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365 days of SL: just for fun

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Mar. 18th, 2013 | 11:21 pm

I'm still finding it hard to believe that the "365 days of SL" project's over now. I've adjusted surprisingly well, and surprisingly quickly for that matter, but when I think back to how we did things and I took screenshots every day, I'm already getting wistful.

I'm looking back at it fondly, but it's more than that. No matter how much work it was at times and how much I occasionally cursed the whole thing and said I'd be glad when it's over, I'm actually wishing it'd still continue now, sort of: it gave me something to do and provided a certain kind of structure, a sense of purpose, of doing something useful, and that's gone now.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised: it was part of my daily life for an entire year; every night I captured screenshots, and every day (usually in the morning, sometimes on the night before already) I wrote up something to go with them and posted it.

But hey, life goes on, right?

Still, it's funny how the very first day that I didn't have to take any screenshots, I went for a swim in Jeogeot Bay again and discovered quite a few interesting bits and spots and took several interesting shots. I'd not done it while the project was still running, thinking that I'd extensively surveyed and featured the area already, but there's still new bits, and changed bits. Not having to do the project anymore freed me of all the self-imposed obligations, and enabled me to explore for nothing more than my own enjoyment again, and thus gave me a fresh new perspective and allowed me to overcome the previous routine.

That's the downside to the aforementioned structure, perhaps: it also came with pressure, and when you know you HAVE to perform, you don't tend to take risks. I didn't have to worry about not getting nice shots anymore, so I could simply do my thing, and it was because of that that I did again after all.

In case you're curious what I actually DID look at, here's some pictures now.

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One of the first things I came across was this little guy, a colorful jellyfish gently bobbing up and down near some rocks. I think this was about the same spot that the deep sea vent and the octopus from day 60 were located at, but I didn't see those anymore — presumably the area was changed in the last 10 months. The Moles (that is, the Linden Department of Public Works) are still hard at work, even underwater. And I think that's great, even if it means that the octopus that made its home there back in the day may only live on in screenshots anymore (and quite possibly only mine, as far as publicly-uploaded shots are concerned).

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But I found more denizens of the deep: a squid, and (when I went into a small, partially submerged cave beneath the land east of the bridge) another octopus. Yup, those are my paws in the third shot; I'm swimming, after all. :P

And the submerged submarine (the one that started it all, sort of, seen on what may well be called day 0) was still there, too. And I hope that won't change anytime soon.

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I can't hold my breath forever (well, on SL, anything's possible), so I eventually came up to the surface again. And I really like how Lordshore Bridge looks from below; I don't think the screenshot gives an idea of just how big it feels when you're under it, but it's quite impressive.

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And I looked back at the bridge and admired its reflection, too. Really, SL can look very pretty, depending on how capable your video card is and/or what framerate you're willing to accept.

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And after that, I swam back over to the oft-featured volcano island, seen on e.g. day 31, day 69, day 73 and day 361. And on that last day, we also briefly visited the aircraft carrier that can be seen in the background in the first shot.

And yes, those are my paws again. Swimming — it does a body good!

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And here's a few more impressions from the atoll around the volcano; I'll again refer you to day 361 for a bit more on this one. I briefly walked past the usual congregation there, and even recognized a few names again, but as before, nobody said a peep. Funny that.

(And since I know you'll be wondering, the red glow in the first image's due to the volcano's lava flow; I'm standing right next to it there. Another thing that you can do on SL that you should really rather avoid in RL! But it did give me a rather unusual color, doubly so at Midnight, which is what I switched to for this shot.)

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And finally, I reached Michael Linden's home again (see day 39), and hung out at his pool for a while, raided his drinks, shed on his lounger and got his magazines wet. :P A little later, the rest of the usual suspects logged on, and I swam back to whence I'd come and hung out again, but in company this time.

And now I'm actually feeling wistful again. I've not done anything or explored anywhere on SL since then, but I hope I'll get another opportunity soon; again without any pressure, just doing what I enjoy, for no other reason that I enjoy it — and if it yields some screenshots to post, great, and if not, nothing lost.

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Rabs Whitetail

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from: whitetail
date: Mar. 19th, 2013 07:00 am (UTC)

I guess you posted your last segment while I was having my 2-day-long internet outage. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your dedication and persistence in putting all that together! It was very entertaining and enlightening. ^^

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 19th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)

You're very welcome! ^^ I'm glad you enjoyed it — that was the whole point, really.

And yeah, the last day was posted on Thursday.

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Whitefang Greytail

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from: whitefang
date: Mar. 19th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)

I was wondering about the red glow.
But then again, we already know you're a red hot she wolf ;-)

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 19th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)

Mrawr! Thank you. ;)

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