Easter at Eden Naturopolis: The Relay for Life fundraiser

We avatars in SL are generally very generous with our Linden dollars in support of good, charitable causes throughout the year. I know that SLN, via Howie, have given cash to plant trees in central America, I’ve given for educational projects in India, and Pookes has always given to support any ‘pink ribbon’ (breast cancer) project going.

Certainly, the Linden dollars we give don’t seemingly amount to a whole hill of RL monetary beans, but they do add up throughout the year. Over the Easter weekend it’s the turn of Relay for Life to take centre stage. Relay for Life is a walk/jog/run that raises money for cancer charities (the link takes you to the US site, but there’s also a UK equivalent, and there may be similar charities in your country).

OK…so you’re tossing L$10 into a bucket. Big deal, yeah? Well, actually it is a big deal. Since its inception, Second Life has raised over $2m for Relay for Life. That’s two million American, not Linden dollars. In 2014 SL raised $415,000, so I guess the magic number this year should be half a million (or more).

Over the Easter holiday there’s a series of events taking place at Eden Naturopolis, starting tomorrow (Good Friday). I’ve edited down a notecard sent out by Elbag Gable, owner of the Eden Estate, to give you flavour of what Eden is doing for this worthwhile cause,  and also to provide you with times of the events.

* Eden & Fruit – Relay for Life Air Show – April 2015 *

Please remember to donate some spare Linden dollars when you use the track.

Have fun and be courteous of others 🙂


Eden Air Race Track
Eden Poseidon Centre Party Area

— Event will be held at Eden Air Circuit (pylon race course)
— The fund-raiser will start March 28th and end April 4th.
— March 28th practice opens and donation boxes will be put out.
— April 4th will be our main event day with the main race and party.
— Vendors and display planes are set out. Demo planes available.
For Each race on Saturday the 4th April, we will accept the top 10 pilots from the weeks practice (in each category). So if you wish to race on Saturday, go to the track any time before the 4th April and get you best time on the board. This is because we have a number of races and time is limited.


1pm SLT – Friday 3rd April 

* Air Ship Rally *

Meg Madrigal has kindly supplied us with free R4L airships. We will launch from the Eden Poseidon Centre Party Area (see LM above). We will fly around Eden, The North Sea and The Fruit Islands, returning to Poseidon Centre Party Area for a little party. Recommended speed is 6 Kts and cruising at 30 to 40 m altitude.

6 am SLT – Saturday 4th April
* Fun Cat’s Speeder race *
(free RFL Speeders provided). Eden Air Race Track 

8 am SLT – Saturday 4th April
* Delorian race *
sponsored by Tempest Inc..
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Vehicle-Based-on-Time-Machine-Car/5932423 Eden Air Race Track

10 am SLT – Saturday 4th April
* Retro plane race / Wing Walkers *
Any older retro plane, wing walking and fun plane. Eden Air Race Track.

12 miday SLT – Saturday 4th April
* Main event – Modern plan race *
This will be a high-performance plane race. Eden Air Race Track.

2pm SLT – Saturday 4th April
* Big Party and prize giving *
DJ from Smash/Wrench. Eden Poseidon Centre Party Area.
Modern plan race. Prizes will be from TBM & LSI
3rd: 1 product of your choice
2nd: 2 products of your choice
1st: 3 products of your choice

Retro plane race / Wing Walkers. Prize will be from Cubey Terra, Terra Aeronautics
1st place: Terra Atom

Delorian race. Prize will be from Tempest Inc..
1st place: Special edition, unique Relay for Life Purple Delorian made by The Developer.
Participating sponsors: TBM, Grid Talkie, Cubey Terra – Terra Aeronautics, Smash-Wrench, Tempest Incorporated Creations Company, Kitty Blue Customs.
A Fly For Life Woman’s T-Shirt is available
Fly For Life / Relay for Life special paint for the TBM Xtreme available at the race track (see LM above).
Relay for Life in Second Life: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/
Delorean: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Vehicle-Based-on-Time-Machine-Car/5932423
Smash Wrench: http://www.smash-wrench.com/


I’m delighted to say it was my very good fortune to run into Reillza Katana, an experienced pilot, who took me for a spin in ‘one of the slower planes’ (!)

