written by Douglas Mc Cloud
The inspiration for this dance floor came from a dance floor I had in Second Life called "Penumbra". The dance floor in SL was a Novatech item and was created by TimoL Macmillian.
What you see with my dance floor is that it is similar in design to Timol's design, but with subtle changes. Timol's dance floor operated with a Hud. It controlled everything from lights, lasers, different presets for moods right down to the floor texture on the dance floor circle.
My dance floor is controlled by the DJ Booth, at lease most of the lights are, the dance floor is a separate control as is the rotating lights above the floor.
I am still relatively new to working with scripts and building complex items. But I think I have created something that has a certain uniqueness to it. So far this has been the most complex item of all my builds.
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I have (for, the most part) enjoyed building this dream!
Please feel free to drop by anytime 24/7 with planned events in the near future. https://gcg/region/Sequoia/128/188/505
by Timo Daehlie
Who am I?
I am Timo Daehlie, relatively new on the GCG, and I must confess I haven't been much exploring or socializing so far, not to be said that I suffer from agoraphobia or something, it’s just the fact that I’d like to build and have some concepts in my head I want to realize here. With the recent assignment as an art editor of the GCG Sun I hope to change the situation mentioned above: I’ll explore the GCG grid the coming period and will write a sequence of "Exploring Articles" about my escapades.
Am I an artist?
Well to be honest, I did some graffiti in my youth, followed several years of art history classes and now and then I make a painting with acrylic at home, but it’s not my profession neither do I see myself as an artist or want to present myself as one. I am just handy with Photoshop, quick with the building menu and have the talent to think outside the box when I build. Last aspect is made easier cause of the lack of gravity and such in virtual worlds, for example, people tend to build a store when they want to sell their stuff similar to the real life situation. In my opinion a floating well textured prim can functions as a "store" as well.
So how did I end up as an art editor for the GCG Sun?
Recently I had some visitors over at my region and they were pretty enthusiastic of what they saw there, they even dare to call it Art. Like I mentioned before, I am not one, but when people reward your works by comparing them with Art it motivates you, or at least me, to build some more. One of those visitors was Marianna Monentes, who asked me if I could make a building for her, a place to expose sculptures. Still drugged by those visitors comments I decided to fulfill her request. I normally don't do orders or requests, neither do I sell my work, but she had some references in which I saw a challenge (sculptures, expose, purple. lavender, jewelry). I decided to make an exemption. I would go build three levelled crown, referring to her inworld jewelry business ...
So, what did I build?
When I build I first make some basic textures of matching colors and create some basic shapes inworld and throw them around on one of my regions till I find a catching shape. I showed Marianna the result as seen in picture one and she replied nearly blind that it was a bit too pink. She had a point there and knowing the building would be placed at an environment friendly region I decided to switch over to a more matching object, a tree, while keeping the basic shapes. I never know where I will end when I build, I keep on improving textures and objects each day I log in again and again in order to find the perfect shape or colors, it also has to be interactive and you don't want to disappoint people, so the past two weeks I harassed Marianna a lot with pictures of update to see if we still would be on the same track. I cheated somehow by using region settings to improve the pictures.
Finally, the build was completed, or at least phase 1 is. It normally takes me half a year to work out a concept and this one was made within some weeks. Knowing myself this place will be improved and expanded in future but for now I am more than happy with the result. And so is Marianna. Sculptures Expo "Odyssey of the Mind" is a place that contains symmetric shapes, fine texture work and a functionality based from thinking out to the box perspective, basically a sculpture on its own. But is it Art? I would say no, but I am not an artist ....
Publisher’s Note: Timo Daehlie is an amazing artist, not only did he create the most phenomenal artistic build for my project, he took it a step farther and made it magic. Thank you, Timo, M.M.
by Anna Wright
Roddie Macchi has worked some Roddie magic again! He is offering something very unique for GCG (and hypergrid) residents to enjoy by creating a drive in movie theatre region. The build is still in the works but looking amazing so far. And, most importantly, the grid boss man is having fun:
“So its been awhile since I took a break and actually built something lol...the last time I built something I made the GCG Welcome region..so I've started on a GCG Drive IN! for events or couples wanting to spend some time together...anyone can come here from the hypergrid and plop their car down and watch a movie...well...soon they can I'm not done yet but getting there.”
The Great Canadian Drive In sign is care of the always wonderful work of Marianna Monentes.
Drive In theatres are now an endangered species in the pastimes of human recreation. An article in the Toronto sun listed less than 50 drive ins across Canada as of 2013. It’s likely a lower number than 50 now. The article lists some intriguing facts:
- Canada’s first drive-in was the Skyway Drive-In in Stoney Creek, Ontario. It opened in 1946, but closed up shop in 1975.
