Dies alles ist mir untertänig…

Er stand auf seines Daches Zinnen,
Er schaute mit vergnügten Sinnen
Auf das beherrschte Samos hin.
»Dies alles ist mir untertänig«,
Begann er zu Ägyptens König,
»Gestehe, daß ich glücklich bin.«

»Du hast der Götter Gunst erfahren!
Die vormals deinesgleichen waren,
Sie zwingt jetzt deines Szepters Macht.
Doch einer lebt noch, sie zu rächen,
Dich kann mein Mund nicht glücklich sprechen,
Solang des Feindes Auge wacht.«

Und eh der König noch geendet,
Da stellt sich, von Milet gesendet,
Ein Bote dem Tyrannen dar:
»Laß, Herr! des Opfers Düfte steigen
Und mit des Lorbeers muntern Zweigen
Bekränze dir dein festlich Haar.

Getroffen sank dein Feind vom Speere,
Mich sendet mit der frohen Märe
Dein treuer Feldherr Polydor –«
Und nimmt aus einem schwarzen Becken,
Noch blutig, zu der beiden Schrecken,
Ein wohlbekanntes Haupt hervor.

(…)

Und wenn’s die Götter nicht gewähren,
So acht auf eines Freundes Lehren
Und rufe selbst das Unglück her,
Und was von allen deinen Schätzen
Dein Herz am höchsten mag ergötzen,
Das nimm und wirf’s in dieses Meer.«

 

Und jener spricht, von Furcht beweget:
»Von allem, was die Insel heget,
Ist dieser Ring mein höchstes Gut.
Ihn will ich den Erinnen weihen,
Ob sie mein Glück mir dann verzeihen.«
Und wirft das Kleinod in die Flut.

 

Und bei des nächsten Morgens Lichte,
Da tritt mit fröhlichem Gesichte
Ein Fischer vor den Fürsten hin:
»Herr, diesen Fisch hab ich gefangen,
Wie keiner noch ins Netz gegangen,
Dir zum Geschenke bring ich ihn.«

Und als der Koch den Fisch zerteilet,
Kommt er bestürzt herbeigeeilet
Und ruft mit hocherstauntem Blick:
»Sieh, Herr, den Ring, den du getragen,
Ihn fand ich in des Fisches Magen,
O, ohne Grenzen ist dein Glück!«

Hier wendet sich der Gast mit Grausen:
»So kann ich hier nicht ferner hausen,
Mein Freund kannst du nicht weiter sein.
Die Götter wollen dein Verderben,
Fort eil ich, nicht mit dir zu sterben.«
Und sprachs und schiffte schnell sich ein.

(Aus: Der Ring des Polykrates, F. Schiller)

www.outworldz.com:9000:Egypt (coordinates 828,1007,37)

Tosha Tyran

Violence against Women!

You are not my story / But merely a chapter
One I will never forget / But one I will never reread

The bruises you left will no longer / Remind me of my shortcomings
But will instead be battle scares / Reminding me of my strength

You caused me to starve / You caused me to self-loathe
You caused me to isolate myself / But your control is not permanent

I will erase the pain you left / I will discard the memories
Of discomfort, fear, and embarassment / And replace them with a fire

I am not your victim / Or defined by your abuse
I am a survivor / I am a fighter

For so long I blamed myself / Told myself that I deserved the pain
That I did this to myself / And I carried that guilt with me

But not anymore / I’m through with wrongfully assigning
The blame to myself when / It’s nobody’s fault except yours

Your time is up / From your violations
I have gained self-respect and fortitude / And you have gained a guilty conscience

This is all I have left to say to you / My final testimony, my triumph
I will no longer let you have power over me / This is goodbye.

Delicatessen (160,92,485) by Paper White
contains the best exposition about Violence against Women I have ever seen in Virtual Worlds.

It takes a hard stomach though to look through it!
Tosha Tyran

Torben Asp – master of the spherical music

you ambled through
the spheres of light
a score of
fireflies ignite
a silken dress
a velvet night
roaring colors
spheres of light
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I would like to talk to you tonight about a very special person: Torben Asp, composer, musician, artist and surely one of the nicest live performers I know and have the honor to be friended with. Those who come to his shows will find themselves immersed not only in spherical sounds but also in a captivating and magic particles show.

Already entering his performance center is interesting: you enter a metal sphere hung up in nowhere and held down from escaping just there by some chained weights…

Sit on one of the seats grouped around the stage in the middle, lean back, take a sip of wine (or tea or a sniff of grass :-)) and let Torben with his music and particles do the rest! An enrapturing time is garanteed…

Torben was amiable enough to give us a little inside view into his music, his work, his life.

