Places to Visit

Machinima Page Added!

Henrycopter House

Henrycopter House

What it says! I’ve put aside a page so you can easily find any machinima I make on the places I visit, just click on the menu at the top of the site.

I can’t do that many machinima, they are very time consuming, but they are fun. Now I’ve finished the one on A Petrovsky Flux, maybe I’ll have time to get back out on the grid. 🙂

I’d hate to make you read a post without a picture, so here’s a still I snapped in A Petrovsky Flux while I was there.

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Bryn Oh’s “The Singularity of Kumiko”

I don’t do scary, disturbing or dark if I can help it. I like light and bright and cupcakes with a cherry on top. Having heard many times about Bryn Oh’s “The Singularity of Kumiko” and thinking that all these people must have seen something worth seeing, I thought I’d give it a go, myself. I mean, it doesn’t say it’s going to be scary, disturbing or dark anywhere. Oh, but it is …

"Unfortunate ..."

“Unfortunate …”

When you land, you find yourself in a room much like an art gallery, which isn’t really surprising, because The Singularity is indeed art. Interactive art. The room gives you instructions on how to set up your viewer, because it does require a certain windlight setting, without that setting the installations won’t look right at all. You’ll find instructions on how you can experience the story of Kumiko and how you can listen, read and collect her “letters” to Iktomi. You can pick up a head light too, you’ll need it. There is also a large poster on the floor with reminders to set the windlight  again when you return “If by some unfortunate circumstances you happen to die …”  while you’re in the exhibit and get TP’d out. At least they’re warning you …

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

The first and only failure of the exhibition was the door. It just would not open, no matter what I tried. Hopefully it was just me, or SL being difficult, or a temporary glitch. If you have the same trouble, make sure you have your preferences set so you can zoom your camera through prims, zoom through to the car and sit on it. You can then walk a few paces back to the beginning. Well, it worked for me.

I am going to have a lot of trouble explaining what it’s like to be in this interactive piece of art because I have absolutely no intention of revealing all of the story. The thing is, I couldn’t if I wanted, a visitor will have to fill in a whole lot themselves. That is, actually, part of the skill of it all. The fact that you think you get what’s happening – and that thought is wholly disturbing and should be replaced by thoughts of beaches in Hawaii or a nice Merlot.

Walk Quickly ...

Walk Quickly …

It’s safe to say the exhibit could be seen a pieces of a dream, or snapshots of memory, but I know that once the rabbit came after me, it became a nightmare. I did see one lady running (and I know my head filled in screaming and the knife noise in “Psycho”) and it was that darned rabbit again, and something else that I didn’t stay around long enough to identify. The best way to really scare someone is to build up the tension. No gore, no hack and slash … tension and having things come and get you are more than enough.

The gallery section at the beginning does warn you that you may die, the area is only set for ten avatars at once. Don’t think for one minute that is the only reason you may die … I was looking at a nice clean gallery when I teleported in and I was TP’d out a gibbering wreck, my mind filled with disturbing images.

I would recommend a visit, and assure you that you should take the time to read the instructions. They are good advice. Don’t miss the gatchas either, they are nifty pieces of art and interactive too.

Singularity

Singularity

The Singularity will disturb you, unless you are not easily moved. You will run, you will start to reconsider pushing buttons and you will be looking over your shoulder. You will probably go back to see if you’ve figured it out and run screaming and get TP’d home until you too lie down and shudder, swearing to yourself you’ll never have a pet or play another virtual game … until the next time.

Please note that the images in this post have been cropped (as most in this site are) but in the case of this page, they have all been lightened to make it easier for you to see them. You shouldn’t have any trouble seeing the exhibit inworld. You can always see just enough. Or is “just enough” just too much … ? You might also wish to note that it may be a walk in the park for you. I may be a wolf, but I am also a scaredy-cat.

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A Petrovsky Flux

After reading Strawberry Singh’s blog post on how she met Ebbe Linden, I was determined to go to the SIM she met him in. I like solitude, so even the thought of meeting the new CEO of Linden Labs wasn’t a draw, but the SIM was. I’m so glad I visited, and I would urge you to go, as it appears to be on borrowed time. Note the SLURL now, before we go any further. It’s here.

I find it hard to describe this place. I’ve opted for “what Salvador Dali would create if he was into Steampunk”. It is truly stunning, and I’d recommend the region windlight, although I opted for a few shots using StrawberrySinghDotComEmerald*.

Lazy Wolf's Way To Explore

Lazy Wolf’s Way To Explore

When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was the sofas. Lots of big, comfy-looking pink sofas with one, large spring. No, they’d not started to fall apart, but seemed to use the spring to get around and if you visit, you will probably be stalked by one. You can also hitch a ride on the biggest one, which worked well for me, my little paws get tired quickly (i.e. I’m lazy).

Talking of tired, after a few falls into the surprisingly clear water and a tumble after attempting to climb some lattice (that never, ever gave any indication that climbing would be a good enterprise), I found somewhere else to relax. Look out across the vast, bleak plains at the exploding “stuff” and rock yourself to sleep. Free puns are included with this blog, so I labelled the picture accordingly. It’s a great view!

Getting Tired

Getting Tired

Best Seat in the House

Best Seat in the House

And linking, yet again, if you want a really great view, and to share it with friends, find the little café. I can’t say the service was the best I’ve ever had, but the vantage point it offered more than made up for any disappointment with the Soup Du Jour.

With all the machinery around, you may well wonder (and if you didn’t, you will now) if the SIM has an ecologically friendly policy in place. I’m delighted to report that it does indeed run on green energy. See picture. 🙂

Green Energy

Green Energy

Noggin Protector and Henrycopter

Noggin Protector and Henrycopter

In the pictures, you’ll probably notice I’m modelling a high-fashion Steampunk hat (!) Clearly labelled as a “Petrovsky Noggin Protector Xmas Edition” when it hits your inventory, you can collect it from the sign. Assuming you can find the sign. I say “The Sign” because I only saw one, found it once, and couldn’t find it again! Along with the hat you also get your very own “Henrycopter”. You’ll know what he is before he hits your inventory if you’ve been paying attention, as there are many, many Henrycopters flying around. The less imaginative may choose to call them “Flying Sheep with Rotors”. If you attach him, he’ll keep you company as you traverse the fascinating wastes that are A Petrovsky Flux.

Go there, really. Before it’s gone.

*Not got it? No problem, scoot over to my page on SL Photography for a link to Berry’s Windlight page and some other useful pages on Second Life photography.

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Hazardous

Hazardous? Well, they do warn you!

Hazardous LZ

Hazardous LZ

The first time I ever came to visit Hazardous, I was falling rapidly before I had even registered that I’d landed. One false footpaw and I was tumbling base over apex, wondering if I’d get a soft landing. Fortunately, this little wolf’s rear has excellent padding and I made it with nary a scratch. When I returned to get pictures for the blog, I was a little more careful. However, there are many ways to fall, just from the Landing Zone. Try getting in the bath …

When you do finally make it to the surface, the landscape is pretty arid (this is coming from someone who lives in the UK, so anything that’s not able to have water squeezed from it is “arid”),  and has a peaceful but desolate feel. The important thing to remember when you wander around is that not all is as it seems.

Which Way?

Which Way?

There are too many features to list here, and more little secret “doorways” to other parts of the SIM than I have the time or the wordpower to mention, but I would encourage you to find the well. I am not going to reveal what’s in it, but it’s worth a look. It’s easy to get lost in Hazardous, though. However, there are several handy signpost, some of which really do justify using LOL (which means “Laugh Out Loud” or “Laughing Out Loud” for those that are still using it incorrectly!)). I don’t say that lightly. This wolf does NOT do text speak. Make sure you find the signposts, though. They won’t help you find your way, but they’ll make you smile.

I’d also recommend finding the lighthouse, which is a great spot for budding SL photographers and there are handy seats on the cliff opposite it. I’d suggest you try the various seats around anyway, they are loaded with great animations and most will suit couples and singles. You’ll also find a cute Tea House at the bottom of the ravine, if you manage to fall down. It can often be done without trying …

Hazardous Music

Hazardous Music

One of my favourite parts of Hazardous is the steps down the outside of the cliff to the surprise at the bottom. I love the imagery here. In fact, the whole SIM is reminscent of lost childhood (as my husband pointed out) and has a wild, lonely sense of desolation that is also a very peaceful one. Perfect for the blogger that likes to explore the grid in peace …

On another note, the designer and owner is a charming fellow and is very kind to those of a furry persuasion, which cannot be said for a lot of SIMS. If you run into him, you’ll be made welcome. I think this place is beautifully designed, well-thought out and also serves as a pleasant hangout, with Intan to help you find some romance if you want it. There’s a reasonable chance as there are often visitors in Hazardous. You’ll rarely be alone in this wilderness.

You can find Hazardous here … http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hazardous%20Inc/166/163/194

 

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Rosemist Update …

I have friends in real life (yes, I do!), that don’t do Second Life. For them, and for you if you don’t, take a walk around Rosemist Isle.

You can find my video on my Flickr stream, or watch the full version (!) right here.

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Garden of GreenBurg

I’m always wary of going to “romantic places” on my own. Even as a little wolf, I still tend to get people of all shapes, sizes and genders asking me if I want to chat – which invariably turns out to mean “will you have intimate relations with me?” (although they are usually blunter than I just was!).

Mystic Cove

Mystic Cove

For this reason, my trips to locations described as “romantic” tend to be short and camming around often elicits embarrassment as I’ll usually (accidentally) find someone canoodling when I all I want to do is see the location. Needless to say I will withdraw my camera as quickly as possible, I’m not a voyeur and never will be. All that said, I decided to take a look at the Garden of GreenBurg, simply because the cover shot on Second Life‘s Destination Guide was so appealing. Yep, I found the canoodling, so I’m sorry if my description is shorter than it should be and even sorrier if the couple concerned realised that cameras can move through walls in Second Life a little too late. The house was cute, though.

Frog Kiss

Frog Kiss

Back to the travelogue, where I didn’t get further than the Landing Zone before I had to take a picture. Not only does your greeter imply that all species are welcome, but what female of any species can resist kissing a Frog Prince? As I have already married my ideal partner, it was a dead certainty I wouldn’t be disappointed in love after kissing him, but if you haven’t found your Prince Charming yet, the frog does use breath freshener …

Candlelit Ruins

Candlelit Ruins

I didn’t have time to explore all of GreenBurg, but it really is a great place for couples. There are little seats and nooks and houses where couples can cuddle and spend time together and the ambience is both romantic and peaceful, so it’s well worth taking a sweetie and spending some time there. Please be aware it’s a public SIM, though, and that little wolves doing blogs don’t always want to walk everywhere. For their part, little wolves will remember that they need the exercise and will attempt to walk more. Cuddling is not the only available entertainment, though.

Dinner at Greenburg

Dinner at Greenburg

The SIM is really very beautiful, with a mystical feel. There are strange plants and lighting effects and strange animals, too. I even found dinner set out for me in the most wonderful setting (no, I don’t really eat them, but I have to attempt to live up to my lupinicity (is that a word?)). I also found a way around my laziness, too, which was great fun. You can fly on a dandelion seed all around the SIM! It makes a change from ballooon and carpet rides as you get to pilot the seed yourself, and it makes you look as if your dieting has worked, too. I recommend it!

All in all, well worth a visit, even if you are alone at the time. So much to see and explore, I haven’t scratched the surface, but at least you know why. Beware the Pericam!

You can find the Garden Of GreenBurg here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GreenBurg/90/185/35

 

On the Wind

On the Wind

 

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Grey November Gallery (Legion Project)

Entrance

Entrance

The Grey November Gallery is one section of a collection of areas called “The Legion Project”, which offers everything from shops selling Haute Couture to Open Mic stages. The shops are great (Akeyo is there – woot!) and it’s so nicely done with little fun things to look at outside the shops as well as in. I recommend a wander around the whole place, although be aware that some of it is residential, so don’t go snooping in people’s homes.

Having said that, one home draws the eye and the footpaw. Not being able to resist temptation, I can tell you that when you get partway down the path the owner has left a cute message for you (!) that says you can come and explore her home if you promise not to $%&^. I didn’t $%&^, and I only looked around the outside, so she probably won’t throw me in a pit of hungry dinosaurs as she threatens. I absolutely LOVE that girl’s humour. 🙂

Waiting ...

Waiting …

Anyway … I have highlighted the Grey November Gallery as it’s a place to visit in its own right. Yes, it does sell some great pictures there, but it’s kind of cute in itself. It rains there, always, and yet – it manages to show how even a “Grey November” can have its own kind of beauty.

Drop by the gallery as well as the surrounds. See if you can find the painted elephant and maybe get yourself thrown in a pit of hungry dinosaurs. No luck on my side, but do let me know if you make it. Or get your descendants to tell me?

 

You can find the entrance to the Grey November Gallery here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Legione/73/156/21

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Calas Galadhon

I know that if I did a whole blog about this collection of SIMs, it would not do them justice. I really believe them to be the most incredible vision and offering for any lover of virtual beauty. The size and variety of what is on offer is staggering. As is the attention to detail. One SIM alone has a representation of the RL island of Santorini – they call it Armenelos. You can go in the houses, walk up the white-washed paths and dance on the hilltop.

Calas Dreaming

Calas Dreaming

For my sojourn there in order to blog, I found a comfy place in the main SIM (called, not surprisingly, Calas Galadhon). Looking out across the lake all one would need is a lover or a good book (or both – or a lover IN a good book?) and you’d be sorted. I had my SL camera, so that worked for me.

I also visited Mirromere, because I know about the caves. My husband and I have romanced there, and got lost in the beauty as well as the tunnels. I went for a swim for the purposes of a shot for this blog … and yes, I kept all my clothes on.

Mirromere Swim

Mirromere Swim

 

If you haven’t been to the Calas Galadhon SIMs, then set aside some time. A week should do it. Explore Mirromere, Calas, Armenelos, Glanduin, Dimrill Dale, The Misty Mountains, the Gulf of Lune, South Farthing … goodness, I’ve probably forgot some! I would highly recommend the balloon ride, but set some time aside and take your beloved, if I actually paid attention to the time correctly, it was a full 40 minutes …

Sweeping vistas, high mountaintops, flat wetlands, thick forest – it’s all there. I come back to these SIMs again and again and I’m sure if you’ve visited once, you’ll be back. No blog could adequately do them justice and this one isn’t even going to try.

You can find somewhere to start right here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/139/235/22

 

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Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules

I’ve always been a fan of Ancient Greece and love the Greek islands to holiday (given the time and budget). So The Pillars of Hercules is wonderful escapism for me and although a lot of the build is very old-school, it’s so well done.

For romance, it’s perfect. Take your loved one on a boat ride across the SIM and see the sights, it’s really lovely! Find a place to cuddle – there are so many you’ll be spoilt for choice, you can even find a bath with a fabulous view if you want to spoil them. Discover hideaway places, they are everywhere. One example is the stunning Medusa’s Cave, with the equally stunning Medusa (she sends out a continuous pulse of energy so yeah, that was a pun).

Medusa

Medusa

You can lose yourself here. It’s a location that’s been around for some time in SL, my Primary isn’t a spring chicken and she’s known of it almost since her first rezday. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s a wonderful place to visit. It has continued to offer beauty, romance and some Greek history for SL avatars for many years and I really hope it will continue to do so for many more.

If you haven’t been yet, you should. Fire up a nice sunset and watch the colour of the buildings come to life as you stroll around a mediterranean paradise.

 

You can find The Pillars of Hercules here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pillars%20of%20Hercules/108/233/22

 

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Rosemist Isle

Quiet Sanctuary ... for Meeroos?

Quiet Sanctuary … for Meeroos?

If you like the idea of an escape that has a touch of the mystical and magical, then you’ll love Rosemist Isle. I like those things myself, and I love finding hidden places that the SIM creator has made an effort with, just for your entertainment. You’ll find those in Rosemist Isle too.

I haven’t taken pictures in the more hidden spots so you can discover them for yourself, and you certainly should. The more you wander here, the more you’ll find – and changing windlights will give you a whole different outlook in this SIM, maybe more so than others.

Temple Concerto

Temple Concerto

 

Some of the highlights are a standing stone ring; a galleon; some hidden “caves” and a piano and concert area. That’s not all. You’ll find lovely places for romance and some fun places to sit even if you are on your own. The landscaping is gorgeous and the sense of escapism to a realm that’s something special is all here. This is not the biggest place you’ll visit in SL, but there’s a lot packed cleverly and thoughtfully into its area. Highly recommended.

 

You can find Rosemist Isle here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosemist%20Isle/147/209/24

Want to walk round it, but don’t have Second Life? Then get a taster here.

 

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