Simploring 2017 (80) Khodovarikha

Last year I visited two sims created by Serene Footman, Dunkirk – La Digue du Braek and Furillen in Second Life. Both sims showed a virtual copy of real places in the physcial world and places that are not really famous or well known. Unfortunately bot sims are closed now.

On Thursday, October 5th, I had some time for a simploring tour and as there wasn’t any entry in one of the blogs that I follow, that caught my interest I looked up the SL Desination guide. This way I came across Khodovarikha, which is “a weather station located on the freezing Barents Sea. Remote and desolate, with a permanent population of just one man, Slava. Witness his ‘arctic limbo’ in one of the loneliest places on earth.” It turned out that this is a sim created by Serene Footman. And it is a virtual copy of a real place in the physcial world again too and again, I never heard anything about it before.

Khodovarikha, Russia in the phycial world. Sources wikipedia and http://www.furillen.org

And there’s also not that much on wikipedia about it.
Khodovarikha is a point in the coast of the Pechora Sea located on a landspit projecting eastwards over the bay. It belongs to the Nenets Autonomous Okrug administrative region, which is an autonomous okrug of Arkhangelsk Oblast.
There is a lighthouse at Khodovarikha that used to be an important beacon for the Russian convoy route coming from the Yugorsky Strait in World War II. It was shelled in 1942 by the Kriegsmarine during Operation Wunderland. The lighthouse ceased operation in 1996. There was a small populated place close by that has been abandoned. However, there is still a functioning weather station in Khodovarikha.”

October 5th: Impressions Khodovarikha in Second Life (1)

Serene Footman’s Website, which I visited last year to find out more about La Digue du Braek and about Furillen, does still exist and there’s a separate site about Khodovarikha in the physcial world. I strongly recommend that you read that before you visit Khodovarikha in Second Life (I did afterwards unfortunately). Some of the buildings in Second Life and the whole set up make so much more sense, when you know about the background, about how it looks there and about Slava, who lives there. Here is the direct link to the page about Khodovarikha.

October 5th: Impressions Khodovarikha in Second Life (2)

On the furillen website I also found an entry “Breaking Ice: a 70 Year Story – by Tizzy Canucci“. Tizzy Canucci has made a movie that combines – literally, with a split screen – Second Life footage taken at the sim with an archive film, ‘The Great Northern Sea Route’, that was made in the USSR in 1947. The juxtaposition of real and virtual that Tizzy achieves here is absolutely fascinating. The video is about 10 minutes long and worth watching as an attunement before visiting Khodovarikha in Second Life.

October 5th at Khodovarikha in Second Life – a bizarre picture: Diomita in fetish clothes outside in the snowy cold with an aurora borealis in the background

Thank you Serene Footman for this very interesting sim and the background you provided. It was a pleasure to learn about Khodovarikha and to visit it.

Landmark to Khodovarikha
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Porter%20Islands/79/181/22
Website about Furillen and Khodovarikha
http://www.furillen.org/

Dio’s 9th year in Second Life Feb 11th, 2017

Today is my 9th rezzing anniversary in Second Life – just incredible that I’m entering my 10th year as a part of this virtual world. SL has contributed a lot to my life during the last 9 years and I hope that I can spend a part of my free time for many more years in SL. For my anniversary I always write a longer blog post looking back to the last year, summarizing it and I try to look out a bit. Overall nothing has changed as I am still together with my beloved partner in SL, Jenny. We still live at our own homesim Mount Everest next to our neighbours Tyra (Tyra.Sciarri) and Virgo (Virgo.Babii) on one side and Sarah (Sarah.Fhang) and vero (vero.Hartmann) on the other side. We still have several subs and slaves in our family. We still like bondage and visit kinky places. And I still explore the beauty of Second Life on my exploring tours. But in detail a lot has happened!
Let’s start with our homesim. We had an accident end of February 2016 (Saturday mess) and the whole sim was a big big mess. Thanks to Linden Labs who provided a roll back. After the mess and the sim roll-back, I started with refurbising our island at Mount Everest and just after one week the work was done (Eurobrats Headquarter – work in progress (II) and Eurobrats Headquarters – refurbishment mainly done). Besides the new layout we won a lot of underground space with this refurbishment and I built a dungeon maze into it. During 2016 we noticed that the space above the dungeon wasn’t really used and honestly I wasn’t really happy with the big large rock after a while. So I refurbished the island again in December 2016 removing the rock and adjusting the underground dungeon maze. I also moved our private skybox a bit outside which allows to make separate settings in the viewer for it. Later we installed a “slut and slave wall” with a patio, which has a touch of the old Stonehaven patio, quite close to the landing point. And just recently we added the “Fetisch Club Chez Maurer” in the underground. Right now, we’re happy with the layout, but we might further develop our home this year.fccm1

