“captured in ice”
How this post came about is a typical Furillen story. I noticed blipmumfuzz – whom I had never met before – at Furillen using unusual poses (and outfits) in her pictures and checked out her flickr stream. What I found there, particularly in relation to Furillen, reminded me of a travelogue.
Then I spoke to her. She told me that she liked to make pictures that told stories. I suggested she could ramp it up a bit, by adding words to the pictures and making a ‘complete’ story … and then post it here.
What she went on to produce is a wonderful, witty and wacky example of the unusual stories people project on to the Furillen canvas – and of how to combine pictures with words.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did …
Furillen Crime Scene
Excerpt from Classified Preliminary Report on January 23, 2025: Incident on Furillen Island
Colonel Thea Mandal-Rojas. Murdered by an unknown assassin. Colonel Rojas was on Furillen ostensibly for a holiday. But given her senior position within the Alliance of Southern Cartels’ intelligence services there is speculation that she was here to meet with opposition leaders who oppose the EU’s aggressive and blatant push for a piece of the lucrative Central American coca trade.
“My father and my grandfather were both ferry pilots. And now look at me…the first female ferry pilot to make the 10-hour run from Nynashamn!
“Hey Mats. Do you think this could be connected to the murder of that Alliance Colonel over at the hotel?
“Captain said within an hour military is gong to be all over this island…plus state, federal, the EU…
“When did he say that?
“Before he sent us out here.”
“That was two hours ago.
“Yeah well what about those two black helicopters parked by the hotel? And those fast boats been circling the island with no lights on?”
“I’m just saying its probably just a robbery.”
“Who is gong to rob someone and leave a suitcase full of cash behind!”
“This ain’t a James Bond movie…and who said there was a suitcase full of cash?”
“The night manager who found the colonel. But then the black helicopters arrived and since then its been total information blackout. They’re saying that the killer was a passenger on the ferry.”
“Forensics have an ID on the girl yet?”
“No. But they think its one of the ferry company’s maintenance staff.”
“Whoever she is she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“No doubt about that.”
Sir, we have a positive ID on the male. His name is Bernard Chatenet.
He’s worked for several political and criminal organizations including the FRG during the period it was actively opposing President La Pen’s candidacy. He’s also a Catholic priest with close ties to the Vatican’s intelligence service and military directorate.
He’s a behind the scenes operator. Rarely surfaces. The last time he popped up was three years ago in Reykjavik during the incident involving…
Yes. He was in Houston a few weeks before the US government ceded Texas to the Cartels.
SIAC has turned up nothing on what he was doing there. Neither has the CIA.
No, nothing at all.
Yes…I mean no, it’s not likely he’s a Rockets fan. Sorry Sir, I didn’t get the joke.
I haven’t a clue why he is in Furillen meeting with a senior member of the Alliance of Southern Cartel’s intelligence services.
Breathe in…2…3…4. Breathe out…2…3…4.
That’s the manager getting up to pee.
Breathe in…2…3…4. Breathe out…2…3…4.
The cat in the laundry room.
Today was her first day at school. She’ll like the pink hat I got her in Stockholm.
Breathe in…2…3…4. Breathe out…2…3…4.
Memorandum, Page 1
To: Asst. Director, EU Office, Exxon Google Corporate Intelligence
From: M. Bennet, Field Officer
Re: Assassination of Colonel Thea Mandal-Rojas, Senior Officer, Alliance of Southern Cartels Intelligence Service
This photograph was taken in Colonel Thea Mandal-Rojas’ hotel room shortly after the Gotland police arrived at the scene. The suitcase contains an estimated 500K in US dollars. The fact that the individual who killed Colonel Rojas did not take any of the money strongly suggests that robbery was not a motive
So why would Colonel Rojas, a senior officer in the Cartels’ intelligence operations, who was in Furillen on holiday have such a large amount of cash in a suitcase in her hotel room?
Our theory is that she got the money from Alexander Chatenet who she met with at the hotel several hours before she was assassinated.
We believe Chatenet is working for the Vatican and that the money was an advance payment for the Colonel’s support in influencing her brother Alberto Rojas, the dissident Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York and its new mayor.
With the Archdiocese firmly in control of the City Council, the Unions, and every other locus of power in the City, and with New York on the verge of breaking away from the United States, the Vatican desperately wants to bring Cardinal Rojas back into the fold.
