Friday, May 31, 2013

Opening Set for Saturday Postponed


I have had to postpone my opening set for tomorrow due to a real life issue.

I will post a new date for the opening here soon.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Bad News From Illinois -- No Marriage Equality Vote Today, Bill Fails for Lack of Support


Bad new from the State of Illinois for Marriage Equality -- a vote did not happen in the House of Representatives tonight, meaning votes for passage were not there.

This is the first big defeat for marriage equality in the United States this year. But you can't win them all, and the tide is turning in our favor.

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court will be announced in the next four weeks, so stay tuned for the next step in the struggle for equal rights. 

Great Second Life Destinations: The Gorgeous Virtualization of the Tromso Library on Jimmy Warbaum's Tromso Sim


Norway has some amazing modern architecture. The Tromso Library, located inside the arctic circle in the far northern part of the country, is a gorgeous structure. The building is constructed under the original roof of a movie cinema, which was designed by the architect Gunnar Bøgeberg Haugen and built in 1969.  It was turned into a library in 2005.

Jimmy Warbaum's Tromso sim, which I have reviewed and photographed several times earlier (see links below) now has a virtualization of the library which really is well done. Although the scale of the interior is reduced, it is very well designed, and is recommended for visiting -- along with the modern Cathedral of the Arctic and the other structures and landscaping of one of Second Life's most atmospheric residential sims. Recommended for a visit.

An amazing panoramic view of the Library in real life can be found at:
http://virtualtromso.no/en/virtual-tours-of-tromso/75-tromso-bibliotek-library-virtual-tour.html

To Visit:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tromsoe/148/143/22





My other photography and and articles on Tromso can be found at:

Article on Tromso in Spring earlier this month:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2013/05/celebrate-norwegian-national-day-by.html

Tromso in the Winter:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2013/01/gorgeous-second-life-destinations_26.html

To see my series on the famous Tromso Arctic Cathedral:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2013/01/great-second-life-destinations_8.html

Tromso in Autumn:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-perfect-residential-sim-gorgeous.html

















Ryce talking to Jimmy Warbaum in the Tromso Library


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Real life photographs of the Tromso Library:






A video on the Tromso Library



Attention LGBT Organizations: Information on Participation in SL10B




Message from Garth Raleigh
Lead, Gay Archipelago


The Gay Archipelago has been awarded an exhibition parcel in the HUGE grid-wide upcoming 10th birthday of Second Life (SL10B) which opens June 16th and runs through June 28th, 2013.

Our application was submitted with our request to include and feature information on the entire SL LGBT Community – and now is your chance to be a part of this celebration!

Leading architect, Fran Ghoststar-SIX has designed and built an amazing structure (tour de LGBT) for us and will be assembling the exhbit for everyone at the LGBT COMUNITY parcel in SL10B.

We’re inviting ALL SL LGBT estates, sims and organizations to join in and not only celebrate the birthday of SL, but to make the presence of our incredibly-diverse LGBT community here in SL known.

The theme of SL10B is ‘Looking forward, Looking back.’ Where we have been; what we have achieved; where we are now and our future goals and dreams.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:

Please contact Garth Raleigh, Fran Ghoststar or Othon Weiland (NC, please as IM’s get capped easily) to receive your SL10B TV, in which you will be able to load an LM and photos from your sim/estate/organization. This will be returned by you to Fran Ghoststar for placement within the LGBT COMMUNITY exhibit on the SL10B fair-grounds.

Please read and understand all ‘Event policies’ at http://www.sl10B.com as you prepare your information.

TOGETHER WE MAKE THE RAINBOW COLORS SHINE!

Garth Raleigh
Lead, Gay Archipelago

Club Photography: Gay Club Paradise on Thursday Night with DJ Graves and Host Zaemiel



For more photography from the event head over to Ryce's blog:

(Warning, mature subject matter, viewers 18 and over please):

http://ryceskytower.blogspot.com/2013/05/club-photography-ryce-at-gay-club.html

(Please note:  I had to quickly airbrush all the bits from these photos because this is not a mature rated blog, and the powers that be do not let me post adult photography here, but if you head over to Ryce's blog you can see these and other untouched images in all there x-rated glory).








