Hanging with Pandume

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Seraphim and Pandume were hanging out at each others places, today, when Seri suddenly remembered it was the deadline for collecting her stuff from her unit in the ‘100 Levels’ project, in Kowloon… still dressed in her redecorating clothes, Seri asked Pandume if she wanted to come, too. Pandume did, so they zapped over to the unit, and Seraphim took everything back, leaving her beautiful landscape painting for last. ‘Isn’t this amazing?’ she asked Pandume… ‘Yes, it’s pretty’ replied Pandume…

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… this wasn’t quite the answer Seraphim had expected, and she smilingly asked her friend ‘You aren’t really into art, are you, sweetheart?’ Pandume admitted she wasn’t really all that into it, no… and got a bit of a lecture from Seraphim the passionate artist about how MOST people she met weren’t into art, either, but it was ok, she was used to it. Seraphim then said ‘But, how about them RedSox, eh!?’ and Pandume replied ‘Go sports team! Score all the goal units!’ and the two fell about laughing. Seraphim asked Pandume if she’d been to Kowloon, before, and Pandume said she hadn’t…

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… something Seri knew had to instantly be remedied! Pandume was suitably impressed, and the two friends wandered off to explore…

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… loitering in seedy places…

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… and dark alleyways…

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… and they both found cool, ridiculously cheap stuff to buy in this strange, beautiful slice of Asian weirdness that is the wonderful, seamy world of Kowloon.

 

New Project; Day 2

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Seraphim’s human’s country, an island nation of 5 million people, went into total lockdown, 3 days ago, for at least 4 weeks, due to the covid-19 virus… the human must stay home, unless going to the supermarket, or walking/biking for exercise. Seraphim finds herself in a strangely parallel situation, only, it’s not a virus causing her to self-isolate, it’s the appalling lag in SL, making going anywhere a miserable experience. Seraphim’s human has told her it’s not just SL, everything on the net seems to be running slower, no doubt due to the millions and millions of people, worldwide, under lockdown, and turning to the net for amusement, distraction and, of course, for those lucky enough to have the option, work…

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… it’s the beginning of Autumn in the human’s country, the human is snuggled up inside, being creative, while outside, the temperature is dropping, it’s dark, windy, and raining… likewise, Seri is cosy in front of the fire in her amazing, free house, enjoying placing some of her gorgeous stuff, to create a cosy, new world in her own back yard (:

The Lost Unicorn Gallery

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Seraphim has hardly visited any galleries for at least a year, more like two… and, suddenly, she’s visited two in a few days! Today she visited The Lost Unicorn Gallery

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… she was very impressed. The gallery is beautifully decorated, and the art, which is all fantasy art, is very good… it’s easy for this genre of art to be cliched, but almost all the images on display, here, were above-average works…

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… and beautifully large…

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… Seraphim can’t remember when she last saw so many excellent works in a single gallery…

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… she thoroughly enjoyed wandering around this large space…

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… and found the range of works delightful…

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… none of them appeared to be for sale…

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… but, if they had been, this is the kind of place where, a few years ago, Seraphim would have blown a small fortune!

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Seraphim visited the Monocle Man Gallery, today. She seldom visits galleries, any more…

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… those of you who have known Seri for a long time will remember she used to have a huge gallery, housing her equally huge collection of art by SL artists. Seraphim loves art, and loved collecting SL art, which she did, prolifically, for 8 years, spending tens of thousands of L$’s on her collecting…

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… she did it, not only because she loves art, but to support SL art/artists… she had several favourite artists who charged thousands of lindens for each and every painting, Seraphim bought them all, even when she could barely afford to…

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… she eventually had to admit to herself, that perhaps only 1 or 2 of these artists she was supporting, EVER contacted her, to say thank you…

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… not only that, when she eventually met some of them, their self-entitled arrogance appalled her, not to mention that some of them literally talked down to her, as though they were her superiors…

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… she seldom goes to the galleries of these people, any more, and seldom buys SL art.

 

Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot

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Seraphim visited Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot, today… the place was fairly packed, snuggling couples and wandering explorers everywhere, she’s not used to those kind of numbers when she explores, she’s also not into de-rendering other avi’s, so it was a bit tricky getting good angles for good shots, but, she managed. The place has very nice, broody beach scenes…

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… there’s an inland element, of bucolic lanes…

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… but it was the shore scenes that Seri liked…

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… a lovely feel of odd emptiness, that post-apocalyptic-event feel that SL creators do so well…

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… a delightful sombreness…

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… a place where all manner of strangeness could have happened/be happening…

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… birds wheeling in an odd sky, the only witnesses to where all the people went.

The Worst Lag

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Seraphim has found no really photo-worthy destinations to visit, recently. She’s gone to several she would not normally have visited, because they looked better than having nowhere to go, but has not found any with more than one or two decent scenes. She decided to go back to Tralala’s Diner, again, in hopes the horrific lag she has always encountered there, might have lessened…

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… on arrival, she saw that there was a new landing area…

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… a beautifully textured little gazebo, with a piano…

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… the lag, however, was instantly so horrendous, she couldn’t even turn from one side of the room, to look at the other, without it becoming a major exercise in guessing how many times to click the arrow key, without the end result being facing where she started from… it took multiple efforts just to get out the door, having to get exactly lined up with it, then even getting out it, while it was open, before it closed in her face,¬†due to the lag. Taking the picture she wanted was also nearly impossible, because the lag effected her camera, too… she gave up just after she actually managed to get out the door. Tralala is a beautiful place, a photographers dream, but it is also THE most laggy sim Seraphim has ever visited, which just destroys any enjoyment in visiting it, sadly.

Mopire Again

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Seraphim visited her favourite sim, again, yesterday, the Mopire City/Tokyo-WindHill City/Reiri Town sprawl. She adores this amazing build, for it’s mysterious, un-attainable far riverbank…

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… for it’s industrial/wild near shore…

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… with it’s rugged public space…

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… for the way the wild area morphs into the commercial area…

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… where there is still plenty of nature. This area morphs into the huge…

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… concrete landscape of the Tokyo-WindHill City/Mopire City area, with it’s stunning detail, and, in Mopire City, huge buildingscape…

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… Seraphim never tires of coming here, the place never ceases to blow her mind with it’s meticulous detail and ridiculously high standard of construction. She highly recommends you visit here… this is SL, the place might be gone, tomorrow!