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Have a Seat, Enjoy the Art & High Water in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Honour McMillan reviews Morton Funk’s High Water Sim:

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

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It’s been one of those days. You want to explore, but your Avatar is tired and those new mesh feet are aching. Fear not!

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Morton Funk’s beautiful sim High Water not only provides a visually stunning backdrop for his art collection, it also includes a wealth of seating options.

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You’ll find an eclectic mix of 2D and 3D works (most of the former float on the waves). Morton has provided small disks next to each piece with a link to the artist’s URL for the curious.

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This is a wonderful collection of objects, easily explored by wading through the shallow water. But, as I said earlier, if those couches and chairs are just too inviting, take a comfortable seat and use your camera. :)

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Luxembourg 1867: exploring virtual history in Second Life

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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:

Love, Henry, LEA 8Love, Henry, LEA 8

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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It takes all kinds to build a community in Second Life: Basilique hits 2000 member milestone

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Basilique is a community that Windlight Magazine will be covering soon online, check it out and congrats to the sim owner, Canary Beck for this milestone!

Originally posted on Canary Beck:

InnocentlyWicked Resident, a 4-week old avatar who describes herself as: “young and I just want to have fun’, surely didn’t imagine she’d be winning Caitlin Tobias’s inventory of poses from her store Pose O’Clock, when she accepted our invitation as Basilique’s 2000th member.

2000 members might not sound like much in comparison to some in world groups out there. Compared to groups solely based on regions however, 2000 is a respectable number and it’s taken years to get to this point. Basilique opened December 26th, 2012 (there’s even a street named after that date, leading up to the Basilique Playhouse – see image below). Back then we had about 30 charter members (friends, mainly) who we personally invited. At first, I experimented with charging a join fee (starting at L$ 1000). Lowering the join fee to L$ 350 made no difference to sign ups. Eliminating the join fee also made no difference. The join fee was never the problem.

Via XXVI di dicembre Via XXVI…

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Two More Landscapes for Your Camera in Second Life

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John:

Some great landscapes from Honour Mcmillan:

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

Kartimar – Home of Entwined Hair (moderate)

Yes, I’m a landscape junkie. I know there’s a store on Kartimar, and someday I should really go back and check out the hair at Entwined.

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However, first I’d have to get tired of trying to capture the wonderful backdrop Vivienmarli has gifted us. That didn’t happen this morning. :)

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I was going to talk about a different location today. Ziki let us know a while ago that Roche was closing – a favourite destination for many. Well, Ricco discovered that the island is still there, but with a new owner and a completely new landscape.

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I was going to follow him, but honestly his pics are so good and his discussion of anthropomorphism so…

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Encountering King Arthur and Beowulf in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Inara covers the non-profit Literature Alive! project:

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

Beowulf and King ArthurBeowulf and King Arthur

In June I wrote about the non-profit Literature Alive! project operated by Desideria Stockton and Royce Sommer, and their Canterbury Tales Virtual Pilgrimage. They now have a new literary adventure for people to enjoy.

Beowulf and King Arthur is hosted on the Lingnan Drama Island by Brant (MrK Kas). The title itself pretty much explains what the installation is about: an exploration of the legends and times of Beowulf and King Arthur. And if this sounds an odd combination when one considers Beowulf is an Old English epic set in Scandinavia while King Arthur really came to literary prominence as a romantic figure in the 11th and 12th centuries, keep in mind both are firmly rooted in Anglo-Saxon times, and thus the pairing is apt.

As with Canterbury, Beowulf and Arthur is an interactive investigation of both legends, this one set within a huge…

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Reminder: Second Life VMM migration set to commence

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

If you sell on the marketplace, you should check out this article it reviews the Viewer Managed Marketplace implementation and changes how you upload things on the SL marketplace. Inarna put this info in plain man terms for everyone:

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

secondlifeA reminder that as recently announced by Linden Lab (and as I reported here), automated migration of Direct Delivery items on the Marketplace to the Viewer- Managed Marketplace capability commences on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015.

All Marketplace merchants will receive an e-mail at the start of the migration process, and another when it has completed. In addition, those with 5,000+ listings will receive an e-mail related to the scheduling of their store migration.

Operations will run from 21:00 SLT through to 09:00 SLT on weekdays, starting on Thursday July 23rd, and will continue in this manner until all stores on the Marketplace have been migrated. Merchants will not be able to modify their stores while their items are being migrated, but sales of items that are not in the process of being migrated will continue.

Note that Magic Box items will not be migrated during this process; they will…

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A little Série Noire in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Inara covers Tutsy Navarathna’s latest exhibition:

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

Serie NoirSérie Noire

Tutsy Navarathna is perhaps best known for his brilliant and evocative videos. However, he is also an accomplished photographer, demonstrating the same flair and eye for scenes and story-telling in his images that is so clearly evident in his machinima.

His latest exhibition of photography recently opened at the Nitroglobus Gallery, operated and curated by the partnership of Nitro Fireguard and Dido Haas. And it is a must-see.

Serie NoirSérie Noire

Série Noire is an homage (I’m using the French pronunciation intentionally), to the publishing imprint of the same name, founded in 1945 by French screenwriter and actor Marcel Duhamel. It’s a title which became – and still is – synonymous with detective fiction; so much so, that in 1946 it led to the coining of the term film noir to describe those stylish Hollywood detective dramas of the 1940s / 1950s.

The exhibition offers a series of large…

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A Lick of science fiction in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

The McFly Project review by Inara:

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

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

I’ve visited Oyster Bay, the demonstration region for Lick Sim Designs, several times; however, for various reasons I’ve never managed to actually blog about it. So when I saw Sera Bellic, Lick’s proprietor and chief designer, had once again re-worked the region, and this time with something of a science fiction leaning, I decided to put matters right and not only visit and take photos, but this time actually write about my time there.

Like all of Sera’s designs, The McFly Projectis a marvellously photogenic, immersive environment which once again demonstrates her talent for region design. It’s also a place very much of two parts, although they are intertwined, perhaps in ways beyond that suggested by the region’s Destination Guide description: Step into the past and explore what once was, and find your…

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The Egg by Livio Korobase in Second Life

This post originated @ Windlight Magazine.

John:

Honour McMillan explores The Egg by Livio Korobase on LEA 19:

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

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The second installation to open in this Round of the LEA Artist in Residence Grants is The Egg by Livio Korobase.

“Like multicolored skeins gathered around the nesting place of the cosmos, all cultures have woven their legends of the mystery of creation. Perhaps one of the most powerful symbols of this mystery is the egg.”

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Livio’s Egg is balanced on scaffolding, centered on a ground of mandalas (for Buddhists and Hindus a symbol of the universe) and surrounded by vignettes.

These small scenes, to me, reflected little pieces of the lives and world we continue to create. There are images which endure from the history of multiple cultures – and objects which represent our youth and ambitions. Your interpretation may differ and be more accurate of course. :)

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