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Designing Worlds Christmas Ball (2016), photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As we promised, here is a link to the second Babbage Tale we showed at our Watch Party in New Babbage … but first here is a special event for Designing Worlds fans ..

The Ball will be held in our special Designing Worlds Ballroom, created by Kayle Matzerath and available in his Garden of Dreams store. The Ball runs from 1PM till 4PM on Friday 16th December.There will be great music from DJ Elrik Merlin and DaveOSaurus, and a special appearance by the fabulous Raglan Shire Carollers – so don’t miss it!

The Raglan Shire Carollers, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And here is the promised second Babbage Tale!

What could Possibly Go Wrong in Piermont Landing?

Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage
Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Of course, in the past there have been problems when we visited New Babbage. There was that unpleasant business in the tunnels under the old Asylum. And, of course, there was that murder at the Burlesque – two murders, actually. And we shouldn’t forget our encounter with the Dark Mer in the waters off New Babbage. Or what happened when Elrik was mistaken for Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, most recently, how we were fortunately on hand to prevent the attempt to steal the New Babbage Christmas presents … admittedly it was a little unfortunate that we allowed the urchins to steal them instead …

But this time we are sure that nothing could possibly go wrong!

We’ll be visiting Mrs Breezy Carver Fabre as she prepares for one of her fabulous Balls in the gorgeous Piermont Landing. We’ll be exploring this great build and hearing some of the stories that lie behind it.

And, if we’re very lucky, perhaps we’ll be so fortunate as to see the fabulous Carver diamonds too!

Featuring Miss Breezy Carver, Edward Pearse, Mr Biggins and a mysterious nun. Plus, of course, that factory chimney!

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But this isn’t all!

On Sunday 18th December, we’re hosting the World Premiere of Episode 2 of Harland Quinn and the Omega Hax in the Designing Worlds studio. Watch this blog for more information!

And on Monday 19th December, we’ll have our final Designing Worlds show of the season, when we’ll be visiting a fabulous selection of winter places.

You won’t want to miss any of these!

Winterset Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Images of Buckingham Palace by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds marked the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a very special show, part discussion of what this means to people, and part visiting some of the memorials that people created.

Our discussion was hosted by the royalty of Antiquity in their beautiful re-creation of Buckingham Palace, and we are joined by Kess Crystal, Mrs Sassypants, Liz Wilner, Jacon Cortes, Jorge Serapis and Mary Layton. We also visit the Portrait Gallery and Church created by Liz Wilner and Oriella Charik, and the special chapel created by Jorge Serapis. We also visit the event held in Antquity.

Now that official mourning has ended, memorials have largely disappeared – if some still remain, we’d love to hear about them! But you can still visit the magnificent re-creation of Buckingham Palace in Antiquity at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/154/176/2002.

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Images of Buckingham Palace by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds marks the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a very special show, part discussion of what this means to people, and part visiting some of the memorials that people created.

From 2pm SLT today, Monday 3rd October, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Our discussion was hosted by the royalty of Antiquity in their beautiful re-creation of Buckingham Palace, and we are joined by Kess Crystal, Mrs Sassypants, Liz Wilner, Jacon Cortes, Jorge Serapis and Mary Layton. We also visit the Portrait Gallery and Church created by Liz Wilner and Oriella Charik, and the special chapel created by Jorge Serapis. We also visit the event held in Antquity.

All in all, it makes for a fascinating and beautiful show – so do join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams, or watch on the web!

Now that official mourning has ended, memorials have largely disappeared – if some still remain, we’d love to hear about them! But you can still visit the magnificent re-creation of Buckingham Palace in Antiquity at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/154/176/2002.

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From Saffia:

Each year, as part of One Billion Rising in Second Life, we release a video, filmed inworld, for Tena Clark’s anthemic “Break The Chain”. Featuring volunteers from the One Billion Rising group, and choreography from Guerilla Burlesque, this year’s video is celebratory, inspirational and moving, and we had a lot of fun filming it.

Please join us at noon on Wednesday February 9th (PDT/SLT) for the release of this year’s machinima, with videographer Tristan Lyonesse and the team from One Billion Rising.

We’re still looking for volunteers to help with the event on February 14th. Fill out the Google form below, and we’ll be in touch to offer full training.

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And you won’t want to miss it!

It’s over three hours of magical fun and celebrations …

The Raglan Shire carollers will serenade us!

The Raglan Shire carollers will serenade us!

1 – 2pm SLT: Toxic Darkmatter (live)
2 – 3pm SLT: DJ Elrik Merlin
3 – 3.15pm SLT: The Raglanshire Carollers
3.15 – 4.15pm SLT: DJ Briony Writer

Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you!

Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you!

And it’s all taking place in our gorgeous ballroom high above our Garden of Dreams studio. Come and join us there!

The ballroom awaits you!

The ballroom awaits you!

 

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We started our new season with a look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA).

DW423 – Launch of the SLEA from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The SLEA picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

 

 

 

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Ebbe Londen in conversation

Ebbe Londen in conversation

Today’s Designing Worlds show will be rather different as rather than show an episode from our archives, Saffia will be speaking live at 2pm to Ebbe Linden, CEO of Linden Lab, as part of the SL17B Birthday Celebrations – and we’d love the Designing Worlds audience to be there!

You can join the live audience at the Auditorium on at the Celebration. The Auditorium is open in three areas – but do get there early – last year it filled up fast!

Or you will be able to see the event livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/quloVw0OVj8

The Auditorium

The Auditorium

Ebbe Altberg came to Linden Lab with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. After graduating from Middlebury College he went on to work at Microsoft, where he spent most of his 12 years leading teams that created the world’s most popular productivity products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office.

Saffia will be talking to him about a range of topics, including the impact of Covid-19 on Second Life, issues of diversity and equality, the situation with Sansar and the economics of Second Life – as well as what we can look forward to in 2020.

And there will be further Meet the Lindens events all week!

  • Tuesday 23rd at 2pm SLT: Patch Linden – VP of Product Operations at Linden Lab
  • Wednesday 24th at 2pm SLT: Oz Linden – Head of Engineering at Linden Lab
  • Thursday 25th at 2pm SLT: Marketing Team (Brett, Darcy, Strawberry, Maveric, and Tara Linden) at Linden Lab
  • Friday 26th at 2pm SLT: Meet the Moles (Linden Department of Public Works)

Don’t miss a new special chance to learn more about the Lindens, with a new series in the Second Life Community Forums, created by Strawberry Linden: https://community.secondlife.com/forums/topic/456100-sl17b-meet-the-employees-social-campaign

Ebbe Linden

Ebbe Linden

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Have you visited the Designing Worlds site at SL17B?

Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

You can read all about it here (and find out how to collect our special collectible postcards!)

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

A sample postcard message

A sample postcard message

Visit Designing Worlds at SL17b here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/224/138/23

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Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

We have a beautiful site at the Second Life 17th Birthday celebrations!

Designed by Annie aka Undercoverlady, it has Designing Worlds out on a road trip in a beautiful bit of countryside.  You’ll find areas high and low to explore, even underwater! And there are some quiet corners to relax or even enjoy a picnic.

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

And because the theme of this Birthday is roadtrips and vacations, the Designing Worlds team have been busy sending postcards too! Inside the cute little figures you’ll find around the exhibit, there are a whole range of postcards, with messages from Saffia, Elrik, Aisling and Wildstar, with each card being from one of the amazing places we have visited on the web. On the reverse side, you’ll find a message from one of us – and each card also has a link to the show featured on the postcard!

See how many you can collect – each click on the figures will give you a free random postcard. You can collect and keep them all – or gift them to friends.

A sample postcard message

A sample postcard message

And, if you can, try and visit other sites we’ve been involved with:

Designing Worlds at SL17B: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/224/138/23
Bright Star Gallery by Wildstar Beaumont: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/68/181/24
Fantasy Faire Literary Festival: https://secondlife.com/destination/literary-festival-from-fantasy-faire-sl17b
Fantasy Faire Radio: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/68/159/23
One Billion Rising in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/104/224/23

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Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

You are all invited to three and a half hours of fun and frolics at the Designing Worlds Christmas Party!

We open at 2pm SLT with a live music set from the wonderful Agatha – you can read more about here here – and listen to her wonderful voice!

Then the incomparable Mr Elrik Merlin takes to the airwaves to give us a very special set at 3pm!

At 4pm SLT, we’ll be joined by the delightful Raglanshire Carollers, who will be entertaining us with their unique Christmas carols.

And to round the party off, the awesome DJ Briony will be giving us a rousing Christmas set at 4.15pm.

Dress is formal, so put on your glad rags and come and join us for a wonderful experience in our very special ballroom on Garden of Dreams.

And many thanks to Kayle Matzerath and Kilik Lekvoda for allowing us to host the Party here!

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Discussing Bakes on Mesh with Vir and Strawberry

Discussing Bakes on Mesh with Vir and Strawberry

Today we have a really fascinating show as we discuss the newly-available Second Life technology Bakes On Mesh also known as BOM) – what it is and how it can be used.

From 2pm today, 4th November, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

We’re joined by Vir Linden, Second Life Viewer Manager, and Strawberry Linden, Marketing Content Specialist, to give us the background, and by creators Siddean Munro, the owner of Slink, home of mesh bodies, hands, feet and heads – as well as other things; and Ampersand Artful of Adored, creator of makeup and tattoos – and other avatar elements.

Discussing Bakes on Mesh with Siddean Munro

Discussing Bakes on Mesh with Siddean Munro

Bakes On Mesh allows you to use those old system clothes you’ve had in your inventory with your BOM-compatible mesh body and head – but that’s just the beginning. Bakes On Mesh also means that we’ll be seeing less of Applier HUDs and their complexities, and the graphics-heavy onion skinning of mesh outfits and nake-up, and much more.

As this show premieres on November 4th, the day before Firework Night, in the UK, we round off the show with a special fireworks display at the Designing Worlds studio.

Discussing Bakes on Mesh with Ampersand Artful

Discussing Bakes on Mesh with Ampersand Artful

And there’ll be a live fireworks display at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams too!

As you can see, we have a informative – and fun – show for you today – make sure you don’t miss it by tuning in or joining us at 2pm SLT.

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