Visit This Weekend in Second Life: Cica Ghost's Lovely, Alien "Balloons"

This is a dreamy SL machinima by Jackson Redstar depicting an even dreamier Second Life installation:

It's "Balloons", a new Second Life installation by acclaimed metaverse artist Cica Ghost, featuring faceless aliens -- or humans alienated from themselves? -- seeking flight above flowers and a twisted cityscape. To visit, copy/paste this SLurl into the viewer of your choice:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wondering%20Dew/128/128/27

Via Kara Trapdoor, who's always finding excellent places in Second Life, so you should probably just go there now and make a habit of doing so often.

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I Visit A Spooky Second Life Town Called Calico

Kawanishi Yana up and found a spooky Second Life town called Calico:

Suitable for your next virtual Last of Us cosplay, or such like! Click here to visit.

Ms. Yana caught the creepiness so well, I wanted to visit it for myself first-hand... so I did:

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Explore in Second Life This Weekend: The Shire, Beautifully Textured Tribute to Tolkien's Green Realm

The Shire is a stunning and lushly lovely Second Life sim which, as the name suggests, is a tribute to Tolkien's greenest part of Middle Earth. Here's what it looks like from the longest view:

The Shire Second Life

That tiny white spot in the middle-upper left is me, which should give you an idea of the scope of the place.

Click here to see it on the Second Life web map, or copy/paste this address into your favorite SL viewer: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Shire/143/152/33

As with Tolkien's novels, part of The Shire is devoted to Hobbiton, which is represented by cave-like homes, while other regions evoke other places. (I think the spot where the hobbits and Strider fight a Ring Wraith, which here also does double-duty as a nightclub spot.) The textures are lush and superbly detailed. For instance, the hobbit homes have glass windows which shift as you look inside:

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Visit in Second Life: In The Hall of the Centaurs, a Masterwork by Acclaimed SL Architect Havit Neox

Second Life castle

Eddi Haskell is all over the premiere of The Hall of the Centaurs, which as he puts it, is by Havit Neox, "one of Second Life's most famous architects, [who] builds fanciful structures and entire cities that employ a wide range of architectural effects. His latest creation, In The Hall of the Centaurs at Second Life's famous Verdigris City, is another jewel in his crown... Make sure to walk and teleport to all levels to see hidden rooms which such as one with a rotating Unisphere that appears to have swarms of bees rising at its base."

Here's a direct teleport link to copy/paste into the SL browser of your choice:>/p>

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Verdigris/186/67/56

But first, be sure to see more Centaurs' imagery and more Neox coverage from Eddi. And oh, unless you're at work, don't worry too about the adult content warning that comes up when you click:

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Second Life Paris Unfurls Banners in Solidarity for RL Paris

Second Life Paris Solidarity

In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on the staff of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, the owners of Second Life's virtual Paris have unfurled banners from the beams of the Eiffel Tower -- solidarity from a digital realm created to enshrine creative expression, to a shattered city that's inspired so much of humanity's greatest art, thought, and satire. Click here to visit virtual Paris.

SLurl for third party viewers below:

Dans la foulée des attaques terroristes horribles sur le personnel de Charlie Hebdo, un journal satirique à Paris, les propriétaires du Paris virtuel en Second Life ont déroulé des banderoles des poutres de la Tour Eiffel--démontrant la solidarité d'un royaume numérique créé pour préserver l'expression créative, à une ville brisée qui a inspiré tant des grandes pensées et de l'art de l'humanité. Cliquez ici pour visiter Paris virtuel.

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Open Forum: What are the Best New/Updated Second Life Sims We Should be Sure to See?

Air Pirate town of Hakone Second Life

New World Notes began as in-world coverage of Second Life creativity, and since it still remains among the very best examples of user-generated content anywhere on the Internet, that coverage will continue to be an anchor for this blog. To that end, Iris and I are planning to expand our coverage of Second Life sims over the next few months, which is something I've been longing to do for quite awhile. We're especially looking for new or greatly updated sims which make use of the latest tools and features, or like Hakone, which I visited some months ago, are just supremely cool. Just as key are great communities or ongoing group projects/content creation/mini-MMOs, like Godswar, especially if we haven't been able to cover them on NWN before.

Any come to mind? Please post SLurls and descriptions in Comments below, and expect a visit from Iris or me soon.

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Chestnut Reviews a Beautiful SL Sim Called The Trace

Trace Second Life sim

NWN alumna Chestnut Rau has a pictorial visit to an SL sim called The Trace, which is a place by Kylie Jaxxon with many fine details, including elements which change according to the season (at least so we're told). See more here and when you are ready, click here to teleport.

Visit a Second Life Sim Called Intro This Labor Day Weekend

Second Life Intro Photography

Click here to visit Intro, which is a Second Life sim that's a monochromatic wonderland and an SL photographer's dream. Don't believe me? See these photos by Kara Trapdoor. Visit Ziki Questi's blog to see more.

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Brilliant Petrovsky Flux Steampunk Installation Needs Donations to Survive in Second Life

Petrovsky Flux Second Life

Click here to visit and help preserve the Petrovsky Flux, which is easily among the most works of strange brilliance ever created in Second Life. Formerly known in 2008 as the Bogon Flux and invented by Cutea Benelli and Blotto Epsilon, it's a self-creating, self-destroying steampunk city in the Second Life sky. But here's the problem: It's on a sim hosted by the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art, and the owners need donations to stay in-world. (Ziki Questi has more explanation here, which was where I learned Petrovsky was in peril.)

Donating Linden Dollars to support land costs is easy: Click here, look to your right, and you'll see the donation box right there (by the rusty sign). You should see the Flux in person, you really should. For that matter, you should see it in some of great machnima that's been made around it. Like this one below:

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There's a Floating Sky Pirate Town High Above Hakone in SL

Air Pirate town of Hakone Second Life

Click here to visit Hakone, because it's a Second Life sim with a massive sky pirate town that's floating in the air way above the sea. And I do mean large: While you can't quite make it out, that's a fullscale  galleon at the far right. (And that dot on the far upper left is me.) Not pictured: a working train that cuts in and out of the town interior, and a working water wheel. Pictured, but not in motion as it should be: That smaller airship you see has automated guides. This is really one of the most amazing builds I've seen in Second Life, if you have the graphics capacity to see it in its full glory (and fortunately, I have). If you don't, watch this video tour by Kawanishi Yana.