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Ravenglass - Celtic Mystical Forest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ravenglass – Celtic Mystical Forest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 25th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we meet Prokofy Neva, a longstanding resident in Second Life, the owner of Ravenglass Rentals and the moving force behind the Second Life Public Land Preserve.

Prokofy Neva is well known for his determined stand on his principles relating to issues ranging from the iniquities of gachas to the problems with group structure within Second Life. He has faced ferocious griefing – including doxing and vile imagery as well as concentrated efforts to destroy his business. But what emerges in our conversation is his passionate love of Second Life and his determination to make residential life better not just for his residents, but for all residents.

Ross Info Hub - the Pharos Lighthouse, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ross Info Hub – the Pharos Lighthouse, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prok takes us on a exploration of Ravenglass and shares some of his concepts for rentals – including the way he uses groups to manage land, and his concepts of themed and even furnished rentals.

He has long had an interest in home and landscape decoration, and is a strong believer in the power of stories creating environments – as we saw recently in his second-placed entry at the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition. This is very apparent in many of the places we visit in the course of the show.

Ravenglass Rentals - Bed and Breakfast on Grote, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ravenglass Rentals – Bed and Breakfast on Grote, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also explore areas within his rentals and beyond where he has created open public land for the benefit of all residents – the Second Life Public Land Preserve – where we see, among other places, a newly created Celtic Mystical Forest, a pretty Italianate waterfront area, a wonder of the Ancient World and a stunning Belarussian witches’ house, with a mysterious Female Cross.

Second Life Public Land Preserve - the female Cross, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Public Land Preserve – the Female Cross, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prok talks openly about his ideas – and about the relationship with the woman behind the avatar and her work in the real world, which particularly shows in the Belarus region, where Prok has a display about the oppression in the real life Belarus, as well as some fascinating displays that showcase Belarussian and related regions’ culture and folklore.

It makes for an absolutely fascinating show, so make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

Second Life Public Land Preserve - Alice - Alchemist's Lab, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Public Land Preserve – Alice – Alchemist’s Lab, 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 catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

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One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we look back at the One Billion Rising in Second Life festival, held on February 14th 2018 – is now on the web!

Regular viewers will remember that this year our spring season was a series of retrospectives, celebrating ten years of Designing Worlds. We promised you then that we WOULD be sharing a show about OBR later in the year. Well, this is it!

We look at the events linked with OBR – the dance, the poetry, the music and the art. This year too we had the #MeToo Forest, where women could share their experiences, and the White Rose Challenge, in support of the Time’s Up movement.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What is One Billion Rising?

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To learn more, visit the One Billion Rising in Second Life website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/

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One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 18th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, when we look back at the One Billion Rising in Second Life festival, held on February 14th 2018.

Regular viewers will remember that this year our spring season was a series of retrospectives, celebrating ten years of Designing Worlds. We promised you then that we WOULD be sharing a show about OBR later in the year. Well, this is it!

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We looks at the events linked with OBR – the dance, the poetry, the music and the art. This year too we had the #MeToo Forest, where women could share their experiences, and the White Rose Challenge, in support of the Time’s Up movement.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What is One Billion Rising?

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we here in Second Life are part of this global movement.

To learn more, visit the One Billion Rising in Second Life website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/

Make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, 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 catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW372 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Home and Garden Expo - Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 11th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

Home and Garden Expo - Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

Home and Garden Expo - Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

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Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW371 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!

And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

 

 

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Interview with Ebbe Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Interview with Ebbe Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – a very special show as Saffia talks to the CEO of Linden Lab, Ebbe Altberg, better known inworld as Ebbe Linden – is now on the web!

You can see (and hear) an edited transcript of this interview here on Inara Pey’s website, Living in a Modem World, or watch it in full on the Vimeo link below, or at slartist.com.

DW370 – Ebbe Interviewed from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Linden Lab have recently issued a “Fifteen Reasons to Celebrate” fifteen years of Second Life (the fifteenth birthday is coming up very shortly), which has been seen as a road map for the future of Second Life. Saffia and Ebbe discuss the different elements of this – looking in some detail at proposed changes to the structuring of the Second Life economy – something that will affect us all.

Interview with Ebbe Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Interview with Ebbe Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There’s also time to talk about the return of second names, the re-vamping of Linden Homes, and introduction of new innovations such as animesh and bakes on mesh. We even squeeze in some discussion of the progress being made on Sansar!

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