Saturday, June 23, 2018

SL15B: Another Whole Week To Go

By Gemma Cleanslate

Another excursion in the SL15B regions took me to some builds that are linked together in memories. My first stop was to the Virtual Ability site erected by Eme Capalini where I ran into Gentle Heron also admiring the build. There are pictures of members with their own stories and involvement in Second Life .

Pictures of the numerous activities you will find in Virtual Ability sim tell the story of their involvement. I was happy to see my late friend Ladyslipper and a poignant reminder of her full SL life there . The notecards are in the pictures .

While there I was invited to visit Friends of Virtual Ability. The landmarks were at the parcel. My tp took me to the Non Profits parcel.

“Nonprofit Commons connects communities for social good through education, networking, and collaboration. Like a crystal’s lattice structure, it is immensely strong, reflective, transparent, and a conductor of electricity and information.“

Here you see all that the Non Profits do in Second Life. If you have never been to their Commons in SL put it on your list. While at this parcel you can watch a video of their mission.

Leaving there I visited another Friend, Whole Brain Health, Reflections on Our Evolution. “Whole Brain Health’s home is Inspiration Island. We offer holistic brain training based on 5 pillars of well-being. “ I have toured the home site and highly recommend anyone to go over to visit. While on this parcel make sure you get to see the three levels that show their history in Second Life and the work they do. There is a handy teleport to aid you .

I dropped down at the Etopia- eco communities parcel which is new to me and I plan to visit and discover Etopia in Second Life. The build is representative of the sustainable communities and has maps of their regions and loads of information from the “people” manning the parcel.

Pick up a free bamboo bike while you are there. Go visit this interesting build.

The Crystal Cathedral is the lovely build of the Community Virtual Library. This offers you information on the resources available to anyone in the virtual worlds. Relax in the building and check out the missive connections on the website links. Great place to take a break  and just sit and rummage among the books and catalogs..

While you are at the Cathedral turn around and see the build of London City featuring the royal wedding(s) !

Remember the Big Hunt! As you move around look for the magnifying glass that indicates a participant and look for those little crystals.

Gemma Cleanslate

Thursday, June 21, 2018

My Morning On The SL15B Regions..

By Gemma Cleanslate

I visited the parcel Second Life History Walk that takes one through the years from 2003 to 2015 with visuals of items from all the past years installed by Marianne McCann.

Read the green posters to see some of the happenings of each year and examine items of innovation and interest associated with that year.

 Reminders of the past for oldies and history for newbies

If you would like to follow up on more history information stop over at my friend Fran Gustav parcel where she has installed  photos and notecard about some of the past people and items of interest in early sl. “Primolution" by Fran Gustav. I learned some history about people I never knew and some I do. Grab a noob avatar near the entrance just for fun!

"A Historical/Fantasy journey of the early years of SL.”

One of the parcels I visited the other day and went back to experience again is Moments of Immertia. It is interactive and fun to visit. There are several creators that contributed to this build. Check each one out and grab the notecard to assist you with windlight and other information .

Of course my favorite part is the satirical build at the entrance.

I stopped over at The Enigma of time where you are invited to put your creativity to work and drop a picture for an exhibit that will start on June 22 so get that picture done by June 21. Become part of the history.

They will be looking for the best 10.

Don’t forget the big hunt going on at many sites . Look for a magnifying glass at the parcel to be sure they are involved in it then find the little group of three crystals.

To visit the Welcome area and say thanks to the greeters you can enter here and pick up so much helpful directions to get the most out of your visit. You can find each parcel listed in every sim if you are looking for a special one here on the website. I love it!

Gemma Cleanslate

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sacred Ground

By Bixyl Shuftan

Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial start of summer, and to some it mainly means a three day weekend with barbecues and maybe a trip to a park for a picnic. But what it really is, it's the holiday in which Americans honor it's military men who perished in service to their country. Veterans Day, which honors all servicemen living and deceased, is several months later on November 11. The day is often observed by people visiting cemeteries, ceremonies and parades. In Second Life, there have been numerous memorials over time to fallen servicemen. In the past, there was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Currently there are numerous memorials, among the more noted the USS Arizona Memorial. Recently, I stopped by a place that had a number, Sacred Ground in the Urban Style sim.

Dropping by it's main location at Urban Style (23/192/22), one is given a notecard explaining the purpose of the sim.

Welcome to Sacred Ground. A dedicated place to Honor Our Fallen and to keep there Memories Alive. To pay respects to there families. We shall never forget them.

