Monday, April 17, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: The Planets by Caledonia Skytower on LEA 4 - Mars, The Bringer of War



Caledonia Skytower has a wonderful art installation on LEA 4 inspired by english composer Gustav Holst's evocative suite of musical tone poems, The Planets.  You are given links to the music for each planet when you arrive and can fine the suite of music here on You Tube. I am running a version of the famous martial music from Mars, one of the two most famous movements of the suite, below. Playing the music adds much to a visit.




Mars, the Bringer of War, is a fiery underworld of spears, roman shields, and rocky formations -- and is very foreboding and frightening in nature. Holst wrote this music in 1914, at the beginning of what would be a long and brutal conflict which would eventually take over one million British and Commonwealth lives. Most people did not think the conflict would last over 4 years but would be over quickly. Holst was being very preminiscent when he wrote this terrifying music.




Mars  is just one of the 7 "planets" that will be open. Neptune, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Saturn are now open.  Jupiter, is still under construction at the time I write this blog post. Poetry of the Planets will run through the end of May 2017.  Visitors are welcome to leave poetic impressions of their visit.

I reviewed Neptune, an interactive aquatic world, here last week:



Your taxi to the main exhibition area on LEA 4-  The teleport area to each "planet" exhibition is a short walk away from the landing area. Just follow the sign when you arrive.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA4/130/119/30




For more information on Poetry of the Planets:

https://poetryplanetsisl.blogspot.co.uk/

https://modemworld.me/2017/04/02/the-poetry-of-the-planets-in-second-life/




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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: The Planets by Caledonia Skytower on LEA 4 - Neptune, The Mystic



Caledonia Skytower has a wonderful art installation on LEA 4 inspired by english composer Gustav Holst's evocative suite of musical tone poems, The Planets.  You are given links to the music for each planet when you arrive and can fine the suite of music here on You Tube..




Ryce visited Neptune, The Mystic, which is an undersea world -- much as the blue green planet appeared to astronomers who first imagined the far off gaseous world when this music between 1914 and 1916.  Visitors can interact with bubbles that float through the water and shells for single and couple poses.





Neptune is just one of the 7 "planets" that will be open. Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Saturn are now open.  Mars and Jupiter, which are the most recognizable music from the Suite, are under construction at the time I write this blog post. Poetry of the Planets will run through the end of May 2017.  Visitors are welcome to leave poetic impressions of their visit.




Your taxi to the main exhibition area on LEA 4-  The teleport area to each "planet" exhibition is a short walk away from the landing area. Just follow the sign when you arrive.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA4/130/119/30




For more information on Poetry of the Planets:

https://poetryplanetsisl.blogspot.co.uk/

https://modemworld.me/2017/04/02/the-poetry-of-the-planets-in-second-life/




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For more information on LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts):

http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/







Monday, April 3, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Vietnam War Roleplay at the Gulf of Tonkin



The  Gulf of Tonkin is just one of several sims where military role play happens. Flying helicopters and other aircraft conduct aviation battles and other wargames for those who are interested. While I do not engage in Second Life roleplay, I thought the quality of the builds -- particularly the 1960's era U.S. Navy Carrier Kitty Hawk, the aircraft and helicopters, and the Vietnam tropical town were outstanding. The teleport below will take you onboard the deck of the carrier -- but you will need to sign up for role play and a visitor tag to see the rest of the area. It is well worth a visit.

Your taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gulf%20of%20Tonkin/131/98/41




The nuclear supercarrier Nimitz, a later development of the carrier Kitty Hawk  is no longer rezzed, but in late 2014, I visited and photographed a range of aircraft onboard.  You can catch my photography and coverage here:

http://www.eddihaskell.com/2014/12/great-second-life-destinations-visit.html




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Monday, March 27, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Springtime Erupts at Pandora Resort



A Prayer in Spring (1915)
 by Robert Frost,  Poet Laureate of the State of Vermont

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh. give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
That swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard;
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.

For this is love, and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.





To visit this highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hurricane/52/135/21


See more blog coverage and photography at Scoop It! Destination:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=pandora




Pandora Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pandoraboxofdreams/


Pandora Flickr Pool:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/pandora_box_of_dreams/pool/




I used Windlight sky setting [TOR] MIDDAY - Nostalgika in these images, which I favor for its warm golden light and clear skies. Nostalgika comes as an option in the Firestorm Viewer.


See how this destination looked with this same design and architecture this past December in winter snows:




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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Benja and Ryce Celebrate Their Fourth Wedding Anniversary at the Rose Theater Ballroom



Benja and Ryce celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on Thursday, March 23, and returned to the Rose Theater ballroom at Angel Manor, the site of their wedding and party last night for some romantic memories. One thing great about being an avatar is being able to store your exact wedding outfit and hair styling in your inventory as an outfit and wear it in a moments notice --- if only real life were this simple!




Angel Manor and the Rose Theater complex are larger now, spanning an estate area of nine sims. You can find out more about Angel Manor and the Rose Theater, Second Life's Palace of the Arts here:

https://www.angelmanor.org/




You can visit Angel Manor and the Rose Theater here:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/12/185/22




You can find out more about Angel Manor in Second Life Scoop Destinations:

http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=angel+manor




Angel Manor has a YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePurpleRoseTheatre




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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Ryce Visits Tir Na Nog, A Charming Irish Pub For St. Patrick's Day



Although Tir Na Nog (Suki's Place) is currently under construction, you can visit this charming corner of Ireland at the following location for St. Patrick's Day - which falls on Friday, March 17  for some gorgeous photographic opportunities. I thought that that the landscaping reminded me of the rugged area around Galway on the west coast of Ireland.

Your taxi to this highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lazy%20Shores/240/235/22




You can a range of special events in Second Life for St. Patrick's Day, the national holiday of Ireland, which falls on Friday, March 17, by checking the Second Life Destination Guide:

http://secondlife.com/destinations/events



Photographic Information:

I usd Windlight Sky Setting Luna%Jubilee%Southern Paradise for these images. You can download this bright and sunny setting over at Luna Jubilee's web site:

http://lunajubilee.com/2015/02/28/luna-jubilee-windlight-for-outdoors/#more-6334




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Suki's Flickr Photostream:

https://www.flickr.com/people/107023868@N08/?rb=1











Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: The Dark Brooding Skies at Field of Dreams for Spring 2017



Field of Dreams is quite simple one of the most celebrated professionally designed destinations on the grid. The sense of scale and proportion of buildings, trees, and outlying structures is unsurpassed. There is something magical about this collection of islands, with particular attention played to the interaction of waves and mist on rocky outposts. I highly recommend a visit.

Your taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Field%20of%20Dreams/192/110/27




For more photography and blog coverage from this destination:

http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=Field+of+dreams




You can see how this destination looked in September of 2016 in autumnal light here:

http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/08/great-second-life-destinations-field-of.html




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