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Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 14th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams or watch here on the web as we recall the time when we sailed the seas (and drank in the taverns) with the magnificent pirates of the Trade Winds.

In this show from March 2014, we talk to some of the pirates and boat-builders active in the Trade Winds, including Blithe Binder, Kirsten Blackheart, MizLucie Winterwolf, Karnac Binder, GM Nikolaidis, Evvva Viper, Amber Murfin, Flops, Paddy SaltyDog Goldsworthy and tessa Vespucciano, and are entertained by the fantastic Deelah Halostar.

We learn about the pirates, the Trade Winds, the history of pirates in the Caribbean, the wonderful craft they sail in – and we get to take part in a battle too!

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a really exciting and colourful show! It’s one you won’t want to miss!

Sadly, the Trade Winds no longer exists as a destination, but there are other pirate destinations in Second Life, which you can find in search. Be aware that many are adult regions.

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Images by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 7th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams or watch here on the web as we set out to explore a primeval landscape and confront creatures from the far distant past.

Yes, today is a revisit to our dinosaur show from December 2013, and we will be exploring a world given over to these amazing creatures and talking to their creator, Wanders Nowhere, who gives us a tour of the landscape and of the fantastic avatars he had created..

But the construction of these creatures wasn’t the only remarkable thing about them – as we discovered when we explored the potential of the fantastic HUD that drove them.

Another of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere
One of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere

So … do join us at 2pm as we visit Fort Nowhere and learn more about a very special corner of the Second Life grid.  This is definitely one to share with the kids!

And in a couple of weeks, Designing Worlds will be visiting Wanders’ latest amazing build – Dracula’s Castle!

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One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere
One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

You can still visit Prehistorica ~ The Dawn Kingdoms
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fort%20Nowhere/129/148/1323

There’s also a store where you can buy your own dinosaur, available as an avatar, a rideable, decor or pets. And there are dragons too!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fort%20Nowhere/122/106/1102

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Venexia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Venexia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This October, Designing Worlds is showing a special season of Halloween episodes – with two new episodes for the end of the month! Our second episode is an October 2012 show, when we visited the darkly beautiful region of Venexia for a really gorgeous Halloween show special.

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 17th October for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web:

Venexia is an adult roleplay sim with a vampire theme. It’s set in a time when La Serenissima, the beautiful Venice that inspired this region, was at the height of its power and, some would suggest, its decadence. This stunningly lovely region, created by Baal Zobel and  Kora Zenovka, certainly promises both power and decadence, and the enthusiastic patrons have evolved a rich and complex roleplay, befitting the surroundings.

The canals of Venexia
The canals of Venexia

Visitors can join in or, if they wish to remain out of character, can simply visit (although we’d recommend you adapt a suitable costume to allow you to discreetly blend with your surroundings).

In the company of the Contessa Seabreeze  (who is, under another name, an old friend of the show!), Nena Easterwood and Amberlyssa Marie Bauerhoff, we explore some of the beautiful locations and discuss some of the roles and traditions that are practised in Venexia.

Vampire Ball in Venexia
Vampire Ball in Venexia

All this – and a Vampire Ball to attend; very appropriate for Halloween!

It makes for a very dark and very beautiful show. So do come and join us at 2pm!

Sadly, Venexia no longer exists – but if you know of any similar regions, do let us know in the comments!

Venexia in the mist
Venexia in the mist

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

This October, Designing Worlds is planning a special season of Halloween episodes – with two new shows for the end of the month! We’re going to start with an October 2014 show, when we visited one of the moodiest and most sinister regions on the grid — the town of Innsmouth.

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 10th October for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web.

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).

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But in 2014, Innsmouth was in danger of being lost. A campaign began to save this wonderful region by its supporters, led by Arik Metzger, who – together with Terra Volitant – joined us on the show.

The campaign was successful – and you can still visit Innsmouth in Second Life today at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Innsmouth/150/142/47. Why not pop in – and see what has changed?

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This is one of the very few shows not to feature Saffia, whose typist was suffering from a badly sprained knee. So you will see Elrik and Aisling Sinclair exploring the spooky town!

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Circe’s Jazz Club

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 26th September for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web as we revisit a show from 2012, when we visited Laurel Arts Isle, which – at that time – included the longest-running music venue in Second Life.

Saffia and Elrik toured the Ancient-Egypt themed Laurel Arts Isle, where Circe Broom created extensive multiple music stages and poetry areas in a beautiful Ancient Egyptian environment with the help of her colleagues.

On the show, we explore with Circe and Vince Merrick the different stage areas including the Luxor and Memphis stages, and the Cairo Theatre – and we also visit the well-known Sunset Jazz Club as well as seeing the area where popular poetry and story-telling sessions take place.

Classical music at Laurel Arts Isle

And we also discussed changes in Second Life that were causing areas like Laurel Arts Isle to close.

In addition to the problems we discussed, we were aware that Circe, who was such a very fervent supporter of music and poetry in Second Life, was gravely ill. She was suffering from COPD and was facing this with enormous courage. Later in the year she moved to a hospice. By then she was only occasionally coming in to Second Life but in June, as part of the Second Life 9th Birthday celebrations,KT Syakumi built an amazing region wide (and long) Egyptian stage. Knowing how much Circe loved Egyptian artefacts, I longed to show it to her and one day, I was fortunate enough to see her online. Together with Crap Mariner, a old friend of Circe’s, we explored the lost temples and sand dunes of the build. She died a few weeks after that.

KT Syakumi’s Egyptian Stage at SL9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

I hope you’ll enjoy seeing this wonderful show again – either here on the web, or joining us at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life.

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Reaction Grid: Wizzy

At a time when there are many ongoing discussions about the Metaverse (in a broad sense – for example, see this recent essay by Philip Rosedale: https://medium.com/@philiprosedale/value-creation-in-virtual-worlds-696604a694d1), it can be interesting and instructive to look back to previous experiments. such as the Reaction Grid.

So join Designing Worlds on Monday 11th July to see a film we made on the Reaction Grid in 2010. You can see the show here on this blog, or on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371600121. Or you can join us at 2pm for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

The show, filmed by Treet TV (in the days before we became an independent production company!), features clips and segments from our exploration of the Reaction Grid and discusses them with Kyle Gomboy, the creator of Reaction Grid, and Chris Hart, the Chief Technical Officer.

The Reaction Grid has been created primarily for Education, and education and experiments by educators provide some of our excerpts. Hayley Dunning is working with students aged between 7 and 14 to build an island that shows something of the history of Michigan – and shows us something of what they have created – including a functioning water wheel!

Reaction Grid: MyMichigan

We also explore the fantastical mathematical builds of Wizard Gynoid who are been creating some models that are not only Not Possible in Real Life – they’re Not Possible in Second Life either!

Being able to see and move through these models certainly gives a whole new perspective on the possibilities of immersions.

Reaction Grid: The New York World’s Fair

We also talk to educator Viv Tragfalgar about why she is developing a sim in the Rection Grid, and then visit one of the most stunning builds on the Reaction Grid – a work in progress, which is a re-creation of the 1939 New York World’s Fair – and we meet Paul Van Dort, who is working to create an amazing immersive experience here!

Reaction Grid: Wizzy

Sadly, the Reaction Grid no longer exists, although many of those involved with it continue to use technology to develop their teaching and their work.

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Poster designed by Miss Breezy Carver

This week we have a very special archive show.

The Designing Worlds Team was saddened to learn this week of the passing of Breezy Carver, for many years one of the leading lights of New Babbage. Breezy was a keen blogger, a stalwart supper of Relay for Life and, as the owner of Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage, a leading hostess for wonderful Balls.

The Ballroom at Piermont Landing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As a tribute to Breezy, this week we shall be showing the episode in which she appeared – the Theft of the Carver Diamonds, featuring not only Breezy and Edward Pearse but, of course, the indomitable Mr Biggins!

You can watch the show here, or on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/510126220

Or you can join us at 2pm SLT today at our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Breezy with Elrik and Saffia (from the show)

This is a great show, and includes a tour of Piedmont Landing by Breezy herself. Don’t miss it!

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You can still visit Piermont Landing at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/73/73/107

Piermont Landing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Telethon for RFL 2009

This coming weekend sees the climax of Relay for Life of Second Life 2022 – which we will be covering later in the season. So it seems a good time to look back in this week’s show to a former Relay for Life – in 2009.

You can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371357132. Or you can join us at 2pm for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Firstly we talked to Aeolus Cleanslate and looked at the wonderful New Babbage campsite, from one of the most inentive steampunk sims in the Second Life world – an imagining of an Exposition Universalle, based upon that of 1889 in Paris when the Eiffel Tower was first revealed.  Aeolus Cleanslate explained, how under the Team Captain Breezy Carver, the New Babbage team created this amazing display – and also created the special Mars sim that won the overall prize for best designed sim!

New Babbage Build at RFL 2009

Then we talked to KiVanyel Adria of the Elf Circle, who told us not only about the beautiful build that the Elf Circle had created, but also the full programme of events that the Elves had created to share their community with the wider world. And we spoke with Helena Kiama and Jessie Sinister who were two of the key builders on the beautiful Wonders build, re-creating four of the Wonders of the Ancient World (the ones that they chose were the Temple of Diana at Ephesus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Colossus of Rhodes).

Wonders of the World Build at RFL 2009

And finally we spoke with Zander Greene and Lauren Thibaud of the Friends Fight Cancer group who had created Anatomica, the most amazing sim, which combined information and a great interactive learning experience about the physiology of cells and cancer – with a fast and furious game where you got to dress in a red suit for surfing the bloodstream and blast cancer cells yourself!

And there was also a stunningly beautiful ballroom in the sky for those who ventured up to 1,500 feet!

Filmed at the 2009 Telethon location, the build designed by Dellybean North and landscaped by Anhayla Lycia.

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Find out more about this year’s Relay for Life of Second Life 2022 weekend at:

https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/
Or
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY22VirtualEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=101748

Telethon for RFL 2009

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Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is one of our Archive shows, falling between our two visits to Fantasy Faire. We will be looking back to November 2012, when we explored the island of Temasek with its owner, Veritas Raymaker.

Join us today, Monday 28th March 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/611733367.

Temasek is inspired by the island of Singapore, and Veritas has brought something of the history, geography and ecology, and the culture of Singapore into the virtual world. Ranging from Mangrove swamps and a fishing village to a second world war fort (complete with an aerial attack!) to Concorde and modern builds … and not forgetting a look at traditional food on the way … this is a very rich and exciting environment to explore!

Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin was on holiday when the show was shot, so Saffia is joined by Zander Greene as co-presenter as Veritas takes us on a journey around his island from the tunnels beneath to high in the sky!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

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You can still visit Temasek at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Temasek/237/100/24

Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Images by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is one of our Archive shows, falling between our two visits to the Home and Garden Expo. And it seemed rather appropriate to look back to September 2013 to visit the beautiful Case Study Homes homage, created by Painter Meriman.

Join us today, Monday 28th March 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/693169755.

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The core idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize a modern household, elaborate its functional requirements, have an esteemed architect develop a design that met those requirements using modern materials and construction processes, and then to actually build the home. The houses were documented before, during and after construction for publication in Arts & Architecture.

Painter has created homages to two of these houses (both of which still exist in Pacific Palisades), the Entenza House (Case Study House No. 9) and the Eames House (Case Study House No.8). We will be looking at the buildings, and talking about the background to the Case Study Houses project – as well as taking a look at how this has inspired Painter’s latest home.

It makes for a really fascinating show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

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Sadly, the Case Study Homes are no longer inworld. But some of Painter’s beautiful builds remain on Dagger Bay, owned by Jaysun Dagger.

Jaysun writes:
We invite you to visit the beautiful Village of the Beguinage of Bruges and surrounding countryside. Please enjoy a walk on the forest path or relax in the coffee house along the canal with a snack or something to drink.
Visit: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dagger%20Bay/135/239/24

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