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Showing posts with label history. Show all posts
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Friday, September 2, 2022

GeekSpeak – Will we win the Space Race? Does it matter? Join the discussion Saturday, September 3rd at 12pm SLT


On Friday 2nd September the Artemis 1 moon rocket will launch towards the moon.  If it fails the moon race will probably be won by China.  Either way, humanity is, hopefully, heading for a future where people live and work on the moon. 

The trip will last 42 days and the spacecraft will have a high-definition video on board.  Come to GeekSpeak this Saturday at noon SLT and celebrate this historic moment with us and discuss where we will be going on the moon, and why.

Will we look up one day and realize that someone is also looking down?   Bring your space buddies!

 

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Friday, June 3, 2022

SILK ROAD 2022 - HUNT & EVENT

 


Historical Hunts Ltd. presents the 12th Annual Silk Road Hunt & Event (4-26 June 2022).  Our theme this year is "Crossroads: Japan."  Therefore, when you arrive at the event, you will find yourself in a place much like Edo Period Japan!

The Hunt is grid-wide, which means hunters will hop store-to-store following landmarks inside each hunt item.  The Event is in Mieville Shelley, at a brand new mega-build created for high visibility and smooth traffic flow.

There are tons of free gifts and top-quality merchandise available.  Seventy merchants are participating, with a wide range of decor, clothing, jewelry, furniture, and full perm items for your shopping enjoyment.  For a full list of shops, please view our blog (https://historicalhunts.blogspot.com) and click "Participating!" at the top.  The list of merchants includes Sky Willow, Grendels, Fairey Angel Creations, Sanna - Science and Art, Texworks, Timeless Textures, Pixel Box, Kisetsu, ~Lantian/Flox~, Storybook Cats, Grasshopper St., and many more!

There is also great entertainment on-hand, including the very popular group: "Keeba's Tiny Maniacs!"  In addition, we offer traditional dancers, an Asian violinist, wandering storytellers, live DJs, haiku and fishing contests, an art show, and four big, costume-themed parties.

Lastly, there is a game at the Silk Road Event called the "Clicky Kitsune Quest."  Once visitors get the free HUD at the Arrival Area, they can wander and click randomly-appearing kitsune (foxes) for points.  These Clicky Kitsune are spread throughout the event, so visitors are encouraged to explore.  Points can be traded at any time for a wide range of gifts, available at participating merchants' Event booths.  The entire system is FREE, and past, similar games have proven highly popular.

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WHO WE ARE:  Historical Hunts, Ltd. has been organizing coordinated grid-wide hunts and events for over 15 years.  We appeal to a wide range of hunters and merchants, but especially to those with an interest in history and culture.  We are sponsored by the Mieville community, which currently celebrates 13 sims and 150+ residents.  Historical Hunts, Ltd. itself has nearly 3000 members at present.

    * Primary Contact: Wyvern Dryke (email: wyvern.dryke@gmail.com)

    * Hunt Contact: Ceirwynsinclair Heartsong

    * Organizer: Unalunaqat

    * Organizer: Mitraardwyad

    * Founder and Mayor: (currently on extended leave) Perryn Peterson

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WHEN: Both the grid-wide Hunt, and the Event in Mieville Shelley sim, run from the start of Saturday, 4 June through the end of Sunday, 26 June 2022.

(About the date: Because we open on the 33rd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square, we will hold a special ceremony to honor those who have been lost.  There will be a candle-lighting ceremony at the Arrival Area on Friday 3 June, 5pm SLT.  We will also keep a memorial candle burning throughout the month at the Shinto Shrine.)

