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The Three Moon Series ~ Part I

“This girl was once visited by the Priest Kings, who had taken her aboard a heavenly vessel to the beautiful planet just like her home. She used to be a beautiful woman, wealthy, free willed and wise until a mishap struck her village when she was taken captive by huge men who seemed unworldly.


Today she drops down to the ground, chained and wounded on the soft grass beneath her heels. She has surrendered herself to the world of unworldly men towards a servitude for life. She has no mind of her own, she has to beg for every necessity and her own survival. She is taken by a Master of the land. She serves her Master during the day and at night when she is allowed to her kennels, she looks up to the sky through the only small window where she sees three moons, something like her home yet so much different from earth, her home” :Kajira

The photograph is taken by Hayden Cerise, slightly edited to make it PG rated from the site:

http://goreandanceblog.wordpress.com/artwriting/artworkphotography/gorean-life-as-seen-by-hayden-cerise/

Gor is a planet located somewhere in the Universe, just opposite of planet Earth. Like Earth has a satellite,the moon, it is said to have three satellites. The planet is beautiful with hard ground, soft green grass and a crystal clear water flowing around with untamed seas. Just like Earth. Although there is an existence of a  technology that is not yet familiar with Earth people, like the vessel which is used to travel across the Universe, yet they live like the historic Romans and Greeks of Earth in old rugged buildings with handmade tapestries. A lot of their livelihood is very similar to the Earth people. They tend the fields, harvest grains, milk bosks, verrs and other animals, cook, mine, make weapons and trade.

The photograph is taken from the community page of Second Life. The link to the City of Esalinus is http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Role-Play/City-of-Esalinus-Gorean-Roleplay/td-p/2046121

Gorean culture is based on the series of fictional novel written by John Norman. A few specifics about the author was written originally by Scott Sanford, which was unlinked to his site and updated by the staff at tLi. John Norman is the pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr., Ph.D (June 3,931 till present). John Lange was born in Chicago Illinois, with two other siblings, David and Jennifer. He studied at University of Nebraska and later obtained his Ph.D from Princeton with a 149 page dissertation entitled, “In Defence of Ethical Naturalism: An examination of Certain Aspects of the Naturalistic Fallacy, With Particular Attention to the Logic of an Open Question Argument (Princeton University, 24-12, page 5636; order #AAI6401330)” He wrote many Gorean novels, Telnarian Histories trilogy and several other books. The list of books can be obtained from the following site. His works has been produced as a full length motion pictures and have sold millions of copies world wide in different languages. Although he has always tried to suppress his books and thoughts, the idea caught the cyber wind with mass appreciators and followers. More about John Norman can be searched on the web or wiki.

Gorean culture can be much related to John Cater, the movie or the Book series “War of Gods” by Lizzy Ford. The first book in the series, Damian’s Oracle was much like the story of a kajira (slave). The only difference would be a kajira is a being not human, stopped aging but not a vampire either. Those who have read or watched the movie would somewhat agree. There are many other novels and movies that would suffice with the idea of Gor. Until I started researching more, that I understood that this culture has been taken from our society and is a reflection of what we have.

Although some of us may be judgmental with the basic idea of slavery based on a science fictional novel. Yet if we look closely enough, we can see like all fiction, it is based on practicality. Suppose, on an isolated island, equal number of men and women are there and no outside factor has decided their rules or their ruler. What would happen? Given the human nature, some will try to dominate, some will submit. There would be a fight among the dominants and the one who wins would make the rule. Others would submit. The ones who disagree with the rules will be caste away.

Such idealistic situation can arise only in the books, that is in theory. If we look around, we deal with issues of other forms of slavery in our world every day. Although, it is said that slavery is a primitive thought, but is it true? Are we free willed? We submit to our boss at work, to our spouse at home, to our elders out of respect. Although it is not slavery, but it is also not free will. These few things are our service out of love and respect.

So, what happens when such relationships are exploited. Its not an alien motive, there are domestic violence on both men and women, women trafficking, prostitution, murders and other criminal activities. We deal with such extremities on the daily basis.

Is this what Gor is all about? Some of it is. Few may think contradictory. It is the most difficult spot that I have found myself ever, a culture that makes you ask question and ultimately you end up asking yourself doing justice with right and wrong. Like all societies there are all kinds of people, good and bad, even with the rules. The idea of slavery, just because one is woman, is the most offensive. This pushed me to plunge into their society, the Community of Gor.

Question 1) Why is Gor popular?

Question 2) Why is Gor hated?

Often Gor, is compared with the negativity of a being, the wild beast that lay under our skin which surfaces. However, the concept of Gor, is close but nothing as cruelty or criminal-ism. In this series, I will try my best to answer these questions put forth by readers. Meanwhile, a little of your view would help too on what do you think of Gorean culture?

 

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Behind the Scenes ~ Gullah Creole with Indea Vaher

Indea Vaher is an artist in real and virtual world. Her work has been documented and recognized by many local, national and international publications such as the Black Enterprise Magazine and many more. In her real life, she has been recognized as a genuine illustration of the history and traditions of African American Southern culture. Her inspirations can be well justified by her roots that are buried in Louisiana, where she spent the major 25 years of her life. Her inquisitiveness to learn more about her genealogy led her to the discovery of the commonalities between Sea Islands and Louisiana which is showcased in her arts of The Gullah/ Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. This Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida as designated by the Congress. However, the influence of the culture extends to Louisiana. Her artwork has been featured in many galleries and museums in real life. The artist has received many honors and awards.

Before getting any further, lets understand more about the art. What is Gullah?

The Gullah people have been able to preserve much of their African cultural heritage because of geography, climate, and patterns of importation of enslaved Africans.  The Gullah have preserved much of their African linguistic and cultural heritage. They speak an English-based creole language containing many African loanwords from African languages in grammar and sentence structure. Properly referred to as “Sea Island Creole”. Gullah storytelling, cuisine, music, folk beliefs, crafts, farming and fishing traditions all exhibit strong influences from West and Central African cultures. Read more at The Saminaka Compass~Gullah Connections.

Indea says, “I’ve spent most of my adult life painting and displaying my art. I’ve painted for a lot of reasons, but primarily to honor the Gullah-Creole women of history.

Indea, a self taught mixed-media artist and instructor, is well known for her brilliant coloring, intricate human and landscape forms. BOSL describes her art as “..start of free labor. This is beautifully captured in Indea’s artwork, through bold colors of blues, yellows and reds.” ~ As published in the June, 2014 issue.

the mossy tree

Indea says, “I eventually chose to live most of my adult life in the south preferring nature to concrete. However growing up in two worlds gave me a special way to appreciate the way we are, when viewing the way we are.

Not only, Indea Vaher is a well established artist in real life, but she has also made an impression in second life. She has been the featured artist at the Paris Couture for the month of March, 2014. The theme was tribute to women of St. Isabella Island.  Watch the video on YouTube.

Her other major works in Second Life includes;

  • Founding of  Sunrise Mansion Art Gallery and Museum Complex 2009 – Present
  • St Isabella Island 2010 – 2011
  • SRM’s Heritage House Cultural Center 2011- 2012
  • Administrator Virtual Harlem and Virtual Montmartre 2010 – Present
  • Virtual Montmartre Gallery 2010- Present

She says, “The sim is an expansion of these ideals expressed in my artwork, and includes; Plantation House: Main Gallery; features my Artwork and guest artists. Presentation area: Speakers and exhibits focusing on various related subjects changes monthly.”

The sim includes the following places worth visiting

  • Gullah House: Videos, exhibits and Information about the Gullah Culture
  • Midwife’s House: A bayou house with information and an installation about Midwives and their contributions historically up to the 1960’s.
  • Ibo Landing: The Middle Passage Experience with the Remembrance Slave ship docked,  with video, images and information; routes, capture, daily life on the ships, and revolt.
  • Praise House: Video, images and information on early worship by enslaved Africans , many traditions still practiced today as many are still standing.
  • Remembrance Memorial Garden: The Garden is a place of beauty where people can go and reflect in serenity and peace, created and donated by   Le Petit Beau Jardin or the beautiful little garden group (LPBJ),  with spiritually healing symbols in its design.  We hold entertainment events here, Live music DJ’s etc.

Indea says, “I use my art in second life as a means to open the door to a specific area of African American history. My art is used primarily to educate people about the Gullah Culture, and the people of the Sea Islands which is known by very few outside the region.  I am not trying to promote my art here, but use it to bring exposure too this very important and endangered way of life; as developers are rapidly moving out the native indigenous residents of the area and destroying so much of the valuable history there.”

