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Long Night

Whew!  It was a long night, but a good one.  I think I’ll just crash right here in front of the fireplace, if you don’t mind….

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Dancers at Frank’s Elite Jazz

It had been a long time, what with one thing or another, that I’d been out to a club, and so last night I pulled on a gown (Clio’s Yvonne, in black; pictures in future) and ran off to an old favorite, Frank’s Elite Jazz.  The crowd was fun, the lag was minimal — man, I love this new computer! — and the music was mostly great.  There’ll always be something you don’t like at a club, but just as often more that you do.  Last night’s DJ pulled out a mix of modern and classic crooners, slow and fast, that kept the dancers in the main ballroom quite happy.

Wulf Carlucci and Cayleen Linette on the dance floor at Frank's Elite Jazz

A kiss is still a kiss....

While there, I saw this one couple dancing in what was a almost perfect matchup to every song played; within a handful of bars of the song starting, they had shifted their danceball choice to a style that matched what was playing.  Applause to Wulf Carlucci and Cayleen Linette for being a smashing couple, witty in their conversation, active with the people around them, and for mastering the very hard trick of spontaneous in-world dancing from simple rocking to high-kick active styles.  I gave them both copies of this candid photo I shot while there on the sidelines.


Frank’s Place and Phat Cat’s On Independent Top 10 Site List for August

Word comes down from New World Notes of an article at SL Entrepeneur magazine blog (with pictures Not Suitable For Work or Family), giving their ranking of the 10 most popular bot-free locations for the past month in Second Life.  This long phrase means that these locations are riding into their ranking on their own merits, and not through stat-gaming tricks such as bots or camping.  I’m glad to say that an old favorite of mine, Frank’s Place, is well seated at number 3, and holding steady from their previous ranking.  A recent place I’ve visited, Phat Cat’s, is at number 1.  Another location I’ve visited, the Kingdom of Sand in Purgatorio region, is at number 7.

It is possible to build successful locations that don’t rely on gizmos to inflate your stats.  Having personally seen how busy and enjoyable these three venues are, I can testify to this.  Congratulations to their owners, especially to old friends the Sinatras!

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Frank’s The Elites Club

Nanceee and Gymmy Sinatra are at it again.  Their club, Frank’s Place, is so popular these days that they decided to branch out.  So they’ve taken a chunk of another sim — which location shall remain secret, for clear reasons — and opened up a second club, The Elites.  The club is open now, but the grand opening is planned for this Friday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. SLT, with more activities through the weekend.

This is a membership-only club, with dues of L$1,000 a month, and you must apply for the membership.  You must wear your group tag to get on the land and stay there.  But oh, what you get if you’re a member!  First of all, you can add on one guest or secondary member for free — perfect for couples, or friends who want to share a good place to hang out.  (This can be changed once a month.)  And if you refer someone who signs up, you get a L$250 gift certificate, good at stores in the malls.

The kiosks at The Elites are for Featured Designers, who will be offering exclusive items for members, or special pricing on selected items, so there’s another reason to check it out!

Additionally, beyond the beauty of a low-lag club, you can rent the club for up to two hours a month for private parties, for free.  (More time is available; contact Jaidyn Hartsdale, the general manager, once you join for details.)  This, combined with the quality atmosphere that is Frank’s, makes your membership quite worthwhile.

How about a look around?  (Top to bottom, left to right; click on pictures for enlargement, and again for full size)

The first five photos are a tour of the main room, which is the Dance Floor and Lounge.  You’ll enter from the courtyard outside, which is being set up as the mall.  The contribution kiosks you’ll find are also where you’ll pay your membership dues every month.  Inside, you’ll find warm colors in wood and carpet, with gold trim and Art Deco motifs in the fixtures.  Several conversation nooks are set aside with club chairs and tables, while more traditional seating is beside the dance floor.  And there are plenty of stools at the bar, of course, as well as drinks.  Nanceee and Gymmy designed, built and decorated the place, and they surely know their business; you won’t find better saloonkeepers, to borrow from Danny Thomas.

If you’d like someplace a little more private, for a small party or a more intimate setting, go back to the lobby and check out the teleport pads.  These lead to a series of skybox rooms that you can have to yourself for one hour at a time.  The plan was to rent them for free, but Second Life doesn’t work that way, so the quite nominal charge of L$1 gets you an hour of time in your own private hideaway or pied-à-terre.  (The time can be extended for the same fee.)  My gallery shows three of the rooms; a fourth is being worked on at the writing, and will be themed around Hollywood in the Golden Age, similar to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — figured wallpaper, Hurrell-style portraits of actresses, and French Provincial furniture (if I remember my college art classes correctly).

