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“Bigfeet” January 29, 2009

Filed under: collage 10x10,Gallery at the Temple of TILE (Stephen),Hucka D. — baker Blinker @ 5:57 pm

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“Difficult to concentrate tonight Hucka D., for some reason.”

Hucka D.:

Planets. Cold.

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I want to struggle through an attempt at an interpretation of “Bigfeet”. This is rather more complicated that the first two of the Wheeler series.

Hucka D.:

Yes.

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Let’s start with the Wilsonia plant [Wilsonia backhousei] at the bottom of the picture. Ah heck, I give up for now…

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“Let’s try again, Hucka D.”

Hucka D.:

Sure. Just relax. Take it easy.

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So returning to the Wilsonia backhousei at the bottom of the picture. This is actually the Golden Dodder beginning to strangle off the Wilsonia. Let’s call it, for now, a symbiosis… one attacts the other, after all.

Hucka D.:

He or she is a collagist as well, apparently. (smiles)

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Well, yeah, some of the images from the Yale collage, called, um… lemme look that up. (pause). Yeah, its, well you know I just totally forgot the title of this one. It’s “Frank N’ Maria Stein.” I don’t think I even mentioned the title in the post I’m linking it to here. Queer, perhaps. But it’s mostly that central top complex of images we’re talking about right here, or the John Elway headed figure who stands beside the roller coaster full of marbles that represent planets. He holds above the roller coaster a burning car — obvious representation of the Sun that the planets revolve around or spiral around. Mercury, the planet/marble that should be at the top of the roller coaster in this relationship, is substituted for by an actual roller coaster car.

But in the new collage of the Wheeler series, called “Bigfeet”, we have this image itself cut up. You’re saying this Wilsonia/Golden Dodder creature did this… I can see that, but can you explain more?

Hucka D.:

Calm, calm. We actually have most of the images from that older [Yale] collage repeated in this new one. Yale is the direct lower octave of Wheeler, as are all tiers [group of 10 collages] that are 5 apart in the overall 10×10. Appropriate, then — or perhaps I should say not out of place or not surprising, then — that images from this strong collage in the Yale series, coming toward its end and one that’s picked up a bunch of outside resonation in the meantime*, should show up in the Wheeler series. Perhaps surprising is that they show up so early in the new series, and en masse. This is obviously related to “Carrcass-1” now. Xmas is over; “Carrcass-1” is over. What’s next? — that kind of thing.

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I get the sense that the Golden Dodder/Wilsonia is a symbol of Otherland itself and the sprawling archipelago — like tentacles of the Golden Dodder, spreading outward.

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Is Wilsonia, then, the main Otherland Island [Otherland Island #1]?

Hucka D.:

Wilsonia is the thing that needs protection. She or he exists in the most remote valley of the Big Island. Yes, she/he is threatened, just as the forest of Azure Islands *was* threatened. Now the threat on AI has become very, very real. Same thing could happen here. It’s the new Void Sim policy, of course. Plus perhaps a mistrust, going along with this, of the Lindens who created and control SL itself. You must stay on the edge now, but Otherland is not immune to these powers and influences… they are renters too, just like yourself baker b./Baker Bloch. They are being choked right now as well. Whether, well, whether this *kills* the Wilsonia involved or not — time will tell. But at any rate, they’ll have to move off the grid at some point, or duplicate their works in another virtual reality. They’ll split in two. Look at the picture now in this new light…

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Hmmmm, well I’m getting the sensation that, yes, the Wilsonia backhousei/Golden Dodder symbiosis is Otherland, but also the main islands themselves are represented by the Wilsonia. The islands are Wilsonia; the *grid* is the Golden Dodder, though. The largest Wilsonia leaf is the main island. Beside it, to its immediate right, is Otherland Island #3, as I’m calling it. And then moving to the bottom of the picture, away from these two more central islands, is Otherland Island #2. Interesting that this is the island where Baker Bloch was launched in a rocket to the Otherland’s “Moon”, with the Gypsy Purse and Grassy Knoll.

Hucka D., maybe the helmeted head and arm with the burning car that have been cut off represent the Sun replaced by the [watery] Moon here. It represents the end of Christmas, true (see this post again for interpretation of helmeted head as Santa Claus through Denver Q-back Jay Cutler from Santa Claus, Indiana), but… do you think this is Otherland Island #2, as I do?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Then the head cut off of the Denver quarterback would be loss of friendship of the person, perhaps an Alien like Wheeler, who launched you to this Moon. Loss of friendship. His choice, though. And then *he* ruined the grounds, when he said he wouldn’t. You didn’t; you kept about all of the ground cover that came with your parcel. You are *respecting* Wilsonia, then, admitting that he/she exists. Your former friend has rejected this reality for his own self-enclosed *Wheeler* reasons.

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Wheeler is, then, the Golden Dodder? Wheeler the Wurme?

Hucka D.:

The quarterback and his roller coaster representing the solar system was purposely balanced upon the edge of the Wilsonia leaf just as your former friend’s rocket launcher and formerly unstained wilderness, relatively speaking, is perched on the edge of Otherland Island #2. Yes, this represents the end of friendship. The Sun has become the Moon, with the solar images of helmeted head and burning car used elsewhere. This is the Wilsonia’s decision — your friend’s decision as well, but Wilsonia then reacting, I should put it.

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The grid is sucking the vital fluids of Wilsonia, which represents the true and Green Otherland. Choking it off. The Golden Dodder. Wheeler [False Wheeler]. But let’s move to the burning car. “Otherland”, or perhaps Wilsonia acting through the Golden Dodder (as Otherland acts through the Linden grid), now holds the burning car over another helix centered complex, which is my opus 19 sculpture. 3 birds, red-green-blue, in one.

Hucka D.

Your friendship with Rocket Man has ended, but you have gotten what you need out of it. The Moon. Launched from Otherland Island #2, in your former friend’s rocket. When you reached The Moon, which is also the same as Pluto (theorized moon of planet Neptune), then you found the Gypsy Purse and the relationship with Grassy Knoll… that’s all you were suppose to find at this point, along with a curiously similar hillock to Hilo Peak next to The Abomination.

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Hucka D., I believe the fox more in the center of the new picture, this “Bigfeet” collage, is a symbol of Wilsonia Foxclaw, who was “found” in the remotest vallery of Otherland Island #1 by Baker Bloch.

Hucka D.:

That’s in the future; he hasn’t found her yet.

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Ok, but he obviously will. The man or hiker whose foot has merged with the fox’s foot or feet… hmmm, Baker Bloch?

Hucka D.:

The two merge here.

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Hiking seems to be implied, like I’m, or Baker Bloch, is hiking all over Otherland Island #1. The two [Baker Bloch and Wilsonia *Fox*claw] are here in step with each other… in synch or sync. The fox, then, looks directly at Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the “Bigfeet” collage. Between them is yet another red image: one of the ruby red slippers of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Hucka. D:

Not quite, but go on…

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I believe this is the center of the collage, Hucka D. The pivotal image.

Hucka D.:

Right. I agree. But what is it?

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Well, it’s Rudolph’s red nose for starters, obviously. The nose that saved Christmas for Santa.

Hucka D.:

Christmas returns, then. Wilsonia is not strangled out on the corner of Otherland Island #2 yet. The helmeted head of Jay Cutler remains collaged into its body. Wheeler has not begun. This collage series has not begun. Yale remains alone, and without a double. The Sun.

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Another thing I thought about, Hucka D., is that *immediately* upon purchasing my Otherland parcel, and thus becoming an Otherlander myself, the Holiday snow melted and the green, green grass of the archipelago returned, one of its defining qualities. It is as if I caused the melting through the purchase, through the transformation. I transformed right in step with the island [bb is correct, in part, in saying island here, for Otherland Island #2 remained green throughout the Holiday season, it seems].

Another thing: the burning car, in the new collage, points *downwards* instead of upwards in “Frank N’ Maria Stein”. That may mean it represents The Moon and not The Sun, as it did in that earlier collage. The Moon, Hucka D., the place the rocket ship sent me. The Otherland archipelago, as a whole, turned The Sun into The Moon, for a spell at least. This allowed me, as Baker Bloch, to land on The Moon, which is also a bit like Pluto. But soon it was all gone, including the central Gypsy Purse and Grassy Knoll.

Hucka D.:

Adam and Eve. Mmmmmm’s.

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Perhaps that’s why the burning car is positioned directly above the helix of opus 19. *Opus 19* represents the rocket launcher. Centered by the golden helix.

Hucka D.:

This is the redemption of Otherland, especially Otherland Island #1. The golden chaos becomes the golden control, in the form of a helix framed and supported by the red, green and blue birds. Golden. Yellow. Sun.

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Even though this “Moon” of Otherland is now gone, it leaves its trace for me to remember and still act upon, like I’m doing with this collage [“Bigfeet”]. (pause) I think Wilsonia Foxclaw will remember that Moon with me, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Wilsonia is a key. Green. Redfox.

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Thank you. We will continue.

 

Hiking OI1, Southeast 2

Filed under: Otherland Island #1 — baker Blinker @ 12:29 pm

Continuing from Hiking OI1, Southeast 1, then. Interesting chromatically colored house — *starkly* chromatic — just beyond the unicorn mentioned at the end of that last post. Perhaps important to note that although the outside is basically colored red, the interiors of each floor are painted in all the 4 TILE colors. The walls of the 3 floors of the house, from top to bottom, are singly painted red, blue, and yellow. In addition, the stairs connecting these 3 levels are painted green. All very bright and very chromatic, again, just like the colors of TILE are suppose to be. I’ll keep this house in the back of my mind, then, when writing about TILE in the future, especially considering various SL manifestations of the game/philosophy/religion.

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Just beyond the garishly colored house Baker Bloch comes across this burning car and thrown passenger. Noobs, eh? Always into trouble. 🙂

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We’re now at the very, very southeast tip of the whole Otherland Island #1, particularly marked by the islet pictured here which appears to be somewhat less that 10 meters long and totally devoid of objects. This would be in Fredericks, actually.

