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Starry Stars and Stuff in Sansar

Starry Stars and Stuff in Sansar

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, for a very special show as we pay our first ever visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar.

Garden of Dreams in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Garden of Dreams in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

In this first (or two) episodes, we explore the studio that Kayle Matzerath has created for us in Garden of Worlds in Sansar. Then Saffia talks to Jenn, Lead Community Manager for Linden Lab on Sansar, who talks about the way that the grid is developing, and shows her own Experience, Starry Stars & Stuff (a work in progress), built with items already available on the Sansar marketplace.  And we also take a look at two more of the Sansar Experiences – the Diner, created by C3rb3rus and Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1 by Tyler Scarborough, which is a game (where Saffia, inevitably, dies).

The Diner in Sansar

The Diner in Sansar

Sansar is fascinating, but still very clearly a creator beta with a long way to go yet. In some ways, it is awesome – the quality of the design, for example. In other ways, it’s primitive – there are no animations that let us sit down, for example, and although we could stand on Jenn’s carousel and be whirled around, we couldn’t ride the horses. Jenn’s facial expressions as she talked were as good as any I’ve seen in Second Life and needed no HUD to drive them. But I couldn’t capture my own lip movements as I filmed.

Stasis Interrupted - Chapter 1 in Sansar

Stasis Interrupted – Chapter 1 in Sansar

You’ll also notice some other hic-cups in filming. For example, at one point you’ll see the very simple interface on the screen. That’s because Sansar doesn’t automatically set screen size to a filming friendly ratio (that’s on the Advanced menu in Second Life), so setting screen size up was a bit hit and miss. And the avatars are a little crude – although they are to some extent customisable and – in the next major Sansar update, scheduled for mid-December, fashion related elements will be introduced (and will be available for sale). You can see the details on Inara’s Pey’s blog here.

We’re planning to start covering Sansar on a regular process, so you’ll be able follow its development through our shows over the coming seasons.

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

So do come and join us for a fascinating show 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 catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Diner: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/the-diner
Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/tylerscarborough/stasis-interrupted-chapter-1
Starry Stars & Stuff: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/jennifer/starry-stars-stuff-wip

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Exodus, a Trip for Life, by Kicca Igaly & Nessuno Myoo

Exodus, a Trip for Life, by Kicca Igaly & Nessuno Myoo

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 13th November, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we will be exploring some of the Artist in Residence regions of the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA).

Artists in Residence at the LEA are holders of an LEA Land Grant. This is a six monthly program to distribute 20 regions (LEA10-LEA29) donated by Linden Lab. These regions are to be used to promote art and artistic endeavors in Second Life.

OUTRAGE!!! by Rage Darkstone

OUTRAGE!!! by Rage Darkstone

Full regions of virtual land are made available to in-world artists through an application process.  The AiR Land Grants are held for six months, and artists are free to use that time to create, amend, develop and display their work. Application cycles are announced through various LEA channels – and we’re in the middle of an application process right now!

Go to http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fourteen to find out more (and if you would like to apply yourself).

Baskinta: An Experiment in World Peace by WrenNoir Cerise

Artists may be experienced and well-known in Second Life, or they could be new and exploring Second Life’s potential. On the show you’ll meet both artists who have held AiR grants before – and artists for whom this is their first AiR grant. And there’s a fascinating range of installations to seem, from The White Cliffs of Dover to a steampunk psychological mystery, from angular prim installations to an exploration of a project to promote world peace, from an examination of the avatar experience and narratives, to a visualisation of the experience of real life exile.

This is a fascinating show, so do come and join us at 2pm!

The Plant, by Eupalinos Ugajin and Friends

The Plant, by Eupalinos Ugajin and Friends

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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Learn More:
LEA Website: http://lea-sl.org/
LEA Blog: http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/
LEA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1708756609405987/

The White Cliffs of Dover by Tahiti Rae

The White Cliffs of Dover by Tahiti Rae

How to apply for an LEA AiR Grant: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fourteen

Artists in Residence whose work appears on the show include:
Tahiti Rae: The White Cliffs of Dover: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA14/121/82/3207
Rage Darkstone: The Mind of the Machine, Earth & OUTRAGE!!! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/125/128/1001 (NB – the landing seems currently locked to OUTRAGE!!!)
Chic Aeon: A Steamy Mystery at Terradale: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/152/92/21
Ilyra Chardin: Faces: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA23/128/129/23
WrenNoir Cerise: Baskinta: An Experiment in World Peace: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA11/227/39/40
Kicca Igaly & Nessuno Myoo: Exodus, a Trip for Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/120/125/23

It’s A Steamy Mystery at Terradale by Chic Aeon

It’s A Steamy Mystery at Terradale by Chic Aeon

A numbers of the photos shown in the slideshow come from The Plant, which was not open to the public at the time of filming, but now can be visited here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/129/128/3000

Other photos in the slide show come from various artists currently exhibitions at the LEA – we will leave you to explore and discover!

Faces - by Illyra Chardin

Faces – by Illyra Chardin

 

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Home and Garden Expo - Hope 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Hope 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo, held annually in support of Relay for Life – is now on the web!

