Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Advance Notice: Formal Event to Benefit ASPCA This Saturday at 5:00 PM SLT


Open House and  ASPCA Charitable Event at the Chateau de Lornay Estate

WHEN:  Saturday, October 25th 2014, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM SLT

ATTIRE: Any period formal wear from the 14th century to modern times

DJ: Zee Zilz, 1940s Jazz


This Saturday, at Dimi and Mark Tarantello's Chateau de Lornay Estate, a formal benefit will be held for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Come dance the night away to great jazz music and tour the gorgeous estate grounds.

The Château de Lornay is a  new outlet for Tarantello Horse Haven and Winterfell Ranch horses, and  is a near replica of the real one in southeastern France near Geneva, Switzerland. You can tour the house during the event, and see themed paintings from the 17th through 19th centuries, including a display of Napoleonic paintings on the first floor. You can also visit the equestrian grounds and stables.

For more information about the ASPCA:

You can get your own donation puppy at: 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Must-See Event: Make Sure To Visit The Burning Man at BURN2 Before it Closes on October 28

This year's BURN2 Celebration, which is a recognized "regional" event for the international Burning Man event-- which is held in late August / early September of every year is spectacular and not to be missed. This year's celebration, the BURN2  has taken a giant step forward for what we should be looking for in multi-sim events in Second Life. I was dazzled with the well constructed structures and pavilions, and the artistic level of achievement here.

Unlike the SLB (Second Life Birthday celebrations, there is nothing crowded or forces about the exhibits, A common theme was applied that the organizers define as follows (from the BURN2 Web Site):

"This year, we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre, wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age,"

The torches, lights, animations, and other effects at BURN2 do not overwhelm and work very well with each other. The professionalism of the designers and artists show.

The highlight of BURN2 will be the burning of Burning Man himself, set for Sunday, October 25. You can find the times in the published event schedule here, together with DJ and party schedules:

BURN2 Caravansary Saturday, October 18th and will run through until Sunday October 28th, and is located on 6 Sims.

To visit the main area near the Burning Man statue and the live event stage:


To find out more about Burning Man in Second Life:

To find out about the real life Burning Man:

To see how Second Life Burning Man was designed and constructed:

Flickr pool for more photography:

For more coverage check out Caitlin Tobias's Blog:

For more coverage check out Inara Pey's Blog:

Windlight Sky Setting:  "TOR" Night - Flyer with alpha values adjusted, except for the image below which was taken with "TOR" Dusk Fairytale Glow.

 A 30% Orton effect was applied to each image.

This GIF animation was made using Google's Picasa / G+ service automatically -- all I had to do was upload about 20 still frames and the GIF below was ready for download in my account.