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SL17B – Conversation With a Stranger

I had an unexpected little cry at SL17B. I visited some of the exhibits and came upon the “Conversation with a stranger” by FionaFei. I unwittingly entered and took a seat in front of one of the “figures”. This is from the note card you receive at the event to explain :

“Conversation With a Stranger” is an interactive installation as viewers are compelled to reflect on the life of a stranger before judging them. The inspiration for this installation comes from current events, showing that the lack of empathy for other people in the world divides us. It is a microcosm of society, where a stranger who may have passed us on a street could potentially be someone we could connect with, sharing similar interests, background, or values. It is only through conversation and a sharing of words and ideas may we truly know and understand one another.

It also shines a light on the beauty and power of Second Life, where we get to meet people around the world through their avatars. It celebrates the diversity of Second Life and what it does to bring people together. It is my hope that visitors who come into this installation will take the time to sit down with a stranger and discover their personalities and stories.

 

As you sit you see the figures story rise up and also printed on the front of them. Each figure is exactly the same – a black outline – so no preconceptions can be made or thought of before you read their story. I sat with several of the figures and suddenly out of no where – tears came. I feel its tears for all those I’ve met and failed to “discover”, either because I didn’t ask, didn’t listen , or saw them and had some preconceived notion of what or who they are. I am a chatter, some might call me nosy/curious – but this exhibit really touched me and made me think deeply about my interactions with others. I left knowing that I was a little altered by the experience, a good thing I think.

Conversation With a Stranger

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All for free

I was enjoying my morning cup of coffee (I always sit here and have my first cup of the day – (anyone else have a routine in SL?) I realised that every part of my outfit , even my hair , was a freebie !

Jeans were from Addams, they are giving a $500L gift card at the SL17B shop & hop event, this was one of the items I bought, full fat pack. My top (fatpack) was one of the gifts from Blueberry – same event. My shoes (fatpack) Blueberry again – even my hair was the most recent VIP gift from Truth “Poetry” (group join fee applies)

 

Living the SL dream ❤

Addams

Blueberry

Truth Hair

Guide & landmarks to all shops at the Shop & Hop event

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SL17B – There’s more

I’ve begun wandering around the SL17B sims to see all the builds – fantastic ! You can start wherever you like but I decided to begin at The Welcome Area and explore from there. I always think the SL birthday events are just kinda magical , I’ve been to every single one since 2007. Events, a hunt, live music and more ! I also scoped out the gift area – yes MORE gifts – some are the same as at the shop & hop but that’s cool as I didn’t pick up some – so collected them here in the relative peace and quiet. Some are new though and I adore this little wearable car by POW – just add it and go – it makes the sweetest little engine noises, also you can stretch it to fit – nice.

Link for the gift area is below, basically just point and click at everything there! Dead chuffed with these 2 amphora’s with roses – just 2Li each and super lush – these are from the ROMA  SPQR role play group.

SL17B Gift area

SL17B info for all events and sims etc

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SL17B – All The Gifts – All The Shopping !

Oh my days SL17B is underway ! Apart from the exhibitions there is, as always, a grand shop & hop taking place. This year there are TEN, yes TEN sims of shopping, sales and FREE GIFTS ❤ The gifts are clothes, shoes, hair, furniture, gadgets and on and on.

Actually I found it all a little overwhelming and got gifted out after a couple of hours – its all that unpacking lol. So I begun to be more selective. I will post a link that gives all the landmarks to all the sims below, thankfully this year they have also included cam sims to the north and south of each sim – so I got in straight away hurrah. Check the world map out and instead of lagging around on the actual sim, teleport to the cam sims either end – its perfect.

Also for the lazier amongst us (like moi) Naria Panthar has a two part you tube video up showing all the gifts, she wears them , rezzes them and has shown the gifts to be found for each sim individually. Well done Naria that was such a marathon unpacking session ! (Links below.) Im not going to show you them as its late and I haven’t unpacked even a handful yet – gift overload.

Naria Panthar You Tube Part 1

Naria Panthar You tube part 2

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