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Prim Perfect Party

Prim Perfect Party

Because we’ve got a lot to celebrate!

Later today we are relaunching Prim Perfect magazine. There’s a whole new look, and new features (as well as some old favourites).  You’ll get even more gorgeous eye candy from our photographers – and great articles from our writers!

New website

New website

And in addition, we are migrating our website from here at wordpress.com to a whole new site at www.primperfect.net. It’s still a wordpress site, but hosted by ourselves, which will make it easier for us to add a range of new features. We’ll be combining the old primperfect.net website with the blog to make for a smoother, more integrated feel. It’s where you’ll be able to read about Designing Worlds shows too, with links to our other media productions, and our other activities.

And if you’re a current subscriber to the blog, don’t worry – we’ll be transferring everyone across later today!

So – as we are a home and garden magazine (as well as so much more, we like to think!), we’ll be holding a launch, relaunch and celebration party from 2pm – 4pm today in the Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo.  We’ll see you there!

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Isle of Mousai

Isle of Mousai

Today’s jigsaw comes from Honour McMillan’s wonderful blog, Honour’s Post-Menopausal View (of Second Life),I loved the image and decided to use this today and send you all over to read her post and see more gorgeous images of the Isle of Mousai.

Then I had a notice in my inbox directing me to a Facebook page about the opening today. It says: Grand Opening of a new sim dedicated completely to Live Music. Come and witness one of the most amazing Line Up’s in SL!

And here’s a poster with the line-up:

Isle of Mousai Opening Poster

Isle of Mousai Opening Poster

I must admit, I’m a little intrigued why a music island needs to be listed as Adult – maybe it’s to avoid concerns about raunchy lyrics (which has certainly caused problems with general events like OBR and the Birthday.

But before you race off to the Opening – let’s do a jigsaw!

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Isle of Mousai

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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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The Freedom Project

The Freedom Project

There is a very exciting new project from the University of Western Australia (who will be featured on today’s Designing Worlds show), working together with members of the Virtual Ability group, and the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses* group in Second Life.

It’s called the Freedom Project, and it is a 2D/3D Art & Film Event. They are calling for artists and film makers from all over the world who self-identify as having a disability or a chronic illness, to create an artwork or a film/machinima on the theme of ‘Freedom’, showing how virtual worlds have in some way helped them or those around them.

Films and artwork can be submitted anytime between the 1st of September 2013 and the 28th of February 2014. Artwork should have no more than 200 prims, and films should be around 3-5 minutes (though no hard limits on film length will be enforced). Artwork will go on display immediately at the UWA Virtual Gallery, and films will be put on the UWA Second Life Blog (www.uwainsl.blogspot.com).

This is not a competition – although as a token of appreciation, the organizers are providing a L$10,000 award to 10 artworks or films (to be selected by a panel). The selected artists will also receive a printed copy of the online journal. If more funding is secured, we hope to extend this benefit to all artists selected for the journal. (Films/machinima will be depicted with stills and a link).

Even if you don’t create an artwork or machinima, but do have an inspirational personal story to share on how the virtual world has helped you overcome some difficulties faced because of a disability or a chronic illness, do send it in as well. The organisers promise that they will try and share your stories with as many people as they can.

University of Western Australia

University of Western Australia in Second Life

You can find more details here – including full details on how to submit.  And there will be a presentation for the launch of this event, presented in text and voice, given by  JayJay Zifanwe today, Monday Sept 9 at 6pm SLT, held at the University of Western Australia.

 

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We’ve received news of a fun new machinima that we think you’ll want to catch!

Name That Schmuck! Poster

Name That Schmuck! Poster

Premiere in Second Life and on YouTube – June 25, 2013
Time: 6:30 PST
Place: Sydney Maus Memorial Theater, Running Lady Studios, Second Life (nb – Link closed till opening)

schmuck \’shmək\ : a stupid or foolish person: jerk
Have YOU ever encountered one? Bet you went to school with or worked for one. Maybe you’ve been served by, taught by, or given the finger by one. Did you date or marry one? Or (GASP) give birth to one?!

And are you, like so many of us, simply amazed by the sheer number of pop culture and political celebrity schmucks out there? Think you can name a few?