We look at the Prim Perfect/Designing Worlds build, created for us by Eliza Wierwight; the special display created by the Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works; the amazing pirate ships created by Max Graf; the beautiful house created by SkyeRider Varriale; the work of a new designer at the Expo, Lilycraft; and finally we talk to Kaerri Rae, the main organiser of the Home and Garden part of the Expo, before taking a look at the special lantern release that happens every day of the Faire.

Home and Garden Expo - Hope 1, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Hope 1, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Make sure to visit the Home and Garden Expo for yourselves – it’s open till June 4th.

And although the Expo is now officially finished, the regions (and the shopping!) may still be there for a few days yet!

Hope 1 | Hope 2 | Hope 3

Hope 4 | Hope 5 | Hope 6

Hope 7 | Hope 8 | Hope 9

And make sure you catch our second show on the Home and Garden Expo, shown later today!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – an important and timely discussion on preserving Second Life – is now on the web!

We’ll talk with guests Patch Linden, of Linden Lab; Ran Heinrichs of the University of Washington’s iSchool; Arik Metzger, the owner of Innsmouth; and Tymus Tenk, the co-owner of Calas Galadhon.

And we’ll be discussing the how and why of preserving iconic Second Life builds – and what, indeed, makes an iconic Second Life build.

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What is Linden Lab’s role in this? Should they have a role? And what can residents on the grid do to preserve the places they love? Just how hard is it to preserve a beloved build?

Our guests discuss these issues and more, sharing their own experiences and their hopes too.

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fastening show – make sure you take a look!

Designing Worlds is now on a break until the end of April when we’ll be returning with a show all about Fantasy Faire!

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel

On Tuesday March 14th at 1pm SLT, we’ll be recording a very special show in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams – and you’re invited!

We’ll be talking with guests including Patch Linden, of Linden Lab; Arik Metzger, the owner of Innsmouth; Tymus Tenk, the co-owner of Calas Galadhon.

Svarga

Svarga

And we’ll be discussing the how and why of preserving iconic Second Life builds – and what, indeed, makes an iconic Second Life build.

What is Linden Lab’s role in this? Should they have a role? And what can residents on the grid do to preserve the places they love? Just how hard is it to preserve a beloved build?

SS Galaxy

SS Galaxy

We’ll be asking all these questions and more on the show!

It’s looking like being a fascinating discussion so please join us in the studio!

Lost Gardens of Apollo

Lost Gardens of Apollo

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The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – where a specially invited panel comes together to discuss the future of Second Life.

Saffia is joined by Patch Linden, Linden Lab’s Senior Director of Product Operations; Jessica Lyon, the person behind the Firestorm browser and the Firestorm new users’ experience; Gentle Heron, of the nonprofit Virtual Ability; Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin; and Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes, who was one of the organisers of this year’s Home and Garden Expo.

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk about the recent innovations in Second Life, how we can move forward – and what innovations residents would like to see. We discuss questions from the audience too!

The importance of shows like this can be seen in the impact this show has already had. The Radegast Second Life text viewer played an important role for the blind community in using voice. It boasts an impressive set of speech to text and text to speech integrations and can be integrated with other devices such as braille screen readers. Sadly, Latif Kalifa, Radegast’s creator, passed away earlier this year and despite the code being open source, no-one had yet stepped forward to maintain it at a time when the Lab viewer is moving ahead in leaps and bounds, with the risk that non-maintained viewers and client might lose functionality. A signicant effect was that Voice with Radegast was breaking down as it was failing to install the all important SLVoice extensions.

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Beq Janus, who was filming the show, volunteered to help, and you can read here how Beq, working with Whirly Fizzle of Firestorm, was able to create two workarounds. Beq ended her account of how they achieved that with a plea to C# developers to find a way to have Radegast install the correct Voice extensions automatically, as a part of the client install process. Cinders Roxley, a TPV developer and open-source contributor to Linden Lab stepped forward – and you can read about the happy conclusion here.

It all proves that residents can achieve an enormous amount to help each other with the right communication. And the show discusses how the Lab too is working to improve our experience (and ways in which it would be problematical – for example, why we are unlikely to have true mirrors).

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fascinating show, so do do join us to watch it 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.

 

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Horizons Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Horizons Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the new Horizons Experience, created by Linden Lab and the Moles – is now on the web!

Join us as we explore the info areas, the social areas and the residential locations – and then explore the games that lie at the heart of the regions.

We’re joined by Patch, Dee, Kona and Shaman Linden – as well as a number of the Moles, including Naughty, Garden, Abnor, Ancient, Magic and Squishy! And, I’m afraid, there’s an awful lot of Saffia being killed in various gruesome ways!

Horizons Gaming Experience, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Horizons Gaming Experience, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And if you want to visit the Horizons Experience for yourself, you can start at the info islands here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizons%20Dione/131/134/23 or here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizons%20Supernova/136/130/23
Or explore the game region here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizons%20A1/132/225/69

Horizons residentials, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Horizons residentials, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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