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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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