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Alien Isles

Alien Isles

This week, Monday 6th July at 2pm SLT, we are taking a look back at Alien Isles, a marvellous place with wonderful quirky art created by Lorin Tone, Judi Newall and their friends – such as Madcow Cosmos, Glyph Graves, Alazarin Mobius & Photon Pink. It was a place where some of Second Life’s most notable artists came to have fun.

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/375390270. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW132 Alien Isles 18th July 2011 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Many people were sad when the beautiful – and fun! – Alien Isles announced its closure back in 2011.  We decided then that we would make our planned return to the region to visit again Lorin Tone and Judi Newall (who had featured in an earlier show about sound creation – sadly, no longer available).

Alien Isles

Alien Isles

The end of live filming by Treet.TV provided a few hic-cups, but we found a brilliant cinematographer who joined our team – Laslopantomik Yao – and with Elrik acting as our sound engineer as well as co-presenter, we got our footage in the can before the Isles closed!

It’s a fun show (with a tiny invasion!) so do join us in the studio at 2pm SLT!

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Have you visited the Designing Worlds site at SL17B? The regions are still open till July 12th!

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

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

The front of the Alien Isles postcard

The front of the Alien Isles postcard – one of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

The message on the back of the Alien Isles postcard

The message on the back of the Alien Isles postcard

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Our most recent episode is a feature-length visit to the very special area that was created to host the campsites, designer regions and more that made up the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend: 6–7 June 2020.

DW420 – Relay for Life of Second Life 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Relay for Life of Second Life was one of the few Relay For Life events able to be held, thanks to it being held in a virtual world. And it was a fantastic success, raising Linden$: 76,317,509, which is the equivalent of USD: $305,270.00 – a really amazing sum!

The theme was Game On, Cancer! and it led to the creation of some spectacular designer regions and team campsites following the theme of different types of games and sports – as we learn in the show.

We talk to two of the core organisers of the event, Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life; and Nikki Mathieson, Executive Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society in Second Life.

We also talk to Mightbe Shelter, a member of one of the teams of SL motorcycle clubs who built daunting race tracks and other thrilling activities – and we experience a little of the moving Luminaria ceremony.

We also take a look at some of the regions involved in the Ten Days of Relay run-up to Relay Weekend itself, visit several of the designer regions and campsites, and view some stunning slideshows of the regions from our star photographer, Wildstar Beaumont.

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To learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life, visit their page at the American Cancer Society: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=97294
or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/

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Have you visited the Designing Worlds site at SL17B? The regions are still open till July 12th!

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

Designing Worlds 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

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From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 29th June, we present a feature-length episode visiting the very special area that was created to host the campsites, designer regions and more that made up the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend: 6–7 June 2020.

Join us at 2pm  when 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. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Relay for Life of Second Life was one of the few Relay For Life events able to be held, thanks to it being held in a virtual world. And it was a fantastic success, raising Linden$: 76,317,509, which is the equivalent of USD: $305,270.00 – a really amazing sum!

The theme was Game On, Cancer! and it led to the creation of some spectacular designer regions and team campsites following the theme of different types of games and sports – as we learn in the show.

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to two of the core organisers of the event, Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life; and Nikki Mathieson, Executive Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society in Second Life.

We also talk to Mightbe Shelter, a member of one of the teams of SL motorcycle clubs who built daunting race tracks and other thrilling activities – and we experience a little of the moving Luminaria ceremony.

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also take a look at some of the regions involved in the Ten Days of Relay run-up to Relay Weekend itself, visit several of the designer regions and campsites, and view some stunning slideshows of the regions from our star photographer, Wildstar Beaumont.

It all makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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To learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life, visit their page at the American Cancer Society: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=97294
or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/

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Have you visited the Designing Worlds site at SL17B?

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

Designing Worlds 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

 

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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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New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we explore a beautiful – and absolutely fascinating – region within Second Life – New Kadath, which houses (among other delicious treats) the Lighthouse Art Gallery, home of the Museum of Second Life Maps!

DW419 – New Kadath from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

To explore the amazing Museum and the wider region, we’re joined by the Keeper and Custodian of the Lighthouse, Julianna Lethdetter and region creator Dragonia DeCuir.

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Julianna shows us around the fabulous map museum, with cartography going back to the earliest days of the Second Life grid, while Dragonia takes us on a tour of the beautiful and exotic region of New Kadath, with its fields, bunnies, dragons and flying whales – and a Cheese Shop – where you can sample the wares!

