by Marianna Monentes-Softly
From big cities, such as Lady Bay, in Sydney, Australia; to private shores in California, one can find nude beaches in the real world, but what about here virtually? What do we have to offer our friends who enjoy a more natural way of living?
Venturing south, Carnelian Shores lies just southeast of Carnelian Bay. Black sand beaches, with white foamy waves caressing the shores lend to the magic of this tropical island. Intimate and secluded, we decided a nude beach suits this region perfectly. We invite you to come dance or sit by the sea and chat.
"We offer our nude beach for everyone. Everyone has the right to enjoy it. Show respect for others, show respect for yourself. Please keep our beach a safe place for everyone who enjoys nudity."
Thank you Ferd Frederix for compling this list. This Carnegie Mellon University Motion Capture Database is free to download. Each zip file contains animations from the library, please view Contents List.
Standard Poses and Animations.zip - 2.7 MB
The CMU animation library :
Qavimator for making animations - 6 MB zip
Another great tool for making animations is Daz or Blender
Save the animations to your hard drive in folder you specify. Then, simply upload the BVH animation of your choice, choose if you want your animation looped or not.
by Roddie Macchi
Its time for our yearly FREE REGION RAFFLE!!
Stop on by the GCG Welcome region and on the wall inside the PUB where we party behind the big cabin is the raffle board.
Tickets are 100.00 MC$ and will go on for two weeks so everyone has a chance to enter the draw! Let your friends know!
This region is a full 15,000 prim single region for ONE full year!!
Pssst....The more tickets you buy the better your chances!
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
DragonMoor's very first fishing contest was held last Saturday, Aug. 11th.
I am very pleased to say we had an awesome turnout!
Everyone got their poles in the water, and had a great time fishing.
Our top winner of $5,440 MC was Raiona Designs. She sure can fish!
Next top winner was Katrina Wonder, coming in second with an amount of $1900 MC
Our third prize winner was Markanthony Green with a total of $1200 MC.
Iam Noone won a toal of $600 MC, Maldrul Smith and RoseAkaka Green each won $300 MC.
Lynnestra Parker won $245 MC and my eldest RL daughter Sakura Starsmith won $150 MC.
On top of this, there were the donated prizes and a few "regular or joke gifts" that were also added to the server.
Many thanks to all those who so kindly donated towards the event.
These gracious donors included:
Rik Sullivan 5K mc,
mathew green- motorcycle,
Marianna Monentes-jewelery: Chain Circlet, I love GCG ring, I love GCG Ring (2), Love GCG Pendant on Gold Chain (2), Moonstruck Earrings (2)
funfun61 Gloom-Bass Pro Shops T-Shirt (5)
Erin Langer- Coastal Comfort Furniture, Houseboat
Katrina Wonder- Dolphin, Lounge Chair Float Friends/Couple, Sea Turtle, Shark, Blue paddle boat, Lounge chair float, Swordfish (2)
Jimmy Olsen- DragonMoor Fishing Contest Greedy Table
Wanderlust Bluebird-Grungy Old boot, Message in a bottle
Arabella Tarabotti-Hardcore Skins
Thor Asgard-Item imported by the Furling Alliance
Winter Silversmith-$2500 MC
Morgan Chaplin- The Garnet Dancer Outfit (2), The King Travel Trailer (2), The Seeker Dancer Outfit (2)
Thank you Sakura Starsmith for the donation of the DragonMoor fishing T-shirt. This shirt is available at the fishing area on the dock for any who would like one.
Special thanks to DJ Maldrul Smith who not only DJ'd for the dance after the fishing contest, but also played amazing tunes for all of us during the contest.
I have decided to hold a fishing contest for each season.
The fishing area is available now for anyone who would just like to come and relax and fish. Perhaps just chill out on the lovely beach.
There are also Horseback Riding trails adjacent to the fishing area.
Feel free to come and explore the lovely "back to nature" setting.
I am so grateful to all who came and participated in the event, and for those who contributed.
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
One of the main focuses here at the GCG Sun is to feature regions around the grid, which we love to do. It showcases what you, the GCG residents, have worked so hard to create. In my research, I have discovered that my husband's regions, Reyn Softly's regions, have not yet been featured.
His magical, marvelous regions lie quietly in all their glory to be discovered by the few who happen upon them. I would like to touch on his regions, so you too can choose to enjoy the magic.
Having worked with Reyn Softly for over two years, I knew he had a creative mind. Through his literature, I have come to learn of a man who is an independent thinker, one who thinks outside the proverbial “box”. And, everything he touches has a sense of humour.
One day, before marrying Reyn, I decided to venture to Trey Magnifique’s cave, (Trey is Reyn’s "dark" alt) and ended up exploring Reyn's region Silver Birch more intensely, discovering he is not only a gifted writer, he also extends his creative eye to all aspects of his regions.
About Trey, his alt, Reyn explains, " Trey failed at role-play, so he rented a cave just above the haunted swamp by the sunken ghost ship across from the School of Magik, so's he can easily get some good eatin' weeds and learn how to make everyone in every world equal through education, gonna take some magik."
When I asked Reyn what inspired him, he replied, "My reason for creating Silver Birch was to have a peaceful, sort of natural place to wander about, find odd things, like the knight-guarded pants-safe in the pond under the moldy Goddess. "
Rockhenge is an iconic, surreal place to dance or to chat in a group or in a more intimate area, shadows and moonlight become it; and the Druids already got "Stonehenge". Reyn explained "No one uses it, so I filled it with friends, and memories of friends." As you enter, it fills with dancing and chatting, animated NPCs.
