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The time for Virtual Ability’s annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference is upon us once again. This year the theme is “Let Me In” and the dates are Friday and Saturday, the 27th and 28th of September on Virtual Ability Island.

We are so excited! We invite you to attend the conference if you can, and tell your friends about it – bring them along!

The slate of presenters is broad and varied. We’ll have:

- Panels talking about disability rights around the world
– A keynote address about how young children with disabilities can learn through play
– Another keynote presentation about the World Report on Disability
– A discussion about making buildings more accessible
– Empowerment medicine
– Autism in India
– Reproductive health literacy in Ghana
– Emergency preparedness
– And more

Presenters hail from places as diverse as Germany, South Africa and the Netherlands. Panelists come from places as widespread as Brazil, Italy, Japan, Ecuador, and Denmark.

You can find more information about the conference, the speakers and the schedule on Virtual Ability’s website at http://www.virtualability.org and the blog at http://blog.virtualability.org.

Join us on the 27th and 28th as we celebrate successes, identify issues and re-affirm the rights of people with disabilities across the world.

International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC)
September 27 & 28, 2013
The Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability Island
Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/53/172/23

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Well, actually, there are several things that you could do … and some of them are related to filling out forms …

Art
Or perhaps you’d prefer to pick up your camera and enter our special competition to design a new fraphical strapline for Prim Perfect.  Our old graphic was created in 2007 – and Second Life – as well as other virtual worlds – has moved on since then!  We are offering a prize of L$5000 for the best one we receive, featuring images of Second Life (and other virtual worlds) in 2013. And Froukje Hoorenbeeke has generously matched that prize – our winner will also receive a voucher for L$5000 to spend at her gorgeous store, Dutchie!

Dutchie's Mesh Kitchen

Dutchie’s Mesh Kitchen

We are offering five further prizes of L$1000 each for people who share with us pictures of the best indivdiual style icons in homes, gardens and landscapes. So get out there and record your absolute favourites!

You’ll find full details of the competition (which closes on January 15th) here.

Romance
And don’t forget to complete our special survey of how you met (whether in Second Life, real life or somewhere else entirely!). We are planning a feature article on this for our Valentine issue, and we’ve already received some great stories – make sure that yours joins them!

Sunset on Gilmour, photograph by Honour Macmillan

Sunset on Gilmour, photograph by Honour Macmillan

Last day for sharing your story with us is January 18th.

Centre for Business Development

Centre for Business Development

Business
Finally, today (January 10th) is the last day to complete the survey being run by the Centre for Business Development who are gathering information that will be useful to use in identifying issues and provide them with what they hope will be a good basis to start developing strategies.

The Centre is is a collaborative group of business people working together to identify and improve areas that may be hindering growth in Second Life. Their aim is to be proactive in improving business growth, opening avenues of communication with Linden Lab and enriching experiences for SL residents.

So … what are you waiting for? There’s lots of things to do … and later, there may even be a jigsaw …

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Palm arrangement from the Heart Garden Center

Palm arrangement

In launching today’s competition to redesign the graphic strap for Prim Perfect, that isn’t to say that all of the original element have dated (although the photographic techniques available and windlight settings have definitely improved).  One of the elements in the original graphic is the Heart sisters’ lovely palm trees – which I wrote about as part of a series of style icons back in 2007, and which you can still see all over Second Life (and, sadly, all over Open Sim too, as the Heart Garden Center has frequently been a victim of content theft). It’s this element that forms our jigsaw today.

The Szabo Horn clock too is still a great piece of design, although the days are long gone when it was seen as a badge of taste in the well-furnished Second life home – at least a badge of taste displayed by those who could afford to house a 64 prim clock!

The hammock by Baron Grayson (shown in my exotic Gothic tower and forming yesterday’s jigsaw) is another lovely piece of work and I also love my lily bowls from Furniture by Sofia … but, let’s face it, both furniture and photographic techniques have moved on considerably since the strap image was created.

So the time has most definitely come for a new strap graphic that reflects the beauty of Second Life in 2013, and the creativity of its designers.  But we shouldn’t forget the creative route we’ve taken over the years, especially with the 10th Birthday of Second life coming up this year.

I was looking today at Second Style magazine.  That played a great part in my original decisions in setting up and developing Prim Perfect – it was then, for me, the great model of Second life magazines.  The first issue I encountered was the February 2007 one, but it stretched back to April 2006. The last issue, No.44, came out in March 2011 but it’s some of the earlier issues that are especially fascinating to look at, like studying a 1950s or 1960s magazine and marvelling at the old styles. You can browse at will here.

But first, let’s do a jigsaw!

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Palm Arrangement from the Heart Garden Center, photographed in 2007

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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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If you look up at the top of this page, you’ll see the Prim Perfect strap – consisting of various element of Second life design.  It’s familiar, it’s pretty and it has a number of what were Second Life icons of design.

Unfortunately it’s also very, very old.

The time has most definitely come for a new strap graphic that reflects the beauty of Second Life in 2013, and the creativity of its designers.  But how shall we do this?

Well, we are going to run two competitions.

1) Design a new strap graphic for Prim Perfect – Prize: L$5,000
We are asking you to design a new strap graphic for use on our blog and publicity materials.  Images should be submitted as a png or a high res jpg, and should be sized 760 × 190 or, preferably, 1520 x 380.

The strap graphic should incorporate our new logo – but should also be adaptable to be used as a shorter graphic without the logo, similar to the way our current strap graphic works:

Old header with logo

can become:

Old header without logo

You can have different elements (the top logo manages to squeeze in nine different images) or maybe blow us away with a single stunning Look. The choice is yours.

Remember that you will need to use our new logo, which looks like this:

Prim Perfect new logo

Or, of course, in banner format:

Prim Perfect's new logo

We will feature all the entries that we love in the February issue of Prim Perfect – and announce the winner.

2) Show us the home and garden style icons of Second Life in 2013 – 5 prizes of L$1,000 for the best!
When the strap was created in 2007, many of the elements were selected as iconic. What would be similarly iconic in 2013? Send us an image of a design artefact that YOU believe is iconic in Second Life.  It could be a Botanical tree, or Dutchie’s mesh bed.  It could be the hanging plants from UrbanizeD or the Italianate villa from Maven Homes.  It could be as seasonal as a Patron Christmas tree. Whatever YOU think is a style icon of contemporary Second Life, send us a picture. Images should be submitted as a png or a high res jpg, and should be sized 512 x 512 or 1024 x 1024

Winning entries will appear in the February issue of Prim Perfect.

How to enter
Entries should be sent to primperfect@gmail.com by 12 midnight SLT on January 15th 2013.

Any questions about this should be sent to the same address.

Judges will be Saffia Widdershins, Winona Wiefel and Honour Macmillan – and people whose photographs have appeared in Prim Perfect can enter too!

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Water Reserve

Today’s jigsaw is another from the wonderful blog of our deputy editor, Honour MacMillan – Honour’s Post Menopausal (View of Second Life). This image is taken from a recent (and hilarious) post – “Ignoring My Testosterone-Challenged Real World Issues in Second Life“. The images are taken from Water Reserve – recently (and gorgeously) made ready for winter.

This sim was also recently visited by Inara Pey, writer of another wonderful blog – Living in a Modem World – which recently was chosen by New World Notes as its readers favourite blog. Honour’s was also honourably mentioned there too. So a sim chosen by both of both of them is well worth a jigsaw as a way opf saying “Congratulations!”, don’t you think?

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Water Reserve, photographed by Honour MacMillan

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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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Sea Salts

Sea Salts

If you enjoyed yesterday’s Prim Perfect jigsaw, then we have another for you, taken from Honour MacMillan’s blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal (View of Second Life). This image is taken from a recent post – “There is a Season” in Second Life – where she laments the early advent of Christmas music and enjoys the tints of Autumn (or Fall) in Sea Salts.

Honour, as many of you will know, not only writes one of Second Life’s top blogs – she also writes for, and is deputy editor of, Prim Perfect magazine – and we’ll be featuring more of her photos as Prim Perfect jigsaws.

Today’s pattern is a 51-piece crazy – and we promise it’s not as hard as it might look!

Do let us know if you’re enjoying the jigsaws – we’re thinking of runninbg three or so a week – but if there’s pent-up demand, we could try and run them daily.

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Sea Salts, photographed by Honour Macmillan

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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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Installation by Rod Mandel

Installation by Rod Mandel

Today’s first jigsaw comes from a picture by Honour MacMillan and is taken from her awesome blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life). This image comes from an exhibition at the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) by Rod Mandel, and Honour writes about it here.

It should make for a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and so, to be nice, I have a couple more to share with you as well …

But let’s tackle this one first.

Installation by Rod Mandel

Installation by Rod Mandel, photographed by Honour MacMillan

I can’t help but feel that the LEA is an under-used and un-visited resource, outside the Arts Community.  Or perhaps they could give me statistics that show that it’s amazingly popular, and just relatively un-visited by me.  But even the LEA blog doesn’t always give clear details of which exhibits are on, opening or about to close. And if you visit the web-site, the news that seems nearly the most prominent is about what to do if you feel you have been unfairly banned.  I’m sure that’s important information … but it is a little off-putting for the casual visitor, I feel.

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo.

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo.

And if you don’t go, you are missing some amazing work – like the Dreaming Machine by which Rowan Derryth wrote about here.

When we were organising SL9B, there was one web post by a prominent member of the Arts Community that I did find saddening.  They stated that they were planning to ignore SL9B (the Second Life birthday celebration) this year, but they were asked if they wanted a site, “so I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to put one together.”

OK, several people had that initial response to SL9B – and then came along and revelled in the community atmosphere.  But in this case, the person came, built, then name-checked artists: “The total number of art sites I counted is 35 and I’ve added a few already from others. I’m pretty sure there is no other segment at SL9B that is even close to that number and I think this has been typical in both the SLBs and Burning Life/Burn2 festivals.”

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo

Finding your friends was a lovely part of SL9B. But so too was finding the wonderful crazy ecclecticness that it was all part of. Walking around and checking only one kind of build is a little … insular, it seems to me.  I’m reminded (not for the first time) of the Boston Brahmin:

“And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.”

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

Talking of SL9B, Mikati Slade, the creator of the amazing Cake Stage there, also has an installation at the LEA at the moment.

The LEA has the potential to be a wonderful community resource.

How about we all make an effort to promote it collectively rather than in the ad hoc way it’s covered now? How about a group of bloggers get together and decide that we will write about one exhibit each week?  The same exhibit – and then link our posts so that other people can see if we loved or hated an exhibition, if we found it moving, exciting, immersive, pretentious, boring, a hopeless mishmash or a fantastic collaboration? Fashion bloggers could join in, and use the installation / exhibition in one of their posts too – it could become a real opportunity to open up Virtual Art to a much wider audience.

After all. no matter who the Cabots and Lowells talk to among themselves, there’s an awful lot of interesting Bostonians out there.

Let’s do a final jigsaw!

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

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