There were blasts of winter precipitation that kept me awake last Friday night so I logged into Second Life and wandered around where it is always springtime somewhere. These are all photos from Marathon Caye. There is a lot more to see and do there than indicated here.
Sometimes I forget that without my LaRPs hud, I’m allowed to fly. Often flying isn’t allowed or appropriate for places I go but I ended up flying here because there’s a lot to see and I’d been falling into the water a lot.
This is an active roleplay sim, with the ongoing tension between light and dark. Here I’m lazily resting from my explorations while a kind resident is answering my questions about the roleplay and rules.
The Medieval/Fantasy sim I’d last played in, DarkMoon Isle closed on February 15th because of lack of interest from SL residents. It was one of the most beautiful Medieval builds I’d seen but the owner/builder has real life projects and didn’t seem to be able to justify continuing. I hadn’t been there for about five weeks because I had trouble with someone and didn’t care to make a big deal of it.
This photo was taken in the dark part of the realm but I found it to be beautiful. It’s tempting to consider playing here but there are other things I want to do with my SL time for a while and I’m still not up for learning yet another backstory, hud and rules. It’s been disappointing for me and I’m giving myself a break.
Sometimes residents are too busy to go into SL and enjoy the beautiful places they’ve created so they open them to visitors for a while. Recently in one of the blogs here I found such a notice. I’m not sure if this skybox is still available to the public.
Jasmine at Usually Blonde has just commented that the area is still open to the public. Her blog post has the SLURL and more information.
Shortly after I unsuccessfully looked through the marketplace for vintage clothes, I saw a blog headline about the new vintage shopping area near the 1920’s Berlin project. I went to visit and spent several hours looking at almost everything. I looked at what’s available at Old Time Prims and was surprised to find that I liked the 1950’s clothes for women, not my favorite time period at all.
This isn’t a shopping blog, but I can tell you that I got these outfits at Bacidalucia Vintage, which seems to be a 1920’s burlesque shop. My favorite shops are the jewelry stores; one is Earth Stones. I’m lazy about changing jewelry and will often wear the same earrings, pendant and bracelet for as long as I can no matter what the type and period of costume I’m wearing.
This outfit is hard to see in the photo but I wanted to show the 1920’s Oldsmobile you can get for free in the landing area between the shopping area and the Berlin sim. It is drive-able and after I rezzed it here and took the photo, I got in and promptly crashed into a nearby tree and then careened into the sea.
Another surprise for me was how much I liked the hats, not being a hat person. They didn’t work with my hair so I got this shorter Truth hair. Truth hair has always worked for me and I trust the store; all the hairs I use now come from there except for a Wasabi Pills one that is shaved on one side for my datajack implant.
At the arrival point to the 1920’s Berlin Project there is an area which has info and measurements regarding realistic avatar proportions and height that looks quite detailed. My avatar must be about 6’5”. The roleplay sim encourages realistic looking avatars. Since I was on a shopping mission, I didn’t enter but days later I watched the treet tv episode about it which was quite informative.
I’m not sure if this works for a club setting like the Basilique but I like it. I look more matronly than usual but have no problem with that. This wasn’t the most attractive look for me but I feel like my shopping expedition was successful.
Of course I got distracted by the furniture and especially the radio shop. Store owners in at least one shop have done some amazing things with music and mixing it up with real life.
The Berlin sim accepts child avatars, something that isn’t available everywhere in SL, and the Old Time Prim shop has vintage children’s clothing.
I explored the shopping area for far longer than I intended but enjoyed the visit and will check back in a few months.
Walked around in this one too.
I took a photo of his work for a blog post several months ago. Again, photos do not do these justice.
This was fun! You’re instructed to set the sun at midnight, turn local sound up, and “sit” floating way up where you can dance. There’s also a fembot avatar you can have.
Yes I ought to learn more about photography, but why don’t you go see these for yourselves.
These all look amazing when you’re right there.
The sim looks beautiful and more landscaping will be added during the hours it’s closed. Over 100 volunteers, both women and men worked on this project. The landscaping is by Heart Garden Center. This isn’t a fund raising event; it’s to raise awareness. Sixteen sponsors paid the tier for the week and I really wanted to make note of who they are. Their signs are tastefully displayed and everything looks really well integrated.
On Thursday at two scheduled, and also at random times, you can be photographed here and MadPea will make a stand of your avatar.
These are some previously made stands by MadPea. The signs have text and graphics.
The Wall of Shame is a multi-media build about Womens’ Rights issues focusing on recent developments in the US, which truthfully are not pleasant. It’s a very well-put together, awareness raising build.
This photo doesn’t do the art justice. One of the wonderful things about Second Life art is that you can walk around inside of it, as I did this colorful and beautiful work in order to experience it in many of its variations.
You can learn more about these artists here.
For my non-Second Life readers, a 24 hour event to coincide with the real world One Billion Rising campaign is being held inworld on February 14th. An awesome video has been made, easily found on Youtube or if you explore the topic here at wordpress.
This afternoon the organizers invited bloggers and journalists to preview the event sim and I was fortunate I had time to attend. Here, the women and men involved made themselves available to answer questions and provide links and information about the event.
The stage is huge. There are no stairs; it’s wheelchair accessible. You can pick up an OBR goodie box at the base of the ramp. It includes t-shirts for both men and women in 3 mesh sizes, in black or white. There’s also an OBR rising gesture. I picked up my t-shirt yesterday evening in front of Prim Perfect Headquarters as well as a clickable poster that gives an informative NC. I searched inworld for the teleport to PPH and landed in the water nearby, but I’m a girl who feels the sea instead of getting wet so it was fine.
I really like the dance machine; it has dances for singles as well as couples, dances for tinies and there are dance balls in the water under the stage for MerPeople. The water below can be seen thorough heavy glass in the dance floor.
The 24 hour event will be photographed and it will also be live-streamed. The schedules and details are well-covered on the One Billion Rising in Second Life blog.
No giant avatars, rlv restraints or leashes; there are plenty of other places available for those inworld. The event is General Maturity so those who are 16 and 17 may attend.
Besides the stage, there’s beautiful open space. I rested to gather my thoughts in a quiet corner of the sim. There is a script counter nearby and fortunately I’m almost always very low in scripts. Lag is something we all like to prevent as much as possible, no?
There are 18 amazing artists who’ve displayed work here. The green kiosks, like the one in the left of the photo, are clickable to get NCs with bios of the artists.
I’ve taken photos of some of the art but I was enjoying my exploring and need to check my info as I was being somewhat of a sloppy reporter. There will be another two, possibly three posts about this preview because I took a lot of photos I’d like to share.
The sim will be open from midnight tonight until about noon tomorrow for residents to look at the art.
Last Saturday I visited Calas Galadhon, which had just reopened the day before. It was wonderful to see that it’s spring time and I actually spent so much time looking around the shops near the landing point and nearby Dimrill Dale that I didn’t venture much further. It was also refreshing to be on a sim which was inhabited by quite a few other residents who were strolling, riding horses, dancing and were easy to be around.
The above photo was taken in one of the shops; the first one was taken in one of the homes. It isn’t a residential sim so it’s quite all right to tour the homes. Most of these photos are of interiors although the grounds are really lovely too.
There’s a sweet dog named Goober in the dog bed in the center of the photo.I’d seen a dress I really liked in one of the fashion blogs here and went to faMESHed to check it out. I got a demo but couldn’t figure out how to actually buy the dress and didn’t want to teleport to their main store. With the dress I’m now wearing, I thought I was getting a demo but it was an actual purchase. Fortunately I like it and also the color. The brocade detail up close is great and the it fits well enough except when I raise my arms I flash some breast on the side. Shopping and fashion isn’t really my thing and I’m usually in no mood to tweak stuff but I’m happily wearing this until I need to change.
There’s a quiet chapel nearby where I rested a while.I loved being here and this is where my new header photo was taken. There’s a pot of tea and a place for dancing nearby. This park system is a real treasure in Second Life. Maybe I’ll see you there some time.