These pictures are from the “Lockwood” build located on the “Forest Song” sim. The land description reads, “Lockwood is a post apocalyptic photogenic sim created for the viewers to explore or photographers to take for granted.”  I found it to be really interesting and even spotted a young couple embracing in what was otherwise an utterly devastating environment.  I found it to be an exceptional contrast to the theme of the scene while at the same time thinking it was perfect. At the end, the need for companionship would never be greater, right?

I hope you enjoy the pictures and, as always, the SLURL is at the bottom of this post.

To visit this location in Second Life, please click here:  Lockwood

Aly’s Fine Art Gallery and Jungle Sim

My friend, Ana Alchemi, sent me a link to this build thinking I would like it and she was right.  I enjoyed every minute of the visit and even had the opportunity to chat briefly with the owner, Aly Carousel.  I cannot say enough about the fun I had visiting and roamed around it for a bit to find many of the hidden features that exist.  If you have some time to kill and you enjoy a jungle theme, be sure and head over here.  It is located on the “Amhas Wilds” sim and the SLURL is located at the bottom of this post.

The land description reads, “Aly’s Fine Art Gallery- A jungle sim, that displays my fine art, sculptures, photographs and pictures. The sim contains waterfalls, cliffs, caverns, caves, romance, dancing, adventure, Buddha, elephants,nature, ruins, beaches and more!  Come Explore!”

I found myself amused while exploring this sim as my life has been a bit wild lately.  I was surprised I did not become lost in the jungle because I have actually been feeling a little lost in my Second Life as of late.  I did not notice any natives watching me while I was in the jungle but have felt eyes on me everywhere else I have gone.

In the jungle, I found solace.  I did not feel the eyes were upon me watching my every move.  I imagined tales of fabricated exploits being shared that were probably much more sordid than a day spent wandering through the vegetation of the jungle and observing wildlife.

When I finished my chuckling about the situation, I concluded my exploration with some additional pictures.  It was a good day….a peaceful day…..an unobserved day. I hope you all have a good visit to this sim 🙂  P.S. You might see me there as I will probably head back again.  Bring your binoculars, your camera, or your rifle, whichever suits your mood.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and, as always, the SLURL is located at the bottom of this post.


To visit this location in Second Life, please click here:  Aly’s Fine Art Gallery and Jungle Sim




Mystical Fae Forest

I paid a visit to “Mystical Fae Forest” located on the “Elvenshire” sim.  This is a delightful build of fantasy and whimsy and I thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you to Poodie Socke for giving me the landmark.  I wandered throughout and snapped some memories along the way.  I got some pictures of the local inhabitants as well as some of the visitors.  It was a very delightful build indeed.  I have included the pictures and SLURL below and encourage everyone to go and check this one out.

Today is April Fools’ Day in parts most of the world and it is going to contain pranks, hoaxes, and assorted misinformation for many which typically end with a boisterous, “April Fools’!!!”  Originally intended to be for instances of tom-foolery resulting in laughs and good times, some turn it into an unfortunate day of entertaining themselves as well as others at the expense of another.  For that reason, the day and its activities are not accepted warmly by all.

In Second Life, April Fools’ day can be just as fun.  A virtual world offers many opportunities to perpetrate some pretty funny hoaxes and pranks upon each other. For some, any day in Second Life is April Fools’ because too many create hoaxes and misinformation to serve their own needs.  This would not typically be an issue until someone gets genuinely hurt or harmed by another’s hoax.

I once had a very good friend who was the victim of such a hoax, one in which another person pretended to be someone they were not and they both got very close.  One with a vision of a future with the other in Real Life, the other with the knowledge of why that could not happen.  When pressed for Real Life contact, the individual projecting the hoax will inevitably find a way to avoid the illusion from coming to a conclusion.  They will be convincing to the point that the rube (victim of the confidence game) will feel bad for questioning their mistrust of the conniver. No contact will be made and the con continues on.

Do not get me wrong, I have no issue whatsoever with someone playing whatever role that they want to play in Second Life , without the implications of desiring more beyond the game.  My issue is when the person attempts to take that illusion to the next level, to push for more than what is contained within Second Life.  One common approach is fake Real Life pictures or voice-morphing to convince you of the legitimacy of their claim.  It could also be having others who are close to them participate in the illusion themselves without having any real knowledge of the truth or situation.  Either way, it is still an illusion that is designed to meet the malicious needs of the perpetrator of the hoax.

I was there for my friend when the illusion unraveled and the truth presented itself.  I knew there were two ways to approach it, you can either remove yourself from the situation or you can set out to destroy the other person. The latter choice is where you allow the anger, hurt, and embarrassment you experienced to turn into rage that drives you to want to destroy a person and force them out of the game or onto an alt.  The fool in this scenario wins a symbolic victory but it does little for the victim’s piece of mind.  The humiliation remains with the victim and sours their future experiences.

The former approach of letting it go is my preferred approach.  It is not for all and many may disagree with it, but it is the one that works the best for me.   I have been on the fool’s end a couple of times in Second Life.  In one instance, a prankster that I got involved with offered evidence of how I was deceived with a person prior to them.  It was all part of the confidence game.  Let me show you how you got suckered before, trust me as I show you how the other fooled you.  It is amazing how much deceivers know about exposing one another.  There must be a class on deception online somewhere.

So remember, April Fools’ day is a good day for fun and pranks, provided we do it all in good nature.  Have fun with it, laugh and cheer, but be considerate.  There is no reason to be malicious.  And for the rest of the year, have fun.  Play the game but be diligent.  Do not allow yourself to get played by the game.

Visit this location in Second Life by clicking here:  Enchanted Isle

Another Visit to Basilique

Basilique is probably the build that I have visited the most in Second Life.  I have always had a love of the sea and the pier on this sim calls to me.  I never tire of visiting it, taking pictures, and just walking along the pier.  It has not changed much at all, one of the true constants in Second Life for me.

I can honestly say that, if you have never visited or have not for a while, you need to return to Basilique.  I may be a bit biased but cannot help myself.  It is nice to have a constant in Second Life that you feel you can go to relax and reflect.  This is my place for that.

One of the things that I am looking forward to this summer is visiting piers and lighthouses along the East Coast, from Florida to Maine.  I have always been fascinated with all things nautical and am looking forward to this extended trip up the Eastern Seaboard.  I also want to visit Washington, D.C., which I have never been to before as well.

When we are young, we believe we will have all the time in the world to do the things we dream of and we fantasize about the freedom we will have as adults to do them. When we become adults and get caught up in the act of living, we always continue to dream about the things we will do when we get time but never seem to make the time available to do them.  Then one day, we are reminded that time is a premium asset, that there is no guarantee of how much there actually is.  Once we get past the initial panic that comes with the full realization of that fact, we calm ourselves and then think about what we actually want to do with the time we have left.  As I have discussed in another post, time is the one thing we cannot get back so make the very most of it doing what you truly want to do.

Above all else, be kind to others as well.  You do not know how much time they may have either so wouldn’t you prefer to make it as pleasant for them as possible? And if they are not pleasant, just release them from your life.  Life is too short for unpleasant people and, though you may want to make them happy, some will never achieve happiness.  They hold on to hurt and pain, keeping it alive and wearing it as a badge of honor that they flash at you to justify why they are the way they are.  Never seeking to release or address it themselves, they cannot expect you to handle it for them.  Let these people go.  You will be happier and they will have something new to complain about and, ironically, that is what they thrive on anyway.

Enough going on….  I hope you enjoy the pictures and the SLURL is at the bottom of this post.  I hope you enjoy Basilique as much as I did.

To visit this location in Second Life, click here:  Basilique