Monthly Archives: September 2009

“Formatting Gaia” at Enaxia Gallery

Patrick Millard, aka Formatting Heliosense, at the opening party for his exhibition of photographs, Formatting Gaia

Patrick Millard, aka Formatting Heliosense, at Enaxia

Enaxia Gallery threw a grand party for the opening of Patrick Millard’s Formatting Gaia.

In Formatting Gaia, we experience the small shock of just how far the digital age has imposed itself on our environment. These juicy photographs are certainly thought provoking, while the tree hugger in me found some pieces downright disturbing.

Formatting Gaia runs until January 15th at Enaxia. Be sure to pick up a copy of the attractive catalogue from the grey boxes at the front entrance.

Scripter at Work on the Playa

Scripting genius Micheil Merlin making my prim objects do magical things at our BL09 Theme Camp on Quinn

Scripting genius Micheil Merlin making my prim objects do magical things

DJ Mr Honey at Nantucket Yacht Club

The real SL sailors had a regatta today and a big party at the Nantucket Yacht Club to celebrate afterwards. Our friend DJ Mr Honey was providing the tunes so Merlin and I dropped in to join “Queen Bee” Helena on the dance floor and hang out for a while.

Me, Merlin and Helena dancing on Helena's chim to the smooth sound of DJ Mr Honey

Me, Merlin and Helena dancing on Helena's chim to the smooth sound of DJ Mr Honey


Mr Honey has a fine new DJ booth

Mr Honey has a fine new DJ booth

Sunday Night Poetry and Bar Dancing

Dancing at The Blue Angel

Dancing at The Blue Angel

Micheil and I were puzzling over the oddness of SL physics until late last night, so I missed the open mic poetry at The Blue Angel.

But even the pull of the playa isn’t strong enough to keep me from dressing up to meet Merlin and dance with the cool kids in the mellow grasp of DJ Mr Honey.

Dress: Baiastice Old Class (Pink)
Shoes: Blaze Classic Pumps (tinted)
Necklace: Shiny Things (a dollarbie at the Gnubie Store)
Hair: RaC/Laqroki Biscuit
Skin: Sin Skins
Shape: Nickola Martynov

Burning Life 2009

The playa on Quinn

The playa on Quinn

My building partner, Micheil Merlin, and I are delighted to have been awarded a Theme Camp at Burning Life this year. As M&M Entertainment & Spectacles, we are planning to build a Rube Goldberg machine to catch a monkey!

We hope we will build it, that is. We’re not sure if what we have in mind will work once the intense lag of these exhibitions hits.

The image is of the playa on Quinn before the hoards began arriving in the land rushes that are being held all week.

My friend and imaginative builder, Lauston Oh, hasn’t been successful yet in getting a camp for himself. I’ve got my fingers crossed for him, because Burning Life just wouldn’t be Burning Life without some of Lauston’s craziness.

Second Life 6th Birthday Build

Micheil Merlin and I created Space is there… for the Second Life 6th Birthday party exhibition this year. The exhibition theme was “Virtual Worlds in the Future” and we decided to expand the concept of collapsing geography into space exploration.

SL6B "Space is there..." invited people to climb into space and imagine all that could be done there.

Our SL6B build invited people to climb into space and imagine all that could be done there.

From the exhibition notes:
Second Life has been home to a number of builds that model for real world projects. Educators, business and researchers have all used the modelling capabilities of SL to seek and discover real life solutions to building projects all around the world.

But why stop there?

...and climb, and climb, and climb....

...and climb, and climb, and climb....

Why not use virtual world technology to explore the possibilities of the stars and planets in the rest of our galaxy or the entire universe?

Just as Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest “because it was there”, our build invites you to climb space, into a solar system under construction in preparation for human habitation.

Space is there,
and we’re going to climb it,
and the moon and the planets are there,
and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there.
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy, USA President 1961-1963

Inspired by JFK’s famous quote, we invite you to climb in space and imagine all we can do there.

SL artist and composer, Kolor Fall, created some wonderful original pieces of music that we placed into the upper catwalks creating a magnificent effect of layered sound that enhanced the sense of majesty of the universe.

The solar system under construction

The solar system under construction

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Creating a whole sim!

Have I mentioned that Ener Hax is amazing? After exclaiming over my personal build on Enercay Midkey, she gave me a chance to develop an entire sim on the iliveisl Estates.

Enercay Westkey was developed as a series of cays out of the eroding sand from the mainland

Enercay Westkey was developed as a series of cays out of the eroding sand from the mainland

The sim is in the southwest corner of the estate. To the north was high ground with a canal that emptied into Enercay Westkey. To the east was a sim with an extinct volcano as the central feature.

In designing Enercay Westkey I went with the ‘cay’ and created islands that dropped in elevation from the high points along the north edge to sea level long the two water sides.

I brought in lots of waterways between the parcels and shaped the sand-textured islands to appear as if they were created from erosion of the higher places in the estate.

Erosion control features

Erosion control features

With a nod to Ener’s post atomic theme of the estates I created makeshift erosion control barriers from posts, rock and grasses.

Evidence of ancient volcanic activity from the sim next door

Evidence of ancient volcanic activity from the sim next door

And because the extinct volcano on the next sim would have, most likely, created smaller islands around it of harder rock, I created a volcanic island in the lower southwest corner of the sim. The top has eroded now and sand washing from the mainland has caught in the rock and, over the millenia, a landmass has formed that serves to prevent the rest of the islands in the sim from washing out to sea.

The chance to work with a whole sim was fantastic and I’m grateful to Ener for giving me the chance to try out some of my ideas.
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Now to be able to build a sim with custom homes so that tenants don’t come in and just flatten everything within the parcel borders!