Lighthouse near the harbor in Ooost West

Geography matters

One of the most interesting tasks involved in building a sim or a group of sims in Second Life is the one of landscaping: not only because this is how we give some (virtual) concreteness to the atmosphere we mean to create, but also because it determines how integrated the different areas of our project…

The chairlift seen from the ground

Randy’s chairlift installed at home

At times, my journey in Second Life takes me back home – which is great: after all, home is the place we build for ourselves. And what motivates me to write about the sim where I live, now, is one of those marvels of SL: technology for reproducing physical aspects of the atomic world (or…

Anthropomorphized animals at the garden in front of their houses

Animals are us

Like some other people out there, I’ve learned – not without surprise – from Ziki Questi that Roche was closing. After one month, I checked Second Life’s map and noticed that the region remained there – meaning that the sim was rather transformed into something else instead of just disappearing. I teleported to it and…

Benjamin Glendale riding his bike (by Benjamin Glendale)

On the road with Ben

After a long while planning this, the opportunity finally came for me to prepare a post with one of the greatest photographers that I’ve met in Second Life, my friend Benjamin Glendale. And it was like taking a trip, like going west in the US and experiencing all the iconic elements of that travel: a…

Tomais and Ricco flying balloons at Noweeta Grassland (by Tomais Ashdene)

Visiting a surprising grassland with Tom

For my first exploring adventure in Second Life with my friend – and great SL photographer – Tomais Ashdene, we chose to visit Noweeta Grassland, a sim designed by Ash (Kaja Ashland), an intriguing personality who defines herself as a “photographer, traveler, dudeist, anti-feminist, storyteller, flower lover, pewdiepie bro, grid hopper, animal lover, skrillexfan, listener, friend…

Biking at Roche

I want to ride my bicycle

When my friend Tomais Ashdene gave me a bicycle in Second Life, I didn’t think I would be beaten by the biking bug, but the fact is that bicycling is a great way to explore some sims out there, especially the ones that reproduce a countryside atmosphere. This is the case of Roche. Actually, it seems that…