Designing Worlds heads to Arkansas in Second Life for a fascinating lesson in social history

3/31/14  at 9:28 AM
Johnny Cash' boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Johnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
 Join us today, Monday 31st March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as visit a fascinating project at the University of Arkansas region that recreates Johnny Cash's boyhood home, as part of a broader look at the effects of the Depression in the state, and some of the routes from the rural poverty that began there.

The Dyess Colony, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Dyess Colony, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
 Painter Merriman, the well-known designer, has created many of the builds here, and he takes us through many of these as we explore a really fascinating social history project, learning not only about Johnny Cash's boyhood home, but also about the New Deal community of Dyess and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (which now houses the Southern Tenant Famers Museum).

The Sourthern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
You can read more about it on Painter's own website. But even better - you can join us at 2pm for a really fascinating show!

The cafe in the Dyess Colony,photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The cafe in the Dyess Colony,photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Bedroom in Johnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Bedroom in Johnny Cash's boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds gets onboard with the Pirates of the Trade Winds!

3/24/14  at 6:57 AM
Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 24th March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we sail the seas (and drink in the taverns) with the magnificent pirates of the Trade Winds!

We talk to some of the pirates and boat-builders active in the Trade Winds, including Blithe Binder, Kirsten Blackheart, MizLucie Winterwolf, Karnac Binder, GM Nikolaidis, Evvva Viper, Amber Murfin, Flops, Paddy SaltyDog Goldsworthy and tessa Vespucciano, and are entertained by the fantastic Deelah Halostar.

We learn about the pirates, the Trade Winds, the history of pirates in the Caribbean, the wonderful craft they sail in - and we get to take part in a battle too!


Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a really exciting and colourful show! It's one you won't want to miss!

 Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!


Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds explores the amazing Dreamscenes

3/17/14  at 8:10 AM
The Atelier - the newst of Kayle Matzerath's Dreamscenes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Atelier - the newest of Kayle Matzerath's Dreamscenes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us today, Monday 17th March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we explore the beautiful Dreamscenes created by Kayle Matzerath.

The Asian Loft - tanother Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Asian Loft - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Kayle has been creating his amazing Dreamscenes - a portable and expandable system of stunningly designed skyboxes - and landscapes for a number of years, and we have featured some of these as settings for shows - a Thanksgiving Dinner featured the Piano Bar and Dining Room, and the gorgeous library was used in The Blackened Mirror.

The Fest Theatre - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Fest Theatre - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
We also look at Kayle's stunning work for Fantasy Faire.

His ability to move with the times and incorporate new ideas and developments in the platform has led to his latest creation (which I wrote about earlier in the year) the Atelier. And there's a special surprise to be glimpsed through the windows here for all steampunk fans!

The Atelier - the newest Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Atelier - the newest Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us at 2pm as Kayle talks about his work and shows us some of his amazing creations. It's a show you won't want to miss!

The Roman Baths - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Roman Baths - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Winter Cabin in the Woods - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Winter Cabin in the Woods - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds heads into the clouds with the new way to access Second Life - SL Go

3/5/14  at 11:54 AM
In an exciting new development, Second Life will be going into the Clouds with OnLive’s new SL Go package.

The news has been announced by Linden Lab today – and you’ll be able to find out more in our special Designing Worlds show at 2pm SLT today, where we talk to Nate Barsetti, Senior Manager, Customer Relations, OnLive, and also Danger Linden, aka Don Laabs, Senior Director of Product at Linden Lab. The show will be followed by a live discussion in our Garden of Dreams studio, which will be streamed live on Aview.TV.

SL Go is launching today in its open beta format, and offers the opportunity to access Second Life on tablets (although not yet on iPads). But it’s much, much more than this - you will also be able to access SL Go through the OnLive micro-console to TVs, or just connect through the OnLive app to lower-end PCs and Macs.


SL Go on the Android
SL Go on the Android
  The package will deliver not “Second Life lite”, but Second Life with the full range of bells and whistles graphics. SL Go will show the Advanced Lighting Model, complete with materials - something that has been difficult for people accessing Second Life on some laptops and older desktops.  

This is an OnLive initiative, developed in co-operation with Linden Lab, but not a Linden Lab product. When I spoke to Danger Linden, Head of Product at the Lab, he said he saw it as more analogous to Linden Lab working with a third party viewer.



Nate Barsetti and Danger Linden will be discussing SL Go on today's special Designing Worlds show
Nate Barsetti and Danger Linden will be discussing SL Go on today's special Designing Worlds show

Designing Worlds will be broadcasting a special show at 2pm SLT today, where we’ll be talking to Nate Barsetti, Senior Manager, Customer Relations, OnLive, and also Danger Linden, aka Don Laabs, Senior Director of Product at Linden Lab. We’ll also be showing how SL Go works in different formats.

You can join us to watch the show at our Garden of Dreams studio, or watch live on Treet TV, or on Aview TV. The post-show discussion will be streamed live on Aview TV.

Designing Worlds takes a last chance to see Seraph City - now on the web

  at 4:52 AM
Designing Worlds' final visit to the wonderful dieselpunk Seraph City is now on the web!

This, sadly, really is the last chance to see the city as it closes on March 16th, and many of the iconic buildings have already closed.

The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We toured some of these beautiful buildings– and also talked about how episodes of The Blackened Mirror were filmed there – and were the basis of some popular games during the first season of the show.

Zander Greene (in real life Scott Simpson) who plays Harland Quinn in the popular series said of the closure:
Worlds come and go. Occasionally they endure long enough and embody a meaning deep enough that they leave indelible marks on those who are fortunate enough to have known them. Seraph City is such a realm. To have been a part of its lore, if only briefly, is a great honor. And on behalf of Harland Quinn I must add this: "Thanks, Seraph. For a safe haven. For the closest thing I'll ever have to a home."
This is a show you won't want to miss!



Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds Special at 2pm SLT Wednesday 5th March

  at 4:26 AM
Stay tuned for news of a special edition of Designing Worlds at 2pm SLT today - with a viewing party followed by a discussion in our beautiful studios on Garden of Dreams.

Designing Worlds studio
The Designing Worlds studios on Garden of Dreams

 The post-show discussion will be streamed live on Aview.TV.

More news about this show (including details of how to watch) will be released later today, so please keep an eye on this blog for details.

Designing Worlds says farewell to Seraph City

3/3/14  at 1:14 PM
Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us today, Monday 3rd March at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we pay a final visit to the beautiful dieselpunk region of Seraph City.

Sadly, a few days after we filmed here, the owner announced his intention of converting the sim into a private region. Already the name has been changed and many of the iconic buildings have gone (including the Hawkesmoor Apartment buildings which we visit). Obviously, we had no idea that this was going to happen when we filmed the show - and nor did the Estate Manager, Edward Pearse, who was our escort.

The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
 We thought long and hard about broadcasting this, but decided to go ahead, even though the show is now more an elegy to Seraph City than an invitation to become part of a community.

We tour some of the beautiful builds in the city - and also talk about how episodes of The Blackened Mirror were filmed there - and were the basis of some popular games during the first season of the show.

Inside the Hawkesmoor Apartments - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Inside the Hawkesmoor Apartments - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So … do join us at 2pm for a show that is definitely, sadly, a last chance to see.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And don't miss a Designing Worlds Special that will be broadcast on Wednesday 5th at 2pm. More news of that will be appearing on our websites very shortly!