Monday, December 11, 2017

Paying it Forward Event

Visit Paying It Forward event here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plumhill/128/128/22

The Paying it Forward event opened December 10th and is loaded with a lot of great group gifts including this Just Because quality and well fitting sweater dress that I LOVE.. and it was totally FREE!.  I did actually buy their beautiful necklace too but couldn't put it on while at the event while I'm blogging this so will wear that later. Lots of freebie gifts all around.. just join the group and pick them up.. great shopping all around too.

Here is the event info;

"Paying it Forward Event Owner

December 10th through December 25 2017

«'Paying it forward' is when someone does a good deed for you, and instead of paying them back, you pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else.

With Christmas coming, we thought it would be the perfect time of year to spread the love and spoil our second life friends and family with an event that focuses on generosity. The purpose is to make each item (No Copy / Transfer) with the intention of being bought and kept, or given away as a gift. (No Gacha allowed)

Onwer : AliciaWikstrom Resident
Manager : Kordelya Galewind"


Paying It Forward Event  - Just Because group gift

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Luanes Magical World

Visit Luanes Magical World  by Luanemeo here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morning%20Glow/128/128/21

The sim info. states:
"Feel the magic all around. Explore every little corner to see all the secret romantic and magical spots, fairytale, dance, cave, winter, romance
https://www.flickr.com/groups/luanes_world/"

Now decorated for winter.  I've blogged this wonderful place before and it truly does feel magical.  Great for photos, exploring and hanging out with friends as there are many great pose spots and things to do such as horseback riding or skating in the magical scenery.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Town 2017

Visit Christmas Town Here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Townies/111/129/148

Laura Liberty's annual Christmas Town is now open.  This is one of my all time annual fav Christmas sims.  There is a fantastic immersive skate through time /Christmas movies, a underground sledding tour, skating, shopping, fantastic scenery, cute hang out places and more.  This is a must see sim that is changed up a little each year and well worth multiple visits with friends or alone even. One major tip for first timers, when you enter the ice castle, be SURE to get on the skating pose balls out front and do not walk it, as you loves the majority of the special effects.  Also accept the drop down for the sounds when you first enter.  It's very immersive and does have some super cool effects if you simply get on the skating balls and following the initial brief instructions.  This is a sim I will go back to many times each Christmas and have already been there with numerous friends several times since it opened a few days ago.   Well worth it. Be sure to shop the cute stores with great products too so Laura is motivated to bring this back every year.  She often adds new parts to the sim and I love the new forest this year.  5 stars, highly recommend!!

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Seven Seasons Christmas 2017

Visit Christmas 2017 presented by Seven Seasons here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Electric%20Shock/128/128/46

I went for the music and stayed for the fun.  AleyKat put together this great sim and I tp'd over to hear Toxie sing.. which was a great show as always, then I started to cam around and just wow!  I'm truly impressed.  The winter holiday sim is comprised of various scenic vignettes, mostly all immersive with many pose and animation spots.  There is also the standard ice skating, skiing with a cool lift ride, sledding and more.  But the best part really is the scenery for hanging out and photography and there is a photography contest in Flickr.  Don't miss this gorgeous and fun sim!


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Shopping in Second Life, Events, Hunts, and Holiday Specials

It's the beginning of the month and time for the monthly shopping events and some special holiday events, and this month is even more special with Christmas shopping, decor, gifts, etc in mind.

I've been visiting a few of my fav events lately and listed some links for easy access here.

Visit FaMESHed here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FaMESHed/240/156/1001

Visit The Arcade Gacha here (be sure to grab the freebies in the presents under the tree) here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Arcade%202/147/129/32
The Arcade Gacha Official Web site here: http://thearcadesl.com/news/
and under their Facts/QA section you can find a 2nd overflow SLURL.

Arcade Gacha Dec 2017

The 7th Annual Christmas Expo 2 sims benefiting Relay for Life here: https://slchristmasexpo.com/

Winter Showcase and Winter Art Show through Dec. 10th by Team Diabetes here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oxford%20Street/40/248/26

Visit Uber here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Uber/135/132/1200

Be sure to check out a bunch of other great events at the Seraphim web site here: http://seraphimsl.com/

If you are on a budget, many popular places have advent calendars with a quality freebie for each day of the month.  There are also a lot of Holidays hunts going on and a good place to stat is at Hunts SL here: https://huntsl.com/

TIPS:
-Premium accounts have extra slots to get into events, so if they are full for a non-premium avatar there are a few extra slots premium avatars can still get in on.  This helps me a lot.
-Most of the events have shopping lists you can view online to be prepared when you go and just pick up what you want vs wasting time trying to load and see everything.  I like to use the Firestorm area search feature once in an event to search for what I want and pick it up quick so i can get out and others can get in.
-Take off huds and heavy scripted objects, hair, etc that will weigh you and others down and make texture load time longer and lag worse.
-Take advantage of overflow sims to shop if it's full.

 Arcade Gacha Arcade Gacha 2017 Arcade Gacha Dec 2017 FaMESHed FaMESHed Dec 2017 FaMESHed Dec 2017

Christmas at Patron

Enjoy being a patron of Patron this holiday season!

