Rescheduled Ode Hunt for Wednesday, January 21, 5 pm SLT

Courtesty of SL’s bumps and pains over the past weekend, the second Ode butterfly hunt has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, January 21, at 5 pm SLT. Join us on the lovely islands of Shengri La for the only five sim Ode butterfly hunt. With any luck, the grid will cooperate and we can all hunt butterflies! See you there!

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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.

Five-Sim Ode Hunt in Shengri La

In honor of the Monarch Butterfly migration, the Fashion Research Institute is once again pleased to host a five-sim Ode butterfly hunt on our Shengri La sims.

Ode is a lovely jewelry set created by the inestimable Random Calliope.  Ode has been created in a large number of colors (22 the last I heard) which are transferrable.  This means that both guys and girls can hunt for these babies – gentlemen, it’s a great chance to collect jewelry that you can give to lady friends.  The fact the jewelry pieces are transferrable means that you can swap pieces until you collect a full set of your desired colors.  For that matter, collect them all!

Ode-containing butterflies will be released twice on Friday, October 17th.  The first release is at 7 am SLT, and the second is at 5 pm SLT.  The five Shengri La sims will be closed to the public one hour prior to the release and opened promptly on the hour.  There will be butterflies released on all five sims.  Not all butterflies contain a piece of Ode – which is why it’s called a Hunt.  To ‘capture’ a butterfly, just right click and touch it.  If the butterfly contains a piece of Ode, it’ll give it to you, and then vanish.

Bring your friends, or hunt on your own – either way, our visitors all assure me that they have a great time at the Ode hunts.  If you’ve never experienced an Ode hunt, the five sim hunts are enormous fun.  There’s plenty of room for hunters to spread out, and lots of butterflies released throughout the hunt. 

Ode hunts are offered on the Shengri La sims on the 17th of every month.  So if you miss this one, we’lll see you next month!

Random Calliope’s Ode Hunt in Shengri La, September 17

Please join us in the Second Life™ Shengri La islands on Wednesday, September 17th to hunt for Ode containing butterflies.  There are two hunts, the first begins at 7 am SLT, the second at 5 pm SLT.  The islands will be closed to the public an hour before each hunt starts to enable the butterfly release.  They will be reopened promptly at 7 am SLT and at 5 pm SLT.  Butterflies will be released on all five sims, and the estate will open on all five sims concurrently.

Shengri La will host Ode butterfly hunts every month on the 17th, so if you can’t make it to this one, there will be others. 

See you there

Shengri La Events

Meanwhile, back on Shengri La, life hasn’t stopped.  We have a new resident on the islands, Chestnut Rau.  Welcome to Chestnut, I hope she enjoys her tenure with us.

We also have several events upcoming, including the opening of Calli’s newly re-designed art gallery, The Gallery at Shengri La.  Calli is our official photographer of all things Fashion Research Institute and we have been very fortunate to have her talent documenting the growth and changes of Shengri La.  As an FRI collaborator and Utopian, we’re looking forward to seeing what she can do in Shengri La Spirit in coming weeks, but for now, I hope you will join us Thursday, May 8, 2008 at her gallery in Shengri La

At the very least, stop by and check out her innovative gallery design that features the carefully sculpted hands of another of our featured artists, Pumpkin Tripsa.  Pumpkin’s work can be seen all over Shengri La in the form of gargoyles and mermaid sculptures.

Also, on Saturdays, we have our regularly scheduled vintage marketplace, where new designers can show their work, for free.  Set up starts Friday evening, prims are returned on Saturday evening at 5:15 pm SLT, and vendors are limited to 20 prims to be contained within the marketplace tents.  No adult content, no BIAB, and above all, nothing that infringes anyone else’s copyright.

Upcoming on May 17th, we’re very pleased to host Random Calliope and his legendary butterfly hunt.  Random is a longtime friend and we’re very pleased to be able to support his work by opening our five sims for this purpose.  His manager, Elizabeth Tinsley, told me she’ll be releasing 5,000 Ode butterflies on Shengri La’s sim so there should be plenty for everyone.  As a side note, to assist Elizabeth in setting up, we will be closing and locking the Shengri La sims (Shengri La, Shengri La Love, Shengri La Joy, Shengri La Hope, And Shengri La Peace) starting at 4:45 pm SLT on Saturday, May 17th.  We will open the sims promptly at 6:00 pm SLT and the hunt will begin.  Please feel free to pick up a landmark from the sims in advance of the event from one of the landmark givers.  Utopians will be unable to provide limo service.

Immediately after the Hunt, we’ll be hosting a Monarch Rave, one of our irregularly scheduled events we host for our IBM technology partners and other collaborators.  Please join us on the visually lush Shengri La sim for 3 hours of psytrance by DJ Qee Nishi. Raving music starts at 7 pm SLT.  Dress is butterfly, monarch, Monarch butterfly, fairy, or any other cool thing you care to wear to dress to impress.  Rave on in our special homage to the Monarch butterfly; visit early to the dance platform and pick up your party pack or join our event group, IBM Parties On! for up to the minute information about events we host.

Also that weekend, we’ll be hosting two new artists who will be opening their shows in the Small Gallery and in one of the other galleries located on Shengri La.  More about this as we are closer to the big day!

More information on the Ode Butterfly Hunt: Over the weekend of May 16-18, 2008, there will be a massive migration of Random Calliope’s Ode Butterflies through Second Life. Commencing on Friday, May 16 from the Science Friday sim, the Ode butterflies will wind their way throughout SL to commemorate the opening of 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.
 
Ode, and the butterfly hunts that allow one to get it, is a homage to the once very popular community butterfly hunts of days gone by. 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 hunts are done just the same way. The community gathers in a field of butterflies and tries to catch them. 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 “catch” them. 

Ode is an 8 piece jewelry set (hair piece, earrings, necklace, pendant, brooch, bracelet, ring) which at this moment has 22 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 the Ode Butterfly Collectors Subscription group by clicking on a kiosk at either Random’s WorthWhile Gallery in Ode or the Science Friday sim.

For More Information in Second LifeTM Contact:

Bjorlyn Loon, Science Friday
Elizabeth Tinsley, for Random Calliope Second Life