Look who's coming for dinner!

Meetings, people, funny and odd encounters.

Where to go, what to do?

Suggestions for the second life adventurer in you.

Are you afraid of the Dark?

Haunted, abandoned, gory, spectral and scary places on the grid!

Last night a DJ saved my life...

Venues, discos, clubs and everything cool on the music side.

If only I knew...

Shopping guides, suggestions, events, hunts and faires: where to waste your money.

16.11.17

*ED* Eternal Dream Poses


Today I wanna talk about a store (oh yeah sometimes it happens! xD) and more precisely, a poses and animations' one.
Eternal Dream poses is an establishment among Second Life's  most famous poses and props stores, being in the game since a lot of years ago and also one of my favourites since then.

As of today, ED lays in a very cosy land, full of relaxing spots and a very quiet atmosphere. The landing point is a cool gazebo from which you have a marvellous sight on both the store and the vibrant surroundings, made up of trees, cute animals and the ocean.

On the right side we find a sort of romantic openair temple, which contains wedding and love poses, while on the other side there's a quite big cottage showing up all of Fata Boa's poses and animations.

I find the place very quiet and cosy and I like to spend time here, aside from shopping, also for the overall positive vibes.

Fata offers all kinds of poses, props, AO animations and single ones. Wether you are a blogger, an artist or simply interested in good poses, ED is a place you just can't miss.



TAXI:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Silva%20Arcana/216/244/22

26.10.17

Vaporwave

Vaporwave  "is a microgenre of electronic music and an Internet meme that emerged in the early 2010s.The music typically features a fascination with 1980s and 1990s styles of mood music such as smooth jazz, elevator music, R&B, and lounge music, often sampling or manipulating tracks via chopped and screwed techniques and other effects. The subculture surrounding vaporwave is often associated with an ambiguous or satirical take on consumer capitalism and popular culture, and tends to be characterized by a nostalgic or surrealist engagement with the popular entertainment, technology and advertising of previous decades. It also incorporates early Internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art, and cyberpunk tropes in its cover artwork and music videos." (cit. Wikipedia)

I love this genre in every shade of it, so I decided to scout the grid and see what it has to offer. Here's a small list of nostalgic, vaporwavey places that will melt your little chilly hearts.


Axolotl is a small ..room. Filled with pink, neons, lounges, retro designs and nostalgic posters. Above all, the iconic "We are the dead" laser writing. Cosy and private. Small but amazing.

TAXI - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arang/245/146/553


::: b E T A m A X ::: open stage is a small pinky club, a reminder of an endless summer in the sunset
of Miami with a cocktail in one hand and some cocaine in the other. Stroboscopic lights and retrovawe decorations make it a special place, where a big wall of old tv make it wonderfully techno-nostalgic. A must see!

TAXI - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kawaii%20Kingdom/10/158/998


C L U B   ' 9 5 , like the name suggests, is mostly dedicated to the old operating system nostalgia. This place is a bit wider and features mostly blue and geometric visuals, even if we don't miss the usual classic statues and screens. I love the sarcastic BSOD as backdrop and the overall lightness of this place, which is less mesh-oriented, less "elegant" than the others.
TAXI - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Super%20Nova/198/194/31

The Neon Joint is a private collection, featuring two rooms full of neons, vapor art, oldies and retrogaming objects. The atmosphere is more of a garage filled with everything you could fit into, but it's still cosy and peaceful. A nice place to chat or..do other things, like the owner says: "retro aesthetic hangout to blog, idle, sex, take photos, do whatever. Friendly to all folks & species. "
TAXI . http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystique%20Island/122/204/1397



 


 DROSS SANDBOX Vaporwave Last but not least, an impressively atmospheric sandbox, where
you can sit lounge and build in perfetcly retro style! This place is mostly dark, neon nightly decorated, and somehow resembles the inside of an old videogame, with some Tron vibes. The sky is absolutely stunning!
TAXI - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dross/118/130/27







Finally, a small disclaimer: my pics here have been taken with no filters and using regional windlight settings.

the pink salon - returns



The Pink Salon is a comfy angle of grid for everyone in love with '80s-'90s, gracefully filled with vaporwave-like aestethics and music.
I talked about this place almost one year ago (in this post) but was also enraged and saddened by the fact that it had closed a few days after that.
Now I'm glad to report that the salon has reopened in a new location and even though I liked the old building a lot more, it's as sassy and beautiful as ever.
Remember it's higly NSFW.

TAXI .. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kane/196/19/3498

Dementophilia - at The Vordun museum



Wake up in the middle of the night because your demons got out of your head and are permeating everything around you. Walk among them, in a mutated enviroment which resembles your everyday life but crawls out of your nightmares and you have no more control over it.

This, and much more, is Dementophilia, the latest exposition by  Federico Sosa.
I won't post any of the artworks here, because it is meant to be "lived" while you walk among them, but be sure it's something that will stick with you.. like a knife pierced through the back of your head and you can't take out.



The Vordun is a small atmosferic place, an impressive museum showing a permanent collection of famous rl paintings and temporary exibithion by renown sl artists.
Dementophilia just opened its doors so take a chance and look while it lasts.
Since you're there, also remember The Vordun also hosts a special wing dedicated to ukiyo-e paintings called "Pictures of the Floating World" and an interesting monography called "Proverbs".
Let's spend a different sl, for once ;)



 TAXI -- http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fancy%20Decor/87/107/32

21.10.17

Silent Hill Halloween Hunt



It's that time of the year again!! Halloween fans, rejoice and have fun! This is also my favourite time of the year not in RL only, but in SL as well: there's a lot of events, scary places, haunted houses, creepy rides and spooky hunts :D
So I opened the search panel and looked for something nice (as of...my personal definition of nice which involves corpses, ghosts, blood and violence to the least..) and stumbled upon this nice place, which is temporary so run and have a look while it lasts!

The sim is totally unrelated, this is a Silent Hill-themed hunt which you gain access to by clicking on a teleport at ground level.
I won't spoil it too much by adding screenshots, just remember to have your headphones on  and switch off the lights :D 
It is not a themes-sim, just an homage, but it's damn well thought.
Have fun!


TAXI--  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FresH/91/70/1102

18.3.17

The Colours of Loss and Healing


 "An artistic collaboration by iSkye Silverweb and Ahnue Heartlight: iSkye's visual and poetic expression; Ahnue's infusion of sound and rhythm; Dubhna Rhiadra's voice in a journey through the heart of loss into the healing knowledge that love continues on."

This place just breaks my heart. It is meant to share and cope with the pain of loosing someone we love, be it a person or a pet: it's ...suspension. I think iSkye's installations talk so much there's no words to escribe how moving and deeply touching this place is. There's only a few symbols, scattered through a desert landscape, filled with remains of colours here and there. Exasperated colours and shattered surfaces, like someplace that has somehow survived an earthquake and is painfully trying to remember what it was like, before.
There's a parrot that follows every step you make, appearing in many forms and asking for attention: "Pet me."  Pet him..pet yourself, pet your soul. Let this place move you and heal you, somehow, sometimes.
There's a big book, a book where you can leave your trace, leave something that reminds you, reminds everyone, about whom you lost. Because it is never, ever, really gone.

This place filled me with tears. I left my note on the big book.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/149/136/23 






5.2.17

[small cozy places] - She Wolf & Wolfsongs


I was wandering with absolutely no idea of  where and what I was doing, when I recalled a friend of mine gave me a lm some days ago and I still had to check it. So yeah, I went there and I was greeted with a simple mesh objects store. Then I took a look at the surroundings and it was a surprisingly nice sim, with a lot of cute houses and shops (even a toy tigers' one!!! *_*).
Anyway, one of the best looking places was this small and cozy pub, with a mix of grungey-country-rock elements and a funny santa dog at the door  XD
I immediately felt like home. The place was empty and very quiet, no music at all, but the insides are just as hilarious and welcoming as the outside! A little heaven for nerds, full of reminders to books, movies and series.


I really liked this venue and I will surely be back here from time to time, when I need some space to be comfortable and alone..something that I desperately need, lately.

On a side note, with this entry I'm starting the "small cozy places" series which is kinda self explanatory ;)

TAXI :  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arcania/110/169/27

27.1.17

SynthetiK BunkeR : Industrial Club


I love EBM music and lately has been hard to find a decent club to hang out in, since most of them have closed or offer a very poor schedule with boring music.
I usually spend one day or two every now and then trying to find a new place where I can listen to my fave tunes, with no gestures no exploders no people with blings and totally unrelated outfits, no invasive hosts, etc... and I finally found an interesting one!!
SynthetiK BunkeR is a very cool and big club, with regular DJs and a very interesting schedule, nice people and a stunning location.
Nothing more, nothing less. Wanna spend some nice hours with good music? Pay them a visit!

TAXI: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lost%20Souls/201/139/3503




6.1.17

Gone? Already?


This is more of a rant than a real post.
I've been "living" my Second Life for many years, with ups and downs..and the only really horrendous reality of that place is that nothing is forever.
I've witnessed the birth and death of so many sims and places that I've lost count.
My landmarks' folder used to have literally thousands of listed lms..and is now reduced to a hundred, to be optimistic.
It's been ...one week? since my latest blog update, the one about "pink salon": I've just come back to see that the place is gone. The land is abandoned and on resale.

It's ok, that's the harsh reality of a virtual and inconsistent world like SL. What bothers me a lot more is that the only ideas that seem to stick are shops, gatchas and shopping events: Second Life used to be the land of dreams, of new ideas, of the impossible made possible. Now it's reduced to an abandoned wasteland inhabited by the memories of "old" citizens like me ..and the rest is speculation.
Meshes killed originality, but the truth is ...originality was dead a long ago. Prices are high, you need to be a millionaire in order to maintain the fees for renting a parcel..let alone entire sims. And that's, folks, is how you kill a brilliant world and make it so painfully similar to the one we live in, outside.

I am so fuc***g tired of this.
And that is why, from now on, I won't review ANY shop, any "brand" and anything to do with gatchas and those stupid things. There's already a million places to find and read about that stuff.
I will also prefer original and (I don't care if) old, imperfect and non-gatcha items made up of- places instead of the ones everyone seems to like lately.

Goodbye, and thanks for the fish.

30.12.16

the pink salon

v a p o r w a v e  is a cultural movement with a nostalgic eye towards music and aesthetic of the 1990s and 1980s, they love lounge and disco music, pink and green shades of colors, classical sculptures and retro gaming..and a lot more.  I absolutely dig this genre, is like something that got out of my mind and took life on its own. And so does the pink salon, which is a small hangout/club with an heavy vaporvibe. 
I absolutely dig the place, mostly because it's neat, simple, cosy and relaxing. Yeat it feels like a trip on a bad dose of LSD.
Their motto is sex, love, tentacles and music.  AAAnd a promise is a promise: the upperfloor lounge room is full of tentacles, as in furniture and photographies.  There's, anyway, an important detail that I need to add: nothing is pornographic, bad tastey or vulgar: vaporwave has an elegant vibe and this place follows the style perfectly.
Honestly worth a visit..and if you're a fan like me, you'll end up staying hours in there!




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