Strawberry Singh's latest blog meme makes for great browsing this weekend: She invited fellow SL bloggers and Flickr photographers to share their favorite places in Second Life, and some fifty folks have done so in her comment thread, which you can peruse here. There's many classics, like The Far Away by AM Radio* (SLurl teleport here), and even a quick skim of Strawberry's thread turns up some cool spots I haven't seen before: Like some of those featured here in a blog called Pics by Peep, and in this one aptly named WindLight Photography.
It's been awhile since I saw a good Second Life machinima, so I was pretty pleased to come across this one by Erythro Asimov -- a montage tribute to Ghostville, the lovely and innovative sim created by Cica Ghost. Watch, watch:
Song is "Elphant Gun" by Beirut, which is perfectly chosen, given the setting, where stick figure drawings in a rustic town seem to come to life:
Avatars in Motion has the news of a strange and beautiful Second Life sim called Black Kite that's usually private but is now open to the public for a limited time. I love the house rules:
"The only rules are don't fly over 100 meters and don't go in their house (it's the one with the bed)."
Creations for Parkinson's, an SL Sim & Support Group for People With the Disease, Their Caregivers, and Researchers
Click here to directly teleport to the Creations for Parkinson's site on the Second Life sim of Solace Lake, which is the place that Barbie Alchemi created for her real life mother, Fran Seranade, who reports experiencing some physical recovery from her Parkinson's symptoms as a direct result of using Second Life, as I wrote about yesterday. Barbie's place also hosts a support group for others with Parkinsons' and their caregivers, often hosted by Fran herself. To join the support group, search for and join the group "Creations for Parkinson's" in Second Life.
As I mentioned in the post, the sim is also now connected to a research project led by Donna Z. Davis (PhD), an Assistant Professor at University of Oregon (avatar name: Tredi Felisimo), studying how virtual worlds like Second Life might help others with Parkinson's. "We also have a group called 'Fran's Fans. That will be for the people who are participating in the research, specifically," she tells me. "We'll be adding another sim, exclusively for research, that will have to remain closed for privacy. I hope to have the research sim up and running by mid-March and expect to start recruiting new folks for the research at that point." But if you're interested in participating now, search and join the Fran's Fans group in Second Life.
More about Creations for Parkinson's -- where to go, what to do, and who to meet -- below:
Drama Libre on the sim of Ravenswood (SLurl here) is a Second Life club that operates on a very clever premise: "We rebuild a set every week to match a theme," as co-owner Peachy Sassoon explains. This week, as you can probably guess from the above, the theme is Escher (or as they're calling it, "Art! For Escher's Sake!"), but next week, just in time for Valentine's, the place will be totally changed:
"Hi Hamlet," Sphynx Soleil begins, "you covered the Dwarf Hamster avatar a few weeks ago on your site. Thought you'd like an update: suetabulous Yootz is keeping the hamster Gatcha permanently in the Beetlebones shop." I love that only hardcore Second Life users can understand the last two sentences. In case you're one of them, and you have a hamster hankering (and really who doesn't) click here to teleport to Yootz's shop in the Beetlebones region.
Ready Player One Virtual World Chatroom Recreated in Second Life; Ready Author Ernest Cline Approves, May Visit
If you're a fan of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's acclaimed novel about future virtual worlds and other cyberpunk goodness, you can click here to visit a Second Life recreation of The Chatroom, a key setting for the novel. It was built by an SLer named Baldtraveller Shan, and it impressed Ernest Cline himself so much, Cline says of it: "I haven’t logged on to Second Life in many moons, but this may lure me back. It looks like a really fun place to hang with your peeps and play some Discs of Tron." (Sounds like Cline visited SL as research for Ready Player, which wouldn't be a surprise.)
If you haven't read the novel yet, let Mr. Traveler explain the significance of the setting:
Click here to teleport to Cica Ghost's Black and White World in Second Life , a place where animated, hand-drawn stick figures take on 3D life. Watch this video by machinima master Lainy Voom, to see what I mean:
According to an artist's statement by Ms. Cica Ghost, this creation is a mental image made real in SL
SL Art Installation by claudia222 Jewell Gets Nearly 20K Unique Visitors -- But Goes Away Next Week!
"Spirit", claudia222 Jewell's surreal and acclaimed installation in the Art Screamer sim has been visited by nearly 20,000 people during its 7 month run, Chestnut Rau (who helps run the sim) reports, which gives us a pretty good data point for the amount of people who'll explore a work of 3D art in Second Life. (Being featured in the Destination Guide, as "Spirit" has been, probably helps there.) However, it's going away at the end of this month: 'With hearts that are a bit heavy we will be closing Spirit by claudia222 Jewell at the end of August to make room for the next artist." So better visit before it's too late: [Click here to teleport to Art Screamers in SL]
Click here to virtually visit the place where America's most legendary and universally beloved country/Western icon was born. I'm talking about Johnny Cash, of course, and his childhood home of Dyess, Arkansas. His house has been recreated in Second Life, as has the surrounding town, built to resemble the place as it was in the early 20th century, when Cash was a child. Fittingly, this project is by Arkansas State University (lead designer known in SL as Painter Meriman), and it looks like a fitting tribute to the state's most favorite son. Read more about it on Shinigami Kayo's blog.
Link via SL's Reddit group, submitted by "SpaceCaseM". This post needs some Cash accompaniment, which I've embedded below: