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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 Beautiful Places to visit in SL-Lilly LaceWing Reporting…

The Trace


Second life is full of beautifully designed sims to explore, find adventure, and to see visions we couldn’t see in RL without the use of some strong, good old fashioned hallucinogens.  Today, I bring you the five most beautiful (to ME, remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder) places currently in SL.

The Trace, The Trace Too

This is a beautiful sim, with autumn trees all over, the ground covered by a thin, brilliant layer of yellow, orange and red leaves. Perfect for fall, and with a rustic, country charm to it, this place is perfect for either a romantic date, taking photos with your sweetheart, or just doing some good old fashioned photography! Especially charming was the barn with the horses around it, and the gazebo behind it on the hill to the left added that special note of home to this lovely autumn landscape. Do check this one out!

Skye Neist Point

Skye Neist Point

  You land in a sun ray dappled meadow, right in front of a beautiful wooden bridge over a stream. Little white flowers pop up by a pond, and this trail is definitely one you want to take in first person view, to get the full experience. This gorgeous sim screams for a picnic basket and a loved one. Or a quick, earthy run with your dog through the woods. Whatever your speed, this a stunning place to come explore. I really love the shafts of sunlight filtering down through the thick trees, so beautiful, and so real!


Makeahla Jungle

 Makeahla Jungle

Ever wanted to go on Safari, but you can’t afford it, and don’t want to accidentally support poachers? Go to Makeahla’s Jungle! I ran into the lions first, then (ahhhh!) running from them, I found a much safer spot, next to the Zebras, who all grazed calmly upwind of the predators that could eat them for lunch. As if knowing this, a vulture rests on one of their backs, just biding his time. White birds fly over head, but I don’t recognize what type they are. Giraffes stretch their long legs out to the side to drink from what looks like seawater (don’t do that, it’ll make you sick!) while others stride through it with heads in the sky. This is a rad, rad, place, I can’t really say more because I need the room for others, but you’ll miss out if you don’t see this sim!


Baja Cove

Baja Cove

You guys didn’t think I wouldn’t include a beach, did you? Of course I’m going to! Baja Cove is a neat, happening little beach where you can surf, check out a towel and get some sun, or just bask in the raw power of the ocean as its waves break the shore. There are even rentals there if you just can’t tear yourself away from salt in the air and the barking of sunbathing seals. The sound of the ocean is well represented here, and you’ll find when you close your eyes you can almost feel the biting sting of ocean wing, and the smell of salt heavy in the air. Go here for peace, and water fun!


Runestone

Runestone

This is just, quite simply, a beautiful place to visit. Trees are everywhere, big, leafy, and beautiful. There are waterfalls, and an underwater area to hang out for those of us who prefer to be a mermaid. There are a collection of cottage type houses, almost like you might find in Skyrim. A beautiful fireplace warms the main floor of the house I enter, which has three levels. At the ground level, you find the living space, rustic, and old fashioned, the ambiance somewhat spoiled by the massive white Greedy Greedy lettering to the right of me, the only blemish in an otherwise perfect medieval theme. You can, and I did, spend lots of time here, exploring both above ground, and under water. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you check it out!


 I love bringing you these compilations of neat places to go in SL, where are some of your favorite places to go? Tell us in the comments below!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Disabilities, and How SL Helps People blend in with Society, Lilly Lacewing Reporting.


Disabilities, and Second Life, a match made in accessible heaven!

Second Life doesn’t just blur the lines of discrimination when it comes to the disabled, it can completely eliminate the lines altogether. I know this from firsthand experience, which is why I chose to do this long ‘overdue’ assignment.

In RL, I suffer from a rare, genetic connective tissue disorder, which to sum things up (otherwise this would BE the article,) it results in joints that don’t like to stay in place, pain, muscle spasms, and a host of myriad secondary systemic disorders. As a result, there are a lot of things I cannot do anymore in Real Life, but in Second Life? The possibilities are endless! I can ride horses again, climb hills and mountains, ‘walk’ through beautiful and serene landscapes without having to worry about my left hip staying in the socket.
That being said, I’ve experienced people run for the hills when they approach me and strike up conversation, but you’ll be happy to know that those are the exceptions, not the rule. Most people are happy to talk to me, sick or not, because in SL what does it really matter? The beauty of the anonymity of places like Second Life afford those who get stared at in RL grocery stores, to go hiking with their best friends in a totally immersive way. Want to FEEL like you’re actually doing that hike? Go into first person view, and BAM! You’re there, hiking up the side of a pyramid!

I took to the ‘streets’ in SL to see how others with disabilities have fared here in Second Life, and was lucky enough to come in contact with Brenda Brodie, a lady who finds joy in Second Life while dealing with Parkinson’s Disease in Real Life. She is heavily involved with Fran Seranade who, with her daughter Barbie Alchemi, created Creations Park*, to support Team Fox and raise awareness for Parkinson’s.  Here’s what she had to say.


Brenda: I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 30 years ago, at age 37.  I do very well considering the amount of time I have lived with PD.   I live alone, drive a car, locally only.  I cook, clean, etc. It takes me maybe 2 or 3 times longer than others to accomplish a chore, but I get it done and get it done right. (smiling)  Of course, there are days when I cannot do much but I concentrate on the good days. I am told that I do as well as I do because I have a positive attitude and follow my doctor's recommendations for medication schedule.  I also believe that the support from family and my acceptance of whatever comes to me in life helps me.  I started writing poetry after being diagnosed with PD.  Below you will find a sample which is from the heart.


I am member of the SL Creations for Parkinson's Support Group which was started by Barbie Alchemi. We meet every Friday, in SL, to discuss how we are dealing with the disease, our day to day living, emotional support, learning what is going on in research, etc. I hope to find a Speech Recognition program that is compatible with SL.  The one that came with my laptop does not work in SL.  With that in mind, there is a group called Virtual Ability that helps people with all disabilities. I am also a member of the SL Parkinson's support group.  It is comprised with a group of compassionate, caring and loving people.(*See below article for more information about their upcoming events to benefit Team Fox in Second Life!) 

 Brenda used to be a big fan of dancing, and riding her bike through the beauty of nature. When her body took that away from her, Second Life gave it back. She says she’s not personally experienced any actual discrimination, though people who didn’t know her have thought she was ‘drunk, because of all the typos and the slowness’ with which she types.
 At 87, she hasn’t let Parkinson’s win, and continues to fight it tooth and nail with happiness, positivity, and the help of her medications. I’m honored to have been able to meet Brenda, and to have her speak with me about Second Life, and how it can really be a benefit to those of us users who are disabled. People can’t discriminate against something they don’t even know is there, and I’ve found in SL, even when you tell them it’s there, most people don’t change. Only once have I personally experienced anyone walking away, and honestly, I’m glad for it. It was the type of person who hits on you when you have “I love my husband!!” smeared all over my profile, so it was no great loss. All in all, Second Life is a fantastic place for those with disabilities, for the freedom, socialization, and exploration it offers, not to mention all the artistic possibilities. I say, dive in! You won’t be disappointed!!


Creations Park

Poem by Brenda:
I WALKED ALONE THRU THE YEARS
IN A PLACE CALLED SECOND LIFE
A PLACE WHERE I MADE LOTS OF FRIENDS
YET I HAVE ALWAYS FELT ALONE
THE PEOPLE I HAVE MET OVER THE YEARS
ARE WONDERFUL INDEED
BUT I SOMETIMES FEEL SEPARATED FROM ALL OF THEM
BECAUSE THEY FIND IT HARD TO UNDERSTAND MY NEED
YOU SEE I HAVE PARKINSON'S
AND NEED TO FEEL SAFE FROM THIS DISEASE
AND NOW I HAVE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE…

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***SEE OUR BOG CALENDAR FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS***  https://creationspark.wordpress.com

NOTE: The Festival area on Creations Park will be left up for you enjoyment through December 31st.

♥ ♥ ♥Here at CREATIONS PARK everything we do comes from the love in our hearts. This event is about people sharing their talents to create something positive in our world   。◕‿◕。VIDEO Please be sure to watch our award winning video about the benefits of SL for our 88 "years young" RL Mom who has Parkinson's. This will touch your heart! Ebbe Linden (CEO of Linden Labs) has called this the most important video ever made about Second Life! 

The Drax File: World Makers- Episode 13 Creations for Parkinson's  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyiiWxNguGo&feature=youtu.be

Our RL family felt a desire to give meaning and purpose to the hours we spent in-world. Our dad died with Parkinson's and our mother, Fran Seranade, has it now. To quote her "I may have Parkinson's, but it does not have me." At 88 years young, she is active in Second Life and is thrilled to see herself running, and dancing again. Those of us in Second Life can have fun while knowing we are making a difference in the real world. 

