Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: A Golden Sunset At Alpha Tribe

Alpha Auger's Alpha Tribe has been redone around the theme of "fool's gold".  The ground level of the sim now contains several interesting objects to admire and photograph, including pleasure arcades contain interesting animated clockwork creatures, and boats and airships which reflect well against the surrounding silver sea. Everything is constructed of metallic textures which glow gold against the setting sun, which probably explains the name of the new theme. Alpha Tribe, viewed in its recommended Windlight Settings (shown below), is simply gorgeous and well worth a visit.

You can still visit two classic levels of Alpha Tribe, Blueprint City and Pastoral, a skydome with sculpted cattle, and a new underwater area with an undersea aquatic build theme. A teleport to these destinations is available at the arrival area.

All photography was taken with the Windlight settings programmed for the region which emphasizes the golden glow of the objects displayed:
Sky:  [NB]-MistyDay-4pm
Water: Glassy 

To visit this highly recommended destination, which includes a store for Alpha Auer's highly imaginative and very modern unisex avatars:

Alpha Tribe Links:


Marketplace Store:

To see more blog coverage and excellent photography:

Ziki Questi

World of Yana:

See my most recent Alpha Tribe posts:

The 2014 LEA Art Installation Transit't - Imago Anatopism which has design elements similar to the current exhibit:

My 2014 review of Alpha Tribe (including Pastoral which can still be visited)

Blueprint City (which can still be visited):

To see more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Second Life Photo of the Day: The Golden Buddha of Miyagi

There is a gorgeous Golden Buddha in the mountain town of Miyagi.  I took these images using Windlight Sky Setting  "TOR" Dusk Fairytale Glow to bring out the dramatic golden finish of Buddha.

To visit Miyagi:

To see my full review and more photography from this destination:

To see more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:

Real Life Hunk of the Week: Berlin Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer

Of all the Real Life Hunks of the Week that I have posted on this blog over the past 5 years, 26 year old austrian clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer has to be the most unbelievable. To begin with, Andreas is obviously strikingly handsome. He has classic movie star looks to say the least, and it does not look like his publicity shots have been photoshopped much. But this is not why he is famous. Andreas, incredibly, has had the position of principal clarinetist with the famous  Berlin Philharmonic for the past four years. Those of you who follow classical music know that the Berlin Philharmonic is in a class of its own, especially when it comes to its lead soloists.  For a 21 year old to have been offered this position is simply unbelievable. But Andreas really is that good.

Now, before I go on, you might say to yourself that Andreas's stunning looks are a draw, and Berlin gave him this position based on this. This is not true for two reasons. First, the Berlin Philharmonic is almost always sold out, and does not need to hire musicians based on an eye candy appeal.  Music making ability is the only thing that counts. Second, when an orchestra like Berlin hires, it is done on the basis of a blind audition-- meaning that the people making the hiring decisions have no idea who is actually auditioning; they usually play behind a curtain or in another room. The decisions are based on pure musical talent alone.

Andreas was born in 1989 in Vienna, Austria. His father and brother are also solo clarinetists with the Vienna Philharmonic which lays claim to being the best orchestra in the world together with Berlin. The three have formed a group that plays around the world and has been recorded, the Clarinotts. Andreas won many prizes and competitions before beginning his solo career with Berlin  (I still cannot believe he did this at age 21), and is the first clarinet player to have entered into an exclusive arrangement through the Mercury label of Deutsche Grammophon, the most powerful classical music label in the world.  He also managed to attend Harvard University at some point.

The only "sexy" photo I could find of Andreas is the one below in which he appears to be wearing nice silk undies. I am sure that his handlers have advised him to keep his clothes on in future shoots; the classical music scene really is not ready for this in central Europe. However, there a very handsome British violin recording artist who is also a well known fashion model -- Charlie Siem -- and has been the face of some major brands including Dunhill, who has not been afraid to show off a bit.  There are lots of hot photos of Charlie that you can find in Google Images, and I plan to feature him here at some point in the future.

Please enjoy these hot photographs of handsome Andreas but make sure to hear his gorgeous clarinet playing in the videos below.


Wikipedia Entry

Berlin Philharmonic Page:

Web Site:



To see more photos of Andreas:

For photographs of other Real Life Hunks (scroll down):

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: The Grandeur of China at JOMO

JOMO is one of the most impressive architectural builds in Second Life. JOMO reminds me very much of the grand imperial architecture in China's Beijing, most notably the Summer Palace which is set on an island in a three square kilometer lake. The most impressive thing about JOMO is the scale of the builds, and their perfect placement in relation to each other which which allows for very good photographic opportunities. There is much detail as the street stand in the lower image shows, and very good landscaping, but it is the monumental architecture which most stands out here. I highly recommend a visit.


To see more blog coverage of JOMO and excellent photography:

The World of Yana

Echt Virtuell (Real Virtual)

To see how JOMO looked in 2013 at another location:

To visit China Island at Monash University, with more monumental Chinese architecture"

To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:

This machinima of mine dates back from 2009 -  and shows a huge virtual Forbidden City that once existed over two sims in Second Life. Although many of the textures and details may appear to be primitive to current designers, it is still interesting to see as virtual architectural history. I did the original photography for the old VR Style Magazine -- the red cover which you can see in the machinima is the best one I think I created for the publication.

Second Life Photo of the Day: The Waterfall at Tuck's Misty Isles

To visit Tuck's Misty Isles:

To see my full review and more photography from this destination:

To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The New World Trade Center Spire Lights Up for Pride In New York

I ran a bunch of photographs of major landmarks around the world what were lighting up in rainbow colors last night here -- but want to add one. The spire on the new World Trade Center Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, was lit for the first time last night in rainbow colors. I think it is completely gorgeous!

Happy Pride Everyone!

Great Second Life Destinations: Pfaffenthal, A Scenic Quarter in Luxembourg City

Second Life's venerable virtualization of Luxembourg City was one of my favorite urban sims. Luxembourg City is actually the scenic and historic capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg- which is a small and very wealthy county landlocked between Germany, Belgium, and France. I photographed Second Life's Luxembourg City extensively four years ago, and have my framed photography for access here for downloads, and admired the use of landscaping and presentation of the build on hills and terraces.  However, it was getting dated in terms of interest and some design features, and deserved to be updated. Second Life residents are lucky that this process is now underway.

The new Luxembourg City in Second Life looks set to be spectacular.  The Luxembourg City region now comprises eight sims. including historic Fort Thungen, which has been reconstructed in Second Life to match its historic purpose (it is currently a modern art museum). The new Pfaffenthal Quarter, photography of which is featured in this post, is just one of 20 quarters in actual Luxembourg City. If the rest of Second Life's Luxembourg City on the six remaining sims remaining to be completed are as good as what has been  here, Second Lifers are in for a real treat. This is simply a gorgeous destination to visit.

I highly recommend you visit Pfaffenthal. The thought and detail that have gone into the design here show. This is a second-generation Second Life destination, and one that will delight anyone who enjoys great virtual design. I am looking forward to seeing additional parts of the Luxembourg City development, which exist in various states of framing now, completed.  It is something well worth waiting for.

To visit Pfaffenthal:

You can see actual photographs of Pfaffenthal in Luxembourg City here:

See my 2014 blog coverage and photography of nearby Fort Thungen:

I did a series of framed photography of the old Luxembourg City Sim which Pfaffenthal replaces. You can download them here:

To see more blog coverage and excellent photography check out Real Virtual (Echt Virtuell) which was the inspiration for this post:

To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life: