Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Gathering by Bryn Oh

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"The Gathering", a current immersive build by SL/RL artist Bryn Oh, opens Dec. 1.  Bryn made this video which makes for a great teaser.   Bryn invited some people in for an early entry sneak peek and I was able to go in explore, and take some pictures.  Once again Bryn amazes me with not only a imaginative build, but exceptional use of light, sounds, materials, shadows, optional unique travel mode (wall walking), story, and this super cool projector room.   Be sure to follow the simple directions on how to enable sun/moon/shadows and instructions on how best to enjoy, including how to use the wall walkers if desired.  I desired and enjoyed.

As usual, initially I was a little confused about the overall goal, but who really needs a goal when it comes to exploring Bryn's builds. The gist of "The Gathering" is a story in poem format with a series of 2 /3 D hand draw picture scenes about a party crashing creature who has some odd behaviors.   I'm a permanoob so the wall walker took a minute to get under control but once I did it was a lot of fun and I played around excessively with them repeatedly just for the heck of it in various areas.  There is a whole lot to do besides making ones way around the build successfully (avoid the rolling balls that send a person back to the start) including finding places that enhance the whole experience such as the projector room which may have been my favorite part of the place.  I also really love the rainy room that house umbrella girl and mechanical tentacle thingy.  I was able to successfully maneuver my way around, enjoy it all plus catch a lot of other little fun things around that could be missed if not paying close attention.

I  love love love this and highly recommend everyone visit.  Turn up your sounds, follow the simple instructions for optimal enjoyment and grab some cool gacha items associated with the build at the landing.  I took a ton of pics and while this is something one really has to fully experience as an immersive build to appreciate, I don't want to  even begin to spoil with my simple pictures so I'll just show a few I took and recommend everyone go and visit to get the full feel of the place.  The video gives you an idea of how eerie the place feels when traveling the shadowy dark area, hearing the sounds, and seeing the giant deadly balls come rolling toward you while trying to make your way to the safety of the interesting areas to explore. 

December 1st. 

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Virtual World of Second Life

Ok, here is a little sample video as promised.  A super fun parade in the virtual world of Second Life over in Las Vegas at The Rio.  Almost 100 different floats anyone can jump on, some magically give props and costumes too and they have animations for a lot of fun.  I just clipped several as an example and to save as part of my SL fun collection.The sounds, animations, props, costumes, etc. are all part of it.  It runs through Sunday... fun fun!

Friday, November 27, 2015


I caught up with Krysania Kjeller Eramos (Krysaniaa) at Completely Customized Weddings music venue singing the Cupcakesaurus song in the virtual world of Second Life. She sings a wide variety of cool songs well, but again I picked a silly one to record.

I had never heard her before and she sang a few songs I requested... diff genre.... and did them very well.  When she started to sing this I new I had to turn on the recorder and share her here. 

Her bio states: "Showtimes!

(Use this if the first link doesn't work: )

Krysania's Bio!
Krysania Eramos is an acoustic musician, singer, and artist hailing from the beachy suburbs of Los Angeles, California.  Her sound is primarily dubbed as eclectic, with acoustic covers that range from oldies to 90's, 2000's, Disney, Comedic, Top 40s, and indie-folk music. Krysania plays a few originals as well, and really enjoys interacting and making friends with her audience members

In RL, Krysania is an interdisciplinary artist pursuing an MFA in Interdiscplinary Art and Media. She hopes to one day be a professor to allow artists to express like they have never expressed themselves before.

If you would ever like to book Krysania for a performance, she may be called on request. PM Krysaniaa Resident with times and rates if you would like to get connected!"

The Macy's Interactive Thanksgiving Day Parade Runs Through Sunday

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Ok, I found something somewhat unique and really fun to do today for Thanksgiving and I hear it runs 24/7 through 5pm SLT Sunday and celebs show up at 6 and 8pm SLT each evening, so this evening I ran over and actually ended up staying most my evening.  From around the area I heard there are almost 100 floats to enjoy.  Then Dec. 5th the Christmas parade begins in similar fashion.  The sim is pretty much lag free and rezzed well at least for me which is uncommon for me in busy places.  I jumped on many of the floats and played with friends on them.. they are click and ride for anyone.  There were also spectators and some celebs for a while when I was there.  Some of the floats even have menu giving props and costumes which magically get on your if you accept and disappear when you hop off the float.  All was super fun and a cool new thing to see and try.   Here is what their press release states:

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Be the STAR of the PARADE or watch as this amazing presentation actually drifts down the Las Vegas Strip thanks to the talent of FrannyDJ Dean! YOU bring the floats ALIVE with the astonishing animations as this parade is a TOTALLY INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE! Hop on each float and away you go! Unbeatable Holiday Photo Opportunities so bring the entire family, but do keep your scripts LOW!
The Parade runs 24/7 and lasts over AN HOUR and a HALF long, with special performances by some special people at 6pm & 8pm slt each day!
Picture yourself as the STAR on each of the almost 100 floats - DROP EVERYTHING AND HOP A TP TO THE *NEW* LAS VEGAS! And take time to shop at Macy's, cause you know the kids will want to visit with SANTA CLAUS!
The Rio, MGM Grande, The Paris, LuxXxor, Bellagio.. are open and ready for you to visit, and Yes, there are rentals available!

I took a bunch of pics and also some video but I'm too tired to mess with the video at this point so will post some pics to make sure everyone has plenty of time to go play in this area. 

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Happening Things Around the Grid

misc. Happening Things Around the Grid I haven't gotten posted yet.

First of all I'd like to mention a pretty comprehensive web site called "Secondrater" that lists SL musicians.  There is a resident rating feature that assists the sit in being a source of information on Performers and includes artist web info, genre, ratings, comments, and more.  The iste includes information on 700 plus live music artists.

The 7th annual Toys for Tots  season has started in SL with a kick off at the Toys for Tots breedables expo and fair that features live performers, raffles, and auction.  So far since they started in SL Toys for Tots has raised over $90K real dollars for the program.

Some of the SL destinations are changing to winter holiday sims and Two Moon Paradise is a good one to check out while enjoying live music.  blog including events and info.:

  There's also the Fun Fantasy Creators Yuletide Showcase 
And Candy Cane Lane is back in it's 11th year.
 I also looking forward to Calas Galahdon's "White Christmas" sim opening Dec. 1 with Luciano Lionheart December 2nd.
And Laura Liberty opens her amazing Christmas Town about that time too.

For all the fashionistas out there be sure to check out Lelutka's new "swish" hairin 6 new styles of mesh hair that has a nice subtle movement to it for a natural look.

And by new you probably know Linden Labs has started their Lab Chats with Ebbe Linden who discusses LL and answers questions posed by residents.  If you want to get your questions answered read the official lab chat blog and submit your questions there.  The chats are also online in audio format.

That was last weeks rundown but there are a whole lot of new things coming up starting the first of the month that I will note on this blog soon. 

Radio Days at The Far Away

I attended Radio Days, at the The Far Away sim by AM Radio and hosted by Ziki Questi on Nov. 21.  You can read all about it on her blog here:

Ironically I had just done an article on AM Radio for Windlight Novermber magazine which you can see here:

Visit The Far Away here:

AM Radio was an early popular artist/build maker who is rarely seen in SL anymore but this, his first build, remains a popular site and has become a part of SL history thanks to Ziki for keeping it's presence in SL.