Can you find your way amid the crazy clowns?

Intro sentence –> The contemporary ambiguity of clowns corresponds very well to the funhouse at the carnival located in Black Pearl Beach in Second Life, which combines both ludicrous and disturbing elements, in a way that creates, at least in its case, an amusing attraction to visitors.

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Ricco enters the Crazy Clowns Funhouse Ricco enters the funhouse

The contemporary ambiguity of clowns corresponds very well to the funhouse at the carnival located in Black Pearl Beach in Second Life, which combines both ludicrous and disturbing elements, in a way that creates, at least in its case, an amusing attraction to visitors. That’s the Crazy Clowns Funhouse by PantzerHamzter Petshop and Tanya Wakaonna: a bizarre and entertaining place, designed and planned to give us some delightful time, reminding us that SL has a lot to do with enjoying ourselves.

The funhouse is, in many aspects, like a survival game. No, you won’t die there (will you in a survival game?), nor you will be eliminated somehow. It’s not a competition against other avatars and you can take it at your own pace (though you can transform it into a race against time or against a friend if you think you may find it more thrilling…

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Sansar: new video from Linden Lab

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Sansar from Linden Lab

On March 7th, 2017, Linden Lab issued the most insightful video thus far on Sansar, their next generation virtual environment platform. While it may not plumb quite the depths some might like to see, it offers far more in the way of glimpses and outright looks of what Sansar will look like and gives a teasing look at some of the capabilities currently present within it.

At just four seconds under the 2 minute mark, the video offers a narrative tour of the new platform, showing the runtime and editing environments, detailed shots of Sansar avatars, a look at the Sansar Marketplace – or Store – and more. It also touches on some of the market verticals and environments the Lab is hoping to attract to the platform, albeit with a clear slant towards education.

Sansar avatars. Credit: Linden Lab

Starting with the words, “Something is…

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Bleeding Books in Second Life

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Split Screen: Bleeding Books

Now open at Split Screen, curated by Dividni Shostakovich, is Bleeding Books, an installation by Haveit Neox which offers a commentary on how language and information can be both abused and overwhelming.

Three huge platforms float in the sky; one is the landing point where information on the installation and Split Screen can be obtained. The remaining two, one reached via a walk through a tornado of golden letter and the other by flying down to it, offer huge columned but roofless halls. The floors of each resemble printed pages from which stone letters partially rise, draped with human figures who appear to be merging with them. Over both, giant books spill a black torrent of letters.

Split Screen: Bleeding Books

Beneath all three, at ground level (fly down to reach it) is an enormous fortress, slowly decaying,  the roof gone, the floors pitted and…

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