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From ColeMarie's particle performance
From ColeMarie’s particle performance

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 12th September for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web as we revisit a show from 2015 where we looked at the career and particle magic of the well-known creator, muscian and machinima-maker, ColeMarie Soliel.

ColeMarie has had a fascinating career, both inworld and on the wider web, and she talks to us about this, as well as demonstrating some of her beautiful particle effects – and explaining why the development of particle scripting in Second Life made her enthusiastic to return and start creating again.

Image from ColeMarie's performance
Image from ColeMarie’s performance

Then she treats us to a full musical performance with stunning particle effects.

It’s a beautiful show so … do join us at 2pm SLT.

Image from ColeMarie's performance
Image from ColeMarie’s performance

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All the images in this blog of NatureCon are by Wildstar Beaumont.

Welcome to the new season of Designing Worlds, as we begin with a visit to the fascinating NatureCon, an event dedicated to nature and exploration in Second Life.

From 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th September, 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!

NatureCon’s mission was to inspire connections between related Second Life communities and organizations through a shared love of exploration and expressions of nature in Second Life . The organisers united and inspired collaboration between Bellisseria and Mainland organizations under the shared goal of promoting exploration across the grid.

Elrik and Saffia talk to Build Team Lead: Soull Starlight and Project Team Lead: Yukiko Yeshto, as well Sominel Edelman, the creator and owner of Landscapes Unlimited. And Saffia enjoys the opportunity to meet Miss Jj (also known as JJ Jowahoshi) and to explore the beautiful underwater region that she created!

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!

Sadly NatureCon has finished now … but you can learn more about it on the website: https://natureconsl.site/

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All the images in this blog are by Wildstar Beaumont, and show some of the fantastic steampunk builds created by residents at SL19B.

This episode is the second of two that document the Second Life 19th Birthday Community Celebrations, held at the end of June/early July 2022. This episode focuses on the amazing builds and installations created by Second Life Residents.

And we have a wonderful slideshow of more resident builds from our photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, as well some great footage from our videographer in the field, Bain Finch.

And you can see our previous episode on the large public buildings here:

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Sadly, the Second Life Birthday celebrations are over now, although you can read more about it here: https://bit.ly/3yVp2XM

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All the images in this blog are by Wildstar Beaumont, and show some of the fantastic steampunk builds created by residents at SL19B.

This episode is the second of two that document the Second Life 19th Birthday Community Celebrations, held at the end of June/early July 2022. This episode focuses on the amazing builds and installations created by Second Life Residents.

From 2pm SLT today, Monday 25th July, 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!

In this show, the last of our current season, we take a look at some of the many stunning Resident-created builds, beginning with our very own Designing Worlds exhibit and going on to look at a variety of the many Steampunk-themed exhibits from a range of different contributors.

And we have a wonderful slideshow of more resident builds from our photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, as well some great footage from our videographer in the field, Bain Finch.

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Sadly, the Second Life Birthday celebrations are over now, although you can read more about it here: https://bit.ly/3yVp2XM

And you can see our previous episode on the large public buildings here:

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All the images in this blog are by Wildstar Beaumont, and show some of the fantastic steampunk builds created by residents at SL19B.

This episode is the first of two that document the Second Life 19th Birthday Community Celebrations, held at the end of June/early July 2022. This episode focuses on the public buildings largely created by the Moles.

From 2pm SLT today, Monday 18th July, 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!

The theme for the event this year was Steampunk, and the Linden builds exemplified this, with some beautiful soaring builds for the stages and an airship-filled Welcome area. This year, there was more examples of resident work, such as the Steamworks, created by Walton Wainwright, and the amazing airships that surrounded the Welcome Area.

In addition, certain regular SLB features like the Tapestry of Time reappeared in slightly modified form. In this show we have a look round these stunning builds – and take a balloon trip!

In the next programme we focus on the wealth of Resident builds.

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Sadly, the Second Life Birthday celebrations are over now, although you can read more about it here: https://bit.ly/3yVp2XM

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Reaction Grid: Wizzy

At a time when there are many ongoing discussions about the Metaverse (in a broad sense – for example, see this recent essay by Philip Rosedale: https://medium.com/@philiprosedale/value-creation-in-virtual-worlds-696604a694d1), it can be interesting and instructive to look back to previous experiments. such as the Reaction Grid.

So join Designing Worlds on Monday 11th July to see a film we made on the Reaction Grid in 2010. You can see the show here on this blog, or on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371600121. Or you can join us at 2pm for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

The show, filmed by Treet TV (in the days before we became an independent production company!), features clips and segments from our exploration of the Reaction Grid and discusses them with Kyle Gomboy, the creator of Reaction Grid, and Chris Hart, the Chief Technical Officer.

The Reaction Grid has been created primarily for Education, and education and experiments by educators provide some of our excerpts. Hayley Dunning is working with students aged between 7 and 14 to build an island that shows something of the history of Michigan – and shows us something of what they have created – including a functioning water wheel!

Reaction Grid: MyMichigan

We also explore the fantastical mathematical builds of Wizard Gynoid who are been creating some models that are not only Not Possible in Real Life – they’re Not Possible in Second Life either!

Being able to see and move through these models certainly gives a whole new perspective on the possibilities of immersions.

Reaction Grid: The New York World’s Fair

We also talk to educator Viv Tragfalgar about why she is developing a sim in the Rection Grid, and then visit one of the most stunning builds on the Reaction Grid – a work in progress, which is a re-creation of the 1939 New York World’s Fair – and we meet Paul Van Dort, who is working to create an amazing immersive experience here!

Reaction Grid: Wizzy

Sadly, the Reaction Grid no longer exists, although many of those involved with it continue to use technology to develop their teaching and their work.

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Join Designing Worlds today, Monday 4th July at 2pm SLT as we explore the amazing phenomenon of the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend 2022.

From 2pm SLT today 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!

Each year there are themes, and this year the theme was Heroes of Hope. There were lots of cityscape camps and quite a few castles … and we’re going to be exploring quite a few. We talk to some of the residents who have created amazing campsites and art sites, and also by our own field videographer who tells us all about livestreaming the event. And we explore other stunning areas – such as the beautiful Survivors and Caregivers.

And with Wildstar Beaumont on hand to add yet more beautiful images of the weekend event, this makes for a stunning and moving episode.

So do join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams, or watch on the web!

You can find our more about Relay for Life of Second Life here: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY22VirtualEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=101748
Or visit the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/

Photographs by Wildstar Beaumont

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Join Designing Worlds today, Monday 27th July at 2pm SLT as we visit one of the most beautiful estates in Second Life – the Grove Country Club Estates.

From 2pm SLT today 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!

The estate, owned by Crito Galtier, not only has some of the most beautiful homes and landscapes, but also offers a wide range of events and entertainments for residents and their friends.

We talk to Crito and Ginger Bloom Galtier, the Chief Marketing Officer, as well as two of the residents of the Estates, and learn all about living at the Grove Country Club Estates, but also about their spectacular event for Relay for Life of Second Life – Wish Upon a Star – which raised a phenomenal amount!

It all makes for a stunning show – so do join us for the beautiful landscapes – and the Fireworks – at 2pm SLT!

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You can find out more about the Grove Country Club Estates here: https://thegroveestatessl.com/
or follow the Facebook account here:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/thegrovesl/

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Poster designed by Miss Breezy Carver

This week we have a very special archive show.

The Designing Worlds Team was saddened to learn this week of the passing of Breezy Carver, for many years one of the leading lights of New Babbage. Breezy was a keen blogger, a stalwart supper of Relay for Life and, as the owner of Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage, a leading hostess for wonderful Balls.

The Ballroom at Piermont Landing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As a tribute to Breezy, this week we shall be showing the episode in which she appeared – the Theft of the Carver Diamonds, featuring not only Breezy and Edward Pearse but, of course, the indomitable Mr Biggins!

You can watch the show here, or on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/510126220

Or you can join us at 2pm SLT today at our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Breezy with Elrik and Saffia (from the show)

This is a great show, and includes a tour of Piedmont Landing by Breezy herself. Don’t miss it!

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You can still visit Piermont Landing at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/73/73/107

Piermont Landing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Telethon for RFL 2009

This coming weekend sees the climax of Relay for Life of Second Life 2022 – which we will be covering later in the season. So it seems a good time to look back in this week’s show to a former Relay for Life – in 2009.

You can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371357132. Or you can join us at 2pm for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Firstly we talked to Aeolus Cleanslate and looked at the wonderful New Babbage campsite, from one of the most inentive steampunk sims in the Second Life world – an imagining of an Exposition Universalle, based upon that of 1889 in Paris when the Eiffel Tower was first revealed.  Aeolus Cleanslate explained, how under the Team Captain Breezy Carver, the New Babbage team created this amazing display – and also created the special Mars sim that won the overall prize for best designed sim!

New Babbage Build at RFL 2009

Then we talked to KiVanyel Adria of the Elf Circle, who told us not only about the beautiful build that the Elf Circle had created, but also the full programme of events that the Elves had created to share their community with the wider world. And we spoke with Helena Kiama and Jessie Sinister who were two of the key builders on the beautiful Wonders build, re-creating four of the Wonders of the Ancient World (the ones that they chose were the Temple of Diana at Ephesus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Colossus of Rhodes).

Wonders of the World Build at RFL 2009

And finally we spoke with Zander Greene and Lauren Thibaud of the Friends Fight Cancer group who had created Anatomica, the most amazing sim, 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!

And there was also a stunningly beautiful ballroom in the sky for those who ventured up to 1,500 feet!

Filmed at the 2009 Telethon location, the build designed by Dellybean North and landscaped by Anhayla Lycia.

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Find out more about this year’s Relay for Life of Second Life 2022 weekend at:

https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/
Or
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY22VirtualEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=101748

Telethon for RFL 2009

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