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Moving west along the southern coastline, quickly leaving behind Fredericks and entering Gardiner, Blochs soon comes across this high speed, more darkly colored waterfall.

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In climbing the bank here in an attempt to find the source of the water in the falls, Baker Bloch is greeted by the sight of a quite large, similarly dark body of water. In again checking behind Baker today, Wilsonia Foxclaw is finding that this entire lake, and also the waterfall, is part of one parcel, thus seeming to negate the legitimacy of a true Otherlander stream. That is, although the water level drops in this “stream’, no part is protected by the Otherlander group, and no part is shared by more than one parcel. In other words, all this could go away in the blink of an eye, as they say, if the owner of the parcel decides to pull up the stakes and move elsewhere. No, I won’t get attached, then, to this particular waterway, however pretty it might be. Interesting how much darker it is than the “regular’ water of Otherlander. But this should have been a tip-off for Baker at the time that this was an unofficial waterfall. Something to remember in the future!

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Interesting, large rock beside the darkly colored pond or lake. And there’s another little choo choo (!), although this one wasn’t operating at the time of Baker’s visit (and still isn’t during Wilsonia’s current visit, although Wilsonia has found a cobweb fronted tunnel that the train track passes through Baker missed).

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Hiking OI1, Southeast 1

Filed under: Otherland Island #1 — baker Blinker @ 12:27 pm

Baker’s heads south and then east tonight, in an attempt to cover more the southeast corner of Otherland Island #1. He hasn’t been disappointed with any sim of the island visited yet, and he isn’t tonight as well. Lovely landscape, and I agree with others that it may be the most beautiful estate in SL. But I could also be a little prejudiced because I’m an Otherlander myself now.:)

Along the east side of the otherwise thickly forested Stephen sim (most of which, however, is up for sale), there’s this swathe of unforested land, bordering Irene. Baker decides to head down this swathe in order to more quickly reach the se part of the island. Note the “manor house” to Baker’s left here, already mentioned in this earlier blog post.

I should also add that Baker has just walked around the sides of the mountain just above his cabin, already seen in this earlier, Stephen related post, compared, at the time to the somewhat nearby “Beehive’s Nest” or “Pithlit Mountain”, with basically the same elevation.

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Traveling this swathe, Baker quickly reaches the Upper Falls on the southern border of Irene visited the night before, I believe. Here he’s already on the other side of the falls in Thargor, having traversed the stream at its top over that wooden bridge again.

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Another, seemingly identical wooden bridge is found a little further to the south in Thargor. In checking behind Baker Bloch, Wilsonia Foxclaw (yes, Baker Bloch has yet another new checker!) finds that the bridge is at the bottom end of a quite interesting, approx. 100 meter long protected path, called the Thagor Path in the description, whose northern end commands a great vantage point of the Upper Falls. In the snapshot below, Blochs is sitting in a park-like area immediately to the east of the path, whose most interesting feature, among a number of ’em, might be this little 2 car choo choo train and accompanying track.

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If not, it might be this colorfully lighted gazebo-like structure, called the Radland Tranquility House, complete with an upstairs patio and side-long aquarium, as Wilsonia F. just found out. Nifty! Baker Bloch (and Wilsonia, for that matter) will certainly be returning to this place sometime soon.

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Then as he’s about to leave the park, Baker sees these flashing lights in the sky, which continue until he moves away. He thinks again: is it possible for ghosts and ufos to exist in a virtual reality? He doesn’t think that’s the case in this particular instance — scripts are probably to blame. Yet it reminds him to keep the idea of unexplainable phenomenon in the back of his head as he continues to explore SL. Certainly some odd things have happened already, although nothing totally unexplainable, such as — I don’t know — teleportation to a totally different dimension apart from SL through a portal. Oh wait: suppose that might have happened as well already. Maybe.

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Another odd object found floating in the sky near the park. Looks like an irregularly shaped pane of glass (?)

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Then this giant faucet, which is actually less mysterious to Baker Bloch, although he still desires to know the story of its manifestation, if there is one.

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Then just inland from the faucet is positioned these several objects, including a framed hammer with the word “Erlanger” engraven on its wooden handle. And there’s actually another piano (white one) just to the north of the one pictured here. Why 2 pianos? Are these some kind of remains of an otherwise derezzed house? Or is there another, more mysterious story behind this hodgepodge collection (including the giant faucet)?

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Baker keeps moving down the side of the waterway here, which, yes, is an official waterway of Otherland Island #1 in my estimation, since there is a protected elevation drop along its course (not explored that night, though). Since the source is in Thargor, we’ll call it the Thargor Waterway, in line with the coining of the Irene Waterway and Verloren Waterway before it. In quickly checking my map, we have several more official waterways to yet name and explore on Otherland Island #1, and even a couple on Otherland Island #3, for that matter.

Nice blue flowers and circle of ‘shrooms here. Just to the south, on the same parcel, Baker also encounters a red horned, red eyed, black coated unicorn drinking from a side pool (not pictured).

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Looking back at the giant faucet from shoreline further south.

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Hiking OI1, Southeast 2

 

Blake Sea…

Filed under: Blake Sea — baker Blinker @ 12:04 pm

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