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Monday, September 1, 2014

Spotlight On Modal/Owner: Anastacia Markova - Opium Evolution Production House – Carrisa Silverfall Reporting…


Anastacia Markova considers Second Life to be her creative playground, as she has 25 year love of musical theatre and preforming on stage.   Like so many of us Anastacia started in SL as a DJ at the well-established Franks Jazz Club.  Then she moved on to own one of the largest wedding companies in SL   Fanastacia Weddings, now she only does a few custom weddings a year.

Always having a love for expressing her creative side, this includes being a lover of beauty in all forms. “So it was only natural that I found my way to model and then continue to find creative ways to showcase the wonderful designer’s creations that never cease to amaze me in Sl.” 
Since Anastacia has walked her fair share of runways in SL I had to ask her what does she think of models today and she did not hold back.


  “To be completely honest - I think some of the older, well-seasoned models are getting a tad bit lazy. They are forgetting the basic fundamentals of professionalism.Being on time, choosing correct poses, thinking they are above the need to rehearse. But on the other hand - there are a lot of wonderful newly graduated, hungry, and extremely talented models coming in everyday so that always excite me. At Opium, we have always been one of the only companies that welcome and embrace new models.  It means we have to sometimes work harder with the new models but everyone had to start somewhere and how will they get better if they don’t have any experience.  It’s always been my thought.”

What or who came to my mind for being a notorious supermodels is  Naomi Cambell, who was charged with assault in 2006 for cracking her housekeeper in the head with a phone, and  Estalla Warren who in 2011 was arrested in  LA for suspected DUI after crashing her car into three others.  Thankfully, though in SL one is not able to conceive such havoc!  Instead as Anastacia stated:  “They have done so many shows that they feel it’s so easy now, but Opium shows are far from easy because we incorporate much more than a simple runway walk.”
Anastacia explains further:  “We have recently shifted from being a SL fashion Agency to expanding to become a full blown Production House. “  As Opium’s’ original owner Mallory Luke handed the reins to Anastacia and she wanted to add some excitement and entertain people.  Thus began Opium Tales, where they have continued to shift and change their productions as other agencies attempt to imitate.

“So when the decision came to expand to a full production house recently, it just seemed natural to loosen the binds we had on us to only do fashion shows. We hope in the future to delve into theater fully and even do full sim and multi sim expos and what not.”


I had to ask if that is how the Hunger Games production came about, but as it turns out it was a “project I knew they could and did do very well as the clothing styles were fun to work with as well.  It just seemed natural to loosen the binds we had on us to only do fashion shows.”
Mainly designers hire Opium Evolution Production House to showcase their new collections, and “It usually takes 3 months from thought to fruition to do such elaborate productions.  We don’t really do simple runway shows much anymore but our events usually last 7-10 days.”  Astonished at the thought of making an event like this…. “There is so much more to do then anyone realizes.  Every little special effect..several scene sets.. booking designers, tending to designers.. choreography the list goes on and on.  And since we all have full time rl jobs as well that takes priority we choose to work slower and actually enjoy it!”



I wondered if all project ideas are hers or collaboration?  “A mixture of both, sometimes I have a sole idea and I bring it to the producers and we elaborate on it, and sometimes others have an idea and we all elaborate on it.  When I have a vision for a production it is very clear and making that vision come to life and work within the boundaries of SL can be challenging.  So we try to keep to projects that we know will be a wow factor!  We have a great, yet small production team we work great together, like a family and that is how we like to work.”

Do you think the traditional runway shows will disappear for at least awhile? “Well, they say Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. As long as we do it first, I am ok with others copying our effects and ideas. I do know that Opium, long ago, helped change the way Fashion was presented in SL. From days of boring old runway shows that drag on and have no substance, to setting the bar for other agencies to follow. Guests want to be entertained. And we strive to do just that.  I think there is room for all types of runway shows in SL. I think each agency should find their niche, and keep it.  Like Opium always has. We haven’t strayed; we have always done these productions. I think you cannot be truly good at something unless you make it your own, and keep on until you perfect it. I hope normal runway shows will continue, even though it seems a lot of agencies are following our lead lately, it seems most have completely steered away from the glamour and fun of mirroring rl runway shows.   I just think there is room for all types of fashion shows in Sl. I wish more would see that and build on their own creativity instead of looking to others to do it for them.”



Anastacia and her crew have definitely elevated Second Life’s fashion world as this October will mark their five year anniversary!  “We do have several designers that are always happy to participate in our events. But I do also love finding new up and coming designers as well!”
As we see in everyday Second Life the shapes of avatars are changing for women and men are becoming more and more conscious too I had to ask will we see models with attached breasts and bottoms, with facial expressions and ready-made avatars?  “Oh no.. at Opium we insist they update their avis every 6 months to stay current and cutting edge. Most models would never wear a ready-made shape .skin they most always, (we encourage) tweak or make their own shapes to stay innovative, maybe if a scene calls for facial expression, but not in everyday use.”

Currently Anastacia and her team are taking a well-deserved break after having 3 productions in a row.  As Anastacia said “Yes! Fun is the key element in enjoying life!”

Opium Evolutiony & Academy



Through the mists of myth and legend come creativity - Lacy Muircastle reporting ....

Life is made interesting by myth and legend, it adds depth and colour to an otherwise bland world.  Apelles Luna owner of Lunaria, although very real (albeit virtually) has that mythical feel about her.  Her avatar is ethereal in appearance and that feeling of ethereality transcends into the aura she transmits.   She goes by the name Luna, which in Mythology is one of the names of Artemis the moon goddess.

In real life 'Apelles' was a Greek painter, who was court painter to Philip II of Macedonia and his son, Alexander the Great. Notable works included a portrait of Alexander, an allegorical picture of Calumny, and a painting of Aphrodite rising from the sea. Though no copies of his works survive, in antiquity he was considered the greatest of Greek painters.

What has this to do with Luna?  Well everything actually.  Luna is a highly talented highly creative content maker in Second Life, so clearly that is why the name Apelles resounded with her.




Lunaria is the name of her brand and she creates everything from Castles and paintings to Steampunk Dirigibles and everything else in-between.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER ACROSS SECOND (MSABC) LIFE KICK OFF EVENT- Sunday, September 7, 2014


You are invited to the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life (MSABC) kickoff event on Sunday, September 7, 2014, to start the official fundraising season for breast cancer research and awareness in Second Life.  The 2014 MSABC Chair is Jessii2009 Warrhol and the theme for the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life is “Seasons of Pink”.

The kick-off event starts at 9 am slt Sunday, September 7 with a pre-show by T1 Radio, the official broadcaster of Making Strides in Second Life. The celebration will include speeches by the Making Strides Committee, live music, and performances.

Kick Off Schedule:
Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014, 9 am slt

9 am to 10 am slt - T1 Radio Pre Kick Off Show
11 am to 4pm slt - Musical Performances
3:30 pm slt - While you are dancing away at kickoff, join us at the special Making Strides broadcast booth for the premiere of the T1 Radio Show "Getting in Stride With Tee and Nuala".
About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and race money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
In 1984, Massachusetts cancer survivor Margery Gould Rath wanted to find a way to celebrate fellow cancer survivors by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Working with a committee of fellow survivors and other volunteers, “Margie” created a “move-along-a-thon” called Making Strides Against Cancer to bring people together in an event to move the fight against cancer forward. The first event, held in Boston, drew 200 participants and instantly became an annual city tradition.

About the American Cancer Society:
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

For media inquiries,
Contact:  Jessii2009 Warrhol, 2014 MSABC In SL Chair

I Could’ve Danced All Night and Still Have Begged for More - Ccoursey reporting….

Ballrooms and Second Life should always have two things:  Romantic music and formal clothing.  I don't care how fancy the dance is, if someone is wearing biker gear it isn't the same.  Let's face it... Every girl needs the chance to dress up in Second Life and feel like the Princess she is.  There should be an atmosphere to offer the opportunity for a proposal, for a first date, or even just that 'I want you to know you're special' date.  Here are a few places to take that important someone...
The Waterfall Ballroom
The Waterfall Ballroom, just seems to be a ballroom in a waterfall when you first land.  It isn't.  The ballroom is beautiful, hidden behind the flowing water, the sim itself is gorgeous.  Bringing a date here would be perfect, with a romantic carriage ride, a stroll through the gardens, and feeding the swans.  For the more adventurous among us there is a Volcano venue, underwater caves, the opportunity to ride a manta ray or even Nessie, and everywhere you look there is something different to explore.  This ballroom and sim offer romantic dancing, music, and atmosphere, but it also has the opportunity for hours of entertainment.  I've already been back several times exploring since I found it, and will not include everything because it would ruin the surprise...  Let's just say there is a bit of everything from the magical to the more expected for romance.  The creator has put time and effort into the sim and it shows, it is a wonderful experience.  This sim is rated G.

Music: Goin' Country in Second Life- Ccoursey Reporting...



                Stepping outside the rock to the other side of music I explore Country and Western.  I love all variety  of music and had a great time stepping out in my cowboy boots.  It isn't hard to find the atmosphere appealing, because I've found in the best clubs everyone is friendly, it is only the music that changes.  My first stop, you guessed it: Black Horse Country.  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Welcome to Scottish Highlands Estate


Hello, I am Lauraclaire Benelli, Estate Manager and the CEO of the Scottish Highlands Estate.  My staff and I would love to welcome you to our area.


Our sims are General / Moderate Rated which makes them very friendly and welcoming.   We do not allow Vampire invites (bites, Huds etc), so if you are ever offered this on our sim please IM Myself (Lauraclaire Benelli) or Magnus Brody. We also encourage good manners, so if you find someone being rude. Please do the same as above.

We moved here from smaller sims in February of 2009. The hub is the Loch Ness Inn in the Inverness City sim and we also have Urquhart which is sponsored by Magnus Brody and is our residential Sim.

We have a beautiful Lochside with Croft Homes situated in the hills and over looking Loch Ness, plus shops and visitor attractions around it. Our Market Stalls are L$30 per week, so for any budding creator OR our Shop Rentals are LS2 per prim. Small Shops are 128 prims and Large Shops are 256 prims. (we can vary)

The main events are held on the Inverness Sim where we have The Loch Ness Inn, and The Caledonian Ballroom in Brody Castle.  Please IM Magnus Brody or myself if you wish to run your own event in our Ballroom. It is free to use with a donation to the Estate.  The Inn can also be used as a good meeting place if needed.

Other attractions are:

*~* INVERNESS SIM *~*
Loch Ness Inn


Caledonian Ballroom 



  • Bike Rides
  • Horse Riding
  • Jet Ski's
  • Mahjong (Competitive with monthly winnings)
  • Motor Boats
  • Cruises on the Loch


Please IM Lauraclaire Benelli, Magnus Brody or Elizbeth Beaumont if interested in a store or Rentals in the Highlands and an Invite to the Land Group and Remius MacMoragh if you have any suggestions for events.

Now all you need to do is explore this lovely area.



Lauraclaire Benelli (CEO)

OPEN MIC AUDITIONS KICK-OFF 2014 SL’S GOT TALENT CONTEST 4 SEPTEMBER On Thursday, September 4, 2014, starting at 5 PM SLT


OPEN MIC AUDITIONS KICK-OFF 2014 SL’S GOT TALENT CONTEST 4 SEPTEMBER 
On Thursday, September 4, 2014, starting at 5 PM SLT, the SL's GOT TALENT CONTEST officially kicks off with the OPEN MIC Auditions.

  There will be a number of known and unknown Second Life performers gathering on the TiBeCa City sim to show off their stuff.  You do not want to miss the first opportunity to hear the amazing variety of talent from SL residents.  Additional auditions will be held on Saturday, September 6th, 1-3 PM SLT and 5-7 PM SLT.


SL’s GOT TALENT (SLGT) Contest was created and organized by Jackie Lefko, CEO of Lefko Entertainment and owner of the famous SPEAKEASY.  The 2013 SLGT Contest proved to be a very successful endeavor to  help new and existing live performers to not only showcase their talent but to also accelerate their careers.  As the 2013 WINNER, RICKYLIVEMUSIC* is now one of the most sort after live performers in Second Life. And many other last year contestants have also experienced positive developments in their live performance careers.
The contest continues to attract the support of business owners as they line up to participate as Sponsors, Judges and Prize Contributors including the following:
   

  •   Chase Naverre Project (CNP)
  •   DEPHT
  •   Diavonn's Apparel Shop
  •   Doc's Blues Heaven
  •   Little Box Theatre
  •   Lyrical Rose Management
  •   Music Soulmates
  •   Nat's Jazz Club
  •   Nile Lotus Ballroom
  •   Sigs by Scorpia
  •   Speakeasy
  •   SRM Sunrise Museum
  •   Stinger's Music Lounge
  •   TRAX Live Music Resource Center
  •   TriBeCa City
  •   White Tiger Clubs & Resorts

It is still not too late to join this distinguished roster of Contest Sponsors. Contact Jackie Lefko for a Sponsorship Package or pick one at the official contest venue (taxi provided below). 

The SLGT contest is a great platform for seasoned SL performers to expand his or her reach and for a new comer to jump start an SL music career.  And, most importantly, some may need some Lindens to pay your tiers.  Speaking of Lindens, what is the REAL incentive here - PRIZES.  

There will be THREE OFFICIAL WINNERS:
1ST PLACE WINNER:
$10,000L CASH
One-of-a-Kind "2014 SLGT Contest Winner" T-Shirt
TRAX Listening Booth Set-up & One Month Rental (or CASH equivalent)
Featured article in SL ENQUIRER Newspaper
and MORE.

2ND PLACE WINNER:
$5,000L CASH
TRAX Listening Booth Set-up & One Month Rental (or CASH equivalent)
and MORE.

3RD PLACE WINNER:
$3,000L CASH
TRAX Listening Booth Set-up & One Month Rental (or CASH equivalent)
and MORE.

To remain current with SLGT happenings, visit the official contest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/slgottalent
Here is your taxi to attend all 2014 SL’s GOT TALENT contest events:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/TriBeCa%20City/216/109/24
*Visit RICKYLIVEMUSIC Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/rickyaliveproductions


 Contact:  Jackie Lefko (jackielefko@gmail.com)


A kind-hearted blue-blood, a look into Marcus Lefevre’s Life -Mikile Vinciolo Reporting…



When you think of blood-blue, the gentry, the thought evokes rich, well-mannered, courtly, moneyed and, of course, the possible uptight attitude that gives the genteel permission to look down their long, lofty noses at those of us scramble to make ends meet. When meeting Marcus Lefevre, he changes one’s perception of this privied gaggle of fine-feathered geese. He does possess the money, fame, manners and regality that conjures the spirit of a powerful king, but he is the opposite of snobby, and he comes to understand us “regular” folks, as he was once one of us. He, in the words of pop rapper Drake, started from the bottom now he is here.

 He made his fortune the traditional approach, through hard-work and diligence. He climbed the corporate ladder in the Realty industry and has never looked back with his sheer tunnel focus. Now, he luxuriates in the lap of luxury, continuing to work on his legacy, carving an imprint on SL that will sure outlast the impermanence of the physical accoutrements that this kind-hearted blood-blue worked so arduously to acquire.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Spotlight on Rebelmum Slade and her Star Journey Home- Mikile Vinciolo Reporting…



If ever there were an event in which you could take one those magical page-turning books that we once read, and turn them into a reality, how many of us would? Well, if Richard Geers Star Journey tale was ever one of your favorite reads that you wish to see spring to fruition, then Rebelmum Slade, or Rebs, her preferred moniker, has made your dreams a reality. Rebs has taken pieces of the tale and turned it into a sprawling garden rip right out of the Star Trek series. The sim boasts activities plentiful, with the aid of HUD travel and interaction. The sim also hosts other stationary activities, such as course that encourages self-reflection and internal dialogue to inspire change and self-help. If you are mentally prepared to take this journey, strap in and prepare for take-off into the galaxy of your own mind, and that of the Star Journey Gardens.

Interview with Rebelmum Slade

OpenSimulator Community Conference Announces High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale as Keynote Speaker

 




August 29, 2014 - The OpenSimulator Community Conference is pleased to announce Philip Rosedale, Founder and CEO of High Fidelity, Inc. will be a keynote speaker at the second annual OpenSimulator Community Conference, scheduled to take place virtually on November 8-9, 2014 in a virtual conference center designed for the event.
Mr. Rosedale’s keynote presentation will address the question, “What is the Metaverse?” and discuss the opportunity to develop an open platform for virtual reality over the internet, including new hardware devices that catalyze entirely new kinds of interactions between avatars.  

In 1995, Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (called "FreeVue"), which was later acquired by RealNetworks where in 1996 he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks, founded Linden Lab and built a virtual civilization called Second Life, fulfilling his lifelong dream of creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world.

Since leaving Second Life in 2010, Rosedale has worked on several experiments in distributed work and computing, including Coffee & Power and Worklist.net. In 2013, he co-founded High Fidelity Inc. to explore the future of a next-generation virtual reality system.

“Philip Rosedale is one of the foremost thinkers about virtual reality and the Metaverse today,” said conference chair Chris Collins. “We look forward to hearing his thoughts on the next generation of open Metaverse platforms, including OpenSimulator.”  

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community surrounding the OpenSimulator software, an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments.  

Organized as a joint production by AvaCon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the growth of the metaverse, and the Overte Foundation, which manages code contributions for the OpenSimulator platform, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.  Last year the first annual conference was attended virtually by 300 avatars, with thousands of viewers on the conference live video streams.
Registration for the virtual OpenSimulator Community Conference is free and opens on September 15, 2014.  The conference will also be live
streamed through UStream.  


For more information please see the conference website at http://conference.opensimulator.org.

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:



OpenSimulator is an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments over the Internet. OpenSimulator software is now the basis for the emerging metaverse of many “grids” or worlds of varying sizes and purposes.  http://opensimulator.org


AvaCon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. AvaCon holds conventions and meetings to promote educational and scientific inquiry into these spaces, and to support organized fan activities, including performances, lectures, art, music, machinima, and much more. AvaCon’s primary goal is to connect and support the diverse communities and practitioners involved in co-creating and using virtual worlds, and to educate the public and their constituents about the emerging ecosystem of technologies broadly known as the metaverse.  http://avacon.org


The Overte Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages contribution agreements for the OpenSimulator project.  In the future, it will also act to promote and support both OpenSimulator and the wider open-source 3D virtual environment ecosystem.  http://www.overte.org/


High Fidelity, Inc. powers inter-connected virtual worlds, using new hardware devices to catalyze entirely new kinds of interactions between avatars. Our open source software architecture enables unlimited scalability of both content and audience. http://highfidelity.io

CONTACT:

Chris Collins, Vice President
AvaCon, Inc.
c/o OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014
275 Winthrop Street
PO Box 618
Rehoboth, MA 02769-1819

Hashtags:  #OSCC14 #OSCC #opensim



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Behind the Scenes with Bea Serendipity-Debby Sharma Reporting...

Credits: http://beatriceserendipity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/minimalist-style.html




Bea Serendipity, a model since July 2011, has been one of the top models ever since. She has won many awards and top accolades for her creative styling. She has recently opened a designer store with Warm Clarity, “ghee”. The Miss Virtual United Kingdom does not limit herself to modelling; she has been an enthusiast to raise awareness for women and equality. Inspite of her fame, she is still a humble person. Read more on http://beatriceserendipity.blogspot.co.uk

The 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life (MSABC) season starts in just three days!


We would like to invite you to get involved with this inspiring and moving event in Second Life!
You can get involved by becoming a member of the Pink Club and being one of our sponsors for the 2014 seasons. Our sponsorship page details our sponsorship packages. You can also get involved as an individual, business, organization, or group in Second Life. Click here to request fundraising tools for the 2014 MSABC in SL and once our fundraising tools are available we will send you a volunteer toolkit so you can get started making strides in Second Life!
Lastly we would like to invite all breast cancer survivors and caregivers to register for the 2014 MSABC in SL Season. Please register so that we can keep you up to date with Strides activities and so that you can receive the special 2014 breast cancer survivor and caregiver packet. You can find the registration link here:http://makingstridessl.wordpress.com/survivors-caregivers/

Thursday, August 28, 2014

IT'S A COWBOYS AND INDIANS NIGHT AT DADDY-O'S -Thursday August 28th 6-8 PM SLT


                                http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Almost%20Paradise/216/230/21


YEEEHAW! It's a Cowboys, Cowgirls and Indians night! Round up your posse or tribe and get on over to enjoy the tunes of DJ Huey Walker! You will love his great mix of oldies, country and classic rock! His lovely Hostess Krissy Walker will be there keeping the party going! So put on your best Cowboy, Cowgirl or Indian outfit, jump on the closest horse and get on over to Daddy-O's! Come see one of the most fun and comfortable venues in SL - Daddy-O's, Where FUN Rulez!

Spotlight on Carrie Rainforest and the RUSH Management Talent Company -Mikile Vinciolo Reporting…



The prospect of real talent comes a dime a dozen, and when that talent emerges, there are auditions to be had, deals to be made, contracts to be signed and the rise of star to inevitably happen. However, all of these steps within this process must be executed in a timely fashion and by the right people with the know-how and the heart of gold. 

RUSH management is just the talent management agency to provide the aiding hand in crafting not just any star, but a bright star that will continue to burn brilliantly when other acts have taken a bow. Carrie, the endearing CEO and helping hand at RUSH will make sure that the path to stardom is one lest veered from. She has a heart of pure intention, a laugh that is warming, and knowledge of the SL entertainment industry that will leave our head swimming for air. And, so now, I present to you the wonderful and fiercely passionate entertainment management organization, RUSH Management.

