In Cube's oak

If I ever…

Ok, here is another of Strawberry Singh’s Monday memes, this one quite funny –or I think so–, short –it won’t take ages to answer, like the 20 questions meme of a few months ago–, and simple. This one is called “Have you ever”, and will bring some historical facts about respondents’ lives to the forefront. The interesting thing about this is that it gives a glimpse of what lies beyond the SL interface and people’s more mundane (a.k.a fashionable) doings. As  usual, the instructions are: copy the questions, answer them and then link to Berry’s blog to easily find other people’s musings. So here it goes:

  1. Have you ever owned a sim in Second Life? – No; I wish. If only they wouldn’t be so expensive, both to acquire and to maintain…
  2. Have you ever created content in Second Life? – Yes I have, but only for personal use. Building small houses is one of the things that attracted me to SL in the first place. Yet, I stopped doing so when I noticed other people were a lot better than me. Then I got lazy and now I  rarely build anything at all, other than complementary items. Now I probably don’t have the patience or the time (I don’t even know if the skills) to work with mesh, so I’m fossilized forever.
  3. Have you ever driven a vehicle in Second Life? – Oh yes, lots of times. There’s more vehicles in my inventory than there are clothes, and I’m no kidding. I’m not fond of cars, though. They are a hell to drive through Linden roads –I guess I must add motorcycles to that list too. But boats are, thankfully,  something entirely different.  There’s also a few planes, a helicopter (yes, I think only one), several steampunk machines, and who knows what else. The oldest transportation-related item in my inventory is a Ben-go stick, with creation date 2005.
  4. Have you ever gone sky diving in Second Life? – Yes, both purposefully and accidentally. I still have one of Cubey Terra’s launchpads and skydiving pods that I used to keep permanently rezzed in one of my parcels of yore. I should try and see if it still works…
  5. Have you ever played a sport in Second Life? – Played a sport? Well, I do sailing occasionally, and once participated in a few noobie sailing races. Do that count?
  6. Have you ever gone clubbing in Second Life? – Yes again, though not so often. A friend of mine once had a club, and she used to run at least a gig per week. I’m afraid those days are long gone, though.
  7. Have you ever fangirled/fanboyed someone in Second Life? – Nope. Have I missed something?
  8. Have you ever taken a picture of your avatar in water in Second Life? – Of course; who hasn’t? Besides, I always have a coastal plot, and then I’m a sailor, so there’s no escape to shooting in water.
  9. Have you ever taken a picture of a sunset in Second Life? – Again, of course! Sunsets are the best time of the day. Also, I always go for western parcels (preferably waterfront) just to have unobstructed sunset views all the time.
  10. Have you ever taken a nude picture of your avatar in Second Life? – Yes, for practical purposes. I once tried my “hands” at creating shapes and thus it was a quick way to compare them.
  11. Have you ever dated in Second Life? – Nope, RL “complications” are more than enough for me.
  12. Have you ever had or attended a wedding in Second Life? – Yes, a few of them that I remember. The last one was like six months ago.
  13. Have you ever drank, smoked or taken drugs in Second Life? – Nope. Since none of those activities has a direct effect on body, mind or soul, I see no point in doing it.
  14. Have you ever engaged in sexual activity in Second Life? – What kind of sexual activity exactly?
  15. Have you ever been to Bukkake Bliss in Second Life? – Is that a pastry shop? First time I’ve heard of it. Now I wonder of Berry’s secret life…
Golden Shower

Golden shower

For its common name, this must be the perfect tree for the Gorean and their relatives: the Golden Shower, but it isn’t exactly so. The Cassia fistula, as it is scientifically known (or caña fístola, as it is called where I grew up), is really a beautiful RL tree, that produces cascading  racemes of very intense yellow flowers, sometimes with a creamy tinge. Its fruit is a long tubular pod that contains the seeds arranged in a single row and cushioned by a somewhat stinky pulp. Most parts of the tree (leaves, flowers, bark, pulp and seeds) have some medical uses to treat a variety of human maladies such as the flu, measles, cough and other respiratory conditions, chicken pox, constipation, gallstones, skin and kidney diseases, bumps and bruises, insect stings, and some people even claim tumors and the dreadful cancer. Sounds like a miracle plant, isn’t it? Now, 3D Trees brings this magnificent tree to your SL garden.

Cassia fistula


Frog-size panda on a pond


Getting ready for the coming spring, I cut SL winter pretty short and went to work on a more common setting in my backyard, when there came along Cube Republic with some nice releases early birdies should get their hands on right away. To at least maintain the yearly rhythm, let’s start with the whitish Trillium pictured above. This three-petal perennial begins to bloom in late winter, during the month of February, and depending on the “cultivar” (if we can speak of such things in SL gardening) continue to do so throughout spring. So it was a logical choice to distribute them not so sparingly among the fallen branches.


Next came the Bloodroot, another whitish flower that heralds the arrival of spring. This one is so shy that the plant will go underground when the season is over and will remain dormant until the following year.


Orchids are among the favorite flowers of many a bunch of gardeners, and though I think in the tropics there are species blooming at different times of the year, I think most, like many other plants, prefer spring to bloom. Actually, Cube released this one in December, and I was going to place a few branches full of them in a greenhouse, but because I was moving –yep, once again– I opted to wait and use them in the new parcel after melting the snow down.


What actually set me in the writing mood was this beautiful frogbit rendition, as I’m particularly fond of aquatic, or I should say “pondish” plants. The frogbit resemble a miniature water lily with more simple flowers that will also bloom mostly in the summer, so this is just a preview for you my dear readers, and as soon as I finish this they will revert to leaves, leaving the frog-size panda rowing silently on the pond until the right time comes.


Finally, here is a gorgeous flag iris, another plant suitable for wetland lovers. Like other aquatic plants (including the frogbit above), this one also prefers to bloom during the summer months.

All plants in this post are available at Cube Republic’s inworld store, so head there now and have some early gardening fun.