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Thursday 27 February 2020

Aftershock, Missing Melody

Aftershock, Missing Melody is created by a collaboration of best friends  and is dedicated with love to Conni. RIP 
It is a well made and romantic nature place, with many spots to sit and relax, lovely textures, in short a great place to explore.

'What is a Missing Melody? It's that song in your head that you can't get out but not sure how it really goes. It's that temptation you want to have in your life so you can fight to resist. It's that place in your heart that is always waiting to be filled. It's that little wicked smile when a naughty thought crosses your mind' (text from the profile picks of Bambi (norahbrent) the owner of the sim).

More snapshots I made:  

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Hand by Bryn Oh

visiting 'Hand' with Kurk

Yesterday I visited the new installation 'Hand' by Bryn Oh at Immersiva.
Bryn gives the following information about this installation: 'Holding the hand of a mannequin, a young girl named Flutter returns home with something special in her suitcase'.  

At entrance point a headlamp automatically is placed on your head, which btw is necessary because it's rather dark around you, and you are asked to take a HUD for voice narration. The HUD makes the story of Flutter start automatically when you enter a specific room (when the HUD won't work there is also a 'microphone' you can click) and only YOU will hear the words. My dear friend Kurk did the scripting for this HUD and he explained and walked with me through the entire installation. And I must admit he saved me now and then when I failed to walk straight/climb the small wood boards. Although I got better and better ;-)

'Hand' is a sort of Peter Pan story. Flutter, the main character, is one of the children, who makes her way through the building where she meets her friends, we accompany Flutter on this journey. At ground level Flutter takes the hand of a mannequin, this  hand represents the mother figure. Flutter introduces 'her mother i.e. the hand' to her friends whom she meets on her way up to the roof of the building. When she arrives at the top floor she meets all her friends and together they play house as children do, and they take turns being the mother.
However, for me it was the journey not the story that made this a cool experience. 

More snapshots:

Flutter taking the Mannequin hand

Thursday 20 February 2020

Khodovarikha in summer

a lot of spots to sit and contemplate 

Khodovarikha (in Russian: Ходовариха) 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.

Khodovarikha is back and this time the 'summer' version. Who doesn't remember this awesome sim, based on the RL piece of land with the same name off the coast of north-west Russia, created by Serene Footman?
Want to know more about the RL Khodoarikha? Read Serene's blogpost and watch this YouTube video:  

I bet all photographers and fans of Serene's work are happy it's back. Well I am for sure and so was Ed, who accompanied me during part of my visit.
I love this desolated and isolated place, the foggy atmosphere, the sound of the sea and the birds. Couldn't stop making images.

Serene, the creator himself

with Ed Rhode

a visitor 

Wednesday 19 February 2020


Extensive visits the past days to Der Lebensraum (The Dream of Asia) a truly lovely German sim, which is open to all to visit. It has it all: nature, colourful flower beds, a rain forest, (wild) animals, beaches, boats, a (cuddle) bubble to board and explore the sim, a hunderd relax spots and Asian temples. 
But there is more besides the enchanting ground level, as you can tp up to one of the skyboxes which offer for instance a bike racing track (you will find the MC Community teleport board there too with an overview including direct tp's to all the SL race tracks). 
There is another skybox called the Game zone, with lots of fun games like midget golf, spin the bottle and more.
And of course there is a music place with bar and dancing area. In short Lebensraum is a great place to explore and enjoy.

Some snapshots I made:

we all have wings

the grotto

the rainforest