us to a fantastic underwater mer carnival (the tour cintinues without us - but we couldn't resist stopping off here!).

Aley's Mer Arcade, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontAley's Mer Arcade, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All in all, this is a fantastic show - and most of the items we see are on the Marketplace at AleyMart - and all absolutely free.

You can see more of Aley's works at the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebrations. One of these is in The Blackened Mirror exhibit. As part of an amazing demonstration of Rescene (you really must get over there and try it out!) we have re-created the mad scientist's laboratory that appeared in Episode 1 of Season 2.

And there are two exhibits devoted to Aley's work - the historical All Things Aley, SL11B Branch, which focuses on the history of her wonderful creations as Aradia Asylum (2006 - 2008) when she was such a great part of founding the "hobo ethos" of producing high quality free content, as Aley Ariai (2008-2010) , as Lora Lemon, and most recently as Aley (2011 - present), in addition to presenting material on the Boardman themed community which was created back in the beta era of Second Life - and still exists today! And then there's the Arcadia Asylum - Living Library & Freebie Center, a wonderful display by a group of like-minded individuals, working to preserve and catalogue the works Aley in all her incarnations, and to make these items available to all for free.

Nemo's Obervatory at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar BeaumontNemo's Obervatory at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a fun and spectacular show – 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 Aview TV, 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fanci’s Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFanci’s Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us today, Monday 16th June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we visit the waters of Fanci's Deep - above ... but mostly below the waterline.

And for one of our audience, there's a chance to win a fantastic prize!

Fanci’s Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFanci’s Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fanci's Deep is an incredible region of pirates and mermaids - and this time we are exploring the underwater regions of the mer. We'll be meeting Grace Wrigglesworth of the Safe Waters Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting mermaids and mermen in Second Life - and introducing newcomers to their amazing underwater world. Saffia explores an underwater tour of mainland seas and finds some fascinating evidence of a lost civilisation, while Elrik discovers the joys of underwater chariot racing!

We also talk to Nber Medici and MarkTwain White about the background to Fanci's Deep, and how the underwater world was created in memory of the late Fanci Beebe, formerly owner of the Sailors' Cove estate, who loved mers so well.

Fanci’s Memorial, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFanci’s Memorial, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And Nber and Mark are offering a fantastic prize - a month's FREE rent to a mer parcel in Fanci's Deep - for you to experience this wonderful environment for yourself!

It won't cost you anything to furnish it either - many of the designs in Fanci's Deep are the work of the wonderful Aley who has a range of mer homes and furniture available at AleyMart on the marketplace.

Join us at 2pm for a prizewinnng, fun and spectacular show - make sure that you don't miss it!

Fanci's Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFanci's Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, 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 Aview TV, 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.