Writer/actress Gameela Wright (Avajean Westland in Second Life) of Virtual Girl Productions, and director K. DaVette See (Suzy Yue in Second Life) of Running Lady Studios have put together another pop culture bitch slap in which a few well-known schumcks get put through the wringer in a familiar setting: the daytime game show. If “Jeopardy” and “TMZ” had a baby, you’d get “Name That Schmuck!”

Running Lady Studios (RLS) is K. DaVette See, director, and Rob See, cinematographer/ designer. DaVette and Rob hold Theatre and Scenic Design degrees, respectively. With over 30 years combined experience in theatre, video and film, they formed Running Lady Studios in 2008 and have produced  or co-produced over twenty animated short films.

Gameela Wright is an actress and writer based in NYC. She formed Virtual Girl Productions (VGP) for the purpose of developing a sketch comedy webisodic series in the vein of “The Tracy Ullman Show” filmed exclusively in Second Life. VGP teamed with RLS to produce short animated films featuring Ms. Wright as writer and star, and Ms. See as director.

In “Name That Schmuck!” Gameela once again provides voice and puppetry to AJ Westland, appearing this time as game show host. The hilarious Doug Jacques provides voice and puppetry to the quintessential game show announcer, Olaf Barbosa. Corwyn Allen shows off his vocal versatility by providing celebrity impersonations of not one, not two, but three celebrity contestants. Those more-than-ready-for-prime-time players, Suzy’s Super Cast & Crew, round out the rest of the cast. DP Rob See (GnuEon Aeon in SL) and set designer Linkin Slate nail the production design of a classic game show studio that will make you want to “come on down!”

Stick around after the premier to compete in a live version of the game show for prizes!

Name that Schmuck! at SL10b Community Celebration

Name that Schmuck! at SL10b Community Celebration

If you want to get a taste of how to play the game, visit RLS and VGP’s parcel at the Second life 10th Birthday Celebration. There is a playable version of the game on the parcel. Make sure to sign the guestbook!

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The Stage at One Billion Rising, photographed by Honour McMillan

The Stage at One Billion Rising, photographed by Honour McMillan

One Billion Rising sees twenty-four hours of music on a stunning stage (designed by Victor1st Mornington.  You can find out which musicians will be playing on the One Billion Rising web-site – which has a special Event Schedule page.  Find out if your favourite DJ will be playing!

But there’s more than just music.

The stage is set in open parkland, landscaped by Winona Wiefel and Aisling Sinclair, utilising plants generously supplied by the Heart Garden Centre.  And at the edge of the park, there’s even more.

Capcat Ragu & Meilo Minotaur's installation, photographed by Honour McMillan

Capcat Ragu & Meilo Minotaur’s installation, photographed by Honour McMillan

We are thrilled to have 18 of the best SL artists from around the world supporting the One Billion Rising event. Details of their installations, set around the edge of the four sims, appear on the One Billion Rising in Second Life website, where you can find bios, information and samples of the artists’ creations.

And we realised that it might be a little hard to appreciate all this wonderful art when the performers are in full swing, so we are opening the four regions to the public on Wednesday 13th of July, a day ahead of the main One Billion Rising event.

There will be an Open House on all four sims from 12 midnight SLT till 12 noon SLT on Wednesday 13th February.

You can arrive at any of the four sims – OBR Walk, OBR Strike, OBR Dance, or OBR Rise and then explore at your leisure.

My Property by Haveit Neox, photographed by Honour McMillan

My Property by Haveit Neox, photographed by Honour McMillan

After noon on Wednesday, the sims will close to the public as we perform final load testing. The event will be fully open starting at 11pmSLT on Wednesday, February 13. We want to allow people the chance to stagger their arrivals to lessen the strain on the sims. You will thus have time to find your way around the event site and make your way to the stage before the dancing starts at midnight on Thursday, February 14.

And don’t forget to collect information from our kiosks and gifts supplied by our sponsors too!

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Fuschia Nightfire's invisible avatar

Fuschia Nightfire’s invisible avatar

In addition to the opening of Rose Borchovski’s ‘The Arrival’ – which Rowan Derryth wrote about here yesterday – today also sees the launch of a new installation by Fuschia Nightfire – Winter Outlined, which sounds exciting … and rather fun.

I received this notice about it:

Gallery Graine’s Sculpture Garden is proud to announce the grand opening of Winter Outlined by Fuschia Nightfire, a sculptural ‘sketch’ of a winter scene, with an interesting use of invisible prims. This is an interactive installation, with a free outline avatar that you can wear to skate on the frozen water alongside the sculptured figures. Come and meet Fuschia and skate to the music of Whirli Placebo this Saturday January 12 from 12-2 PM SLT!

Winter Outlined poster

Winter Outlined poster

I ran into (and very nearly through) Fuschia herself a few days ago at Eliza’s Wierwight’s beautiful Patron. She was testing out the special invisible avatars – I was awestruck and couldn’t resist taking a few pictures which had fascinating effects on the land behind too …

This is, of course. part of a long and fascinating exploration that Fuschia has been carrying into identity.  We visited her beautiful black and white installation in Inworldz for the Designing Worlds. And now … being invisible is promising to be a lot of fun (and possibly a little chilly … You might even say downright crazy …

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Fuschia Nightfire’s invisible avatar at Patron

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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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A new region is opening adjacent to 1920s Berlin which will offer virtual vintage items as well as shops that will ship real life items to you bought in world. The area is called Vintage Retro Market Street, and its launch party is scheduled for Sunday, 25 November, at 1pmSLT.

Fortunate coincidences brought the area to life. Mila Edelman, owner of Old Time Prims, realized her store had outgrown its space. A full sim was tempting but more than she needed for herself. The roleplaying region of 1920s Berlin which Mila co-owns with Jo Yardley was having severe prim shortages. In order to hold an event, the owners had to empty their homes to have enough prims. Adding a region to 1920s Berlin allowed them to move the welcome center and free up prims for the roleplaying side. The vintage stores that made up the welcome center have moved into larger spaces and more stores have been added with the vintage theme.

Some stores at Vintage Retro Market Street, an in-progress photo taken by Mila Edelman

The list of stores for the region is impressive. Not all have moved in as of the writing of this post, but here is the list of expected tenants -

- Old Time Prims by Mila Edelman (mainstore)
– Weimar! by Jo Yardley
– Sonatta Morales by Sonatta Morales (mainstore)
– The Millinery Shoppe by Bubbles Roxan
– Swank Brothers by Doc Wrangler
– Garconne by Pola Solo
– Retropolitan Magazine by Phideaux Mayo, Echo Underwood and Nivelm Bing
– Earthstones by Abraxxa Anatine (highlighting her vintage jewelry)
– Curious Seamstress by Kembri Tomsen
– Eclectica Jewelry by Tiffy Vella
– Melu Deco by Melusina Parkin
– RADIO by Jo Yardley
– Golden Oriole by Oriolus Oliva
– Clarrington’s Tea House & Home Goods by Morganic Clarrington
– Oak Outdoor Outfits / Fogey Gentleman by Olrik Jacobus

Storefronts were constructed by Mila Edleman based on photographs of stores in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, France, Germany, Austria, and more. She wanted each to look unique yet create a cohesive region.

The real life component of Vintage Retro is something rare yet exciting. Just a few stores are planned to start -

- Jolly Lolly by Poldira Basevi and her daughter, a candy store
– A Yet-Unnamed Store by Mila Edelman, featuring yarn crafting and vintage clothing from her real life collection
– RADIO by Jo Yardley, selling real-life recordings

If these are successful, Mila wishes to invite other crafters to sell their works there. So many Second Life residents have talents beyond virtual creations, and this is a promising outlet for them.

The streets of Vintage Retro flow seamlessly into the gateway for visitors to 1920s Berlin, a recreation of the city during this specific period of its history. There are luxurious hotels and grand avenues where people live a life of leisure. Not far away are dirty, narrow alleyways and crowded apartments where others struggle day to day. This is a roleplaying region, and visitors should check the welcome area for any rules of conduct and appearance for the region before boarding the train to the city.

The meeting hall, an in-progress photo taken by Mila Edelman

The launch party will be held in the region’s new meeting hall, inspired by the grand opera houses of Munich and Budapest. This will be the first of many parties for the hall. The space will be available to merchants for announcing new products and to residents for their own celebrations. With the detail put into the building, somebody should stage an actual opera performance there.

The finishing touches are still being applied as this post is being written. The in-progress photographs provided by Mila Edelman can only hint at the future appearance and potential of this region. For more information on Vintage Retro, follow their Twitter feed, Facebook page, or Flickr pool. Better yet, visit and see it in person!

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