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WHERE: The start and end locations of the Hunt, plus the location of the entire Event, are in Mieville Shelley sim:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Shelley/125/125/1508

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT "SILK ROAD 2022":

Historical Hunts Blog: https://historicalhunts.blogspot.com/

Events, Entertainment & Activities:

Join our SL Group:

Please copy/paste the following line into chat, press Return, and click the resultant link:

secondlife:///app/group/81bf7b80-057d-b3d1-f12a-e7e28014c7b4/about

Friday, May 27, 2022

GRAND OPENING – AKANGA ISLAND, LIBERI ISLES FRIDAY, 27 May – MONDAY, 30 May, 2022

 


Come experience the Finest in RP sims!   Authentic Jungle, Desert and Pirates-cove settings provide the ideal locations for extended RP scenarios.

Liberi Isles is set in the 18th Century and based off of both fiction and nonfiction histories of Madagascar during that era. Akanga Island: Liberi Isles is fictionally located off the coast and lost in time which is where the multi-verse RP comes in. The Lore has a fantasy flair to it which incorporates both fact and fiction all in one so that the player can either develop within the created storyline or create their own.

This build is the result of painstaking research on Madagascar regarding their landscapes, wildlife, fauna, insects, and even their people and villages that were around at that time. The result is this highly authentic build.

The Cove is more or less the heart of the Liberi, it serves as the main bridge between the land and sea folk. In a way, because the sim low key touches on the idea of the Multi-verse, it's also a cultural stew pot, exposing characters from various settings to one another to create something new.

Players will love how they can develop their own storylines and incorporate it into either the existing lore or start their own. We are an immersive RP sim and most of our players do para- or semi-para RP. You can use the optional HUD System to complete your character.  You can build, earn in-game funds to trade, and so much more.

For More information, click on the link below to get started on your AKANGA ISLAND, LIBERI ISLES Adventure

https://akangaliberiisles.wixsite.com/akangaliberiisles

or, summon your transportation canoe by clicking on:

SURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberi%20Isles/146/190/22

Be There!  Aloha

Friday, July 13, 2018

Celebrating Second Life: The Wall of History -Pen Dragon Reporting



Second Life is celebrating its 15th birthday with a whole host of parties, concerts, free gifts and so much more, but how did it all begin? What was SL like before modern mesh, before the incredible world we have all grown to love? Let's take a stroll back in time with our flux capacitor enabled DeLoreans to find out!

Second Life, or SL, is a name we are all familiar with today, but when Linden Labs developed the virtual word back in 2003 it was called LindenWorld. Before beta testing began it was decided to change the name to Second Life in order to give a more “creative and descriptive” feel to the new world. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds, with technology forging new concepts and giving new abilities to creators.
With all this advancement and change, its important to look back at the humble beginnings of this virtual world.



The Second Life Wall of History is the perfect place to dive deep into every aspect of how Second Life began. The wall itself was created for the 2nd anniversary of SL. The landing area puts you just feet away from this repository of historic information.The wall has spheres with hover text describing what each note card giver contains. The subjects are varied and cover a wide range of historic topics, including avatar history, Second Life Historical Museum information, and all the known logs of Linden’s Town Hall meetings.



There are a lot of interesting facts and history to be learned at the Wall of History. For instance, did you know that the hand logo associated with SL we see everywhere is actually similar to a hand symbol seen all over the world in many cultures and civilizations. The hand has many meanings throughout the world. Another tidbit is that there are 2 known Easter Eggs in Second Life. One is mentioned in the note card “Did you know” found at the Wall of History, the other? You’ll have to find that one yourself.



The setting is beautiful with Linden Village and offices as a backdrop. You can climb the stairs up to the main building for a breathtaking view and continue on, around the mountain to discover information on RL education in SL. Continue down the mountain to find fun and interesting tutorials on how to interact with Second Life. There is also a Second Life planetarium with N.A.S.A. video clips. All in all the whole area is a fun place to explore and learn.




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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Celebrating Independence Day in Second Life - Pen Dragon Reporting








In 1765 an initially small group of British colonists in the American colonies revolted against King George and his rule. The initial complaint was that there were no representatives from the American colonies in the British parliament and this made their taxation of the colonies illegal. This was the start of the American Revolution that lasted until 1783, but it was in 1776 that the American colonies voted to declare independence from Britain and King George. On July 2nd of that year the Continental Congress voted  to declare the colonies independent of Britain. Two days later, July 4th, they released the Declaration of Independence. That is the day we in the United States celebrate as Independence Day.



John Adams, our first Vice President and second President as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote to his wife Abigail about the day the Continental Congress voted to declare Independence saying “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” He was off by 2 days as Americans have celebrated the 4th of July, the date shown on the Declaration of Independence as opposed to July 2nd when the resolution for independence was passed by the congress.


The first celebrations, in 1777, included 13 gunshots in the morning and evening and a special dinner for the Continental Congress. Some cities held parades, there was music, ships in harbor were dressed out in red, white and blue and, of course, there were fireworks. Those of us in the United States celebrate our Independence Day today much the same way today with barbecues, fireworks and parades.





There are even some great, while somewhat strange, records associated with 4th of July celebrations. This includes town in New England competing for the largest bonfire created from barrels and casks. The towns would arrange them into pyramids and then burn them on the evening of July 3rd, ushering in the holiday. The record is held by Salem, Massachusetts who created a stacked pyramid 40 tiers high.This made the tallest recorded bonfire in history. This custom was commonplace in the 19th and 20th century, and is still practiced in some New England towns today. Another fun fact is that on July 4th 1778, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum of all of his soldiers to celebrate the holiday. Because fireworks are such a big part of the traditional celebration a group of miners actually blew up a post office in Swan, Colorado in 1884 because it wasn’t supplied with fireworks.


While some of the more odd occurrences and traditions are long behind us, we still celebrate the 4th of July in much the same manner, even in Second Life. You can find all sorts of great events taking place to celebrate the holiday, from picnics to live singers and even fireworks. Just don’t blow anything up if they don’t have the fireworks!





Some of these celebrations include a pool party with DJs and food at the Wolf Valley Pool. This event lasts all week and celebrates both Canada Day and Independence Day. Better Life Counselling Community will also be celebrating with a beach party, offering a cookout, live Djs to dance to and a fireworks display as well as a best dressed competition. Another great event to check out will be the DJs and live singers at BabyGirlsSkyGarden. From 4-6p there will be a 40s Wartime themed music set and then at 7p Shaye Dezno-Jonstone will be performing live. If these events don’t grab your attention, just take a look at the events listing and you’re sure to find one that does! Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolf%20Valley%20Ranch/135/84/22  WOLF VALLEY POOL
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Success%20Isle/123/55/22 Better Life Counselling Community

SLURL: secondlife:///app/region/Misty%20Valley/239/75/3005  BabyGirlsSkyGarden


-Pen Dragon

Friday, March 23, 2018

Tour of The Imperial Arts Exhibit of Bonsai and Cherry Blossom Trees and learn the history



Over the years Bonsai, the Japanese art form of cultivating small trees that mimic full size trees, has advanced to have many different styles that closely resemble circumstances found in nature.  Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. 



In nature, the trees grow upright, slanting, solo, in pairs, in plains, or clinging to rocks.  They’re also found in dry, wet, warm, cool, windy, and still environments.  These various stresses of nature are reflected in their shapes and Bonsai artists look to what nature creates when producing their own bonsai.  Thus making them so much more than just a miniature tree in a container.  In this exhibit, you will find many examples of bonsai styles along with some explanations.  

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In the other half of the cultural center, you’ll find sakura themed items. Though Sakura (Cherry Blossom) trees can be found in the middle northern or southern part of China (the area nearby the sea) as well as in South Korea, they are best known as being the iconic image of spring in Japan. 

Every year, the sakura zensen (cherry blossom front) is tracked as the flowers bloom –first in Okinawa, then upwards towards Kyoto and Tokyo, and finally in the higher altitudes in Hokkaido. All across Japan Hanami (flower viewing) festivals celebrate the beauty of the delicate cherry blossom.  

With all the petals, it should come as no surprise that these little flowers have a tremendous cultural significance on Japan.  This exhibit contains just a fraction of the food, drinks, and other items that sakura have influenced. 

Don't forget to stop by the gift shop for: bonsai, sakura sake, sakura latte, sakura kokeshi doll, sakura pepsi, and sakura donuts! 

Imperial Arts

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea%20Escape/228/196/3056

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Seanchai Library Celebrates a Decade of Stories with "Volume 10"



On March 20, 2008 Shandon Loring presented the very first story in voice at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center, which would become Seanchai Library. A decade later, Seanchai Library is still presenting literature, stories, and poems live in voice every week. March 15th begins Seanchai's ten day celebration of stories brought to life in virtual worlds, featuring a light-hearted quest, music events and, of course, stories. "Volume 10" kicks off today with the opening of a quest, and at 7pm PDT with Chief Storyteller Shandon Loring beginning the first of a two part presentation of Frank Delaney's The Architect of Newgrange.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Legend of St. Valentine and Valentine's Day - CeciliaRosalie Resident Reporting...


Saint Valentine




Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. Candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

The Legend

The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Grand Opening Event: Black History Museum & Cafe Dec 10th at 4pm




Awareness installment that explores Black History in the US & the modern day issues it led to.  Enjoy the adjacent open-air cafe

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LUXORY%20NORTH/233/114/24


Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Mayflower has Landed in Second Life!- Lanai Jarrico Reporting...



In Second Life we have the unique ability to recreate historical events and rebuilt structures that have long since been lost or in ruins back to their original state with the help of information gathered from history books,  ancient maps, historical documents and diagrams.  With that being said, I was exploring the grid in search of a farm. I was determined to interview a turkey for my Thanksgiving holiday mascot article. But instead I came across something unexpected.



Located on Zundra at Mayflower & Plymouth Village on a thousand kisses Estate, there bobbing in the water is The Mayflower.  The history of this ship is significant to Thanksgiving if you are familiar with the story about how the New World was “discovered”.  

As the story goes: Hoping to flee the dictates of the Church of England,  The Mayflower was a commissioned vessel responsible for transporting William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims from Plymouth, England to the New World.  It took 66 days as they braved violent storms at sea and disease. 



Finally, on November 11, 1620, The Mayflower dropped anchor at Provinceton Harbor, now known as Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  The surviving Pilgrims did not leave the ship right away, instead they endured the harsh winter aboard the vessel and emerged onto land on March 21, 1621 and started the Plymouth Colony.


The Mayflower did not stick around after its mission. It returned back to England to be used as a trade vessel until the death of Captain Christopher Jones. The abandoned and battered ship was destroyed and used for scrap lumber.


The Plymouth Rock is also significant to the Mayflower and Thanksgiving time because it is famously known as the site said to be the first solid piece of land where the Pilgrims set foot when arriving to the New World. 

Today, it is surrounded by a gate to protect it from damage. Now that you have some background information about these 2 historical artifacts, no matter where you are in the world, it is only a teleport away in Second Life.



 Upon arriving at this great location, virtually, you can explore a depiction of the first settlement. There is a meeting house, fort, outdoor baking oven, cook pot and a family house. 



If you explore the woods you will also find a Wampanoag tribe settlement.
To make your visit more authentic and fun, dress up like a Pilgrim or Indian and invite your friends for an educational outing. Don’t forget to take pictures sitting around the table for the first Thanksgiving!




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Celebratig Cinco de Mayo in Second Life- Debby Sharma Reporting...

Photograph Credits: Visitrenotahoe.com
After the Mexican American War and the Reform War, the Mexican Treasury was nearly bankrupt, Banito Juarez, the then Mexican President issued a moratorium to suspend all foreign debts for two years. In response Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their naval forces. However, France was then ruled by Napoleon III, saw it as an opportunity for a Second Mexican Empire. In the late 1861, the well-equipped French fleet won at Veracruz making the President retreat. Moving on to Mexico City, the strong 6000 French army was a defeated by 2000 ill-equipped Mexican army on May 5th, 1862 at Puebla.
Cinco de Mayo is a festival to celebrate the victory of the “Premier army in the world”. It symbolizes the unity and pride for the Mexicans to establish a much needed sense of national unity and Patriotism.
In Second Life, there are various events and hunts to celebrate this occasion.



