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Quinn in Seraph City

Quinn in Seraph City

Today’s Blackened Mirror finds Quinn in pensive mood as he looks out at the streets of Seraph City – but is it still the Seraph City he knows?

Watch Episode 4 – Missing You – to find out! The episode will be going live at 2pm Pacific time (SLT) and 10pm GMT.

You can see the show on the web on the Treet.TV Blackened Mirror Channel, on The Blackened Mirror channel at Aview TV, on The Blackened Mirror YouTube Channel.

But have a go at the jigsaw first!

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Quinn in Seraph City

Quinn returns to Seraph City!

Quinn returns to Seraph City!

Yes, The Blackened Mirror returns tomorrow with Episode 4 – (Sunday 26th January at 2pm) and we find Quinn back in Seraph City – his home.  Or so he expects.

But this is a very different Seraph City, it seems – and there are some shocks in store for the detective hero.

“Meet at the office.” That was the arrangement. But what will Quinn find there?

Have fun with the jigsaw!

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Quinn returns to Seraph City!

Remember – Season 2 will be continuing this weekend on Sunday 26th January at 2pm PST (10pm GMT), but in the mean-time you can catch up with Episode 1-3 (and all of Season 1) on the Blackened Mirror website, on our Facebook page – and also on the Blackened Mirror Treet channel too!

And in case you missed it – here is Episode 3 again!

Two major changes in Virtual Worlds are coming to light today.

Rodvik Linden (the cut-out version)

Rodvik Linden (the cut-out version)

First of all, Rod Humble (aka Rodvik Linden in Second Life) left his post as CEO of Linden Lab last week.  You can read fuller details on Jo Yardley’s blog here.

What I think makes this news really strange is the way it has been announced. Or not announced. Rod is sharing the news on Facebook with friends, family and co-workers, which I guess is the way that one would want to do it.  Except that he seemingly left last week … which rather begs the question …

Who the hell is in charge over there now?

Does this mark a new low in the Lab’s failure to communicate with … well, anyone?

Cloud Party

Cloud Party

And in other news, Cloud Party is closing on February 21st. The announcement appears in a rather breezy and chipper little blog post, announcing that the team are starting their next adventure – but joining Yahoo.  However, for once the acquisition seems to have been of the people rather than the product. Yahoo aren’t continuing Cloud Party – it will be interesting to see if the team has been recruited for something similar.

I always felt Cloud Party missed something of a trick. It had a connection to Facebook, and could have tapped into a huge (and largely unrealised) family market potential – a shared space where grandparents could play with grandkids (no age limits), We all know the that the demographic of virtual worlds like Second Life is actually skewed towards older users, while younger users are enthusiastic about Club Penguin and Habbo Hotel. It could be that Cloud Party had the capacity to unite the two, but went chasing after that elusive cool demographic instead.

In Cloud Party - what lies ahead?

In Cloud Party – what lies ahead?

But for now Second Life has seen off yet another virtual world. And another CEO.

Well, we live in interesting times.

Restaurant at Kats

Restaurant at Kats

Honour McMillan has a fascinating article on her blog, Honour’s Post-Menopausal View (of Second Life). Not only does she take a trip to the very photogenic region of KATS, she also talks about the reasons for and effects of using depth of field – and has links to a very useful article on how to achieve this!

You can read her article here.

But first – let’s do a jigsaw!

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Looking into Deep Field – photograph 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.

OBR Volunteer Form

OBR Volunteer Form

The OBR in Second Life team is looking for organized, enthusiastic and dependable volunteers for One Billion Rising for Justice 24-hour Global Awareness event on 14 Feb 2014.

We have positions for Stage Managers, Security, Greeters and Press Liaison, as well as the need for people who can collate information for our kiosks.

If you would like to help us – whether it’s just for a couple of hours or for longer – please complete the “OBR 2014 Volunteer Application” form, and become a part of our team!

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/

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