Thirteen Ghosts, and More, in Shengri La

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Shengri La will be home to its very own Victorian ghost for the haunting season, as part of the entirely too talented Kyle (Bronsdon) Beltran’s Ghost Hunt, which launches at 7:30 pm PDT on OCtober 1st and goes till the wee haunting hours of October 31st. We’re big fans of Kyle, who was kind enough to compose a special musical composition, which we use as musical support in many of our scrapbook videos (The Fantasia for Shengri La).  To support Kyle’s ghost hunt, we’ve been happy to provide prizes for those ghost hunters who track down our Shengri La ghost (the ghost of sims past, perhaps?).  We’ve added some of our current stock from Debutante (our formal ladies’ wear lab line) and some wonderful jewelry and other treats from some of our other lines such as Flash and Trash.  Ten unique prizes may be located in our hunt hub, each with differing prize values.  The top of the line Grand Prize is the Empress gown in black for the season, but there’s a range of other wonderful delights.  We’ll ask some of our fashion blogger friends to shoot images of the prizes, to encourage everyone to come hunt ghosts.  And of course, we’re not fond of tricks, so all we included in our prize hub were the finest of treats.

This is what Kyle has to say about his hunt:

Here at AV Puli, home of my club, Meatspace Lounge, we’ve been designing (since JULY) a unique hunt. We’re calling it the “13 Ghosts Hunt”, and the object is – obviously enough – to find the 13 ghosts haunting 5 parcels in 3 regions. The reason it’s taken so long to put together is because we’ve made it more like a Pot Healer Adventure than a “fly from sim to sim collecting freebies” hunt.

We’ve implemented a database to keep track of each ghost a player finds, and each find earns a credit towards a number of prizes, different on every parcel. A player can also save up all 13 to win one of several Grand Prizes. In addition, if a player clicks an apparition fast enough, they receive a finder-helper gadget – like an EMF meter or night vision – to assist them in finding additional ghosts.

The hunt launches in tandem with my regular Thursday performance at 7:30pm, October 1st, and runs through Halloween. The closer it gets to Halloween, the more frequently the spirits will appear, and for longer periods of time. The center of the event will be in our “Ghost Hunter Investigation Center” of the sim – although HUDs and prize centers will be available at all of the participating parcels.

The Shengri La Hunt hub is located in the heart of Shengri La if you would like to start the Hunt in our region.  The Shengri La ghost (of sims past) looks like this:

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Last Day of Peace on Earth Hunt…

We participated in the Peace on Earth Grid Wide treasure hunt, and today is the last day to visit the lovely Shengri La sims and collect our offerings.  Two of our designers, Wollemia Sands and Xand Nagy, chose to participate, and of course, Debutante and the Fashion Research Institute also placed globes.

Debutante offers Viva Glam! in black:

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The Fashion Research Institute offers Jingle, in Turquoise:

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Xand Nagy of Kicks and Twirls has this to say about her offering:

This ensemble, which includes 2 flexi dresses with companion glitch pants (short and long), a skirt, 6 different shirts, a lacey undeshirt, and silk stockings, is based on a texture from a photo of a stained glass window in the Saint Louis Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in North America, founded as a Catholic Parish in 1720 along the Banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans. We all know the story and tragedy of New Orleans, and this building has witnessed almost 300 years of that history. While the texture has been modified and abstacted to make an attractive outfit, remember as you wear it the story of the stuggle behind it all.

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Wollemia Sands of Bull & Bear Career Wear offers Nicole, a lovely outfit for the professional:

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Ode Butterfly Hunt in Shengri La Sims

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It’s time once again for our monthly Ode butterfly hunts in Shengri La.  The first is scheduled at 7 am SLT and the second at 5 pm SLT.  All five sims will be closed to the public for the hour prior to allow the butterfly handler to release her newest catch.  POE hunters and all other visitors will be asked to leave the sims promptly at 6 am and at 4 pm.

To hunt Ode-containing butterflies, just teleport to any of the sims, or start in the Shengri La Welcome Area.

FRI Takes Part in Monarch Migration Weekend

Friday, October 17th, Shengri La is home to not just its usual Ode butterfly Hunt, but also to a Monarch Migration butterfly hunt.

Our hunts on Shengri La start at 7 am SLT and at 5 pm SLT.  The sims close to the public at 6 am and at 4 pm to allow the butterfly handlers to release the butterflies. To participate, pelase join us on any of the Shengri La sims in Second life, or just follow this link.

Over the weekend of October 17-19, 2008, there will be a massive migration of Random Calliope’s Ode Butterflies through Second Life. Commencing on Friday, October 17 from the Science Friday sim, the Ode butterflies will wind their way throughout SL to celebrate the North American Monarch Butterfly Exhibit at the Science Friday sim and in general raise awareness of the awe-inspiring real life annual North American Monarch Butterfly migration.

Random Calliope is a creator of wearable art. He is a master craftsman and the work that he does with microprims is truly breathtaking. He has been creating jewelry in SL for almost three years and while he has created pieces that have fetched some truly awe inspiring sums for charity, what may be equally impressive are the pieces he creates simply to give away.

The Science Friday Group in Second Life are fans of  National Public Radio’s Science Friday show, which is broadcast every Friday live in Second Life, from 11 AM to 1 PM SLT.    Science Friday is also broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide  as part of NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ programming. Each week, Science Friday focuses on science topics that are in the news and tries to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. In Second Life, Science Friday listeners gather for a lively chat discussion of the program.  One of the recent segments was on the migration of monarch butterflies.

The butterfly hunts that allow one to obtain Ode jewelry are a homage to the once very popular community butterfly hunts of days gone by, but this time with a science and conservation twist. Proper gentlemen and gentlewomen would pack their picnic baskets in the spring and summer and head off to the nearest flowered field. There they would use their butterfly nets to capture prized butterflies of infinite variety. 

The Ode monarch migration hunt is a hunt to see and learn, not to capture. The community gathers in a field to look for butterflies. They may be in trees, floating around, in the grass, or anywhere a butterfly might be found. The hunts work in this way. Pieces of Ode jewelry are put in selected butterflies and then released in a pack of decoy butterflies. There is a script contained in each butterfly that allows it to fly in a random pattern around the sim. When the hunt begins the participants need to find and click on the butterflies to receive a prize.

This special monarch migration will include science elements:  a map of the monarch migration in the real world, a sculpted milkweed flower demonstrating the relationship between butterfly pollinated plants and the conservation of species, free milkweed plants so that you can learn to recognize the plants upon which these butterflies survive, an exhibit of butterflies under the microscope, and the conservation measures that you can take at home to conserve these precious insects in real life.

Monarch butterflies ARE living jewels!

Ode is an 9 piece jewelry set (hair piece, earrings, necklace, pendant, brooch, bracelet, ring, garland) which at this moment has 25 color variations. The challenge is to complete full sets of one color for your Ode butterfly collection; however, Ode pieces can only be obtained through participating in Ode Butterfly hunts and/or through trading with other collectors. New varieties of butterflies are occasionally added and some variations such as the Platinum and the Shades of Golden are extremely rare.

To stay informed of when the Ode Butterfly Hunts are beginning please join either the SL Ode Butterfly Collectors group or the Ode Butterfly Collectors Subscription group by clicking on a kiosk at either Ode Butterfly Clubhouse at Ode or the Welcome Area on Shengri La sim.