Simple’s Zoo of All Things @ Lythria: 2015

Not only is the Zoo of all Things still present, it is growing and expanding – there were 2 major reconstructions since my last post here. As promised, the place is ever a work in progress 😉

The Zoo now consists of parcels in 5 regions: Triphosa (6144m2), Phyllodesma (5136m2), Philereme (3968m2), Dimidiata (8160m2) and Lythria (about 53’000m2). This allows me to distribute the prim load evenly – and there are a lot of prims to distribute since a lot of exhibits were added (a lot of freebies to collect too 😉 )

There were so many changes and still more to come, that I decided to go now without a detailed directory and removed the plates in front of the exhibits too, it was way too much work to maintain that… Please use “inspect” or “edit” on the objects and read the profiles and descriptions to learn more about the creators. The tourguide consists of 5 panels, showing the last known position of the largest objects. Please get this documentation on place (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lythria/108/41/59) or on my flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simplewunderlich/sets/72157627163763342/).

An overall view (the Panoptikum is already replaced by a smaller building and the pasture expanded for some horses):

Simple's Zoo of All Things @ Lythria: 03-02-2014

and how it showed 2 years ago:

Old Lythria Map

The Zoo still has the same pleasant neighbors: Jeanna (genesis.dayafter) in her castle and DreamCrawler (dreamcrawler.martin)’s ever ugly update zone for his otherwise wonderful DreamCrawler’s Avatars. I recommend to derender the few too colored objects of his shop while visiting 😦

The empty parcel on the other side of the road belongs to Max Bergson since sep. 2007 and hosts the “Star Wars Combine Info Box & Amanora’s Art”.

The additional land gave me the opportunity to show a few more examples of the very interesting wildlife of Secondlife: As an example – on display in front of the new Exhibition place – some Animated Mushrooms made by fffred Auer from Eclyps 3D:

Simple's Zoo of All Things @ Lythria: To the Exhibition

Added to the zoology were also an Animania Ants Nest by Vinnie Baxter, a pair of ducks – do not stumble over her massive eggs – an “Animated Little Tiger at scratch tree, with swing” by Bridget Lykin from Bridgets Pets and Outdoor, the wandering “lost flower eyes” by Cutea Benelli, some “INFINITUDE WILD HORSES” by Poppet McGimsie from ANTIQUE ARTISTRY and more.

And way too many decorations and artwork are new on display to list here in full. Wonderful – and somehow difficult to fit in – the “bridge of thighs – a bridge made of bones” by Cutea Benelli from Grim Bros:

Simple's Zoo of All Things @ Lythria: The Bridge of Thighs

Many of these creators are gone or do not display their creations anymore – the land to support the prims needed is way too expensive. You will never find the “Circuits in Cyberspace” by Madcow Cosmos (548 prim!) and the “- Organic Tech – Future?” by Damanios (damanios.thetan) from Damani Sculpts (162 prim) anywhere else in SL on display together with the very prim heavy statues by Cheen Pitney (an eagle dancer alone is about 150 prims) – only possible in the Zoo of All Things 🙂

Simple's Zoo of All Things @ Lythria

Along the road you will find some recently added statues by dileoo Kirax:

Simple's Zoo of All Things @ Lythria: Garden Terraces

Dileoo Kirax’ profile: “Hello i represent an association of people working on the Internet and doing 2D and 3D artwork. We are in Second Life to provide some nice sculpties and will also do custom work on demand. Specialized in caricature of celebrities in sculpties you can come check our work at the place shown in my pics. For more information send me a notecard or contact Ub Yifu”. And Ub Yifu’s profile says: “After 7 years building statues in SL i have to leave my sim for a small shop in Paris 1900… I can still do custom statues for you and will be waiting in my new shop which you will find in my picks. I will move there the 15 july 2014” . And that is just paradigmatic – Ub Yifu’s Sky Gallery was an extensive and one of the most wonderful and comprehensive collection of creative SL craftmanship constantly on display inworld 😦

But the creations of these artisans are still to be found while traveling secondlife. And there are new builders making very exiting things. I do have some new wonderful pieces of art and artwork in my inventory to add to the exhibits soon – and some of the new garments are very, very ingenious creations too 😉 Secondlife is still alive – not exuberant, but alive – and the residents, oh my, still the most creative and crazy bunch of people imaginable 🙂

You will still make some wonderful discoveries en route on the roads and trails of the mainland. Just take a rest while traveling Route 4 (http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Heterocera_Route_4) at the 2 new picnic places in the Zoo with a wonderful view over the locations. You can choose between the EarthDwellings – Picnic Table by Twistit Saiman at the Garden Terraces:

Simple's Zoo of All Things @ Lythria: Picnic Table

Or get saturated at the fully equipped “BBQ Grill E4V2.8” by caroline Planer from Caro’s Barstuff on the Aquarium Terraces in Dimidiata.

