Please allow me …

…to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for a long, long years
Stole many a man’s soul and faith

And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Please allow me - I

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

(Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil)
Please allow me - II

Perhaps some of my readers recognised the avatars I have used in these pictures, but it is the Audience Avatar one gets and is required to wear when attended a performance of Paradise Lost. Now, the avatar included in the ticket is the Angel, and with all kinds of nifty techy tricks, Harvey and Becky transform them during the play into Devils – and back. My huge thanks to Harvey and Becky for giving me the opportunity to have a Devil, as this form of the avatar does not really exist as such!

Don was so nice to play Angel, oddly enough he found this ‘normal’, something about him being the ‘Angelic one’?

More information, backgrounds and behind the scenes reports on Paradise Lost by the Basilique Performing Arts Co.  can be found on the official blog, the Audience Avatar is created by Sian (Sion Pearl) and only available when purchasing a ticket to the play, the pose on the first picture is ‘The Journey’ by Del May and on the second one I used ‘Heavy in your Arms’ by Exposeur.


Fantasy Faire 2014 starts in 15 days time

Fantasy Faire 2014

There are 15 days until the grand opening of Fantasy Faire 2014 in Second Life from Thursday 1st to Sunday 11th May 2014. This year the Fantasy Faire is celebrating it’s sixth year and it’s the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in Second Life. 

This year the blogger early access day is set for Wednesday 30th April 2014. If you are a blogger then submit your application today. I am really looking forward to Fantasy Faire 2014 and I can’t wait to share my adventures on my blog.

Last year new records were set and there was great support from the Second Life community. See my Fantasy Faire blog coverage here from previous years. I believe this year new milestones will be reached with more support than ever before.

Full Press Release

* * Fantasy Faire 2014, May 1-11* *
A Benefit for the American Cancer Society

Celebrating its sixth year, Fantasy Faire 2014 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, May 1 to Sunday May 11, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, auctions, hunts and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

Avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets and exclusive items are available from more than 150 of SL’s top Fantasy Creators across eleven stunning sims designed by some of the visionary artists behind many of the hottest spots on the SL destination guide.

The Fantasy Faire 2014 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Creators of Fantasy, Curious Kitties, Dark Goddess Designs, Death Row Designs, Dwarfins, Epic, {Fae’d} Club, Fallen Gods Inc., The Looking Glass, L’Uomo, .Luminary., Neo Victoria, Roawenwood, Solarium, Spyralle and Tiny Inc.*

Fantasy Faire 2014 will be open to the public May 1-11 and accessible from the American Cancer Society sim. We welcome you to come and join the story.

For more information please contact:

Elizabeth Tinsley or Sonya Marmurek in world
or via email @: [email protected]

Are you or a loved one battling cancer? Find out how many ways the American Cancer Society is there to help. Visit or call (US) 800-ACS-2345.

Email: [email protected]
RFL in SL:

American Cancer Society SLurl:

Filed under: RFL SL, Second Life, SL Announcements, SL Breaking News, SL Coming Soon, SL Community, SL Cool Stuff, SL Events, SL Fantasy Faire, SL News Alert, SL Press Release, SL Snapshots, SL Summary Tagged: Relay for Life SL, Second Life, SL Breaking News, SL Events, SL News, SL Press Release

RFL of SL 2014: Spring Fest

Friday April 18th will mark the start of the Spring Fest weekend, a part of the RFL of SL activities occurring this season. The three-day event will include DJs, live entertainers, and a range of activities organised and run by RFL of SL fundraising teams.

The press release for the weekend reads in part:

Join the awesome teams of Relay For LIfe of Second Life for three days of fun-filled spring activities and relay fundraising! Activities include live djs, a carnival, live performances, 7Seas Fishing, and Bumper Boats!

Spring Fest is made possible by The Relay Rockers, who are celebrating their 10th year of relaying in Second Life. The event is organized by the Team Information Processing & Encouragement Area of the 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Committee.

Spring Fest will open to the public on April 18, 2014. Please come out and fundraise with us!

The Spring Fest liver performance area

The Spring Fest liver performance area

Activities will kick-off at 16:00 SLT on Friday April 18th and will close at 22:00 SLT on Sunday April 20th, with events taking place in four locations across the Spring Fest region:

The full schedule for the weekend can be found at the Spring Fest website, which also provides more information on the weekend. Those wishing to contact the organisers can do so here or in-world via Jessii2009 Warrhol or Johannes1977 Resident.

