Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dallas Jam 2017 Here I come

Dallas Jam Facebook site here: https://www.facebook.com/events/245253829237984/

Most of you probably already know about the SL Live Music Jams that are held periodically in real/first life.  Musicians have been meeting up in groups for years and more and more fans have been joining them. This will be my first music jam and although it runs Oct. 19-22, I'll be going down for Friday evening the 20th and leaving Monday the 23rd.  People sign up for them months in advance and then have the opportunity to fall out if things are not going to work for them leaving the waiting list in suspense for a spot.  This jam there will be approx 100 SL residents meeting up in Dallas for a weekend of fun, live music, and getting to know their SL friends in RL.  Some of you may remember the good old SL days when Linden Labs actually hosted community get togethers in RL in a similar fashion.  The music jams are actually hosted by residents who are willing to put their efforts into the arrangements and some regulars like Gwampa/Bruce who records videos so those who cant make it can see photos, video, and some live stream.  There are also sound people and most the musicians bring their own equipment and take turns preforming.  If you want to follow along this time head over to the link above starting Friday evening.  If you enjoy the SL fantasy, keep in mind people really do not look much if at all like their avatars.  There is another site for the jams in general if you want to stay posted on the jams and upcoming events here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLlivemusicjams/
Until Friday......

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dark Moon, the Calas Galadhon's Halloween Sim Opens to the Public Oct 1,2017

Visit Dark Moon here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EREBOR/128/128/2

Here is the official Calas Galadhon's web page: https://calasgaladhon.com/

Here we go again.. the greatly anticipated annual Halloween sim by Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith that is always unique and always a great explore and fun time.  I won't say much as it really just needs to be seen and explored by everyone.  These are always some of the best SL has to offer and not to be missed.  A few bits from the notes then some teaser pics.  A hint:  follow the guide persons and lights.  There are so many options, I'm not gonna lie, yes I did get lost in the lower passageways for quit some time. (again keep in mind my poor laptop is aging and wont do it justice and should be experienced in person, plus somewhere along the way my windlight got changed and I eventually noticed and put it back to the sim windlights so some pics look very diff in diff lighting) ....

At the landing grab the note card and enjoy their suggested windlights. Listen to the sounds, try all the passageways, savor it all... it's not about making it to the mothership quickly it's about the adventure. Oh, and don't forget to tip, it's worth it and we want to see these special sims continue for years to come. Thanks and enjoy.

"YOUR GOAL: To reach the ”MOTHERSHIP" which is our live music venue for our October performances. While there grab a copy of the October calendar of events.  All events will be costume with an alien/sci fi theme "

"This year’s Halloween build has FOUR levels:

Level One: The Cargo Ship “CS UTOPIA”. The ship is large so you’ll want to explore ALL areas of the ship. A ‘PORTAL’ to the next level is also found here.

Level Two:  The moon’s surface. Both the DARK MOON SHUTTLE TOUR & the CAVERN ENTRANCE can be found there. Arrows will help point the way. There is no Portal at this level, but the way to the next level is clear.

Level Three: ‘THE CAVERN & EGG ROOM’ the cavern is a very large one and has several levels of its own. You will want to take your time in the cavern as you travel DOWN to its floor. "

Level Four: The Mothership- at the moon's core.  Music venue and ultimate destination.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Split Screen at LEA15 For Everywhere Nowhere and The Games We Play

Visit Split Screen at LEA15 here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA15/138/129/551

My friend Dividni Shostakovich hosts LEA15 this round and currently has two exhibits there to enjoy through the end of the month.  There is The Games we Play which is like a giant room of chess pieces that are much larger than life size by Krystali Rabeni.  On anther several levels there is Everywhere Nowhere by Jade Yu Fhang. Be sure you click around as you can pose and animate in some place.  I took a few pics of course.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

AMG Haunted Portraits

AMG Haunted Portraits in Second Life available now on SL Marketplace here:https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/AMG-Haunted-Portraits-Complete-Set/12722685

These super cool pictures have multiple animations, sounds, and various other options.  This video does not do them justice as my poor laptop isn't so great for video any more but you can get the idea.. a must-see in person.  These are made by my friend Will Burns/Aeonix Aeon in Second life.  Halloween is coming!

