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Don’t miss the recent Designing Worlds show exploring the waters of Fanci’s Deep – above … but mostly below the waterline.

Fanci’s Deep is an incredible region of pirates and mermaids – and this time we are exploring the underwater regions of the mer. We talk to Grace Wrigglesworth of the Safe Waters Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting mermaids and mermen in Second Life – and introducing newcomers to their amazing underwater world. Saffia explores an underwater tour of mainland seas and finds some fascinating evidence of a lost civilisation, while Elrik discovers the joys of underwater chariot racing!

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We also talk to Nber Medici and MarkTwain White about the background to Fanci’s Deep, and how the underwater world was created in memory of the late Fanci Beebe, formerly owner of the Sailors’ Cove estate, who loved mers so well.

Fanci’s Memorial, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fanci’s Memorial, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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You can now see the Designing Worlds Tribute to Dirk Talamasca on the web.

Dirk appeared on the show several times, as he did on several other shows where his wit and wisdom were always highly valued.

Remembering Dirk

Remembering Dirk

But he was someone who had many talents and skills, and we remember him as a key supporter of Second Life, as a mentor, as a businessman, as a supporter of art and design, and as a leader in many forms of social media. And we also remember him as a wit, as a gamer and – above all as a friend.

We are joined by Iota Ultsch, Bevan Whitfield, Jerry Martin, and CaSimone Aquitaine – although the show was also made possible by the work of Sanie (Insane Khaos) and Jessica Lyon.

The show was recorded on a beautiful region, Seduction Territory, created as a homage to Dirk by Iota Ultsch – do go and explore it; it should be open for several more days.

Remembering Dirk Talamasca

Remembering Dirk Talamasca – Photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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There will be a meeting today, Tuesday 8th April at 2pm SLT, to plan our Designing Worlds special tribute to Dirk Talamasca, who passed away at the end of March. We’ll be holding it in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams.

Remembering Dirk

Remembering Dirk

We hope to pull together footage of Dirk from various shows, not just Designing Worlds.  If you have any photos of Dirk you’d be willing to share for the show, please send them to Saffia Widdershins either in-world or by email.

And we’d also like to hear from people who knew him and who would like to take part in the show.  Our hope is that we can make this a lasting tribute to someone who was very special to a lot of people.

If you would like to be part of the show but can’t make the meeting, contact Saffia inworld or by email.

Filming for the show itself will be on Thursday 10th April, starting at 1pm, and the show will be broadcast on April 21st.

 

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Circe on her beloved Laurel Arts Isle

Circe on her beloved Laurel Arts Isle

Circe Broom, the owner and creator of the beautiful Egyptian-themed Laurel Arts Isle and a long-time supporter of the Arts in Second Life – especially music and poetry – has died. The woman behind the avatar has passed away after a long illness.

Crap Mariner, who knew her well, has posted a short and beautiful tribute on his blog – and examples of Circe’s own 100 word stories.

Circe in her Temple on Laurel Arts Isle

Circe in her Temple on Laurel Arts Isle

I had visited Laurel Arts Isle for events a few times, but I first met Circe properly at the beginning of this year when we decided to feature the Isle and her work in a Designing Worlds show. She spoke on the show about the struggle to keep music venues open in Second Life in the face of high tier and dwindling returns. She also spoke to us about the difficulties of doing this with failing health.  What came shining through was her love of music, her love of Second Life, and above all her zest for life and her determination.

Sadly, shortly after the show was filmed, she had to give up the Isle. That wasn’t the end of her work and support for the Arts, though. She continued to work with and for poets and musicians in Second Life, even when she was resident in a hospice as the end drew near.

Memorial for Circe at Circe's New Poets Sanctuary, New Brighton

Memorial for Circe at Circe’s New Poets Sanctuary, New Brighton

The last time I saw her in the Pixel was at SL9B. The Egyptian stage there was intended, in part, as a tribute to Circe and her work in promoting Second Life music and musicians.  We hoped she would be around to see it – and she was.  Seeing Circe running up and down the dunes in KT Syakumi’s awesome desert, and her excitement as she found more and more treasures, was one of the real joys of SL9B for me.

The Desert Stage at Sl9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Desert Stage at Sl9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We spoke after that, and I knew that the diagnosis was terminal, and that the end would not be long.  And now it has come. For me, as for so many of Circe’s many friends, the news that this vital vibrant woman is no longer with us is profoundly sad.

Here is Circe on Designing Worlds, talking about her beloved Laurel Arts Isle:

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RMS Titanic in Second Life

RMS Titanic in Second Life

Today’s jigsaw is out third and final picture of the RMS Titanic because it was in the early hours of April 15th, 2012, that the Titanic sank after its fateful collision with the iceberg.

This image, captured by Wildstar Beaumont, shows the oldest of the Titanic builds, and perhaps the best known – the Titanic (on the Titanic sim) in Second Life.  Behind the ship you can see the Memorial, where the names of all those known to have been lost are inscribed, and here today, at 12 noon SLT, there will be a special ceremony to commemorate the loss.  This is, in fact, held annually, but this year of course will have a special significance.

There’s more information about this re-creation of the Titanic (and the Memorial) on the recent Designing Worlds show about different reconstructions of the Titanic in virtual worlds – which also contains a wealth of facts and stories about the fated first voyage of the Titanic.

RMS Titanic in Second Life - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

RMS Titanic in Second Life - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

You can see our earlier Titanic jigsaws here and here.

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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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This week, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic following its collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic, Designing Worlds visits a series of re-creations of this famous ocean liner in different Virtual Worlds.

Elrik Merlin explores the oldest and best-known of several Titanics in Second Life and talks to an expert on the vessel and the events that befell it, as well as visiting a poignant memorial; while Saffia visits Kitely and an OSGrid virtual Belfast, home of the Harland & Wolff Shipyards where the vessel was built, and explores a fascinating underwater representation – as well as seeing another incarnation in Inworldz.

The RMS Titanic in Second Life, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

The RMS Titanic in Second Life, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Why does the Titanic hold such a deep fascination for so many people? What are some of the untold stories behind the disaster? What’s it like to stand on the great central staircase, or on the bow of the vessel with your partner and wave your arms about? Find the answer to these and many other questions in this extended edition of Designing Worlds – the last in the current series.

Designing Worlds takes to the air – literally! – again in late April when we will be visiting the famous Flying Tigers.

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The First Thanksgiving

This week, people in America are gathering with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving.  To get into the spirit of the holiday, or perhaps to learn a bit more about it, consider a visit to the New England sims.  Currently docked next to the Nantucket theater is a model of the Mayflower, the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620.   The model was built by a descendant of those Pilgrims, Lora Chadbourne, when she could not find a Thanksgiving venue on the grid.  She shared her knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving with a talk at the Nantucket theater on Saturday, November 22, and the transcript of the talk is available as a notecard from a vendor on the dock.

The ship is designed for a self-guided tour with educational signs posted throughout the ship.  During my visit, I could really feel how small and cramped it must have been during the voyage across the Atlantic, but the ship herself is a beauty from the coils of rope on deck to the large jack screw that held the ship together after she was damaged in a storm.  A Thanksgiving feast has been set out on a long wooden table next to the stage, and everyone is encouraged to share in the feast.   There are also boxes of period clothing on the dock if you wish to celebrate in appropriate costume.

The ship will remain in dock until Saturday, November 29.

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Cylindrian Rutabaga pays tribute to Eva Cassidy

Cylindrian Rutabaga pays tribute to Eva Cassidy

Prim Perfect is delighted to be part of an exciting new musical venture. Together with Radio Riel and Associated Northcliffe Digital (the online version of the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), Prim Perfect is sponsoring a series of live music concerts on Tribute Island, featuring the very best musical artists of the Second Life world, paying tribute to the artists who have inspired them.

Following on from our very successful concert on Friday 27th June, with Louis Volare paying tribute to John Lennon, tonight sees Cylindrian Rutabaga paying tribute to the Songbird herself, Eva Cassidy.

See the Lasting Tribute to Eva Cassidy.

Cylindrian Rutabaga, Folk Guitarist and Vocalist!
Her music engages the heart and mind of her audience, for there is feeling and the feeling is shared. From a rhythmic acoustic song about facing negative thoughts in a battle for the mind to a flowing, ethereal keyboard that exposes the vulnerability of facing change, Cylindrian’s music and live performances are an emotional ride that will leave you spellbound and wanting more. As with those shining lights of previous generations of folk/acoustic rock acts, Cylindrian’s influences are broad; she is open-minded, curious and not a believer in musical boundaries defined by genres. Cylindrian creates what she feels.

Cylindrian is the virtual representation of Atlanta Singer/Songwriter, Grace Buford, who has a unique blend of folk, pop, blues, and soul wrapped up into the phrase of Modern Acoustic Folk.

For more details see: http://cylindrian.wordpress.com/

The Concerts
Live gigs on Tribute IslandEach concert (held on alternate Fridays on Tribute Island during the summer and autumn months) will feature a live performance of an hour to an hour and a half, together with music from Radio Riel. The majority of these will run from 1 to 4 p.m. SLT; the one featuring Paisley Beebe will run from 2 to 5 p.m. SLT.

These are sure to be very popular events so make sure you get there early!

Event Programme:
June 27 Louis Volares Tribute to John Lennon (see http://www.louislandon.com/).

July 11 Cylindrian Rutabagas Tribute to Eva Cassidy (see http://cylindrian.wordpress.com/).

July 25 Artist to be announced

August 8 Mankind Tracers Tribute to Syd Barrett (see http://www.mankindtracer.com/).

August 16 BubbaC Johns Tribute to Elvis.

August 22 Joaquin Gustavs Tribute to Astor Piazzola (see http://www.purevolume.com/joaquingustav).

September 5 Atomic Blondies Tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

September 19 Paisley Beebes Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (see http://www.paisleybeebejazzbird.blogspot.com/).

October 3 Louis Volares Tribute to Frank Sinatra (see http://www.louislandon.com/).

More about the concerts, the artists and those they are paying tribute to will appear here on the blog.

Why Tribute Island?
It’s been created as what it says a Tribute. And that means it combines a place to both remember and reflect, and to salute those who have gone before and given us knowledge, and beauty and even sheer unadulterated fun.

So, you can enjoy your Fay Wray fantasies, or visit the cinema complex to remember your favourite films (and those who created them) or even visit the film studios and play a part in their making. You can pay tribute to your favourite poets or dance under the benevolent gaze of favourite musical luminaries such as John Lennon, Elvis and Dudley Moore (a noted jazz pianist).

London Underground Memorial But you can also visit memorials to ordinary people caught up in the horror of war, or terrorism, or sheer ghastly accidents. To me one of the most moving parts is a detailed recreation of an London Underground station, with plaques of the names of those who died in some of the most recent (last thirty-five years) and horrific incidents on the London Underground: the bombings of July 7th 2005, the King’s Cross Fire back in 1987 and the Moorgate crash of 1975.

And there’s emphasis on commemorating ordinary people, throughout the island. Every exhibit contains a link sometimes leading you to discover more about the individual or the event that is commemorated, but also supplying links to the website Lasting Tribute, an amazing UK site where you can leave a tribute to well-known people you have admired, or create or join a tribute to people who may be less well-known in the wider world, but have nevertheless touched your life in important ways.

For the Fallen - Tribute IslandOne of the most moving places on the island is the war cemetery. In earlier wars, soldiers were buried in cemeteries where they fell, and we have the vast graveyards that commemorate the fallen in France and others from more recent conflicts around the world small cemeteries in the Falklands, in Aden, in Malaysia … even in Iraq, marking a previous British occupation (up till 1952). Now, of course, the bodies of the soldiers are returned home to grieving families, and one doesn’t really guess at the scale of what is happening. But on Tribute Island, the war cemetery commemorates the British soldiers who have lost their lives in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan over 200 in Iraq and 100 in Afghanistan. It’s a deeply moving place made more so by the poppies placed around the Centotaph by friends and families who have visited and left their own tributes.

Tribute Island was built during October ’07 by Associated Northcliffe Digital (part of the DMGT Group), with the senior design consultants and master builders of Wind Meta Works.

Tribute IslandIt’s UK-centric, reflecting the nationality of its main creator, Nikk Huet, although many of the tributes reference international figures such as the stepping stones which salute a variety of American musicians, including Nina Simone, Tupac Shakur and Barry White. And, despite its corporate input, it’s also a very personal choice by Nick as to what to feature which is no bad thing. At the very least, you will find yourself learning a variety of new and fascinating facts about people and events you may know well and some that you’ve never heard of. And especially if you visit with friends you may well find yourself in the sort of ‘lists’ discussion, in which you can decide who and what YOU would put on your own personal Tribute Island.

Actually, you could find them commemorated on Tribute Island itself Nikk has asked that if anyone has an idea for a tribute they should contact Nikk Huet inworld.

And you can also see a video on the Island here: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qugPEjEfdsU].

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Louis Volare\'s Tribute to John LennonPrim Perfect is delighted to be part of an exciting new musical venture. Together with Radio Riel and Associated Northcliffe Digital (the online version of the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), Prim Perfect is sponsoring a series of live music concerts on Tribute Island, featuring the very best musical artists of the Second Life world, paying tribute to the artists who have inspired them.

And tonight, Friday 27th June sees the start of those concerts, with Louis Volare paying tribute to John Lennon at 1pm SLT on Tribute Island at the special stage area.

See the Lasting Tribute to John Lennon.

Louis Volare
Louis is a top SL Performer and RL Recording Artist with a wide following. As Louis Landon (his real life name), he has played classical music for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Latin music with “Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers” on national and international tours, pop music with Rupert “Pina Colada Song” Holmes on television and national tours, rock & roll with John Hall, opening for “Little Feat” on national tours and has written and produced music for film, video, and commercials.

For more details see http://www.louislandon.com/news.php

The Concerts
Live gigs on Tribute IslandEach concert (held on alternate Fridays on Tribute Island during the summer and autumn months) will feature a live performance of an hour to an hour and a half, together with music from Radio Riel. The majority of these will run from 1 to 4 p.m. SLT; the one featuring Paisley Beebe will run from 2 to 5 p.m. SLT.

These are sure to be very popular events so make sure you get there early!

Event Programme:
June 27 Louis Volares Tribute to John Lennon (see http://www.louislandon.com/).

July 11 Cylindrian Rutabagas Tribute to Eva Cassidy (see http://cylindrian.wordpress.com/).

Date to be arranged Mankind Tracers Tribute to Syd Barrett (see http://www.mankindtracer.com/).

August 8 Noma Faltas Tribute (to be decided) (see http://www.myspace.com/nomafalta).

August 16 BubbaC Johns Tribute to Elvis.

August 22 Joaquin Gustavs Tribute to Astor Piazzola (see http://www.purevolume.com/joaquingustav).

September 5 Atomic Blondies Tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

September 19 Paisley Beebes Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (see http://www.paisleybeebejazzbird.blogspot.com/).

October 3 Louis Volares Tribute to Frank Sinatra (see http://www.louislandon.com/).

More about the concerts, the artists and those they are paying tribute to will appear here on the blog.

Why Tribute Island?
It’s been created as what it says a Tribute. And that means it combines a place to both remember and reflect, and to salute those who have gone before and given us knowledge, and beauty and even sheer unadulterated fun.

So, you can enjoy your Fay Wray fantasies, or visit the cinema complex to remember your favourite films (and those who created them) or even visit the film studios and play a part in their making. You can pay tribute to your favourite poets or dance under the benevolent gaze of favourite musical luminaries such as John Lennon, Elvis and Dudley Moore (a noted jazz pianist).

London Underground Memorial But you can also visit memorials to ordinary people caught up in the horror of war, or terrorism, or sheer ghastly accidents. To me one of the most moving parts is a detailed recreation of an London Underground station, with plaques of the names of those who died in some of the most recent (last thirty-five years) and horrific incidents on the London Underground: the bombings of July 7th 2005, the King’s Cross Fire back in 1987 and the Moorgate crash of 1975.

And there’s emphasis on commemorating ordinary people, throughout the island. Every exhibit contains a link sometimes leading you to discover more about the individual or the event that is commemorated, but also supplying links to the website Lasting Tribute, an amazing UK site where you can leave a tribute to well-known people you have admired, or create or join a tribute to people who may be less well-known in the wider world, but have nevertheless touched your life in important ways.

For the Fallen - Tribute IslandOne of the most moving places on the island is the war cemetery. In earlier wars, soldiers were buried in cemeteries where they fell, and we have the vast graveyards that commemorate the fallen in France and others from more recent conflicts around the world small cemeteries in the Falklands, in Aden, in Malaysia … even in Iraq, marking a previous British occupation (up till 1952). Now, of course, the bodies of the soldiers are returned home to grieving families, and one doesn’t really guess at the scale of what is happening. But on Tribute Island, the war cemetery commemorates the British soldiers who have lost their lives in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan over 200 in Iraq and 100 in Afghanistan. It’s a deeply moving place made more so by the poppies placed around the Centotaph by friends and families who have visited and left their own tributes.

Tribute Island was built during October ’07 by Associated Northcliffe Digital (part of the DMGT Group), with the senior design consultants and master builders of Wind Meta Works.

Tribute IslandIt’s UK-centric, reflecting the nationality of its main creator, Nikk Huet, although many of the tributes reference international figures such as the stepping stones which salute a variety of American musicians, including Nina Simone, Tupac Shakur and Barry White. And, despite its corporate input, it’s also a very personal choice by Nick as to what to feature which is no bad thing. At the very least, you will find yourself learning a variety of new and fascinating facts about people and events you may know well and some that you’ve never heard of. And especially if you visit with friends you may well find yourself in the sort of ‘lists’ discussion, in which you can decide who and what YOU would put on your own personal Tribute Island.

Actually, you could find them commemorated on Tribute Island itself Nikk has asked that if anyone has an idea for a tribute they should contact Nikk Huet inworld.

And you can also see a video on the Island here: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qugPEjEfdsU].

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Devoted readers of our magazine and blog know that Celestial Requiem is going to be our Sim of the Month in the next issue of Prim Perfect. In keeping with that, your intrepid reporter has been keeping up on developments, changes and updates to the sim devoted to New York City.

Aside from recent geographical changes in their location in Second Life, one of the biggest changes in Celestial Requiem recently was the addition of another New York City landmark, none other than Lady Liberty herself, the Statue of Liberty.


Statue of Liberty
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

The Statue of Liberty, in the Celestial Requiem Sim.

Your reporter was stunned at just how well she was rendered in Second Life. For many years of my life in New York, I rode the Staten Island Ferry several times a week, passing by the New York icon each time. I was stunned just how well she translated to Second Life.

As you can see in the picture, Celestial Requiem has a neighboring sim which features another piece of New York, Governors Island, visible behind and to the left of Lady Liberty.
And next to Governor’s Island is another island, Motorworld, whose purpose is a track for motorcycle racing (no cars need apply!), with a long twisting track, including a water jump.


Motorworld’s Island in SL
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

Your reporter tried some motorcycle racing himself…with catastrophic results! I had a lot of fun though.


Jvstin rides a chopper in SL
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

You can also see, coincidentally, to the right and behind the statue the sim of Tuscany, where several of the Prim Perfect staff and family have homes. In fact, between the palace and the Castle in the picture lie three houses: Mine (the small cottage), Perry Applemoor (the white Tuscan) and the orange Tuscan villa belongs to none other than Saffia herself.

I’ve seen very cluttered and busy looks with no sense of geography and space in SL. I appreciate the sight lines around Celestial Requiem and Tuscany to allow these views. I think its a sign of very good design indeed.

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