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The last episode of this season, that is – for there will be a new series in the Fall!

Waiting to be interviewed

Waiting to be interviewed

Episode 2.6 of The Blackened Mirror goes live at 2pm PST / SLT today, Sunday 9th February (that’s 10pm GMT) and you can watch it in a variety of ways – but one of the most fun is to watch it on a large screen with friends inworld!

There are screens available at The Crescent Theater in Seraph City, the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams and the Prim Perfect Head Offices in the Seychelles. (The crew tend to head for Seraph City).

In this episode, Decisions, on their mission to rescue Millie, the young Seraph City waitress, our heroic three find themselves prisoners in the steampunk city of New Babbage.

Biggins and Quinn in the prison wagon

Biggins and Quinn in the prison wagon

And Harland Quinn, Alais Alleyn and Mr Biggins also face decisions that will shape their Quest – and their futures!

If you can’t make it inworld, then it will be available on the web at Treet.TV Blackened Mirror Channel, on The Blackened Mirror channel at Aview TV, on The Blackened Mirror YouTube Channel and, of course, on the front page of The Blackened Mirror website.

It will also be on our Facebook page, where our “likes” are steadily growing! Have you “liked” us there yet?

Can Quinn rescue Millie?

Can Quinn rescue Millie?

One Billion Rising Poetry flyer

One Billion Rising Poetry flyer

This year at One Billion Rising for Justice in Second Life, we will be hosting two Poetry events where Second Life poets can come and share their work.

Organised by Jilly Kidd, poets will be able to come together in the special arena for 2D Art on the One Billing Rising regions at 8.00am and 3.00pm SLT.

This is a new addition to the art created by Second Life artists, the music and dance supplied by Second Life musicians and DJs, for the full twenty-four hours of Friday February 14th.

We’ll see you there!

Quinn discovers a secret

Quinn discovers a secret

Well, we always knew that Miss Alleyn had secrets, didn’t we? But even Quinn is surprised when one is revealed in the final episode of this season of The Blackened Mirror!

Prisoners in the steampunk city of New Babbage, Harland Quinn, Alais Alleyn and Mr Biggins also face decisions that will shape their Quest – and their futures!

Watch Episode 2.6 – Decisions today to find out! The episode will be going live at 2pm Pacific time (SLT) and 10pm GMT.

Click to Mix and Solve

Quinn learns a secret

You can see the show on the web on the Treet.TV Blackened Mirror Channel, on The Blackened Mirror channel at Aview TV, on The Blackened Mirror YouTube Channel – and it will be shown on today’s Metaverse Week in Review!

But first do the jigsaw!

This is an old post … but I think it still explains why the residents of Linden Lab are so very passionate.

Wizardhat, photo by Wren Carling
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,

RFL 2010, photo by Twisted Lemon
Enwrought with golden and silver light,

Insilico, photo by PJ Trenton
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Second Life Railways, photo by Wildstar Beaumont
Of night and light and the half-light,

Syrah Xue's Linden Home, photo by Raven Halaan
I would spread the cloths under your feet:

inis Caiseal
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

The Merryman Arms in Babbage at RFL 2011. photo by Judith Lefevre
I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Calas Galadhon
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Junkyard Blues, photo by Twisted Lemon

WB Yeats – The Cloths of Heaven

Images used:
Wizardhat, photo by Wren Carling
RFL 2010, photo by Twisted Lemon
Insilico, photo by PJ Trenton
Second Life Railways, photo by Wildstar Beaumont
Syrah Xue’s Linden Home, photo by Raven Halaan
Inis Caiseal, photo by GM Nickolaidis
The Merryman Arms in Babbage at RFL 2011, photo by Judith Lefevre
Calas Galadhon, photo by PJ Trenton
Junkyard Blues, photo by Twisted Lemon

Some of those places have gone now; some were intended for only a brief existence; some have been updated. Perhaps readers of this blog could suggest new locations to illustrate this poem.

OBR in SL Logo 2014

OBR in SL Logo 2014

There is still time to apply to be a volunteer at the One Billion Rising in Second Life event! You can fill in the form here. Volunteers can be any gender.

And there will be training. We are planning a series of training sessions over the next few days. They will be held at the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams, and should last about an hour each.

The times will be as follows:

10am Friday 7th
2pm Friday 7th
4pm Friday 7th
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10am Saturday 8th
2pm Saturday 8th
4pm Saturday 8th
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10am Sunday 9th
4pm Sunday 9th
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10am Monday 10th
2pm Monday 10th
4pm Monday 10th

If you are unsure about applying to be a volunteer but would like to find out what is involved, coming along to one of the sessions and see whether you would enjoy it!

If you would really like to volunteer at this event but can’t make any of these times, please contact Saffia Widdershins.

In the Atelier - Candle Lit

In the Atelier – Candle Lit

I have been sharing pictures of Kayle Matzerath’s new Atelier Dream Scene for a few days, and today’s jigsaw is drawn from the same source, because I am still fascinated by the use he makes of materials.

Let’s take an example from one small corner – the one shown in the first picture.  The candle is burning, and it casts its light on the iron stove next to it, the iron pipe running above, the hanging on the ceiling and the floor. You will also notice changes in the light on the hanging as you more around the room – it’s very dynamic.

Blow out the candle – and the same scene is very different.

In the Atelier - Candle Unlit

In the Atelier – Candle Unlit

Now all the light is gone, not just from the candle, but from its reflections as well. There is still a little light on the curtain from the window, a faint effect of light from the room below. But all the reflected glow has likewise disappeared. I’m guessing that the whole thing is controlled by a script in the candle, but its beautifully done!

And here, for comparison, is the same shot with the Advanced Lighting Model turned off.  There’s still an effect of light and shade in, for example, the folds in the curtain but really, what a difference!

In the Atelier - without the Advanced Lighting Model

In the Atelier – without the Advanced Lighting Model

Anyway, enough of my being impressed by Kayle’s work and the new Advanced Lighting Model. Let’s do a jigsaw!

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Candle in the Atelier

Once again, the image has been lightened to work as a jigsaw.

OBR-Logo-2014The Music Schedule for One Billion Rising is now available on the website. A last few places remain, and we are talking to people about filling these slots.

Over the next few days, we’ll be publishing details of the DJs and Live Artists, as well as details of the Art Installations and Poetry Events too.

Once again, we are very grateful to Jan Juergens of Lusch Audio for providing the music streams for this event!

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