Saturday, May 31, 2014

Benja and Ryce Dance at the Wilanow Palace




Great Second Life Destinations: Terra Lascivus Gay Resort Sets a New Standard for Roman-Themed Virtualization


Crito Galitier's Terra Lascivus took my breath away this week when I saw the entire layout and architecture of the two connected Roman themed sims. This is one of the most gorgeous destinations in Second Life, and a standout in the Classical Age/ Roman Category. The long fountains, columned structures, and rich Mediterranean plantings all work well together.  Armana Designs is credited with designing some of the best architectural constructions I have ever seen of any kind in Second Life. The use of texture, color, and complimentary plantings are in a class of their own. I highly recommend you visit.

A Tea Dance is set for 12:00 Noon today, Saturday May 31, with DJ West Spengler. Check the events for upcoming parties here:
http://terralascivus.com/events/

Here is the SLurl to central landing area- you will need to teleport down:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Terra%20Lascivus/131/129/1040






















Filipa Thespian has produced this very well done machinima showing more of Terra Lascivus:

Friday, May 30, 2014

Great Second Life Destinations: Potsdam's Rococo Splendor at Parc de Sanssouci


Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam, near Berlin in what is now known as Germany. It was built between 1745 - 1747 in the Rococo style, and is much smaller and more intimate than France's Versailles, which it is frequently compared to. The name Sanssouci brings to mind gorgeous architecture, fountains, statues, and lush plantings-- which it's Second Life virtualization shows off to good effect. This is a retail sim -- there are many shops in the arrival "street" which sell fashion and period home decorations. The "role play" area-- which is very effectively done in a low prim construction-- is a great place to take photos and relax in a park like setting. Recommended for a visit.

I used Windlight Sky Setting TOR Places "Bentham" to take these images.

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rajika/133/208/2002

To find our more about Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam Germany:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanssouci



























Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gladiator Roger Visits the Pantheon in Blue Mars



IDIA Lab / Blue Mars is giving away a free gladiator outfit if you visit the Virtual Pantheon so I photographed my avatar Roger there. All the people are bots and move around you -- some interact with you.

To find out more about the IDIA Lab / Blue Mars Virtual Pantheon -- and how you can visit:

http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2014/03/blue-mars-show-new-life-romes-ancient.html
















Great Second Life Destinations: The Lush Water Vistas at Heaven Scent



Many island sims inn Second Life have relatively sparse vegetation, and lots of sandy beaches, similar to what is found in the subtropical climates of my home state of Florida. Another approach is to have a profusion of tropical vegetation, usually with limited variety, serve as a backdrop to the water's edge. Heaven Scent takes a less common approach and shows some very well done water vistas in more temperate climates, with a wide range of lush plant life. What I like about Heaven Scent is the almost infinite number of views that can be photographed here, since so much care has been spent on making sure nothing is monotonous. This is a very attractive destination that is done right and highly recommended for a visit.

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heaven%20Scent/144/105/21

Loverdag has more photography from this destination here:
http://loverdag.com/2014/04/08/norderney/














Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Great Second Life Destinations: Seedyville


Despite its name, I found Seedyville to be less "seedy" and more charming a destination.  I was reminded of at town in the west of the United States which has seen better days, but still is an affordable place to live-- see the image of the inside of the pizza parlor below. The old fashioned Texaco revolving gas station sign and the posters inside and outside the rundown movie all add to the realism and authenticity of this destination. I recommend it for a visit for anyone who would like to see what a gritty American town that the world economy forgot.

I used the following Windlight Sky setting for these images:
(TOR) Dusk Fairytale glow

To visit:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Katalin/51/238/22

To see more photography from this destination:
http://bitacora-viajera.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/seedyville.html