Friday, October 21, 2016


A few new items at the HG Safari Market, next to the Clubhouse on Francogrid, that may interest you.

Sunshine Szavanna has donated a lovely delicate nosering, and there's also a mesh witches hat that may fill your seasonal needs. Neevo Geesink, after our recent Safari visit, very kindly sent us this Teleport device, which you can program to fit your needs.

And I made this Pacman Ghost avie in blender today, and thought you might like to have it.
These new items join the contributions from Damien FateAaack Aardvark and Fuschia Nightfire, as well as gifts made for previous Safari adventures, including a Star trek Jumpsuit you can color according to your hearts desire, and three dirndl dresses for Oktoberfest.

Also, heartfelt thanks to the wonderful Jessie Campbell who gave her time and energy to researching and refreshing the Freebie Landmark list. It is available in this poster, both at Teravus Plaza and on hgsafari sim, Francogrid. Go Jessie! One of the best Landmarks in this pack is the one for the Weltraumbahnhoff, which is Spike Soloton's hypergrid Hub. On this region, you will find constantly updated portals to Freebie shops as well as loads of other brilliant destinations.
New additions are welcome if they're full perms and of impeccable provenance. If you have ever tried to leave something at the clubhouse for the group, and found it disappeared, apologies, we generally keep scripting and rezzing permissions off when the sim is not in use, so please let me know if you'd like to add something, and I'll make sure rezzing is open. Boxed items are preferred.
This all comes on the heels of a rumor going around that Cherry Manga is planning the release of a whole giant sim of top quality Free items in the near future.

People often worry about the nasty, but fortunately small, group of asshats who take free items and sell them. The best cure for that disease is information.  Spread the word about the best freebie regions and make sure that your friends are hypergrid-competent, that they get out and see the hyperverse.  Wide horizons are the best cure for naivete.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Safari goes to Generositania

Generositania isn't a real place... it's loads of places, where the spirit of generosity is the fundamental working principle. Here are three fun places in opensim, with an emphasis on altruism, that you should definitely go and see. 
HG Addresses at the end of the post as usual. First stop, the Dune Project on Metropolis.
Neovo Geesink: Welcome at Dune-1
Wizardoz Chrome (it>en): Like film Dune? ... or ...
Truelie Telling: there is no resemblance to the world of the film Dune, or the books
Neovo Geesink: I don't know why they are Called Dune. Lena Vanilli is the "boss" and has made this Project of 5 4x4 var regions possible.
James AtLLOUD something gigantic just rezzed in my camera view.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chat !

A little bit of HG help from
It happens every week, on Safari..
The group meets at the clubhouse, at 12 noon Pacific time 9pm CET.
Everyone grabs the Notecard with the landmarks and details about the trip, and at the appointed time, we all set off...

...well, most of us do. But glitches happen.
Maybe your avie freezes.
Maybe you get stuck in tp limbo, neither here nor there, and have to log out.
Perhaps you click on the wrong landmark, or can't find the notecard.
Maybe you're waiting at the Clubhouse on Teravus Plaza, OSGrid, not realizing that our main meeting point these days is on Francogrid! (There's a portal)
The Teravus Plaza clubhouse
Maybe your clothes fail to rez, so you rush home to fix the problem, and when you come back the group is gone.

Or, you show up late, and it's hard to figure out where people have gone.

Of course, you can just go fishing, like Aime Socrates. But if not, what can you do?
The obvious solution is to have a way to communicate with the group outside the Viewer. That way, even if you get logged out, or are on a region that refuses to let you send IMs to people on other grids, you can still find out where we all are.
There are lots of different ways to chat outside the Viewer. Skype, Facebook, G+ hangouts, even Twitter come to mind.
The problem with all of these is that there is no consensus among OpenSim people about which is good to use. Some people find certain websites difficult to use while they have their Viewer open. Some people don't like one or more of these chat providers, other people like them, but use an account name they don't want to share inworld.

The solution may be at hand. Satyr Gator has just introduced a Chat feature on his website It is still in Beta, so we will be testing its robustness!
OpenSimWorld is free, and you do not have to have a region to be part of the website.
There is an HG Safari group in OpenSimWorld, which you can join also.
The chat feature on this site is not for the exclusive use of HG Safari, and we'll be using it mostly as an SOS resource. Both people who are hypergridding pros, and those new to HG are encouraged to join soon, so we can see how useful this will be when the hg gremlins make life hard for us!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Safari goes Past, Present, and Future

           Virtual worlds are ephemeral, we all know that, a hiccup on a server and all your stuff can be gone. Of course, a housefire can do the same thing in the real world, but it's a lot easier to lose, or lose touch with, things and people dear to us in our online existence.
           Tina Bey posted this video on Facebook recently,  telling the story of Arcauana, her region (hosted by the great Ken Savage) on OSGrid. How could we resist?
        In a lot of sci-fi films, we are presented with a universe full of different life forms all living together in (dis)harmony. Now, imagine if all the life forms in the the universe of sci-fi films were able to interact? The characters from Star Wars, Star Gate, Star Trek, and more. This is Tina Bey's premise. It is also an exploration in lighting and audio effects, so be sure to turn on Sound and read the instructions on windlight, for the best effect.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Safari Tours Turin and Counts its Blessings

This week the Safari experienced a symphony of building- a concert of creativity! HG Addresses at the end of the post.
          First stop was on OSGrid, the region called Torino Italy, with our hosts Alfiere Rossini, Lucy Rosadisharon, and Giuliano Carminucci. People hypergridded in from at least nine different grids to be part of the fun, and learn a little about Alfiere's build.
Thirza Ember: we need to study piemontese for our first stop tonight
George Equus: Hope  chat will be in English  :)  No parlare Italiano buono  :)
Ange Menges: They are late as usual :-)
Giuliano Carminucci: hi boys i speak a little english but a little - but write is a disaster ahahah
Alfiere Rossini
Ange.Menges et francais, Giuliano ?
Yara.Eilde I'm german
Ange Menges Nobody is perfect : Thirza is speaking italian as french
Thirza Ember: badly in both
kindup i am aussie ;) here is babelfish into italian for me: Ciao a tutti che questo appare come un mondo molto bello con un sacco di bella gente qui oggi
No Image Hello hello :)
Thirza Ember: for those who do not know, No Image, aka artist and mesh designer Taarna Welles, is experimenting with a low impact hg avatar - her 'no image' avie is designed to make no lag, by having almost no inventory
No Image Poor as a baby :) So please, do not share gifts
Thirza Ember: no bicerin for taarna
alfiere rossini (it>en): the Interiors unfortunately have not been faithfully reproduced for various reasons - it is not possible to photograph interiors; behind the building there are the Royal gardens which likewise are not identical to rl, but the fountains here in the square are just like the real ones.
No Image aka Taarna Welles in the foreground
alfiere rossini (it>en): the style of the buildings are Austrian Baroque, because the Royal family were related to the austrian Royals which brought the style to Turin.  The Palace in the Centre of the square is called palazzo madama.
Dings.Digital is it for rent? beautiful facade
Isolde.Caron yes, we can have a nice italian rendezvous Dings....
alfiere rossini (it>en): It was the first Senate building when Turin was the capital of Italy, It was the first Senate building when Turin was the capital of Italy. Here in this position there is another street called via Po with reference to the Po River which is further down with another beautiful square. Sooner or later, I will get around to building that too.
Aime Socrates @ this sim is a very good copy of the real torino
Lucy Afarensis: I would not mind this being home
Isolde Caron yes very nice
Dings Digital yes, looks great. an invitation to explore.
snowbody cortes: most people don't know it, but Italy only became one united country in the 1860's the time of the American Civil War.
        The tour of the build got us talking about other points of interest in Turin, the Mole Antonelliana which houses a wonderful Museum of Cinema, the recently revamped Egyptian Museum, said to be the second greatest collection of Egyptian artifacts, and the Museum of the Automobile - Turin is, of course, home to both Fiat and Maserati.
alfiere rossini (it>en): Just to be clear, you will find some houses and other constructions on the edges of the region - they are not part of RL Turin. This build was sponsored by the Fiat car factory of Turin and was originally in SL, however when the SL adventure came to an end, since I was both builder and owner of the installation, I brought them here. The photos were taken by a friend of mine, a very talented architect. I live in Turin, about 5 minutes away from these squares.
Thirza Ember I think real place builds are wonderful resource... virtual toursim! And plenty of options for music events!
Aime Socrates this would be a great sim to visit for ?
Nara it would

