What ever happened to learning in Second Life?

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The school opened in November 2006. The biggest challenge is SL itself. It requires above-average computers, good internet connections, and it can be intimidating for new residents. Although the number of visitors has been steadily declining, the number of paying students has been steadily increasing.

That’s what Giovanni Tweak, the owner of DRIVE-THROUGH ESL, had to tell us about how his virtual school inworld was doing in 2017.

A sad fact is that Second Life consumes a lot of one’s time and attention if they get too involved in the play. It’s one of the reasons why we have so few people online at a time compared to the number of people worldwide with stable internet access.

Most people are not aware of the fact that Second Life can be a great place to learn a new language or subject. Educational aspect of this virtual world isn’t well advertised…

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Melusina’s minimalism in Second Life

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DiXmiX Gallery: Melusina Parkin

Less is More is the title of an exhibition of Second Life photography by Melusina Parkin, featured at the basement Womb exhibition space at DiXmiX Gallery and which opened on February 20th, 2018.

As an aphorism, the phrase is most readily associated with the German-America architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, regarded as one of the pioneers of 20th Century modernist architecture, although he appears to have lifted the expression from Robert Browning’s 1855 poem Andrea del Sarto  (also called The Faultless Painter). Van der Rohe used the term to define a form of architecture with a minimal structural framework that could suggest free-flowing open spaces, and which could explore the relationship between people, shelter, and nature.  Given Melu’s own unique approach to photography which very much encompasses the refined, minimalist use of structure balanced against the idea of natural,open space, the aphorism is…

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Sansar Product Meetings week #8: communication

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Sansar: Treehouse Overlook

The following notes are taken from the Sansar Product Meetings for 2018 week #8,  held at 14:00 PST on Tuesday, February 20th. Unfortunately, illness kept me from attending the second meeting on socialisation, held on Thursday, February 22nd.

These weekly Product Meetings are open to anyone to attend, are a mix of voice (primarily) and text chat. Dates and times are currently floating, so check the Meet-up Announcements and the Sansar Atlas events sections each week. Official notes, when published can be found here.

Communications – Ideas from the Lab

The following is a list of some of the communications elements the Lab is actively investigating for Sansar. Note none of the following currently has a delivery time frame associated with it.

  • Group chat: somewhat similar in nature of SL conference calls: starting an IM with someone and then inviting others into it, to allow…

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A double helping of Soul to Soul in Second Life – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Soul2Soul River – click any image for full size In January, MiaRiche Resident dropped me a line inviting Caitlyn and I to visit Soul2Soul River, a public / private homestead region designed a…

Source: A double helping of Soul to Soul in Second Life – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Planets, dragons and essays – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to highlight another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home at Holly Kai Pa…

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Lina’s Gypsy Rose Burlesque Theatre – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Coming up on Saturday March 3rd at 3:00PM SLT, the Gypsy Rose Lee Theatre has its grand opening. Here’s the show announcement: Burlesque Dolls of Gypsy Rose Burlesque Saturday March 3 – 3PM S…

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The Art Garden Gallery in Second Life – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

There are many galleries across Second Life. Some specialise in exhibiting photography and art created within Second Life; others focus on exhibiting the physical world work of artists who have come to Second Life for both social activities and as a means to reach a broader audience for their art. Indeed, such is the number of galleries, that reporting on all of them is a difficult task – but I enjoy hopping around SL looking for the smaller art spaces and discovering the work of artists between new to me and familiar…..

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Kultivate Magazine-February 2018 Issue is Now Available!

The February issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features the Comhar Photography Studio and Photography Sim, the commerce features of vitual world Hi-Fidelity, From the Worlds to the World Art Exhibition, the Eternity Exhibition in Sansar, a photo essay on the Sanctuary Sim, February stylings by The Edge Stylists, and a special bonus feature—images from various couples in Second Life (after all February is the love month, so lets celebrate couples)! You can view the issue below:

Realm of Light in Second Life

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Realm Of Light; Inara Pey, February 2018, on Flickr Realm Of Light – click any image for full size

Annie Brightstar led us to take a visit to Realm Of Light, a Full region designed by Varielle and Tai (Taionia). Described as a “medieval/fantasy sim”, I’d definitely place it as the latter more than the former; it has a delightfully elven / fae feel to it with more than enough fantasy touches to mark it in that direction rather than medieval.

The landing point immediately evokes the fantasy feel, offering a faery circle, trees with windowed trunks lit from within and clearly the homes of the little folk dancing around the landing point on gossamer wings. Four paths offer routes of departure from the ring – three meandering through the tall trees, the third a bridge over one of the region’s rivers. Which you take is entirely up to you – and guaranteed, if I might paraphrase Tolkien…

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Who puts the Dance into One Billion Rising?

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OBR Logo for article on ModemWorld.Me

It’s your Dance Correspondent, R. Crap Mariner.

Coming up on February 14th, it’s One Billion Rising! From their announcement:

For the fifth year, on February 14, 2018, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Resist and Unite as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dramatic productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period and poetry and dramatic events will be held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate.

That’s the TL;DR…

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From the Worlds to the World in Second Life

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From Worlds to the World – Giovanna Cerise

From the Worlds to the World is a new installation by Giovanna Cerise at the R&D Gallery, Diotima, in Second Life. Occupying the entire gallery space, this is a complex installation to unravel, incorporating as it does elements of post-modernism, philosophy, logical progression, nature, geometry – whilst also, perhaps, promoting a discussion on what is the role of past and present in influencing the future.

Produced entirely in black-and-white, this is perhaps a stark piece, but there is a natural symmetry to it. Set against a black surround, the white forms within the installation are made up of geometric elements denoted by fine black lines – geometry being both a basic expression of both nature and intelligence. In all, the installation comprises three parts, perhaps analogous to the concepts of past, present and future, and which represent the evolution of intelligence.


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One Billion Rising in Second Life 2018

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One Billion Rising – 2LEI

One Billion Rising in Second Life will once again be taking place in Second Life on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Over the last couple of weeks, work has been progressing on putting the event and its regions together – and having had the good fortune to be able to tour the event’s four regions, this year promises to be stunning in the range of art on offer, together with a beautiful setting in which people can come together.

When launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, One Billion Rising (OBR) was the biggest mass action in human history; a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls who are at risk. OBR aims…

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Commerce in High Fidelity

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It’s been a while since I last looked at High Fidelity, however, there have been a number of developments on Philip Rosedale’s VR platform over the last several months, specifically related to the last HF subject I blogged about: currency and IP protection.

In August 2017, Rosedale wrote two blog posts on the company’s currency and IP protection roadmap, setting out plans to use a blockchain-based crypto-currency – the High Fidelity Coin (HFC). Since then, they’ve issued a series of blog posts tracking their ideas and developments towards building a blockchain centric currency / IP management capability.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, the attraction of blockchain systems is both their “openness” and their security. In short and simply put, a blockchain can be thought of as a completely decentralised database duplicated across the Internet, with the information held on it both immediately shared and reconciled across all instances…

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Friday 9 February Field Trips!

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Happy Friday everyone! Five lovely live shows await you to put you in the right mod to power through the day and be prepared for the weekend to come!


10 am Field Trip: The Vinnie Show @ Cafè Musique!


2 pm Field Trip: Twostep Spiritweaver @ Blarney Stone!


3 pm Field Trip: Winston Ackland @ Peace Gallery!


5 pm Field Trip: Senjata Witt @ Surfside!

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Crystal Falls/151/73/32

6 pm Field Trip: David Csiszer @ Boom Pony!


8 pm Field Trip: David Csiszer @ Club Zydeco!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pengo Ceres/160/62/25

And as always you can hear all of these talented musicians 24/7 @ Radio Grind!

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The Formosa Cafe

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The virtual Formosa in Second Life is based on The Formosa Cafe at Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The sim is wonderfully created on a 4096 parcel in Bon Temps (Adult) by Gardenia Malheur.

Near the landing there’s a group joiner for notifications about parties. You can dress up, but don’t have to. There have been two events that I know of, one spontaneous and I enjoyed both. Those who know me, understand I usually don’t like virtual parties and club events but I found these worthwhile. Of course, The Formosa can be visited anytime.

You can find a Youtube clip of a scene in L A Confidential that was filmed at The Formosa Cafe. The real life location can also be seen in Swingers, Still Breathing, The Majestic and an episode of Bosch.

The real life restaurant and bar was founded in 1925. During the last decade some…

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Thursday 8 February Live @ The Dirty Grind!