We also had again some changes in our family. Our slave Nina aka Maurerien orja (snina93) left Second Life without any word. She left the family group and i can’t find her with the search anymore. We don’t know what happened and can only hope that she’s doing well. And also our slave Gebby aka Maurer’s sklavin (gebby) didn’t get online anymore since July 26th, 2016. We have no clue what happened. That people leave with no explanation is a clear downside of this virtual world, but nothing we can change unfortunately. We released Nina and Gebby her from our collar October 6th, 2016.

July 10th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita with slave Nina and sklavin Gebby at MD

The last picture I found with sklavin Gebby and slave Nina is from July 10th 2016 showing them with Jenny and me at MD

On the other side slave cecy (cecysumi) was collared as Maurer’s Aztec slave and slave Adarra (AdarraMorgan) was collared as Maurer’s Maple slave both on May 18th, 2016. And we collared Christa (christa.windlow) on July 2nd, 2016 as Maurer’s slavin C. Just lately we also have slave D (scarfdaniela) quite close to us and might collar her some day.20170128-slave-cecy-slave-adarra-slavin-cOver the last years Angelique literally grew as our niece, she persued her own way and her own way of roleplay. And more and more we became her aunts rather than her owners, providing a stable family and base for her just like in RL. Angelique was never officially released by us, and we love to have her around – as our niece nowadays. And of course we won’t refrain from educating her or even punish her for disobedience even nowadays (if needed). Angelique is and will always be our beloved niece and has a place at home. She was collared by Zoey (zolene) on November 20th, 2016.

November 20th: Zoey and Angelique after the collaring ceremony

November 20th: Zoey and Angelique after the collaring ceremony

As of today the family consists of the slaves Flo, cecy, Adarra and Christa, of sub Kitty Maurer and of our niece Angelique Maurer (though not collared by us anymore). slave Flo is our oldest slave now and she fills into this role very well and loves to be the head slave. We enjoy her presence, her reliability, her devotion and dedication to us. Hopefully she starts something like her fantasy “The Accountant” (part I to IV, part I see here) some time soon again. And Kitty? She’s still our’s and causes trouble and fun and provides interesting links and expierences. She also keeps us connected with our ex-slave Dana and with other people from the US who we meet only rarely. Thank you for being ours over all these years, Kitty.20170128-slave-flo-and-kitty

Writing the blog was also a major activity for me during the last year. I began to blog almost daily which is a real challenge but fun. I also read back myself quite often in the blog. And thinking of something to write about also inspires me to experiment, to try out new things, to build and last but not least to go simploring. In my 9th year I visited around 90 sims on my exploring tours. Second Life and the possibilities for creative people are amazing. The graphics are becoming better every year and the impressions are getting close to reality. Here I want to pick Mont Saint-Michel, which is already a classic sim and Furillen which is inspired by real places. And every season of the years brings  new sims and expierences. Just think of the magic that I found at Telrunya Winter, the lovely fall at It all starts with a smile or at Templeton Cove, think of a summer at Noelia, of Frisland, Hide&Seek, La Vie, Eclectica, Byrd Island, Binemust, and many others. And then there’s the art I could see in SL Evre, Cica’s library, artSpace UTSA, Ephemeral, Monochrome, All_Most Real, Keys and so many more. I visited some scary sims around Halloween like Woodbury Falls, Arranmore, Neverland, The Fallen and Halloween town. And I also explored some kinky sims of course like Bondage & Storage Project, Dreamshire, Black Mill, Headlights, Surrender Cove, S&L Slave Storage, Xaara, Lick ….20161105-furillen_017

We continued the enjoying bondage series. The slaves get a new themed outfit every month which is often the subject for the enjoying bondage picture of the month. But there were also other subjects for this series. I remember in particular the June 2016 entry “The ropes” where I tried out a new set of ropes on myself and I got some really nice pictures of me tied up.

