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New Lindens Homes on Bellisseria

In this episode of Designing Worlds Special we’re visiting the new continent of Bellisseria, and finding out all about the new Linden Homes!

The show goes live on Tuesday 16th April at 2pm SLT on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel (and, for technical reasons, later on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist) – and you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams, where we are sure there will be lots of lively discussion!

Here’s a taster …

 

In the first part, we take a look at the original Linden Homes, and talk about some of the problems they encountered – the cramped feel of the regions, the lack of surrounding space for each home, and the lack of a community feel.

Then we move to the first two types of Linden Home released – the traditional homes and the houseboats. We talk with Patch Linden about the ideas that have gone into their construction, and the way that community spaces have been developed, centering around activities and places to visit, within the community itself.

New Lindens Homes on Bellisseria

And, of course, we take time to explore some of the possibilities you have with the homes, easily changing the styles and redecorating at will!

It all makes for a fascinating and informative show, so please tune in or join us at 2pm SLT.

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New Lindens Homes on Bellisseria

More information about the Homes:

Linden Labs release notice: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2528-fresh-new-linden-homes-are-here-with-new-themes-and-larger-options/
Read Inara Pey’s excellent article about the Homes here: https://modemworld.me/2019/04/15/lab-launches-new-linden-homes/
Linden Homes registration page: https://secondlife.com/land/lindenhomes/member.php

New Lindens Homes on Bellisseria

 

 

 

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In the most recent Designing Worlds, we’re looking at a new development in Second Life – Animesh! It allows the animation of mesh objects that are separate from an avatar, but with many of the same characteristics.

DW393 – Animesh from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In the show, we ask what Animesh actually is, and Vir Linden, from Linden Lab, gives us an in-depth interview with detailed information about the whole animesh project, and answers creators’ questions. In addition, meet a selection of animesh creators including Carrie Tatsu, Aki Shichiroji and scripter Medhue Simoni.

Vir Linden talks about animesh

Vir Linden talks about animesh

This is a really important (and exciting!) show –make sure you don’t miss it!

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The Streets of Sanctuary

The Streets of Sanctuary

Designing Worlds will be back for a whole new season, starting on Monday 11th February!

In this episode of Designing Worlds we’ll be visiting a fascinating desert location: the setting for Sanctuary, a very successful roleplay community that has been running for eleven years.

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The LEA

The LEA

Come January 1st 2019, the Linden Endowment for the Arts, known as the LEA, will be temporarily closing its Artists in Residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) to allow for a major restructuring.

Over the last seven years, these regions have been open for artists who apply to build their dreams, each for a six month grant. We have seen many great installations here – and some that have attracted controversy.

The LEA

The LEA

The nine Core regions (which include the Theatre, the Sandbox and Photohunt) will remain for the present, and short-term grants will still be available in these regions for community-inspired arts projects.

Applications for Core regions can be made here:
https://sites.google.com/view/linden-endowment-for-the-arts-/home

The LEA

The LEA

Discussions between the present Committee and Linden Lab about the future form of the LEA are ongoing, but it is anticipated that there will be a new organising committee when the AiR regions re-open.

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The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
See more at: http://lea-sl.org/

For more information, contact Saffia Widdershins and JMB Balogh.

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The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end. Signed at the eleven hour of the eleventh day, the Armistice silenced the guns that had killed so many over the four years of the War. On November 11th, 2018, Designing Worlds released a special short film to mark the occasion at 11.10am UK time. This film is still available.

Please join us at our usual showtime of 2pm SLT on Monday 12th November, when we will be hosting a showing of the film Remembrance: 1918-2018 in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams, followed by the show we made for the opening of the 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide in 2009.

The exhibition simulates aspects of life in the trenches on the Western Front during the 1914-1918 war and presents work by the “War Poets” of the period. As visitors explore the simulation, they can listen to the voices of veterans recounting their experiences of the war, view original film footage and photographs from the time, and learn about life on the Western Front, encountering some of the most powerful poetry in English literature by seeing the original manuscripts, and turning the pages of the poets’ war diaries and letters.

This is a combination of deeply moving films – don’t miss our special viewing party.

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 – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

You can still visit the Archive in Second Life here (for the training camp) or here (for the Western Front). You can obtain a hud at the training camp to help you navigate around the region. It’s a moving and powerful recreation of the horrors of the Western Front – and we would strongly recommend people visit it.

You can also see the special film of the song that concludes the show – “Only Remembered”, recorded by leading British folk musicians Coope Boyes & Simpson providing the music in their unique and moving acapella style, as we view aspects of the unique exhibition by the University of Oxford’s First World War Poetry Digital Archive.

DW064A – Only Remembered (from Designing Worlds episode 64, The Western Front) from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

“Only Remembered” (Bonar/Sankey/Tams Voice Publishing) is used by permission and is taken from the album “Private Peaceful – The Concert” (No Masters NMCD24, nomasters.co.uk) by Coope Boyes & Simpson (coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk) The song – originally a Horatius Bonar / Ira Sankey hymn from the 19th century, arranged by John Tams – also appears in the play “War Horse”, adapted by Nick Stafford from the book by Michael Morpurgo.

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

 

 

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The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end. Signed at the eleven hour of the eleventh day, the Armistice silenced the guns that had killed so many over the four years of the War.

On November 11th, 2018, Designing Worlds will release a special short film to mark the occasion. This film will be released on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at 11.10am UK time (3.10am SLT). You can find it here: https://vimeo.com/299871599

At our usual showtime of 2pm SLT on Monday 12th November, we will be hosting a showing of the film Remembrance: 1918-2018 in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams, followed by the show we made for the opening of the 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide in 2009.

You can still visit the Archive in Second Life here (for the training camp) or here (for the Western Front). You can obtain a hud at the training camp to help you navigate around the region.

 

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Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds, as we visit some popular Halloween locations – and learn about a popular Halloween event, is now on the web!

DW380 – Halloween Places SL 2018 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Firstly we visit the Linden Portal Park, all decked out for Halloween, to take a look at the always popular Halloween ride created by Linden Lab. And Saffia met Vee Tammas, one of the 2018-2019 Team Diabetes Coordinators, to talk about their special Scare Me Silly event, running from 19th till 27th October.

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then it’s off to the fantastic Octoberville, which has a very special introduction this year, and loads of scary stuff to explore – and an amazing hunt to learn about.

And finally, we visit the beautiful and very scary Maze which is this year’s Halloween location at Calas Galadhon.

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To travel to the Linden Halloween Ride, visit the Linden Portal Park and find the right door!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/118/75/53

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To visit Octoberville, go to: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pixeltrix/188/7/3816
and visit their website to learn more: http://octoberville.com/

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To visit the Maze at Calas Galadhon, go to: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/221/76/1
And visit their website to learn more: https://calasgaladhon.com/
https://calasgaladhon.com/maze-2018-calas-halloween-sims/

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Scare me Silly!

The 3rd Annual Scare Me Silly event returns in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! This event is the first fundraising event for Team Diabetes of Second Life 2018 and features two hunts, live performers, dj’s, an art show, shopping, and lots of tricks and treats!

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

Scare Me Silly event

Scare Me Silly event

About The American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For more information on Scare Me Silly and Team Diabetes, visit their website: https://www.teamdiabetessl.org/home and
https://www.teamdiabetessl.org/scare-me-silly

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