Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy April Fools Day!

Untitled by Kara Trapdoor
Untitled, a photo by Kara Trapdoor on Flickr.

This Fool Me blindfold is free on the SL Marketplace here:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


cartoon for blog
(Sorry I don't know who to credit for this pic, as it was just sent to me by a SL friend)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Zed-Wide World Paradise, Dali inspired

This is a totally cool sim. check it out here: direct link here: ZedHere.
Wideworld Paradise Zed

The note card says: "Welcome to ZED, a surrealist experience!

The design of this sim was inspired in great part by the artwork of several well-known surrealist painters, mainly René Magritte and Salvador Dali, and on some designs by the famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. Many of the 3D scenes you will see are my own 3D renditions of their paintings ; others are my own creations. In the Sky Gallery (􀂑 ) you will see the paintings that inspired my work.

Feel free to fly and explore. You can use the large Teleport Board at the landing point to visit different areas. There are also secret places that are not accessible via this large board. The more adventurous will have fun finding them on their own. You can also use the special doors to get to those secret places.

ZED is dedicated to romance and art in a surrealist, poetic ambiance. There are many places for chatting and dancing with your partner or friends. Some are designed for small groups, others for couples. There are also two places dedicated to group tai chi.
Do not hesitate to left- or right-click some objects, this is how you can find those TPs that lead t secret places ;-)

Occasionally we will have parties with some of the best DJs in SL playing great Techno and House music at Club Zed."
opening to underwater tunnel
Opening to underwater tunnel

Visualizing Theorem

Visit here: or direct link here: VisualizingTheoremHere.

Visualizing Theorem Landmarks -Grand opening April 2nd at 4pm SLT.
This exhibit is loaded with many high profile SL artists. Curated by Misprint Thursday with each exhibit based on a track from the album Theorem.
Please enable media and play the stream at all of the exhibits.
Other teleportation modes will be available soon including site to site tele-porting as well as a HUD. Stay tuned!

Some of the artists include: Pixel Reanimator,
(performance April 3, 10, 17 information at site)
Sledge Roffo
Betty Tureaud
Oberon Onmura
Misprint Thursday
Miso Susanowa
Penumbra Carter
Binary Quandry
Formatting Heliosense
Douglas Story, Desdemona Enfield, March MacBain
Blue Tsuki
Dekka Raymaker
Scarp Godenot
AM Radio
pinkpink Sorbet
Werner Kurosawa
The info. on site states:
"The show Visualizing Theorem features sixteen installations which are based on the science and math theories explored in the album Theorem produced by Ulf Skogsbergh. The album Theorem is a result of an online collaboration between ten musicians on Indaba Music.

In the exhibit 16 art works are presented ranging from performance, to detailed steam punk style machines, interactive work, and minimal conceptual work. Each of the contributing artists selected a track from the album Theorem to work from as their inspiration. The theories range from spacetime, to special relativity, to genetic theory as well as some philosophy and computer programming ideas.

The visitors can view the art and also play the related music or soundscapes in world while hopping site to site through the fully functioning university sim of UTSA.

Schedule of Events SLT
** Saturday April 2**

4:00-4:30 Curator's Welcome
4:30-5:30 Artist Tours
5:30 onward Party and Exploring


Additional Performance Schedule:
Sunday April 3
pixel Reanimator performance
12:00 Midnight SLT

Sunday April 7
pixel Reanimator performance
11:00 AM SLT

Sunday April 17
pixel Reanimator performance
4:00 AM SLT

Exhibit Credits:
Visualizing Theorem Curator: Misprint Thursday

Theorem Album Producer: Ulf Skogsbergh

The artists in the exhibit Visualizing Theorem are:
pixel Reanimator, Sledge Roffo, Betty Tureaud, Oberon Onmura, Misprint Thursday, Miso Susanowa, Penumbra Carter, Binary Quandry, Formatting Heliosense, Douglas Story, Desdemona Enfield, March Macbain, Blue Tsuki, Dekka Raymaker, Scarp Godenot, AM Radio, Pinkpink Sorbet, Werner Kurosawa

The musicians who collaborated on the album Theorem include:
Ulf Skogsbergh, Wayne Kinos, Kevan Paul, Yeray N.S., Misprint Thursday, Kostas Trikalis, David Minnick, Dub Johnson, Jillian Star Bedrosian & Halo E

Host and exhibit partners: University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with special thanks to constructivIST Solo and Sapphoria Shilova

Exhibit Catalog Foreword: L1Aura Loire in SL Lori Landay in RL
Public Relations: Persia Bravin
Second Life building studio for exhibit development: Peri Afarensis
Creative Support: Arrow Inglewood
For more information contact Misprint Thursday by IM


Never Give Up Japan Project

Here is one more cool Project.. check it out here: or direct link here: JapanProjectHere.

Note card reads: "This is project for Japanese earthquake 11 Mar. 2011
Thank you for your kindness!
Please add Your messages and images The WALL(1,000 pieces Picture board width240m height 180m)

Your image will be a MOVIE by clubkenjin Loon (director of "Girls in the sky")
We deliver your message to victims!!

You can add any image and any number of images.
This is not Photo contest!
Please present your image to victims!!
Let's make the wall with your message from around the world.
Japan want your message!"
Look for mine.. almost dead center.

My Hunney Bunneh

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Split Screen Hosts Oberon Onmura and Maya Paris

Visit here: or direct link here: SplitScreenHere.
The installations at Split Screen during April are:

Maya Paris, "Mind the Gap" and Oberon Onmura, "Second Pool"

Notecards with information about each build are available from the Split Screen kiosks.Be sure to visit both installations! They're on either side of the kiosk at the landing point. In addition, Split Screen continues to host Misprint Thursday's "Digital Glove," which won an astonishing four awards at the University of Western Australia's February contest.

