Another visit to Binemist

Another beautiful post by Spanki Moulliez about Binemist

Originally posted on Red Lotus Flower:

So a couple of days ago I made a quote post, with a picture taken at the lovely Binemist sim. This morning I went back to make some more photos for this post. A build on two levels, when you TP into the sim, you will find yourself in the underwater world. Cool, calm and blue, you can follow the path around to explore under the sea. I found a dance ball, or rather, dance ‘aloe plant’ that you can click if you want to do some couple dancing to the stream. But if you’re exploring alone, no need to be lonely, there are lots of turtles for company.  I loved the elephants, who seemed perfectly content in their under underwater home. After a while spent under the waves, I found the wooden steps up to the surface, and wandered a bit between the houses and the island and…

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Challenge #3: Izima Kaoru: Landscapes with a Corpse

This week has been a bit hectic in my RL, but also in Secondlife. Fiddling with auto-return on your SIM/Parcel/Region is something you should do with caution. So when I saw the third challenge from Vanessa Blaylock I decided it was right up my ally.

Sakai Maki in Jil Sander

Landscapes with a Corpse is inspired by Japanese fashion photographer Izima Kaoru. He is personally afraid of dying, so in his work he asks his models how they want to die. He then stages that death with the model wearing designer dresses.

The photo of Sakai Maki is from 2008.

Challenge #3

Good morning, avatar. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to contemplate the occasion and setting of your own demise. Then pick something extraordinary from your very favorite designer to wear for your departure. Then photograph it. Like Kaoru you can think in terms of 4 images: from a tight headshot, all the way out to a wide landscape panorama.

  • You can optionally write some thoughts about your departure from this world.
  • You can optionally write some thoughts about VR mortality vs RL mortality.
  • Post your images to your Blog, Flickr, etc.
  • Leave a link to your post in the comments below
  • You can optionally add your images to the Challenges 2015 Flickr group

Contemplating my own death is not something I do. That said I’m not afraid of it and I live everyday as was it my last. I have no regrets and I don’t feel I’ve missed out. In other words: I’m always ready to die.

This week was crazy and come the weekend I fell kind of dead so here is my avatar corpse in landscape

Landscape with a Corpse

Landscape with a Corpse

Landscape with a Corpse

Landscape with a Corpse

The consequence of Groups

Last weekend I was fiddling with Groups. I had an old group that I had used for ages when ever I got a new parcel. I also used it on Binemist, but it seemed that time had run past that group and I wanted to change it to a new group – a Binemist Group – and I wanted that group to be the group for the SIM Binemist. I was also thinking about maybe making a community of some sort with that group.

But when you deed a SIM/parcel to a group, you cannot change that. What you have to do is sell the parcel to yourself and deed the parcel to the new group. I googled it… I read that it was very important to turn off auto-return, which I did, and everything went according to plan. Binemist is now deeded to the new Binemist Group.

Je Suis Charlie

Thursday morning I logged in to do a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ tribute, and I noticed some balloons, someone had left behind. I flew over and thought that I could use them for my snapshot too, and I think my tribute come out very well.

After I published the photo, I thought to myself: “I must remember to reset the auto-return. Why not do it now!” And so I did. I was standing on a piece of ice with the last Polar Bears of the world and watch how first the balloons and the the bears and the ice disappeared and I fell to the bottom of the sea and saw the underwater world disappear too. I also saw massive amount of stuff coming back into my Lost & Found folder in my inventory.

That’s when I realised what I had done.
OMFG! Darn it!

Almost Empty Sim – a few bits is about to be returned

I almost called in sick to work to get started on fixing it right away, but then I woke up to reality. Not a good idea to skip work unless you are really sick, and certainly not to fix a broken hobby. Instead I closed off the SIM to anyone but group members, posted a explainable snapshot to flickr and went to work. When I got home in the evening, I was too tired to login, and the same on the Friday. But Saturday I woke at 5 in the morning – I couldn’t sleep any longer, the how-to-fix was running havoc in my head – so I got up and logged in.

I think it was probably good that I  had some time to think about how to fix Binemist. Had I gone in Thursday morning to start fixing my wrong, I think I might have made it worse. As it stands now I have replaced the platform in the sky – alas 8 meters higher than the old platform, but I hope I have sort of taken care of anyone logging in with the old landmark. I have placed a little platform where the old landmark would take you and then I placed a teleporter up to the platform’s new height.

Logging in as early as I did, Michaell (who lives on SL time) was online – watching a baseball game and hanging out before bedtime. He came over and kept me company, played the ukulele and gave advice. He is such a sweetheart

Sad song

Avatar in a Box Challenge

Avatars in a Box

I was looking at Flickr pictures, minding my own business, when a snapshot from Strawberry Singh caught my eye. I then read her blogpost and I was intrigued. Never heard of Vanessa Blaylock before, but I shall be following her blog hence forth. Vanessa pledge that all her challenges in 2015 will be inspired by an artist – living or dead. That will be interesting to follow.

Her Avatar in a Box Challenge inspired by Hugh Kretschmer‘s 2006 art/fashion piece Special Delivery where he lovingly assembles outfits and body parts in a box. That really appealed to me, so I got my friend Gora to help me, so to me this is AvatarS in a Box.

Bine to the rescue

Found Stefan in the snow

Found Stefan in the snow

Every year on Christmas Day, Stefan logs in to wish all his SL friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  It’s a nice gesture – I just wish he would come in more often. He says he doesn’t want Stefan in Secondlife – he makes too much drama it seems.

