Culture Shock

The first thing I saw, when I resumed my wandering along the Park Way route, was The Little Black Dress arcade. This little arcade filled my heart with joy… I love places like this, where the love and attention by the owner is obvious in every little detail. Back when I was only a year or so old, I barely used or knew how to use ‘Marketplace’, didn’t read any SL blogs, never went to sales ‘events’… I got all my clothes by stumbling upon places like this. I actually stumbled on some pretty awesome retailers, like ‘L&B’, and ‘House of RFyre’, totally by accident, but usually it was just totally unknown, random retailers. I used to really enjoy looking through shops and arcades like this, and they used to be everywhere. These days I’m very particular about what I wear, and only buy the brands I like, usually at ‘events’, or from their mainstores, I simply don’t go to random places like this, any more. I was delighted to buy, in ‘The Little Black Dress’, the pants I’m wearing… L$49 for a pair of pants with a 6 texture HUD! So that was a lovely start to the day’s rambling…

… all along the Park Way, I saw these boorish, ugly signs on the roadside in front of lovely homes. The land baron who owns them clearly had good taste in buildings, all his/her properties were the same creators’ buildings, all in this rustic, stuccoed, European/Mediterranean style, but they all had these truely offensive signs in front of them. I simply cannot fathom the point of such tasteless display, or why anyone would rent somewhere that had something so tacky out front… but, each to their own, I guess…

… just as the Park Way becomes the Atoll Coast Road, I came across this enormous edifice…

… it was another arcade/mall, this time vastly bigger, but really pretty, in front of a huge building called ‘The Free Dove’. I’d never heard of this place. A quick look inside showed a barn-like interior chock full of the type of clothing I have zero interest in, so I went out and looked around the lovely outside area, filled with shops and stalls…

… I found this sign outside the main building to be somewhat-over-the-top…

… and the product at this stall to be really adorable, but slightly disconcerting… how do you fit a kitten into such a thin container? Is it a dehydrated kitten, just add water? What, even, is it? Is it an animesh pet, or decor? So many questions, totally unanswered by the super-cute packaging…

… I’d been wandering around the really pretty mall, filled with retailers I’d never heard of, with really cool names, when I got a notecard explaining ‘The Free Dove’… everything inside that huge shopping barn was free! ‘The Free Dove’ is a famous, 16 year old, historic SL destination that I’ve never heard of! The over-the-top nudity sign was now in context, as there would be a lot of newby traffic, here. I felt like an alien in a strange land, one I’d forgotten even existed in SL, the one of poor, freshly-minted avi’s, the one of random shopping malls, the one of everything being new, and fascinating. I’m so pleased I’ve started my random ramblings, again.

Route 1 Heterocera

In a wave of nostalgia, I decided to resume the bipedal wanderings of the Mainland continents that I used to do, back in the day. I decided to start in Heterocera, on Route 1. I started at the beginning of the road, the surrounds of which are your typical, ugly SL mishmash of buildings and signage. It wasn’t until Plano that things started to become more visually appealing, with these lovely Hobbit houses beside the road. I’ve always loved these cobbled Linden roads, more than any other style of road they have. I love the old, tired, worn feel they have, I love that they have plants growing on them. I don’t know if that plant placement is just some algorithm, or if some Linden minion meticulously placed every one…

… but, by the time Route 1 had become Park Way, in Bombyx, the feeling of old and tired had become downright dilapidated and overgrown, which I totally loved…

… there was even a ford across the road, which I’ve never seen before on an SL road…

… I really liked this part of the route, there are some really lovely, thoughtfully placed and landscaped homes, all close to the cosy old road, giving a really open and friendly feel you don’t often find in SL…

… it was a lovely change…

… this one in particular, in Samia, warmed my heart with it’s simple, friendly invitation, and it’s half open gate. You seldom see signs openly inviting the traveller to come into private gardens. I continued on Park Way till I reached Sundana, then TP’d home because I was too tired to continue my wandering. I shall resume tomorrow.

Port of Sparquerry

Well, this isn’t what I was going to post, today. I had another SL nostalgia post all lined up, but when I was doing some last-minute research for it, I discovered The Port of Sparquerry, where I’ve never been, and which was FAR more interesting. The instant I arrived at the landing point, just outside this room, I thought ‘This looks like ACC ALPHA‘…

… from the landing point, you can cross ‘The Bridge of Quests’, featuring the photography of Ziki Questi…

… the scale, here, is gigantic…

… there is an enormous amount to see, here. At first, I was flying around at random…

… and flew to Qeddoq, next door, to get this shot, not actually realising it was a different place, because it all looks like one, continuous build…

… but I decided I needed to go back to Sparquerry and have a more thorough explore. All the time, I kept thinking that whoever built this must have had something to do with ACC ALPHA…

… I kept intending to go one way, then being distracted, and going another way, only to arrive back where I’d been…

… it was all monumental in scale, and quite beautiful and strange, an atmosphere helped by the dirging vocals and music…

… then I discovered this little tour vehicle, running on rails, so I took the tour…

… it headed out toward Qeddoq. You can stop and start it where ever you want to, as long as you don’t get out of it…

… as it was trundling through Qeddoq, I remembered the rail system in ACC ALPHA, which I had only walked on, not used a vehicle on…

… so I wasn’t that surprised when the little vehicle actually rolled into ACC ALPHA! What an amazing set of builds these are.

Back In The Day

I was looking out my window, to where the Circuit La Corse runs past my home, and I saw one of those ubiquitous SL tour pods go past. It got me thinking about the traffic that used to be on the Circuit La Corse, back in the day when I looked as I do in the image above… 8 years ago. When I first bought land in Jormundgandr, and built my first little gallery, there was far more random traffic, of all kinds. I went through my enormous pictorial library (I’ve been taking pictures ever since my first day in SL) and found some images I had of some of that traffic…

… like the tanks. You would hear them coming, the roar of their big diesel engines, always in a cloud of exhaust, they’d roar past my front door on their mysterious missions…

… there were these school buses, which you could take tours from depot to depot in…

… there were steam engines…

… there were these much bigger buses, which you could also ride in…

… and there were these ice cream trucks, with their familiar, tinny music. These vehicles were everywhere you went, you had to be careful not to get run over. You may have noticed the vehicles in the last two images are a bit wonky on the road, that’s because there’s a sim crossing, just before my gallery. The vehicles would go wonky, going through it, but usually come right again, and continue on, but you would often see one’s that had obviously come to grief going through a sim crossing, they would be on their side beside the road, or just stuck somewhere…

… the best one I saw was this bus, literally stuck up a tree. They would remain in these predicaments, engines running, exhaust billowing, sometimes forever, it seemed…

… no idea what was happening here, but I’m glad I photographed it. All these images are from before I learned to take decent photos in SL, they are actually all screenshots, hence the crap quality, but I think it is the digital version of sepia on an RL photo (:

On the Roof

I discovered Le jardín sur le toit, today, I saw it in the SL ‘Destination Guide’. I’ve never been here before, but the way it was written up made it sound like this winter version had a previous, non-winter iteration…

… I have to say, it is the tiniest ‘Destination’ I can recall ever visiting… what you see here is literally all there is to it…

… it’s a winter rooftop, with a frozen swimming pool with two resident penguins…

… and that’s pretty much it! It was almost a zen exercise getting six images that didn’t all have the same background…

… but, I also have to say, I spent a long time here, trying to find those six interesting shots, and no-one else showed up…

… and it was actually kind of restful and relaxing. I love that someone has gone to the effort to create this little scene, and put it in the ‘Destination Guide’, so others can enjoy it’s tranquility.

Wyrd Xmas

Back in February, Veyot asked me if I wanted to decorate one of the ‘Last Drop Cafe’ buildings she had set up as a project. I was delighted, and really enjoyed doing so. Veyot’s projects tend to be short-lived, pop-up kinds of things, so I never expected to still be curating the Wyrd Last Drop Cafe decor nine months later. She recently asked me if I wanted to decorate it for Christmas, and, of course, I did want to. I’ve been doing that over the last few days, but that involved a good few weeks of going to Christmas shopping events, looking for cute stuff…

… I say ‘cute’ stuff, because, somehow, the decor in the Wyrd cafe has just gotten cuter and cuter. I like ‘cute’, and there’s plenty of it in my own home, but I’ve just kinda let go here. This kitten on a sled will play xmas music, if you click her…

… there are gorgeous little snow Fae having a snowball fight…

… inside it’s all xmas colours and critters…

… if you click the chocolate log, you can eat some of it…

… there’s plenty of xmas-themed seating…

… the people over the road have gotten into the spirit, too, so xmas has definitely come to Wyrd.

Light Show

Veyot told me there was going to be a light show at Sun Dream, today, the place I blogged about in my last post. Veyot is very social, I am not, and seldom go to such occasions, but I’d been so impressed by what I saw there, the other day, I decided to give it a shot. I got myself a good, front-row seat…

… this being my first light show, I wasn’t expecting physical structures…

… but was soon immersed in the stunning display of light…

… it was really gorgeous, and truely impressive to think someone had choreographed something so complex…

… and huge…

… like, staggeringly huge…

… and really pretty…

… one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen in SL…

… I think it lasted an hour…

… and I didn’t regret my front-row seat…

… I really enjoyed it…

… but I had to leave, here, about 45 minutes in, because my human had RL commitments. I will certainly try to see more light shows.

M2D Light Week

I went to the M2D Light Week installation, last night, it was very pretty. I am like a moth when it comes to gorgeous neon and light. This one is kind of divided into mostly warm oranges/yellows/golds…

… and cool blues/purples/mauves…

… counterpointed with plenty of black…

… the display was around a crowded nightclub, full of happy dancers. I spent my time clambering all over the structures that support the light show, looking for interesting angles…

… and was rewarded by discovering that what looked like big areas of open, plunge-to-your-death space, were actually solid, walkable surfaces…

… from which to get more lovely angles.

Suburban Corner

I love this suburban corner of my yard…

… it’s right on the Circuit La Corse, as it runs through Jormundgandr, an area that suddenly became repopulated, a few years ago and has, pleasantly, stayed that way, with relative constancy, the last year…

… what I like most about this delightful suburban corner scene, is that when I look over the fence, I’m in the suburbs…

… but when I look back at my place, I’m not.

Outer Space

As often happens when I get on a roll with these iterative works, I am producing a lot of new stuff, and I’ve run out of room in my new, tiny gallery, so I’ve put some new stuff on the wall out the back, I’m calling this my ‘Outer Space‘…

… security is very heavy, out the back, here…

… with a seasoned group of hardened characters…

… steely-eyed and alert to any hint of malfeasance…

… (: