Friday, July 31, 2015

Pursue Impossible with UWA Art and Machinima Challenge Aug 1 through October 31, 2015

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UWA Pursue Impossible Challenge .
The press release states: " PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE: UWA 3D Art & Film Challenges 2015

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is happy to announce the launch of 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE, the 6th UWA Grand Art Challenge and MachinimUWA VIII with a starting prize pool in excess of L$400,000. Sponsored by Tom Papas & SciFi Film Festival, Reign Congrejo & BOSL, LaPiscean Liberty & SL Artist, AviewTV, Pixel Bits, Virtlantis, Phillip Vought, Carolyn Steele & York University (Canada), Taralyn Gravois, UWA Marketing & Communications, as well as The UWA Virtual Worlds Project. We hope you are inspired by the 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE' theme to create many wondrous works of art and film as you have been through the years! (Please note the major rule & special prize guidelines as well as the Audience Participation Prizes for watching the machinima. All machinima will be highlighted on the UWA Blog & SL Artist.)
WHAT: 6th UWA Grand Art Challenge & 8th UWA International Short Film Challenge (MachinimUWA VIII). You may enter the art challenge, the film challenge, or both.
WHEN: Entries close at Midnight SLT, 31st October 2015. Winners will be announced in December 2015.
The theme is "PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE." Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. What is your impossible? What is the impossible goal you have conquered, or that you have seen your loved ones or your heroes conquer? What are the things you once thought were impossible, but now are able to overcome? How do virtual worlds help you to visualize, create, and push the boundaries of possibility? What are the things which seem impossible now, which you think you will attempt to hunt down? What are the impossibilities of the mind? of the heart? of the soul? Is it the pursuit of the impossible that takes precedence? Or defeating it? You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
Those who pursue what may at first seem impossible are the ones who keep the world turning. What if Ghandhi did not believe he could overcome the impossible for his country? What if Dr Fiona Wood did not believe in second skin for burn victims? What if Professor Barry Marshall did not believe in himself and use himself as a human guinea pig for the benefit of mankind?
The theme 'Pursue Impossible' was chosen in honour of the new brand that UWA unveiled in May 2015. UWA's Karen Carreiro explained, “It says so much about our University – who we are, what we do and how, every single day, our researchers, students and academics are working to shape a better future.”
For those involved in the UWA virtual world presence, it was an honour to see Second Life featuring in the UWA launch!
Artwork entered should be able to be interpreted by the casual viewer as being representative of the theme. Where the link to the theme is difficult to ascertain, this should be referenced in a notecard accompanying the work.
    Each artist may submit only one entry. There is a 150 LI (land impact) limit. (Note that you may not get around the limit by using temporary objects.)
    Copy/Mod/Transfer permissions are not a requirement, however COPY perms are appreciated.
    Entries should be submitted along with a completed Artist Notecard (which includes your name, city, name of artwork and a description of artwork) to the drop box in the UWA gallery (SLURL). If you have problems with the receiver, give artwork to Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling. These rules and blank notecard templates are available by touching the drop box at the UWA Art Challenge platform.
    We discourage the use of parts that you cannot copy and transfer to us for installation. All work must be free of copyright issues. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music/sounds/media, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have permission from the creator(s) and you should acknowledge their work in your artist's notecard.
    If you have special requirements for space, media, etc., please contact FreeWee Ling, curator, for assistance.
    Sounds, lighting, particle effects, etc., should be scripted to turn off when not in use. You may be asked to provide a revised entry if it is too intrusive or interferes with the display of other works.
    Exceptionally large or complex builds will be placed on platforms above the gallery with a teleport (TP) device and poster on the gallery floor and a return TP on the platform. You may provide a TP object and/or poster (no more than 2 LI) or we can place one for you. TP objects should be set to copy/mod and given to FreeWee Ling to add scripts and to place.
    Exceptionally laggy scripts may be rejected or only allowed if revised.
    As with all our public programs, an entry may not be accepted if it is excessively abusive, violent, offensive, bullying, harmful, insulting, or contains inappropriate material or excessively foul language. Depictions of explicit sexual activity, as well as material deemed offensive based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation are not appropriate for this venue and may be rejected. Final decisions in these matters will be made by a UWA Cultural Precinct committee.
There is no limit to the number of entries you may choose to send in.
The theme is 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE' and you may interpret this theme as you see fit, however the average viewer would need to be able to appreciate how you fit this theme (alternatively, please indicate in the notes how it fits in the film notes on the web).
Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and the following should be indicated in the opening credits 'For The University of Western Australia's MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible'
You do not have to film on the UWA sims, however this of course will be appreciated, and there is a Special UWA Prize which will be made available to a film which starts at the same point as the UWA Pursue Impossible Video, at Winthrop Clock Tower.
4 mins 30 seconds is the strongly recommended maximum length, but this is not a hard rule.
Winthrop Clock Tower & Reflection Pond
The UWA Sunken Gardens
The UWA Somerville Auditorium with its Norfolk Bay Pine Trees
The UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge Gallery (curated by FreeWee Ling)
UWA Gallery of Selected Former 3D Art Winners (curated by FreeWee Ling)
 *Space constraints don't allow us to display all
There is a prize pool of L$410,000 distributed across both  art and machinima and at least 10 prizes in each. For Machinima, there will be a Special UWA Prize for the best machinima that starts at the same point as the UWA Pursue Impossible Video. There will also be a Curators Prize for art. There are also audience participation awards for just watching the machinimas and submitting a top 10 list.
For Art
Place the artwork in the art entry receiver at the UWA Art Challenge platform (no perms required, but copy is appreciated if possible) along with a completed Artist Notecard (which includes your name, city, name of artwork and description of artwork) . If you have problems with the receiver, give artwork to Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling. Blank NC templates available by touching the challenge notice at the UWA Art Challenge platform.
For Machinima
Load the Machinima anywhere, preferably youtube or vimeo, and provide the link  to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty or email Jayjay (
*All work must be free of copyright issues. If requested, you must provide detailed information regarding the source, creator and background information of your work. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have obtained permission from the creator(s).
* Films will not be accepted if they include excessively abusive, violent, offensive, bullying, harmful, insulting or inappropriate material, or excessively foul language, in particular where religious references are used. Depictions of gratuitous nudity or sexual activity may not be appropriate and may be rejected.
* Please acknowledge the works you feature, the lands where you film and any music or content that you use.
* If you need to rez (blue screen etc) at UWA sims, contact Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling.
* If you have questions or want to discuss anything, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe
*All entries remain the property of the creator, however once entered, you agree to provide UWA, SL Artist & AviewTV non-exclusive, unrestricted, use in perpetuity in the known universe for educational and promotional purposes.
Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
Lyn DiCiero -  Editor, WA Artist's Chronicle
Len Zuks (RL) - West Australia Artist & Sculpturist
Oron Catts (RL) - Director, SymbioticA, UWA (Art Only)
Guy Ben-Ari (RL) - SymbioticA, UWA
Jeremy Burton (RL) - Marketing Manager (Digital), UWA
Taryn Mokrzycki (RL) - Brand Manager, UWA
Reign Congrejo - Owner, BOSL (Best of Second Life)
Merle Hearns (RL) / Briarmelle Quintessa (SL) - Senior Lecturer, Foundation Studies Department, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Helen Farley - Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures), Australian Digital Futures Institute - University of Southern Queensland
Carolyn Steele -  Lecturer, Culture & Expression, York University
Binu Jayawardena (RL) - Founder, WASTV
Inara Pey - Journalist & Blogger
Draxtor Despres - Media Producer, Europe
FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenges
Kip Yellowjacket (SL) - Co-creator, Virtlantis
LaPiscean Liberty (SL) - CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster
Tom Papas - SciFi Film Festival & Screen My Shorts, Australia (FILM Only)
Saffia Widdershins (SL) - Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications (ART Only)
Ziki Questi - Photographer & Blogger
Taralyn Gravois - Owner of Arts Castle Gallery
Bevan Whitfeld - Avatar Designer & Member of the Board of Directors, Rockcliffe University
Dousa Dragonash (SL) - COO Metaverse Television
Thinkerer Melville (SL) / Selby Evans (RL) - Journalist & Blogger
Chris Thorne (RL) - Co-Founder, UWA in Second Life
Jay Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual Worlds
1st Prize: L$50,000 + Feature on Cover of BOSL Magazine
2nd Prize: L$40,000
3rd Prize: L$30,000
4th Prize: L$20,000
5th Prize: L$10,000
6th - 10th Prize: @$5,000
Curators Prize: L$25,000
Additional L$15,000 for audience participation
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)
1st Prize: L$50,000 + Feature on Cover of BOSL Magazine
2nd Prize: L$40,000
3rd Prize: L$30,000
4th Prize: L$20,000
5th Prize: L$10,000
6th - 10th Prize: @$5,000
UWA Special Prize: L$25,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)
Additional L$15,000 for audience participation
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)
* Special thanks to Eliza Wierwight the event poster design and for all her support
* Special thanks also to the creator of some of the spaces at UWA. These include FreeWee Ling, Chuckmatrix Clip, quadrapop Lane, Nyx Breen, Bradley Dorchester (Bradley Curnow, RL). Dragonmage Bogan (Dr Chris Thorne, RL), Sharni Azalee & Minny Werefox (Minh Tran, RL)."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Lexi Project July 26-Aug. 29

