Sunday, May 31, 2015

Club Omega Opens Monday Night at 5:00 PM SLT




Club Omega will open tomorrow night, Monday, June 1, at 5:00 PM SLT.

Herr Direktor is DJ.

This is a new Gay Fun World Club.

$1500 will be on the board for sexiest in leather.

Here is your taxi:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gay%20Fun%20World/97/86/31

Great Second Life Art Installations: Experience Your Seven Cardinal Vices at Deadly Sins - With a Taste of Hell Thrown in for Fun



Kkrystali Rabeni's art installation at LEA 9, Deadly Sins,  lets the visitor visit a series of seven multimedia vignettes  which show the cardinal vices that may get believing sinners thrown into the the flames of hell unless they clean their acts up. To demonstrate the point, the visitor will walk over a broken marble floor exposing hell's fiery flames as a warning, which I thought was a very nice touch. There is much to enjoy here, and simply thinking about all these potential avarices should get visitors an extra year or two in purgatory for impure thoughts.




When you arrive at the landing area which is located in a skybox structure, walk down the steps (shown above) and jump over the edge. You will then land in an impressive hall shown below). Keep on walking over the  flames of hell -- don't worry, you won't fall in -- towards the two doors at the end.  The one at the left is a teleport to a  ground pavillion where 7 pathways through arches are located each leading to one of the 7 sins.




Some of the 7 deadly sins such as lust and gluttony are easy to figure out, I show photographs from each here. Others will require some thinking,  I think pride, for example, is shown by the person who has a television set for a head watching himself on television. This is a very enjoyable and well done installation, and highly recommended for a visit.

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/118/34/371





The Seven Deadly Sins have changed somewhat since they were first popularized by the Catholic Church in the 14th century. The are widely recognized as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony in the modern age.  You can find out more over at Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins




To find our more about the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA):
http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/


To see more gorgeous art installations to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations




Artist Krystali Rabeni has a store at Second Life Exchange that offers well designed items, including complete avatars, apparel, and home decorating items at good prices. You can check it out here:


https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/18133?












Ryce and Benja Visit "Lust" - but are not tempted by the enticing harlot above. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Second Life Art Installations: Make Sure to See Obedience, The Binding of Isaac, at LEA 1



Bryn Oh and Jo Ellsmere have created a stupendous multimedia installation - Obedience-- which is being shown at LEA 1.  The Second Life exhibit has been produced in tandem with a first-life exhibit created by Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway at the Jewish Museum of Berlin. The Second Life exhibit is being shown within the Berlin Museum on monitors to help visitors navigate the 3D space. If you cannot get to Berlin, you can still visit the Second Life installation through September, which I must tell all of you that you simply cannot miss.

Information on the project at the Jewish Museum of Berlin can be found here:
http://www.jmberlin.de/main/EN/01-Exhibitions/02-Special-Exhibitions/2015/akedah.php




The theme of the exhibit is a central event for the Abrahamic Religions, the Binding of Isaac on Mount Moriah in present-day Jerusalem. The story of  of Abraham's near sacrifice of his son Isaac which was demanded by God, and the intervention by an angel at the last minute to stop it, was first told in the Book of Genesis, and a key part of the religious narratives of  Judasim and Christianity -- with Islam and the Koran mentioning a similar version in which Isaac's half brother Ishmael is the one who is almost sacrificed.




The Binding of Isaac is crucial for the ending of human, and particularly child sacrifice, which was commonly performed during the pagan periods. As horrible as it seems to us now, people either willingly or were forced to hand over a prized child for sacrifice to a religious tribal figure -- sometimes to be burned alive as in the cult of the god Moloch -- in order to appease a pagan deity. By substituting a ram for Isaac, animal sacrifice then became a key part of monotheistic practices of the region before being abandoned during the time of Jesus.

To read more about The Binding of Isaac:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binding_of_Isaac




To best appreciate the art installation, you need to set your Windlight and sound settings appropriately. Bryn Oh provides instructions on how to do this in the arrival area. It is easy to set these automatically with the Firestorm viewer; you need to make sure you use the right phototool and distances that Bryn recommends. I will assure you that doing all this is well worth the effort.

The exhibit is limited to 10 viewers at a time -- but I found it easy to get in at night. Here is your taxi to the exhibit which runs through September 2015:





Bryn Oh currently has another walk-through art installation that you can visit- Lobby Cam - which visualizes her native Saskatchewan with a series of psychological surprises.

You can see my review of Lobby Cam here:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/04/great-second-life-art-installations.html

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Immersiva/17/105/21




Bryn Oh's Links:

Blog:
brynoh.blogspot.com

You Tube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI7NrJQ5vpg2PmVQKpwXSbw




For additional coverage and photography of Obedience check out the following blogs:

Honour McMillan
https://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/obedience-in-the-jewish-museum-berlin-second-life/

Ziki Questi:
http://zikiquesti.blogspot.com/2015/05/obedience.html

Kara Trapdoor:
http://karasecondlife.blogspot.com/2015/05/obedience-binding-of-isaac-lea1-bryn-oh_26.html




To find our more about the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA):
http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/

To see more gorgeous art installations to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations










This animated GIF shows one of the most interesting parts of the exhibit -- moving bots who watch you as you enter the last part of the exhibit, and who move and interact - sometimes in bright colors -- with visitors and exhibit vignettes. I produced this from about 18 separate frames at ezgif.com.