"So why do I build memorials?" Biker Sharkfin stated, "It's simple. It's a great way to teach people what the cost of freedom is. And to show the families of fallen warriors that their families' sacrifices aren't forgotten. The process of researching and building these memorials has provided me with a mission, a tasking, to ensure that the memories of our fallen will always be remembered and talked about, keeping the memories alive."

Beside the entrance was a display showing the fallen of several recent conflicts in which the pictures kept changing. Across the path in front was a part area, Veterans Memorial Park.

"This park is dedicated to the men and women veterans who served our country during war and peace, past, present, and future. Preserving life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness across the world.

Going around, there were a number of paths leading to various memorials.

 The Gulf War in 1991 was America's first major military conflict after Vietnam. It was brief, but casualties did occur. And with the invader still in power, some wondered if we truly won.

 The Iraq War a little over a decade later succeeded in toppling the dictator whom caused the trouble earlier. But while the initial invasion was quick, dealing with his supporters and other terrorists proved long and costly. And the end of the war did not bring peace to the country.

The Afghan War is one that started in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York and Arlington. It continues to this day.

The Vietnam War is something most Second Life residents know from history books and the accounts of those who fought, though it's shadow remained large. Despite the deaths of over 58,000 servicemen, a much larger number than more recent conflicts, the pro-American country we supported collapsed and was taken over by a Communist state, Communists also taking over two neighbors. In contrast to wars past and present, soldiers returning home were often greeted not as heroes but spat upon and branded "baby killers." For those who fought for years in the jungles, often seeing friends die, coming home to a "welcome" like that was not easily forgotten.

A small wall of memorial stones of Vietnam veterans.

Some American servicemen spent years in captivity during the Vietnam War. And some never did come home, their fates unknown.

The Korean War is sometimes called "The Forgotten War" in America as it happened just after WW2, ended in an armistice rather than a total victory, and was soon overshadowed by Vietnam. Over 33,000 Americans would die (the plaque at Sacred round read over 54,000).

World War Two was the planet's greatest conflict. America's entry two years into the fight after it was attacked would eventually mean victory for the Allies and the defeat of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the Japanese Empire's plans of conquests. But it would take years of fighting and over 400,000 dead.

There was a wall of memorial stones for a number of WW2 veterans.

World War One, or "The Great War" as it was known then, happened a century ago, and the last American veteran of the conflict passed away several years ago, marking it's passing from our living military history. Over 116,000 American servicemen died in the conflict (the memorial here says 126,000), from Influenza as well as enemy bullets. Although the Allies were victorious, it would not be "The War to End All Wars" as was hoped.

Even in world history, the American Civil War stands out with the sheer number of soldiers who took part, and the massive numbers of deaths. It was the largest conflict in the Western world between the Napoleonic Wars and World War One. Union victory would keep the nation together, but resentment in the South would last for generations. Over 600,000 soldiers on both sides would die on the battlefield, and wounds and disease. This in a nation that had a tenth of the population it does today.

There were other memorials around, this one being to Chris Kyle.

In the back of the park was a larger memorial area. There were free flags and a shirt one could pick up.

The place was beautifully done, with a wide fountain area.

There was a track, the "Highway of Heroes" that led upward to several more spots.

There were a few bikers around who were open to me riding up with them, though saw I was interested in looking around the memorials.

Among the places higher up in the sim was the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater.

 Sacred Grounds' Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The honor guard.

The Arlington Cemetery area

Final March

Wheels go around in silence
On the black caison a hero lay
Horse hooves click on cold asphalt
A hero's final march is held today
To their final rest silently they go
A great sacrifice they have made
Amongst other heroes just like them
To their final rest they will be laid
The flag covered coffin is their cover
In honor to this spot they are brought
From a lone bugler along on a knoll
The sound of tays is caught
The march is over as here they lay
In this country's hallowed ground
A blanket of green covers them now
Forever protected from wars erie sound

Tall Mountain Dreamer, December 18, 2009

The Vietnam Memorial Park, right beside the Highway of Heroes.

There were about 4800 photos of soldiers who perished in Vietnam at the memorial. A huge number, but less than a tenth of the total number of American dead.

The WW2 Freedom Wall

Each of the stars represents a hundred American servicemen killed in the global conflict.

The All Wars Memorial

 The memorial gives a brief descriptions of the conflicts we've been in, going back to Colonial times.

 There was a memorial to Captain Jeff Kuss.

One memorial was to the murdered at the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001.

There are other places on the sim that I hadn't gone to, such as the Tailhook Club where events are sometimes held.

Since the American Revolution, over 1,300,000 soldiers, sailors, pilots, and other servicemen gave their lives for the country, a number that sadly promises to go up over time.

Bixyl Shuftan