Bringing Fallingwater to Isla Pey

A modified Fallingwater at Isla Pey

As friends know, I have something of an obsession with Fallingwater, the rural south-western Pennsylvania house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 for Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. and his family. For several years I worked on a reproduction here in Second Life. I’m not the first to do so – although while most tend to only focus on the “main” house, I opted to try for the whole thing: house, guest house, servant’s quarters and garages. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of build that requires a region in size to properly lay out, so since 2015, when it last appeared as the setting for an art display, it has tended to sit in its rezzing system in my inventory.

However, I recently suggested to Caitlyn that given the lie of our island home, it might be interesting to build a house that is built against one of the cliffs, rather than on top of it. Problem was: what style of house? The Internet offered plenty of images that might serve as inspiration, but in the end I came back to Fallingwater. There was no way the entire house would fit on our island, but I wondered if the main house could be made to fit – if not as a “cliff house”, then at least as a house built out over the water.

I’ve taken a few liberties in removing the upper floor, the scullery and shortening both terrace wings, but overall, the house retains its distinctive shape

Turns out, it could – with a little modification.

Fallingwater is a big house – far too big for just two of us, and a little bigger than makes for a comfortable fit with the island. To make it more manageable, I removed the upper floor bedrooms, reducing the overall height, and shortened the two wing terraces,  dropping the height of one just a little. The back of the house needed a little re-working – a new “front door” on the ground level, the removal of the bridge spanning the driveway in the real house, and slight alterations to allow the house form one side of the island’s pond.

The Great Room is a big space to fill.. and yet, once you get started, it isn’t…

What particularly got me to use Fallingwater  – as well as a nagging desire to see the house in some form again – was an idea from Caitlyn. My thinking was to have the house at the south end of the island, overlooking the boating lanes. Caitlyn suggested using the north end of the island instead, and on trying it, I saw that the buttresses supporting the house as it stands out over Bear River actually makes a convenient covered mooring area for our motorboats and ‘plane, with room for our faithful Loonetta to one side.

A little tweaking of the grounds and garden was required to fit everything, but nothing too excessive. I admit to being rather pleased with the way the house revels itself when walking up from the southern end of the island; this wasn’t intentional, the lay of the path and the trees already there just leant themselves to a gradual reveal.

Walking up the track from the south end of the garden as the house gradually reveals itself.

It’s not the “house backing into the cliffs” I’d originally thought about, but it is nice to have my Fallingwater back in-world, even modified as it is.

2018 Raglan Shire Artwalk: call to artists

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2017: Utterly Wizardly

The Raglan Shire Artwalk is one of the staples of the SL art calendar, and for 2018, it will take place between Sunday, May 13th and Sunday, June 17th, inclusive.

Every year over 100 artists and residents in Second Life display 2D and 3D art across a number of exhibition spaces across all the regions of the Raglan Shire cluster. 2D art is displayed on hedgerows in and around the regions, offering visitors the chance to view pieces as they explore the Shire, while sculptures and 3D art is displayed in a number of designated areas across the regions.

Those wishing to exhibit their work at the 2018 Artwalk are invited to complete the  Artist Registration Form, which should be submitted for inclusion no later than 21:00 SLT on Sunday May 6th, 2018.

General requirements for entry:

  • The event is a non-juried show
  • Artists can display more than one piece if they wish
    • 2D (“flat” art pieces will be awarded a maximum of 15 prims, and individual pictures should be 1 prim, including the frame.
    • 3D art (sculptures, etc.), will be awarded a maximum of 500 prims for up to three pieces of work. Artists are requested to state the number of prims per piece in their application.
    • Sales of art are allowed.
  • Types of art supported by the show are: representations of RL photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and digital fine art that can be displayed on a prim;  and SL photography, manipulated SL photography and SL sculpture.
  • Pictures of RL crafts, such as beadwork, leatherwork, etc., are not part of the show’s  definition
  • All the above art forms are welcome, but should be rated PG / G – so no nudity, please!
  • Group membership will be required in order to display work
  • Questions and enquiries should be forwarded via note card to Artwalk Director Karmagirl Avro, or Artwalk Assistants Kayak Kuu & Shadow Marlin.

Details on set-up will be sent to participating artists on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018. Step-up commences at 09:00 SLT on Friday, May 11th and runs through Saturday, May 12th. Note that space along the hedgerows in Raglan Shire for 2D art is NOT assigned, but can be taken on the basis of first come first serve. Certain areas of Heron Shire will be designated for sculpture set up and available locations set with a marker.

Key Dates

  • Sunday May 6th: Applications close at 21:00 SLT
  • Tuesday, May 8th: Notification of exhibit space location issued to artists
  • Friday, May 11th / Saturday May 12th: Artist set-up days
  • Sunday, May 13th: ARTWALK OPENS
  • Sunday, June 17th: Artwalk closes
  • Sunday, June 17th (after 18:00 SLT) through Tuesday, June 19th: Takedown of works.