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Happy Thursday everyone! Three awesome in-house shows will be there for you today, not to mention the numerous field trips! Call your friends and prepare to have lots of fun 😀



4 pm Beth Odets

Beth Odets is a classically trained concert violinist who threw it all away to become the greatest itinerant fiddlist in Second Life. Her Solo Performances in SL feature both Violin/Fiddle AND Guitar/Vocals. She plays/sings Originals and Covers – an eclectic mix that ranges from Blues to Bluegrass and from Mozart to Metallica.

5 pm The Matthew Show

Whether it’s a song about drinking and driving in Heaven or an unconventional love song, Matthew sings about basically whatever he feels like singing about. His shows are funny, entertaining, unpredictable and a guaranteed good time!

6 pm Effinjay

Frogg was a vocal jazz minor at college, while Jay studied piano for 14 years; together , as…

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Photofocus | Photoshop’s New Subject Select Tool…WOW!

Adobe’s added a new “Select Subject” feature to their newest Photoshop release. They claim the machine learning feature will make basic and time-consuming masking quicker and more accurate than ever before. We’ve heard this before, but this time they hit a home run!Instead of writing about it, I created a video to show you how to use the new Select Subject Tool to quickly extract both a simple and complicated subject to create a composite. As a bonus, I also show how to use the tool in your general workflow.

Source: Photofocus | Photoshop’s New Subject Select Tool…WOW!

Kisaragi Town in Second Life

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Kisaragi Town; Inara Pey, February 2018, on Flickr Kisaragi Town – click on any image for full size

We were first made aware of Kisaragi Town early in January 2018, when Shakespeare (SkinnyNilla) dropped a landmark over to me. Various things prevented a visit at the time, so it wasn’t until the start of February that we finally got to go and see it – and I’m glad we did.

Covering a half region, the build has been designed by xLinzerTortex, who from his profile appears to be a relative newcomer to Second Life. While profile age is no guarantee of overall time in SL, if he has only been in-world a year and a half then additional kudos to him for presenting such a carefully designed, richly detailed location for people to enjoy.

Kisaragi Town; Inara Pey, February 2018, on Flickr Kisaragi Town

A visit begins on a main road running west-to-east through the town, with tunnels at either end linking Kisaragi Town with the…

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Muse Dance Company Presents “Fiddler on the Roof”

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Sat Sri Akaal, everyone! It’s your Dance Correspondent, R. Crap Mariner.

Coming up on Sunday February 18 and Sunday February 25 at 9AM SLT, the Muse Dance Company presents their production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Here’s their show announcement:

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Fiddler on the Roof, a musical

Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Muse Theater! This Tony-winning production, being presented by the | muse | dance company features stunning movements and dance by choreographer Anu Papp. Mark your calendars! You don’t want to this all time favorite show!


That’s the TL;DR, but what does it take to put together a dance production? Who is Anu Papp and why does she create in Second Life? And what influences help form her style?

I know I want to know. So, let’s go exploring, shall we?

Tell Me More…

Photos for Muse Interview at ModemWorld.me

Anu brought me over to her home on Sunday morning. It’s a pastoral…

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50 cats in Second Life

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Cica Ghost: 50 Cats

Cica Ghost opened her new installation 50 Cats early in February 2018. Following on from Bird People, which presented something of a conundrum (see here for more), this is an altogether more light-hearted piece, offering a little tongue-in-cheek fun.

As a strap-line, the installation uses a quote by novelist and short story writer Bobbie Ann Mason, One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself. It’s from her first published novel from 1982, Shiloh and Other Stories, although beyond the reference to counting cats, this doesn’t appear to have a deeper meaning for the installation – or at least, not one I could fathom.

Cica Ghost: 50 Cats

A visit begins in the south-west corner of a sandy island. Almost entirely devoid of trees, this little island has a ring of houses, tall and thin with pitched roofs, surrounding…

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Designing Worlds starts our tenth birthday celebration season today at 2pm!

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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th February, for the first episode in the new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we begin our celebration of ten years of the show – right back to its beginnings as MetaMakeover, a show on SLCN.

In today’s episode we’ll be looking back to the early years of 2008 to 2009, and we’ll be helped by Marianne McCann, Second Life historian, who will share 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!

Elrik learns about Seven Seas Fishing on his first show as co-host Elrik learns about Seven Seas Fishing on his first show as co-host

And you’ll have a chance to see extracts from the very first show, Mr Merlin’s first appearance as co-host, the story of the changeover…

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