When Balloons Escape, Cica Ghost in Second Life

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

Cica Ghost has already replaced Ruins with a new installation. Balloons officially opens tomorrow, but you can sneak in now.

As usual with this talented artist, you will find something magical. We only have a few weeks to enjoy it – so make sure you go soon!

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

This is a city suffering from neglect (also the cats are being ignored, don’t worry I did feed them because somebody has to).

The local residents are totally focused on their balloons – most of which seem to have escaped. They can’t think about anything else.

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

I don’t actually know what Cica had in mind when she designed this build. I can only tell you that it made me think of addiction.

We occasionally hear stories of people who have allowed their children to suffer because of an obsession with games. Think of the reports of those who lose everything to drugs. The rest of their world becomes unimportant.

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

Inflated plastic bubbles might seem like an odd thing to create such a personal fixation, and collateral damage, but we’re not the ones with that desperate passion.

You can join them though – just to share the experience. Get your own balloon at the landing spot and see what they find so compelling. :)

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

Random Thoughts in a Gentle Second Life Rain

un jour … There Will Come Soft Rains (moderate)

I really need to remind you all more often to check out the links in my blogroll. Many of them will take you to wonderful photographers and explorers.

Yana, for example, is a source for many cool locations – particularly those built/designed by Second Life residents from Japan. un jour .. There will Come Soft Rains is one such sim and, although still under construction, provides a variety of photo opportunities combined under the umbrella (yes, that’s a pun) of a very pretty landscape.

There are also some interesting sit poses but Honour isn’t your romantic-type avatar so I won’t try demonstrating them. :)

un jour … There Will Come Soft Rains (moderate)

A while back Designing Worlds did a two-part series on inworld photography. It wound up being two parts because Berry, Wildstar, and I wouldn’t stop talking (or in my case blathering nervously). We’re all really very shy.

At some point in there I was asked about using depth of field in landscape photography. I rarely do, but I should have mentioned that there is a blogger who does with great results.

Check out Loverdag’s images and you’ll see what I mean. She recently had a post on filters in the new Black Dragon viewer which is worth reading as well.

un jour … There Will Come Soft Rains (moderate)

I’ve been thinking a lot about ageing lately, for the most part because I’m taking care of a 93 year old. You can learn a lot from those who have more candles on their birthday cakes than you do.

Case in point: I took her hearing aides in to be cleaned and they really needed it. When I got back I suggested we get her ears checked the next time we went to the doctor. “I don’t have ear wax!” she replied.

I said, “I was told they were full of wax.” “It’s not mine!!!” she declared.

un jour … There Will Come Soft Rains (moderate)

Sh*t. Now, on top of everything else, I have to worry about some weird stranger sneaking in at night and putting their ear wax in various receptacles around the house.

I know, you’re thinking that’s just silly. Saffia, however, directed me to a biography of the Ear Wax Fairy. Her best friend is a Sock Fairy – which solves another mystery.

I don’t think I can block all the potential ways they can use to get in the house. Apparently I also can’t forsee all the different species that might be trying. Somebody make me a security orb OK?

un jour … There Will Come Soft Rains (moderate)

Tequila & DBAD in Second Life

Just Another Tequila Sunrise (moderate)

Tequila and I have a history – a pleasant one. OK there was that one time in Tijuana when my friend stole a hat and the marines had to rescue us (true story!), but that’s not important.

Just Another Tequila Sunrise (moderate)

If you’re wondering why there’s an autumn sim proudly displaying fall colours then you’ve forgotten that the Southern Hemisphere is just beginning to experience this season. Also, it’s Second Life and creators have the freedom to do what they like.

Just Another Tequila Sunrise (moderate)

The owner of Just Another Tequila Sunrise, the talented Arol Lightfoot, allows visitors to rez their props and pose balls for photos.

You can tell that some of those benefiting from her kindness are jerks. She has to remind people to pick up after themselves and not to have sex on a moderate sim.

Just Another Tequila Sunrise (moderate)

I guess that means it’s time for another gentle reminder: Don’t Be A Dick is a simple rule and one we wish all would keep in mind.

Now if you’ll excuse me, some of my favourite memories have been triggered. I’m just going to hide under a tree and enjoy.

Just Another Tequila Sunrise (moderate)
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