Issue #329 Monday, May 3, 2010

THE D’NI VOICE

Issue #329 Monday, May 3, 2010

Shorah!
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NEWS:

BEGINNING BUILDING CLASS
DeAnn Dufaux – Builders Brewery
Monday, 6:00 PM
Instructions will be for both SL Viewers 1.23 and 2.0
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Builders%20Brewery/110/146/23

Class 2 of 5
There are five classes in this series designed to give the new builder a thorough knowledge of the build menu, its functions, and how to use them to the best advantage.  This session will cover the object tab – types of prims and prim manipulation.  Also covered will be linking, unlinking , soft linking prims as well as editing linked prims.

D’NI WORD OF THE DAY
Rehnehmtahn Later

baykh (v.) link (as in the use of linking and descriptive books — korvakhtee and kormahntee, respectively), (ex.) baykh = I link, baykhem = you link, baykhen = he/she/it links baykhtee = you link (pl.), baykheet = they link, baykhet = we link.  (inf) b’baykh = to link.

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METAVERSAL EVENTS:

ACTIVE WORLDS
TAU
Dot Macchi – MOUL forum

Tau is created by the French Myst/Uru fans Shenn and Aleah. Active Worlds is another metaverse where you can build. Signing up as a tourist is free, to build you need to become a citizen for a monthly fee.

Dot kindly provided some photos of this wonderful build:

Tao Meadow

Meadow in Tao

Tao Seascape

Tao seascape

Tao Interior

Tao interior

Tao Buildings

Tao buildings

Tao Crystals

Tao crystals

Floating Plant in Tao

Floating plant in Tao

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EXPLORATION:

MADPEA CIRCUS
Tichelle Teebrook

MadPea does it again with a mystery called ‘Joe’s Box.’ First person to solve the clues and open ‘the Box’ wins $3000L!

From the notecard:

“Open Joe’s Box and Win $3000L. Tomorrow 2nd of May we will launch a small mystery called ‘Joe’s Box’. The first person who solves the clues and opens the ‘Box’ will win 3000L! Be prepared.. this is not going to be easy… Instructions will be sent at 10am SLT on Sunday. Kiana Writer. Note from Ti’:  So, if you are interested, I suggest that you join the group to get the instructions.”

MALIA’S SL RAMBLINGS
Malia Writer
http://maliawriter.blogspot.com/
Follow Malia in RL on her China adventure at: http://marystravelsandtravails.blogspot.com/

SECOND LIFE EXPLORER

RE-EXPLORING SECOND LIFE (REPEAT EDITION)
Jandai Writer

** DMom2K’s note: I went by each of these to take a picture for the blog and added a note on a couple as some of these have had changes or have since disappeared. It is wise to go see any locations as soon as someone makes you aware of it as things change so quickly here – a really fabulous build can disappear overnight.

Summary part 1

Due to the amount of locations which have been visited thus far, I am providing a few summary notecards of places which have been included in the past.  These notecards will be useful for helping people to refresh their memory on locations which were visited and blogged/included a year or more ago.

Here is part 1:

INSILICO
http://slurl.com/secondlife/INSILICO/190/182/3602

Insilico

As per Nalates:

“My favourite place is still Insilico, the cyber punk Sci-Fi sims. In RL you would write it In Silico = an expression used to mean “performed on computer or via computer simulation.” Fitting. It now consists of 4 sims. Appartment penthouses go for L$1,760 per week.

The web site is here: http://insilico.ning.com/

Editors Note:  I have to thank Nalates for reminding me of this place.  I’m not into Sci Fi itself, but I loved this build for being just a great build.  Personally, I would say to set your Environment to midnight – you don’t have to, but I found it ALOT more emmersive that way.  When I had daylight, I could see the edges of the sim and what was just texture – with things set to midnight, I had no idea and it seemed to go on and on.

I loved that they have thought of everything here – little patch of grass, floating pool, water treatment and even a rubbishy area with homeless.  I’m putting a few pics here, but encourage you to visit the place yourself – but allow for a long rez…. 🙂

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**This sim has recently been changed to feature airplanes – it looks like it may still be by the same folk who did 1944 Yamato. Incredible detail and worth a look at to see the fabulous planes and design of this area. LM is still good to get there.