It's time to get the holiday decorations out of storage and it's always fun to buy a ton of new things both RL and SL.  My fav overall SL shopping for Christmas home decor is Patron by Eliza Wierwight.

Visit Patron here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Patron/128/128/21

She says it best and her info. states:
"Well, we're on our way, it's no secret that  I love creating for the Season. There's a massive section at Patron for your consideration with more added almost daily. I've striven to get the foundation pieces out for people like me that just love to go there in November.

The inspiration for this year's collection is inspired by jewel tones and Tahitian pearls. Think Sapphire, Aquamarine, Garnet, Rhodolite, Ruby, Pink Diamond, Amethyst and Amber. I've also designed a Couture Tree, somewhere between a sculpture and a tree, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the pursuit, perhaps it's evident when viewed. Note, this is not a wearable, drape yourself in front of it, if you can't resist  :P

Another whimsy, my stained glass reindeer resonate warmth. Inexpensive and a brilliant way to playfully extend magnificent bursts almost sunlight into environments, you'll see.

I've switched up to an alternative bow feature on one series of garlands this year,  Black Caviar  and rich cream. They're a little more reserved though hold their own allure to me personally. In conjunction with these I've introduced a Tahitian pearl & Black Caviar tree, unexpected, though for me personally, it's pure elegance.

As I mentioned, a lot more to come, and frequently.

With great affection.
Eliza"

I blog Patron almost every Christmas and some other times because the quality and detail of the products are just gorgeous.  It's a great place to window shop too if you are broke, but I bet you don't walk away empty handed.  The place is filled with realistic and artistic home decor, landscaping, homes, art and the Christmas area is beautiful to see.  The artist in Eliza really shines through her products.  Check it out and enjoy.


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This next middle pic is a new product by Eliza and she took the pic.

  Patron 2017

 And finally I took a pic of the full sim area of awesome products. There are many other things around the area too.. Patron 2017 Christmas

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Home for Christmas at Calas Galadhon's 2017 Christmas Sim


Visit Home for Christmas here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/128/128/22

Official Calas Galadhon web page: https://calasgaladhon.com/

The sim info. states: "CALAS GALADHON'S 2017 Christmas build. Two sims of winter splendor as only 'CALAS' can bring you in Second Life. Our gift to you. Ty Tenk & Truck Meredith, Calas Galadhon Park sims"

The Calas Galadhon's annual Christmas sim "Home for Christmas" is now open for exploring and fun.   This year as usual, there is a lot to enjoy such as skiing, skating, hot air balloon rides, rideable reindeer (bento and super cool), dancing, posing for pics, freebies, plenty of exploring and beautiful scenery. This annual holiday sim is absolutely gorgeous.  They will have scheduled events so follow the group inworld or watch their blog.


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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tried and True Sim Explores

I started this blog post on Thursday and was going to call it a Throwback Thursday post for Thanksgiving.  I thought I'd post some of my fave long lasting explore sims in appreciation for the joy they've consistently brought me in a world where many places come and go.  These have been around a long time and I'm sure I've blogged them all at some point or another in the past but are worthy of a new post for new residents or some that don't get around much.  Some have changed a little making further exploring a new experience. I might even add a few more later.  Enjoy

Black Kite: Great for exploring, posing, pictures, relaxing: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Black%20Kite/97/233/21


Black Kite
Winter Wonderland the annual Linden Labs winter sim. There are two sides one for skiing, and various activities and other other is the snowball fight area with fireworks at the top of the hour, snowball launchers and so much more:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter%20Wonderland%205/128/128/22

Winter Wonderland-LL

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Tempura Island in Japan, beautiful romantic sim with lot of hidden places and scenery to enjoy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/tempura%20island/128/128/21

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Ocho Tango, tango dance club, art sculptures, : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/tempura%20island/128/128/21

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Shinda Inspire Space Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shinda/128/128/15

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The Wastelands  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Wastelands/128/128/76

Wastelands Wastelands


ChouChou: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Wastelands/128/128/76

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a day for Americans to reflect on things they are thankful for. 

Over a year ago I did a blog post about things I love about Second Life. I continue to get comments on it as a resource for new avatars to consider or find different things to do vs wandering around not realizing the full potential.  So I decided to re post this as a Thank you to Linden Labs for the things I love about Second Life.  And a huge thanks for the many friends and people who make my SL a better place from amazing explore sims, to cool clothes, to entertainers, to friends to chat with etc.  Thanks everyone.. Happy Thanksgiving.

