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WBCMlogo2014-Do you have a favourite cake recipe? Share it with Prim Perfect – and you can help us raise money to fight against cancer!

Every September, the UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support holds the biggest coffee morning in the world – and this year, we’ll be holding our own event for the second time – and we want YOU to join in!

It’s Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event, where they ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2013, 154,000 people signed up, raising a record £20 million. In the UK, people bake cakes to sell at coffee mornings that they host at their homes, their places of work, their schools, colleges and universities …

And here in Second Life, people organise coffee mornings too.

Last year, we held a very special coffee morning at Prim Perfect, where we raised £85.00 (over US$100) through the sale of virtual cake – and we will be doing it again this year.

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But this year we are inviting people across the grid to join us by holding coffee mornings of their own – in their stores, cafes, and virtual homes. We will either supply cakes for you or you can donate your own – and get your friends to share their favourite recipes too!

We’ll be holding an event – a party at the Prim Perfect offices. We’ll be posting more details about times closer to the event!

How do you sell virtual cake?
Well, we thought our virtual cake was rather good value! We asked people to give us their favourite cake recipe, and put it inside a virtual cake. Then when someone bought the virtual cake, they received a real recipe – so they really had whole cakes, that they could make over and over again – and there were a lot of really delicious cakes to try!

Some people made really exquisite Second Life cakes that you could take to display in your own kitchen.  Others made simple cakes following our instructions, or even simply gave us a recipe and we made the cakes for them. So, you see, anyone can take part!

We’ll be printing instructions on how to make a simple Second Life cake in the new issue of Prim Perfect, and giving away tools to help you make a cake with the inworld copies of the magazine.

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On the grid, all the money we raise from cakes and donations will go to an avatar we have created especially for the event – Macmillan CoffeeMorning (with a registered name of CoffeeMorning Resident). But if you host your own event,  you can donate to our Just Giving page. or directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

How can I contribute?
1. You can come to the coffee morning and buy some cake!

2. You can make a cake, add your favourite recipe, and send it (full perms) to Macmillan CoffeeMorning (coffeemorning Resident), who will be putting them out on offer for the coffee morning.

3. Or you can send your recipe to Macmillan CoffeeMorning inworld or at primperfect@gmail.com – and we will bake a cake for you!

4. You can host your own coffee morning anywhere on the grid – and send the money to our Just Giving page. This money will be registered (so we can see how much we raise through the coffee mornings) and will be sent securely and directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

5. Or you can simply make a donation through our Just Giving page, or directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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At the HP Lovecraft Festival

At the HP Lovecraft Festival

If you’re a fan of dark, classic Lovecraftian horror, you should really try to catch the amazing H.P. Lovecraft Festival, which runs through Monday.

This year the Festival is a tribute to the marvelous Lovecraft tale At the Mountains of Madness.

Gear up and board ship for a journey to the remote continent of Antarctica as you explore dark and terrifying mysteries. Regain sanity with carnival rides hunts and prizes. Merchants will also offer exotic goods along the way, while there is an onging programme of entertainment including, at 6pm today, the 3rd concert by Bad Ampitude!

The Festival is located in Valetova, and you can see more details about it here.

At the HP Lovecraft Festival

At the HP Lovecraft Festival

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We have received the following press release from The Relay Rockers (one of the best known teams from Relay for Life of Second Life):

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award Invitation

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award Invitation

The Relay Rockers are planning to present an award in honor of their late co-founder Alliez Mysterio.

“To honor our friend and co-founder The Relay Rockers have established the Alliez Mysterio award. The award recognizes those people who have, like Alliez, made a lasting contribution to the world’s biggest virtual event, The Relay For Life of Second Life.”

Beginning this season the Rockers will present the Award to the Relayer(s) who they feel best exemplify Alliez’ dedication by their contribution to Relay.

The award is to be presented at the team’s Thank You party, Sunday August 24, 2014, with the party beginning at 3pm.

The award will be given to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the team’s award committee, have exhibited “Relentless Dedication” and have made an “Enduring Contribution” to the Relay For Life of Second Life. “

Alliez Mysterio came to Second Life in 2003. A pioneering virtual explorer Alliez saw the potential of the nascent private island sims and in 2005 her first sim, Rue d’Alliez opened. From that single island d’Alliez Estates spread over the grid, growing to more than 150 islands. She established a system of ownership and rentals that has provided a home to many residents of Second Life regardless of their virtual manifestations, lifestyles or interests. She made every effort to accommodate her tenants, was always there to address issues and was loved by all who came to know her.

In 2005 she joined with Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas and formed the team that became known as the Relay Rockers. From 2005 until breast cancer took her from us in 2013 Alliez was a steadfast supporter of both the Relay Rockers and Relay For Life of Second Life.

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award

2014 Alliez Mysterio Award

Alliez Mysterio left an indelible imprint on our virtual world and she is missed by one and all. This Award will honor both Alliez’s memory and the dedication of the awardees.

