Friday, October 31, 2014

Benja and Ryce at the Gay Fun World Halloween Party Tonight


Benja is Captain America and Ryce is Flash Gordon












Second Life Photo of the Day:The Creepy Tower of Light at Innsmouth




Is this a beacon to alert the aliens on Innsmouth to finally take the earth over?  Is it dinner time? Ask the residents of Innsmouth about this -- if you can find any still available!

The GIF above is composed of about 20 frames (example below) in sequential order and was made using the gifmaker.me online service.

To visit:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Innsmouth/124/147/25


To see more photography from this must-see Halloween destination see my full review earlier this week:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2014/10/horrific-destinations-for-halloween.html


I did another version of this GIF with more exposure and like the result:





Haunted Destinations for Halloween: The Beautiful Sprits of Faircrest


I finish my week-long tour tour of Second Life Halloween Sims by visiting Faircrest, a hauntingly beautiful destination that is also a bit unnerving. Twisted and dead shrubbery surround a mansion that is being used by a very strange cult -- where beauty and aesthetics are more important than gore. Ruins, both on the grounds and in the sea surround the main residence, which is bathed by very strange light, and is open to visitation. Make sure to visit the ruins and bare shrubbery of the exterior grounds.

Faircrest is a private residential sim that is open to visitors but requests that they be respectful.

To visit:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Faircrest/252/149/31




I used Windlight Sky Setting  "TOR" Dusk Fairytale Glow for these images.

For my other photography from this destination see my September post:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2014/09/great-second-life-destinations-spirits.html

To see other Halloween-themed sims in Second Life check out the destination directory:
http://secondlife.com/destinations/haunted



Other destinations reviewed this week  for Halloween 2014  (SLurls to destinations are highlighted):

Wednesday, October 22: Haunted Halloween Tour
Thursday, October 23:  Deadpool
Friday, October 24:   Innsmouth
Saturday, October 25:   RMK Gothic Ghost Academy 
Sunday, October 26:   Hell House
Monday, October 27:   Dysphoria
Tuesday,  October 28:   St.Mary of Bethlehem Asylum
Wednesday, October 29:   Return of the Nightmare Walkthrough 
Thursday, October 30:   Done Wiv a Twist











Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ryce Wanted to Puke After Nearly Being Made Into Hamburger Meat On the Linden Halloween Ride -- And You Can Join In The Fun Too!


Ryce wanted to puke after taking the Linden Lab Halloween ride. He really enjoyed the experience and recommends it for all.

To see more photography and read a full review of this Linden Lab destination open for Halloween Week 2014:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2014/10/must-see-destinations-for-halloween.html


To visit take the portal marked Halloween from the central arrival area:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LR%20Portal%20Park1/116/129/23










Haunted Destinations for Halloween: The Driving Electrical Storm at Done Wiv a Twist


Done Wiv a Twist has a very good renditions of a driving electrical storm. Fog hugging the ground and other strange lights complete a haunted effect. You can feel yourself getting soaking wet and worrying about electrocution as you make your way across the bramble bridge as you take cover in a ghostly cabin. I show animated GIF's to demonstrate this as the last two photographs in this post. The destination is divided into two areas, the first is a pleasant late October landscape when you arrive, walk a bit (you may have to adjust your graphics down) and enter the electrical storm.

To visit:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Needing%20Point/201/78/22

Recommended Windlight Settings (note: the destination was not programmed to these settings when I visited):   Sky: "AnaLu - outdoor city night",  Water:"Blackwater"


Links:

Website:
http://donewivatwist.com/

Flickr Pool:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2637849@N22/

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/DWATESD

To see other Halloween-themed sims in Second Life check out the destination directory:
http://secondlife.com/destinations/haunted




Schedule of  Reviews for Halloween 2014  (SLurls to destinations are highlighted):

Wednesday, October 22: Haunted Halloween Tour
Thursday, October 23:  Deadpool
Friday, October 24:   Innsmouth
Saturday, October 25:   RMK Gothic Ghost Academy 
Sunday, October 26:   Hell House
Monday, October 27:   Dysphoria
Tuesday,  October 28:   St.Mary of Bethlehem Asylum
Wednesday, October 29:   Return of the Nightmare Walkthrough 
Thursday, October 30:   Done Wiv a Twist
Friday, October 31:   Faircrest












Great Second Life Art Installations: 'Little Town' by Cica Ghost Opens Today -- And Is a Total Feat For The Eyes



Cica Ghost's latest art installation,  'Little Town' , opens to the public today and is a total feast for the eyes. Cica has done several art great installations over the years in Second Life, and I think this is her best one yet. I was very impressed by all the diverse elements in Cica's vision -- including Steampunk, Russian, and German medieval touches that all work so well together. This installation would make a wonderful set for a great Wagner Opera -- Die Meistersinger von N├╝rnberg comes to mind-- and is just the type of art that a major performance company would just love to experiment with in virtual reality.




This is a very interactive art installation, with moving gears and other items, automobiles that drive, and assorted balloons and other flying machines for the visitor to use. Try to get your viewer settings up to the highest level possible so you can appreciate the rich texture detailing which adds so much to the charm of the installation.

There were quite a few visitors on opening day, so you may have a bit of a crowd present when you arrive.




All photography was taken with the Windlight Sky Setting set for the parcel. I applied some sharpening to bring out the refined texture detailing, and a slight lomo effect to bring out the three-dimensional aspect of the photographs.  

I highly recommend that you visit. I plan to come back and take some animated GIFS of the moving gears and other machinery.

Your taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Taboo%20Rock/125/128/52




Links:

To see a complete review and excellent photography head over to Ziki Questi's blog:
http://zikiquesti.blogspot.com/2014/10/little-town.html

To see Kara Trapdoor's review and great photography:
http://karasecondlife.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/cica-ghosts-little-town-open-tomorrow.html

To see my review of "Ghostville", a 2013 installation by the artist:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2013/09/great-second-life-destinations.html
















Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Horrific Destinations for Halloween: Return of the Nightmare Walkthrough V


This Return of the Nightmare Walkthrough at Paradise Falls is a Second Life Halloween Desitnation favorite, and for good reason. This destination is always  frightening and disturbing, especially when sounds are turned up. Violent clowns and the criminally insane greet you unexpectedly. There is blood and violence during the first part of your visit, and a very confusing maze at the end which I was not able to navigate. I especially liked the hanging dead bodies next to hunks of meat on hooks-- there is nothing like a butcher shop to get your Halloween blood flowing!

Make sure to turn your sound up (in the mixer icon on your browser) and any music off for best effect

To visit:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paradise%20Fails/116/138/2195

To see other Halloween-themed sims in Second Life check out the destination directory:
http://secondlife.com/destinations/haunted




Schedule of  Reviews for Halloween 2014  (SLurls to destinations are highlighted):

Wednesday, October 22: Haunted Halloween Tour
Thursday, October 23:  Deadpool
Friday, October 24:   Innsmouth
Saturday, October 25:   RMK Gothic Ghost Academy 
Sunday, October 26:   Hell House
Monday, October 27:   Dysphoria
Tuesday,  October 28:   St.Mary of Bethlehem Asylum
Wednesday, October 29:   Return of the Nightmare Walkthrough 
Thursday, October 30:   Done Wiv a Twist
Friday, October 31:   Faircrest