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Join Designing Worlds at 2pm today, Monday 28th September at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a fascinating and exciting show with our guest Patch Linden (and assorted Moles and Lindens) as we begin by looking at Mole Builds, and end by battling dinosaurs and uncovering lost tombs in the company of Magellan Linden!

We start in Barney’s Bay, a pretty Cornish fishing village (Cornwall, England) created by the Moles – the team of resident builders employed by Linden Lab to create interesting publicly available content to a high standard. They have created fascinating and often quirky builds across the Mainland for residents’ enjoyment (as we have seen on earlier shows – both about Mole Builds and when we took some podcar tours with Yavanna Llanfair)- and Barney’s Bay is a great place to start as it has a travel agency that acts a jumping off point to many of these.

Barney's Bay

Barney’s Bay

And heavens, do we jump off to somewhere sensational!

We travel to the latest creation of the Moles, the great new game from Linden Lab – PaleoQuest. You enter via the Linden Portal Park (where you can also visit other Linden experiences such as Linden Realms, the Cornfield, the Grid Hunt and – periodically – seasonal events such as the Halloween Tour and the Winterfair). And we are joined by Patch Linden and a whole host of moles who help us explore PaleoQuest (or stand and giggle as Saffia manages to be killed yet again!).

The Portal Park entrance to PaleoQuest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Portal Park entrance to PaleoQuest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

PaleoQuest is a wonderful demonstration of what can be achieved in Second Life using experience tools and other elements that have been devised by the Lab. But it’s also great fun, stunning beautiful and very cleverly planned and executed. And it has a great back story too – as you’ll discover!

Did we mention the fact that it’s stuffed with gifts and prizes?

PaleoQuest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

PaleoQuest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch takes us behind the scenes to explain the creation of PaleoQuest with insights into the planning behind the games (for there are five different PaleoQuests to undertake) before Saffia has the chance to try the game out for herself – with somewhat … erm … variable success!

We think you’ll find this a stunning show – so do join us, at 2pm today!

PaleoQuest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

PaleoQuest, 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.

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Mad Pea celebrity auction stage

Mad Pea celebrity auction stage

This weekend is the Mad Pea Celebrity Auction for the Kenyan charity Feed A Smileyou can see information about that here.

And you can join in here at Stargazer Bay!

And if you win the bid on Saffia Widdershins, Designing Worlds will make an episode on the subject of your choice (bearing in mind that this is a family show, of course!).

Auction poster

Auction poster

It can be an event, a region, an organisation, or your business.  And it can be in Second Life, Open Sim, Inworldz … Whatever your passion – we will make a show about it!

An innocent little dinkie

An innocent little dinkie

And Saffia is also offering a special deal … if people pay sufficient donations while she is up on the stand, she’ll do a special dance in her dinkie – yes, she’ll do a dinkie twerk

There are a lot of other great people up for auction, offering a variety of gifts.  Come along and check it out – and bid on your favourites too!

This is the schedule:
10.00AM
Group LIve Auction Closes for:
Dusty Wasp
Trinity Yazimoto
Josie Anderton
Anderian Sugarplum
Sina Souza (Sinalein Resident) Aeonix Aeon
Maggie Mae Bhaktiguru (Any1 Gynoid)
Toxic Darkmatter Twostep Spiritweaver
PinkRayne, Johannes1977 Resident, Mericat Ireland
11.00 Ayla Barzane
11.15 Tab Tatham and EvanKeel Resident
11.30 Brique Topaz
11.45 Roman Godde
12.00 Inara Pey
12.15 Isla Gealach
12.30 Canary Beck
12.45 Esme Capelo
1.00 Draxtor Despres
1.15 Saffia Widdershins – and get your very own Designing Worlds show!
1.30 Jessica Lyon
1.45 Alexa Linden
2.00 TBC
2.15 The Arcade Team
2.30 Arduenn Schwatrzman
2.45 Callie Cline
3.00 Group Live Auctions Closes for:
Freestar Tammas
Garnet Psaltery
Synitry Resident
Leetx Resident
Imre Bellic
Tzaryna Gracemount
Levio Serenity Sufferingfrom Lockjaw (display name is Leannan Wolfgang)
Dita Lamour(DitaLamour Resident)
Tracy Redangel Harper Beresford Cacilia McMasters. & Ava Jhamin
winteru9 resident
RacerX gullwing
4.00PM Kiana Writer

Auction poster

Auction poster

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Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, exploring one of the most lovely locations in Second Life – Flux Sur Mer, is now on the web.

Inspired by the beauties of rural France, the region is designed by ηιc вσυя, and co-managed by her with Posh Jones, as part of the Flux Islands estates, owned by Riley Aerallo. The harmony of the design is striking – with elements designed to charm, to intrigue and to amuse. And the sheer amount and variety of design features that can form a complete region is quite stunning.

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to the team about the ways in which they have created such a rich and fascinating environment and also how, in a competitve market, they play to make is sustainable.  As well, as admiring the beauty, there are interesting points to discuss here!

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Cake Against Cancer at Prim Perfect Head Offices

Cake Against Cancer at Prim Perfect Head Offices

The cakes are set out at Prim Perfect’s Head Offices and Meshopotamia (and what a really gorgeous three (count them, THREE) tables full of cake we have this year!

And this is because today is the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World, organised by Macmillan Cancer Support UK.

Come along to our Virtual Coffee Morning and you can buy cakes for 50 Lindens.  Sometimes, you will get a slice of virtual cake – but you will always get a recipe so that you can bake these delicious cakes in the real world too. And your money goes to support Macmillan’s vital work to support cancer patients and their carers (as you can read below, the personal story of one longterm Second Life resident).

But that’s not all – because we are having a series of special events for our special Cake Against Cancer too!

The Night Theater performs on LEA2 at 12 noon SLT

The Night Theater performs on LEA2 at 12 noon SLT

Firstly, the Night Theater invite you to a very special Coffee Day event at 12 noon SLT in an enchantingly coffee themed woodland grove on LEA2.

Then, at 1pm, the music moves to Prim Perfect’s Head Offices, where from 1 – 3pm, Elrik Merlin will be spinning the tunes, followed by Victor Mornington from 3pm – 5pm SLT.

It’s going to be a great day to support a vital charity.

Cakes are available at Meshopotamia too

Cakes are available at Meshopotamia too

About Macmillan Cancer Support – a personal story

Last year, I was contacted by a long term resident of Caledon, Mr Alastair Whybrow, who found Macmillan Cancer Support invaluable. He gave me permission to quote from our conversation.

He said: “I’ve had a great deal of involvement with the MacMillan organisation lately, and they’ve been absolutely marvellous, so I’m heartened to think that my friends here have managed to give something back in return … I’m not overdramatising but it is not a small thing. The role and capabilities of the MacMillan organisation are easy to underestimate, as I myself did. They continue to surprise me with the realistic, practical help that can be given and are almost entirely responsible for my own course of pain management, which has involved a course of radio at Mount Vernon, amongst other things.  And from my point of view, I’ve found it to be no exaggeration that the sheer goodwill from others really has helped, even when hospitals, tests and medications fall short. It really has been quite sobering, and moving, to experience for oneself how much difference it makes to one’s own attitude simply knowing that others are out there caring in their own way.

Macmillan Coffee Morning logo

Macmillan Coffee Morning logo

“MacMillan have done things that have surprised me. Clinical dosage (thanks to them my painkillers are now starting to work), organising treatment (especially where the NHS is dragging its heels)  and help with benefits – not to mention their counselling … The amazing thing to me is that they  ARE a charity! I’m not entirely sure how the organisation itself slots into the NHS but they seem to work with it as a semi-autonomous part of it. And yes, the NHS is paying for these things but it’s MacMillan who got it all organised so quickly, even down to helping me organise the transport; there’s no way I can drive to Mount Vernon like this. Their main role administratively seems to be pointing one in the right direction but things are so complicated that that on its own is a big help, and there are people who can’t handle admin very well, they’re happy to stand over your shoulder … Another factor which some’d find helpful is state benefits. MacM are very au fait with what’s available and how to get it. If a hospital visit’s costing £10 in taxis each time, that becomes very helpful.

“They look at the whole picture of how cancer affects not just you but your family too. They’re happy to speak to your family individually, according to what everyone wants. They don’t just leave you to pass on bad news. I’m lucky in that my family and I discuss everything without holding back, but it’s a comfort to know that McM are there as impartial ears.”

He also added: “What I would be glad to see is more men having themselves examined as a precaution – especially men over 50. Prostate cancer is cunning and can lurk for years before ballooning out.  If my own example can persuade one person to get themselves diagnosed in time, then I’ll be very pleased.”

Mr Whybrow passed away earlier this year, supported throughout by Macmillan.  Please join us today to help make it possible for them to support more people.

Cakes will be on sale at the Prim Perfect Head Offices until the end of Friday, October 3rd. Or you can simply make a donation directly through our Just Giving page, or directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cake Against Cancer is today!

Cake Against Cancer is today!

 

 

 

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Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds at 2pm today, Monday 21st September at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we explore one of the most lovely locations in Second Life – Flux Sur Mer.

Inspired by the beauties of rural France, the region is designed by ηιc вσυя, and co-managed by her with Posh Jones, as part of the Flux Islands estates, owned by Riley Aerallo. The harmony of the design is striking – with elements designed to charm, to intrigue and to amuse. And the sheer amount and variety of design features that can form a complete region is quite stunning.

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to the team about the ways in which they have created such a rich and fascinating environment and also how, in a competitve market, they play to make is sustainable.  As well, as admiring the beauty, there are interesting points to discuss here!

We think you’ll find this a beautiful show – so do join us, at 2pm today!

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Flux Sur Mer, 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.

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Flux Sur Mer, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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In a couple of weeks we’ll be broadcasting a show filmed at the stunning Forgotten City, another iconic region of Second Life. Unfortunately, it will be closing at the end of this month, even before the show airs, so if you would like to see it, now id the time to visit. More on Honour McMillan’s blog, here.

 

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RFL Give - Designer Sim - Beq Janus

RFL Give – Designer Sim – Beq Janus

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we start our new season with a look back to the Relay for Life weekend – is now on the web.

We talk to Julia Zhangsun about her stunning Survivors and Caregivers region (which hosted the beautiful Lumenaria ceremony); to Secret Rage, who created the fascinating Two Moons Dreamers camp-site; to Kaydge Stratten, Jenny Capalini and Manfred Handcroft, who created the very stylish Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps Camp-site; to Beq Janus, who created the stunning RFL Grace region, and to Eclair Martinek, whose hauntingly beautiful rainforest in a cave was a place to get lost in – as well as to remember the late Alliez Mysterio.

RFL Celebrate - Designer Sim - Eclair Martinek

RFL Celebrate – Designer Sim – Eclair Martinek

And we also look at Soliel’s Garden, created in memory of a dear friend, at the Fantasy Faire site – which brought back many memories, and a very stunning dragon!

RFL - See you next year

RFL – See you next year

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

RFL Celebrate - Designer Sim - Eclair Martinek

RFL Celebrate – Designer Sim – Eclair Martinek

Yes, we’re back! And after our summer break we return to Designing Worlds with a show that looks back to the Relay for Life weekend. So join us at 2pm today, Monday 14th September at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a beautful and fascinating show.

We talk to Julia Zhangsun about her stunning Survivors and Caregivers region (which hosted the beautiful Lumenaria ceremony); to Secret Rage, who created the fascinating Two Moons Dreamers camp-site; to Kaydge Stratten, Jenny Capalini and Manfred Handcroft, who created the very stylish Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps Camp-site; to Beq Janus, who created the stunning RFL Grace region, and to Eclair Martinek, whose hauntingly beautiful rainforest in a cave was a place to get lost in – as well as to remember the late Alliez Mysterio.

RFL Pledge and Prevention - Designer Sim - Luna Barak

RFL Pledge and Prevention – Designer Sim – Luna Barak

And we also look at Soliel’s Garden, created in memory of a dear friend, at the Fantasy Faire site – which brought back many memories, and a very stunning dragon!

We think you’ll find this a beautiful show – so do join us, at 2pm today!

RFL Give - Designer Sim - Beq Janus

RFL Give – Designer Sim – Beq Janus

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.

RFL - See you next year

RFL – See you next year

 

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