It’s that time again – Fantasy Faire 2015↑, in support of Relay for Life↑, has opened its doors. If I’ve counted correctly, there are 12 sims this year of extraordinary builds, events, designers, ways for you to win prizes, and spend money – all for a good cause.
I managed to carve out enough time to make a brief visit to Poseidon’s Abyss↑ – a world built by one of my very favourite people, Haveit Neox↑. I found ghost ships in the sky, human and other wreckage in the sea below a classical skyline, and was immersed in the magical underwater home of a grumpy supreme being.
I don’t know if I’ll make it back to see all of the other regions – my time is not my own and they deserve my undivided attention. I dealt with 9 separate interruptions while I wrote these very few words (and then had to rewrite them when the post disappeared just as I was finishing it). You, however, should plan on being there.
To help inspire you on your journey through the Faire, there is a fabulous story-based Hunt↑; you can contribute to RFL, save the world, and receive over 100 premium gifts all while travelling through these amazing landscapes.
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 25, 2015
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 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.
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.
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. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 23, 2015
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.
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.)
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
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!)
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 22, 2015