Hi, My avatar name is Kara Trapdoor and I’m here to tell you why I love Second Life. I find SL to be unique from other virtual platforms in the wide variety of possible activities. The imagination is the limit and because SL is by the people for the people, meaning residents develop content and whatever they want, the options become limitless. SL it not just a game, social arena, business opportunity or creative outlet- It’s all that and so much more. One of my favorite things about SL includes exploring and interacting in immersive graphically pleasing environments that mimic both first life places or fantasy, or really anything anyone can dream up. The content is such that even those who don’t want to spend a little time learning to build, can literally build off and modify content others have made. I also love the social scene from dancing to playing a variety of games, to establishing very real close relationships. The creative options in SL are also limitless and I enjoy the many talented live musicians who entertain inworld, the artists who create a variety of medium, the machinimist’s videos, photography, sculpture, and so much more. I also love to shop and style my unique avatar in endless ways, like my first life self, as some fantasy creature, or any way I’d like her to look. Some of the residents are amazing and very giving, hosting fun events raising huge amounts of real money for real first life charitable events. Others create, write, teach, host, entertain, or do a variety of things to earn very real first life money for themselves. There are support groups, events, and sims, by a variety of helping agencies such as for those cancer, autism, physical and mental disabilities such and depression and anxiety and others. There are also variety of groups and sims for religious and political congregants. There are educational venues including many universities that offer first life credits or SL learning opportunities in a variety of subjects. I enjoy the elaborate dance, cabaret, fashion, comedy, and other shows that can rival first life entertainment. There are very impressive role play opportunities for just about any subject or niche group with costuming, props, and animations to complement the ideas. Some enjoying relaxing and getting a little wild in their SL. I also love that people can be as anonymous or as open with first life information as they would like and I’ve met and personally leaned from and about people from around the world and even a few high profile first life celebrities. Some people like to focus on their hobby or specialized group but personally I love the opportunity to experience it all and that is why it stands out to me as a unique virtual platform. I enjoy blogging my experiences at Kara’s Korner, Second Life Adventures so others can see some of the many fun things I enjoy in SL. There truly is something for everyone. It’s a wonderful adventure and a place where dreams can come true. But most of all, it’s simply a whole lot of fun.



List of Some of My Favorite Things about SL
*Fundraising for RL charities (See Nonprofit Commons)
*Almost anyone can learn to build almost anything they can think up, make clothes, accessories, art, machinima, various products, build structures, photography, do landscaping, sim design, etc. and if you don’t have the time to learn you can purchase the things you want or ask for a custom job or combine things.
*Live musician concerts-great music including some who are very popular First Life Musicians and bands such as The Follow, Seth Regan, James Olmos, Sean Ryan, Sarah Tiemogo, Duran Duran, and so many more.
*Clubs, dancing and social life
*Sports and organized leagues of almost any team or individual sport imaginable
*Games-wide variety from Greedy, to SLictionaly, dominoes, backgammon, lifesize mazes, chess, chutes and ladders, Cards Against Humanity, and so many more.
*Shopping and modeling-great fashion to wear or make/styling a unique av with so much to choose from for hair, shoes, clothes and accessories
*Shows including Broadway type hits, cabaret, ballet, streaming movie theaters or home video shows, fashion shows, etc. The theatrical shows often are very professionally made rivaling some first life entertainment with the use of sets, costumes, elaborate avatars, and special effects as well as some impressive venus.
*Creativity in many other ways such as making magazines, writing, poetry, djing, photography, blogging, etc.
*Real income to be made via a wide range of paid jobs or products, land, services, etc. to make, do, sell, manage, or re-sell
*First Life College and University Presence through art or educational sims and even courses for college credit via some major worldwide universities
*Role Play –huge variety of role playing and RP sims including classes on how to RP
*Churches and a wide range of religious sims of worship, congregations, and groups (great for people who can’t get out RL)
*Large Scale Gaming including a variety of things such as racing cars, bikes, or whatever vehicle imaginable, Star Wars, various war type games, Street play, etc.
*Elaborate fashion shows complete with amazing designs, sets, and, special effects
*Fantastic animations so that an avatar can pretty much do whatever is desired and if the animations are not available someone can make them/excellent dancing both individually or as a couple or small and large groups. Animations for so many other things including realistic mocap movements.
*Support for those with various physical and mental health issues-often type specific such as autism, depression, anxiety, cancer, wounded veterans, etc. along with a variety of other support groups or sims such as weight loss and management, relationship issues, gambling, etc.
*Exploring fabulous sims-LOVE this one
*Social life and creative outlet for the lonely, those with social anxiety RL, RL high profile famous who enjoy the anonymity, depressed, those that can’t get out in RL much, etc. including a huge list of social media sites that include a great deal of SL residents. People forming real relationships.
*Comedy shows with original routines, magic shows, various other entertainments
*Tribute Concerts
*Costumes!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Noma Falta Joins QuadRadiX at Love Kats

Most SL residents who follow live music are aware of the group The QuadRadiX, a group of performers who get together for shows that began with Maximillion Kleene.  He was joined by Sabian Inglewood and Dennymac and as of today Noma Falta.  These performers entertain individually but have an occasional show together from various places around the states and Canada on multiple streams.  Pretty cool concept.  Since today was Noma's first day with the group a lot of people wanted to hear them.  They were at the  Love Katz venue which normally draws a large crowd for their many shows.  I noted around 91 visitors for the show tonight.  The QuadRadiX sounded great together and I look forward to hearing them more often. Be sure to check out their future shows and also other popular shows at Love Kats venue owned by Kat Chauveau here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love%20Kats%20II/120/127/1200

More info. about QuadRadiX here: https://www.dirvalgreenwoodartists.com/the-quadradix
and on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/quadradix/
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