Hello, welcome to the Armchair Traveller. This is my blog, so expect some level of chaos. Don’t expect intelligent opinions or witty repartee. Chaos is what you’ll get.
I am Moon Adamant, and I am the Creative Officer and one of the partner founders of Beta Technologies, a Second Life Gold Developer company. We do tons of work, and some of it may end up here as well! For the moment being, check our links on the sidebar.
I met this expression ‘Armchair Traveller’ just the other day, as I was looking for interesting stuff on the web. I chanced upon something called Photocroms, which are a mix of b&w photos and a litographic process to lend them colour. The result of this technique is often very interesting, with lovely pastel shades. They were used to make albums (amongst other things), and these albums were a common feature in well-to-do homes in the turn of the 20th century. This way, people could travel without leaving their homes – they were Armchair Travellers.
It struck me that maybe I have always been one myself.
The way I see it, armchair travelling has a main advantage towards real travelling: one is not subject to time. If I go to any real place now, I’ll always land in the present – even though it may be a quite different present. But when I armchair-travel, I can go anywhere, anytime, past, present, future. I also don’t lose my luggage.
So this is what you may expect: a lot of globetrotting. Sometimes I’ll talk about Second Life, sometimes I’ll talk about … anything else, really.
Another thing that I am thinking as I am writing is something I learned to do in art school and univ (for those who don’t know, my training is in architecture and fine-arts): when you get to a place, draw sketches to capture the impression of the place. And this is, I am thinking now, maybe the objective of this blog? So this will not be a text blog, nor a photo blog, nor an art blog – let’s call it a blog of impressions.