What a Feeling …

Wednesday’s party in the Iceberg Lounge was a big success – lots of people there, and a really good set from Jero. The setting was perfect.

Next up, on Tuesday, we’ll be holding a party to celebrate one of the greatest movies of all time (or of April 1983, at least!) …

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… so get your leotards and leggings out of the closet and get ready for some of this …

Partly for the occasion, and also because we like it, we have installed a new venue, right next to Chinatown where the boxing hall and pizzeria used to be. We called it The Dork Knight …

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… and it’s loud and bright – inside, at least. This is the second new building from Nomad that has been installed at the sim during the past week, the other being the beautiful Stockholm-inspired Mjölnir Kompaniet, which fits perfectly on the ground and seems true to the Swedish origins of the sim …

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And just in case you missed it, we are also planning a mega-event, dedicated to The Beatles in general, and specifically to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This will be held during June, and although we’ve hardly even started the planning, it’s likely to be on a similar scale to the previous events devoted to Bowie, Radiohead and Pink Floyd. It will therefore involve transforming the ground part of the sim, so expect a few days of closure during late May.

Meanwhile, to celebrate our new building – and to show we don’t take this Batman stuff too seriously – I leave you with this …

“Furillen is …” – our next show starts here

We had a nice event at Furillen yesterday, launching the first exhibition at the new gallery in the city part of the sim

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Most of those who had their pictures included were able to show up, and it was enjoyable meeting some of you for the first time. What I really like about the show – which features images of Furillen City taken during its first month – is the sheer variety of pictures as well as photographers.

The city is not the easiest place to take photographs: there are no soft ‘gimme’ shots because the best angles are tricky to find, and the texture load means that those with ‘normal’ graphics cards are prone to crashing as they try to fix their shot. It’s also quite a complicated place to explore, as any city should be! So do visit the show if you haven’t done so, because the pictures on display here are terrific.

So … what’s next? The plan is to keep this show open for most of May, and then put on another show at the beginning of June – this time, of pictures taken on the ground part of the sim. We’ll keep things simple and just call it “Furillen is …”.

The Furillen Flickr group is huge, of course, with over 9700 pictures, of which the vast majority were taken on ground level – so how to select? I think we’ll stick to pictures of the latest iteration of the sim, which we called Furillen 3.0 and opened on 8 January 2017. It will still be tough pulling out 24 highlights from the many, many images of Furillen taken since then, but we’ll do our best. What’s guaranteed is that the quality will be very high indeed.

We’ll be making the selection around mid-May, so it isn’t too late to be included if you still have that killer shot in mind … or, perhaps, sitting on your hard drive.

Arkham Asylum

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For a city with so much villainy, one might be forgiven for wondering why there is no prison in Gotham. But given that the criminal justice system in Gotham usually deems criminals to be ‘mentally unfit’, this role tends to be played by the city’s hospital, the Williams Medical Center … while those who are regarded as especially dangerous end up in the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. All the great Gotham villains have been incarcerated here – the Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, Harley Quinn, Clayface, Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, Mr Freeze, and of course Scarecrow. And at some time or another, most of them have escaped …

The asylum – which made its first appearance (albeit only as Arkham Hospital) in Batman #258 (published in October 1974) – was founded by Amadeus Arkham. Elizabeth, after whom the asylum is named, was his mother. She suffered from mental illness and was alleged to have committed suicide, although it later emerged that she was euthanized by her son.  The Arkham name itself comes from H. P. Lovercraft, who should be well-known to SLers through the brilliant and long-standing Innsmouth sim.

The asylum’s best-known staff member is surely Dr Harleen Quinzel, who was seduced by the Joker while trying to treat him, and subsequently became Harley Quinn. Psychology is of course a big deal in the Batman series. Another famous villain, Scarecrow, started out as Dr Jonathan Crane, a psychology professor with a gift for producing mind-bending chemical agents.

As dark as it is, Arkham Asylum has been treated to some beautiful artistic representations, most notably by Dave McKean in the highly-acclaimed Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, which features images like this …

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Arkham’s biggest role in movies comes in Batman Begins, where Crane/Scarecrow is depicted as a high-ranking staff member, and is brilliantly played by Cillian Murphy

All of which is simply an excuse for letting you know that we’ve installed a new Arkham Asylum on the sim – it’s bigger, darker, and altogether more Gothamesque.