1944 Yamato (submitted by Taimaru Hak)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Yumix%20Canal/184/88/22

As quoted by Taimaru:

“Even if one isn’t into Battleships, it is worth coming to see what can be done when you make the effort.

If you want an example of a detailed build, go and visit this.”
Editors note: I loved the detail of this ship, and googled about the 1944 Yamato.  It was sunk in an operation in 1945 and only seemed to be in use for a few years all up.  This replica spans nearly 2 sims in length.
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Rustica (submitted by Nalates)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rustica/130/116/58

Rustica

Quoted by Nalates:
“Rustica is just so cute and … well … rustic.”
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rustica/128/128/2
Editors note: I’m not normally going to promote “shops” perse, but this one is worth exploring.

If you explore, you find that the main castle has the shop and the surrounding area has the dungeon and great build. Fortunately, this dungeon only features blood/skulls etc, unlike some other dungeons in SL.
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**Sadly this lovely sim is no longer.

EMVEE CUBA
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Hacienda/96/96/2

Per DMom:
“Welcome to Cuba. Look for the cards with a camera on them – click and you will have a pose for a great picture. Interesting sim with great use of textures.”

Editors note:  Thanks for this, DMom – I appreciated this build and loved their texturing.  It just seems like a nice place to hang out.

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Mouse World
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Mouse%20World/187/12/27

Mouse-World

This is almost like a Disneyland in Second Life.  Pick up your free mouse ears, ride the tea cups or horse carousel, race around in a rezzed car, or wander about and see some of the following worthwhile features:

Carousel of Progress – Press play on your media button, take a seat and watch a short video on the progress over time.  It is a good fun thing to watch.

Rocket Ride to Mars – wear the preloader HUD provided at the base of the Rocket for this one, take a seat and enjoy your ride.

The Haunted Mansion  – Set your world to midnight, and play the little video on the side of the horseless carriage.  Then wear the Haunted Mansion preloader HUD provided and visit the house.  Good fun that.
In Adventureland (same sim):

Jungle Ride – wear the preloader HUD, sit in the boat and enjoy the ride and your tour guide is full of fascinating information such as:
“[3:48]  Skipper whispers: Since we are in an area filled with rare tropical foliage, I’d like to take a moment to point out some of the plants to you. There’s one over there, and there’s one over there, and one over there…”
Swiss Family Treehouse

The sign at the bottom reads:
“Composed of myself, my good wife and three sons, Fritz, Ernst and little Francis – were the souls survivors by the grace of God of the ill fated ship – Swallow.  From the wreckage, we built our home in this tree for protection on this uncharted shore.”

Head on up this lovely treehouse and see how the wreckage of a ship can be used in such a fasion. 
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SS Galaxy (submitted by Ron Draconia)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Galaxy%20AFT/61/44/22

SS-Galaxy

Editors note:
This is a mammoth ship – spans 3 sims and is very nicely built.  It has an ice rink, pool, chapel, dome with ballroom inside, shops, rooms and a lovely looking centre garden.  It is everything one could wish for in a Cruise ship, and makes one want to go on a cruise in RL. 
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 White Taj-Black Taj (Submitted by DMom)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/White%20Taj/128/128/2

White-Taj---Black-Taj
 
The White Taj is modelled after the Taj Mahal. The black one is pure imagination. Walking around White Taj, I found outside the building a platform where you can rezz and airship and take a tour. There are other links outside the building to some shops – JD Mechanical Toy Factory, Fooga, Zaara and Mashooka Designs (two favorites of mine) . I checked out the White Taj Sky Garden – a lovely relaxing garden. Black Taj is wonderully moody and contains some of the stores mentioned above. I found an elevator and took it to Level 1 where I had a wonderful view of the White Taj. Level 2 took me to an even better vantage point and a hanging walkbridge that took me around the towers. Lots of nooks and crannies to check ou

Editors note:

I liked both, but preferred the Black Taj. I have to say, that the Black Taj held more interest for me, in that it was someone’s imagination at work, rather than a replica – but that is not to take anything away from replicas. They have their place, are great and in this case, both can live happily side by side.
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Japan Tempura (Submitted by Nalates)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/tempura%20island/121/44/33

Tempura-Island

Have you ever been logging into SL and wanted to visit the place which was featured on the log-in screen?  I was surprised to find that I was at one such location after following a LM sent to me by Nalates.

