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Another December 30, 2011

Another small mountain conquered today. Didn’t take my camera unfortunately, because there were some very interesting nooks and crannies involved, once more. The amazing late 2011 surge of hiking finds continues (!) The highlight was perhaps the uncovering of what looks like a decrepit treehouse in the woods, perhaps a center for rope climbing activities. I’ll have to think carefully about what to call this mountain. I believe — I’m certain, actually — that the Mossmen culture was also tied into this mountain. Maybe yet another map is in order.

I also wanted to talk to Hucka D. about Big E tonight. “Hucka?’

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bb:

Sorry, got distracted in googling the names of Korean Channel sims. Can’t seem to find a common outside (real world) denominator, almost as if the names were just made up… almost as if…

Hucka D.:

The alphabet anomaly of the Korean Channel and Big E was their only purpose, yes.

bb (after checking some more):

Yes. It seems. Tired of checking.

Hucka D.:

Hidden within TILE (Tyle?) is the tetractys, composed of 10 letters from T to, looping back to the beginning of the alphabet, C. TUVWXYZABC. Tetractys. Can be summarized by letters T-V-Y-C occupying positions 1-3-6-10 in that lion. Line. (pause)

bb:

Those are the 4 letters not found in the Korean Channel sims [letters beginning sims’ names]. They are instead the hidden tetractys or Realm of Numbers inside or covered by the Realm of Letters.

Hucka D.:

Yes (pause).


Baker Bloch in Kenfield.

bb (after another pause while exploring a bit of the Korean Channel):

I just don’t think there’s much there, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

No.

bb:

I mean, I’m reminded of why Karoz fell into a portal connecting Jeogeot to Maebaleia after this.

Hucka D.:

Yo.

bb:

Crabwoo is almost completely gone now, Hucka D. Only a shed and a bit of wood left.

Hucka D.:

Ho.

bb:

All I have is Pietmond.

Hucka D.:

And Frank and Herman Parks, of course. Einstein (smiles).

bb:

And a bit of Teepot as well.

Hucka D.L

Yea.

Carcassonne:

I am forgotten. I am alone.

bb:

Couldn’t get to you today. Found some more stuff in Frank Park, though. You know [delete peak name]?

Carcassonne:

No. I know only myself. (un-smiles)

bb:

You should get out more.

Carcassonne:

I have tributaries with different news. (pause)

Hucka D.:

Looks like that’s it.

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Hucka D. has apparently left the scene, but I did also want to mention that Pietmond’s newly installed Big E is angled in the same direction as the SoSo East Gallery immediately below it. Relationship, then, between Big E and Oblong collages within SoSo East? Big E as related to 2001’s monolith (pictured in Oblong 10)?

Is Pietmond itself set to make an evolutionary jump?

 

Big E December 29, 2011

Filed under: Korean Channel/Inland Sea,Otaki Gorge,Pietmond — baker Blinker @ 7:54 am

Tonight worked on setting up a 25 meter high version of “Big E” to Pietmond. Logical place to put it: on this small knoll beside the norris Gallery and behind SoSo East. The former version, placed in various locations such as First Stage Noru, Biggie Gallery in Aotearoa, and the Blue Feather Gallery of (2nd Stage) Noru, was instead 50 meters high.

Actually, the Big E made its first appearance in a Healy gallery exhibit, summer 2009.

It was interesting to re-texture the 4 prim object with the various Korean Channel sims, one per each 10×10 meter surface or tile for a total of 29 surfaces (note: the back spine of the Big E, composed of 5 additional such surfaces in theory, remains untextured and partly transparent). The Korean Channel itself, created in 2008, contains 30 sims instead of 29, so one has to be left out of the mix in the translation to Pietmond’s Big E. This turned out to be Darcy’s Harbour, one of two not in the core 14×2 block of 28 sims making up this channel, along with neighbor Darcy’s Cove to the immediate east.


14×2 Korean Channel core block with “Darcy’s Jut” (Darcy’s Cove & Darcy’s Harbour sims), pictured along with the Mos Ainsley related sims found off the east coast of Jeogeot


Each side of the Big E/Big Schwa shows sims (squares) stacked 5 high, for a total of 10.

The top of Big E simply continues the bottom of the Korean Channel core into the next 2 sims up, or side-by-side Shamon and Demien.

As the surface above and on top of Zebrasial acts as a direct continuation of the Korean Channel sims to the north (Shamon), so the surface below Zebrasil likewise continues it to the south (Ichelus).

Looking from the other side of the Big E, the same would go for the middle prong of the “E” involving Myatzo (top), Fenstar (middle), and Wylder (bottom).

And then the bottom jut of the E is similar but a with a (literal) twist: Heirsch is indeed the sim directly above Lordshore in reality, and Darcy’s Cove is also the immediate western neighbor of Heirsch in same. However, Lordshore and Darcy’s Cove only touch corners in the actual Korean Channel and do not directly border each other.

Like the top of the Big E continues the bottom core of the Korean Channel up into the next 2 sims, the bottom of same continues the *top* part of the Korean Channel into the next 2 sim *down*, or Norvan and Locksley.

I had to use the “Disable Camera” option to get this picture, since the bottom of Pietmond’s new Big E actually sits on the ground.

Then the final 4 surfaces of the overall Big E, are filled out with the remaining “middle” sims of the Korean Channel, or, in this particular setup, Redzillion, Qui Quon, Lemongrass, and Bestimax working our way from top to bottom. These are also all water sims, or ones whose land is completely submerged by the Korean Channel itself.

A bit confusing, I know, and Hucka D. has stated that there was a whole sub-category of the TILE philosophy set aside for the study of the Big E, which includes the various ways the Korean Channel sims can be positioned upon its tiled surface. In reviewing the setup, it certainly seems logical enough to exclude Darcy’s Harbour, a water sim which is perhaps “hidden” within or latent within the similarly named Darcy’s Cove sim.

I also re-read some of the posts from the Korean Channel category of this blog tonight, or what was initially called Jeogeot’s “Inland Sea” therein.

https://bakerblinker.wordpress.com/category/jeogeot-continent/korean-channelinland-sea/


Big E from the 2nd floor porch of the House of Truth, whose little gallery of pictures tells some of its back story.


heart of Pietmond from Big E


Big E from across the heart of Pietmond

 

Walkabout Time? December 27, 2011

Filed under: Carcassonne,Hucka D.,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 11:04 am

I think it may be time for Baker Bloch to just walk around Pietmond while I look over his shoulder and tell stories about the place. Or make up stories on the spot. “Hucka?”

Carcassonne:

I am the 7th. I am the one to come. I am Carcassonne. I am the Mouse of norris. I am Cache.

bb:

Thank you, Carcassonne. The 7th is not only the next carrcass but also…

Hucka D.:

Hi.

bb:

Hey. Have a good Christmas?

Hucka D.”

Most excellent. Got sick, though. Whooping cough. Weezing. The lot.

bb:

Sorry to hear about that. Where did you spend your holiday?

Hucka D.:

Barbados.

bb:

Is that where the family is from?

Hucka D.:

No. (pause) You know that.

bb:

Kentucky, right?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Cousin Arthur or Aruthur really wanted me, us, to visit. I’m together with norris again, but it’s all small letters now. Study “Burning Bush.” “Son Bush” or “Sun Bush.”

http://blog.comixconnection.com/2010/07/there-has-to-be-great-story-behind-two.html#links

bb:

Yes, Burning Bush, Pennsylvania on the Rainsburg topo map, Hucka. Nearby is Mann’s Choice as well.*

http://usgwarchives.net/maps/pa/county/bedfor/usgs/

bb:

I really like Cache Creek, obviously, Hucka D., but it’s going to be hard to get to in the summer. Plus its kind of one-dimensional in that you have to hike the creek itself to work your way down. Norris or NORRIS is different: there’s The Freedom Path all along it, source to mouth essentially.

