Sunday @ 1pm slt-Kultivate Select Gallery’s Jan & Feb Exhibition Opening!

Below are the following artists who are exhibiting:
Join us on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1pm slt for the opening event for the Kultivate Select Gallery’s January & February Exhibition! This event will feature live performer Parker Static and the dress code is dressy casual. The following artists are exhibiting Winter and 3D Artwork:
Paaie Resident
Jamee Sandalwood
JolieElle Parfort
Keira Lewellen
Sheba Blitz
FiordiligiDaPonte Resident
Veruca Tammas

A trip to R.A.H.M.E.M.L.O.S. in Second Life

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 R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S.; Inara Pey, January 2018, on Flickr R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S. – click on any image for full size

Rahmenlos is the private team project of the Rahmenlos-Chaos-Team (R.C.T.). We are a mixed troupe from different German-speaking areas. And as different we are, R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S. is too. Everyone of us got involved with his own ideas and personality. And the result is really good. Whether you like beach, nice landscape, City- or Club-Live, animals, hidden places or just much small things to explore: everyone will find his favourite place!

Thus reads the introduction to R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S, a 1/2 region design Shakespeare and Max pointed us towards. It’s an interesting team / community build, which as the introduction states, offers a little something of everything. Occupying the south side of a Full region, there is no set landing point, so I’ve opted a location on the east side of the parcel, close to its northern edge. This takes the form of a…

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A journey into Sapiens in Second Life

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Gem Preiz: Sapiens

Sapiens is the title of a new region-wide installation by fractal artist Gem Preiz, which has an official opening at 13:00 SLT on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018.

This is – quite literally – a huge installation. It starts at ground level, on a walkway where visitors can find information givers on the installation and how best to view it. Camming out from this will reveal a large floating cube shape, formed by a 3x3x3 matrix of smaller cubes, which is something of a motif for the installation:  can also be found at the end of the catwalk, where a smaller version acts as a teleport which will deliver visitors to the installation proper.

Gem Preiz: Sapiens

The build takes the form of a giant “labyrinth” very industrial in looks (something heightened by the stream venting at various points throughout). More raised catwalks form a grid around huge…

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Kultivate Image of the Day: 1/10/18

Today’s image of the day is from Sabine Mortenwold:


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Wednesday 10 January Field Trips!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Live music will follow you from breakfast to dinner time: you’ll have many opportunities to enjoy our musicians’ boundless talent, so take this handy list and make sure to tell your friends, for a day full of great live shows 😀


7 am Field Trip: Lluis Indigo @ Cafè Musique!

11 am Field Trip: Lluis Indigo @ Surfside! Falls/151/73/32

12 pm Field Trip: The Vinnie Show @ oYo! Ranch/128/133/22

5 pm Field Trip: Jamba LosAngeles @ The Beat Scene!

7 pm Field Trip: The Vinnie Show @ Mystic Muse!

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Sansar just got interesting

What the Huck?

I have to admit, since my first blog post on Sansar, I’ve not made very many return trips. I’ve been struggling to make the connection to this new platform that I’ve had with Second Life for so many years now.

I’ve wondered for a while why this might be. I’ve had a number of thoughts on this, none of which I will bore you with now (a) because that thinking is incomplete and (b) because it might be nothing more complicated than I just haven’t been there enough. It took me a while to get into Second Life too.


When Strawberry Singh mentioned on her blog the imminent opening in Sansar of 2077 an urban science fiction experience, I decided this was a good opportunity to go back in and give it all another try. I’m a big fan of the Blade Runner movies – a clear visual influence…

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When 2 SL Photographers travel to Sansar…

Caits World

It has been a few months since my last visit to Sansarand to be honest, I did not really feel the urge to go back. My visits there, despite the experiences being awesome to look at, were lonely and because I am a desktop user (I do not have VR gear) the options are not that great as in Second Life – for me.

The other night Huckleberry Haxand I were talking about Sansar and decided to give it another try and go on a field trip together, just to see how it would be when you are actually with someone to share the experience (I had never seen another avatar in Sansar during my earlier visits, so this would be a new one for me!).

Because Huck was curious about a newly opened experience 2077‘, that would be the place to go. We logged out…

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Footprints in the Seasons

Goodnight Photography

Finding myself with an abundance of free time in Second Life as of late, I decided to look around the grid and came across “~Footprints In The Seasons Rentals~” located on the “Serena Coral Cay” sim.

Looking a little closer, I realized that Welshy (Kristy Enyo) and Booty (Bootysnatcha Leeeroy) are the co-owners of it.  You may remember Welshy’s other sim, Footprints in the Sand, previously featured on the blog.

This new build is breathtaking.  It does offer rentals for those interested in living there but is also open for photographers and those interested in just viewing this beautiful build.  As with any sim that offers rentals, you should take care to respect the privacy of the residents and behave appropriately when visiting.

Beautiful sim and kudos to both of them.  I have included my pictures and hope that you get a chance to visit it.  The SLURL is…

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Help Needed for the Founders of Octoberville

Designing Worlds

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Many of you may remember that for our Halloween show this year, we featured Octoberville, created and run by Master Kaos and Cherub Spectre, a couple in real life as well as Second Life. For years they have been the heart and soul of Octoberville in Second Life, nurturing and gathering a community around the joyous celebration of Halloween each year.

Very recently, MK & Cherub lost their home and possessions in a devastating fire – this after weeks and weeks of Cherub struggling with health issues. Everyone got out of the fire all right, but they need help to rebuild their lives.

If you can, please consider contributing to this GoFundMe campaign to help them begin to get back on their feet again:

(And many thanks to Caledonia Skytower who has supplied information and verified this campaign)

If you’d like to learn more…

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The supernatural, the future, ecology and a phantom

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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 8th 19:00: The Wolfen

Whitley Strieber is perhaps best known for his book for Communion, a non-fiction account of his alleged experiences with non-human entities. However, his is also a writer of horror fiction, with The Wolfen being his first published novel (1978).

When two New York Police Department uniformed officer are violently killed, detectives Becky Neff and George Wilson are tasked with investigating the incident and bringing the perpetrator/s to justice. The evidence reveals the two uniformed officers were quickly and brutally attacked by some kind of animal – so rapidly, in fact, neither were able to fire their service handguns – one…

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Whystler’s wonders in Sansar

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Sansar: The Whyst Garden

Whystler is a designer with an interest in architecture and history, as demonstrated by two experiences I’ve recently hopped through – The Bridge Room and Whyst Garden, the latter of which, at the time of writing, has been a featured experience in the Atlas.

The Bridge Room is a virtual puzzle – not an overly difficult one to solve, admittedly, but one which is still fun to visit. Whystler describes it thus:

Inspired by Architectural Fantasy drawings of the 17th and 18th centuries, this room of architectural monuments provides a challenge. Can you find your way from one end to the other?

Sansar: The Bridge Room

And so it is that on spawning, visitors find themselves within a great stone hall with high, vaulted ceilings, supported by great square columns, which descend not to a floor, but into water, the base of each column forming…

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Cica’s Bird People

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Bird People is Cica Ghost’s latest region-wide installation, and it presents something of a conundrum. In a largely denuded landscape, the ground of which has been partially and neatly divided into a black-on-white grid, sit giant, ornate metalworks. Some stand alone, others support great cages – or form cage-like structures, equally huge, while block-like towers, apparently made of stacked cubes also rise from the ground here and there. It’s a strange environment – and one, frankly, difficult to see when using the default landscape and following the viewing instructions (ALM enabled and Shadows set to Sun/Moon + Projectors).

Throughout the landscape, stairways rise, curl and undulate, some supported by metal structures, some starting from the blocky forms.  All of them twist and turn, and run by rise and fall to connect the ground – or at least their foundation blocks – offering people climbs up to dizzying heights and the…

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2018 Sansar Product Meetings week #1 with audio

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People gather around the camp fire for the first Sansar public Product Meeting of 2018

The following notes are taken from the Sansar Product Meeting held on the afternoon of Friday, January 5th, 2018 (I was unable to attend the morning meeting). These Product meetings are usually held every Friday at 9:30am PST and 4:00pm PST, and are open to all. There is currently no set agenda, and the meetings are a mix of voice and text. The official meeting notes are published in the week following each pair of meetings, while venues change each week, and are listed in the Meet-up Announcements. and the Sansar Atlas events section.

The January 5th afternoon meeting was attended by Ebbe Altberg, plus Carolyn from he Product Team and David and Sean from the Sansar character team. David has been working on the Marvelous Designer (MD) integration, and he and Sean were…

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SL Photography: JPG, BMP, or PNG?

Saving your photos to your hard drive is a handy option, allowing you to save your photos to your PC for easy cataloguing or editing. Second Life allows you to save your photos as either JPG, BMP, or PNG. Which file format is best for your photos?

When you take a snapshot in SL, either by pressing the camera icon or using the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+S, you will be presented with the snapshot dialog window. On left of the Snapshot window are a variety of options.

Under the Profile section, there’s a button called Selection. If you click on this, it gives you a variety of ways to save your snapshot: to your inventory, Flickr, your Profile feed, etc.

There’s also an option to save your photos to disk, locally on your PC.

Saving to disk you can save your photos in three different formats: JPG, BMP, or PNG. Which is best?

  • JPG is a compressed file format. Unfortunately, while it will save disk space, that compression costs image detail.
  • BMP is uncompressed and maintains image quality and accuracy.
  • PNG is also uncompressed and also maintains image accuracy and quality. Its file size is smaller than BMP, though.

The choice for photographers is PNG. It delivers the highest image quality and a smaller file size than BMP.

JPGs can be very good, though. If disk space is an issue for you, you won’t be giving up too much quality, but just be aware you are losing some image quality.

If disk space isn’t an issue, choose PNG when you save your photos to your hard drive.

