Bay City Fashion Week


Aims to bring together mid-century designers

BAY CITY, SL (6th March, 2012) – This April, Bay City is hoping to bring together the best of Second Life’s ™ vintage mid-century fashion designers in one place, where they can wow us with the designs that best typify Bay City’s theme: the American urban experience, between 1940 and 1965, perhaps best typified by Chicago circa 1950 and marked by a distinct deco influence.

Established designers will be provided with a space in the Bay City Fairgrounds, in the North Channel region, from April 14-22 to present the best in mid-century modern fashions for all Second Life avatars. Runway space and other amenities will be provided to help them highlight their designs. There may also be a few other related events and goodies to announce as time goes on.

While designers are not required to do so, they are asked to consider this a prime spot to unveil new, mid-century designs, rather than only pull from existing stock. They are also encouraged, but by no means required, to consider providing a free or low cost item for visitors to the event that they may give out at their stall.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab ™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact:

Marianne McCann

Bay City Alliance

Art Where You May Not Expect It

Just for fun, I thought I would mention two ongoing art shows, a bit off the usual gallery paths.  I enjoyed them both!

The Old Works Art Gallery
Located in Babbage Square, New Babbage

“Family Histories: Crossing sexual boundaries in the Age of Steam”

As described by the gallery owner…

February is LGBT History Month in the UK, and given this typist’s (Elilka Sieyes, aka Dr. Watson) study interests it seemed like a good opportunity for a special (and slightly lazy) event at the Old Works gallery.

Family Histories presents selected portraits of individuals and couples who in some way transgressed Victorian norms of gender and sexuality. Some loved partners of the same sex, others made lives outside gender roles assigned to them by society, and yet others aspired to change Victorian views of sexuality.

The display contains some faces familiar to all, and a few less well known portraits. A side-display includes links to works by some of the individuals featured in the exhibit.

The display begins on Wednesday the 1st of Feb. There is no official opening with exploding tesla coils, but visitors are welcome to drop in for informal sitting-around-chatting on Sunday the 5th of February to discuss who has been egregiously missed out of the display, why what Vernon Lee really needed was an airship, and whether there’s such a thing as Uranian Steampunk.


First Bank Building Gallery of Seraph City

“Edward Hopper: City Life”

January 30 – March 31

Pick up a free catalog at the Gallery – wearable on a hud point, or rezz it on your inworld coffee table.

(Do try to break into the bank’s vault. If you manage it, there’s some fun to be had. Good luck getting back out, too!  Yes, I managed both.)

Home is Where the Heart is Hunt

The Prim Perfect Home is Where the Heart is Hunt starts February 1st.
The hunt starts in the Prim Perfect Headquarters and has 47 vendors.
And… there will be a quest, starting a few days after the hunt.
Grand prize: L$10,000 (cash) and gifts from vendors.Vendors/Hunt path:
Prim Perfect Headquarter (Start location)
Ambiance Interactive Furnishings
Castle Q
EBDesign – The little Shop
The Strawberry Box
Melu Deco
L’aize Dayz
Tricia Aferdita Gallery
AZ Emporium
Michigans Shack
Galland Homes
LOTTIE Garden & Home
Grendel’s Children
C&D Designs – Styled Living
Cafe Curiousity
Maven Homes
Cheeky Pea
Park Place Home Decor
Second Spaces
Angie’s Home Interiors
FIN *Relive the fifties*
Exquisite Eye Decorations
Terra Incognita [L] unknown land
Bearsfoot Beaches
Gallery Barzane
Wings of Enchantment
εïз Butterflies™ εïз
The BoatHouse
[][] beach street [][] home and garden
Weekend Salvage
Piddler’s Perch
Dreamscapes Art Gallery
Pinkie’s Place Pleasantville Valentine’s Shop
The Whiz HQ
Treasures of the Thassa/Shameless Bits
Aphrodite Megastore
Designer Prims
The  House of Byzanthine
Designing Worlds Studio

Photo Contest at Gumi’s Flower Shop


Gumi’s Flower Shop is holding a photo contest.
There are two categories:

1) Second Landscape
Judges: PJ Trenton (Chief), Saffia Widdershins, Tricia Aferdita

2) Scenery with Prim Flowers
Judges: Saffia Widdershins(Chief), PJ Trenton, Tricia Aferdita

The first prize is 3000L!
Please join the contest and maybe you will win that 3000L!

