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Coming To The Grid: August 1st

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HUNT SL Coming Soon ClockMore hunt goodness is on the way! A bunch of hunts are due to start on Saturday, August 1st, and you can be the first kid on your block to score some neat hunt prizes. So check the list and see which hunt theme is the one that gets you all “squirmy.” Then call up some friends and blast out onto the hunt path. You’ll be glad you did!

Click the hunt names for more information on each one. You can also find a comprehensive listing of hunts in the right-hand sidebar here at HUNT SL.

 

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Luxembourg 1867: exploring virtual history in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Inara covers the new Luxembourg 1867 Project:

Originally posted on Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World:

The Virtual Pfaffenthal; Inara Pey, July 2015, on FlickrThe Virtual Pfaffenthal, July 2015 (Flickr) – click any image for full size

Currently featured in the Editor’s Picks section of the Destination Guide, The Virtual Pfaffenthal is interesting mix of role-play environment and historical project which crosses over into the real world.

The project – run by the 1867 group founded by Hauptmann Weydert (Weydert), comprises 8 regions, with Pfaffenthal Vauban and Kirchberg being the most developed, although there is much evidence of construction work going on in the other regions. Kirchberg is actually the home of Fort Thüngen, which has been in operation in SL since 2012, and as such may be familiar to some SL residents.

The Virtual Pfaffenthal; Inara Pey, July 2015, on FlickrThe Virtual Pfaffenthal, July 2015 (Flickr)

Eventually, the regions will offer a reproduction of the fortress city of Luxembourg as it appeared in the 19th Century, offering a period role-play focused on a specific…

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A Tudor love story in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Inara covers the new Tudor Love story exhibition on LEA8:

Originally posted on Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World:

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Now open at LEA 8 is Tahiti Rae’s Love, Henry. Created with the assistance of Sonic Costello, Augurer Resident, Caryl Meredith, Annu Pap, Mitsuko Kytori, Abel Dreamscape, this is an interactive examination of the relationship between King Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn, from their courtship to her becoming his wife and Queen Consort, through to events immediately prior to her death just 1,000 days later.

An outline sketch of events would be to say that Henry was bound in childless wedlock to Catherine of Aragon when Anne caught his eye (having in earlier years taken Anne’s older sister, Mary, as one of his mistresses), causing him to desire her to the point of having his marriage annulled so that he might wed her. Thereafter, and unable to provide him with a son and heir, she also suffered a fall from grace…

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How to Create the Orton Effect

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John:

Julie Powell explains how to create “The Orton Effect” via Photoshop:

Originally posted on Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist:

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I was asked recently what the Orton Effect is, after referring to it in a recent post, it’s funny – not so long ago I was asked if I used the Orton Effect on an image, and I had no idea what that was back then either. However I was too embarrassed and instead of asking for help, I googled it. It has now since become something I love to use, however it is really only suitable in certain situations. But I do love to play around with it and occasionally add a subtle grunge effect to it as well. Below is my take (with a twist) on how I create it. I also have it set as an action in Photoshop, which does it all really quickly for me, but here I have put down the steps involved.

So what is the Orton Effect?

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Oh My Goddess and The Magic Within

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

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Saoirse reviews Seasons of Life, a new installation in LEA4:

Three letters describe artist Johannas1977’s latest installation in sl…O  M  G!  I was literally breathless when I arrived at the “Seasons of Life” in LEA4 sl.  I have visited this location no less that four times in the past twelve hours just marveling at it in different ways each time.

In this piece, Johannes1977 plunges us into more 3D art and sl art than you can easily absorb in one visit.  I use the word plunge very purposely here as water pervades every part of this project.  You will see rain, gentle waves some with a bit of white spray, misty, still and yet you probably won’t feel damp as you move around.  In the early 1960s artists began to seriously move their art from the canvas to other mediums.  I enjoyed the season divisions yet I won’t tell you which area I believe to be which season.  What most impressed me the first time I visited was the expansiveness of his ideas.  At no point do I feel it is too much or too little.  Make sure you view it with Windlight for maximum enjoyment.

Visit #2; It feels as if I was immersed in the installation from the moment I arrived.  The details items will not be a spoiler here at all.  I continue to be fascinated by the chess pieces, both those standing as well as those knocked over.  I felt the chess set area has a distinctly feminine influence as the queen is the power here.  There are also spots where I notice the reflection of water.  Lighting abounds in this installation as I will recommend you pay careful attention to how he uses it and changes it through out.  In each season, we are provided with one or more framed pieces.  In the colorful season, ok I believe it to be fall, there is a portrait in the corner.  Look for the model as sometimes you are positioned to view her clearly and other times you are not.  On the edge of one season a cube of glorious color is artfully placed.  Is this to change the mood or does it reflect the optimism of the artist?  I love the scattered pieces of items; an apple, a cello, a grand piano, a cage, several mirrors and more.  I find myself troubled looking at the cage, partially submersed in water, how may I open it up?  I travel in the air looking at the umbrellas wondering is there a clue in the colors he picked here?  And then my eyes land upon an exposed tree root [tree is gone] rising out of the water.  The flowers in this area some are tulips some are cone flowers, and the lighting is here again diffused and muted.

Visit #3; I stand at our arrival point, looking at the umbrellas in the distance.  The lightning is omnipotent, the Bowler Hat askew ever so slightly.  I fly to the other side looking back towards the entry and notice only black umbrellas are near the portrait created in disturbed colors of red, yellow-green and black.  A silhouette stands near stacks of books and candles are lit with dancing light in the foreground.  I fly to what I call ‘summer’ and see the exposed roots rising above the water.  Seasons are change, and I wonder what I am seeing here, perhaps pain or regrowth from pain?  The frog and the ‘shrooms give me a feeling of falling through the looking glass here which is exactly what has happened.  Reality is upended in a uniquely sl way and in full glorious 3D.  The portraits of the models look stately and as if lost in time and change.  Flying beyond the wall of summer I see an endless sea with shimmering light.  I turn and find myself in the winter of…discontent?  Today I feel the main pieces are kings and the one standing has won the game.  The snow swirls around me, and I realize I need to tell all the ambient sounds are in place and where they should be as you visit.  In the winter portion there is a portrait where it seems our artist has had a bit of play with low resolution.  Hint folks; not his first play with resolution and always fun.  I fly a bit more to the fall again, the portraits here have the most play in them.  Ripples and the movement you see when you drop something into water.  The bench, cello and streetlights upturned here.

Visit #4; I remain unsure at how I can best review this installation for all of you.  This is a piece of art to visit more than once, see what feelings it evokes in you.  One person told me they saw desolation and another said optimism.  I will point out something that is telling to me.  SL art has a tradition of including one or more self portraits.  There is no portrait of our artist beyond the work itself.  To me that says there is a true vulnerability in this work.  And in giving us this exposure he is allowing us to see his art in a true and an honest form.  I know you will enjoy this…Artfully yours, Saoirse


Falling Leaves Hunt

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Hunt Name Falling Leaves Hunt
Hunt Date 9/1 – 9/30
Applications Date 8/20
Organisers SL Name Venus Siemens
Any Other Info Blog http://inkhunts.blogspot.com/
Type of Hunt Grid Wide Hunt
SLurl to starting location


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Labor Day Hunt

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Hunt Theme: Celebrating the different professions in the world


Hunt Name Labor Day Hunt
Hunt Date 9/1 – 9/30
Applications Date 8/20
Organisers SL Name Venus Siemens
Any Other Info blog http://inkhunts.blogspot.com/
Type of Hunt Grid Wide Hunt


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Womenstuff Hunt

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Hunt Name Womenstuff Hunt
Hunt Date 9/1 – 9/30
Applications Date
Organisers SL Name Ahn Avion (SkinTrader Greyskin) – co-owner Alex Avion (AlexAvion) – manager
Any Other Info Apps Open August 1 The hunt application is here: http://womenstuff.stuff-sl.com/hunt-application/ The application for WOMENstuff designer status is here: http://womenstuff.stuff-sl.com/designers/
Type of Hunt Grid Wide Hunt


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Vivid Dreams Hunt

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1L hunt for Adult content, this can include, BDSM, latex and latex themes. Adult toys, clothing, poses, furniture, ect.


Hunt Name Vivid Dreams Hunt
Hunt Date Sept 15 – Oct 15
Applications Date September 6, 2015
Organisers SL Name Niekra Torvalar
Any Other Info This is a 1L hunt. 1: This is an adult hunt – no child stores or themes. 2. Must have a physical store (Mall stores will be inspected to make sure it is your main store) 3. Hunt prize must be a newly created object exclusive for the hunt 4. No resellers or affiliated vendors 5. Must have group space for hunt information. You are welcome to leave after the hunt is over.
Type of Hunt Grid Wide Hunt
SLurl to starting location http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wintersweet/129/129/1


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Tie the Knot Hunt

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A grid-wide hunt containing all items you can use at a wedding, but that won’t limit what you find! We welcome dress and suit attire stores, jewelry stores, cakes and bakeries, awesome wedding gifts, really anything you might use at a wedding!


Hunt Name Tie the Knot Hunt
Hunt Date September 1 – 30, 2015
Applications Date August 25, 2015
Organisers SL Name Juliet Moonshadow & Alexia Gaelyth
Any Other Info Website: http://tietheknothunt.blogspot.com/
Type of Hunt Grid Wide Hunt
SLurl to starting location http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Desolate/210/86/21

 


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