Kultivate Image of the Day-1/8/18

Today’s image of the day is from Delssia moth:

Bird Island

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Photofocus | The Life Cycles Approach to Wildlife Photography – Part 2: Capturing the Complete Picture

Wildlife photography from a life cycle approach not only gives structure and purpose to your photography but also adds to the broader knowledge about these creatures that is necessary to understand and protect them. Every time you create a wildlife photo, you can help educate others about the general awesomeness that is nature, and to the specific awesomeness that is this particular animal. Pretty cool when you think about it that way! (Have I mentioned I truly love what I do and this is one of the big reasons why?)In the first part of this article “Learning and Telling the Story” I shared how to find and tell the story of an animal. In this part, you will learn tips for capturing the complete life cycle in your photos and videos. There are also some of the pitfalls to avoid.Decisive Moments…One of the turning points in the way I think about and pursue photos came not from the world of nature photography, but from a museum exhibit of the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson. If you are not familiar with his work, stop reading this now, go here and learn about the man who pioneered the genre we call street photography. Bresson was a father of modern photojournalism, and whose name is synonymous with the concept in photography known as “the decisive moment”. Bresson believed that as photographers our goal was to use our knowledge and intuition to capture the fleeting moments where all the compositional elements come together so that the resulting image represents the true essence of that moment.Yeah, that changed everything for me. Suddenly it wasn’t just about pressing the button, but about capturing the moment. “Decisive moment” is a very subjective and often misunderstood term, thrown around in the same way as “bokeh” (nice out of focus parts) and “giclee” (fancy word for inkjet print). It is a core concept for any photographer to grasp and include in their compositions.

Source: Photofocus | The Life Cycles Approach to Wildlife Photography – Part 2: Capturing the Complete Picture

Monday 8 January Field Trips!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Happy Monday everyone! Today we have may delicious live shows on the menu, with two of which you can also choose to help feed people in need! Check out the lovely venues as well and show our amazing artists your appreciation, you’ll make their day ❤


10 am Field Trip: The Vinnie Show @ Surfside! Falls/151/73/32

2 pm Field Trips: Beth Odets, Winston Ackland

Beth Odets @ Lavender Field! A Smile/73/142/22

Winston Ackland @ Cavern Club! Paradise/73/199/22

3 pm Field Trips: Twostep Spiritweaver, Suzen JueL

Twostep Spiritweaver @ Lavender Field! A Smile/73/142/22

Suzen JueL @ Blarney Stone!

5 pm Field Trip: Wald Schridde @ Tranquil Cafè! Falls/220/121/22

6 pm Field Trips: David Csiszer, Shannon Oherlihy

David Csiszer @ Grace Coffeehouse!

Shannon Oherlihy @ Tranquil Cafè! Falls/220/121/22

7 pm Field Trips: Twostep Spiritweaver, The Vinnie Show

Twostep Spiritweaver @ Stargazer Cafè!

The Vinnie Show…

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Kultivate Image of the Day-1/6/18

Today’s image of the day is from Slatan Dryke:


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Sunday @ 1pm slt-Windlight Art Gallery’s January & February Exhibition Opening Event!


Join us this Sunday, at 1pm slt for the opening of Windlight Art Gallery’s January & February Exhibition Opening event! This event will feature live performer Melenda Mikael and the dress code is dressy casual. Below are the following artists who are exhibiting:

Bellissa Dion



Fafnir Kiranov

Jasmin Currier

JolieElle Parfort


Margo Hollak

Veruca Tammas

Sabine Mortenwold

Sheba Blitz

Sandi Benelli

Pam Astonia

Slatan Dryke

Bryndarkly Cazalet


Photofocus | Free Webinar: I Will Organize My Photo Library: Join In Tomorrow!

Photofocus and Adobe Stock are starting your photographic year off with an exclusive series of webinars to help your business.Resolution 2018 Webinar #1I will organize my photo library – Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PSTPhotofocus publisher, Rich Harrington and managing editor, Kevin Ames are your hosts for a webinar on getting your photo library in order for the new year. And, for all the years to come for that matter. Our special guests on this webinar are Peter Krough, author of the DAM* Book and Lightroom Expert Tim Grey, founder of Tim is also a Photofocus author. Together we will share strategies to get all of your photos organized. Being able to find a specific photograph from the tens of thousands of images many of us have is a challenge. This webinar will help!Join us here or click through to YouTube:

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Looking at the Second Life 2017 year-end Grid Survey report

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La virevolte; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrLa virevolteblog post

On December 31st, 2017, Tyche Shepherd issued her year-end summary on the general size and state of the Second Life main grid.

In terms of a percentage loss, 2017 saw private region losses return to the 2014/2015 levels, with a 4% decrease through the year, somewhat lower than seen in 2016. In all, 677 private regions of all classes were removed from the grid in 2017, compared to 992 in 2016. At the same time, the number of Mainland  / Linden held regions increased very slightly from 6,744 to 6,806 (up by 62), leaving an overall net loss of 605 regions across the grid as a whole.

Taking the year-on-year figures from 2010 onwards (that being the last year the grid exhibited a growth in the number of regions), we get the following breakdown for private regions:

2010 2011 2012 2013
24,483 23,857 20,994 19,273

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