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SL14B – Inside Art

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I had a lot of fun with one of the displays at SL14B today. The build was created by Ginger Lorakeet and is called “Inside Art”. It is in the Spectacular region, but I missed it in my first go-round so thought I would post about it now. Essentially it is made up of boxes containing pictures, but you can enter into the picture (there are poses embedded in the works) and become part of it.  If you wish to give it a try, click here for the lm.

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Here you can see the picture as it appears in the build

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Visiting with the fam on Sunday afternoon

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Quiet game of chess in the library

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Alien Games – Totem Tennis

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Lil’ Blue Hot Rod

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Think I’m in trouble

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Something’s following me!

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Farm Life

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Cyber Rain

SL14B Beguile and Electrify

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The Doge’s Carnival

I returned to the Beguile region later on to continue looking around. I found quite a few of the builds to be on the surreal side, particularly

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The Dragon is Born from Chaos

The Dragon is Born from Chaos,

 

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The Spirits of Egregore

The Spirits of Egregore, and SL14B – The Doge’s Ball. All were very striking. But there are also a number of displays that are quite the opposite, including the Virtual Railway Consortium, the University of Arizona’s Cibola Classroom,  Caledon Oxbridge – Colors, Shapes and Patterns, Street Faire on Project Hope and even Roleplay in Second Life.

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Having a quiet moment at the Virtual Railway Consortium building

After visiting The Dragon is Born from Chaos, which as I said is quite surreal, I stopped by the Virtual Railway Consortium to learn a bit about the trains in second life, and relax for a little while.

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Checking out some diagrams

I had some refreshments and checked out some of their plans before continuing on. Boye and I have frequently gone on little voyages on some of the trains in Second Life and it is a very interesting and pleasant way of seeing the world, so I was pleased to find something train related at SL14B.

I dropped by Caledon Oxbridge, where you can learn about building,

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Cibola Classroom

and the University of Arizona’s Cibola Classroom, which represents a center for studying Spanish and Portuguese language and culture.

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Bauhaus Carnival – note I am dancing in wedges, not easy

I then visited the Bauhaus Carnival, an homage to Bauhaus designer Oskar Schlemmer and his Triadisches Ballet.

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Rockliffe University’s The Masque of Literacy”

And after that I discovered Rockliffe University’s “The Masque of Literacy”, which is actually a 3 dimensional logic puzzle. I was hooked by this. 6 characters appear on a stage set, you click on them and they give you clues which you then use to unlock the prize. I must say that I spent some very enjoyable time trying to figure this out and I am extremely pleased to say that I was successful! If you love puzzles, this is the place for you.

As with the other regions, there is lots to see in Beguile and you can find a listing along with lms here.

My next region was Electrify. Many of the builds in electrify are related to communications: the SLNewser Pyramid, Happy Hunting TV show, Newspaper Factory . Others are sports and activities related: Amusementology, SL Surfing Association, Second Life Coastguard “Serious Fun” Show, Giant Snail Races, to name a few. And there were more arts related plots, too: A Spiral Mask, The Globe of Shakespeare, Hybridisation.

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Friendly Dolphin

The first place I went in Electrify was to the SL Surfing Association display, where I had a lot of fun swimming with a dolphin,

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Surfing

trying to surf and just lazing around.

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This is the life!

Once I was well rested I visited A Spiral Mask, very colourful and the generous creator gave some lovely face makeup as gifts.

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A Spiral Masque

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Face paint tattoo available at A Spiral Masque

Not too far away I was happy to discover the Giant Snail Races build.

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Giant Snail Race Celebration with Cake Stage in the background. How SL!

I don’t think there is anything that says SL to me more than the giant snail races, so I was delighted to see them there.

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The Globe Theater

I went to the Globe Theater and tried answering some questions on Shakespeare, not terribly successfully, I am sorry to say.

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My debut as Juliet

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View of the stage

But it was interesting trying to answer and the theater itself is beautiful.

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View of “Hybridisation”

And finally I found a space that is called “Hybridisation”. In the center is a large, colourful double helix, and around it are 4 more helices.

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Looking down through the double helix

The colours and patterns are constantly changing and the visitor is invited to cam around, thereby getting constantly changing combinations of patterns and colours. I spent quite a bit of time camming around and taking photographs.

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Close-up of one of the helices

This is just a taste of what may be found in the Electrify region. For a complete list including lms click here.