This is a beautifully set out sim.  It is well built, the creator certainly knew what they were doing.  Not only does it have visually impressive scenery, but they have backed up their build with great sounds which enhance the build.

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Garden of DaVinci (submitted by Narita)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kalepa/198/172/32

Garden of Da Vinci

One of the problems when faced with a sim which you want everyone to come and enjoy, is that you don’t want to spoil the experience of exploring and finding things for them, but you also want to show what has made you excited about the place. That is how it is with Garden of DaVinci.For people who like to explore, touching things and finding themselves in new and interesting parts of the sim – this is a place for you. For people who like to pick up free gifts they find along the way – this is a place for you. For people who like a visually impressive build, both above and under the water – this is a place for you. For people who like to sit and relax, discussing art, books or just enjoying the serenity – this is a place for you.

I always take note (and usually a pic) of the landing point(LP). If the LP is visually impressive, I’m urged to explore further. This LP was impressive. One thing I will suggest though, is: Teleport, get coffee/food and wait for things to rez properly. This sim has A LOT both in the air and underwater, and it takes time to rez all of that.

When you explore the sim, there are teleport posts with destination menu dialogue boxes for selecting where to teleport around the sim. You can either take a look at that from the start, or just explore – find things, touch things, find yourself in the sky or under water – end up some place you didn’t expect – it’s all fun!

Landing Point (only one portion of the LP, as I don’t have a panoramic image to share) I liked this LP as I immediately saw the things sticking out of the water with what appeared to be “hatches” and wanted to see what was underneath – and I did ;-)…:

*if you find any links to interesting places, please forward them to Jandai Writer. Jandai also has a blog http://raphil.livejournal.com/

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ONGOING EVENTS TODAY:

A&C HOTEL STORY HOUR
Jandai Writer
Monday, 6:00 PM (SL)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Minkarta/101/84/35

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ONGOING EVENTS UPCOMING:

DAILY ACCURACY COMPETITION IN BOOVILLE
SkydiverWatashi Fall
Daily
http://slurl.com/secondlife/BOOVILLE%20SKYDIVING/18/187/29
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eder%20Gira/146/91/1962

Low score on the scoreboard wins $100L
Low score on the scoreboard and the target wins $150L

Target and scoreboard reset each morning.

BLUE MONDAY ON TUESDAY AT CLUB TOK
SkydiverWatashi Fall
Tuesday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM SLT
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eder%20Gira/21/231/44

Come to CLUB TOK in Gira City on Tuesdays for BLUE MONDAY ON TUESDAY, the best in Blues, old and new.    Da Blues Man

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**BUSINESS – SHOPS:

If you have a product, sale, update, hunt you are participating in or if you change the location of your store, please drop me a note before your day of posting so I can make sure I get it in that week.

FROSTED MYST PILLOWS AND MORE
Issis Ceriano
Frosted Myst Main Store
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vasilii/40/201/111
Frosted Myst Pillows and More
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cyamenti/101/246/64
Pillows and other items are copy/modify and very reasonably priced.

ZEDRA’S GENERAL STORE
Zedra Benoir
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Orpheum%20Island/94/204/32

RAMEL’S HOUSES AND GARDEN
Ramel Markova
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sweetheart/20/238/22

**BUSINESS – LAND FOR SALE/RENT:

If you have land for sale or rent you may post it here.

PURGAL ADGE MARKETS – MARKET STALLS FOR RENT
SkydiverAnarta Fall & SkydiverColorado Calloway

From the notecard:

Shorah All.

Do you make things and don’t know where to sell them? Have you ever wanted somewhere to market your goods on the Mainland? Would you like a market stall and pay no rent? I have purchased some land on the mainland and turned it into a market place.  All you have to do is to donate your 512 land allowance, choose a stall and away you go. Each stall carries a 50 prim allowance. If you want a stall, but do not have the land allowance available, then stalls are being rented for 160L per week for 50 prims

Please contact SkydiverAnarta Fall or SkydiverColorado Calloway for further information

LORING RENTALS ARE NOW OPEN AT THE NEW PARK PLACE
DeAnn Dufaux

WELCOME TO Park Place Home Decor Rentals !

Loring Enterprises at Park Place would like to invite to make your home here at “Forest Hills Estates” on Loring Park Place sim.

1. These parcels are 4096 Sq Meters with a two tenant limit, at 1874L$ per week.  Each parcel will have a total of 937 prims allowed.
2.  Each parcel comes unfurnished and no landscaping.
3. Tenants have landscaping and terraforming rights.
4. Rental time frames are one week minimum – 8 weeks maximum.

There are 2 parcels available, sharing the above description.

Lot 3
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Loring%20Park%20Place/196/80/30
Lot 4
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Loring%20Park%20Place/198/45/30

Come look around!!

Enjoy your time with Loring Rentals.  Contact Bobo Loring for any questions..
Contacts:
Bobo Loring President
DeAnn DuFaux Vice President

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COMMUNITY AREAS:

CRUX ISLE
Jandai Writer
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Minkarta/133/250/501

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ENTERTAINMENT:

CLUB TOK
SkydiverAnarta Fall & SkydiverColorado Calloway
Monday, 7:00 AM SL and continues until everyone is exhausted…
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eder%20Gira/21/231/44

The music will be 60s, 70s and 80s style. So get your hippie, rocker, new age or punk outfits ready and let’s rock the day and night away.

Club Tok can be found at the top of the Tokotah stairs leading to the City Plaza. Yeesha will show you the way.

HUNTER’S CLUB
Catrina Dragonash
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Biondello/218/96/21

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TREASURE HUNTS:
HIGHEST BIDDER HUNT – VENDOR APPLICATION
DMom2K Darwin
Hunt: June 1 to June 30
Application due: May 19 to Brandy Birge
http://beachsidehunts.blogspot.com/

This is a new concept for a hunt. As the name says Highest Bidder Hunt. This hunt is for everyone because everyone has something that they have made that they feel is there very best work. Meaning your hunt item is to be what you consider your best work to date. There is no cost to be in this hunt, however, if you would like to be a Sponsor. Meaning being in one of the top 8 slots. Only accepting 100 vendors and No More, so hurry and send your applications in. Any Applications over that will be set aside for Fill-Ins.

**Hunt Rules**

~ I WILL NO LONGER TRY TO TRACK YOU DOWN, IF I TP TO YOUR AREA AND YOUR GONE, YOU WILL BE DROPPED, I WILL NO LONGER SPEND ALL MY TIME LOOKING FOR YOU. IF YOU MOVE PLEASE SEND A NOTECARD STATING SO WITH UPDATED LM.

~ Applications will be accepted until May 19th.

~ Complete Application must be send to Brandy Birge.

~ All gifts must be unisex or one for each sex.

~ There is no restrictions to what type of gift you want to give, however , NO Resellers, (BIAB) Business In A Box, and/or Freebies found in BIAB.

~ All Questions should be sent via Notecard. Notecard should be labled HBH-Q – Your Name

Thanks for Considering This Hunt
Brandy Birge

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LUCKY CHAIRS, MIDNIGHT MANIA, FREEBIES AND DOLLARBIES:

PETUNIA AT RESPITE
DMom2K Darwin
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Asimov%20Park/123/93/27

Check out the dollarbie swim suit in the box on the table and look for a dress behind it on the rack for sale for $1L. Very nice clothing in this store.

HE FREAKY BEAVER STORE
Tichelle Teebrook

“Real Life” has taken hold of Kear Kuhn and Kaedy Ferraris so they  have decided, after two and a half years, that it’s time to close The Freaky Beaver. They both want to thank everyone for their support and patronage. They will be closing near the end of May. Until they close, everything in the store is marked down to L$1. Thanks for the memories!”

Nice furniture and accessories.

The store is closing at the end of May and everything is marked down to $1L!

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OTHER ITEMS:

$900 MILLION FACILITY PROTOTYPED IN SECOND LIFE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The Arch Network
and another article related to building in virtual worlds
WELCOME TO MY HOME: FIRST ATTEMPTS AT USING UNITY 3D FOR ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION

Interesting looks at the possiblities and the future of building in virtual worlds. The second article has an interesting link to Life at the Feeding Edge Blog where epredator goes into creating a cube in more than one client by creating in one and sending a message to the others which then also create. Fascinating stuff to think about and how it will eventually apply to us not only in SL but potentially other virtual worlds and hopefully MOULa.  Visualization of your idea can start anywhere….from pen and paper to the Lego program  dnidaz used.   Lot of tools, lot of virtual places to make a start with.

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                                    * Community-Strength-Togetherness *

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