Machinima Expo 7 Livestream @ LEA Theatre

Rebirth ... together! by 2Lei (moderate)

Today is the day for the huge Machinima Expo - the World's only Virtual Machinima/Animation Festival. This is its 7th year and it will be streamed live inworld from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SLT at the LEA Theatre.

The full schedule is here and you should note that Second Life is well represented (including a profile of our own Hypatia Pickens at 1:45).

I hope to see you there!

Note: you have one more week to submit your application for the next round of Artist in Residence Grants. You could have your own sim, for 6 months, to realize that vision in your head and share it with the rest of us.

Rebirth & The Machinima Expo in Second Life

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is on November 25. Every year, beginning in 2010, the 2LEI collective of “artists, musicians, gallery owners, and cultural figures” of Second Life has held events and exhibits designed to show their support for the cause.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

This year’s theme is “Rebirth … together!”, with the tagline It’s not a full victory unless you’re reborn together. This exhibit of works by many 2D and 3D artists is being hosted on LEA6 and will continue there until the end of December.

You’ll find references to previous exhibits and new works by many favourite artists. There will be musical events as well and you can learn all about them on their calendar.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

I didn’t take any close-up images of the 2D works – that always feels like I’m stealing them. Instead you get a rare selfie – I haven’t seen any of Pol Jarvinen’s work for a long time, so I took advantage of the opportunity to do a little meditation in the artist’s piece.

While I’m on the subject of LEA, there are two things I need to mention. The first is that you have one more week to submit your application for the next round of Artist in Residence Grants. You could have your own sim, for 6 months, to realize that vision in your head and share it with the rest of us.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

The second is to let you know that today is the day for the huge Machinima Expo – the World’s only Virtual Machinima/Animation Festival. This is its 7th year and it will be live-streamed inworld from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SLT at the LEA Theatre.

The full schedule is here and you should note that Second Life is well represented, including a profile of our own Hypatia Pickens at 1:45.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

I don’t know why..

     Oh I don't know why I am in love with Mike Tyson Mysteries.  Is it because Mike Tyson pokes
fun at himself so good naturedly?  Maybe because the principal from the show Community is a voice in it or just because Norm Macdonald plays a pigeon.  It is silly, strange, politically incorrect and campy and all together it just makes me laugh.  But then I have a bizarre sense of humour.  You will either go WTF? or giggle the whole time.  They have just made a few episodes so far but I really hope they continue.

Getting more out of Flickr – Part I

Originally posted on [SL] Blogger Support:

First, before I start rambling,  I want to say I am honoured and pleased to be one of the new contributors on SL Blogger Support.
In a nutshell:  ‘Hi I am Caity (caitlin.tobias) and I am an explorer, a wannabee fashionista – but sticking to exploring and horsing around- , terrible builder, easily entertained, wine o’clock fan, SL Explorer blogger since 2010, RL blogger before it was even called ‘blogging’  and when it comes to social media I am more serious than one would perhaps expect. Also I am Dutch, so forgive me if I sometimes use some wrong big words! ‘

My first topics on this site will be about Flickr, some basics,  and how you can use it to increase traffic to your blog, how it can help you get your name (more) known and some do’s and don’t ‘s.  Since I have a lot to tell…

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What’s in the Box? be a part of Santalarity and find out!

Santalarity, the BURN2 seasonal event, will this year kick-off at 10:00 SLT on Saturday, December 13th ans run for 24 hours. Santalarity is BURN2′s antithesis of the typical  rushed holiday season focused on profits and buying, on unrealistic expectations and joy found in aisle 3. So reads the event’s press release, which continues: Instead we […]

Of Martian walkabouts, pictures from a comet, and getting ready to fly

In my last report on the Mars Science Laboratory, I mentioned that Curiosity has been on a geology “walkabout” up the slopes of the “Pahrump Hills” at the base of “Mount Sharp” (more correctly, Aeolis Mons). The zigzagging route up through the area took the rover from “Confidence Hills” and the location of the last […]

I Get Results with Social Media and Second Life!

 Human relationships used to be easy: you had friends, boy- or girlfriends, parents, children, and landlords. Now, thanks to social media, it's all gone sideways.

Susan Orlean


          My regular, faithful readers (Both of you know whom you are and I’m grateful even if you do insist on secrecy comparable to the U.S. Witness Protection Program.) may recall my earlier request for Second Life (SL) residents to use social media to keep the community alive beyond the Grid in case the Grid should ever happen to go away. 

          I went out into the world of social media.

          I started tweeting. 

          Got bumped out of Facebook.     

          Took up Google+ and went into the Avatar Social Network. 

          I got results!  (Significant Other looks shocked too.)

          Hits on my blog increased.  (I now average over 30K monthly.  Has to me more than just my two faithful readers despite what Significant Other says.)

          I’ve met people via these social media apps and with several I’ve become friends inworld.

          This story is about one of these people, Takio Minakuro. Who said shortly after we’d met inworld, “Why not a story about me?”

          Yes, Takio, why not? 

          And this is your story.

          As I said, I met Takio via Twitter.  She favored and retweeted my tweets which led to our following one another (I forget who followed whom first.).  This is in turn led to us conversing via tweets and one thing led to another and we became friends in SL.  (Takio goes by Dr. Takio inworld.) Pretty much how folks in Real Life (RL) meet via Twitter.

          Takio has been inworld since 2009 after learning about SL from friends.  She was active until 2011 when she took a break.  Takio’s self-employed in RL and works long hours.

          Then in December 2013, Takio had a skiing accident in RL which prevented her from working but did allow her more time inworld and she’s been enjoying herself there ever since.

          Her store, Tokyo Girl Avatar, which deals in shapes and skins opened this past January.  (It’s interesting how many creative types in SL got started because of enforced down time due to illness or accident.) 

In addition, Takio is actively involved with roleplaying in Japan Hospital where she roleplays as a GYN OB doctor.  She believes she is the first woman medical doctor inworld.  I don’t know about that but Takio does want to serve as a role model for young women who aspire to being medical doctors in RL. 

As if that’s not enough, Takio also has a partner and children inworld as well.  (I get tired just writing this.)  

Takio believes that both emotions and friends are important.  For her, SL is everything that she cannot have in RL as she puts it.  I think many of us have similar views.

Our interview took place in her home inworld which doubles as her medical office.  A standalone, German style house which is located in a small town.  (How do I know it’s German style?  I read and I’ve been to Germany!)

The home’s interior is spacious with a large living room, a bedroom, and two rooms for her medical practice.  The décor is Japanese and Western.  Pictures of her SL family are around the living area. 

The medical offices, which include an examination room and a patient’s room, include the latest and greatest medical devices inworld.  All of which are very expensive.  (After the last several years of listening to US politicians and media talk about healthcare costs, why am I not surprised?)

Takio is a gracious hostess and answers all my questions frankly.

My takeaway is this.

Social media, Twitter in particular, is a highly effective way to expand your circle of friends in SL.  Takio is a highly experienced and accomplished resident and, yet, she stepped out into Twitter “to find people in SL” as she puts it.

Takio is a longtime resident inworld with an active social life divided between her family and friends not to mention her profession, and she’s been using social media apps to broaden her community inworld.  Overall, she has 380+ friends in SL.  I’d say she’s been successful!

Hopefully, social media in conjunction with SL will permit the community to expand beyond the Grid and possibly outlast SL itself. 

I’d like to thank Takio for taking the time to meet with me for her very candid interview and for becoming friends with me inworld.  Her flickr page can be found here.

We both hope to meet others in SL through social media and to continue to grow our circle of friends?

Care to join us?

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives.         

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

          Open roads and kind fires!

SL project updates week 47/2: TPV Developer meeting

The following notes are drawn from the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday, November 21st, as shown in the video below, and from the Server Beta Meeting held on Thursday November 20th. Where relevant, timestamps are included in the article to allow for referencing to the video. My thanks as always to North for the […]

Second Life and SEX

We just saw the trashy article by Marlon McDonald that ticked off a number of Second Life™ residents. We aren’t prudes about sex. What was upsetting about the article was how poorly it was done. We have had that grip for some time and it seems to be an ongoing problem perpetuated by dysfunctional journalists … Continue reading »

Bryn Oh Calendar

Recently I was approached by Art Blue to participate in the development of a calendar to celebrate the work of Bryn Oh, and the project has recently come to fruition. Working in the Retrospective (read more here) and at The Singularity of Kumiko (read more here), I took several dozen images, from which Bryn selected her favorites. Jami Mills, publisher of rez magazine (read more here on their blog — they've just published an issue devoted to Bryn's works) directed the artwork. You can see the entire calendar layout in low resolution here — the printed versions are high resolution.

Art Blue (Reiner Schneeberger in real life) says on the Immersive Interactive Art blog, "PROGRAMMED ART FOUNDATION [Stiftung Kunstinformatik] presents an art calendar showing early works of Bryn Oh. Each month will be a story here to read online and some words about the picture of the month will be published in rezmagazine. Please come back and spread word about IMMERSIVIA 2016 at Santorini Bienniale. Artists around the globe are invited to create worlds of art. Take part in a preview show - free of costs. You may support the IMMERSIVIA Digital Art Display by pre-order of the calendar Immersive Art by Bryn Oh 2016. It comes in two sizes: A3 (11.7 x 16.5 inch) and in size A2 (16.5 x 23.4). It has the pictures you see here printed. In total 100 copies of the art calendar 2015 have been printed in format A3. 30 have been handed over to museums all over the world, 20 to founding supportes of our art foundation, 10 to Bryn Oh, 10 to Jami Mills, 2 to Ziki Questi. The remaining ones are for display in Santorini 2015."