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Sunday @ 1pms lt-Kultivate Select Gallery’s September Exhibition Opening Event & Gallery Reopening!

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Join us this Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 1pm to 2pm slt for the September Exhibition Opening event and gallery reopening of Kultivate Select Gallery! The gallery has received a complete makeover and is now an outdoor gallery and venue! Kultivate Select is a themed gallery and this month’s theme is Fall has returned! Live performer Nina Bing will provide 1 hour of entertainment and the following artists are exhibiting:

Eucalyptus Carroll
emberdearheart Resident
Bri Graycloud
Veruca Tammas
Gwen Enchanted
ilyra chardin
retroye resident
CalystiaMoonShadow
John Brianna

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/18/39/26

**The dresscode for this event is casual**

Saturday @ 1pm slt-Windlight Art Gallery’s September & October Exhibition Opening!

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Join us this Saturday at the Windlight Art Gallery for the September & October Exhibition Opening event! The opening will take place from 1pm to 2pm slt. This event will feature the following artists:

Dakota Lavarock
Calystiamoonshadow Resident
Twain Orfan
Kodymeyers Resident
ChristianAyden Resident
Kamika81 Resident
Kit Boyd
Fafnir Kiranov
Sandi Benelli
Pam Astonia
BryneDarkley Cazalet
Slatan Dryke
Tiszo Cioc

The event will feature live music by Parker Static and the dress code is formal. Here is the slurl to the event: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/59/133/26

Kultivate Magazine-September 17 Issue is Now Available!

The September 17 issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features Avilion, one of Second Life’s longest roleplaying communities. We also have a virtual reality and Sansar update for you, a review of the Deciduous photography sim, coverage of the Art by Nature gallery, a glimpse of how you can have Savile Row male inspired fashions in Second Life, an end of summer photo essay, and coverage of the return of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Click the image below to view the issue.

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Last Day of The Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is the last day of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 1pm slt we have live performer Melenda Mikael for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists:  https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Kultivate Magazine September 2017 Issue Preview!

On September 1, 2017 the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published! This issue will feature Avilion, one of Second Life’s longest roleplaying communities. We also have a virtual reality and Sansar update for you, a review of the Deciduous photography sim, coverage of the Art by Nature gallery, a glimpse of how you can have Savile Row male inspired fashions in Second Life, an end of summer photo essay, and coverage of the return of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Very special thank you to Veruca Tammas for the cover image below:

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A break for coffee in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

BarDeco and Kekeland - Coffee Island; Inara Pey, September 2017, on FlickrBarDeco and Kekeland – Coffee Island – click any image for full size

Coffee Island is a beautifully atmospheric homestead region designed by Dandy Warhloll (terry Fotherington) and Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna). It forms the latest iteration of BarDeco, the music venue and club (see here for more), carrying the name BarDeco & Kekeland – and it is truly an atmospheric place.

Split into three – a primary, sheer-sided island flanked by two smaller isles, one of which has been left to nature – the region sits shrouded in a gathering twilight through which wisps and ripples of mist are creeping. Visitors arrive on a dusty track on the main island, the slender form of an old chapel rising from the end of the track. In the other direction, the path curls south to follow the line of the cliffs, before turning west to cut across the island…

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Wanderlust Art Truck at Sunset Garden, Wyrd

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The Wanderlust Art Truck made its 10th stop about two weeks ago, this time at Sunset Garden in Wyrd. The welcome area is at nearby Wyrd Watchtower.  The exhibit will be available for about another week or so. 

Each exhibit on the tour, which has included parcels on four continents plus Caledon, has been unique. This Sunset Garden location has been partially curated by the project creators, myself and Klaus Bereznyak. Additional pieces have been added by creative friends of the host, Veyot.

Marcus VanDouser made a Youtube video of the grand opening called Wanderlust.

There’s a Flickr group, Wanderlust Art Truck Fans, just created; you’re welcome to add your snapshots of yourself at this location.

