Saffia Widdershins's Blog

View of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontView of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 27th October at 2pm SLT Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for our Halloween special - a trip to one of the moodiest and most sinister regions on the grid — the town of Innsmouth. And Europeans - remember that now the clocks have gone back, that's an hour earlier than usual!

Innsmouth is a fascinating region - based on the horror stories of HP Lovecraft (whom many call the most influential horror writer of the 20th century), it has plenty of mysterious and hidden places to explore - all in the tradition of Lovecraft's mysterious New England coastal towns. It was also, of course, an important location in Season 1 of The Blackened Mirror (as we shall learn).

View of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontView of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But more recently, Innsmouth has been in danger of being lost. A campaign has begin to save this wonderful region by its supporters, led by Arik Metzger., who - together with Terra Volitant - joins us on the show.

Find out more about this campaign, the stories of HP Lovecraft and Innsmouth itself in tonight's Halloween special show - don't miss it!

View of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontView of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday 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.

View of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontView of Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 20th October at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special show of highlights from our last few seasons of shows.

Designing Worlds studioDesigning Worlds studio

What have we chosen? We've chosen discussion shows, shows that are educational, shows that are beautiful and shows that are fun!

Are they some of your favourites? Do you agree with our choices?

You'll have to see what we've chosen for this show to find out!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing 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.

Join us today, Monday 13th October at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore one of the oldest and largest of the mainland communities - the East River Community.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillanEast River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

The East River community is located on the Samsara Continent, just to the North of the Sea of Fables, and it’s a remarkable place - and a remarkable achievement too.

Because what makes this community so fascinating is that it’s not - like many close communities - part of an island estate, privately owned and managed with a Covenant to make sure that there is consistency. No, this is a mainland community, created by residents coming together and protecting a tract of land that now covers nineteen sims, all brought together as the East River Community.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillanEast River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

With the assistance of a longtime resident, Drewski Northman, we explore some of the residential and commercial areas, the art that forms an important part of the community, and aome of the amazing transportation systems that link the community,

This is a fascinating show about an aspect of Second Life that many people remain unaware of - the rich potential of mainland living - don't miss it!

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillanEast River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

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.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillanEast River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Interview with Ebbe, Elrik and Saffia, photograph by Honour McMillanInterview with Ebbe, Elrik and Saffia, photograph by Honour McMillan

Join us today, Monday 6th October at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for our special 250th episode (set on the island of Matanzas), as we talk to Ebbe Altberg (aka Ebbe Linden) about Second Life, and about plans for the future platform.

It's a full and wide-ranging discussion, as we discuss the future of Second Life, problems that have arisen - especially failures of communication - and, of course, the new platform that is being developed by Linden Lab.

Ebbe on Matanzas, photograph by Honour McMillanEbbe on Matanzas, photograph by Honour McMillan

This is a show that anyone with an interest in Second Life and the new platform from Linden Lab really 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.

The island of Matanzas, photograph by Wildstar BeaumontThe island of Matanzas, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 29th September at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we pay the second of our two visits to the amazing Home and Garden Expo!

Home and Garden Expo 2014: Cain Maven's Eichler style home, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Garden Expo 2014: Cain Maven's Eichler style home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be talking to Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes, Aki Shichiroji of Organica, Marcello Law and Bee Caudron Law of M.Law Designs and Bee Designs, BB Woodford of Exquisite Eye Designs, and paying a visit to the Prim Perfect Castle, designed and landscaped by our director, Aisling Sinclair. And there will be a chance to see the beautiful lantern ceremony we held each day.

Home and Garden Expo 2014: Prim Perfect Castle - the Lady of Shalott's Loom and Mirror, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Garden Expo 2014: Prim Perfect Castle - the Lady of Shalott's Loom and Mirror, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there will, of course, be wonderful photographs of the Expo from Wildstar Beaumont.

This is a show that fans of design in Second life really won’t want to miss!

Home and Garden Expo 2014, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Garden Expo 2014, 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.

Home and Garden Expo 2014: the Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Garden Expo 2014: the Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo: Culprit Furniture, photograph by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Garden Expo: Culprit Furniture, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 22nd September at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we pay the first of two visits to the amazing Home and Garden Expo!

We'll be talking to Kat AldHome and Expo: Culprit Furniture, photograph by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Expo: Culprit Furniture, photograph by Wildstar Beaumonterson, the organiser of the event, and to some of the designers whose work in featured there, including Robin Sojourner of R(S)W, Tess Spargel of Spargel and Shine, Cara Ametza of Treasured Cove, Cube Republic of The Cube Republic, and eku Zhong and yure4u Sosa of Culprit Furniture.

And there will, of course, be wonderful photographs of the Expo from Wildstar Beaumont.

Home and Garden Expo: Spargel and Shine, photograph by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Garden Expo: Spargel and Shine, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

But perhaps the best news of all is that the Expo is still open, and will be till September 28th, so you will be able to visit it for yourselves (see http://primperfect.net/2014/09/16/the-home-and-garden-expo-is-open for how to get there!).

This is a show that fans of design in Second life really won't want to miss!

Home and Garden Expo: R(S)W, photograph by Wildstar BeaumontHome and Garden Expo: R(S)W, photograph 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.

There's a whole range of activities at the Home and Garden Expo! Photograph by Wildstar BeaumontThere's a whole range of activities at the Home and Garden Expo! Photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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.