  • The Japanese Tea Room is set up as a dining room in a traditional Japanese house.  The walls are shoji screens, with tatami on the floor, and the fixtures are all lovely pieces of lacquerware and paper lanterns.  Kimono and sword displays decorate the walls, along with prints in what could be called “Oriental Modernist.”
  • The Safari Room uses pictures of African animals, and the rugs and cushions are fake-fur animal hides (yes, Frank’s is green!), while stands of bamboo grow in the corners.
  • The Sinatra Room — well, can you guess who this is dedicated to?  Needless to say, it swings, baby, like a club straight out of Fifties/Sixties Vegas; white leather seating, prints of club singers and sophisticates and (of course!) the Chairman on the walls.

Do you need any more reasons to apply?  Contact any of the Frank’s Place staff, or Elites GM Jaidyn Hartsdale, for more information.

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Frank’s Place has Expanded!

Frank’s Place in the former Oasis Resort region, which was later renamed Franks Place — (sigh) — is no more; that’s the bad news.

The good news is that Nanceee and Gymmy Sinatra have added on a second region right next door to their original sim (which is now given over to a high-end mall), called it Franks Place 2, moved the club there, and rebuilt it completely. And I mean completely.

The basic concept of the original Frank’s, a club built on a raised platform, with balconies over the main floor, is still there; but the building materials have changed. Instead of the expanses of white marble floors and columns, the new Frank’s is now warm woods and fieldstone. One section of the build is roofed by a series of “Crystal Palace” arch skylights, which are also over the entrance pergola on the outside porch (Photo 1; see bottom of article). The host’s desk, a Frank’s tradition, is still there, of course, and the staff is as welcoming as ever (Photo 2). On the night I stopped in to do my photos, MsMaggs Freck was on duty. (I try to tip the hosts whenever I can if they are helpful, and MsMaggs was that night.)

Past the (exquisitely polite) guardian of the gate, you’ll find a large entrance hall supported by fieldstone columns (Photo 3). Several staircases lead to the upper floors; a few club chairs and tables are scattered about for you to relax in while waiting for your date to arrive. Turn left and head past the stairs, and you’ll find yourself in what I’m calling the main lounge (Photo 4, which does not do it true justice). More chairs, including love seats, are placed for quiet privacy or conversation, and a few pose balls invite couples to get together for a portrait. Notice the windows here, by the way; Hunter Nieuport, the architect of the entire build, created them for the Sinatras. Similar beveled-glass windows are at other places about the walls.

The bar (Photos 5 and 6) is much larger now. The usual stools run along the bar counter proper, and the old pictures of the Chairman and his Rat Pack buddies adorn the walls, but there is now a row of stool/chair combos stretching that side of the dance floor. As for that floor (Photo 7), I’m thinking (subjectively) that it’s now larger. There are definitely more dance balls laid out, with the usual swing/waltz/ballroom type dance picks; and, of course, there’s the big multi-user mirror ball overhead with more selection laid into it. There’s plenty of room for everyone to whirl around for a good time; and they do so, for Frank’s Place is still one of the most popular clubs on the Grid. With soundtrack from the masters of the Great American Songbook on their own feed, or requests taken by the house DJ in an occasional appearance, you have little excuse not to get out there and start dancing! (Listen to that, guys!!!)

Oh, are you hungry? Head upstairs to the balconies, and you’ll find dining tables (Photo 8). I think you can get that traditional club grub Chateaubriand now, but check with the hosts to be sure (grin).

Check Frank’s Place out; and when you’re done, go on down the stairs to the mall, populated by quality stores such as Zhao Shoes, Virtual Impressions, and clusters of stores for the well-dressed avatar. You can’t go wrong, baby! Remember, though, formal dress is a requirement.


You don’t want to take my word for it? Read another review, at

Planet Mongo

I’ve actually poked my head out from the store recently to have some true recreation time, instead of churning out art prints. I even braved the crowds at Frank’s Place (article), and had a very pleasant time, as well as delivering a gift to Nanceee Sinatra.

Ballroom dancing at Frank's with an acquaintance

I wish I could remember the name of the avatar I was dancing with, but I lost my chat log transcript (sigh). If you’re reading this, nice man, let the girl know who you were! But most of my time lately has been spent at a build taking shape in a very interesting region called Planet Mongo.

Yes, friends, those of you who are into the True Lore of science fiction (or are older than the dirt) know that this was the land of Ming the Merciless, self-styled Master of the Universe and arch foe of Flash Gordon! Well, after a series of wars to throw off his yoke, I am told, the patriots succeeded — but at the price of a shattered, devastated planet, a fragment of which broke dimensional barriers and landed on the Grid.

(Thumbs link to large photos, 1024×682)

But some survived, as ever; and they vowed to rebuild the world, under more enlightened rule. They eventually succeeded, and the results hover some 500 meters above the blasted surface.

You simply must dress for the job, of course. The well-dressed space explorer guards against both vacuum and radiation these days — which means gold.

Suit: Seinen Full Warrior’s Bodysuit (gold)
Hair: Junwave Pineapple Golden
Skin: Comet Corp female gold skin
Shoes: enkythings Pinson gold boots

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Frank’s Place Has a New Landmark

Why do I make noise about this? Because the old landmark is no longer good. The region’s name has changed, from Oasis Resort to — “Franks Place”!

The new SLurl is here.

Among other things, the Sinatras are running a large expansion of their mall, oriented toward the formally-dressed clientele of the club. Fine stores such as Virtual Impressions are there, and a look is much encouraged.

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Filling In for the Absent…. (updated March 19, 2008)

(Originally posted March 5)

The other night, I was at Frank’s Place, and I was commiserating with one of the other habitués about how there was always a dearth of men on hand who were interested in dancing. Jaidyn, the manager of the club, overheard us, grinned at me, and then sent out a group message:

Harper Ganesvoort: If I wasn’t writing a blog article in the background here, I’d pull on a male skin and offer to take up the slack.

Gentlemen! If that’s not an invitation to come to Frank’s for the ladies, I don’t know what is! Please come and keep our beautiful ladies company with a dance and a laugh. You’ll find no more beauty anywhere on SL. ~smile~ See you soon!

That was a quote, incidentally (grin). And I do have a male avatar or two that I pull out when I’m in the mood to — just see toward the bottom of my About page.

But it does seem the case that the male avatars often aren’t interested in romantic dancing, even at clubs that are founded for just such a purpose. Why is that? Are men just not wired that way often, just not as interested in the romance of romance, if you understand what I mean? If nothing else, remember that dancing is a great way to meet people, fellas — and you might just meet someone that you’ll be truly interested in [1].

Until then, if it comes to it, I might yet consider filling in occasionally. But I’d rather be dancing in the avatar I consider me, and with a partner of the opposite affiliation.

UPDATE: March 19

Kit Meredith just put up a long post on a closely related topic — a surprising one, too, considering the reputation Second Life has as a den of iniquity in some circles. Very much worth the read. It’s got a giggle or two in it, but it’s also quite curious.


[1] Oh, dear, I just realized. That’s starting to approach quite close to the Word of Anathema — “commitment.”


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Prim Lag — Myth or Reality

I’m gradually getting over the latest virus — last week it was the stomach, this week the sinuses. While I’m doing that, I’ll catch up with an issue that was generating bytes of excitement a week or so back.

That’s a spate of recent requests by some models and designers for avatars attending fashion shows to strip themselves of “unneeded” AOs and attachments, so as to lessen the load on the server handling the event. The concept here is that, with all those attachments needing to be monitored and tracked by the sim server, it puts added strain on the technology. Higher strain, more lag, and jittery models trooping down the runway. Brace Coral published points that, while gently stated, amounted to a manifesto in her LiveJournal a few weeks ago (thanks, Hamlet Au!).

However, longtime Resident Gwyneth Llewelyn offers a polite rebuttal to this in her own blog. The upshot of her argument is that the technology has advanced beyond where attachments and prim hair have much effect on the quality of the “environment.” Read the article carefully, and the comments that follow. Though there are some dissenters in those comments, I think Gwyn’s contention has some merit. The Almighty knows that, any road you go, the first factor influencing lag will be the population density in a given sim. As example, take two places at the extremes of the prim battle, but with heavy populations for given programs: Frank’s Place on a good night, or Science Friday on Friday afternoons, when Ira Flatow (Ira Flatley in-world) runs an edition of the popular NPR program.

Any time of the day is busy for Frank’s, but the night is particularly laggy, because they average around 65-70 Residents attending, dancing together or just standing about and grooving to the great Rat Pack jazz. The lag goes even higher on nights when the house DJs are spinning music live. Moving across the floor is interesting, especially in the big ball skirts and hair favored by most women at clubs like this. (The same goes for clubs such as Cloud Nine, Casablanca Lounge, etc.)

Alternatively, Science Friday attracts some 40-60 people every Friday afternoon to lurch around and look for chairs, so they can participate at a remove in the discussion. As a rule, most people attending aren’t wearing vast amounts of junk, aside maybe from blingtards and the occasional dragon or other large avatar. Yet the region is as slow as one of the formal clubs.

Is lag with us to stay? Yes, for at least as long as current processor technology can’t keep up with the demand on it to track individual avatars. But I don’t think we have to strip down to our virtual skivvies to do anything popular yet. And things can be done on the client side to help it along: set your draw distance to no higher than 96 for duration; upgrade your hardware if you can afford it, various other items. Give these some thought; and, in the meantime, grin and bear it (grin).

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Frank’s Place Now Has a Web Site

I’ve just been informed by special express that Frank’s Place, which I’ve described in these pages, now has its own RL Web site. Why not give them a visit, and learn more about one of the swingin’ places on the Grid!


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