Jack Slade at Boda Live

Visit Boda Live here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunset%20Cove/224/60/22

Find out more about Jack Slade here: https://www.jackslademusic.com/
and his FB here: https://www.facebook.com/MAJJackSlade

I caught a great live music set by Jack Slade at the venue Boda Live (which I"ve previously blogged) and was impressed with his fantastic smooth voice and guitar playing.  Be sure to catch him in SL and visit this cool venue too.  He's so great I wanted to get him on my blog and here he is....  

Jack Slade at Boda Live

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost Now Open

Visit Fairy Tale here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seth%20Island/128/128/29

The opening note says "''Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.''
C.S. Lewis
-Opening- 29th August 2017"

As usual with Cica's builds, this place is a cool visual... and be sure to click on things to pose/move/sit in a few places.  I always love me some Cica Ghost builds. Check it out.

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More on Sansar and Also some Great New Second Life Investments by LL

Visit Sansar Beta here: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2218-open-beta-begins-for-sansar/
I decided to check out Sansar again today for a little while.  It's in beta stage so anyone can visit. There are quite a few interesting places to see and many more in progress now.  In spite of the fact that I do not have a VR headset, I could still move around and enjoy the place.  Graphics and sounds are great.  I can't figure out how to change lighting, click on things to sit or dance or anything like that, I couldn't find any other people to chat with, and my av is NOT so hot.  But that's beta for you.  It's a little hard on my computer too and I could tell it was running hot after a while of exploring.  I took many more photos this time in to share and left my av in them for perspective. If you'd like to see them larger just click on them and it will take you to the pic in Flickr where they are big or you can make them bigger.  Sansar has a lot to offer but it still has a long way to go to live up to my SL experiences. I think it is getting there though, but I might have to invest in a better computer and VR headset at some point.  I won't leave my SL behind though and it looks like LL is still very dedicated to SL too with some upgrades and investments of their own into Second Life so have no fear all you SL die hards.. check out this just in....https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2237-celebrating-14-years-of-sl-with-investments-in-its-future/

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 Garden of Dreams sansar Garden of Dreams

 A Walk Into Sound: sansar a walk into sound 2

 An Evening at the Ballet sansar 8-29-17 bryn oh an evening at the ballet

 (I cant remember the name of this place but it was cool) sansar 8-29-17

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Horizons Experience

My friend Will Burns told me about this interesting free quest in SL.  I've been needing to try something different and this fit the bill.  This would be fun with friends, alone, or with an adventurous date. Check out "Horizons" a quest by Linden Labs here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizons%20A3/128/128/36

The sim information states: "Welcome to the Horizons Experience! Take part in a five-part series of quests against the clock to help Megallan to save Tyrah from Dr Talpa's evil clutches and have a chance to win fabulous prizes and rewards!"

This quest to free Tyrah includes 5 areas of difficulties to overcome and complete their directives to move on to the next.  You can play in explore mode or play mode.  I was game to try play mode. So, of course I was killed often and repeatedly.  The 5 areas are:
The Canyons
The Mines
The Dark Forest
The Swamp
The Command Center

The area is adult rated.  It's been around since late last year, so I guess I am not quite on top of things. It was fun to try, but I'll have to go back another day to try to finish, as it's getting late. The explanation/set-up, sounds, visuals, actual quest, story-line etc are all great. If you play the game version there is a hud but it works well and they offer them free in many places throughout the game.  I think this may be the best game LL has put out in SL so far.  I can't speak to the prizes as I have not gotten that far yet. You don't have to be premium to play but I've heard you do have to be a verified account, which if you are not a bot you probably are.  My computer is getting old and has lag and issues often, so it was probably a little more challenging than it should be, however I was able to progress and learn from my mistakes too.

