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Darkside, 1 April 24, 2009

Filed under: Darkside — baker Blinker @ 9:35 pm

Temple of the Moon from the south rim of the Darkside bowl or basin.

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West Wall looming above the treeline, as seen from the top of East Wall, forming the west and east borders of the Darkside bowl respectively.

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Looking the other way now, this is a house also seen from top of East Wall. You can also see the rocks forming the top of Beach Mtn. just behind and to the right of the house.

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What I call The Cathedral, and a close up of the Welcome Mat rock. Queer right angle corners on each side (?!), and its right square in entrance to the shallow fissue that makes up the interior of The Cathedral. This is on northern end of The Glade.

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Pentagon Rock near The Cathedral and below (south of) Observation Rock. Looks exactly like an evenly “squished” regular pentagon, and from both sides actually. Another picture of this rock from earlier in the day (diff. day, though) is found in this follow up post on Darkside.

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Wilsonia’s Sansara Roamings, 3

Below is one of the ubercool pictures from the current Kelly Yap Gallery exhibit, running through June 15. Come see!

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Wilsonia found another temple while wandering north from the Snow Region, this one in Kelham. A part of something called Zero Point. Fascinating! So much so that Wilsonia didn’t really understand much of what was going on there. I’ll have to dig up a web site if there is one. Ahah! So there’s all you need to know. 🙂

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Back with her feet on solid virtual ground, Wilsonia also recorded this pool just north of the Enceladus Falls, also in the Enceladus sim. Actually, on second checking, I’m going to assume that this pool is artificial in nature, since it is so shallow and not owned by the Guv (Governor Linden). But it’s quite pretty anyway.

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Wilsonia’s most dramatic find at the time has to have been this *massive* fissue found on the exact border of not just one set but two, *whole* sets of sims, or, east to west, Tethys (north) – Davos (south) and Mimas – Cortina. Below Wilsonia stands on the east end — notice the nearest structure to the beginning of the fissure on this side is Mysti’s Big Blue house (since derezzed, though).

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Here’s Wilsonia hovering near the center of the massive fissure. In checking back upon herself today, she estimates that at its deepest it has to be at least 100 meters.

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On the west end now.

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Almost exactly 1/2way up the fissure on the east side, Wilsonia encountered a quite interesting grotto perched on its northern lip, designed by Julia Hathor, who I understand has a reputation as an excellent SL builder. The 1536 parcel is owned by the SL Public Land Preserve group, and was claimed in late 2005. In touching the associated kiosk set up on the parcel and reading a notecard about the group, Wilsonia surprisingly noticed that the top 2 listings the list of land the group has preserved happened to be in Alice, yes, the same Alice that bb has been talking to in this blog and the one that has been “touching” Kerchal or Kerchal for nigh on 5 years now. This had to be some kind of clue about the family’s “next step” in exploring Sansara mysteries.

The picture below is actually not owned by the SL Public Land Preserve, but is still in Alice. It’s called the Alice Forest, whose 4096 sq meters borders the Kerchal Forest on its western side. It’s certainly an interesting extension of the Kerchal Forest, one could say, and perhaps how the two “talk” to each other, if that’s a way to put it.

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Here’s one of the two parcels on the list, a small one called Alice Pocket Park, complete with a tent, a picnic table, a couple of trees, and not much more. Still you have a nice view of the Kerchal Forest from here.

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Alice then visited the second listed parcel, the somewhat larger “Alice Free Library”. As advertised, there were books for the reading, iced tea, and also a walled garden. But Wilsonia’s attention was most attracted by the book on the wall immediately behind the tea tray, which advertised an SL house based upon one of M.C. Escher’s more famous prints, called “Relativity”. She knew this was another clue, perhaps the central clue Alice held at this time (?)

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We Better Chat, 19 3/4

Filed under: Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 8:48 am

“Hi Hucka.”

Hucka D.:

Hello baker.

bb:

You didn’t add the “b.” tonight.

Hucka D.:

You didn’t add the “D.”

bb:

Busy day today. Visited Darkside again. Want to chat about that?

Hucka D.:

Yes I do. Grassy wants to film there.

bb:

I had guessed that that was a possibility. Amazing place. You have your Temple of the Moon, you have your Observation Rock, your Hobbit Hideout.

Hucka D.:

That’s not really in the spirit of Oz, though.

bb:

No, but a good name anyway. Then, let’s see, The Wall… on both sides actually. This is a bowl of land.

