YavaScript Pod Tours Mainland operations suspended

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Yavanna’s pod tours have been a staple of the Mainland for exactly a decade, but automated operations are to be suspended

YavaScript Pod tours have been a part of the Mainland in Second Life for a decade, but news is now circulating that on the very day of their 10th anniversary, the automated element of the service is to be suspended.

Notification of the suspension was given by the system’s creator, Yavanna Llanfair, via note card, which was circulated initially through the in-world Pod Riders group, before being more widely circulated within the Second Life community.It comes as a combination of factors, including an issue related to Yanvanna’s account, and her continued need to take time in recovering from being stricken by COVID-19.

Following the start of their operations in 2010, the pod tours grew to become a staple of the Mainland landscape, following the major road systems across Sansara…

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What will you risk for art? Bring your eyes to The Kultivate Loft Gallery and see a glimpse of what darkness and light lurks in Reya Darkstone’s mind.

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Through Owl's Eye

Kultivate Loft Gallery is currently exhibiting the Art of

Reya Darkstone.

Only those & inner Demon

From the photo on the left :

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Elliot

This exhibit shares interesting and daring creative flow. Some photos seem a glimpse of a dream, a concept, or artistic Play. Each piece brings to mind bits of stories with out overwhelm leaving your mind to wander and create your own narrative. Reya defianetly has a designers eye, her composure and lighting are stellar. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost viewing this art exhibit today. Reya is a beautifully creative Artist and Designer.

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To forget, even for a little while.
To forget, even for a little while by Reya Darkstone

“I Like Chalk And weird music, and the paranormal, and BACON, and chocolate, and the word ‘and’. Soft things…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt -Windlight Gallery’s August 2020 Exhibition Opening!

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Join us Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 1 to 2pm slt for the grand opening of Windlight Gallery’s August 2020 Exhibition! The event will feature live performer Aislen Sings and the following artists will exhibit this round:

Angel Heartsong
Jessamine2108 Resident
Silverwind Tzedek
deyanira Yalin
Asperix Asp
markman13 Resident
AlexAvion
SkinTrader Greyskin
CharlotteStargazer Resident

Casual dress code for this event and slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/72/143/26

Tuesday @ 1pm slt – Kultivate Presents the Art of Reya Darkstone!

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Join us this Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 1 to 3pm slt as Kultivate presents the art of Reya Darkstone at Kultivate Loft Gallery! This event will feature live performers Loreen Aldrin (1pm to 2pm slt)  &  Abby Jaidov (2 to 3pm slt)! Casual dress code at both events!

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/28/114/32

You can learn more about Reya below:
I have been around for some time, and have always been impressed by the vivid imaginations of the many artists that live in this virtual slice of the world. I started taking photos for fun and perhaps contribute a small token of my talent to it all. I am also owner of Rise Design Jewelry & Accessories, so my enjoyment of Second Life is now three-fold; creating pictures for myself and others to enjoy, meeting new people from all over the world, and creating high-quality mesh accessories.

To all my fellow shutterbugs and those that just like to appreciate the art of others, remember there’s always something beautiful in front you–just look in the mirror!

If interested in acquiring a photo, please contact me in-world, “Reya Darkstone”.

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ARNICAR’S Chapel Imagination in Second Life

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Chapel Imagination, August 2020

ARNICAR India has opened another region design for people to enjoy in the form of Chapel Imagination. It’s a stunning design that brings together art, architecture, water and one or two fantastical touches to present a region rich in detail, yet subtle on the eye; a place where one can wander and dream, ponder and relax – and simply be.

Simplicity of design appears to have been the watchword here, with the region sitting as a trio of islands tucked within a bay surrounded by high peaks. All three of the islands are relatively minimal in size, with the largest running east-to-west, a low finger of land marked by a shingle path looping around it to enclose the ruins of what was once a substantial structure – the chapel of the region’s title, perhaps.

Chapel Imagination, August 2020

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Cica’s Monsters in Second Life

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Cica Ghost: Monsters

Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win.

– Stephen King

This is the quote Cica Ghost uses to introduce her August 2020 build, Monsters. Occupying a Homestead region, this is another build that encompasses whimsy whilst also – perhaps – carrying a more pointed message.

