Backflash February 2021 – Dio’s 3rd year in Second Life Feb 11th 2011

In the “Backflash” series I select an old entry once a month and present it here. This way I force myself to browse in the archive and to fresh up a few of the many memories. For our readers the new series shall provide an insight into our Second Life without reading back the many posts and it might also give reason to browse through the archives.
For February 2021 it was quite obvious to select an anniversary blogpot. We travel 10 years back to 2011 and have a look at my Second Life at that time. And looking at the 2 pictures in the post – that was me??
It is always fun to read back and to remembe, to realize the changes, and to smile!
Enjoy reading…


Dio’s 3rd year in Second Life Feb 11th 2011

My third year in Second Life ended today. Time to look back again and to have a look forward. The look back starts with reading the blog entry that I wrote one year ago. WOW. I can cut and paste some parts of that entry, particularly the sentences dealing with the base of my SL:

“- I am still owned by Goddess Yasmin Heartsdale
– I am still spoiled by the love and devotion of my partner and Ehesklavin Jenny
– I am still part of a lovely large family
– I am still running my own family branch
– I am still exploring SL and myself
– I am still happy to be here”

Usually when we think about a days’ events we come to the conclusion that we didn’t do what we intended to do and that nothing really happened. When we look back to a whole year we’re surprised to notice how much has changed or how much we achieved, discovered or expierenced. Same happens to me when I look back to my 3rd year in SL, the base is still the same but nonetheless a lot has happened and changed.

The family has changed. Goddess and Teyonas parted and Goddess partnered to my sister Valerie. My sisters Fae and Claire left the family and my beloved sister rabea is suffering of serious RL health problems and might not return.
Amanda, Alexx, Jaycie, Joni and Mariska became new sisters to me.

My own little family within the family changed. My sub Sio left us unexpectedly. I collared vero but she found her love for Gor roleplay and she left us as a dear friend. Our only boy, slaveboy Santana found his way to be officially in the family. And just recently I collared my sweet Doll Dana. I am happy to report that my sister Mariska became my subsister and is now often with us as part of our family branch. And … I expect to collar another girl soon.

We lost our home in Rivers Rock. That was a dramatic change. As the tiers weren’t payed to LL the sim closed without any warning. I wrote to LL and they kindly reopened the sim for 3 days so that we could grab our belongings. Suddently we were homeless. We had our family home at Yasminia but no “Chez Maurer” to retreat to. So during these days in October 2010 I looked around restlessly for a new place. Finally we decided to settle in Dragon Cove where we rented a quarter sim. We share the new home place with our dear friend Claven who was neighbor to us already in Rivers Rock. And Virgo and Tyra also became neighbors to us. It is great to have neighbors like you are!
With Rivers Rock we also lost the place for our Friday Night parties hosted by our DJ Virgo. Luckily the new homeplace provides enough prims to establish a new club where we’re dancing now every Friday 1 PM SLT / 9 PM GMT. You’re heartly invited to join us there.
Apropos dancing. Dancing and listening to good music has become our main activity besides our kinky part of SL. We often chill out at Venustus before we go to bed and wet met a lot of nice people over there. Although it is a quite laggy place because of the large audience once you managed to teleport there and have rezzed the lag is bearable as long as you talk mainly in IM and as long as the music stream lasts. I can strongly recommend visiting.

Other activities we love are playing dice games or cards or to fence. That’s another way to chill out in SL when you’re not in the mood for kinky plays. Oh no, we didn’t loose our kinky side. It is still our main activity and you can sense the vibrations even when we chitchat about other things. We found new toys and animations, discovered other little mean toys like thumbcuffs and tongue clamps. We also give home to some decorative bondage toys either for short seasonal live objects like our lovely christmas tree replacement during the holidays or as long time live decoration like “it”. This deco is also mobile and can be placed elsewere if needed and “it” even moans when you push the right “buttons”.

My relation to Jenny has further strengthened. She did become quite as domme as myself just a bit more cruel at times but she’s still my beloved slave. She’s very attentive and I feel very spoiled having a partner like her. For christmas she bought a Chimera for me. That is a dancing animation worn at your head. It animates you and those who click it with lovely recurring dancing animations – all selected by Jenny. And I was sure that I had no wish at all. You surprised me again. Thank you my love!

Further changes? Yes the viewer. During my 3rd year we lost the Emerald viewer due to non-compliance with the LL 3rd party requirements. Since then and thank to the never ending patience and work of the Phoenix team we use the Phoenix viewer. I am happy that I have not to get used to the odd viewer 2. We do have multiple attachment points now as well as we do have display names now. The display names are not as bad as I thought as long as they are used wisely. And, I admit, they can be a lot of fun when they are embedded in long term roleplay.