Tosha: Torben, you make music in virtual worlds and – if I understand right – also in real life?

Torben: That is true… I have been so lucky to build a network that stretches from virtual- to Real life.

Tosha: I know of various artists who actually began their career in virtual worlds and from there went on to real life careers – where did you get started?

Torben: Basically I began composing at 14 when I bought my first little keyboard. My Dad played one of my tunes at the local stadium for 2500 people… that was kinda crazy.
Obviously when PC music software came out it made it easier for me to make music…. and yes… SL and the virtual worlds have helped me a lot… To refine my performances… and also to be able to play in the real world a couple of times… both in Denmark and the USA.

Tosha: You underlay your musical performances in Craft with all those magnificent particles – what do you use in real life instead? Or have you found a way to create „real“ particles???

Torben: Oh I wish… but in real Life we mostly use projections… which is kinda nice too.

Tosha: Can your music be found in real life? Meaning: do you sell it?

Torben:  I do… You can find me at CDBaby.com searching for Torben Asp but also on all the well known download sites.

Tosha: Do you give concerts in RL?

Torben:  When I get a chance, yes.

Tosha: A rather indiscrete question: You probably spend a lot of time with your music. But can you live of it? (Don’t answer if it is too indiscrete!)

Torben:  No… at this time its only a hobby that I love…. so I gather all the tips I can get… Either inworld ore by going my website or Paypal ;o)

Tosha: Your music has quite an esoteric sound at times. Are you an esoteric person?

Torben:  I believe so… My music comes from inside…. when I try to be deep I always say… From my soul… To your soul.

Tosha: Do you compose and produce your music alone?

Torben:  Yes I do…. No one to argue with… hehe

Tosha: I seem to detect some Jean Michel Jarre at times in your music – what or who else inspires you most and in which way?

Torben: Jean-Michel Jarre as you mentioned… but also Hans Zimmer,  Schiller and Kitaro. (French, German and Japanese musicians, T.T.)

Tosha: I know you are Danish living in the USA now – what made you leave Denmark?

Torben:  I blame it on my 10 year long love for Jess ;o)

Tosha: Back to Virtual Worlds: During the last performances of yours I have noticed that you are becoming quite a master of the art of creating particles… do you create them yourself?

Torben:  No… as I sometimes tell on stream my particle show was created by a very talented scripter, Darek Deluca, who unfortunately is not in SL anymore.
Luckily I got him to deliver to me in the worlds I perform in the most… and then it is just to find the right setup for the experience… and I think I am pretty close now to have the perfect setup…. at least people seem to enjoy it a lot.

Tosha: What difference is there for you performing for a virtual audience as opposed to a real life one?

Torben:  You feel the audience more in Real Life…. and you can see when they start to fall asleep…. In the virtual worlds I get all these wonderful comments… and I try to mix them into my comments between tunes.

Tosha: I have the feeling, there is a special attachment to Craft Grid. Am I wrong or is that so?

Torben: The reception we got when we first landed in Craft was over the top… so we have always loved to support the grid when ever we could.

Tosha: If yes – what makes Craft special to you?

Torben:  The option that you have almost 100% power over your region… and you can import and export your OAR’s when you have something to show.

Tosha: Thanks a lot for your patience, Torben!

Torben:  Thank you for the interest. I appreciate that ;o))

If you want to come, see, hear, feel one of Torben’s performances, check the Craft Homepage regularly, read inworld notes or recurr to Torben’s own homepage to find a date! And – as said before: lean back and enjoy!

MargyeDreams

Quando l’Arte incontra il virtuale, il virtuale risponde con un caloroso benvenuto.

Il progetto è stato realizzato dal gruppo PyramidOSIta. L’Artista al centro dell’intero progetto è Carmen AulettaNon è mia intenzione parlare dei vari autori (impossibile valorizzarli come meritano in un solo articolo) ma aprire una piccola finestra sul meraviglioso risultato ottenuto.

L’idea di base che ha dato vita a MargyeDreams è di rendere tangibili, se pur virtualmente, le opere artistiche di Carmen Auletta, mi limiterò quindi a lasciarvi un piccolo assaggio visivo invitandovi ad intraprendere in modo autonomo il vostro personale viaggio tra arte e virtuale in Craft.

Vi lascio con una citazione tratta dalla poesia Il Rifugio di Carmen Auletta.