DONATIONS
100% of all donations go to Team Fox for The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. We believe it is important for you to know how your donations are being spent. Our family covers all tier and expenses so that all donations are given to research.

BE SURE TO VISIT ALL 6 UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL LEVELS on CREATIONS PARK
ღღღ Loving Hugs from our Creations Family
Barbie Alchemi - Founder of Creations for Parkinson's
Fran Seranade - Our loving RL Mom

AlmostThere Inventor - RL brother

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Five Rad Places to Score Freebies in SL! LillyLacewing Reporting.


The Free Dove by Palomma Casanova
This place has some great, high-quality freebies, and is unique in some of those freebies’ styling. It’s a great place for those into Goth, Fantasy, or any kind of Alternative looks. These items don’t have the look of freebies, either, so I could easily find myself going back again and again. Beautiful dresses, lots of neat fantasy items, and lots of really well crafted items grace the shelves in this freebie hut; my only complaint is that the men’s section is comically small. Men exist too; they need free stuff, too! Let’s not leave them out!


SEXY FREEBIES PARADISE!
This place is an oldie, but  goodie? Anyways, Sexy Freebies Paradise is a huge, sprawling mall of everything you could possibly imagine. They have AO’s, complete avatars, jewelry for men, and woman, clothing for men, and women, and anthros, and any other thing you could possibly ever want or need. Some of the items, stacked high atop the other and clearly marked, sell for anywhere from $L1-20 tops. And when I say EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING. I think there it literally at least one of every item possible to have in Second Life represented here, so TP in, and go nuts! Everyone can afford free!

DEVIANT DUNGEON “More freebies than you can shake a stick at!”
This is a place I’ve loved since day one, it’s a great place to grab textures, rad clothing, and even BDSM gear if that’s what you need. It has a great balance of male/female items, and a couple of for sale items. It’s changed a bit since I used to come, and the items are infinitely more organized and well laid out now. It isn’t such a cluster to get through the place and or find anything anymore. With two organized floors of freebies, what’s not to love?

Sandbox#1 Shiromani
This is another one I’ve been coming too since the beginning, and it’s a versatile place. Less selection for clothing items here, and a lot more for builders, such as prims, scripts, textures, and more to assist builders of all skill levels looking to maybe do things a little easier. Also features some games you can play for little or no $L’s. This is where I found the box full of smokes that I fell in love with as a newbie. It had cigarettes, and joints, and as an avid MMJ user in RL, I loved being able to let my cannabis activism shine through my avatar. I highly recommend this place for builders especially.


Sky High Freebies
Now this place is really interesting. It’s not huge or massive and it’s actually RARE to find clothing at this place. Rather than being a large, jumbled mess, as freebie malls can be (no disrespect, we love you, and we understand how and why they can end up that way with so many items!) this place is a courtyard, surrounded by small stores with amazingly high quality freebies. I picked up everything I need to decorate my apartment for Christmas this year. I highly recommend this place to people who are looking for quiet places, furniture, and a less is more attitude when it comes to how MANY items are there. I fell in love with the place and am beyond glad I land marked it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

SL’s Best Schools! -LillyLacewing Reporting.


This is a hard one, ladies and gents; I won’t lie to you. I have to pick only 5 institutions to list here, and many well-known universities have a presence in Second Life. So instead, I’m going to highlight a couple of schools relevant to things you need to know in SL, and a couple of University presences. First up?


Caledon’s Oxbridge University.
This place is interesting; it has a ‘lecture hall’ where you can learn the ins and outs of Second Life, or if you’re big into Steam Punk, then I highly recommend checking out their library where they host a treasure trove of books on everything from 19th Century Politics and sciences to art history and children’s books. The whole university is appropriately Steam Punk, and I love it! There’s lots of informative stuff here for newcomers to SL as well, such as simple things like interacting with a new currency marketplace, how to build things (very basic of course) and how to earn Lindens, interact with others, and everything else someone new to SL would need to know--or even someone not so new, but in need of new information. They host both free, and paid classes on a wide variety of SL important activities such as building items, clothing, working with mesh, etc. It’s a great, fun, large, and informative school beyond worth the TP in!

Stanford University’s SL Location
Now, I don’t have to tell you about Stanford. It’s a Real Life, Ivy League University. It has links to their libraries online. Once you land, there’s a bright red line that you follow to large billboard that lists the SL physical locations of their libraries, and there are a handful of video screens that link you to the online libraries.  The Second Life installation is very detailed, large, and beautiful.  It’s great for students of the physical university, as well as curious SL’ers who’d like to learn things they might not otherwise. Go check it out!