Indea Vaher is also the administrator for Virtual Harlem and Virtual Montmartre through collaboration with the sim’s owner Dr. Bryan Mnemonic. She has worked with him for over two years, initially with a project which included plans for a Northern Migration experience from the south to the New York Harlem sim. She helps in holding events, curating exhibits, securing artists for galleries and giving tours on the two historical sims.

In the last interview with Bianca Xavorin, we came to know about Indea Vaher. I took this opportunity to interview such a well established artist. It was an honor for me.

 

Debby: How did you come to know about Second Life? Do you showcase your art in any other virtual world?

Indea Vaher: I was invited by a friend to attend a virtual classroom in 2008 which I was reluctant to do, I wasn’t into computer games or even chat rooms, however she was persuasive. I forgot about the class as soon as I saw the 3D environment and was so intrigued that I continued to login to explore, I never returned to the class, lol.No, I don’t showcase in any other virtual platforms.


Debby: Is selling of art in real life different from second life? What was your experience?

Indea Vaher: Yes, selling in second life is so much easier. Anyone can rent a space for few lindens and call it a gallery, upload JPEGs and there you go! There are no insurance issues in Second Life, as in real life it’s a primary concern to make sure your original work is well protected. When travelling crating pieces and shipping can be timely and extremely expensive and requires negotiation with the organization or gallery you are working with. Where is second life you rez it on a prim and tp the location.You don’t really need to worry about PR much in sl if you belong to art groups you post send out notices. In real life you need to send press releases and hope to be picked up by as many blogs, newspapers and publications as possible pray you get a cover, and good reviews after the shows have opened. However, you can experience some of that in SL, which is a microcosm of real life in all areas.

Debby: The virtual grid has many new artists evolving every few days. Would you like to try an artwork in Second Life using the SL environment?

Indea Vaher: I consider everything we do in sl is artwork. We forget because it’s immersive that we are viewing this 3D environment on a 2D flat screen. The trees, water, sky, all of the wonderful builds, even the avatars are wonderful works of art. Each resident is an artist in the way he or she decides on the skin they choose combined with the shapes and various choices of clothing, we are all creating within a graphic context all the time in second life.I created Sunrise Mansion Art Gallery and Museums as an artwork in SL, if you visit I have extended the conceptual theme of my artwork, which is African American Southern History. The Gallery, and builds are in direct correspondence to that.

Debby: As an artist would you recommend anyone in real  life to use virtual world as another platform to showcase their art?

Indea Vaher: Yes, I would, so many people are blocked and or inhibited artist and virtual experimentation has awakened them to that artist within. So many real life artists are already in sl using and laying everyday.


Debby: How much impact does second life have when you create real life art?

Indea Vaher: I think it has had a subliminal effect. It has also made me want to learn digital art.


Debby: Among the work you have done, which is the most favorite in your eyes and why? Would you like to share some with us?

Indea Vaher: It’s difficult to say which is my most favorite; I think they all are in different context, however, I’d love to share.

Debby: Are you inspired by any other artists? Any specific works of theirs that you would like to tell us about?

Indea Vaher: Yes, growing up I was inspired by Paul Gauguin, and also by fashion illustrations.


Debby: Any comments that you remember given by any of your fans?

Indea Vaher: Yes, I am most inspired by those who said my work moved them to tears. I appreciate n I’m honored to know a work has moved one to that emotion.

 

Debby: What would you like to tell your fans through this podium?

Indea Vaher: That I’m honored and I appreciate those who have shown support, and that it’s this that inspires me to continue to create. Thank you.


Debby: What would you like to tell the young artists, both real life and virtual life?

Indea Vaher: Stay focused, cherish your individuality, honor God/ Universe (whatever your spiritual belief) for allowing you to be a creative vehicle and don’t give up.

 

Interviewer’ Take

Indea Vaher is a very humble and a considerate person, even though, she is a well established artist in real world and the virtual world. With over two decades of experience, she is a self made artist and an instructor at various Universities, she is still very down to earth. Her work is a thought provoking eye opener for many of us. Our outlook changes towards the way we view the world when we see her artwork. The artistic quality to splash the lifestyle of Gullah on the canvas using bold deep colored lines is so well portrayed that we can easily connect with each one on a personal level.

*Note: The lines in italics are the words of Indea Vaher.

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4th of July, 2014 Celebrations

Happy Memorial Day to everyone. Its 4th of July. Its not everyday, that we get to celebrate the Independence Day. So, whats special on this day at Second Life?

 

Where are the Gifts?

  • Independence Day Market

Click here to teleport.

It is the place where you will find everything. Starting from clothes to drinks and to fireworks. Its an umbrella for all the gifts to celebrate 4th of July,2014.

  • VIP Creations Skin and Clothes

Click here to teleport.

Many free female and male outfits are available for the love of celebrating 4th of July. Its a must visit place to grab all the free gifts.

 

  • Market Place

Click here to visit the link.

If you are out of choices or you want some other style, you can always visit the market place link.

 

Where is the Party?

There are many clubs and arties around the grid celebrating 4th of July, 2014. Among them a few worth mentioning are as follows. Click the links below to get the teleporter.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Scorpion%20Cove/151/71/801

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Celebration/49/191/24

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shopping%20City/211/11/23

 

 

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SL11B ~ Hunt ‘em Down this Weekend

The Second Life Birthday Party continues till this weekend.  Load your inventory with lots of gifts. Yes, you read it right, even more gifts. So, lets hunt them down this weekend. We have until July 5th to hunt them down.

 

Since the area is covered over 11 sims, the hunting trails start 4 ways; North, South, East and West.

 

 

The participating exhibitors will have a hunt sign like below on their exhibit. Look around the exhibit to find a cool prize. Its free!

 

Teleporters to each trail are as follows:

If you have any questions related to the hunts contact the Hunt Coordinator, Rosamoo Mendelsohn.

Click here to look at the Video about the hunt done by SL Community Celebrations

Tell me which trail did you follow this weekend in the comments section.

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SL11B ~ Pod Tours and Guide Book

I wanted to visit the SL11B, like someone who is new and exploring. With 11 sims to explore and only 2 weeks time, its fairly possible to miss a few. In this article I will talk about the Pod Tours and the Guide, which can help you visit the 11 sims easily. And all will be in the grasp of your hands.

 

  • Pod Tours

The major attractions which no one wants to miss is the Pod Tours. The specialty of these tours is that it when you sit in them, it guides you through all the exhibits telling you what you will expect. It is more like a guided tour. There are many pod stations and 22 free pods are always available at any time. This means it does not behave like a real life crowded bus or train. The pod tours are divided in two, one would visit the Eastern sims and the other the Western sims, with a 4 minute interval departure at each station. The Eastern sims tour lasts for about 45 minutes while the Western sims tour lasts for about 38 minutes.

One of the station that I visited was at SL11B Pizzazz where there are gift centers too.

Teleporter ~ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Pizzazz/2/239/22

One of the bloggers of the PR Team, and a good friend blogged about the bucket list visits of SL11B. The following photographs are taken by Bambi Chicque. With her in the snapshot is Owl Dragonash.

In the following picture, if you look closely, you can also see that the pod has turned to a boat and hot air balloons. The snapshot is compiled by Bambi Chicque. Click here to visit her blog.

 

 

  • Guide to SL11B Community Celebrations

The second way to visit all sims and know more about them, is to look into the Guide book assembled by the SL11B PR Team. This guide gives an outlook to the builders, the exhibit photographs, the description about each exhibit and the photographer who took it. The best thing about this Guide is that is gives the landmarks to each exhibit.

There are 2 versions available. One is on the web site and the other is in-world.

Click here to get the web version of the Guide

Teleporter to the in-world destinations.

This is also currently available with all the greeters stationed at SL11B. However, if you are looking for a vendor kiosk, you may ask contact Alianna Logan, Bambi Chicque or Debby Sharma. This will be soon be available at the market place too. I will update the link as soon as we have one.

In the next blog, I will talk about the SL11B Hunt . Stay tuned till then and have fun because we are 11!

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SL11B ~ Get Your Selfies

In the last article Press Tour, I covered the major landing points of SL11B. In this one I will show you the loads of gifts you can gather. However, if you want to know more about the Live performances going on you may look at the SL Community Blog.

Each individual exhibit has been asked to give out a gift. Which means, apart from the two Gift Centers:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Wonderous/176/217/22

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Fascinate/220/193/23

There are many more to grab. One such I mentioned about the Kitty Cats. Take the teleporter here.

This one is a special edition given to all residents irrespective one has joined the Kitty Cats group or not. It comes with a birthday cap and SL11B as its fur.

While grabbing all the gifts, I heard about the “Celebrating Your Second Life Snapshot Contest” going on. Here are the details for you to participate. It has a chance to win L$10,000 as a reward.

According to Doctor Gascoigne. the important person behind the whole celebration. “While our flicker group is filling up quickly with great photos, I am a little disappointed  to see the photos missing one important thing- YOU”. Which is absolutely true. Without “YOU”, the Second Life would not have existed. Nor would the celebrations be possible. So, go clicking your Selfies for SL11B. After all, its only one time that you are 11 years old. You can get the robot avatar in the picture above free at market place, here is the link.

 

What are the Contest Rule?

  • It starts on June 16th and ends on July 14th, 2014 at 10:00 am
  • You must be 18 years or older in real life.
  • You can submit only one photograph per day.
  • File format must be in gif, jpg, jpeg with a maximum size of 20 MB.
  • Entry participants must have active Second Life and Facebook account prior to their participation.
  • Snapshots cannot be submitted previously to any kind of promotion or exhibition or displayed publicaly through any means.
  • Read more, click here. These are the general Linden Lab rules, which one must know before they accept to participate.

 

How to Enter?

  • Take a Snapshot of Avatar Celebration and log in to the Official Second Life Facebook Page.
  • Like the page and look for a tab called Contest in the more section or click here.
  • Provide your name, Second Life avatar name or the Legacy name, your email address and upload the snapshot.
  • Upload in their Official Flicker Group too. https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl11b and rename the picture as “SL11B Selfies ~ Your name”

 

What are winner’s ruins?

The first prize wins L$10,000 which is approximately worth US$40.

The second prize wine L$5,000 which is approximately worth US$20.

The third prize wins L$3,000 which is approximately worth US$12.

 

Next in the series of SL11B, I will talk about Pod Tours, one of the newest attraction there.

 

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SL11B ~ Introduction: The Press Tour

It seems only yesterday, although it is a month of rigorous preparation that the SL11B Team could come up with such an amazing presentation. A few weeks back, I had written an article inviting everyone for the Press Day Tour. Yesterday, on June 21st, 2014, three tours were organised at 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm respectively. On behalf of The Torch:Entertainment Guide and 4m my Eyes!; I attended the 3rd tour. Although as an active volunteer for the SL11B PR Team, I had an idea of what I am looking forward too, still the tour was an eye opener and a jaw dropping exploration. The reason can be understood just by looking at the photograph taken by Wildstar Beaumont, an awesome photographer, I met during the last few days.

When I reached, Lanai Jerrico, the famous SL journalist was also waiting for the tour. We were given a destination to land before hand. While waiting for others, I grabbed a few shots. The above picture is from the inside. As I zoomed out, I realized that we were all standing inside the brain of SL11B.

At 6:00 pm, Saffia Widdershins, head of SL11B PR Team greeted us with a warm welcome to the SL11B Community Celebration. As I had mentioned in my earlier post, that this time there are 11 sims for Second Life’s 11th Birthday. Like 11 candles on a cake to celebrate an Eleven year old’ birthday. With 243 exhibitors and over 120 volunteers, this is a mega event. Each exhibit may have upto 3 builders involved.

The actual Birthday is on June 22nd, 2014.

There will be performances until June 29th, 2014. After that till July 6th, 2014, the sims will remain open to visitors without any performances. This time can be dedicated to SL11B Hunt which is equally fun filled.

After the information was imparted to us, we moved down stairs walking through the Welcome Area (designed by Donpatchy who has been the building public areas for SLB events over several years. The Welcome Area has the teleporters to all the major areas around the sims. We then moved on to look at the time capsule, a build which has been the tradition for several birthdays of Second Life. Around the time capsule platforms with exhibits of older versions of time capsule are located and each contained the objects that people thought, defined each year’s birthday celebration. This year too people like us can add what we think symbolizes Second Life in 2014. Each one contained the history of  each year.

Next we moved on to the Cake stage or the Main stage.

Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Enchant/1/221/32

The outer looked exactly like the picture by Wildstar Beaumont above.The inside was jaw dropping. Golden particles like the Saturn rotated above the stage giving a true notion that its birthday party.

The best settings to view this place is if you turn on the night vision or the midnight settings. The build with projecting lights was prepared by Loki Eliot, the designer, who created the fantastic dinosaur from last year’s SL10B and a fantastic recreation of Linden Lab in SL9B. There are platforms above the build hidden with secrets yet to discover.  The place will host a DJ and Live events.

Our  next stop was the Auditorium.

Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Fascinate/204/70/24

By the size of me in the picture, it is not hard to guess the size of the Auditorium. This place will host a wide range of activities and events over the week. There will be dance performances, fashion shows, marching bands and cheerleaders among other events. Talks, lectures and presentations on many topics will be held at the area behind. This place is one of my favorites.

The place was built by the very talented builder, Pygar Bu.

The Live stage was out next stop.

Teleporter: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Astonish/11/94/22

The designer is Aki Shichiroji, who is well known for her landscaping details.This time her view was parallel to the theme of this birthday. “The Empires of Mind is the Empires of  Future” ~ Winston Churchill. The performers have a unique stage for themselves. They will stand on palm hands as a gesture of humbleness and generosity. One needs to go down to reach there. An amazing form of art is the sunken build.

The last of big stages, was the DJ Stage.

Teleporter:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Impressive/111/138/39

The place was build by Kazuhiro.Andian. If you zoom out to the maximum draw distance, you can see it looks like villain’s lair hidden in mountains. There are secrets to be discovered here and they have secret entrances too. If you look hard enough, you will find the device that is designed to take over the whole world.

Our second last stop was at the Two Gift Centers.

One of them is at the Wonderous sim and the other is at the Fascinate sim

Teleporter: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Wonderous/176/217/22

The place is full of goodies like the SL Bears created by Sway Dench and a special birthday KittyCats is also available. There will be more gifts that will be placed out throughout the week until June 29th, 2014. You will also find gifts in individual parcels. In addition, there is a Hunt going on with 4 separate trails. The green hunt signs are located all over the sim giving you the information about the Hunt.

Our last stop was at the Podcar Stations with Linden Gifts.

Teleporter: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Pizzazz/5/236/22

This is the place where the Lindens have set out their gifts and the podcar stations is build by Yvanna Llanfair. There are four Linden lab vendors scattered with the gifts over the sim. This podar stop will take you through the whole sim and is an amazing way to look at it all without having to walk and wander what’s next. The podcars adapt to roads, waterways and airspace. They transform themselves into cars, boats and hot air balloons.

The SL11B Guide will be released too for the public in general. This guide contains the pictures of every build in 11 sims, public builds as well as individual builds. These are also given with teleporters in the inworld SL11B Guide. The SL11B Guide will also be published on a website, which is also thoroughly linked with each landmark.

As a member of the PR team, I had the priviledge of working with the moat awesome crew. We have knitted a special bonding with other over the part few days. We worked together for hours flat out and also helped each other. We have performed well as a team. I would also like to thank the photographers for volunteering at the last minute to help us all. Each and everyone’s contribution have brought forward the amazing work.

As the birthday goes on for the entire week, so will my articles will go for the entire week. Stay tuned for the next one tomorrow.

Come and sing along with us Happy Birthday!!

 

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SL in RL

There are some days when you badly want to go into Second Life and your hands are tied up due to a server break down. Although this reason doesn’t happen for most of you, some of us have to have it time to time. There may be natural disasters in the neighboring states and the internet would not respond. Such was my condition last night when I had a cocktail party to attend. The only internet service I could reach with great difficulty was the mobile internet. This was the beginning of the reason for the search of other programs available to us on mobile internet to open Second Life.

 

Few weeks back, I had written an article on SL Go application.

A few others are as follows:

 

A paid android application on the Google Play which is as good as the SL Viewer on a system.  It is an OpenSim and Second Life client., where you can teleport to your favorite destinations, chat in instant messages and local. You can also interact with objects, manage your inventory and view the world like a viewer in 3D. The biggest merit of all is it supports mesh. Its size is 6 mb and requires android 2.3 and up.

 

An OpenSim and Second Life client which helps the user to message in ims, groups or local, auto response in ims when away, manage inventory, search, mini map, ability to teleport and more. The file size is 677 kb and requires android 1.5 and up. It is a paid app, wherein the first 14 days are free.