“..Portandomi nel luogo dov’è l’Arte,

la penna il mio dolore manda via.

Si presta come sempre alla sua parte

e arriva in mio soccorso la Poesia.”

 

xSIBERIAx ILFREDDOPURIFICA

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Your trash is full? Dein Papierkorb läuft über? ¿Tu papelera está llena? ¿El teu paperera està plena? Il cestino dei rifiuti è pieno?Come to our wonderful and creepy Service Island to empty it!Komm zu unserem wunderbar gruseligem Service Island und leere ihn!  ¡Ven a nuestra maravillosa y escalofriante Service Island para vaciarla!  Vine a la nostra meravellosa i esgarrifós Service Island per buidar-la!Vieni nella nostra meravigliosa e agghiacciante Service Island per svuotarlo!craft-world.org:8002:Service Island

Refugees

This year is set to be the deadliest year for refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean in the desperate attempt to reach safety or a better life in Europe, with the mortality rate tripling since 2015, according to a new report.

The Amnesty International report, called A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the Central Mediterranean, links the soaring death toll in the Mediterranean, which has seen 2,000 deaths since January, to failing E.U. policies. The route between Libya and Italy has become the primary means for refugees arriving in Europe, and the most hazardous.

It found that by giving non-governmental organizations (NGOs) the largest share of responsibility for search and rescue in the sea crossing, Europe’s governments have failed to prevent drownings and the horrific abuses, including torture and rape, that are faced by thousands of refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centres.

According to the report, E.U. leaders dramatically decreased the number of deaths at sea in 2015 when they implemented measures to strengthen search and rescue capacity in the central Mediterranean, including providing more rescue boats closer to Libyan territorial waters.

However, the report said that governments then shifted their approach, instead preventing the departures of boats from Libya in order to keep the number of arrivals in Europe down. Amnesty described this as “a failing strategy that has led to ever more dangerous crossings and a threefold increase in the death-rate from 0.89% in the second half of 2015 to 2.7% in 2017.”

The report criticises the E.U. for focusing on strengthening the Libyan coastguard’s ability to prevent departures and intercept boats – which often put refugees and migrants at risk – rather than deploy an “adequately resourced and dedicated humanitarian operation near Libyan territorial waters.”

Amnesty has been made aware of allegations that members of the Libyan coastguard have abused migrants, with some even shooting guns towards boats. A U.N. report published in June on the situation in Libya had similar findings. It mentioned a number of human rights violations against migrants including “executions, torture and deprivation of food, water and access to sanitation.” The report added that “Abd al-Rahman Milad (alias Bija), and other coastguard members, are directly involved in the sinking of migrant boats using firearms.”

If the second half of this year continues as the first and urgent action is not taken, 2017 looks set to become the deadliest year for the deadliest migration route in the world,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, in a statement. “The E.U. must rethink its cooperation with Libya’s woefully dysfunctional coastguard and deploy more vessels where they are desperately needed.”

Italy is currently caught up in a dispute with NGOs over search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, threatening to prevent them from docking in Italian ports if they didn’t better manage how they are dropping off refugees. Italy wants other EU states to take in refugees saved at sea.

Thank you, CapCat Ragu!

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Metaverse II

If you visit Italian city
You will find it very pretty

Just walk through and look very bright:
Don’t get blinded by color and light
(Orig.: Tom Lehrer, 1960 – Adaption: Tosha, 2018)

Jaaaaa, wir haben einen weiteren Spaziergang durch Metaverse, die italienische Stadt im Lichterglanz, gemacht und wollen der geschätzten Leserschaft unbedingt unsere Eindrücke weitergeben:

Fascinierendes Farbspiel auf den Fassaden

  

Die Lichterfee bei der Arbeit

Wir werden natürlich weiterhin beobachten, wie die Stadt im Licht explodiert, wie das Licht von ihr Besitz ergreift, sie verschlingt, sie erneuert und verwandelt.

Aber besonders raten wir allen, sich selbst dorthin zu begeben und alle Ecken und Winkel selbst auszukundschaften. Spaß, Überraschung und Staunen sind garantiert!

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Cherry Manga has done it again!

The incredible Cherry Manga has turned part of a Craft region – Metaverso, a traditional Italian city – into a bewitching, unforgettable light experience!

Just go and look for yourself – but take your time to allow this wonderful experience sink into you!

We have heard that Licu Rau, owner of the region, has asked also other artists to join into the light experience. What a wonderful idea! So you might just look around the city and find some other flashing surprises!

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The Grinch! (Christmas Spirit)

Tutti Craftiani adoravano il Natale mentre il Grinch non lo poteva sopportare. Il Grinch odiava il Natale e tutte le feste natalizie. Non chiedete perché, non abbiamo altre notizie. Era forse perché le sue scarpe gli eran strette ai piedi? O la testa non era per caso ben avvitata? Forse un motivo c’è per una mente tanto malata. Vediamo un po’. Il suo cuore a quanto pare era di due taglie più piccolo! Ma qualunque sia la ragione, il cuore, le scarpe o il crapone, lui la vigilia di Natale, tutte le vigilie di Natale, se ne stava lì, ricolmo di odio. Dall’alto della sua caverna, guardando le finestre illuminate, si rodeva il cuore perché tutte le case nella notte di Natale venivano addobbate.

“Come posso impedire che arrivi ancora il Natale? Come posso fare? Domani, lo so, tutti saran svegli assai presto per aprire i regali senza pietà! E poi il fracasso! Il fracasso! Il fracasso! Perché una cosa detesto: il fracasso! Il fracasso! Il fracasso! Il fracasso! Il fracasso!  Incomincio a star male! Con la mano nella mano tutti in coro canteranno le canzoni di Natale! ”

“Pupazzi di neve, addobbi, elfi, giochi! Non li posso sopportare! Basta, è ora di intervenire! Sono anni che li vedo gioire! Per non parlare del resto! È giunto il momento di farli zittire!”

Ma tra uno scivolo con slittino…

Ed il caldo tepore di un camino…

Che accadde poi su quell’altura? A Craft si narra che il cuore del Grinch quel giorno crebbe a dismisura. Il Grinch a un tratto del Natale comprese il vero significato. “Vuoi vedere” pensò “che il Natale è qualcosa di più?”

Il perfido Grinch sembrava confuso, anche il cervello gli si era fuso. Ma come ad un tratto riprese a pensare. Qualcosa nella mente gli cominciò a balenare. “Ecco cosa rende il Natale speciale!” disse ” Le persone riunite! che sia per cantare, addobbare, giocare, spacchettare… o ballare!”

Infant found in stable

Breaking News:
Police and youth welfare office investigate – carpenters from Nazareth and minor mother provisionally arrested.

BETHLEHEM, JUDAEA, dpa – In the early morning hours authorities were alerted by a concerned citizen who had discovered a young family living in a stable. On arrival, social service officials assisted by police officers found a baby who had been wrapped in strips of cloth by his 14-year-old mother, a certain Maria H. of Nazareth.

Maria H. and her infant were found in these highly questionable hygienic circumstances. On the right: Josef H. (Photos: T. Tyran)

While the officials tried to take mother and child into custody, a man later identified as Joseph H., also from Nazareth, tried to stop them. Joseph H.,  assisted by some shepherds and three unidentified foreigners, was prevented from doing so by the police.

The three foreigners who called themselves “wise men” of an eastern country were arrested. Both, the Department of the Interior and Customs Authorities are looking for clues about the origins of these three men, who appear to be illegally in the country. A spokesman of the police said they carried no identification, but were in possession of gold, as well as some potentially dangerous substances. They resisted arrest and claimed that God had told them to go home immediately and avoid any contact with official authorities. The found chemicals were sent to the Crime Lab for further investigation.

The three strangers claiming to be “wise men” 

The whereabouts of the baby will not be disclosed until further notice. A quick clarification of the whole case seems very doubtful. In response to questions, a Social Services employee said, “The father is middle-aged and the mother is definitely under the age, and we’re checking with the authorities in Nazareth to find out, what type of relationship they might have.”

Maria H. was taken to the district hospital in Bethlehem for medical and psychiatric examinations.  Because she claims, she is still a virgin, and the infant is from God, her mental state is being scrutinized.  An official statement from the head of the psychiatry says: “it is not up to us to tell people what to believe, but if that belief leads to a newborn being endangered, as in this case, then these people must be considered dangerous. The fact that drugs that were probably distributed by the foreigners is not helping to raise confidence, but we are sure that all involved will be able to return to normal life within a few years, if they get the necessary treatment. ”

Maria H. in the local hospital (Photo: our contact person in the psychiatry – name is known to the editors)

Finally, this information reached us: The shepherds declared unisono that a tall man in a white nightgown with wings (!) on his back ordered them to visit the stable and bring out cheers for the newborn on the day of his birth. A spokesman of the drug investigation said, “That’s pretty much the dumbest excuse of stoned junkies I’ve ever heard.”