Friday, June 24, 2011

SL8B: a follow up

By Lord Lisle

During my recent visits of SL8B I made a selection of a (small) number of entries which had my personal interest. DO enjoy SL8B as it last, and why not exchange a few words with the exhibitor, if present of course..., or send them a notecard with appreciation.....

Magic in Second Life by Allison Selene
What happens when you log into SL for the first time? It is a vast terrain of green fields, and endless frontier for you to explore... SL8B Spectacular (113, 5, 22)

Magic Lens
In this exhibit, The Magic Lens, aztec Fenstalker aka Michel of Gallery No. 8, showcases several uses of photography in Second Life. SL8B Astonish/39/88/21/

Through the Looking Glass
The fascinating and interesting exhibit by Alexia Cournoyer is well worth a visit. Follow the instructions when you enter the tower, or just click on the pose ball SL8B Astonish/24/225/22/

Shadows and Light
You find the interesting Shadows and Light art entry at SL8B Astonish/66/214/22/

The contents of this entry depicts the thoughts and emotions of the creator surrounding the ever unfolding crisis that erupted from the Japan earthquake/tsunami SL8B Astonish/102/231/22/

Dream On V.3
In this entry by caLLie cLine entitled Dream On V.3, you are about the size of a mouse SL8B Astonish/143/218/21/

The 1920s Berlin Project
This entry is a tiny example of the real 1920s Berlin Project. Very high quality and authentic builds with period dressed greeters  SL8B Dazzle/76/229/23/

Virtual Field School
A project overview ('snow globe' version) of the Field School Sim of the TXSTATE R&D team at: SL8B Astonish/217/15/21/

Magic Soul of Prims
The Magic Soul of Prims at SL8B Stunning/223/21/21/ should not be missed...
DO NOT dare to push the red button at Captivate/96/173/25/ or the clockmaker will eventually find you!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

SL8B: first exploration to the exhibition grounds

By Lord Lisle  (who gives just his PERSONAL impression and view here!)

The opening

The official opening speech on the first day was attended by numerous avis. This appeared to be, however, as a bit of a disappointment to all because the speech turned out to be rather brief.....

Saffia Widdershins of Prim Perfect and Designing Worlds fame, Captn Wildstar Beaumont, photographer and buccaneer, and myself (in the centre) awaiting the opening speech for SL8B

Magic in Motion
An interactive Magical Experience by Calla Cela (Known from her In-World classes and Workshops)
I had a couple of rather nasty experiences at Calla's exhibit when she asked me to volunteer in testing some of her 'Magical Experiences.... Fortunately enough I had my camera at hand to show you some evidence (with Calla evily grinning standing in front). Ohh, and a wise advise: do NOT feed that creature outside, its dangerous and it likely have you for a snack... (err, well done Calla!)

Remember your Magic...
The Virtual Railway Consortium
Just hop on the miniature train and see what will extraordinary SL experience, what one may expect from the VRC...

Virtual Surf
Surfing your dreams, SL Virtual Surfing

Soaring with Magic
A fascinating entry to the SL8B exhibition by Windyy Lane
This is really a must-see. With her entry 'Soaring with Magic', Windyy has created one of the top entries in SL8B (to my opinion..ahem)

Escape the Room
A Madpea creation
A challenging tasks awaits you if you are silly enough to enter that room. Clues to unlock the door are in the room, along with a free hud.

SL8B Impressive/140/24/21/
A marvellous creation by claudia222.jewell
The result as seen on this and the next snapshot are achieved if you set Windlight in your Phoenix viewer in just one click. Follow the advice put on the informative notecard (with gift) which you receive after clicking the painting. Somehow, this entry reminded me a bit to the famous paintings by Hieronymus Bosch...thank you for this experience claudia222.jewell
If you feel mounting one of the giant bee's, here is your chance...I explored part of SL8B riding on one..until I crashed... Visiting her homebase, I was even more surprised to see Parallel Worlds, but that may be in another Blog...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Its SL8B celebration!

by Lord Lisle

Spanning 21 sims with over 700 contributors, over 300 exhibits, over 300 live performers and speakers with special speeches from Philip and Rod Linden, SL8B is a showcase for the accomplishments and content of all SL residents, celebrating the “life” of Second Life.

On June 23, 2011, Second Life will be officially eight years old.  The hard-working team of Resident volunteers and Lindens have been busily preparing for the annual birthday bash—laying down the groundwork (literally) to celebrate. It started 8 years ago as a parade through mainland sims, with Philip Linden giving a speech over their newly connected media stream. Each subsequent year it has become more elaborate, more spacious, more compelling as the technology of Second Life has increased and the creativity of the residents has bloomed. Enjoy this year live  musicians and DJs, exhibits, media-on-prim, and machinima.

The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. SLT on Monday, June 20 and runs through Sunday, June 26 with a glittering assortment of musicians, speakers, artists, business leads, media mavens, merchants, social organizers, and other amazing Residents. The 20-region site is open for another week, so you’re welcome to come and tour the builds at your leisure. The gates will officially close on Saturday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. SLT.

About the Theme: The magic of Second Life

This year’s theme is the magic of Second Life. No, we’re not just talking about wizards and sorceresses (though of course they’re included). The true magic of Second Life is something different for each of us. It’s all about that moment when we realized how amazing Second Life really is. It’s when we found our own personal connections to Second Life, realizing its potential in our own lives and the lives of other Residents. Whether it’s the social aspect, the content creation possibilities, or unique business and commerce opportunities, we’ve all got a tale of Second Life magic to share.
All event times and locations, slurls, links, social media, etc., can be found on the resident blog:

Having applied for a SL8B Press-Pass I had access to the exhibition grounds and allowed to have a sneak preview. Although I will give a small impression of SL8B in a forthcoming Blog, I cannot resist in publishing one snapshot and SLURL of an interesting exhibit: Magic in Motion, an interactive Magical Experience by Calla Cela at Spellbound -6, SL8B Spellbound (229, 219, 21)

Ejoy the celebrations :-)