The Somdari station.

The ZZR’s Somdari station (rated: Moderate). As always, please click on any picture for its full-size version, which opens in a new window.

My good friend and neighbour Zen Swords (ZenriaCo Resident), a.k.a. the Zany Zen, has been working on her labour of love, the Zany Zen Railway (ZZR for short), for a few years now, documenting her efforts and progress on her SL feed, and we’ve hung around quite a bit as she was working on her narrow gauge locomotives, train station builds, and other infrastructure. Yes, the locomotives, carriages, buildings, and many other pieces of decor were made by her, using the in-world build tools and third-party in-world mesh creation systems and converters. At this stage, the ZZR consists of four stations (Somdari, Ahndang, Seogyeo, and Little Coverston)  I found her work really fascinating, with many quaint, humorous, realistic, and even whimsical details and touches, and we’ve been talking about arranging an interview for some time now. Eventually, we managed to find some time and today I’m giving you this interview.

The Zany Zen

The Zany Zen

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Brand New Colony (February 2018).

Brand New Colony (February 2018). As always, click on any photo to view its full-size version (opens in a new tab).

Last September, I had visited Bunny and Mimara Blessed’s (Svelte Blessed, and Mimara, respectively) beautifully-designed adult-rated region named Brand New Colony, and wrote about my exploration of it. In the meantime, the build moved to a new location and was also subjected to a radical redesign. Although I visited the redesigned, and still work-in-progress, build soon after its relocation, RL obligations meant I had to postpone writing about it.

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There Is Hope In Solitude, an exhibit by Oyo at the Nordan Art Gallery.

There Is Hope In Solitude, an exhibit by Oyo at the Nordan Art Gallery. Click on any image for its full-size version, which opens in a new browser tab.

This Saturday (20 January), I was invited by my friend Kate Bergdorf to attend the opening of an exhibit titled There Is Hope In Solitude, by SL photographer Oyo.  The exhibit, which runs from January through March 2018, consists of ten virtual images, all of them revolving around the concept and condition of solitude, and addressing different aspects thereof. The exhibit is based on two other works of art, one being a poem by Oyo herself, and the other being the song Gone by ionnalee:

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My relationship with SL-related memes and blog challenges falls squarely in the “I’ll do it when I can be bothered” category, as my RL is quite busy. Furthermore, I’ve never been one to rely on memes and challenges initiated by others to fill my blog with material. But sometimes, I just happen to be in the mood to do a meme or a challenge. So, for today’s Topless Tuesday… (credits after the cut)

Happy Topless Tuesday! Click on the image for the full-size version (opens in a new tab).

Happy Topless Tuesday! Click on the image for the full-size version (opens in a new tab).

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We’re now in the penultimate week before Christmas, and I’d like to give you my best wishes for the festive season, whatever it may be you’re celebrating; Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa – enjoy it with happiness, love, warmth, good health, and prosperity – and with your loved ones around you. After a much-needed self-imposed hiatus, I’ve resumed blogging, but, after a serious rethink of my relationship with Second Life, not with the same frequency and regularity I once did. I’m going to be away until at least the Epiphany holiday (January 6), but there are already several posts in the pipeline for the period between January and March:

  • An updated post on the topic of Second Life (and, subsequently, OpenSim) camera offsets;
  • A long overdue presentation and review of the [DFC] Clothing Design System by Dragon Forge Creations;
  • A post on intellectual property protection, drawing ideas from the approach set forth by Will Burns in this post;
  • A post on the no-mod epidemic and the misconceptions and fear about what copybot viewers can really do, aiming to clear the smoke a bit;
  • An interview with Zany Zen about her ZZR railway.

Naturally, everything will be scheduled according to how much time I have on my hands. That said, there is something I’d like to say on a marketing strategy that is being employed by several content creators in SL.

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