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The event will be held from Sunday June 22nd – Sunday June 29th—seven days of amazing exhibits, music, conversation, debate, firework displays, games, puzzles, sports and everything else the wonderfully inventive communities of Second Life™ can pack into seven days and 11 sims.

Actually, even that won’t be the end of it, as the sims will be open for a further seven days for everyone to explore.

 

What’s our theme?

The theme this year takes inspiration from a quote by the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill:

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

Last year’s theme was “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” but we focused mostly on looking back, and rightly so, as 10 years was an important milestone and a perfect opportunity to reflect back on where we came from.

This year it’s time to look forward; to imagine where we are headed.

When Winston Churchill said this in 1943, he could not have imagined a virtual world like Second Life, but now, more than seventy years later, his words have come true in this new world that we have created.

If there’s one thing that makes SL unique, it’s our community of users. Users from all corners of the globe come together under a single umbrella to build a community that comes from our minds and our imaginations. Everything we see, touch and use in Second Life is a product of our imaginations, our minds, and our community.

And this year, at the SL11B Community Celebration, we want to celebrate precisely that!

Get thinking. Get imagining. Get creative!

SL11B Logo

SL11B Logo


How do I get involved?

Applications are now open for Performers, Volunteers and speakers and performers  in the Auditorium. We will need lots of volunteers to make this a success, so please consider whether you can give some time to helping out. We can promise you a lot of fun!

Applications for Exhibitors (i.e. people who want a plot to build on) will open on April 27th.

The closing date for Exhibitor, Performer and Auditorium applications is May 26th.

 

How do I find out more?

You can find out more by following this blog, and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

We also have a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/pool/

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Mesh Creative & Prim Perfect Mesh Talks

Mesh Creative & Prim Perfect Mesh Talks

Join us at the new Prim Perfect Headquarters in Sund, Second Norway, for the latest of our popular talks, produced in association with Mesh Creative.

As you can see from the poster, we have a great line up of regular speakers and guests. These top designers will be talking about their work, showing examples and discussing problems that they have encountered. They’ll give advice, share ideas and insights into the creation process. There’ll be ample opportunity for you to ask questions too.

And there will be a chance to explore Prim Perfects beautiful new offices too …

So do come and join us at 12 noon on Saturday 19th April at the special studio above the Prim Perfect offices on Sund!

And take a look at the offices too!

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Our exploration of Greedy Greedy and other tabletop games created in Second Life by Karsten Rutledge of KR Engineering and Gaming SL is now on the grid!

Karsten Rutledge is the creator of Greedy Greedy, probably the most popular board game in Second Life, with over 3000 games played every day.

Karsten talks to us not only about Greedy Greedy but about other tabletop games that he has created – some based on real world games, ancient and modern. He has some terrific stories to tell about the evolution of tabletop in Second Life.

And then we play a game of Greedy Greedy with some friends and teach Elrik how to play, as Karsten offers some special strategic tips for game play!

Greedy Greedy!

Greedy Greedy!

 

 

 

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In fact we get a little Greedy Greedy in today’s show as we explore the world of tabletop gaming in Second Life!

Greedy Greedy!

Greedy Greedy!

Join us today, Monday 14th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s show as we visit KR Engineering to talk to Karsten Routledge, the creator of Greedy Greedy, probably the most popular board game in Second Life, with over 3000 games played every day.

Karsten talks to us not only about Greedy Greedy but about other tabletop games that he has created – some based on real world games, ancient and modern.

Some of the tabletop games available from KR Engineering

Some of the tabletop games available from KR Engineering

And then we play a game of Greedy Greedy with some friends and teach Elrik how to play, as Karsten offers some special strategic tips for game play!

Join us at 2pm for a end to our current season (and don’t worry – we will actually be back at the end of April).

The Lighthouses - one of the special game tables available from KR Engineering

The Lighthouses – one of the special game tables available from KR Engineering

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

 

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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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Designing Worlds’ visit to the fascinating project at the University of Arkansas region that recreates Johnny Cash‘s boyhood home, as part of a broader look at the effects of the Depression in the state, and some of the routes from the rural poverty that began there.

Painter Merriman, the well-known designer, has created many of the builds here, and he takes us through many of these as we explore a really fascinating social history project, learning not only about Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, but also about the New Deal community of Dyess and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (which now houses the Southern Tenant Famers Museum).

Johnny Cash' boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can read more about it on Painter’s own website.

The Sourthern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Dirk Talamasca

Dirk Talamasca

In the recent discussion about preserving much loved sims, people have spoken about tier, about sponsors withdrawing, about artists who really want to move on to the next project, or who face problems maintaining or reviving old favourites in the face of necessary upgrades by Linden Lab … but surely the saddest loss of all is that occasioned by the death of the sim owner.

This has happened recently in the case of Dirk Talamasca who as well as being a tremendous grid evangelist, provided practical help to many artists by maintaining their work on the grid. Now, with his passing, this too shall pass – and, I believe, has passed.

But the memory of Dirk will be celebrated today with a memorial at at the Linden Memorial Park this Saturday, April 5 at 4:00 PM to remember the wonderful times, help, and laughter that Dirk so freely gave to all who had the good fortune to meet him in his nine years in Second Life.

Please spread the word in SL and via social media. Everyone is welcome.

Memorial Gathering for Dirk Talamasca
Saturday, April 5
4:00 PM SLT
Linden Memorial Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pinechapel/126/75/28

We are also planning a special Designing Worlds show as a tribute to Dirk. He appeared on the show several times, talking about issues that affected the grid.  Indeed, the last time I saw him inworld was when he came to the viewing party for a show on Materials and Server Side Baking.

If you would like to take part in the show, perhaps contributing your memories of Dirk and what he meant to you, please contact us through the comments here, or directly to Saffia Widdershins inworld or by email.

The show will be recorded on Thursday April 10th, and shown on Monday 21st April.

We will be holding a planning meeting at 2pm on Tuesday, April 8th in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden Of Dreams.

 

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Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Cover

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Cover

The new issue of Prim Perfect is out now!

They say that only February is the romantic month, what with Valentine’s Day and all that … but surely it’s “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love” as Alfred, Lord Tennyson says … and that goes for men not so young – and women of all ages too!

So in this issue we are celebrating the disappearance of winter and the coming of spring with an issue all about romance … you may even find a few stray (and unusual) Valentine thoughts have crept in too!

We’ve looked at romantic venues this month, with the lovely region of Oubliette being our Region of the Month.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Region of the Month

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Region of the Month

I explored Oubliette – and Ode – and talked to its creator, Saiyge Lotus. Carissa Starfall has picked out ten wonderfully romantic places, while Ceejay Writer’s poem chooses ten … er … unlikely venues!

The Designer of the Month has a distinctly romantic flair too, for it is Elicio Ember of Cerridwen’s Cauldron, who is interviewed by Joonie Jatho.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Designer of the Month

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Designer of the Month

In her Spotlight on Business this month, Qwis Greenwood looks at two stores that have a decidedly romantic bent.

We have three new series for 2014. Firstly, we are producing a series of room decoration articles. Each issue, Samantha Ohrberg will design a different room with items from the very best creators in Second Life – and tell you where you can get the items displayed!

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Furnishing a Show House

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Furnishing a Show House

Secondly, we are reflecting a popular activity in Second Life by starting a regular restaurant review column. Each month our dinners will go out to dinner at a Second Life restaurant and discuss the ambience, the food, the service – and the cost! Join us for the first of our restaurant visits.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Restaurant Review

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Restaurant Review

Thirdly, we’ll be taking a look at popular games in Second Life, starting with the perennial Tiny Empires. What is this game – and why do people play? Ethan Westland finds out for us!

In our nonprofit news section, Beq Janus tells us about the launch of Relay for Life and the plans for the 2014 season – and beyond – and there’s an article on our One Billion Rising event.

In our regular features, Rosamoo Mendelsohn tells us all about those very special new awards – the Hunties! There’s exciting news from our TV shows Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting!, available on Treet TV.

There’s more in our series on working with mesh from Beq Janus, too – and a special gift for you!

Our team of talented photographers, led by Wildstar Beaumont, Samantha Ohrberg, Winona Wiefel, Judith LeFevre, and Honour McMillan, bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Introduction to Romance

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Introduction to Romance

All this with News From the Grid and more!

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?
If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 51 here – and please do leave a comment!

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Games People Play

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Games People Play

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also download a pdf of the magazine from Calameo – or print it out!.

You can get the latest issue inworld – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our head offices at Sund in Second Norway.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – so you can just click to subscribe. You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as an IntelliBook, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Intellibook version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Romantic Places

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Romantic Places

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

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A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

  A Petrovsky Flux is gorgeous and the work of two great artists – Cutea Benelli and blotto Epsilon.  Definitely one of the highlights of Second Life.

I love Cutea’s work and own many of her weird and wonderful creations. I wore one of her spooky dresses recently in a short film I made (as part of an ongoing film course). I particularly love the way she combined elegance with … skulls. It’s very Cutea.

I’m delighted that A Petrovsky Flux provides a platform for her work (and I hope that people who see it will also go on to explore – and shop from – the remarkable emporium that is Grim Bros.

A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

Ziki Questi has written about the sim before, and has revisited it recently, and shares the sad news that it may be about to close very shortly. Do read her posts – she highlights some of the cool things you can do there.

However …

It’s harsh but true. Linden Lab are our platform providers, not our archivists. They cannot save every sim that has outstanding beauty or artistic interest. If A Petrovsky Flux is to be saved, then, if the University of Kansas needs to step back, it must be the community who judges it worth saving – and pays to sponsor it.

A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

It would not be impossible for a group of concerned residents to form a trust, perhaps each paying 5 dollars a month towards the cost of the sim. Or donating an article to be sold on Marketplace in support of the sim. Or organising an event once a month that would raise money towards keeping the sim going.

Keeping sims like A Petrovsky Flux alive is NOT Linden Lab’s’ responsibility. It is ours.

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Johnny Cash' boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 31st March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as visit a fascinating project at the University of Arkansas region that recreates Johnny Cash‘s boyhood home, as part of a broader look at the effects of the Depression in the state, and some of the routes from the rural poverty that began there.

The Dyess Colony, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Dyess Colony, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Painter Merriman, the well-known designer, has created many of the builds here, and he takes us through many of these as we explore a really fascinating social history project, learning not only about Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, but also about the New Deal community of Dyess and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (which now houses the Southern Tenant Famers Museum).

The Sourthern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can read more about it on Painter’s own website.

But even better – you can join us at 2pm for a really fascinating show!

The cafe in the Dyess Colony,photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The cafe in the Dyess Colony,photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Bedroom in Johnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bedroom in Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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