A Klein Bottle Comes to Second Life (Again)!

A Klein Bottle is a mathematically brain-melting object with no in or out and no front or back, and thanks to Wizard Gynoid, one of them was made to float in Second Life. Watch this machinima to see what I mean:

Love the music by modern master Moby and metaverse artist Miso Susanowa, and it's a credit to both I can't tell when the Moby music ends and the Miso music begins. (Or vice versa.) Via Second Life's Subreddit.

This isn't the first Klein bottle to rise from SL, as I suggested: At least one more was created in 2008 by AM Radio and Miki Gymnast.

Via Ms. Gynoid in Comments: Click here for a direct teleport SLurl to the Klein bottle.

Have You Seen SL's Pink Floyd-Streaming Secret Spheres?

Secret Spheres SL Pink Floyd

Chestnut Rau explores Secret Spheres, a very cool-looking SL experience which she says "consists of a labyrinth of small scenes built inside a series of spheres, all of which are named for the music of Pink Floyd." Fittingly, music from the epic British band streams through each sphere. In previous generations, Pink Floyd fans would have to make do with playing Dark Side of the Moon in a darkened bedroom while utterly baked, or watching The Wizard of Oz with the sound down. Now you can get your Floyd on in 3D: Direct teleport to the Secret Spheres here.

Photo credit: Carrie Lexington, who has some more great pics here.

15 SL Places to Explore Outer Space in Virtual Space

Second Life Space Sims

Daniel Voyager has 15 places in Second Life which realistically simulate outer space, from Spaceport Alpha created by a group of real life rocket scientists, to NASA's official SL site, to a site that simulates a space shuttle launch (which alas is maybe the last place to see the shuttle launch in any variation.)

SL Relay for Life's Steampunk City That Helped Fight Cancer

New Babbage RFL

Prim Perfect has a great pictorial of beautiful sims built for this month's SL Relay for Life fundraiser, which ended with over $373,000 in donations that'll go to the American Cancer Society. Among them is this city above, built by the New Babbage steampunk community in SL, which included an interactive story which "tells the tale of a young scientist who beigns to research Cancer when his fiancée is diagnosed with breast cancer." Surely one of the more creative ways to help fight cancer. See much more here.

Ten SL7B Sites You Don't Want to Miss (Says Scarp)

ScarpPosingAtCapricious

There's so many sites at SL7B, what are the ones you definitely don't want to miss before it all ends on July 3? Scarp Godenot, a metaverse sculptor and immersive space artist (and RL photographer) has compiled such an impressive, annotated list of exhibits, I wanted to share it here.  (Click clinks to directly teleport):

  • Buena Pera - "Scripted color changing things are great for sl pics when zoomed up inside! Beautiful piece."
  • Bodied Words by Pallina60 Loon - "Love this one. Sit on the flying pen and do the other things and you will love this one too."
  • The Sound Garden by Madcow Cosmos et al. - "Not impressive at first glance until you realize every single prim on the site activates a soundstream. Click and get some awesome conbinations."
  • Colors From The Void by Solkide Auer and Shellina Winkler - "Make sure you sit in this thing. Mouselook takes over for a psychedelic experience."
  • Capricious by windyy Lane - "Get a free umbrella and sit on this thing! ha ha sit on the upper part too. Great for pics! Bring friends and sit on the same object for acrobatic stacking." (Pictured above)
  • Pol Jarvinen's SL7B - "Another 'walls of scripted color and motion build' best viewed from inside or with mouselook."
  • Interaction by Kerupa Flow - "The longer you stay and check out the three floors of stuff here the more you will find. Pose on the poseballs and shoot pics."
  • Temporary Stairway by Bryn Oh - "Start walking and the stairway appears before you as you go up!"
  • Exquisite Corpse Tower by Merlina Mayo and Shanti - "Best experienced by flying up into and around it."
  • SL7B Time Capsule - "Put your best built thing into the time capsule for future historians of virtual creation!"
  • And as it happens, Scarp has an installation of his own at SL7B: PhotoSculpturalist Mini World - "Walk through the animal tunnel and turn left through the music tunnel. Walking triggers sounds. Check out the changing floor art and get a freebie sculpture." And if you enjoy that, visit Scarp's own sim, called Pennyroyal, where you'll find more creations, including the beginnings of his Alien Jungle Forest: Click here to teleport.

    Omega Point, the Blog: Fantastic Second Life Fashion in an Otherworldly City

    Omega Point Second Life Blog

    Second Life's Omega Point has an official blog, and as you'd expect from the fantastic Giger-esque Second Life city created by Sweetlemon Jewell (who I briefly interviewed here), it's a cascade of posts showcasing amazing fashion taken around Omega's cool-scary-cyberpunk locations. (Think Vogue magazine meets Alien, and don't you think they should?)

    Art Deco City Coming to Second Life (Sooner or Later)

    Seraph City Second Life

    What you're looking at here is a glimpse of Seraph City, a new Second Life region with an Art Deco/Futurist style that was popular in the 20s and 30s, currently under development by a number of steampunk veterans. Contemporary visual reference for the kids: Basically, it will pretty much look like the city from BioShock, if it wasn't underwater populated with crazed little girls. So, you know, total potential for awesomeness. Follow the progress of the city's construction at the building groups' Ning site. Hat tip: Emily Orr

    Nemo Rises: Awe-Inspiring Underwater Steampunk City Inspired By Jules Verne Opens Today!

    Nemo Lab in Second Life

    Today there is a place underneath Second Life seas that is not quite like anything you've seen: Click this SLurl link to visit Nemo, which as the name suggests, is a steampunk city inspired by that most original of steampunk novelists, Jules Verne himself. It's the work of Sextan Shepherd, who tells me he is a reporter in France's financial and economical press. In his off hours, however, he has been below the waves of Second Life, working over a course of nearly two months to make his vision of Nemo come alive. It is one of the most magnificent installations ever made in SL, full of rich details.

    Take this clock in Nemo's exhibition room, for example, pictured after the break:

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    Midweek Machinima: The Mystery of Creamshop

    In Second Life there is a place called Creamshop [SLURL], and though its main purpose is to be a retail store (homepage here), owner SAZAE Yoshikawa has fashioned it into something wonderfully strange, full of old-time nostalgia and nightmare at the same time. Someday I want to write about how profoundly odd and oddly beautiful it is, but for today, here's a machinima to suggest that sense:

    What's the feeling you get when you visit Creamshop?

    Deshima, New Roleplay SL Space Station Under Construction

    Paulina

    Paulina Oceanlane of Who Let the Dorks Out explores Deshima Space Station, a massive, impressively detailed space colony still under construction but already boasting its own greenhouse and surrounding asteroid field. [SLurl teleport link] And what better way to explore it than as Paulina does, as a disembodied head with its own life support on a motorized unicycle? Oh yes.