la Campanella & the Magic of Second Life

The White Garden (moderate)

Second Life made me very happy today!

One of the first ‘hidden gems’ I spoke about this year was The Outer Garden, Bisou Dexler’s beautiful tiny build. There have been some changes to it, but it’s still there and still attracting visitors who want to sit and enjoy the gorgeous, peaceful, surroundings.

He recently added a completely new creation to, what is becoming, a set of destinations within The Outer Garden.

la Campanella (moderate)

la Campanella is accessed through the original build – he speaks of having “hidden” the teleporter so I won’t tell you exactly where it is. If I can find it, though, you can – particularly since I did give you a clue.

It is also no hardship to look for it while exploring the beautiful White Garden.

la Campanella (moderate)

Something wonderful happened while I was enjoying this gorgeous little scene. I started taking pics of a really cute, tiny rabbit sitting on a crate. As I angled my camera he stood up, climbed down a ladder, crossed over to an outdoor cafe, sat down, and had a cup of coffee. It was not an avatar.

I plan to find out more about Dazai Voom and his Piccolis. They’re fabulous! If you click on that link you can watch some videos of them.

la Campanella (moderate)

I found two other things today – one of which may be useful to you. I’ve long thought I should have created a tag for posts that deal with builds by Japanese residents, and one of these days I’ll do that and go back and retag things. Finding them can be tough for those of us outside their community, but it’s always worth it.

It turns out there’s a Twitter hashtag which helps a lot – search for #SLjp.

The other (more personal) discovery is that it doesn’t take that much to make me happy – just a little magic. :)

la Campanella (moderate)

Button Blocked by Berry in Second Life

Xin (general)

Today’s trip was just for a chance to do some random puttering around with post-production on images. A kind of diy exercise to understand what different buttons do.

Xin (general)

I’ve spoken before about the free version of Perfect Effects which offers HDR etc., filters. (If you’re reading this at some point when that download isn’t available, search for their current product number and then search for its free version.)

Xin (general)

There are lots of things I don’t usually fiddle with – such as vibrance/saturation – and I thought I might even try black & white on a sim that seemed ideal for this purpose. sigh

Xin (general)

Luckily I was looking at my blogroll before I finished because Berry already did this. I might have called her a few bad names – only out of love you understand.

I still played with the buttons, but much more subtly. Next week I’ll tackle nostril hair and see how she likes it! (no, that will never happen!)

Xin (general)

Wherein I Fail The Bushido Challenge in Second Life

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

The Bushido Challenge offers tradition, adventure, penalties and treasure. As usual, in my case, it also offers an opportunity for abject humiliation.

I’m terrible at these things, but I did love the attempt. You’ll find yourself wandering through a series of tunnels and completing the many individual tasks required to solve all 7 portions of the Challenge.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

This is a story of seven samurai …. The Kami gave each of the samurai a brilliant crystal and bade them use it to travel through this portal and to embark on a series of heroic quests!

Having completed each of the quests ….. the samurai were granted increasing honor, riches, and safe passage back ….. to their home worlds.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

….. one of their company was separated from the others ….. We, the remaining six …..beg you to help us by continuing our search of these forbidding passages. Somewhere within this portal, these endless tunnels, our lost brother remains imprisoned. Seek out our crystals, seven in all, and assemble them here in this stone before the great samurai. His statue can help you in assembling the crystals and then unleashing their helpful power.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)

Follow the banners from the landing spot to locate the start of the Challenge. Just join the group and jump in. It helps to follow the footprints you’ll find to get the challenges in the right order.

I found the monkey to be very helpful – don’t poke him though, he gets really annoyed. I also managed to correctly answer one of the riddles (yay me!).

At another spot, however, I was told that my only honourable option was seppuku. It could have been worse – I could have wound up like this fellow.

The Bushido Challenge (moderate)
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