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Polly wants a script

Dead Parrot

Still life with dead parrot


For me 3D moddeling is tightly connected with taxidermy and the Victorians’ interest in stuffing animals for scientific study, trophies and ornamental purposes. I am a keen observer of all those wonderful frozen tableaux with dried flowers and miniature landscapes under glass and I simply adore those old school educational diorama’s depicting various habitats and continents. I think my life long fascination has to do with stopping and speeding up time.

Polly wants a script! Alberto Linden stated at the editting info of his free 18 prims parrot. His idea is to let this parrot wiggle a bit or display a little prinning now and then. The funny thing is, she won’t get any script from me. On Ameland she has a label on her feet with determination info, that’s how we deal with dead parrots!

Another fine handling of the subject is demonstrated by John Cleese and Michael Palin in their Dead Parrot Sketch. ‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!


Poeme Electronique



Last night Joja Dhara TPed me to the Poeme Electronique Celebration at Philips Island.  First a historic presentation to provide some backgrounds, secondly the opening of the virtual replica of the Le Corbusier’s Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World Fair and finally a round table discussion on how the Poème Électronique can inspire us to co-create the future.

Unfortunately I missed the last part of the program and I dear hope Joja and the remaining visitors had a more inspiring encounter than I did. Due to technical probs of all kind I dropped into a confusing chopped-up performance with a photo stream that shifted to the next picture on the precise moment of  rezzing. So I couldn’t pick up the talk of Kees Tazelaar in the roaring noise, saw one or two photographs amongst numerous blurred screens and went into a completely mute model of the Le Corbusier’s pavilion.

Maybe I should have turned on my media earlier, because when I did I truly saw a short fragment of the original animations and film sequences on the wall above the audience. Strangely enough I did not hear a single tone or stroke or whatsoever to get a hint of the original music by Edgard Varèse. The pavilion was planned as a “total environment” meant to result in a complex multimedia experience, for me this was a frustrating kick off and I dit not want to spoil the discussion with my negativity… afterall this Philips inititiative is ambitious and deary and should be a model of how industry could link up people in a new way, grouped around inspiring concepts instead off lausy fast food, what a bloody shame!

Here is an instructive short introduction to the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World Fair and the virtual reconstruction at the VEP project.

Wolk’s laboratory

connected drifters

connected drifters


Last night Wolk Writer and I had a little talk about Ameland and the future of the project. Wolk is the central 3D artist on Ameland, and she complained about the lack of activities on the island. Apart from Peli Dieterle’s dynamic column and our joined project “Singing Sand Hoppers” she would like to see some more art projects.  I told her that Archipel is a whole lot bigger than this heap of sand, told her about Do Whybrow’s and Ookoi… and that we are just starting etc. Personally I’m not at all disappointed in the way Ameland develops, think that we made the best out of the limitations.

This morning the island was enchanting and tranquil and Wolk left a pear of her intriguing objects slowly drifting and spinning around. Ohh no Wolk, Ameland up until now is just a start… you wait and see!


Jan Ogg and me during high tide

Jan Ogg and me during high tide


Are there any tides in Secondlife? Right now I ‘m working on the big upgrade to a level 5 sim, Jan Ogg offered to join 4 open sims and replace them for a huge low lag Ameland sim. In the mean time I am dreaming of a tidal rithem sweeping across Ameland.