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Happy New Year 2008

SZ Designs wishes a Happy New Year 2008 for all friends, customers and everyone else too. And as new years resolution there will be more exciting thing – both nautical and pianos, and other .. for the year 2008! 🙂

Happy New Year!

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J&S Aviation Cass Runway

Some of you might be already familiar with J&S Aviation – the one stop shopping place for everything related to airplanes, helicopters, airfield buildings, aviation items and much more. And the JSA Cass Runway, where you can rez your plane for free and takeoff and fly one of the biggest protected areas in Second Life.

There are also lots of new items at JSA – both original JSA creations and also planes and helicopters from the best aviation builders in SL … so be sure to check out the selection that is changing all the time.

You can read more on the J&S Aviation Blog – or just visit JSA Airfield in Cass to browse the finest aviation products and fly your plane from the airstrip. 🙂

SZ Designs

There is very active sailing community in Second Life that is helping new people to get involved with sailing the amazing wind powered boats in SL, and also organize lots of events – several each week – for both the newcomers and more experienced sailors. The number of events is really amazing, compared to for example spring 2006 when there were two yacht clubs actively organizing races – and I believe at that time there were only 3 racing events per week plus the “learn to sail” class at Starboards Yacht Club.

So the event calendar for the sailing community these days looks very full, which is a good thing. And there are lots of active people helping and volunteering run and manage these events. But one thing I have always been wondering, is that nearly all of these sailing events (with exception of the aforementioned “learn to sail” class) are racing events. More or less catering only towards the crowd that are interested in sail racing. And even some of the sailing classes nowadays discuss tips and techniques for racers.

There have always been people in the sailing community, who are more interested in exploring the various waterways of Second Life – more with the pace of a leisure cruise, enjoying the sights and the relaxed atmosphere of sailing without a clock ticking or a race opponent breathing at the back of your neck. For some reason this portion of the sailing community has never been so vocal, and probably many many people who sail their boats in Second Life and don’t participate the races, never maybe even found their way to the “active sailing community”.

There were couple discussion threads at the slsailing.org forums about pleasure cruises, but mostly the topics are very race-centered.

I have been trying to offer a different possibility for sailing at Caddo – in form of Caddo Guest Marina, that is at the side of SZ Designs Sail Loft. You can find the guest marina on the north side of the Sail Loft building, with couple display boats moored at the pier there. I have marked a “boat rez area” there for people to easily find where they can rez and launch their boats, to get sailing the lake area in front of Caddo.

And speaking of the lake area – it is one of the best locations to sail in SL … and mainland sailing has often got shadowed by the discussions of sailing community being very much focused on private sim sailing lately…

But the lake area in front of SZ Designs Sail Loft in Caddo, offers over 25 Linden protected sims to sail on, with no fences or banlines at all. And if you sail through the Drawbridge, there are 6 more fully protected sims to explore in that direction – and sailing past Lauks Nest, and north through the river towards Mowry – there are over 15 protected water sims in the area in front of Mowry and west from there.

So that means over 45 fully protected water sims to sail on only at this area!

.. the river network north from Caddo, and going towards Waterhead can also be sailed, and someone (sorry forgot who) posted a report on the slsailing.org earlier this year about succesfully sailing from this lake area all the way through ANWR and over to the northern Atoll continent, and to the very northern side of Atoll.

So there are vast possibilities for sailing on the mainland, and in my opinion it has been somewhat underrated … or at least not really talked about. Perhaps because most of the sailing community is so much focused on racing. Of course there is the start line at Adriatic sim, and the race course around the big lake area, but I don’t think it has been used much at all for races.

The best way to start exploring the SL mainland waterways, and the huge lake areas, is to rez your boat at SZ Designs Caddo Guest Marina, and start sailing the lake area there – with over 25 protected sims only on the big lake! 🙂

SZ Designs Sailing Routes - Caddo-Mowry Boat Rez Area at Caddo Guest Marina

Hollywood Marine Mall

Hollywood Marine Mall

Nber and MarkTwain have been opening a new shop for nautical items, called Hollywood Marine Mall. You can also find all the SZ Designs antique nautical and maritime items, as well as the custom sails selection there. The new mall is conveniently located right next door to the Starboards Yacht Club.