And then it was time to go... off to Avatarfest. A place that repays your patience with some spectacular builds!
Drang Po of Kalasiddhi Grid meditates as he waits
      This year the multi-grid celebration is hosted courtesy of the smart people at  Metropolis Grid, and they set up the region to make chat and movement a priority, so if you notice it takes a long time for the objects on the sims to rez, that is normal. It's a good compromise for a place where visitors are plentiful!
          We chit chatted, sitting at the bar, and thought about all the hard work Han Held, Danko Whitfield, and all the rest of the team have put in to make this event happen... and wondered how many people would be offended because I forgot to name them in this post.
          Here are six details from builds on the region - can you find them all?
 Eryn Galen's Aragog spider
 Swirly art by Spiral Silverstar
 Chained statue by plastichansa bade
 Starfleet logo by Karl Quar
 Fest'Avi art by Cherry Manga
History portal by Serene Jewell

          All kinds of interesting builds are here, from grids ranging right across the hyperverse, from Kitely to Francogrid, LIghthouse to 3rdRock Grid, and many points between.

        And the range of ideas and passions is just as wide, from African snacks to meditation crystals, from avatar DNA, to history, to horror, to 2 and 3D art crossing over into the real world. 
Sunshine Szavvana's Sunvibes
          The hyperverse's main magazine HG Visionz is represented, and there's a glass maze, an ivory tower, and a Quiz build by the LEO network, so plenty to do, admire, and read. We are blessed with so many interesting exhibits, it's really hard to count them all - what's your guess? How many regions and grids are represented here?
          Over the Fest weekend, which was at the beginning of this month. There were a number of live performances, both music and theater, including concerts by Truelie Telling, Rosy O'Grady, Joao Frazao, and the Fabulous Wailers; readings by Emil Jannings and Dings Digital, as well as Eldovar of 3rdRock Grid, performances by the Avatar Repertory Theater - on a peripheral venue on Cookie II, for technical reasons - and Caledonia Skytower and Shandon Loring of the Seanchai Library put on a reading of Rod Serling's The Lonely.          A range of fine DJs who kept the party going over many time zones! 
        By the time the Safari arrived, live events were over, so the Safari took advantage of the nice streaming radio and had our own little dance with some visual effects courtesy of Wizardoz Chrome.
          If you missed out in being a part of AvatarFest this year, and want to be informed for next time, click here to find the group in G+ .

HG Addresses:
Virtual Turin italy4
Avatarfest  (open until end of October only)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Safari heads for the Fests!

Mal Burns: reminder - AvatarFest starts this Friday and all weekend -         
      Shock horror - turns out Oktoberfest actually begins in September!
     This is one of the many things we learned on this week's Safari. We were invited by NextLife grid to come and see their fabulous Fairground and dancing region, where much of the Germanophile and germanophone opensim community are gathering during the two week festival. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016


          So, this season of the Safari, we are going to be promoting builds with some kind of - let's not call it educational benefit, that sounds too dry, but the idea is that we all come away from our tour feeling like we now know something we didn't know before. First up, Anachronia sim on the German language grid, Dorena's World.
          HG Addresses at the end of the post, as usual.
          Dorena and Anachron, the grid-mama and grid-papa were there, along with other residents like Uwe Furst, Lureen Persephone, and the lovely builder and creator Klarabella Karamell, an authentic opensim heroine. We first sat down which really helped with the lag that comes when a region is bombarded with a dozen or more avatars arriving from multiple grids.