Category Archives: Travels

Travelogue: Crestwick Island

This is an interesting little town.  From the land descripiton, Crestwick Island is a small working class town situated on an Island in the middle of a beautiful bay. The streets are lined faux businesses and shops as well as parks, marsh land and other surprises including a giant hill that supports an observatory.

A great place to get some pictures.  You need to be a member of the group to rez, but if you are using something like Lumipro you should be able to get around that.

Your ride is here.

Crestwick Island Church

Crestwick Island Church

The filling Station

The filling Station and Main street

Cabin decorated

Cabin decorated

Cafe

Cafe

The observatory

The observatory

Its snowing up on the observatory hill.

Its snowing up on the observatory hill.

Goodness I haven't seen this game in years.

Goodness I haven’t seen this game in years.

OMG so adorable.

OMG so adorable.

Until next time happy travels.


The Last Show of Molly Bloom (/me gasps)

When I received that notecard in my inbox I was shocked.  I have finally gotten a chance to actually get to the show.  So hurry on over – here is your lift.

This is a beautiful exhibition of the evolution of an Artist with a unique viewpoint/perspective on creating.  Molly’s work is unique in that the finished product is all a result of inworld careful production.  She is a complete artist having learned as many aspects as she can to produce from scratch these amazing works.

First Picture, Faerotica, and building sets

First Picture, Faerotica, and building sets

The next step in the evolution was making poses and learning to control lighting.

First poses and mood lighting.

First poses and mood lighting

Next in her evolution is when I first started watching her development from afar.  Molly’s work took a turn towards dramatic contrasts and shadows.   Molly began creating and producing some really eye catching 3d popping images, combining her knowledge of poses and lighting/shadows.

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Evolution to “3d”

This next set of images from an exhibit at the Rose Gallery is what really drew me into her work.

Second Life Art Is Serious Art 2

These images are captivating in that you look and say WOW she used the lighting to make eveything pop off the page, but then you look close and realize that its a combination of well lite and created images with a combination of 3d pieces added to them to further enhance the illusion.

The last grouping Molly reminds us that SL art should always be fun.

Second Life Art should be fun

I am pleased to relay that from the description of the show this is not the end of us seeing the work of Molly Bloom.  Its just time for her to step back and appreciate where she has been.

Molly and I soon I hope will have a chance to sit down and talk about art, Second Life, life in general.

oh yes one last picture

Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom

So don’t be late – don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful collection – here is your lift again.


All good things need an update and sex-starved monkey clicks

Ok – couldn’t resist the click-bait.  There has been a great deal of it lately. (grins)  There has been alot said about this and that and the status of SL. Am not gonna touch that.

BUT – I do want to talk about Linden Village and the neglect and lack of general upkeep i found there.

Lets start with the parcel called “RL Education in Second Life,” the parcel description says “Resources for real-life educators and real-life education in SL. Instructional videos, public meeting area, and a planetarium!” SERIOUSLY.  Lets move with the times people. This place hasn’t changed in the almost 9 years I have been a resident.  I right clicked on some objects and they were made by Philip Linden. Come now Ebbe – set the moles to work on sprucing this place up. We know that they can make stuff and make it look good – this parcel is in desperate need of updating.

the ancient center of learning at waterhead

the ancient center of learning at waterhead

Whats I found most distressing here is there is a spot to learning the basics (for the older residents – think a VERY compact orientation island).  If this is being used as a spot to entice educators, please oh please update to more current information. Case in point, basic avatars.

words fail me on this one.

words fail me on this one.

Where oh where is Torley when you need him.  Aren’t the basic avatars now mesh – wait – isn’t that the daughter of RUTH?

OK serious – i just found out how long its been since an update here 2006.  I got a notecard of opportunities for educators and it had a line in it – Here’s a sample of what educators are doing in Second Life this Spring 2006 semester.

In the next paragraph it talks about your own virtual classroom/island.  It lists what I am assuming is VERY old pricing and to contact pathfinder@lindenlab.com.  How long as pathfinder been gone from “the lab?”

Wait this is special – I found an old spinning on-line indicator for pathfinder

really - seriously

really – seriously

The intention of the parcel is good – but seriously needs a rethink.  There are some nice places to sit and chat – and a planetarium that needs and updating.

More to come – i just realized that the back of what i am seeing in the first picture is the Linden in world office.  And after that we explore the NWN in world location.

Happy trails.


Travelogue: Cyclone Roller Coaster

What a fun spot.  This is perfect for date night.  We went the other night. My friend Jak took me here last year it was a great deal of fun.

The Cyclone is a huge roller coaster.   It can be found here. It is located in the SOHO New York sim.  There are several attractions here including art galleries and a live music venue.  But for me the main attraction is the roller coaster.

 

The Cyclone

The Cyclone

The entrace to the start platform is at the east end of the roller coaster.  There is room for 6 in each car.  It was just us  that night so we sat in the front.

leaving the station

leaving the station

The whole ride has some amazing climbs and descents.

Climbing up

Climbing up

and Tasty scaring the bejebus out of me on the descent.

He thinks he's the king of the world LOL

He thinks he’s the king of the world LOL

The Ride makes a couple loops around and then brings you back to the start platform.  You can pick up another car there and go again (i think we went 3x).

There is a nice diner beside the roller coaster.

The diner

The diner

and across the way is a replica of a famous Cony Island eatery.

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Have fun and enjoy the ride.

Until next time.

 


Travelogue: The Portal Park, Portal Park 1

Decked out in its finest winter decor, Portal Park is a great place to land to look around and to use it as a stepping spot to explore some of the well known Linden destination points.

Inside the barn here you can find the portal to take you to the infamous, not so secret any longer, Cornfield.

The portal to the Cornfield.

The portal to the Cornfield.

This is the portal to “Social Area.”

Portal to Social Area

Portal to Social Area

This is the entry to gain you access to Linden Realms

Entry to LInden Realms Portal

Entry to LInden Realms Portal

The Gnome Village portal area.

Gnome Village portal area

Gnome Village portal area

Entrance to Roam n Rage

Roam n Rage

Roam n Rage

Entrance to The Tea Party portal

The Tea Party Portal

The Tea Party Portal

So if you have been looking for an interesting place to explore or several, here is a great place to start.

Happy exploring.

Until next time.


Travelogue: Lands End

Tasty and I have recently discovered the joys of sailing and boating in SL.  One of my favorite places to visit even before this discovery has been the SL New England sims.  We went for a ride last night in our powerboat.  The wind was just not cooperating for sailing.  We ended up in the New England sims.  Very picturesque place to visit.

 

My pic of the day from New England is The House at the End of the Beach.  Can be found here.

The House at the End of the Beach.

The House at the End of the Beach.

 

If you are out sailing or boating, I would also suggest stopping of at New England Village in Marblehead.  Quite a nice place to take a little stroll around a very well done New England village.  There is 90 mooring in the harbor.


Travelogue: Santaurio

I am always on the look out for cool new places to visit.  One person who keeps me up on the fun places to go is Ziki Questi.  I have found some really cool places from her.

And not to be outdone – she brings out Santaurio. 

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This sim is a new creation by Jac Mornington (who brought us Baja Norte) and Romy Eara Rosea.  I won’t go into long description here.  Ziki describes the locale very nicely in her blog.  Please enjoy the pictures and stop by to visit.  There is lots to see and enjoy.

lost 4. Lost 5

lost 1

Lost 2

Enjoy and Happy Travels.