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The new Designing Worlds logo - a bridge from old to new

The new Designing Worlds logo - a bridge from old to new

Our recent programme from Giverny was the last show from Meta Makeover – but don’t despair, we’re back with a new look and a new name from May 5th: Designing Worlds!

Over the past months, Meta Makeover has been broadening its scope. We have been doing makeovers, but we are also doing a lot more: visiting some of the most beautiful builds and seeing some of the highest quality designs; meeting top designers; visiting prime examples of how quality design and planning in a virtual world can enhance activities in the real world, such as at the Dresden Gallery; and we’ve been tackling serious issues such as intellectual property in the virtual environment. And we’ve been looking beyond Second Life to other virtual worlds.

The Designing Worlds name recognises what Meta Makeover has become: it says all the above and more. And as our new logo (above) suggests, Designing Worlds builds on the best of Meta Makeover and adds a new breadth of coverage that we hope will interest you even more.

The opportunity arose to re-frame the show because we and our partner network, SLCN are  moving up to the next level of in-world video, and when we return on May 5th with the first edition of Designing Worlds, we’ll be in widescreen 720p High Definition TV. If you visit the SLCN web site, you’ll see that some of our sister SLCN shows – like Music Academy onLive – have already made the switch, and they look great.

There will be further developments a little later in the year and as soon as we can tell you more about them, we will.

In the meantime, we will be working hard on redesigning our sets, graphics and other aspects of the show to be back with you with a brand-new look on Tuesday, May 5th at 2pm.  Join us – and now you can follow @DesigningWorlds on Twitter to get the latest updates.

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Giverny: The lilypond

Giverny: The lilypond

Today, Tuesday 7th April, we are visiting a very special sim – a stunningly beautiful recreation of Monet’s home village – Giverny.

Giverny: The haystacks

Giverny: The haystacks

Owned by Soliel Snook and Kaye Robbiani, this stunning sim combines places important to Monet’s life … and to his art.  You’ll find some fascinating vignettes – such at the fmous lily pond, and the richly coloured haystacks too!

We’ll be exploring the sim with Kaye Robbiani, who will be showing us the re-creation of Monet’s home, and also the fascinating museum she has created, showing something of his life and work.

And there’s also an encounter with an old friend from Soliel’s garden centre, who we first met on our winter show in Giggleford last year – and who has now, rather unexpectedly perhaps, found a new home in Giverny!

Giverny: The village

Giverny: The village

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat. And if you’re not in North America, remember SLT time has been affected by the resetting of the clocks!

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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MissLilys home and garden

MissLily's home and garden

This week, Meta Makeover is tackling a garden!

MissLily Nightfire has a lovely new home (designed by Fatima Ur) in the new mountainous sim of Bord du Lac, created by Zasa Rossini.  But although she had furnished her home to her satisfaction, the garden needed a make over.

And who better to tackle it than Fatima Ur, who had designed her home?

Fatima is well-known for her lovely Pacific-style Victorian homes, and the beautiful period furniture she sells through Antique Artistry.  But what isn’t so well known that the landscape design skills she brings to her lovely Isles of Fatima are also accessible through her garden centre – and we shall have a taste of those skills and see some of the plants and garden items she has created on today’s show!

MissLilys home and garden

MissLily's home and garden

And you can join our viewing party to watch the show at the Meta Makeover studios on Northpoint.  As always, there’s special gifts for everyone who comes to the studioAnd you can also see our exhibition hall, which has the most wonderful display by Fatima and by next week’s guests too!,

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.  And you’ll also be able to see a range of St Patrick’s Day goodies from top SL designers on display in our exhibition hall – and you’ll be able to buy it too!

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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Meta Makeover studio

Meta Makeover studio

Today, Tuesday 24th March, we are back in our beautiful studio on Northpoint with a slightly unusual edition, as we are going to be looking over our past shows and sharing with you some of our favourite clips.  Some are beautiful, some are informative – and some are funny.  A few manage to be all three at the same time!

It’s also an opportunity for you to meet the full Meta Makeover team as they make a rare appearance in front of the cameras – including Aisling Sinclair, our new Advertising and Client Relations Manager.

Everyone on the team gets an opportunity to share favourite clips so, if you want to see again the Episode with the Milk, or the amazing fish we saw on the 7Seas fishing programme, or the one where we turned ourselves into a cookery programme with Kittie Munro of Kitstar Designs baking a cake, or where we met a certain famous pop group on the streets of London … don’t miss this week’s show!

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat. And if you’re not in North America, remember SLT time has been affected by the resetting of the clocks!

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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Dublin prepares for the St Patrick Festival

Dublin prepares for the St Patrick Festival

Today is a very special day – St Patrick’s Day, when people all over the world celebrate Ireland and the Irish – and Meta Makleover is no exception!  Our show is coming from Dublin, where Saffia will be talking to Ham Rambler, the owner of Dublin, and Emmie Fairymeadow, the organiser, all about Dublin and the week long St Patrick’s festival that is going on there.

Elrik Merlin will be out in the streets, meeting Dubliners like Sitearm Maddonna, Dublin Developer, and seeing for himself some of the events that are happening.

And you can join our very special SPatrick’s Day viewing party to watch the show at the Meta Makeover studios on Northpoint.  As always, there’s special gifts for everyone who comes to the studio – and today they have a St Patrick’s theme!  And you can also see our studio, specially decorated for St Patrick’s Day!

The Parade in Dublin

The Parade in Dublin

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.  And you’ll also be able to see a range of St Patrick’s Day goodies from top SL designers on display in our exhibition hall – and you’ll be able to buy it too!

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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Meta Makeover studio

Meta Makeover studio

Today, Tuesday 10th March, finds Meta Makeover back in our beautiful studio on Northpoint as we have a studio-based show to discuss a very important issue – IP and copyright violations.

Together with Dirk Tamalasca, Gwen Carillon and Gospel Voom, with a contribution from the Heart sisters, Lilith and Dolly (of the Heart Garden Centre), we will be discussing this vital issue in Second Life and on Open Source grids.  We’ll be discussing ways in which violations occaur – and also ways in which they can be countered.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.  And if you’re not in North America, remember SLT time has  been affected by the resetting of the clocks!

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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Remembering our Friends Memorial: the Gate

Remembering our Friends Memorial: the Gate

Today, Tuesday 23rd February, is a rather unusual Meta Makeover as we visit the Remembering Our Friends Memorial in the Sunset Arts II sim. This very special place was created by Mike Burleigh, and designed and developed by Marc Montague of the BDMM Design Group. It consists of three non-denominational chapels where people can remember people close to them who have died in real life, and also those that they have loved and lost in Second Life.

Visiting the memorial is avery moving experience – as the Meta makeover team discoovered when we paid our preliminary visits, and you will have a chance today to join us as we talk with Marc Montague, and some of the people who have plaques to commemmorate loved ones in the Memorial.

Remembering our Friends: The Annexes

Remembering our Friends: The Annexes

There’s a special area for concerts and events that’s a new part of the memorial, and our studio audience will be able to join us there.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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