Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fear is the mind killer

Achariya Muad'dib?

Once, when I was a little girl, I decided to memorize all of Longfellow's Paul Revere's Ride. My grandma had given me her old Longfellow's Poem's book -- an ancient leather binding, inscribed to her in 1922, and to me in 1982. I was a serious little person, and spent a long time going over and over the lines -- a few of them haunt me still.

A phantom ship, each mast and spar
across the moon like a prison bar.

Sometimes in Second Life these lines pop up in my memory, especially if I'm in a particularly evocative build. The new Kurotsubaki furniture sim had me staring at the skyline and reciting those lines... perhaps because of the stark, Kansas-like windmills against the harsh brightness of the sky.

I'm in silver today, in a new perfectly-executed silver skins by Minajunk, a paper mask around my neck by Mijn Boa, and three new hair fair hairs by Draconic Kiss.

Draconic Kiss Suzy Q in silver

Draconic Kiss Lola in silver

Draconic Kiss Jess in silver

***Catepillar: ::plod:: caterpillar (only 250L for this strange beast that rides in small circles around a post, complete with two sits)
***Skin: Minajunk skin Cyber02
***Shirt: from the feather hunt at Swan Hotel, Alta Moda Summer Swan Gift Avenge Tank (more info about that here)
***Necklace: Mijn Boa (go visit her gallery at Borrow your eyes)
***Pants: ~silentsparrow~ from the dominion set, pants for boots
***Shoes: Illusions Harlequin boots
***Hairses: Draconic Kiss, Hair Fair hairs [ORANGE SIM, Booth 22 ] Lola - silver; SuzyQ - silver; Jess - silver


Alyx Sands said...

Muad'dib? Hah, geek alert!

And I *just* bought the Suzy Q five minutes ago...the black one looks fantastic with miaSnow's green goddess skin!

Ghanima Uriza said...

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain

*does the happy dance remembering Dune*

Alyx Sands said...

Ghanima, I had the most strange encounter this year when I went into the desert in Egypt (to the oasis Kharga) - there is a mountain called Gebel el Ghanima! My fiance and I both found it funny (he likes Dune a lot, too)

Ghanima Uriza said...

well I talked to a few arab speaking friends, and apparently the Fremen language is nothing but arabic with a strange slang lol so yes Ghanima must be some word for them too. For the fremen it means spoil of war... and... oh my *runs to re read all the books all over again*

Alyx Sands said...

*kidnaps thread*

In Arabic it means the same- there's also a mountain nearby that's called Umm el Ghanaim, which is "mother of spoils of war" - or you can just make "mother of Ghanima" out of it... ;-)

When I first went to Egypt 11 years ago, I didn't know any Arabic but I kept thinking "whoah, it's full of Dune words here!"

Ghanima Uriza said...

awwww Egypt!! that place is my golden dream!