Charlie's Closeups is a Second Life travel blog from Charlie Namiboo that's all in German, but the beautiful images need no translation. Take this look at a sim called Salt Water, which Ms. Namiboo depicts with screenshots that seem like 19th century landscape paintings.
Speaking of which, here's the sim on the SL web map - if you're interested in seeing more SL locations on NWN, please click Salt Water's SL Map location here.
Eddi Haskell, who runs an excellent Second Life blog that's somewhat hobbled by an annoying CMS system*, has the download on two gorgeous SL sims that are open to visit until the end of this month:
- Neva Crystal's Baby's Ear Homestead (above), "one of the most attractive and imaginative homes I have ever seen in Second Life. The collection of interesting items both huge (a massive harvest combine among rows of wheat) and small (a magical child's bedroom corner with a miniature castle) are very eclectic but work incredibly well together."
- Romy and Jac Mornington's Bella Pace: "Romy took inspiration from her childhood memories of Tuscany - a region in central Italy that is celebrated for its landscape, architecture, and artistic legacy - to come up with this magnificent virtualization of a perfect Italian country retreat."
Here's a lovely first-person visit to Inspire Space Park, an amazing, zero-gravity, chillout space that's been floating high above the Second Life mainland since at least 2007. It's written by "EverAfterr Resident", a "veteran rookie" who's returned to Second Life re-discover the world, and great places like the Space Park:
A few weeks ago, perhaps inspired by the SS Galaxy’s impending retirement, a thread was woven at the SLUniverse Forums wherein members waxed poetic about their favorite sims and builds of SL past. I piped in with my recollection of a space-themed sim where one could listen to lush, ambient music and lose themselves in digital meditation. I presumed that the place was long gone, having not visited there for many years, but quick came the reply: “I believe you’re thinking of Inspire Space Park.” Oh my stars, I thought to myself, in wonder. It still exists.
In fact, the Park has evolved with the times, and now has a Facebook group page. I first explored and wrote about the Park back in 2007, so I'm glad to find out it's still orbiting. Notably, the Park used to orbit about a casino, back when gambling was still permitted in Second Life:
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:
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:
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:
Visit in Second Life: In The Hall of the Centaurs, a Masterwork by Acclaimed SL Architect Havit Neox
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>
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:
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.
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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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