One of my favorite places to park my avatar when I need some inspiration for a creative project is Arles, the home of Vincent Van Gogh. The sim was created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate. There are a few donation boxes around to help with the cost and there’s a chance to win something by donating. I’ve now got a vase of Van Gogh’s sunflowers and unlike many of the things that end up in my inventory, forgotten and taking up space, I remember the sunflowers are there and that I’ve enjoyed the little vacations Pearl gets to take to Arles. I think it would be great if more people could visit and appreciate this sim.
I log into Island Oasis virtual world at least briefly almost every day, mostly to make sure my rental box is updated and that all is well. None of my neighbors have been around while I’m on but changes happen while I’m not there.
The empty high prim houses are gone and other residents have taken up some of the islands. Across from my front door someone is creating an original build. I spend most of my time in this world at home and it’s very relaxing. Yesterday afternoon I went motorcycle riding at the Speedway and Airfield and ended up laughing and my avatar looked like this:
The explorers helmet that Pearl (in the foreground) is wearing can be picked up at the jungle entrance as can an explorers outfit like Yordie (on the bridge) is wearing. This adventure in Calas Galadhon is going away soon. The first two photos were taken with sunset setting (Linden Lab viewer) and show up better here but the experience is best viewed in the region setting. There are amazing ambient sounds and I very much enjoyed the journey.
Lately I’ve been spending less time in Second Life because of real life requirements and because the apparent waste, asshattery and lack of appreciation in the virtual worlds annoy me.
I’ve greatly enjoyed a visit to the Halloween sim and Lost City with Yordie Sands and I’m posting some photos today because if you hurry, there’s still a little time to see it before it goes away. It was fun, challenging, beautiful and there’s a prize at the end. Who would really want to miss an experience of touching a sandbag you’ve been warned not to, having it splat your skull open into a bloody mess and then getting up and going on your merry way? There’s also a little time left to visit BURN2 which is well worth a visit.
So much to do today, but when I’ve looked through my wordpress reader the last couple of days, I’ve noticed more than the usual intelligent, thoughtful blog posts about SL. I’m reminded again that there are resident creators and fellow bloggers who carry on and contribute what they do best. I’m once again pleased to be able to show up inworld, appreciate the best of it and write about it from my point of view and experience.
Reflection is important but there are things that need doing as well. Sometimes a girl is just walking along in her world, carrying an axe, minding her own business when she sees strange symbols near her path. Does she dare pass them by? If she gazes at them long enough will they divulge their mystery? Should she run like hell? Perhaps the symbols aren’t important.
She’ll likely use the skills and wisdom and courage that she has available and will do her best with that.
This is a two prim puppy bed I made. It took an embarrassingly long time to make it, linking the two prims together. Pet beds are something I haven’t seen in Island Oasis and actually might be useful. I’ve made it in about four textures. The puppy here is way too many prims and so it stays in inventory along with two cats. I needed to size the bed so I rezzed the puppy.
I have a copy of the puppy bed in my yard in case anyone’s flying by and wants to pick one up. I pretend the puppy is hiding somewhere instead of being stashed in inventory.
This is a 4 prim bench I made which took quite awhile. It also comes in several different textures. There’s a problem with my AO. When the avatar sits on things, it’s in really wacky poses and when the poses look more normal, the avatar stands up after a few seconds. Anyway when I sit on this bench, the poses are even more awkward. After I took this picture I sat the avatar down and she was totally underground except for her feet and ankles sticking out.
I don’t have the time and interest to figure out why, but maybe something is wrong with this bench besides just being funny looking. Of course anyone may help themselves to a copy of the bench if they want.
I had some items auto-returned to me and they were likely something I lost in the sandbox.
If I made another project, it might be a dog house.