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Last Saturday, after having a great lunch with some friends I went to get some groceries. TPs were broken in RL as usual, so I had to walk all the way and glad I did.

As I approached the supermarket, this great scent to fresh baked cakes came to meet me. Although my neighborhood is not that big, I seldom walk that street so I was quite surprised to look at this shop window (once a flower shop) and see 4 shelves full of trays with cookies. Amazing thing was that the description was both in English and Portuguese.

I couldn’t resist and had to get in and ask for a cup of coffee and a cookie. The gentleman behind the counter was struggling to speak Portuguese so i started chatting in English. And this was how I found out that America had landed in Lisbon.

Karl’s cookies straight from Frisco (San Francisco, CA) 3 blocks from my place. The cookies are just delicious, melting in your mouth and they have all types of flavours, from peanut butter and lemon chocolate chips to beer and wasabi (how weird is that?).

Yesterday I couldn’t go there, so I decided to bake some in SL. I must tell you that they were nothing compared to Karl’s, so I will go back today after work and get me a baker’s dozen, just in case I will miss my daily visit šŸ˜‰

Making cookies2 Making cookies 1

PS: In no time I will have to visit Weight Watchers. Those cookies are irresistible

Wearing:

:: PM :: Lily Top in Sienna and :: PM ::Skinny Jeans in Orange [MESH] from the Halloween hunt going on at PurpleMoon

Skin: :: Exodi :: Sienna Nuit – Poker Face (no longer available)

Hair: W&Y HAIR41 (store is gone)

Pictures taken at LEA19-The Portuguese Way

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We have been having several events at LEA19-The Portuguese Way since its opening in September.

This Saturday, September 26 at 3PM PDT we are having a coral cyber dance performanceĀ  in which everyone attending will take part.

All the guests will be provided for the event with a kit of some customizable outfits. Those are dance skins textured with paintings of Janjiiā€™s ā€œJust feelingsā€ RL series. These outfits were conceived not only to reduce lag but also to embed the participantsĀ  in the whole environment. In case you wish to have the outfits before the performance, please send me an im inworld and I will send them to you.

In this performance we propose a meeting of avatars for a celebration dance: Portugal and Brazil united to celebrate the rediscovery in an exercise of mixed cultures arising a feeling of belonging through dance, music, language and culture. Of course this is not just for Portuguese speakers, since dance and music are international languages.

The scenery created by Wan Laryukov and Janjii Rugani is embedded in the water which represents that feeling and, at the same time, the Atlantic Ocean which has separated for centuries those two people who admire each other from overseas and that in the virtual reality are joined together in the same sea populated by Wanā€™s sculptures. These sculptures evoke the avatarsā€™ cyber bodies representing the post human being that we are.

Thus the feelings and mixed cultures are the theme of this coral cyber dance that, inspired in the work of Rudolf Laban, becomes an interactive cyber performance where everyone is invited to participate, being free to choose from the different options and animations available. Each one can chooseĀ  to join the HUD of the choreographer Janjii Rugani or the several dance machines scattered through the platform, or even bring their own HUDs since the idea is not to have homogeneous movements but yet their diversity which unites us.

Here is the taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/132/146/25

Time encounters

About Laban and Coral Dance

Rudolf Von Laban (1879-1958) was a dancer and choreographer and is considered as one of the most important dance theoreticians of the 20th century. He dedicated his life to the study of the systematization of the movement language in its several facets: creation, notation, appreciation and education.

Laban dedicated himself to dance proposals for the masses, developing the art of coral dance, where a large number of people move together in a simple choreography, allowing dancers and common people to dance together in a collaborative way. This part of his work is closely connected with his personal spiritual believes, based in the Victorian Theosophy, Sufism and Hermeticism, popular by the end of the 19th century.

The expression coral-dance leads us to the early years of the 20th century, when Rudolph Laban, after joining the ā€œOrdo Templi Orientisā€ in 1914, directed some coral dance rituals on Verita Mountain, Ascona, Switzerland in the year of 1917 at a workshop where his ideas became popular.

More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laban_Movement_Analysis

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According to Wikipedia ā€œBurning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labour Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.ā€

In Second Life the ā€œBurning Lifeā€ event started back in 2003, at the time with land sponsored by Linden Lab, although the residents wishing to participate had to pay L$ 1,600 for a 40×40 plot, being that amount refunded after the event was over. The following years a lottery was implemented and the plots granted had a 512sqm area.

Since then, every year we have been having a Burn event which has been following the themes of the RL Burning Man, starting in 2003 with just 2 sims and in 2007 we see the event spread across 18 islands.

In 2010, the name of the event was changed to Burn 2 and due to the huge downsizing at Linden Lab, the event started to be resident supported and LL stopped supplying the sims where the festivities took place.

The RL Burning Man organization was aware from the beginning of the virtual event and, from 2008 on, some of the actual RL Burning Man organizers were inworld to guide residents and assure that the spirit and principles would be the same in both worlds.

I have to confess that on previous years I was lagging so badly that I barely managed to see a couple of buildings and taking pictures was definitely not an option, so I just surfed the web looking for photos and machinima (check it out, there are really great ones) and kicked my computer for the lack of strength to handle lag.

This year things are a bit better and Gemma Cleanslate was a dear providing me with a bunch of LMs and off I went.

I was just there for half an hour or so but I leave you here some of the pictures I took, raw from SL, except for signature. More to come. Iā€™ll keep you postedā€¦ well, not you the picsā€¦ ok, whatever, you know what I mean šŸ˜‰

There is a lot to be seen and it will end Sunday so hurry hurry, click that TPbutton and wear your shoes off on the cracked sand of Burn.

(Click pics for better view)

The Cathedral2 The Cathedral Organica 2 Organica Diamonds2 Diamonds Flesh Dreams2 Flesh Dreams1 Will not rebel Will not protest

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Per4mances metaLES always has gorgeous art installations that stay on for just 2 months. Now they have Overto Omonto on by the most talented Romy Nayar.

When you first arrive you have a gate-keeper who gives you the information about the story of this lost city and its inhabitants. You can walk (I did), fly or use the vehicle provided once you enter the gate.

Gate keeper

Isolated from each other in a once prosperous city, your purpose will be to bring them together again. For that you have to say to each persona (there are 9 of them) the latin word provided on the note and they will answer back to you with another word. At the end you will have to make a full sentence with the words by the big gate.

The sim is marvelously build and has a great atmosphere, sad, spooky but at the same time beautiful in its own way. Take your time exploring and check the little details. Nothing was left to chance.

(click the pics for larger view)

Letting go

Cat lady Milady Fortune teller Sleeping Blindfolded The End

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Since Linden Lab changed the new ToS, specially the famous article 2.3 which grants them total rights over everyone’s works, we have been watching a lot of people abandoning their land and some of them even abandoning Second Life.

When I started to understand how SL worked, back in the days, I always thought that whatever I created there, what I bought or got offered would never be mine, since LL could pull the plug at anytime and all would be lost. So the sense of possession was never really in my thoughts and instead decided to start taking pictures of the things I liked ephemeral as they might be.

I always respected everyone’s copyrights. I don’t make downloads of music and movies, I try not to use any type of materials without checking first the copyrights and always mentioning the source when I do it. All artists/creators must have the credits for their works.

Is LL respecting this with the new 2.3? Well in my humble opinion, and in a quite simplistic view, yes and no. Yes because they state that you keep your copyrights on your own work and no because they kind of share the copyrights with you and will not ask you if you mind your things being used in some other way.

May be the terms in which was written do not translate the intention and the again may be it does… who knows? The thing is that if you want to stay in SL you have to abide to their terms, which brings me to the initial intent of this post: to leave or not to leave.

In my almost 7 years as a resident (time does fly) I have seen a lot of changes in this lovely world of ours, friends going, new friends coming, the news in RL media saying SL is dead and the “Does that still exist?” In comments all over the web and now this.

And people are (again) leaving. But where to go? There is a bunch of other worlds out there waiting for you but they definitely aren’t Second Life.

I tried Twinity, OSGrid and Inworldz all of them lacking what I cherish the most in Second Life: people! Friends and friends to be, new cultures, new experiences. All those worlds Winter visited are like the Sahara, big deserts with more or less good builds and landscapes with one on occasion Bedouin.

I do like to explore alone in Second Life, specially if i am out and about to take pics, since it is not fair to any one seeing me in the middle of a sim for 1 hour or more, caming around for nice angles and trying windlight settings one after the other, but socializing is still my main reason for being inworld for this long. It is all about sharing, sharing knowledge, sharing experiences, sharing feelings, sharing laughter

And that is why that all those poor Winter Wardhanis in those other worlds are resting in some server somewhere. After all if you are alone, better be sleeping right?

Starway to heaven

 

 

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When I saw Honour McMillan’s blog post I knew I had to go there. It got me curious for a bunch of reasons, the beautiful buildings, the theme (I love porcelaine, specially the blue China) and the name of the Island – Aldous Huxley.

The Brave New World is one of my favourite books ever and I went to see what the SIM had to do with the name of the island or Huxley’s work. Well guys, I still don’t know. Tried to find some information on the PossUM project (Possibilities Unlimited Museum) but their blog page is not updated so if you know anything about it please be so kind and leave it in the comments here.

For now I leave you with a couple of pictures of the amazing decorated plate the size of a whole SIM.

Brave new world China trees China houses

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LEA6-Colour Key

I first saw Rebeca Bashly work at UTSA Art Space back in 2011 and marveled with her ice sculptures. Early this year I saw her work The Tower at LEA and once again I loved it. When I heard she had her latest work up and running at LEA6 I headed there and, as usual, it was totally worth it.

The name of the new installation is Colour Key and when you visit be attentive for keys available at each stage because they are the only way to move down the huge building.

I really don’t know what to say about the whole installation except it is amazing and each visitor will have his/her own opinion about the meaning of the key. In Rebeca’s own words “It is all about human nature, breaking your spine to find answers that are under your nose. Explore and discuss, this is a joy to me”

I leave you with some pictures but be sure to visit since it will be opened only until the end of October.

(click the pics for fullscreen view)

LEA6-Colour Key 6 LEA6-Colour Key 5 LEA6-Colour Key 4 LEA6-Colour Key 3 LEA6-Colour Key 2 LEA6-Colour Key 1

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