plus ça change

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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 …

 

News from Furillen-Hoth

It seems that there are a lot Star Wars geeks on the grid – no surprise there. There have been plenty of visitors to Furillen-Hoth so far, many in costume, with one or two rezzing their own vehicles and flying around. I’ve seen quite a few people who haven’t been to the sim before, and it’s good to have some fresh faces around.

I thought it might be good to hold a gathering of the geeks. So welcome to the “younglings, younglings’ gather ’round” Furillen-Hoth Christmas party …

furillen-hoth-christmas-party

Star Wars costume is essential, of course. But given that there are so many great mesh Star Wars avatars and costumes around on marketplace, and that they are so inexpensive, this is as easy as it gets. We’ll stream some party music – good bits from the movies, of course (who can resist Cantina?) – but with a bit of inventiveness we can add some space-themed music from more familiar Furillen names, like Bowie and Radiohead.

The best pictures so far range from very funny spoofs to beautiful landscapes. Do keep them coming …

Afternoon with the Solos

Attack

A suspicious conversation

On top of the icy world

They're Coming

Surrounded

ppl @ Furillen

We are not the droids you are looking for...

Nothing will ever be the same...

Invasion

Stand Your Ground

Battle of Hoth

you guys there it is!!!

Invaders of Hoth

Furillen update and important news

There was a Radiohead event at the sim this weekend – nothing too fancy, but highlights included

  • a playlist featuring all of the studio albums in chronological order
  • a slideshow of 400 pictures
  • our very own moon shaped pool
  • a giant radio
  • a landscape texture based on the album cover of A Moon Shaped Pool
  • a few fake plastic trees, and
  • the obligatory fake Chinese rubber plant.

Here are one or two pictures taken at the sim during the weekend …

Flowers

 

Fake Plastic Trees: Radiohead Redux

 

Moon and Tree

 

Moon, over a Moon Shaped Pool. Radiohead event at Furillen

 

Mellow Yellow

 

He is a DayDreamer...

 

from above

 

Then, on Sunday, there was the opening party for the exhibition of pictures taken at Furillen, as curated by Mareea Farrasco. We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for pulling this together so well, and providing a space that was large enough and bright enough to do justice to the collection.

If you haven’t visited yet, it’s at Mareea’s wonderful IMAGO gallery.

It was good to see so many people at the party, and to catch up with some old faces from previous Furillen events. The music harked back to several of those, with tracks from Bowie, Prince and Radiohead jostling with the odd blast of Abba and even a bit of funk.

So … what next, at Furillen? Well, there is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time …

 

floyd at furillen

 

This will, I hope, be one to remember. Mareea will be helping with this event, and I know one or two others who also want to chip in. I’ll ‘dress’ the sim accordingly, there will be wall-to-wall music – pun intended – and a photo contest based on a song that will be announced in due course. Along with this, there will be a slide show, and some ‘Pink Floydian’ stuff laid out around the place. There will also, of course, be a party held at some point over the weekend. Maybe even several …

If you have any ideas or want to make a contribution, please get in touch.

you must have been high …

I’ve been listening to Tool, a band you will quite often find in any “favourite bands” list that also features Radiohead.

The parallels are fascinating. Both bands emerged – or erupted? – during a moment when rock music was still all about grunge, but just as Nirvana was dissolving. Both Radiohead’s first album, Pablo Honey, and Tool’s – Undertow – came out in 1993. They were followed by The Bends (1995) and Ænima (1996), respectively. While Ænima was Tool’s widely acknowledged “classic” album, Radiohead’s classic, OK Computer, was released one year later in 1997.

More recently, Radiohead’s fanbase suffered during a hiatus of five years between the release of The King of Limbs (2011) and A Moon Shaped Pool (2016). But spare a thought for Tool’s long-suffering fans, who are speculating desperately about the release of the next album by their band, because the last one – 10,000 Days – came out ten years ago, in 2006.

Musical and lyrical parallels between these bands are apparent too. They are more complex, and the differences are just as interesting. But when looking for points of contact between the two bands, I was struck by these two songs – “The Pot”, by Tool, and “2 + 2 = 5” by Radiohead – as a case in point. Note the timing again: The Pot is from 2006, 2 + 2 = 5 is from 2003.

You could reasonably argue that both songs deal with government hypocrisy – “the pot” in Tool’s song is a reference to the notion of “the pot calling the kettle black”, while “2 + 2 = 5” in Radiohead’s song is about doublethink as conveyed by Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four. (Incidentally, 2 + 2 = 5 was on the Hail to the Thief album, whose title appears to be a skit on the name of the official Presidential Anthem of the United States, Hail to the Chief.)

Anyway, here they are …

 

 

Who are you to wave your finger?
You must have been outta your head.
Eye hole deep in muddy waters.
You practically raised the dead.

Rob the grave to snow the cradle.
Then burn the evidence down.
Soapbox, house of cards and glass,
So don’t go tossin’ your stones around.

You must have been high.
You must have been high.
You must have been.

Foot in mouth and head up ass.
So whatcha talkin’ ’bout?
Difficult to dance ’round this one
‘Til you pull it out, boy!

You must have been so high.
You must have been so high.

Steal, borrow, refer, save your shady inference.
Kangaroo done hung the juror with the innocent.

Now you’re weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye!
When you pissed all over my black kettle
You must have been high, high
You must have been high, high

Who are you to wave your finger?
So full of it.
Eyeballs deep in muddy waters
Fuckin’ hypocrite.

Liar, lawyer, mirror, show me what’s the difference?
Kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocent.

Now you’re weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye, eye.
When you pissed all over my black kettle
You must’ve been!

So who are you to wave your finger?
Who are you to wave your fatty fingers at me?
You must have been out your mind!

Weepin’ shades of indigo shed without a reason
Weepin’ shades of indigo

Liar, lawyer, mirror for you, what’s the difference?
Kangaroo be stoned. He’s guilty as the government

Now you’re weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye, eye!
Now when you pissed all over my black kettle.
You must’ve been high, high, high, high.

Eyeballs deep in muddy waters
Your balls deep in muddy waters.
Ganja, please, you must have been out your mind!

 

 

 

Are you such a dreamer
To put the world to rights?
I’ll stay home forever
Where two and two always makes up five

I’ll lay down the tracks
Sandbag and hide
January has April’s showers
And two and two always makes up five

It’s the devil’s way now
There is no way out
You can scream and you can shout
It is too late now

Because you have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
You have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
You have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
You have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention

Oh

I try to sing along
I get it all wrong
‘Cause I’m not
‘Cause I’m not
I swat em like flies
But like flies the buggers keep coming back
But I’m not
Oh hail to the thief
Oh hail to the thief
But I’m not
But I’m not
But I’m not
But I’m not

Don’t question my authority or put me in the dock
‘Cause I’m not
‘Cause I’m not
Oh, go and tell the king that the sky is falling in
When it’s not
When it’s not
When it’s not
Maybe not
Maybe not

Q.E.D.

Radiohead played at Secret Solstice in Iceland last night. Here is Thom’s setlist …

RH Icelnd setlist

Keen-eyed observers will jump for joy because it looks as though there is a brand new song in their repertoire, called “Q.E.D.”.

Alas, this is the code they appear to be using for “Creep”, which is what they did in fact play in this slot, as you’ll see here …

 

 

I find the code intriguing. Q.E.D. – quod erat demonstrandum – means “which is what had to be proven”. Should we read anything into this? Probably not, but I am sure that we will.

By all accounts, this was an epic set, with the band full of energy after their two week break. They play Open Air St Gallen in Switzerland next, on 2 July. Unless, of course, they turn up at Glastonbury next week to play some of kind of secret set. They did this in 2011, as you can see here …

 

 

I’ll be at Glastonbury next week, swimming in mud no doubt, and have all possible sources of information primed and ready in case they turn up at Worthy Farm. I have my doubts, though.

In other news, I was very saddened to hear about – and see, via Periscope and YouTube – what took place at Istanbul’s Velvet Indieground, a record store, during the Radiohead event held there yesterday. I believe that religious freedom works both ways, and will add nothing more.

I also refer you to the statement about the incident issued by the band last night.

One of those who was present and involved happened to be outside the store at the time, dancing to Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – just before being beaten up. This has been a real favourite track of mine for a little while now, I love it to pieces.

Here is a gorgeous version of it. So play it now. As loudly as you can …

 

 

In the deepest ocean
The bottom of the sea
Your eyes
They turn me
Why should I stay here?
Why should I stay?

I’d be crazy not to follow
Follow where you lead
Your eyes
They turn me

Turn me on to phantoms
I follow to the edge of the earth
And fall off
Everybody leaves
If they get the chance
And this is my chance

I get eaten by the worms
Weird fishes
Get picked over by the worms
Weird fishes
Weird fishes
Weird fishes

I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape

I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape

Tomorrow’s Radiohead event

In case you are interested in the Radiohead event that will take place at selected record stores worldwide tomorrow, fresh details – together with a list of participating stores – can be found here. This, you may recall, is to mark the physical release of the band’s new album, A Moon Shaped Pool.

The gist is that there will be some live recordings from the three recent Radiohead gigs at London’s Roundhouse – I attended them all – plus some other music and artwork. If you happen to be passing a store, or work close by to one, this looks like something well worth going to.

Meanwhile, there will more Radiohead at Furillen.

radiohead the works poster 09

As mentioned earlier this week, I’ll be streaming the full set of Radiohead albums in order, on a playlist that is just over seven hours long. I’ll leave it looping for a day or so, so you can drop in any time.

In addition, there will be a slideshow of the artwork that has been released so far with this new album – and another slideshow consisting of around 400 pictures of the band that were taken throughout its history, starting in the late 1980s. There are some great pictures in the collection.

Finally, the exquisite Daydreaming video will be showing in the video room, which can be found in the hotel.

This is just my own small homage to a group of musicians that have – in my view – managed the rather astonishing feat of making incredibly relevant and challenging music for around a quarter of a century. Having just seen them live four times, I can tell you that they have lost none of their freshness and energy.

I was reading Mac Randall’s excellent history of the band earlier today, and rather liked this passage:

radiohead john cale quote

So if you haven’t heard the new album yet, do give it a listen. I promise you that it really is “music you haven’t heard yet” – and, surely, the most beautiful record that this band has made.