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Last week I wrote about the age demographic of Second Life in a post that has led to some discussion.

Second Life's Secret Users?

Second Life’s Secret Users?

Following on from the questionnaire I ran earlier this year about land, I thought I would explore the issue of this demographic a little more, by setting up a survey designed to explore what attracts older residents to Second Life (and keeps them there).

If you are over 30 in real life and a resident of Second Life, please complete this survey – results are anonymous. But if you think there are important questions we are not asking, let us know!  And do add your thoughts in the comments.

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Cap Ferret at Arcachon

Cap Ferret Lighthouse at Arcachon

No apologies for posting another picture of Arcachon, the stunningly beautiful Francophone region that is currently struggling to avoid closure while simultaneously working hard to develop itself as a resource for language teaching. We were over there filming Designing Worlds last night, and it’s going to make for a stunning programme in a couple of weeks.

This is a region that so repays maxing your phototools out to the full, choosing a nice sunset windlight setting and taking pics until your computer whimpers at you.  This is the famous Cap Ferret lighthouse, close to the real Arcachon, and part of the Aquitaine  area that Second Life Arcachon is seeking to present to the visitor.

It makes for a great jigsaw too.

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Cap Ferret Lighthouse at Arcachon

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we explore the architectural beauties and the seamy underbelly of 1020s Berlin.

While Saffia browses the high class shops in Unter den Linden and muses on the wealth of art, architecture and cinema, Elrik explores the alleys and shabby apartments that show vividly what life was like for ordinary people in the Weimar Republic, and in a city that was open to experimentation and innovation like no other. And, hand in hand with that, went the famed decadence of Berlin’s clubs …

1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It was a time of political upheaval too, and we catch glimpses of that – although the Nazis were still a comparatively small and disregarded faction, engaging in street fights with the Communists. But this was a society dancing on the edge …

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era. It’s an amazing show – don’t miss it!

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Forgotten City

Forgotten City

Today’s jigsaw is another fromHonour McMillan’s excellent blog, Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life). Today she has been exploring a fabulous location – the Forgotten city – and she explains in her post: Ruins Discovered Near Second Life’s Forgotten City.

If you love steampunk, this ones for you.

It makes for a great jigsaw too!

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Forgotten City, photograph by Honour McMillan

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Now you can enjoy the new episode of Happy Hunting! with Cinders Vale and Rosamoo Mendelsohn and an interview with Chimo Ruby who will be talking about her new hunt for Valentine’s – the Bubbly Heart Gridwide Hunt!

Rosamoo Mendelsohn of Hunt SL, our hunt reporter, rezzed a house full of hunt goodies for you to enjoy – and the house itself was a hunt item! She will be sharing all the latest hunt news with our host Cinders Vale, and some examples of the wonderful items she’s found. And there’ll be news of upcoming hunts too.

And you can find the details of all the hunts discussed right here.

bubbly-hearts-huntThen Cinders will be talking to Chimo Ruby about the hunts Chimo organises – including her new hunt – The Bubbly Heart.

It’s a great show packed with exciting gifts you can find across the grid – so don’t miss it!

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News story submission form

News story submission form

This is your chance to submit news for Prim Perfect’s Valentine issue which will be out at the beginning of February – and at the moment we are looking for news stories to feature in our popular News from the Grid feature.

If you have a news story to share about your store or your sim, you can use the special Prim Perfect news service, to submit your news story directly to the magazine.

All you have to do is to go to www.primperfect.net/news_form.html and complete the simple form. If you want an image included, send it to primperfect@gmail.com.

To appear in our next edition, we must receive your news story by 12 midnight SLT, Thursday 31st January, 2103.

The news story might also appear on this blog, especially if the story concerns, for example, the kind of time-defined event we like to cover – a special store promotion, or a charity concert.

So what are you waiting for? Send your news to us – and see it in print very soon!

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1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th January, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore a really fascinating region – a thoughtful and incredibly detailed recreation of 1920s Berlin.

This is a fascinating slice of history. Weimar Germany was a place of immense social deprivations and great wealth; a time of fiery politics, riots, rebellions and the growth of political parties that would dominate the coming decades. But it was also a time of enormous artistic creativity in art, architecture and the comparatively new medium of film. It was also a time of tremendous decadence – a time when all sorts of previously hidden or repressed behaviours were permitted, sometimes encouraged … and often viewed on the stages and in the cabarets.

1920s Berlin - the Alexanderplatz

1920s Berlin – the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

All of this vibrant life took place in a beautiful European city – a city also teeming with slums and a vibrant working class culture.

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives Designing Worlds viewers a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era.

It’s a show you really won’t want to miss! So do come and join us at 2pm – and see how the Designing Worlds studio has acquired a Bierkeller!

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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