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Archive for March 30th, 2015

Designing Worlds with Draxtor Despres, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds with Draxtor Despres, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 30th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds (and the last in our current season) at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be meeting meeting the film-maker and broadcaster Draxtor Despres.

Draxtor is now probably best known for his two series, the Drax Files podcasts and the series of the Drax Files Worldmakers – a series of brilliant short, energising films about some of the awesome creators in Second Life.

But Drax has been filming in and discussing Second Life and virtual worlds for a very long time. We take a look at some of his early films, and talk about his evolution as a film-maker – and about Second Life’s evolution too. And along the way we’ll be talking about Flufee on a Meshion, creating comedy in a virtual world, the importance of radio … and how Drax puts the Worldmaker videos together.

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This is a fascinating show, so do join us, at 2pm today!

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.

Useful Links
The Drax Files podcasts
The Drax Files Worldmakers
Flufee on a Meshion
Documenting Second Life (including some fascinating videos from as far back as 2007)

 

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Designing Worlds’ meeting with Patch Linden and exploration of the fantastic builds created by the Linden Department of Public Works (otherwise known as the Moles) is now on the web!

We hoped we would meet some of the elusive Moles … but that was not to be.  However … some did sneak into the show so you can play the Chocolate Mole game as you watch this episode – every time you see a Mole – eat a chocolate!

The elusive Moles are creative residents of Second Life who – with special Mole surnamed avatars – work on Linden infrastructure, events and gifts.  Recently, a special island for the Moles has opened, known as the Meauxle Bureaux, which residents can visit.

Inside the Meauxle Bureaux, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inside the Meauxle Bureaux, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But the work of the Moles extends over (and under) the mainland, as well as projects around the Portal Park – like the Haunted House for Halloween, the Winterfair, the Linden Realms and the Cornfield.  They have worked in partnership with residents on major developments like Bay City and Nautilus.

We talk to Patch Linden about the work of the Moles, and about his own work at Linden Lab.  He talks about the future of Second Life (as its own entity – and in relation to the new platform Second Life are buildingg) and about plans for development within Second Life – including in the Welcome Areas.

Ahab's Haunt, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ahab’s Haunt, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Some Mole-created links for this show:
Meauxle Bureaux – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meauxle%20Bureaux/157/123/29
Statue to the Heroic Mole in Bay City – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Falconmoon/81/56/25
Portal Park (gateway to many Linden experiences – and Mole Builds) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/135/134/23
Ahab’s Haunt – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ahab%27s%20Haunt/128/128/0
Sea of Fables – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bohol/219/88/27
Linden Homes – Elderglen – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elderglen/128/128/29
Space Base, Mos Ainsley – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mos%20Ainsley/134/131/49
Pyri Peaks Funfair Dock – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sandeulbaram/217/228/23

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