Scattered across a strangely undulating landscape stand four large structures, each with two walls apiece. Were they all to be brought together, they might form a house of sorts. But as it is, they each offer a scene in a room of a dwelling: a lounge, two bedrooms and spare room devoid of furnishings on the same scale as found in the others.

Cica Ghost: Monsters

The two bedrooms are occupied by dwellers of the would-be house; one appears to be fast asleep, and other perched on the edge of her bed, feet…

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Second Life Mobile mini update, August 2020 with audio

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As I’ve previously reported several times over the last year, starting with Linden Lab confirm Second Life iOS client in the making, Linden Lab is developing a companion app for Second Life.

Since that first article, I’ve provided a number of updates on the development work – please use the SL Mobile tag to catch up with all of them.

At the Web User Group on Wednesday, August 5th, Keira Linden gave a further update on the client’s status, as per the notes and audio below, which have been provided alongside my usual notes on the app.

August 5th Update

iOS Client

  • The iOS version has been in a closed alpha that includes a number of residents for some 2+ months, having started in May.
    • In keeping with the Lab’s plans, this version offers the ability to communicate via IM and view your Friends list.
  • As a result of…

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Lab Gab preview: Philip Rosedale

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via Linden Lab

Lab Gab returns on Friday, August 7th, 2020, with a very special guest in the form of Philip Rosedale, the founder of Second Life and co-founder of Love Machine Inc., and Coffee and Power – which would become High Fidelity.

In 1995, Rosedale created FreeVue, an Internet video conferencing product, which was acquired by RealNetworks in 1996, with Rosedale joining that company as a Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He later left RealNetworks to form Linden Lab, initially working in virtual reality before moving to focus on a virtual world platform with the goal of demonstrating a viable model for a virtual economy or virtual society.

Philip Rosedale

We don’t see this as a game. We see it as a platform that is, in many ways, better than the real world.

– Philip Rosedale, Google TechTalks, March 2006

As well as founding Linden Lab, Rosedale served…

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Venesha: an enchanted twist of Venice in Second Life

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Venesha, the enchanted isle, August 2020

Once upon a time there was a place called Venexia. A full region, it offered a taste of Venice in something of a Gothic twist, largely built with role-play in mind – although it was a highly photogenic region – it was open to Second Life users between 2011 and 2015, when it and it’s “companion” region – as in, designed by the same people – closed (see: The passing of places in Second Life, June 2015).

In 2018, the spirit of Venexia returned when Zee9, one of the original region’s designers, created a Homestead region based on Venexia that she called Venesha. Referring to it as a “stripped down” version of Venexia, Zee9 nevertheless imbued much of what had made Venexia special within the mesh and prims of Venesha.

Venesha, the enchanted isle, August 2020

To be honest, I’ve no idea how…

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Intentional Creativity in Second Life

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Kultivate Signature Gallery: KismaKSR

Currently on display at the Kultivate Signature Gallery, curated by Johannes Huntsman, and running through until the end of August 2020, is an exhibition of art from the physical world painted by KismaKSR – or Kisma K. Stepanich-Reidling as she is known outside of Second Life.

Defining Kisma isn’t easy, as she is a woman of many talents – artist, published author, curator (notably working with Reiner Schneiber, head curator for various worldwide Biennales), gamer, therapeutic art life coach, immersive 2D / 3D artist, and currently a creativity teacher-in-training! As an artist, she works in a range of mediums including acrylics, watercolours, gouache, pastels, coloured pencils, graphite, texture paste, stencils, and more. 

I paint what I see inside. I love working in art journals, creating altered book art journals, and taking my creations from the page to the canvas… and on occasion from…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt-Kultivate’s KDEA 3D Arts Foundation Presents Ilyra Chardin’s Evolution!

