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Nordan Art pieces January 2, 2012

Filed under: Nordan Art gallery — baker Blinker @ 11:24 pm

Very nice review of the Edwardston Station Gallery by my old art pal Flora Nordenskiold, now a powerful and influential Second Life gallery owner. Well done Flora on developing your Nordan Art gallery and accompanying blog!


http://nordanomjorden.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/review-edwardston-station-gallery/

As the post says, I will have some collage pieces showing at her gallery beginning in February. Here’s a link to the post I created at the time of my first opening at Flora’s then fledgling gallery, later renamed:

https://bakerblinker.wordpress.com/category/galleries-other/ahren-art-gallery/

I don’t believe I’ve been in a suit since then. Must – get – out – more. 🙂

 

Loose Thoughts… January 4, 2011

All eggs in one basket now: Pietmond. Edwardston Station Gallery importance seems to have shrunk… can’t exist independently. Instead: projected new gallery in sky, kind of building on UFO I had to recently delete, reachable from Underground Pietmond (above-below dichotomy).

Although I probably can’t promote it in Second Life as much as I would want, Pietmond is already a great success. I’m friends with all exhibitors, which I think is important. I enjoyed exhibiting some established SL artists last year, but distance was still great — I was one of many places their art was shown, another stop. The artists’ works I’m showing now are all more distant from the Second Life virtual reality itself. Besides, my SL friend Flora Nordenskiold, who set up my first solo SL exhibit (and only one so far featuring my own work) is really starting to have the bases covered on providing great spaces for established SL artists, often numbering 4 for each new show at her Nordan Art gallery.

The original idea for the Blue Feather Gallery, starting in Noru, went along the lines of what Flora has evolved through Nordan Art (after what she would admit was a rather bumpy beginning; I was involved!). But it didn’t take me long to realize, 1) I didn’t have much of a talent for self promotion needed to be “successful” in the SL art scene, 2) my hours spent in SL are bunched together more in the middle of the night (2am-6am), when most of that virtual world is “asleep” — hard to promote/mingle when no one is around!, 3) I do not consider myself much of a real life artist, in that I’m not dedicated to any one craft in a totally artistic way, in contrast to many SL artists who are successful in real life art as well. (thinking here, for example, of Natsha Lemton, an early exhibitor at the Noru’s Blue Feather Gallery and who subsequently had a showing in Flora’s gallery as well), 4) I’m dedicated now to Linden mainland, and most inworldly successful artists or art galleries work on estate property — not exclusively but I just thought I’d add that in, since it naturally leads to, 5) I see SL as a giant piece of art itself, with mainland a great example of heterogeneous collage that represents a primary media interest. Because of this, I like to explore — I like to immerse myself in the artwork constantly surrounding me in this virtual world. I think for this reason, although I like to visit art galleries I mainly find them to be lacking in and of themselves. I always find myself poking around the vegetation surrounding the galleries. What makes this artist tick, and why are they involving themselves in SL?

So back to the Blue Feather Gallery, what it evolved into (some might say “devolved” here, hehe) was a type of personal shrine to this exoteric art known as mainland, specifically for the continent I call home: Jeogeot. “Jeogeot Through Art and Word,” condensed version, has become the permanent, final exhibit for this particular space. It will probably remain a cornerstone, again just on a personal scale, for any art or art promotion that I will be engaged in. It helps move me away from myself. And appropriately I’ve now been able to incorporate it into Pietmond, which is, on a larger scale, doing the same. And Pietmond itself becomes a small piece of Jeogeot, a fragment of a greater whole.

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Continuing…

Very pleased with the development of the SoSo Gallery and all Pietmond Art Crawl Galleries. SoSo has grown from just showing the 20 collages of my Oblong series to also exhibiting works of others, starting with Mike Casey, an old synching buddy, shall we say, who I’ve corresponded with off and on for about 10 years now. The Oblong series is still within SoSo, true, but in an eastern side that now has a matching, somewhat larger, west part (Casey art).

In thinking about it now, Mike’s exhibit, like the Blue Feather Gallery mentioned before, may be “permanent”, or as permanent as I can promise in the ever shifting world of My Second Life. Connected with this is a very interesting and perhaps still developing set of coincidences surrounding the name origin of SoSo, a *conscious* or purposeful fusion of Peter Gabriel’s top selling So album and the comic corruption of the moniker Peter the Great to Peter the Good and then Peter the So So, or Peter SoSo. But what I didn’t realize until more recently is the *barely* unconscious connection with Led Zeppelin’s similarly archetypal album ZoSo, also generically called Led Zeppelin IV. Here’s the story behind the odd name in case you didn’t know or remember. In reading up myself on the origin, I was interested to see that ZoSo is also a nickname for Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. But all this becomes odder when I find out Mike’s most recent, larger synching project (more on the whole “synching” thing soon enough, I suppose) involves just this very album, and, in particular, the song “Stairway To Heaven” that ends the traditional side 1 of ZoSo/Led Zep IV. The resulting backwards synchronicity, combining this song with a section of The Wizard of Oz movie, is cleverly dubbed “Stairway From Heaven,” and you can see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HywC71qZOs

In our correspondence, Dr. Casey has talked about, in some detail, the symbolism he finds embedded in the 8 minute synchronicity, which has been of some influence. Just off the top, what I like about it is that the cuing point between the 2 involved media (there’s only 1 cue, differentiating “Stairway From Oz” from a more manipulated audiovisual mashup) is what I’d call “natural” or “unforced”. It is simply “Stairway To Heaven” played backwards (otherwise unmanipulated) to a similarly backwards playing Wizard of Oz, starting right when Dorothy opens the front door of her just crashed farmhouse and enters Oz (Munchkinland) for the first time. Since the movie is playing backwards here, the synch starts with Dorothy *closing* this door, then, instead of opening it, and the backwards “Stairway To Heaven” matching this with what appears to be the phrase, “Love vanquished.”

Quite a powerful view with the subtitles and all, but Mike’s theories concerning SFO are what really struck me. I’d like to see him post these to the web somewhere. Perhaps on this blog?

But I found this little tangle of meaningful coincidences — synchronicities themselves, really, in a classical, Jungian manner — very interesting. In writing all this out, I think it means, on one, basic level, that Mike art should have a permanent place in the SoSo gallery, as mentioned before. I would not take it the logical, last step and rename his part of SoSo ZoSo (too obvious), but the link has nonetheless been locked in.

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I must, then, move on the next gallery specifically created for the Pietmond Art Crawl: Norum. Julie Sadler is a newer friend who featured my involvement in Second Life art in a post on her large, influential Collage Clearinghouse back in 2009. Probably the great majority of *her* friends and followers, at the time, thought — what’s Julie on about here? Virtual art? Textures on prims?

More recently, I asked Julie’s permission to go through her flickr site and select various photo textures for creating art to hang in the brand spanking new Norum Gallery of Pietmond. I thought virtual representations of her collage/mixed media pieces would play well within that small, intimate space, and the final results appear to prove my instincts right. Ms. Sadler seems to agree; she’s even published her own post concerning the Norum Gallery and Pietmond in general to her wonderful blog.

More will develop of this. Besides managing her blog, Julie is super busy creating art in Real Life. Oh, and I believe she also has a regular, day job, like most of us struggling, creative types. The Collage Clearinghouse, while also acting as a podium for others to discuss their own collage efforts if they wish, remains primarily a place Julie shares with the world personal stories of trials and tribulations/successes and achievements with the same. Exposure for any type of artist is a high challenge, but the overall work of collage artists weave in added twists to this old problem. Copyright reverberations spring to mind immediately.

I have promised Julie that I’ll read her blog back to front in the coming months, with further questions from me forthcoming I’m sure. Pietmond is not finished with Julie, I don’t think.

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Which brings us to the Something To CHRO About gallery just across the sidewalk from the Norum Gallery. STCA features a good number of photos by Edna Million, now a known “High Country” artist with several Real Life gallery showings garnishing her creative resume. Edna is also a writer who hopes to published — nay, *will* publish several, perhaps many novels and larger works in the coming years. Photography is a complementary, art focus. And like baker and Julie before her, Edna is also a collage artist, although she hasn’t worked in that medium for a number of years. *And,* Edna also happens to be my (baker b.’s) Real Life wife.

I am projecting a *really* big, future venture fusing our collage sensibilities (and Edna’s photography skills), but it will involve an extended “trip” to Britain, probably months and months in length and which may not happen until we are both retired. In the meantime, Edna has already visited England for 2 weeks with a friend this fall, and my virtual avatar Baker Bloch, aided by a touch of collage magic, hehe, was able to do the same this past spring, as recorded in Pietmond’s final, present gallery: the Tower of TILE.

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And that concludes my little spiel about Pietmond art developments, still a work in progress!

 

Galleries… April 14, 2010

“Hucka D. — or Peter The Good or whoever — I think I’m going to begin gallery hopping again. Focusing on mainland galleries. And also perhaps attracting artists to Second Life. Thinking especially of collagists here who work primarily in the digital realm. Have a connection with Yapland. Think back of all the artists I’ve run across in SL.”

Peter The Good:

I am here. That’s fine.

bb:

I already have 1 artist in mind, a mainland person. Then provide an interactive map of Chilbo for the gallery with those galleries included. Will mine be on it? Do I need to be on Chilbo land? Don’t know… but I will advertise through that channel since I live in Chilbo now. Live, quote unquote. Focus as well on Jeogeot mythology, or continue that. I can do that through the Blue Feather Gallery as well and also, of course, the Big E Gallery. Will perhaps work on that tomorrow or at least this weekend. So a new focus will be on galleries, mainland style, and seeing where that takes me.

Peter The Good:

That is all good.

bb:

Thinking back on the Blue Feather Gallery, and how it was supposedly formed first in Crabwoo on the Maebaleia continent.

Peter The Good:

That is a continent to be thinking about again indeed.

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bb:

Let’s see, the Blue Strawberry Gallery is now kaput. The Blue Feather Gallery was never there, not in this reality. That’s where Crabwoo supposedly was, Hucka D. I mean, sorry, Peter G.

Peter The Good:

That is something.

bb:

The Bluedrake sim is that little blue box nearer the center of the continent. Hucka D. claims it is the oldest part of Second Life, I think. Except maybe for Yd Island. You know about those places, Peter G.?

Peter G.:

Yup. Yup yup yup.

bb:

The 2 sim extent of Crabwoo is shown in the pink box which includes the Blue Feather Gallery marker, Peter G. The Blue Feather Gallery was located in the very northwest corner of the community. If it actually existed. The E that the gallery was formed around was found in the Blue Feather Sea a long, long time ago. Again according to Hucka D. Karoz re-created this finding last year.

Peter The Good:

Terribly important this thing is.

bb:

Hucka D. claims the Blue Feather Sea was formed from a feather of Blue Drake. But the feather was larger than the bird… much larger. Karoz was supposedly also in Crabwoo… perhaps working as some kind of TILE artist.

Peter The Good:

E is TILE. The Blue Box.

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Bluestocking Gallery:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tigerclaw/242/176/55

 

Party Prep… March 1, 2010

Filed under: collage 10x10,Nordan Art gallery — baker Blinker @ 8:55 am

I totally messed this set of pictures up by leaving my “Show Attachments” option checked, but I thought I’d include this one anyway coz it’s so cute. It’s Edna and me (yes, rl Edna in a sl Edna body) just outside the Aotearoa cottage* I’m helping her fix her appearance for the opening gala party tonight at the Ahren Art Gallery owned by Linnea Ahren, showing about 15 of my 10×10 collages.

We had a great time, although the turnout was a bit lower than expected. Still, all in all, a nice success, especially since Linnea is new at this game and this is my first full exhibit outside my own galleries (which, I suppose, don’t really count). Below is a snapshot from the opening, with, left to right, Edna, myself and Linnea.

And, yeah, that’s the first time for me in any kind of suit. Found it in some default avatar’s clothing folder in my inventory. Fits pretty nice, though, and Edna and I are also outfitted with sort of matching jeans. Now I’m obviously not the dress up type, but we got a kick out of it, and I can see going to other places every once in a while as well dressed as such. I need to head back to my Pudding Hill neighbor’s music venue (Pudding Club) sometime — maybe that would be an excuse, but I think a suit would look out of place (?). Maybe not.

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* rl Edna is my rl wife of almost 19 years now.

Note to self: create Sound of Music related post for some of the partygoers.

 

Yd Island Again, 03 January 27, 2010

Filed under: Galleries, Other,Yd Island — baker Blinker @ 7:19 am

Revisiting the Land of What-If in Glocker, a little below the Micro-Hole in the same sim. 8 rocks again surrounding a portal at the very center of this 1/4th sim sized parcel… hmmmm.

And at the southeast corner of parcel Blochs finds this spherical diamond that wasn’t there in December when he also passed through this very spot.

Revisiting land owned by artist Weston Graves beside the Land of What-If. The whole garden spot (called “A Picture Garden” in the land’s description) is surrounded by these spherical bushes of unnamed species. More spheres.

Some of Weston’s excellent artwork, most set up between 2 pillars of small “Roman Ruins” scattered about the garden.

Baker then teleports to Weston Graves’ other gallery in Rossyln on Sansara, found in his profile picks. The industrial style structure impresses him…

… and he is happy to find that it is offered as a freebie, which he immediately takes advantage of, setting up one for himself on the Villeneuve property and slightly modifing it to fit a square 1024 parcel. He now has plans for this structure (see above!).

 

Big Sink, Center January 25, 2010

Filed under: Big Sink,Galleries, Other,Sunklands — baker Blinker @ 10:53 am

In hiking around the new neighborhood, waltzed into a mall area in the northwest corner of Kakapo (sim immediately east of Pudding Hill) to find a small gallery run by the avatar who created the sculpture rotating just across the street from my Victorian house: sambroxton String, or, here, just Sam Broxton. Now as I’m checking today, I’m seeing that Sam Broxton is a RL name for this virtual artist:

http://www.ultramodernart.co.uk/

Now I haven’t mentioned it before in this blog I don’t think, but the Broxton sculpture across the road from me is on land owned by Debi Dastardly, who also created a large farm just up the hill. In checking, it looks like Debi owns maybe 1/2 of the sim of Busby; Broxton’s sculpture lies near the northeast corner of this sim.

There’s also a bit more forest on the slopes of north Busby, also owned by Ms. Dastardly. Some abandoned structures of Craggen Maw are to the right here.

View of Broxton sculpture and Sunklands Central, once again. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this either, but the small pine forest in front of my house is actually in yet another sim, Brouwer (remembering that my Victorian house is located close to the meeting of 4 sims: Brouwer, Pudding Hill, Craggen Maw, and Busby), and owned by Mjolnir Uriza, proprietor of the Hammer of the Gods jewelry store also in Brouwer.

“Strange that I haven’t noticed this cigar shaped amorphous object right in front of my house before,” Baker Bloch thinks. Well, I think this through Baker Bloch. I mean, I must have looked past it a dozen times. Also owned by Ms. Uriza. Hidden meaning?

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In accidentally falling out of the Edwardston Station Gallery due to lag one night, I landed on the ground closer to the east edge of my sim, and decided to investigate some buildings over in that direction that I hadn’t taken a close look at before. Well, one turned out to be a new, multi-story gallery by none other than Sambroxton String, and in the same sim as my galleries (!) I was quite excited by this, and decided to take a couple more pictures of his art within. It’s not quite open yet, and I suppose this is the reason he’s banning access to the structure.

The top of Broxton’s Pudding Hill gallery-in-progress in relation to my 2 Pudding Hill skybox galleries; a duplicate of his sculpture just in front of my Sunklands Central Victorian house is positioned exactly between the two.

 

Nice to have cool neighbors… January 23, 2010

Filed under: Big Sink,Galleries, Other,Sunklands — baker Blinker @ 2:20 am

Interesting art in Tryad Mesmeriser’s gallery right next door to my Edwardston Station Gallery plot. Unfortunately it looks like, as of today, Mr. Mesmeriser has decided to downsize in Pudding Hill, with much of his art work deleted from the sim. I attempted to encourage him to stay via inworld im, and he replied that it may come down to a decision between this place and one in Foxglove on the Sansara continent. So it’s good to know he’s at least not leaving SL, even if he may be leaving me alone soon as the only registered gallery in the sim. But perhaps not for long (see this post above).

Inspired by Tyrad’s art, I decided to take another look at the knetic sculpture on the other side of Route 10 from my Sunklands Central parcel by Sambroxton String. I appreciated it even more in this reappraisal; the textures are quite, um, mesmerizing.

And then in exploring the neighbor’s land to the west, found the giant complex seemingly taking up the whole of Craggen Maw to be deserted — more abandoned land, perhaps because of the result of adult content once more, although it doesn’t say it in the land’s description this time. Owner is — was — a group called Swiss Second Life Bank. Yeah, sounds like a good cover for a porn operation, hehe. Just joking, SSLB. Anyway, although I think the place is *way* too big and, if I remember correctly from before, banned people from passing through without a pass, I must admit that some of the techo-rave stuff is cool. I also kind of like the red/green/blue triangle based pyramid pictured below, with a gold plated top seemingly. Looks like a giant swimming pool inside the transparent dome.

The techo-rave interior of the main building on the abandoned land. Called the CC Club — unsure about the relationship with SWISS Second Life Bank group that actually owned the land. Well, something to study up on later; will be returning for sure, since it’s right next door to my Sunklands Central parcel in Pudding Hill. My parcel borders their old land on 2 of its 4 sides.

Animated dance floor. Very hypnotic! Can you move Baker Blinker? Do you need assistance in prying your eyes away from the patterns? hehe.

54 prim Metropolis type woman on the top of the building.

Then later that night it was on to “visit” another neighbor, one in Pudding Hill this time and right next door, once more, to the Edwardston Station Gallery. This is a music joint called the Pudding Club, appropriately enough, owned by the members of the RL band called UK Heights, based out of Petersfield, UK. Inworld they call themselves SL Heights. I’ve actually mentioned them already in this blog, in a post from last October when I first probed the Pudding Hill sim. From the number of little green dots on my SL map, I knew that a concert was taking place in the Pudding Club next door (I had just returned from Craggen Maw, I believe), and decided to just go over and take in a few songs. Listened to some very nice cover songs and original songs in the progressive rock view — can’t remember the name of the artist offhand, but it wasn’t UK Heights themselves (sorry: SL Heights). But I certainly plan to go back, and hopefully a gig will be happening this weekend as well. Plan to download UK Heights’ latest album, with an ambient/trance bend, as well. Maybe down some more of that free champagne Morty was handing out Friday night as well. 🙂

Here’s to trees (clink)!

 

Healy, Jeogeot, Yd Island, Nascera… January 13, 2010

Filed under: Jeogeot Continent,Kelly Yap Gallery,Nascera Continent,Yd Island — baker Blinker @ 10:50 am

My old digs in Healy. A stream of molten lava now flows right through the place where my Something To CHRO About gallery use to sit. Did the lava destroy the gallery structure?

Ornaglyph Gallery in Yapland and its new black and white look. Here’s Mindy’s flickr site.

Looking up the front (schwa) side of Big E. Is the Big E Gallery destined to be dismantled soon now that I have the Pudding Hill gallery property? Might be.

Nighttime view down into the Otaki Gorge sink and Peter’s Mound. Doesn’t really get old.

Then it’s back to Nascera once more to take another look at the central Elderglen sim.

The Elderglen transporter through colorful mushrooms (east).

Then some kind of musical performance stage looking south from the same position. Might have more to say about that space soon as well.

Ritual objects at the “9th” stone of the Billfork “transporter” in Villeneuve. Pretty sure now that the very similar Elderglen and Villeneuve octagonal set-ups are directly linked, somehow.

View toward Rabbit Head in Ratzenberger from the 8 sided tower just to the north of the transporter, as we’re calling it here.

Baker pondering meanings, once more.

 

Loose Thoughts… October 28, 2009

Filed under: Jeogeot Chilbo,Kelly Yap Gallery — baker Blinker @ 9:46 am

Attempted a switch of themes for this blog, and after activating several decided to stick with the current one (Rounded). My main complaint still about this theme is that there’s a gap between the header and the main body of texts/links. But the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Coming in a fairly close second were, let’s see, Inove and, maybe especially Silver is the New Black. See how the head and body are much closer in these 2 examples? (note: you have to be logged into WordPress to see the examples).

Chilbo:
I am now an official resident of Chilbo. Not sure what that entails, except that I filled out Chilbo Community Land Use Application and also, I *think*, a Chilbo Community Building Project Membership Application. Have to double check on that last one, because I had to fill out 2 versions of the first, I know, for various reasons all of my own fault, basically. More overall SL issues. I have been welcomed by the founder herself, a great honor. Always nice to have an active leader.

Early on in my experiences, I will give some very preliminary insights: I don’t think I could have been a member of the Chilbo group and Yapland group at once, since both create a lot of notecards. Both have active leadership, if you will. Yapland is very art oriented, although Kelly collaborated with a number of other SL organizations such as Bookstacks — there was actually a lot going on there that I let pass me by, being the introvert I am and avoiding crowds whenever possible. And the same would apply to Chilbo, *except* Chilbo is a much more diverse and larger community than Yapland, although it has a strong art component as well. However, if you look at the overall *mainland* sections of the SL Art Galleries Map (each gallery is located through a kiosk provided free by Sasun Steinbeck’s marvelous system) you’ll see the unique nature of both. There are simply not many diverse clusters of art galleries in these locations, with Chilbo and Yapland representing two of the largest, if not the *two largest*. But Chilbo is perhaps a much better fit for me because of all the other things going on there. The Chilbo Road Press acts as an excellent information portal to the community, and provides me, as well, with a type of window to the “outside inner” world. In other words, it keeps me from being totally enclosed in my own mythology, although I want that development to always take priority over shared projects. Just a personal preference — I have a lot of things going on both up front, blog-wise, and also behind the scenes. I think Chilbo may act, then — again for me — as a collective eye drawn to the attention of this and that, which I follow. I believe I respect the basic ideas of Chilbo enough, centered by that strong and active leadership I already mentioned, to trust that this eye is turning in profitable and valuable directions for me as well. I want to share this vision, in other words. Now how active I can be with hands on, virtually speaking, community building within Chilbo itself, the actual town, I’m much more uncertain about. Probably not a lot; my center in that respect is Sunklands presently.

I don’t want to give up renting to become a premium member again either; it seems to me, according to my calculations, that you have to really own at *least* 8192 square meters, a full 1/8th of a sim, for the Linden tier fee system to clearly become more advantageous than renting from the now many excellent and established rental businesses in SL. I’ve dealt with a number of ’em now, with no problem in the least. No land yanked out from under me in the middle of the night. As many people/avatars have correctly pointed out, we’re renting from Linden Labs through their tier system. Actually, the most problems I’ve encountered in “renting” have been from the larger estates such as Azure Islands and Otherland, perhaps queerly. But if you rent on the mainland through established companies, then you should have no problem. The basic (mainland) infrastructure should remain intact — I’ve heard stories to the contrary but I haven’t seen them acted out in person. Estates? Different story, unfortunately, although I think old version Azure Islands and, perhaps especially, the original version of Otherland (which largely remains intact despite a change of ownership, surprisingly) provided the best foundation for what a virtual reality such as Second Life *should* look like, ideally. Mainland, in comparison, is quite a mess, especially outside the oldest regions and even within. The double prim 1024 parcel basis of Nautilus City is, in essence, the idea of homestead regions turned inside out, which I don’t think works at all. The Nautilus City concept, I mean — homesteads are much closer, to me again, to an ideal virtual reality, which needs *space*, dammit (!) between structures. Castles, you know, are fine, unless they, say, take up a whole damn 4096 or 8192 or larger parcel. A lot of this is LL’s fault, of course, and I know much of it is out of their hands now. Much of it, though, is the fault of premium members who don’t understand the concept of, er, (say) *skyboxes*. 🙂 And I’m guilty as well — look at my Rubi builds in the archives of this blog. There’s a balance of SL as a place of experimentation — parcels as simply sandboxes, in essence, and the balance of aesthetics in relation to surrounding parcels. In my defense, I’ve always tried to create a park-like setting for my sometimes semi-monstrous builds. I’ve never really been bashful about planting trees, bushes, and doing a bit of landscaping at least around the edges. And I think my Aotearoa parcel looks pretty good because of the practice — this has been reinforced by my travels around Big Sink recently, especially the western side.

And this brings me back to Chilbo. Despite being a mainland establishment, Chilbo is a very *aesthetically pleasing* place to visit. It seems very well designed, even though the development is mainly organic and not planned (if I’m understanding the history correctly). Each time I visit the town through one of my avatars, I see something new. Despite being only 2 sims, in essence (although it is spreading out, slowly, into neighboring sims to these two oldest as well), there’s a lot to take in — I haven’t figured out how everything is laid out yet, which is a good thing. It means the development is fractal and complex, and seems to speak to the organic nature, again.

I better end this for tonight… more to say about Chilbo soon! Hard to speak about the possible negatives in the light I’m casting it, but maybe I can eventually touch upon, with more community experience, how Chilbo might improve in time, or develop.

And, yes, there is an SL before *this* SL — mythology has not been forgotten in the least. Karoz is right about this. Chilbol is probably just as real as Chilbo. It represents paths less taken, or paths more taken; some of this can be traced back to the founding of the community. But for now, for me, and perhaps for Karoz through me, the focus must be on *present* Chilbo. The role of Chilbo in Second Life and virtual reality in general is itself coming into sharper focus through its anticipated participation in the LL Communiy Partnership Proposal. Virtually speaking, this is damn important stuff, and will speak largely, I believe, to the continued success of SL itself. Can there be a meaningful dialog in this manner between Chilbo and LL, and between other communities and LL? I’m certainly biased, but I also can’t help but think that Chilbo has more to offer than the great majority of “internal” communities to the larger, overarching SL community, because of its more open nature and also the evolution from a mainland backdrop, to name two obvious advantages that spring to mind.

I’ll provide more links and thoughts soon.

 

More Roamings, Misc. Stuff… May 7, 2009

The SL inspired abstract work of Bau Ur , who I met upon my first visit to Yapland. Very beautiful and moving. This is from Twilight’s Peace; her paintings are also found at the Palais du Gouverneur, Bourbon

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Wilsonia was pleasantly surprised to find that the waterfall next to the Okinu sim was still there, with the inclusive parcel now providing a free inner tube ride that propels one over the end of a conveyer belt and directly into the waters of the Okinu sim some 30 meters below. Wilsonia quite enjoyed the ride!

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Then she had to jump off at a certain point and take a gander at the glyphs she knew would confront her when reaching the bottom. Hmmmm… this one has an interesting sawtooth shaped jag to it.

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Then it’s on to the Linden Memorial Island with Baker Bloch once again. I neglected to advertise in this blog that the island is now open to the public (!). More info can be found in this post from the official SL blog.

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The same night, I believe, Baker Bloch visits some old stomping grounds in the Cecropia sim, namely the very green pool of water called the Grief Containment Pond, complete with a pipe that heads all the way south to ANWR. You can find out more about the latter here. Like ANWR, the Griefer Containment Pond is also listed as a Point of Interest for the Atoll Continent (Heterocera), but, as yet, doesn’t have any text on its particular page.

Anyway, back to Baker Bloch’s personal experiences with the pipeline that connects the two. Well, it does and it doesn’t. I’m pretty sure that Baker Bloch has walked in this pipe before, and I know Baker Blinker has. Before today, the Bakers were able to walk maybe a third of the way south toward ANWR before reaching a dead end. This day, Baker got stuck almost at the beginning. I’ll have to remember to send in the shorter Hucka Doobie to see how far he can now go. But at any rate, it seems that the pipe is narrowing, at least in places. More Sansara-Heterocera strangeness?

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I don’t usually like to jump ahead of fellow explorers to areas they’ve advertised they wish to explore in the near future, especially to take pictures. But I did make this one exception. I’m sure fellow Sansara trekker Nish’s snapshots of the Fuchsia sim will be much nicer than mine, and the accompanying text will be much more journalistic.* However, I was struck by a *slight but perhaps still distinct* resemblance between this oddly shaped Linden created rook (chess rook, that is) structure near the western edge (left side of photo below) and my Darkside’s Temple of the Moon. I’m pretty sure I’ve been to Fuschia before, but I don’t remember this object at all, nor the forest that covers the much of the western part of the sim next to it. Hopefully Nish’s promised blog post concerning the sim will provide more light on this “mystery”.

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Maybe it’s just the same combination of looking up through a crack in gray matter toward a blue sky. More research needed, perhaps.

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Then it’s on to the “Something to CHRO About” gallery in Healy, but not with Baker Bloch this time, nor any of the familar, extended family. No, this is someone different: it’s the highly anticipated snapshot debut of *Karoz* that Hucka D. and I have been chatting about recently. As you can see, he’s very green. More on him later. Hucka D. has said several times that Baker Bloch and Karoz will be best of buddies in SL.

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“Hey, I have pink hair now!” (Great… another comic in the lair.)

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Moving on yet again, this time to Nova Albion, although I don’t think Edward Manray will be able to help me much with my examination of Sansara continent mysteries (thanks anyway for the im, Edward!), I decided on a whim to visit his office in a Grignano brownstone apt. building. There I spotted this prettily framed photograph hanging beside the front door. Judging by the appearance, this must be an ancestor of Edward Manray himself — is this gentleman, in a kneeling position, perhaps proposing to the queerly expressioned woman in the photo? Why is she looking directly at the photographer with such an expression? Luv to know the story.

On second thought, maybe Mr. Manray can help me out in some way. After all, I do know that Myst may be involved.

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* Yes, indeed! Read here.