Touring Jilin in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Jilin Estates; Inara Pey, June 2019, on FlickrJilin Estates, June 2019 – click any image for full size

Jilin is the name of one of the provinces of north-east China that borders North Korea, whilst also sharing a border with Russia. It is a region rich in minerals (a total of 136) including gas, coal, iron, nickel, molybdenum, graphite, gypsum, gold and silver, and has China’s largest reserves of shale oil. As well as this, it is the garden of traditional Chinese medicine resources, with approximately 27,000 kinds of wild plants and 9,000 kinds of medicinal herbs.

A rugged place, with four major mountain ranges, Jilin is a richly diverse place. It also lends its name to a new, visually stunning residential Full region within Second Life operating under the title Jilin Estates. It’s a place that offers a considered balance between private rental properties and public spaces that are open to visitors to explore –…

View original post 654 more words

Simploring 2019 (63) Blaylock Island, where peaceful waters flow

Diomita and Jenny Maurer's Blog

Following Inara Pey’s blogpost “The waters of Blaylock Island in Second Life” I visited Blaylock Island, where peaceful water flow. This moderate homestead is owned and designed by Jaccy (Jaccaranda Jael) with the support of Magenta Silverfall and Tira Langur (Tira Yalin).

Blaylock Island overview / around the landing point

Close to the landing point is an inviting sign: “Welcome dear visitor. Everybody is welcome to explore our sim. Find our sealgroup near the ocean, wander trough the rainforest up to the hill, take a boat to feel the swamp … just have a great day. greetings Jaccy, Magy and Tira

Impressions of Blaylock Island (1)

Blaylock Island has a beautiful and varied design. Close and around the landing point you can enjoy the view on the sea of watch seals and seagulls. If you turn and look to the other side, there’re tall rocks…

View original post 236 more words

Sunday June 9th Live at The Dirty Grind!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Happy Sunday everyone! The fun starts very early today, so make sure you have enough caffeine available and enjoy all these talented musicians! Join us at The Dirty Grind for an incredible party and, for you art lovers, make sure to check out Trista Morris’ exhibition 😀

p.s. A little birdie told me there’s a birthday girl today, so make sure to wish Lisa the happiest of days ❤


5pm Thunderfoot Lorefield

Thunderfoot Lorefield brings a highly eclectic set, slicing through genres like a warm knife through butter. His years of experience in rock, country, folk and gospel are evident in his song choices, and in his light-hearted delivery. Each show is unique, and most shows will have something never heard at a TL show before, as his repertoire and arrangements remain fluid and surprising.

6pm Senjata Witt

Steady as a heartbeat, that’s how her guitar style’s been described:…

View original post 136 more words

Cars, boys and animals, and words on the Moon

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Seanchai Library

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 Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, June 8th June 9th Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Caledonia continues Ian Flemming’s classic children’s tale Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: the Magical Car from the Golden Horseshoe.

Monday, June 10th 19:00: Incident at Hawk’s Hill

Gyro Muggins reads naturalist and historian Allan W. Eckert’s popular novel.

In 1870, Manitoba became the fifth province of the (then) three-year-old Canadian Confederation. Over the previous 18 months, it had seen strife and rebellion, but for William MacDonald, his wife, Esther, and their family, the lands around what would eventually become the city of Winnipeg, are ideal for farming, and so they have settled and built Hawk’s Hill.

The open spaces are perfect…

View original post 324 more words

On the 50th celebration of the Stonewall Riots, Pride takes a major step forward in SL

Second Sighting

Friends at Second Pride's Central Park entrance Friends at Second Pride’s Central Park entrance

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the biggest LGBTQ+ pride celebration in Second Life, which is about to start, is announcing some important and exciting changes aimed at reinforcing the gay community bonds in SL. Second Pride will run from June 14th to June 23rd (and you can check their full schedule on their website), but, from this year on, the sim that hosts the celebration will be open on a year-round basis, with different events and meetings, and will also become a gateway for new SL users.

A street it Second Pride, with buildings by Schultz Bros. A street in Second Pride, with buildings by Schultz Bros.