 

An android application, available on Google Play, which has a list of Second Life clubs associated with it. You can download the app (only 999 kb) to play the live stream of music played at those clubs. It requires Android 2.2 and up versions. A Shoutcast and Icecast compatible application which has stylish buttons and the best thing is the music can be played in the background.

 

A free application to send instant messages to people who are online or nearby. Another feature other than chat is you can open your mini map. To teleport to a selected destination, you have to purchase the app.. The file size is as low as 249 kb and works with android 2.1 and up. It supports only Second Life client.

 

As the name suggests, DroidSL is for Second Life clients only. It is a one way communication service that allow users to send instant messages to other Second Life avatars. A 807 kb file supporting android 1.6 and up can be only used to send text that act like pages.

 

A fine application by Inch SynchTech, where you place a robot, i.e., bot at a place or a region where you would want to interact with others. The bot acts in place of your second life avatar like a proxy, when you are away from your region. All you need to do is rez the bot (11 prims with modify permissions) and you will receive messages that are sent to you by the visitors of the region as pages. The bot also helps keep a check on the lag and sim restart options. Avatars can be added or banned using the system.  A limited time free trial can be availed to check the system out. The file size for your phone is 229 kb for android 2.2 and up.

 

What are your reviews about these software? Are they worth or something new must come up?

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SL11B Press Day ~ June 21, 2014

The count down has begun for the Birthday Celebrations of Second Life. On 21st June, 2014, the curtains would raise. All we have seen are the sneak peek until now in the form of videos and posts from the Second Life Community. Now the time is coming for you to have a real look and take a sneak peek for yourself.

If you would like to blog for Second Life’s 21st Birthday Party, and join the community for The Press Day on Saturday, 21st June, 2014, It opens at 12:00 PM SLT till 12:00 AM SLT on Saturday.

Special guided tours are also arranged at the Welcome Area at

2:00 PM,

4:00 PM and

6:00 PM.

You can also explore the 21 sims by yourself.

Press Packs will be given out to everyone consisting of goodies donated by exhibitors.It would contain information on the Long Walk, a special hunt being organized and the list of important land marks.

Press members are welcome to take snapshots, videos and blog on what they experience. Press Tours include main attractions and fantastic residents created builds. Its is recommended to take one of the Press Tour.

All members of the press who have signed up for the Press Group are also welcomed to attend the Press Day. It would be a great help if you would kindly fill up the form to help the community organize the numbers.

 

Visit the link and fill up the form. 

or

you may visit http://slcommunitycelebration.com/2014/06/08/invitation-to-press-day-at-the-sl11b-community-celebration-for-all-press-and-bloggers/ to read more and fill up the form.

 

You are very welcome to the Press Day. See you there.

 

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Prep up for Second Life’s 11th Birthday

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” 

~ Winston Churchill

Second Life sits on the carriage waiting for the big doors to open. The Second Life Community is waiting for the 11th Birthday Celebrations of Second Life. Although the main event begins from June 22nd,2014, the sims open to exhibitors on May 30th, 2014. The applications for volunteers, exhibitors and performance artists have just ended on May 20th, 2014. The celebrations is huge which can be glimpsed with over 1200 applications received for exhibitors, performers and volunteers applications. There are 243 plots and 3 grand stages. There are 11 sims, one for each year of its success story.

A few residents have made a few videos on SL11B, you may want to take a look at them to know what to expect this year.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpe890LI22hu_ogbBfJBGog – Saffia Widdershins

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr5aZPn9XXIDfqpgfwvqatw – Canale di pallina60 Loon

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCghIXB1miCsFk6FjSXVEhOw – Lauren Weyland

Although the preparations started months ago by the Second Life Residents, the first ground work was laid on April 29th, 2014. The various sneak peaks can be viewed at SL Community Celebrations. A few of the sneak peaks are:

The Auditorium by Pygar Bu

Photo credits: Vivena Resident

The Dj stage

Photo credits: Vivena Resident

The Cake Stage by Loki Elliot

Photo credits: Vivena Resident

 

As the date, 22nd of June, draws nearer, more and more information and pictures will flood in. Till then stay tuned and sing the old-gold song ~ “Happy Birthday to You!!”~