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Prim Perfect Linden Homes Special - cover

Prim Perfect Linden Homes Special - cover

In honour of the Second Life Community Convention in Boston, Prim Perfect has put together a special bonus issue.

Over the last four issues, we have been providing special coverage of Linden Homes, the new initiative from Linden Lab, to give all premium members a free home of their own to furnish and enjoy. The Homes occupy small plots in themed regions, and each has 117 prims available (the prim’cost’ of the home is not included in that total).  Owners are currently able to choose from four themes: Meadowbrook (contemporary), Tahoe (mountain A-frames), Shareta Osumai (Oriental) and Elderglen (Fantasy). Within these broad themes, owners can further choose from a variety of sturdy, well-designed homes – four different fantasy and oriental types, six mountain types and nine contemporary types.

Prim Perfect Linden Homes Special

Prim Perfect Linden Homes Special

Since the inception of the scheme, we have been providing special coverage.

We asked top designers to choose a Linden Home and furnish it – and so far, Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft, LaDonna Upshaw of Sweet Romance Furniture, Dellybean North of True North Designs and Elle Kirshner of Second Spaces have all provided amazing examples of what can be squeezed out of 117 prims! In each issue we feature their designs – and a broader interview with the designer behind it.

We also asked readers to send us pictures and their accounts of their Linden Homes … and we are featuring one a month.

Now, for SLCC, we have drawn together this coverage into a magazine special – and we hope you will enjoy reading it – and looking at some of the designs for yourselves!

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?

Prim Perfect Linden Homes Special

Prim Perfect Linden Homes Special

If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. Our Linden Home Special here – and please do leave a comment!

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also obtain a standard pdf for downloading and printing.

It is available through XStreet (just search on the site for Prim Perfect). This will deliver you a copy in the form of a Thinc book that you can rez and read inworld.

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – and the Linden Homes Special will be available here.

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new special edition!

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University of Western Australia Imagine Challenge: Find out more and submit entries here

University of Western Australia Imagine Challenge: Find out more and submit entries here

After eleven months of challenges to artists and designers, with over 200 artists submitting more than 700 works, the University of Western Australia’s 3D Art and Design Challenge is drawing to a close with the call for entries in the final August Round.  Entries will be accepted until the end of the month, but competitors are urged to submit as soon as possible, to allow visitors the maximum amount of time to view (and vote for) the works displayed.

Entries can be submitted here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/UWA/63/134/250 – where further details of conditions and prizes will be found.

The theme is simply IMAGINE, and the organisers urge:  “Blow us away!”

University of Western Australia Imagine Challenge: Preparing for the August Round

University of Western Australia Imagine Challenge: Preparing for the August Round

Information:
THE IMAGINE CHALLENGE (Art & Design Challenge)
Monthly Prizes:
L$5,000 + RL Custom Tshirt (1st Prize)
L$4,000 Casey Cultural prize (Best work displaying Western Australia)
L$1,750 + RL Custom TShirt (Best non-Scripted entry) ,
L$1,750 (2nd Prize)
L$1000 People’s Choice Award (1st Prize) L$500 (2nd Prize)
Grand Prize: L$75,000 (1st) L$14,000 (2nd), L$14,000 (Best non-Scripted entry)

You can enter up to 2 entries each month, or any month that you choose. There is also a monthly prize for best non-scripted entry. There is a people’s choice prize every month for the Imagine Challenge. The Casey Cultural Prize is given monthly from January 2010 to the artwork that best displays aspects of Western Australia (history, culture, art, education, contemporary). Max prims per entry 100. Take care with script loading.

FLAGSHIP PRIZES (Architectural competition)
Monthly Prize: L$5,000 (1st) L$1,750 (2nd)
Grand Prize: L$75,000 (1st) L$14,000 (2nd)
Create a concept build/model for UWA’s RL Cultural Precinct. Max prims 999. Extra prims abvailable for the art to display in the spaces.

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Jeffry Pastorelli

Jeffry Pastorelli

I’ve received very sad news today of the passing of Jeffry Pastorelli, Team Captain of the Relay for Hope team at Relay for Life for the last two years. And in both years the team was placed second, and raised L$3548595 – an outstanding achievement for a team that raised its money without big Fairs or enormous gridwide events (which is certainly NOT a criticism of those events; just a measure of how hard Team Relay for Hope worked).

I first met Jeffry when we featured the Remembering Our Friends Memorial on Designing Worlds back in March 2009. Jeffry talked then about his Relay for Life Team, and I was so excited to see them at the event with a wonderful, richly complex build that featured a maze, an aquarium, a stage, the four seasons … and a salute to internationalism with more flags from more countries than I saw on any other campsite, and scripted words of greeting and thoughts in a multiplicity of languages.

Relay for Hope RFL campsite 2009

Relay for Hope RFL campsite 2009

It was a great build, created with so much love and pride, and Jeffry took me all over it, explaining every detail and everyone’s contribution with such enthusiasm and delight.

This year I looked out for Relay for Hope again – because I knew they would have a terrific, fun build, and I really wanted to interview them on the telethon. I found them, and Jeffry, working hard on the build in the days before the event. Jeffry said he was a little tired … but eager for Relay for Hope to be featured, and proud as ever of what the team were achieving.

Sadly, on the day of the telethon, Jeffry was too tired after the events of the Survivors’ Lap to be able to participate, but Skye Leroux talked to me instead. That was, sadly, the last time I saw Jeffry. But I shall miss him and his fighting spirit, his enthusiasm, his charm, his good humour and his courage.

Below is the show he appeared on, talking of the loss of his mother and his memorial to her – and also his plans for the future. And I am so saddened – and my heart goes out to Jeffry’s real wife Karen (and SL partner Tessie) and family, and his SL family, friends and team.

As his friend Amanda Steadham said: “May Jeffry be kept in our prayers and may he guide us along the road as he has done to MANY of us, especially TEAM RELAY FOR HOPE. The heavens have an angel to watch over us.”

JEFFRY PASTORELLI
RL: Nov 14, 1953 – Aug 9, 2010
SL: Dec 22nd – Aug 9, 2010

Friends of Jeffry who wish to pay tribute to him will be able to do so at a Memorial Service to be held on Sunday August 29th at 1pm SLT at the Remembering Our Friends sim (ROF), followed by a celebration of Jeffry’s life with live music – as Jeffry would have wanted.

If people want further information, please contact Amanda Steadham or Skye Leroux inworld. Messages to Tessie can be passed on through them.

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