Thursday, May 25, 2017

H.G. Wells' Exhibit at Netera's Coffee Lounge

By Bixyl Shuftan

Longtime readers may remember Netera Landar who wrote for the Newser for a time, and has been running "Netera's Coffee Lounge." In the past, the place was known for offering regular discussions of writers and musicians. For the past couple years, the Lounge has been ad Snug Harbor. Right now, Netera is showing off an H.G. Wells exhibit. On the second flour of the building, the exhibit is accessible through a teleporter on the floor.

Some of Well's science fiction stories are so well known, they've been made and remade into many movies and television programs, such as "The Invisible Man," "The Time Machine," "War of the Worlds," and "The Island of Dr. Moreau." Most can still be checked out at the library or purchased at bookstores. Probably only Jules Verne is about as well-remembered of the sci-fi writers of his time. On occasion, Wells himself has become a character in fiction such as the 1979 movie "Time After Time." Steampunk equipment and weapons are occasionally referred to as "Wellsian." Having inspired many beyond his time from science-fiction fans and writers alike to those with just a casual interest, Netera herself wondered what would it be like to have an actual conversation with the writer "with a fascination for history, politics, and social commentary."

The exhibit is a combination of written displays describing Wells and his life, photographs, pictures of movie posters based on his works, and props such as the time machine that one can sit in. Some of the facts are less than common knowledge, such as Wells' father was a professional sports player. And some are well known, such as the Orson Welles' radio play of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" novel in 1938 that was told so much like actual news broadcasts, it caused widespread panic. The exhibit does not go much into Wells' later years of which his article on Wikipedia describes as a time when his reputation as a writer declined.

So if you're a fan of science fiction, especially steampunk, the H.G. Wells exhibit is worth a visit. For more information, check out Netera's own article on the exhibit, or Inara Pey's article.

And Netera, give me some time to think on which three books I would take with me.

Bixyl Shuftan.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Return to Yosemite

Last July I introduced you to Yosemite and all its glories. Later, Deaflegacy did an interview with the owner, Jadyn Firehawk, and her other varied and helpful interests in Second Life. I have been back to Yosemite several times during the year for relaxation, a horseback ride, a visit to the Art Forest, and the new Ranger Station. Now there are so many new venues to visit, I felt the need to tell you about some of them. 

At the entrance, there are teleport boards to aid you and a new guide to the sim you can pick up and save.

 My first stop was to see the  Keao's World.  What a story behind this new spot. The builder of the obelisk is totally blind and did the build with Jadyn’s assistance. It is hard for me to imagine, but there it is, a two story build with area to dance , sit and have a dinner at the table or relax on the couch listening to the chimes of the fountain. Pick up the notecard there where Keao Wright explains herself and her life.

Another new and fascinating area is the new ArchLives . I was thrilled to see that this is an area set aside by Jadyn for “A visitable 3D architectural archive featuring replicas of famous buildings that were created for past purposes in Second Life, builds that would otherwise no longer exist, including the Barcelona Pavilion, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Hatch Memorial Shell, and Villa Overby, with more exhibits to come.” This is the Canadian Parliament Library and Peace Tower.  I  immediately sent a message to a friend of mine who has marvelous builds from the past in his inventory and hope to see one there soon. Go see and feel the nostalgia. 

My next TP was to the Yosemite Village Stores that are now near the Maganda Arts. A great collections of unusual shops to visit . I saw items here I have not seen anywhere before from art pieces to clothing to fertilizer. Don’t miss that area!!

From there you can wander right over into the Art Forest where there is an exhibit by Rage Darkstone at this moment.There are two get-togethers every week for friends and family and anyone is invited to come. Fridays from 5-7 people get together at the campfire next to the visitor building to talk and toast marshmallows. Sunday Morning you are invited to have brunch in The Bear's Lair Coffee Shop which is located inside the Visitor Center.

Jaydyn is relaxing in the new Eagle's nest in the forest of ancient Giant Sequoia trees. You can take your honey and have a private place to talk.

There is so much more to enjoy and explore at Yosemite and some wonderful places to live if you are so inclined. get yourself over there and look at the new places I have written about here, and use the teleporter to find the other treasures. The new horses are great for riding in the forest. Perhaps I will see you there. 

Gemma Cleanslate

Friday, May 19, 2017

Back To The Future: The Ride

By Bixyl Shuftan

Most are familiar with the "Back to the Future" sci-fi comedy movie trilogy. A sequel of sorts was the "Back To The Future: The Ride" at the Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando Florida. The ride opened on May 2 1991 (about a year after the third movie was in theaters), and ran until 2007, with a duplicate ride in Universal Sudios Japan running until 2016. As it turns out, there's a version of the ride here in Second Life at the ASD Studios sim. The tribute was created by Alicia Stella.

In order to experience the ride properly, one has to have media available. Ouside the ride is the first part of the pre-show in which the riders are spoken to by Doc Brown, having moved back to the present in order to found his "Institute of Future Technology." The riders were supposed to be volunteers for his new eight-seater version of his DeLorean time machine in which they would be sent forward into the future one day. Unfortunately, Biff Tannen, (the antagonist in the first two movies), has somehow gone from 1955 to the present day institute. In the second part of the pre-show, of which the doors open to every few minutes, Biff is shown trapping Brown in his office, getting into a time machine, and laughing as he speeds away into time. Doc pleads for the volunteers to get into the other time machine and go after him. Thanks to a tracker in Biff's machine, they can catch up to him and all they have to do is bump into him.

In the Second Life version of the ride, only four people can fit into the DeLorean time machine. The ride is best viewed in mouselook, as it shows the riders chasing Biff through time, occasionally crashing into things as he tries to throw them off through Hill Valley 2015, the Ice Age, and the Creaceous Period. Eventually, the riders catch up to their target. At the end of the show, Doc Brown thanks the riders, reminding them, "the future is what you make of it," and asks the riders to leave "before you meet yourself coming in." There's a donation jar near the exit to help with tier payments.

A fun ride, especially for fans of the movies.

More on the ride can be found on Wikipedia, and Universals Studios Wikia .

ASD Studios (18/89/27)

Hat tip: Skylark LeFavre

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Town

By Gemma Cleanslate

Easter Town is open for fun! Laura Liberty has opened it up for all to come shop and play. I was talking to the unusual Easter Bunny (tina (tanyja Resident)) who helps Laura with all the townies and is also a Santa “helper” .There are six events of Townies during the year but I have not seen them all yet. This is my third. You have until about the 18th to get over there and enjoy.

I took a balloon ride over town to get a good overview.  In the quaint colorful shops you will find any decor you want for your home or region. I  also saw some really Easter clothes and cute costumes for adults and kids. Lots of kids things as you imagine with Easter bunnies, eggs , and  toys, party decorations for kiddies and adults. 

Outside there are wonderful games and decor to buy and you can try them out before you invest.  I found an avatar working on an egg decoration in the rezz zone just for that purpose.There is a 7000L prize contest  going on so get your creative juices going . I picked up a cute free egg avatar and will try that on.

There is a great little carrot car to rezz and drive around in or you can cruise  in one of the  broken egg shells along the waterway. There is a race track for peeps Races.

20 Eggs are placed around the region inside the shops and out so make sure you look for those cute prizes while you are there. I am in the middle of finding them so will be going back for more searching. I am glad they are big enough to see because I give up hunts quickly if I cant find things. 

Make sure you get yourself there this week especially if you need decor for your event or home. Easter Town will be up only until April 18. If you want to keep aware of the townies and the builds during the year you can join the group, or you can subscribe for messages. There is a subscriber sign near the entrance.

Gemma Cleanslate   

Friday, March 10, 2017

Calas Skate-O-Rama

By Gemma Cleanslate

What a treat ! Those who love skating, ice or roller, have an opportunity to enjoy a rink for the month of March. You can grab a friend and go skating or get to a party.  The owners of Calas Galadhon, Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith have a marvelous build that is reminiscent of the days when roller skating was most popular in a setting that brings many thoughts  of those days.

I arrived at the bus stop on Route 66 in the middle of the desert surrounded by high mountains. A river flowed around the land. In front of me stood a majestic  pale blue Art Deco structure with lights beaming up into the sky and a sign that read Calas Skate-O-Rama. To the right I saw a truck moving along the road  and to the left, far down the road, a Stuckey’s sign and past that a lighted sign for the infamous Bates Motel. I headed straight to the Skating rink.

Before I reached the doors I had to stop in the parking lot to admire all the gorgeous cars of the era. I think this is the largest collection of  vintage cars I have seen in one place in Second Life .The picture only captures half of them. I also  spied some side car motorcycles near the door .  Once through the doors I found myself again in the open air.  I picked up a free pair of skates as I  passed.

My first stop was at the Skate In Diner where I ordered a burger and cola that was  delivered to me by Alicia Underby. My mother used to tell me of the fun she had skating at the local rinks when she was a kid. I have been to a few at the beach myself. The rink is a massive wooden floor with sync skating if you like. It is fun to skate in the open air. 
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 A nearby board showed me there will be skate parties all during the month at night and on weekends. A stage is all set up for the djs. 
I was sorry to have missed the wild opening but Romie Vella shared photos with me. You can see the opening party at this link.
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Here is the bus stop to start your own skating party or get to one of the events listed. I hope to get to at least one of them.  Maybe I will see you there!
Gemma Cleanslate

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sakura Matsuri

By Bloodykitty

Welcome to Sakura Matsuri, better known as Nakamisei Street. This place is filled with small vendors of Japanese related things as well as cute stuff. The sim is located in the region of Ryukyu and owned by MORE Laville. Have you ever wanted cute clothes? Your in luck. Appliers? Sure! Items for your home? You bet your bottom! This lovely decorated market is home to all of those wonderful things.

Now I didn't get a chance to shop but I was mainly looking around the square and it's so beautiful with its small buildings, lanterns hanging all over the place, as well as the pink trees. Of course if you zoom out this sim may seem small but it's quite a good adventure to go through every single item, looking for the right one. Now I've been a shopping addict for as long as I can remember on Second Life, especially as soon as I got my few hundred lindens. Time to drop till you shop!

I recommend going here and checking it out, whether or not you plan to shop. The sights and sounds are a wonderful addition to every sim, especially a Japanese styled one. While there may not be music, there's still other sounds to enjoy while browsing and exploring. Come down today and hang around, maybe you'll even see me there!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cerridwen's Cauldron

By Fritter Enzyme

An emerald gem of a sim in Second Life, Cerridwen's Cauldron can offer you hours of exploration, with fun and wonderful photographic possibilities.  Fantasy flora and buildings are the theme.  And I know, you haven’t seen anything like them.  Underwater, on the land and in the air, there is no shortage of relaxing environments to meet up, snuggle and dig the music from Groove Salad on the stream. 

The Dawn Tower spires up to offer beautiful and exotic views of this land.  Pierlounge is a small waterfront hangout.  Fungiloung with its glowing mushrooms and waterways has much to take in.  There are two tree lounges, again with great views from the sky.  I like the emloung, it is a cavern, with large glowing crystals, water and a bar.  Plants as well fill it with a mysterious aura.  More places than that to teleport to, but sometimes the fun is in the walking about between the locations given.  Midnight setting is cool, but I like more light for photography, in most cases.  It does give I a special splendor in the dark with all things glowing around you.  What a great thing it would be to see this in 3D!

You are going to like what you see, and better yet, you can purchase these items to bring to your own home in Second Life.  The basalt blocks, fungi, trees, most everything there is in the store vendors.  Low prim and nice prices.  There are even avatars to get. Do you like the buildings and structures that fill the sky and land?  Teleport to the building rez platform, vendors there can show them for you, to obtain your own part of the magic.

Now, don’t forget to join the group, you get invited to events, roleplaying, a free Order of the Spirit cloak, and other gifts.  If you enjoy it, why not expand the experience?

I always like to remind everyone to tip, even small amount, it all builds up, it all counts.  Look what kids did with the March of Dimes.  Having said that, the owner of this sim has a father with serious medical problems, so, if you can, pull a few Lindens out of those little pixel pockets and place them in one of the tip jars about.  Or buy many of the things you like there, because you will like what you see at Cerridwen's Cauldron!

