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The Ume Tree

The Ume Tree

Today’s jigsaw is another from Honour McMillan’s wonderful blog, Honour’s Post-Menopausal View (of Second Life). Today she received this lovely Ume Tree – a Japanese Apricot – as a free gift from a group she belongs to.

If you too would like this gorgeous tree, I suggest you hurry over to her blog and read all about it – now!

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The Ume Tree, photographed by Honour McMillan

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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.

On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

On 14 February 2014, we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE!

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

OBR in SL Logo 2014

OBR in SL Logo 2014

In Second Life, we will be marking the occasion (as we did last year) with a twenty-four hour one day event that will allow women and men to gather. There will be music, there will be art installations and exhibitions, there will be poetry sessions,there will be dancing – and there will be information kiosks that will share information about organisations devoted to promoting justice for women across the globe, and stories of events that will be happening around the world.

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.

This is not an event to raise money – although you will find information about organisations that need funding. But our primary goals are to draw people together and to raise awareness.

What can you do?
You can attend the event!

You can send us information about groups known to you that we can add to the informational kiosks. How can you do this? You can write to 1billionrisinginsecondlife@gmail.com or post on our Facebook page.

You can spread the word about One Billion Rising in Second Life amongst your friends, your communities and through social media.

You can volunteer to help us organise the event – by completing this form. We need greeters, security, stage managers, media liaison and information processors, who will help build the information that will go into our displays.

You can add your reasons for rising to our special Why I’m Rising page.

If you would like to be a sponsor for the event, contact Aisling Sinclair.

In 2013 One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in 7 countries – 4x in the US alone. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian (which mentions the Second Life event), NPR, and many more.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2014!

Additional links:
Our website: http://onebillionrisingsl2014.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

Home and Garden Expo 2014

Home and Garden Expo 2014

It’s been announced that the Home and Garden Expo will be moving to September this year – the announcement appeared yesterday on the website:

Due to some unforeseeable circumstances and misunderstandings, the staff of the 7th Annual Second Life Home and Garden Expo deems it prudent to reschedule the event.

It’s very clear from the announcement that this decision was undertaken only with the utmost reluctance by Kat Alderson, the very hard-working organiser of the event, and it’s brave of her to have made such a radical decision, which won’t come without costs.

We had decided to be a Platinum Sponsor for this event (as we have been for the past five years), and we have confirmed our sponsorship of the September event.

The view from the Prim Perfect taverna at the Home and Garden Expo

The view from the Prim Perfect taverna at the Home and Garden Expo in 2013

I would be interested to hear what readers of this blog feel about this change. Speaking personally, I can see advantages and disadvantages.

1) The “Event Season” is very overcrowded. Starting (well, from my perspective) with One Billion Rising in February, we move to the Start-Up for Relay for Life, Fashion for Life, the Home Show, the Fantasy Faire, the Home and Garden Expo, the Breedables Fair, Halfway There Fair, Paint SL Purple, Second Life Birthday, Relay for Life Weekend and the Hair Fair – and that takes us to the end of July. That’s six months and twelve major events, some lasting ten days to two weeks.

Add in smaller Fairs and Expos, regular but popular events like the Gatcha and Collaborate (I can never remember the damn spelling) to say nothing of all the team events by which the 200+ RFL teams raise their contributions, and that’s a pretty over0crowded six months not just for attendees but for creators. And for most of those creatives, they are juggling keeping businesses going and balancing real lives as well (summer exams anyone?).

So moving a major event (a mega-event) to outside this crowded season on one level makes a lot of sense.

Robin Wood's lovely mesh quilt and stand - sold for Relay for Life

Robin Sojourner’s lovely mesh quilt and stand – sold for Relay for Life at the Expo in 2013

2) This is going to be problematic for a lot of creators. I know some had long term plans for the Home and Garden Expo (in one case, 18 months of planning a very major new release!).  The Home and Garden Expo has become seen as the place to launch new products. It’s not just the attendees – it’s also a great opportunity for creatives to meet each other, to share ideas, to discuss plans. And to say a quiet but very smug, “Ta Da!” as they raise the curtian on their latest gorgeous project.

