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More red (Cardinal), then Fuchsia… May 10, 2009

Filed under: Fuchsia/Extasia — baker Blinker @ 10:32 am

So I teleported once more to Extasia. Here’s a direct quote from Nish’s Fuchia related post about it:

If you look Fuchsia up on the web you can find out that it apparently shares a server with an island called Extasia. (my note: Nish then provides a picture of where Extasia is in relationship to Fuchsia and the Sansara continent as a whole here). I teleported over to the Extasia sim to take a look at Fuchsia’s twin. The Extasia sim at first glance did not appear to have any connections with Fuchsia as it is for the main part snow covered and privately owned, but on closer inspection the Sim possessed three small islets roughly the same size as the ones on Fuchsia. As well as this there is a narrow water channel splitting two of the main landmasses. This feature you can also find in Fuchsia.

Yes, it was indeed that narrow water channel now drawing my attention. For one thing, it’s exactly this same channel that you land in upon selecting a generic teleport into the sim (that is, just selecting Extasia in the SL map’s search box and hitting “enter”). You are suppose to teleport into the center of the sim. However, since that particular location is banned you enter at the nearest unbanned region, which is in this body of water. The red band lines will be immediately to your south when you teleport into Extasia in this way.

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In following this central, narrow water channel to the east, then, after several turns one runs into a dead end, complete with what I thought was a turkey upon my initial visit to this sim. However, in checking the description in this follow up visit, Baker Bloch finds that it’s actually what’s called a chocobo, described in the wikipedia article on the subject as a large, fictional, and normally flightless bird that can be ridden. Indeed, the strangely stranded bird in front of me advertised itself as being both ridable and cuddleable. However, I found when Blochs attempted to ride it he merely bounced up in the air. Apparently only the owner can ride it, I’m guessing, although the chocobo itself didn’t say so itself.

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In turning around and heading the opposite direction in the channel, one more turn past the entrance point brings you to this larger, more open waterway with that furiously spinning redbird I give a close up of in the previous post to this. He is flying around the extreme west side of this water body, as the chocobo is on the extreme east end of same, if you count the whole as one interior stream or system. All other water in the Extasia sim lies along its edges, in contrast. But what is overlapping this extreme east-west position for the 2 birds is the fact that one is *flightless* (emphasized by it being pinned at the end of the waterway, unable to fly up and out), and the other is *flying too much*. That is, its flight is overexagerated. The redbird is spinning so fast that it seems certifiably insane, in fact. No sane bird would fly in that manner, and in the same tight circle. I would assume, for one thing, that any non-virtual bird would soon get dizzy and fall out of the sky if doing so.

In the below picture, you can see a frozen shot of the cardinal near the lower left corner. The redness (and also “cardinal-ness”, perhaps) is emphasized by the fact that the bird continually, rapidly spins in and out of another banned area on the island marked by *red* lines. I thought this fact odd too, and also that this means the ever orbiting bird spends about 1/2 its time above (unbanned) water, and 1/2 the time above the banned, red bordered land.

I’ve never seen a bird fly that strangely in SL, but in visiting the next sim up (Fantasia) found a doppleganger cardinal spinning just as rapidly in a tight circle above a garden space there. Upon inspecting each, discovered that both are named “Cardinal” with the added description as follows: “Merry Xmas from ArchTx Edo and Jemma Flora”. It’s a rather old creation also, from late 2005, and weighs in at a hefty 27 prims, quite a waste considering that it appears as only a blur due to its rapid orbit.

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I’ll have to quickly summarize my other Extasia finds as I’m running out of time for this paticular post. Just wanted to note that on the turn closest to the entrance point is this 3 prim object rather mysteriously termed a “water balloon” even though it looks as little like an actual water balloon as, well, a motionless giant turkey does a insanely spinning, small redbird.

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Not far to the west of the “water balloon” is a Philip Linden created bullet, from 2002 this time. There’s another, PL bullet near the channel as well. I mention this in particular because Nish states she found a Philip Linden creation on Fuchsia during her time there — a cylinder in that case. And owned by an *Easter*ling (remembering that the redbird description mentions “Xmas”)

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Moving back to Fuchsia, then, I also rather flippantly mentioned something in my comment to Nish’s post about the web color fuchsia having official rgb coordinates of 255, 0, 255, which means it is exactly 1/2 red and 1/2 blue. I noted in this comment that one could translate this to a sim coordinate, given that you can move an object underneath the surface of the sim to SL “sea level” (“0” elevation), but admitted that the coordinates would have to be shifted a bit to read 255, 255, 0 if so. It would lie at almost the northeast corner of a sim as well (256, 256, -) I thought, what the heck, I’ll find out what’s at 255 north and 255 east at Fuchsia. I knew that Nish mentioned a hole where you can peek under the land into nothingness at this northeast corner.

Upon finding the location of the 255, 255, 0 coordinates, I was surprised to learn that a bend in the land occurs at this exact spot. I couldn’t help but place a tiny, *fuchsia* colored cube to mark the spot — one probably has to enlarge the snapshot below in order to see it. It is at this very point that the land seems to kind of veer into the 4th dimension, if that’s a good description of it. I don’t know — maybe this is really a stretch. But I was just very surprised to find *something* at these exact coordinates. Hucka D. has since advised me (unrecorded up to this point) that this indeed does represent a kink in or, perhaps better, into the 4th dimension, calling the Fuchsia Point or Point Fuchsia. He says he’ll speak about it in this blog very soon. He also highlighted the 1/2 red and 1/2 blue component for this point, saying, yes indeed, that it is tied to the cardinal at Extasia, as well as its “opposite” of the non-flying chocobo. My guess is that he’ll state the chocobo stands for the opposite, blue color of the fuchsia composite, and perhaps even tie it back into the heart-diamond combo of the Okinu sim that’s part of this whole flow of examination. We’ll soon see if my guess is correct.

More coming up, then, I suppose!

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Red cards… Redbirds… Cardinals

Filed under: Fuchsia/Extasia,Nautilus Continent,Okinu Sim — baker Blinker @ 10:24 am

When I first got a chance to fully absorb Nish Mip’s most excellent Fuchsia sim post, one I think should become a model for all future single sim examinations anywhere, I immediately hopped over to both Fuchsia and also Extasia (possible “twin” to Fuchsia, according to this post) to see with my own 2 virtual eyes the various mysteries and otherwise observations she had written about. I quickly summarized my follow up finds in 2 identical comments on both this blog and Nish’s own Big Orange blog.

Nish also mentioned the Okinu sim glyphs in her Fuchsia post, and compared them to the shifting textures she also found in Fuchsia. As a more concrete attempt to build upon her wonderful research after making my aforementioned comment, I decided to trek the ne-sw diagonal of that sim, as I had previously done in other locations, especially the Rubi sim that I use to live in with its mysterious TILE resonations. My idea was to walk this diagonal at least every couple of days, and to take snapshots of what had changed or perhaps even remained the same. However, let’s talk about a discovery I found on what I envisioned as only my initial walk in this study…

First I should mention that, just prior to this, I had Baker Bloch teleport around the interior Nautilus continent water sims to see if any were worthy of a similar study. I knew from my visits last fall that the underwater scapes of these sims contain interesting texture patterns; each sim also has its unique style of patterning. The closest to Okinu in this respect seems to be one called Quidd, at least among the ones that I checked (there are many). But still they’re not as sharp nor distinct as the ones in Okinu. So having retested the, er, waters out in another spot, I decided to give the Okinu sim all my attention in this direction. It still seems unique.

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So about 2/3rds the way down Baker Bloch’s subsequent walk of the Okinu ne-sw diagonal he found this glyph that you just skirt the edge of to the west. This one attracted me more than the several others also seen from the diagonal because of 2 proximate, smaller glyphs off its southern end.

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Somewhat surprising me (and Baker Bloch) in this area was a heart shaped glyph Baker Bloch had notably stumbled across before in this sim (recorded in this post), but with the color switched with the ocean floor backdrop in respect to that one, the heart being beige against a blue-green background now. Then next to it was a somewhat larger, regular diamond pattern. I immediately thought: hearts and diamonds — the 2 red suits of an ordinary deck of cards!

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It was at this time that I began to think about that dizzily spinning bird in Extasia that I mention in my comment re Nish’s material, not only because it was a *red* bird but because it was also a particular kind of red bird according to its description: a *card*inal.

More to follow.

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