Coffee & Cake

Coffee & Cake

Anyhow… I was glad to find him sending his greetings from Binemist, and I was quick to invite him in for a spot of coffee and cake. I know he loves that.

Taken at Binemist, Mystical Falls (76, 110, 2201)

Binemist chorale

Binemist, Mystical Falls; Inara Pey, September 2014, on FlickrBinemist, Mystical Falls (Flickr)

As many know, I’ve been gradually getting my head around machinima, and specifically music videos. I’ve got a way to got to get up to the likes of the real exponents of the art, but hopefully I’m making progress.

One of my favourite places in SL is Binemist, Biné Rodenberger’s region – if you’ve never visited it, you should; it is a absolute delight. It’s been an aim of mine to capture it on video for myself;  a daunting task, as Biné is herself an accomplished machinima maker, and I still cannot eliminate all of the judders from my footage as (I assume) the capture software and the viewer fight for attention.

I did actually capture footage over a couple of visits,  but I was then stuck for music; nothing seemed to fit. Until, that is, I was listening to chorales on Christmas Eve…

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Winter fun

Skating is always fun

I don’t like winter, but I acknowledge that it looks beautiful, and there are fun winter activities. One such activity is ice skating, and it is a lot of fun and totally without pain to skate in world.

Details on Bine:
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Hair: DeeTaleZ shaved dragon
Hat: MG – Fur Hat – Baboushka – Arctic Fox – from Winter Trend SL 2014
Boa: MG – Fur Boa – Natalya – Artic Fox – from Winter Trend SL 2014
Coat: *COCO* DuffleCoat Olive – from TheArcadeGacha
Skates: BAX Ice Skates Gold (Old, highly scripted skates, but I love them)

Pose: RACK Poses & Ispachi – Lets Skate Pose 1 from December Liaison Collaborative

Taken at Binemist, Mystical Falls (84, 56, 2201)

Polar bears – endangered by global warming

Polar Bears on the last bit of ice

I love the ISPACHI animals available at the Arcade, and I thought I would use the Polar Bear in a political statement. Polar Bears are the first animals to be endangered by Global Warming. The loss of sea ice habitat from climate change is the biggest threat to the survival of polar bears. Read more about the Polar Bear here www.worldwildlife.org

Black Friday – in SecondLife

Black Friday is an American phenomenon that with online shopping is spreading to large parts of the world. In my neck of the woods, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, so we don’t have a Friday where we can go shopping, but I’m sure my fellow countrymen take advantage of Black Friday online.

Seeing that Secondlife is American, and seeing that lots of the people who inhabit Secondlife also are American, the Black Friday is massive in world. Lots of shops and designers do Black Friday (and they are kind enough to have it all weekend…). You can find a list of shops and designers over on Seraphim.

I found a couple of my favourite designers on the list and I went and got some nice outfits half price.

[sYs]

[sYs] is one of my favourite avant-garde designers in Secondlife. They make sexy sci-fi outfits with an edge. I love it.

Dress: [sYs] NEKHO dress Mesh – white
Shoes: [sYs] POPPING ankle heels – black/white (Slink Mid Foot)
Sunglasses: [sYs] RAVE sounglasses 2.0 (black)
Hair: AD – tantrum – amber
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Mid
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Pose: Ma VieGirl Fever 08

Catsuit: [sYs] DISTRICT 12 catsuit (rigged mesh) – White/Black
Sunglasses: [sYs] RAVE sounglasses 1.0 (white)
Shoes: [sYs] POPPING ankle heels – black/white (Slink Mid Foot)
Hair: DeeTaleZ shaved dragon
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Mid
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Pose: oOo Studio adrienne 3

Sunglasses: [sYs] RAVE sounglasses 1.0 (white)
Body: [sYs] DARKSIDE Open Body (F) – Black/White
Hair: DeeTaleZ shaved dragon
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Mid
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Pose: RIDIC. – Clip Pose

*{Junbug}*

Another one of my favourite designers are Junbug – she makes fantasy and vintage styled dresses and they are really pretty and well made.

I went to The Bay to shoot the first dress I got from Junbug. I met Mr. Grim Deanimator. He told me he was out collecting souls, and I let him take mine in exchange for posing with me. I didn’t think I had a soul in Secondlife – some vampire took years ago, so I hadn’t really missed it. Mr. Grim agreed and hence he is on this picture

Dress: *{Junbug}* Adele’s Secret in Cream
Hair: AD – tantrum – mimosa
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Dress: *{Junbug}* Cecilia [Moss]
Hair: AD – tantrum – mimosa
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Pose: RACK PosesPriestess Female Pose 2 from the Fantasy Gacha Carnival

Dress: *{Junbug}* Heidi in Rustic
Hair: AD – tantrum – mimosa
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Pose: Fuwary Kisses – watch the sun – a free gift from *♥Tsubasa♥*

Dress: *{Junbug}* Instant Crush in Dusky
Hair: AD – tantrum – sienna
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Pure Poison

Pure Poison makes shoes – very nice shoes. I went and got a nice pair at half price.

Shoes: Pure Poison – Fringe Heels
Hair:  Exile::Dancing on my own Light Reds from the Arcade September 2014
Catsuit: [sYs] PULSAR – catsuit included LOLAS Applier
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 D
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Mid
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual

Pose: *EverGlow* – Free Female Pose 2

Some of the interior designers also had Black Friday Sale. I went to Cheeky Pea and Trompe Loeil and bought Gift cards at half price. That should last me a while – I just hope I remember I have them, when I want to buy something from Cheeky Pea and Trompe Loeil…