The Spring Fest DJ stage

The Spring Fest DJ stage

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Filed under: Relay For Life Tagged: RFL of SL

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Linden Lab Seek Feedback On New Transaction History Page

The new transaction history page is back, but as an alternative page for the time being. Linden Lab have blogged about this, it’s a brief blog so I’ll copy it:

Last week, we made a new page available as a replacement for the old Transaction History page. Due to your feedback, we rolled back the changes to this page to allow us to gather more feedback, and we are now providing this new page for review, without removing the old Transaction History page.

We have not yet made any changes to the new page, because we would like time to collect your feedback and review it. We have created a wiki page giving background on why changes were made to this page, where the new page is, and how to provide feedback. We will be closing feedback on April 30, 2014, so please take a look before then.

The link in the blog post at this stage for the new transaction history page actually links to the wiki, which then has a link to the new transaction history page. I don’t know if that’s on purpose or not, I suspect not.

The new transaction history page was initially panned by some users, to such an extent that Ebbe Altberg stepped into the thread and LL then rolled the changes back. Now it is back and rather strangely it’s back in its original form, without any changes. This seems rather odd as a starting point.

Feedback is requested via Jira Bug-5664 and here are one of the initial issues included not being able to download transactions in XML or XLS format, the new pages allows you to download a CSV. Now CSV will open in excel but it’s not an XLS file so lacks some functionality.

The thing with issues like the above is that people will have processes and workflows that rely on their previously downloaded format, whereas I think adding CSV is a good idea, I’m not sure why they are taking away the other options.

There have been other issues identified, the lack of sub-totals, the download including all of the last 30 days rather than the selected period, I would imagine these will be addressed.

The advantages of the new page are that more than 500 results can be viewed for a 30 day period and that there’s now a filter option. Whereas these are both useful I can’t help feel that these changes are really not high priority and one has to wonder why these changes are being made now.

A word of warning though, the transaction history page is going to change, so if you have feedback, please provide it. In the Jira CommerceTeam Linden wrote:

Keeping the old page exactly “as-is” is not possible, mostly because we need to support all customers. Please keep the feedback coming!

I’m at a loss to understand why they need to change a page that has been in this format for so long, or more to the point, what they mean by supporting all customers? A little more transparency here may be helpful, is there more to this than meets the eye? Just how was the old page preventing LL from supporting all customers?

Spring Fest 2014 Press Release

Spring Fest 2014

Spring Fest 2014

Check out this new press release for the upcoming SpringFest, a Relay For Life of Second Life fundraising event which opens to the public on Friday 18th April 2014. The event will last for three days with many exciting spring activities. There will be live DJ’s, live performances, a carnival, 7Seas Fishing, and bumper boats. Everyone is welcome to attend! :)

Times and dates

  • Opens at 4pm SLT on Friday 18th April 2014
  • Closes at 10pm SLT on Sunday 20th April 2014


Event Locations

Full Press Release

Join the awesome teams of Relay For LIfe of Second Life for three days of fun filled spring activities and relay fundraising! Activities include live djs, a carnival, live performances, 7Seas Fishing, and Bumper Boats!

SpringFest is made possible by The Relay Rockers, who are celebrating their 10th year of relaying in Second Life. The event is organized by the Team Information Processing & Encouragement Area of the 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Committee.

SpringFest will open to the public on April 18, 2014. Please come out and fundraise with us!

Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raise awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track that spans more than 40 virtual regions.

In 2013, Relay For Life of Second Life reached a milestone of having raised $2,000,000 since its fundraising beginning in 2004, for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life has become an international movement in RL and in SL. In 2013 participants from over 80 countries took part in Relay For Life of Second Life.

Each new Relay season the RFL of SL volunteers choose a new theme for the following season. The chosen 2014 theme is, A Journey of Promise. Please visit the Relay For Life of Second life website to take a look at our history and accomplishments.

For more information please contact:

Jessii2009 Warrhol or Johannes1977 Resident in world

Please come along and help support the Spring Fest 2014 in Second Life. Make a difference. :)

Filed under: RFL SL, Second Life, SL Announcements, SL Breaking News, SL Community, SL Cool Stuff, SL Events, SL News Alert, SL Press Release, SL Snapshots Tagged: Relay for Life SL, RFL, Second Life, SL Breaking News, SL Events, SL News

Santaurio: paradise found …

~Santaurio~, April 2014~Santaurio~, April 2014 (click for full size)

I’m a fan of Jac Mornington’s work; that should be clear from my coverage of places like Yuki no Yume, Sol Existence, Black Basalt Beach and Baja Norte (which I understand is now under new management, but set to continue “as-is”). So when Ziki poked me about a new region Jac and Romy Rosea had opened, I put the landmark carefully to one side until life give me enough time to go and enjoy.

~Santaurio~, April 2014 ~Santaurio~, April 2014 (click for full size)

~Santaurio~ is subtitled “The Lost Island”, and the landing point appears to take its inspiration from a certain television series by JJ Abrams which featured an aeroplane crash and an island … However, while this tropical isle has mysteries to find and enjoy – ruins, spiritual hideaways and more – it is far from sinister. Indeed, Jac welcomes people to the region with a warm greeting in his profile:

Paradise can take the form of anything
It can be a flower or it can be a word or it can just be a sincere smile

We welcome you to Santaurio <3
Jac & Romy

~Santaurio~, April 2014 ~Santaurio~, April 2014 (click for full size)

Once ashore from the arrival point, there is much to discover. Beaches run around the island, allowing you to explore the coastline with ease – but do try not to upset the nesting turtles! There a small beach club to be had, and further around the island, sheltered spots for couples to enjoy – do be aware that animations-wise, some of these have a slightly adult slant to them!

Move inland, and there’s more to discover, starting with the ancient Mayan-like stone ruins visible from the beach. The land between these and the beach club is cut by a fast-flowing river which leads the intrepid explorer inland, through the tropical jungle, up cascading rapids and to a rocky pool fed by a waterfall lying beneath what appears to be a natural rock arch.

~Santaurio~, April 2014“Rescue…?” ~Santaurio~, April 2014

Make your way up under the arch, wading through the water, and the truth is revealed: the arch is a part of the wall of an ancient volcano, now long extinct, the crater flooded to form another pool of water, this alive with the vibrant colour of lotus and lilies, humming birds flitting from flower to flower. In the midst of this sits a small stone Buddha, awaiting travellers seeking peace, candles and joss sticks on the rock before him, while water tumbles down from fissures in the rock behind him, constantly replenishing the pool.

For those who love Jac’s work and who haven’t seen ~Santaurio~, I cannot recommend it enough. If you’ve not seen Jac’s work previously, then ~Santaurio~ is an excellent place to start. Access at the moment is free. However, if you’d like to rez props for photography, etc., you’ll need to join the ~Santaurio~ group. It costs L$300, but joining it also helps cover the region’s tier, so if you decide to be a regular visitor, why not join? And for those who are viewing one of Jac’s superb builds for the first time, don’t forget the links to the others at the top of this article! All are very much worth a visit – or six!

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Filed under: Pey's Travelogues Tagged: Exploring Second Life (2014)

Virtual World Conference Supports Quality of Life in Mental Health

Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.”

The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, standards and concerns.”

Quality of life is important to us all, but may be more difficult to attain for those with mental health issues. Overall quality of life is affected by psychological state, physical health, level of independence, social relationships, personal values and beliefs, and the relationship of all of these to the person’s environment.

Symposium presentations include (in alphabetical order):
·         Hillary Bogner, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will offer insights from her research on depression among older adults.
·         Colleen Crary, Executive Director of Fearless Nation, Inc., will share lessons from adversity for creating a vibrant life.
·         Dick Dillon, CEO of Innovaision, LLC, shares surprising information about why some recovering addicts become “weller than well.”
·         Teresa Goddard, Senior Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network, will inform us about attaining employment equality through accommodation and self-advocacy.
·         Dr. Christine Karper and Michelle Stone, members of the American Counseling Association’s Cyber Task Force, will talk about the role of counseling and virtual service delivery.
·         Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, University of Southern California, will describe the use of virtual worlds as healing spaces for veterans.
·         Dr. Nicolas Rüsch, of the University of Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, will explain the results of his research on well-being among persons at risk of psychosis, focusing particularly on shame and stigma.

Alice Krueger, president of Virtual Ability, Inc., stated: “I am pleased to see an increasing focus on quality of life in mental health care in recent years, since many persons with mental health diagnoses struggle with these issues. The Symposium’s international presenters are acknowledged experts in their fields. I will be interested to hear what they have to say on these important topics. Please join us on April 26 to learn more from a variety of exciting speakers!” 

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