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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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Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.”

Virtual Ability Island

Virtual Ability Island

The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, standards and concerns.”

Quality of life is important to us all, but may be more difficult to attain for those with mental health issues. Overall quality of life is affected by psychological state, physical health, level of independence, social relationships, personal values and beliefs, and the relationship of all of these to the person’s environment.

Symposium presentations include (in alphabetical order):
•    Hillary Bogner, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will offer insights from her research on depression among older adults.
•    Colleen Crary, Executive Director of Fearless Nation, Inc., will share lessons from adversity for creating a vibrant life.
•    Dick Dillon, CEO of Innovaision, LLC, shares surprising information about why some recovering addicts become “weller than well.”
•    Teresa Goddard, Senior Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network, will inform us about attaining employment equality through accommodation and self-advocacy.
•    Dr. Christine Karper and Michelle Stone, members of the American Counseling Association’s Cyber Task Force, will talk about the role of counseling and virtual service delivery.
•    Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, University of Southern California, will describe the use of virtual worlds as healing spaces for veterans.
•    Dr. Nicolas Rüsch, of the University of Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, will explain the results of his research on well-being among persons at risk of psychosis, focusing particularly on shame and stigma.

Alice Krueger, president of Virtual Ability, Inc., stated: “I am pleased to see an increasing focus on quality of life in mental health care in recent years, since many persons with mental health diagnoses struggle with these issues. The Symposium’s international presenters are acknowledged experts in their fields. I will be interested to hear what they have to say on these important topics. Please join us on April 26 to learn more from a variety of exciting speakers!”

All sessions, done in voice and text simultaneously, will take place at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island within Second Life®:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/53/172/23

The full schedule of presentations is posted at http://www.virtualability.org/conferences/mh-symposium/mh-symposium-2014/.

The Sojourner Auditorium

The Sojourner Auditorium

About Virtual Ability, Inc.
Virtual Ability, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to enabling people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in on-line virtual worlds like Second Life®.

For more information on Virtual Ability, Inc., including the benefits of virtual worlds for people with disabilities, please see http://www.VirtualAbility.org.

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Hunt Reporter and Host Cinders Vale festoons the Happy Hunting set with blooms on this week’s show, bringing gifts from sin original’s Spring Has Sprung 2 Hunt and the A Mazing Easter Egg Hunt at Botanica.

The Hunt Buzz reminds hunters to remember the smaller store and sim hunts that will keep popping up unexpectedly right up until the next holiday has passed.

You can catch all of the past Happy Hunting shows in our archives. The 50th Anniversary gift is still awaiting your touch at the Garden of Dreams studio.

Cinder & rosa 51

 

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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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The Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 7th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s show as we visit the Linden Endowment for the Arts to learn about the new volunteer program to help visitors, find out about the structure of the LEA – and visit a few art installations as well!

The Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firstly we meet up with Oberon Onmura, Artist and LEA Committee Member, Honour McMillan, LEA Committee Member and leader of the volunteer program, and JMB (Jo) Balogh, a LEA Volunteer. They tell us about the LEA, and the new program – and what being a volunteer really means! There’s an explanation of how the regions work – and we learn about ambitious plans to expand the nature of Arts covered.

And then we visit three remarkable installations created by artists who are near the beginning of their five month residencies.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

At The Creature from the Black Lagoon, we talk to the artist Livio Korobase, with Slatan Dryke translating from the Italian for us.

Then we visit a work in progress – The Garden of Earthly Delights, inspired by the painting by Hieronymous Bosch, and created in Second Life by Tomm Pye. It’s a great chance to see an evolving work – something that the artists at the LEA often choose to share.

The Garden of Earthly Delights at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Garden of Earthly Delights at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally we visit an installation that is evolving in a different way, in a series of chapters, as we look in on The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari and talk to the artist Xineohp Guisse (who tells us how and why he got his remarkable name!).

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a fascinating – and beautiful – show.

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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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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Join us for a special show.

Host Cinders Vale interviews Up4 Dawes about the annual Spring Fair and Umbrella Hunt on the Old Europe sim.
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Then in honor of this major anniversary the people who put Happy Hunting together every week chat about how the show got started over coffee and cake.#1Be sure to get your Anniversary Gift from Happy Hunting. Click on the picture for a ride to the studio where you will find the FREE vendor.

Let’s Go Hunting!!

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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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Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 24th March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we sail the seas (and drink in the taverns) with the magnificent pirates of the Trade Winds!

We talk to some of the pirates and boat-builders active in the Trade Winds, including Blithe Binder, Kirsten Blackheart, MizLucie Winterwolf, Karnac Binder, GM Nikolaidis, Evvva Viper, Amber Murfin, Flops, Paddy SaltyDog Goldsworthy and tessa Vespucciano, and are entertained by the fantastic Deelah Halostar. We learn about the pirates, the Trade Winds, the history of pirates in the Caribbean, the wonderful craft they sail in – and we get to take part in a battle too!

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a really exciting and colourful show! It’s one you won’t want to miss!

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!

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Passage by Ama Avro

Passage by Ama Avro

The Freedom Project is a 2D/3D Art & Film Event organized jointly by the University of Western Australia, along with members of the Virtual Ability Group, and the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses Group in Second Life.  Residents have created an artwork or a film/machinima or in fact a personal story on the theme of ‘Freedom’, showing how virtual worlds have in some way helped them or those around them.

Freedom of Creativity by Barry Richez

Freedom of Creativity by Barry Richez

The organisers invite you to feel free to come visit and take in all the wonderful creations anytime at the UWA Virtual Gallery.

FREEDOM PROJECT CREATIONS (Name, Artist Location, Artwork, SLURL for artwork)
Alysabelle Resident  (Eastern USA) -    My story (text)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/67/71/248

Ama Avro (Strasbourg, France) -  Passage

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/100/71/248

Bamboo Barnes (Osaka, Japan) -  Cold lights

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/80/47/248

Bamboo Barnes (Osaka, Japan) – Show me the place

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/73/46/248

Barbie Alchemi/Fran Serenade/Draxtor Despres  (USA) -  We Can Learn & Grow & Heal Together  (Machinima/Film)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/229/45/234

http://uwainsl.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/freedom-project-submission-we-can-learn.html?showComment=1390661852530

Barry Richez (Toulouse, France) – Freedom of Creativity

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/194/113/248

iSkye Silverweb (Green Bay, Wisconsin,  USA) – Speechless Freedom

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/186/29/248

Jesse Keyes  (Dawsonville, Georgia, USA) -   The Time Machine

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/35/46/248

The Time Machine - Jesse Keyes

The Time Machine – Jesse Keyes

Johnny Lane (Salem, Missouri, USA)  -   Eat Soon

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/99/103/248

Johnny Lane   (Salem, Missouri, USA)  – Japanese Macaque

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/98/91/248

Johnny Lane (Salem, Missouri, USA)  – The Calm Dreamer

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/110/93/248

Johnny Lane (Salem, Missouri, USA)  – Vincent’s Mountains

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/109/104/248

Krystali Rabeni (Blackpool, England) -  A Helping Hand

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/24/84/248

Mathilde Vhargon (England) – Dancing With Impediments

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/52/58/248

Megadeus  (Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA) – Mental Prison

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/15/59/248

Miranda [p3n3lop3] (Perth, AUstralia) -  Dance in Stasis

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/38/59/248

Miso Susanowa  (Ohio, USA) – Big Winter

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/166/111/248

Misprint Thursday (USA) – Goodnight Lights

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/210/73/248

Pale Illusion  (Berlin, Germany) – GID (Gender identity disorder)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/125/79/248

ParkArt Collaborative (Multiple Locations) – ParkArt Gallery (Multimedia)
- DB Bailey (Tennessee, USA)
- SolasNaGealai
- Brenda Brody
-Tray Rivera
- Barbie Alchemi/Fran Serenade (USA)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/205/41/248

Roc Furse (Den Bosch,  Netherlands)   – Escape

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/143/114/248

Roiben Sweetwater  (North Georgia, USA) – Alice

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/152/76/248

Roiben Sweetwater  (North Georgia, USA) – The Many Sides Of Me

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/145/76/248

Roman Godde (Canada/North Carolina, USA) -  Beauty In Darkness

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/78/56/248

Roman Godde  (Canada/North Carolina, USA) – Silent Night

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/69/57/248

Ronin1 Shippe (New Mexico, USA) – Elephant With Flower

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/178/89/248

Ronin1 Shippe (Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA) – Coyote

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/189/89/248

Ronin1 Shippe (Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA) – Orange Planes

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/191/77/248

Ronin1 Shippe (Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA) – Three Musicians

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/180/76/248

Cyberwings by Willothewisp

Cyberwings by Willothewisp

Roxie Marten (Detroit, Michigan, USA) – Gaze Upon The World

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/222/32/248

Secret Rage (Dallas, Texas, USA) – I Choose Freedom

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/133/51/248

Sheba Blitz (Northern Rivers, NSW) – Circle of Freedom

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/45/17/248

Slatan Dryke (Milan, Italy) – Yonder

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/71/24/248

Starheart Erdhein (Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA) -  Mandala Dance (machinima)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/64/80/248

http://uwainsl.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/freedom-project-machinima-submission.html

Talia Sunsong  (Berkeley, California, USA) – Freedom Flight

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/173/53/248

Tarquin Evermore (Kansas, USA) – Lotus of Enlightenment

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/143/103/248

Traskin Snakeankle (Northern California, USA) – Lifeline

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/14/104/248

Wally (Souteast USA)  -  Sky Populus

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/53/49/248

Willo (Tasmania, Australia)  – Cyberwings

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/19/26/248

Xia  Firethorn (Warwickshire, UK) – My Body is a Cage

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/43/81/248

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