Thursday, 4 October 2018

Silent movie nights in October 2018

For the third year in a row at the Odie Cinema, the month of October is dedicated to silent horror movies. As we approach Halloween, join us for some delightfully spooky time!

As always, silent movie nights take place Fridays from 1 pm SLT, at this location.

5 October 2018
Genuine: A Tale of a Vampire (orig. Genuine, die Tragödie eines seltsamen Hauses, Germany)

Directed by Robert Wiene, released in 1920. Starring Fern Andra and Hans Heindrich von Twardowski. The set was designed by expressionist artist Cesar Klein. We'll be watching a version with a particularly eerie score by P. Emerson Williams.

12 October 2018
Waxworks (orig. Das Wachsfigurenkabinett, Germany)

Directed by Paul Leni, released in 1924. Starring Emil Jannings and Conrad Weidt. The movie is a mix of different genres, and some classify it as historical, with only some episodes belonging to the horror genre.

19 October 2018
Wolf Blood: A Tale of the Forest, USA

Directed by George Chesebro, released in 1925. Starring George Chesebro and Roy Watson. A werewolf story.

26 October 2018
The Bat, USA

Directed by Roland West, released in 1926. Starring Jack Pickford (Mary's younger brother) and Louise Fazenda. Based on the 1920 Broadway hit by the same title, it was an influence on the subsequent creation of Batman.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Norgaard Place: What's in the box?

As I've mentioned in an earlier post ("Leaving Second Norway"), last month I moved into a new home - back to mainland! And for the first time since I've joined Second Life, it happens to be a skybox.

Normally I'm not a huge fan of skyboxes, preferring to play with terraforming and landscaping down on the ground. However, this one seemed to fit all my needs in terms of space, design, prim count etc. And it spares me the sight of the typical mainland horrors - although, in all honesty, the area around Odie, Nautilus, where my parcel is located, is not all that bad (at least for the time being).

Anyway, let me unpack this box and take you on a short tour.

Upon landing, the ground floor houses the Odie Cinema, where we now have our regular Friday silent movie nights...

... the meditation area...

... and a small gym.

There's also an outdoor area. Originally, it was a pool with some water features, but with Duncan's help, I transformed it into a small park.

Up on the first floor you will find a library...

.... and a cafe with a nice view of pretty much the entire skybox.

The second floor is the only area that is more private in nature. Just a simple bedroom, with some of my toys on display. 😈

So, there it is. You're welcome to visit whenever, especially at times when there are some activities going on there. As a reminder - unless we're on a break, or there is some RL emergency - silent movie nights take place Fridays from 1 pm SLT, and daily 30-minute meditation sessions start at 11:30 pm SLT. To visit, follow this SLurl.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Silent movie nights in September 2018

After the summer break, this month Odie Cinema resumes its work! There is no special theme this time, but I've prepared an international selection of silents we haven't watched before, including some all-time classics.

Before the full schedule, a reminder that we're now at a new location - still in Odie, on the Second Life continent of Nautilus, but from now on up in a skybox. You'll find the updated SLurl by clicking on this link.

7 September 2018
Battleship Potemkin, 1925 (Russia), a classic silent directed by Sergey Eisenstein.

14 September 2018
Easy Virtue, a 1928 (Britain). A romance / drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall and Ian Hunter.

21 September 2018
Get Your Man, 1927 (USA). Romantic comedy directed by Dorothy Arzner, starring Clara Bow.

28 September 2018
The Doll (orig. Die Puppe), 1919 (Germany). A comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Ossi Oswalda, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson. Based on a novel by E. T. A. Hoffmann.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

The Tarot Garden at LEA 17

Currently at the LEA 17 sim you can see an interesting exhibition of works on the subject of tarot.

Created by SL resident by the name of Secondhand Tutti, it's a transposition of an RL location into Second Life, namely of The Tarot Garden found in Tuscany, Italy. The original place, described as an esoteric sculpture garden, was the creation of Niki de Saint Phalle - more on which you can find on this website.

Although the artwork itself was not exactly my cup of tea (plus I found the sim a bit disorganised), as a tarot buff I really wanted to check it out. There are sculptures and mosaics all over the sim, and you might have to spend some extra time to find them all.

Some of the works reminded me of the sort of art that was popular in Catholic churches in my home country back in the 1960s and '70s. When I later did a bit of reading on the original artist, it made sense: she began her work on Il Giardino dei Tarocchi back in the late 1950s, inspired by Antonio Gaudi (interestingly, both Duncan and I had Gustav Klimt in mind...).

To visit the sim, you can use the following SLurl.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Lovecraft Festival

No Lovecraft fan will want to miss this: LoveFest 2018 - the 7th annual celebration of H. P. Lovecraft in Second Life.

Duncan and I visited the other day, and while we only had a look at the more commercial side of it, namely the merchants' quarter, there are other events scheduled such as concerts and readings. Stores are selling Lovecraft and fantasy-related items, and you can also grab a few freebies if you play the LoveFest Hunt.

Do watch your step though, as the streets of this small New England town are not exactly safe!

LoveFest is open until 2nd September, so don't wait too long. To visit, follow this SLurl.

Leaving Second Norway

All good things come to an end, as they say, and so did my stay in East Fjord Grieg of Second Norway. During the time I was there, my island went through many transformations, from a fishing village to a medieval castle and many things in between. It was also a home to Refugium, a small meditation space, and the place where I first launched silent movie nights that eventually became a regular Friday event.

When I returned from my summer holidays, I decided to make a few changes affecting both my RL and SL, including decluttering my living space, and trimming down my overall expenses. In the spirit of that decision, I knew I had to let go of Second Norway. On my last day there, as I was taking back my items, I reflected on all the memories and good things that happened there. I didn't stay too long, though, not wanting to get too sentimental. Once I had all my thingies back in the inventory, I TPed to the rental place to click the 'won't renew' button, and that was that.

At the moment, I'm regrouping in Odie, my mainland parcel, where all my stuff will be up in a skybox that I've had my eye on for a long time. More on that as soon as things are ready there!

Silent movie nights recap: June - August 2018

Once again I've neglected blogging about our silent movie nights... Noticing that I've left no record of them since May (apart from the regular posts in our Facebook group and elsewhere), here's a list of films we saw in June and July of 2018.


1 June 2018
The Ghost Train (El tren fantasma, 1927). Directed by Gabriel Garcia Moreno.

Given the Mexican theme, the cinema to decorated with Mexican flags, there were tacos and tequila, and after the movie we went for a car trip!

8 June 2018
The Iron Fist, 1927. Directed by Gabriel Garcia Moreno, starring Lupe Bonilla and Manuel Carillo.

After the movie, food and drinks, we did some dancing...

15 June 2018
Home movies from the 1930s Mexico, made by Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo.

22 June 2018
Tepeyac (1917), directed by Jose Manuel Ramos and others. Roberto Arroyo Carillo and Pilar Cota.

29 June 2018
A German Hacienda in Mexico (1930s), a German educational documentary.

...again followed by a party, which we took out to the street.


5 July, 2018
Sherlock, Jr. (1920), starring Buster Keaton and Catherine McGuire.

20 July, 2018
The Pawnshop (1916), starring Charlie Chaplin.

Throughout August we were on the summer break.

Thanks to all who joined us for our regular Friday movie nights in the season 2017/2018!