- Canada’s oldest continuously operated drive-in is the Port Hope Drive-In, located on none other than Theatre Road in Cobourg, Ontario. It has been there since 1952.
- The first drive-in theatre debuted in Camden, New.Jersey., in 1933 — with a screening of the movie Wives Beware.
Alright GCG, here’s the most exciting part. Right here, coming next, are you ready for it?! Roddie has his own very unique history and perspective on drive in theatre. He used to own and run one in the real world! This is his story in his own words:
“Well back when I was 23 I bought my first turn key operation which was called The Mustang Drive IN in my home town...so I know a lot about drive ins and wanted to bring it to the GCG. The drive in back in the day was the most fun as a teen and I always wanted to own one so I did. We use to sneak booze in and people in the trunk of the car...its funny cause I knew all the tricks so if I saw a couple that looked like they were sneaking someone in...I turned a blind eye for the fun of it to some. I knew what they were up to but I let it go. But when it came to booze...that I always made sure of...but of course I may have missed some ;).
My build is actually a replica or what I’ve tried to replicate the old mustang drive in I once had...it brought back a lot of good memories...but I thought wow we all miss those good days of snuggling in a car meeting friends and sneaking booze around lol...meeting up at the diner during intermissions...playing on the swings as kids when your parents took you to it...all those things...so that’s why I made the Drive in again...its a huge part of my history in RL and history for most my age in general.”
That is just wicked cool!
There are some beautiful and haunting pictures of Roddie’s old Mustang Drive In years after it was abandoned in this article:
You can really see how Roddie has artfully recreated the feeling of the place in his virtual drive in. Those are some mad skills there Mr. Macchi!
What invokes the romance in the now nostalgic culture of drive in theatre? There’s an overtone of an epic era as a foundation. Memories are linked to the senses; smell, sound,
sight, taste, touch. One particular writer expresses this with anecdotal realism. A journalist from Columbus, Georgia named John Gilbert has written a 7 part series called Reflections After Dark, about his childhood and family connection to drive in theatre. He cleverly captures the feeling of being at a drive in:
“It was now twilight and the lot was filling up fast. The smell of popcorn mixed with frying hamburgers wafted across the lot. The rumble of automobiles with the accompanying sound of gravel crunching under their tires greeted my ears. There was also the sounds of people moving toward the concession and others returning to their cars with trays of popcorn and soft drinks. Adding to all of this was the pre-movie music playing from hundreds of speakers.”
Our GCG Drive In region has the makings of a full diner. The diner is the 1950s Retro Diner by Koshari Manhana. It’s a gorgeous build unto itself and it fits so perfectly here.
There’s more in the works for this dynamic build but already we can see where Roddie is going with it. The Mustang lives on in GCG.
The sweet retro little speakers are care of the talented Linda Kellie.
The sun is just sinking and the sky is showing the makings of a perfect night under the stars across the whole endless pastel horizon. Get your avatars in their comfy summer clothes and find a good spot to rez your favourite car. Take a little stroll before you settle in for the show to the diner and grab some refreshments and maybe a juicy Canadian beef burger. You can almost feel the grass against your legs and hear the surrounding sounds of motors and tires and laughter as people gather. Keep a keen eye out for the announcement that invites us all to this kind of evening when the GCG drive in opens. Be sure to sneak in both booze and extra passengers, just to help Roddie remember the good times past too.
Roddie Macchi, Facebook post, April 26th, 2017.
Roddie Macchi, email correspondence, various dates.
Reflections After Dark – by John Gilbert
Kristin Nightfire and LaLa Glitter have opened a new retail store that is exclusive to GCG. LaLa glitter is the retail alt avatar of Linda Kellie. Since Linda is known for giving out full permission freebies with no rules she thought it was best to create another avatar for selling merchandise so to deflect any possible confusion.
Kristin had her merchandise in her store "Joliesse" but closed it down and decided to team up with LaLa in this new, grand, project. Everything has been re-branded and new textures added to some items. And new items have been added. All under the name "Fairy Dreams".
Both women were feeling disenchanted with hypergrid and wanting very much to feel stable and have just one home. And the place they feel most at home is The Great Canadian Grid. So they combined their skills and started to work. The new store took two weeks to set up before the grand opening but is now open to the public on the region of Fairy Dreams.
