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Saturday, December 15, 2018

THE DICKENS PROJECT: A View From An Urchin



This year, THE DICKENS PROJECT invites residents to participate in a new way: become an urchin in Dickens' London!

Charles Dickens, ever a champion of children, wrote stories about those who were poor and unprotected, left in the hands of the manipulative and cruel.  His child characters are often triumphant, finding ways to build lives of purpose and sometimes even happiness in a difficult time. 

 Enjoy this story, created at Urchins in Dickens' London just this week.

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Kit Becomes an Urchin

By Aoife Lorefield

Kit shivered in the fog. Another hungry morning. She’d slept, sort of, in the empty wagon after supping on a badly bruised apple and a bit of bread she’d grabbed before a dog could. Food all around her and she hadn’t a farthing for it, nor anything else.

Sad thing was, she’d always wanted to see London.

Her brother George, the one who’d gone to sea, came home once with stories about throngs of people, shops full of fancy goods, and ships with masts taller than trees. She’d dreamt of it all in the long nights and longed for that life.

Now Mum and Dad were gone. Her and Henry had been left to the parish and after six months of that, she’d thought she’d rather die. She’d run to London and maybe she would die, here. If she couldn’t find food or a place to stay or something, anyway.

Sounds of laughter made her shrink back against the wagon. It was far too early for market folk and she was certain she didn’t want thieves to find her. She crawled under the wagon and peered through the thick fog.


The laughter came again, closer this time. It sounded like kids. What could they be doing?

The small figures took shape in the fog. A tiny red-haired girl, her thin arms blue with cold, holding a basket with some green stuff in it. A boy, also a carrot top and almost as thin, in a green cap pulled low over his forehead. A blonde boy in a top hat. That looked ace, that did. Wonder where he got that one. A tiny little girl in a red hat.

Kit watched as the children strolled, skipped, and danced through the market stalls. This was not the fancy market where the toffs went, not this one. This was where the mums from Camden Town came for a bit of meat and greens, or the scriveners and clerks scrounged for the coins to pay for another used book, or cabbies might stop for a cup of hot soup.

One of the boys picked up three books and juggled them, making the youngest laugh.

“Put ‘em back, Jo,” an older girl said sternly. “We can’t sell them so there’s no point, eh?”

The boy Jo shrugged but did as she said.


Instead he started juggling apples from the basket right next to her wagon. The youngest gathered around him like they’d seen this before, and it seems they had. Every few passes, he’d toss an apple to one child, who’s catch and bite into it, smiling.

Kit was so entranced, she didn’t notice the other boy until it was too late. There he was, crouched down in front of her wagon, looking right at her.

“Coooo, mates,” he called out. “Lookee what I found.”

He reached in to grab her arm and she shrank back, afraid. The older girl, the one who’d told Jo to put the books back, grabbed Jo’s shoulder and pulled him back.

“You’re scaring her, Jo,” she said, her voice stern again. “Stop it or I’ll box your ears.”

She grabbed his ear and twisted it as she spoke and he howled.

“I wasn’t doin’ anyfing!” he said.

Jo ran off and the girl crouched down instead.

“Look here,” she said, “we’re safe, mostly, and you look all alone. Come out now, let me see you.”

There didn’t seem much choice. She couldn’t stay as she was much longer. Kit slid across the frozen ground, out from under the wagon, and stood up.

“Are you thieves, then?” she asked the girl, trying to sound casual about the question, like she knew all about thieves and London and everything.

The girl looked around the market at the children combing through the stalls and smiled.


“Maybe sometimes,” she said. “We’re the ones the fine ladies and gents call urchins, don’t you know. The kids no one cares about.”

Kit nodded, her eyes wide. In her life, right now, that’s what she was. A kid no one cared about.

The girl put a hand on her shoulder, this time kindly.

“You better come along with us,” she said. “We watch out for each other. We know places to find food and safe places to stay and a few ways to get by.”

The girl turned and started to walk away. The kids were at the far end of the market now, disappearing into the fog.

The girl turned back and waved. “Come along!” she said.

So Kit did. She guessed she was a urchin now. Time to find out how that worked, and whether she could get by too in the big dirty city that was London.

***

What was it like to be a child in Victoria's England? Become an urchin and find out!

The Urchins in Dickens' London is a game that combines elements of the SL hunt, free form (and optional) role play, and an invitation to create (and share) your story.

Begin by getting a copy of the Urchins hud, available at the Dickens Project landing point. Inside the package, you'll find instructions on how to get started.

You can also find more on the special Urchins Webpages on the Seanchai Library Website. THE DICKENS PROJECT, produced by Seanchai Library, is open on LEA Region 7 through December 30th. with plenty of events, stories, things to explore and engage. Information on all features are available at the landing point


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GeekSpeak – are we heading for big trouble in the western world?


This month we have seen massive protests in European countries and in the USA.  Why are people so angry?  Could it escalate into something even bigger?

Which should be more afraid, the people or the governments?  What sort of obedience do we owe to our governments and what do they owe to us?

If the protesters succeed what difference will it make?  Will it just mean some other guy in office?  Or could the entire system be changed?  Could the western world fall apart any time soon?

Come and talk with us about the future of the western world as we know it.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for future subjects.


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danmu/143/127/51
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Best wishes
Kathen

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mesh vs Classic *** Discrimination In Second Life Pandora Reporting

Discrimination is usually a real life issue but what happens when the hatred spills over into your Second Life and you are suddenly judged by your avatars appearance? To me that is beyond a joke.
I have seen clubs that state in their description “Mesh Avatars Only” and they are serious as they go on to add “No NOOB Mesh Avatars” and “No Flexi Hair.”

When I came back to Second Life I could see that a lot had changed. I knew that I would have to mesh up eventually. I began with a mesh body and my system head. While most people were okay with it. (Oh thanks for your approval) to others I had a mix and match look that did NOT match and they didn’t mind telling me so. I started to feel like some sort of freak … mesh body with a system head. It was doing my real life head in as well … pun not intended.
Eventually it all became too much and after taking a long hard look at myself I decided to change for ME and only me. In Second Life demos are your friend and I bought lots of them and got to work. I felt very proud of my achievements. I would be accepted now right? WRONG.
On the flip side a few people who hadn’t converted over to mesh or still had their system heads no longer wanted to know me. With the exception of a few REAL friends I had become an outcast. I’ve even had comments such as “You must feel much better now that you’re mesh” and I’m thinking to myself “You must feel much better now that I’m worthy of hanging out with you.”  This was a painful experience for me and it still is. The changes I have made to myself and will continue to make are for me and me alone. 

I have FRIENDS in SL who don’t see me as often if at all and others have dropped off completely. My whole mesh experience cost me close to 20,000 Lindens which is roughly $124.00 US because I live in Australia so the conversions are different. That includes a mesh body and head. Skins and makeup as well as hair and clothes. The list is endless.
Do I regret my decisions? No way I like my look and it’s mine. Don’t like it? Don’t look and while your’e at it go get a head or move on ahead … whatever.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA TRIBUTE! Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour Dec 8th 7-9:30pm

@ Synergy Island
Saturday December 8th 7:00-9:30pm


You've heard their music on the radio in RL... You may have seen them live... THE Christmas show that is second to none. Now Mavendorf Entertainment is performing the famous Ghosts of Christmas Eve Show LIVE on Synergy Island in SL..and only this show WILL BE ON GROUND LEVEL in a winter setting! Since 2009, this group, lead by Clint Quandry, has been considered to be the #1 Tribute to TSO by the TSO Fan Club of SL! Come see why! The laser light show will astound you, and the show is not just a concert... it is a Holiday Extravaganza!
Dress in your warm winter outfits (please limit your scripts) and join us for a night you will not soon forget!


GeekSpeak – should everyone make their own energy?


In the future we will have huge energy demands.  Will we have to make our own energy?  Will we all have to install solar panels, wind turbines on the roof, a human waste converter?  Will we be forced to do this? Once we see the light (forgive the pun) will we ever want to go back to company energy?

How would the world look if everyone had to produce energy?  Will large energy plants completely disappear?  Could we make money by selling energy?

Where will all our power come from in 30 years’ time?  Will all those power sources be ethical?  Or will we be so desperate for energy that we will use unethical methods to get it?

Come and join us in our energizing discussion event.


IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danmu/143/127/51
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Best wishes
Kathen

Monday, December 3, 2018

Getting A Head In Life Pandora Drezelan reporting

Okay, the last time that I wrote I had been checking out the Mesh situation in Second Life. I sampled a few demos and decided on the Maitreya Lara and Belleza Venus bodies.
I am currently wearing the Maitreya Lara body.
I liked both … it’s good to have a back up plan I guess.

The time had come for me to make a choice regarding my system head and this is where the problem started.
I really liked my system face … I mean like REALLY but I hated my actual system head. It didn’t look good with my new Mesh body no matter what I did.
I tried Mesh hair and Tattoo layer makeup I even bought a choker to hide the neck seam however there was no denying the way that I looked to ME.
Shopping wasn’t as much fun anymore. Everywhere I went I saw I lot of amazing makeup that I couldn’t wear unless I had a Mesh head.
This is only my opinion but unless you are really lucky then most system heads do not look good on a Mesh body. While the Mesh body is smooth wearing a system head with it doesn’t match up and may appear to have harsher edges.
I have always been a fan of LAQ. I’ve worn their skins for as long as I have been in SL. Two of my favourites were Lacie and Tasha so I decided to go back to where I started in the beginning and I purchased every demo that I could find.
I had five heads to demo. Sandy, Nyx, Leia, Neve and Poppy as well as skins and make up and the demo HUD.
I made a Project Folder for my demos and now the fun begins.
I demo’d everything to death for over two weeks and after many early mornings and sleepless nights Poppy won as my head of choice.
Then I TP’d back to LAQ
and bought EVERYTHING on my check list and straight back home again to get it all sorted. I had already tweaked Poppy’s head to look the way I wanted her to look. Now it was time for the final touches.
I made a folder for all of her body parts and named it Pandora’s Poppy. I made copies as well because I just make copies of everything. It drives me crazy that my inventory is so organised but I like it that way.
Now Pandora’s Poppy is complete. If you haven’t converted over to Mesh and you want to  then remember to demo EVERYTHING.
Make all the changes that you want on the demos. You can always take a break and start again later.
Converting from Classic to Mesh is your choice. It’s your Second Life not someone else’s so you decide.
I knew that giving up the face that I had known for eight plus years in SL would not be easy.
I was about to take on a whole new look and it would be worth it.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

GeekSpeak – will Dataism kill Humanism?


We humans are, in this day and age, human-centric.  But there is a time coming when Big Data will be the center of all our actions and decisions.  Algorithms will make all our decisions for us.  They will decide whom we will marry, whom we will vote for.  Algorithms will know so much more about us than we know about ourselves.

When will we realize that we are not completely human any more?  When will ‘human’ mean something different? When will we be ruled by the algorithm?  Will Dataism become a new religion?  When will you be happy to give your life over to Google?

Come and discuss the transition from biological algorithms to electronic ones.  Bring your brain processing unit.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danmu/143/127/51
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Best wishes
Kathen

Friday, November 30, 2018

2018 WINTER SHOWCASE & WINTER ART SHOW

2018 WINTER SHOWCASE & WINTER ART SHOW PRESS RELEASE

DATES: November 30, 2018 to December 8, 2018


SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/146/144/22



The 3rd Annual Winter Showcase & Winter Art Show returns in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! This event, is the first fundraising event for Team Diabetes of Second Life and features two hunts, live performers, dj’s, an art show, shopping, and lots of  winter fun!

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

Participating merchants include: Park Place, !!Firelight!!, DBS, Sophie's Boutique, @AdReNaLiZeD@, Roped Passions, ikr! RockWear, Stone Soup, Steelhead Outfitters, Cosmos Boutique, Christmas Delights, MMP - Muircastle Motors & Parts, {K::S} Kiva Studios Boutique, Sweetley, Bento Alive , AppleTini, Mara's Mysteries, ::Pharmacist:: , Lunar Seasonal Designs, Tylar's Treasures , Winterwood, Couture Chapeau, Kittycat's Creations , Pixelancer, Fae Fantasy Creations , Paisley Place, Esoteric Threads Clothing, Xplicit Designs, Redangel Designs , GypsyRose, Windlight Workz, Chiffon, Mahlberg Tailors. & LC Fashion

Participating artists include: Viktor Savior, Sisse Singh, Jamee Sandalwood, KodyMeyers, Wintergeist, Myra Wildmist, Sheba Blitz, Bellissa Dion, Paula Cloudpainter, Hadiya Draper, Ilyra Chardin, Maaddi, Slatan Dryke, Gwen Enchanted, DreamMakerXDreamBreaker Resident, Marcel Mosswood, Eucalyptus Carroll, Veruca Tammas Shocker, DILLIGAF (M8TY), & Pi (Pipilotti Winslet)

About The American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).
For More Information:

Team Diabetes of Second Life’s American Diabetes Association Page:
http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?px=11304578&fr_id=12466&pg=personal
Team Diabetes of Second Life’s Website:
www.teamdiabetessl.org

American Diabetes Association Page:

International Diabetes Federation Page:
http://www.idf.org/membership/meet-our-members

THE DICKENS PROJECT 2018 Edition Returns to LEA 7


The Dickens Project celebrates its sixth year in Second Life with a return to Linden Endowment for the Arts Region 7, where the annual celebration of Charles Dickens' seminal work first was realized in full region form a year ago.  Offering four weeks of exploration, storytelling, music, dance, a new "Urchins in Dickens London" experience, this Second Life holiday tradition will be open to residents November 30th, through December 30th. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/129/127/22

"What's new this year? There is no short answer to that," said Caledonia Skytower, "In almost every conceivable way, the Project has flourished in the full region format. This year was a team effort - our first real foray into collaborative build creation.  We learned a lot, and we are confident people will enjoy the results."  Skytower, along with long time Dickens creator Aoife Lorefield, Gloriana Maertens, and Dagmar Kohime worked together to transform prims and textures in a regionscape that evokes the spirit of Dickens' beloved work.  

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CP Swing Ballroom is having a "Euro ELECTRO" Party on Tuesday. December 4, from 1 - 3PM SL.

  

To kickoff Dru's monthly "All Electro Show" we present the amazing MISS CAST singing live from 1 - 2 PM, followed by Dru's show from 2 - 3 PM. 
Our re-imagination of the Harlem Savoy takes you back in time to the heyday of Swing.  Dru's All-Electro show propels you Back to the Future of Swing.  For the best swing dancing in SL, come to the Home of Happy Feet, CP Swing Ballroom, Museum and Dance Classroom.  

Saturday, November 24, 2018

GeekSpeak - how will a Mars base evolve?

This week we celebrate the arrival on Mars of the InSight lander. It will land on Elysium Planitia on November 26th.  Let’s ask what will happen next.  How will a Mars base be built?  What will come first?

What will living on Mars be like?  And who will do it?  Those who bought a one-way ticket to Mars?  Specially chosen scientists?

What will Mars colonists have to offer us?  Information?  Tourism? Mars cuisine?  When will we be able to have a pizza on Mars, with a Mars wine?

Will Mars ever be independent from Earth?  What will happen after that?

Bring your space helmet for some good ol’mars talk today 😊

IM Vulcan Viper if you have any ideas for new subjects.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danmu/143/127/51
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Best wishes and Happy Thanksgiving!
Kathen

Friday, November 23, 2018

KiX Half Price Black Friday- Cyber Monday Sale



Friday 23rd November - Monday 26th November

Our full weekend of sales means 50% on everything in the main store.  Come grab a bargain or gift a friend!




Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Meddling With Mesh Pandora Drezelan Reporting

I recently logged back into Second Life after a break that lasted for over a year and a half ... okay I admit it ... I deleted my account which was a really stupid move but my real life was one big mess at the time and I just never thought that I would get back on the grid.


After submitting several tickets Linden Lab restored my account(s) and all is well again in the world of Second Life ... except for MESH. Now for those of you who have already converted over to Mesh this article may not seem relevant but for me and my Classic Avatar everything has relevance.
Don’t get me wrong ... I like the way my Avi looks and I have spent both a lot of Lindens and effort to make her as original as possible. Curiosity did get the better of me after a few days of SL window shopping so I decided to check out the Mesh situation for myself.
Firstly I made landmarks EVERYWHERE then I spent another day Demo shopping ... my shops of choice were LAQ and Maitreya and EMOtions to name a few. I also joined a few groups and took advantage of the gifts that were on offer ... I made a folder for all of these items so that I wouldn’t forget where I had put them or rather where my inventory had decided to place them.
My next step will be to pay a visit to the closest sand box to do some unpacking and sorting and then back to my home base to try all of my demo items. Home is a simple room with a bed and nothing more ... the cost is only Ten Lindens a week but it’s somewhere to park my avi ... for now.

I feel like a newbie again.
Thank you LL ... it is great to be back.

Friday, November 16, 2018

New Release From KiX @ Boardwalk New Home and Garden Event - 15th November 2018


A brand new home and garden event hits the grid this week and KiX is proud to be a sponsor and present our Dani Bed exclusively for Boardwalk. Balloons, chrome, silk and rattan all combine perfectly into one pretty, delightfully adorable bed.
This stylishly cute KiX original mesh bed comes in 4 versions; MF Adult or PG and Lesbian Adult or PG meaning there is something to suit many.  The land impact is 10 and as well as KiX original animations and the best 3rd party bento animations, you can rez from a choice of scene setting props such as unicorns, hearts and flowers.  There are even dances, sequences and more in this cute little package.

Permissions are copy/mod/no transfer.

Come on over and see all the amazing creations at this new event.


Monday, November 12, 2018

"Party in the Past" with the CP Swing All Stars Band


"Party in the Past" with the CP Swing All Stars Band on Tuesday, November 13, from 6 to 9pm SL.  This month's party features our very own piano host, Earl Hines, leading the All Stars:  JC Heard on drums, Walter Page on bass, Lester Young on sax, Roy Eldredge on trumpet and Deacon Brown on Trombone.  Featuring Ronnine Artano crooning his "Rat Pack" style stage classics.   Step back in time at CP Swing - the Home of Happy Feet in SL.
Find out more at http:CPSWING.club

Located in beautiful Creations Park:

Elite SL Music Magazine recently reviewed a stunning chanteuse, Lisa Brune.


Elite SL Music Magazine recently reviewed a stunning chanteuse, Lisa Brune. Check it out!  https://jeremyvallauri.wixsite.com/elite-sl-music/single-post/2018/11/03/Sweet-Performances-Are-Made-of-This

We are also looking for writers to review performers, DJs, and venues.  If interested, contact mcmackin or Acacia Merlin in world. You will be asked to submit one review on spec. If accepted, you will receive 500 Lindens and an invitation to join the team.  Each subsequent review will be 500 Lindens. We’d like to have our reviews 500 words max. Please read some of our previously published reviews as a guide before doing your own. And we’d love to hear your ideas for SL Music stories and profiles.

Elite SL Music Magazine is a vibrant source of timely information about music in Second Life. Elite SL reporters comb the Metaverse to bring you up-to-the minute reports on musicians and the venues they play in and stories of performers’ Real and Second Life careers. Constantly growing, changing, and reshaping itself like the music and the venues it describes, Elite SL Music Magazine is the go-to WebZine for all music lovers. Join us on these pages and in Second Life to learn about the must hear performers, the hottest as well as the undiscovered venues, and the behind the scenes stories of music in Second Life.

We cover live performances, venues, and SL’s top DJs, and provide a close up view of Second Life’s richly textured music world through candid interviews, reviews, and photography.

You can find us on social media here:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/EliteSLMusic/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/EliteSLMusicMag
Pinterest : https://www.pinterest.fr/byronmcmackin
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And you can advertise on our web site at the following rates:

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Banner: texture 460x80, minimum 2 months @ 2000 L$

Saturday, November 10, 2018

GeekSpeak – AI and learning


Imagine an AI that knows everything about the subject you are learning and also everything about you; what you know already, your psychology, your history, whether you have eaten or not.  It can give you new information as and when you need it and with no repeating of things you already know.  Would that AI be the most effective teacher you could ever imagine? You could learn in months something that would previously have taken years.

Would such an AI lead to more learning, so that we would all learn just for fun?  Or would we give up on learning because we could just hire an AI?  Would children who are educated by an AI lose the ability to socialize with other children?

Will AI free us forever from the need for schools?  Come and join us in the best classroom we could ever have.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danmu/143/127/51

Sunday, November 4, 2018

LAST DAY! :The Fall Full Perm Fair at Old Europe Village October 12th - November 4th



 The Fall Full Perm Fair. Starting your second life business starts here. This event features more than forty top full permissions creators in all categories and also is featuring halloween the creators are offering their latest releases, and fair exclusives at big discounts and FREE gifts.  All creations purchased can be re-sold in accordance with the creators TOS.The fair is sponsored by the Full Perm group





Contact Keith Bemis SL avatar name Up4 Dawes

Saturday, November 3, 2018

GeekSpeak – ‘shoes and ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings’


This week, after so many years and so many discussions, let’s talk about whatever we see in the future, in SL or in RL.  What do you think will happen, what do you think should happen?

And if you want to talk about the past, well let’s do that.  Come to GeekSpeak prepared to talk about anything and everything.  The future of Earth, our future in space, what happened millions of years ago, Star Trek, virtual worlds, the best way to cook chicken, anything at all.

Give your imagination free rein.  Tell us ‘why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.’

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danmu/143/127/51

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Second Pets is hosting an event at Deviance Club Friday November 2nd at 4pm SLT.



Three Second Pets™ starter kits will be given away in the contest.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Chantilly/159/79/28 

Second Pets, they're second to none.™
Breedable Koi, Japanesse Snapper, and Clownfish.

 
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