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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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Audience at last week's discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Audience at last week’s discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Last week Designing Worlds had a show on Monday and a live recording on Tuesday (and our discussion panel show on the subject of The Future of Second Life will be broadcast next week).

This week, at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th November, the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams will be a repeat of a favourite episode. Which one?

You’ll have to join us in the studio to find out which!

 

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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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Join us at 1pm SLT today, Tuesday 22nd November, for a special live recording of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as a specially invited panel comes together to discuss the future of Second Life.

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Saffia will be 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.

We’ll be talking about the recent innovations in Second Life, how we can move forward – and what innovations residents would like to see. There will be a space for questions from the audience too.

So please come and join us at 1pm SLT … and be part of the discussion too!

Note: This is a show about Second Life; we will not be discussing Sansar, and the panel won’t be taking questions about Sansar.

This recording will be shown as part of the Designing Worlds season on Monday 5th December.

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Monochrome, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Monochrome, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 14th November, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – where we will be visiting some of the regions of the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) and exploring the work that some of the artists have produced as a result of the six month grant of an entire region.

And there’s real diversity on offer, from the beautiful Monochrome installation created by Giovanna Cerise, to the fascinating watercolors that you can wander in, created by Ceakay Ballyhoo. Then we’ll be looking at another form of art as we explore the region designed for dance performances by Royal Shippe and Diiar Vader, before exploring the fun of Snarl by Kanashimi Mac, and finally exploring an installation that blends poetry and art in Invictus, created by Storm Septimus.

Imagine Too, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Imagine Too, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The range we’ll be seeing is awesome, and we’ll also be talking about the next round of grants for LEA regions. You too could have an opportunity to follow your dream of creating a region wide installation (and probably with the full 30,000 li/prim limit we are promised soon). To do this, go to: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-twelve and complete the form.

This is going to be a beautiful and intriguing show, so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

A Watercolour Wander, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

A Watercolour Wander, 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.

Invictus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Invictus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, because we are sure you’d like to vist the locations mentioned in the show – here they are:

Monochrome by Giovanna Cerise: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/16/119/31
A Water Colour Wander by Ceakay Ballyhoo: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/157/156/24
Imagine Too by Royal Shippe and Diiar Vader: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA17/135/169/21
Snarl by Kanashimi Mac: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA13/60/196/4065
Invictus by Storm Septimus: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/38/198/81

Snarl, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Snarl, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 7th November, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams  –  where we visit Burn2 and celebrate the life and work of Ladyslipper Constantine!

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn 2 is the inworld realisation of the famous Burning Man Festival held annually in the Nevada desert. We’ll be looking at some of the amazing art of display, taking a balloon trip around the site, seeing the famous Burning of the Man and the Burning of the Temple, and talking to Duna Gant and iSkye Silverweb, who were both centrally involved in Burn2 this year.

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll also be remembering Ladyslipper Constantine, a dedicated Burner and a keen Lamplighter at Burn2 events, who died recently. Saffia filmed a special Celebration of her life and work as a volunteer for numerous organisations and events in Second Life; an extract from this is shown in the episode, but you can also watch the full Celebration here:

This visit to the Burn is a very special show for us – come and 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.

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The new episode of Designing Worlds –a very special story for Halloween – is now on the web!

Written by Judith Cullen (in Second Life Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library), it’s read by Caledonia herself and Corwyn Allen, together with Saffia and Elrik. With haunting photographs by Wildstar Beaumont, this is a real Halloween treat from us to all our viewers.

A Special Story for Halloween, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

A Special Story for Halloween, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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