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Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 20th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting the fascinating Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare.

This is the first episode of a two part show (the second will be shown later in the series) as we discover a part of the wealth of information and installations that the Museum hosts.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You might expect it to be all about the weapons, but in fact it’s much broader than that, as we discover through talking to the Director and Curator of the Museum, OtakuSenpai Button.

In this first show we explore the reasons why Otaku established the Museum before we take a look at the background to the Manhattan Project which led to the development of the first atomic bomb and – subsequently – to the two bombs that were dropped on Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We then look at the work of nuclear reactors, and learn something of the background to nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

It’s a fascinating show – both in terms of the content Otaku has gathered, and also in terms of demonstrating how Second Life can be used for a learning experience.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us to see more at 2pm SLT.

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.

You can explore the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare for yourself at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemia/69/221/22

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we explore Time Portals, the fascinating new region created by Jo Yardley (creator of the very popular 1920s Berlin Project) – is now on the web!

There are three portals already open – with a link to Berlin itself. Each portal has a distinct time and theme, although not so firmly structured as Berlin, which echoes a single year at the end of the Weimar Republic. The idea behind the time portals is to enjoy experiences of different periods, but also to shop or possibly live in a congenial environment.

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, because this us created by Jo, there are plenty of places to gather for social intercourse and partying!

You can explore the Time Portals from the central location at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/128/128/1930

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 13th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring Time Portals, the fascinating new region created by Jo Yardley (creator of the very popular 1920s Berlin Project).

There are three portals already open – with a link to Berlin itself. Each portal has a distinct time and theme, although not so firmly structured as Berlin, which echoes a single year at the end of the Weimar Republic. The idea behind the time portals is to enjoy experiences of different periods, but also to shop or possibly live in a congenial environment.

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, because this us created by Jo, there are plenty of places to gather for social intercourse and partying!

Now, we’re not going to spoil things by telling you where and when these portals take us (although the pictures here should provide clues!). Instead we invite you to join us for the show – and take the time portals for yourself!

This is definitely one you won’t want to miss, so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Time Portals, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, you can explore the Time Portals from the central location at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/128/128/1930

Or – if you can’t attend the show  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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Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the the beautiful estate of Rosehaven, which has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary – is now on the web!

 

And if the name is a little unfamiliar to you, that’s because until recently, the estate was known as Winterfell, a name it took in 2006, long before a certain television programme had made the name widely known.

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven is a estate of mystery and romance, with some dark undertones as we discover when we take a look at builds old and new (including some new mews cottages), and discuss the different aspects of this lovely fantasy estate.  We talk to the estate owner Selena Anansi and visit some of the residents in their homes – including Elizabeth, the Duchess of Trikassi, Mr Podruly Peccable and our very own Wildstar Beaumont who was one of the very earliest residents of the estate!

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take several tours of the waterways to see some of the magnificent castles and other builds, as we discuss the importance of story in the lovely and magical Rosehaven.

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Virtual Ability and Health Info Islands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability and Health Info Islands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the a visit to Virtual Ability estate, a nonprofit that has created online community of support for people with physical, mental, sensory, developmental, and emotional disabilities and their families, friends, and caregivers – is now on the web!

 

And a full transcript of the programme is available here.

We hear from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit  – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

Supported Housing on Cape Heron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Supported Housing on Cape Heron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Additional Website mentioned on the show:
Universal Design website — ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Virtual Ability Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 23rd January, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – for the first show in the new season, when we’ll be paying a visit to Virtual Ability.

We’ll be hearing from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit  – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

Virtual Ability Induction Course, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Induction Course, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Art Gallery on Cape Able, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Art Gallery on Cape Able, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

It all makes for a really interesting start to our Designing Worlds season – so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, 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 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.

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – our Christmas Special in New Babbage– is now on the web!

This year’s Christmas show takes a slightly different format. Well-known Babbage personalities – and Mr Merlin and Miss Widdershins, of course! – will be telling two Christmas stories about the Babbage urchins at Christmas time. One is How the Urchins Stole Christmas, and the second is a sequel to what is probably the best loved New Babbage show, The Miracle of the Bells – which of course, contains the dreaded Book That Must Not Be Named.

And of course, there’s Mr Biggins (as you’ve never seen him before)!

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Then there’s a very special Christmas song (composed by MacKnight Culdesac) to finish the show – all about the Steam Santa’s somewhat dour companion, the Boiler Elf.

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

Christmas with the Urchins in New Babbage, photographed by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs

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