Interview with Carrie Rainforest

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dealing with Quitting Second Life © - Stareyes Galaxy Reporting


There will eventually be the time when any avatar needs to consider quitting Second Life © (SL). There are many reasons to leave, as there are for staying. Stareyes Galaxy quit SL for the time being, but not before she had to write about the experience.
I have only a few conjectures to make as to why people leave SL, since when they leave, generally they just vanish without a trace. Before I left, I met some of my closest friends and discussed the topic. There were some poignant reasons to leave, one of which seems to be breakups in relationships. I know some people who have left due to this, and some have returned. From these, I gather even a year or two may pass before they feel able to return to SL after a tortuous breakup. The emotions associated with separation from an avatar are just as real as those in real life. Curiously, I have also found people who have been found out in RL, having an SL relationship and therefore have needed to quit SL!
“Miss C.” sums her experience up: “Well, it gets under your skin. A trauma normally is the cleanest break and reason to leave and stay away. But many seem to come back after a year or so… is that quitting? but I guess it’s like any habit or activity that is rewarding or fills some need or experience... hard to let go even when reason says it is for the best. It has similarities to addiction but, I feel, it’s more subtle than that as it is a freedom and a behavior and a degree of control one is giving up.”
Stalking is another very disturbing trait that seems to follow on the heels of virtual relationships. I even have heard of stalkers going after the people behind the avatars, in real life. If this happens, even creating alts is too risky, so it seems best to stay out of SL forever.
The death of the real person behind the avatar of course is the ultimate end of us all. Unfortunately, many times there is no way to know. Sometimes, a RL friend of a deceased person sends group notices or contacts friends directly, informing of an avatar’s demise. Some sims have tombstones and memorials for avatars who have left due to the death of the SL account holder.
Aside from the real, everyday life imposing on one’s use of time, requiring avatars to leave SL, one interesting thing, as “Miss C” already noted, popped up: addiction. There are avatars who are so immersed in their SL experience that they neglect their real lives. Horror stories of parents starving children to death while tending to their virtual babies are the most extreme. Other addictions beside the internet-based ones, of course lead to similar results! In order to shed one’s habits there are techniques – alcoholics have their 13-step methods, and so on, some go “cold turkey”.
When I quit, I felt like a drug user without her fix. I felt like something very real was ripped off me. As I said, I returned a few times to say my goodbyes. This did not help at all as I craved to stay on longer than I intended.
Form my personal quitting on SL experience, this is the advice I wish to impart, in ten observations:
1. If you decide to quit, stay firm on that decision. Never look back, and don’t let yourself be talked around on your decision. Believe in your reasons to quit, they must be valid ones.
2. Set yourself a date when you are completely out. Bid your farewells before.
3. Be sure to get valid contact details for people you absolutely need to keep as your friends.
4. Leave a notice of leaving in your profile so you don’t need to go back to do that last bit (like I had to).
5. Examine your position from your RL standpoint. What do you have to replace what role SL had for you? Fill your free time with these people or activities. You may find your need to get back online dissipate sooner than later.
6. If you have professional ties within SL, be sure to part on friendly terms. Inform your employer and associates well ahead of time so they know how to adjust. Donate whatever you can to whom the items, land, and Lindens are owed.
7. Go on your SL account and terminate it, or at least give up your Premier status, in order to not have a financial impact down the line.
8. Do not create alts to go see your old haunts. You will be found out if you start conversing with people, and your craving to get back online is likely to increase, or in the opposite, you only will get bad vibes.
9. Do not worry what others are saying about you when you’re gone. Most likely they will forget about you soon enough. If not, and if this gets out to RL, see observation #10 below.
10. If the reason leading to your quitting involves harassing or criminal activity by an avatar or real-life person, be sure to contact Linden Lab as well as your local authorities. They may in fact be able to help you.

I ran these observations through with a fellow journalist and psychologist DoctorKaren Kanto who wished to add this: “Remember what was good in SL and bring it to bear in your RL, to enhance the RL experience. Let go of the SL negatives, they may be unimportant.” I think this was wery well put, as I have tried to make my avatar display the best of me in SL. Now, having had the experience, I might improve my real life persona, based on my SL learnings.
As for me, why I quit: time just ran out on me. When I joined SL, I was in a fortunate position at my Real Life work, allowing me to explore virtual worlds and interaction paradigms of virtuality. Getting online on SL was as natural as having breakfast. I took unnecessary liberties as well, maybe spending a bit too much on SL than my work warranted. Then again, there were times when exploring virtuality was a better use of my time than just idling along on my work PC. Since the beginning of this year things changed and instead of writing for SLE, I have real-life writing assignments that I have to honor which are likely to advance my RL standing as well.

I wish everyone the best in their first and Second Lives. I am already missing my friends and acquaintances in Second Life. Who knows, maybe we will meet again.

MUSIC: You Wanna Rock? Check out some of these Rock Clubs in Second Life... Ccoursey Reporting



Do you wanna get rocked? 
 From Def Leppard to Bob Segar, there are many that fit the Rock genre of music.  There are a variety of clubs that claim to be rock. But which ones are standing out?  Which ones make you wanna rock your socks off and  do the watusi like my little Lucy?  Take note:  I love rock 'n roll from Joan Jett to Avenged SevenFold. 

The 2014 Sunburst Premier Caribbean Carnival is getting ready to shine. August 30th, 2014 2pm-7pm SLT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shon Larsson, Owner/CEO


After three weeks of preparation our 6th annual Caribbean carnival for Second Life is heading for the finish line and getting ready to open on Saturday August 30, 2014.  The event runs from 2pm slt to 7pm slt.  We have three new contests for resident to try to win this year, and I’ve received so much interest for details night and day I had to post them on Facebook for those having the same questions.  There is a huge interest in this year’s Best Crew in Caribbean costume contest, and it’s expected to be a very interesting competition.  Details for all of this year’s contests are as follows:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Romance alive and well in SL - Lacy Muircastle reporting ....

Apart from being incurably curious, I am also an incurable romantic, (we all have our failings don’t we.... Just look at my profile inworld and you will see what I mean.)  So it was with the utmost joy that I attended a marriage renewal service of note on Sunday 24th August.

The beautiful couple that are Blake Hambleton and Shannon Bramlington (Mr and Mrs Hambleton), owners of Sweethearts Jazz and accompanying businesses, have been married for five years and they decided to share their love with those that make their group the most romantic group in SL, their members and friends and reinforce their commitment to one another.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stand Up 2 Cancer Fundraiser


On September 5-7th 26 different live music venues will all be holding a fundraiser to raise donations for Stand Up 2 Cancer.  Stand Up 2 Cancer is under the Entertainment Industry Foundation and one of the most highly rated non-profit organizations.  They have taken a unique approach towards  finding the cure for cancer.  They have formed "dream teams" of doctors, some of the best in their fields.  They did this in the US and internationally.  The one thing that is reassuring is that 100% of your donations go toward research. 

 Also on September 5, 2014 Stand Up 2 Cancer will be holding a fundraiser that is being carried by 31 major and cable television stations in the USA and major stations n Canada, as well as streaming live on Hula and Yahoo.....all being done simultaneously. 






The live music community is coming together the same weekend to raise funds for this worthy cause.  Venues that are participating are as follows:  Acoustic Cave, Broken Heart Cafe, BS's "Bring a Friend & Stay Awhile, Cameo Music Park, Ce Soir, elite Sounds of Jazz, Guthries, Hotel Chelsea, Kickin, Lost Coconuts, Lokki's Gardens, Mountain Cave Club, Party Beach Kurhaus Scheveningen, Pink Duck, Place of Grace, Seaside Lounge, Smokin Aces, Surfside Hideaway, Solana's Place, The Dirty Grind, The Keys, Titanic, Tranquil Cafe, Vincents, & White Tiger Islands.  

There are a few other things going on as well, Snail Racing, and there will be a silent Auction of Clothing designed by a clothing designer that lost her battle to cancer.

A central location that will have all the lines ups and landmarks for all events.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Shore/177/45/41

Receipts can be received for lindens donated, or you can donate anonymously with a credit card by visiting:    http://do.eifoundation.org/goto/SLMusic

Every penny helps.  

As Stand Up 2 Cancer says "This is where the end of cancer begins."

Still Braveheart
SL MUSIC RACES FOR A CURE

 The press release talking a bit more about the real life event can be found at:  http://www.standup2cancer.org/press_release/view/hollywood_stars_align_for_su2c_telecast_new_were_calling_you_campaign

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