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Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Almost all of you reading this will know Elicio Ember’s work. If you don’t own several pieces yourselves, then you will have seen it around the grid, sometimes in fantasy areas, sometimes adding a touch of mystery and romance to other locations as well. We’ve shown his work many times on Designing Worlds – a couple of times in shows about him, but many more times as we film other places that use his items.

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

Elicio has designed some of the most beautiful regions in Second Life – his own Cerridwen’s Cauldron (which we used in filming Season 1 Episode 4 of The Blackened Mirror), but also stunning regions for Fantasy Faire – the glorious glass lanterns of Titan’s Hollow, the mysterious decaying Ruins of Nu Orne, returning to the jungle – and so many others. He created the wonderful Otherworld where the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival was held last year.

Titan's Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Titan’s Hollow, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And his store is filled with beautiful items – water lilies and surprising plants, glowing obelisks and intricate temples. To everything he brings a touch of fantasy that is grounded in reality; his background in the dual worlds of biology and graphic design make even his wildest creations completely plausible.

Elicio's Lilies

Elicio’s Lilies

On top of all this, Elicio is one of the sweetest and kindest people I know, whether in Second Life or the real world. He is warm and deeply supportive of friends – and he has many, and gives unsparingly to causes that he believes in.

A Cave of Elicio's beautiful plants on Night Whispers

A Cave of Elicio’s beautiful plants on Night Whispers

So, that made it all the more sad to receive the news today that his father has had a very serious stroke, and that Elicio and his sisters, who are all in Mexico, are faced with very serious medical bills.

On Facebook he writes:

My father had a stroke yesterday that was not seen to until today. There is no clear prognosis yet but things are serious and some kind of neural damage is confirmed. How serious is yet unknown, as his brain is still swollen and blood obscures the true size of the damage. …

Public health security in Mexico is insufficient and often of very low quality. And often even government institutions seek ways for skirting or ignoring health insurance or not subscribing their workers to the public health program. My father is a 72 year 5 idiom speaker that gave language classes during the whole day at the Senior Citizens University in Mexico. A government institution. Such institution does not subscribe their teachers to any kind of health protection program. Through a really shady 1 month contract-recontract practice that insures no teachers get health protection or antiquity bonuses. Even though most of them are senior citizens. So, my father has no health protection whatsover. Which I found about just 4 days ago. Private health insurance is usually out of reach for people like me, several of my sisters and my father. Basically the non existent middle class and below. Mexican public hospitals; although they admit people not subscribed to the public health program, they will often treat people not subscribed as low priority in an already overloaded and poor health system. It’s a Russian roulette. People can be treated well and recover. People die waiting to be treated. People die by malpractice. And if not subscribed to public health, uncertainty is always higher. So we took him to a private hospital before risking a long wait. I have 5 sisters, but not even between all of us we will be able to pay for the hospital charges without severely straining all our economies, not even considering all the expenses of rehab and care that will follow if…well. If he makes it. Which might be actually more terrifying than if he does not as its yet uncertain what the rehab possibilities are.
That’s why, even though I have asked you for support by buying my work during my last months upheld, I will have to ask you for it yet again …

So I am making a rare appeal. I am asking you to go to Elicio’s store today. I am asking you to buy what you can. You won’t regret owning his beautiful objects. But more – I’m asking you to tell people about this. Share this post. Share the address of the store. If you can’t get inworld, buy something from his marketplace store. Tell your friends to go and buy everything they can.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elicio has given so much to Second Life. Let’s show him what Second Life can give back to him.

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

The Ruins of Nu Orne, photographed by Judith LeFevre

 

 

 

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Neva River one last time

Neva River one last time

Remember I have featured Neva River on some recent blog posts? This private estate was opened by its owner, Neva Crystall, for a short time after she completed the design.

Today (Sunday 6th April) is the last day to visit – after today it will again become a private estate – until the next time Neva re-designs it!

If you love peaceful, tranquil  landscapes – make sure you don’t miss it.

But first – here’s a jigsaw to tempt you!

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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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Alpha and Omega Point

Alpha and Omega Point

To test out the capabilities of my new computer, I took myself to one of my favourite locations in Second Life – Alpha Point and Omega Point.

Complex and ever changing, these two regions are a rich, complex fantasy world, inhabited by an ancient civilisation steeped in ritual that might appear arcane, that might even appear decadent or cruel, because they have so far moved beyond what we as mortals can know.  And I came back with images …

And, in what I feel to be wholly in keeping the the dark mysteries of Alpha and Omega, I offer you today’s jigsaw as a crazy … enjoy!

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Alpha and Omega Point

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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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Natural Mignon

Natural Mignon

People regularly doing the Prim Perfect jigsaw will know that I often use photographs taken by Honour McMillan for her excellent blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life).  This jigsaw, however, although featuring one of her stunning pics, was chosen because of the hilarious post that accompanied it as one of her rumbustious cats discovered – in the middle of the night – well, you’ll just have to go and read the post for yourself.

Once you’ve done the jigsaw, of course!

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Natural Mignon, 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.

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Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

I had a message from Tymus Tenk this morning, one of the owners of Calas Galadhon – the 11-region park estate which we featured on Designing Worlds a few weeks back. He was very pleased to have also been featured in the Gridspotting article in this month’s BoSL magazine (it’s on page 108). I took a look and saw it was by a writer whose style I have long liked – Padraig Ashbourne.  He focuses on the farmland regions that we looked at in the show, but promises future visits to the northern regions too.

Reading the article inspired me to turn back to Wildstar Beaumont’s beautiful pictures of Calas Galadhon for today’s jigsaw … enjoy!

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Calas Galadhon park estate, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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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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Neva River

Neva River

Today I thought I’d do something a little different.

Everything is Second Life is underlain by the wireframe network – which we can see if we enable it. ubder the Advanced Menu >> Rendering >> Wireframe.

Neva River - Wireframe

Neva River – Wireframe

I find this view fascinating, and sometimes incredibly beautiful too.

So, at Neva River (which I wrote about the other day, with a different jigsaw), I took the same picture, once with wireframe and once normally. And then I made both into jigsaws.  Take a look and see what you think!  Which is tougher? Does one help you to do the other?

Wireframe first …

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Neva River in wireframe

And now the full works …

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Neva River – full on

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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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Neva River

Neva River

This is new in two ways – this is a new design for Neva River, and my first assay into a jigsaw with a picture taken on my lovely new machine (aka Brunnhilda).

You can read more about Neva river (and see lots of lovely pictures too) on Honour McMillan’s excellent blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life).  In her recent post on Neva River (For the Landscape Junkies in Second Life), she explains how “Neva River is the private home sim of  Neva Crystall. Every now and then she redesigns her surroundings and opens the island to visitors for just two weeks”.

As Honour visited on March 20th, it won’t be open for very much longer …

Enjoy the jigsaw! Taken by me – but now with shadows!

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Neva River

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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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