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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 26th June, for today’s episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we watch again a favourite episode of the show!

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Guess where? – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What will it be?  Well, there’s a clue in the title to this post – and another clue in the picture here … but to find out which episode we’ve chosen, you’ll have to come and join the viewing party at 2pm!

 

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Radio Riel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio Riel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 12th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we celebrate the tenth birthday of Radio Riel.

Designing Worlds has always had connections with Radio Riel, most notably, of course, through Elrik Merlin who is a leading member of the Radio Riel team. Gabrielle Riel, the founder, takes us through the history of Radio Riel, while we also talk to DJs Diamanda Gustafson. Otenth Paderborn and Edward Pearse.

Radio RIel Fifth Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio Riel Fifth Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a chance to learn what goes into running a busy and popular radio station, with seven different broadcast channels. And we’ll also be showing photos from some of the Radio Riel events over the years.

You can learn more about Radio Riel here: http://radioriel.org/

It’s a great show – so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio – and make very sure that you come to THIS location, where you’ll find a special surprise awaiting you!

Radio Riel 2nd Birthday, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio Riel 2nd Birthday, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – 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, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

 

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Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Almost all of you reading this will know Elicio Ember’s work. If you don’t own several pieces yourselves, then you will have seen it around the grid, sometimes in fantasy areas, sometimes adding a touch of mystery and romance to other locations as well. We’ve shown his work many times on Designing Worlds – a couple of times in shows about him, but many more times as we film other places that use his items.

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

Elicio has designed some of the most beautiful regions in Second Life – his own Cerridwen’s Cauldron (which we used in filming Season 1 Episode 4 of The Blackened Mirror), but also stunning regions for Fantasy Faire – the glorious glass lanterns of Titan’s Hollow, the mysterious decaying Ruins of Nu Orne, returning to the jungle – and so many others. He created the wonderful Otherworld where the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival was held last year.

Titan's Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Titan’s Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And his store is filled with beautiful items – water lilies and surprising plants, glowing obelisks and intricate temples. To everything he brings a touch of fantasy that is grounded in reality; his background in the dual worlds of biology and graphic design make even his wildest creations completely plausible.

Elicio's Lilies

Elicio’s Lilies

On top of all this, Elicio is one of the sweetest and kindest people I know, whether in Second Life or the real world. He is warm and deeply supportive of friends – and he has many, and gives unsparingly to causes that he believes in.

A Cave of Elicio's beautiful plants on Night Whispers

A Cave of Elicio’s beautiful plants on Night Whispers

So, that made it all the more sad to receive the news today that his father has had a very serious stroke, and that Elicio and his sisters, who are all in Mexico, are faced with very serious medical bills.

On Facebook he writes:

My father had a stroke yesterday that was not seen to until today. There is no clear prognosis yet but things are serious and some kind of neural damage is confirmed. How serious is yet unknown, as his brain is still swollen and blood obscures the true size of the damage. …

Public health security in Mexico is insufficient and often of very low quality. And often even government institutions seek ways for skirting or ignoring health insurance or not subscribing their workers to the public health program. My father is a 72 year 5 idiom speaker that gave language classes during the whole day at the Senior Citizens University in Mexico. A government institution. Such institution does not subscribe their teachers to any kind of health protection program. Through a really shady 1 month contract-recontract practice that insures no teachers get health protection or antiquity bonuses. Even though most of them are senior citizens. So, my father has no health protection whatsover. Which I found about just 4 days ago. Private health insurance is usually out of reach for people like me, several of my sisters and my father. Basically the non existent middle class and below. Mexican public hospitals; although they admit people not subscribed to the public health program, they will often treat people not subscribed as low priority in an already overloaded and poor health system. It’s a Russian roulette. People can be treated well and recover. People die waiting to be treated. People die by malpractice. And if not subscribed to public health, uncertainty is always higher. So we took him to a private hospital before risking a long wait. I have 5 sisters, but not even between all of us we will be able to pay for the hospital charges without severely straining all our economies, not even considering all the expenses of rehab and care that will follow if…well. If he makes it. Which might be actually more terrifying than if he does not as its yet uncertain what the rehab possibilities are.
That’s why, even though I have asked you for support by buying my work during my last months upheld, I will have to ask you for it yet again …

So I am making a rare appeal. I am asking you to go to Elicio’s store today. I am asking you to buy what you can. You won’t regret owning his beautiful objects. But more – I’m asking you to tell people about this. Share this post. Share the address of the store. If you can’t get inworld, buy something from his marketplace store. Tell your friends to go and buy everything they can.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elicio has given so much to Second Life. Let’s show him what Second Life can give back to him.

