First there was Daydream Island in Second Life, now there's Daydream Island in Real Life. Errr ... it might have occurred the other way around ... but details, details. Here's some pics of our counterpart location in Queensland, Australia.
Earlier today I posted about the Occupy movement in SL. In order to remain fair and impartial I've added an anti-Occupy video. I detest prejudice so the 1% must be given the opportunity to speak - after all they are the minority!
What is Occupy?
The 'Occupy' demonstrations started in early October, 2011 on Wall Street but it became immediately evident that New Yorkers are not alone in their frustrations. The rallies, driven largely by social networking, have since spread throughout Europe and many other countries, with unions and community groups adding their voices to the outcry.
Just a few of the major issues that Occupy protesters have targeted world-wide include:
* The greed of banks and big businesses
* Government approaches and $ cut-backs
* Crippled economies and, in turn, job losses
* Overwhelming loans/debt, and
* Soaring health-care costs.
The protesters' demands centre around the concept of 'fairness for all' and, to achieve success, will require major reforms to the way many of the world's economies, banks and big businesses are structured and regulated. Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange made a speech at the 'Occupy London' protests. “This movement is not about the destruction of law, but the construction of law,” he said.
Occupy in Second Life
Not to be outdone, we have a growing Occupy movement in Second Life! Merriam Galaxy (pictured far right above) is one of the key SL organisers. She's working collaboratively with SL residents to establish 'Occupy SL' group guidelines, protocols, messages and actions.
Feel free to visit Occupy in SL, find out more about it on the OccupySL Face Book page, or take a look at the more humorous side of things at SL's Occupy Forums, found here.
No one can be sure what these rallies will achieve or how long they will last, but it is clear that people have had enough. One would hope that the voices of so many are making some powerful suits sit up and take notice. Emotions are justifiably running hot but I'd hate to see the protests deteriorate into mass riots across the world. My small voice asks for vigilance along with peace and calm. At least in SL no one can be physically harmed!
I'm watching this one with interest. What are your thoughts?
It's beautiful and it's oh soooo romantic. This new crystal cave is for couples seeking an idyllic place to dance (dance ball provided), or to sit quietly and chat (on giant jewels no less). Make sure you angle your cam up just slightly to see the wonderful water reflections on the roof.
Ok, I admit that this cave drips and the floor is wet but we don't seem to notice these things in SL - funny about that :) I won't give the exact location of this magnificent cave because half the fun is in exploring. What I will say it can be found at ... yes you guessed it ... Daydream Island!
Here's a fantastic opportunity for all you SL artists out there! The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) has negotiated with Linden Labs to make 20 new regions available for the arts in Second Life. Woohoo!
Wagner James Au, author of the New World Notes blog, has written about high-tech culture for over 10 years. Amongst other exploits, he's the author of the book, The Making of Second Life: Notes from the New World (HarperBusiness).
He even has eminent dudes singing his praises, “No one knows Second Life better, or, more important, its extraordinary importance to first life.” — Laurence Lessig, professor Stanford Law School
The New World Notes blog covers everything you can think of about SL, including Romance, Machinima (in-world film making), fashion, awards, events and what seems like real 'insider' information on LL.
Well worth a look!
As the owner of Daydream Island in Second Life I’m constantly on the lookout for new bits and pieces to add to my sim. I could stop changing the landscape I suppose, but I regularly move stuff around and add things for several reasons.
Firstly, it’s fun to do. One of my favourite things in-world is landscaping, in fact I’m quite passionate, even obsessive about it. Secondly it keeps things fresh for guests. People really appreciate new paraphernalia to discover, places to explore and things to do. Lastly, there are always new items that I come across in my travels or while browsing SL Marketplace. Frankly, I just can’t help myself :)
My Selection Criteria
So what is my idea of ‘good’ design? Here are the things I've learned to look for:
My list may seem obvious but it's amazing how often I visit SL locations where prims are wasted; the overall look is jumbled and messy and stuff just doesn’t work. It's a real pity. I’ve found that taking a bit longer to search for low prim items, considering how they’ll look in the overall scheme of things and testing them before parting with my L$’s has been a successful strategy.
Over time you learn which are the top designers and build a list of merchants that you return to time and again. In the coming weeks I'll feature some of my favourite landscape designers for you to check out.
Let me know if you think my list of selection criteria is helpful and feel free to share any others that you use :)
As well as shopping in-world - there are 1000's of stores to be found - SL goodies can also be bought from SL Marketplace.
The Marketplace is a huge web site where designers list their SL creations for sale or even as freebies. You can log into the Marketplace to browse and purchase their virtual goods using Linden dollars (L$). Shopping via Marketplace is fun and often quicker than teleporting from one in-world store to another.
Just thought you might like to see some amazing photos of where the 'me' behind the avatar lives. I am lucky enough to call the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia home. The views from my window have been a real inspiration to me and are reflected in many ways in Daydream Island, SL.
Real life nationality
A bit about me...
I fell in love with SL over a year ago. Had fun exploring. Have been a mermaid and a fairy. Fell in love with the romance too. That's where it gets complicated :).
The most embarrassing thing I ever did in SL was …
Walking into the top room of that mansion and find two people, enjoying some uhmm physical cultural exchange. I tied noto look, afraid I might know them. Then I could not get the door to open for me to get out.
Daydream Island is …
I think Second Life is …
my little escape
My SL rez (birth) date
My message to others in SL is …
Be nice, don't hurt.
In SL I usually hang out with people who …
Don't try to hide who they really are and can laugh about themselves.