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Our Lady of the Bloomenveldt   Leave a comment

Jem sent me some photos she’d squeezed in recently, but didn’t have the chance to write up.  As it happened, I’d recently re-read Norman Spinrad’s Child of Fortune, which I recommend to you at some point; and the size of some of the flowers in LEA15’s Gardens By the Bay reminded me of that book.  If you don’t get the context of the quotations, I suggest you buy the book.  It is fun, it is erotic, and it will make you think about what our society could be like if we tried out the social philosophy of Sunshine’s Second Starfaring Age.

“Vraiment, all present here do surely know that the spirit of Belshazaar, the raison d’être for your own presence on this planet, resides not in this grim gray city of lifeless glass and stone, but across the sea atop the mighty Bloomenwald, where the great flowers exude the psychotropic substances upon which your economic vie depends, and which is the sole fame of Belshazaar among the far-flung worlds of men!”…

“I stand before you as one who has wandered deeper into the Bloomenveldt than any human spirit may safely go, who has walked among the fabled Bloomenkinder, seen the legendary Perfumed Garden of floral perfection, lost my élan humain to the puissant flowers, been rescued therefrom by the Pied Piper of the Bloomenveldt, and returned to this very corner upon which I now stand to regale you, good citizens of Ciudad Pallas, with this mighty tale!”…

“Hearken therefore to the tale of the Pied Piper of the Bloomenveldt! Learn of the wonders and terrors and the true nature of the forest of unreason upon which the very life of this city depends!  Hear of the bodhis of the Bloomenveldt!  Cringe at the depths to which the human spirit may descend!  Glory at the power of the Word to bring that selfsame spirit back from the ancestral flowers to full sapient awareness!  Listen to the tale of the Pied Piper of the Bloomenveldt…and in the process become once more true Children of our species’ Fortune on the Yellow Brick Road from tropism and determinism to sovereign captaincy of the great arkologies and gallant Void Ships which have made us the masters of the stars!”…

Norman Spinrad, Child of Fortune, chapter 25

Spinrad, Norman. Child of fortune. New York: Ballantine, 1985. Print. ISBN (original):  0765301555.  ISBN-13:  9780765301550.  PS3569.P55 C47 1985.

See all photos, full-size, in the Flickr album

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Jem is wearing:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5 (Bento)
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 3.5
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure Ivory
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Quicksilver)
  • Hair: *TKW* (Tukinowaguma) Imelda, with tiara
  • Attachments: SLink Avatar Enhancement hands; Maitreya feet
  • Nails: FORMANAILS Stiletto nails (SLink Casual, red/silver)
  • Dress and shoes: r2 A/D/E shun (blue) (available at current round of Collabor88)
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Elaine necklace (Jade); aisling Simple Bindi; FORMANAILS Scarabeus (SLink Casual)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow:  Vengeful Therads Seraphim (Vibrant Blue, Omega)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Sorcha (slot 20, Omega)
    • Lashes:  FATElashes v2.0

Photographed at Gardens By the Bay (LEA15)

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From the Archive — In Memory of Broken Glass   Leave a comment

This would have been a good article to republish under any circumstances.  In light of recent events, though, it’s even more important that we remember this thing, and that we swear, solemnly and before all that we all hold holy in this world, that it will never happen again, to any people on this planet.

I’ve checked the Map, and Israel Island is still there.  Spare a moment, I beg ye, whoever ye may be and whatever be thy creed and faith, and visit this place, and pray for the souls of the dead, for the Righteous Gentiles, and for all who died as the result of a madman’s insanity.

“Rest quietly, for we will not repeat the evil….”

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Kristallnacht blog

While we’re remembering our veterans today, both alive and dead, it’s appropriate that we remember others as well, who died for no reason other than the desires of a madman. I will tell you right now that this isn’t a light article, a happy fashion piece or a visit to some beautiful vista, and I pull no punches in my subject or my choice of language. If you find this a hard thing, my sorrow for you, and you should move on to another blog for now. But an evil this great must be remembered; must be kept alive in the history of the world, so that we may see the signs and take steps to stop it before it grabs hold of us again.

Read more after the break.

Watering Hole   Leave a comment

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They say it’s always 5:00 somewhere, and we chose our five o’clock to go to The Blarney Stone.  Harper tells me “the Stone” is one of the longest running pubs in Second Life; looking at her old posts and the pictures, I believe her!  I think it’s gotten a little more gentrified over the years, but it’s easier to find good seats now, from the looks of the old tables and chairs.

Which is a good thing if you’re wearing these shoes!  Both of us have gotten a taste for extreme heels lately, and Lori Novo (shoutout!) had these on her blog in a recent piece.  We also both loved the Meva Cubes dresses from the current round of Cosmopolitan (rush out to the place if you haven’t yet; remember, they cycle stock every 2 weeks).  The boots are HUD-controlled, so there are more colors than just gold and silver.  We decided to match the strips of studs on our dresses, instead of the dresses themselves.

You’ve seen our skins and you can’t see our makeup that well in this shot — the only one I took, actually — so I’ll just hit the high points below.  There’s a larger photo on Flickr, in PNG, at wallpaper size, so you can download it and look at stunning beauty every day if you like, lol.

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I’m wearing:

  • Hair: Tukinowaguma (TKW) Jute
  • Dress: Meva Cubes Dress White Silver (at Cosmopolitan current round)
  • Boots: InsomNia Bimbo Extreme Heels
  • Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer Alysia (single-strand choker, earrings and ring)

Harper wears:

  • Hair: Truth Hair January (vintage)
  • Dress: Meva Cubes Dress Black Gold
  • Boots: InsomNia Bimbo Extreme Heels
  • Jewelry: Zuri’s Jewels Charlotte suite (choker, earrings, ring)

Photographed at The Blarney Stone, Dublin

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Thriller   Leave a comment

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It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You’re paralyzed

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‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

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Welcome to New Jericho, a “city of the future” built in a ring-habitat style, and home to thousands of people working, recreating, and (most important) doing research.  It’s just that someone has apparently been doing research on the Wrong Thing….

If you’re curious, grab your plasma rifle, put on your running shoes, and follow the red arrows.  And have sharp eyes — you’ll never know when something pops out at you…and they want to do more than just go “Boo!”

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O Canada

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O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

More tribute to Canada on her national day on the next page….

Sunny Days

Sunny Days

I could give in to a nap in the sun
after a long afternoon of summer fun
but that’s all the sun ‘ll let me do
sleep soundly for a day or two
I couldn’t reach it,
as hard as I’ll ever try,
so I’ll sleep underneath it and try not to cry
I’ll let its warmth graze my lips and color my cheeks
drunken and somehow it feels like magic
let the light come down and erase everything
and maybe its right that i shouldn’t complain
even if I’ll miss those kisses in the rain
but the clouds have been broken
and the sun smiles through
content enough,
to stop dreaming of you.

Alysia Victoria Gonzales, “Sunny Days” (2011)

Photographed in The Yorkshire Dales

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The Fairelands are Gone….

The Blessing of Anubis

Photographed in The Golden Delta, Fantasy Faire 2016

…But Fantasy Faire 2016 is not forgotten.  Especially the amount of good that has been done here.  As of my check a few seconds ago, the Relay for Life has raised L$ 7,380,456, or better than $29,000 in RL money.

The builds won’t be forgotten, either.  My favorite (where I’m posing here, as Latifah) was The Golden Delta, based around an Egyptian theme, and there was also moody, misty Blackmoor, which I didn’t get any photos of myself; however, Conan shot some in a few spots.  Jem and I both enjoyed our day at Sapphire Moon Lake — not surprisingly, as that was the home for the arts activities.  You can see all our photos as I add them to my album on Flickr, or at our individual streams.

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Latifah wore something similar last year, and most of the jewelry is the same, so we’ll just look at the changes to the costume here.

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