Second Pride’s sim has been totally revamped – which is not really unusual, since it would normally change from one year to the other. This time, though, it was turned into a city that has grown around a park, with buildings donated…

View original post 412 more words

Windlight Art Gallery Presents: The art of Maaddi Benazzi


Join us at Windlight Art Gallery for a special exhibition, featuring the work of Maaddi Benazzi!

This special exhibition will open on Sunday, June 9, 2019 @ 1pm slt, with special performances by Melenda Baptiste (1pm to 2pm slt) and Wolfie Starfire (2pm to 3pm slt).

Dresscode is casual and we will have a few giveaways! Come out and celebrate the art of Maaddi Benazzi!

Become a Kultivate Artist in Residence!


Kultivate is back with its great galleries and a new program, the first of which is the Kultivate Artist in Residence (AIR) program! For more info and to apply:

Kultivate Artist in Residence Interest Form

show #202: so what about hifi?

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]

show #2020.png show #202

…and here we are in high fidelity at a place called @thespot, randomly engaging in conversation. slightly edited version of friday’s stream is on offer today & jo yardley and i spar for half the show on vw minutiae like only we can…

enjoy a super extra long and mad podcast = shrooms for the ears:

more to consume below:

  • we touch on EEP briefly [more on this with special linden guests at a later point] = here is the discussion from the sl community forums & also the third party viewer meeting video:
  • the original live stream from our visit featuring [the musical stylings of] kevin thomas, loki eliot and daisy gator among so many other familiar faces …
  • the BBC is on the case: for them sl is a simulation game from the early 00s ….

View original post 200 more words

A Provincial Life in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Provincial Life; Inara Pey, February 2019, on FlickrProvincial Life – click any image for full size

Provincial Life is the name given to a homestead region held and designed by Hania Amidst (amberfff) that, while noted in the description as a private home (with at least three residences on it), is still nevertheless offered as presenting “Lots of little photo ops [and] connected to high rock for extended exploration.”

As the name suggests, it is a rural setting, mostly set to open land over which horses graze in some numbers. Across it are also scattered a number of buildings and homes, including the private residences. Two of the latter lie on a smaller island in the south-east corner of the region, the water channel separating them from the rest of the setting helping to ensure their privacy remains intact. A further residence lies on the south-western headland and is marked by a fence and archway…

View original post 533 more words

Silence and Freedom: the art of Anke Zamani

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Flossify Gallery: Anke Zamani

Just off Route 9 as it passes over the Silvercreek Bridge in the north-west of Jeogeot, sits a small island shoulder between the mainland and the largest island within the continent’s great bay. Among the buildings snuggled into the island’s small space is Flossify Gallery, owned and curated by Joss Floss (Jossinta).

The gallery is devoted to promoting “the work of SL photographers working in a naturalistic or experimental style,” with exhibitions generally running through each month. On Saturday, February 2nd, the latest of these exhibitions opened, featuring the work of Anke Zamani.

Flossify Gallery: Anke Zamani

Spread across the three floors of the gallery, Anke presents a series of 27 photographs, predominantly landscapes / nature or studies of art. The majority of the pictures appear to have had little or no post-processing, which in this era of PhotoShop, GIMP et al, makes…

View original post 159 more words

Islandz Grid closing down within weeks

Daniel Voyager

The Islandz grid will be sadly closing down soon (next 10 days) according to Elenia via the Islandz Discord channel today.

Elenia says that the grid is “not sustainable” and says “we’re not even remotely close”. Elenia goes on to say that “people are disheartened at the lack of content we could restore and I don’t blame them”.

As a former InWorldz/Islandz resident this is sad news for the community. I feel sorry for Elenia and Jim who have put so much hard work to start a new grid from the ground up. I understand the reasons for doing this.

The grid reached the 1, 000 users mark on Sunday morning that have opt-in. Regions were starting to grow and it’s a shame the grid has to be closed down.

I guess everyone will now have to find a new grid to move to.

View original post

1pm slt-Edge Gallery Grand Reopening!


