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Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

Designing Worlds Christmas Party 2019

You are all invited to three and a half hours of fun and frolics at the Designing Worlds Christmas Party!

We open at 2pm SLT with a live music set from the wonderful Agatha – you can read more about here here – and listen to her wonderful voice!

Then the incomparable Mr Elrik Merlin takes to the airwaves to give us a very special set at 3pm!

At 4pm SLT, we’ll be joined by the delightful Raglanshire Carollers, who will be entertaining us with their unique Christmas carols.

And to round the party off, the awesome DJ Briony will be giving us a rousing Christmas set at 4.15pm.

Dress is formal, so put on your glad rags and come and join us for a wonderful experience in our very special ballroom on Garden of Dreams.

And many thanks to Kayle Matzerath and Kilik Lekvoda for allowing us to host the Party here!

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Designing Worlds Archive graphic

Today we have very exciting news. Recently, Designing Worlds have created a separate Archive site on Vimeo to make available what we think will eventually be over 40 of our old shows, most of which have been unavailable on any channel for some years.

You’ll be able to see the channel at https://vimeo.com/channels/designingworldsarchive – and for our show tonight … well we are asking our viewers at home to choose which show they want to watch – you can choose your highlights, or have a good old binge on your favourite shows. And our regular Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios on Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT can choose which of those shows they would like to see again!

Alchemy Immortalis

Alchemy Immortalis

A Little Bit of History

Over the years, a great many things have changed or Designing Worlds. Well, WE’VE changed for one – originally for the first fourteen months of the show, we were MetaMakeover! Then, when our original producers and hosting channel SLCN became Treet TV, we became Designing Worlds. And our early shows appeared on the Treet TV channel, and were re-routed to our blogs using a service called Vopod – which eventually failed.

Treet.TV ceased production services in July 2011, with many of its shows closing. Designing Worlds and the Giant Snail Races both decided to go it alone. But Treet continued to host our new shows (and archive our old ones) until 2014, when shows were hosted by Aview.TV and then by SLArtist, where they continue to appear until now, and have also more recently on our main Vimeo channel.

Travelling the Second Life Railroads

Travelling the Second Life Railroads

But when the main Treet channel also closed, many of our old videos disappeared. They were stored on a remote server and, over the years, retrieving them became a hideously complex process for the erstwhile Treet team, who had moved on to new and demanding projects. Over the last few years, though, we have managed to retrieve some of our favourite and most popular shows.

Now these shows are available again as we launch our new channel – Designing Worlds Archive on Vimeo.

Designing Worlds Archive graphic

30 shows have already been uploaded to the channel – the process is a little slow as we can only upload 5gb each week. So more will be coming!

Today, we invite you, rather than watching a specific show, to dip into our archives and explore our old shows. Perhaps you’ll want to see how things looked back in the really early days when we went Seven Seas Fishing, the hot new game that was taking Second Life by storm, with a newcomer to the show called Elrik Merlin. Or maybe you’ll want to take a look at the remarkable re-creation of the Dresden Art Museum. Perhaps you’ll want to recall the time when Saffia, Elrik and Wildstar were besieged in a tower by a horde of pitchfork wielding Tinies, marvel at the beauties (and crazy sheep) of Alchemy Immortalis, fly with the Flying Tigers, or when we paid visits to other long-gone grids such as the Reaction Grid or Heritage Key. Or perhaps you’ll take a ride on the Second Life railroad.  All these lost shows are available once more and – over the coming weeks, more will be added regularly.

The first New Babbage show

The first New Babbage show

We even have the very first New Babbage show!

So enjoy the new channel – let us know what you think, and join our watch party at 2pm in Garden of Dreams to choose which show to start with …

 

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Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds visits the new Second Life Continent of Bellisseria, where the new style Linden Homes are located, discovering the amazing communities that are are growing there and seeing some of the things that people have done with their new homes, as well as how the Lindens and the Moles have created some fascinating public spaces that enhance the communities.

DW410 – Bellisseria Community from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In the show, we meet three of the people behind the Bellisseria Citizens Group, an important unifying force in the community: Mirah Vieria, Gingir Ghoststar and North Crannock. They tell us how the community has grown over the last seven months since we first visited – when the land was uninhabited and new. We visit the Fairgrounds, where residents can hold events, and some of the other cool places to hang out – both Mole-created and resident designed.

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Lindens (and the Moles) are catering for a wide variety of interests in Bellisseria, such as horse riders, dog owners and railway enthusiasts and – much to her delight – Saffia gets to swim with the Mers of Belliseria!

And we sent our intrepid photographer Wildstar Beaumont off with a very, very long list of the highlights of Bellisseria – it’s well worth seeing what he captured!

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s also guaranteed to make you want your own new Linden Home – at least, Saffia went out after the show and got her own Linden Home (one of the smaller sized trailers) then had enormous fun furnishing it – and all on 175 land impact.

 

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For more information the Bellisseria Citizens Group see:
Web Address: http://bit.ly/BellisseriaCitizens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3045851975489197/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/3163720@N23/

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today Designing Worlds is visiting the new Second Life Continent of Bellisseria, where the new style Linden Homes are located,  discovering the amazing communities that are are growing there and seeing some of the things that people have done with their new homes.

From 2pm today, 25th November, 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.

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the show, we meet three of the people behind the Bellisseria Citizens Group, an important unifying force in the community: Mirah Vieria, Gingir Ghoststar and North Crannock. They tell us how the community has grown over the last seven months since we first visited – when the land was uninhabited and new. We visit the Fairgrounds, where residents can hold events, and some of the other cool places to hang out – both Mole-created and resident designed.

The Lindens (and the Moles) are catering for a wide variety of interests in Bellisseria, such as horse riders, dog owners and railway enthusiasts and – much to her delight – Saffia gets to swim with the Mers of Belliseria!

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we sent our intrepid photographer Wildstar Beaumont off with a very, very long list of the highlights of Bellisseria – it’s well worth seeing what he captured!

This is a really fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s also guaranteed to make you want your own new Linden Home – at least, Saffia went out after the show and got her own Linden Home (one of the smaller sized trailers) then had enormous fun furnishing it – and all on 175 land impact.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

For more information the Bellisseria Citizens Group see:
Web Address: http://bit.ly/BellisseriaCitizens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3045851975489197/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/3163720@N23/

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

For more information about Linden Homes see:
The Linden Homes wiki page: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:New_Linden_Homes_2019
Booking the Fairgrounds: http://bit.ly/2Ogruls

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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from Wildstar Beaumont's archive

from Wildstar Beaumont’s archive

As we promised when we showed the first of these two linked shows a few weeks ago, we’re returning to one of our history epsiodes where – in celebration of our tenth anniversary – we ran a series of shows looking at the events of all the intervening years. In this second episode in the series, we look back to 2008 – 2009, right back to when Designing Worlds’ emerged from its beginnings as MetaMakeover, a show on SLCN.

You can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: http://bit.ly/2p2zHzF and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: http://bit.ly/2MzoIqv. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams where you suspect there’ll be some chat about the good old days. Why not come as you were?

Anatomica at RFL10

Anatomica at RFL10

In today’s episode we revisit the early years, and once more we’re helped by Marianne McCann, Second Life historian, who shares with us some of the features that arrived and frictions that enraged the residents of Second Life in those years, and by Wildstar Beaumont who has ransacked his photo archive for us!

And you’ll have a chance to see extracts from those early shows, including our very first visit to the Home and Garden Expo, a glimpse of the 2008 Relay for Life builds, our very first Babbage show … and much more!

And we end with one of the most moving regions we have ever visited … and it’s still there!

1st World War Poetry Archive

1st World War Poetry Archive

Places to visit featured on today’s show:
Most of these have gone, but you can still visit New Babbage (although you’d be wish NOT to explore any tunnels that run under Clockhaven)
1st World War Poetry Archive

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Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we visited Nonprofit Commons, the location for a number of not-for-profit organisations in Second Life, and learnt about how Nonprofit Commons works, and also looked at the projects being undertaken by the individual organisations.

DW409 – Non-Profit Commons from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talked to Buffy Beale who, together with Rhiannon Chatnoir, is one of the people behind Nonprofit Commons, and about her own organisation – Bridges for Women Society, based in British Columbia, which has a location on the Nonprofit Commons estate.

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we talked to the Co-Chair of Nonprofit Commons, Zinnia Zauber of Peninsula College, about the courses she runs for her real life students in her area on Nonprofit Commons and to Namaara MacMoragh, of the Brain Energy Support Team and also the Treasurer of Nonprofit Commons, who shared information about their work – and also her thoughts on nonprofit fundraising in virtual worlds. We also met up with talkswithmarie (also known as Red!) to talk about her G.I.R.L.S projects, and Dancers Yao who talked about the Elder Voices project and the work they are doing with the United Nations on Lyme Disease.

Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we left the Nonprofit Commons estate to visit Virtual Ability, and spoke with Gentle Heron. Gentle shared with us the benefits the wider not-for-profit community draw from Nonprofit Commons – they good that they do spreads far and wide not just across the grid, but into real life too.

The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today we visit Nonprofit Commons, the location for a number of not-for-profit organisations in Second Life, and learn about how Nonprofit Commons works, and also look at the projects being undertaken by the individual organisations.

From 2pm today, 11th November, 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.

Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Buffy Beale who, together with Rhiannon Chatnoir, is one of the people behind Nonprofit Commons, and about her own organisation – Bridges for Women Society, based in British Columbia, which has a location on the Nonprofit Commons estate.

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we talk to the Co-Chair of Nonprofit Commons, Zinnia Zauber of Peninsula College, about the courses she runs for her real life students in her area on Nonprofit Commons and to Namaara MacMoragh, of the Brain Energy Support Team and also the Treasurer of Nonprofit Commons, who shares information about their work – and also her thoughts on nonprofit fundraising in virtual worlds. We also meet up with talkswithmarie (also known as Red!) to talk about her G.I.R.L.S projects, and Dancers Yao who talks about the Elder Voices project and the work they are doing with the United Nations on Lyme Disease.

Elder Voices

Elder Voices

Finally, we leave the Nonprofit Commons estate to visit Virtual Ability, and speak with Gentle Heron. Gentle shares with us the benefits the wider not-for-profit community draw from Nonprofit Commons – they good that they do spreads far and wide not just across the grid, but into real life too.

This is an amazing and important show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Brain Energy Support Team, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Brain Energy Support Team, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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