On a wall opposite the upstairs music lounge area is found a picture called “Cubie Dick” by Youna Diqui, an avatar born in 2006 but with only 1 group in their profile: Avatar Art Foundation. Overall a very curious profile, and I may return to it. But for now let’s deal with “Cubie Dick” itself in this time and this place.
A quick googling of “Cubie Dick” images brought me to this web site, where the same illustration is found in a post about 2/3rds the way down the page by Captain Badass. I’ll quote the post in full here:
Thursday, June 07, 2007
blue square, lens flare, golego !
I don’t really get to draw all that often,
but when I do I like to draw square things with colon eyes and teeth.
Meet Cubie Dick the Good Occasions Whale.
He’s not very good with swimming or skeetshooting and that,
but fits into a house hold microwave easily enough (should you run
out of ideas to fancy-up your ramen.)
I don’t know — there’s something to this picture that grabs me. Upon thinking on the subject a bit, I thought it might be a possible, psychic relationship with the nearby mole statue, almost as if “Cubie Dick” is the antithesis of the sculpted prim discovering digger. In addition to the mole and cubic whale being basically gray or neutral in color, there’s the fact that Cubie Dick’s teeth look suspiciously similar to the claws on the mole’s hands and feet, as emphasized in this more recent blog photo. Then there’s the fact that the attention of both the mole and the whale is directed toward something yellow or, if you will, *lemon* in color: the yellow, block-ish swimmer for Cubie, and the golden sculpted prim itself for the mole digger. But in opposite ways, if you will: the mole obviously cherishes the golden sculptie as a thing to be valued above all else, like the alchemical gold; the whale wishes to exterminate the golden swimmer as fast as possible for nourishment or perhaps just inherent, naked malice.
Does Cubie, then, represent some kind of microcosm of the heavily cube based WES itself? Does the mole statue, positioned just beyond its borders to the north, stand for something beyond the cube? Is Cubie the archetypal *prim*? The more I think about it, the more the picture clarifies: I think they *have* to be related in that psychic way I mentioned.
But let’s leave that seemingly very key thought behind and explore WES a bit more, knowing what we now do. As I said, not a whole lot there, but we do find what this more interesting, fenced-in area on the south side of town, which encompasses some kind of power substation, a couple of barrels and covered crates, and then a “playground Monkey spring” that Baker finds out he can sit on and then ride.
Moving back into the Nightfield sim to the north of WES, Baker also uncovers, this night, what appears to be a duplicate house to the one formerly found in the northeast corner of neighboring Dreamtime several days beforehand, but with more surrounding vegetation in this case. The two twinned structures lie about 70 meters apart, but are not within direct sight of each other. Also, the house in Dreamtime lies on restricted land, while the house Baker sits before below is not.
Very interesting slum alley skybox, also located in Stanlee.
Projector and screen in same. Venue: unknown.
Amazing things happen in the SL skies, the vast majority unseen and unknown.
One last look; Baker will most likely return here. Looks like more construction going on in the back area.
Another interesting spot in West End. More on that whole area soon as well.