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Join us this Sunday, August 9, 2020 from 1 to 3pm slt as Kultivate’s KDEA 3D Arts Foundation formally launches! Kandis Dene Endowment for 3D Arts or KDEA is the charitable branch of Kultivate that aims to support 3D artists specicially by offering each artist significant space and prims to build the 3D art installation of their choice! You can learn more about KDEA here: https://kultivatemagazine.com/kdea/

Our first grant receipient is Ilyra Chardin, who presents her 3D installation, “Evolution.” Evolution will open formally on Sunday, August 9, 2020 from 1 to 3pm slt with 2 hours of performances by Wolfie Starfire (1pm to 2pm slt) and Erika Ordinary (2pm to 3pm slt). Dress code is casual for both events and the slurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/153/163/22

You can learn more about Ilyra below:

ilyra Profile Pic Sq 2019Ilyra Chardin is an artist and designer, whose work has been featured in numerous installations and exhibits across the grid. Her art work crosses media and styles, spanning from real life and digital to SL art. First and foremost, Ilyra is a story teller. Whether in full SIM, 3D installation, sculpture, or 2D (original mixed media, hand-painted, hand-drawn, and photo) art, she includes multiple layers with depth of meaning. Her work has been the subject of numerous blogs, machinimas, and has been featured on Designing Worlds.

A selection of her artwork may now be viewed in a permanent exhibit at Emergent. Current Exhibitions & Art Installations change frequently and are best seen by looking at ilyra’s profile main page and in picks.

Monday @ 3pm slt- Dene Gallery Presents the Art of Mary Layton (Elizabeth Burleigh)!

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Join us at Dene Art Gallery, in Rosehaven, from 3 to 5pm slt on Monday, August 3, 2020 as we present the art of Mary Layton!

Join us from 3 to 4pm slt for a 1 hour performance by Max Kleene, followed by 1 hour of DJ music by DJ John (4 to 5pm slt). Casual dress code for both events!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Absinthe/52/162/22

You can learn more about Mary Layton below:

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Mary Layton paints stuff. Mostly mythic, fantasy, fairy stuff. Her favourite media are watercolour, pencil, pen & ink, and digital. Over the past couple of years, she has created content for the virtual world Second Life, including in-world homes and furnishings, décor (including virtual canvases of her artwork), items of clothing, and most notably, jewellery.

Her Second Life creations can be found in-world at Rosehaven Laudanum, Caledon II, and at various in-world events, or online at the SL Marketplace.

Mary is also an author and published her first novel in 2015, a paranormal romance titled “Chasing Demons” as M. E. Layton. She lives with her husband in North Carolina.

Sunday @ 1pm slt Kultivate Signature Gallery Presents the Art of Kisma Stepanich-Reidling

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Join us this Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 1 to 3pm slt as Kultivate presents the Art of Kisma Stepanich-Reidling! This event will feature live performers Wolfie Starfire (1pm to 2pm slt) and Dimivan Ludwig (2pm to 3pm slt) with a casual dress code at both events!

Gallery slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/52/185/26

You can learn more about Kisma below:

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Kisma Reidling

Real Life Visionary Mixed Media Artist and Author.

Hi, I’m most happy to come into SL and share my real life paintings with you.

The best way to explain who I am and what I do is to simply invite you to my website.

https://www.InspirationArtJournal.com

You are very welcome to join me in one of my live zoom classes/circles or enjoy experiencing one of my FREE online video classes. Naturally, if you live in Orange County, California, once in person activities resume, join me in a class! I have lots of fun!

In the meantime, come on over to my NEW studio, courtesy of the Phoenix Artists Collaboration group (Thank you Audie and Skye) located on the gorgeous Cherished Melody sim and have a look at what I’m currently showing in honor of the Divine Feminine.

If you see something you like, just get me an IM or just say “hi” — I love to chat!

Have Fun Creating!
Kisma

Kultivate Magazine’s July 2020 Issue is Now Available!

The July 2020 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available!  This isssue features the historical and rp sim of 1920’s Berlin and it’s sister sim Time Portal. We take a closer look at Carmel Arts Community, Pony Box, and the Kondor Arts Center Steam Machines Exhibition. This issue also features photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman and Whata Conundrum (Grace Sixpence). Lastly this issue features photographer Reya Darkstone, the Second Life based machinima film, STOMOL, and information about the recent sale of Second Life parent company, Linden Labs. Click the cover below to view this month’s issue:

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Premièring on July 24th, 2020: STÖMOL a Second Life Machinima

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STÖMOL publicity image

Update: due to some last-minute changes, the public première of  STÖMOL is now slated for July 24th – details at the end of this article.

STÖMOL is an ambitious feature-length science fiction machinima filmed entirely in Second Life and due to première on You Tube on Thursday July 23rd, 2020.

