Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kira Westland at Galerie 17

Hello readers! I hope you all have a great weekend! Below I have posted a brand new announcement passed on to me, so read on!


Dear Friends -

We are proudly announcing the opening of Galerie 17. We set ourselves the goal of displaying and promoting art that captures our imagination, and hopefully yours, provokes thought and adds to our beautifully diverse steam age environment. We will start off Galerie 17 with an exhibit of the art of Kira Westland, opening Sunday, February 27 at 7 pm SLT.

Kira Westland became a resident of Second Life in November 2007. Kira comes from Chicago, Illinois. For several years Kira respresented a variety of brilliant artists from many of the galleries located in the Chicago area. Kira's father and uncle were both artists.

Kira is an artist, illustrator and photographer in Real Life. She has illustrated several childrens books, and sells location photographs to several organizations.

Kira has a background in modeling and movies, and as such has adapted the art of body positioning and emotional expression to her work. Her works center around the human form and human emotions, including places and landscapes that move the heart and soul.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Adele Kling and Deningun Parte

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Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Libya Calling

Hi readers! This is a post written by Palais Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Flor Nachtigal.

Libya Calling

by Flor Nachtigal.

Did you ever think Second life isolated you from the real world? Today the real world came calling. I had a message through one of my groups that a demonstration against air attacks on demostrators in Libya was going on in in the sim of the United Nations, at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clearwater%20Beach/151/101/25
Accepting the teleport, I landed in a crowd of well over 20 who had spontaneously gathered as soon as the news of the attacks broke.
The chat was full of sloagans in English and Arabic, interspersed with breaking news - here is a quick excerpt.

[11:28] Hatim Back: Yesterday We WERE all Tunisians and Egyptians, Today we are all Libyan, Tomorrow we will be All Free
[11:28] Maua Bisiani: FREEDOM AND PEACE FOR LIBYAN PEOPLE
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] rozee: ﺔﻤﻴﻬﺑ ﺶﻣ ﻰﺒﻴﻠﻟﺍ ﺐﻌﺸﻟﺍ ،ﺔﻤﻴﺨﻟﺍ ﻮﺑ ﺎﻳ ﻝﻮﺒﻬﻣ ﺎﻳ :D
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] lord Ruben: ﺺﻴﺧﺭ ﺶﻣ ﻲﺒﻴﻠﻟﺍ ﺐﻌﺸﻟﺍ ﺲﻴﺴﺧ ﺎﻳ ﻲﻓﺍﺬﻗ ﺎﻳ
According to my first contact, Plot Tracer, there were several activist groups present, including SLLU, SL Marxists, 4 Bridges, but also arts groups such as Art Gallery Diabolus. The organizers were putting out the word through as many groups as they possibly could trying to bring people to show a presence and to let the world know they are watching. The demonstrators came from the entire political spectrum, left right and in between, their main aim was to see Colonel Ghaddafi resign and put an end to crimes against humanity in Libya. According to one of the organizers, Hatim Back, the demonstration was held in a United Nations sim to get the United Nations to intervene to stop the bloodshed.

According to Plot Tracer, more news about ongoing and planned events will be available from http://www.slleftunity.com.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Regarding Monogamy in SL

Hi readers! I hope you are all well!

What did you think of this month's issue? Let us know what you think! You can post at this blog, but please only post constructive criticism here...anything that seems obnoxious will be deleted or censored.

One topic from Palais's Febuary issue that I would've liked more discussion on was Monogamy in SL. Do you think it is possible? And more specifically, can it be satisfying?

I'm probably not the most qualified person on this topic, since I've never had a partner in SL (my first rezz day is in July), but I'd just like to put in my opinion and hopefully get some dialogue going.

Though I know of only two SL partnerships that are true and lasting, I believe that monogamy is possible. Just as rodo said, people are most likely to be themselves in SL. It's hard to pretend to be something you aren't, even in a setting like SL.

In today's world, monogamy is a big deal. When kids enter junior high school, they all want to date and have a boyfriend or girlfriend. In high school, it is no different except that kids start driving and they start to take relationships a little more seriously. After college, many or most people marry or settle down with the love of their life.

Proceeding to the heart of the matter, we feel this need to be with just one person. You could argue it's peer pressure. People will call you a loser if you're single. But I think that that's only part of it. We really want to find our "other half", to sound a bit cliche. We just want someone who understands us and who will accompany us throughout life.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Your preview of February Issue

Hello readers! I hope you are all well.

This month's issue features an article written by Traci Nubalo, one of the newest members of Palais SL Magazine! Her article was about Pilgrim75 Swashbuckler AKA Pete Mroz, an aspiring musician who is trying to get a recording company to sign with. The article features amazing pictures and a thorough look at what Pete Mroz is all about. We wish him the best of luck! When Traci met with him, he had finished performing to an amazing SL audience. The audience loved him! If you haven't heard his sound, join his fan group for when he plays and contact Traci if you have any questions that you don't think were answered in her article.

Michiel Seetan's article "Larkin' around" is about Philip Larkin, author of 'school girl-spanking-fiction' and how he brought about a new wave of 'sexual freedom.'

In the article "Cybersex beyond SL" by Lady Torri Loring, there is a discussion about virtual sex...what it is and how couples can find satisfaction from it. She first defines virtual sex. In Wikipedia's words, virtual sex is "a sexual act where two or more people gather together via some form or communications equipment." She discusses animated copulation, cuddling and caressing, and real life orgasm. Which method is your preferred one for sexual release? Read this article which starts on page 19 and decide, as well as see what Lady Torri favors.

The article "Men who pose as women" recounts the stories of two men who are in SL as women. Both men are heterosexual in real life and find their sex lives fulfilling. As you have probably learned by now if you've been in SL for months, you can be what you want in SL. For one man, the journey started when he switched to the female form from the appearance menu. At first it was challenging and intimidating to them. One of them noted that women are more open and honest about their experiences. But they soon found that it felt right to be a woman in SL. Overall, both find the experience fulfilling, a rewearding learning experience.

"Understanding my submission" by Elizabeth Weinberg is about domination and submission, about how the author was raised to believe that she had to be in submission of men. But she didn't like any of the men in her life. Was there any way around that? She couldn't find a way. Until she saw the movie, The Story of O, she thought submission was disgusting. The movie revolted her at first. Halfway through, she felt fascinated by a scene in which O is forced to have sex with another man in front of Sir Stephen. O's ultimate desire is to be completely exposed and humiliated. The subimission the writer sees in The Story of O is voluntary but the submission she knew from when she was growing up was forced and oppressive. This article makes one rethink the meanings of sexual submission and dominance. Well done!

"Monogamy: Is it Possible in Second Life?" is written by rodo. He admits to being a 'horrible flirt.' Also, about 90% of the people he cyber'd with aren't single and it does seem like cheating. What if you are involved with someone in RL and with someone in SL? It can get sticky. It can feel like being unfaithful. Why have only one partner in SL? In SL, you're free to be who you want, do what you want (within reasonable limts), and see who you want. And yet, it is possible. "It depends on the person" and what works for them. Just a little aside, I have noticed that the ones with an SL partner are mostly monogamous. I only know of one couple who enjoys "swinging." But even then, they are like a married couple who are so very much in love, despite their inclinations to see other people.

Elizabeth Weinberg's book review of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is the next article you'll find in this month's magazine. It describes how the novel is either one you hate or one that you love. It's political and reflects Rand's views about life and politics. Rand was born and raised in USSR (now known as Russia). The book shows one man's solitary life and struggle against the cold, harsh world that he lives in. Elizabeth recommends the book for those who aren't "looking for powerful social interaction or a passionate love story." Roark is a struggling architect who stands up for his work (art) and doesn't try to compromise with people who want to alter his work. I have read the novel in its entirety some years ago and I also recommend it. I caution you that if you're expecting some idealistic, optimistic, ordinary book about life and struggle, this might not be the book for you. The novel is unapologetic and blunt.

And now, the article that you must all be interested in..."Shemales", which was written by Elizabeth Weinberg. In this article she defines them as an avatar with female breasts and a large penis. The males "look female in hair, skin, shape, and legs." Shemales speak to the mysterious interchange between females and males. Elizabeth has many shemales friends and she finds them "fascinating, unpredictable, extravagant, explosive, and most of all seductive." Does this have you more intrigued? I hope so. So why don't you read this article? You might learn something that you didn't know. Smiles.

The last article is "Exploring Voyeurism & Exhibitionism" by lana Melune. lana explores The Keyhole and Dirty Talk with her partner. At the Keyhole, upon arrival you get a notecard that informs you that the place is for voyeurs and exhibitionists and there is no privacy. They spoke with "Annie" about the experience at the club. Annie works there. Annie said that most guys could get aroused by skilled cyber text, the visual was only the support. She only knew of one guy who was great at cyber text. While lana and her partner were there, they watched as 3 individuals got aroused and orgasmed. They could hear them really get into from the voice chat they overheard. Did the author and her partner try it? Read and find out!
The second destination they visited was Dirty talk, a classy looking sex lounge. The place has a nice seating area and a small stage where the host addresses the audience to talk. The conversation was mainly about the audience's fantasies. There were a few "shows" in which people could voice and get turned on. lana found Dirty Talk to be a venue more conducive to sexual fulfillment. Why not visit these destinations with your honey and see if the two of you can find satisfaction?

Well there you have it, a fairly brief preview of what you'll read about in the February Issue of Palais SL Magazine.

Happy Valentine's Day!

With love,

Victoria

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Love and Radiance

It’s that time of year when we think about hearts, as though we spent the other 350 or so days not thinking about the heart and matters thereof.

“Heart” can mean a lot of things but for the moment let’s restrict the discussion to love, and by extension, happiness. Love itself does not guarantee happiness, and perhaps one can be happy in the absence of love but right now I am thinking about the difference between grudging acceptance and radiance. As I woke this morning I found myself thinking about radiance. Let me explain….

A couple of years ago I was at a Halloween party. There was a woman there who was not only beautiful but also radiant. I knew her, tangentially; for she was a client of my former employer and we had spoken on the phone on several occasions over the years, but never met in person.

So I never knew what she looked like as a man.

I never knew if she/he was radiant as a man, but I suspect not. She is in a long-term Triad relationship, all three professionals and having the operation was something all three agreed upon, and supported her before she went to somewhere in SE Asia for the surgery. That sort of surgery is not something one would undergo lightly so I conclude the love was there and the surgery allowed the radiance.

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I was on a bus in North Wales, in the UK, and a few sears ahead and across the aisle was a young woman who was positively radiant. She also had a jagged scar down her cheek from her right eye to near her chin. I cannot imagine the cause being anything other than a knife.

I thought of the trauma potential of such a wound and of course I could not know if there were other wounds, but her animated radiance as she conversed with her companion told me she was no longer touched by that trauma. Or she was blind.

So here was a case of radiance without the certainty of love.

In SL, we often feel love, with or without radiance, with or without happiness, with or without love in return. And in the absence of a webcam, we are totally blind.

So the conclusion is that a large part of love and the attendant radiance lies within the individual and the belief, the conviction that our love is reciprocated. We are uplifted by this belief and this is the source of the radiance, knowing that the one we love loves us. Or knowing as the transgendered woman clearly did, that she was “right,” as good as she could be, as herself as well as a better member of the family relationship.

Receiving a valentine may make your day if it is from the right person, because it affirms you are love-able by someone you care about. Not receiving one may ruin your day, for therein lies a lack of that affirmation. If we can cultivate the radiance internally, not dependant on the actions or affection of another, however lasting or transitory, would we not be ahead of the game?

I am hopeful we do need a sex change or a scar to achieve it.