Enjoying bondage June 2016: Diomita in Tight Rope (Shop Makiko) (3)

Enjoying bondage June 2016: Diomita in Tight Rope (Shop Makiko) (3)

The most important issue of my 9th year in Second Life was for sure my changing relation to Jenny. Our relation is constantly further developing and changing. In spring 2016 Jenny took more and more control and even a long green light that I got on the occasion of Jenny’s 8th collaring day on June 5th, 2106, didn’t stop this change of control. It was a slow change in mutual consent that was already ongoing for the last years. On our wedding anniversary, October 24th, we made it official as I said my vows submitting to Mistress Jenny and she said her vows confirming it. Mistress Jenny bought a new collar for me. It is thicker than our mutual jewelery collar but still jewelery. Mistress continues wearing the small jewelery collar, and I wear a thicker collar, Mistress Jenny’s collar, for everyday life.

October 23rd, 2016: The different 8th wedding anniversary (3)

October 23rd, 2016: The different 8th wedding anniversary (3)

Along with this major change our private skybox got a little refurbishment. The main part is now reflecting Mistress Jenny’s position and the decoration and pictures show her in control. That is where we begin our time together online every day and where we log out every day. Our private dungeon has been teared down as it wasn’t needed or used anymore. Instead I build an small annex to our skybox, that I use for green lights, when Mistress Jenny grants me controlling her and taking care of her sub side and her kink for being tied up, locked and controlled. Beside this major change we continue to own eachother mutally and this is not going to change at all. And Mistress Jenny also insists that I head the family although nothing will happen without her consent (actually we decided everything together for many years now). Nonetheless my submission to Mistress brought a lot of new experiences for me and for Mistress Jenny. We both enjoy that and it is ongoing. Thank you, Mistress Jenny.

December 1st: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at our private skybox

December 1st: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at our private skybox

With my rezzday anniversary posts I always have at least one picture showing myself and the changes. In Second Life there’s no aging. As opposed to with the increasing quality of graphics we become more and more beautiful. Such a shame that we can’t transmit that to real life. In my last anniversary blog entry I reported about my new mesh body. This year the most visible change is my new thicker jewelery collar. The other change of this year is more intimate. Mistress and I wear several fitting tattoos, the rose on our right breasts together with “Dio’s” and “Jen’s”, a tattoo on our left shoulder blade saying “Dio’s wife” and “Jen’s wife” and a tattoo on our back saying “Diomita’s property” and “Jenny’s property”. We also both have an intimate tattoo. Mine was “Besitz”, being owned by Jenny, her’s was “Ehesklavin” being owned by me.

February 2017 entering my 10th year in SL - showing Mistress Jenny's collar and my Ehesklavin tattoo

February 2017 entering my 10th year in SL – showing Mistress Jenny’s collar and my Ehesklavin tattoo

In May 2016 Mistress Jenny added a tattoo on my right shoulder blade showing a stylized woman, the first sign of my submission to her as she doesn’t wear something correspondent. Then in December we got new intimate tattoos as our personal Christmas gift. We said, we both had a little surgery to remove the old tattoo’s. My intimate tattoo now says “Ehesklavin”, Mistress Jenny’s tattoo says “Eheherrin”. What a change considering that Jenny was my Ehesklavin for many years. And now I am her Ehesklavin. That completed my submission to Mistress Jenny and I am proud to be her Ehesklavin now.

Thank you all for making this world for me and for us. SL is first of all about people and it’s you all who make my and our SL what it is: Still going strong, still enjoyable and still exciting! It was a great 9th year in Second Life and I look forward to the 10th!
Love from Diomita
xoxoxoxox

Dunkirk – La Digue du Braek

20161209-la-digue-du-break_001Once again I went simploring. A post in Inara’s blog caught my attention: “Walking La Digue du Braek in Second Life“. Industrial structures, cranes, rust, dirt, and black smoke are rare in Second Life. La Digue du Braek is the creation of Serene Footmann and his partner Jade Koltai. Serene Footman is alse the creation of Furillen which I visited in November (Furillen in Second Life). Like Furillen, La Digue du Braek is the Second Life version of a real place – it’s a long street at the harbour of Dunkirk, France. On one side of this road is a beach and just opposed to it is the harbour. You’ll find more Information about La Digue du Braek at the Furillen homepage.

La Digue du Break, Dunkirk, France (snapshot from https://furillen.org/la-digue-du-braek/)

La Digue du Braek, Dunkirk, France (snapshot from https://furillen.org/la-digue-du-braek/)

The contrasts at La Digue du Braek are really impressive. Beach, nature and the industrial harbour are just next to eachother. The Harbour suprises with two sided open containers, which are furnished as if someone is living there. Then there is a tower buildt of piled-up mobile homes. At the top of this tower you can seemingly touch the tall cranes. And there’s a big warehouse with oddities from all over the world. For example i saw a Christmas pyramid there. I can also recommend to just sit at the beach and inhale the atmosphere of La Digue du Braek.20161209-la-digue-du-break_01820161209-la-digue-du-break_019La Digue du Braek is a very different sim proving once again the variety of Second Life. It feels real at the first glance. Once you go exploring more in detail you can see more contrasts: the container ship with the dark smoke (hence in operation) and the car wrecks in the harbour, the containers with two open sides but used for living, the piled up mobile homes that look abandoned inside, the huge warehouse which is empty inside except some oddities. The contrasts make La Digue du Braek so different form the real spot, a form of art that is possible in Second Life.20161209-la-digue-du-break_020Landmark to La Digue du Braek
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Muppets%20Island/111/232/23
Inara Pey’s blog “Walking La Digue du Braek in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2016/12/04/walking-la-digue-du-braek-in-second-life/
Furillen homepage
https://furillen.org/la-digue-du-braek/

Furillen in Second Life

Saturday, November 5th, I looked up the SL destination guide and came across Furillen. Somehow the name rang a bell, but more about this later. The description read very tempting for me “Furillen depicts an island off the north-east coast of Sweden containing abandoned industrial builds that were once part of a former limestone factory. Remote, bleak and beautiful, this is a Second Life photographers haven.”

Once I arrived at Furillen and saw the cold, snowy, dismal island with the ruins of a former insudstry, I began to do some research about Furillen.20161105-furillen_017Furillen (older spelling Furilden) is an island in Rute on the northeast coast of Gotland, Sweden. For most of the 20th century, there was a limestone industry on the island until it was closed to the public by the Swedish military in the 1970s–90s, when radar installations became operational. The north part of Furillen is a nature reserve and a Natura 2000 area. Since 2000, the old factory buildings from the limestone industry have been used as hotel and conference venues by the Fabriken Furillen (the Furillen Factory) company, owned by photographer and entrepreneur Jonas Hellström. He started out using the abandoned factory and its surroundings as a backdrop for commercials and rock videos. (source Wikipedia)

November 5th - Furillen in Second Life: Arrving at Furillen

November 5th – Furillen in Second Life: Arrving at Furillen

There’s a website about this sim furillen.org and I recommend visiting it first. The following information is en excerpt taken from furillen.org. The sim is owned and was created by serene footman in Ocotber 2015. Serene is an university professor in the UK in RL and the author of several books. “I originally ventured into Second Life as a researcher. I have always found creative sims to be the most compelling aspect of Second Life. By creating Furillen, I wanted to provide an environment in which photographers and Second Life wanderers would feel welcomed and inspired.”
The virtual Furillen was designed to retain some of the most distinct and recognisable features of the real Furillen: the airstream, the tree line and pier, for example, together with the large slag heaps that still exist as a reminder of the old quarry. In addition, there are several buildings, the main being a hotel that – on the virtual Furillen – doubles up as an art space with a series of rooms featuring minimalist installations.20161105-furillen_018
Furillen became quite a social space. It is, especially, a place for photographers. Serene has also staged events over the past year, most memorably those devoted to Bowie, Radiohead and Pink Floyd – and it is the Pink Floyd event that rang a bell for me. I’ve visited Furillen before together with Mistress jenny during this event, not konowing about the background of Furillen. You can read in this blog about the Pink Floyd event in the article “Pink“.
It is amazing how perfectly Serene succeeded in making the virtual Furillen looking similar to the real island as you can see when you compare the pictures from wikipedia with the pictures taken in Second Life – chapeau! One of the old buildings is used for exhibitions and right now there’s an exhibition called “Birds” with photographs from laura.20161105-furillen_019