Related Links

Feed A Smile at Holly Kai Park, April 14th 2018

Feed a Nautical Smile, April 14th 2018 The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park

The Second Nautical Smile event in aid of Feed A Smile / Live and Learn Kenya takes place on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Organised and hosted by Rossini Events.

The event will take place at The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park, and will feature seven hours of live music starting at 11:00 SLT, from some of Second Life’s top entertainers.

Event Schedule

The event schedule at the time of writing is as follows. For updates and the latest news, please follow the Rossini Events link above. All times SLT.

11:00 am
Thera Singer
12:00 Noon
Hedy Patrucci
1:00 pm
Neomaximus Brandenburg
2:00 pm
Viviana Houston
2:30 pm
MichaelJackson Follet
3:00 pm
Max Kleene
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Jacq Luik

All proceeds go directly to Feed A Smile via the donation kiosk.

About Feed A Smile

Feed A Smile is a programme run by Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) to provide nutritious warm lunches for over 400 children every day, paid for entirely from donations to the project. It is part of a broader programme managed by LLK, which includes finding sponsors to finance the education of children in Kenya, helping to provide them with everything they need: uniforms, shoes, text books, school supplies, etc., and even building a school in Nakuru, Kenya.

In addition, the organisation also provides medical and dental care for children, including check-ups and vaccinations. 100% of the donations received by LLK are transferred directly to Kenya to care for children, provide education, medicine, food, shelter and foster care. Nothing is lost to salaries, fees or administrative costs at LLK.

About Rossini Events

Rossini Events was established in July 2016, and is managed by MichaelJ Rossini. Organising private and public events in Second Life. Rossini Events especially prides itself on charity fund-raising, with monthly events supporting Feed a Smile, Relay for Life and Making Strides. Everyone involved in Rossini Events donates their time free of charge, and every penny raised goes directly to the charity concerned. For further information, please contact MichaelJ Rossini in-world, or email to

SLurl and Links

2018 SL UG updates #15/2: TPVD meeting

Isle of May; Inara Pey, March 2018, on FlickrIsle of Mayblog post

The majority of these notes are taken from the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday, April 13th 2018. A video of the meeting is embedded below, my thanks as always to North for recording and providing it. Time stamps in the text below will open the video in a new tab at the relevant point of discussion.

The meeting was reduced to under 15 minutes, with extended pauses marking a greater portion of it.

Server Deployments

As always, please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest updates.

  • The Main (SLS) channel was not updated on Tuesday, April 9th, nor was there a restart.
  • BlueSteel, LeTigre and Magnum are all now on server maintenance package 18# after Magnum was updated on Wednesday, April 11th.

SL Viewer

[0:05-1:32] The Media Update RC viewer, version, dated March 27th, was promoted to de facto release status on Wednesday, April 11th. As a result, the remaining RC viewer were updated to parity on Friday April 13th, as follows:

The remainder of the SL viewer pipelines remain as:

  • Project viewers:
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29 November – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version, May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

[1:33-1:50] With regards to the 360 snapshot project viewer, this is being routinely updated internally by the Lab to keep pace with release viewer promotions. However, no actual work is being carried out on the 360 snapshot element at the moment. Work will resume in the future.

[1:58-2:29] A new Voice update RC is due in the future at some point, which fixes some issues from the last Voice release. However work on this is currently a “low priority”.

Off-Line and Abuse Reports Capabilities

[2:31-3:30] Two new capabilities are now grid-wide server-side:

  • A new abuse report cap which replaces the need for the viewer to have AR categories hard-coded into it.  Instead it will request the list of valid categories directly from the simulator.
  • A new IM cap is to overcome of off-line IMs failing to be delivered when a user logs in. This cap will allow the viewer to request off-line IMs, which the server will package and deliver to the viewer via HTTP, rather than sending off-lines en masse whether or not the viewer is ready.

Both of these caps require viewer-side updates in order to work. However, there is currently a bug impacting the viewer update for the new off-line IMs capability. In short, if you receive an off-line Friend request, there is no way to accept it with the new capability in place. The abuse report capability appears to be working correctly, so expect both to appear in a viewer update soon.

Friending can be fragile, and the Lab hope to make it more robust over time.


This Weekend in Second Life Dance

Debauche - April 8 2018

Hi there. R. Crap Mariner, your friendly neighbourhood dance correspondent.

I’ll be posting dance performance schedules, similar to Inara’s posts about Seanchai Library readings. We’ll start with the weekend events for now.

Lighting The Way launches this week, with a huge number of great dance performances. There will be even more of them next week, but how about we get through this weekend first, okay?

Let’s get started, here’s the events that I had on the calendar as of press time.

(All times SLT)

Friday, April 13 2018

6:00 PM – Elysium Cabaret

If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment!

Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get there early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday! Welcome to the weekend!

10:00 PM – Guerilla Burlesque

It may be Friday the 13th but it’s still Friday and a reason to dance!

We are so excited to be back on the Pit stage Friday night performing at 10 pm! We hope you will be there to welcome us! We have a couple of things tucked into our corsets to keep you amused and entertained because we missed you! Special shout out to Chrissy Rhiano who will be directing this week!

An amazing line up of fun, creative, and original acts all performed by your favourite Guerilla dancers! Mark the date, make your plans and meet us at the theatre doors for the 10 pm Guerilla Burlesque dancing in the PITS!

Doors open at 9 pm for those who like to arrive early and interact with their favourite dancers!

(FULL DISCLOSURE: I have recently joined Guerilla Burlesque, and my début performance is in this show. No monkeys were harmed during the production of this act.)

Saturday, April 14 2018

9:00 AM – Nouveau Ensemble Dance Troupe

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

11:00 AM – Virtuoso

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

12:00 PM – Oasis Dancers

Oasis Dancers.

Concert Hall, Standing Ovation.

1:00 PM – Breezes Dancers

Breezes Dancers will be performing their show We Can Dance at Breezes Theatre on Saturday 14 April at 1pm SLT.

This is a show of 6 Acts and lasts about 1 hour. There will be a party for approximately 1 hour after the show for everyone to enjoy some dancing fun.

Title: Breezes Dancers show We Can Dance at the Breezes Theatre on Riviera Island. Dress code: Formal/semi formal.

1:00 PM – Misfit Follies

Lighting the Way for Autsim Event.

1:00 PM – Dance Variety Show @ LTW

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

1:00PM – Debauche

Debauche return once again to the beautiful Tryst Ballroom. Such a grand, wonderful theatre in which to dance. We sincerely hope you join us and enjoy both the show and the surroundings. Truly breathtaking – both.

Debauche – A little naughty, a lot sexy and always classy!

(FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a guest performer with Debauche. This will be my first performance with them.)

3:00 PM – Atlantis Grand Theatre

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

5:00 PM – Young Dreamers Dance Troupe

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

7:00 PM – Paramount Grand Theatre

1990’s Music Evolution. Paramount Grand Theatre’s brand new show for April. Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the Paramount Players bring you back to the 90’s! 1990’s that is. Decade of music changes, revolutions and madness!

7:00 PM – Dance Xcetera

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

8:00 PM – A&M MOCAP Maniacs

Our monthly Home Show, showcasing what you can do with A&M MOCAP Animation Workshop dance animations! Join us for the performances, stay for the totally FUN after party where our DJ will dance you on stage!

Sunday April 15 2018

7:00 AM – Club IMAGE

It’s Sunday at Club Image, and it’s going to be special! We’re very excited to have you here at our theatre! Hope to see you all!

9:00 AM – Dazzlers

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

11:00 AM – Virtuoso

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

1:00PM – Debauche

Debauche travel to a brand new venue this weekend. It’s always so exciting to step into the unknown but the people there are so lovely. The theatre is beautiful, the setting lovely. Cannot wait to be there. Won’t you join us? Debauche at Shadow Lands.

1:00 PM – Moonstone Theatre

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

3:00 PM – Men in Motion

8th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Awareness Event.

5:00 PM – Winds of the Sahara

Each Sunday we have a shiny, new show at Winds of the Sahara Theatre. Our dances range from burlesque to performance art and you are sure to be amazed at all of the wonder that sets, costumes and music can create. We’ll put sparkles in your eyes and leave sequins on your shirt collars.

5:00 PM – Ballet Pixelle

Ballet Pixelle – “Avatara”.

Opening Sunday April 15th at 5 pm SLT and every Wednesday and Sunday at 5 through June 13.

Ballet Pixelle® will open its production of “Avatara” on Sunday, April 15 at 5:00 pm SLT, Join us for this original composition of virtual dance! What if a real world dancer could dance in a virtual world? What movements would be the same or different? What kinds of different beings could she be? What would be the same? And how would that dancer be changed after her experience? Performances are Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm SLT throughout April in the Ballet Pixelle Theatre. Audience dancing at the after-show party every performance! Join us for an evening of delights. Chat with the performers and crew after the performance for autographs, photos, and a question & answer session.

Formal dress expected.

5:30 PM – Kiki’s Burlesque

7:00 PM – Art Factory – The Greatest Showman

The Art Factory presents: The Greatest Showman! A show about Phineas T Barnum’s start with the circus we know today! This show will leave you inspired to be yourself! We promise to leave you stunned with razzle dazzle and songs that will make you dance in your seat! The show starts at 7pm SLT but you may want to come a little early for a seat.

I assume there will be a few more shows this week… folks are just taking their time getting the notices in, finishing up their routines… that sort of thing. I’d prefer to error on the side of caution and just post the ones confirmed at press time.

Check with the Dance Queens event calendar for updates and additions to the weekend’s schedule, as well as the many events that happen during the week. And then, next weekend; something extra-special is happening: The Festival of Saint Put Up Or Shut Up!

So, folks, is this useful? Let me know. Drop me an IM when you get to a show and that you enjoyed it.

Club Image - April 8 2018