The Extraordinary Adventures of Kikas & Marmaduke

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 30 at 2 pm slt, in LEA9 at Pimper Puppets, Kikas Babenco and Marmaduke Arado present another in their occasional series of performances, The Extraordinary Adventures of Kikas & Marmaduke, this time entitled Plan D for Danger. If you've never seen one of these all-too-infrequently staged events, they're not to be missed. (Although these images may impart some of the flavor of what's to come, they were taken back in January, 2014, at a previous installment of their ongoing saga.)

As one can observe in these images, the performance manifests almost like a pop-up event, with a narration that's told through through a series of vignettes, each of which has a few lines of written text, often placing Kikas and Marmaduke in absurd situations. After a few moments, the scene transforms into the next box — and occasionally elements spill outside the box, as shown below.

Filled with humor and absurdity, The Extraordinary Adventures are simply a delight to watch, and one marvels at the playful complexity of the scenes, poses, rapid costume changes, and all around silliness. Images of the duo's work were recently selected for a real life exhibition at the Galeria Projeto/República das Artes in Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, courtesy of curator Silvestre Pestana.

Second Life project updates 22/2; server and viewer

Server Deployments, Week 22 – Recap The planned RC deployment scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th was rolled back as a result of a back-end issue. This currently leaves grid as a whole on the same server release. Commenting on the roll-back at the Server Beta User Group (SBUG) meeting on Thursday, May 28th, Simon Linden […]

Twitch Bans Second Life as Adult-Only Because Twitch Do Not Understand How Second Life Actually Works

Over at New World Notes, Hamlet Au has posted : Twitch Bans Second Life as Adult-Only Because Twitch Understands How Second Life Actually Works. I disagree, strongly. Now before we get into this, I want to ask people to not abuse Hamlet (or me) for having differing opinions. I was most disappointed when I returned from my holiday to read a blog post from Canary Beck entitled “Please Stop The Social Shaming Of Hamlet Au“. I fully support Hamlet’s right to an opinion, no matter how much it differs from mine.

The Second Life community can at times get heated, but generally, they are far more tame than other communities I’ve been part of. Hamlet and myself should be free to disagree without name calling, insults, or twitter abuse.

Now on with the show. I disagree with Hamlet on the Twitch issue, rather strongly and one of the main reasons I disagree with him is that the idea that something can unexpectedly happen in Second Life whilst streaming is something that can also happen when humans are involved, and yet Twitch aren’t silly enough to decree that no humans should be on screen in case something unexpectedly adult appears on the screen.

One of the most surprising points Hamlet makes in his post is :

Twitch, which actually has former Linden Lab staff working for it, knows how Second Life actually works.

How on earth can a company with a former Linden working for them be so wide of the mark when it comes to how Second Life works? Yes, there’s adult content in Second Life, but there’s a hell of a lot of non-adult content and when this furore blew up initially, it was over a stream where someone was scripting, not stripping.

Look, it’s possible to roam Second Life without seeing anything overtly adult for hours on end. Can adult content appear unexpectedly? Absolutely, but Twitch’s rules of conduct make allowances for the unexpected :

Sexually explicit acts or content: Nudity can’t be a core focus or feature of the game in question and modded nudity is disallowed in its entirety. Occurrences in game are okay, so long as you do not make them a primary focus of your stream and only spend as much time as needed in the area to progress the game’s story.

I’ve stated many times on this blog that I’ve been to an adult region whereby I’ve witnessed no overtly adult content. Having an adult rating on your region does not mean your region is full of porn and it gets tiresome seeing this myth about Second Life being about nothing other than adult activity repeated time and again.

I’ve seen some images from the official Twitch blog post that suggest that people on screen can accidentally end up in situations that are not exactly as expected. I saw a picture of one female who for some reason had completely forgot that she had writing on her face and cleavage. I mean, Twitch is about streaming games or creating music, right? The poor girl must have been shocked when she discovered people were looking at her cleavage rather than the game.

Another poor girl must have dropped her controller, how else can you explain the fact that she was in tight pants, bent over, arse in the air in front of the camera, it’s in the game, right?

However one thing that is definitely missing from this discussion has been what Linden Lab’s policy is with regards to streaming Second Life. I suspect that any streams of Second Life should be consistent with The Snapshot and Machinima policy, which states that for Machinima you should have permission from everyone in the scene to broadcast the scene.

Users following that policy really should not be causing any real offence on Twitch. Twitch is a platform that allows streaming of Grand Theft Auto V, which features some pretty controversial content to say the least. I’m not saying Twitch should prohibit GTA V, there’s a mature stream option, but it’s an option that really should be applied to Second Life too.

Twitch’s policy remains inconsistent, incomprehensible, insulting to Second Life and far wide of the mark. They really do not understand how Second Life works when they apply a blanket ban such as this. Twitch have got this wrong.

Whether you agree with me, or agree with Hamlet, let’s keep this civil folks.


1920’s Berlin Project Starts Sixth Anniversary Celebrations

1920's Berlin Landing Point

Frau Yardley’s 1920’s Berlin Project has started to celebrate its sixth birthday in Second Life. There will be six days of festivities, which started today with an open door day. That is a day when homes within the project that have a sign stating “Open House” can be explored inside without the owners chasing you out on to the streets.

Entering Berlin

Further activities are planned for the forthcoming days too, including (but not limited to) :

  • 6th Anniversary Dance at the Pariser Platz (At the foot of the Brandenburger Tor) with a show by Fraulein Sonatta Morales and with DJ Myron Byron.
  • Unveiling of the Community Quilt at the Library.
  • Miss Berlin pageant!
  • Relaxed Rules Day: All day.

For a full list of planned activities, times and dates go here.

The 1920’s Berlin Project is without any shadow of a doubt, a Second Life success story and one that warms the cockles of many a heart, and also makes others scratch their heads at how Frau Yardley has managed to get this all to work, thrive and grow. I really should ask Frau Yardley about this at some point.

Frau Yardley has had some assistance with the project of course, most notably from Mila Edelman. However the way this community has thrived is certainly something to admire.

The About page of the 1920’s Berlin Project gives some insight into the ambitious project that was undertaken :

We wanted to try and recreate the atmosphere of this fantastic city in that amazing era.

Our ideal was to show an as realistic and authentic as possible experience of visiting this part of history. Most historical sims show a somewhat romanticised, clean andcharming view of the past where everyone lives in big houses and walks around in lovely clothes all the time. They offer the past up as they would have liked it to be.

We wanted to show our visitors both sides of the coin; the amazing modern houses near Unter Den Linden where modern rich people in the latest fashion live a life of leasure, but also the dirty, narrow streets with tiny apartments where the poor try to survive.

The 1920s Berlin Project offers you the chance to explore these two different worlds and even become part of one, or both of them. Spend your evening dancing in the mirror room of the luxerious Hotel Adlon or spend it in a damp basement Tanzlokal where they have lukewarm beer in dirty glasses.

It should be noted that the current year in the 1920’s Berlin Project is 1929 and I’m reliably informed that it’s unlikely to go into the dark 1930’s, which is understandable of course.

Exploring Berlin

Now if you’re planning on visiting there are some housekeeping rules you should take note of. The major one, and one for which you will receive a lot of reminders, is the dress code. Only authentic 1920’s avatars are allowed (with a one day exception which I’ll come to later). Now as I’m a Dwarfin King this was somewhat challenging, well it would have been if it hadn’t been for the fact that freebie clothing to help you fit the theme is available at the landing point. Well actually, this was still a challenge, I’m a King for goodness sake, they should have been rolling out the red carpet for me!

However I complied, and if a King can comply, then so can you. This also meant I was free to explore the project without Frau Yardley frowning at me very hard and showing me exactly whose in charge in this area.

Complying with the rules is worth it, this is an excellent build with authentic looking buildings and some very eye catching vintage advertising, which I very much like.

Sports

However if you really don’t like being told what to wear then fear not. On Wednesday June 3rd it’s relaxed rules day, all day. What does this mean? Well Frau Yardley explains that :

On this day we forget the 1920s Dress code for 24 hours and welcome all kinds of avatars.

So if you are interested in visiting our sim but were not keen on wearing 1920s clothes or just don’t feel comfortable with a human avatar, this is your chance to walk around without our cops coming running after you.

But be warned! We also allow our tenants to ignore all the other rules of the sim and this usually means they will go a little nuts…

If you’ve never visited before, the next few days will certainly be a good time to rectify that, this is a set of regions that are well worth a visit.


1920s Berlin Project – 6th Anniversary Celebration

The 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its sixth year in Second Life with several events and parties, held May 29 through June 3. There’s even a beauty pageant! Who will be Miss Berlin 1929?

Visit in Second Life

SLURL To 1920’s Berlin : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1920s%20Berlin/236/232/751/


SL Arts Maven Canary Beck Joining New World Notes!

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Tips to Improve Second Life Rendering Performance

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Second Life My Viewer Problems

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Play This Weekend: An Indie Pug Speed-Dating Simulator

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War Paint

One of my favourite things about Second Spaces is all the cute, cheeky little details that Elle puts into her work. I have so much fun looking at her things, reading what she’s written, the names she’s used, the little jokes she’s hidden.

Seriously, take the time to actually look in detail at her things, all of them, not just recent releases! You’ll love it just as much as I do.

War Paint

Here’s your junk:

Furniture:

Vanity: {what next} – Isabelle Vanity Table & Mirror (4 LI, mod/copy)

Decor:

Magnetic Board: Second Spaces – Makeup Junkie magnet board (3 LI, mod/trans) NEW! @ The Arcade

Lipsticks: Second Spaces – Makeup Junkie lips (1 LI, mod/trans) NEW! @ The Arcade

Contour: Second Spaces – Makeup Junkie contour (1 LI, mod/trans) NEW! @ The Arcade

Foundation: Second Spaces – Makeup Junkie foundation (1 LI, mod/trans) NEW! @ The Arcade

Tissues: Second Spaces – Makeup Junkie clean up (1 LI, mod/trans) NEW! @ The Arcade

Eyeshadows: Second Spaces – Makeup Junkie eyes (1 LI, mod/trans) NEW! @ The Arcade

Styling Tools: Second Spaces – Cluttered House beauty clutter (3 LI, mod/trans)

Art: Nylon Outfitters – Watercolor Art Girl with Wreath (1 LI, mod/copy)


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Second Life: Adult Content Problems

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