Some necessary explanations

I was fiddling here with my blog backoffice, trying to get things right – I must explain that I am generally a bit blog-adverse, so this is a new tech of sorts to me – things don’t just come easy, and I’ll apologize straightaway for some instability on the appearance of the blog, as I conclude that widget X is useful and that I need more categories… I am sure everyone must have passed through the same!

At least I know a basic rule: always have the backoffice in one tab and the blog in another, so that you can see what is happening on with the final result.

And as I was checking the final result, I felt that people may be a bit staggered by the blog… What’s this?! Doesn’t this woman work in Second Life?! Where is the stuff about SL?!

… well, the stuff about SL will no doubt get in here in its own time. But working in SL doesn’t necessarily mean that you breathe SL.

The work that I do in SL is architecture, grossly speaking. Architecture is an art, which means that it is a speculum mundi:  it holds a mirror to life. So this means that a good deal of my day is spent … looking at life, wherever it is. Researching. Reading, because reading is a gateway to the thoughts of other people. Seeing scores and scores of images. Thinking about what I meet, relating, making connections. Because that is what architecture really is: the greatest of arts, the art that connects all the others, and creates space for people in an amazing web of knowledge, experience, living. All that I see will no doubt resurface at some point in my work.

So… this very confused blog is a window on my work, indeed. It just isn’t all about prims and textures, same way as being a chef isn’t all about knowing how to turn on the oven. It is also not just a window on past or present work: it’s a magic window that lets you see the future.

General Disclaimer!

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.