Wow, what a blast it was. The photos can’t begin to convey the wonderful sense of speed and movement, or indeed my lunch moving closer from my stomach to the cockpit floor, lol. There are demo planes available at the airfield too, so Reillza encouraged me to try it for myself. Sadly, the controls didn’t work on my Mac as expected, and I ended up….goodness knows how many sims away!…before having to bail out and dive into the waters around Blue Lagoon Marina. I need to investigate how to work it before having a second attempt, I think. Sometimes you imagine SL can offer you nothing else that’s new, and then…









I’d encourage everyone to give the flying thing a go (or just aspire to sit beside an experienced pilot, as I did 🙂 )

Equally importantly, dig out those Linden dollars and contribute for what should be a fun and worthwhile cause at Eden over the weekend.


The Great Wall of Vagina

Writing about that Naked Gallery viewing in Australia’s National Gallery earlier today I began, as I usually do with any internet research I do (professionally and for SLN), to click on links. There’s two reasons why I do that. One, it leads me to unexpected places and I learn something new. And two, it’s the internet: a view expressed as the truth isn’t always the truth, so it’s vital to find as many sources as possible to ensure that one view can be independently corroborated.

Clicking away from the Naked Gallery viewings, I therefore ended up at a story relating to another art exhibit, this time made by artist Jamie McCartney, one that is called The Great Wall of Vagina. You may have heard of it. I certainly had seen (sections of) it before without knowing the story behind it, but another Guardian piece, published on Monday, explains the background to it.

It seems that it was partly inspired by learning that labiaplasty, the surgical altering of the vulva, is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK & USA. As McCarthy rightly says, “This is the industries who are invested in making women feel shit about themselves.”

Exactly. We touched on this in another post, about what is perfectly fine, different and unique about each of us being told is imperfect, for no other reason than ‘beauty’ treatments determined to indulge in body fascism. Indeed, why wouldn’t one regard this as another form of FGM -female genital mutilation- another topic we also touched on recently.

I think we are all sensitive to the imperfections we see in ourselves, and are sometimes unkindly pointed out far too readily by others, a form of bullying that has escalated in the social media era and is not confined to catty remarks by females regarding other females.

On the flip side, there are now issues that ‘go viral’ over the internet now where people are less concerned about how others perceive them, just their own body confidence. One Mum of three, who has posted a photo of herself and her ‘flabby belly button’ while wearing a bikini, recently found this to be the case. Personally, I think the lady in question, Rachel Hollis, looks absolutely stunning in her bikini. And ‘the internet’ seems to agree.

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Panel 1 of Jamie McCarthy’s ‘Great Wall of Vagina’

McCartney’s ‘Great Wall of Vagina’ pretty much reveals what we should all know and understand. That women are unique and, more importantly, there is nothing wrong ‘down there’, you are perfect as you are.

It is a message that naturism says again and again. We aren’t going to judge you on your weight, on the size or elasticity of your breasts, on your penis size, skin colour or anything else (least of all your clothes! 🙂 ). If we judge you at all, we judge you on your brain, of how interesting and engaging you are in a social environment. It’s one of those things that sounds like a naturist mantra, because it’s true. In naturism, no one judges you. In naturism, your size, overall or just individual parts, are unimportant.


Jamie McCartney’s ‘Spice of Life’

the-spice-of-life-detailDetail from Jamie McCartney’s ‘Spice of Life’

I was then able to ascertain that Mr. McCartney has also undertaken another, similar project called ‘The Spice of Life’, discussed on his website, wherein the ‘vagina’ theme is extended to include breasts as well as limp and erect, cut and uncut penises to furthermore underline the point that we’re all unique and different and perfect.

Naturism has long known this, accepted it and moved away beyond it being a discussion point. We are who we are. Perhaps it is time (long overdue, in fact) for the textile world to play catch up in this respect.


As usual, though, I also try to see how this plays out in a Second Life context. Realistically, despite the individual nature of women’s intimate parts, there is one standard -and probably the standard aspired to by labiaplasty and the creation of the ‘designer vagina’.

For those who may be reading, and are unfamiliar with Second Life, the genitalia market is dominated by three brands: VAW, Midnight Lotus and Xcite. I’m afraid that I have to write from a position of relative ignorance regarding these add-ons, as I don’t participate in cybersex and therefore have no need to ‘enhance’ that experience or make it ‘more real’ by the female add-ons. Life for SL’s males is a little bit different. Due to the way that the SL avatar is constructed, males are ‘born’ without genitalia and an add-on must be added for reality’s sake (unless you’re planning to play the game, forever, without ever being naked: I don’t imagine there are many avatars for whom this is the case).

Ergo, there’s a captive audience for each male ‘born’ into SL. Yes, it’s possible to purchase a free, L$0, non-scripted (i.e, non-functioning) set of male genitalia from Midnight Lotus, but in order to produce erections, or have animations replicating urination or ejaculation, then a scripted version is required. You could pay anything between L$200 and L$1500 for these.

Female avatars, with no ‘external’ equipment, do not specifically require ‘add ons’. It would be perfectly feasible to participate in on-screen sexual activity without these bits, but many females, apparently, do purchase for enhanced ‘reality’. As I say, it’s not an arena I feel particularly well educated in to comment upon. It’s not really within our remit.

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A selection of female genitalia purchasable for Second Life avatars

What I will say is that the female avatar in SL is ‘complete’ with every new skin you buy, and thus there is no real need to concern yourself with these add-ons should you choose not to, but as you can see from the range above, they essentially work on the basis of each female avatar looking the same, and out-of-the-box skins essentially keep the ‘designer vagina’ look.

One shop I did discover though was the ‘Real Pussies’ store, where very different looking sets of genitalia were purchasable.

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While these may offer an alternative perspective regarding your individuality, as Jamie McCartney’s work seeks to do, I would have to say that this range, while offering something ‘different’, also portrays the genital area in states of arousal, not particularly useful or realistic for day-to-day avatar use (unless engaged in pixelated sexual activity, again something that extends beyond the remit of this blog).

A quick passing word on the world of male genitalia. Recently a new player has come onto the market: Aero’s, and they probably are setting the benchmark for new levels of realism regarding male genitalia.

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Essentially, you pay your money and take your choice. Whatever style you adopt (or none in the case of some female avatars), be assured that, as Jamie McCartney’s ‘Great Wall of Vagina’ makes clear, you are perfectly normal down there. Absolutely nothing to worry about. You’re beautiful as you are.


A Naked gallery viewing in Canberra, Australia

Today’s Guardian carries an excellent piece about an exhibition in Australia’s National Gallery by ‘light artist’ James Turrell, wherein viewers were invited to participate in nude tours of the exhibition.

Reviewed by Monica Tan, she begins by saying that ‘I too begin to strip: the dress comes off, the underwear soon after – until I stand, breasts, bum and bush in the breeze.

Ahem…and I repeat that being natural ‘down there’ continues to makes its presence known! 🙂

Ms. Tan goes on to report that your guide Stuart Ringholt says that “We’re at our happiest when we’re nude: we take a bath when we’re nude, we sleep sometimes when we’re nude, make love when we’re nude. We swim in the ocean or we run through the park – and they’re our most wonderful times.”

All of which is true.




An exceptionally positive piece about how the act of being nude alters one’s perspective of the exhibition, and I would have to give Ms. Tan 10/10 for her approach to the exhibition and the positive way in which she reports it, and the positive manner in which the viewers also respond to it. Yet again, these people are not likely to be self-confessed ‘naturists’, but there is a ready willingness to explore the sensations of nudity and essentially a united feeling that, despite initial trepidations, by Ms. Tan and those she speaks to for the article, ‘that feathery ticklishness I experienced when first undressing in public is vanishing – I feel more comfortable in my skin with each step’.

I couldn’t have put it better myself.


G (.) (.)gle Street View.

A marvellous story doing the rounds today is news that an Australian woman spotted the Google Street View car (that’e the one with the camera on top, for those who’ve never witnessed it in real life) approaching and decided on a bit of fame.

Lifting her shirt…


…which has caused all kinds of anguished hand-wringing for Google, who have now edited her three times. First, the breasts were censored. Then the breasts and face. Finally, her full body was pixellated.

Since then, Karen Davis has been the target of abuse (why? How empty is your life if you imagine you have to reflexively head to a keyboard and social media to toss abusive comments around?)

But she’s responded to her ‘haters’ and said it’s a bad case of ‘big boob envy’.

She told Daily Mail Australia: ‘They are narrow-minded people who are not happy with their own bodies.

‘Haters hate, (have) you got the guts to do it?

‘All the flat-tittie chicks think I am disgusting. Big-boob envy has hit Port Pirie.’

This has absolutely nothing to do with SL, with naturism, with SL naturism or any other elements of our usual remit, but the story made me laugh. Once again, a pair of boobs rule the world (or in this case, the world of Google Street View). You go, girl!