I added a section to the site that shows the two spaces I built for two institutions of higher education, one island for a small college, and one campus on a leased corner of an NMC island. Neither spaces exist anymore, but the pictures give an idea of how they were or might have been used. It takes both vision and commitment to make virtual worlds work in higher ed.
You can see the menu item at the top of the page, or visit the pages here:
I took a guided tour on the giant wasp around Svarga, built in 2006 before the some of the more innovative building tools were developed. Built with the original building tools and prims, Svarga is a nice testament to what could be done in Second Life® building from the beginning.
I wish I could have downloaded a transcript of the tour information. Here’s a brief history of the place from Inara Pey in 2012: Svarga: of memories old and new
I saw the MadPea Gacha Fair destination advertised and hoped for something as interesting as the MadPea Carnivale, but, while the Mad City was well made, I think the fair was just for selling, and I was more in a mood for something dark and twisted. Anyway, I donated to the endeavor.
I wandered next door from Da Vinci Isle to New York and stumbled upon Long Island and Montauk and Montauk Point and Harbour. Talk about wandering and stumbling. I was born on Long Island and my mother said we lived at Montauk Point. Not sure how that was possible, because I only ever see a lighthouse there in real life pics, just as in this virtual spot, but that’s what I’ve been told. We left before I could know it and I’ve never been back, but it has loomed out there as some kind of mythic space that I have worked at to get over. Home is where my stuff is, now, and that’s not in New York.
The New York spaces are nicely built of typical Long Island/Hamptons shop spaces and homes, which are all for rent. I did not see who the builder is, but it is a sizable investment in SL. Is Harbour a real place or the one fictional spot in the build? I’m not sure, but I think they need more advertising—maybe they’re waiting for this long winter to be over to attract some summer guests.
I hope that this blog doesn’t turn into images of all the great Second Life® places that used to be–or images of nothing. I will have to make a concerted effort to explore and find the unfamiliar, given my record with favorite places of the past. I believe the Globe Theatre is gone. The Frank Lloyd Wright build, as noted in the last post, is gone, and now I find that Abbotts Aerodrome is just an airport and semi-museum to the fabulous Aerodrome.
I do have some stashed photos of its glory days, but they must be at home and not in the cloud, so I’ll be back to this post later with them.