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Exercising and law

Hall I'th Wood

Hall I'th Wood

Today has been a day of sitting around, revising law. I have an assignment due on Wednesday so I really need to get to grips with this. Like all of this year’s course, the assignment is on the broad topic of the law of ownership and trusteeship. It may sound a bit of a dull subject to some people but I am really enjoying it.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a break or two here and there, of course. It was such a nice day today that I decided a walk out would be a good way of clearing the cobwebs from the old brain (what an image that conjures up), so I went for a walk down to the Hall in the Wood, which gives the Hall I’th Wood area of Bolton its name. It’s not a long walk and in good sunshine it’s quite a pleasant trip.

I took a few photographs while I was there, including two 360 degree panoramic photos: one of the front of the hall, and the other from the rear. They are quite fun, even if some bits don’t quite line up right.

It just struck me that in all the time I have lived here, I have never seen the hall open to the public. That’s quite sad, really.

Before I went out, I recorded a short video on my second channel; which I use for general vlogging (in contrast to my main channel, which is more for humour and general entertainment videos). The video is about the tune I had stuck in my head, plus my attempts to get it down on GarageBand in the hope that I could find out where I heard it from. So far, nobody can place it. Maybe it’s a new composition? I’ll link the video below. Maybe you know where it’s from?

Friday night is music night

Photograph of Acoustic Energy Nightly playing at St Leo's University, in Second Life

Acoustic Energy Nightly playing at St Leo's University, in Second Life

With my writing work done for the weekend, I have been enjoying having a bit of time to relax.

Because the last thing I had to do tonight was send some messages to people in Second Life, talking about the April Poetry Challenge, I happened to be ‘in world’ at the time that JWheels Carver sent out a message to the ‘Inksters’ writing group saying a guy called Acoustic Energy Nightly was playing a live gig at St Leo’s University.

That sounded like something I might enjoy, so I teleported over before the sim (technical term for a section of virtual land) filled up. Popular events can fill up quickly, so it’s always a good idea to get in as quick as you can if you want to go to an event. It’s a lot like real life in that way.

That reminds me of the time I saw Terry Pratchett in Second Life. He was there doing a brief talk followed by a question and answer session to promote ‘Nation’, which was then his latest novel. I turned up about an hour and ten minutes before he was due to start and the sim already had nineteen other people on it!

Why do I remember how many there were there? I was reporting on the event for the Second Life News Network. It was one of my last assignments for them as a journalist with a roving beat. I became Art Director for their real world publication, SLNN Next, soon after. (That was quite a change, I can tell you!) It was a fun job while it lasted. It started as my first foray into freelancing, too. Funny how the world works.

Anyway, I have to say Acoustic Nightly put on what was probably the best live event I’ve been to in Second Life for a long time. He has an amazing voice and I would recommend going along to hear him if you can.

JWheels keeps a blog about events in Second Life so you can find out when he’s next playing. I would put up a link to a YouTube recording but there aren’t any, unfortunately.

Speaking of music, I was pointed toward this very cool music video by MBC News:

It was the imagery that first caught my eye but the song itself is great too. Jenny says it reminds her a lot of Ladytron and I think I see where she’s getting that from. It certainly is in the same broad style.

So there you have it: Second Life is not just for writers and people who want to pretend to have sex with other people pretending to have sex. There is music there, too. There is also art there but I’ll have to cover that another time because this is getting too long.

Unexpected boost

Photograph of Skepta

This man is reponsible for a 110% increase in my comic's traffic.

A couple of days ago, Jenny pointed out a sudden and rather dramatic boost on traffic heading to All over the house.

We initially thought this could be due to the fact that our comic about a judge not understanding what Twitter is was going to be in the forthcoming issue of Mensa magazine but, of course, that has not been posted to subscribers yet.

So what was the reason for this sudden and unexpected boost in traffic? Well I just found out after a quick Google search. It’s quite surprising really.

Skepta, a rapper from London, made a new song called All over the house; in which he talks about how he and a girlfriend of his have been getting intimate with one-another in every possible location within his abode. Apparently the sexually explicit video is what has people talking. It has porn stars in it, doing what porn stars do best. Suffice to say it is not safe for work.

I have to admit I was somewhat surprised by this turn of events. It is also quite funny from my point of view because All over the house is about as far from porn as you can get. We hardly touch on the subject of relationships and even when we do, it’s because the characters can’t manage one. They never manage to get anywhere near the subject matter of this music video.

So anyway I have to say thank you to Skepta for sending so much traffic our way. Maybe I’ll draw him a comic to say thanks for the traffic.