Submission box location:

February 15, 2012

There is a FIVE (5) photo maximum per applicant. The winners will be announced late in February. All three of the winners will have their photos displayed in the store for at least a week. Submitted photos will be displayed at a special location and/or Gumi’s Flower Shop for at least a week. It is recommended that photos be set to have full permissions. If you don’t want to submit full perm photos, we will accept your photo, but keep in mind that they will require additional work.

Gumi Yao reserves the right to deny your submission for any reason.

Theme and submission details:

1) Second Landscape:
Images MUST be snapshots taken in Second Life. NO Photoshop, NO processing your photos outside of SL. Please change your snapshot name to “photo title – your name – photo pixel size”, for example, Cold Sea – Gumi Yao – 1024×786.

You must include the sim name and location in the photo description field.  SL will include it automatically. Make sure this stays in the photo description.

First place: 3000L
Second place: 1000L
Third place: 500L

2) Scenery with Prim Flowers:
Photos taken in Second Life.
Photo must include prim flowers. Textured flowers can be included as long as the prim flowers are the more important subject than the textured flowers.

Examples could be flowers in a vase, a woman holding a bouquet, an imaginary flower in future. etc.etc.

Your photos should be titled “photo title – your name – photo pixel size”, for example, My Garden – Gumi Yao – 512×512.

First place: 3000L
Second place: 1000L
Third place: 500L

Chinese New Year’s in Steelhead 2012

Lantern Festival in Steelhead Shanghai Bay:

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

Squirrel Appreciation Day in Steelhead Boomtown:
Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate your tree climbing, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels. It’s held in mid-winter when food sources are scarce for squirrels and other wildlife. Sure, squirrels spent all fall gathering and “squirreling ” away food. But, their supplies may not be enough. And, the variety of food is limited. So, give them an extra special treat today to supplement their winter diets.

Year of the Dragon in Steelhead Shanghai:
History of Chinese New Years:  Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in dragon years are innovative, brave, and passionate.

Lastday, Capricorn 29’s. Year of the City: 2274. Carousel begins.

I haven’t been at work since December 29th. Tomorrow, January 9th, my annual personal traditional New Year’s break ends and I will return to campus. Along with 47,000 students. Parking is gonna be a trick!

But it’s been a good break, in spite of catching a cold just a few days into it. I did my best to ignore the symptoms and focused instead on finishing last years projects, purging accumulated clutter both in reality and digitally, and made it a priority to sleep in, nap often, laugh at least once an hour, and spend time with good friends.

Inworld, I pared down my obligations as much as I could manage – keeping only projects that bring me joy. It’s MY Second Life, after all, the first one has plenty enough chores, thank you! I hold tight to Prim Perfect magazine, the Java Jive club in Seraph City, Cafe Curiousity in New Toulouse, and adventures with Armada’s Scoundrel Fleet. These four aspects of my Second Life make me very, very happy and I wish to nurture them. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy having fun in New Babbage and Steelhead, and other bright shinies that are always peering around the corner at me. It simply means that these four concepts are consistent, solid sources of fun, learning, growth and companionship. I value them greatly.

I wrote… a lot. I also beta-read a most brilliant fanfiction written by a longtime friend who I consider to be THE essential Stargate SG1 fanficcer. She chose to go alternate universe this time around with an epic tale set in the Victorian era, and I was flattered to be chosen to be her advisor on the details of the times.

And there was food, of course. With leisure time to cook and bake, I experimented with some alternate recipes, new ingredients, and lots of lazy slow simmered dishes. Mmmm.

But don’t worry. In spite of all the goal-worthy projects, the restful sleep, the good food… I still found time to be a shallow snarky little bint! I mean really. Here is a CONFLICT OF LOWER BODY WARDROBE CONTRIVEMENTS:

The belt hovered inches from her body, never actually touching it at any point – which is a crime as she direly NEEDED some support. She did not get her linden’s worth out of the pants purchase, as the top of them has gone missing. And that popular mainstay of smexiness (I just upchucked a bit saying that), the Ueber Visible Thong, had fake bling. See those sparkles?  They’re just textures. Now you must live with the knowledge that  yes, there is imitation bling. Please – won’t you help eliminate Fake Bling, in our lifetime?