For more info. contact:
Dividni Shostakovich
Curator, Split Screen Installation Space

"Second Pool"
"An installation by Oberon Onmura
I created this "Second Pool" in memory of Sabrinaa Nightfire, who asked me to do a piece for her show "Enter ..." at Caerleon about a year ago. That piece turned out to be a pool, as well, different in many regards, but similar as a place of contemplation and peace.

Click the blue cubes at the corners for a transporter orb to the bottom. Watch out for the swimming things. Even though they look fragile, and many of them die before reaching their goal of escaping the pool, they can give you a strong bump if they happen to touch you.

Thanks to Dividni Shostakovitch for commissioning this work at Split Screen Installation Space!
Oberon Onmura
April, 2011"
Let's do this in the dark
Midnight is best + you'll need computer-sound ON + your animation over-ride (AO) OFF.
**There are 3 interactive levels. Take your Dandelion Crown when you hit the bottom.
*LEVEL 1- LONG DROP: Click the UP teleporter disc on the water, then peer through the clouds, and click a Ball and Chain.
CLICK :The winged Dandelion
Another ball and chain will take you down
or....Walk on water until you hear a splash
Find your Dandelion Crown
Break the glass ( will cost you $0L for damages)
Wear it and BLOW
(The vegetation's worth a click too)

*As the world's media prepare to swivel their lenses away from the serious issues of the day, and focus them on an anachronistic royal-showbiz wedding.......

Please take your crown off when you go to Oberon's Pool, he'll have my guts for garters if we fill it up with fluff....and if you look hard you can find a way to tunnel through. Click twice.
A big thank you to Dividni Shostakovich for inviting us to show here this month. It's been fantastic and has improved my digging no end. Also to Oberon, who can turn a Maya-script into a thing of beauty.
Maya Paris 2011
(** If you'd like to be added to my mailing list for new projects, please send me your name on a notecard )
also now Open- Veparella- A Fairytale Caper"

Pop Art Lab Machinima Expo March 26th

Pop Art Lab Machinima Expo 2011

Visit here: or direct link here: PopArtHere/
Pop Art Lab Machinima Expo 2011
Saturday 26th March 2-6pm SLT/PDT
Live web broadcast at:
For more info. and schedule see here: or direct link here: PALHere/.

Besides this annual machinima expo Pop Art Lab is a very cool place to hang out with lots of events and great music. The note card says:
"Welcome to Pop Art Lab


PAL presents brand new music releases. Media is streamed 24/7 and updated on a 2-3 days sequence.
You will find 4 listening zones with teleports to upper level booths, TV Studio, club, restaurant, art exhibition by real life artist Julia Kaye, beach area plus many hidden spots you have to explore!

Enable music and media in your preferences and you will be able to hear some of the best new CD releases full length in Rock, R&B/Hip Hop, Electronica and Pop.

CDs will be added close to official releasedates some even before!

Have a seat in music zones and you'll recieve info on exact tracks playing in open chat. To get exact album info check covers on boards or hoover text front each zone on ground level.

Pop Art Lab respectfully pay royalties as our streams are legally authorized by Scandinavian, and
Please tip the venue and help support the artists and keep Pop Art Lab alive!

Click on PAL group boards to join the open enrollment free. We keep you updated of new releases and upcoming events.

You can also follow us via

Bring your girl-/boyfriend or friends here to relax and feel home or simply chill alone.

At TV Studio upper level we run a series of TV shows with Treet.TV inviting Real Life musicians in for interviews and live performances. We are always looking for artists please drop an IM to Claus Uriza for further info.

Beside music we provide a wide range of services including customized builds/designs, A-Z management of events and much more.
Read about our projects at
Claus Uriza -
CEO, Pop Art Lab -
Producer, Pop Vox -"


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fairy & Elf Talk -New Year's Resolution

Note #6- Direct link back NewYearsResolutionsHere. Or

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Blog!

blog birthday_001
March 22, 2010 I started Kara's Korner blog. It's just past midnight now so it's March 23rd 2011 and I didn't want to let the day pass without marking it some way on my blog. I've really enjoyed making this and saving my fun SL times here. I'd like to thank all my followers and anyone who reads this for all the encouragement. It's been a great way for me to save and share what I like and also to let some of my friends know how much I appreciate them too in this small way I am able. Happy birthday blog!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cave Girls Gone Wild

Ant, Selene and I were playing in Second Life and Ant filmed this video. We obviously had a lot of fun and used MAlt who is such a good sport.

Amore Perduto Gallery

Visit or direct link here:

This beautiful gallery that includes a lovely garden courtyard celebrated their sim expansion of the gallery from 8 to 18 exhibitors soon to be 20 and went from 1/2 to 3/4 sim with a tavern on the 3rd quarter. Today they celebrated with djs and dancing all afternoon and many Flickr friends showed up. Check it out some time.

Virtual World's Best Practices in Education Conference link back for more info and Saturday schedule of events. Direct link here: VWPBEHere.
Lowe, Soni, & Kara-Virtual World's Best Practice in Education Conference
Soni and Lowe presented on machinima Friday in this Steampunk themed area. Check out the link for Saturday's schedule of presentations and events.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Something for the Men!

Menswear Fashion Week Starts Today.