Anything else changed? I became older. In SL this expresses in finding your own style, developing the appearance of your avatar, collecting the wardrobe you love either for casual or for kinky occasions, yes.. and collecting the according shoes, boots, heels, ballets and stilettoes. You may compare me in 2008 and me in 2011 …. not any additional wrinkle, still as young as at my first day in SL but nonetheless .. not the same.

16 days old in SL

3 years old in SL now ... no additional wrinkle at all *grins

I am very happy and content with my SL and I hope that my 4th year will be as exciting as the 3rd year was. My greatest wish for my 4th year is that the above mentioned base of my SL will not change. I want to end this entry just like I ended the entry for my 2 year anniversary:
Dear Jenny, Dear Goddess, dear family, dear friends, let me heartfully thank you all for your love and support. I wouldn’t be here without you. I wouldn’t be “Dio” without you. I couldn’t relax and enjoy SL without you. Thank you all for a great 3rd year in 2nd life. Many thanks!


Link to the orignial post:
Dio’s 3rd year in Second Life Feb 11th 2011 | Diomita and Jenny Maurer’s Blog (themaurers.me)

Enjoying Bondage February 2021 – Diverse kinky fun

This months Enjoying Bondage picture reflects our little family life in Second Life end of January and early February. I mixed several pictures into one collage, using Mesmerize Dungeon as background.
I took the picture of Angelique on February 6th at Carnal Inentions. The picture of Faye nicely tied up and decorated with nipple clamps was taken on February 8th as well as the picture of our Flo in the white straitjacket. Mistress Jenny and I are on the right side. Mistress had bought a body with an armbinder and foot braces for me as her early rezzday present – and of course I had to wear both. I shot this picture of us on February 7th at club Domme a Domme. The center picture is also from February 7th, taken when I was licking Mistress Jenny to get her addictive taste and fluids. Below of it is slave Melissa, who had to tend to her RL in the first week of February. I cut her out from a picture taken on January 28th at Dark Butterfly. And that’s it: Enjoying Bondage February 2021 – Diverse

Enjoying Bondage February 2021 – Diverse kinky fun: Angelique, Faye (Boy Serenity), Flo, Diomita & Mistress Jenny, slave Melissa, Mistress Jenny, Diomita (left to right)

kinky fun

Diary 2021 (29) February 9th/10th In the run-up to my 13th rezzday

I had a nice afternoon at Mistress’ feet on Tuesday, February 9th. Mistress asked me to wear the Venus corest, the corest with an intregrated armbinder (that must hurt in RL (!)) and she was pleased that I choose her favourite colour. We went to club DelUst and chatted there, then we moved to Carnal Intentions to see Faye (Boy Serenity) who I had left there leashed the night before. To my surprise Mistress wanted, no she made me kneel next to Fays. Faye enjoyed that and I don’t mind showing that I’m owned by Mistress Jenny. We stayed about 20 minutes, then we returned home and Mistress allowed me to lick her and to get my fix. Thank you Mistress Jenny.

February 9th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at home, at club DeLust and at Carnal Intentions with Faye

Our night began with a skipee together with Flo again. Ann was present and she gave a little presentation. First she was wearing diapers under a harness and a funny pacifier that would fit perfectly to our niece Angelique *winks*. Later she showed us a new restrictive suit from Renie, the make of the “rocket dolls”, which with we had a lot of fun years ago. It was a “Michilin”- woman suit, also funny. And finally she presented a maid outfit, that we ahd already seen before at others. In the meanwhile we played cards. The game was one-sided and hence not that much fun.
Ann took us to the store selling the maid dress. It is nice and the store has more nice fetish clothes. The maid dress might be nice for our Flo, we will keep that in mind.

February 9th: Ann (TransAnn) giving a little presentation

In the meanwhile Faye had come inworld and we all moved to Psi’s realm. It became a busy night for me as I had Ann, Faye, Flo and Mistress in IM. Faye got a visitor named Sarah and her friend Gwen Drammond (dstross) was also at Psi’s. And then Argi also joined us. For me, being in IMs, it iwas impossible to follow main chat anymore, Argi is always entertaining. Time went by quickly, Flo left at flotime and at midnight Mistress Jenny and I retreated as well. And Faye asked me to be unlocked .. how can I deny that if I’m asked nicely?

February 9th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Psi’s realm with Flo, Argi, Faye and Sarah (the one standing in front of Faye)

Wednesday, February 10th, Mistress and I spent our time together in the afternoon at Carnal Intentions and club Domme a Domme. Besides that we enjoyed, there’s nothing to report for the diary.

February 10th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions and club Domme a Domme

Ann (TransAnn) watched Mistress Jenny, Flo and me playing our daily skipee at night. And again she was trying out outfits and when we had ended our game she was a pony girl, well more a latex horse than a girl.

February 10th: Mistress and Ann, the horse / Rubber Rocket Dolls at Carnal Intentions

We went to Carnal Intentions again afterwards. There was quite something going on. Three Rubber Rocket Dolls were licing up the club, they were collecting “unlocks” to get free again. It was fun to watch. Faye joined us. She had had her revenge with Gwen (dstross) who she had locked and leashed at the club. Nonetheless she knelt obediently next to Mistress Jenny while she continued to tease Gwen. We had fun.

February 10th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Flo, Faye and Gwen Drammond (dstross)

At midnight we left the club and Mistress took me to Heavy Bondage Club. She wanted to have a crowd around when she congratulated me to my 13th rezzday. Her gift was special and nothing I was prepared for. She unlocked my slave collar and exchanged it with my partnering collar. I may wear it one full week, no restrictions, no rules – and shall tell her which collar I want to wear afterwards. What a thoughtful and precious gift. Thank you, Mistress Jenny!

February 10th/11th: Diomita Maurer wearing the partnering collar

I couldn’t refrain from taking pictures of me *winks*

Simploring 2021 (10) Chateau de la Marliere

For my simploring tour on Saturday morning, February 6th, I picked Chateau de la Marliere from scoop.it SL Destinations. The entry led to a blogpost with just a few pictures that really looked nice. What tempted me in addition was, that there wasn’t any other post about Chateau de la Marliere so far.

Chateau de la Marliere is built on a half full, moderate region. It is owned by Antoine De La Marlière (stillgames). The place profile is short, yet inviting “French Chateau open to the public, relax, take a photo and simply enjoy the view

Chateau de la Marliere – bird eye view and orientation map

After landing I zoomed out first to get an overview. The place is nicely seperated from the neighbor plots. I had difficulties to make a bird eye view picture as right above the chateau itself was a large platform filled with stuff and plants. For the picture I had to derender about 50 objects. But it worked.

Impressions of Chateau de la Marliere (1) – the chateau

I went exploring the chateau itself first in- and outside. It is fully furnished yet you can see that Antoine is still working, some items are not placed yet, a box with textures is rezzed on the ground, some stuff is still without texture. But I got an impression of how it will look when finished – luxurious with a lot of antique furniture and old pictures on the walls.
You can also see that the chateau shall be inhabited and is not just a museum. There’s a satellite saucer on the roof, a video surveillance cam at the entrance – the private home of a wealthy French family.

Impressions of Chateau de la Marliere (2) – around the chateau

Antoine loves gardening and again, he’s not finished yet with building the park, but the layout is made and the buildings have been placed: A glass dome, a gazebo, a stall with horses and a beach hut. There are trails and benches to sit and enjoy. You can literally smell history at Chateau de la Marliere.

Impressions of Chateau de la Marliere (3) – glass dome and gazebo

The terrace in front of the Chateau de la Marliere is also another living area during Summer. I liked in particular the man reading the newspaper at the coffee table. And of course, there are birds and other animals besides a lot of flowers.
For what reason ever I experienced a lot of lag during my visit and even reducing drawing distance below 100m didn’t really help. I assume that it was either a SL malfunction or that too may scripts were running.

Impressions of Chateau de la Marliere (4) – stall, beach hut and other

Chateau de la Marliere is a romantic place that offers nice backgrounds for pictures, at least once the building platform is gone. I appreciated that Antoine De La Marlière (stillgames) opened his place to the public although it seems to be a private place and wasn’t built to showcase anything. Thank you Antoine!

Landmark to Chateau de la Marliere
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Southport%20Shore/89/220/24
Antoine De La Marlière (stillgames)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/186639847@N05/

Diary 2021 (19) February 7th/8th – On a shorter leash

Sunday afternoon, February 7th, I spend two hours with Mistress. I was at club Domme a Domme, when Mistress came inworld and she came to the club. We spent a bit of time there, then Mistress took me to DHB. I had to get the demo versions of several armbinders and then had to show them to her at our loft skybox. We returned to DHB and Mistress instructed me to get the armbinder that she selected (the body and armbinder set) and foot braces – she called it her early rezz day present.

