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SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, we paid the second of two visits to the Second Life 16th Community Birthday Celebration, or SL16B for short.

DW404 – SL16B Part2 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We visited some of the major Mole-built installations, such as the Welcome Area, the Main Stage and the Tapestry of Time. In addition we checked out the latest in Linden Homes – the campers and trailers.

The new camper and trailer Linden Homes at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The new camper and trailer Linden Homes at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These will be set out as part of the new (and rapidly growing) continent for new Linden Homes, but they have a very different landscape setting from the new houseboats and traditional homes. These have a more rustic, mountainous setting with more of a vacation feel and – on the individual 512 plots, the accommodation itself takes up far less space. Patch Linden told me that the idea was to encourage residents to create more outdoor activities – barbecues and campfires, as well as outdoor sports. And there will be lakes for boating … swimming … maybe fishing?

Space Explored by Loki Eliot at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Space Explored by Loki Eliot at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also visit some resident builds, including a botanical laboratory in space with a mystery story of its own (yes, it’s another great Loki Eliot build!). Then DNA Café, because of course, following the 1950s theme, the 1950s was the decade when the secrets of DNA were first discovered by Crick, Watson, Franklin and Wilkins.

The DNA Cafe at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The DNA Cafe at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There’s the fascinating Four Bridges Project which, for SL16B, shares the story of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. And we also visit a miniature replica of the UN Building created for the SL Newser team by Silvia Ametz, which is a very clever optical illusion! Finally, we explore a world of dragons and tinies, and catch up with the latest from the Isle of Wyrms – but sadly no dragon raids on a giant cake this year!

Sculpture by Bryn Oh at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sculpture by Bryn Oh at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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See more about SL16B here: https://strawberrysingh.com/2019/06/20/sl16b/
Read the SL Newser here: http://slnewser.blogspot.com/
Learn more about the Four Bridges Project here: http://www.fourbridgesproject.org/
Learn more about the Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society (SLVGS): https://slvirtualgenealogy.org/
Learn more about Loki Eliot, his creations (and Escapades) here: http://www.lokieliot.com
Explore the Isle of Wyrms from here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cathedral/127/7/72

Tapestry of Time at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tapestry of Time at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode of Designing Worlds, we paid the first of two visits to the Second Life 16th Community Birthday Celebration, or SL16B for short.

DW403 – SL16B Part1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

While Saffia is away in the auditorium presenting interviews with various leading Lindens, our Director Aisling Sinclair joins Elrik Merlin for some excursions around the many regions and builds. This year, the theme (it being the 16th Birthday of Second Life) is “Sweet Sixteen”, inferring, perhaps paradoxically, a 1950s feel.

In the Auditorium at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the Auditorium at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We start at the beautiful retro televsion studio that was created for Designing Worlds by undercoverlady. Then we’ll enjoy some Non-Profit Commons ice creams; take one of Yavanna Llanfair’s always enjoyable Pod Car Tours of the site; visit LitFest, a little bit of Fantasy Faire at SL16B which looks at some of the great fantasy novels that were first published in the 1950s; and take a look at a remarkable installation created by Pokofy Neva that highlights a darker period in the 1950s – one that is seemingly almost forgotten today – the Korean War.

The Forgotten War at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Forgotten War at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a fascinating show!

 

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LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today on Designing Worlds we’re looking back to 2015, and a visit that we paid to the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

DW286 – Linden Endowment for the Arts 2015 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

And to join in the discussion, you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

First we talk to Solo Mornington, a member of the LEA Board in 2016,  who told us a little of the background to the LEA, and to Bootsoffire, one of the organisers of the weekly Photohunt.

LEA29 – Watercolors in the Rain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA29 – Watercolors in the Rain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we explore a range of amazing installations currently on display: the haunting Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child by Storm Septimus, Watercolors in the Rain, designed by a group of people and based on the novel by David Lavigne (Surreal Skytower in Second Life), and finally the beautiful Metamorfaces by Art Oluja.

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also take a look at some of the amazing Halloween-themed regions at the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

LEA9 – Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA9 – Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode of Designing Worlds, we revisited the fabulous Relay for Life of Second Life Weekend.

DW402 – RFL Weekend 2019 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this episode we explore many of the amazing builds, and talk to organisers and builders, among the Nikki Mathieson and Stingray Raymaker (from the America Cancer Society); MamaP Beerbaum and Trager Alter, who tell us all about Five Days of Relay; Elizabeth Tinsley, who talks about the One Team initiative, and Jenneh Micelf of the team Meli’s Maniacs.

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, of course, there is a wonderful photo display from Wildstar Beaumont!

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL9B - Lotus Stage

SL9B – Lotus Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today on Designing Worlds we’re looking back to 2012, with a look back to one of our special 10th Anniversary shows from 2018.

This year the Lab have played a major role in creating SL16B, but in 2012, they stepped back, and the residents took control for the first time.

DW362 – Designing Worlds 10th Anniversary Special #5 – 2012 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this special show, we’re also looking back at some of the fabulous places and events in Second Life – and we’ll be re-visiting one of the other Prim Perfect projects that started in 2012 – The Blackened Mirror. And there’s also the chance to see part of one of the much-loved Babbage Christmas Tales …

SL9B – Egypt Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Plus there’s an overwiew of the year in Second Life as Saffia talks with our resident historian, Marianne McCann.  And Wildstar Beaumont shows more photos from his archives!

And, rather than a Watch Party in the studio this week, you’re all invited to the Auditorium on SL16B, where Saffia will be speaking live to Patch Linden as one of our exciting programme of talks!

Talks at SL16B: Meet the Lindens: Patch

Talks at SL16B: Meet the Lindens: Patch

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Waiting for the Fairelands to disappear into the mists, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Waiting for the Fairelands to disappear into the mists, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode of Designing Worlds, we paid our final visit to Fantasy Faire 2019.

DW401 – Fantasy Faire 2019 Part III from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talked to the Faire organiser David Abbot, in charge of operations, and he explains what a mammoth task it is keeping something like the Faire running, and how the community comes together to help.

Twilight Spring, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Twilight Spring, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also visited Genesia and talked to its creators, Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis, about the amazing worlds they created above and below the waves – and the dance performances they staged there.

Beneath the waves in Genesia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Beneath the waves in Genesia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally, we explored the stunningly beautiful Midas, created by Alia Baroque.

Midas, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Midas, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can read more about Fantasy Faire here: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

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The Celestial Plain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Celestial Plain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this, our 400th episode (!) of Designing Worlds, we paid our second of three visits to Fantasy Faire 2019.

DW400 – Fantasy Faire 2019 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We spoke to the Faire organiser Zander Greene, who talked about the project the Faire was fund-raising for this year – the Kenyatta National Hospital Hope Lodge in Nairobi, Kenya – as well as discussing the Fantasy Faire Radio region, The Celestial Plain, and the many events that were staged there.

Bayounimba, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bayounimba, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also visited Bayounimba and talked to Stevie Basevi, who headed the Roleplay activities at the Faire about the different groups that were involved along with related activities in the region.

Then finally, we talked to Aisling Sinclair, who organised the Quest – The Lair of Lantoris – for the Faire this year, and Thornfast, the region in which it took place.

Thornfast, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Thornfast, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition we take flythroughs of several regions including The Shrine Tree by The Looking Glass.

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More information about the Faire: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

The Shrine Tree, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Shrine Tree, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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