Rebirth & The Machinima Expo in Second Life

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is on November 25. Every year, beginning in 2010, the 2LEI collective of “artists, musicians, gallery owners, and cultural figures” of Second Life has held events and exhibits designed to show their support for the cause.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

This year’s theme is “Rebirth … together!”, with the tagline It’s not a full victory unless you’re reborn together. This exhibit of works by many 2D and 3D artists is being hosted on LEA6 and will continue there until the end of December.

You’ll find references to previous exhibits and new works by many favourite artists. There will be musical events as well and you can learn all about them on their calendar.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

I didn’t take any close-up images of the 2D works – that always feels like I’m stealing them. Instead you get a rare selfie – I haven’t seen any of Pol Jarvinen’s work for a long time, so I took advantage of the opportunity to do a little meditation in the artist’s piece.

While I’m on the subject of LEA, there are two things I need to mention. The first is that you have one more week to submit your application for the next round of Artist in Residence Grants. You could have your own sim, for 6 months, to realize that vision in your head and share it with the rest of us.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

The second is to let you know that today is the day for the huge Machinima Expo – the World’s only Virtual Machinima/Animation Festival. This is its 7th year and it will be live-streamed inworld from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SLT at the LEA Theatre.

The full schedule is here and you should note that Second Life is well represented, including a profile of our own Hypatia Pickens at 1:45.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

Voyeur Dreams in Second Life

Voyeur Dreams (moderate)

Over the years I’ve encountered, and persisted, through a variety of difficult assignments in order to share various destinations with you.

I’ve dodged bullets, outrun zombies, fought off dragons, and resisted incubi. Today is the first time I’ve had building facades fall on me while I took photos.

Voyeur Dreams (moderate)

Voyeur Dreams describes itself as the “…remains of a doomed civilization, once brimming with life, now inhospitable wasteland, polluted and radioactive, war-torn cities, survivors undermined by disease and hunger.”

The name also refers to a club/lounge in the center of the sim.

Voyeur Dreams (moderate)

This made me think of something I first heard about a few months ago. There is a segment of the technology industry called “teledildonics” or “cyberdildonics”. Honest! These people create sex toys that can be controlled remotely using the internet.

A new social network has been announced for people who want to hook up and, um, play with these toys. You can click on the “Shop” button at the top of their screen and see some of the *cough* product without signing up.

Voyeur Dreams (moderate)

I won’t tell you what I think about that. I will say this though:

People working on the internet of things need to take a step back occasionally, look up from their own little gadgets, and consider the world they’re creating. I forsee a niche market for those of us perfectly willing to remain surrounded by analogue toasters, and tea cups, and vacuum cleaners.

I’m not going to give the voyeurs of the world any more windows of opportunity than I have to. :)

Voyeur Dreams (moderate)

The Chamber Library in Second Life

The Chamber Library (moderate)

I love libraries. A very large proportion of my life has been spent within their walls … well until relatively recently. I don’t love them any less, but the size of print in books is now about the same as the instructions on the back of an over-the-counter pill bottle. It’s hard to believe that anybody can actually read that.

The Chamber Library (moderate)

As much as I enjoy the touch/smell/feel of a physical book, it has become almost mandatory for me to use this computer or an e-reader. It might be cheaper for publishers to put as many words as they can on a page, but I like to be able to decipher them.

What I don’t have is the atmosphere of a library to surround me. Until now.

The Chamber Library (moderate)

Storm Septimus has created the Chamber Library, a fantastic build within which you can select and read books, poetry, short stories, etc. If you’re a writer, you can also submit your works to be available to the readers who visit.

Unlike the stacks at my University’s library, you access different levels by teleporting – a far superior method to the steep, loud, metal stairs I used to navigate.

The Chamber Library (moderate)

The books are grouped together by genre and each level offers multiple reading rooms. Nothing like this ever existed in any physical library I’ve ever visited!

Getting lost in books will always be one of my favourite past-times … Storm has given us a wonderful new location for this pursuit. :)

The Chamber Library (moderate)
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