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

 

 

 

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Saffia and Elrik talk about Project Bento with Oz, Troy and Vir Linden

Saffia and Elrik talk about Project Bento with Oz, Troy and Vir Linden

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 6th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we meet Oz, Troy and Vir Linden to talk about the exciting possibilities of project Bento.

And we’ll also be meeting some of the resident creators already working on exciting Project Bento features – Mahadma, Medhue Simioni, Teager, and Aki Shichiroji.

 

See how expressive a wolf can be!

See how expressive a wolf can be!

Essentially, Project Bento adds a wealth of attachment points to avatars that can also be animated. But more – it’s about extra bones to the entire skeleton. This gives the possibility for anything from a single ironically raised eyebrows to an amazingly flexible wyvern to ride.

You’ll see the potentials – from beautifully expressive faces to amazing control and detail possible in wings, tails, hands, and so on!

 

Aki Shichiroji shows her wyvern

Aki Shichiroji shows her wyvern

As Troy Linden says: “Project Bento is about the reinvention of the Second Life skeleton. Think of it as the long awaited version 2.0.”

Bento may well be the new mesh – so join us to find out what it’s all about!

 

Oz, Troy and Vir Linden talk about Project Bento

Oz, Troy and Vir Linden talk about Project Bento

To find out more see:
https://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Enhanced-Skeleton-Project-Bento/ta-p/2975160

To download the viewer see:
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Alternate_Viewers#Second_Life_Project_Bento_Channel

 

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The Golden Delta - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Golden Delta – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 9th May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we pay the first of two visits to Fantasy Faire (recorded before the Faire closed on May 1st).

We talked to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about the Faire and how it works. And we meet region designers Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords, who created the amazing Dangarnon, Judi Newall, one of the organisers of the Lierary Festival – and the person responsible for the Guides that assisted people who made the Literary Tours to ten of the regions, OldeSoul Eldmar, the Chief of the Fairelands Pawlice, and AineMarie Flanagan, who talks about bringing a store to Fantasy Faire.

Fairelands Junction - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ironically, we filmed this show in the quiet days before the Faire opened … so no-one was quite sure that it would be the fantastic success that it was, raising over L$7,710,000 (US$30,844) and producing some amazing stories – many of which you can read on the website.  In fact, the whole website is filled with the story of Fantasy Faire, and well worth a look!

Dangarnon, Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dangarnon, Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But before you do that – come and join us at 2pm for the opening episode of our 21st season – it’s one that you won’t want to miss!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Fairelands Junction - Fantasy Faire 2016 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Blackmoor – Fantasy Faire 2016 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo in Second Life– is now on the web.

Sadly, the Expo is now over, but show you some of the amazing things that were on display there, and which also took place during the Expo. And our brilliant photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, will show yet more!

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

In this first show we talked to the three organisers of the Expo, Reven Rosca, Kaerri Rae and Cain Maven about the backbones of the Expo. We also talked to SisterButta about the innovation of including art installations, and to Eku Zhong for Culprit about her display this year.

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

And we explore the Prim Perfect build created by Eliza Weirwight – and the beautiful lantern release ceremony that took place each day at 4pm.

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

 

 

 

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From

From “The Tollkeeper”

Join Designing Worlds at 2pm today, Monday 26th October at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for our Halloween Special as things go bump in New Babbage.

Well, not so much Bump! as Boom!

Now, explosions may not cause much panic in New Babbage, but when it causes two of New Babbage’s finest sandhogs (one of whom is the redoubtable Mr Jebediah Biggins) to disappear into the darkest recesses of the catacombs, a rescue mission is rapidly under way.

From

From “The Tollkeeper”

But the catacombs are, of course, never the safest of places to go …

This is a special Tale of New Babbage, written by Mr Emerson Lighthouse and read by the New Babbagers themselves: Mr Emerson Lighthouse, Miss Bookworm Heinreichs, Miss Garnet Psaltery. Mr Mavromichaeli Szondi and, of course, Mr Biggins. Mr Elrik Merlin and Miss Saffia Widdershins also take part.

From

From “The Tollkeeper”

It is promising to be a spooky show, so make sure you join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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