A friend handed me the press release for this event almost at the exact time someone else gave me this poster. She told me her good friend, Locked Semaphore, made some awesome sets for some of the shows and she wanted to be sure I was aware of the Menswear fashion week. I am now! I'm going to have to crack MAlt out of this computer again for the week long event that looks great for our men or male alts. MAlt can always use some new clothes to look good in pictures for me : )

Avenue,KMADD,MENstuff,Siren Production

Friday March 18th, 2011
10-11am SL Ispachi Fashion Show
2-3pm SL Mea Culpa Fashion Show
6-7:30pm Rock N Roll Couture (Couture Group Show)
7:30-9pm SL Rock Balla' Opening Night

Saturday March 19th, 2011
11am-12pm SL Shiki Fashion Show
12-1:30pm SL Avenue Euro Opening Party
4-5:30pm SL Boy's Night Out (Casual Group Show)
7:30-8:30pm SL Alphamale

Sunday March 20th, 2011
12-1pm SL Vitamen Fashion Show
1-2:30pm SL Blakopal Designs Fashion Show
8-9:30pm SL Night out on the Town (Suit Group Show)

Monday March 21st, 2011
11am-12pm SL Subversion Fashion Show
12-1:30pm SL San Francisco Underwear Party (Sponsored by SF Sims)
4-5:30pm SL SB Menswear Fashion Show
7:30-9pm SL Grotto Steam (Men's Undergear/Kmadd Shape Show )
9-10:30pm SL KMADD Industry Party

Tuesday March 22nd, 2011
10-11am Sl G&T Creations Fashion Show
3-4:30pm SL Symphonic Nights (Formal Group Show)
6:30-7:30pm Gizza Creations Fashion Show
7:30-9pm SL Ironically Sexy Party (ICON/Too Sexy Industry Party)

Wednesday March 23rd, 2011
12-1:00pm SL Gabriel Fashion Show
7-8pm SL Connors Fashion Show
8-9:30pm SL SL Art Couture Industry Party

Thursday March 24th, 2011
11am-12pm SL A:S:S Fashion Show
4-5pm SL SaWoDe
7:30-9pm SL MANequines (Accessories/Show Group Show)

Friday March 25th, 2011
12-1pm SL Starchild Designs Fashion Show
3:30-4:30pm SL Grasp Fashion Show
7:00-8:30pm SL Phantom of the Opera (Costume Group Show)
8:30-10pm SL Scruplz Costume Farewell Party (Scruplz Industry Party)

Media Partners: Avenue,DMI Magazine,ICON,Moolto,OnEdge Radio,SCRUPLZ,Second Style,SL Art Couture,Too Sexy

Aa Production, Adjunct,Alphamale,Amacci,Animations Rising,Antebellum,A:S:S,Avatar,Bizarre,Baiastice,Belleza,The Black Canary,Blakopal,Designs,Boye,cattiva e Cattivo,Connors,Dino's Boutique,DNA Cloning,Facility,Doc Men's Wear,Ducknipple,Evoke,FA Creations,*FIR & MNA*,G&T,Creations,Gabriel,GBTM,Gizza Creations,Grasp,GOS,Havana,House of Style,The,House of Rfyre,Inedit,Ispachi,Jeepers,J.I.N.X,Kalnins,Kumaki,Lapointe & Bastchild,Lazybum,Mea Culpa,Miamia,Musashi-Do,NSD,Pounce,Prince Magic,Prodigal,Ravensoul,Rebel Hope Designs,Red Dog Gear,Redgrave Fashion,SaWoDe
SB Menswear,SE Designz,SF Designs,Shag,Shiki,Source,Spazzio Piaggio,Starchild Designs
Subversions,Sweet Misery,Three Eighty,Vero Modero,Violator,Vitamen,Zanzo

Special Thanks:
San Francisco Sims & B&V Enterprises,BeStyle,Boulevard,Evane Glance International
iC Motion,MAD Agency, Opium.Premiere Modeling

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! a fun Laura Liberty play and shop area.
For the video here:

The Second Life Destination Guide provides a list of great places to visit for St. Patrick's Day.. and yes.. Laura's place shown above and in my linked video is on the list! Check the full list out here: or direct link here: StPatSLDestinationsHere.

More Weekend Music Events for a Cause




At the time this event was planned the Japanese earthquake had not happened, as we attend this event and listen to all our fav artists lets remember all those who have lost loved ones in these two horrible disaters.

Give generously to help all those that cant help themselves."

-12pm Josie Anderton
-1pm Hazie Moonwall
-2pm ManKind Tracer
-3pm Maximillion Kleene
-4pm Bones Writer
-5pm Neomaximus Brandenburg
-6pm Avantgarde Frequency
-7pm Johnny Paramour
-8pm Paul Nowles
-11pm Don Cabassoun
-12am Dogwomble Dollinger
-1am Kohnn Rotaru
-2am Prickle Ling
-3am Prickle Ling
-4amAngelique Svenson
-5am Angelique Svenson

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Late Breaking Stats and Info

Most up to date info from Siri Vita:

"We’ve all been watching the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Japan after the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated large parts of the country. There is much help needed to address the enormous needs of the people suffering in this crisis. Here are the latest stats as of early morning March 16th

Latest Stats as of early morning, Japan, Wednesday, March 16:
• Missing up to 11,000
• Evacuated: 439,337 (from 10 prefectures)
• 185,000 people evacuated from towns near the Fukushima plant
• Tens of thousands within about a 20-mile radius trapped indoors for a second day
• 102 countries and 14 international organizations have offered assistance

Crisis mapping through twitter and the web is ongoing at this site. Please share this with any Japanese friends who may be having issues with phone service and emergency response.
Volunteers can submit reports through a form or by tweeting location information along with the hashtags #jishin (earthquake), #j_j_helpme (call for help), #hinan (evacuation), #anpi
(safety status), or #311care (medical support). The hashtag for people working on the service is #osmjp.

Here is the google person finder link

Here is a comprehensive listing of relevant and useful links

To help through donations

Red Cross
Donors can contribute to the relief efforts by calling 800-733-27677 or visiting Each text message is a $10 donation to the Red Cross, which will be added to the donors’ next cellphone bill. Very convenient.

Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International is also on alert and staying closely in touch with its nine partners along the coast and in Japan. To donate to Medical Teams International, visit

World Vision Canada
Among the first organisations to begin relief work by distributing emergency supplies and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent needs. To donate, visit

Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corp has not sent its own team to Japan but it set up a donation fund for its partner, Peace Winds Japan, and its emergency assistance on the ground. To make a donation, call 888-747-7440 or visit

Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders):
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 60 countries. MSF workers are already on ground in Japan, assessing the situation. For more visit

Shelter Box
Shelter Box – Providing tents, basic living supplies and cooking and water purification supplies to victims of natural disasters all over the world.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas threatened by the damage of nuclear power plants.
- Text the words "Japan" or "Quake" to 80888 to make a $10 donation
- By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- On-line at:

The latest news on the nuclear front is grim. Plant workers are literally risking their lives in order to avoid a catastrophe. Here is the the most updated information.

TOKYO, March 16, Kyodo
The following is the known status as of Wednesday afternoon of each of the six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the four reactors at the Fukushima No. 2 plant, both in Fukushima Prefecture, which were crippled by Friday's magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
Fukushima No. 1 plant
-- Reactor No. 1 - Cooling failure, partial melting of core, vapor vented, building damaged Saturday by hydrogen explosion, seawater being pumped in.
-- Reactor No. 2 - Cooling failure, seawater being pumped in, fuel rods fully exposed temporarily, vapor vented, building damaged Monday by blast at Reactor No. 3, damage to containment vessel on Tuesday, potential meltdown feared.
-- Reactor No. 3 - Cooling failure, partial melting of core feared, vapor vented, seawater being pumped in, building damaged Monday by hydrogen explosion, high-level radiation measured nearby on Tuesday, plume of smoke observed Wednesday, damage to containment vessel likely.
-- Reactor No. 4 - Under maintenance when quake struck, fire Tuesday possibly caused by hydrogen explosion at pool holding spent fuel rods, pool water level not observed, fire observed Wednesday at building housing reactor, no water poured in to cool pool.
-- Reactor No. 5, No. 6 - Under maintenance when quake struck, temperature slightly rising in spent fuel pool.
Fukushima No. 2 plant
-- Reactor No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 - Cooling failure, then cold shutdown.
-- Reactor No. 3 - Cold shutdown.

For an excellent spreadsheet providing more detailed information

You can also follow along on the live blogs at Daily Kos. Check the mothership at this link and find the current ROV diary. The mothership has tons of relevant links and info. as well."

Pacific Crisis Fundraiser

Update: 3-16-11 the tally thus far is: 1,188,482L. The Pulse TV show has moved to tomorrow.


pacific crisis fundraiser_003

Visit here or direct link here: PacificFundraiserHere>

Ok, the doors opened at midnight and there I was with a LOT of other people, so sure my picture has a bit of gray in it, but I could still see enough to know there are plenty of bargains all for a great cause and after I took off some pretty primmy boots, things became much clearer. I found clothes, poses, jewlery, novelties, and various other items galore. Please note that 100% of all money raised will go to the charity Americares ( Land was donated by Glam Affair and all volunteers are giving their time without charge. They welcome any and all participation and interest in this event - if you'd like to participate as a designer please go to -

I was given the following information: This particular event runs March 16 through the 20th with music the 19th-20th at Gwampas and Mankind March 23rd. Stratus will be quadrupling any of his tips up to 250$ RL of his own money.

In less than one hour the front donation box read $27,782L donated! The second box there was at almost an additional 10,000L in the first hour! What a great bunch of people SL has, lets keep the donations flowing.

The music lineup is as follows:
Sat march 19 go for Japan
6:00 mimi carpenter *
6:30 samm qendra
7:00 LXIX Tomorrow
7:30 Lyn Carlberg *
8:00 - 9:00 Swina Allen *
9:00-10:00 Avantgarde frequency *
10:00 Keeba Tammas
10:30 Anj Gustafson*
11:00 TerryLynn
11:30 FunkyFreddy Republic

12:00 Josie Anderton
12:30 Ronus Lefevre *
1:00 Madmax Huet
1:30 CelticMaidenWarrior
2:00 Lyndon Heart
2:30 ReggieSunset Rookswood
3:00 Noma Falta
3:30 Chapman Zane *
4:00 max kleene*
4:30 Bruce Scrabblebath
5:00 Justme Carlucci *
5:30 EyesNcharg Bluebird
6:00 Yaro Pinion*
6:30 NormReynolds Genesis *
7:00 Tone Uriza *
7:30 Zorch Boomhauer and lexie luan *
8:00 chip takacs
8:30 Frets Nirvana
9:00 the follow *
9:30 von johin - nc to Votslav Hax:
10:00 EricSteffensen Mistwalker
10:30 coming soon
11:00 coming soon
11:30 coming soon

sunday march 20

11:30 am Jano Runo
12pm Truli Lionheart
1pm katarina
2pm zerbie magic
2:30 CraigLyons Writer*
3pm Vladvovoide Diavolo
4pm Blueron Clyburn
4:30 AcousticEnergy Nitely
5:00 Lighthouse Mixmaster *
5:30 Christopher135 Quan
6 franklee Anatra
6:30 RB Hamelin nc to raven bechir *
7 Twostep Spiritweaver *
7:30 Bluemonk Rau *
8:00 Ganjo Mokeev*
9 Edward Kyomoon*
10 pm Grif Bamaisin *

The floor of the sales event reads:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Machinima Book by SL Authors is At the Publishers!

The book is off to the publisher!

Well it's about time I get my friends back after a year of their hard work researching, interviewing many many machinimatographers (or is it machinimists? machinimisters?-not sure) and writing their book about machinima with a heavy focus on Second Life but including interviews and information from various other platforms such as World of Warcraft, The Sims and others.

Word Woman, Sonicity Fitzroy, and Machinima Man, Lowe Runo, (I swear I'm going to make them the super hero outfits to match my secret pet names for them some day), have completed their book which is out to the publisher and Soni has written about the book at their web site: Magnum, The Machinima Review, a monthly blog Soni does here: and direct link here: MagnumHere.

