Thursday, September 13, 2018

"The Girl Who Cried Wolf" by Cica Ghost

Visit "The Girl Who Cried Wolf" in the moderate sim of Never, here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Never/128/128/33

The sim info.simply states: "Modification of Aesop's fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf."

When I first entered the sim the large plateau topped hilly landscape with plenty of smooth boulders and flowers all around greeted me under a darkened rolling sky that was laced with lighter contrasts and some streaks of reds. I cammed around to see a huge wolf with ratlike face and ears and beady eyes, who was chasing a herd of sheep.  Of course I clicked... and rode that rangy beast.  I then visited the cottage, had a seat in one of it's two chairs and rested while I cammed some more of the landscape.  There is a giant young girl who appears to be pointing the way to the sheep and wolf for a young boy playing a flute sitting atop a boulder surrounded by white flowers. I could hear his flute in the sim music intermixed with springy bouncy sounds.  I had to wonder if perhaps he was the pied piper but then I got confused wondering if the girl was trying to show the piper where the beady eyed wolf was, so that he might pipe the wolf away from the sheep he was chasing. I mean if he is a rat wolf it's possible that piper could lead him out with his pipe and save the day!:! Right? .. But my imagination might have run away from me and mixed up the stories.  Anyway, the sim is super cool.  Cica always does a great job with lighting and sounds and making huge awesome things, some of which can be clicked on for poses, seating, dancing, and riding.  I always enjoy Cica's builds a lot, and Cica does a great job of putting out plenty of things for SL residents to see and enjoy.  This creation come just on the tail of the last, Daydreams, which I blogged here: https://karasecondlife.blogspot.com/2018/08/daydream-by-cica-ghost-lose-yourself-in.html   Be sure to tip Cica's tip jars if you can, so we can continue to get great builds like this to enjoy. Cica also has a store where you can tp and buy some fun past creations.  And don't forget to look up, as there are some fun things atop those plateau's you can click on and enjoy too.



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St. Martin, Kekeland Bardeco

 Visit St. Martin Kekeland Bardeco here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Saint%20Martin/128/128/212

This sim seems to be owned by Belle des Champs (Bridget.genna) built by Dandy Warhlol (terry Fotherington)

The sim info. states:
"We tried to recreate a quiet, sunny and peaceful fishermen place, inspired from a Italian village.
You will find a little harbor in a colored village and hillsides of vines, campain and mountain.
[If you need to rez, you must join Kekeland group]. Thanks"

This is a great sim to explore and hang out in, just be sure to get all the way around as there are lots of cool places to see and potentially miss. You can enjoy Italian streets and buildings, a more run down trailer park area, the beach, and some ruins.  There are plenty of pose or play spots and lots of seating to hang out with friends. Overall this is a very beautiful place to visit.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Yankari Island, Sea Monsters, A Great exploration Sim with Art by Citta Wiskee

Visit Yankari Island, Sea Monsters here:   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Yankari%20Island/150/60/23

The sim info. states:
"Photo and installation art exhibition of Citta Wiskee
Sept 1st - Sept 30th 2018
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiskee
http://www.soundcloud.com/cittatosh
http://www.instagram/cit.ta"

At first glance this sim appears to be filled primarily with huge whales both in the water and sky, and water drop spirits frolicking in the woods on heart shaped islands surrounding a mainland, but after some good exploring, I then found some delightful art images under water. There are beluga whales and rays swimming around in the art area.  The large underwater images are by Citta Wiskee and they are in a very creative setting. Thanks to my friend Shakespeare for this sim tip.  Another fantastic explore today that includes huge air whales you can sit and pose on and pianos.. both things I like to see in SL. Great sim well worth the visit!
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Eclectica, A New Dawn

Visit Eclectica, A New Dawn, at Kymer a moderate rated sim here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kymor/128/128/29

This beautiful sim appears to be owned by Maddy (nibbyriddler). There are plenty of photogenic scenic and visiting or cuddle spots.  There are some unique pose and play places such as the giant air whale out over the ocean, the steampunk hand holding the falling teacup carousal, the awesome submarine home, various pagodas, the moon statue, the beautiful footbridge, and more. I last blogged this sim by this same owner back in 2015 but it was completely different then.  I loved it then and I love it now.  This is a very good explore sim, check it out.  More pics on Flickr if you click on one of the imagges.


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Green Story and Duet, Two beautiful Sims to Explore

Tonight I visited two very romantic beautiful and relaxing sims.

Visit Green Story by Dior Rich.Canis here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Green%20story/128/128/2

The sim info. states: "You have to relax here.
                         You have to think here.
                You Banks here Another memory."
True.  I landed on a lighted boardwalk in a dark rainy sim to a background of soft music.  There are many beautiful pose and relax spots for singles, couples or friends.  Then I went to the lower level and it too has romantic scenic vignette seating/photo areas but it's all in white snowy beachy winter style. The land build is on so people can rez, although a few people have left Lumipro photo balls and a few boxes behind already.
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The next sim I visited that is also very beautiful, relaxing, and romantic is Duet, which you can visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Windhaven/128/128/20
This sim appears to be owned by JK Creations and is a remodel.  The sim info. states: "Set Home and rez here! Welcome - enjoy our photographic scenes, props & poses! Come for the space ride, cloud dance with ad free radio, tai chi, romance & date in our woods, meadows, castle, beach. No sex or nudity." So, again, you can rez in this sim and if you join their group for just $30 you have access to another space in the sky called "Sky Duet" where you ascend some magical stairs that appear and come to some golden gates beyond which you can dance in the clouds.  I was alone in my explore but this looked super romantic. There is a sim boat ride as well as some pose boats and inside the mountain there is a huge photo place with props and backgrounds and other romantic spots under the mountain. It also has a nice art gallery and some products for sale.  I even found a little grunge area. But be sure not to miss the sim boat ride and the fun things in the mountain. Enjoy.


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Exploring LEA

The Linden Endowment for the Arts Sims may be the most underrated sims, in my opinion.  Most of LEA sims are Linden Labs endowed sims residents create art builds and perform in.  Most are land granted for a period of time following an application and proposal process.  The majority of SL's most well known artists and performers have either created or performed in a LEA sim at some point.  The sims usually are super creative, very well done and always enjoyable. I especially enjoy the large immersive 6 month full sim AIR/artist in residence builds. Unfortunately, other than openings, closings, and special events, they are usually not very crowded. This may be an ok, thing as one can explore without lag and most the spaces are open long enough for everyone to visit and not miss out. As great as many of them are though I always expect them to be fuller.  Anyway.. I"m going to take one pic in a few and post them here with direct links. But first if you want info. about LEA in general or info. on how to apply for a land grant, check out these LEA links:
LEA official page: http://lea-sl.org/
Here is their official blog: http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/
They are also in Facebook, Flickr, and all over.

Visit LEA2 here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA2/128/128/18
The first LEA sim I visited tonight was LEA 2 Ethereal Shapes by Noke Yuitza. This sim opened August 5th and has a full line up of great events.  The sim itself, as shown in the image, is dark with a lot of glowey, sparkly, things made for dreamers.  The landing info. states: "ETHEREAL SHAPES (Art installations by Noke Yuitza) Within the forms of faces, animals, flowers… in groups of stars, ink, glitter… There are 4 scenes: Dreamer, Galaxy, Ballet, and Eyes. The concept that brings them together is the dreamer that looks at how stars dances in a galaxy ballet." This is a good immersive experience. Be sure to take the sim windlights and surreal music that match the sim experience.  Here is my one photo...

LEA 2 Ethereal Shaps by Noke Yuitza
Visit LEA24 here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/128/128/23
The next LEA sim I visited tonight was LEA 24 Echoes,, Metaphysics of Frequencies by LIvio Korobase.  The sim info. here states: "Some "invisible" elements seem have a strong effect on matter. They are all the unseen, intangible, but we hear them, we feel them.. Every phenomenon is a material trace of the invisible forces that generated it, an indissoluble fusion of content and form".
I have to say I had a really hard time trying to take just one image in this sim, as there is so much to see and do with lots of photogenic spaces and objects, so I gave up and took more pics as I played, viewed, listened and enjoyed and posted the rest on my Flickr which you can see if you click one of my pics that will take you to Flickr. I left myself in pics of this sim for perspective as it has a huge feel to it, well things are larger than life.  I also used the sim windlight for the pics but other lighting is good too. Fun explore!

  Part of the landing note sums up the basis of the experience though and I quote in part here: "How much do the "invisible" sounds influence our perception of the so called "reality" -are real or virtual  the same?  So, i created some ambients where sounds drives my vision, each sound resonating within me, a sensation that i have tried to translate into a 3D visual representation.
It Is important during your visit to turn on your viewer's sounds and your volume up, and  use camera controls to change the "point of view" of each audio sequence.
Wear headphones, put your best possible graphic card setting and good exploration. Good luck with horses and asteroids."

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Visit LEA 15 here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA15/128/128/24
This is another super cool sim.  The landing info. states: "Welcome to Zun Design LEA slim design. Winter crystal Elven magic is the theme. Please touch the crystal dragons to use teleports. You can also explore by foot." This sim looked amazing upon landing but then had so many hidden gems upon further explore. I decided to call this my last explore for the night so I could take my time and enjoy it all.  I'm leaving this one with two images and a message to say if you visit this sim be sure to actually explore it all vs just thinking you might have cammed most of it after a bit.   This one has a lot of relaxing beautiful hang out or pose spots. I'll get back to more of the LEA sims another time but going to call it a night after this one is explored out.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pretty, by Bryn Oh, at Blue Orange 4

Visit Pretty here:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Empire%20State%20Island/237/48/1446
Visit Blue Orange http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Empire%20State%20Island/236/82/1445here:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Empire%20State%20Island/230/82/1445
Visit the Blue Orange Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/blueorangeSL/

I went to see "Pretty", but since I haven't been in SL much lately since it's summer, I realized I missed a Skye Galaxy show today for the opening ~sigh~.  Well... the visit to Blue Orange is a great explore, and Bryn's "Pretty", was intriguing as usual. Again, Bryn, is the master of lighting, shadows, stories, and space. I always have a challenging time trying to figure out the details of what exactly Bryn is conveying beyond the aesthetics.  I'm a huge appreciator of Bryn's works and this small group of pieces with the poem doesn't disappoint.  I didn't want to take too many full pictures of everything and give it all away, so I took a couple full and some pieces of pictures for this blog and left out the short poem.

"Pretty" opened today and you can read more about it on Bryn's blog here: https://brynoh.blogspot.com/
Pretty is based on a poem Bryn wrote. Pretty is just one part to a large photo based show with a wide range of talented artists taking part in Blue Orange.

Blue Orange 4, at Empire State Land sim space created by Ini (In Inaka) info. reads: "Friendly bohemian club for MUSIC and ART lovers. Alternative,New Wave,Indie,Art Punk,Noise,Psychedelic,Rock,Neo-folk,Experimental,Avant-Garde,Modern and a lot of more music without labels." The last picture I have here on this blog lists the many quality artists in this exhibit.

I'll admit I got a little, ok totally, lost wandering around in Blue Orange trying to find Bryn's "Pretty" but it's a great place to get lost in, and while wandering around I saw a lot of really cool art in great environments. I loved the party area that was also a work of art. I snapped a few extra pics so the first collage and 2 more pics here (more on my Flickr though) are of Pretty and the rest are various artists in Blue Orange.  I look forward to going back for some music and events.


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