Pick of the Day: Happy Holidays!

This night-time winter experience was created by Boden Linden, who says:

This winter cabin is ready for the holidays!. ps this entire experience was created with items from the Sansar Store. Thank you creators ūüėÄ

It’s so dark that I had to edit all these pictures in GIMP to get the detail to show up! You’ll have to visit the experience in person to get a true feel for the darkness of a wintry countryside at night. The audio materials for the snow add to the immersion of the experience considerably.

You walk from a forested pine area past trees decorated with Christmas lights, and a couple of vehicles‚ÄĒa farm truck and a carriage‚ÄĒthat you recognize from the Sansar Customs experience. Snowflakes are gently falling.

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A little further on, you discover a top-hatted snowman under a canopy of Christmas lights flashing many different colours!

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Finally, you arrive at a cheerfully decorated house, with a brightly-lit Christmas tree and pine bough garlands, plus stockings hung on the fireplace mantel. There’s a fire roaring in a small pot-bellied stove in the corner, next to a table laden with coffee¬†cups, a bottle of wine, and a basket of food. Nostalgic Christmas music is playing, and it would seem the inhabitants of this cozy home have only just momentarily stepped out.

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You could consider this experience a Christmas card from Boden Linden to the rest of us. So please pay a visit soon to Happy Holidays yourself!

(The red dress that Vanity Fair is wearing is brand new from RSVF, and available for S$5 in the Sansar Store.)

 

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Pick of the Day: Amber Castle

Amber Castle is a colourful medieval experience built by Ambard. He says:

The crown jewel of Ambardia. The capitol city. And yes, there is a cave hidden somewhere! Lots more will be added so check back often.

Well, I couldn’t find the cave, but there is certainly lots to explore! Here are some photos. (Click on each picture for a larger view.)

Pick of the Day: White Out

White Out is a winter experience by Debi Baskerville.

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Some of the pine trees are decorated with Christmas lights, and as a comic touch, there is an oversize Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

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A deer wanders near the little ice pond.

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It’s all very festive and serene. Come walk in a winter wonderland at White Out!

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UPDATED: Pick of the Day: M2D Magic Night

M2D Magic Night is another Sansar experience created by Mario2 Helstein.

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It’s a beautifully decorated winter night-time scene, where you are standing outside a snow-covered chalet. You can see shooting stars, and you can hear an owl hooting nearby. The snow crunches under your feet as you walk around. It’s lovely!

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Mario2 has done a marvelous job with this Christmas-time experience!

Update Dec. 26th: Today our regular casual meetup was held here, and I added a few more shots:

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Pick of the Day: E.C. Holden Test Gallery

Eric Holden is an artist and VR/AR researcher who has just put up a small gallery of his art and sculpture.

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In these pictures Vanity Fair is wearing:

Hair: Short Bob from the default Sansar hairstyles palette in Lookbook

Jewelry (except the Necklace): Bindi and Earrings Set by Cat

Necklace: Blue Dragonfly Necklace by Talevin

Dress: Hip and Casual Green Tunic by Whystler

Pick of the Day: Violin Tree (Plus a Sansar Store Spotlight: Galen’s Theremin)

Mikki Miles, my favourite musical instrument maker in Second Life (in-world store, SL Marketplace), has created a new Sansar experience called Violin Tree. In his description he writes:

Inspired by an 40.000 year old boneflute, found in a cave in Southern Germany, I built this island with musical instruments that are somehow familiar, but seem to have taken a bit weird development on this offshore place. It’s a work in progress, come back again! All music and sounds are produced by Mikki Miles.

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You arrive on a deserted island. To your left is what appears to be a tall tower, and to your right is a tree. As you come closer to the tower, you realize that it is, in fact. an oversize, ivy-covered flute, which plays a somewhat mournful tune as you approach and stand before it.

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When you come nearer to the tree, you see that it is growing violins! It also plays music.

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As Mikki Miles says in his description, this Sansar experience is a work in progress, so do plan to come back to see new musical creations in future!

While we are talking about musical instruments, I also wanted to showcase a particularly clever musical instrument that Galen has created and scripted, called a theremin. It’s an electronic musical instrument controlled by moving your hands around it without actually touching it.

Here is a short video I made of me playing Galen’s theremin at his Metaverse Machines Showroom¬†(you’ll need a VR headset and hand controllers to be able to do this):

Galen’s theremin and the script used to control it are both available for free in the Sansar¬†Store:

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Very cool! It certainly looks like we are going to have no shortage of fun, playable musical instruments in Sansar.

Pick of the Day: Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is an experience created by Beverly Zauberflote, a pretty little village on a midwinter’s night.

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A helpful neon sign directs you to a jet-powered Santa sleigh that whisks you off on a wild ride through the night sky!

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It’s all very cheerful and festive!

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