Growing Robots Now Open!

The SL Planetarium is a great location for Fuschia Nighfires latest installation:

The "Growing Robots" are dedicated to Blindboy Gumbo after his song of the same title:

Blindboy Gumbo is the English songwriter Lee Gibson in RL. Here a link to his website.

The Cyborg outfits are perfect for the visits and could be found for the opening as Fuschia's visitors gift at the entrance in a male and female version:

fltr: SL Planetarium owner Bastian Barbosa and me in Fuschia's cyborg outfits, Fuschia Nightfire

The opening is still going on, so come and enjoy!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vision%20of%20mountains1/222/108/1204


Dangerous Place

Not only ART in HATS s closing today, also the LEA Round 4 comes to its end by Wednesday. The next Artists in Residence will bee announced soon and it is time to say goodbye to 20 regions. Today I want to cover another one, a region which is dedicated to machinima.

Every time I was there the it looked different.

See here Ole's last machinima:

 He told me that he is working on another one taken at LEA which will be finished in a while. You find all machinima by Ole Etzel here at youtube.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA29/55/153/22


Almost Forgotten

One of my goals in this blog is to cover places in Second Life which really everybody should have seen because of beauty, the creativity and uniqueness. But often I am so wrapped up with events and openings to cover that I almost forget about it. Forgotten City one of these places. My Flickr friend Awesome Fallen posted the photo that my graphic card never allowed:

Isn't it great? Fotgotten city is full of ideas which are waiting to be explored.

Thank you Awesome! The quality of your photos is matching your name.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Forgotten%20City/69/152/24


OMG, Which Hat for Today????

Today is the Hat Party, but there are so many beautiful hats!

I am still not sure but for sure you should not miss:

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shekhawati/207/15/35


Mechanical Circus Leaves with a Bang!

Today, Yooma Mayo is officially opening his installation at LEA 24. It is called "Mechanical Circus".  I blogged it already 2 weeks ago here. In his invitation he refers to his"Study for Mechanical Circus" which has been displayed previously at Lost Town. sivi Kelberry and AKILAE Gant generously again gave their sim for a replacement, which opens today too.

And....Yooma Mayo is not leaving SL. I apoligize for using a cheap trick to get your attention. The reason is that both installions will close July 31st and will be gone. Just 6 days left to visit them! Hurry and go now. You will not regret!

Taxi to Lost Town: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Land%20of%20Glory/92/177/27

Taxi to LEA:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/137/136/23

Great News: 50% Discount for Edu Sims is Back

Yesterday, Linden Lab published this:

"We’re pleased to announce an update to Second Life pricing for educational and nonprofit institutions. Effective immediately, any accredited educational institution or any organization with a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit tax status (or equivalent) is eligible for a 50% discount on private region set-up costs and a 50% discount on private region maintenance costs."

This is one of the best news I hear in Second Life for a long time. The discount previously has been given to edu sims and has been taken away about 2 years ago. As a result several interesting regions has been lost. I think we can expect an enrichment of the cultural life in SL.

Find the whole post here: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Updated-Pricing-for-Educational-and-Nonprofit-Institutions/ba-p/2098039?

Gallery Hopping: Melusina Parkin - Romy Nayar - Space4Art

 Melusina Parkin: Selected Photos

"It's possible to photograph what isn't there; it's only damned difficult"

This great quote, taken  from a short story by William Gibson is the motto of the latest exhibtion by SL photographer Melusina Parkin. Melusina is able to proof the sentence with her works. With her clear, puristic images she created a unique style  She is one of the few photographers in Second Life with a immediatley recognizable work.

Her radiance and elegance almost overwhelmed the exhibition at the opening

"Selected Photos" is to be found in the huge Rose Gallery amongst many other nice exhibtions.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/70/132/39

Romy Nayar: Sombras

"Sombras" are 3D works in Mesh. I found them very well done, fascinating and expressive. A photo hardly can mirror the interesting effect. So please watch this short machinima taken by Ux Hax:

Sombras from Ux Hax on Vimeo.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gigli%20Waves/146/199/34

Space 4 Art

...is the home of 4 artists: Asmita Duranjaya, ChapTer Kronfeld, Lilia Artis and Moeuhane Sandalwood. The sim has much to offer and explore And the installations are changing frequently. See here some photos:

I recommend to use the train for a first overview of the ground level. A second level is up in the sky. The second TP underneath leads you to a small contest, themed "Black n' White" where you can vote and start to explore the sky level.

Taxi to Train: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Space%204%20Art/197/214/42
Taxi to Voting: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Space%204%20Art/53/21/1055         


My Hat of the Day: Waiting for the Party

Yay the first "rehearsal" for the fashion show on Friday where really exciting. It will be fun!

Our hats are "Sad Dreams" by BaObA and "Corvus Noir" by Lode.
Come have a last look at the hats and join our hat party!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shekhawati/213/15/35


AVENUE July: Mantis Oh and ART in HATS Closing Party

For AVENUE July I wrote an article about RL Techno Producer and DJ Mantis Oh and his great installation "ASCENSION" at LEA. Hurry reading and visiting. The current LEA round ends by end of July and all sims will close and given to other artists.

Photographer is the talented Zazie. You get the article directly by following this link.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA16/128/128/35

Outstanding photographer used for a photo a hat creation by artist Meilo Minotaur at Page 65. Klick this link to see.

This image is part of the exhibtion and taken by CapCat Ragu
The hat is part of a whole avatar created by Meilo Minotaur
Both artworks are available for free

The hat is available as freebie for another week, Hurry and come!

Sadly ART in HATS is closing end of month too and will go with a big party next Friday.

Make a knot in your handkerchief and come next Friday!
Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shekhawati/213/15/35


Sneak Preview: Ghostville

Cica Ghost made it  two times to amaze the visitors at LEA. Her current installation "Rust" is still in the Editors Picks. I blogged it here. If you are one of the many lovers hurry and go for a last view. The place is closing by end of month and given to another artist.

Cica Ghost presenting Ghostville

But you must not suffer without a Cica-installation. She created "Ghostville" at Metales, the art sim hosted by artists Ux Hax and Romy Nayar.

Cica started with this work already before she had her first LEA installation and she felt is was time to finish it now.

You might see here more clouds as your viewer will allow. Cica recommends to use the region windlight and to slide  Cloud Cover to 0.68. (For Firestorm users: Open Phototools - WL - New Sky Preset - Clouds - Cloud Cover Slider to 0.68).

Cica Ghost made it again to create a place, which soon will be flooded with explorers and photographers. It is full of cute corners and animations. Simply lovely!

"Ghostville" opens Thursday, Juli 25 at 11 AM SLT with tunes by excellent DJ Morlita Quan.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MetaLES/236/221/25


YAY - Food Fair

Ham Dinner: Pilot @ Food Fair

Aren't it the cute, useless items which make  our daily life in SL so nice and fun? I know, many of my artist friends are standing all the time on their building platforms and do not get how people can freak out about a bunch of virtual flowers or a virtual toilet. But I do!

Culprit Dotty Coffee and Cake Set

When I received the advertising about the food fair of course I could not resist. The sim sim is a nice village around a pond. Ok, for my taste to much fashion here, but this is where the money goes...

Wall Art: ChiMia

Some really nice findings will exceed the prims count at my home. The fair is worth a walk.

Picnic basket: [CIRCA] @ Food Fair ,
Dormeuse with color change HUD: Atelier Visconti @ Designer Warehouse,  Flowers: Patron

Have fun! I need to relax and eat something now ;)

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Citadel/50/133/22

Beauty and Ugly... sorry Uniqueness

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Back in 2003 I was in New York for a week. And as all tourists I visited a musical on Broadway. My choice was "Nine" with a guy (Antonio Banderas) and loads of females, which played all the women in his life. I really had problems to follow. Besides the confusing plot my main problem was hat I found the actresses so exchangeable and boring perfect They obviously all had the same plastic surgeries in same clinic ;)  How refreshing was Eartha Kitt playing her part. She was the only unique woman to me. After this evening I understood where beauty industries is going to.

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As I already mentioned in a previous post, sadly the female role models still are more or less reduced to beauty and glamour. In our media world we see permanently overly perfect models.You might be aware that all these fashion photos in real life are edited.  But do you know that only 0,01% of all women have model shapes? Do you know that only 4% of all women find themselves beautiful? And do you know who is their most merciless judge? They are themselves! These findings of "The Real Truth about Beauty:A Global Report" reveal the sad results of a world where body and beauty has been reduced to a trade ware. Pharmacy and fashion industries are making zillions with us by following unreachable goals.

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Beautiful people have an easier life and they do more money. Of course Second Life is a break through for us. Skin and shape is modifiable! Don't we all wish that in RL too? It has been always the men in my life who made me aware of my beauty but I hardly could believe. In SL I can be as I always wanted to. Here is the answer why female fashion in SL is so much more huge than male fashion. Men simply have more role models. Women stuck more than ever before in human history in a literally unhealthy addiction to their appearance.

