Sunday, March 29, 2009

Got the Blues?

The C.C.Loons Blues Museum at the Crossroads aka. The House of Tunes is the place you want to check out if you love the blues or just want to learn more about artists behind blues music.

From the early pioneers of the blues such as Ida Cox, Billy Patton, Bessie Smith, and Mississippi John Hurt to the greats such as Ike Turner and Etta James, you will find them all here. Each artist is represented with a picture. Click on the picture and a notecard will be delivered to you with information regarding their life and contribution to music.

The pictures also give notecards that tell the story of the blues. For instance, the notecard for the picture above talks about the Early Post War Blues:
After World War II and in the 1950s, as African Americans moved to the Northern cities, new styles of electric blues music became popular in cities such as Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. Electric blues used amplified electric guitars, electric bass, drums, and harmonica. Chicago became a center for electric blues in the early 1950s...

The museum also showcases the instruments played by the Blues artists. You can click on them and get more detailed information also. For instance, you can find out why B.B. King always named his guitars Lucille.

A video screen that plays videos on the second floor. A deck is off the back with dance balls and a stage for live performances. Add some blues to your day.

To visit the Blues Museum, CLICK HERE (The Crossroads 195, 91, 29)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Noob Art?

Have you seen the prim Noobs around SL? Have they fooled you into thinking they were an avie?

Avalon Art District challenged residents to take a sculpted Noob and change the textures, modify it, add to it, make it creative, silly or inspirational. Name it something creative and submit it. The entry deadline has past, but now you can go view the creations and vote on them.

I'm only showing you a couple of pictures because it's more fun seeing them for yourself.

To visit, CLICK HERE. (Ars Lunga 74, 147, 27)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Swamp Hotel - Solve a Mystery

Many people love to solve mysteries. MadPea Productions has created a mystery in Second Life called Swamp Hotel. When you arrive, you get the following instructions:

On the 7th of August seven people vanished from the Swamp Hotel... but not without a trace. Unravel the mystery of this mass disappearance by finding out about the guests and their activities, preparing yourself for a shocking surprise.

One thing leads to another in this game, pay attention to little details and collect everything you can find. To activate certain parts of the game, you need to WEAR the right object and click the object you want to activate with it. Make sure to turn your animation override off for the animations to work properly.

Walk around the rooms of the hotel and click and look at everything. It was reminiscent of the games of Myst or Riven.

Have fun!

To visit the Swamp Hotel, CLICK HERE. (Orange Island 196, 220, 20)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Suffugium - An Exploration Paradise

I had no idea what to expect when I read that this sim was a cross between steampunk and futuristic. It turned out to be a great adventure. According to Orange Island blog,

Suffugium is a project of the Squidsoft Collective. Even on a short visit (and this is without exploring the narrative in detail) you get the sense of a city that’s been walled off from a horrific catastrophe, and has subsequently made serious sacrifices with individual liberty, to keep the people safe. (While still making sure they keep shopping.) So what we have is a 3D commercial space that also functions as social commentary and immersive cyberpunk fiction.

The teleport location is the main plaza with a rather large sculpture looming over you. The sculpture itself is a rather scary looking representation of a man in chains. The inscription at the bottom reads, "Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus" which is Latin for "We are servants of the law, so that we may be free."

As you explore the sim, you will notice that the law is always around you. Police drones will ask you to stay still while they scan you. Then they will tell tell you to go about your business. However, they call you "sub-citizen." Interesting way to welcome people. LOL

You're told to scan your hand when you enter the city. The scan allows you to obtain the sim rules. Basically, the rules ask you to be nice.

You'll see different views around every corner of destruction and normalcy from wrecked vehicles to operating stores.

In a couple of places like the theater, I tried turning on media but didn't encounter any type of media.

As you tour through Suffugium, make sure you look in the "nooks and crannies" and try clicking on things. There are surprises everywhere including secret passages. The manhole covers open and take you into the sewer system which allows you to get to different parts of the city underground. You may want to dress more the part. My short skirt and high heels took away from the fact I was going through a sewer.

When I emerged from the sewer system, I found myself at a diner. Robots tend to be your shop keepers around Suffugium like in the diner.

I've been to Suffugium three times now. Each time I discover more and more. I've discovered a type of game in a tower near the arrival plaza. A racket needs to be purchased for L$200 to play. There are even observation areas. Secret passages in the towering hotel/apartment building were found.

Suffugium is one of those times that you need to take your time to explore. There are so many things to see here. This is why I call it "an exploration paradise."

To visit Suffugium, CLICK HERE. (Suffugium 102, 116, 34)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Effie's Rez Day

I can hardly believe it's 2 years since Effie was "born" in Second Life. However, at the same time, I look back at everything I've accomplished in two years, and it seems like a lifetime.

Please come celebrate with me this weekend:

CLICK HERE to join the party!