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A Reichenbach fall, travels in space and essays from the 1900s

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Inara covers this week at The Senchai Library:

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

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, August 16th 13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street

Caledonia Skytower, Kaydon Oconnell and Corwyn Allen continue reading The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, originally published in 1894, and which brings together twelve (or eleven in US editions of the volume) adventures featuring Holmes and Watson, as originally published in The Strand Magazine. This week: The Final Problem, first published in 1893.

Holmes and Moriarty by Sidney Paget, 1893 Holmes and Moriarty by Sidney Paget, 1893

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend…

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Free Simple Photo Studio from Strawberry Singh

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

Are you new to photography in Second Life and are looking for a free easy to use photo studio? If so try the free one from Strawberry Singh! Information about how to obtain the free studio and how she actually used it can be found on the link below:

StrawberrySingh.com Simple Photo Studio (free) – StrawberrySingh.com.


A Journey from Past to Future in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Honour McMillan covers the McFly Project, which pays homage to the Back to the Future films.

Originally posted on Honour's Post Menopausal View (of Second Life):

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The last time I visited the LICK Sim Designs sim it was all about the end of the world. Although I was aware that the design would change, I had forgotten to go see what was happening until I saw this great post by Eddi Haskell.

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Sera Bellic has taken inspiration from the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future (omg we’re old!) to design a journey for us.

It is another very successful design and it’s gorgeous!

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We begin in the ruins of an old fairground. Once you make your way through the tall grass and broken machinery, you’ll find the entrance to an underwater passage.

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The drawbridge in front of you will open if you wish – and if you do that you can make your way to a…

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Richard De Grataine Suoh wins this week’s “Scenes from Paradise Lost” Photography Contest Prize

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Canary Beck announces the first week winner of the Paradise Lost Photo Contest:

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I’m delighted to award our first week’s “Scenes from Paradise Lost” Photography Contest Prize of L$ 1000 to Richard De Grataine Suoh, who submitted the image you see featured on this post. The judges, John Herring of Windlight Magazine and Caitlin Tobias (Official Photographer for Paradise Lost), and I unanimously selected Richard’s imaginative and technically powerful photograph.

“Although I appreciate all entries and choosing is never easy when it comes to the different styles, angles and interpretations, this picture stood out for me because it does not only has a wonderful play of light, shadows and colour, but I also like the small details you notice the longer you look at it. The film camera with SL Logo on it, the way Satan seems to look away, even using his hand trying to avoid the spotlight – grumpy and all.  I love how it depicts a double meaning in that…

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From Russia with Love, “Aesthetics of Disgusting”

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

Saorise reviews the Tiger Lily gallery:

 ‘Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were VooDoo, The kids was just crass, He was the naz, With God given ass, He took it all too far, But boy he could play guitar’….Ziggy Stardust

Traveling in world, I visited Red Square in Moscow.  The rendering architecture is a fantastic tribute to Red Square Moscow in RL.  I decided to seek out a gallery that contained some pieces created by Russian artists.  What I found was an artistic parade of artists on the second floor of Tiger Lily.  This club is owned by Resident Ziggy Stardust who was there when I visited.

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Almost a dozen artists have contributed works of art to the gallery.  All of the images share a similar theme depicted very differently by each artist.  Ziggy described the theme best to me in Russian.  My translation is close to ‘psyche of the human mind’.  I would agree with that very apt description.  Artists give us expressions from their minds.  These pieces deliver disturbing elements to review and to consider in context.  These thoughts on canvas represent the artists’ method to take their mental expressions and to move them from 2 dimensional to 3 dimensional.  Many artists heal ever so slightly by the process.  We all contain darkness, through this discovery of those ready to share their in art, we only learn.

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Artist Laura Sanders delivers a thoughtful piece.  A base image with others superimposed upon this base.  Country house in the background is that base.  Three women appear in the picture.  Two are placed together huddled by a fire clearly drinking bottled water.  Thick brush strokes move from these two and swirl in grey around the figure of an African woman, perhaps African American.  She is drinking from a glass bottle with unknown contents.  The wood from the fire is crisp and detailed.  Struggles, more than one, are in this piece.  They are intertwined in art and in life.  The clothing will tell you more of the story, detailed and deliberate.

Artist Kafka brings a portrait that contains many historical art influences as well as subtle expressions.  It is a very complicated piece giving layers of meaning.  The base portrait may be one of Vince Van Gogh’s self portraits.  As I spent time with this piece, the anatomy seems to vary.  Picasso controlled chaos through out.  I felt the most telling parts are the fingerprint and the historical document.  I see much control in this portrait, control of the uncontrollable.  There is identity conflict of the individual or society or perhaps both with a historical catalyst.

There are two Anonymous artists in this show.  One of these contributed a skeleton focus point in their piece.  Death is not an as uncomfortable a theme in world  [distanced by medium] as it is in our First Life.  This Anonymous artist shares a piece of sorrow for a lost love, and drinking to death to assuage the feelings.  Skeleton hunched over bar with multiple empty shot glasses, beautiful woman from behind in the back ground meeting a shadow of an oncoming man.  Reds and details through out.

ArtDoge has a piece in this collection titled ‘Avarkus the Red Death’.  A fiery demon skeleton rising up from others.  Detailed claws of grey grasping entrails in one and a golden mask in the other.  Even in death we try to mask it and make it ever so easier to view and to deal with in life.

Resident artist Monet uses the historical artist Monet’s classic piece of his wife walking on a summer day  ‘Woman with a Parasol’.  Our Resident Monet renders the color and the brush strokes of historical Monet then introduces a darkness with Darth Vader.  An attempt to provide exit for those who view it as comic and walk away.  This is not comic, it is a personal social commentary of diverging worlds.  With the usage of Darth Vader I feel that the artist uses humor or other distractions to lead those around him to stay away from vulnerable issues.

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Other artists include Jamie Salmon, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Ryohei Hase and Tasha Marie.  I was only able to view samples of their soon to be displayed work.  Captivating, diverse, expressive and each very individualistic.

As to Ziggy Stardust, if you aren’t familiar with the name it was created by David Bowie for his album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”.  Ziggy is an extraterrestrial messenger who plays in a rock band.   Artfully yours, Saoirse Heart

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New Photo Contest From LUMIPro!

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

The team behind LUMIPro are having a very interesting photo contest, below are details:

*** Walks into the sales gallery with what looks like Stefan, until you take a closer look. It was not Stefan, but a cardboard cutout! ***
Hey everybody! I see that you have noticed my new friend. He does look quite like Stefan, doesn’t he? So what does this cutout have to do with all of our amazing users? I thought since Stefan has been either busy in real life or in the workshop working on the newest release of LUMIPro, Why not let you all take him out? Well sort of…
So here is how this works, the first thing you need to do is go to the LUMIPro Sales Gallery and get your very own Stefan Cutout. (Just buy it for 0 lindens.)
The next thing is to take him somewhere cool on the grid. (Anywhere you like works; even your house!) I took him to the drive-in movies.”
The instructions and rules can be found on the official LUMIPro blog:


Country squires, wizards in space and reading from a classic

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

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To Kill a Mockingbird and more this week at the Seanchai Library! If literature is your preferred art form, check out this post by Inara:

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

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, July 12th, 13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street

Caledonia Skytower, Kaydon Oconnell and Corwyn Allen continue reading The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, originally published in 1894, and which brings together twelve (or eleven in US editions of the volume) adventures featuring Holmes and Watson, as originally published in The Strand Magazine. This week: The Adventure of the Reigate Squire, first published in 1893.

The Adventure of the Reigate Squire, Sidney Paget, 1893 The Adventure of the Reigate Squire, Sidney Paget, 1893

“It was sometime before the health of my friend  Mr.  Sherlock  Holmes  recovered from the strain caused by his immense exertions in the spring of ’87…

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Dispatch from the Roleplay: White Wedding ~ Wedding Redux

This post originated @ Fantasy Faire 2015.

White Wedding ~ Wedding Redux Event Description Reunited, the lovers perform the needed calculations to reverse the spell. They break the rune locks, but in the process, Nourie’s spirit is unbound and she begins to fade. Rather than lose her, Augustus stops the spell and in doing so, is killed. Both spirits now, they thank … Continue reading Dispatch from the Roleplay: White Wedding ~ Wedding Redux

Dispatch from the Roleplay: White Wedding ~ Search for the Groom

This post originated @ Fantasy Faire 2015.

White Wedding ~ Search for the Groom Event Description Wherein the NeoLondoners search for Augustus Whitehill, combing the frozen city, speaking to any Aurorans who will hear them. Finally, Ginger transforms into her were-form, takes the groom’s scent and they find him, in a hidden ice cave under the city. They explain the situation and … Continue reading Dispatch from the Roleplay: White Wedding ~ Search for the Groom

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