How will a delay affect them?  To put back a planned release by four months could stack up to a lot of lost revenue. Or it could be a bonus – some extra time for tweaking.

For creatives looking to release sooner than September, an alternative might be something like the commercial Home Show.  But this may be too limited for some of the grander launches that would fit better with the Expo – unless the Home Show itself expanded.

The new Maven Home at the Home and Garden Expo

Cain Maven’s gorgeous Casa Anantine, released at the 2012 Home and Garden Expo

For the Home and Garden Expo is perhaps unique among the mega-events in that Home and Garden creators will often be working on large-scale projects that can take several months to complete. These may not be their only releases during this time, but they will probably be the most important.

It would certainly be a shame if the Home and Garden Expo lost its reputation as the annual event at which to launch major new projects. At all events, this might be the case this year but – if September becomes a new month for the Expo, the ever-flexible creatives will doubtless adapt – just look at the way they have survived myriad changes from the Lab.  But I suspect that the thing that is going to decide this is certainty. If September does become the new month for the Expo, then designers can factor that into their planning. If it becomes a moveable feast … less so.

The Linden Home pavilion on the Prim Perfect area at the Home and Garden Expo: Photo by PJ Trenton

The Linden Home pavilion on the Prim Perfect area at the Home and Garden Expo 2011: Photo by PJ Trenton

3) I think there could be inherent problems with siting an RFL event outside the conventional RFL season.

In the past, the theory has been that there is a five month RFL season stretching from mid-February to mid-July. Outside that, people have a chance to rest, relax and rebuild energies. Over the last few years, there has also been the Christmas Expo. By and large, that has attracted enthusiastic support. It filled a void left by Linden Lab’s decision not to continue with Winterfair, and it was the occasion for events that have become increasingly popular in themselves – such as the Avi Choice Awards and the Race for the Bells.

Is setting a second mega event outside the Relay for Life Season going to prove detrimental to the cause that RFL is supporting?

Cancer is an issue that touches all of us. Finding not just “a cure for cancer” but cures – and prevention – for the full spectrum of diseases that are given the name of cancer is one of the core issues of our time. Alleviating the suffering that cancer causes – both to people diagnosed with one of the diseases and the people who support, care for and love them – is a vitally important task.

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo 2010010

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo 2010010

But RFL is raising money for one nationally-based cancer charity (the American Cancer Society). It is not news that people have expressed concerns about the dominant role it plays in fundraising on the grid – although on the flipside it is a very positive demonstration of what virtual worlds can achieve. Let’s just say that the whole issue is not without controversy.

And, of course, there are other people fundraising too who might feel – well, a little squashed by the RFL juggernaut. There are, after all, other people fundraising for different causes -a huge number of causes. There are also other people fundraising for different cancer charities, such as the Boobiethon held every October. To take a personal example, Dousa Dragonash and I both organised events in support of the British cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support last September – with our own virtual versions of the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

So will this further expansion of the RFL season be seen positively or negatively by the grid inhabitants? Or are they less interested in the cause than the event itself? Could you (for example) tell me without googling which charities are supported by the Hair Fair, Shoetopia and the Boobiethon? Does it, in the end, make little difference as long as some good cause is supported – or even if it’s a completely commercial event but with really good content and entertainment?

Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Expo

Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Expo 2008 – – our first appearance!

As for the Home and Garden Expo, Prim Perfect will certainly be there, and as a Platinum Sponsor. On the one hand, we will be grateful for a little more leeway in our support season as we move from OBR to Fantasy Faire to SL11B to Relay Weekend. On the other, we’ll be deep in production for The Blackened Mirror and staging our second Cake for Cancer event for Macmillan Cancer Support. We hope to stage our regular Talks with Designers at the Expo this year and to film the Expo for Designing Worlds too, as we usually do. And – fingers crossed – we’ll also be doing our daily lantern release at 4pm (which has come to be very special to many people). That’s a time to set aside all the commercial considerations and fuss, and spend a little time in peaceful thought and sharing, and we’d hate to give that up.

