Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Silent Movie Night: The Abyss

After last week's Hitchcock thriller The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, the next movie we'll be watching at Refugium is the Danish film The Abyss (Afgrunden), made in 1910. 

Directed by Urban Gad, The Abyss launched Asta Nielsen into international stardom. It was considered so scandalous that it was censored in several countries, including Norway and Sweden. 

Until the beginning of World War 1, Danish cinema was the Hollywood of Europe, and thanks to the success of The Abyss, erotic melodrama continued to be its preferred genre throughout the 1910s.

Come join us for this gem of early movie history, this Friday, 1st July at 1pm SLT. To reach Refugium, follow this SLurl.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Rockin' in the Fjord

Yesterday we had the first music event on Norgaard Island in East Fjord Grieg. DJ Elf Starsider spinned some classic rock tunes for us at the newly open houseboat Cafe & Lounge.

With the tragic events in Orlando still in the thoughts of many, there were a lot of pride flags waving in show of support.

After the party, Duncan and I stayed behind to clean up, but not before we had a few beers...

Thanks again to everyone who joined us! Elf's DJ sets will be a regular event on the Island, and I'll keep you posted on the next one.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tethys Revisited

A few days ago I briefly visited Tethys on the SL continent of Sansara, not far from the snowy regions. About two years ago I owned some land there - a sort of home away from home. I named it Pine Cliffs.

I haven't been able to retrieve many snapshots from that time, but here are a few that show what the place looked like back then.

Down by the river - great for rafting - I had a small church and a green market. An elevator would take you up the mountain to my house.

I'm reminiscing on it now because I've realized that one of those parcels, currently on sale, still has a lot of my things rezzed there. The next owner asked me if he could keep them, and I was okay with that. Coming there after so much time and finding my rocks, trees, animals and builds still intact made me feel nostalgic.

I went to say hello to my elks and squirrels, and then I stopped by the mountain shelter high up in the rocky mountains. The new owner hadn't made any changes at all.

The only thing  that has changed are the surrounding parcels. At the time when I lived there, most of them were occupied, with not much abandoned land. There was a lot of trees, growing all the way down to the canyon - most of them mine, but then the neighbours rezzed some, too. The area, while far from perfect, at least looked lively. And this is what it looks like now!

It was strange to see only my own things there, and I don't even own any land there any more. I didn't have time to check whether all the surrounding parcels have been abandoned, or the people have chosen to move up in the skyboxes. Either way, it was a sad sight...

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Tarot Card History at Rocca Sorrentina

For centuries, tarot cards have been either a favourite pastime or reverently approached divination tool. The current Tarot Card History exhibition at Rocca Sorrentina provides a nice overview of the still unclear origins of tarot and how the tarot deck evolved, both in its design and purpose.

Up on the walls you can find relevant information and lots of illustrations.

Also interesting is the part on the darker times of the history of Europe, when playing with tarot could send you straight to gallows.

Make sure not to miss the final part of the exhibition, found in a side room towards the exit. It's a photo booth of sorts, where you can sit, pose and have your face adorn a number of tarot cards. I had to choose the Fool, my favourite one!

The exhibition has been open for a while now, make sure you visit before it closes. You can reach it by following this SLurl.

Friday, 17 June 2016

The cafe is back!

Ever since I've owned land in Second Life, a small cafe of some sort was always one of the features on my parcels. When I moved to Second Norway, I kept shrinking it down - due to prim limit, mostly - until only one coffee table remained at the dock, a far cry from what my friends and visitors were used to.

Well, today I'm reopening a proper cafe: a boat cafe and lounge. It's going to put some pressure on my prim count, but I can make cuts elsewhere.

Since June is gay pride month I've themed it as a small gay club, at least for now, but everyone is welcome.

The sea level area is going to be more of a lounge, with some games and gadgets.

There's also men's room, which is a convenient addition... Before this I had to go pee in the bushes!

The cafe is on the upper level. There's also some music equipment and dance animations up there.

I'll be adding a few more things, food mainly, but the essentials are already there. When you're sailing around Second Norway, stop by for refreshments!


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

"Are We There Yet?" - Nautilus Road Trip #1

Last night I went on a road trip across Nautilus with a group of friends. The continent, previously not well known to me, has a really nice public road running across it - Route 12. While some of the other continents, such as Heterocera, have a more elaborate system of roads and railway tracks, Nautilus feels much less cluttered with typical mainland junk, which makes for a more pleasant drive.

We gathered on the eastern end of Route 12, in Rannveig. The rezz zone there served as a convenient place for everyone to rezz their vehicles. For the purpose of this event, we agreed to have a 1950s theme, and it was lovely to see all the period vehicles. I bet it's been a while since there was a proper traffic jam there (or on any other SL public road, for that matter)!

Although on the world map the Route seemed a bit long, it took only about 20 minutes to reach my petrol station in Odie, on the western part of the continent. Sadly, a few people had to leave us at that point, but after a short break we continued down the road.

It was another ten minutes or so, and we reached the end of Route 12 in Beatrice. There was nothing much to see there, but I wanted us to go visit Amakuni, a Japanese place a few sims back. To get there, we had to go back to Desdemona and drive across a few abandoned parcels. The first thing we reached in Amakuni was a forest with a rather narrow dirt road. There was a lot of honking, as you can imagine...

Soon it became impossible to continue the journey by car, but as we practically reached the destination, we continued to explore the town on foot. Amakuni spreads over several sims, and contains interesting and funny features, including free Japanese food and toys. After a long journey, the refreshments were very welcome!

Further from the central square there's a cafe/poetry club, a large church (designed for weddings, apparently), public baths, outdoor gym and other facilities, but nothing attracted more attention than the wrestling ring. Had I known Zoe was so strong, I'd never consent to playing with her!

Once I picked myself up, we went to check out a nice Shinto shrine on the hill above the town. 

A visit to this little piece of Japan on the western coast of Nautilus made for a very pleasant end of our first group road trip. I plan to organise more of these in the near future and I'll keep you all posted!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Relaxed Rules Day in 1920s Berlin

This past week was filled with a series of fun activities in Second Life's 1920s Berlin community, as the sim celebrated its 7th anniversary. Traditionally, things get totally crazy on Relaxed Rules Day, a day in the year when regular RP rules don't apply. It's also a convenient day for visitors and newcomers to TP into the city without worrying about the appropriate attire and most other restrictions.

Last year I was a visitor from the distant future, traveling back in time to the 1920s (which reminds me to find those bionic arms somewhere in my inventory...).

This time, I arrived to the city on my bosk-driven cart as a medieval monk wanting to see the bright future.

The city looked both impressive and scary, seen through the eyes of an ancient friar. The sight of an inexplicable flying monster was shocking...

As was the sight of a huge sunken ship.

I was curious about the purpose of the round structure in the centre of the square... Until I drove near enough to smell unpleasant odours.

Curious workmanship of this bizarre vehicle didn't deter me from attempting to race it, but my poor bosk wasn't as willing.

Things got more funny once my friend Duncan - the Berlin bear - arrived, giving me a real bear hug!

Soon more friends, old and new, appeared, showing off their costumes.

Later we joined a 1970s disco party on Alexanderplatz (I had to cam away from the psychedelic dance floor; it was too much for my eyes, medieval and otherwise).

If you're reading this on Sunday, 5th June, there's still time to visit and join in the event. As soon as tomorrow things will go back to the 1929 normal...

Friday, 3 June 2016

Silent movie nights in June

Coming to Refugium this June:

10th June 2016, 1pm SLT
The General (1926)

24th June 2016, 1pm SLT
The Lodger: a Story of the London Fog (1926)

You can find more details about the events in this brochure.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Good bye Heterocera, hello Nautilus!

Last night my last remaining parcel on Heterocera was sold. Since my move to Second Norway a few months ago, I'd only used the land in Triphosa for my small thrift store. It also served as a kind of a memento to a quarter sim that I used to own in the area. Eventually I decided to let it go. Fred, a good friend of mine, bought it and is now working on building a new train station there.

Duncan and I on the empty parcel, soon to be Fred's train station
I haven't given up on mainland, though. I still want a mainland place with access to a public road, where I can come back to after a road trip. I managed to find just one such location, on a continent I haven't explored much so far - Nautilus, in a place called Odie. There I've just set up my petrol station and cafe, conveniently located right next to the public rezz zone.

The area is pleasant and surprisingly free of too much mainland clutter. And Route 12, judging by what I see on the world map, looks promising. I'm definitely looking forward to exploring it.

The place is still in need of some finishing touches, but if you need to fill your tank and grab a cup of coffee or a slice of home-made pie, you're welcome to visit: