by Marianna and Cass Liverbird
Cass Liverbird is new to our Great Canadian Grid, she is a fun, and lovely little fae, that I thought you would like to get to know a little better. The next time you see her around, please make sure to say hello, she will have you laughing in no time, she is precious!
This brief requested note is written with gratitude to Marianna Monentes for the help both she and Roddie gave me upon my first rezz. I offer this brief explanation of what brought me to this world - an orange cloud they helped transform into Cass that first day here on Great Canadian Grid.
I am a transplanted fae - I have flitted around the virtual world of Second Life. There I was fortunate enough to meet a dear and special man. He had affiliations also in IW, and so he introduced me to that world before its unfortunate and unexpected demise a short time ago. In IW Mike Townsend generously asked me to help him as he created "his" beautiful Galloway sims. That was brave of him since I am not a master builder, merely an apprentice, fumbling and at times, creating havoc as only a fairy can. I learn as I work and watch alongside him and experiment on my own hoping that someday I too may gain skills still unknown, marveled at and seen as amazingly creative and exhibited by so many of you here.
Together, in this world where I have met nothing but kindness from those, I have met I work once again with him to recreate a place of nature, peace and serenity similar but different than that we had to leave behind. Hopefully, new Galloway will show respect and love for the RL universe in which we also all reside.
Virtual worlds may end, avs names may change, but kindness and respect, peace and tolerance can always be shown wherever we live. I feel blessed to be part now of The Great Canadian Grid.
I am blessed in RL, happy and content - I am mature and at ease with who I am ;), where I have "been," and what I have learned. I have lived it seems many lives there already. Here in my third virtual world, I intend to bring joy, and peace, to continue learning and to create a place of beauty that may be shared by all. Pax and Blessed Be to those who dwell here. Again thank you, Marianna and Roddie, for having open doors and your kindness to "newbies."
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Reflecting back on our friend, Loki Mahana, I wanted to share a memory about him.
I had the idea to have free, weekend rentals available as a way to promote residents' regions. Opening their regions and homes up for "Weekenders" would be a way they could showcase their venues.
The idea was received with a variety of responses; Loki was one who loved the concept. He built and contributed two homes to the pool of free rentals. He regularly logged in, all excited, to ask if there were any Weekenders for his place. I loved his excitement and how he engaged with it, as a fun idea. The video below is of a home Loki created for Weekenders. He opened his home up to all of us to come share a part of his life.
Loki loved the concept of opening our regions to Weekenders because he wanted guests to visit, and to stay awhile and to "enjoy" what he created and shared from his imagination and skills. Loki wanted to form new friendships, and to show his world, our home, and what we are: a grid full of generous, kind, and loving people.
Thank you Loki, for all you contributed to the Great Canadian Grid, and for having a loving heart.
by Tigerkitti Eberdene
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the details for a memorial service for our dear friend Loki Mahana, who passed away on Friday, Aug. 24th, 2018
Loki was a good friend to all on GCG.
We will gather at the church at DragonMoor on the military base.
If you wish to share your thoughts, or have pictures of Loki, please add them to a notecard we can post/share/make available for everyone.
There will be candles available to place your intentions for Loki.
The time to come to the church will be tomorrow, Aug. 29th, 1 p.m. GCG time.
The memorial service will begin, and the memorial will remain there for a couple of days for anyone who wishes to come and pay their respects to Loki.
He may be gone from this world, but will never be gone from our hearts. :-(
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
The GCG Sun team is currently seeking writers to join our team. Do you love visiting regions around the grid, or love entertainment and events? We have the perfect positions for you. If you can devote yourself to writing one article a week, and have a Gmail, G+ account, we would love to have you join our team of gifted writers. Please submit inquiry to email@example.com
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Whisper Carfield of Mystery Creations took a store at our Ardice Mall; when she did, I asked if she would like edit rights to update the store to her preferences.
She updated her store with the most beautiful wood and brick textures; when I let her know how much I loved the update, she not only gave us the textures, thank you Whisper, she was also so kind to offer to update our other stores.
Looking at the newly updated store, we realized, the rock falls around the region could use an update. Reyn used great cliffs (Skye) found at Kitely, and added them around the region. Stunning cliffs and arches now grace Ardice Mall, part of our new look and feel.
The more formal marble patios have been replaced with stone walkways on grass, and lots of trees, rocks, and grasses (also Kitely, Worlds End) soften the mall to a more pleasant setting and experience.
This collaboration is what amazes me about our community, the people are so kind. The stores are absolutely gorgeous now. Please stop by and visit us at Ardice Mall and see the lovely update.
Whisper has lots of great pumpkins and fall items out, making it a perfect time to visit.
Images by Reyn Softly
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Ava Verino, of Elanorium, came to me explaining she wanted to show the importance of the Dark Character Avatar. Many think of the Dark Character as all bad and evil; role-playing a mean character, but there are other characteristics of the Dark Avatar ("Avatar") that can be subtly alluring, and not mean or necessarily evil. Just by the "appearance" of the avatar, one can achieve a character which is dark and creepy. "He looked so creepy, I wanted to back away."
This brought to mind, how cool it would be if we had a Creative Avatar Contest? Every few months we will feature a character Avatar to create and we will offer prizes too. Once your Avatar has been created, we will turn your Avatar into an NPC (non-playing character) and then place them on display at the RP Hub, for voting. We will leave the display open for public voting for one week.
The contest intent is to add Avatars to role-play demesnes, so creating full perm Avatars is required. All Avatars must be original. We will credit the winning creator including a poster of their winning Avatar. The winning Avatar will also be permanently displayed at the Role Play HUB on display. How cool is that?
Please residents of the community, if you have gifts that you would like to contribute for the prizes we would very much appreciate that. We will announce prizes soon.
Contest runs from September 1st - October 1st
Avatar entries close on September 21st
Contact Marianna Monentes-Softly anytime when you have your original Avatar finished
The RP Hub people will complete all Avatar NPCs, for consistency
Voting from September 22nd - October 1st
Avatar pictures by Reyn Softly
Character to create "The Dark Avatar"
Please create a dark avatar for the "Creative Avatar Contest"
Once all Avatars are displayed (Sep 21), we will turn on voting for a week. At the end of the week we will announce the winners.
by Lynnestra Parker-Region Reviews
I decided I would travel to another country this week. I went to Tromso, Norway. A lovely Scandinavian location. Tromso is a replica of a real life north Norwegian city. This cozy little burg is 300km above the arctic circle, which means during summer, especially in July, the sun is out 24 hours a day. On the other hand, during winter it is completely dark. Something I did not know until I spoke with Jimmy Olsen, the owner.
I initially landed in a cafe named the Asgard Cafe. A great way to learn about the people of any area is to talk to locals at an eatery. :) Outside the cafe you can catch the bus for a tour or get a car and travel at your leisure. I first went around on the bus to get a general idea of the area. Then I tried a car. The car choices are cool but to take pictures and look inside the buildings I felt a walk was in order.
Going east, my usual way to start, I found a museum. A Viking museum! The museum had examples of historic Viking life. A fireplace, an outdoor fire for cooking, a house as it would have been back in the day as well as a table loaded with food for a crowd. Need a long house? No problem. Every thing in the museum is for sale at a low price of $0MC. There is more to see upstairs as well. :)
There is also a second museum further down the same road. This one is the Polaria Arctic Museum. Here you can read about Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen. He was a Norwegian explorer. There are pictures as well. My favorite was a picture of a man feeding a young polar bear.
Talking more with Jimmy, I found out he controls the weather to match what it is like in real life. If the real Tromso is rainy then so is the region. The region is also seasonal, Jimmy changes everything from the ground to the leaves in the trees, so if you come in the winter be sure to dress for the cold temperatures. He told me that in October you will see the Northern Lights! I am looking forward to that.
A good place to check out is the Tromso Expo. Here you can see pictures of the real place. I would love to visit the real Tromso one day. It would have to be in July, this Texan couldn't handle those winters. :)
There is a port area and docks. As you would expect there are fishing boats as well as a coast guard boat and even a cruise ship.
I crossed the bridge and found the most beautiful Cathedral. Tromsdalen kirke (Tromsdalen Church or the Arctic Cathedral). With an entire wall made of stain glass, this is a sight to see. The architecture is imaginative and amazing to look at.
I tore myself away from the Cathedral and continued on. I followed the well lit road to the right and found these cute log and wood slat houses lining the road on both sides. There were Brown ones, blue ones and a few that had orangish roofs. They are cute, yes, but well built to stand up to the harsh winters.
Right past the houses you will find a club. The Valhalla Klubb. A perfect place to unwind at the end of a work shift. Be sure to walk up the steps to the club. There is a surprise waiting there. hehehe
by Marianna Monentes-Softly
Thor Asgard is a lovely addition to our grid, he is always dropping by and saying hello. He came by today so I thought would learn more about him to share with all of you. When I asked Thor what brought him to the GCG he shared this with me,
"Originally, I had come from another grid, for a more active grid. Don't get me wrong the grid I was at is a busy grid, but when the groups/activities you are a part of, and the people you associate with no longer seem to come online anymore, it gets kinda boring after awhile just building and nothing else. One of the reasons I liked Osgrid was that you could setup your own region, but that meant you had to run your computer 24/7 and the cost wasn't worth it. I once considered renting land but at the cost they charged in Osgrid I reconsidered quickly.
Around this time I started traveling the hypergrid and I visited other grids, both open and closed. I had a brief stay in Inworldz, where I met the founders of the current version of the stargate program Spectre Draconia and Nick Balers. A short time later I was deeply pleased to find that they moved the network. Spectre is the creator of the Asgard avatar that I am normally seen wearing. I also met my friend Autumn and later co-owner of Meow, Purr, Hiss! Neko/Furry Clothing during my stay in IW... But we both chose to leave for other grids. She settled on Tanglegrid. While it was a nice grid it was still fairly new and rather quiet. Perfect for her but not for me; it was too much like the reason I started looking in the first place.
I kept looking then I discovered the Great Canadian Grid. It seems nice, it is active, and when I visited I found out it was also very friendly. It was then that I found the pricing for regions and spoke to Roddie about them. After finding that it was one set tier a month, no hidden charges or fees (as in Second Life, where the purchase price of the land is one price, and the tier for the land is another). I decided that I found a Grid worth spending RL money on.
My time renting a region was very enjoyable, but life happened and I had to downsize, so let my region go too. I may be down to just three of my shops now, but I have only one thing to say about the experience. Anyone who doesn't have a region and considered getting one, it is worth it!! Between how friendly, active, and reasonable GCG is, it has become my home grid. "
Asking what his plans are now at the grid he explained,
"Like most people I am constantly trying to better myself and my creations. Sometimes I start a project only to scrap it in the middle and go in a different direction. A good example of this is that I have several NPC Cat people living on the top floor of my main headquarters in DragonMoor. They were originally going to be a part of larger project I was working on, but lost interest and scrapped the idea. Other times I just randomly build stuff that pops into my mind and place it my shop. For example of the random builds I have both themed luminaries and custom made to order ones in my shop, I also have a memorials available for free. I thought that would be a nice touch for holidays and as a tribute for a loved one."
Thor is always working on something fantastic. For our wedding present Thor gave Reyn and me a beautiful lava lamp. He also helped Reyn with a blamgate. Most blamgates (teleport gate) are configured for inter-world jumping, to jump within the GCG, you need a local address: you can get a locally configured BlamGate at: hop://login.greatcanadiangrid.ca:8002/Ardice/189/133/28. It has notes in the contents to help you configure it. It looks like a pane of glass, can use them anywhere.
I asked what are his current projects?
"While I am always still trying to promote the stargate program, the gates and the transport rings are a little cranky here for some reason. So, I will keep tinkering with that. I am always working on something constantly, sometimes it ends up for sale in my shops. Others it either gets deleted or sits in my inventory for ages until I find a new use for it.
With my shops I always say you might not find what your looking for, but you will always find something interesting. Visit us at Feris Labs in Heavens Mall, Feris Labs Main HQ in DragonMoor, (thank you again Miss Tig) Ancient Designs Armories in Ardice (thank you again Ms Softly) and Phoenix Ascension, in Westeros."
Thor is always such pleasurable company, with neat ideas he is working on, he loves GCG and good friends, please say hello sometime.
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 compiling 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.