Here I am at home on Craft the Friendly Grid, experimenting with inventory items, trying to work out what will go where in the Arcadia Asylum Museum I am planning on opening this coming Autumn! I am so excited! And yes, I am flying on a broom.
Now, some of you are probably thinking” Gads! She is building??? HER!!! This woman posseses a set of technical skills that could get a Lemur expelled from the order primate!” And other smug folk who can add without taking off their shoes might think , “That whack job is in so far over her head, she will have to decompress before logging out! ”
…And they would probably have a point, BUT!
They forget that there is more to life than mere technical skills. This old lady blogger has lived through earthquakes, gang wars, The Northern Irish Conflict; I crawled through a hole in the Berlin Wall the night the Cold War ended! I nearly died in childbirth! I fought off a rare and deadly form of cancer!! And from these experiences I have learned the meaning of courage. I have been enriched with strength and self awareness. My character is the epitomy of twenty first century womanhood- daring and creative; a dazzling mulitfaceted individual to whom learning is akin to breathing!! This museum isn’t even in the real world-small children build with these tools; for God’s sake MEN do it!!! I shall overcome this challenge with the nonchalant grace and unforgettable style befitting a …
…or we could take a little break.
Hello my dearest dears! How marvelous, here we all are ready for another whirlwind adventure on OpenSim, the software platform that host hundreds of independant grids, many of which choose to be connected by an amped up teleportation system called the Hypergrid, which allows you to endlessly explore these brave new worlds, having incredible experiences, making friends from all over the planet, and getting so jazzed by the mountains of free content you accumulate, that one day you will delude yourself into thinking you are capable of creating some kind of exhibit, which results in the release of an abnormally large, deeply evil avian automaton, rentlessly peck- …or maybe that’s just me.
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For today’s adventure we will be doing a little walkabout on my beloved home world Craft-the Friendly Grid and the hypergrid’s own fast growing” rockin’ in the free world” Metropolis Grid! Between health problems, and the last big blog post, I lost touch for a while with what was going on with some of my friends. So I did a little walkabout one afternoon, and was so impressed with what everyone was doing, that I wanted to share it with all of you! Let’s start on Craft!!
Those kooky Italians! You take your eye off of them for a second and wham! they’ve opened a new region! The latest offering is from the female winner of this years ” Face of Craft” award, Carol Dawodu, built on the theme of her native city of Napoli.
…and landmarks of this most vibrant of cities…
…there are wacky rides rides, romantic dance floors….
…and peaceful places to just relax. Carol said to tell you all, that everyone welcome in Naples!
Then I swung by 86 year old master builder Yoster Allen’s re-creation of the beautiful German city of Darmstadt.
Wow! There were so many changes!! For example,Yoster had added this great little…
Darmstadt had a really big honking Art Noveau artists colony in the 1920’s, so farther down the street is a really big honking Art Noveau Exhibition!
Darmstadt also has quite the history of aviation, and Yoster has built this impressive museum dedicated to the first German licensed pilot, aviation pioneer and native son August Euler.
The displays are mostly in German,which I don’t think is a problem, as the pictures and beautiful plane models are pretty interesting on their own.
One really big change was with Yosters Heritage region. Well, it was actually more gone than changed. Yes, Yoster has, at least for the moment taken his jaw dropping display of ALL the European UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and replaced them with this smaller showing of sites from Germany , Austria and Switzerland.
The sites are , of course, amazing…
But my favorite thing was this letter from the German UNESCO Commission, thanking him for his valuable support of the World Heritage program! Way to go Yoster!
Across the square is a completely new build-
… Yoster has built an Observatory!!
Some of you may remember the last time I posted about Yoster, that the region next to Darmstadt was Ars Cultura, an unforgettable reproduction of a RL Tin Figure Museum outside RL Darmstadt. I suddenly realized that the much smaller observatory partially stood where Ars Cultura had been! Oh no; the region was completely gone!! Poor Yoster! Was he finally slowing down?
This is region ESOC, Yoster and grid owner Tao Quan’s reproduction of the RL European Space Operations Centre, located where- you guessed it- just outside RL Darmstadt!
Tao and Yoster, with an attitude you cannot describe without using the word “apeshit”, are not simply reproducing the existing buildings, they are looking at plans for future construction on the ESOC official website, and building them first. This is the really good film my friend Galen Dreamrezzer from Metropolis Grids Cyberbohemia Gallery made of the build. Yoster and Tao have it sent to RL ESOC officials! The ESOC folk were fascinated, although not quite sure exactly what a virtual world was! I get the feeling they are going to find out!
At any rate, although this massive complex…
…is not completely finished, there is boatload to see and do! I will let you know when the actual grand opening is scheduled!
When I was finally finished oogling spaceships and planets, I headed over to Metropolis Grid!
I went straight to my buddy Miney’s region.
I have posted about Minethere Always before,she is a fantastic OpenSim contact- the laughing Texas whirlwind who knows everyone, has been everywhere AND manages to spin a little money off her virtual life by selling custom regions! I bought one for my museum!
But on this region, called minethere, Miney is usually working on one of her free regions-That’s right! She just gives away these professionally made beauties, all chock a block with interesting pieces she has collected from all over the metaverse!! This one is called ” The Ancient Ruins of Al Khaznehek ” Miney usually leaves the latest free oar up for a month or so! Drop by! Have a look around,and copy anything that strikes your fancy! And don’t forget to have a look in the little freebie shop at the top of the hill!
Firstly, I went to Olive Tor’s Swedish and proud of it, Avatarland.
Isn’t it charming? Take a stroll!
There is a lovely fairy garden…
…and some of Olive’s unique Freebies in the town square. This neat little stick man can walk in a circle!
Also in the town square, is Olive’s showpiece, her pretty blue library, where you can snuggle down into an armchair and read classic literature right there, online! How cool is that?
And there’s more! Past the square is Olive’s Sublunar Creations Art Gallery.
There is some really good photography.
But I do a bit of origami myself, so I liked the sculpture best!
My next stop was Jamie Wright’s Harry Potter themed roleplay sim, Augury Peak. I made the mistake of first taking a little walk.
And although Jamie has done a good job creating the atmosphere of a modern English town, I was somewhat underwhelmed. I mean, the whole Harry Potter universe to choose from, and they were role playing on Privet Drive? I quickly headed back to the landing point.
This is the landing point. The train station is where I should have gone first!
Inside you will find a selection of Jamie’s delightfully non bimbo t shirts and jackets. You can pick them up later; look on the other wall.
Get the landmark to Emerald Alley, and teleport !
If I ever do a top 10 OpenSim Freebie list, Emerald Alley is so gonna be in it! Jamie has everything you need for the witching life – delicate rolls of parchment and quills and wonderful little ink pots…
Look at the strings of herbs and bottles of potions! The cauldrons! And do you see that I am holding a wand? When I had finished cramming my inventory full of Jamie’s delightful wares, I headed back down to Augury Peak…
… which had taken on a whole new dimension. Hey, somebody get that Griffen off the pitch!! Privet Drive my ass!
My final stop was my Google+ buddy Buni Chuku’s very smart,original role play region, Gati Island. Buni’s fictional island community is located somewhere off the shore of modern Chicago, settled in the 1800’s by a group of African Americans made homeless in the great Chicago fire. A real life author who peppers Gati roleplay with plotlines and characters from her many novels, Buni has been going nuts sprucing up Gati Island! I could see it right away- these posters in the Dele African Coffee House…
…this huge plaque of the famous Black Family Pledge, by cultural icon Dr. Maya Angelou.
… these comfortable resting places set up around the island- everything seemed more finished. And not just here on Gati!
I could not believe how much she had accomplished since the last time I was here! What an exquisite little Irish pub!
There are some Arcadia Asylum Freebie vendors in the homless shelter, while in the fire department…
And why was Buni in such a hurry to finish her builds? Because Gati is going to have it’s annual Juneteenth Celebration! Yes, once again Buni is gracefully weaving history and roleplay! This is the article from the island’s local newspaper The Gati Truth:
Gati Juneteenth – June 21-23
by Souleymane Senghor
Gati will be having it’s annual Juneteenth celebration on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd of this year (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). There will be copies given of both General Order No 3 as well as The Emancipation Proclamation as well as a reading of General Order No 3. Also there will be short poems read by famous African American poets Langeston Hughes, Paul Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks and Phillis Wheatley.
And with ALL Gati celebrations there will be all manner of food and drink to be consumed!
Historically, there is on celebration on Gati for the July 4 celebration. When I inquired I was told by the island historian “They got their independence and turned right around and enslaved us. We’re not in the habit of celebrating the freedom they got to do that here on Gati. They got their independence day and we have ours.”
Before the Gati Juneteenth celebrations begin, I would like to take some time to share the history of this historical American holiday.
[[Borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth
Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in the Confederate States of America. Texas, as a part of the Confederacy, was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.
The festival will start at 6pm PST and end at midnight the following Sunday, if you would like to attend the festival, follow the latest on the Goggle+community Gati and 20Town Role Play and Dele African Coffee, and drop Buni an IM inworld if you would like a scene. Wow, how about this roleplaying lingo! Maybe it is because I am so far from home, but I am really looking forward to another big slice of Buni’s quality Americana! I’ll see you there!
And now my dears I must love you and leave you! I hope this post has been of some use, as usual , I had a blast writing it! I would like to thank Olive, Jamie, Yoster, Tao, Carol, and the irrepressable Buni for letting us all into their imaginations! And of course, I would like to thank all of you, for joining me on my small adventures! Your company means the world to me:) The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to all of my beloved readers!Until next time, adieu!