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A Reminder To All About The Poetry Slams

Sharing a message received from Baron Klaus Wulfenbach:

It is a new year, and with the New Year often comes personal resolutions of all sorts. In this vein, the theme for this week shall be ‘Vows’..

The Poetry Slam at der Hut des Jaeger is held every week (barring holidays and emergencies) on Thursday Evenings, 5:00 SLT

Generally we gather at 5:00 pm SLT, and usually manage to have the first recitation by 5:30. Readings continue until we run out of material, or until the music at Mama Valdy’s begins at 7:00 SLT.

It is not Mama Gkika’s, but it is the pub for the Jaegermonsters. Sometimes there are themes, and sometimes there is a free-for-all. People recite their favorite poet’s work, and sometimes their original work. Most nights are in chat, but if you ask, we can set up for Voice.

A Word about the audience appreciation – it usually involves projectiles. Now, the pub grounds are not damage-enabled, but sometimes the chickens or cupcakes or tomatoes can push you into the wall. It is all in good spirits, just make sure your ammunition is temp-rez.

Merry Christmas!

On this bright and shiny Christmas day, I bring you a small gift. It’s the exciting story of Santa and the Sim Crossing: Part One and the unexpected conclusion to the adventure in Part Two!

And then, in a completely unexpected twist, a photo from the story and the story itself were both added to JIRA SVC-472, “Region Crossings Fail”. Be sure to Vote for, and Follow the JIRA so that poor Santa doesn’t have to deal with these issues next year!

Musings of a mad builder

Late one night, a conversation betwixt TotalLunar Eclipse and myself resulted in his penning this little essay almost instantaneously. Please allow me share it with you! — Ceejay Writer

‘C 4 works most effectively.’ – Tensai Hilra

I remember my very first build, it was a pathetic little mushroom. At that time the fungus was the crowning achievement of my second life, I was most proud. My second build was an actual building so my personal graduation from flora to architecture was quite severe but as I stared at the little fish shack I thought to myself, ‘I can do better than this.’

Through the subsequent months thereafter I learned extensively what all the little tabs the build feature has to offer. In hindsight if I had known about Ivory Tower or other places that teach building I would have used those resources. Soon one build turned to several and my eyes surveyed the buildings created. From their construction one can clearly see the gradual knowledge accumulation with each build, each alpha glitch and more recently incorporating sculpts and mesh into the work.

I remember how difficult it was for me to take down my predecessors buildings, how each one, though its construction sorely in need of update, was dear and special and held memories of this or that… to me it was inconsistencies skewing the vision, dampening the growth of the city. That fish shack was the first to undergo my critical eye and I found great joy in turning it physical, then unlinking it, watching in great satisfaction as each prim scattered about the place. The grin couldn’t be wiped from my face at that point. What else should I deconstruct? The barn? Sure!

Steelhead has always been in a state of constant change, the more I learn and refine my building skills the more I want to tear what I’ve already done and begin again. Coupled with my wife’s tendencies to destroy everything she touches, we blended together explosives with the tear down process to make things easier. The town loved this as much as Las Vegas residents and visitors love when they blow up a hotel.

I remember our first explosive deconstruction, my wife and I kept it a secret altogether. The building that was to come down was the old Saloon. It was a beautiful white building with French Quarter style façade and decorative wrought iron archways. We parked a pirate boat on the waterfront pier and held a pirate party on the boat with, of course, massive amounts of beer and parrots on the HMS Jolly Pigeon. All the ship’s cannons were aimed at the building, and at the stroke of 8 we played an appropriate overture and the entire building collapsed. The shock, the amazement and the hysterical laughter made it worth the while. For a few days the building sat in its desecrated demolished state while people wondered what the fate of the building was, until something bigger and far more elaborate plopped down onto the ground and we of course had to have a party inaugurating it.

Steelhead is ever changing, and even residents and landowners are in a constant state of rebuild and retry and sometimes rebuild, regret, retry but deep down inside it’s the satisfaction of creation and seeing your own skills growing with each prim you place. At least that’s how it was for me. And even though I have destroyed half of Steelhead and started over again I still have fond memories of places long gone and builds no longer with us. But I am far more romantic than I lead on, deep inside inventory sits a tiny unusual and quite ugly little mushroom that could scarcely be given away let alone sold.

But that’s my mushroom.

No C 4 will touch her.

TotalLunar Eclipse – Steward of Steelhead