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Garden of Dreams in Sansar

Garden of Dreams in Sansar

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, a very special show as we pay our first ever visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar, is now on the web!

In this first (or two) episodes, we explore the studio that Kayle Matzerath has created for us in Garden of Worlds in Sansar. Then Saffia talks to Jenn, Lead Community Manager for Linden Lab on Sansar, who talks about the way that the grid is developing, and shows her own Experience, Starry Stars & Stuff (a work in progress), built with items already available on the Sansar marketplace.  And we also take a look at two more of the Sansar Experiences – the Diner, created by C3rb3rus and Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1 by Tyler Scarborough, which is a game (where Saffia, inevitably, dies).

Stasis Interrupted - Chapter 1 in Sansar

Stasis Interrupted – Chapter 1 in Sansar

Saffia says: “Sansar is fascinating, but still very clearly a creator beta with a long way to go yet. In some ways, it is awesome – the quality of the design, for example. In other ways, it’s primitive – there are no animations that let us sit down, for example, and although we could stand on Jenn’s carousel and be whirled around, we couldn’t ride the horses. Jenn’s facial expressions as she talked were as good as any I’ve seen in Second Life and needed no HUD to drive them. But I couldn’t capture my own lip movements as I filmed.”

You’ll also notice some other hic-cups in filming. For example, at one point you’ll see the very simple interface on the screen. That’s because Sansar doesn’t automatically set screen size to a filming friendly ratio (that’s on the Advanced menu in Second Life), so setting screen size up was a bit hit and miss. And the avatars are a little crude – although they are to some extent customisable and – in the next major Sansar update, scheduled for mid-December, fashion related elements will be introduced (and will be available for sale). You can see the details on Inara’s Pey’s blog here.

The Diner in Sansar

The Diner in Sansar

We’re planning to start covering Sansar on a regular process, so you’ll be able follow its development through our shows over the coming seasons.

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Diner: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/the-diner
Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/tylerscarborough/stasis-interrupted-chapter-1
Starry Stars & Stuff: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/jennifer/starry-stars-stuff-wip

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

 

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Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we meet up with some old friends for a special Thanksgiving show– is now on the web!

Saffia, Elrik and Aisling attend a beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner organised by Honey Heart and Aisling, and catch up with Honey herself, Kess Crystal and Victor Mornington.

Honey tells us about her new pasture pets, available at her store of ~Ladies Pleasure~ , while Kess has news of the new project from the Blogger and Vlogger Network – the BVuNiversity. And Victor Mornington (also known as the Assistant Maceholder of New Babbage) shares with us his other internet project – Vaping with Vic!

And we all talk about the aspects of Second Life that make us grateful this year … and what we are hoping for from Second Life.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving

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Learn More:
Blogger and Vlogger Network website – http://www.bvnsl.com/

BVuNiversity – http://www.bvnsl.com/bvuniversity/
Blogger and Vlogger Network in Second Life – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspired%20Dreams/224/75/3002

Vaping with Vic – https://www.youtube.com/user/VapingVic

~Ladies’ Pleasure~ Blog – https://ladiespleasure.wordpress.com/
~Ladies’ Pleasure~ in Second Life – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cherry%20Island/40/77/31 (Please note – Adult region)

Celebrating Thanksgiving, photographed by Magnus

Celebrating Thanksgiving, photographed by Magnus

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The White Cliffs of Dover by Tahiti Rae

The White Cliffs of Dover by Tahiti Rae

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we explore some of the Artist in Residence regions of the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) – is now on the web!

Artists in Residence at the LEA are holders of an LEA Land Grant. This is a six monthly program to distribute 20 regions (LEA10-LEA29) donated by Linden Lab. These regions are to be used to promote art and artistic endeavors in Second Life.

Full regions of virtual land are made available to in-world artists through an application process.  The AiR Land Grants are held for six months, and artists are free to use that time to create, amend, develop and display their work. Application cycles are announced through various LEA channels – and we’re in the middle of an application process right now!

Go to http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fourteen to find out more (and if you would like to apply yourself).

OUTRAGE!!! by Rage Darkstone

OUTRAGE!!! by Rage Darkstone

Artists may be experienced and well-known in Second Life, or they could be new and exploring Second Life’s potential. On the show you’ll meet both artists who have held AiR grants before – and artists for whom this is their first AiR grant. And there’s a fascinating range of installations to seem, from The White Cliffs of Dover to a steampunk psychological mystery, from angular prim installations to an exploration of a project to promote world peace, from an examination of the avatar experience and narratives, to a visualisation of the experience of real life exile.

You can see the regions here:

Artists in Residence whose work appears on the show include:
Tahiti Rae: The White Cliffs of Dover: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA14/121/82/3207
See also: website: https://ecalpemas.wixsite.com/dover

Rage Darkstone: The Mind of the Machine, Earth & OUTRAGE!!! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/125/128/1001 (NB – the landing seems currently locked to OUTRAGE!!!)

It’s A Steamy Mystery at Terradale by Chic Aeon

It’s A Steamy Mystery at Terradale by Chic Aeon

Chic Aeon: A Steamy Mystery at Terradale: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/152/92/21
See also: website:  http://terradale.blogspot.com

Ilyra Chardin: Faces: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA23/128/129/23

WrenNoir Cerise: Baskinta: An Experiment in World Peace: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA11/227/39/40
See also: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Baskinta-An-Experiment-in-World-Peace-356766844753788/
Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/groups/4147385@N25/

Baskinta: An Experiment in World Peace by WrenNoir Cerise

Kicca Igaly & Nessuno Myoo: Exodus, a Trip for Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/120/125/23

A numbers of the photos shown in the slideshow come from The Plant, which was not open to the public at the time of filming, but now can be visited here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/129/128/3000

Other photos in the slide show come from various artists currently exhibitions at the LEA – we will leave you to explore and discover!

The Plant, by Eupalinos Ugajin and Friends

The Plant, by Eupalinos Ugajin and Friends

Learn More about the LEA:
LEA Website: http://lea-sl.org/
LEA Blog: http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/
LEA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1708756609405987/

How to apply for an LEA AiR Grant: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fourteen

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Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we visit the fabulous Burn2, the Second Life representation of the famous Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert – is now on the web!

The theme this year was Radical Ritual, and the Burners celebrated that theme amazingly!

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Saffia was unwell for the filming of this episode, so Elrik is joined by our old friend Caledonia Skytower. to explore the art and the iconic events that form essential parts of the Festival. We talk to artists and organisers, and we also have footage of the amazing Burns themselves – the Man Burn and the Temple Burn, with extracts from the dances of the Lamplighters.

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont in Octoberville

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont in Octoberville

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – with a spooky tale in a very spooky location (Octoberville!) – is now on the web!

We start by talking to Cherub Spectre and Master Kaos, the owners of Octoberville, who tell us all about the wonderfully spooky – and hugely popular – region they create for one month every year to celebrate Halloween. We explore Octoberville and learn something of its history – with roots in the real world, as well as its developments in Second Life. And we find out all about the amazing community that has grown up around it.

There’s still time to visit as Octoberville will be open till 5th November!

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the second Part of the show, we have a spooky tale for Halloween (filmed largely in Octoberville). It’s the famous story by Washington Irving – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, adapted especially for the show by Caledonia Skytower.

You can also view the Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a standalone tale here.

Enjoy – and have a Happy Halloween!

 

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Hope Village, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hope Village, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we travel out of Second Life to visit the Inworldz grid, and discover non profit activities that are happening there – is now on the web!

Inworldz is one of the ‘walled garden’ alternative grids, which are based on the technology of Second Life, although many – like Inworldz – have developed their own alternatives to some of Second Life’s developments. But the ‘walled garden’ grids are different from the Open Grid and other associated grids like the Canada Grid, in that they don’t allow hypergridding – that is jumping from grid to grid.

Hope Village, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hope Village, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show we look at some of the nonprofit communities in Inworldz, centred around Hope Island. We talk to Miss Eilidh McCullough and Bain Finch, and take a trip around the Hope Village community. And we also explore Relay for Life of Inworldz which was coming to its fruition the week we were over there.

RFLofIW 2017 - RFL Hope, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

RFLofIW 2017 – RFL Hope, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Find Out More:
Inworldz web-site: https://inworldz.com/
Hope Village (you will need to be on the Inworldz grid to access this link): http://places.inworldz.com/Hope/161/165/22

Hope Village, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hope Village, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Blogger and Vlogger Network Headquarters, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Blogger and Vlogger Network Headquarters, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we where we meet the three people behind the Blogger and Vlogger Network (BVN) – Del Flower, Kess Crystal and Trouble Dethly and learn all about their work. – is now on the web!

The Blogger & Vlogger Network (BVN) at http://www.bvnsl.com strives to provide bloggers and vloggers with the most pertinent, up-to-date, and interactive information available. They offer live discussion panels, interactive forums and tutorials on Second Life photography, windlight settings, photoshop, website maintenance, transitioning into vlogging, syndication, etiquette and much more are already scheduled.

We show some examples from some of their presentations – and we also look at some of the technology being used in the Network and the blogging world, such as Discord and the inworld blog management tool Blogotex – which Kess demonstrates for us.

And then, of course we talk about the Bloggies!

Blogger and Vlogger Network Headquarters, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Blogger and Vlogger Network Headquarters, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And here’s a full list of Bloggie winners, together with details of their prizes!

Best Accessories Blogger
ηίмσє (nimoe.constantine)
Prize: 5000L gift card from MINIMAL

Best Hair Blogger
Volupturaptor Perl
Prize: 5000L gift card from Stealthic Hairstyles

Best Shoe Blogger
Volupturaptor Perl
Prize: 5000L cash gift from MainstoreSL

Best Pose Blogger
ᴊᴀᴄᴋ ᴠ. ʏᴜɪᴛᴢᴀ (jacquesvalentine)
Prize: 5000L gift card from GingerFish

Best Home and Garden Blogger
Wendz Tempest
Prize: 5000L gift card from Apple Fall

Best Kids Blogger
Skippy Beresford
Prize: 5000L gift card from Tiny Trinkets

Best Roleplay Blogger
Skippy Beresford
Prize: 5000L gift card from Wicca’s Wardrobe

Best Urban Blogger
Volupturaptor Perl
Prize: 5000L gift card from ::GABRIEL::

Best Destination Blogger
Strawberry Singh
Prize: 5000L gift card from floorplan.

Unboxing Vlogger of the Year
Strawberry Singh
Prize: 5000L merchandise credit from Blueberry

BVN Member of the Year
Alicia Noelle Zanzibar (alicia.chenaux)
Prize: 5000L cash gift from the Blogger and Vlogger Network (BVN)

BVN Founders Award
Iɴdια Aмαrι Eɴzo (indiaamari)
Prize: 5000L cash gift from the Blogger and Vlogger Network (BVN)

Best Humorous Blogger
Skippy Beresford
Prize: 5000L gift card from -RC- Cluster

Best Tutorial Blogger
Strawberry Singh
Prize: 5000L gift card from Jian

Best News Blogger
Strawberry Singh
Prize: 5000L gift card from Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery & 68 Main ~ The Event

Best Narrative Blogger
Strawberry Singh
Prize: 5000L merchandise credit from Seven Emporium

Best Flickr-Only Blogger
Skippy Beresford
Prize: 5000L gift card from Drunk Panda

Best New Blogger
Grace Sixpence
Prize: 5000L gift card from unKindness

Most Improved Blogger
Starr Ghost
Prize: 5000L gift card from Serenity Style

Best Blogger Manager (for creators and brands)
Hikaru Enimo | Gabriel, Gizza, RealEvil
Prize: 5000L gift card from Fancy Decor

Best Blogger Manager (for events)
JIM (celeste.forwzy) | Collabor88, The Arcade
Prize: 5000L cash gift from Seraphim

Best Male Fashion Blogger
xxStanxx (xxstanilasxx)
Prize: Spotlight feature in ECLIPSE Magazine

Best Female Fashion Blogger
JIM (celeste.forwzy)
Prize: Spotlight feature in ECLIPSE Magazine

Blogger or Vlogger of the Year (overall)
Miaa Rebane
Prize: Cover story in ECLIPSE Magazine

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