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This week’s show is a timely repeat of our conversation with some of the people from Linden Lab about server side baking and materials.

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th September, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we are joined by Oz, Brooke, Troy and Nyx Linden to discuss the issues of Server Side Baking and materials.

Nyx, Troy, Oz and Brooke Linden explain the changes coming

The changeover to server-side baking appears to have gone smoothly, and materials are now coming in on a variety of viewers. But what does it all mean for the Second Life user?

Server side baking is a whole new way of solving the problem of avatars (and system clothing) that fails to load properly, by moving this from the viewer side client to the server side. Nyx and Troy Linden talk about this and explaining what Second Life users should expect.

Katana, created by June Dion of Bare Rose, demonstrating materials

Then Oz and Brooke Linden explain about materials, normal and specular maps, what this is and what it means for our Second Life experience. And there are samples to see too – when Oz and Brooke took us to see the work in progress at Hippotopolis.  You can go there and check out developments for yourselves but if you want to see the items properly displayed, you’ll need to download the special Materials Viewer (it doesn’t overwrite the main Linden Lab viewer).

A simple cube takes on depth and texture under changing light

Materials mean a richer Second Life experience, and creators are very excited about the possibilities! But don’t take our word for it – come and watch the show at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – or watch it on the web at Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/project-materials.

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we explore the architectural beauties and the seamy underbelly of 1020s Berlin.

While Saffia browses the high class shops in Unter den Linden and muses on the wealth of art, architecture and cinema, Elrik explores the alleys and shabby apartments that show vividly what life was like for ordinary people in the Weimar Republic, and in a city that was open to experimentation and innovation like no other. And, hand in hand with that, went the famed decadence of Berlin’s clubs …

1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It was a time of political upheaval too, and we catch glimpses of that – although the Nazis were still a comparatively small and disregarded faction, engaging in street fights with the Communists.  But this was a society dancing on the edge …

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era. It’s an amazing show – don’t miss it!

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we are now able to bring you the final show of our previous season, where we visited the fantastic worlds of Elicio Ember and Roscko Cobalt – just click on the play button below!

You can also see the show on the Treet TV web site .

This week, on Monday 17th September, we will be showing the first of our new series, featuring the builds of Relay For Life of Second Life 2012. There are some fantastic things to see and we’ve covered as much as we can in this new feature-length episode (see separate story for details).

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Happy Hunting!

Happy Hunting!

It’s the premiere episode with host Cinders Vale. The show for hunts and hunters in Second Life with guest Ivy Maverick and the Hunt News Desk with Frequency Picnic. And where in the world is MarkTwain White?

You’ll find your first clue to our fun competition (with a 2,000 Linden Prize) in the show itself – along with plenty of hunt news, a fascinating interview and some examples of fun things you can win.


Want more information about the hunts mentioned on the show? Frequency Picnic has all the details!

And there’s a reminder of where you can see the MTW gnome AND a second clue to help you find our treasure here. How do you enter the competition? Just click here and tell us where in the world is MarkTwain White!

And make sure you don’t miss our next episode! We’re filming on Friday, 18th November at 3pm in our fabulous Garden of Dreams studio, where we’ll be announcing the very first winner of our competition. But remember – no spoilers!

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Happy Hunting! logo

Happy Hunting! logo

The first showing of Happy Hunting! will be today at 3pm. It should go out at 3pm on Treet TV – and we will be having a viewing party in our fabulous studio on Garden of Dreams 2. However, as this is our very first show, we are making preparations for technical glitches, and have prepared a back-up location where you’ll be able to see the show. We’ll release details of that at 3pm, if there is a problem with getting it on to the Treet stream today.

Happy Hunting! is the new show from treet.tv, all about hunts in Second Life and other virtual worlds. The show is presented by Cinders Vale, well-known as the RFL Survivors/Caregivers chair. She’s joined by Frequency Picnic, our Hunt News Reporter.

Get your low-lag Happy Hunting! teeshirt at today’s show!

In each show we have news of ongoing and upcoming hunts, tips, advice, and shout-outs for hunts that are looking for participants. We show items that have caught our eye, as well as interviews with some of the people behind the hunts.

Ivy Maverick

Ivy Maverick

Our guest today is Ivy Maverick. Ivy is co-owner of the Menstuff and Womenstuff hunts with Rob1977 Moonites. The Menstuff hunt is one of the most popular men’s fashion hunts on the grid and starts this week. The highly anticipated Womenstuff hunt is brand new and will start in the New Year.

If you would like to find out more, the blogs are at http://stuff-sl.com/womenstuff/ and http://stuff-sl.com/menstuff/.

The blogs and the Menstuff/Womenstuff Lounge are a great resource for fashion freebies and info!

And don’t miss the competition on today’s show!