And for the christmas season a little tip: Because of how the SL permissions work (Flying Tako boats like most other vehicles are no-transfer), SZ Designs custom sails are also no-transfer, and there have occasionally been questions like “how can I buy a set of sails for someone as present”.

Now this is possible with the easy “Buy as a Gift” feature of SZ Designs vendors – and you can buy even the no-transfer sails for your friend or loved one – and the package gets delivered to them at the moment of purchase. So you can do the christmas sail shopping for example at Hollywood Marine Mall – just look for the “Buy as a Gift” -button on bottom edge of SZ Designs vendors! 🙂

Prim Perfect October Issue

Many of you might be familiar with Prim Perfect, the magazine to read for all about furniture designs and interior decoration in Second Life. They are featuring SZ Designs as part of a fun competition called Prim Perfect autumn Treasure Hunt. There are various interior design stores presented as clues to this treasure hunt, and the objective is to find the prim count of the item at display. The person answering the prim counts for most clues right will win a prize.

As clue #13 in the autumn Treasure Hunt, Prim Perfect magazine is featuring the SZ Pianofabrik Concert Grand Piano, Model D. Just as a little hint for those hunting the correct prim count of this piano – it is not most easy to find out just by right clicking the piano itself (.. because the piano is built of many separate pieces) … but the correct prim count can be found somewhere very close to the piano at SZ Designs Interiore store. 😉

You can grab your copy of Prim Perfect magazine for example on SL Exchange – or read more about the treasure hunt on the Prim Perfect blog and website. 🙂

Prim Perfect Treasure Hunt

SZ Designs at Dr Dobb’s Island

Dr. Dobb’s Journal has hosted a virtual conference in Second Life, called Dr. Dobb’s Life 2.0 – twice this year first one was in spring, and they had a fall summit in september. Besides the virtual conferences, they have lots of interesting program at other times too at Dr. Dobb’s Island. You can find more information about that from their website life20.net.

There is also a big exposition and a “cathedral and bazaar” area at Dr. Dobb’s Island, with tents from different Second Life content creators – and you can also find SZ Designs tent at the bazaar. I just upgraded all the vendors recently at the tent too, so most SZ Designs products are available for Dr. Dobb’s visitors too. 🙂

Earlier this year I was invited to be interviewed at the Life 2.0 Spring Summit. I will include a few pictures and chat log from the interview here.

Life 2.0 picture 1 Life 2.0 picture 2
Life 2.0 picture 3 Life 2.0 picture 4

[15:06] John Zhaoying: Folks – welcome back … As I mentioned previously, our guest this afternoon is Suzanne Zeluco …
[15:06] dinee Ghia points at Seeker… peanut gallery that way
[15:06] Seeker Yuequi: 🙂
[15:06] John Zhaoying: Who is a designer and programmer of great versatility and what some Edward Tufte fans call ‘beauty density.’
[15:06] Suzanne Zeluco: hello everyone, and nice to be here
[15:07] orcmid Seattle: Hi!
[15:07] Seeker Yuequi: Hi Suzanne
[15:07] orcmid Seattle: Hello, avatar!
[15:07] Lisp Hax: Hi
[15:07] John Zhaoying: She’s well-known in several markets in SL as the proprietrice of S*Z pianofabrik and the S*Z design and sail loft.
[15:07] John Zhaoying: And she changed our program at Life 2.0 Summit in an important way.
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SZ Pianofabrik Concert Grand Piano Model D in a Gift Box

All SZ Pianofabrik Concert Grand Pianos are now easily purchased as gifts. I have changed the vendors in the shops in Caddo, so that anyone can now buy the piano as a gift to another person, even though the piano is no-transfer. The vendors have “Buy as a Gift” button on the bottom edge that can be used for this.

With the change of vendors, I have also introduced beautiful gift packages for all the SZ Pianofabrik pianos. You can now buy the piano in either a black box with gold ribbons, or pink box with magenta ribbons. The pianos in gift boxes will make perfect presents for many occasions like weddings or birthdays, or just wanting to give something nice for your loved one. The perfect companion to the piano in gift box is of course the “Romantic Piano Series” playable sheet music, which is also available in matching gift box. 🙂

The new vendors and pianos in gift boxes are available at SZ Pianofabrik, Caddo.

SZ Pianofabrik Concert Grand Piano Model D in a Gift Box SZ Pianofabrik Gift boxes