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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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Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ballroom

Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ballroom

The ballroom is decorated, Mr Merlin’s steampunk dj rig is in position, Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you – and all is prepared for the Designing Worlds Christmas Ball.

All that is missing is YOU!

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

Join us today for our Christmas Ball from 1pm – 4pm in our special ballroom, high above the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams! (Please note that you may need to use this teleport link twice – the first time will land you in the store on Garden of Dreams; from there you can teleport to the ballroom).

There will be music – Elrik Merlin will be playing a very special Christmas set. There is also a Christmas tree with gifts set out under it for you to collect. If you would like to add a gift of your own to give to fellow Designing Worlds followers, talk to Saffia – she can help you place your gift.

Oscar the Tookie is ready to welcome you, so put on your finest clothes and come and join us at the Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ball!

Oscar the Tookie is ready to welcome you to Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ball!

Oscar the Tookie is ready to welcome you to Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ball!

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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

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 19th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – for our special Christmas show from New Babbage.

And, of course, there will be Mr Biggins!

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

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

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. You could say that 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 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

It all makes for a fittingly Christmassy end to our Designing Worlds season – so 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.

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

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

If you want to visit New Babbage yourself, there are various places to start. Late Victorian dress is recommended, but not essential.
The Canals in Babbage Square: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/183/35/108
The New City Hall: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/157/176/111
The R.F. Burton Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Canals/200/60/107
Brunel Hall (Hotel and Restaurant): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Academy%20of%20Industry/51/134/107
Piermont Landing: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/70/19/139

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

In addition – you are invited to the Designing Worlds Christmas Ball – on Thursday 22nd April from 1 – 4pm. Elrik Merlin will be spinning the tunes, and there will be gifts from some of our favourite creators under the Christmas Tree!

 

 

 

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ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the fascinating state of ROMA – and a taste of Roman life – is now on the web!

With the help of Melanippe of Themiscyra and Gaius Tiberius Curio (added, behind the scenes by Maali Beck), we explore this three region combination of roleplaying, education, residential accommodation and fabulous events – including chariot racing in the Hippodrome. Elrik gets to try that for himself, while Saffia joins the aristocrats to cheer him on!

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Starting at the entry point of the Customs House, we explore how people are introduced to this world with the add of specially created characters, and find out about a game that helps people to begin exploring ROMA. From there we pass on to the market, and take a hair-raising ride across the estate to the port where we learn about the navy, the army, and various educational exhibitions, including a fascinating reconstruction of a house at different periods of its existence, for part of ROMA was created by the University of Durham as part of the online component of a real life archaeological dig in Northern England.

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

After all this, there’s time to explore the Roman tombs before we finish at the aforesaid Hippodrome for a spectacular chariot race!

 

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ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 12th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – where we visit the fascinating state of ROMA – and get a taste of Roman life!

With the help of Melanippe of Themiscyra and Gaius Tiberius Curio (added, behind the scenes by Maali Beck), we explore this three region combination of roleplaying, education, residential accommodation and fabulous events – including chariot racing in the Hippodrome. Elrik gets to try that for himself, while Saffia joins the aristocrats to cheer him on!

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Starting at the entry point of the Customs House, we explore how people are introduced to this world with the add of specially created characters, and find out about a game that helps people to begin exploring ROMA. From there we pass on to the market, and take a hair-raising ride across the estate to the port where we learn about the navy, the army, and various educational exhibitions, including a fascinating reconstruction of a house at different periods of its existence, for part of ROMA was created by the University of Durham as part of the online component of a real life archaeological dig in Northern England.

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

After all this, there’s time to explore the Roman tombs before we finish at the aforesaid Hippodrome for a spectacular chariot race!

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.

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you want to visit ROMA for yourselves, we recommend starting at the Customs House, where you can pick up information and free gifts, including costumes!  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ROMA/212/26/22

PS – “Salve!” means “Greetings!”

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a hosted discussion on the future of Second Life – is now on the web!

Saffia is joined by a range of well-known Second Life residents – 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 discussion covers 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 Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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 significant 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.

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Future of Second Life discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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).

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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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