Join us at 1pm slt today for the grand reopening of The Edge Gallery of Black and White Imagery! Live performer Quartz will be on hand for a 1 hour performance and the dresscode is casual:

Mystic Forest

Wednesday January 16th Field Trips!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Happy Wednesday everyone! Hump Day brings us some positively juicy live shows, so go on and savour them!


12 pm Field Trip: Lexus Melodie at The Mumbling Goat!

6 pm Field Trips: Effinjay, David Csiszer

Effinjay at Dassani’s!

David Csiszer at Key West!

7 pm Field Trip: The Vinnie Show at The Black Diamond!

8 pm Field Trip: Jamba LosAngeles at The Beat Scene!

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

View original post

Hover Bug Resolved After Tinies Protest At Governor Linden’s Mansion

Daniel Voyager

For those that didn’t know apparently last Friday 11th January there was a huge number of tiny avatars that held a protest at Governor Linden’s Mansion in Clementina about the Hover Bug. The (BUG-225893) was making some tinies and mesh avatars float a few feet off the ground.

The Clementina 45 avatar limit was reached pretty quickly apparently and nearby regions became extra busy. Many attended with protest signs and even pitchforks. The Governor Linden’s Mansion in Second Life was originally built by Steller Sunshine (first SL resident) during the early testing days (Alpha) of Second Life.

The good news is that on Monday 14th January Linden Lab updated the status page saying this incident has been resolved. The lab have been working on this issue for the last few weeks or so.

Good work all around I say to resolve this issue.

View original post

A Sky Hye art gallery in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Art Gallery Sky Hye: Wash Drawings

Located close to the channel connecting Blake Sea with Second Norway lies Foliage, a Homestead region noted for the presence of the Foliage airstrip and the Art Gallery Sky Hye, both of which are distinctive in the use of Art Deco style buildings designed by region holder Transparent Banshee (who also presents the neighbouring and massive Greenhouse next door).

The Art Gallery Sky Hye is home to the work of physical world artist and teacher / animator Sky Hye.  Within it she presents a modest selection of her work in various styles and mediums, complete with explanatory text that provides insight into the techniques used to produce the art, thus providing an added layer of creative context to the displays.

Art Gallery Sky Hye: Threatened Landscapes

The building has a pleasant open plan look with high ceilings featuring a glass…

View original post 373 more words

show #199: the state of the state[s] of social vr

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]

199.png show #199

we are back and it is 2019 and we are discussing the state of affairs in the realm of social vr. an illustrious panel we have assembled indeed: besides frau jo yardley we have donna davis from the university of oregon journalism department, shyla the super gecko, co-founder of sinespaceadam frisby and principal engineer at janusvr james baicoianu.

enjoy a discussion that starts in second life, throws in black mirror and high fidelity and ends with fortnite …..

  • janusvr what is it? well =  standing in a web page & being aligned…

View original post 215 more words

Of ringworlds, time, and field agents (2)

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Seanchai Library

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 Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, January 14th 19:00: Ringworld

Gyro Muggins reads the first in Larry Niven’s science fiction series focused on a gigantic artificial ring, the Ringworld, built around a far away star at a distance roughly equivalent to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun.

Roughly 1.6 million km wide, the ring rotates slowly around its central star to provide a gravity on its inner surface roughly equivalent to that of Earth, and it has an atmosphere suitable for humans. It was built by a race known as the Puppeteers, who have been working to affect both humans and the cat-like, warrior Kzin.

Regarded as a classic, Niven’s novel (and…

View original post 494 more words

Monday January 14th Field Trips!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Happy Monday everyone! The week starts splendidly with these amazing live shows! Let your friends know and prepare to dance for many hours – or to have a hell of a soundtrack for your daily activities 😀


10 am Field Trip: The Vinnie Show at Surfside!

11 am Field Trip: Winston Ackland at Surfside!

2 pm Field Trip: Lexus Melodie at Fisherman’s Wharf!

6 pm Field Trips: Winston Ackland, David Csiszer, Wald Schridde

Winston Ackland at The Black Diamond!

David Csiszer at Coffee House!

Wald Schridde at Brazen Head!

7 pm Field Trips: Beth Odets, The Vinnie Show

Beth Odets at NoWhere!

The Vinnie Show at Cavern Club!

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

View original post