Watching the lanterns rise

Watching the lanterns rise on the Prim Perfect Stage at the 2012 Expo

So – how will the change affect you? Are you pleased, annoyed, or feel it really doesn’t matter? We’re interested in hearing in comments below!

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.

Oubliette

Oubliette

Designing Worlds is currently on a long winter break (we’re still celebrating being awarded the Avi Choice Award for Favourite SLTV show – thank you so much to everyone who voted for us!) – and will be returning with on Monday 10th February with a special Valentine’s visit to the wonderfully romantic region of Oubliette and Ode, owned by Saiyge Lotus. These are two stunning beautiful regions – and we’re looking forward to sharing this with our viewers!

In the mean-time, here’s a foretaste in the shape of a Prim Perfect jigsaw – enjoy!

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Oubliette

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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.


The second half of the second season of The Blackened Mirror will start on Sunday January 26th.

This is slightly later than we were originally planning, but complexities in the post-production phase necessitated a slight delay.

Regular viewers will recall that Episode 3 ended with Quinn returning to Seraph City, the dieselpunk city where his office is based – and getting a shock.

Quinn returns to Seraph City

Quinn returns to Seraph City

But what has happened? What did Miss Alleyn do to help them escape their enemies?

You’ll be able to find out on Sunday January 26th. Make sure you don’t miss it!

The Hunties are Here!

The Hunties are Here!

The Hunties Awards for the hunters’ favorite hunt merchants and their favorite hunts will be presented on Friday, 10th January at 3pm SLT in the Happy Hunting studio. Be sure to get there early in case the sim closes.

The show will also be live streamed via AviewTV.

If you can’t be here at all, be sure to check our web site for a link to Treet.TV and AviewTV for a tape of the show after Friday, as well as for a list of the winners.

The Hunties presentation

The Hunties presentation

The full list of nominees (chosen from across the grid) are:

Women’s Fashion
Dondi’s Doodads
Dressed by Lexi
Ever An’ Angel
Leri Miles Diesigns
Les Sucreries de Fairies
Loordes of London
Lyrical B!zarre
Sassy

Women’s Accessories
Hats by Courture Chapeau
KM Designs
Loordes of London
The Mad Hattery
Two Sisters Designs

Men’s Fashions
Alpha Male
By Jove

Men’s Accessories
FE Style
The Mad Hattery
Wildz Creations

Footwear
Loordes of London
Lockhearts

Jewelry
Artistry by E
Chop Zuey
Designs by Sebastian
Stars!

Body Parts
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Mirror’s enigma
Styles by Kira
Tameless

Animations and Poses
Kabuki
My Animations
Posesions
X-Clusive Animations

The Hunties awards

The Hunties awards

Home Furnishings
Aileen’s Shabby and Chic Country Store
Consignment
Park Place
Prime
Storax Tree

Garden/Landscape
Park Place
Pillows and Things

Full Perm Building Components
AMD/AMT
Les Sucreries de Fairies
Meshit
.:UR:.

Store or Sim Hunt
Celtic Wolf
Earthstones,
Mad Pea
Purple Moon

Cinders Vale presents The Hunties

Cinders Vale presents The Hunties

Grid Wide Hunt
Around the Grid in 80 Days
Best Foot Forward
Dare2Bare
Evil Bunny
Historical Hunts – Steampunk
Mysterious Deaths
Peace on Earth
Twisted
Womenstuff

Best Organized/Organizer
Allie Munro
I&R Fun With Hunts
Julya Lykin
Kastle Electric
LuckyJade Alter
SumSum Larnia
Xandra Bressig

Favorite Hunt Theme
Around the Grid in 80 Days
Best Foot Forward
Four Walls
Peace on Earth
Revenge of the Toys
Spring into Kawaii
Taste the Rainbow
Tickles Me Props
2 of a Kind

Congratulations to EVERYONE who was nominated. Best of luck tonight!

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