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Furillen moved into a new region this week, so if you haven’t done so already, reset your landmarks to here. The move was simply a question of giving ourselves more scope to expand, with more prims to exploit (20,000, rather than 5,000), and for events, a higher avatar limit (100, rather than 20). Having ‘relaunched’ Furillen in early January with a major new layout including the hotel, fishing huts and pergola on the hill, I resisted the temptation to make further changes now. So the sim was simply replicated, and for a few days I had a the slightly bizarre experience of teleporting between two sims that were exactly the same … so much so that at once stage I began putting things back at the old sim, mistaking it for the new one.

There are, of course, some very small changes, but you’d need to have quite an eye for detail to spot them. No doubt somebody will!

So … what next?

The first priority is to close La Digue du Braek. I won’t be writing sad epitaphs for the sim, and we won’t be holding a ‘goodbye Digue’ party, as SLers are sometimes wont to do. Digue started quietly and it will end quietly (and we’ll be stealing bits of it for Furillen). The Flickr pool speaks for itself : well over a thousand pictures from 241 members in less than three months.

I always wondered about how the two sims would interact, and it was fascinating to watch. For a while we thought that Digue was going to overtake Furillen and it would be the latter that we’d have to close … but Furillen has an incredibly dedicated following, and for whatever reason the sim appears to draw in a steady stream of visitors who stay at the sim for long periods of time, day in day out. So when it came to deciding which sim to let go while we ‘re-allocate’ resources, it was a no brainer.

Furillen has changed a lot during the seventeen months of its life. It appeared quietly, with no big announcements, and grew partly because of the incredibly strong Flickr group – great photography is still a major feature of the sim, and the flow of pictures has never dried up. Then there have been popular (and, in their scale, quite unusual) events – weekends devoted to Bowie, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd when the entire sim was transformed, and the recent Star Wars rebuilds we staged over the winter vacation.

An important truth about these events was that I like building and designing sims best of all, so any excuse to rip things up and rebuild is welcome. I don’t see the point of having a sim and just letting it stand, unchanged …

There were photo competitions, parties, and a bar – all great fun, but they involved more work than I can realistically do given my real life commitments. So, more recently, Furillen has settled into just being itself, and I must say that I like it best this way.

Having said this, we all like to tinker and the sim will doubtless see more changes in the coming months, and – quite possibly – more events. We will see …

So once the last rites have been read and Digue has been closed, we’ll be messing about in the sky above Furillen and coming up with something that will enhance the sim as an interesting space to hang around, explore and enjoy art, culture and the company of others.

And if it sounds as though I haven’t much of a clue about exactly what we’re doing up there, you’d be absolutely right …

 

The Furillen 9000

The Furillen Flickr pool now contains over nine thousand images. Given that we don’t accept every image sent to the group, the total could easily be much higher. It’s a remarkable testimony to a sim that, because of its emphasis on space and minimalism, remains completely open to interpretation and the imagination of photographers. So the images keep on coming, the variety is striking, and the quality remains high.

Here are some highlights from the latest batch, posted during the past ten days or so …

Basking in my solitude.

Come with me

#25

Clear like crystal

Furillen in blue

Isn't it ironic ... sometimes... :P

With Wiwi at the Desert

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Iolanda

All my addictions

“Oh, my darling, it’s true. Beautiful things have dents and scratches too.”

Furillen_Untouched

Silent scream

For a ride around Furillen

(t+n)(t-n)

Måsen

I saw his jelly beans

so long

Visit To Furillen

The Expectation of a Good Time

= Cub Smit =

Nothing is concrete.

Blue Greenhouse

Defination of cool::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Nekonuko

Nothing can be seen.

Chairs

Onyx Skye and the sea

Chairs (2)

Paradise is a clever lie

Saduri

No-one isn't alone.

~ εmo ~ *269 @Furillen

parking zone @ furillen :)

[ they say follow your heart; but if your heart is in a million pieces, which piece do you follow ? ]

Misty morning

Shots 5

The pool - Furillen

Shadows

Pool Side Two

Shadows' flow

Maybe because the chair was broken...

The Sky is Filled With Stars Invisible by Day

Lonely

Love dreamer

Classy man

Sunset

only once

The old friends

Empty Chair

...silence...

nameless

wandering_world444

blue aint my color

Skippy !!!

The Rising

stop all the clocks ...

Drive-by shooting: pictures from Digue

While Furillen seems busier than ever lately, La Digue du Braek has been going through a quiet spell. It’s an interesting Second Life dynamic, though. These sims often have a similar daily visitor count, but while Furillen seems constantly busy, often with between 10 and 15 avatars there at any one time, you’ll usually find Digue with only a handful of visitors.

People come to Furillen and hang around, sometimes for hours. Why? My guess is that it’s simply because they see other people there. They land at Digue, and often move on because … they see few other people there. As ever in Second Life, numbers attract numbers, and even though we ostensibly come to places like Furillen and Digue simply to stand around on our own, even ‘AFK’, we seem to prefer it when others are also standing around – alone – in the same place.

I talked about this over a year ago. I have no idea whether I’m right or wrong, it’s just an impression.

All of which is a fairly irrelevant way of saying that those who do dwell at Digue take nice pictures, and there have been some great images posted in the group, which has reached nearly 1100 posts from 232 members. Here are my own personal favourites from the past week or so …

Bird's eye.

Mother of Mercy

Clandestino

Evening stranger

L'extérieur des clôtures

Beach Pilings at La Digue du Braek

In streams of light I clearly saw the dust you seldom see

Agressing the sky

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Industrial Ballet

La Digue du Braek_The docks

It's Not Worth Getting Wet

Industrial intrusion

Barflies In Hats

La Digue du Braek (SL)

La Digue ....

La Digue du Braek

La Digue du Braek

Night Rider

Nothing I do feels right...

La Dique du Braek

Windmills

My only one...

Mankind is busy manufacturing its way to extinction

@La Digue du Braek

@La Digue du Braek

@La Digue du Braek

La Digue du Braek

She is breathing

I know ...

Contrasts at Digue

The Flickr stream for La Digue du Braek has reached almost 1000 images, posted by well over 200 members. I especially like the mix of styles the sim seems to have attracted – the beach side draws some beautifully tranquil shots from visitors, while the industrial section of the sim brings out a more edgy approach. The contrast is especially clear in this latest batch of highlights from the past ten days …

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Kelly & Gracie

Hey, come see hehehe

*Sometimes I wanna give you up,Sometimes I want to leave you alone,Sometimes I want to run away..

Untitled

Breath

Aroused Magazine

La Dique du Braek 72

You're not alone....

... it's never too late to shoot for the stars ...

Hallelujah Morning

pillbox at digue (new)

Echo's answer

*

"Sunday morning."

seagull at digue

Containers at La Digue du Braek

La Dique du Braek 42

Horizontal

La Dique du Braek

Last one

The Visitor.

Jokelina

La digue du braek

Sister?

...The deep vast emptiness

The Dunes

#53 Happiness is like a butterfly

Red

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Digue at night #tableforOne

I'm On a Boat

Twilight of the Giants

No trespassing

Loneliness 1

Maison du pendu loon-plage

Untitled

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Don't forget me

I made a friend today

Almost a dream

Elegant contrast

The view is.....

...Favourite place

Postcards from Furillen

The Flickr group for Furillen reached a mind-blowing 8500 pictures yesterday, posted by almost 700 members. The group has built up over a 15 month period – the first picture was posted to the group on 12 October 2015. Just spend some time scrolling back through the pages and you’ll see how good much of the photography has been – and it still goes on.

Here are some highlights from the past week …

The Lookout

Sensations1 Temptations.....Tentaciones....deben volar!

Furillen with cat

Dangling

Sometimes your scars have a lot less to do with where you've been and a lot more to do with where you're going

Freeze Frame

Flowervases

::I don't believe in failure Cause I know the smallest voices They can make it major::

Washer

shelter

Bikes and  Birds

Dawn in Furillen

Furillen. Sunrise on the pond

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Chairs - Symmetry

Lightening My Day

friendship <3

The Comfort of Furillen

Furillen Gang

Reaver

Lover, You Should've Come Over

Chairs - The three bows

...Ghosts...

wandering_world408

Furillen 2.0

pool side

Choices.. at Furillen

Do you really belong here?

In an afternoon

Glimpses of Summer

Endless

Isolation

It takes a lot to give, to ask for help

Frenchy and Magic talk about dirty pans.

Beautiful Creatures of Furillen

MAGIC

Eternity

Pergola on the hill

I’ve been spending spare time over the past week making small refinements at the sim – lowering the hill next to the gallery, raising the level of the swimming pool, and changing the line of colourful chairs once or twice (see more on the chairs below). But I’m especially pleased with this new Pergola-type structure which I put together yesterday …

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I had seen this in the distance in one or two pictures, but never close up enough until I found this video …

… and in particular, this frame …

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I haven’t a clue what this is or was in RL, but I like it up there on the hill.

As for those chairs … a word of explanation. First, they do (or did) exist in RL, they are not – as some people thought – a figment of my imagination. Here they are …

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Second, I previously placed them on the pier because I thought they looked good there …  and they were photographed a lot …

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Furillen.

Furillen People

However, as great as those chairs could look, they were notoriously difficult to ‘catch’ because of a seemingly unstable LOD (level of detail); indeed, I had more questions about this from visitors than almost anything else.

So once I’d moved the chairs to their ‘right’ place next to the airstream … and given that the previous line of chairs had been photographed … well, to death, really … I decided to rotate different sets of chairs. So we began with this line of plastic chairs last Sunday …

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The watcher

Stand in line

… and then I reverted to these …

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I’ll be changing them again very soon. If you have any recommendations, please get in touch.