There are other things to check out in the area, the previously mentioned Wyrd Watchtower, Saul’s Place Cafe and Library of Landmarks. Sojourners Ground is down the road in Erzulie. Wyrd…

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Of Glytches and gems: the Lab’s grid-wide Second Life game

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glyches – bonus region portals

On Monday, September 18th, 2017, Linden Lab announced the launch of their latest Experience Key based game for Second Life users to enjoy. Entitled Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches, it is something of a departure from previous games such as Linden Realms, PaleoQuest and the Horizons adventure. Not only is it grid-wide in nature (the first time Second Life experiences have been used on a grid-wide basis), it will in time also allow parcel holders to host the game on their land if they so wish – possibly attracting traffic to their locations.

I was able to see and try the game ahead of its launch, and thought I’d offer an overview and some feedback, as well as take the opportunity to ask a few questions of Dee and Patch Linden about the game…

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Five Years of Fractals in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Five Years of Fractals – Gem Preiz

Now open at the R&D Art Gallery complex is Five Years of Fractals, celebrating five years of Gem Preiz’s remarkable fractal art in Second Life.  Split over two floors of the exhibition space, the displayed art is divided between retrospectives of Gem’s past installations at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, and his exhibitions and installations displayed elsewhere in Second Life.

Normally displayed in a very large format, Gem’s work is always a masterpiece of fractal design and storytelling on a grand scale. As such, what is seen within Five Years is but the tip of the iceberg – a soupçon if you will – that should remind those familiar with Gem’s work with the power and majesty of his art and hopefully serve to whet the appetite of those new to his work such that they will want to see more.

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Autumn returns to The Mill in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Mill; Inara Pey, September 2017, on FlickrThe Mill – click any image for full size

Friends Shakespeare and (SkinnyNilla) and Max (Maxie Daviau) are not only highly adept at finding regions to photograph (and poke me about visiting!), they also maintain their own exceptionally photogenic region, The Mill. This undergoes seasonal changes which not only match the passing of the year, presenting visitors with the opportunity of re-visiting throughout the year and see something new in the region’s layout, whilst retaining some familiar elements with each new design.

With autumn now on our doorstep in the northern hemisphere, Shakespeare and Max dropped me word that the latest iteration of their region is now open and available to visit, so as soon as the opportunity arose, I had to hop over to see what new delights await. And once again, doing so is more than worth the effort.

The Mill; Inara Pey, September 2017, on FlickrThe Mill

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There be pirates at Seanchai Library in Second Life!

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Pirate Docks await the pleasure of your company for Pirate Sunday!

It’s time to kick-off 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 Park, unless otherwise indicated.

It is International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Tuesday, September 19th, ARRRR! And Seanchai Library is marking the event with a week of salty tales and more!

Sunday, September 17th: Pirate Sunday!

13:00: PIRATE TALES

Take the teleport up to Seanchai Library’s pirate cove, where Kayden Oconnell, Aoife Lorefield, and Caledonia Skytower will regale you with tales of the skull and crossbones, cutlasses, treasure and more from the wild days of yore on the high seas!

14:30-16:30: MUSIC AND DANCE

Those enjoying the tales are invited to teleport down to The Pavilion at Holly Kai Park…

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Sansar Product Meetings 2017: week #37

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

City Park by Lex4Art, the location for the Sansar product meet-ups, Friday, September 15th

The following notes are taken from the Sansar Product Meetings held on Friday, September 15th. These meetings are held every Friday at 09:30 PTD and 16:00 PTD, and are open to all. There is no set agenda (currently), and the meetings are a mix of voice and text. Venues change on a weekly basis, and are announced in the Meet-up Announcements. The September 15th meeting took place at City Park, by Lex4Art. The official meeting notes are published in the week following each pair of meetings.

Cara (morning session) and Carolyn (afternoon session) from the product team attended the meetings. However, Cara’s microphone pick-up was not particularly good; couple with background office noises, this made it hard to hear her at the morning session.

Release Feedback

It has been a week since the August…

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How-To Photoshop: Change Opacity

Learn Basics 101

This How-To post will show you how to Change Opacity in Photoshop.

Step 1:
Open up Photoshop and add a few layers. Select a layer you which to change its opacity (fade in or out).

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Step 2:
On top of the layer section, there is a little box labelled “Opacity”, click this and drag or increase to drop opacity or make it solid.

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This should make the image fade and manipulate its opacity.

So that’s how to Change Opacity in Photoshop. If you have anymore questions you want answered, submit them on the “Submit a Question” page and I’ll be happy to help post an answer for you. All likes and shares are appreciated to help other users find the answers to their questions

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CioTToLiNa’s Hope in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Solo Arte: Hope

Now open at Solo Arte, curated by Melania (MelaniaBis), is Hope, an exhibition of sculptures and art by CioTToLiNa Xue.

CioTToLiNa is an extraordinary artist, working primarily in 3D sculpture, although she also produces unique 2D art as well. She is entirely self-taught since joining Second Life, and I’ve long admired her work, having first encountered it at Art on Roofs in 2015, where she has a few pieces placed out as a part of the gallery’s setting, rather than directly on display. I was immediately captivated by her work, and when invited to present a full sim installation at LEA that year, I knew I wanted  CioTToLiNa – despite her own shyness – to share the opportunity with me, and worked to include a number of her pieces into that build (see: Impressions: a personal view of Second Life).

Solo Arte: Hope

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Pockets of Light at Wanderlust Cafe Exhibiting Now Through October

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Pockets of Light, ten photographs and ten poems are on display at Wanderlust Cafe in Quentin now through October. Most are on the ground level with the outdoor cafe seating; several are on the rooftop of the cafe accessed by outside stairs.

The project began in the spring of this year, the photos done first, of images taken in Second Life during moments of reflection on peace and sustainability for a just future in the real world.

The beautiful, thoughtful poems, one for each photograph were written during the summer.

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This surface this lattice of molecules
Will not betray you
This matter cannot go back on its word
This is the truth that doesn’t need defending
A geometry not up for discussion
And the mundane manipulation
Of things in space
Taking cutlery from the drawer
Or hanging a picture in place
These cannot be faked
Against such, even…

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Catching a little Zen in Sansar

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Sansar: Zen Garden

The Zen Garden in Sansar is one of the experience produced by the Lab’s Sansar Studios team, and has been one of the more frequented locations, visitor-wise. One of the reasons for this has possibly been because the Zen Garden has opportunities for interaction with things within the scene – particularly for those using VR headsets and controllers.

A visit begins on the upper level of a large artificial structure floating in the sky. The top of this  – split into two levels – comprises a rectangular (non-accessible) building, a swimming pool, a games area and, on the lower level, an observation ring surrounding the sunken zen garden of the scene’s title. Steps connect the two main outdoor levels and provide access up to the building, where a set  of stairs zig-zag their way up the side, almost like a fire escape, providing access to and from…

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How-To Photoshop: Magnetic Lasso Tool

Photoshop Tutorial #1:

Learn Basics 101

This post will show you how to use the magnetic lasso tool. It can be great to outline and select certain objects on your canvas and crop them individually.

Step 1:
Open Photoshop and have something you want to trace to crop. The navigate to the left side of the screen and select the magnetic lasso tool.

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Step 2:
Now use the mouse as click a starting point you want to trace, and from through slowly move your mouse around the object. As you can see it will create little anchor points around the figure you’re outlining. This works great if there is a contrast between the object and its background such as in the image I’m using.

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Step 3:
Continue tracing until you have reached back to the starting anchor point. This will make the object you have outlined to become selected. From here you can copy, cut, fill…

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Second Life Grid Statistics – September 2017 Update

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Historical Daily Concurrency Since December 2009

These are latest Second Life Grid Statistics for September 2017 from the Second Life Grid Survey run by Tyche Shepherd.

The Second Life Grid Survey is by far the best source for daily Second Life grid statistics to check out. You can check out the latest region database numbers, useful economic metrics and much more.

I pointed out in my last Second Life Grid Statistics made back in early July 2017 that the grid saw a tiny amount of region growth from Private Estates during the first half of 2017. However the total amount of Main Grid regions has been dropping throughout 2017.

Since July 2017 Private Estates and even Linden Owned regions have declined down hill. Personally I don’t think the launch of Sansar Creator Beta effected the grid numbers or had any sort of big impact that some were guessing was going to happen.


Updated stats as…

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Gentle Breezes in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Gentle Breezes; Inara Pey, September 2017, on FlickrGentle Breezes – click any image for full size

Having opened in August 2017, Rosy Highwater’s Gentle Breezes is the perfect antidote to inclement weather and the approach of winter – or if you’re in the southern hemisphere, the perfect promise of summer – and a chance to wander carefree, simply enjoying the freedom to be.

