Archive for ‘SL Scenic Places’

July 27, 2011

Found a Little Hope

A creepy carousel, a derailed metro train with its broken rails dipping into the ocean, a derelict bridge and an apartment building toppled into the sea.  All of these post-apocalyptic scenes surround the teleport point of Hope in the Silver Springs simThere are no notecards or signs to give a clue as to what catastrophe happened and my imagination pointed to something mundane:  an earthquake.

Across the abandoned bridge, this world becomes a chaotic medley of futuristic steampunk and a fantasy world.  Robots and fairies abound with no traces of human presence.  The pile of skulls and severed heads filling the hollow of one of the trees surrounding the fairy glen revealed that the bright colors hid the fairies’ more carnivorous natures.

No other animal life could be found.  Even this small cottage was occupied by a robotic cat and the usual birds perched upon the telephone wires had been replaced by flying desk lamps.

The broken-hearted tin man on the left witnesses this robotic wedding ceremony.  The poor thing looked so sad.

Each vignette was picturesque in its own way and it was really fun to explore.  I’ll definitely be keeping this LM in my Scenic Sims folder to use when I need interesting backdrops for pictures.

July 18, 2011

Daytime Dreams

Xan did it again…found another interesting and beautiful place for me to blog about, Daytime DreamsThis time I was on my desktop when we dropped in (instead of my crappy laptop) and I decided to try to play with shadows while taking scenery pictures.  Unfortunately, I switched my graphics settings to Ultra after I had already turned on shadows, which then turned them back off.  *facepalms*  I didn’t realize this until halfway through, so some may have shadows, some not so much.

Scattered about the area are some of Bryn Oh’s sculptures and creations (like the mayfly and clockwork horse), but mostly its like Alice in Wonderland/Fairy Grove combination.  It didn’t make much sense to me (my failing completely), but there were pretty vistas to use as picture backgrounds.

I found this quite interesting, a giant playable chessboard.  See the little white thing in the middle of the black pawns?  A chair!  There’s another one on the opposite side for your opponent to sit in as well.  Neither of us are chessmasters though so we bypassed the opportunity to play.

More giant fairy mushrooms scattered about.  I was playing with Windlight settings here.

July 6, 2011

HuMaNoiD

Xan took me to visit HuMaNoiD last week because we love to explore and he knows I enjoy finding places that would be great sites to take pictures.  The outer periphery of the landing area consisted of several islands featuring lovely scenery and places to rest.  When you teleport in, you’re also given the option to use the designer’s preferred Windlight settings, which resulted in a nice golden glow.

One of the outlying marshy islands is shown here with its wildlife and a picturesque firepit sitting area.

Also at the landing point is a semi-circle of doors, each one opening into a different vignette.

~Dream in Blue~

~Dance to the Music~

~Delight~  (with interactive pose bubbles)

~Dare to Dream~

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June 20, 2011

Aria

Last month, I did a post called Aria Azul which featured an art installation at Originalia called Aria.  At the time, I had only used the the entrance as a backdrop, promising myself to go back and enjoy the full piece.  Xan and I made it back and went through it, taking pictures I intended to use on a full blog piece, but life and other items kept pushing it to the back of the line until now.

Aria isn’t just the visual pieces, but a full media experience as well, with both music and video enhancing the atmosphere.  Make sure you accept the Windlight setting recommendation when you enter and click on the sign to get a notecard with information from the artist.

Once you land at the teleport point, turn away from the art gallery and follow the path down and to the right.  Follow the signs to The Docks and Aria and just keep walking along the path through the wall at the other side of The Docks.

You can see other photos of Aria on my Flickr.

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June 17, 2011

The Forgotten City

While out exploring one night, I was to taken the The Forgotten City, filled with clockwork servants and exquisitely textured architecture.  We had a great time betting on the horseraces, taking the airship tour and just exploring the city at our leisure.

It seems like we came upon surprise after surprise at each turn through the warren-like streets.  There are also homes to rent in the Forgotten City, spacious and as beautifully textured as the rest of the city, at an extremely affordable price.  All in all, we spent a very enjoyable couple of hours there exploring and partaking in some of the activities.  I know I’ve added the LM to my folder of great places to take pictures as well.

June 7, 2011

A.R.T. in SL

From left to right:  Avajean Westland, Kayden O’connell, Rowan Shamroy

For the last couple months, there’s one place I  can always be found and that’s at the Greek Archon Theater every Friday evening at 5 p.m. (SLT) watching the Avatar Repertory Theater’s weekly performance.

When I first started attending, the troupe was doing vocal segments of short stories submitted by avatars in Second Life.  Each week the audience would vote on their favorite and the winner(s) will be scheduled for a full presentation.

What I’ve really enjoyed though is their “radio” broadcasts, staged as though the actors were doing a live radio drama from years ago.  The performances are in SL voice, complete with sound effects, just as it was before television when family and friends gathered in the living room around the radio to listen to their favorite shows.

From left to right:  Corwyn Allen (sound booth), Sam Brautigan, Ada Radius, AvaJean Westland, Kayden O’Connell, Rowan Shamroy, Em Jannings, Caliban Jigsaw and Prospero Frobozz

Shown above is a portion of the cast in the first part of the Lux Radio production of Dashiell Hammett’s, The Maltese Falcon, adapted for Second Life.  To date, this has been my favorite selection and I can’t wait for the second part next week.

To round out the evening and to celebrate his birthday, the second half of the hour was focused on some writings of Allen Ginsberg.  Caliban Jigsaw read a wonderful selection from Wichita Vortex Sutra, followed by readings of A Supermarket in California by Rowan Shamroy, To Aunt Rose by Dolgoruky Umarov, February 29, 1958 by Avajean Westland and Homework by Prospero Frobozz.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not an artistic powerhouse, especially when it comes to poetry.  But I am curious and open-minded and this is a wonderful way to learn, with little bursts of culture in small, easy-to-digest portions to broaden my horizons.

June 1, 2011

Finally Found: Immersiva

Last week I had written about seeing Bryn Oh’s Anna’s Many Murders and I had made a promise to myself to check out her previous installation, Immersiva.  I was able to go earlier this week, quite by coincidence when Xan tp’d me there on one of our exploration evenings.  I didn’t do too much editing on the pictures because I wanted to show the pieces as the artist created them.

As you climb through this first tower, the first story of Daughter of Gears is revealed.  I don’t want to show too much because its really something you should experience for yourself.  Be careful as you climb, this is a health-damage sim and falling while making the ascent could be hazardous.

~Daughter of Gears~

After decending from the top of the tower, you can move on to the next area and follow the story of The Rabbicorn.  Each vignette has a portion of the tale which you get in a notecard by clicking on a paper somewhere in the scene.  Also there is a silver teleport which will take you to the next area.

From tesla coils
And a music box
Parts of a gramaphone
And fur from a fox

If you follow all the way through, you’ll see how the two stories correlate.  I was actually able to pick up on the themes and follow along, which is unusual for me.  I also now see how the pieces in this first installation relate to many in the second and I wish I had experienced Immersiva first.  I’ll definitely go back through Anna’s Many Murders again to enjoy it as it should be.

My journey through Immersiva left me wishing this was a real installation in a gallery so I could take my son through it as well.

May 27, 2011

Escape from Risk City

I just recently saw on Marketplace that Khush has a new prop/pose set out called Fun With Cuffs that I just HAD to have.  I didn’t know what I would do with it yet, but I wanted to make sure I had it when the idea started forming.

It didn’t take long.

I’m a fan of Snake Plissken, the hero of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Escape from L.A.  As I was exploring the art sim, Risk City, I noticed that there were elements I could work with to create my own version.

The set includes four poses and four versions of the handcuffs to be used with each pose, which are very well-created.  I’ll certainly have to try to find Khush’s store in-world.  And what better to wear?  Twisted & Spoiled had the perfect outfit with their No Angel design.

Will I make my escape?  Will I make it out of those cuffs?  Will I even want to?

Style Credits:

Skin:  Belleza; Aiko, medium 9
Hair:  Ploom;  Quinnie, blonde streaked
Ensemble:  Twisted & Spoiled;  No Angel, black
Boots:  Coco;  Engineer boots, black
Jewelry:  Mandala;  Reiki, black
Tattoo:  Para Designs;  Punked, color
Face Paint:  A:S:S;  Drama Shadow, rose

Pose:  Khush;  Fun with Cuffs
Sim:  Risk City

May 23, 2011

Anna’s Many Murders

I’ve recently discovered a fondness for exploring art galleries and installations and while I may not know what the artist wishes to evoke with a piece, I know what I like.  Even if it is the story of a creepy little girl’s trip through madness in Anna’s Many Murders.

This is Bryn Oh’s Anna.  When she doesn’t get her way, she likes to dispose of any obstacles, usually in some whimsical way.  Such as when the Chef dared to imply she might be a bit mad, she tied him to the railroad tracks and ran over him with a pushcart.  Its like the bastard love-child of Picasso and Tim Burton.

“Dismantling” one of the jurors at her trial, killing the judge with his own gavel and hanging the warden when she gets caught.

Anna manages to escape and we follow Anna to her world outside, through strangely disturbing mechanical scenes, wonderfully imagined by Bryn Oh.

Even in her madness, she seems to be kind to animals, such as they are.  I’m sure there’s some really deep, thought-provoking message in this installation, but even if I didn’t “get it”, I had an amazing time going from scene to scene.

May 12, 2011

Aria Azul

I may have mentioned before that I love getting dressed up in formal-wear and going dancing, so when Xan suggested we do that last night, I was overjoyed.  Even moreso because I could wear the dress I had picked up at Culture Shock by Azul.

~Taken at Aria~

Skin:  Laqroki;  Nellie, Fair 07
Hair:  Exile;  Audrey, sahara
Dress:  Azul;  Laetitia, jade
Bracelet:  Twisted & Spoiled;  ChiChi Bangles (from the ChiChi set), bronze
Cheerno;  Bangles, gold (for The Fashion Garrett)
Earrings:  EarthStones;  Floating Circles, gold & diamond

Sim:  Originalia

I have been a long time fan of Mami Jewell, since before she opened her store and her gowns were available at Styles of Edo.  I still have several of her 2008 dresses that are still wearable (and gorgeous) even by today’s standards.  But this one tops them all by far and was simply stunning to wear and to see flow on the dancefloor.

There were only two very small, very fixable issues with the gown.  First, it does use a system skirt so you will need a skirt-version of your shape.  If you don’t have one, a notecard is provided in the folder on the guidelines you should follow when making yours.  The other issue was the little top jacket has a super-flexy prim around the back and every movement caused a huge gap of skin showing that prim adjustments wouldn’t fix.  Luckily (or maybe by design) it was modifiable and I was able to turn off the flexy on that one piece and solve my problem.

~Taken at The Docks~

If you happened to notice the backgrounds in these pictures, they were both taken at art installations sponsored by Originalia.  Once you land at the teleport point, turn away from the art gallery and follow the path down and to the right.  Follow the signs to The Docks and Aria and you’ll come to these simply breath-taking pieces of art that you can walk through.  My pictures and words can’t begin to do them justice, so you’ll just have to use the link and go visit them yourself.