Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Easy Day

Underwear: SLC Sweet Holiday Dessous Appliers red
Robe: -tres blah- Closed Robe (Maitreya) - Crimson
Hair: Truth Hair Debra (Mesh Hair) - browns
Setting: Boudoir-Wearable Boudoir

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Captain of My Soul

With an hour or two spare, I decided to trawl through destinations.  I came across a place called Invictus, which is an art installation inspired by the Invictus poem by William Ernest Henley.

The journey begins in a medieval tower in a room with of armaments.  Moving down to the next level you are greeted with a scene of knowledge.  There are bookcases, manuscripts and maps.  From the double windows behind the throne, you can take in the view of the maze and gardens below.  A meteor shower streaks across the moody sky.  The soft glow of candlelight in the room is provided by a chandelier comprising of a number of skeletons with outstretched arms holding the candles.

The next level has a banquet table laid out with food that appears to have spoiled.  A couple of chairs are knocked over suggesting some kind of incident.  Scales are set at one end of the table with the apparent weighing of coins taking place.  A pair of antlers hold the candles that provide the dim light here.  Elk heads mounted on the walls at either end of the long table watch sightlessly over the vignette.

The bottom level of the tower has large cages hanging from the ceiling.  On the wall, gripped by a giant stone hand, is a large scroll containing the text from the first verse of the Invictus poem.

Upon exiting the tower, the scene becomes darker.  There are streaks of blood on the ground and winged skeletons and broken paths litter the mountain.  There are a number of winged skeletons hanging from crosses and giant stone hands reach from the earth.

As you make your way down the path, another giant hand holds the second verse of the poem.  You need to pay attention when reading it as it is perched close to the cliff edge with a sheer drop to the sea below.

At the bottom of the path you come to the third verse of the poem amidst a scene of bare trees, fallen autumn leaves and stones with Celtic carvings.  A carving of Yggdrasil on one of the stones belies the scene just beyond it.  A small pond is littered with the remains of slain elk.  These are in juxtaposition to a kaleidoscope of butterflies.

Steps lead to a stone maze which houses a series of statues ranging from an eagle to the Madonna and Child right through to a hellhound.  Vines grow amongst the stone walls and bird skulls.  Outside of the maze, a giant pair of stone hands hold a cauldron of seemingly drowned cherubs.

The path leads ever downward to a team of giant stone horses and the final verse of the poem.

A rather turbulent row boat ride takes you across the sea to a small island featuring what looks like a ruined cathedral.  Stone lion heads spew water out in to the sea and foliage has taken hold on the walls.  Down a long corridor there is a room with winged chairs.  Sitting here you can look back on to the tower atop the mountain.  A further room is encircled by the angelic chair with an orrery in the middle.

Beyond the initial walls lies an autumnal woodland area.

Invictus can be found here.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Lacrime dell'anima

Having a quiet Sunday morning in SL, the 35L Sunday List dropped through my letterbox.  I usually have a quick flick through it, but decided to take some time over it this morning.  My perusal led me to visit Lacrime dell'anima (Tears of the soul, according to Google translate).

The shop is located in a pleasant 'skybox' type place and shares the space with Uncontrollably - a clothing store that is also to be found on the 35L Sunday List.  The scene is a pleasant and inviting garden courtyard setting and features examples of the furnishings that can be purchased in the grounds.

There are Midnight Mania boards, extensive Gacha machines and Lucky Chairs, as well as gifts and various sale boards.  Items on sale range from classic pieces to rustic via outdoor and Asian/Oriental items.  There is a definite hint of Gorean to some of the furnishings.

As well as the main store, there is also a secondary outlet store.

My new Sailor's Bench looks great in my garden.

Lacrime dell'anima can be found here.

The 35L Sunday List blog can be found here.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Second Life and Death

In 2016 so far there have been many celebrity deaths, some high profile and some not so high profile but nevertheless people who have been in the public eye.  Of course other people have died too, the ones you do not hear about because they did not have a life or career that gave them public notoriety.

With Second Life you can connect with people you probably would not have a chance to connect with otherwise.  Some of these people can have a big impact on your Second Life and also your real life.  Sometimes people will just disappear never to be seen again and no one knows why.  Other times you find out why they have gone.

Recently I learned of the death of man named Cliff Marks.  He was not famous, but I knew him thanks to Second Life.  In the years that I knew him, he was kind, helpful and welcoming.  He had a big impact on my Second Life and I did not get the chance to tell him that.  I guess we think that we have all the time in the world, but the truth is that people can be gone from our lives in an instant.

I will miss you Trace Netizen, Ronan MacTavish, Paulec DeCuir.

A retrospective of Ronan's photography can be seen until the end of May here.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A Pause

Tattoos are everywhere in real life and in Second Life.  Obviously the ones in Second Life are much less permanent than the ones in real life - you can change them to suit your mood or your outfit.  You can have a tattoo because you like the design.  You can have a tattoo because it means something personal to you.  A tattoo could be a special date, a child's name or a symbol that reflects your religious belief.

In Second Life I have worn the same tattoo for a long time - a stylised twisted vine on my spine.  Recently I have changed that tattoo.  It is still on my back but is much smaller.  My tattoo is a semicolon.  It may seem like a strange choice, but I have switched from a tattoo I liked the design of to one that means something personal to me.

In real life there is Project Semicolon.  The website says that "A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to.  That author is you and the sentence is your life."

In Second Life I have been a member of the Survivors of Suicide Group for a very long time.  Sometimes the group chat can be hard to read.  Sometimes it can be very uplifting.

I have struggled with depression and anxiety for about thirty years in real life.  I have tried talking therapies, medication, mindfulness and anything else that came my way that offered a way to give me a release.  I have been close to suicide on several occasions - the most recent one in December 2015.

I wear my tattoo in Second Life with pride.  I have kept going even when the only thing I could think about was giving up.

Details about Project Semicolon can be found here.

Survivors of Suicide can be found in-world here.

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Hi, my name is Bailey and I am an avatar in Second Life. Although my avatar is predominantly female in Second Life, I am a gay male in real life. I choose to be female most of the time and don't see it as a big deal in a virtual world where so many people are furries, werewolves and inanimate objects. It is all fantasy. This blog is about me, the places I go, the clothes I wear, the people I meet, etc.


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