Today is the Day in Illinois: Either Marriage Equality Comes Up for a Vote, Or It Dies For This Year



Today is the deadline for the passing of the marriage equality bill in the Illinois House of Representatives.,which adjourns for this legislative year tonight.  Either the House votes and passes the bill, or it dies without a vote. The process will then need to start all over again next year. 12 states have already passed marriage equality, 3 in the past few weeks, and Illinois would make it 13 - if it happens.

I have written about Illinois marriage equality several times here recently. The bill allowing same-sex marriages has already passed the State Senate, and the Governor of Illinois has promised to immediately sign the bill into effect. The Democratic Party overwhelmingly controls the  House of Representatives by a wide margin, 71-47 votes. 60 votes are needed for passage--but do not appear to be there yet, due to strong objection to marriage equality by conservative religious groups powerful among the Democratic party in this state.

Illinois is the fifth largest state with over 13 million people, and President Obama's home state.  He is supporting the bill and has flown to Chicago, the most important city in Illinois to campaign for it. But as things stand now, we can assume that the votes for this bill are not yet there, and may go down to defeat, giving the anti-equality forces their first big victory against marriage equality this year.

This will be a suspenseful cliffhanger-- but since this is Illinois state politics, some of the toughest anywhere, we can assume that backdoor politics and horse trading (you vote for this, and you will get this and so and so) are happening right now to get to that magic 60 numbers. 

Ryce Skytower and Benja Aquila To Appear in New College Textbook "Sociology for Health Professionals".



This picture of Ryce and Benja will appear in a new textbook to be published in December by Sage Publications, a leading publisher of society journals and college level academic material based in London.

The textbook is called Sociology for Health Professionals. The author of the publication contacted Eddi Haskell for permission to use the image in one of the chapters of the textbook about sexuality. The chapter talks about s about how the internet has provided a safe place for people to experiment sexually, avatars being one example. The author felt that this image of Ryce and Benja illustrated this concept perfectly.

This web site will be mentioned in the credits section of the new textbook.

You can find the Sage facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SAGEPublications


Sage on Facebook

Information On How To Become a Second Pride 2013 Sponsor




Note From Eddi: Second Pride 2013 is scheduled from June 14 -23. Please consider supporting Pride by becoming a sponsor of this important event. Information follows:


Second Pride 2013 - Let's celebrate!

It's that time again! Don't miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the 2013 Second Pride Festival, the largest LGBTQ fundraising celebration in Second Life. We're looking for vendors and sponsors to support this great effort. For more information about Second Pride, visit www.second-pride.com

Vendor & Sponsor Packages

For additional information on packages, please visit http://second-pride.com/2013-festival-packages/

This year Second Pride offers you two different types of packages: vendor and sponsor.

Vendor packages are ideal for business/organizations who want to advertise and sell their products and services at the festival.

Sponsor packages are Ideal for supporters and businesses/organizations who only want to advertise and show support of Second Pride at the festival.

Below are details about each of the packages we offer.

***** VENDOR PACKAGES *****

PLATINUM - L$ 25,000
Ideal for large-sized businesses who want to sell their products/services
Shop size: 400 sq m/300 prims
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* Listing on festival map in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* Full page ad in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* In world directory listing on shopping sim (Level 1)
* In world advertising on shopping sim (Level 2)
* Main stage advertising (Level 3)
* 1 20-second ad on Radio Second Pride
* Your logo/name in column ads on Second Pride website
* Your banner/name on front page of Second Pride website
* Main stage event

GOLD - L$ 15,000
Ideal for medium-sized businesses who want to sell their products/services
Shop size: 256 sq m/200 prims
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* Listing on festival map in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* 1/2 page ad in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* In world directory listing on shopping sim (Level 1)
* In world advertising on shopping sim (Level 2)
* 1 sponsored hour of Radio Second Pride
* Your logo/name in column ads on Second Pride website
* Secondary stage event

SILVER - L$ 5,000
Ideal for new, small-sized businesses who want to sell their products/services
Shop size: 144 sq m/100 prims
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* Listing on festival map in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* 1/4 page ad space in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* In world directory listing on shopping sim (Level 1)

PROMO - L$ 1,000
Ideal for clubs, sims, non-profits and businesses who want to promote their services
Shop size: 64 sq m/30 prims
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* Listing on festival map in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOOTH

* We do ask that you make or place a free item at your both that is of good quality, this is in return for the booth provided to you and attracts customers, and everyone is able to have a great time!

* We also ask that you do not rezz objects outside your allocated booth. This keeps the walk ways free.

* We ask that you do not use heavy scripted objects or rezzers. This is a requirement as many people will be on the sim and less lag is better then lots of lag.

* We ask that you do not use obscene language as we would not want to make our visitors uncomfortable.

* You must stay within your allocated prim count.

***** VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES *****

Vendor opportunities can help encourage customers to shop and increase traffic to your store. We encourage all vendors to participate in one or more of the following:

Fundraiser Item- Create a fundraiser item that fits the theme of the festival with 100% of the proceeds going to Second Pride. This item will be in a special vendor provided for you and featured in an article in Prism magazine generating more buzz for your store and giving you a way to offer something unique at the event.

Hunt Item- Participate in the festival hunt and provide a gift for hunters at your store. The hunt will use a HUD and be advertised in PRISM and the festival.

Freebie Item- Leave a free gift in a special object at your store. This object will be provided for you to put your free gift inside. It will be advertised in PRISM to look for this object in the stores to collect free gifts.

***** SPONSOR PACKAGES *****

PATRON - L$ 200,000 or more
Ideal for supporters and businesses/organizations who only want to advertise and show support of Second Pride and the festival
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* 2-page spread in PRISM Magazine (full year/4 issues)
* In world advertising on shopping sim (Level 2)
* Main stage advertising (Level 3)
* 1 20-second ad on Radio Second Pride
* Your logo/name in column ads on Second Pride website (for one year)
* Your banner/name on front page of Second Pride website (for one year)
* Main stage event
* Main stage sponsorship

PLATINUM - L$ 20,000
Ideal for supporters and businesses/organizations who only want to advertise and show support of Second Pride and the festival
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* Full page ad in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* In world advertising on shopping sim (Level 2)
* Main stage advertising (Level 3)
* 1 20-second ad on Radio Second Pride
* Your logo/name in column ads on Second Pride website
* Your banner/name on front page of Second Pride website
* Main stage event

GOLD - L$ 10,000
Ideal for supporters and businesses/organizations who only want to advertise and show support of Second Pride and the festival
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* 1/2 page ad in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* In world advertising on shopping sim (Level 2)
* 1 sponsored hour of Radio Second Pride
* Your logo/name in column ads on Second Pride website
* Secondary stage event

SILVER - L$ 2,500
Ideal for supporters and businesses/organizations who only want to advertise and show support of Second Pride and the festival
Includes:
* Community directory listing on Second Pride sim and website
* Participant listing at festival, on website, and in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)
* 1/4 page ad space in PRISM Magazine (Summer/Pride issue)

***** ADVERTISING SPECIFICATIONS *****

If your package includes any inworld, website, and/or magazine advertising, please creates your ads/logos with the specifications below. Email your ads to secondpridemarketing@gmail.com. If you have any questions, contact Tylo Mabellon inworld or email tylo.mabellon@gmail.com

The following are in pixels with a minimum of 100dpi and should be sent as .jpg:

2 page PRISM Magazine spread: 1700w x 1100w
Full page PRISM Magazine ad: 850w x 1100h
1/2 page PRISM Magazine ad: 780w x 510h
1/4 page PRISM Magazine ad: 380w x 510h
Logo for column ad for website: 512w x 512h and 1024w x 1024h
Banner ad for website: 900w x 400h
Level 2 inworld advertising: 512w x 512h and 1024w x 1024h
Level 3 inworld advertising: 512w x 512h and 1024w x 1024h

INFORMATION

For more information about the 2013 Second Pride Festival, please visit
http://second-pride.com/blog/category/2013-festival/

Location to see mock-up of Pride Festival:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Second%20Pride/122/119/3002