The Eternal Suspense in Second Life

The Eternal Suspense by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

Giovanna Cerise’s latest installation is inspired by a theme presented by Friedrich Nietzsche – the dance, the balance, the dichotomy between the Apollonian (harmony) and Dionysian (chaos) aspects of Greek Tragedy.

She applies this theme to the balance we have to achieve everyday – which aspects of our character will be allowed to dominate. The Eternal Suspense is her way of asking if, in fact, we have to choose.

The Eternal Suspense by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

You should use (what look like) spinning tops you’ll find to teleport between the levels of her installation. The descent from (the perhaps intended) rational, to the extreme vitality of indulgence, is compelling.

An analogy might be the difference between sitting in a law office being thoroughly professional, and the experience on a Florida beach during a school break. There’s lots of room in the middle, but at what point do you cross the line?

The Eternal Suspense by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

This made me think of another area of balance in our lives, one I’ve had to confront recently and I have (brace yourselves) a new theory. I refer to age – more particularly, our perception of ourselves as young or old.

Those of us who have lived more than 2 or 3 decades can tell you that your brain doesn’t wake up one day and feel old. Oh sure, your body goes through changes (I think all our warranties expire when you turn 30), but inside looking out doesn’t suddenly operate any differently. I might temporarily lose nouns, but that’s just part of my charm. :)

The Eternal Suspense by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

I’ve recently had some people in their 20s treat me like I’m somehow backward or ignorant. This is the first time I’ve had to deal with that type of thing and it has been baffling to me. I finally decided that they’re doing this because I have some grey hair. They see me as somehow less knowledgeable, less rational, less relevant.

If I had less backbone, and bought into their assessment, I would finally start feeling old. I don’t and I don’t.

So here’s my theory. They say “you’re as young as you feel”, I say you’re as old as you let people treat you. Giovanna postulates that I can decide to embrace all aspects of my psyche – I’ll think about that. I just won’t let anybody else decide if I’m past my best-before date. :)

The Eternal Suspense by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

News & Views, Safe for Diabetics in Second Life

Rayne Isles (moderate)

Loverdag led me to Rayne Isles, a pretty landscape which manages to avoid cloying even though the emphasis is definitely on “sweet”.  We’ve both used the region default Windlight and, yes, there’s a definite tinge of pink. :)

Rayne Isles (moderate)

I decided to use this location as the backdrop for some real life news items. It’s easy to forget to do an indepth survey of what’s going on in the physical world, so I spent some time yesterday catching up. I’d like to share two bits of important information you may also have missed.

Rayne Isles (moderate)

The first story is an update to the revelation that a giant comet wiped out an Antarctic civilization 13,000 years ago. The good news is that the author of this explosive theory has found “the smoking gun”. I do have to wonder how it can still be smoking after all this time though…..

Rayne Isles (moderate)

The second, and personally shocking, announcement is that the attention span of Canadians is now shorter than that of a goldfish.

This is

Rayne Isles (moderate)

Just for Mesmerizing Fun! The Piccolis in Second Life

D-Lab (moderate)

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of aspects in Second Life on which I am not an expert. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you’ll know that one area of my abysmal ignorance is shopping.

This post is a brief description of my visit to experience the special witchcraft produced by Dazai Voom.  If you aren’t familiar with this location –  welcome to the club!

It seems, however, that almost everybody apart from me knows about D-Lab.  Certainly all the friends I mentioned it to were aware of it. In fact they already possess their own private playgrounds full of the delights to be found herein.

D-Lab (moderate)

The store and surroundings offer a wide variety of cute & surreal objects in a landscape full of charm. The primary reason I went there, though, is to follow-up on something I saw in an earlier exploration. The Piccolis – scripted characters who carry out lengthy interactions with their environment and each other.

My static images can’t convey how mesmerizing it is to watch them. The movies on Dazai’s blog give you just a taste.

See the little guy in the blue sweater? I watched him wake up from a nap in front of a bakery, get down from his stool, cross the park, get a carrot from the vendor, jump up on the seat, and join his friend for a snack.

D-Lab (moderate)

Scripting is the purview of wizards in my simple brain – add their sorcery to adorable characters and the result is magic.

How else to explain the little one who climbed up into a treehouse, sat for a while to contemplate the neighbourhood, stood up and went over to a birdhouse, called out a bird, mounted it, flew across the area, landed the bird, dismounted, and walked over to a tree stump. He then scrambled up to the top and used it as a chair. I guess he just wanted a more comfortable seat.

These are not breedables – it’s more analagous to buying a toy which has lots of friends and accessories. If I understand it correctly, Dazai releases a group of new additions to the Piccoli family a few times a year.

D-Lab (moderate)

If you want to escape the grind of daily life (in any world), if you need to be reminded that special wonders are out there, go visit D-Lab. After you’ve spent some time exploring the little village, go into the store and see his wide range of products.

You’ll find a teleporter to the Piccoli Demo – click on that. Once you’ve arrived, just sit down and watch. Use your camera to follow the intricacies of their daily lives – you won’t want to leave.

Don’t blame me if you find lots of things to spend money on. I’m just hanging out with my new friend, enjoying the view. :)

D-Lab (moderate)
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