All of the clothing (for men and women) is rigged mesh and many are derived from 3rd party kits that they obtained the license for. But there will be many exclusive items that you won't see anywhere else. Those things are coming soon. Also in the store is a huge section of men and women's mesh hair sold in a large variety of color packs. The store soon will have a full range of shoes, jewelry, skins, eyes, and accessories soon as well. Also they are one of the few places that offer rigged mesh feet in flat, mid and high with a color picker hud.
Kristin has done an amazing job of decorating so that you feel like you are walking through a fairyland of shimmer, glitter, and magic.
If you come by don't forget to pick up free gifts from the group gift giver, lucky chairs and gift boxes.
The store is not open to hypergrid visitors. It is maples currency (podex) and strictly for your GCG avatar.
written by Roddie Macchi
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Kathena wrote this a few months ago, it was so touching I wanted to share it here...
by Kathena Mavendorf
Every time I log in, I look at my friend’s list in hopes that you are there. The disappointment overtakes me and the pain of your absence hurts me more than I thought would be possible. It is perhaps more peculiar since you and I have never met. Behind these masks we wear, there are real hearts of real people. Many of us reveal our truest selves through our virtual visage we choose to embody.
In these long excursions through virtual worlds, we meet amazing and interesting people, who not only enhance our enjoyment of this escape, but also warm their ways into our hearts. I have been in virtual worlds since 2008. Through these long years I’ve had the pleasure of building lasting relationships with some of the most caring, imaginative, kind and intelligent people I’ve ever had the pleasure to call friend.
In those years, I’ve talked to people through my anxiety ridden days, helped friends deal with heartache and depression and even found love. Early on, before I began to form strong bonds with my virtual friends, I would see people log off, and never return. I never gave it a second thought. Instead I thought they just decided not to play anymore and moved on without ever wondering why. Then it happened. One day a dear friend didn’t come online for our usual fun in roleplay. I thought it strange as she never missed a day. Another day passed, and then another. Finally, about two weeks later, I receive an offline message from an avatar I did not know. It was my friend’s daughter. She was following her mother’s wishes and letting all of her virtual friends know of her passing. I was crushed for the very first time.
“She never said goodbye!” That is the thought that rang out in my head. Why didn’t she at least say goodbye? I thought back at my last goodbye to her. It read “see you tomorrow.” Sadly, tomorrow never came. It made me angry and sad. I didn’t get to say goodbye to my dear friend and she was now gone. I never got to see her RL face or hold her hand. Unfortunately, this was only the first of several loses I would endure.
I met my husband in SL. He was my apprentice and was learning to be a mage from me. We spent hours every night talking. First we talked about the roleplay, then it became personal, talking about our days, our dreams, hopes and fears. A beautiful friendship developed over a period of months. Our avatars ended up married to each other in their roleplay and it was magical. When we finally met in real life, the moment our lips touched I knew I would never want another. We married three years later. Last year, after a long battle with kidney disease and diabetes, my husband laid down for a nap and never awoke. I was online at the time with friends at our roleplay and said I would be right back so I could get my husband up for his work meeting. It was hours later when I returned to my avatar. My house was filled with strangers from his office trying to help me deal with the chaos that was now my life. I was in shock. I felt so much pain that I literally became sick. I couldn’t bear the pain. I sat down at my computer and was going to log off when I realized my friend Jaekob had not left my avatar’s side. He asked if I was OK, as he knew I never would just leave. I wrote the words for the very first time. “My husband is dead.” I lost my composure and cried hysterically. He sat down next to me and virtually held my hand as I was trying desperately to keep it together. Quickly the room began to fill with many of our virtual friends.
Jaekob had told them the news and they all sat in that room with me, trying to comfort me and make me laugh. I don’t know how I would have survived those hours without these people by my side. Strangers in real life, but true friends nonetheless.
A couple of months ago, our friend Jaekob said goodnight and see you tomorrow. He was always online when I logged in as he loved being in his beloved Riverlands. The next day I logged in, but he was not around. Every day after that, my friends and I looked for signs from him. An email, a text, a notecard, anything. Not a word. I was given his real life information and conducted a search in hopes of learning what was wrong. I was never able to find any information. Two months have passed and we have lost hope of seeing him again. This wonderful friend that held my hand through the worst moment of my life was gone and I didn’t get to say goodbye.
All too often we take for granted that goodbye or goodnight means we will see you again. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It is then left to us to figure out how to say goodbye without them present. The pain is all too real. We feel it deep in our souls. It is not virtual pain. It is REAL. We must truly mourn the loss of these people. It doesn’t matter if we only knew an avatar. They were loved. Say goodbye in your own way, but let them know they will never be forgotten. They are eternal in our hearts.
