…is now live.
It took a bit longer than expected, and involved archiving 20GB, 30,000 photos from files to begin ‘afresh’. As time is finite, it took longer than anticipated 🙂
But we’re now fully live on the new site, which you can see by following this link.
We’ve been theslnaturist.wordpress.com for a couple of years now, but I’ve decided not to renew the .com domain, which runs out in five days time. This means we have reached our storage limit, I can no longer upload any images…and thus I need to re-assess how we move forward from here.
I thought this might happen, and thus contingencies have been made…including not posting that much in recent weeks and months in anticipation of how things might roll out.
I’m still busy with the blog (articles written, plans laid, etc) and am getting some in-world time in after a period of not getting inworld quite so much. This forthcoming week will be one of housekeeping, to see how we progress from here.
These two calendar naturist photos remind me that we did our own SLN calendar shots in previous years, a ‘tradition’ that fell by the wayside. From January, I hope to revive this ‘tradition’ with an SL related calendar shot at the beginning of each month, paired with a real life calendar shot if I can find enough photos from the golden age of naturism.
Thanksgiving takes place in North America this Thursday, the fourth Thursday in November, and the day before what has become the utterly vile Black Friday.
We don’t do Thanksgiving in the UK (or, indeed, across Europe), as our equivalent might be Harvest.
Given that crops ripen at different times and in different climates around the world, it’s not a surprise that there are different dates.
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this year, have a fabulous holiday.
Presents aren’t, as far as I know, given for Thanksgiving, but it is the commencement of the retail madness season. I don’t, and never will do, ‘Black Friday’, because it seems like such a crass, commercial experience. Do you really need to be involved in fistfights to get a new television? Probably not.
There have been petitions to ban it in the UK and fights have occurred at shopping malls due to it.
Second Life’s retailers won’t be immune to it either, with all manner of ‘deals’ offered. It’s safe to say I won’t be bothering much with it. However, when it’s all over, we can turn ourselves to the much more pleasant Christmas experience in SL. 🙂
Back to full health, my re-entry to the world of SL coincided with my least favourite time of the year in SL -Halloween. It’s not something I get excited about in RL either. So rather than worry too much about the various SL related product boards, crammed with stuff I don’t like or need, I loaded up my alt and have spent a lot of time inworld recently, rather than blogging.
2019 was, for me, a total wipeout where naturism was concerned in RL, and that impacted onward into SL.
I’ve become becalmed by naturism, in and out of SL, so a bit of a rethink was required. Then it struck me while doing some Christmas shopping online, and buying some olive oil for family members from a website in Greece (actually adopting an olive tree in an olive grove).
By the magic of SL, I was able to imagine buying olive oil directly from the farmer, who was naturist, of course 🙂
And all of a sudden, my SL was reinvigorated.
We’re going to go back in time 🙂 And undertaking a series of posts relating to historical naturism, and how acceptance of nudity has ebbed and flowed over time.
I’m well into a couple of posts intended to cover attitudes to nudity in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, and these will be posted in due course.
In the meantime, here’s a small gallery of modern day naturists in Greece, plugged into a long, historical acceptance of the naked human form.
Apologies for the lack of posts recently, but a period of illness that I thought I’d got over turned into something a little more serious, requiring a few days in hospital and now a lengthy period of convalescence at home. I’m fine, I’m recovering, it’s not something that will impact me in the long term, but it has left me very tired and weak.
Finally I’ve turned the corner with it, and I’m now getting a little stronger every day, but still exhausted a lot of the time.
I will be back soon, I promise!
An absolutely bizarre moment occurred last week when a woman claimed, at a meeting held by US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that to save the planet the solution was to eat babies. :-O
It turns out the exchange was some sort of stunt, but the power of social media was evident when the video went viral, and a meme was born.
To demonstrate how things move quickly in Second Life, there is already a T shirt bearing the #eatthebabies hashtag.
Not remotely ‘naturist’, I know, but the real life exchange demonstrates what an increasingly bizarre world we inhabit. It seems to me that it just gets stranger and stranger and it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not anymore.
I dunno, where naturism was once seen as some weird, fringe lifestyle, it feels like it’s becoming increasingly normalised as a result of the weirdness surrounding us all.
This morning was the 7th annual North-East skinny dip, an event that more or less concludes the naturist ‘season’ in this country (the UK).
It raises cash for MIND, an mental health charity, and I’ve heard that it was marshalled in a different manner to keep ‘casual photographers’ away, with only official photographers and participants cameras/phones allowed to record the event. Whether this was flagged up in advance, I don’t know, but my source -a veteran of this event- says that the male to female ration was much more balanced this year.
People like to have the likes of this on their ‘bucket list’ (skinny-dipping is on many people’s bucket list) and also like to raise money for charity. Combine the two and you have a winner! But people don’t like to necessarily have their naked self splashed all over the internet or in print, and it’s clear that many people would avoid the event for that reason. Good marshalling, to preserve people’s anonymity makes sense for events such as this (and also the Sydney Skinny, another event that also is firm on photographic rules).
(photos shown from last year’s official photos)
This photo is, apparently, from Atlantic City in 1939, so we’re celebrating the 80th anniversary of the photo. Topless male swimming had become the norm around 1934, and I’m guessing that Atlantic City was just a little behind the curve, normalising it in ’39, hence the photo.
It’s almost certainly staged in front of a real sign, playing on the fact that the woman is pointing out the info given while the beach lifeguard looks bemused.
In many parts of the world, 80 years on, women are still fighting for equality in this matter.