I'll quote the blog here a little, but go and check it out for yourself......"many did contribute to the making of Modern Machinima: Aesthetics and Practice in Game and Virtual Film making. The manuscript now awaits the first round of review by the publishers and the process continues through the summer months, with a Fall 2011 release scheduled."

So, yeah.. Yay! They are done! Well... it seems their work is never done and I am very sure they are both on to other major projects even as I write this. Many SL avatars are mentioned in the book and I think it will be a fun read for a lot of people especially since we will recognize many of the key players who provided expert insight for their book. I sat in on one of their round table interviews and was a bit in awe of the experience and knowledge the group had. They did include amateurs as well as many professionals in their open discussion groups for a good variety of skill levels and insight. But the leg work was done by these two hard working individuals who have a end product they should be very proud of in RL and SL. Their individual experience and skills blend exceptionally well for a team that is very productive. Soni herself is a RL educator in the media field, is previously published, has a great deal of long term experience in RL/SL media and machinima and of course Lowe is the machinimaster with the amazing special effects and SL/RL photography and video skills and experience. Search my blog for past information on both of these two if interested.

If you really want to see these two in action check them out this Friday at 2 SLT when they present at the Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education Conference in SL. I've previously blogged about this as well. They are both great speakers with a passion for teaching and assisting others in learning more about machinima. Check it out! O, btw, did I mention they are friends of mine? heheh : )

Monday, March 14, 2011

IDIA Lab Flickr Gettr V4

Flickr Gettr V4 at IDIA lab

Flickr Gettr v4 - 2011

Ok, this was very cool and I played with something like it at SL Burning Life 2 years ago, but this one won't completely work with Phoenix viewer and so I had a fellow visitor put my name in the search box to pull up my Flickr pics that have been tagged with my name so that I could take pictures of my Flickr pictures floating around me. The idea is to search any word you like and then Flickr pics with that tagged name will pop up and surround you. This is a fun thing to see and try.. check it out! direct link here: IDIAFlckrGtrHere.

While there blogging this I met one of the makers, Mencius Watts, who confirmed that at this time Phoenix does not support this project, but the pictures can still be viewed using Phoenix. I checked his profile for the following info. "
Virtual World/Social Media Mashup: Flickr Gettr v4 IDIA's Flickr Gettr connects the social image repository of Flickr to Virtual Worlds and mobile devices. through an interactive 3D and sonic experience - immersing the viewer in a dimensional cloud of user searched imagery.
Exhibitions for the Institute of Digital Intermedia Arts {IDIA Lab] at Ball State University"

AM Radio also showed up so I took a few more pics : )

The mobile version will be available after an upcoming announcement. In that version visitors interact with any web enabled mobile device such as an iPhone or Android to control what appears in Second Life.

Media must be enabled. All sound faders should be up - especially voice
Shared Media Plugin Compatible Viewer: LL Viewer 2.5 and higher

The sim note card in parts states:
"THE INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL INTERMEDIA ARTS at Ball State University is a virtual design studio exploring the intersections between art, science and technology. Research projects investigate virtual reality, interactive installation, hybrid design, simulation and human computer interface. IDIA Lab is funded by Eli Lilly Endowment, Inc. Artists, designers, researchers, and students, engage with international partners through this project-based learning center investigating the forefront of discourse in emergent media design."

Flickr Gettr V4

Draxtor did a video:

"Rebirth" Installation by Josina Burgess

Today I had a notice that Josina Burgess, D&B CARP Founder was presenting her "Rebirth" installation today only, then packing up in need of the prims for a new show preparation. Many of the regulars showed up to to ride in the "cocoons" to be "rebirthed", while others stood around on the floor chatting about this installation and each others past and present shows. Bolero music was playing in the background and I received permission to make this short video of the cool interactive and beautiful experience. It's a shame this installation was only up for a short time, but perhaps she will put it out somewhere again some time.

Pose Fair 2011 Starts April 1st-Yay! I Can't Wait!

pose fair poster

Rock chalk... Jay-Hawk... KU!

Kansas defeated Texas 85-73 in the NCAA college basketball game and finals of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament against Texas in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2011. Now on to the Final Four which starts tomorrow and will end April 2-4.

Yeah, yeah, I know this is not really SL related, BUT, I am using my avatar to wear a KU shirt.. so.. I think it works for this blog. : ) Direct link to brackets here: BBHere.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

2011 Relay For Life Kickoff in SL -10amSLT Today 3-12-11

Last year March 22 I began this blog with a post about the final SL Relay for Life Event of 2010 supporting the American Cancer Society. Today marks the 2011 Relay for Life kickoff event being held in the new BOSL football stadium starting at 10am SLT with the tailgate party and the Kickoff at 11amSLT ( direct link here: RFLBOSLHere. Many designers, sims, individuals, musicians, etc. will offer their talents toward these events and some of the annual fun events I especially like that will participate include:

- Fashion for Life March 12 through 22 Link: or direct link here FashionForLifeHere.
-Fantasy Faire on April 2-10. Link here: or direct link: FantasyHere.
-Home and Garden Expo on May 13 - 22 link:
or direct here: HomeandGardenHere.

The invite to the tailgate party is a very cute cooler filled with drinks, snacks, t-shirts and information. You can also listen to the stream here: direct link here: RFLStreamHere.

Relay For Life, Kara and Invite Cooler
Relay For Life Kickoff
fashion for life
Some of the features this weeks Fashion for Life, formerly called the Fashion Fair, come from some of my favorite designers including Evie's Closet, Nicky Ree, LeeZu, and SySy. I received a press release on this event and it in part states:

"Fashion for Life is SL’s longest-running and most successful fashion fair. All donations go to SL Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Running March 12-22 across 9 sims, this year’s theme will be “Beyond Black and White,” embodying the spirit of cancer survivors everywhere as they find hope rising out of the dark diagnosis of cancer. Spread over the sims will be over 180 stores with a hunt and gotcha areas, all with the goal of raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Fashion for Life will feature the best designers from around the globe.

Over 1,100,000L has already been raised via sponsorships and store registration. With nine sim sponsors including KMadd, SLink, House of RFyre, Nicky Ree, Bliss Couture, Evie's Closet, Falln Angels, Lapointe & Bastchild, and Woe, we expect this to be the biggest so far, with donated funds going to the American Cancer Society via their RFL program in SL.

MUCH information is available at the website,

Nevertheless, let us tell you a little more:

* What is the point of Fashion for Life? What is your mission?
Simply put, our mission is to maximize donations to the American Cancer Society via the SL Relay for Life while creating a great sales environment for in-world avatar content (including lowered lag and great entertainment). Our goal is provide complete transparency in financial and operational actions to all residents. And to have fun doing this!

* Who is the money going to? What are you getting out of this?
Finally, and most importantly, efforts and funds committed to FFL go to support American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. We are entirely volunteer driven and 100% of the funds raised are presented as a charitable donation to ACS from the residents of Second Life. We are doing this out of the love in our hearts--really. If you require any documentation to this effect, please contact Harper Beresford.

* How can people keep an eye on how you're doing?
A running total will be shown on our webpage so we can keep track to the minute how we are doing!

* What is the theme? What does it mean?
The theme of Fashion for Life this year is “Beyond Black and White.” Instead of doing themes that were based on locales or one monolithic theme, we came upon the idea of making the sims in black and white—like a black and white photo. We felt that this would reinforce how cancer is no longer a black and white diagnosis because of the work of the American Cancer Society. They provide funds, programs and support that takes cancer “beyond black and white.” Designers and builders were given this theme and encouraged to interpret it as they pleased.

* Why are the sims named as they are?
We decided to name the sims after reknowned black and white photographers. In fact, two of the photographers tie into one of our VIP Sponsors. A long explanation about the photographers chosen can be found here:

* What were the designer requirements?
In short, each designer donated money to have a store on the sims and committed to donate four items whose income goes to the American Cancer Society 100%. VIP Sponsors made higher donations and Sim Sponsors made substantially larger donations. More information can be found on the website at and
fashion for life floorplan
* Who is participating?
You can find information on the vendors at Fashion for Life here:

* What's going on with the hunt?
The hunt will feature items priced 10-100L and hidden in the shops of participating designers. All proceeds from the hunt items will go to the American Cancer Society. You can find more about the shops on our website at

* And what's with the gacha?
The gacha is a new thing this year. For anyone who doesn't know what a gacha is, it is a vendor that randomly offers one of the items in its inventory when paid--kind of like a bubble gum machine. Many of the designers opted to participate in the gacha this year, offering 6 items per vendor, all no copy/transfer so people can trade and share. Each sim will have a gacha area with gachas that were created to match the theme of the sim. All proceeds from the gachas will go to the American Cancer Society. You can find a list of participating vendors at

* What are you guys doing about lag?
We are keenly aware of the issues of lag and will be doing *everything* on our end to mitigate it, including monitoring scripts on the sims, watching our texture and sculpty use, and restarting the sims at 10 am slt every day. We have also issued a blog about lag right before the fair to remind people about proper sim visits. Please link back to this and remind people lag is often client-side.

* How is this different from the RFL Clothing Fair?
Fashion for Life is the evolution of the RFL Clothing Fair, started by Nevar Lobo and Pips Fetid and run by Nevar and Amethyst Starostin. When Nevar and Amethyst stepped down, Harper Beresford and then Syngen Sohmers undertook to continue the tradition. This new fair includes not just clothing, but anything an avatar can wear such as skins, shoes, hair, and accessories. Operations were streamlined with most information provided on the webpage, Registrations were done completely online. Now the American Cancer Society sponsors the sims so all monies go directly to them to offset those costs and to add to the general fund. Finally, the name change indicates how Fashion for Life is not a Relay for Life team effort (as it was in the past) but an entity separate from the RFL teams."

Thank you for joining us at Fashion for Life.

Harper Beresford (
Syngen Sohmers (
CoLeads, Fashion for Life

ChatBrat Pippita (
Valeries Muircastle (
Designer Liaisons, Fashion for Life

Jadxia Lexenstar
Brigit Ranger
Hunt and Gatcha Coordinators, Fashion for Life

JustOneMore Loon
Entertainment Coordinator, Fashion for Life
Fantasy Fair

Home & Garden
RFL SL event calendar here: or direct link here: RFLEventsHere.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Second Life Helps Japan & The Pacific Following the Earthquakes and Tsunami, And You Can Too!

Once again Second Life residents and staff are showing their support to others in need. Linden Labs is offering specially made Linden bears in support of Japan and the Pacific following the earthquakes & Tsunami. They have various prices and styles and I bought one as shown in the picture. I am also wearing a free Japan t-shirt I was given when I logged on today that states our thoughts are with them. You can show your support online via the bears in Marketplace here:[category_id]=&search[maturity_level]=GMA&search[keywords]=relief+teddy+bear or direct link here: LindenReliefBearHere.

The site reads, "Our thoughts are with all of those who are suffering in the devastation caused by the earthquakes in Japan and the tsunami in the Pacific. We encourage all Second Life Residents to support the relief efforts however they can, and we would like to help.

We have created a couple of special Linden Bears (one sitting, one wearable) and set them for sale. We will donate all proceeds from sales of our bears to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief efforts of the American Red Cross.

Thank you for helping us to support the relief efforts!"

More Information about fund raising and support can be found here: Direct link here: SLTsunamiHere.

It is also my understanding that soon vendors will have products in support of the relief at this location : World of Beauty, World of Beauty (230, 142, 1002)
For more RL info: or direct link: JapanHere.
SL friend Patrick Thorkveld provided this link and info.: American Red Cross stands ready and willing to assist following a magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami that affected other countries in the Pacific region. Anyone wishing to support those efforts should go to and donate to Japan and Pacific Tsunami. People can also donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Direct link here: RedCrossHere. person finder direct link here: FindHere.

Update 3-13-11.. RC this note in SL today saying Japan is not specifically asking for finances as they have those resources, but rather help and goods (of course finances can buy items they need and below lists some places support can be sent directly to besides the international Red Cross)...

"Good Afternoon Everyone,
I'm sure that we have all seen via TV and internet, the mass devastation caused up north by the earthquake and tsunami on Friday. If you would like to know how to help in the relief efforts, please see the details below. This is all voluntary and if you would like to contribute, I am sure anything you can would be greatly appreciated by those effected.

You can send items to these addresses through your local neighborhood Japanese Post Office - they really need -
1. Food (instant foods, dietary supplements, baby foods);
2. Warm blankets (That north part of Japan is still really cold now);
3. Clothing;
4. Baby clothes, and DIAPERS!!!!

Attn: Earthquake Relief Supplies
Miyagi Prefectural Office
3-8-1, Honcho
Aoba-ku, Sendai city, Miyagi
980-8570, JAPAN

Attn: Earthquake Relief Supplies
Iwate Prefectural Office
10-1 Uchimaru Morioka city, Iwate

Attn: Earthquake Relief Supplies
Aomori Prefectural Office
1-1-1 Nagashima, Aomori city,
Aomori, 030-8570, JAPAN

Attn: Earthquake Relief Supplies
Fukushima Prefectural Office
2-16 Sugitsuma-cho, Fukushima City
960-8670, JAPAN"

SFL-Get Your Tickets!

It's time to get SFL game tickets again! There are some awesome match-ups coming up that you're not going to want to miss. Lets pack the stands for these teams!
BOSL Beauties in Action BOSL Beauties in Action!

Link for buying tickets: or direct link here: TicketsHere.

BOSL Browns The Players Ready to Rumble!

-Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 3pm SLT – Bluez Eagles vs. Lion’s Den Patriots – SFL Stadium
-Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 3pm SLT – TGF Dolphins vs. Valhalla Packers – SFL Stadium
-Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6pm SLT – BOSL Browns vs. Onyx Bills – BOSL Browns’ Stadium
-Friday, March 18, 2011 - 6pm SLT – Frank’s Lions vs. GC Redskins – SFL Stadium
-Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 3pm SLT – Twisted Vikings vs. Wicked Cowboys – SFL Stadium
-Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 3pm SLT – Polano Chargers vs. DC Giants – SFL Stadium
KT Cheering KT Cheering

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mardi Gras Kicks Off The Season Even in SL! Also-Happy Birthday Barbie!

Mardi Gras
I hit several Mardi Gras parties last night in SL!

Per Wikipedia: "The terms "Mardi Gras" (pronounced /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season",in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. .... Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins." New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States is notorius for ongoing Mardi Gras, as well as other specific areas around the world at this time or other times of the year.

Today, March 9th is Ash Wednesday. St. Patrick's Day is March 17, followed by the first day of spring March 20, then we have Palm Sunday April 17, Good Friday, April 22, and Easter April 24th. Second Life is sure to have, as usual, the annual wonderful celebrations, costumes, decorations, special events and sims associated with the upcoming spring holidays. I look forward to the many East egg hunts, and one of my favorite Christian sims, Eternal Creations, usually offers some wonderful events for the Christian holiday celebrations.

As a side note that is somewhat SL related Barbie Doll was introduced on this day in 1959(my av is kind of like Barbie to me) Happy Birthday Barbie! I usually have this picture on my SL RL photo section and it never ceases to amaze me that occasionally someone will ask if that is really a picture of me! Haha.. anyway.. have a good day! Happy Birthday Barbie! Introduced this day in 1959
(Photo off an e-mail I received two years ago when Barbie turned 50-credits unknown)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

4th Annual Virtual Worlds- Best Practices in Education Conference: March 17-19, 2011

You're Invited!
Get out your calendars as it's almost time again for the annual "Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education" conference to be held March 17, 18 and 19, 2011.

This year's theme is "You Are Here" and per the web site: "The Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) is a community-based conference that provides opportunities for participants in all virtual worlds to share current teaching, learning, and research practices in 3D virtual environments. Conference presentations focus on teaching/learning, scholarly work, projects, events, activities and new and innovative tools for virtual education. Presenters will focus on the identification of best practices in education designed for 3D virtual world technology."

Attendance is free to all and you can go to the official web site for more information or to register, although registration is not required for attendees. "The VWBPE Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Botgirl Questi has agreed to be the opening keynote for the “You are Here” themed 2011 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference. The title of the keynote is “Who Are You? Where is Here?”"

Attendee schedule with detailed presenter schedule and locations to be announced:
Thursday March 17th
■VWBPE Gateway Sim opens to the public at 12 midnight
■2pm Opening Ceremonies
■3pm – Midnight: General Sessions

Friday March 18th
■ALL DAY: General Sessions

Saturday March 19th
■Midnight – 4pm: General Sessions
■4pm: Awards Ceremonies
■5pm: Closing
■6pm: After-Party

I have a special interest in that my friends Sonicity Fitzroy and Lowe Runo are presenting Friday March 18th at 2pm SLT: The Fantastic and The Furious: Capturing Moments Through Machinima. Be sure to check them out.

Flickr contact and VWBPE supporter, CallieDel Boa, has this poster on her site so I just nabbed it as a good visual for my blog. The main link for the VWBPE can be found here: or direct link here: VWBPEHere.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sabrinaa Nightfire Direct link here: BrynSabrinaaHere. Bryn Oh blogs it best. Sadly, SL artist and events organizer, Sabrinaa Nightfire, (RL: Debbie Berman)passed away last night losing her battle with cancer, according to Bryn Oh's and various other's blogs. I am but a Flickr contact and occasional SL acquaintance, but I'm sure this is of interest and all should be aware of a service they might want to attend. Please just review Bryn's blog if you know of Sabrinaa. See the Flickr pics here: or direct link here: SabrinaaFlickrHere.

Chakryn Forest

Re-opened, so of course I visited again.
Check out Chakryn here: or direct link here: ChakrynHere.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fairy and Elf Talk-Glam

We are at it again!

Split Screen Hosts an Exhibit by Misprint Thursday, "Digital Glove"


Misprint Thursday's extraordinary piece "Digital Glove," which exploits the capabilities of video in SL and won *four* awards during the University of Western Australia's art contest in February, will be at Split Screen's sky platform this month. Be sure to turn on video when you arrive, or you'll miss the entire thing!"

Split Screen typically hosts two artists who spend about a month preparing their large immersive/environmental artwork then show for a month. There are two artists working on this now, but in the interim Split Screen is fortunate to host "Digital Glove" a must see.. Check it out here: or direct link here: SplitMisprintHere.

I stopped in this afternoon for a peek at "Digital Glove" and Betty Tureaud, Obvious Schism, and Divi were kinda hanging out while others were down below at Split Screen. I had my media going, so immediately saw the show and hopped on one of the "bikes" to watch the video and listen to the music sung by Misprint. I attached the provided hud and clicked for her additional information notecard and video.

Misprint's card provides information which in part includes the following information: "

"Digital Glove is a video art installation with an original video and collaborative song with lyrics and vocals by Misprint Thursday. Lyrics
Digital Glove

Who will be my digital glove
My digital glove
My saccharine treacle
Who will be my digital glove
My digital glove
The Hyde to my Jeckyll

Three Four
Show me that I'm still alive
Eight Nine Ten
I want to do it again

I know it's sickening
Sickening sweet
When you knock me off my feet

Come on and knock
Oh oh do it again


Digital Glove (song)
Sal Caruso: composer, mix, mastering
Misprint Thursday: lyrics, vocals

Digital Glove (video)
Misprint Thursday
Edited from Prelinger Archive footage
of Public Domain Commercials"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fairy and Elf Talk

A good Flickr/SL friend and I decided we will take whoever wants to go along for the ride with us while we explore and play around the grid.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Town: A Shop And Play Area by Laura Liberty

Laura Liberty is well known for her adorable holiday themed builds that not only provide a great deal of interactive fun with things to play on and do, but house quaint little shops filled with seasonal products to purchase that are usually pretty unique and appeal to me. I visited her latest, St. Patrick's Day Town, and played on all the toys before buying myself a cute little outfit for the holiday. The area has a contest and the person who guesses the closest to the number of glowing coins in an pile wins a large L cash award. Laura told me in a few days she will add some additional large things to play on, but I couldn't wait and went ahead and filmed some of the place. My new computer and I have been having it out, so my resolution issue is still not resolved making me just not take the time I should if I am showcasing someone's wares, but it is what it is at 2am. This is a place everyone should visit if not to buy things, then to just hang out and play and pick up some of the freebies including a large variety of free St. Patrick's Day hats, etc. Be sure to check it all out here: or direct link here: St.Pat'sHere.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

UWA, The Other World

UWA Other World

I jumped into SL this morning for just a moment and had a note card about UWA's "The Other World" that sounded intriguing, so I ran over, glanced around and took a couple of quick photos with full intent of going back after work tonight for a nice long explore. What I did see was very surreal. My photo is raw, and so you can see the place is very blue with a LOT of unusual looking creatures. I didn't have time to read any notes or even look around, but today over my lunch I ran across the info. on the UWA site ( direct link here:
UWAHere. which reads as follows:

"The 3rd installment of the UWA FULL SIM ART series sees the amazing 'Other World', created by the triple French treat of Cherry Manga, Anley Piers and Elfe Imako!
It is best left to be described in their words:
Mankind created the machine and always wanted to improve it, adding abilities, and even gave the machine artificial intelligence.

The machine had its own evolution, once it gained artificial intelligence it grew to possess artificial consciousness then the collective consciousness. The machine grew up through many aeons, learned from its own mistakes.

The machine is now in the other world, all parts of the machine are closely bounded, if a little robot cuts itself, the sadness is shared by the entire machine. The machine lives in harmony in the environment it is set, all energy needs are calculated to keep and preserve the world, nothing is taken freely from nature, the machine looks after nature, conscious that its energy depends on the global health of its natural environment.

This way of living is what humankind could call utopia or eden.

This exhibition shows the irony of machine beings, supposed to be heartless and without emotional feelings able to live in respect of its environment, and in harmony with all members of its community ... and the sad conclusion that human beings in 2011 are still fighting for power, for money, for religion, not able to think of the future of our children, continuously draining all that earth can give.

The SIM is open to all till the 31st of March 2011. Keep your eyes peeled for the party they will throw soon though!"

Be sure to check this place out: or direct link here: UWAOtherWorldHere.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"O2": A SL Machinima in the Go Green International Film Competition

The Story of "O2"

You can VOTE for the Film "O2"

Last weekend the Machinimatrix participated in the international film contest: "Go Green 2011". Their contribution "O2" was entirely made in Second Life.
All other (300 films in total) are "classic short movies".

A public voting starts at 24-feb-2011 and lasts until 4-march-2011. The 8 highest voted films will be in the final competition.

Please take a look at the film "o2" and consider voting for it (you need to register!): or direct link here: GoGreenHere.

All other competing films can be found here: or direct link here:

This Teaser you can find here: