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Relay for Life Weekend is over =- but you still have the chance to visit the 42 regions, which are expected to stay open for – at the very least – the early part of this week.

RFL 2014 - Closing Ceremony, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

RFL 2014 – Closing Ceremony, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And believe me, it is well worth a visit! The teams have created some of the best camp-sites I have seen, with beauty, fun and information about cancer – often all in the same parcel!

In addition there are some stunning designer builds – and some great underwater builds too.

Spirit - Designer Sim - Beq Janus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Spirit – Designer Sim – Beq Janus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So don’t delay! You can start your journey at the Welcome Point, which has tons of information - but you can also just pull up the map and take your choice from all the sims whose name starts with RFL.  And you’ll see from the map that this year’s track was arranged in the shape of a ten – because Relay for Life of Second Life is now ten years old and – in terms of fundraising – it is now expected to be in the top 20 Relays for Life anywhere is the world for 2014.

Survivors and Caregivers Camp - Designer Sim - Bianca Bender, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Survivors and Caregivers Camp – Designer Sim – Bianca Bender, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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RFL 2014 - Opening Ceremony, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

RFL 2014 – Opening Ceremony, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, at 10am, the fantastic weekend of events that marks the climax of the 2014 season starts.

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing, now in Second Life for 10 years.

  • In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society.
  • In 2009 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over $270,000. US dollars and was attended by thousands of avatars.
  • In 2011 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over US$375,000 and ran right past the US$1,000,000 mark during the 2011 campaign!
  • In 2012 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over US$375,000, taking the total raised since 2005 to over US$1,600,000 by the end of our 2012 fundraising season.
  • And in 2013, Relay for Life of Second Life, in a thrilling climax to the Relay weekend, crossed the 2,000,000 mark!

This year the plan is to raise US$401,000 – i.e. 401K. That figure represents a huge task – we started the weekend at 382,000.  The significance of the number is that 401 is the tax form that mark retirement in the United States – the plan is to RETIRE CANCER!

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe (and in Second Life) a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease.

Relay Weekend  is a fun-filled, overnight event that unites SL individuals throughout the world to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The RFL Telethon Studios, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The RFL Telethon Studios, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And the TV channels of Second Life are coming together to produce a twenty-four telethon to cover this event, which you can watch on slartist.com.

  • The Telethon is covering the 24 hours of Relay. Live coverage is from 9am – 10pm (including the Luminaria ceremony at 9pm) on Saturday 19th, and from 6.00am till 11am on Sunday 20th, plus  on Saturday.
  • During that time, we’ll bring you news of the Relay from our studio – with information about all the events that are going on, together with trackside interviews with teams and sim designers.
  • And when we’re not live, we’ll be showing interviews with Chairs from the RFL Committee, classic clips from RFL history, and TV shows from Treet TV that have featured Relay for Life.

 

 

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – wherein we pay the last of our two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration – is now on the web!

This week we explored some of the resident builds – and also the amazing Welcome Area created by Donpatchy Dagostino – who talked about his fantastic build. We also met Tutsy Narathava, machinima artist and SL11B CC exhibitor and Harper Beresford, Website and Social Media Lead for SL11B CC who talked about their installation, created around the machinima that Tutsy has created for the Homeless propject, to littlepeppergirl and Red krasnirex who spoke about about their beautiful Belljar, to Nber Medici about her fun tugboats, and to DJ Larretronix, about his amazing Fun House.

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there was a look at the builds produced by the different branches of Prim Perfect – the Happy Hunting! site, the Blackened Mirror and the Prim Perfect build itself, as well as the opportunity to see more of the builds as captured by the camera of Wildstar Beaumont!

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 7th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we pay the last of our two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration!

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Last week we concentrated on the public builds – this week we explore some of the resident builds – and also the amazing Welcome Area created by Donpatchy Dagostino – who talks about his fantastic build on the show.

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also talk to Tutsy Narathava, machinima artist and SL11B CC exhibitor and Harper Beresford, Website and Social Media Lead for SL11B CCabout their installation, created around the machinima that Tutsy has created for the Homeless propject, to littlepeppergirl and Red krasnirex about their beautiful Belljar, to Nber Medici about her fun tugboats, and to DJ Larretronix, about his amazing Fun House.

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there’ll be a look at the builds produced by the different branches of Prim Perfect – the Happy Hunting! site, the Blackened Mirror and the Prim Perfect build itself.

In addition you can see more of the builds as captured by the camera of Wildstar Beaumont!

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a spectacular show – 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 Aview TV, 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.

PrimPerfect Build at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

PrimPerfect Build at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Don’t miss the recent Designing Worlds show where we pay the first of two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration!

This show was recorded before the event opened, so we concentrated mainly on the public builds – our second show will focus on the residents’ builds (many of which were still under construction as we filmed).

SL11B CC Cake Stage

SL11B CC Cake Stage

We talked to Diana Renoir, Exhibits Assistants, Sec Mod Co0Ordinator and Land Team (and half a dozen other key roles!), Rosamoo Mendelsohn about the wonderful Big Hunt, the builders of the DJ and Live Stages -Kaz (Kazuhiro Aridian) and Aki Shichiroji, Will Webb, theTime Capsule co-ordinator and last but certainly not least – Yvanna Llanfair, the creator of the wonderful pod tours – which this year included seamless transitions to balloons and boats!