Rockcliffe University Library and Reference Center.

Ok, so admittedly, this one’s more of a library than a school, but it taught me how to make clothing! Something I’ve always kind of struggled with was creating here in SL, but a book quite literally out in the open taught me, in a matter of minutes, how to make basic, simple clothing. It’s filled with books both informative and fictional, as well as books on how to make things in SL that are basic, easy to understand, and won’t intimidate the new user! I was happy to find this place, and now I can’t wait to give my new clothing making skills a try. Who knows, maybe this time next year, I’ll be pimping my own product line in an upcoming article! Go get your learn on!

SOMA: Learn Photoshop, gimp,etc…
This is a great resource sim for those who want to learn to fine tune those clothing-making skills they picked up at Rockcliffe! This ‘school’ teaches users how to use image manipulation and graphics software such as Gimp, Photoshop, and even more I’ve never heard of. As anyone who’s made, or purchased, an item off the marketplace, can attest to how important those graphics programs are for builders, SL ‘tailors’ (clothing makers,) and those who build entire sims. This is a place I plan on returning on my off time to learn, on my own time and at my own pace (how rad is that?!?) how to make textures to attach to that shirt I just learned how to make.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
This is another Real-Life University brought to life here in the grid! This one serves students of UWM, both in teaching them how to use Second Life in order to take classes on its online campus, and in other SL relevant information. It serves the public the same, and teaches new users how to orient to life in SL. I was surprised and happy to see that this campus seemed up to date, the Halloween colors of black and orange popping up in cheery balloons welcoming you to the campus.

All in all, it was hard to pick the 5 best schools of in Second Life, mostly because A.) There are SO many, and B.) They’re all incredibly informative, most even have their own libraries, either with old classics in notecard form, or online links to places where you can read and experience classic literature for free. Also, for those who want to further their educations but cannot afford to attend places like MIT, some schools offer access to their textbooks online for free. For MIT’s curriculum: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/online-textbooks/ .  A Google search can also bring you lots of free textbook resources as well as other e-books for both learning, and pleasure!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SL UFO Threads Are Host To Heated Debate… LillyLacewing Reporting.


Fire in the Sky
Are there extraterrestrial reasons behind unidentified flying objects? This question, and the fear of its possible answer, has plagued mankind for decades. Long before we could articulate and gather together (whether in the flesh, or here, in the Virtual world of Second Life,) to discuss it, lights in the sky have been terrifying and fascinating us for all of our recorded history. Many religions, particularly Hinduism in their ancient texts, refer to their gods as having arrived in Vimanas, which if you Google that term, you’ll see they look like a spaceships carrying the sometimes animal-headed, multi-limbed deities.
I know a lot of people who’ve claimed to see things in the sky that don’t fit with what we know to exist in our modern technological capabilities; however, we also know now that our government is fond of keeping their better, sneakier high-tech devices such as weaponry and transportation, hidden from public view for up to TWENTY YEARS after their completion and implementation. This leaves a lot of wiggle room for whether what we see is of our Earth, or something else entirely.
“Hey, we can hope, right?”
I myself saw something questionable in the sky once about 12 years ago, when I lived in rural central California. It was a dairy community, so at the night the light pollution was minimal, all things considered. I saw what looked like the brightest white pinpoint of light in the sky, dancing around in ways that more resembled a game of space pong rather than any sort of known, helpful, or even possible maneuvers that I knew of anything on Earth being capable of. Also, when it decided to take off, it went OUT, not North, South, East, or West, just UP, and OUT into space. Was that a craft driven by a creature not of this Earth, or was it a machine our government hadn’t seen us fit enough to know it exists yet? I don’t know. I know I couldn’t identify it; it was too high, too bright, too fast, and moved in ways that were almost disturbing to watch, so rapid and sudden were the changes in direction.

I decided to look around, and see what others in SL have experienced in regards to UFO phenomenon. Since there were no current discussions groups happening, I decided to look for threads on the forums at www.secondlife.com. I found an interesting question posed, and that was the question of the Ancient Astronaut theories, many of whom seem to be perpetuated by ancient art depicting creature that look like a man in a space suit, or the crafts themselves.
 This was a heated discussion on both sides, one person suggesting that the ‘space helmets’ depicted on some cave art/primitive art couldn’t be differentiated against their also frequent depiction of halos. I personally feel they look very different from halo depictions, if only in that halo depictions usually also have lines implying rays of light surrounding or coming out of them, coating the head of the halo wearer in divine light.
Another pressing question was, ‘Do you believe there are other intelligent life forms existing on other planets?’ This one seems pretty straight forward if you keep religious ideals out of the equation, it becomes a matter of mathematics. With so many planets in our potentially limitless universe, our own humble galaxy literally home to hundreds of millions of planets, stars, moons, it’s foolish to think our planet is the only one with life on it. Not to mention that fact that scientists have now found bacteria living in the tails of comets*, and that they’ve discovered Tardigrades, (also called water bears,) can survive the vacuum of space and hitch a ride on a rocket.** With information like this, it only seems a matter of time before we start finding larger, more formed creatures. As our ability to penetrate the previously impassable barrier of space increases, so too do our chances of finding life in outer space. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!



Monday, September 7, 2015

Sultry Affairs in SL- LillyLacewing Reporting


The how’s, why’s, and WTF’s(?!) of Second Life affairs…

 I’ve often wondered what drives people to have affairs, both in Second Life, and Real Life, so I did a little hunting, and spoke, anonymously of course, with a few SL residents who were game to talk about their game here in this virtual world.


I thought asking the source, the ladies who provide these services themselves, would be more fruitful, but I was amused to discover that if you’re not about to pony up a bunch of Lindens, their customer service skills drop considerably. Way to bring ‘em on back, girls, your rude is so sexy! I quickly realized I wasn’t going to get a serious, or intelligent, answer from any of these digital ladies of the evening. The only real answer I got was, “It’s kind of easy, if you pay for it, what you are paying for is no drama.  You get what you want, you get the fantasy you want, then you get to go home and not deal with ‘OMG I love you...’”

So after that failure, I asked a gentlemen who I’ll simply call Toddrick, (To the actual gentlemen with whom I spoke: I apologize for the ridiculous alias, but it’s the only way I can ensure I don’t accidentally use your real name,) and the answer turned out to be rather simple, and universal. Lack of proper stimulation in RL would play a major role, at least in Toddrick’s case. His RL partner was not as sexually adventurous as he would like to be in his relationship, and things became further complicated after the birth of a child.



 After an adventure in RL role-playing left his partner with a sour taste in her mouth, fearing him some sort of pervert, things suffered from there on out. It’s never been a better time to be a human, since for the first time in history, you’re only judged for your perversions if they involve societal taboos such as rape, incest, or bestiality, in most parts of the world now. The frustration in his words was evident, and what I saw was a man who had a genuine desire to be with his wife, if only he could break her out of her shell and find a way to express to her exploration and experimentation can be not only fun, but healthy in keeping a sexual relationship new and fresh.



Toddrick admitted to a handful of affairs on SL, but that he’d never had a full blown RL affair, just an episode of kissing a girl one time, as his only RL extra marital activities. I found this even more fascinating, because of the fact that one girl on SL with whom he feels very close, lives close enough for him to visit, yet he’s afraid an RL meeting would spoil the fantasy and mystery of this lady he finds himself so fascinated with in SL. To me, this spoke of a man who cared greatly for his wife, while trying to satisfy things inside him he didn’t feel comfortable satisfying with his wife.



 It seems, to me at least, that maybe the tedium and mundanity of his RL relationship was a driving force in his desire for SL affairs with other women. Throw in some self esteem issues that made him feel like he’d maybe missed his fair chance to ‘sow his oats’ properly, and you see a man looking for things perceived lost. When I dive into the possible depths of this thought process, I become a bit lost, because I’ve always been very forceful about who and what I want, thus fulfilling my needs in RL. This makes it so I don’t seek outside attention from others in either RL, or SL. The expression that comes to mind was one an old friend of mine from high school spouted to me one day, ‘If you don’t feed the dog, it’ll go next door.’

 This has never been more true than it is now, in a world where answers for your sexual appetites are literally a click away, the doors have never been more open for exploration in what a person, or couple, might find themselves into sexually. I thought I would learn a lot about SL affairs, but what I really learned a lot about was how many people in the world are left sexually unsatisfied in their everyday lives, either from illness, or injury, too much demand on their RL time and bodies with work and child rearing, or just a lack of compatibility in their levels of desire for sexual exploration. 

These reasons, and so many more, are why people seem to be driven to affairs in SL.




 
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