Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge!

Copy of Trunk or Treat

Back for a 3rd straight year is the Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge! This event has a combined 5,000Ls prize total and is only for one week! Continue reading for guidelines and entry requirements:

Prizes (Winners will be announced on October 30, 2017 via Flickr messaging and in SL):
1st Place: 2,000L’s & image published on website and in Kultivate Magazine
2nd Place:  1,500L’s & image published on website
3rd Place: 1,000L’s & image published on website
4th Place: 500L’s & image published on website

Entry &  Contest Guidelines:
1. Entry is 100% free
2. To enter, teleport to the Scare Me Silly event (slurl:
3. Take a photo of you at the event. Use your imagination (get in costume, show yourself scared silly, or scaring someone else!)
4. Upload your photo to our contest group:
5. You are allowed to upload exactly ONE image to the group, so choose your best one
6. Images are reviewed before they show up in the photo pool, so please be patient
7. All images must be moderate or pg/g in rating, no adult images
8. All images must be 100% your intellectual property and taken by you
9. Editing in Photoshop or GIMP is fine
10. You must include the slurl of where you took the image in the Flickr description
11. You have until 1159 pm Flickr time on Friday, October 27, 2017 to enter your image. We will use the time stamps that are provided on Flickr.
12. By submitting an image to our Flickr group, you give us rights to publish the image if you win the contest.
Images that do not meet these guidelines will be deleted from the group.

Judging Criteria:
Your image will be judged on the quality, incorporation of the location, and creativity of the image.


show #159: identity

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]

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a show about identity in virtual worlds with guest millay freschi who reminds us that second life still [by far!!] has the most diverse avatar population in the virtuality category out there in digital culture! enjoy:

and read on if you will coz contextual links are found below:


  • edward castranova is also mentioned in the conversation:
  • our digital selves is mentioned and drax engaged on twitter on the subject with disability activists:

  • trailers and unlisted teasers below:
  • and lastly we would be amiss not to mention atlas hopping with strawberry singh:

the drax files…

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Sci-fi, fantasy and ghostly tales in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Seanchai Library

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, October 22nd 13:00: Scare Me Silly 2017

The Seanchai Library team join Team Diabetes / Kultivate Magazine’s Scare Me Silly 2017 for an afternoon of storytelling.

Join Aoife Lorefield, Dubhna Rhiadra, Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen, and VT Torvalar as they tell of ghostly goings-on, read from books about thing going bump in the night, offer terrifying tales and recite spooky sagas…

Monday, October 23rd 19:00: Reckoning Infinity

Gyro Muggins reads John E. Stith’s alien first contact story, once described as “Rendezvous with Rama meets James and the Giant Peach“!

Lieutenant Commander Alis Mary Nussem, her body partially bionic, isn’t to happy about finding herself…

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Myra’s Transitions in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Club LA and Gallery: Transitions

“My art primarily explores the freedom on-line communities, specifically Second Life, provide, allowing you to set aside your cultural roles and explore other roles.” Myra Wildmist in introducing her new exhibition Transitions, which opened at the Club LA and Gallery, curated by Fuyuko ‘冬子’ Amano (Wintergeist), on Sunday, October 22nd 2017.

She continues, “Real life cultural roles are necessary for a functioning society, but they are often extremely confining, almost forcing people into pigeon holes of expected behaviour. Second Life gives us all the opportunity to slip out of our pigeon holes and be almost anything we can imagine.”

Club LA and Gallery: Transitions

What follows is a selection of a dozen images offering some remarkable views of Second Life, each with a touch of the personal as then all include Myra herself in their frames – although it would be…

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A return to Sol Existence in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Sol Existence; Inara Pey, October 2017, on FlickrSol Existence – click any image for full size

It’s been over four years since my last visit to Sol Existence, the Full region held by Sunshine Amelia Gilmore; as such, I thought it high time Caitlyn and I returned to spend a little time exploring. (Sunshine Zhangsun). At the time of my 2013 visit, Sunshine was collaborating with Jac Mornington; the current build appears to be largely Sunshine’s own design.

“Somewhat reminiscent of another time,” Sunshine says of the design, “Created with love and happiness. A small seaside island offering solace to the wanderer.” And so it is – albeit, perhaps, a seaside island approaching its off-season given the cast of the sky.