SL11B CC Cake Stage - Interior

SL11B CC Cake Stage – Interior

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Flags fly over SL11B Community Celebration

Flags fly over SL11B Community Celebration

After a week of amazing events (which included three stages of 24/7 music and the Auditorium which hosted a range of fascinating talks and displays) and then another week to explore the wonderful builds, the SL11B Community Celebration comes to an end at midnight SLT today, Saturday 5th.

And the flags that have been flying over the event for the two weeks will be lowered at 10pm SLT tonight.

Flags fly over SL11B Community Celebration

Flags fly over SL11B Community Celebration

So … goodbye until next year!

 

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Join us this Wednesday, July 2nd at 1pm SLT, for a special recording in the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a discussion about Second Life’s continued viability and the ways in which Linden Lab might attract existing communities to their new platform.

Designing Worlds studio

Designing Worlds studio

We have a great panel of guests who will be live in the studio with us – including Jessica Lyon, Project Manager of Firestorm (who will be fresh from her own earlier Question and Answer session with Oz and Peter Linden), Jo Yardley, owner of 1920s Berlin, Maxwell Graf, owner of Rustica. JJ Drinkwater, Virtual and real life Librarian and Pathfinder Lester, Community Engagement specialist (and the ex-Pathfinder Linden).

We won’t be talking about the technical possibilities of the new platform; instead we’ll be focussing on what needs to be donne to keep Second Life vibrant and alive … and, at the same time, what might persuade the residents of Second Life to make a commitment to a new environment – and some of the answers may be surprising!

But you will also have the opportunity to having your thoughts and ideas discussed by the panel, either by coming along and joining the live audience, or by posting your thoughts and ideas in comments on this post.

This show will be recorded and shown again on July 14th.

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The regions are open for another week, but the live entertainment part of the event is over, and the MadMan must return to his home in the future – in some style!

How do I find out more about the SL11B Community Celebration? sl11big-hunt-512
You can find out more by following the official blog, and by following on Facebook and Twitter.

Find out about the Big Hunt here.

SL11B Community Celebration GuideThere is also a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Or you can get the Guide – on the web or inworld.

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl11b/

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SL11B CC Cake Stage

SL11B CC Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 30th June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we pay the first of two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration!

This show was recorded before the event opened, so we concentrated mainly on the public builds – next week’s show will focus on the residents’ builds (many of which were still under construction as we filmed).

SL11B CC Live Stage

SL11B CC Live Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Diana Renoir, Exhibits Assistants, Sec Mod Co0Ordinator and Land Team (and half a dozen other key roles!), Rosamoo Mendelsohn about the wonderful Big Hunt (which still goes on to July 5th), the builders of the DJ and Live Stages -Kaz (Kazuhiro Aridian) and Aki Shichiroji, Will Webb, theTime Capsule co-ordinator and last but certainly not least – Yvanna Llanfair, the creator of the wonderful pod tours – which this year include seamless transitions to balloons and boats!

SL11B CC DJ Stage

SL11B CC DJ Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL11B Community Celebration is open for a further week – until July 5th – so make sure that you don’t miss it! And to help you explore it, you can find a copy of the Guide (with maps and details of the exhibitor builds here on the web – or you can pick up an inworld copy at the Prim Perfect exhibit on Fascinate. Both versions have links to enable you to jump or tp quickly to anything that catches your eyes!

Join us at 2pm for a spectacular show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

SL11B CC Auditorium

SL11B CC Auditorium, 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 Aview TV, 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.

sl11big-hunt-512How do I find out more about the SL11B Community Celebration?
You can find out more by following the official blog, and by following on Facebook and Twitter.

Find out about the Big Hunt here.

SL11B Community Celebration Guide

SL11B Community Celebration Guide

There is also a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Or you can get the Guide – on the web or inworld.

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl11b/

SL11B CC Cake Stage - Interior

SL11B CC Cake Stage – Interior, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Today, Sunday 29th January, we are delighted to have two fantastic two sessions of Meet the Designer, and then Meet the Community Talks in the Auditorium on SL11B Fascinate (on Stage 2).

Meet the Designers

Meet the Designers

First of all, at 2pm SLT on Stage 2, back by popular demand, the team of leading Second Life designers that is Mesh Creative. They will have hints, tips, information and ideas – not least about keeping Second Life going while eagerly anticipting the new grid.

Sadly, our 4pm Meet the Artist talk has had to be cancelled.

Meet the Community

Meet the Community

But at 5pm SLT on Stage 2, we will be talking to Elizabeth Tinsely of Fantasy Faire, who will be talking about the ways in which Fantasy Faire has grown from an idea into and event and now a community. Fantasy Faire is one of the most loved annual events of the Second Life calendar (rather like the Birthday) so come along and find out all about it!

How do I find out more about the SL11B Community Celebration?
You can find out more by following the official blog, and by following on Facebook and Twitter.

There is also a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Or you can get the Guide – on the web or inworld.

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl11b/

 

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