Next on the list to thoroughly reconstruct is the area of the Watertower. I have a new building almost ready with some extraordinary dancing fountains. This will free some prims to add new exhibits. I hope it will get enough – I will not buy more land 😉

Of course all changes will be announced and documented on this blog – I hope better in time this time.

be nice and have fun…

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Along the High Mountain Road (Route 6) / Heterocera Atoll: The Mountain Greenhouse @ Plebeja

Just next to Simple’s Mountain Retreat in Plebeja you find a nice 3456m2 public place called The Mountain Greenhouse. The parcel is not listed in SL search, so only known to the travellers of the high Mountain Road and to the readers of this blog 😉

The description of the parcel says: “Hi and welcome at mountain greenhouse. I dreamed of living in a greenhouse so i decided to do so.” It is group owned by the Mountain Greenhouse group, founded by seventhwave. In his profile he describes his role as “I am just the good spirit of Mountain Greenhouse paying the bills and cleaning up the mess after every party”.

You reach the parcel from the High Mountain Road climbing straight up the hill from http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plebeja/52/50/128 or you can tp directly to the forecourt at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plebeja/38/91/170

The Glasshouse @ Plebeja

The building is very beautifully located on the ridge with a nice view over several sims (and to my Mountain Retreat). The greenhouse and the gazebo are made by Phoebe Avro, Owner of The House of Avro Gothic Furniture and Castle Furniture – “I build Gothic furniture, castle furnishings and Antique items”, Part owner of Club End of Days Gothic Club, one of the oldest Goth clubs in SL and Owner of The largest Christmas shop in sl – Christmas at The house of Avro (open 3 months a year). A very impressive list indeed 😉

The nicely animated furniture in the gazebo is made by Harrpo Marabana.

The Glasshouse @ Plebeja

The Gargoyle on top of the gazebo is a “Bad Katz Mesh Gargoyle”, made by Katz Republic – Owner of Bad Katz Textures.

The Mountain Greenhouse @ Plebeja

The greenhouse is fully furnished, you will find many places to take your selfie 😉 The furniture is a very carefully selected collection of pieces from Yelly Donut (yelena.istmal) – [noctis] and Akaesha Revnik – Akaesha Designs. The TV displaying visitors profile pictures is an old Freebie from the Golden Oriole made by the famous builder Oriolus Oliva.

The greenhouse itself is a nice piece of work: Despite the amount of transparent textures, all conflicts all carefully averted and the structures of the walls and the roof are making very nice shadowplays on the tiled floor.

The Glasshouse @ Plebeja

Upstairs a beautiful bath by Akaesha Revnik – Akaesha Designs is set up for the tired traveller to get the avatar clean and prosper again after touring the dusty (or muddy?) High Mountain Road. Additional furniture is again made by Yelly Donut (yelena.istmal) – [noctis].

The plants here and downstairs including the beautiful orchid behind the bathtub are made by Logan Bauer (“Hi!  I run Arctic Greenhouse and Logan’s Virtual Showroom, in the sim “Alternate Reality”).

The Glasshouse @ Plebeja

There are still many of these small places worth visiting and enjoying to be found on the mainland. Generally more so along the roads and railways. The building of this network some years ago was in my opinion one of the greatest achievements of the Lindens (and the Moles!) in the history of SL. Now it still binds the regions together, despite the fact that many of the parcels in between are abandoned and empty.

The character of the mainland gets less and less suburban and more and more rural. But that in my eyes is a development not for the worse 😉

So Traveling will again saddle his horse and show you soon on this blog, what treasures still can be found on Mainland SL. And a big thumps up from and to all the connoisseurs: Greenlaning is groovy for real again 🙂

Be nice and have fun …

Simple’s Mountain Retreat @ Plebeja: 2015

My long time home and beloved workplace in Plebeja on the Heterocera Atoll (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plebeja/217/187/223). More about this place here. You can’t miss it traveling the High Mountain Road. It even found its way into the secondlife Wiki now: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Mountains_Of_Heterocera 🙂

Too bad the Rezz Zone on the road as mentioned in the Wiki (http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Heterocera_Route_6) doesn’t exist anymore. Now you find the nearest Rezz Zone along the road in Moth (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moth/236/31/128).

Simple's Mountain Retreat @ Plebeja (13-11-2014)

The parcel includes 24’176sqm / ~ 5’500 prims. Before the partial reconstruction sometimes I was running short of prims while building or sorting inventory. Just in rebuilding the old school floors and replacing the complicated ramps / stairs by spiral staircases, I did spare more than enough prims – even enough to add some new fancy waterfalls. And I still have some 1500 prims in reserve 🙂

Simple's Mountain Retreat @ Plebeja: New Waterfall

I like the look of these staircases – they are realistically massive but still elegant and wide and secure enough for an easy walk. Here a view of the balcony:

Simple's Mountain Retreat @ Plebeja: Balcony

Like the Zoo, this is and will ever be a work in progress. Some ideas prove worthwhile, some don’t turn out the way I imagined and stay more or less unfinished, waiting for the next attempt. But some places really feel like home 🙂 Here a detail of the garden located on the top terrace:

Simple's Mountain Retreat @ Plebeja: Top Garden

The “Mookah (Multi Chair Hookah) v1.0.43” by Timeless Prototype – Timeless Gadget – is one of the oldest objects in my inventory – and still much in use 😉

On the middle terrace you will find a wonderful addition, the “~*FF*~ Elemental Falls “Earth” by Uni Ninetails – ~*Forest Floor*~ Gardens & Dreamscapes. It makes a nice place to fiddle around with the lights, shadows and Depth of Field settings of the phototools.

Simple's Mountain Retreat @ Plebeja: Midgarden

The head here and the hands of the new waterfall are from a set of sculpties called “Chakra Nova BODY PRIMS” by Pumpkin Tripsa. According his profile he is “Currently working on coming back to SL. Very excited about that.” I’m very exited about his return too. He is one of my favourite creators but did leave sl before I started collecting for real. So you find only two of his statues on display in the Zoo of All Things @ Lythria (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lythria/108/40/59): A “Seraph (dark gilded)” and the “Ganesha (marble)”. I hope he will bring his old work back too, I remember seeing some fantastic gargoyle statues in his shop 🙂

Next, I plan to reconstruct the wooden ramps / walkway from the road. I do have a set of building elements in my inventory from dop Kidd (dop.kidd) – KIDD Grass that will fit very nicely. But there are some other items on the sl todo-list for both Simple and Traveling. So do not expect this reconstruction happening soon. You will read all about it on this blog 🙂

be nice and have fun…

2015: The resumption

A long time has passed since the last post. A lot happened in RL that took precedence over most of my SL activities. Most but not all 😉

A lot happened in SL. The world looks better than ever – even though it got empty in some places, the creativity is still manifest. All these ‘new’ technologies improved the experience inworld massively, even traveling across Sim borders at high speed isn’t a challenge anymore – most of the time 😉

A lot happened at the Lythria Zoo of All Things (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lythria/108/41/59), the Plebeja Mountain Retreat (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plebeja/217/187/223) also saw some reconstruction and Simple created a new place: Simple’s Garden of (adult) Delights @ Garland (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garland/185/65/30) on Zindra. More of this work in forthcoming posts.

The new technologies improved also the look of the clothing of the avatars massively. So after this long time in seclusion, Simple and Traveling had to shop for some appropriate new clothes before venturing among people again 😉

This is how Simple, Creator and Director of the Zoo now looks like. Fitting isn’t it?

Simple Wunderlich 2015

The hat: “do it yourself TOPHAT patched faded black” – by Cutea Benelli – Grim Bros & Good Co.  vintage clothing+ steampunk accessories

The jacket: “sf design lounge lizard jacket vegas style” – by swaffette Firefly – sf design

The pants: “sf design mesh long shorts” – by swaffette Firefly – sf design

The shoes: “MayCreations rustic biker boots” – by Maymay Matova – MayCreations

The socks: “Whaley’s Prim Ski Sock Green” – by Steven Weinerman (steven.whalen)

On the belt: “[ Tsuchino Co.,Ltd. ] Hammer with Carabiner” – by Tsuchinoko Voom

The tattoo: “::Para Designs:: Demonic” – by Paranormal Putzo – :Para Designs

The skin: “Ghost xy +Fallen Gods Inc.+ Natural” – by Alia Baroque – ~Fallen Gods Inc.