For the Cartels, who are now in possession of Texas with its oil fields and vast refinery infrastructure, the last thing they want is for New York to secede just as they’ve solidified their grip on the United States Government, which has, in effect, become a Cartel client state.
Memorandum, Page 2
The question is, were the Cartels aware of Colonel Rojas’ business in Furillen, or was she acting “independently”?
We do not know that answer to that question.
The Swedish government, the EU, Interpol, and everybody else have issued APBs for Chatenet. If we can find him we expect he can shed some light on the matter. That said we are not confident that he will be found. In fact, we do not believe he left the island alive.
The assassin has disappeared without a trace.
“Meet you in the middle”
I signed off from a recent post by saying:
‘For a sim in which nothing much happens, everything at Furillen happens fast.’
And so it came to pass. Furillen’s second art (?) event came and went …
… in a flash.
Although I had wanted to do something like it for a while, this wasn’t actually planned. Such things rarely are.
And although I am calling it a mob, 20 is as many avatars as Furillen – still a homestead – is allowed to take.
But still … with 14 of us standing around Furillen’s landing spot posing for a video that Tuts Navarathna was making, the opportunity seemed too good to miss.
So we gathered on the pier.
Calls and TPs went out and 14 became 15 …
…. then 16.
For a while we topped out at 18, because although more avatars were arriving …
… those of us already in line and taking pictures were crashing.
Others arrived; some – like me – having logged on from their offices or work stations hardly expecting to find the sim busy, let alone full.
And then finally, at around 5.45 pm UK time, we had 20 in our line …
… for Furillen’s first flash mob event.
It was delightfully silly, pointless and fun …
… a photogenic act of spontaneous sociability.
Look out for the next one …
“Time stands still now”
by Rose Nitely
Tizzy Canucci has produced a stunning video, which was taken at Furillen and goes a long way towards capturing its atmosphere.
Furillen is a strange sim. It isn’t particularly original. Each prim wasn’t built by my own hands. It isn’t full of cutting-edge Second Life technology – if that isn’t a contradiction in terms.
Some people land at the sim and leave soon afterwards, shrugging their shoulders and wondering what the fuss is about.
Others remain, linger, and return again. They project themselves – their stories, emotions, imaginings – into the space the sim provides.
Some of these people never speak, but I see them every day. Others make wonderful pictures.
Tizzy made this, and I think it captures – better than anything – what I’ve been trying to say in the 134 words that make up this post.
… which is this Friday, 5 February 2016, when entries close for Round 2 of the Furillen photography competition – at midday SLT to be precise.
As before, voting will take place over the weekend before I announce the winner on Sunday 7 February at midday SLT. The winning picture will be displayed on the sim, and the winner gets to choose the next theme, with Round 3 starting in 8 February and running until 24 February.
To remind you, the theme is ‘cold’. I made some suggestions about what you might do – and issued a plea for as many as possible of you to join in – right here.
So please join in. To show you that I mean it, I am resorting to the lowest form of art, the pleading fluffy kitten GIF.
As for ‘the rules’ … the only difference this time around is that only entrants get to vote. Why did I do this? Because it was too complex before – too complex for me, I mean.
The last winner was a hugely popular choice and I expect the next one to be be just as much a consensus pick.
So if you would like to influence who wins, then you know what you have to do …
As for events, and following a quite reasonable request from Kate Bergdorf, we’ll be leaving the show up for one more day – just to allow those who don’t (or can’t) come into Second Life at the weekends to come along and see it on Monday.
Meanwhile, Moon has already started to post the series on his flickr stream, so you can show your appreciation of his extraordinary talents with the usual flickrite love.
Back at Furillen, I’ll be working hard to keep the momentum going during a busy February in my first life.
I will be trying out various ways of changing the seasons without undermining the atmosphere.
I will be working with the builder – ‘craftsperson’ – KT Syakumi, on new (and unique) buildings for the sim, which try to replicate what exists on the real Furillen.
And, of course, I will be planning new shows and events. I have several in mind.
Each, I hope, will feature a really distinctive artist whose work has close connections – of one kind or another – with Furillen in Second Life.
Each, I hope, will be ’embedded’ within the sim, offering an experience of art that is immersive, collective and different. Precisely how this is achieved depends entirely on the art form in question, on the wishes of the artist — and on what’s technically possible.
As ever, I won’t be making any of my plans public until I really have to …
Just watch this space.
For a sim in which nothing much happens, everything at Furillen happens fast.
To all of you who came to the the event this weekend and supported Moon and me – thank you.