And we are rolling out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… with a visit to the stunningly beautiful region of Costa Rica in the Second Life world.
We sent our reporters and photographers off for a vacation—and Java Jetcity sent home a wonderful series of postcards, while Jed Dagger explored the region and met the locals to learn just what it is like to live in this amazing location.
Scotti Lyle has talked to Giancarlo Takacs, the owner of Costa Rica, and discovered the moving story of a woman who played an important part in the development of the region—geko Stoop.
And Ceejay Writer explores the home of WK Ganesvoort, a magnificent creation in Costa Rica that is growing all the time!
One of the things that impresses most visitors to Costa Rica is the stunning landscapes, including the variety of National Parks. Tricia Aferdita has been exploring the biodiversity of Costa Rica while our gardening expert, Kaye Robbiani, has been taking a close look at one of the rain forests. And our intrepid Victorians take a literary walk in Costa Rica to discuss Latin American writing – this month under the watchful eye of Miss Emily Lockhart, seconded from The Primgraph.
Our Designer of the Month was Ambiance, the stylish and richly interactive design team that consists of Desiree Bisiani and Cheewha Palen. We organised a competition for one lucky resident to have their home made over with Ambiance flair… and TraLove Pinazzo won the competition! You can see the results in her remarkable and beautiful house—and also meet the creative spirits behind Ambiance.
Our Landscape of the Month is the richly detailed, groundbreaking steampunk regions of Nemo, created by the French designer, Sextan Shephard. Rowan Derryth went exploring and met the creator for a fascinating discussion.
Our Pathfinders this month have been exploring a very interesting tool—how to get the best use out of their Second Life Profile, with advice from Winona Wiefel, owner of PRIME Furniture (and designer of Prim Perfect, too!). Qwis Greenwood has mentored this—and has also written her Advice for Newbies column on the basics of how to create a good Profile.
There’s been an exciting development in our regular feature on Linden Homes. We’ve talked to Linden Lab, and they have agreed to supply us with the home of our designer’s choice each month to allow a wider range of designers to take part. This month our designer is Elle Kirshner, and Elle chose one of the Elderglen fantasy homes—the Shire’s Hearth. Another take on the Fantasy homes is supplied by this month’s reader’s home, as Suzanne Bisiani shares her design for the Abbot’s Haven.
This last six weeks, of course, saw two important events for the Second Life community—namely Second Life 7th Birthday and Relay for Life in Second Life. We were there to cover both of them, and the articles on SL7B by Qwis Greenwood and Relay for Life in Second Life by Ethan Westland are both lavishly illustrated by our talented photographers to show you some of the best builds and creations in the Second Life world—sadly with us for such a little time.
Last month we focused on worlds beyond Second Life, and we won’t be neglecting that as our new columnist Ignatius Onomatopoeia will be boldly seeking out new worlds to explore. This week he introduces himself to you all, but from our next issue he will be reporting back from the host of new virtual worlds that are springing up.
In Charity News, Tricia Aferdita finds out about a thrilling project—an artist that is taking her art into the skies to raise money for the children’s charity, the Theresa Group. And Gwen Carillon writes about the questions in Second Life that she believes need urgent answers.
Then we have Spruce Up Your Space, the new and rapidly growing initiative to bring the work of top designers within the reach of everyone by adopting fun monthly themes for items to be sold at bargain prices, as they tell us about their plans for June.
Then there’s all the latest from the Designing Worlds show, while our team of talented photographers, led by PJ Trenton, Raven Haalan, Twisted Lemon and GM Nikolaidis, bring you some of the most romantic and artistic eye candy from across the metaverse!
All this with News from the Grid and more!
Please note that the credits for the photographs for the Designer House of the Month (on Page 70) are incorrect. The photographs for this article were taken by GM Nikolaidis and not by Twisted Lemon
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 27 here – and please do leave a comment!
But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also obtain a standard pdf for downloading and printing.
It is available through XStreet (just search on the site for Prim Perfect). This will deliver you a copy in the form of a Thinc book that you can rez and read inworld.
We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life (these are taking over from our older vendors) – 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!
Another inworld option is to buy from our inworld vendors (located at various stores). Sometimes we have had problems with these, but you can help! If you see a vendor still selling an earlier issue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll send someone to update it.
Or you can have it delivered to you each month as a Thinc Book, 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 Thinc Book 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.
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So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!