Written, directed filmed and produced by Huckleberry Hax, who also takes the lead role of Epi Stömol, a private investigator. Also appearing in the film are Caitlin Tobias as Waarheid and who is also the film’s assistant director and publicist; Ylva as Verity Certain, Boudicca Amat as Istinito Tatsache, Anthony Wesburn as Adevaru) and Mich Michabo as The Quill.

Stylistically, the film is very much shot in the style of an animated graphic novel – think of the likes of Sin City and you’ll get the idea – that grew out of Hax’s writing and Second…

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Renoir and PxL at Club LA and Gallery

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Club LA and Gallery: Renoir Adder

Now open at Club LA and Gallery, curated by Fuyuko Amano (Wintergeist) are two boutique exhibitions offer small selections of art by Renoir and Adder PxL (Z3NooBhasR3turn3D), two very distinctive and very different artists who together present two very different displays of art.

Renoir Adder is an artist who straddles genres. Within his pieces can be found elements of post-impressionism, potentially influenced by the like of Van Gogh; suggestions of Picasso; and surrealist leanings.

Club LA and Gallery: Renoir Adder

Here he presents a dozen paintings, some ten of which carry a strong hint of Van Gogh. Rich in colour, they present a range of landscapes and studies that might have been lifted from a gallery in the physical world and dropped into Second Life. The last two, meanwhile, lean more towards the surreal, with one in particular offering a nod and wink…

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The climbs and caves of Mount Campion in Second Life

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Mount Campion, July 2020

Mount Campion is the highest point on the Mainland of Second Life. Sitting on a high ridge of hills running along the north side of Heterocera, it is home to the Mount Campion National Forest, a series of high granite steps that reach almost to the mountain’s green peak.

As the name suggests, the rocky steps and plateaus are home to a rich forest of fir, cedar, maple, birch, beech and more, tall and short, all  casting their boughs over paths and trails that wind up and and down between their trunks and over the rocks, shaded from view above by the umbrellas of green held aloft by the trees.

Mount Campion, July 2020

Designed by Marz (Mar Scarmon), the forest is home to many secrets. Scattered through the woodlands, for example, are houses and cabins. Some stand at the side of the tracks that…

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Casting call for a new Second Life Documentary

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Olivia De Camps is a freelance Dominican-American film student in her Senior year at New York University Tisch School of The Arts and a former intern at the New York based independent film production company, Killer Films Inc.

For her latest project, she has teamed with producer and writer Tom Sidi in order to produce a documentary examining the ways in which people use virtual worlds like Second Life, with their introduction to the project stating:

THROUGH A SERIES OF INDIVIDUAL STORIES, THIS DOCUMENTARY AIMS TO EXPLORE THE CORE OF BASIC HUMAN INTERACTION. FOR MANY INDIVIDUALS, VIRTUAL WORLDS NOT ONLY SERVE AS ESCAPISM, BUT ALSO MORPH INTO AN EXPANSION OF THEIR REAL LIFE – WHERE GENUINE FRIENDSHIPS ARE FORMED, ECONOMY THRIVES, AND OFTEN ROMANCE IS BUILT UPON AN VIRTUAL IMAGES THAT IS FREQUENTLY TRANSFERRED INTO THE REAL WORLD. USERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO IMMERSE IN THE WORLD…

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An ethnographic exhibition in Second Life

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Ethnographic Exhibits of Two Cultures from the Republic of Panama

Available now at the Community Virtual Library, and with its official opening towards the end of July 2020, is Ethnographic Exhibits of Two Cultures from the Republic of Panama.

A collaboration between Nexus Dot, a  cultural anthropologist, and co-curator and media specialist Shiloh Emmons, the exhibit represents two decades of ethnographic research Nexus has made studying two groups indigenous to the lowland tropical rain forests of Panama, the Guna and the Emberá, examining their life styles, culture, art and religion.,

Located on a sky platform, the exhibition comprises six main components that examine both the Guna and the Emberá from several perspectives, including their cultures, the Mola art of the Guna, Emberá cosmology, ecology, and shamanism, and more. In addition, the exhibition presents photos of the Emberá Drua heritage ecotourism project, and offers an ethnobotany examination of…

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