(Reyn surprised me one morning when I logged in. He had given to me an NPC of us embraced, so that we could share a "forever" hug, and later, another of him carrying me into the ocean waves. I don't have to tell you, it adds a touch of romance to the regions.)
I soon found myself wanting to return to Silver Birch, it felt like home. I soon learned too, that it was considered home to many of Reyn’s friends. His open and peaceful nature attracts like-minded friends to come stay awhile, or never leave. With his humour and love, he mixes in perspectives to help you smile, and to help you see a little bit past the "norm".
I would like to invite you to come see sometime how the mind of a creative genius works, I feel fortunate to be on this magical mystery tour with him.
by Lynnestra Parker - Region Reviews
Greeting GCG Neighbors,
I am sure you have heard about the successful fishing competition that Tigerkitti Eberdene had on August 11, at DragonMoor. Tig tells me that DragonMoor is not totally finished. I can't wait for the finished regions! This is already an excellent build.
I walked around the beach where the fishing contest was held and found some drying fish. This looked like a nutritious snack but when looked further on I saw two groups of picnic tables and one of the largest BBQs I have ever seen. I grab a bag of chips and a beer.
Past the BBQ I find some deer and to the right of that a clearing with a path. Of course I followed the path. What did I find? Sign says "Horse trails". Anyone that knows this Texan knows I must ride. As I mount my horse I notice a board with signs. A teleport board. I will have to play with that as well.
The horse trail is awesome! Well marked path, surrounded by nature. The waterfalls, animals, flowers and trees makes this trail worth your time. I had my sun set to estate time and it was beautiful the way the lighting highlighted some trees and plants. I would suggest taking a special someone. It is quite romantic, especially after the marked path ends; at a fallen tree. You can discover romance in the cave or atop the waterfalls. :)
Back to the teleport sign...
Ten locations listed, one I am already on. How to choose? Just go left to right? nah... close eyes and click. :)
DragonMoor Courtyard Main Landing. There be dragons here. No one seems to mind them flying about. Market place or... Ye Olde Dragon Inn, which to visit first. Walking into the Inn I see a maid cleaning the floor. Nice to know they keep it clean. Cute dragons on pedestals, a stage and of course, because it is an Inn, a plethora of tables around. I leave and I move east and see ladders... climbing. Over an east wall there is a very lovely and inviting sight of a coastline and houses. Beautiful coast.
I go back to the teleport board and choose DragonMoor Army Base and memorials. Older planes are having an air show and there is also an animal memorial for the animals in war. Oh and a place where you can see pictures of people that have served. This is a great place to go remember those that fought for the freedoms we enjoy, some of them are not here to enjoy said freedoms with us. This is quite the salute to those that served, I can't wait to explore it more later.
This place is over 9,000 meters in the air. Tigerkitti tells me there is a castle on the ground level, a ship yard and a dragon rezzer where you can hop a dragon and go for a ride. There is also going to be an awesome Halloween build coming, keep your eyes and ears open for that.
Tigerkitti Eberdene, you and your crew did a most awesome job! DragonMoor is a wonderful place to explore and play.
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Many of you may have "heard" Mari had a little vacation, and it is true, she did.
Overworked; it happens. The great news is, I have had time to rest and relax, with time to reflect on what matters.
My love for the community and promoting everyone in it is at the heart of what matters to me. Sending a clear message that this community is "the best there is", is my driving force. I have been a part of the Great Canadian Grid for almost three years, and in that time, I have learned that we built a tight-knit community.
We may have disagreements and yet we always find our way back to what matters. We, the community, matter. Our regions, our projects, our venues, and our events are the lifeblood of this community. I take great pleasure in sharing and promoting all that GCG residents do.
Let's please continue rocking this grid. Thank you, Roddie Macchi, for always believing in me and giving me the opportunity to continue doing what I love most. Reyn Softly, my rock, thank you for loving me regardless, you know my heart and never let me forget it.
I love the Great Canadian Grid and the intimate community that all of us have built together.
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Many ask for Landmarks for various regions around the Grid, without realizing your Map is a handy way to navigate around the grid. Did you know that by using your map and typing in Search "GCG" many Great Canadian Listings come up such as Podex, Kitely Market, and LK Clutterfly?
If there is nobody inworld to ask for a LM(Landmark)to a given location, please try searching with your map. You will be delighted by all the listings you will discover, it is an awesome way to explore the grid.
by Lannorra Sion - Entertainment Editor
Monday nights are Party Central at the Great Canadian Grid! Most Mondays, our fearless leader, Roddie plays the tunes and we party on.
Last night I headed down to the Cabin, which is near the welcome area, for a much anticipated break. I missed a few weeks due to many RL demands and I was ready to hear some great music, dance and just let loose! Roddie did not disappoint. Even though he was in the midst of a furious thunderstorm with lightning hitting all around his house! He lost internet once or twice for a few seconds, but he came right back and kept going. Now that is dedication!
By the end of the first hour we had over 20 people and the music was awesome. It is so great to see so many turn out and join the fun. I took a few pictures of the merriment.
So new or old... if you see the notice for a Monday night party, do not think twice! Come join us at the cabin for a fun night. You will be glad you did!