Sol Existence; Inara Pey, October 2017, on FlickrSol Existence

A visit starts on the east side of the island, above the curving “c”  of a sandy bay, reached via broad wooden steps which descend gently sloping rocks in a series of platformed…

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High Fidelity-it’s worth a try.

Whooshing The Metaverse

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I first tried the High Fidelity worlds in late 2014 and really didn’t like it. Using it was way too technical and there really wasn’t any social aspect to it.  On Monday I heard Philip Rosedale’s discussion with Draxtor

( The trick is getting beyond the endlessly repeating introductory music thing don’t really get started until 28 minutes into the video.)

and liked what I heard. About how user driven and inclusive High Fidelity was.

So, I decided to try it again. Yes, it is still too technically involved even for an old geek like me to use it without considering a lot of options and there is not enough of a population to be very social right now. But when I started using High Fidelity I was pleasantly surprised.

No, it’s scenic graphics are not as refined right now as the other VR experience. But it does not…

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Tuesday 17 October Field Trips!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope RL is treating you well today, but if not, to hell with it: grab that blanket, make yourself a gallon of your favourite tea and make yourself comfortable because today is all about supporting the live music scene! Some of the most iconic venues will host our beloved live artists, so if you want to see some SL history go and visit! Great music to enjoy that will make you feel much better 😉


10 am Field Trip: Lluis Indigo @ Commune Utopia!

12 pm Field Trip: Lluis Indigo @ Whymsee Noir!

4 pm Field Trip: Wald Schridde @ Blarney Stone!

5 pm Field Trip: The Matthew Show @ Indiespectrum! DRIFT/55/25/25

6 pm Field Trips: Jamba LosAngeles, Suzen JueL, Shannon Oherlihy, Guitarhero Dougall

Jamba LosAngeles @ Indiespectrum! DRIFT/55/25/25

Suzen JueL @ Hotel Chelsea!

Shannon Oherlihy @ Dakari Chill!…

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A Regency picnic in Sansar

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Picnic at Mr. Darcy’s

Step back into Regency England and pay a visit to Mr. Darcy’s splendid manor house and grounds. Here you can picnic as you watch the croquet match (even play), waltz to a sweet melody on the vast marble terrace or just take a long walk to gather your thoughts.

So reads the invitation from Solas (SolasNaGealai in Second Life) for people to visit Picnic At Mr. Darcy’s, one of her Sansar experiences. For those seeking a relaxing, period walk and time with a friend, it could be just the ticket – albeit with a little bit of a twist in places.

As the invite states, visitors are offered the chance to visit the grounds of Fitzwilliam Darcy’s magnificent Pemberley manor house as imagined by Solas, and spend time exploring them. A visit starts on the grand lawn, with Tchaikovsky‘s waltz from Sleeping…

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Melusina’s Mysteries in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Mysteries

Melusina Parkin returns to the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery for October, with an exhibition called Mysteries, and it is a thought-provoking display of photography.

“Missing faces, veiled ones, obscure looks,” Melusina states in introducing the exhibition. “Statues and mannequins populate Second Life with their mysterious mood. Sometimes they are creepy, sometimes they are gentle, always they are silent.”

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Mysteries

Thus, Mysteries presents thirteen images of mannequins, figures and statues captured from around Second Life. Such figures, to be found all over the grid, whether in stores or art events, parks or role-play regions, homes or photography studios, all have some kind of story to tell – be it part of a larger setting or contained within the frame of their own display as a work of art or object of everyday use.

So to, through Melusina’s collection, do they tell a…

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Our Digital Selves: living within a virtualised world

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Coming to a screen near you in 2018  – and not to be missed. Via: Draxtor Despres

In 2016 I wrote about the work of Tom Boellstorff and Donna Z Davis (respectively Tom Bukowski  and Tredi Felisimo in Second Life). Since 2015 Donna – a strategic communications professor at the University of Oregon specialising in mass media & society, public relations, strategic communication, virtual environments and digital ethnography – and Tom –  a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine – have been engaged in a National Science Foundation funded study formally entitled  Virtual Worlds, Disability, and New Cultures of the Embodied Selfand more informally referred to as Our Digital Selves.

Their work, which will continue through into 2018, focuses on the experiences of people with disabilities – visible and invisible – who are using immersive virtual spaces to represent themselves, possibly free of the shadow of…

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Scare Me Silly 2017 in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Scare Me Silly: the haunted mansion

Scare Me Silly 2017, in support of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), opened its doors on Friday, October 13th, 2017, and will remain open through until the end of the month.

Organised by Team Diabetes of Second Life, the event features live performances. DJ parties, a hunt and a quest,  tricks and treats, a haunted mansion, ghostly rides and – of course – shopping!

Participating merchants include:

Scare Me Silly 2017

@AdReNaLiZeD@, Albino Peacock, Babey, Bad Dragon Clothing, Beyond Persuasion Design, Blush, BRYNE, Candy’s Designs, Cats ‘n Kittens Boutique, Cazimi, ChiC buildings, Chiffon, Cleopatra Inc., Creepy Midget Designs, Dallas MacKenzie Designs, Dominique’s Designs, Epicine, Fae Fantasy Creations, Fashiowl Poses, Gidget’s Style, Gross Princess, GypsyRose Botanical, IMaGE Factory, Indigenous, Just Imagine, Just Ordinary, Kades, Kiliki Bikini, Kitty Creations, Kittycat’s Creations , LC Fashion, Lunar Seasonal Designs, MadCatCreations, Mahlberg Tailors, Mara’s Mysteries, Mariposa, Metal and…

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Visiting the House of Woe in Sansar

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

House of Woe

Halloween is approaching, and in both Second Life and Sansar, suitably themed regions and experiences are appearing; the chance of a US $10,000 prize in the Sansar’s Scariest.

I’ve no idea if House of Woe by Nick the Brain Guy is an entry in the Sansar contest, but as it attracted my attention in the Atlas, I decided to hop in and take a look. It’s a nicely interactive experience – one which can actually take up a fair amount of time, and can be enjoyed in a group. However, it does have one or two issues.

Welcome. I see you made it out of this dreadful storm.  I am the butler, and I greet you in the name of Baron Nicolas Winterborne, lord of this house and grounds. He’s quite the master of obscure knowledge you know; his wife is too, but I would advise steering…

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Milly Sharple’s Creations in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Cynefin – Creations: Milly Sharple

I’ve long admired Milly Sharple’s art, as I’ve tended to mention in the past. I’ve reported on her work – which includes region designs as well as art; and along with many others, disappointed to hear she was retiring from Second Life art and shutting down her facilities at Timamoon Arts and Isle of Lyonesse.

However, such was the outpouring of support from those wishing to see Milly continue to display her art in, she relented and established a new gallery called Cynefin, where she is now exhibiting a select of work called Creations.

Cynefin – Creations: Milly Sharple

One of the major attractions for me with Milly’s work is her fractal art; I’ve written about it on numerous occasions, and Creations includes examples among the 52 pieces on display. However it also includes pieces representing her more recent experiments with…

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Racing stables, alien artefacts, monsters and hauntings

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Seanchai Library

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, October 15th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

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, are once again opened for another tale from the diaries of Dr. John Watson…

This week: The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place

Originally entitled The Adventure of the Black Spaniel, this story marks the last of the 56 Sherlock Holmes’ adventures penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; although it is not always the final story in printed versions of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, nor is…

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Scare Me Silly 2017 is Now Open!

Team Diabetes of Second Life


Scare Me Silly 2017 has now opened its doors! This event takes place October 13 to 31, 2017 and features shopping, two hunts, haunted rides, tricks, and of course treats!  Join us today at 4pm slt for an opening party with live performer Thunder Lovencraft! The slurl to this event is:

You can find a list of participating merchants and info about our hunt at the following links:

Scare Me Silly Event

Click for Shopping Guide

Click for Pumpkin Hunt Info

Click for Skeleton Quest Info

Click for Event’s Schedule

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Autumn comes to La Vie in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

La Vie; Inara Pey, October 2017, on FlickrLa Vie – click any image for full size

La Vie has reopened! Please come pay a visit! And don’t forget to put your pics in the Flickr group. I can’t wait to see you and all of your art!

Thus read the invitation Krys Vita sent out to members her group a few days ago, inviting folk to drop into her homestead region of La Vie and enjoy its new look, and with an additional prod from Max and Shakespeare, Caitlyn and I hopped across to see how things had changed. The last time we were in the region, it was a tropical paradise designed by Krys and TreMeldazis; for this iteration, Krys has once again collaborated with Arol Lightfoot.

La Vie; Inara Pey, October 2017, on FlickrLa Vie

“It was time for a change I think,” Krys said as we arrived. “La Vie has been around a long time!” Seasonal changes are not uncommon…

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Highlighting my interview with Gem Preiz for Kultivate Magazine

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Fractal 397 (Wreck, 2016) by Gem Preiz, on FlickrFractal 397 (Wrecks, 2016) by Gem Preiz, on Flickr

I’ve been an admirer of Gem Preiz’s fractal art ever since I first encountered it several years ago on my travels as a reviewer of art in Second Life.

This year, 2017, marks the fifth anniversary of Gem’s first exhibitions in Second Life, and he has been marking the with two retrospectives. The first, A Retrospective, was held at the start of the year, and you can read about it here. The second, appropriately called Five Years of Fractals, opened in September 2017, and you can read about it here.

To help celebrate this anniversary – and the fact that Gem himself is fast approaching his 10th anniversary in SL -, I had the opportunity to sit down with him in late September 2017 and discuss his work with him on behalf of Kultivate Magazine. It was…

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Route 10 ~ Pak to Yeot, Jeogeot (the end)

Million Happy Endings

After leaving the lovely roadside park in Pak, walking a few meters forward you arrive in Seopophang. There’s a rez zone. An avatar was sitting there when I walked by, perhaps waiting for a pod.

Then you pass through Taesot. There are palm trees added to the mix of trees, flowers and bushes along the road.

The next sims are Gwail, Ge, Saengseon and then Yeot.

Then we arrive at the end of Route 10, Route 9/Route 10 Rez Zone, Yeot.

The infrastructure photos were taken in early October, 2017.  I plan on choosing a new route on a new continent soon.

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Last Day of the ForMax event!

Prim Perfect

The event to support Maxwell Graf and Lyyric Fei in the Apple Fall regioncloses at midnight SLT tonight (Tuesday 10th October).

There have been some great items on offer – such as the fun bubble car created by Culprit, the beatiful flowers by Kaerri, and the adorable raccoon by  Jian.

One of Kaerri's lovely flower arrangements One of Kaerri’s lovely flower arrangements

The raffle will be automatically drawn at Noon SLT, so now is the time to grab a few tickets to stand a chance of winning one of the awesome prizes.

The raffle for Max with prizes The raffle for Max with prizes

After that, items will start to wind down after the raffle, so the sim is fully closed by midnight SLT. So make sure you don’t sleep (like the raccoon) and miss the end!

Jian's adorable raccoon Jian’s adorable raccoon

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Tuesday 10 October Field Trips!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today’s field trips will keep you company from lunch time until dinner time – prepare for amazing live music and lots of foot tapping, courtesy of our tremendously talented live artists! Spread this list around so that many others will be able to enjoy the tunes 😉


12 pm Field Trip: Lluis Indigo @ Whymsee Noir!

5 pm Field Trip: Beth Odets & Bat Masters @ Blarney Stone!

6 pm Field Trips: Guitarhero Dougall, Shannon Oherlihy

Guitarhero Dougall @ Merry Prankster’s!

Shannon Oherlihy @ Dakari Chill! Isle/30/174/23

7 pm Field Trip: The Vinnie Show @ The Peacock Lounge!

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

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Designing Worlds explores the beautiful Riviera Estate – and Funfair!

Prim Perfect

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 9th October, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, where we will be exploring the beautiful Riviera Estate – and the amazing funfair that is a part of it!

With the escort of the owner, His Royal Majesty King Brick Haworth-Masters, we will be exploring his lovely house and grounds – but we’ll also be visiting the amazing funfair he hosts up in the sky – and trying out a few of the rides.

Entrance to the Funfair Entrance to the Funfair

The estate is attached to the beautiful – and exclusive – Grove Country Club, and the proper entrance to the Estate is located at the gates there – leading to a gondola trip followed by a carriage ride to bring us to the house itself.

Both the house and the funfair are open to the public, as…

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