Fritter Enzyme

Addition: A benefit event is being planed for the sim's creator Elicio Ember from April 1 to April 9, the details can be found in the press release

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mardi Gras at Jade Isle

By Gemma Cleanslate

There are so many daily parties going on in sl now to celebrate Mardi Gras. To find them just check the list of events put out by the Lindens. For a look at Mardi Gras as celebrated in New Orleans a visit to Mardi Gras New Orleans at Jade Isle. The region is the installation of Frannydj Dean. She put extraordinary work into it this year and added some new interactives.

The entrance is in a shop that offers some food and drinks to enjoy! Grab the free beads ! It is fun to land there and walk out onto to street where the spectacular parade is passing by. It is the best parade of floats I have seen in all my years in sl. Don’t just stand there and look join in! I like to walk down the street and then jump on a float and become part of the party.

I tried out a bunch of them this year, dancing along with the music.

There are admiring people standing along the route. After you do your dancing on the floats take time to visit the shops and restaurants along the street. I had a piece of king cake in one and a wild drink in another.  There are teleports that will take you to four wonderful party venues where you can dance the night away.

My favorite is the Paddle wheel Steam Boat where you dance on the upper deck. The Jazz Club at the other end of the sim is the other 

On the other side of the park I found a huge carnival with all the rides you enjoy. Then take a walk into the park and along the water front to see the sights.  Standing on the waterfront I felt like I was really  in New Orleans. Wandering back be sure to look at the houses and other buildings along the way to prolong the feeling. There is not much time left before it all comes to and end for another year.

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler !

Gemma Cleanslate

Friday, February 24, 2017

CADERU 2017 Valentine

By Bloodykitty

 Ever wanted to enjoy what's left of February as well as Valentine's Day? Now you can! This may just look like a simple little town but it's oh so much more! Besides all the pretty building structures, lights, and all of the glowing lights you can shop as well! Upon following the arrows down the road and admiring the sights around you and taking note of the advertisements, it's really a beautiful place to be.
CADERU 2017 Valentine is located in the region of Clover, the estate being titled as Metabirds2 and owned by Asma Harcourt. I had gotten a few looks around the place and even went into the main area which upon going inside the tunnel at the end of the lighted arrows is a little market. There you can buy from gachas and main vendors on whatever goodies your heart desires. I would've bought some stuff myself but as a renter we all must save a little buck or two right?

Inside the shop there are some wonderful vendors and gachas and at really neat prices too for those of you who are looking to save a buck like myself for other things. The items range from Valentine's Day themed to sweet treats, clothing, accessories, and other assorted goodies which you can't go wrong on!
Besides an in-world location, the little event and shop also as a site for you to go to to check them out further, some of it's in Japanese and or Chinese so you may not be able to understand unless translated, but I promise it's worth the look! Here are both the SLURL and site link for you to navigate to and explore!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Townies Presents Valentine and Mardi Gras Towns

By Gemma Cleanslate

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate ! .. greets you when you land at the entrance of Valentine Town by Laura Liberty. Candy and hearts are all around and this is a great place to shop for your valentine teddybears, gifts, balloons galore, other  decorations, and outfits. The quaint shops offer everything you can think of and more. There are a large groups of shops to explore . I saw some great greeting cards in one and in another, make your own musical card. 

There is a lovely little heart boat that lets you float along the river and under the town in a tunnel .( Would be fun with your honey.) Look for that. At the end of the ride is  a gumball machine that takes you for a harrowing ride bouncing above and below into the chocolate river and I survived. As I walked around I admired the shops and candy decor. 

And then ...

I found myself entering Mardi Gras Town!

The band was already playing the familiar tunes you hear all over New Orleans before Mardi Gras and actually all year round. I grabbed a free  hula hoop and had a great time!

Over here one can find anything they would like to have for the celebration of Mardi Gras at home or in a club.  Wonderful decor and outfits for everyone. I found some great masks in one shop. I  picked up a free Mardi Gras shirt  so look for that on a cart near the band.!

I also got a great free face animator and tried out the looks.

 I had a strong desire for a bowl of Gumbo! This is a drop in , bring friends and make a great party place. This band is here 24/7 and keeps up the music.Have a wonderful time and don’t miss it before the end of the season.    Here is the beginning of your adventure.

Gemma Cleanslate