Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Berlin paparazzo

Back in 1926 (three years ago in SL Berlin time), a colleague of mine took this wonderful shot of Josephine Baker in front of Hotel Adlon.

So there I was last night, waiting patiently in front of Adlon, hoping to take an exclusive of another Berlin celebrity.

The night was long, and there was no one in sight. The first rays of sun could already be seen, and I still had nothing to take to my editor.

It isn't easy to be a freelance paparazzo!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Relay for Life - Raft Up Party

On Sunday, June 14, there was an event at Blake Sea organised for the benefit of the Sail for Life, as part of Relay for Life of SL activities.

There were quite a few participants, some dancing on the raft with the DJ booth, manned by DJ G Winz who kept the party going for hours, with his eccletic and entertaining music mix.

A lot of people sailed in on their boats, forming a circle around the central raft.

The purpose of the event was to raise funds for Relay for Life. The way to do it was through "Bid Me Bald", explained in the information notecard: "Bid Me Bald was created by Trader Whiplash and the Relay Rockers team in 2007. The team had promised to go bald with Trader if he lost his hair during his treatment for leukaemia. Trader suggested instead that a fund raising event be created where people could honour survivors by allowing themselves to be "Bid Bald."

My little group of people gathered on Duncan's boat, which quickly turned into a mini Pride event.

As the night fell and the event ended, we were joined by G Winz, and went for a cruise.

After all the partying and sailing through the night, it was lovely to see the sunrise.

P.S. More pics available on Tumblr.

Remembering my first place in SL

One thing I do a lot in SL is taking pics. Most of the time it's just simple everyday things that I like to document, as a reminder. I don't look at them often. Not being the most organized person, my pics are all over the place and not particularly sorted out, so whenever I open a folder, it's always an odd mix of old and new, from my newbie days to something I might have taken the other day.

This afternoon I stumbled upon three pics taken within my first several months in SL.

First, I'm happy with the progress I've made with SL photography since. Second, I am very glad to have gotten rid of that hair (and practically any hair altogether). I still have those glasses somewhere, but now I can fit them right!

The other two I labelled "Leaving Home." They must have been taken shortly after Christmas 2012, when I moved out of my first place. It was a very small flat, with a limit of about 30 prims (gasps!). I can't remember the name of the now defunct sim, but surely some of my gay friends will know it - at the time, the popular Bear Cave club was within walking distance. The place was cheap, and it was a start.

My next place was in the same sim, but several times larger. Moving out, I was feeling sad anyway. Although the pics are pretty bad, they still carry that emotion for me and take me back to the exact moment of taking back my stuff and moving out.

A few months ago, I found the LM to that place and I tried to TP there, to check out my old neighbourhood, only to realize that the whole sim is gone - probably had been for quite a while. Nothing unusual, I guess. But that's one thing I miss in SL - some sense of permanence, which is one of the reasons why I love mainland the way I do. People come and go, rezz and derezz their things, but there are still some permanent features of recognizable geography.

I'm not sure why that means to me in a virtual world, but it does. It never feels quite right for me when I TP to a once familiar place and end up at the bottom of the ocean, or next to a for-sale sign in the middle of nowhere.

So anyway, before I digress too much, these three were a nice reminder of my early days in SL.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Village Grocery

This afternoon I went shopping in the newly opened grocery in Nørgaard Village. It is conveniently located close to the railways tracks, just opposite the village church.

It is well stocked with canned food, cereals, spices and drinks.

It was a very hot day on the east coast of Heterocera, and fresh fruit and veggies was all I needed.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Relaxed Rules Day in 1920s Berlin

As part of its 6th birthday celebrations, yesterday was Relaxed Rules Day in The 1920s Berlin Project sim. In theory, it's a day in the year when people can visit the city without observing the usual RP rules, such as the requirement of wearing period clothes.

In practice, though, RRD is much more than that - "relaxed rules" here means total mayhem, a carnival-like festivity including crazy costumes, animal avatars, funny vehicles and use of gestures - all of which are normally discouraged in the sim.

Even before the happy hour at Biergarten, things were beginning to heat up, with Frau Jo, the sim owner, shooting randomly at unsuspecting people - with poor little hamsters as her ammo (don't let the animal activists hear about that!).

Frau Jo: the woman behind the sound of heavy artillery and screeching hamsters

I can only imagine the impression of first-time visitors to Berlin...



At one point, the sim had to be restarted, but some of us managed to get safely to Tiergarten, just behind the Brandenburger Tor, including a lovely dinosaur. The sim's brief and sudden disappearance was quiet before the storm.

Duncan the Dino in company of Father Helendale, waiting for the sim to come back

Once the sim came back on, the happy hour at Biergarten was well visited, with lots of drinking and music going on... until the river Spree began to flood the city, and people started evacuating as best as they could. Luckily, I had a rubber duck at hand.

Gradually, the entire city got under water, with only one roof left to provide safe haven for everyone. But not safe enough from my performance. It took a disaster of biblical proportions to get people to see me sing and dance...

The end was near... The end of the Relaxed Rules Day, that is. It was a wonderful community activity that brought new visitors to town, but I'm sure the regular RPers were the ones who found the whole event most gratifying.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Biergarten Opening

With the warmer days finally here, Biergarten opened its doors this evening for the first time in 2015. Or, I should say, 1929.

The 1920s Berlin Project sim celebrates its 6th birthday, which has been attracting a lot of people these past few days, with more activities coming up.

While sipping the lukewarm beer from the city's iconic Der Keller, I took these few black and white photos with my old camera.

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