It’s called Where in the World is MarkTwain White? and before each show, Mark (the man behind the popular Sail On programme and maker of RFL films) will be placing a little gnome statue somewhere on the grid and taking a picture. That photo will be shown on the show, and a couple of exclusive clues will be given by Mark and Cinders. Viewers will have to identify the location and complete the entry form on the blog—and the winner will be announced on the following show. The prize is L$2,000.

And there will be a special extra clue appearing on this website shortly!

Happy Hunting! studio

Happy Hunting! studio

So do come and join us at 3pm today- and if possible, get here a little early to be sure of getting a seat!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 3pm SLT on Friday for the live show on http://treet.tv/chat – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/happyhunting – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Treet goes Mobile!

treet.tv logo

treet.tv logo

Want to catch up on your latest Treet shows while on the train or the tube or riding your bike in the gym? It’s always been possible to download Treet shows from iTunes and play them back, but now there’s an easier way to watch the latest shows on your iPhone, iPad or Android.

When you access the Treet site, you’ll be connected to Treet Mobile, which allows you to stream the latest Treet shows on your device.

In the past, you could download Treet shows from iTunes and then watch them, but Treet Mobile makes it even easier to catch up on recent shows and – because Treet shows are available in hi-def, the quality is wonderful, as Wildstar Beaumont’s picture shows!

Designing Worlds on iPad - photo by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds on iPad - photo by Wildstar Beaumont

When Treet changed their production earlier in the year, they promised that the company would be seeing exciting new developments over the coming months – and this is one of them, with more to come in the pipeline.

In fact … watch this space for news of a new show coming very soon …

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This week on Designing Worlds we visited the stunningly beautiful creation The Looking Glass, created by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee.

We tried to visit as many of the amazing locations as possible but – alas! There’s simply too much to see!  So, if you get a chance, make sure you visit Horizon Dream and explore the beautiful world through the Looking Glass for yourselves!

The Looking Glass - the Enchanted Forest

The Looking Glass - the Enchanted Forest

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Fat Tuesday sim, featuring a beautiful recreation of the buildings and streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter, was the location for this week’s visit with Gospel Voom and Emerson Vhargon with a highlight trip for Saffia & Elrik on a Mardi Gras parade float.

more about “Mardi Gras in Second Life“, posted with vodpod

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more about “Playing Designing Worlds :: Steelhead…“, posted with vodpod

This week, we visited the stunningly lovely sim of Steelhead Shanghai – and you can now see the show on the web – here, and available in both standard and high quality. And you can also download the show from the iTunes store (just search on Designing Worlds) to watch at your leisure. You can even put it on your iPod to carry around with you (or watch at the gym!).

The Steelhead area is part of those regions popularly known as the Steamlands which combine elements of a vintage lifestyle with a steampunk ethos.  Steelhead, however, has a great deal of diversity and strong fantasy elements (after all, one of the owners and creative forces behind the region is a Moon Elf!).

Based on Oregon of the late nineteenth century, its latest area owes much to the influx of Chinese workers who travelled to Oregon to be part of the teams working on the great transcontinental railroads, and who subequently left their mark in the ‘Chinatowns’ of large American cities.  Perhaps there are elements to of the pulp fiction of the times, where the mysterious Orient came into juxtaposition with the brash new West.

Join Saffia and Elrik as they explore this richly fascinating region, accompanied by the owners of Steelhead, TotalLunar Eclipse and Tensai Hira.  There’s news of an exciting planned expansion for the Steelhead region.  And we also meet Elegia Underwood, proprietress of the Dragonlands hotel, who introduces Elrik to some secrets deep in her cellars …

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Designing Worlds, the television programme all about design and designers in virtual worlds, is seeking a Studio Manager.
We’re looking for a reliable, responsible individual to join our team. Duties are to manage and organize exhibit space in the studio lobby, update billboards advertising upcoming shows, and prepare the studio and host the audience for weekly live broadcasts.
Work experience in Second Life is preferable. Experience and/or familiarity with television production is a plus.
This is a paid position; salary is dependent on experience.
To apply, please send qualifications and a cover letter to Saffia Widdershins, Executive Producer, at saffia.widdershins@gmail.com.

Designing Worlds, the television programme all about design and designers in virtual worlds, is seeking a Studio Manager.

We’re looking for a reliable, responsible individual to join our team. Duties are to manage and organize exhibit space in the studio lobby, update billboards advertising upcoming shows, and prepare the studio and host the audience for weekly live broadcasts.

Basic SL building skills required. Work experience in Second Life is preferable. Experience and/or familiarity with television production is a plus.

This is a paid position; salary is dependent on experience.

To apply, please send qualifications and a cover letter to Saffia Widdershins, Executive Producer, at saffia.widdershins@gmail.com.

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