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Thursday, 29 June 2017

4th July Barbecue At The HangOut On Monday!














There is a 4th July Party at the HangOut on Monday.  Owner Janis Short is having a backyard Barbecue to celebrate America's big day!  Be sure to get there early in case all the burgers go quickly! The garden gate opens at 1pm!

Janey Bracken

Walking Around Second Life's Birthday Exhibition - SL14B














I've been wandering around Second Life's 14th Birthday exhibition and enjoyed it very much. On my first day I met Enticing Destiny who had a lovely wooden figure avatar, the type of little figure that artists use  to aid them in getting their proportions right when people are their subjects.  She told me "Some people say I'm a little wooden, but I can't tell LOL"  Enticing kindly let me take a picture of us together  and I asked her to smile for the camera. "How do I know if I'm smiling?" she asked, I laughed and took the picture.  Enticing, who is one of the SL14B helpers, gave me the info pack for the event which included landmarks and free gifts.  I thanked her and went on my way to look around the fantastic exhibits.  The colourful and intriguing displays were just right for SL's birthday bash.  I couldn't resist climbing onto one of the Elite Equestrian group's magnificent horses for a picture and looking around the World of Roleplay, The Venetian Mask Gallery, Transylvania One Blood, CC's Trinidad Carnival and many, many more exhibits.  They are all so well done and beautiful to see.  I loved the giant guitar exhibit and took a ride on the musical note chair to the top of the musical instrument wonder. I caught a few amazing SL singers too over the days, all very professional and talented, there was Ambrosia Kamala accompanied on piano by Thunder Lovenkraft, Jezebel Magic, Dude (dudecansing Resident) and Mimi Carpenter.  The people loved them and they did superbly!

I always look forward to Second Life's Birthdays exhibitions.  Hibiscus, Ed and I enjoyed taking part a few years ago, creating our own exhibits, it was great fun and nice to be part of the celebrations.  I do have a little bit of criticism though, nothing much, but I would love to see every plot with a corner sign where the exhibitors give their details of who they are and what their interpretation of the theme is. Some plots have interactive games, yet it can be hard to find how to play them. I don't want to search for notecards on each exhibit, but to be able to walk up to them and see straight away who is taking part and what their exhibit is about. Also I tend to get a bit lost in SL, now this may be just my bad sense of direction! Lol, but I'd like to see each SLB sim's roads numbered at each end, so that I know if I've already been down that particular area.  I'm sure I must miss a lot and although there is data in the show notes about what is on display and in what sim, there is no beating actually being able to work your way around the sites as you go with visible roadside signs.

Overall a lovely show for SL14B and congratulations to all of the SL14B Staff and Exhibitors, you did Second Life proud!

Here are all exhibitors listed by their names:
http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/exhibitors-for-sl14b/


Janey Bracken

Elite Equestrian horses








Mimi Carpenter

Dude (dudecansing Resident)

Jezebel Magic

Ambrosia Kamala accompanied on piano by Thunder Lovenkraft,




Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A Hot Steamy Night Of Fun At The HangOut New York City Rooftop!














The cities are the hottest places to be in the summers months, the crowds of people, the volume of traffic and the relentless sun beating down on the pavements as it melts the tarmac on the highways.  The underground trains are sheer torture for the commuters as they journey home from work in an uncomfortably close proximity to their fellow travellers, the beads of sweat running down their faces as they gulp the tepid water or soda from the bottles of drink they hurriedly bought from the sweet shop on the way to the underground station.  They fan their faces with the folded newspapers held in their clammy hands and breathe in the humid air shared by those near them.  The buses aren't quite so bad, but waiting in the queues to board them drains everyone's energy after a hard day at work. Those lucky enough to be commuting by car can turn their air conditioning on, but the long lines of traffic delaying their passage home are frustrating and tiring. 

Then, once home! Joy! Out of those sticky work clothes and into the shower to wash away the day's grime, put on something sexy and head off to the Party on one of New York City's great rooftops, complete with a sprinkler, high above all of the pollution and noise of the traffic, courtesy of HangOut owner Janis Short! Well ok, it's a virtual party, but what a lovely way to spend an evening after a hard day at the office, listening to those hot summer hits and chatting and having fun while you relax at your computer, cold drink in your hand and a chance to chill out!  

Janis had done an excellent job decorating the HangOut, turning it into a lifelike NYC roof scene and everyone had a smashing time!  The heatwave is over in the UK, we had our week of summer a few days ago, but virtually we can have any weather we want!  The magic of Second Life!


Janey Bracken