Goodbye my friends and love. I will love you always and forever. You are as real in my heart as you were in life. Safe paths, my friends. Until we meet again.
written by Anna Wright
The Great Canadian Cabin is the heart of the Great Canadian Grid. It was started by Roddie Macchi in Second Life on September 23rd, 2009 as Roddie’s Cabin. It evolved and grew on SL as a hangout for Canadians. As more and more people gathered at the cabin, Roddie expanded the space and activities into an entire parcel.
This SL community for Canadians inspired the idea for the Great Canadian Grid. When Roddie started The Great Canadian Grid, the cabin was set up here as well, mirroring the SL community as the grid community began to grow. It is still a beloved region here where anyone can go to relax. Our community is more international now and that has just added diversity and amazing energy to the source. It emulates the country of Canada, as we are a country where many nations have come together, welcoming and celebrating all cultures and traditions. You don’t need to be a Canadian to make a home in the Great Canadian Grid.
When I joined The Great Canadian Grid the landing point for coming in as a shiny new avatar was the Great Canadian Cabin. As a Canadian, the region made me feel immediately at home. I walked around a bit and saw a Canada post box and had to laugh and then walked a bit further and saw the Tim Hortons, a perfectly replicated Timmies I might add too. It’s like a little lake side town in Ontario. There are details like the old train, the fire pit, and horses you can actually ride that make this region very multifaceted. And of course there is an outdoor concert stage and a pub with plenty of room to party.
As a kid our family was connected to a cabin far less fancy than what Roddie has going on. My family of origin was complicated and frequently conflicted in ways that caused lasting disrepair. It was no one person’s fault, but it made holidays something to “get through” as opposed to enjoy, except at the cabin. For some reason those trees and rocks and that seemingly endless water and the big beautiful sky around it made everyone kinder to each other for a little while at least. It’s made me always see cabin’s as safe places to be who you are, safe places for the heart to be whole. It’s a place apart from all of the stress in life and relationships than can break you.
You wouldn’t think you could recreate this in virtual worlds, but you can, and we have it here in GCG to connect to anytime we want. I actually go to the cabin fairly often. I don’t always tell people so I’m there on my own frequently. Of course, now that I’m promoting it I might not be, and that’s OK too because GCG is my chosen family. You don’t get to choose the one you’re born into, but we do get to choose this one, and it’s pretty awesome. Thanks, Roddie, for sharing your home with all of us.
***UPDATE*** I wrote this article awhile ago and I think it’s important to mention something, and someone who’s added even more heart to this region and it’s activity. Maxwell Bricker is our beloved GCG Events Coordinator and the official GCG DJ. He started throwing TGIF Friday parties in the GCG pub and has really brought people together and breathed some amazing new energy into the space each week with his variety of music and delightful amusing commentary as he shares it. The parties are what many residents look forward to in beginning the wind down from a long week at work. It’s a great way to make and connect with some friends while enjoying the great tunes.
So folks can really choose what they want from the welcome region now. If you want to wander in solitude and take in some pixel nature, there’s plenty to be had. Roddie even has a fishing dock set up so you can kick back with a Canadian beer and see what happens. If you want some fun and company you can find that too. GCG totally has you covered!
by Anonymous - Event Editor
Looking for a unique and fun way to party with friends and colleagues? Well look no further. Come join us at the beach for a memorable day of surf and sun at the Airmid Sandbar Club Surf Party on the Great Canadian Grid. Sunday May 7, 2017 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Come try out surfing and share an unforgettable experience. DJMaldrul will be spinning your favoriate surf/beach music and Lynn will be on duty as Life Guard we will all be partying next to the van. So come and get your pre summer “splishin’ and a splashin" on at this surf party event, only on the Great Canadian Grid.
written by Marianna Monentes
The ball was a huge success! I left after being there for 3 hours, and it was still going. We counted 48 guests in attendance, all dressed spectacularly, donning masks and formal attire. Roddie showed up in his formal attire which pleased all of us, even though it was a Santa suit! We also enjoyed wishing Cookie Cresci a happy 2 year Rez day today. It was magical!
written by Anonymous - Event Editor
The mystery of the mask that is draped in decadence, a masquerade ball is nothing short of magical. FailteShire Beltane presents their Masquerade Ball on the Great Canadian Grid (GCG). The FailteShire Beltane Masquarade Ball will take you back to the 15th Century, the begininng of the Renaissance movement. Enjoy the art, the beauty and imagination that reigned, so find your best formal Masquerade Costume and come celebrate the beginning of spring. You dont want to miss this event. The FailteShire Beltane Masquarade Ball, May 6, 2017 at 2:00pm on the ScottsDale Region. Contact Tigerkitti Eberdene for more information.