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Rethinking the lion (from within a Bamboo refuge)

About a year ago I began to write a blog post –that never got completed and was put into the trash can, where it still is I guess– about how alienating living in a stand-alone sim and then faking mountains around your property to stand up for less aggressive privacy lines was turning to be. I stopped writing it because that’s what most people look for, it seems, or those big pseudo-estates with hundreds of sims dully distributed in giant waffle-like expanses wouldn’t be so successful. I prefer to have neighbors –good ones, let me be specific– and having sims to walk through and see what other sentient beings like to create and call their own. Yes I know you can TP anywhere and all, but adjoining sims offer another kind of experience; even the interaction with people living in them is more vivid and rich. Or that’s the way I see it, at least.

Lionheart main building

So that’s why I moved to Lionheart Estate, searching for that sense of community… and then you know that it kind of went the wrong way. I am persistent, though, so I got back to my little plot in there to try and do something… enjoyable for the rest of the time remaining on the tier meter. Thanks to a quick New Year’s snow melting process (or should I call it sublimation), the readaptation was gratifying, to the point that I may be giving the estate another, more durable, chance.

First, there’s no landscaping involved in this new setting. That’s why I don’t like pre-fabricated –a.k.a. themed– regions that much, because they generally restrict what you can do with the land. Lionheart is not a themed region per se, but as to secure the consistency and well being of the estate and its residents (what Mainland have never had nor done, and so why it’s such a large obnoxious patchwork) strict rules have been put into place. But that’s ok; it actually becomes a challenge: to see what you can do within what is permissible. Second, this is a more… contemporary look, unlike anything I’ve done before, so it was refreshing. Third, I tried not to disrupt my immediate neighbor, building up walls around the yard to keep that which my eyes don’t appreciate away from sight; I solved that “issue” using some nice bamboo to function as natural “privacy screens”. Maybe that’s the antidote to remedy Mainland’s suffering: to enforce bamboo plantations between limits, lol.

{ Items } I’ve already given slurls for some of these items in recent posts, so I’m listing those that haven’t gotten any mention yet. Nature & Garden: 3D Trees, Bamboo. Buddhabeats, Bamboo 2011. XED Design, Dracaena in terracota pot, Snake plant (garden). Culprit, Lotus (from Lotus barrel). Ossanha Gardens, Stepping stones (that link is to the Marketplace because I don’t know if the sim is still there; saw it as on sale as of this writing). Organica, Stepping stones (mossy). Landscaping by Felix, Rock (from one of his prefab landscape sets). nonino, Chouzu-bachi. || Architecture: Breno, Mars (Sunny). drobak, Hako house (this one may not be available anymore; this little cube house dates back from 2009, and I think I got it from a lucky board as well). || Furniture: One Grid, Wall tree with lamp, Deco birds. Bazar, Privacy screen & Entrance rug (from Arizona set). Cheeky Pea, Rue Abel loveseat.  MudHoney, Meredith chair. LISP, Anna prints. what next, Flyaway wall art (Dandelions & Birds). Tatty Soup, Tall lily vase. POST, Votive (candles) & Tivoli birdbath (modded). ililo, Eiffel slat table. Art Dummy, Idle (pompom flowers and vase). floorplan, Pallet couch (available at FaMeshed right now, that’s the slurl to the event, not the main store). MMGraffiti’s, Wall decoration – Picture frames (blue). PILOT, Larkin set vase. GiornoBrando [GB], Nodategasa (red).

Backyard in Lionheart house

So I’m staying in Lionheart a little bit more, and won’t rush payments anymore and go a week at a time. Now, if only those big signs of an expiration notice weren’t so intruding…

Autumn 2012

Two things are apparent if you look at this blog’s archive: Firstly, that I must be living somewhere beyond Mars’ orbit, and secondly that I go into “mute” mode by this time every year; at least I show some consistency, give me some credit for that. There’s a completely earthly reason to explain both phenomena: RL work overload. That’s why my last “serious” posts in October date from 2009.

This year I tried to beat the clock and do something fall-colorful. The results are in, and though there’s plenty of yellow and orange, I wouldn’t precisely call it autumnal.

What I’ve come to realize, after so “many” years (though truth be told: I knew it long ago), is that living in a waffle sim is quite boring and pointless. Well, let’s say that it has little sense, to not be so rude. But it’s true. In SL, a parcel is not only a place to define a vision for oneself; it’s more like a shop window, even if you don’t sell anything, because you actually work that plot not only to please yourself, but to share the way you see this virtual world with others. A waffle sim, one which parcels are divided by ground or prim walls to hide what lies within from your neighbors, or waffle regions, those composed of disconnected sims only accessible by TP, are established to foster privacy, a concept that defiles the nature and purpose of SL, which is (or is supposed to be) to be social and share.

Items: Yellow and orange trees, grass, leaves, and fallen tree: Happy Mood. Butterflies, wildgrass and purple rabbit grass: alirium. Dry tree: 3D Trees. Bare trees and fence: Botanical. Lodge: Zacca. Chairs and candelabra: what next. Chouzu-bachi: nonino. Autumn birch: Garden World. Wood rail: MMGraffiti’s. Paperbag lantern: hate this.

Simple… even if it seems not

Masomaso Quan’s store, MMGraffiti’s, is one of those places I love to get back to whenever I’m in need of some inspiration. It’s not that it carries a lot of products or anything like that (though it has “grown up” steadily for the last couple of years), but there’s always something that sparks my imagination. Mostly specialized in home and garden products, it has released a new house that has saved me from keeping my lot empty for too long. Called  the Japanese and Western-harmonized Style House, (kind of big name, isn’t it?) it combines a Western-like architecture with an Asian-themed interior. Some of its appeal can be traced back to Quan’s previous home, the Small House, that to this date is still one of my favorite houses, but this one has a lot more space to decorate.

I have a smaller plot now, as you already know, so there’s not much to show you from inside the house (not enough prims for extensive furnishing), and there’s almost nothing new outside either… except for these Italian cypress trees from 3D Trees [slurl]. Originally, there are three variations in the pack, and they are taller and wider, but as they are easy to mod (they’re 1 prim each too) you can stretch them at will to fit your doings.

A look from above might help you to better picture the structure’s spatial distribution: It is a two-story building, cross-shaped, with a lot of rotating windows and a small cute terrace, which is actually one of the nice “plus” of this dwelling (I’ve only placed a couple of chairs and some potted plants on it, but there’s plenty of room to play with). At 22 x 22 in size, it’s also relatively small, so it is good for all but the smallest of plots. Have in mind, though, that the house requires 188 prims (unfurnished) when fully rezzed, so I would suggest a minimum parcel size of 2048 sq.m. (468 prims) if you want to decorate thoroughly. From this aerial view, you can also spot the new Papaya tree from Tiki Tattoo [slurl] that I’ve happily added to my greenery collection. In 5 years of monitoring SL’s abundant flora, I think this is the first time that I encounter such a tropical delight.

Two notable elements in these shots are Studio Skye’s The Willow Pond (in the first picture) and the Old Bridge (pictured here). These interactive scenes come full of single and couple animations, are 100% mesh and less that 25 prims each, so they are perfect for… hell, everything and everyone. You can use this “prêt-à-porter” mini-landscapes to fill out an entire sim if you want, and then enjoy the rest of your second life without much hassle. A warning, though: they keep adding new scenes on a “regular” basis, so that could be a pleasant problem, hehe. There are currently eight, with surely more to come. Visit this [slurl] to see them inworld.

The benefits of a waterfront plot is the serenity that SL soundless “waves” add to the atmosphere. If you’re not living in a parcel like this, there’s always the chance to dig a hole until you find the precious liquid. Don’t forget to check out your estate’s covenant for limitations on terraforming before embarking on such a feat. Some of them won’t allow you to lower the land too much (I guess they fear you will try to escape their hold by an underwater tunnel or something). If you have access to a body of water, you can always place a small pier to dock a ship, like this little nice Kick ‘n Go boat from mdrm [slurl]. Actually this model is really a four-vehicle transformer that can turn into a plane, a balloon, a scooter, a boat, and even a chair by typing a few words. The idea is wonderful and helps maintain your inventory in check.

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