.. 2304 Rain ..

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Have you ever wanted to find a sim where the rain falls hard and steady?  A place that might not make sense, but then it must make sense to its creator?  The “2304 Rain” build on the Sankt Moritz sim is one of those places.  The rain pours over the entire surface of the sim.  The only place to get away from it is in side a few of the objects strewn across the sim – either inside a culvert, the entry house, or maybe a couple of other places.  Additionally, you can climb the spiral staircase to a platform high above the sim surface, up above the rain, and have a view of everything.  Squonk Levenque has created this interesting place that provides the rain, the interest, and the thoughtful placement of interesting objects sized both normally and largely, to make you feel at times quite tiny and normal all the same.  Be aware that the rain might cause your viewer fps to drop, especially if you are on ultra and you turn on shadows, but there are areas where you will have some solace from that viewer side lag, and can still snap pics and enjoy the surroundings.  If you are just exploring, there are really no reasons to turn on your shadows.

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I want to darken in the skies
“Open the floodgates up
I want to change my mind
I want to be enough
I want the water in my eyes
I want to cry until the end of time

I want to let the rain come down
Make a brand new ground
Let the rain come down
Let the rain come down
Make a brand new ground
Let the rain come down tonight”

“Let the Rain” by Sara Bareilles

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Follow the windlight setting that Squonk has set as default which is  Windlight Sky: “[AnaLu] outdoor city weirdlights” and Water: “Glassy”.  But then play a little with other options and see what you can come up with.  It is always fun to ‘paint the sky’ in your own way.  Just get on over to “2304 Rain” and be sure to grab an umbrella while you are there!

.. x – zone ..

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So I was sitting here perusing the Second Life Destination Guide looking at the editor’s picks and I happened on an interesting looking place called “X-Zone“.  The description that the creator has posted indicates that this is an immersive island that was influenced by Final Fantasy X and the creator’s own imagination.  You will find steampunk type builds, romantic areas, and a fantasical assortment of creations.  Lady Bird (Rikku Yalin) has done a wonderful job bringing these things together providing Second Life residents the opportunity to explore the sim … and even stay a while for a dance or on a beach or around a fire.  The sim is fascinating and truly beckons to be explored.

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Visit X-Zone today… and experience the imagination of another one of SL’s sim creators.



.. baja norte ..

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Do you like a quiet, deserted beach for reflection, some surfing, maybe some conversation with a friend?  Let me tell you about the newest one that I have found.  Okay, I really didn’t just find it… I watched it being created from flat sim surface to this great, remote style beach.  It is similar to the coastline of the Baja Peninsula and the creator has tagged the sim as “Baja Norte“.

Jac Mornington really strives to make a natural environment and Baja Norte is no exception.  The beach is very multi-dimensional with the feeling of a windblown dunes with turtles coming up on the beach to nest as the waves lap against the shore.  Jac has put in a boardwalk to allow access across the water to an out island with a look out area that is perfect for relaxation.

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In the center of the beach, up on the rise, there is a beach shack offering a respite from the sun and heat.  And just over the rise, you will find a fishing dock fully outfitted with a fishing boat or sailboat that you can jump in and take for a ride around the sim.  It is a tight fit but you can fully glide across the water in either boat along the edges.  Just watch out for the Maoli mesh surf waves that are rolling in.  Jac has placed two different types of surf waves out. A fun low rumbling wave that is fairly realistic for many real life surf beaches, and a larger wave that crashes in as well.  This adds to the natural environment as most surf breaks would have varying types of waves to experience.

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While on Baja Norte, you will share the environment with a seal colony out by the lighthouse.  Be sure to look out beyond the surf for the whales breaching and cavorting, it is very relaxing to watch the magnificent creatures roll through the water.  The sounds of nature will surround you so be sure to have sounds on as well… and just enjoy your visit.

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Jac has done it again with this sim; it is a beautiful spot for capturing pics, surfing, boating, and just relaxing.  Visit Baja Norte soon, as we never know how long this beautiful sim will be around.