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Visit New Kadath for yourselves: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Kadath/34/58/23

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday June 15th, we are exploring a beautiful – and absolutely fascinating – region within Second Life – New Kadath, which houses (among other delicious treats) the Lighthouse Art Gallery, home of the Museum of Second Life Maps!

Join us at 2pm  when 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.

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To explore the amazing Museum and the wider region, we’re joined by the Keeper and Custodian of the Lighthouse, Julianna Lethdetter and region creator Dragonia DeCuir.

Julianna shows us around the fabulous map museum, with cartography going back to the earliest days of the Second Life grid, while Dragonia takes us on a tour of the beautiful and exotic region of New Kadath, with its fields, bunnies, dragons and flying whales – and a Cheese Shop – where you can sample the wares!

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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Visit New Kadath for yourselves: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Kadath/34/58/23

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Telethon Studio from Treet at RFL 2009

The Telethon Studio from Treet at RFL 2009

This last weekend saw the fantastic Relay for Life of Second Life weekend, the culmination of a wildly successful RFL season. We will be looking at that in more detail on the show in a few weeks … but this week, Monday 8th June at 2pm SLT, we are taking a look back to the builds of the Relay for Life weekend all the way back in 2009!

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

#051 The Builds of Relay for Life: 21 July 2009 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371357132. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The New Babbage Exposition at RFL 2009

The New Babbage Exposition at RFL 2009

And it was a classic year for great builds: from the New Babbage team we saw the exploration of Mars, and an imagining of an Exposition Universalle, based upon that of 1889 in Paris when the Eiffel Tower was first revealed; we visited the Elf Circle, the Wonders of the World region, and we finished at Anatomica, the most amazing region, which combined information and a great interactive learning experience about the physiology of cells and cancer – with a fast and furious game where you got to dress in a red suit for surfing the bloodstream and blast cancer cells yourself!

Anatomica at RFL 2009

Anatomica at RFL 2009

It is a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm at our studio on Garden of Dreams.

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Elemaria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elemaria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, we pay the second of our two visits to Fantasy Faire 2020 in aid of Relay for Life of Second Life.

DW418 – Fantasy Faire 2020 Part 2 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to Aisling Sinclair, who is in charge of the famous and fabulous Fairelands Quest, and Fantasy Faire Co-Founder and Co-Captain Zander Greene about this year’s Faire, and what the running of an event like the Faire involves.

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a look around the eighteen regions of the Faire – nine through excursions by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

Mistakes Were Made, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Mistakes were Made! photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

By the time the Fairelands had faded into the mists, Fantasy Faire 2020 raised the astonishing (and record-breaking) sum of US$75,312!

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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FaireChylde at the Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

FaireChylde at the Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday June 1st, we are paying the second of our two visits to this year’s Fantasy Faire! Join us at 2pm  when 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.

Melusina's Depths, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Melusina’s Depths, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Aisling Sinclair, who is in charge of the famous and fabulous Fairelands Quest, and Fantasy Faire Co-Founder and Co-Captain Zander Greene about this year’s Faire, and what the running of an event like the Faire involves. And we take a look around the eighteen regions of the Faire – nine through excursions by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

Auxentios' Pass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Auxentios’ Pass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

By the time the Fairelands had faded into the mists, Fantasy Faire 2020 raised the astonishing (and record-breaking) sum of US$75,312!

Join us at 2pm to see the beauties of the Faire – and relive some memories! It’s a stunning show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Arcachon

Arcachon

This week on Monday 25th May at 2pm SLT, we are taking a look back to the beautiful and fascinating region of Arcachon, sadly long gone from the Second Life grid.

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/379594685. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW188 Arcachon – 11th February 2013 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Arcachon Atlantique, the beautiful Francophone region based on the Languedoc region of France, which had recently come close to closure, despite offering great activities and developing a brilliant immersive language learning programme.

We explored some of the beauties of the region with Claire Pascale, the owner of Arcachon and with Cybère Placebo, who had been working on developing language courses, as well as Karelia Kondor, a teacher of French in the UK, who had used the region of Arcachon in her teaching.

Arcachon

Arcachon

We explored the region, discussing the plans to use it as an immersive language resource, and also experiencing some of the activities it offered, from wine tasting, to a hot air balloon trip, to harvesting (and enjoying!) fresh oysters.

And we looked at the problems owners face in sustaining such a region.

Arcachon

Arcachon

Sadly, although publicity sustained Arcachon for several more months, some time after our visit it was forced to close.

It is a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm at our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Arcachon

Arcachon

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