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See the official web site for details about the designers here:

This event is to help one of Second Life's talented mesh creators/designers, Lexi Zelin, the Owner of AngelRed. She has been diagnosed with stage three Hodgkins Lymphoma.  The event will begin Sunday July 26th @ 12 am SL and ends August 29th. 

The official site states: "Special thank you’s are in order for all participating brands in The Lexi Project. Our total number of stores is 346 0.0!   We thank everyone for their generosity, patience and speedy response to our invitation!   All 346 stores are donating 100% of their sales through this event to Lexi Zelin".  The official site lists all the designers and provides a great deal more information.

The place is huge with tons of various things for sale.  This picture is just down 2 corridors of many there.

The Lexi Project (Below: their initial ad poster/I didn't make this image) lexi project

Project Sansar Summary

Please review blogger Inara Pey's post for an excellent compilation of currently known public facts about the new Sansar Project here:

This is the best summary I've seen so for of pubic information that's been released and well worth a read if you have an interest (as we all should) in the new Linden Lab Sansar Project.  She cites her sources and everything for a good comprehensive picture of what we might come to expect. 

Here is another RL recent media report:

(The below image was released by Linden Labs/not taken by me)


Saturday, July 25, 2015

LICK, Explore in Second Life

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The LICK sim has been redone and once again it's a great explore, place to play, hangout, and take pics.  I've blogged this sim that changes periodically here: where you can see the last design there. 

LICK Sim Designs-The McFly Project by owner and creator Sera Bellic is located at Oyster Bay(63,205,22) "LICK sim design offers complete sim/parcel design, landscaping and interior design. LICK is dedicated to creating beautiful, enchanting spaces for your home or business.  If you can DREAM IT, LICK can CREATE IT."

LICK The landing spot placed me in a highly detailed and actually gorgeous old run-down carnival type area.  After exploring and playing around, I crossed the carnival grounds and entered a small doorway into the cliff wall, walked down a path into caves where there is a lower level filled with sci fi cyber type equipment, then up across a bridge and out into another open area that is a futuristic set on a watery field.  There are various build units, 2 typs of boat rezzers you can zoom around in, a sky bar, pretty nature areas with plenty of seating spots and plenty to see and do all set against a beautiful cliff waterfall backdrop.   Both sections have a lot of fun things to click, pose and animate on, so be sure to just click everything if you like that.  Windlights work great and it's also a fun place for photographers.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

2nd Life's a Beach! And You Can Win Linden with Windlight

We are nearing the end of summer and we know that you would want to capture those special beach moments in Second Life!
Windlight Magazine is pleased to announce its first annual “Return to the Beach Photography Contest!”
    1st Place – 5,000 Lindens, 1 double page ad, a magazine article, and a blog article
    2nd Place – 3000 Lindens , 1 double page ad and one blog article
    3rd Place – 2000 Lindens and 1 double page ad
Guidelines & Rules:
Select a beach in Second Life. If you are stumped where to find beaches, try the destinations guide:
Once you choose your beach or beaches, start snapping!
**Please be respectful of covenants and sim rules when visiting beaches, estate sims, or any location in Second Life. Check with owners or managers to ensure that you have permission to take photos in any location**
    All photos have to be posted in the official Windlight Magazine Flickr group:
    You are allowed 3 submissions total
    When posting your photos please use the following naming convention:
    Windlight Magazine-Beach Photo Contest-SL Name-Photo #1 for additional photos, add the appropriate number..#2, and #3
    All photos must include the slurl to the beach where you took the photo
    All photos must be new and original. You cannot have them posted elsewhere on Flickr or used them previously
    Nudity is allowed if done in a non pornographic and non sexual way
    Editing via photoshop, gimp, or any other graphics tools is ok
    All photos must be your original work
    Judges will be independent of the contest and cannot enter this contest
    Judges will judge your photos on the following criteria:
    Incorporation of the location in your photos
You have until August 15 to upload your photos. Winners will be announced on August 20 via our website and on our social media sites. All winners will be contacted in Second Life and via Flickr messaging.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tristan un Isolde Opens 7-15-15 at 1:30pm SLT


Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner
Installation by  Giovanna Cerise
Introduction by  Francesco Bonetto
Opening  Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1.30 pm slt

The press release states:
"Wagner wrote in a letter to Liszt ( December 1854):
“As I have never in life felt the real bliss of love, I must erect a monument to the most beautiful of all my dreams, in which, from beginning to end, that love shall be thoroughly satiated. I have in my head "Tristan and Isolde," the simplest but most full-blooded musical conception; with the "black flag" which floats at the end of it I shall cover myself to die” ( )

Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde, or Tristan and Isolda, or Tristran and Ysolt) is an opera, or music drama, in three acts by Richard Wagner to a German libretto by the composer, based largely on the romance by Gottfried von Strassburg
For better enjoyment consider turning off the stream and turn the sound. Click on the ball with the notes to listen to the air on the scene.
Environment setting: :” Analu outdoor-night”  or  “night for those who do not have the appropriate viewer”"
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Dr. Phil on gaming and Second Life

Monday, July 13, 2015

Second Life to Be Featured on Dr. Phil

Second Life to Be Featured on Dr. Phil

Well, I'm not sure how to get this whole post and pic to share into Blogger but see more here:

The SL featured news blog in the link above talks about how talk show host Dr. Phil will air an episode tomorrow 7-14-15 about a young man struggling with a number of problems, including an addiction to playing an online game. Thankfully the blog post says, " He’s not a Second Life user, nor is Second Life presented on the show as a negative experience. Instead, it’s shown as an example of how far digital experiences have come from the days of Pac-Man and Pong, and Ebbe briefly speaks with Dr. Phil about some of the incredibly positive ways Second Life is being used by people around the world - from education to entrepreneurship, creative self-expression, and more."

Apparently Dr. Phil will be in SL on an avatar and will be seen on a 40 ft. monitor.  According to the post he had some help stying his avatar to look like him.  Tune in!

Since posting this I went looking for other blogs hoping to find even more detail.. Daniel Voyager has posted a little more here:

And Joy Yardley has even more here:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Oh My Gacha (OMG) and Wizarding Faire Events!

Mischief Managed's Wizarding Faire -visit Hogwarts here:
Official web site for Hogwarts here:

Oh My Gacha here:
Oh My Gacha is a bi-yearly gacha event (every January & July) for 3 week duration.

The Hogwarts role play area where the Wizarding Faire is held is a very impressive place.


The Oh My Gacha event is also a very cute setting.
Oh My Gacha OMG!-Oh My Gacha!-July-2015-IS OPEN!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Indie Teepee July 10-24 AND Hair Fair July 11-26 Open Now

Visit Hairfair in SL here:
Web site here:

Visit Indie Teepee in SL here;
Web site here:!find/c1mxq

Two great events now open.  Hair fair is self explanatory.. go get ya some hair and remember there is a group so you can try the demos you want before going over to the sims.  That way you know what you want and can go right to those stores if you like.  Lots of freebies too.  Indie Teepee is a music, arts, shopping, literary corner type event. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Shit Kicker's Club and Beautiful Sim Opens 7-9-15 Great Club, Great Sim, Great Staff

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Shit Kickers
Shit Kickers

Shit Kicker's is scheduled to open, or I should say re-open, tomorrow after having been closed for over a year.  The owner, MO (m0ndrake) together with his partner Sassie (Sassie.Criss) and with landscaper Nan Ember of "Nanscapes" have created this great environment and club.  The previously very successful club will open it's doors at 2pm SLT tomorrow Thursday 7-9-15. 

I dropped into the sim at the landing and immediately noticed the fantastic scenery.  Being an explorer I was on the run to see it all, not really knowing what I had somewhat randomly dropped into.   I was just about to start snapping photos when BAM I was ejected.  Before I was sent home I noted a man also standing where I landed so once home I quickly checked his profile and found him to be the sim owner and immediately IM'd him to ask what was up with that.   Mo advised me the sim is not quite ready but will be open to the public tomorrow and wasn't even sure how I found it or got in.  LOL.. okkk then.  Must have been SL magic and meant to be.  But lucky me he then took pity on my need to see all things cool SL and let me back in and in spite of doing some finishing touches to the sim work took a lot of time to answer all my usual questions.  He was very friendly and informative.  I teased him about ejecting me and he jokingly said he does have a rep to live up to, lol, but really he seems like a great guy and let me right back in when I Im'd him. 

When asked what type of music the sim would feature as the name "Shitkickers" screams country, Mo indicated the music will generally be about 60% country, some 80s rock some of that new rap country shit he said and then whatever people want and request.  While I was there country music was streaming while they worked and showed a few people around. 

Mo gave me a little of the back history saying 6-7 years ago Sassie owned many sims, Sands of Freedom, which were attached motorcycle sims with residential etc.  She was actually Mo's first landlord and ironically enough she wrongly accidentally evicted him and that's how they met and hit it off and they were together 3-4 years in SL then.  All those old sims have since been closed.  A little over a year ago MO purchased a club then soon after together they opened Shit Kickers and he said it was an immediate success with lots of great staff and attendees.  They closed the club and MO went first life for about a year and now is back.  Together with Sassie they started to work up this current sim for Shit Kickers again about 3 weeks ago.  They engaged Nan Embers for the sim landscaping and she's done am amazing job.  The club build is Mo's and remains the same.  He said he has a history of building, scripting, mesh work, etc.  Sassie has been good friends with Nan from way back and together they all make a great team in developing this sim.  They have most of their old staff back and he said one of the biggest compliments a club can have is that their staff love to hang out even when not working which he said is the case here.  He was very complimentary of Sassie, Nan, and his staff. He said their club is unique in that there are "no apologies" which has sort of become their trademark saying, meaning come and have fun and no need to apologize for a little colorful language or whatever and just relax and enjoy as long as no one is getting hurt.  The club will have a limited number of selected shops but they wont have a lot of big advertising around,  just a focus on the club and sim enjoyment.  The sim chatter will be limited to the club and up the main walk in the few stores.  The rest of the sim won't hear the club chatter which will be nice for explorers and people hanging out just enjoying the gorgeous sim.  They feel the club and setting are unique and clearly they have a passion for what they are doing here.

The sim features the club but is an amazing explore thanks to Nan's landscaping.  It has a general country feel with lots of nature areas, some great pose and cuddle spots, a beach, a sort of swamp, nice waterfalls, cliffs and waterways, a memorial area, a barn with animals around, some great bridges and windmill, some scenic walking roads, and a cute sort of campy dock area. 

All are welcome to come enjoy the club and explore and hang out in this impressive sim. 

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(Mo and Sassie above)

Kitten's Heaven Open House

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I first saw this sim blogged today by Ziki Questi here:

The sim by Isabelli Anatine Hak and NekoZombie-Raw (NekoZombie78) is said to only be open for about 2 weeks so I wanted to blog it quick so everyone can see it if they missed Ziki's post.. but do go over and read her information as she says a lot and has some great very different photos and I'm basically just putting it here so different people are sure to see it and of course as always to save for myself the things I love in my SL. 

Kitten's Heaven
Kitten's Heaven

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dreamers by Cica Ghost in LEA24

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Cica Ghost has done it again. She continues to impress me with her creations and the latest is  Dreamers at LEA24.  I took a bunch of pics.  When you visit be sure to click on the heads in the garden as many of them will teleport you to various other dream areas which are also immersive and you can click around in them too for animations and pose spots.  It's great for exploring and photography.  Everyone else is blogging it too so I'll just post some pics.

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