Hucka D. (emphasizing):

You have The Freedom[ now].

bb:

Another thing I’ve thought about recently, in reading the blog at the beach mainly, is that Norris Heights was found at essentially the same time that Pietmond Heights was reinstated in Pietmond; this would have been early November.

Hucka D.:

You still haven’t finished your norris Gallery in Pietmond. You better work on that[ in the coming days].

bb:

I will; maybe take some more pictures of Norris itself.

Hucka D.:

Do (!)

bb:

So you and Norris are back together now.

Hucka D.:

Yes. We had a long talk about Hurla Dontbee and Otherland. She understands better[ the situation] now.

bb:

Good. That’s great Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Yes. She understands that Norris Heights is…

bb:

Lemon? Lab?

Carcassonne:

I am still The Center.

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* In 1848, Congressman Job Mann pressured to have a post office at an unnamed village in Harrison Township. The Post Office Department approved the new post office, but as the village had no name, Congressman Mann was to give it one. Before he did so, postal maps were made with the temporary designation “Mann’s Choice” written on it. The name was never changed, and became the permanent and official one.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manns_Choice,_Pennsylvania

 

Teepot > Pietmond (Little Things) December 23, 2011

Filed under: Jeogeot Chilbo,Otaki Gorge,Pietmond,Teepot — baker Blinker @ 7:12 am

Stacked rocks found in a field of waving grain near Teepot. I sought out the store which sold the product and promptly bought 2 of the 1 prim, sculptie objects, which are now set up in Pietmond (see below).

Yes, Teepot is still there in a manner of speaking. It could be revitalized under the right circumstances, but that would probably also mean Pietmond has been deactivated in the meantime.

It might have been this same night that I revisited my old rental plot in Chilbo. Still empty; tough to tell how much the town has shrunk since I lived here but it’s noticable in about all directions. I’d love to see someone write a Chilbo history, and co-founder Fleep Tuque, perhaps in combination with others, is a logical choice. Although Hucka D. told me not to mix too much with its timeline from my direction, I still have a fascination with the whole concept. Chilbo certainly remains the crown jewel of Jeogeot creations in a collective manner, and is probably also the most influential mainland community of non-Linden design. If you have a love of Second Life and mainland, you should by all means visit sometime.

But now back to Pietmond: First a shot of the stacked rocks I just purchased, which represents an identical pair of 4 rocks each, one on top of the other with the top 4 shrunk considerably and rotated at a different angle. Pretty effective in that spot beside the Temple of TILE, I feel; good fit.

I also set up two small Cocoanut Koala created structures in Pietmond, purchased about a year ago I believe when her super nifty Coco’s Cottages business closed down in Rosieri. Cocoanut was also a near neighbor, then, when I lived in Rubi in 2009, but I first met and befriended her during my stay at Azure Islands near the beginning of The Bakers’ Second Life existence. Interesting story to that initial meeting and exchange of instant messages; I’ll have to tell it sometime.

Coco’s shed in the center of the below picture acts as a sort of gateway to Pietmond’s still undeveloped Underground — simply go through the door and you’re in the tunnels running underneath the Temple of TILE, Home o’ Fibs, and also the Blue Feather Gallery.

Here’s the other Koala structure now in Pietmond: a product she calls Ravenwood Cottage but I, in my infinite wisdom, have decided to rename the Rookwood Cottage. The fountain in the foreground, another Moard Ling object like so many are in Pietmond, is also new to the community.

Only thing in the Underground for now, a chilly or even cold centerpoint. Best not to linger very long here, Baker Bloch thinks.

I also added this nice, freebie fountain to replace the simpler pool beside the graveyard in front of the Temple of TILE. I subsequently saw this same pool in two different Second Life locations while just poking around at random in the next several days. Interesting.

Also interesting to note that the fountain itself here represents another rock stacking, this time with the largest (and flattest) of 6 total on the top.

And Merk “Coolie” Brighton, aka Murk Britoon, has also made a recent appearance in Pietmond. 🙂

Here’s where Merk went to school, where he studied acting a bit, specializing in bit acting.

Here’s a promotional photo from one of his plays called “Gingervitis”, which he acted in and also provided sound effects for.

But enough of all that for now.

Some closing aerial shots of Pietmond.

 

Cache Creek, 02 December 21, 2011

Filed under: Cache Creek,Herman/Frank Parks (rl parks) — baker Blinker @ 1:03 am

I’m a couple of weeks behind in writing the text for this post. Unfortunately I haven’t returned to this creek in the meantime. The name has perhaps also changed: to Secret Creek from Cache Creek, further degeneratable to Secreek or Sea Creek (C Creek? or just Creek?). The picture at the bottom of the first photo post on this creek represents, as stated, a type of gathering point for parties wishing to explore the more exciting areas just further downstream. Let’s talk a look ourselves now at some of these areas.

The creek slowly begins to pick up speed as we get beyond the gathering place. Rocks become more common along the bottom…

… leading to perhaps the largest single drop of water on the creek, as yet unnamed. Hard to take a nice picture of it, though, because of all the rhododendron. Cut it all down? Nah, of course I can’t do that.

Very interesting, larger white rock just below the drop. I’ve sat at this spot several times now, contemplating the meaning of the stream, the region. Contemplation Rock?

The stream basically stops flowing just beyond this rock, and the backup somehow creates these interesting parallel white lines of suds in the middle of it. Almost like lettering of some sort.

The 3 pictures below are taken at another significant location along the creek after a horseshoe bend beyond Contemplation Rock and accompanying still pool. Rocks line both sides of the creek, as well as the bottom. Again I don’t yet have a name for the mini-canyon, but I sense it is a center of energy still. A tributary enters Secret Creek from the left just before the passage begins (not pictured), perhaps its first well defined one counting from the source. In the hike from the day before, I found there were at least 3 tributaries entering Secret Creek along its length, none approaching the size of the main stream.

A flat, reddish rock almost appears to act as a warning about the difficult passage directly ahead, and to take heed.

I discovered that by far the easiest way to get through it myself is to just walk over the jagged rocks lining its bottom…

… quickly leading to another, larger rock beside which the stream pretty much stops its flow again, seeming to need rest after all the prior excitement, once more.

I can’t wait to go back another day for more pics, hopefully when the sun is shining. Also perhaps to create a rough map, like I did with Norris before.

 

Cache Creek, 01

Filed under: Cache Creek,Herman/Frank Parks (rl parks) — baker Blinker @ 1:00 am

Amazing new find in Frank Park near my Blue Mountain home base: Cache Creek (warning: creek name subject to change).

Length: Probably about 2 Norris’, or about 1/3rd of a mile. Very complicated, however, for its length, again somewhat like Norris.

The below picture actually comes from more toward the mouth of the creek, near where a famous road runs over it. I thought the effect of the stick in the creek here worthy of blog inclusion.

But to back up, we start near the head of Cache Creek, in a rather large meadow averaging about 3600 feet in elevation, and covering around a quarter of a square mile in area.

I didn’t get a good picture of it this day, but that rock pile on the side of the hill actually makes a smiley face. Not very profound, but certainly worth a mention. The figure doesn’t show up on Bing Maps, in checking that source right now. Must be of fairly recent origin, then.

Then in the sw corner of the meadow, we have the actual beginning of magical Cache Creek. That brown leaf in the water looks like a frog, but isn’t. Curiously, perhaps, I *did* see a frog jump into this small pool upon my approach. Let me check again — no, it’s a leaf. Isn’t it? The whole pool topography is a little curious, actually, with crystal clear water, mud cliffs dotted with tiny white, projecting rocks, and also mysterious underwater holes. The large, moss covered rock in the center of this picture almost seems like some kind of alter placed at the head of the creek. Will have to return here to take more pictures another day.

More mysteries: a row of white rocks helps to highlight a faint path from the meadow’s edge to a point a little further down the creek from its head, a natural ford.There were about 6 rocks lying equidistant from each other on this path.

The ford at the creek. A strong theme of this creek is: white rocks. Bunches and bunces of ’em.

I was surprised in my initial visit to this flat upstream area to find the large, jutting rock pictured below. I now see it as part of the overall magic that such an out-of-place seeming stone would appear here.

There is considerable sand along the creek as well in spots.

Below is pictured a percieved energy center with lots of sandy areas wedged between the creek and a swampy, undrained region to its south. Difficult to take a good snapshot here, though. One of those “another day” projects, once more.

Cache Creek, 02

 

Carcassonne December 20, 2011

Filed under: Cache Creek,Carcassonne,Hucka D.,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 7:14 am

“You can do whatever you want to, baker b., it’s your blog.”

Carcassonne:

“I am that stream.”

bb:

Hi guys.

Carcassonne (repeating):

The stream is I.

Hucka D.:

Ask her some questions, baker b., if you wish.

bb:

Thanks. Carcassonne…

Carcassonne:

Yes?

bb:

First off, thanks once more for appearing on the Baker Blinker Blog here.

Carcassonne:

My blog.

bb:

OK.

Carcassonne:

I will ask questions to you. Thank you, Hucka D. and baker b. for inviting me into your house.

Hucka D.:

OK, that works for me. Thanks to you and you both. Thank you Carcassonne and thank you baker b.

bb:

Yes.

Carcassonne:

Are you Baker… um, I am… I am…

bb (proferring):

Anderson and Faulkner?

Hucka D.:

She isn’t sure who she is. This is her stream, her blog, her even typing the words we write about her.

Carcassonne:

I am those words.

bb:

Is she unformed?

Carcassonne:

I am Carcassonne. You found me both yesterday and today. I am the stream. I am the blog. I am these words.

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MISSISSIPPI. This must be Norris. I AM THE GREATEST. Norris is the greatest. NO. I AM FILLED WITH WHITENESS. Rocks, you mean. NO. YES. I WAS WRONG. You were channeling? YES. I WAS WRONG. TELL THEM THAT. Well, it’s an amazingly beautiful stream just chocked full of white rocks. [no answer] The most challenging part was when I heard the road [to the south] but couldn’t quite reach it; had to double back on my trail toward the end, which I almost never do. I’m quite intuitive in the open woods usually. [no answer] That place with the cascades between the rock, do you know what I’m talking about? [no answer] There I will build a town. I will call it…

 

Cache Creek. December 19, 2011

Filed under: Cache Creek,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 11:31 pm

Red square containing, I believe, the entire length of newly discovered and explored Cache Creek — a secret until now, if you will — is 2500×2500 feet, or not even quite .25 square miles. Yet what a lot packed into this 1/4th square mile (!). One of the more amazing streams I’ve hiked in my local territory for certain. More mystical than newly crowned NORRIS? In ways, yes. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera along for this remarkable, rhododendron choked walk, but it might have been for the best given I had absolutely *no* room for error along the way, as it turned out.

Creating a separate sub-category for this stream now… will perhaps return tomorrow for some pics. Another incredible 2011 hiking find, which keep piling up. First Quartz Brook, then Brook 2, then Green Oz Creek and Tinsity, then NORRIS, and now Cache. Is this the best of the lot?

Below I point to the location of Cache Creek on my wall sized map of Frank Park hung in my basement study.

 

Special December 17, 2011

“Sinkology is a word to be thinking of tonight, Hucka D.”

Hucka D.:

You want to open up a [small] college in Pietmond, as I understand.

bb:

Maybe. Branch of Crabwoo U. in Pietmond.

Hucka D.:

Don’t you think Peter[ SoSo] should be involved, then?

bb:

Again: maybe. Sunklands doesn’t seem quite dead, now. I’ve reexamined the Lill Burn Valley sim recently, for instance. It’s much different than in the days of the monestary, but not necesssarily a degenerative form.

Hucka D.:

Yes. It has degenerated. Become deenergized. That’s because the present tenants do not realize the power of the sink.

bb:

Oh, and quite interestingly another artist has interacted with my old land in Blackmount[ in another of the 6 Sunklands sinks].

Hucka D.:

Yes, that was another way to get your attention. Waterfall down to the pool that engulfed your camp there. Elevator — sorry, teleporter had to be raised above the water level to effect a proper transport [to the Edwardston Station Gallery]. The artist will examine all this. She needs to know about the power of the sinks. Sinkology. Sink in.

bb:

The theory goes that the Pietmond labyrinth — just outside the proposed building for the new college branch — plugs a similar flooding hole in my town. Plugs from above instead of on one side, as in a normal dam of sorts. But this type of flooding won’t occur in Pietmond as long as the labyrinth is in place. The Blackmount sink has been ruined in that way.

Hucka D.:

Yes. The artist will examine all of this. It is an Eerie Pond.

bb:

What of the other sinks? Second Sink or Oolamoo/Drews seems totally deenergized.

Hucka D.:

Not quite. Things could change there.

bb:

And Aotearoa, the one closest to Otaki Gorge and Pietmond, has basically always been empty since I found it almost 2 1/2 years ago. The center, I mean. That’s the location of the original Pietmond, I suppose.

Hucka D.:

Yes.

bb:

But up on a hill above the sink, and not in the sink itself, unlike Pietmond.

Hucka D.:

Unlike Pietmond. And the last?

bb:

Big Sink. The strangest of them all, perhaps.

Hucka D.:

You know where Big Sink comes from.
You know it was created from the Big Ink incident in Far Past. You have Kidd Road as a new mythology bit. Big Sink still has energy. Kidd Road connects Big Sink with Blackmount.

bb:

I think I’ve theorized that *you* created Big Sink and perhaps all of Sunklands.

Hucka D.:

Yes. And then the 2 on the Corsica continent. They’re connected. Smaller Sunklands there. Not really a region but just a connection, as in a Klein Bottle. Nevertheless, Corsica is built around this center 3-dimensionality. And Maebaleia has its own sinks, but shallower and nearer the coasts. Crabwoo itself has a sink [Super Bowl = name?], the 13th discovered. And then Heterocera may have a legitimate sink in Sikkima, one you virtually lived next to for a number of months but didn’t recognize as such.

bb:

But no region like Sunklands.

Hucka D.:

There’s the Pond District on Heterocera as well. And the Lake District of Maebaleia. Corsica has the Plane of Bill and its bumpy little granite mountains dotting the landscape. But it all centers around Chasm Deep and partner Egg Hill Sink, the one Sachie lived in and energized. Still energizes.

bb:

Synchronicity, yes.

Hucka D.:

An egg is an eye. Orion’s Vale has its own, central eye, like Pietmond and Otaki Gorge.

bb:

Suppose it does. Or did. Is Orion’s Vale the most similar sink to Otaki Gorge?

Hucka D.:

In terms of who lived in each: yes. Two artists.

bb:

And Chasm Deep has a collection of artists living within now: the Metaharpers.

Hucka D.:

Join their group.

bb:

Maybe I’ll have an avatar devoted fully to the study of Sinkology, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Karoz?

bb:

Maybe a professor of Sinklogy.

Hucka D. (guessing further):

Wilsonia?

bb:

Yes. Maybe Wilsonia.

Hucka D.:

Maybe Karoz.

bb:

I need a Sunklands museum. A place of study as well. Special Collections.

 

Blinks in Pietmond

Filed under: Jeogeot Chilbo,Otaki Gorge,Pietmond — baker Blinker @ 7:36 am

Baker Blinker ruminates about Chilbo while perched within the giant tree near the center of that famed, virtual community. Will she ever actually have a true role there? And so forth.

Soon, however, she returns to Pietmond, with the understanding that this is her true home. She waves hello to Carcassonne during a visit to the new-ish Big Boy structure in town. “Is that 1 Pink?” Carcassonne might think to herself as she spies the quite pink Baker Blinker at the arched opening on the hill. Could she perhaps not know who Baker Blinker is, since she’s not often inworld any longer? In my early days in Second Life, the situation was different: Blinks was my primary avatar Year One.

“Magnificent,” Baker Blinker exclaims while taking in the sight of Pietmond from Baker Bloch’s Pietmond Heights office.