We returned to the loft skybox and I had to wear the new gear and Mistress locked it. I should mention, that though I like the design of DHB gear, I dislike their complex and user unfriendly scripts, hence I was not that happy about it. And I don’t really like the foot braces either. But Mistress likes it and that’s what is important.
Mistress Jenny took me back to club Domme a Domme and we spent another half hour there. Mistress had some IM’s, also regarding me. I just decorated her well.

February 7th: Mistress Jenny and Ehesklavin Diomita at club Domme a Domme and at home

Before Mistress and I had to log off for dinner, Mistress made me lick her again, making sure that my addicition level doesn’t drop. And yes that was a feast for me.

At night we had a skipee with Flo first. She had had a busy Sunday and hadn’t found the time to present herself in a new restrictive outfit. As Mistress excused it what else could I do but agree myself? Hence tieing up Flo was postponed. The game went quite quick, first Mistress had good cards, then I had good cards and in the end I won it way to clearly – closer games are more fun.
We went to Heavy Bondage Club with Flo and studied the silent crowd until Faye (Boy Serenity) came inworld. I had plans for Faye and she knew it. As soon as she joined us I began to tie her up with an armbinder, ankle cuffs with lock on her ballet boots and a ballgag – easy and very effective.

February 7th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Heavy Bondage Club with Flo and Faye

When I was done and Mistress and I were satisfied with the result, we took Flo and Faye to Carnal Intentions for the rest of the night. There was not that much going on but we had us to talk with each other and I enjoyed Faye being tied up … and I intended to tighten her restrictions the next days.

February 7th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Flo and Faye

Monday, February 8th, I went online in the later morning acutally to look after messages. To my surprise Mistress Jenny was present and after I reported in to her she summoned me to club Domme a Domme. Mistress was up for trouble as it seems. She was wearing a lockable corset with straps, really yummy! Unfortunately I’m not allowed to touch any gear of hers without her permission *sighs*. We stayex about 20 minutes, then we both had to tend to our RL again.

In the afternoon I changed into the foot braces and the body armbinder as instructed by Mistress Jenny. First thing she made when she came inworld was locking the braces and the body. Then we went to Puerto Esclava.
Faye came inworld and reported in to both of us. She experienced some issues, restrictions that I hadn’t planned to set – obivously caused by a crash with roll back. Mistress summoned Faye to us and we solved her problem. Actually, Faye didn’t stay unrestricted ofr long. After she had knelt at our feet for about 20 minutes I made her stand up and tied her arms with the armbinder again and I gagged her, then we moved on to Carnal Intentions.

February 8th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme, at Puerto Esclava and at Carnal Intentions with Faye

We had a few private chats at Carnal Intentions and I teased Faye a bit until we had to leave for dinner. This time I leashed Faye at the club, thus I would know where to find her later.

At night Mistress and I went seeing FLo first, she was wearing the DHB armbindeer suit with the wheels, set it didn’t work properly. Ann came by and watched as we tried to figure out the problem. I asked Ann if there’s a re-delivery service at DHB and she confirmed that. We went there and Flo got a redelivery. She continued having issues and finally wore another straightjacket instead. While Flo was dealing with her issues Ann playfully demonstrated a “spider” add-on, that allows her to walk up walls and ceilings like a spider – funny (I made no picture though).
We continued our night with a skipee first.

February 8th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita with Ann and Flo at home, with Faye and Ashe (Ashelia Difference) at Carnal Intentions, dancing at home

The game as close and fun that night, Mistress won it in the end. We went to Mesmerize Dungeon and due to SL magic I could summon Faye to us (although she was leashed at Carnal Intentions. I added the nipple clamps and began to restrict her tighter. Flo went off to bed at flotime and Mistress and I went to Carnal Intentions with Faye. We had fun there teasing Faye, and Ashe (Ashelia Difference) joined us adding to the tease. I couldn’t refrain from locking Ashe (on timers, I’m not always that mean). It was already after midnight when we left the club and went home. Mistress and I had a dance on the rooftop of our skybox before we went to bed ourselves.

Simploring 2021 (9) Cravone City

I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destinations and came across Cravone City. The published picture of a big city caught my attention immediately. The entry led to a post from Maddy Gynoid “Simtipp: Cravone City” (in German) which I read before visiting.

Cravone City is built on a full moderate region, that is owned by a group, the Cravone Land group. The group founder is november grant-craven (November Sorbet). Cravone City was designed by Paradox (Paradox Ivory), who also created “Tokyo Street and Umi” (read here) and just lately “The Apartments” (read here).
Cravone City features quite some shops: Bad Unicorn, Scotch, Chuck Size, Resilience, Rossi, Animosity, Radix, HEVO, Shybird.

Cravone City: Bird eye view and orientation map

Zooming out you can see the concept of Cravone City: Syscrapers surround the sim, inside are just a few blocks on two to three different levels that are connected by stairs and streets. No matter where you are, you always see skyscrapers. The landing is at a train station, a train is just passing by. I haven’t seen before an endless train coming from and leaving into a tunnel in Second Life. That’s a great idea to liven up the scenery.

Impressions of Cravone City (1): Landing at the train station / the skating park

The town has a lot to offer beside all the stores. I first explored the area around the train station. Right next to it is a skating park with a shop for skaters nearby. I walked around the corner of the skater shop and … came to the red light district of Cravone City. I thought to myself – Why do I get here first?? Maybe because I was too lazy to change and didn’t wear my simploring clothes? Anyway, Cravone City has its own red light district. Close by is also a tattoo shop.

Impressions of Cravone City (2): Red light district / Row houses

I left the district and entered the next block. On both sides of the quite steep street are nice row houses with small balconies and fire escape stairs. These small row houses look like being protected landmarks from another century. And there are even a few rooms furnished inside. Have a look!

I continued my simploring tour and saw a nice tram, several shops, an Irish style pub “The Golden”, the Regent Hotel and a pizzeria. Everything fits together, seems as if it growed naturally over decades, new and old houses, modern and classic architecture, the old tram, the Irish pub and a modern sports car.

Impressions of Cravone City (3): Irish pub “The Golden” / the tram / Regent Hotel / Bad Unicorn shp and pizzeria

In a seperate part of the city is another shopping center with two anchor stores “Animosity” and “Hevo”. You reach it walking up stairs through garden terraces. Paradox added quite some green to the city. At this shopping mall is a nice hidden café where I took a break. Then I continued my tour and had a look into the billard bar.

Impressions of Cravone City (4): Shopping mall and café / Billard bar

From the bird eye view I had noticed a roof terrace with a pool. This part was also highlighted in Maddy’s blogpost. I tried to get up the roof but I didn’t find any way up. Hence I had to take advantage of SL’s features and used far sitting to get up. The roof terrace is a nice oasis admist this busy urban city. It is for sure an extraordinairy event location and I spoiled myelf with another break there. At least I was dressed accordingly for this place *winks*

Impressions of Cravone City (5): The roof terrace

Cravone City offers a lot of great backgrounds for pictures and there’s so much to discover, many little details be it some NPC’s (static non-player characters), the big bill boards, art on the walls of the houses, advertisements, small food stores and several more cafés – or the bakery with Paris baguettes next to the hotel. For sure I missed some furnished places and I also haven’t yet strolled through the stores.

Impressions of Cravone City (6)

Thank you Paradox (Paradox Ivory) for building Cravone City, thank you november grant-craven (November Sorbet) and who ever else is involved in this project. I do hope that the stores have enough inworld traffic so that Cravone City will stay available. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Cravone City
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cravone/41/85/29
flickr group for Cravone City
http://www.flickr.com/groups/14747982@N20
Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: Cravone City”
https://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2021/01/simtipp-cravone-city.html

Diary 2021 (18) February 5th/6th Wearing the slave collar again

I spent a nice hour with Mistress Jenny on Friday, February 5th, at club Domme a Domme. We chatted and looked at people, rad profiles and Faye found us and knelt by our feet. I teased her a bit by telling her would tie her up soon again and asked her to get the ballet ankle boots from D’Evil for it. Mistress was not inworld at night for our party, but she helped me finding a nice theme: “It’s Friday and it’s February already. Spring is getting closer. The daffodils are due to sprout, with green leaves and yellow blossoms ….. Lets welcome the Spring and wear something in green and/or yellow or come as you are.”

February 5th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme with Faye

At night I was inworld early as I had an appointment for a photoshooting. But as so often in SL, appointments fail. That way I had time to change for the party and to unlock Flo so that she could change too. Then I tended to my RL for a bit before I returned inworld for the party.

February 5th – Friday night party: Diomita, Flo, Ebony, Faye, Dio & Faye, Dio & Faye, Baroness Capelo, Claven Albatros (upper row), Ann, Della Randt, Starbright Wingtips, Talos, Zarra Fluffpaw, Claire (maddh4tt3r), Virgo , Virgo topless (lower row)

I made a simploring tour Saturday late morning and talked with Kitty while exploring. At the very end of my tour I summoned Kitty to me for a hug. In the afternoon I met with Mistress and I sense already what was going to happen. Mistress had announced to take me on a shorter leash when she’s fully back from her RL obligations. We went to club Domme a Domme and to Puerto Esclava and although both of us were wearung our cuffs and keys out, I meant to sense that something was going to happen. Then while we were at Puerto Esclava, Mistress locked my wrist cuffs behind my back and ordered me to go home to our skybox. I knelt there, feeling the chains and my helplessness. Without further ado Mistress unlocked my sub collar and exchanged it with the thick slave collar. I struggled after I had quite some freedom and leeway for almost 3 weeks, but Mistress can and she does how she sees fit.

February 6th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme, Puerto Esclava and at home

She took her pants off and went to her queen seat and allowed me to lick her. It flet different with my hands tied, the slave collar and Mistress clear orders. Yet I was quickly overwhelmed by her taste and scent and licked her to get what I needed badly as my fix. After I had cleaned her, Mistress took me to the new chair that I had gifted to her a few days before. She locked me behind of it, restricted my ability to have private chats and left for dinner – and I left also.

At night, Mistress kept me leash and kneeling when we went down from our skybox to see Angelique. Mistress muted me and then caught up with Angelique, yet Angelique hadn’t much to report as she had been busy with her RL during the week. When Flo came inworld, Mistress released my restrictions and we had a skipee as teams with Angelique and Flo first.

February 6th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Angelique, Faye, Flo, and slave Irene

We went to Carnal Intentions that night and stayed there until far after midnight. Faye (Boy Serenity) and Irene (Adlerirene) joined us there. We just chatted between us and watched a bit what was going on. I struggled with the slave collar and wasn’t really up to boss Flo, Faye or Irene around, I need to get used to it again.

Art in Second Life (18) The Carbone Gallery

After my visits of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read part I here and part II here) I got in contact to Milena Carbone (mylena1992). She invited me to see her gallery “The Carbone Gallery” and invited me to her gallery group.
Actually Milena has not just one own gallery, she also has an affiliate at Noir’Wen City, the city that develops more and more to a colony of artists. I visited The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City first and published my review about it about a week ago (read here).

I visited Milena’s main gallery, The Carbone Gallery, on January 25th after it had just been refurbished. The landing is in a large skybox without any roof. Here you find at one wall Milena’s biography and opposed to it a wall with group gifts. Milena adds one group gift (one picture) per month: “They are unique pictures, created from exhibtion work and researches. They arise from my heart, and are made with love.
At a third wall you find an overview about Milena’s current exhibtions and projects at other places in Second Life, her current exhibtions at The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City and her current exhitbions at The Carbone Gallery. At the time of my visit there were two exhibtions: “Twins” by Milena Carbone and “The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy.

I visited “Twins” first. Twins is a series of eight pictures composed with four models and two pictures per model. Twins have always been the subject of many myths, artists and symbolic representations. The exhibtion “Twins” expresses four mythical aspects of twinship. These aspects are:
– The Opposite: One turns her head to the past, the other to the future. Twins try to do exactly the opposite of their twin.
– Replication: What will make twins happy are the tiny differences
– Identity: The seek identity for themselves, their rivalry occupies their whole mind
– The Fusion: There’s always their love for eachother
Melina wrote texts about these mythical aspects. These texts accompany the pictures and with this backgrounds the pictures develop even more strength. I spent quite a while at “Twins”.

“Twins” by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Gallery

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story. Milena is a story teller with pictures and words. Find about more about Milena at the wall with her biography.

“The privilege af aging” is an exhibtion of pictures by Harbor Galaxy. It is a meditation of aging. Habor Galaxy says: “I’ve been playing with my older avatar for quite a few years now. She is a contrast to the illusion of perfection that we see so frequently in Second Life and to be honest she is a mirror to who I am at this stage of my life.
Milena created the set-up and how the pictures are showcased. Each picture is presented in a seperate box. If you like you can sit in front of the box, are just look into the box and zoom in. The pictures themselves are quite small. And yes, you will rarely see avatars in Second Life (or in any other virtual environment) that are old. As opposed to, we tend to make our avatars yound and beautiful. As a result, pictures of avatars who look old are quite rare. I have seen quite a lot pictures of older people in RL where the faces tell a story, are intriguing and of a particular beauty. Why are the pictures that small? I have a simple answer to that myself. Older people don’t like pictures of themselves that show all details and every wrinkle. From that point of you, it fits that the pictures are small.

“The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy at The Carbone Gallery

I just recently reported about “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (read here). Harbor is in Second Life for 12 years. She has a flickr page where I found a short description about her: “Just a pixel dolly exploring my creative side in SL. I don’t generally talk too much about my process primarily because it frequently seems kind of like a happy accident but in my work, I attempt to merge photography and digital painting. I take pictures using screen shots and then edit and manipulate the images in GIMP; frequently using distortion and color to invoke an emotional response from viewer.

I enjoyed my visit to The Carbone Gallery and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last visit and that I will see a lot more of Milena Carbone’s art in the nearer future. Thank you, Milena.

Landmark to The Carbone Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/172/158/3316
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)
https://medium.com/@539568
Harbor Galaxy Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/people/harborgalaxy/

Simploring 2021 (8) Dya’s little Jordan

On Monday, February 1st, Dya (Dya OHare) contacted me and invited me to see her newest installation called Dya’s little Jordan. As the name already gives away, Dya takes the visitor to the Jordan this time. In 2020 I had seen Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (read here), Dya’s scent of the Caribbean (read here) and Dya’s Southern Twilight (read here). No doubt, I wanted to visit. Dya told me that for visiting you need to be member of her group this time. She had experienced attacks from griefers and haters, hence she decided to restrict access. I can fully understand her motivation, in particular as the moderate homestead is also Dya’s home. You can join the group (the group name is Velvet Soul) by visiting Dya OHare’s profile, the fee is 300 L$. To mention it right here – it is worth the money! And in this day and age where we can’t travel, 300 L$ is a real bargain to get away from it all and to immerse into another world for a few hours!
With the group membership you can even set your home at Dya’s little Jordan, you can rezz your own vehicle to explore the sim or hang around. Max. 45 prims per person are allowed – please don’t rezz huge backgrounds or buildings.

I have never been to Arabia. What a great opportunity to travel there in Second Life at least!

Dya’s little Jordan – Bird eye view and orientation map

As usual I first zoomed out to get an overview over Dya’s little Jordan. The sim is surrounded by sandstone and granite rock as you can find it in southern Jordan. The landing in on the waterfront right next to a tourist office with some information:
The Hashemite kindgom of Jardan is a peaceful, modern and progressive Arab state in the Middle East. Jordan’s landsacap is largely desert and contains countless ancient historical sites. Some ot them such as the iconic rock city of Petra and the desert Wadi Rum are Unesco World Heritage sites.
5 Hollywood blockbusters were filmed in Jardan: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade (1989), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), The Martian (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2017).
Jordan, with its friendly people, is a very worthwhile destination. Unfortuantely, I can only show a small part of it. Enjoy!:)
Love&Peace Dya OHare

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (1) around the landing point

I started my visit at the waterfront. There are some market stands and next to the tourist information is a stall with a camel – you can sit on it and explore the sim riding! I did try that later. Across the street is a store that sells everything: Water, hats, kitchen paper, shoes, baskets, vases, clothes…., just as you’d expect it on an Arab market, that is called Souk as I learned.

Walking along the promenade I came along a food stand, a coffee shop and a fish restaurant. Dya placed 2 women drinking a coffee on the promende to live up the scene. There are more NPC’s (static non-player characters) spread around the sim. I recommend to have a look into the coffee shop. At least, that’s how I fancy such a shop in Arab to be. Of course, there are also some stands of carpet dealers at the Souk. Exploring the Souk is fun as there are a lot of details to discover.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (2) At the “Souk”

I went to the lighthouse, the motel and the beach next. At the beach you can sit in the sun or walk on the peer from which’s end you have a nice view on little Jordan. At the end of the peer is a bed with a tent above it, that provides some shadow. The beach houses are modern and offer some luxury. Here the tourists can relax and enjoy. Dya succeeded to give the beach a touch of Arabia.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (3) The motel, the beach and the beach residences

It is no surprise that the largest building in Dya’s little Jordan is a mosque. Just take of your shoes when you go inside – I did. In front of the mosque is a Jordanian with 3 camels, for sure that’s a great motive for a picture!