From the pics you can see some of the first 3 sections and that of course I was killed numerous times.. lots or tricky killers around.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

DirtyDee Sweetwater and his new Drummer

There is always some great live music going on in SL these days and tonight one of the shows I caught was DirtyDee Sweetwater at Club Peacock which is located here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Maureen/128/128/51

He gave a fantastic show.  The Whispering Sands live Promotion group is always fun and owner Jorr (Jorrdan Jarman) hopped up on drums, adding to DirtyDee's show.  I had to snap some pics! : )

For show times/locations and booking check out WSLP site here: http://wslpromo.net/
 or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/whisperingsandslive/

Dirtydee Sweetwater at Club Peacock with Jorr on Drums Kara Trapdoor Dirtydee Sweetwater at Club Peacock with Jorr on Drums

Friday, August 18, 2017

Back to The Track

Visit Jericho Hill Sports Complex here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jericho%20Hill/103/80/2126

Here are some videos if you are interested, but I will say the in-person experience is even better.  They do a good job filming though and you can get the idea.  Youtube here:https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperMango73/videos

I headed over for some more racing tonight.  The racers seem to love it and it's fun to watch too.
Tonight the qualifers were as follows:
Jericho Hill Gate shouts:
Ryde Thor, 16.338
Mango Darwinian, 16.502
Svenja95 Resident, 16.643
Gage Pastorelli, 16.766
Taylor Aerallo, 16.768
MattTripp Resident, 17.500

Then they did a 80 laps race.. while I took pics for this blog :  )

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Arpeggio Opening Night

Visit The Arpeggio here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Illusion%20Forest/60/223/26

One of my all time fav SL singers,  Toxie, Toxic Darkmatter has opened her own venue, The Arpeggio, at Forty Thieves Hideaway.  Toxie is well known not only for her beautiful voice, but also for her design and decorating skills;  She's designed sims for other venues previously but now she's opened up her own new space for live music events and her opening night tonight was a huge success with Erik Kottzen singing at 9 SLT followed by Gibson at 10.  The venue is a beautiful ruins filled area with all the romantic lighting, plenty of cool pose spots, the super cool stage area with huge skull backdrop in the ruins of a theater setting, lots of well designed nature areas fun for hanging out, music shows, exploring and photography.  I'm glad I hit this special opening night that was a huge success with a large crowd of lots of fun people.  I look forward to future shows here.  There is already a Flickr group for people to post their fav pics of the area or music event.  You can post the pics here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/toxies-arpeggio/
Thanks Toxie for your contributions to SL and our fun times!

Welcome to The Arpeggio:

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

SL LIve Radio Slowbake Show on Sundays

Visit SL Live Radio Here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Harms%20Way/105/97/1233

It was great to hang out with my long-time friends Sonicity Fitzroy and Belinda Barnes at Soni's radio show "Slowbake" with SL Live Radio today.  It's typically held each Sundays from 12-2pm  unless Soni is out traveling or something.  She plays SL live musician's music and we hang out with whoever joins us dancing to the tunes and having a good time.  Join us some time or you can hear the show during these times wherever SL Live Radio is played inworld or on their stream.
SL Live Radio blog and Stream here: http://radiosllive.blogspot.co.uk/
Soni's blog here: http://sonicityradio.blogspot.com/

Soni, Bel and Kara /slowbake radio show Soni, Bel and Kara /slowbake radio show

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gab, Toxie, and Erik Sandwich at Solar Winds!

Tonight I caught a triple stream live music show by Gabriel Da Silva, Toxie Darkmatter, and Erik Kotten at Solar Winds music venue.  First Maxilillion Kleen sang, then Gab dual streamed with Max, then Gab sang a set and Toxie and Erik joined him for a few songs, then Eirk sang a set.  Great night. They all did an amazing job.  The venue really packs a crowd and has great talent all the time.  Check it out some time. Visit Solar Winds here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Atlantis%20World%204/128/128/18

If you want to learn more about Toxie and for booking you can check her out on Whispering Sands live Promotions here:  http://wslpromo.net/toxic-toxie-darkmatter/

To learn more about Gab and Erik or to book them contact Gabryel.nyoki

(Gab, Toxie, and Erik)
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