The Rockers, who celebrated ’10 Years Walking Strong’ this season finished with the highest possible fund raising level, Purple. They raised more than L$5 million through their signature events, Bid Me Bald and the Celebrate-Remember-Fight Back Top DJ Competition. They were also honoured during Relay weekend with the coveted “Returning Team Participation Award” as well as 1st place for The Inventive and Creative Fundraising Award and 2nd place for The Cancer Education Campsite Award.

The party, which will be held at Seasons dAlliez, will feature Gina Gracemount, a team supporter and Bid Me Bald ‘Victimteer’, performing live at 3pm and close with T1Radio’s Time Machine – the 60s, featuring Trader Whiplash. The 2014 Award Winner(s) will be announced at 4pm by Rockers Founding Captains Nuala Maracas & Trader Whiplash, 2014 Team Captain Ariel Stormcrow and Sue Peregrine, Alliez’s daughter and CEO of dAlliez Estates.”

Everyone is invited to attend and are asked to dress in semi-formal attire.

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Plenty to do for new users in the Yumix sims

Plenty to do for new users in the Yumix sims

Join us today, Monday 4th August at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams as we re-visit the question of the new user experience and Second Life retention – but from a wholly new angle – because we are heading for Japanese regions!

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SL Utopia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

After our last show on this topic (and the Prim Perfect build at the SL11B Community Celebration), it was suggested to us that we should take a look at what was happening in the Japanese regions to welcome and support new users. So, with the aid of a fantastic guide, Kengo, we visited various groups and individuals who have created a wide range of projects and groups to support new Japanese residents. And you can see the results on tonight’s show.

Beginner Center, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Beginner Center, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We visit a newcomer support group – SL Utopia and the Beginners’ Center located close by, the Yumix estate, which offers special support for newcomers, Melsapo – another newcomer center and group, and the Hotel Riverside, which offers special accommodation for free to newcomers. And we also take a look at something that draws together Japanese people in Second Life – television created for Japanese residents, which offers a very full range of programming (they even have a very popular show that explores Second Life regions – rather like Designing Worlds!).

Msapo - support for Japanese residents

Msapo – support for Japanese residents

Many thanks to those who have helped with the creation of this show – firstly Kengo, who arranged all the meetings with Japanese residents, and not only translated our questions into Japanese, but provided translations of all the responses. We would also like to thank the people who participated: Sayully Noel, Bucchus McDonnell, Tomoyo Newall, Halfapple Kidd, Yumix Writer, Eflora Loup, Kero Nishi, Okota Wingtips, Ayumi Hammerer and Clione Clary. And we would also like to extend our thanks to the many others who came to the different locations to offer support.

Hotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residents

Hotel Riverside, free accommodation for new Japanese residents

This is, we think, not just a fascinating show, but an important one – make sure that you don’t miss it!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

SLTV headquarters - television for Japanese residents

SLTV headquarters – television for Japanese residents

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Happy Hunting’s own Cinders Vale presents a plethora of presents from hunts around the Second Life grid. Starting with the Fruity Hunt, then showing us both Battle of the Sexes paths for Her and for Him, she moves on to the SteamHaven sim hunt and finishes up with some adorable gifts from the Quest Fur Cover Hunt.

Happy Hunting!

Happy Hunting!

Interspersed between the hunts are slide shows of posters for the active hunts and September hunts accepting applications.

Don’t miss the show!

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Casa – the new initiative for homes and gardens – opens today – and you can see the Designing Worlds show about it on the web!

Created by Reven Rosca of PRIME and Meshopotamia, and Kaerri Rae of Kaerri launched Casa today, Friday 1st August 2014, with a collection of high end stores and designs in the Home and Garden market, as well as the work of several artists.

And there will be a Grand Opening Party on Saturday 2nd August at 2pm at Casa.

Casa

Casa

Make sure you watch the show too – where you can see what Cain Maven’s new home on Casa looks like furnished, according to some of the ideas discussed on the show, as we explore how we can define quality in a virtual market. And we learn more about mesh templates and how they can be used in building. And there are some thoughts on the gacha phenomenon too – which will be the subject of an article in the next issue of Prim Perfect – part of our exciting relaunch (of which more soon!).

Casa

Casa

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Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 28th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a visit to a new initiative in the home and garden market – Casa.

Reven Rosca of PRIME and Meshopotamia, and Kaerri Rae of Kaerri are launching Casa on Friday 1st August 2014, a collection of high end stores and designs in the Home and Garden market.

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learning about this – and seeing a stunning example of their concepts (created with Cain Maven and Cherelle Capra, and the artists Kayly Iali and Ohsoleomio) makes for a fascinating show as we explore how we can define quality in a virtual market. And we learn more about mesh templates and how they can be made exclusive or limited edition.

It makes for a fascinating show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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