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (4) The mosque

But there’s more …
Exploring the back country I came across an oil pump right next to a wind mill – old and new energy next to each other, or renewable engery for an oil pump? I saw a shepard with a flock of sheep blocking the road, a small group of tents (inviting for another break) and the Wadi-Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba. It is the largest wadi in Jordan – well, it is a bit smaller in Second Life and in Dya’s little (!) Jordan *winks*

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (5) Exploring the back country

Almost at the sim boarder you find the renown Petra, a historic and archaeological city in southern Jordan.
The area around Petra has been inhabited from as early as 7000 BC, and the Nabataeans might have settled in what would become the capital city of their kingdom, as early as the 4th century BC. However, archaeological work has only discovered evidence of Nabataean presence dating back to the second century BC, by which time Petra had become their capital. The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs who invested in Petra’s proximity to the trade routes by establishing it as a major regional trading hub.” (source wikipedia)

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (6) Exploring the back country / Petra

Finally I went to Arab village, quite distant from the tourist areas. In the center of the village Dya has placed 3 women in full burkas. Farm animals walk around, the laundry is drying outside, I sensed here I am amoung Jordanians. The houses are by far not as luxurious as the beach residences but offer some comfort inside.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (7) The Arab village / a last view from the peer to the lighthouse and waterfront.

Dya’s little Jordan is another masterpiece. Just after my visit she sent me a message and told me: “I have tried to present Jordan realistically. For example in the city all signs are original signs from Aqaba: Falafel stand, motel, street signs, fish market and supermarket. In Aqaba is also a white mosque. In the desert Wadi Rum are camps where you can stay overnight and from where tours into the desert start. At certain seasons also crocuses grow in the desert. Saffron is obtained from these crocuses. What I didn’t see, when I was there, are the balloons of course, they are just decoration.

I enjoyed my visit, my short vacation in a foreign country, a lot. I learned a tiny little bit about culture and read about Petra, Souk and Wadi Rum, something I wouldn’t have done without my visit to little Jordan. In addition little Jordan offers outstanding backgrounds for taking pictures and camal riding (!).
Thank you for inviting me over Dya!

Landmark to Dya’s little Jordan
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phantos/42/144/28
Dya’s Worlds flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14737487@N22/

Diary 2021 (17) February 3rd/4th Shackle’s Club

After the return and release of Gwendi I was not in the right mood to play in Second Life. Mistress was absent during the day and hence I used some free time to make another simploring tour. That distracted me and was fun.
At night I first was alone with at home with Flo who was cleaning the house when I came inworld. With her hands and arms tied up in her armbinder corset she moves the brush and the duster with the pure power of her will – funny to watch! I updated the family calendar and the family clock (removed Gwendi). Then I played one greedy and one skipee with Flo first. As Mistress didn’t show up we while we played, we went to Carnal Intentions next. slave Zephaney joined us there and knelt quietly and obiently at my feet.

February 3rd: Flo cleaning with the power of her will / Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Flo and slave Zephaney

Finally Mistress came inworld shortly before flotime. We stayed at Carnal Intentions for a while, we both had private chats with Faye and Irene, then we left and went dancing at Runaround Sue’s Hop and finally went to Dark Butterfly. It was a quiet night, just the right for both of us.

February 3rd: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Flo and slave Zephaney / at Runaround Sue’s Hop / at Dark Butterfly

I met Mistress again on Thursday, February 4th, in the afternoon. We made a tour through the clubs while we caught up with our news and had a few private chats with others. We were at Heavy Bondage Club, at Puerto Esclava and at Dark Butterfly.

February 4th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Heavy Bondage Club, at Puerto Esclava and at Dark Butterfly

We stayed quite long at Dark Butterfly as there were quite some new face and hence new profiles to read for us. One of these profile was from Miss Barbara Minx (barbaraswallows). It contained landmarks to her sim named Wild Things and to her fetish club named “Shackle’s“. Both are female only – men will be ejected. We decided to have a look and went to the fetish club “Shackle’s” first. On the upper floor of this club we found some gear, that we hadn’t seen before and Mistress and I tried it out. Mistress had fun with on chair there. It is made for M/f but some of the poses, in particular the solo poses are nice and unisex. While Mistress was occupied with something else, I got the chair on the marketplace and could gift it to her later at home – although I guess it will be mostly me being tied up on it *sighs and winks*.
Anyway we had fun kinkploring and might go back to this club again.

February 4th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Shackle’s and at home

Back home and after quickly trying out the chair, Mistress made me kiss her bum before she had to leave – she would not be inworld at night.

I had a quiet and relaxed night, that started with a skipee with Flo again. We went to Mesmerize DIngeon and to Carnal Intentions afterwards. At Carnal Intentions we had some enertainment as there was a bit of main chat. Faye came by and joined us there.
After Flo had left for bed, I took Faye to Dark Butterfly where we just talked – a nice and relaxed night 🙂

February 4th: Diomita at Mesmerize Dungeon, Carnal Intentions and Dark Butterfly with Flo and Faye

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