Bryn Oh's machinima, shown below,  gives a good preview and tour of the virtual exhibit. Karen Trapdoor has produced another great machinima showing the Second Life exhibit:




The Jewish Museum of Berlin has produced a video showing the first-life exhibit:

Friday, May 29, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Celebrate the Pacific Islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center



Xinoxi Han, who sponsors some of the best designed and culturally significant destinations in Second Life, has also started a beautiful destination to to celebrate Polynesia. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a living museum representing the Pacific Island of Hawaii, Samoa, Maori New Zealand (Aoteroa), Fiji, and Tonga. Waterfalls, volcanoes, coral reefs, native sculptures and beautiful plantings come together here with a panache that really stands apart from other Second Life builds in this genre.

This is a very romantic destination, with dances and couple animations available at the island bar - the bartender can be seen serving Mai Tais below.




This destination is highly recommended, and particularly recommended for lovers and photographers.

To visit:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Polinezja/41/16/58




To find our more check out the Polynesia Web Sites:

http://www.royalpolynesia.com

https://www.patreon.com/Xinoxi?ty=h




To see my other reviews and photography of attractions that are sponsored by Xinoxi Han:

Museum Island (reopened in May 2015):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/05/great-second-life-destinations-museum.html

Wilanow Palace, A Polish Baroque Masterpiece set in a Gorgeous Park Setting
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2014/06/great-second-life-destinations-wilanow.html

Wilanow Palace Interiors:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2014/06/great-second-life-destinations.html

The Illumination Library:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2014/04/great-second-life-destinations-stunning.html

The Royal Opera and Ballroom:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2014/04/great-second-life-destinations-royal.html




To see more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations




The animations below were made from 18 individual frames each over at ezgif.com which has become my web service of choice for building GIFs due to the large number of options they make available.









Eddi's Hot Computing Tip- What Windows Users Need to Know About Upcoming Windows 10



What do Windows users need to know about the upcoming Windows 10 release?

I am taking this information from both rumors and news reports. Here is a likely scenario for the rollout:

1. Windows 10 is going to be released in 7 unique versions  for a wide range of computer (laptop and desktop) and pad-type devices. This has recently be confirmed by Microsoft. Early reviews are positive.

2. Windows 10 will be released this year. It may be available as early as July for PC manufacturers and released in the third quarter of 2015 (most likely September) as an upgrade.

3. Windows 10  be available to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade, at least for the first 12 months of use, and quite possibly forever -- but other reports are that Microsoft is going to convert to a paid subscription model for Windows after the first year. In other words, you might have to pay annually to use Windows!  I would treat this with a grain of salt; there is nothing that is going to anger people to leave the Wonderful World of Windows -- including Internet Explorer -- more than this ill-advised scheme.

You can read more about Microsoft's Windows 10 free upgrade offer here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/about

4.  Microsoft claims that Windows 10 will be the last version of the Windows operating system that will ever be released. Take this one with a grain of salt also. They can stick numbers on back of Windows 10 forever (upgrade 10.2 for example).

Your computer is probably already ready to "nag" you about Windows 10 upgrades in one of the Security Patches that you have installed.  Note that Enterprise versions of Windows, those maintained by corporate IT departments will not be affected.

You can download a preview version of Windows 10 here -- but I am going to wait.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso

The Guardian just ran a good summary article on Windows 10 if you want to check out latest rumors and developments.

That's it folks -- No one really likes change, but Windows users are going to have to move with the times.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Havendale Village, A Magical Fantasy Residential Sim




It makes sense to have a region in Second Life pay for itself. However, designing a residential or commercial sim that is also attractive enough to be a virtual tourist destination is a challenge.  The majority of these efforts seem repetitive and symmetrical and offer little surprise. Havendale Village on the other hand, which bills itself as a magical fantasy themed sim "with lots to do" succeeds spectacularly as a gorgeous destination to visit and explore. There are many pleasing vistas and places to relax in this recommended destination.





Please be respectful and stay out of rented homes when you visit.

SLurls:

Visit the rental office for information  on home and store rentals.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pisces/159/96/22


Make sure to visit the magical cave with glowing crystals and beautiful apparitions located behind the main town (see the last image in this post).
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pisces/126/60/24





Links:


Havendale Village Website:
https://havendalesl.wordpress.com/


To see more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations


See more blog coverage of Havendale Village at Crash Here:
https://crashhere.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/serena-pisces/















Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Great Second Life Art Installations - Pandora Box of Dreams "The River Dream" Is A Nighttime Fantasy



Lokhe (Angel) Verlack's Pandora Box of Dreams is now in its third iteration with an installation entitled The River Dream. I found the installation to be hauntingly beautiful, set at night, which a rocky waterscape and sculptures showing bionic forms such as flowers and fish waiting to be discovered. You might have to give time for your eyes to adjust to the very dark landscape. Various item including floating chairs and a ladder up to balloons include animations, you can see Ryce photographed in two of these below. This is a gorgeous art installation, highly recommended, and well worth a visit.




Here is the SLurl to The River Dream which will take you to the entry skybox (shown below). The lotus chair at the end of the footpath will teleport you down to the exhibit. Your Windlight Sky setting should be very dark, with a black sky and dark water underneath -- all photography in this post was taken using the settings used for the exhibit:


http://slurl.com/secondlife/Diamond%20bay/181/141/2001 (arrive in skybox)




Links:

To see more blog coverage and photography check out the World of Yana:
http://yana.slmame.com/e1522845.html

River Dreams Artist Lokhe (Angel) Verlack's Flickr Stream:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/99059494@N04/

Pandora Box of Dreams Flickr Group:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/pandora_box_of_dreams/





Links:

My Past Photography of Pandora's Box of Dreams in February 2015 - the build was a natural themed Japanese landscape with Sakura trees:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/02/great-second-life-destinations-pandora.html


To see up-to-date coverage of  gorgeous art installations to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations