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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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 –¬†‚ėĘ PXDTOXIC ‚ėĘ

The skin: “Vampyr Skin” – by¬†newbietemplate Linden ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

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 ūüėČ

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

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) ūüėČ

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

be nice and have fun …

Greenlaning on abandoned land

Traveling Albatros is always ready for “Don’t be where you want to drive, drive where you want to be!” – the motto of Yevad Doobie’s Greenlaners group (find the¬†work of this explorer of the mainland roads on¬†http://greenlaners.com/¬†and¬†http://protected-routes.com/).¬†

So standing at the rezz zone on Route 12A at (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Camorro/249/13/50) on Nautilus and realizing all the abandoned parcels for sale in the neighborhood, it came just natural to him to try a way south, but away from the Linden Route. About 10 regions south starts Route 13, so the intention was to look for a path there, using only linden owned land or parcels for sale.

Very handy for a tour like this comes the¬†“Path_Map_v14” by Kimiko Dover, a small HUD device, which shows for a whole region the access settings of every parcel. With this attached, you can circumvent easy the banned properties.

And as last resort, my horsey can grow himself some wings, and jump the obstacles ūüėČ

But there was just once the need for that. This part of the mainland is a real mess in desperate need of some deep maintenance. There were even linden owned parcels of abandoned land with their old access restrictions still active …

Even the rare larger privately owned holdings were more or less derelict. I had to cross two Rentals on my way. On the first one, there were apparently vampire squatters active in the past.

The second one here looked not much more busy, some of these parcels were set to the Austria in SL group.

These two Rentals were the only parcels I had to cross which were not linden owned parcels or parcels set for sale by their owners ūüė¶

It really is not a good message about the economy of second life, that it was possible to take almost a straight path to the south to arrive at Route 13 at the rezz zone in Borland Fell at¬†¬†(http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Borland%20Fell/209/248/81), and that I never needed to teleport to the other side of a banned parcel …

About 12 regions were crossed this way – and not one place was it really worth to have another look or take a picture –¬†I think I will keep my travels along the official routes from now on ūüėČ

be nice and have fun …

Simple goes shopping again

It’s about time for another shopping tour with Simple, firstly to celebrate the completion of the circumnavigation of Gaeta V by Traveling Albatros and secondly to check out some of my favorite creators for stuff to add to the collection in the Zoo of All Things @ Lythria.

First I made a visit to “Herbalys ‘Sky Orchard'” owned by¬†Albert Beerbaum (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001500657596).

These floating islands constitute a wonderful scenery, perfectly fitting to the very unique style of his products. There are only a few but very impressive creations for sale and everything is very carefully and lovingly crafted.

You find a lot of his stuff in the Zoo.

Then I made a tour at “DAMANI – mediaviewer, weather, kittens, prefab houses, video –¬†Home of ¬†Collection Damani, Damani Weather, ¬†MediaViewer, Kittenz II and Damani Prefabs (and more)”.

Owner and creator of this island is Damanios Thetan. Read more about his work on http://www.damanicorp.com/blog/index.php. He seems to have left second life for good: There are no news on the blog and no more new products presented since some time.

So enjoy this wonderful creation as long as it last! This statue is called “{damani} – Organic Tech – Future?”.

But perhaps there is hope: At least the “Damani Sculpts – Watching Robot” are decorated on time for Valentine’s Day ūüėČ

Out of the Light and into the Dark: Next on my tour I visited the “Tormented Woods –¬†A dark land overrun by the BloodWorx hordes: Metal Gear, PrimEvil, Dead Center, Hells Forge, and UberDark.¬†Enter at own risk.”

The place is owned and created by JubJub Forder. Read more about his live and immense work on¬†http://www.pixelpog.com/jubjub/. This is one of his statues: the¬†“PrimEvil: Cthulhu Statue”.

You find a lot more of his creations used for the decorations and also some of his brands for sale here. Take your time exploring the many dark corners of the Woods, you don’t need fear a thing: Contrary to the parcel description, there are no hordes running wild there ūüėČ

Of course, I did purchase some objects for the Zoo underway. Have a look yourself how they add to the scenery at Lythria.

Until then

be nice and have fun …

PS. no landmarks this time: look up these places in search yourself, they are worth it!

Simple takes a YavaScript pod tour: Central Satori / Maebaleia Tour

Of course, one tour around Satori wasn’t enough to give a satisfying overview ūüėČ So after the South Satori Tour, I decided to take also the Central Satori / Maebaleia Tour with a stated duration of 1:00:49, which also follows the different branches of route 8. Read more about the wonderful YavaScript Pod Tours offered by Yavanna Llanfair¬†here.

This tour starts at a small station beside the “Tin Teddy Textures & Garden Centre –¬†Beautiful, high quality textures for your creation needs. All home-made, original and unique. Plus my popular 1 prim original plants & trees. ¬†Also 1 prim animated animals, including the guard dogs, guard cats etc” set to the Tin Teddy group at¬†(http://slurl.com/secondlife/Trabushkja/163/175/31/).

Here my small personal selection of some of the highlights.

In Oryol: “Designs by Isaura – Start your Second Life with style!¬†Skin Eye Clothes Woman Avatar Dress Lace Dresses fairy wings houses prefabs furniture animation dark elf bellydance belly dance adventure hair flexy hair RPG roleplay drapes curtain elven role play armor tudor poses”, set to the Designs by Isaura group. The garden is created by Isaura Simons. Find this Artist’s gallery and products on¬†http://www.isauras.com/index.html.

In Dharmaraksa: On the parcel “FFrendz Rental @Dharmaraksa” set to the FFrendz group and owned by Basilicum Beerbaum this “H8 BR78 – Build by Aislin Ballinger” on a “[H8] Blackwood Straight Track 30m” by Mick Huet. The engine counts¬†exactly 256 prims…

In Dorje, when you cam into the huge ugly cube, you will find the “DreamGardens: The Dragon’s DayDream – A ballroom of stark natural beauty… a place to dance, meditate, and romance. Wander among the trees, and hide among the flowers. And new home of Strange Conjurations!” owned by The Dreaming Dragon Nighbor. The parcel was claimed oct 2007!

In Cipactli this very dark build on the parcel “Cipactli (48,48) Moderate 6912m”, set to the Vulpes zerda group. “The Spirit Within Fountain” and the church are made¬†by Pravda Core and owned by Tytha Frandevoel.

Behind the church, this “Black OAK Witch Tree – Soul Catcher –¬†Copyright (c) Dolly and Lilith Heart 2011” also owned by Tytha Frandevoel.

In Furki: On the parcel “Omages –¬†Under Construction” owned by Ohneron Weitman, the “GK_PalaceStore” by Grey Kurka¬†set to the TWINK NATION group.

In Dzalarhons: On the parcel “izumina-ke –¬†ś≥Čťā£Śģ∂” owned by Annaizumina Yoshikawa and set to the Cross of Hawk Wings group this ¬†“**GENNADOU** JP Old House “DAN”v2 -”¬†created by Devi Gears. Read more about Edo Japan on ¬†http://edojapankatana.slmame.com/.

In Irkutsk: On the parcel “Saralis Village –¬†Romantic park girl friendly great surroundings open to all. Romance dancing peace zyngo greedy greedy blackjack gelliz Class and Style jewellery. She Wants Revenge house rental from 800L. We are like a happy family. IM Sarah Starbrook”, owned by Sarah Starbrook and set to the Saralis Village group, this “Winx-Lotus Water Temple” by Whimsy Winx. Read more about her second life on¬†http://virtuallydressed.wordpress.com/.

In VoronezhIrkutsk /¬†Tula: The former “!TOPAZ PLAZA – Home of unique, high quality Brands –¬†Sculpts Only Mall – One Prim Plants – PrimEvil – Metal Gear – SPIN RECORDS – AJA – Asian Wares – Relics – FashioNation – Salon Skins – Custom Love – Texture Freakz – Style Furniture – Hells Forge – EDGE”, now renamed to “Makersmart – Builders Resources for smarter makers –¬†formerly Sculpts Only Mall – now we’re the Makersmart!¬†Sculptie packs, mesh packs (soon), full perm textures, builders scripts, and more. The best resources for smarter makers in Second Life – Makersmart”. The parcel is set to the Sculpts only Mall group. The Statue is a “Clutching at Roses 2” by JubJub Forder and set to the SaddlyNMaddly group.

In Kankovan: In the “Waterford Village Shops – CornMuffin Sculpts, Secret Desires Clothing, Nadas Reseller Clothing, Natural Expressions Clothing, Natural Expressions Home & Garden.¬†Plus two new shops rent ready for 150$L per week, 150 Prims!” owned by Sherriberry Paule and set to the Waterford Rentals group, this wonderful “- Rebirth – A sculpture ¬†by Khyle Sion at ~Refined Wild!”.

In Acrocorinth: One detail of the large temple complex. This is the “.::BY:: Parthenon South Roof ” owned and created by Roberto Whitesong. Read more about his work on¬†http://fotolog.terra.com.br/cedoi. The parcel “Palas Athena”¬†is set to the CEDOI group and owned by Albert Oppenbaum.

In Tremenitza: The “Tremenitza Forest Park – The home of Jared Moorlord. If you’re here, you’re welcome! I just ask that you respect any other guests who happen to be here. No drama permitted. Do what thou wilt, but be cool!¬†Please refer concerns about land usage or activity directly to me”, owned and created by Jared Moorlord. This impressive forest is only made of Linden trees!

In Maplegrove: The “Mustang Trading Post –¬†Texas turquoise jewelry …” set to the JMD Properties group. The building is¬†created by Emilie Freund. Find more about her products on http://www.notsobad.fr/. The building is¬†owned by Jon Ree. Find his rl blog on¬†http://jmdblog.wordpress.com/¬†and his sl blog on¬†http://peopleofsecondlife.wordpress.com/.

In Ellingson: The parcel¬†“Naughty Bits Photography Studios – Portraits, setting and event photography. IM Honcho Hullabaloo for appointments, rates and requests.¬†Photos, Photographs, Photographer, Profile, Pictures, Pics, Portfolio, Poses, Models, Backgrounds, Photoshop, Location” is set to Honcho’s Harem group. The building is a “Victorian Haunty House” by Darmin Darkes. Find some pictures of his work on¬†http://www.flickr.com/photos/darmin. The building is¬†owned by Honcho Hullabaloo.

In Koskov: On a parcel without any description owned by Suneke Fallen set to the Suneke&Vexxien group, a “~JD~ MTF Haunted House b” by Jenne Dibou (read more on¬†http://jdmtf.blogspot.com/) and a¬†“[OO] Steampunk Dock House” by Oriolus Oliva, both owned by Sunneke Fallen.

In¬†Tortosa: The “Safe House –¬†This is a Private property. It’s meant to be kid and pet friendly. Natural or ruthed is tolerated to a certain extent but not beyond”, set to the Hawt4U group. The “shoe house” is created by Yllanys and owned by Swift Silverblade.

In¬†Oddjob: The “Roadside Diner –¬†Open 24 Hours! The best eats for miles! Whether you want a hot meal or simply take a load off, the Roadside Diner is the perfect place for you and your friends”. The Building is a “~Dirty Rat~Diner” by N0th1ng Ackland. Parcel and building are owned by Izzy Harcassle and set to the SKizzy group.

In¬†Onatopp: The “OFEQ Wizard Tower –¬†OFEQ Epic Build Demo Site. The Wizard Tower is one bastion from Minas en’ Gor. Here you will find some of the best fantasy creations in all of SL. (Still under construction – Watch your step)” owned and created by Thadeous Ofeq and set to the OFEQ Enterprises group. Read more about his products on¬†http://ofeq.org/index.php/virtual-products.html.

In Monarch: “The Japanese tea house Rin –¬†the most relax time in SL. All free drinks and foods. We have the Mall in the same sim. ¬†Renewal open rental free 2 months” owned and created by Eleanor777 Twine and set to the Happy Rainbow Mall group. Creator of the Garden is Ussi Amat. Read more about Edo Japan on¬†http://edojapankatana.slmame.com/. The¬†“MyoujinTorii_M”, the “ShintoShrine ver 2.00” and the “[GB]Goshintou_12_purple – Japanese shinto shrine lantern” are made by Giorno Brando. Read more about his stuff on¬†http://giornobrando.com/. The palanquin¬†“kagoA-S” is made by Hinata Papp, the “**GENNADOU** JP Old House Nouka” by Devi Gears.

In¬†Duggan: This Grey Castle by Hype Turbo owned by Yuki Xaris on the parcel “Small World” also owned by Yuki Xaris and set to¬†The Small World group.

In¬†Trabushkja: “Elgyfu’s Egyptian Emporium – For All Things Egypt –¬†Everything Egyptian, statues, furniture, textures, jewelry, mummies etc – one of SL’s biggest range of artifacts. Founded 2004, The store for the discerning pharaoh”, set to the Tin Teddy group. The statues are a creation of Elgyfu Wishbringer. Read more about Tin Teddy and this store on¬†http://www.tinteddy.com/

More YavaScript pod tours are leaving from: (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Corfeld/247/62/70/), (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Durango/158/190/117/), (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Monowai/7/140/72/), (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Calleta/122/149/41/), (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Basilisk/5/159/21/) and (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Camazotz/47/124/91/).

Enjoy your rides ūüėČ

and as always ‚Äď be nice and have fun ‚Ķ