Hunt

It is a grid wide hunt for all residents from April 20th to May 15th, 2015. There are 12 hunting Sombrero. The hunting prizes are laden with accessories, clothing, colourful decorations and furniture exclusive for Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Fiestas. Kamiek Resident is the contact person. The hunt starts at Fashion Boulevard http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fashion%20Boulevard/46/58/22. For more info on hints and slurls visit http://perfectseductionblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/fiesta-de-tesoros-1l-hunt-dates-420-515.html

Photograph Credits: Store Funtastic Designs


·         Marketplace


If hunting is not a good option for you, you may try the market place which has many items starting from clothing, accessories to dance floor, flag, food and cakes which are in line with this occasion. Follow the link to get a hold of what you like the most https://marketplace.secondlife.com/products/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bcategory_id%5D=&search%5Bmaturity_level%5D=GMA&search%5Bkeywords%5D=cinco+de+mayo



·         In world Shopping

Photograph Credits: Second Life Destinations
Bable’s 4 seasons by Meris Oyen offers full perm accessories, clothing, flags, decorations and fireworks suitable for Cinco De Mayo which you may try to look at here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babel/8/241/42/
·         Events
There are many events lined up for May 5th and a few for May 6th too.
At 12 pm on 5th of May, Dj Kaos with Host Carma and at 4:00 pm with Dj Weylyn and Host Dina Kozlov would be having parties at The Broken Spoke Biker Sim on Laconia. Here is the landmark http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Laconia/111/81/21

At 11:00 am Dj Pamcakes, 1:00 pm Dj Cazza and 3:00 pm Dj Neilio, on 5th of May with Host heavenlyfray would be having a party at The Players Club. Visit the venue here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Los%20Altos/131/190/24

Pure Attitudes would celebrate on 5th of May from 2:00 pm for 10 hours with Host Gar Vexath. Your limo is here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dinamo/79/82/2000

A formal event, American Classical Ball will be held on 5th of May, at 2:30 pm for 2 hours with Host Colin Scientist at The Blue Lagoon Club on Gorlen Bay. Your landmark here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gorlen%20Bay/116/158/23

At 4:00 pm on 5th of May Thornbridge Radio would present a Cinco De Mayo party with Host Dione Bingyi. The landmark is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Furniture%201%20Woodshed/250/114/25

The Wall in Transylvania would host a party with Kloe Kidd at 6:00 pm for 2 hours on 5th May at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Transylvania/54/185/31

A 1000L$ split would be given at the party on 5th May at 6:00 pm with Dj Kiera and Host  Zanne Boucher at The Dusty Wanderer pub on Dusty Heights http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dusty%20Heights/139/116/2021

At 6:00 pm on 5th May Sir Marqs DeSade would sing live for an hour with Host Laz at Pavilion on Xaara http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xaara/0/0/0

At 6:00 pm on 5th May for 2 hours with Dj Cathrine and Host Butrfly77 Machintyre would At party at Rock N Roll Social Club and Mall on Wedge http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wedge/158/64/24

Club Eros would celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Dj Guido and Host Persian Chevalier on 5th May at 7:00 pm with Contest Prize for best male and best female in theme at L$ 200 each. Teleport here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mudsucker/40/21/267

For more events follow the link http://search.secondlife.com/?query_term=cinco+de+mayo&collection_chosen=events&isLeftColOpen=True or search for the key words “Cinco De Mayo” in the search tab at http://search.secondlife.com.



*Note: The events listed above are of different maturity ratings, although most are rated moderate.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Touring Historical Landmarks in SL- CeciliaRosalie Reporting…


I’ve been in Second Life for three years  and recently felt an impulse to research second life’s  historical regions. In this article we are going to travel back in time to the first years of SL. If I was asked to give a different tittle to this topic, It would be “A virtual nostos”.
My main resource for this task was the SL’s historical museum, which provided me with valuable information.


Second life  opened its doors to the first residents in 2002-2003.  It was named LindenWorld and then it was renamed to Second Life. At this time the grid was made up of 16 regions. Da boom, the first sim created. For most it holds a reference to the Big Bang theory conception of the virtual world. Da boom is a nice water front area with a lot to see and discover. I personally enjoyed the view of the marina and Lindens Playground. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Da%20Boom/128/128/2

As I mentioned the first second life resident, I was curious to see her first home.  This lovely mansion was originally built by Steller Sunshine way back during the Alpha (early, early testing) days of Second Life.


All other builds created during Alpha were deleted except for the Mansion and another build by Steller which was a cabin, her first home; The mansion which resides in Clementina, was given by Steller to the Linden's to preserve it for the cross over from Alpha to Beta testing. The mansion was home to Steller through-out the Alpha testing phases, and was the location for many of the first parties in Second Life and other memorable events. With its beautiful view, great architecture, fantastic use of prims, and friendly environment, this mansion still stands as one of the great historical builds in Second Life. You can visit it here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clementina/189/122/62


The Ivory Tower of Primitives at Natoma, is anoher historical locations. It is actually a library where you can find out more about SL’s building system. Useful tutorials and building lessons will give you a start if you are interested in building. Of course today we build with mesh so prims seem a bit obsolete but primitives were the raw material our virtual world was once built on so anyone who would like to start learning the basics in creating stuff should start from there. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Natoma/204/166/28


Moving on my journey to SL’s historical locations I stopped by Abbotts Airport, which is the oldest of its kind and well-known of the high-quality planes and other aircrafts.  It is a safe place for new comers to visit after the welcome area. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Abbotts/96/212/27


My next stop was the first freebie shop on the grid since 2004. YadNi s Junkyard is a paradise for newbies, it offer a variety of high-quality stuff from clothes to weapons. They also have a free learning area for new residents who want to make their first steps. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Leda/214/25/53


I’ve been running around many historical places until this final presentation. During my journey I always had a feeling that something is missing… and then … It was there, A Castle.  Blackmoor Castle’s construction started in early September 04’ and is still on going. Research was performed on various RL castles. Blackmoor draws some exterior influences from Cinderella's Disney World Castle. So, Let the fairy tale journey begin!!! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stillman/27/191/59

I hope you enjoyed your tour of historical destinations in Second Life. Learning the history behind Second Life and being able to go back in time and see how things once where gives us a better perspective of how far we have come in the virtual world.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

An Educational Tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Kristallinacht- Nena Dreadlow Reporting




The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of over six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. This happened between 1941-1951 Holocaust means “Sacrifice by fire”  The nazis came in power on January 1933.  They believed that they were superior to the Jews.  Jews were moved to concentration camps by train where most of them died.   Before any of this took place the “Kristallnacht took place.  Here you will find out what that means and how it plays a big part in the holocaust history.


When I first came to the Holocaust Museum I knew one day I would love to write about it and am very honored to be able to do so.  The Holocaust is such a big part of history and everyone should know about it. I was glad that second life was able to show some things that took place so that we could get an idea of the terror that went on in that time and educate us.
Can you imagine having to go through all that or what it felt like to not be able to do certain things just because of who you were? This Museum Focuses on "Kristallnacht" also called "Night of the broken class".





When you first walk into the museum, you enter a classroom. I would recommend that your sound and video is on at all times. It is an interactive museum and it makes the experience more realistic. In the classroom be sure to touch each of the bulletins boards as they will tell give you information about some of the things that took place.

  On November 9-10 1938 rioters destroyed synagogues, businesses, cemeteries, hospitals, schools and homes and killed at least 91 Jewish people.  It is called "night of the broken class" because of all the glass that was all over the streets. To get to the next area of the museum you must find the glowing folder. It leads to a wall that opens up to the city.



This city was replicated on accounts by some of the survivors of the Kristallinacht. The streets are lined with books and glass. The first thing you see is a store where at that time Jews had to put their names on their windows. Nazis would smash and destroy all their goods and would loot almost everything.  Later on the stores were closed and not allowed to be reopened unless run by a Non-Jewish.





There were many families affected by this tragedy.  The museum tells the story of the Hilsenraths family. They were just a regular family who owned a linen store. They had 3 children.  Like all of the Jewish children, Susan who is the oldest had to leave the school. Months later Susan and her brother where smuggled into France. You can hear the voice of Susan talking about her experience. How would you feel to have to be moved away from your parents and away from the home you ever have known? Her story will pull at your heart string.




On November 9 1938 months before the synagogues were demolished the Nazis destroyed the interiors of the synagogues and desecrated religious objects.  All over Germany, including Austria was vandalized, looted and destroyed.  In the museum they made a replica of one of the synagogues where you can observe how it would look after being destroyed. It is sad to know that the place where they prayed where thought of as nothing but trash.



Jewish children were expelled from German public schools after Kristllnacht.  Even the Jewish schools where closed. It is just sad that these children were not able to get an education just because they were Jewish. Not only where they banned from schools but also banned from museums, playgrounds, swimming pools and other places.



Visiting the Museum is such a somber experience that everyone needs to come to at least once here on second life. It is sad to know that human beings had to go through such horrific things. The purpose of this museum is to show a glimpse into what took place in the beginning of a very tragic event and help prevent history from repeating itself with senseless act of terror and crimes against humanity.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Discovering Egypt- Debby Sharma Reporting...




A land and an age of Pyramids, Egypt is rich on culture. During the era of 10th millennium BC, the people of Egypt built the most extravagant buildings with highest amount of precision which is yet to be achieved in the modern era. The unsolved mysteries of the Pyramids, the reason why it was built and the tons of stone blocks used to make the most stable structure in the universe. It is said that among all the shapes, pyramids are the only ones that can stand through the changing environments and time.
Egyptian lands spans through the northeast corner to the southwest corner of Africa, a territory of about 390,000 square miles lying with the Nile Valley. With over 88 million populations, it is the 15th most populated country in the world with its majority of the population residing in the Nile Valley.



In Second Life, the Ancient Egypt has been created as close to the Egypt we visualize now in real life and the image of the Egypt that is embedded under the sands of time. At the welcome spot, room transcends you to the land to Egypt. The heliographic walls talk of the incredible knowledge of the past. A view of the tribes that scored the Egyptian Lands is placed in the welcome room.


 It is requested to visit the land wearing their original form of dress. A free outfit for both woman and man is present just at the entrance.  The room is guarded by a door and a greeter welcomes you saying, “EM HOTEP!!” By the door stands the female statue of the gate keeper of the Egyptian Tribe.


Visit the 1/36th scale Giza Plateau, showing all the pyramids and other features of the actual Giza Plateau. Also, above this Plateau, are two 360º panoramic views. There is lot to explore. The bright colors surround the deserted lands with coconut trees and huge statues standing against time. The Nile Valley has the ruins of civilizations that once existed near the Nile River in real life.  You can view their markets, their trade and commerce, their gigantic ships, their docks. The landmark to the Nile Valley is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lower%20Nile%20Valley/221/110/501.
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The Nile Valley also consists of grand structures like the Giza Necropolis and its great sphinx and the ruins of Memphis Thebes and the Valley of the Kings represent the legacy of archaeological studies over the years. Further the version in Second Life enunciates ancient agriculture, literature and urban settlements with a reflection of hunter gatherers, fishers and grain grinding culture; similar to our rural civilization.


Ancient Egypt of Second Life gives the closest possible view of the culture we have left behind in our past. It is a must visit place, if you would like to be transported to the 10th Millennium BC.




Visit the Second Life inspired version of Ancient Egypt here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Terra%20Egypta/192/227/22/

 
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