A Homestead region, Gentle Breezes has been laid out with an eye for detail, and love of nature. From the sandy beaches up through the wooded hills, everything is pretty much perfect for setting the mind at ease and encouraging feet (and camera lens!) to roam. It’s a place for the photographer, the romantically inclined and those seeking escape for life’s weight.

Gentle Breezes; Inara Pey, September 2017, on FlickrGentle Breezes

Surrounded by rolling hills and peaks which rise from sandy shores, Gentle Breeze presents itself as a small isle sitting in a channel between two larger islands. It is close…

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Sansar updates 2017/36: Aug/Sept release and more

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

People gather at Astro Port for the first Friday September 8th 2017 Product meeting

The following notes are taken from the Sansar Product Meetings held on Friday, September 8th. These meetings are held every Friday at 09:30 PTD and 16:00 PTD, and are open to all.

There is no set agenda (currently), and the meetings are a mix of voice and text. Venues change on a weekly basis, and are announced in the Meet-up Announcements. The September 9th meeting took place at Mold3D’s Astro Port. The official meeting notes are generally published the week following each pair of meetings.

The meetings are chaired by Jenn (aka Xiola Linden) from the Community Team, and feature various members of the Sansar teams. Cara, Carolyn and Jeremy joined the Friday, September 8th meeting.

August / September Release

The long-awaited August / September release arrived on Friday, September 8th, 2017. Highlights of the…

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Here’s Looking at You Exhibit Open Now Through October

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Recently opening September fifth, Here’s Looking at You by Quinn is the exhibit at Montara Bridge Works through October. The second floor, shown above, contains Quinn’s earlier works, some from when the elusive corvid was still an egg.

The ground floor of the gallery exhibits more recent photos from his travels.

Quinn is the owner of the 512 parcel in Quentin where Wanderlust Bench Art Park is located. He generously offered it during an experiment with a premium account in March 2016 and the space is still thriving. Many of these pieces have been exhibited there one at a time.

He moved his birdhouse to Wanderlust some months after the park and Saul Goodie’s adjacent Wanderlust Cafe opened. The birdhouse is currently showing art by serra Qendra.  

Quinn has also experimented with black and white photography.

He wanted the exhibit to be titled “Here’s Looking at You, Roadkill”, which…

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A Creeping Man, a wizard, pirates and a saloon

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Seanchai Library, Holly Kai Park

It’s time to kick-off 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 Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, September 10th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Seanchai Library once again opens the pages of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of the Creeping Man

“MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES was always of opinion that I should publish the singular facts connected with Professor Presbury, if only to dispel once for all the ugly rumours which some twenty years ago agitated the university and were echoed in the learned societies of London …”

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The week at Holly Kai Park: September 10-17th 2017

Holly Kai Park

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

Here’s all that is going on at Holly Kai Park between Sunday, July 16th and Sunday, July 23rd.

Sunday, September 10th 13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Seanchai Library once again opens the pages of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of the Creeping Man.

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Monday, September 11th 7:00pm: A Wizard of Earthsea

Gyro Muggins reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s first Earthsea Cycle.

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Tuesday, September 12th 19:00: Adventure on the High Seas

Selected adventures to whet your appetite for International Talk Like A Pirate Day with Caledonia Skytower

Seanchai Library.

Wednesday, September 13th

4:00pm: Wednesday with G Winz

Get over the mid-way hump with 90 minutes of music, dance and conversation as…

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Prim Perfect launches Cake Against Cancer 2017!

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Every September, the UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support holds the biggest coffee morning in the world – and since 2013, we have held our own event in Second Life.

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The coffee morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event, where they ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2016, they raised a record £29.5 million. In the UK, people bake cakes to sell at coffee mornings that they host at their homes, their places of work, their schools, colleges and universities …

And here in Second Life, people organise coffee mornings too.

Since 2013, we have held a very special coffee morning at Prim Perfect, where we have raised over £540.00 (over US$720) through the sale of virtual cake – and we will be doing it again this year. And other people hold coffee…

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