Dio’s 12th year in Second Life Feb 11th, 2019 – Part II

Yesterday, I had my 12th anniversary of joining Second Life.
It has become a tradition for me to write a longer blog post on the occasion of my rezzdays, to have a look back on the last year and to realize the changes in my Second Life as well as the things that didn’t change. Yesterday, I published Part I of my anniversary entry and talked about my closer family and the changes in my family. Today’s part II is about the simploring tours I made in my 12th year.

12 years in Second Life – part II: My simploring tours

Let me start with my simploring tours about art in Second Life. I admire the creativity of artists in this virtual world, I visited galleries like Lyric Art Gallery, La Masion D’Aneli, 20][21 gallery, Rey’s Gallery, Shui Mo Gallery, Milly Sharple’s Fractal galleries, Daphne.Arts and Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts. I visited and wrote about 7 installations of Cica Ghost, who continues to conjure a smile in my face with every of her funny whimsical creations. I saw fewer art installations since the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) is on hold. But some private initiatives luckily provide space or the artists themselves dedicate their own space. Just recently I saw an exhibition of Mistero Hifeng’s art at Valium Creek Art Park. I saw “The Mind Melter” by Thoth Jantzen at VeGeTaL PLaNeT, I saw “Lalawood” by Theda Tammas, Yoon (onyxxe), Iono Allen and JadeYu Fhang at La Maison d’Aneli as well as “Binary Radiation” by Nino Vichan. I saw Twilights Doors by Bo Zano (Bozanonl Resident), “The Outer Garden” by bisou Dexler, “Inferno” by Noke Yuitza, “Avaloir” by Eupalinos Ugajin, Undertones by Oluja (artistik Oluja) and “Delicatessen – Tell Me a Story” by Meilo Minotaur.

Shui Mo Gallery (upper left) / Aneli Abeyante’s art at La Maison d’Aneli (upper right) / Delicatessen – Tell Me a Story (lower left) / INFERNO by Noke Yuitza (lower right)

Since January 2020 the blog has a new category for blogposts about art in Second Life, I won’t categorize old entries though.

I found many cosy and lovely sims where people built their own dreamworld, peaceful and picturesque. You don’t need many prims or a large place for it, Nevgilde Gaard or Black Mire – around hi-cafe are examples for that. Most of these dreamworlds were homesteads: Florence Bay, Authors Point, Secondlife National Park, Maderia Springs, Blaylock Island, Scarlett Isle, Carolina, Broken, Alternate Reality, Fleur Nederland [Dutch], La Digue, Northern Shore – Skärgården, Soul of Dreams … just to name a few. In these sims I spent relaxing hours and enjoyed the views and the peace.

Northern Shore – Skärgården (upper left) / Scarlett Isle (upper right) / Secondlife National Park (lower left) / Black Mire – around hi-cafe (lower right)

Some were really particular. I want to mention Last Dove, a sim like a movie. It’s setting is based on Lonesome Dove, a 1985 Western novel by American writer Larry McMurtry. Last Dove is still open if you haven’t seen it yet. I also liked Kun-Tei-Ner, a sim that provided a scary view into mankind’s future, a place with no land, a city that grew up on a huge mountain of containers filled with broken technological stuff. And just recently I visited the SS Galaxy, the largest cruiseship in Second Life – impressive, in particular when you consider it’s history.

Last Dove (upper and lower left) / Kun-Tei-Ner (upper right) / SS Galaxy (lower right)

Then there were the sims that have a real background, where a place in the physical world was build in Second Life. This way I got a picture, an idea of the real places and my visits gave reason to do a little bit of research. Venice in Italy was one of these impressing places and I spent some time exploring it.
I had never heard about Ukivok before and now I have the feeling that I’ve been there already. I had heard of Huntington Beach before but wasn’t aware of it’s oil industry history. I also had heard and read of North Brother Island, yet I haven’t been there in real life (yet). Now I somehow feel like I’ve been there. I learned a lot about Chesapeake Bay, a place I’ve been to twice in reality already being not aware of it’s history.

Ukivok (upper left) / North Brother Island (upper right) / Chesapeake Bay (lower left) / Huntington Beach (lower right)

I also discovered many places related to my kinky side, to BDSM. That’s another dream you can live in Second Life and I do. Unfortunately some of these places don’t stay long like the Elevate Femdom Lounge, Windhaven or Meadow Rose. Also some adult places, that we liked to visit every once in a while, are gone now like The Apostasy or Angel of Pain’s BDSM island (Remark: Angel of Pain has a successor sim)

Gone: The Apostasy (upper left) / Angel of Pain’s BDSM Island (upper right) / Dungeon at Windhaven (lower left) / Meadow Rose (lower right)

Just recently I discovered Caged Elegance, a club with many member, lots of events and all sort of kinks. I enjoyed my visit to Catena et Cavea, an adult sim that is also really picturesque. Amrum is another place I not only went to for simploring but also for a session with Mistress Jenny when I had a green light. I like in particular the BDSM vacation home there.
We visited The Obliviation Hole RLV Prison of Starbright Wingtips who gave us a full tour. The prison and what is going on there is a regular subject when we chat during our Friday night parties.

Caged Elegance (upper left) / Catena et Cavea (upper right) / Amrum BDSM vacation home (lower left) / The Obliviation Hole RLV Prison (lower right)

Thank you all for building, for creating and for sharing your dreams (kinky or not kinky) with the rest of the community. And please apologize if I did not mention all of my tours, it were simply too many. I did really enjoy all of my simploring tours!

End of part II, tomorrow’s part III will be about the other highlights of my 12th year.

Simploring 2020 (11) Venice

I followed a landmark that I got from our Kitty and visited Venice in Second Life. The full name reads as follows “Venice @ PRADA SIM~Venezia City Showcase~“, yet I will stick with Venice for this blogpost.

Venice is a moderate full region with an homestead next to it. I couldn’t find out who is owning the sim. It is group owned by “Roses’ LUV”, a group for the tenants as well as the management team of Venice SIM. The group was founded by moonlit Lane, who is from Japan and I was not able to read the profile. There’s another group for events at Venice, “Venezia-ARIA”. This group was founded my Yurika Matova, who is also from Japan. As I found some boards with Japanese characters I conclude that the management of Venice is at least mostly from Japan.

Venice in Second Life – overview

I haven’t been to Venice ever in my life so far, I just saw many pictures and films. At least I visited a virtual Venice now. The landing point is on the famous Rialto bridge and the view from there is just amazing. The textures for the houses must have been taken from real pictures and transferred into Second Life.

Impressions of Venice in Second Life (1) – around Rialto Bridge (upper left is an original picture)

Around the Rialto bridge you find cafés and shops, places to sit and watch. Some mesh figures liven up the scenery. The shops are mostly furnished and thus enhance the immersion of being in city at the street level. At one side of the bridge you find a board to become a group member and I joined the group. With the group tag you can ride one of the many gondolas that lay at aside the canals.

Impressions of Venice in Second Life (2) – around Santa Maria della Salute (upper left is an original picture)

I drove along the grand canal and got some beautiful views. I could imagine how much work went into building Venice in Second Life. It looks quite real. Alternatively you can enter a boat that constantly travels all along the channel and back. At the end of the channel and at a few other spots I noticed that Venice is still work in progress but as mentioned above, it is a lot of work to build something like that!

Impressions of Venice in Second Life (3) – views from my gondola ride

I visited the dome “Santa Maria della Salute” and of course I went to the “Piazza San Marco”, I walked inside of the St Mark’s Basilica (also partly work in progress). I took many pictures and noticed that the creators of Venice also even placed a picture of San Giorgio Maggiore Island into the background to get the view as close to reality as possible. Chapeau!

Impressions of Venice in Second Life (4) – Piazza San Marco and St Mark’s Basilica

On the Rialto Bridge you find stores on the left and right side, where you can actually buy inworld Second Life stuff. Finally I want to mention that there’re events at Venice. A program with dates and times can be found in front of the St Mark’s Basilica.

Impressions of Venice in Second Life (5) – A view into a street (upper left), Rialto Bridge stores (upper right), Bridge of Sighs in RL and SL (lower left), view on San Giorgio Maggiore Island (lower right)

Venice is impressive, maybe even more when you know the real place. I enjoyed my trip to Italy and now have at least a little bit the feeling that I’ve been there. Thank you moonlit Lane, Yurika Matova and whoever is involved in this project. You made a great job. Thank you for sharing Venice publicly.

P.S.: I had a conversation with Yurika Matova after this post was published. She told me that the sim is new owned by yumix Writer and that is was originally built by Praise Kedie (Kaedepan Akina). Yurika herself is an administrator of Venice

Landmark to Venice @ PRADA SIM~Venezia City Showcase~