A dish of Butter in Second Life

Butter, October 2019 – click any image for full size

Butter is the name of a charming Homestead region that opened to the public in August, and to which we were pointed by Miro Collas. Designed by Mona Molinaxil with a little help from jellomight, it’s a region of subtle contrasts and a welcoming look and feel, with plenty to discover and appreciate.

Described as a “forever a work in progress”, at the time of writing, the region offered a mix of beach front location, little working dock, and green hills dotted with signs of human habitation and with paths and trails winding through and over them.

Butter, October 2019

It is just above the beach that the landing point will deliver you; a broad board walk running west-to-east and sitting atop a wall separating it from the sands below, a stone balustrade guarding. the drop from board walk to beach. This is cut in three places by stairs that descend to the sand, while the western end of the board walk offers a why down to the working quayside.

The beach offers all that you might expect to find in such a place: sands (slightly grassy in looks) slipping gently into an azure sea and dotted with numerous places to sit, sunbathe and relax either out in the open or under the shade of parasols. A wooden deck floats just off shore, inviting people to swim / wade out to it, while for those wishing to stay dry while active, a dance floor sits back towards the sea wall, one of several points scattered around the region where people can partake of a dance or two.

Butter, October 2019

For those who might find all that messing around on a beach and in the Sun a little wearing, thirsts can be slaked and hungers abated up at the Butter Bistro and Bar that sits on the other side of the board walk. Bright yellow in colour, the adobe like walls of the bar, together with the palms of the beach and the odd sombrero or two give this part of Butter a slight Mexican feel – although that could simply be for the benefit of tourists!

A second bar can be found over at the quayside to the west of the region – but I’d been a little wary of the food here; the barman seems insistent that someone ordered a raw fish; although you can at least assume it is fresh, given the trawler sitting alongside. The bar is one of little row of establishments lining the quay, which appears to offer mooring space both in front and behind them.

Butter, October 2019

To the north, beyond the bistro and the docks, the land rises into a backbone of hills, whilst being split by a curving channel that slices the north-west corner of the region into an island of its own, a single bridge connecting it to the rest of the land. To the south-east, the hills form a rugged shoulder standing above bistro and beach, offering a camp site of trailer homes and glamping tents, the detritus of outdoor life – benches, barbecues and coolers for beer and drinks – scattered between them.

To the north, a windmill keeps an eye to the north, standing above cliffs that fall sharply to the sea, and looking past a smaller island. A cabin is perched on the latter, and while it didn’t offer clear signs of being private, it did sit within its own parcel, so perhaps it is best to treat it as not being open to the public.

Butter, October 2019

West of the windmill, the land drops gently down to a small beach at the north end of the channel splitting the land, while the hills themselves – the butterly hills – turn gently south and west. Within them is a rocky hollow, a “secret” place suitable for couples to enjoy. Across the channel, the north-west island offers a small farm, reached by a rough track and home to cattle, goats, geese and bees.

Finished with touches such as a sound scape, a little open market, a further place for music and dancing alongside the bistro bar, Butter offers a charming summer setting well worth exploring. Those taking photos can also submit them to the local Flickr group.

Butter, October 2019

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  • Butter (Butter, rated General)

2019 viewer release summaries week #41

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, October 13th

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, formerly the Umeshu Maintenance RC viewer, dated, September 5th – No change.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Voice Rc viewer, version, released on October 8th.
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

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Third-party Viewers



  • Cool VL viewer Stable branch updated to version, and Experimental branch to version, both on October 12th (release notes).

Mobile / Other Clients

  • Radegast updated to version 2.29 on October 9th – Bakes on Mesh and Animesh support “under the hood” – (release notes).

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A conspiracy of ravens in Second Life

Ravenheart Museum: A Conspiracy of Ravens

From ancient times through to modern tales, by way of Poe and even the graphic novel, corvus corax, the common raven has held a special – if mixed – place in the tales and mythologies of the northern hemisphere.

For some, they are seen as the companions of deities, or even the embodiment of deities – a trait perhaps drawn from their intelligence: not only are ravens natural social in their nature, they have also been known to use other birds and animals to their advantage, such as calling wolves to strike down easy kills and then cleaning up what’s left once the wolves have had their fill.

For others, and perhaps more widely in more modern times and doubtless arising from the fact they are – like their cousins corvus corone, the carrion and hooded crows -, carrion scavengers (although they are also omnivores), they are associated closely with death, witchcraft and dark arts.

Ravenheart Museum: A Conspiracy of Ravens – CybeleMoon

In this latter regard, modern-era horror stories, poems (such as Poe’s famous The Raven) films and Halloween have also served to help make this time of year the one in which we perhaps think of ravens more than we might at other times of the year. Hence why the Ravenheart Museum, owned and curated by Talus Ravenheart, is currently hosting a mixed media exhibition A Conspiracy of Ravens.

Primarily located on the ground floor of the museum, A Conspiracy of Ravens offers an engaging look at the role of the raven through human history and mythology, with seven perched ravens acting as guides. Featuring photographs, drawings, paintings, illustrations and note cards, the exhibition includes a look at the realities of the raven and a bird, its interweaving into folklore a older mythology as a harbinger, familiar, deity and reputation for intelligence, as well as their roles in lore – notably that of the British Realm – and horror (Poe once again), and even their use in stamps around the world.

Ravenheart Museum: A Conspiracy of Ravens – Edgar Allen Poe

The art – reproductions of  illustrations from books through to sketches and photographs and including a trio of CybeleMoon’s beautiful multimedia pieces – is richly diverse and presented as a series of seven themes, each with one of the aforementioned  raven guides (you can find the last two upstairs). Click on each raven, and you’ll receive a note card on the theme presented by the accompanying images. Further, several of the items presented to support some of the displays, and even pieces of the art, will either also offer a note card when clicked, or take you to a web page where a story might be found.

Elegant in its presentation, A Conspiracy of Ravens offers engaging insight in our relationship with the raven, and for those who enjoy haunting and spooky tales that might include a raven or two, at 19:00 SLT on Tuesday, October 15th, the exhibition will be hosting Caledonia Skytower from Seanchai Library, who will be reading a series of short stories in The Spooky Classics.

And while visiting, do be sure to take in the magnificent (and I gather permanent) display of Libertine Eggs. Featuring the entire collection of these fabulous miniatures by Ali Baroque, each smaller than an average avatar’s head, this is also an exhibition that really requires first-hand viewing to truly appreciate the intricate beauty in each of the 60+ eggs on display.

Ravenheart Museum: The Libertine Egg Collection

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