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Hello! I’m Canary Beck.

I’ve been an active virtual world resident since 2007. I am a Second Life blogger, artist, and filmmaker. Welcome to my website!

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In everything I make, I strive for interestingness. I make things that engage me, things that excite me, things that hold my unfocused attention and my insatiable curiosity. If you find similar things interesting, then you’ll enjoy what I make.

Paradise Lost - The Movie

Watch the movie everyone's talking about

A Second Life Blockbuster!

Watch this highly-acclaimed, full-length feature film based on Milton’s Paradise Lost set to Mozart’s Requiem available only through registered viewing. This movie will blow you away!
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Visit Basilique!

Prepare to charmed by visiting my Italian-themed village in Second Life

Learn about Basilique

The Basilique is a small coastal town in northern Italy, named after the Basilica that dominates the region, in Second Life. I invite you to visit, where you can walk the leafy square, and waterfront piers, relax in the bars, peruse the art galleries, or mingle in the cafe.
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Read my blog

I write a different kind of Second Life blog

My Second Life Blog

I like to write long-form editorial posts about the social science aspects of Second Life – from appearance to societal norms to my perspectives on user acquisition, user experience and virtual world marketing.
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Creative Spotlight:

What people say about Paradise Lost in Second Life

“This was such an impressive example of what SL has to offer. The costumes, sounds, scenes, choreography, and special effects were all just amazing. I hope to see much more like this.”
Kara Trapdoor
“Very well executed and entertaining. I hope to see more of this in Second Life.”
Auryn Beorn
“I am completely awed, by both your vision, and by the incredible artistic and technical skill that went into its realization. I had no idea what to expect today, but even if I had, you would have exceeded my expectations. Thank you for one of the most powerful and memorable experiences of my five years in Second Life.”
Suriya Mistwood
“First experience ever to immersion theatre in the virtual world and I’m simply overwhelmed with excitement! The cast, production crew, the builders scripters, everyone… altogether is impressive and outstanding. A HUGE round of applause all the way from Seattle here, thank you for the experience!”
Wendz Tempest, CozeyinSL
“I’m truly at a loss for adequate words that will do justice to the production. What you have conceived, and achieved is absolutely amazing. Professional. Technically amazing. Enchanting. Mesmerizing. Wonderful.. A. Must. See.”
Kerena Zhangsun
“A very ambitious yet very successful performance, with excellent attention to detail. The choreography choices, costuming, and sets were complementary and more lush than I would have imagined.”
Kay Jiersen, Avataric
“A very ambitious project given the many constraints of SL. I loved all the details – , the exchange of the apple, the moving animals, baby Moses in the basket, the water turning to wine! A wonderful show, amazing set design, and incredibly detailed costumes. Not to be missed!”
Kat Feldragonne, A Kat and Mouse
“Very well put together show! The effects, scenes, outfits and musical choice was all together amazingly well done!”
Kaelyn Alecto
“Amazingly ambitious, epic, brilliantly successful.”
Dale Innis
“Words would fail to do this spectacular performance justice. Having read lyrical critiques, I expected much, but every expectation was exceeded. A fan forever. Bravo!”
Froukje Hoorenbeek, Dutchie
“Amazing use of SL and wonderful entertainment!”
Harper Beresford
“Paradise Lost is one of the most ambitious, technically-layered and outstanding productions ever brought to a virtual environment like Second Life. A visually stunning piece, it is a genuinely remarkable experience which demonstrates the sheer power and versatility of Second Life as a venue for complex, immersive visual and performing arts. Five stars and two thumbs up from me!”
Inara Pey, Living in a Modem World
“Absolutely amazing – really pushing the envelope of the metaverse! i wish this gets heard about WIDE outside of SL. Yes a 10-year-old platform with some legacy code: but just like the physical world – it is what you make of it!”
Draxtor Despres, DraxFIles Radio Hour
“This was a thoroughly enjoyable performance. It was thoughtful, entertaining, and very much a feast for the senses, with gorgeous sets, beautiful music, and lovely and engrossing animations. I have much more to say … but I very much recommend this performance to anyone interested in the arts, and particularly in seeing what can be done in SL with a bit of daring and vision.”
Laskya Claren, Through a Glass, Darkly
“Great job to the cast and crew! What a feat!”
Katya Valeska
“I’m still not sure words are enough to convey what I saw and how ambitious this project is. Suffice it to say I believe it’s the single most ambitious and important – for all sorts of reasons – artistic event for 2014 in Second Life and other virtual worlds and a real must-watch.”
Mona Eberhardt
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Latest Blog Posts

When it comes to my blog, I’m proud to say it’s different. Read on and tell me what you think.

Pros, Cons, Costs and a Step-by-Step Tutorial for moving to self-hosted blogging

Last week I moved my blog from its happy but humble home since 2011 (WordPress.com) to its new self-hosted lot on Bluehost, running a WordPress.org install. For those who […]

Sandrika Broono wins best photo of the Ex-Paradise Set

I'm pleased to announce this week's winner of our Paradise Lost - The Movie Set Contest, with this week's prize going to Sandrika Broono's outstanding photograph, "The Celestial Heavens".

Are Second Life residents anxious about Project Sansar?

Change brings anxiety. I expect that. Last year in July, Linden Lab announced that they were working on a next generation virtual platform - code-named Project Sansar. Second Life residents are, understandably, anxious. I spoke a little about this in my recent panel appearance on the DraxFiles Radio Hour, and I'll expand my thoughts on it here.
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