I roamed over the island and climbed on the structures and was impressed how intense you feel to be in a real abandoned industry ruin. The highlight of my visit was the hotel which is placed just behind the tree line. The tree line looks really misplaced on this island in this dismal environment but is also just reflecting the real Furillen. In the hotel each room is a different piece of art, mostly surreal and a heaven for photograhers.

November 5th - Furillen in Second Life: The hotel behind the tree line

November 5th – Furillen in Second Life: The hotel behind the tree line

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I know I am by far not the first writing about Furillen. There’s a long list of articles on furillen.org. Nonetheless I wanted to keep something for this diary and to insprie others to have a look at Furillen. Thank you so much Serene for providing this sim to the public!
Landmark to Furillen in Second Life
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love%20of%20Life/160/105/21
Website Furillen
https://furillen.org/
List of articles about Furillen in Second Life
https://furillen.org/reviews/

Pink

The title of this post is a bit misleading intentionally. This post is about Pink Floyd – Pink Floyd in Second Life to be more precisely. Again I came across it following Inara Pey’s blog. Her post is titeled “When Pink Floyd eats your sim in Second Life“. This place is temporarily a real homage to Pink Floyd, their music and their art. Serene Footman, who owns the sim “Furillen“, wrote a full decription of what you can see here and titeled it “Pink Floyd ate my sim“.

July 11th: Furillen - Pink Floyd (1)

July 11th: Furillen – Pink Floyd (1)

One of the attractions is Battersea Power Station which is famous as it it appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, on which it was photographed with the group’s inflatable pink pig floating above it. Inside of the building I felt beamed back into the 1970ies. The huge giant hall is filled with fog steadily changing in all colours of the rainbow. There’s a seating goup in one corner, a big picture of Battersea Power Station and a “Fower Power” Volkswagen Transporter.

July 11th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita inside Battersea Power Station at Furillen

July 11th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita inside Battersea Power Station at Furillen

But there’s a lot more to discover, way too much to list it here. I recommend reading the above mentioned post in the Furillen blog (“Pink Floyd ate my sim“). In the Furillen blog you will also find a full list of all objects from Pink Floyd that you can discover here on one spot in 3D. And there’re lots of really great pictures, just have a look into the blog “Furillen – love of (a minimalist) life“.

July 11th: Furillen - Pink Floyd (2)

July 11th: Furillen – Pink Floyd (2)

Of course the music stram provided is Pink Floyd. Actually I read that it is a 13 hour play list featuring every studio album made by Pink Floyd, in chronological order. While we were visiting we heard “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (1975) and we, Mistress Jenny and me, just stood there enjoying the music. And even slave cecy, who accompanied us, just knelt silently and relaxed. By the way, the slideshow at the wall in the pictures above and below is one of 2 slideshows that contain around 800 (!) pictures.

July 11th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Furillen enjoying Pink Floyd

July 11th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Furillen enjoying Pink Floyd

Art in SL is temporary. We can keep it in pictures and in our memories but it is digital and mostly short-lived. The Pink Floyd installation might be gone soon again.
Really fitting to our visit to Furillen was a strange avatar that we just saw shortly. I managed to take a picture. He could have appeared on a Pink Floyd cover in my humble opinion.

July 11th: The "grid-man" at Furillen - Pink Floyd

July 11th: The “grid-man” at Furillen – Pink Floyd (in the background the beds based on the cover of A Momentary Lapse of Reason)

Landmark Furillen:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love%20of%20Life/166/96/21
Blog Furillen – love of (a minimalist) life:
https://furillen.org/
Blog Pink Floyd ate my sim:
https://furillen.org/2016/07/09/pink-floyd-ate-my-sim/
Inara Pey’s blog When Pink Floyd eats your sim in Second Life:
https://modemworld.me/2016/07/11/when-pink-floyd-eats-your-sim-in-second-life/