Working my way to the nineteenth

Aero Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014AERO Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014

Golf really isn’t my forte, inasmuch as I’ve always sided with Mark Twain – or at least what he is attributed to have said: that golf is a good walk spoiled. However, Second Life gives us opportunities to try things we can’t or wouldn’t try in real life.  In my case, that means things like taking wing in a Spitfire (which I’d actually love to do in real life), scuba diving, and skydiving. And now, thanks to Jeff Goodnight, I’ve actually tried my keyboard at golf – and I like it.

But, before I wibble on about SL golfing, if you’ve not come across Jeff Goodnight before, you really should check out his Flickr stream and his blog. I did, and had to gather my jaw off the floor after seeing images like this one.

Aero Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014AERO Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014

In his blog, Jeff provides an entry for the AERO Golf Club, a region-wide 18-hole golf course, complete with club house and places to simply sit and relax. Intrigued, I set off to have a look.

Surrounded by the mountains of a sim  extender, the region is beautifully landscaped and very photogenic, so even if you’re not into golf, it’s worth taking the time to visit. Just make sure you keep an eye open for golfers and avoid trundling across the greens and fairways when any are in use!

Aero Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014AERO Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014

If you do fancy a round yourself, you’ll need to join the club, a simple matter of signing-up in the clubhouse by joining the group associated with the region. Once you’ve done that, and with the group active, walk through the back of the clubhouse to the rear terrace, where you can collect your clubs and HUD (which is optional when playing, but cuts-down on using a menu). These are free, but for the keen golfer, a scorecard can be purchased for L$250, which is a lot easier than trying to remember things. There’s also a map showing the best way to play the holes.

The course has been carefully arranged to make full use of the region, with the first tee directly off of the rear terrace of the clubhouse, and the 18th hole to one side of it, making it an easy walk to the 19th for a drink.

Play instructions are clear, concise and easy-to-grasp, so I won’t bore you with those. Suffice it to say, you have a choice of three clubs, have sand traps, water and trees to negotiate and the wind to contend with. One thing I will say is that if you use an over-the-shoulder camera offset (as I do), you might want to centre your camera up when playing a round.

Aero Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014AERO Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014

Along the way there are places to sit down, take a break and enjoy the view. If you prefer to forget the walking bit, there are golf buggies you can use to drive around in, but I found the terrain a little too much for the one I tried. Besides, the scenery is much too pretty to simply roll right past it, and you might even miss seeing the tiger …

If you don’t fancy a slurp at the bar after playing a round, there’s a pool and spa area off to one side of the region as well.

The work of Kaja Ashland / Kaja Lurra, AERO Golf club is beautifully conceived and executed and well worth a visit. If you do, show the little donation buckets a little love along the way. for those who might be interested, I have a few more snaps on my Flickr stream.

Aero Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014AERO Golf Club, Lavender, February 2014

What was that? Oh, my score? Umm… well I ended-up nine over par after things went a bit wonky after the 7th …

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BURN2 2014 Burnal Equinox builders and artists announced

burnalOn the 19th February, the Burn2 team announced the names of the builders and artists selected for the 2014 Burnal Equinox, which will take place between Friday March 28th and Sunday March 30th inclusive in the playa regions.

The title of the event is Hotter Than Air, and the setting is the distant future where, to escape a toxin-ravaged Earth, the people have taken to the sky, building their homes beneath balloons filed with a mixture of the very toxins that poisoned the planet mixed with playa dust to create a lighter-than-air substance called Fairy Dust. In this multi-platform, multi-level environment, the people celebrate a renewal of life every Spring, decorating their balloons and platforms, travelling between them in fantastical lighter-than-air machines.

The builders and artists, selected by draw, who will help visualise this aerial setting and bring it to life are, together with the themes of their builds:

  • Annevonlinz – Latin expressions
  • Aurora Mycano – Fractal Recovery Sphere
  • Chic Aeon – Silent Contemplation
  • Cinnamon Ghoststar – Sky Garden #1
  • Ginger Lorakeet – Inside Art
  • Giovanna Cerise – Graden Glass
  • Herbie Haven – Weather Balloon
  • Instincta – Burning Ice
  • Krummis Blessed – Post Apocalypso
  • maddomxc Umino – Immortal Sculptures in the Universe
  • mongoflex – idk Yes Sorry …
  • polkamatic feller –  Burn The Past
  • Qwark Allen – Detox
  • Rogue Desmoulins – Air Brûlée
  • sirhc DeSantis – Just a Bar
  • Slatan Dryke – Yonder
  • St3m Resident – Keys to Fly
  • Veyot resident – Memories of Home
  • Yman juran – Universe of Love

Hotter Than air opens to the public on Friday March 28th, at midday SLT, and continues through until 22:00 SLT on Sunday March 30th, 2014.

Of cardbox boxes, alien aliens and Arthurian tales

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in Voice, brought to Second Life by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library SL.

As always, all times SLT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday February 23rd,13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

Tea-time at Baker Street embarks on a new series of adventures as Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell commence reading from His Last Bow.

A 1917 anthology of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow originally comprised seven stories published byThe Strand Magazine between 1908 and 1917. However, later editions of the book saw an eighth story included, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, originally published in 1892.

The affair begins when Miss Susan Cushing of Croydon receives a grisly parcel of two severed human ears, packed in salt. Inspector Lestrade is convinced that the parcel is a prank on the part of three medical students Miss Cushing was forced to evict from her lodgings due to their unruly behaviour. Lestrade points to the parcel as coming from Belfast – the home of one of the former lodgers – as reason for his suspicions.

On examining the parcel, however, Holmes is certain that they are dealing with a far more serious crime, pointing to the poor spelling used to address the parcel, with rough means by which the ears had been severed and the use of course salt as packaging as being indicative of someone with poorer education and lesser surgical skills as might be expected of a doctor-in-training. So who is responsible? Holmes considers the solution so simple that he asks Lestrade not to mention his name in connection with it …

Find out more by joining Caledonia, Corwyn and Kayden!

Monday February 24th, 19:00: From an Alien Point of View

When humans interact with aliens who are actually alien, we run into the fact that we’re as weird to them as they are to us. This can cause the most remarkable misunderstandings…. More thought-provoking sci-fi from the collection of Gyro Muggins.

Tuesday February 25th, 19:00: The Te of Piglet Concludes

Winnie the Pooh may have been a Bear Of Very Little Brain often bothered by long words, but in 1982, through him, his friends in the 100 Acre Wood and their adventures, Benjamin Hoff found the perfect means of introducing a western audience to the principles and ideals of Taoism.

That work was covered in a series of readings in mid-2013 by Caledonia and Kayden. Now they conclude their reading of the 1992 companion volume to that work, The Te of Piglet.

Te is a Chinese word commonly interpreted to mean ‘power’ or ‘virtue’, but which has far more depth than either, being more a special quality of character, spiritual strength, or hidden potential unique to the individual. Through this book, Hoff further explores Taoist concepts, notably that ‘the virtue of the small’, showing how Piglet has great Te, not just because of his diminutive stature, but because he has Tz’u – a great heart, even if – as is so often the case – he’s generally unaware of the fact that he has.

Taking a somewhat different approach to the original Tao of Pooh, this book uses the other characters from the 100 Acre Wood to show how our own humanity, in is different facets and forms, is seen by the Taoist as a series of impediments to our living in harmony with the Tao.

Wednesday February 26th, 19:00: Random Acts of Poetry

With Caledonia Skytower.

Thursday February 27th

16:00 The Ballad of Donny Granger

The Ballads of Donny Granger, Book One is the first full-length illustrated novel from the mind Stephanie Mesler, also known in Second Life as Freda Frostbite. Want to know more? Then join Freda at the Seanchai library!

19:00: Peredur son of Efrawg Concludes

Shandon Loring brings us one the three romances associated with the Mabinogion.

PeredurDating from the 12th or 13th century, Peredur son of Efrawg is a tale somewhat similar in nature to – but necessarily based upon – Chrétien de Troyes’ unfinished Arthurian romance Perceval, the Story of the Grail, albeit with the Grail replaced by a salver containing a man’s severed head.

Left fatherless from a young age, Peredur is raised in isolation by his mother, deep in the woods. After meeting a group of knights, he determines he will become like them, and so travels to the court of King Arthur. Here, while he earns respect for his valour and pureness of heart, he also discovers prejudice, in the form of Cei’s (Sir Kay’s) attitude towards others.

Determined to restore the honour of a recipient of Cei’s insults, Peredur sets out on a series of adventures which mirror those of Chrétien’s Perceval, and which in turn lead to further adventures very different from any in Chrétien’s work, before eventually revealing to Peredur the truth concerning the misfortunes of his family, allowing him to avenge them.

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

Details still TBA, so please check with the Seanchai Library blog as the week progresses.

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Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for January and February is The Xerces Society and their efforts at world-wide conservation and education for some of the smallest creatures on our earth.

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