Hucka D.:

That’s it precisely. Unique. Darkside.

bb:

Then the Silver Maze or Light Maze. Silver Maze may be better. This bridges all those central rocks, or Observation Rock — may rename that one — The Temple of the Moon, and then the one with the Hobbit Hole, er, Hideout.

Hucka D.:

Maybe you should go back tomorrow and photograph all of this. Take your toy avatars with you, the new batch. Make a map. Explore more around the region. Or not.

bb:

It’s there all summer for me, though.

Hucka D.:

You better go before that. But that’s the place Grassy wants to film next.

bb:

What about TILE Creek?

Hucka D.:

New Hope. Me.

bb:

Do you still say that New Hope is the place where Toy Avatars first appeared in the Real World (RL)?

Hucka D.:

Well… your — our — Baker Bloch — no, yours — your Baker Bloch manifested on Hilo Peak Mtn. I think you should go ahead and call this [delete name].

bb:

Not sure if I feel comfortable with that yet, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

There’s my “D.” baker b. He he.

bb:

But I think that Baker Bloch was *suppose* to go to New Hope originallly, on TILE Creek. But he was diverted, perhaps?

Hucka D.:

Yes. By me.

bb:

Why?

Hucka D.:

He needed to go there.

bb:

Do I need to go there tomorrow?

Hucka D.:

Maybe.

bb:

What kind of plot does Grassy have for the Darkside region?

Hucka D.:

Oh… well, I’ll let him tell you that. You may want to talk to Alice as well tonight.

bb:

Alright.

Grassy:

Long time no see, baker b.!

bb:

Where the heck you been Grassy? How you been?

Grassy:

Waiting for a project! I am truly inspired.

bb:

So what’s the plot? Hash it out for me.

Grassy:

Well, it’s right next to the Land of Oz, and obviously connected. But it’s about the Dark Side of Oz. Moon Temple would obviously be an important setting, and its Doorway.

bb:

Yeah, forgot to mention the Doorway.

Grassy:

That would be the portal, kind of like the Cave of the Alphabet in my Salad Bar Jack in the River of TILE movie.

bb:

Was that ever completed?

Grassy:

Yes. I combined it with Salad Bar Jack and the Spill over Drink Lake Dam, just as you have it in your blog. SBJ discovers that TILE Creek is the beginning of the New, a giant revelation. And I even filmed Hucka D. toward the end, leading to a sequel.

bb:

Really? Hucka D. didn’t tell me all this.

Grassy:

Oh yes, we’re closer than brothers. Closer than Arthur and I, then.

bb:

Arthur from Kentucky? The one married to Lee?

Grassy:

Leigh, yeah.

bb:

You seem quite sober tonight, Grassy. Good for you!

Grassy:

I wanted to talk lucidly about the Darkside movie and some other things. The Temple of the Moon is much like The Temple of TILE.

bb:

I’m picking up on “modules”.

Grassy:

That’s right. Modules. You need to take pictures of Darkside for me.

bb:

OK, I will. Tomorrow. I’ll do both hikes I was planning. But not Long Hope?

Grassy:

In and out.

bb:

I’m picking up on the module as a building block. A cube.

Grassy:

Dark Dorothy will find the cube spinning in the middle of the Temple of the Moon.

bb:

Oh. So this is just like the Temple of TILE!

Grassy:

Maybe not spinning. Lodged between the rocks. But the temple is a center. Just like it is in SL.

bb:

You sound a lot… never mind.

Grassy:

I want you to find a purse and take it there.

bb:

Tesla?

Grassy:

Yes.

bb:

Will you be leading Dark Dorothy and friends to the temple?

Grassy:

Yes. They need to know about the Dark Side of Oz. Don’t you think?

bb:

Too bad the Silver Maze is not an actual maze.

Grassy:

Close enough, though. Here’s Hucka!

Hucka D.:

I love that toy.

bb:

You said something about Alice…

Hucka D.:

We should talk of Darkside a little more. Hash it out more. For Grassy. He needs help.

bb:

This is really going to be created, isn’t it?

Hucka D.:

Yes. An art happening. An art event. (pause) You can even keep your Wiz poster, Dark Lion photo, and that other lion photo from the Land of Oz in place. You always forget that the Lion’s Den has a portal on its side.

bb:

Always do. Forgetful me.

Hucka D.:

Do you wish to talk about the module tonight?

bb:

No, I’ll find that toy cube downstairs.

Hucka D.:

Tomorrow’s your big day. Today was just a warmup.

Alice:

Today was just a warm up.

bb:

Thank you all.