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Everyone who knows me, is aware that I am far from independent from beauty delusion. I really like the beauty of my avatar and love to style it. No surprise for me that SL is full of fashion models. But we have a problem here. As much as a perfect beauty is unreachable in RL, in SL everyone can buy for a few Linden. Beauty is no longer unique.

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For many in the fashion scene obviously the answer is the most possible ugliness. I am again and again shocked seeing the images. The appearance of quite a few bloggers and models is extremly tasteless and disgusting.  I ask myself, what kind of personality is choosing to look so unlovely. Most likely they are not part of the 4%. Or do they really find these caricatures of a real women beautiful?  And I am asking myself how an ugly avatar changes the behavior. According the the findings I wrote about in this post, it should have an influence. Please don't answer now that beauty is a question of personal preferences and that love makes everyone beautiful. I know all that. But that is not the question here. All the avatars in this post are massively styled against all rules of taste, health and beauty as found by science research.

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The female avatar in the photo above is beautiful but suffers anorexia as all models in SL, which are all ridiculus large and thin. You can say they look all like Super-Barbie dolls. Do you know that Barbie with her shape as real women would not be able to survive?  I forgot which fashion brand once has been stopped to advertise with fashion shots of cripples. Who is stopping this trend in Second Life?

For a long time I was considering to write about it. I have already a large collection of photos of ugly fashion avatars I met while shopping somewhere, but I never dared to publish because of privacy. Of course everyone has the freedom to be in Sl as ever he wants. But a current dispute on this in the fashion scene (in case you are interested, here is the link) reminded me of my plan. All photos in this post are taken from fashion blogs. The link is always underneath.

And please all models which I expose in this post, have in mind that you have chosen to make your avatar a trading good and you published these photos. My critics are not personal. But since you advertise with your avatar, I have the damned right to express my opinion on this.

PS.: This is how these people try to get me quiet. Reporting because of image rights infringement! I was aware if it and explained why I have chosen this way. I am sure that this never would have happened if I applauded to their images. And looking at the hit count in my blog by considering that I cover a niche interest in Second Life, everyone should be aware that this blog is already successful. Presuming that I wrote this post to get attention is ridiculous and just  another try to yell down my arguments insteadt of having better ones. But from all the comments I got in IM I know now that I express the opinion of the large majority. Fashion creators should consider this.


Reflections and Perception in Second Life

'Hidden' by Rose Borchovski

Don't we all had the experience once that our avatar sometimes acts differently as we we would do in real life? It is still us, but another facet of our personality which maybe is a bit suppressed usually. And don't we all experienced the feeling that is is our avatar who made us changing?  It is to easy to say that it is just the protection of anonymity behind the screen.

Part of  'Reflecting Poo'l by Misprint Thursday

It is proved now that the choice of the avatar changes the perception. Scientists gave probands a child avatar  in a virtual environment. The result was that all identified fast with the avatar, overestimated the sizes of items and changed behavior:  "We conclude that there are perceptual and probably behavioral correlates of body-ownership illusions that occur as a function of the type of body in which embodiment occurs." Read all details here. The means to us that we really should wear provided avatar in games and art installations as it enhances the immersive effect.

The current art contest at UWA themed "Reflections" fits well to this topic. 64 works are displayed and there are some really interesting, well made and thoughtful works. Come and vote for your favorites.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/136/138/248


Gallery Hopping with a Jamming Party Today

Bob & The Box

Nino Vichan played with sayings and cardboxes. The result is sweet and funny. Those who are not that good in English find translations to French and Italian.

Tired visitors find cardboard seats to rest. Make sure to have sounds on.

Taxi:: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stellar/212/163/2820

Flying Lightbulbs

The beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is hosting the next exhibition. Starting today Louly Loon displays here some very nice objects. I especially fell in love with the "bird cage".

Opening today at 1,30 PM SLT. I think it will be open for 2 weeks as the previous installation.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dominus/93/126/22

Color Explosion

Ally Aeon invites to jamming party to her Nintin gallery which is a color explosion of growing flowers and bFrom her invitation: "Lets have a crazy time with drums, fun gestures and animations. Lets see what stuff each can pull out of their inventory and share! Bring your friends, the more the merrier. Toodle-oo! xx Ally"

Party today Monday, July 15th at " PM SLT!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Freebies%20SunLand/87/148/2001


My Hat of the Day: Hat with Art

Today's hat ist not only to be found on an artwork, the texture is an atwork too. It is a RL painting by Sabine Mortensen. The hat is designed exclusively for ART in HATS - HATS in ART by Chirzaka Vlodovic for her brand LODE HEADWEAR.

The photo is taken at Rougham:

Come and see all hat here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shekhawati/213/15/35