The eyes: “A&A_flame_eyes” – by The Lady Legacy Paine (legacy.paine) – Attitude is an Artform

The animations: from “VA Boxer” – by Vista Barnes – ViSTa aNiMaTioNS

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And this is how Traveling Albatros, Explorer and Pathfinder now looks like:

Traveling Albatros 2015

The glasses: “grim bros mc sepia gogglets sepia” – by Cutea Benelli – Grim Bros & Good Co.  vintage clothing+ steampunk accessories

The vest: “MayCreations biker vest black” – by Maymay Matova – MayCreations

The pants: “sf design mesh long shorts” – by swaffette Firefly – sf design

The belt: “grim bros pouchy belt brown” – by Don (don.duke)

The shoes: “MayCreations rustic biker boots” – by Maymay Matova – MayCreations

The socks: “Whaley’s Prim Ski Sock Green” – by Steven Weinerman (steven.whalen)

The scarf: “*DL* Palestine O.D. color” – by toxic Lemon – ☢ PXDTOXIC ☢

The skin: “Vampyr Skin” – by newbietemplate Linden 😉

The hair: “.:EMO-tions:.SCHATTENREITER – shadow*rider Hair” – by Mirja Mills – EMO-tions:.

The tattoos: “ASCENSION tattoo +Fallen Gods Inc.+ PITCH BLACK” – by Alia Baroque – ~Fallen Gods Inc.

The animations: individually bought animations by Abramelin Wolfe – ABRANIMATIONS

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I’m feeling at home with both avatars and am looking forward in good hope to our future time in SL. You will read about on this blog 🙂

be nice and have fun…

New book – Simple’s Meditations: Along Route 7 around Gaeta V

Volume 8 in the series collects the most beautiful and remarkable pictures from Traveling Albatros’ cirumnavigation of Gaeta V along Route 7 as described in this post.

The Route follows mostly the coastline and is even sometimes continued as waterway or canal.

It is a very rewarding trip. I recommend to take your time, some of the creations of the residents you will pass en route are worth a second look 😉

As with all the other books in the series, the 28 stylish pictures are accompanied by some deep wise words 😉

You will find this book for sale only in Second Life at the souvenir kiosk in the Zoo of All Things @ Lythria (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lythria/55/181/51) and at several places in Simple’s Mountain Retreat @ Plebeja (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plebeja/217/187/223) 😉

All sales as always in favor of Simple’s Zoo of All Things @ Lythria.

be nice and have fun …

Simple visits Bay City: Falmouth Hotel + Archeological Site of Molexandria

The Falmouth Hotel of Bay City is “a hotel, built on top of the old Bay City asylum site. Or it was a hotel, before it had to be abandoned”. The nice background story to the place can be found at http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Department_of_Public_Works_Falmouth. The history of Bay City is published on the wiki too: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Bay_City and a list of some of the point of interests there can be found at http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Department_of_Public_Works_Bay_City.

I landed at (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Falmouth/170/254/26), directly in front of the entrance. The “Creepy Tree B, PYRI, EAR, OBJ” are made by Earthy Mole, the gate by Crazy Mole.

The Blood Fountain in front of the Hotel is created by Myopic Mole and Sylvan Mole. Most objects on the parcel are owned by Michael Linden. A lot of the Hotel building is made by Sylvan Mole, some additional stuff are from Naughty Mole and Smokey Mole.

There are a lot of details to explore and enjoy. The “Male Zombie Standing” is made by Crazy Mole, the “Falmouth Pic & Frame – mona” by Sylvan Mole.

Especially eerie are the Teddy Bears by Silent Mole in the restaurant …

A beautiful Ballroom with Skeleton “Frank” by Crazy Mole and Piano and Drums by Sylvan Mole on stage.

Some rooms and the corridors are decorated. I did not found an official way upstairs around the broken lift, so I used the cam. There are enough sits available to get you on the different floors. Here are some examples of the scenes you will find there.

This Bathroom is made by Silent Mole, the mirror is animated.

The animated Coffin is another creation of Silent Mole, the “Candleabra scripted to blow out when near” is made by Sylvan Mole.

The “Art Deco Bed” is made by Silent Mole, but after the long time in this creepy Hotel, I needed some fresh air and a better place to recover 😉

And voilà, wandering just a short stretch from Falmouth into Bay City, I found this interesting park in Imagenario.

It is the “Molexandria Archeological Site” build by Guaca Mole and Naughty Mole. You find it listed also as point of interest on  http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Department_of_Public_Works_Bay_City.

The Mole Ruins of Molexandria are made by Guaca Mole – a kind of prehistoric Linden Homes ?

The park offers a small Labyrinth, an Arena and this interesting exercise for three Avatars, also created by Guaca Mole.

I believe the glass windows on the Pavilion building are genuine Mole Art too 😉

This was a very interesting trip and I will sure do some more visits to Bay City in the near future – so take this as an appetizer 😉

until then …

be nice and have fun 😉

Simple’s Balloon Rides: Sea of Fables

“Just East of Ice Bay, the Sea of Fables is a sailors dream with many points of interest and stopping off areas” – that’s how this region of about 30 sims is described on http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Sea_of_Fables . Have a look there for a nice map and the location of the rezz zones. Read how this amazing work of the Moles from the Linden Department of Public Works was announced by Michael Linden on 10-20-2010 on the LDPW Blog: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/DPW-Department-of-Public-Works/Sea-of-Fables/ba-p/669426 – and from a non-Linden point of view the birth of the Sea of Fables is described here:  http://sllou.blogspot.com/2010/06/holy-moley.html …

The region is not only a sailors dream, but also one of the most rewarding places to ride a balloon 😉 All the regions are Linden owned and the islands are very beautiful examples of the craftsmanship of the Moles.

I did start at the rezz zone on Mirtoon Islands also called the “Isles of the Blessed” at (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mirtoon/93/163/21) and visited all the scattered Isles on my tour. You will find here a selection of the pictures I took en route.

Walkways and buildings on the Isles of the Blessed, here a “Golden Gazebo and Platform”, are made by Naughty Mole, the “sho.DragonChair” by Opti Mole.

Nice walkways and bridges connect all the small Mirtoon islands to allow for a small tour with nice views on the sea.

Then I rode north to visit the historical “Teen Grid Transfer Station – This is where our youngest Residents come to celebrate their transition to the Main Grid. Celebrate the spirit of Second Life!” on Baffin Island. The building is made by Lordfly Digeridoo, different creators for furnitures and decorations. This is older than the work of the moles 😉

On neighboring “Bacchus Island”, the “Hercules with Club (FINAL)” and the “Serpent Tree: Ladon” as on top of the hill in the background the “Atlas with Globe (FINAL)” are made by Garden Mole.

Still on Bacchus Island, this “Statue of Atalanta” and the “Fruit Tree C – Golden Apples” – yes, they let golden apples fall and roll down the hill – are made by Silent Mole.

Around the hill, Athena, Hera and Aphrodite by Silent Mole are debating on the right to the golden apple.

Hera has her own small island: “Hera’s Island” by Silent Mole.

Next I cross to “Poseidon Island”, a wonderful harbour village in greek style by Mysti Mole. There are some very beautiful places scattered around the Island for the visitor to explore and enjoy.

The building on “Joppa Island” is made by Bloomin Mole.

The same Bloomin Mole is the creator of the “Cave of the Gorgon” on “Gorgon Island”.

And the same Bloomin Mole is also the creator of the buildings on “Seriphos Island” with this “God Seated_SF_GOD_Bloomin_OB”.

And still the same Bloomin Mole also created the amazing complex building on “Perseus Island”.

Riding back to the West of the Sea, I passed “Hephaestus Isle” created by Hyper Mole.

To me the highlight of my visit to the Sea of Fables was walking the path up “Mount Olympus” made by Naughty Mole –

to find some rest playing a harp made by Myopic Mole on top 😉

Last of the landmarks en route was the vivid “Orwood Volcano” by Crazy Mole, a small brother of the Volcano of Ichelus I visited on my Balloon Ride here.

I also passed some really amazing privately owned residences around the coastline – so I’m sure I will return some time soon for another tour along the shores of the Sea of Fables.

And on another tour I will have a look at the underwater creations by the moles mentioned on the wiki – but first I have to find me a submarine I like 😉

always

be nice and have fun …

and Good Winds!