 

SL14B – Spectacular and a Little Beguile(d)

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 The Cake Stage, at the center of it all

It’s that time of the year again. SL14B, the yearly community celebration, opened on June 18th. The theme of this year’s event is “Carnivalesque” which was chosen to celebrate the coming together of individuals from all over “in one place in celebration, and form (ing) a carnival-like atmosphere that you simply cannot achieve alone.” (from the SL14B blog  http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/our-theme-for-sl14b/  )

And indeed, there is definitely a joyful atmosphere created by the colourful and inventive displays on view. The SL birthday celebrations seem to get better and better each year, at least in my opinion. I am always amazed at the creative builds that fit into such small spaces with limited prims that still manage to relate to the yearly theme as well as provide information on the exhibitor’s involvement in Second Life.

sl14b spectacular_126I began my exploration of SL14B with the “Spectacular” region. My first stop was the HHVET Victoriana Free Community display. HHVET stands for “Happiness, Harmony, Virtue, Equality and Truth”, which are the founding ideals of the community. The sim is Victorian themed, the age of the horse and carriage, with the emphasis on horses. HHVET Victoriana Free Community covers three regions of parkland and residential areas, including an equestrian sim. As well there is a library, learning center, sandbox and Rainmayker Memorial Park, a memorial to a valued member of the community who passed away in 2014. Free housing is offered to applicants through an approval process. This is a PG sim and is well worth checking out.

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Look Ma, I’m a Zombie! Gift from Grimly’s Creepy Carnival

I had a lot of fun at the Fantasy Quest plot, also known as Grimly’s Creepy Carnival. There were carnival games to play, and some great gifts to pick up.

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Oh, well

I learned how sexy I am (Unfeeling robot),

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Could be worse (oh wait..)

how strong I am (ants bully me) and then at one game, called the Death Clock (one of the creepier things at Grimly’s) I was fortunate to discover that I am living! Yay!

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Good to know

However, after acting as the target on the target practice bulls eye,

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Looks safe

I came out “hemorrhaging”.

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Not good, time to go!

Yikes!

After that experience I was craving a bit of peace and relaxation, so I went to the Oasis of Nature: Parks as Places of Rest.

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This was a very tranquil area. You can find information on national parks around the world,

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Meditating

meditate or simply lie back

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This doesn’t feel like being in the middle of SL14B

I picked up some great gifts, too.

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They included; a backpack, a picnic table, banana, apple, trail mix, compass, bear horn, first aid kit, map, journal and some books.

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Colour Juggling – if you look closely you can see balls being shot back and forth from the cannons

Fully restored after my break I continued on to the Colour Juggling and

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Masters of Puppets

Masters of Puppets plots, afterwards stopping for a rollercoaster ride at the Happy Hippo Building school,

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Riding the roller coaster at the Happy Hippo Building School

which is a welcoming space with lots of information on getting started with building.

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Blue Lotus Okiya

I travelled on to the Blue Lotus Okiya, an establishment of geisha training and entertainment set in Edo Japan.

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Museums of Archaeology

After this gracious and tranquil environment, I ventured forth to learn about Saturnalia at the Museums of Archaeology.

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Junkanoo

Nearby was Junkanoo, which I learned is a street parade with music in the Bahamas. It takes place on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and in the summer. The largest is in Rawson Square, Naussau, which has been re-created at the Junkanoo plot. Full of brilliant colours, incredible costumes and irresistible music, you can watch videos of RL Junkanoo parades and absorb the spirit of these Bahamian festivities.

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Dancing at the Shambhala Sanctuary

Following my visit to the Junkanoo I went on to the Shambhala Sanctuary “Festival of Lights”. According to the notecard I picked up, the Shambhala Sanctuary is “Dedicated to upholding the ancient Shambhala traditions, raising our energy, generating the sense of well being from within.  Shambhala is said to be a place of peace, tranquility and happiness. A society where all inhabitants are enlightened: An inner realm accessed through deep communion with Divine Source. Seek this communion and you too may discover…  the keys to Shambhala are within you.”

There is much more to be discovered at the “Spectacular” region of SL14B. A full listing, including lms can be found here,

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Spotting London City Carnivale Commuinty

I also too a ride on one of the pods that visit all regions of SL14B. While I was on it I passed Big Ben (I know it is actually the name of the bell and not the tower), which was in the Beguile region, so I decided to visit Beguile next.

My first stop was at the London City Carnivale Community, where I had seen Big Ben from my pod ride.sl14b Beguiled_023

I stopped for a pumpkin latte and enjoyed the atmosphere before continuing on to Second Life in the Middle Ages.

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Created by Aemeth Lysette, an artist whose “virtual exhibits often revolve around portraiture or humorous/fictional situations”. She has displayed several pictures dealing with situations we have all found ourselves in in Second Life, such as region restarts, always at the wrong moment, losing things in Inventory and griefing. (need one about lag)

sl14b Beguiled_017She has very generously made these pictures available to visitors to Second Life in the Middle Ages and I know they are going to become a much-appreciated addition to my SL home. And, wouldn’t you know it, just then there was a region restart,

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so I returned home and will visit more of Beguile next time. A full listing of plots in the Beguile region can be found here.