Love Made in SL 2: Lily and Charles

Logo by Marianne McCann, courtesy of Linden Lab

It seems the UK is a popular place when it comes to people in Second Life finding love that brings them together in the physical world as well as the digital! For the second part of the new mini-series Love Made in SL, the camera turns to Lily Swidlehurst from the UK and CharlesDe Beaumont from Germany.

Released on Monday, February 25th (does the mark the series as being fortnightly in releases?), this is another short video which tells – in the participant’s own words – how their relationship blossomed on both side of the screen.

It’s a story that piqued my curiosity, as Lily and Charles are both Second Life mentors. Together with Aullere Ocello and her SL partner, Notfragile Gausman, they run the Helping Haven Community Gateway, which has been the subject of an article in this blog (see Community Gateways in Second Life: Helping Haven).

This link to mentoring is also reflected in part of the video being sent in Ahern, which also reflects the fact that Lily and Charles actually met at a welcome centre. However, this also perhaps reveals something that tended to be true of Second Life at one time (although I have no idea if it is still the case): that the friendships made during our earliest exposure to Second Life can actually be the most enduring over time.

And in an age where all the emphasis on digital interactions and the “need” to have all the widgets offered by VR  – facial expression, etc – in order to make communication and interaction “real”, Charles points out that actually, quite a lot can be revealed simply through text.

If you get to know someone over several months just typing … then in the end, the personality is becoming very clear.

– CharlesDe Beaumont

Simply put, while it is so often maligned in this the so-called VR age, and disparagingly dismissed as “getting in the way”, the keyboard is actually a magnificent tool for communication, honesty and openness. Perhaps because – like our avatars – it removes us by one step from those with whom we’re communicating, offering an opportunity for consideration and the freedom to offer feelings and emotions that might otherwise remain hidden due to things like embarrassment.

Lily and Charles: sharing their experience through Love Made in SL

As with Teal and Wolfie in the first part of this series (see Love Made in SL: a new video mini-series), the relationship between Charles and lily grew to a point where, after 11 months, Charles took the plunge and moved from Germany to the UK. Around six months later, they were setting up home together.

Also like the first segment in the series, the story is simply and beautifully told, making further commentary here somewhat superfluous. So why not watch the video below, and keep an eye out for the next in this series in a couple of weeks time?

Love Made in SL can be found on the Second Life You Tube channel.

2019 viewer release summaries week #8

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, February 24th

This summary is generally published every Monday, and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Current Viewer Releases Page, a list of all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware), and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy. This page includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog.
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information.
  • Note that for purposes of length, TPV test viewers, preview / beta viewers / nightly builds are generally not recorded in these summaries.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version, dated December 5th, promoted December 13th. Formerly the Spotykach Maintenance RC viewer – No change.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Estate Access Management (EAM) RC viewer updated to version on February 22nd.
  • Project viewers:
    • Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP) viewer updated to version on February 19th.

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Mobile / Other Clients

  • No Updates.

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An art ensemble at * THE EDGE * Digital Renaissance Project

THE EDGE Art Gallery: Mirabelle Beidermann

Currently open at THE EDGE Art Gallery, curated by Ladmilla, is an ensemble exhibition of Second Life and digital art entitled All the Colours of Monochrome, featuring the work of Kapaan, Loegan (Loegan Magic), Patrick (PatrickofIreland), Rachel Magic, Trish (trishasrose) Vinicio Armin and Cybele Moon (Hannahoobinoo), together with a special exhibition entitled Tribute to Surrealism by Mirabelle Biedermann (mirabelle sweetwater).

The gallery itself is an intriguing setting, the exhibition spaces split between a medieval style church and a large castle. A medieval house offers a further annex for displaying art, but for this exhibition, it was empty.

THE EDGE Art Gallery: Venicio Armin

Mirabelle’s Tribute to Surrealism is located in two rooms within the church. A Second Life photographer since 2011, Mirabelle notes that her interest in surrealism is something of a recent turn for her. she started by interpreting some of the more notable works by René Magritte – a point most clearly demonstrated with Son of No One, reflecting as it does Magritte’s Son of Man – before she moved to developing her own style and images, which is also reflected in the pieces offered here.

Also to be found in the church are exhibits featuring the work of Patrick Ireland, who displays four marvellous monochrome pieces in a suitably monochrome setting; Cybele Moon, who has more of her narrative-rich images on one of the church’s two  upper galleries, the other being taken by the art of Venicio Armin. I confess to not having witnessed (at least, not that I can remember) his work, but I was immediately drawn to it; there is an evocative strength to his work that is entirely captivating.

THE EDGE Art Gallery: Ladmilla

Rounding out the exhibit in the church is a selection of Ladmilla’s art, more of which can be found in the main rooms within the castle setting. Like Venicio, Ladmilla focuses on landscape pieces, and her work is beautifully lit and rich in colour and tone. Above the main halls of the castle – and indeed below them – on both the parapet walks of the curtain walls and within the narrow passages within the walls, visitors can find the work of Loegan, Rachel, Kapaan and Trish.

Each presents a unique and eye-catching style, but again, I found myself drawn to the more monochrome work of Kapaan. His seven images are presented in two groups, each with its own story to tell, and both drawn together by the setting in which they are offered.

THE EDGE Art Gallery: Kapaan

As an ensemble exhibition, All the Colours of Monochrome offers a rich mix of style and images, and the title cleverly reflects the presentation of both monochrome and colour images. This makes for an engaging visit.

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