Second Life turns 17 as a shelter for its residents

You have probably read all the guides out there to SL17B, Second Life’s 17th anniversary event, which opened yesterday, June 19 – so let’s go for a different approach here. I dare say this year’s celebration, more than other recent ones, reflects a tendency, which I will lazily call here “the idealistic familiarization of SL”…

A Favela challenges stereotypes where otherness is at stake

When I first visited A Favela, a parcel in Second Life decorated by Lotus Mastroianni and Fred Hamilton in a way that represents a typical Brazilian slum (actually, a typical slum in Rio de Janeiro), I thought it looked accurate enough to go well beyond one of those simple displays of stereotypes. Indeed, it offered…

Skyscrapers: a sim made larger by a scaling magic

Scaling down skyscrapers in order to build a big project

Do tiny skyscrapers make sense? Well, that’s exactly what artist Gem Preiz has built in Second Life: small massive buildings which are not scale models, even if they are just virtual. Those wonders, forming a somewhat futuristic cityscape, can be seen in his installation Skyscrapers, which invites us to think of scales in the virtual…

Randelsham Forest, seen from above

A community forest in Bellisseria

As Bellisseria expands in Second Life – but it was clear from its very beginning – the latest Linden Homes continent becomes more organic and integrated. Each time it increases, visitors and residents can confirm that, in contrast with the old premium continents, Bellisseria has been planned as a continuum where houses are not just…

Ricco observes Log 1 house’s façade

Linden Homes have become more spacious

I guess by now most of my readers, if not all, have already checked the new Linden Homes available to premium members and exhibited since February 28 at a special region adjacent to the main American Cancer Society island in Second Life. Still, here’s my two cents about them. The Log Homes, which constitute the…

oyo and Melusina Parkin

The photo game 3: Melusina Parkin and oyo

Yes, I’m late for inaugurating 2020 on this blog, but I’ll do it in style: let’s go for a new photo game round with no less than oyo and Melusina Parkin. To start with, I’d like to thank both – who are great artists, that I admire so much – for having accepted my invitation…

Lighthouse near the harbor in Ooost West

Geography matters

One of the most interesting tasks involved in building a sim or a group of sims in Second Life is the one of landscaping: not only because this is how we give some (virtual) concreteness to the atmosphere we mean to create, but also because it determines how integrated the different areas of our project…

Altitude at sea level

A place where you can get visually (and musically) high

Altitude (noun): the vertical elevation of an object above a surface […], the angular elevation of a celestial object […], vertical distance or extent, position at a height, […] a high level (as of quality or feeling) (Merriam-Webster, 2019, Altitude). Altitude is not only a club for alt music, but also a place for an…

Warning: a crashed UFO in Cornhub

And a UFO crashed in Second Life

The late 1940s and the 1950s produced a series of sci-fi themes in the United States that have spread and marked our cultural imaginary since then. It’s from those times that the most famous UFO-related case in history emerged: the Roswell Incident, in New Mexico, US, dates back to 1947. That’s the starting point for…

Linden Lab celebrates 16 years of its most successful product

As this post appears on Second Sighting, the celebrations of Second Life’s 16th anniversary (ok, let’s call it birthday, since it’s known as SL16B, anyway) will be officially starting – yeah! From today, June 20, until July 8, the party in the SL16B sims will rock the grid in an event that’s already a milestone:…

A sculpture by Eupalinos Ugajin in Avaloir

Eupalinos, architect of an eccentric world

When I made a list of six curious ways to die in Second Life, artist Eupalinos Ugajin suggested I could try an additional means of killing my avatar: by throwing the virtual me from a giant catapult in Avaloir, Eupalinos’s sim. So I did – and that was not the end of the road for…

Ricco looks back: visiting Drune

Celebrated cyberpunk city 2019-XS reborn as Drune

Back in December and January, different blogs featured a futuristic, cyberpunk region in Second Life called 2019-XS. It was, some will have figured already, a tribute to Blade Runner, the movie by Ridley Scott which is set in a dystopian Los Angeles of… 2019. After a few posts on that great sim, though, the place…