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SL9B Cake stage

SL9B Cake stage

SL9B was a blast … and today’s jigsaw looks back to remember that week long party – it was great fun, wasn’t it?

The picture, by the way, is taken from KT Syakumi’s video of the cake stage exploding – which you can see here.

Why look back today?

Well, from today on, we’ll be looking forward …

As you’ll find out soon.

In the mean-time, enjoy the jigsaw!

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SL9B Cake stage (from the video by KT Syakumi of it exploding!)

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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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Remember SL9B

Remember SL9B

Today is the last day to vote for the Avatar Choice Awards – and there’s one in particular that I want to draw your attention to – in the favourite event category.

It’s one I had the honour and pleasure of being involved in … but, actually, so did you.

Maybe you sponsored a sim.  Maybe you volunteered to help out – and worked your virtual butt off.  Maybe you created one of the vast stupendous stages. Maybe you built something really terrific that everyone loved. Maybe you built something that was very special to you.  Maybe you blogged or filmed or generally cheered it on.

Or maybe you came along and wandered from plot to plot going, “Wow! This is AWESOME!”

Because “this” was SL9B, and we made it happen.

Lotus Stage at SL9B

Lotus Stage at SL9B

Back in the dark days of April, when the Lab said that it was up to the Residents to organise their own birthday celebrations, it seemed a huge task. I wrote about it (a prescient blog post, as it turned out) – but I’m not sure that I actually expected anything would happen.  Then there was a month of maybe it will/maybe it won’t with the LEA, before the Lab backed away (and rightly so; the LEA was not the group to organise a large scale community event).  But by then it was May; the Birthday was only six weeks away.  No land.  No builds. Just a bunch of people who wanted it to happen, and some amazing sponsors who were willing to back them: Dreamseeker Estates, Fruit Islands, KittyCatS and an anonymous donor.  Then suddenly it was twenty sims – and six weeks to pull together the biggest community party on the grid.

Cake Stage at SL9B

Cake Stage at SL9B

Now SL9B is nominated for an Avie and, in one way, I would love to see it win.  But, in another way … it doesn’t matter.

We already won. We had SL9B.

Don’t forget to go and vote for the Avies, whatever your favourite is – today is your last chance as voting closes at 8pm SLT.

Now – let’s do a jigsaw!

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A Birthday Bear at SL9B

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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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Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: Cover

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: Cover

Here is the new issue of Prim Perfect—rather later than planned! Unfortunately, events conspired to gobble up key members of staff—such as a certain Birthday Party that managed to grab up my time rather more than I had been expecting!

But here now is our Summer Issue, packed with information about the smaller members of our Second Life community, with a look at Tinies, Petites, and even a few Micros!

Our Region Of The Month is the fascinating Raglan Shire—heart of the Tiny community.

Honour McMillan has been exploring there while Java Jetcity has picked out ten places that you will surely want to visit, especially if you are doing our Tiny Quest!

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: Region of the Month

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: Region of the Month

To complete the Tiny Quest you will need to find thirty numbered tokens, which will lead one lucky person to win L$5,000—and an amazing box of Tiny-themed treasures too!

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: Tiny Quest!

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: Tiny Quest!

Ten of the tokens are hidden in the ten special places in Raglan Shire described in Java Jetcity’s article, some more are at the Prim Perfect headquarters, some are hidden at the Designing Worlds studio… but no fewer than ten tokens are hidden in the pages of this magazine! For details on how to find them, see Page 10.

We also have interviews with Zayn Till, the owner of Raglan Shire, and with Wynx Whiplash, who is the creator of the wonderful Tiny avatars—Wildstar Beaumont and Tricia Aferdita have been finding out all about them!

Rowan Derryth has been looking at the biggest and smallest avatars she could find, meeting the creators of the Giants and of the Micros, while Beq Janus looks at how a Linden Home can be turned into a snug retreat for Petites with the aid of designers Angie Mornington and Dellybean North.

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: Size Matters

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: Size Matters

This issue also reflects on some of the key events of the summer. We have a report by Cain Maven on the fabulous Home and Garden Expo back in May, a look at the celebrations for Second Life’s Ninth Birthday in June, and a report by Beq Janus on the climax to Relay for Life 2012—the Relay Weekend in July.

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: RFL - prize winning build by Troy Vogel

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: RFL – prize winning build by Troy Vogel

Winona Wiefel is on hand with Advice for Newcomers on making a beach blanket—so you will be able to soak up the sunshine! And there’s more news about the most recent bargains from Spruce Up Your Space, as well as a feature article by Lacey Muircastle on the Homestuff initiative from the people behind Menstuff and Womenstuff.

There’s exciting news from our TV shows, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting!, available on Treet TV.

And of course we have free Prim Perfect gifts for you. Gifts are only available in Second Life through our inworld Intellibook version. And, of course, amongst the gifts you will find the tokens that will help you win the Quest.

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: Designer of the Month

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: Designer of the Month

Our team of talented photographers, led by PJ Trenton, Judith Lefevre, GM Nikolaidis, Tricia Aferdita, Winona Wiefel, Wildstar Beaumont, and Honour McMillan bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

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 42 here – and please do leave a comment!

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: Home and Garden Expo

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!.

It is available through SL Marketplace (just search on the site for Prim Perfect). This will deliver you a copy in the form of an Intellibook that you can rez and read inworld.

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!

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 - Summer 2012: Petites

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: Petites

You can get the latest issue – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our headquarters in Costa Rica.  It’s got a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

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 42 - Summer 2012: SL9B

Prim Perfect: Issue 42 – Summer 2012: SL9B

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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Cerridwen's Cauldron - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 16th July, for the last show in the present season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit two creators with a wonderful fantasy style.

Cerridwen's Cauldron: a new take on Nu Orne - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron: a new take on Nu Orne – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We first came across the work of Elicio Ember at the Fantasy Faire earlier this year, when we explored his builds for two of the gorgeous regions there – The Ruins of Nu Orne and Siren’s Secret. Now we pay a visit to Cerridwen’s Cauldron where Elicio has his store … and a whole lot more!

Grand Haven - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Grand Haven – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

After that we visit someone else who designed for one of the big pre-RFL Fairs – but this time Fashion for Life: Roscko Cobalt, who built the stunning Dreamseeker Czaz region. We came across him at SL9B, and his beautiful build there tempted us into further exploration … We certainly weren’t disappointed to see his work … and we discovered not only a link with Elicio’s work, but also an interesting moderndesign too.

Grand Haven - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Grand Haven – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We pride ourselves on quality eye-candy on Designing Worlds but even by our standards, this show will feature some exceptional creations – – so do come and join us at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Cerridwen's Cauldron - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Lotus Stage at SL9B

Lotus Stage at SL9B

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 9th July, for a episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore some of the wonderful twenty sims that made up SL9B.

Snails visiting SL9B by pod car!

Snails visiting SL9B by pod car!

In today’s show, we look at the brilliant podcar system that whirled us around SL9B with its creator, Yavanna Llanfair. We’ll be looking at Loki Eliot’s wonderful take on a field trip to Linden Lab, talking to Victor Mornington, Tara Yeats, Vivienne Daguerre and Rosko Cobalt about their exhibits, talking to David Abbot and Zander Greene about their exhibit for the new special exert for Happy Hunting, and finally meeting the head of the volunteers, Honour McMillan, to reflect on this amazing event.

Fun Noir at SL9B

Fun Noir at SL9B

It makes for a fascinating – and a beautiful show that you will not want to miss – so do come and join us at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Tara Yates' Lotus Flowers - with bunnies

Tara Yeats’ Lotus Flowers – with bunnies

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SL9B: "Welcome to Utopia"

SL9B: “Welcome to Utopia”

Today’s Designing World show marks our final visit to SL9B – and so the jigsaw reflects this, with a shot of the wonderful Lotus stage under construction.  The sign on the installation closer to us, a wonderful exhibit about sustainability and alternative energy, proclaims “Welcome to Utopia”.

And looking back, I think that nails it.

Let’s do the jigsaw.

SL9B: "Welcome to "Utopia"

SL9B: “Welcome to “Utopia”

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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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Installation by Rod Mandel

Installation by Rod Mandel

Today’s first jigsaw comes from a picture by Honour MacMillan and is taken from her awesome blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life). This image comes from an exhibition at the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) by Rod Mandel, and Honour writes about it here.

It should make for a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and so, to be nice, I have a couple more to share with you as well …

But let’s tackle this one first.

Installation by Rod Mandel

Installation by Rod Mandel, photographed by Honour MacMillan

I can’t help but feel that the LEA is an under-used and un-visited resource, outside the Arts Community.  Or perhaps they could give me statistics that show that it’s amazingly popular, and just relatively un-visited by me.  But even the LEA blog doesn’t always give clear details of which exhibits are on, opening or about to close. And if you visit the web-site, the news that seems nearly the most prominent is about what to do if you feel you have been unfairly banned.  I’m sure that’s important information … but it is a little off-putting for the casual visitor, I feel.

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo.

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo.

And if you don’t go, you are missing some amazing work – like the Dreaming Machine by which Rowan Derryth wrote about here.

When we were organising SL9B, there was one web post by a prominent member of the Arts Community that I did find saddening.  They stated that they were planning to ignore SL9B (the Second Life birthday celebration) this year, but they were asked if they wanted a site, “so I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to put one together.”

OK, several people had that initial response to SL9B – and then came along and revelled in the community atmosphere.  But in this case, the person came, built, then name-checked artists: “The total number of art sites I counted is 35 and I’ve added a few already from others. I’m pretty sure there is no other segment at SL9B that is even close to that number and I think this has been typical in both the SLBs and Burning Life/Burn2 festivals.”

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo

Finding your friends was a lovely part of SL9B. But so too was finding the wonderful crazy ecclecticness that it was all part of. Walking around and checking only one kind of build is a little … insular, it seems to me.  I’m reminded (not for the first time) of the Boston Brahmin:

“And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.”

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

Talking of SL9B, Mikati Slade, the creator of the amazing Cake Stage there, also has an installation at the LEA at the moment.

The LEA has the potential to be a wonderful community resource.

How about we all make an effort to promote it collectively rather than in the ad hoc way it’s covered now? How about a group of bloggers get together and decide that we will write about one exhibit each week?  The same exhibit – and then link our posts so that other people can see if we loved or hated an exhibition, if we found it moving, exciting, immersive, pretentious, boring, a hopeless mishmash or a fantastic collaboration? Fashion bloggers could join in, and use the installation / exhibition in one of their posts too – it could become a real opportunity to open up Virtual Art to a much wider audience.

After all. no matter who the Cabots and Lowells talk to among themselves, there’s an awful lot of interesting Bostonians out there.

Let’s do a final jigsaw!

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

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