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What I sort of have… (outside Noru) July 3, 2011

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Air Arcadia September 29, 2010

Filed under: Pond District,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 8:05 am

Not necessarily flying per se, but kind of curious, don’t you think, finding Arcadia’s arcade *floating* above Ratcliff in the middle of the night, EST, after I wrote about just such a “flying vehicle” being in this city here:

https://bakerblinker.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/blue-feather-01/

and here:

https://bakerblinker.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/loose-thoughts-29/

Mickey’s Market mentioned therein is to the right below. Just look for the mouse ears. (or rat ears?)

I must think more about the possible sealing off of the Pond District’s heart from the sea surrounding Heterocera.

Oh, well I suppose I should mention this here. Nah, better not. OK, I will. Very near the arcade, just happen to… no, let’s leave it.

Below is the dry channel that should logically contain a stream draining from the Sesia and Tethea lakes (north) into the ocean (south).

 

Sloshing in Slosser September 22, 2010

Filed under: Pond District,Slosser — baker Blinker @ 7:03 am

Gotta get a name for this small, inland lake which I just probably tripled in size. Can’t wait for it to show up on the terrian view of inworld maps. Much leafy cover within, and also a good amount of small fish, including some angelfish. No fishing allowed, though. Just tubing as legal recreation.

But what fun with only that one option!

I didn’t really plan it like this, but turns out my new Slosser parcel is a sort of twin to a near neighbor, whose land and similar Linden pool of water has already been described in this blog here. Mine is to the left, and dominated by palms. The neighbor’s smaller pool, just visible in the photo to the right, similarly lies within a dense grove of trees, but cypresses in that case, and with a considerably larger and also nicer house on the land, just to the north of their particular pool as well.*

Baker Bloch sits on Mt. Pond in the Tethea sim and considers restarting an investigation of the Pond District he’s perched near the heart of. Could Slosser also be considered a part of this district now, even though it is a considerable number of sims to the southeast? Should the concept of a Pond District be expanded to include all higher water level sims indicated on this map from June?

*****

* 09/22/10 update: Now the relationship has shown up on the terrain maps (!) I call the 2 official Linden pools under discussion, lyrically enough, Ourin and Yurin. Again, mine (Ourin) is to the left.

 

Ratcliff & Bracket/Comma Islands: Another Link? (Another Link!) June 20, 2010

“Hi Hucka D. We must get cracking tonight.”

Hucka D.:

Thank you for inviting me back. I see you found the intimate relationship between Magicland and Ratcliff. They are one!

bb:

Amazing. In this post from June 12th, I put forth the new theory that the hole of Ratcliff was centered on Mickey’s Market instead of the middle of the back alley behind the central group of stores. I just used the little collage made the night before (6/11), superimposing Ratcliff with a massive sinkhole just formed in Guatemala City, to determine this — art/pictures influencing theory again.

But it was only when I returned from our vacation in West Virginia yesterday that I understood the Mickey Mouse head shape of the front of *Mickey’s* Market, after all. The same shape is found at the entrance to Magicland in Bracket, purposeful Mickey Mouse in that case.

Soooo… what’s up with this, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

What do you think?

bb:

I think there was a hole at Magicland as well, and that the two holes are really one hole.

Hucka D.:

That is right. Ratcliff was there as well. Or Ratcliff and Magicland at once. They are opposites combined into one. Like dissimilar tiles. The hole linked, the hole made each realize the presence of the opposite. This was a reaction to the wedding between the King of the Stans and the Brackage Queen as well. The hole was formed… Ratcliff and Magicland coexisted in the same psycho-physical space in Bracket/Sesia. More parallels can be found. Scout around each location!

bb:

I have a feeling if Bracket Jupiter kept hanging around Magicland, as he did tonight (he chatted a bit with a user playing the genie from Disney’s Alladin movie — see below), that he might get banned from the premises.

Hucka D.:

We’ll see!

bb:

What is the purpose of this hole?

Hucka D.:

To create a collage of opposites that can’t possibly be in Second Life, so a hole is created to First Life.

bb:

Within Magicland, I am in enemy territory, as they say.

Hucka D.:

Not any more than in Ratcliff[, though]. We must shift to the waters to the south of the Queen’s Island. (pause)

bb:

I suppose you want more of my own theories.

Hucka D.:

Give it a shot.

bb:

OK, I think there was a segment of the Queen’s people, the Brackage, that didn’t want the marriage between the Queen and King of the Stans to take place — which we now know opened the Bracket/Sesia hole.

Hucka D.:

We’re going to be talking quite a bit more about that hole. But continue…

bb:

The seas harbored the resistance movement to this union, which wanted the Brackage to stay separate from the Stans [still]. Mermen were involved; a bunker was found. And then, another really quirky twist, statues of the Queen were found in this sea, the most intact one immediately below the Fivepenny sim. Hold on…

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Houltbergen/168/135/5

I’ve included the SL map with the picture of the Queen’s statue. This is the same image used to represent the Queen in Wiltshire County, England, Hucka D. She appears there, for instance, in a collage made for this post from March, when The Bakers (Baker Blinker, Hucka Doobie, and Baker Bloch?) first discover the King and Queen’s whereabouts in this English county (Temple Farm). I didn’t know about this statue just off the southern shore when I also assigned the northern and western of the 2 Comma Islands to this same Queen’s reign. You were there, after all, in your bee avatar form.

Hucka D.:

Do not mistake this: I am still there (!).

bb:

At Temple Farm.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Both Baker Blinker and I are still in England, guests of the King and Queen. This same Queen and King.

bb:

Hmmmm… but it seems too coincidental that ujiyasu and I would both be attracted to that Fivepenny Hill and both hike up the hill to look around at the landscape.

Hucka D.:

Yes.

bb:

And there always seems to be a crowd of avatars around that hill, Hucka D. You can see all the little green dots [representing avatars] in that map just above. For the reader or readers, the Fivepenny Hill itself is represented by a gray, shaded part of the sim [in its southeast corner]. I take a picture of it here for this blog, and ujiyasu has it here.* Is Fivepenny Hill some kind of center for the resistance movement against the King + Queen union?

Hucka D.:

Yes. And still is [in ways].

bb:

Hmmm… and then the Queen’s intact statue only about 200-250 meters away in the Houltbergen water sim [marked by the yellow circle on the same map]. Looks like she’s staring not at Fivepenny Hill, though — which might be just *too* weird, after all — but directly perpendicular to this, at right angles to it, I mean.

Hucka D.:

The statue was turned away from the Fivepenny Hill at a certain point in the Comma Islands saga you are re-developing. This was to help break the resistance movement; a symbol of its bracking. Breaking, I meant. Instead it was turned to point to Corsica Prime.

*****

bb:

War never took place, you said. Between the 2 Comma Islands.

Hucka D.:

No. The King and Queen made sure of that. Or Queen and King. Instead a hole was formed. The Hole. Good work uncovering!

bb:

The Linden grid then passed through the Comma Islands safely to cover the rest of the Cosica continent. Much like ujiyasu is blanketing the continent presently from west to east in her [blog] journal. Fascinating.

Hucka D.:

Your Japanese friend is the Queen as well [in ways], as is Nish Mip. Fellow explorers, with different styles all. You must remind ujiyasu of Sachie [Bade]’s old realm in what you call Egg Hill Sink, mostly in Orion’s Vale, though. Corisca Prime is still Pennsylvania. That was a result of the hole as well. All this fits together like perfectly made tile. It all tiles. It All Tile. Corisca is a bit different from other SL continents in that Real Life or First Life peeks through more easily there. That’s because it is newer than most.

bb:

Thank you. Dawn is bracking and I guess we should end.

Hucka D.:

Have a good Monday.

bb:

You too, Hucka D.

*****

* And, yeah, in the map shot ujiyasu took for her blog, there are still a number of avatars next to this hill (!)

 

Blue Feather, 01 June 12, 2010

Filed under: Pond District — baker Blinker @ 7:28 am

[joined in progress]

“Maybe the Blue Feather is actually the upper of the two connected lakes, Hucka D.”

Hucka D.:

That is a portal between virtual realities Second Life and Farmville. An escape for one and both.

bb:

But I suppose all that magical energy would seep down into the lower lake. Most of the land of the upper lake is for sale, including about all of that under the collaged-in blue feather. (pause) And another thing we should at least mention tonight is the hole, once more, in Ratcliff, or where it use to be. I think it was centered on Mickey’s Market now, but certainly it extended into the back alley behind The King’s old shop… supposed old shop [All White Horses].

Hucka D.:

It extended up to the grandfather clock in that alley, yes.

bb:

The Queen took The King to Second Life. Didn’t she.

Hucka D.:

Yes. She was the pilot. She knew her way around [there].

bb:

Their journey to Ratcliff actually caused the hole.

Hucka D.:

In part. They knew it would, however. They could predict it.

bb:

The good citizens of Ratcliff would have to agree that the hole should be made there.

Hucka D.:

They did. They do. They will.

bb:

Is it [also] a *rat* hole??

Hucka D.:

[Hucka D. doesn’t answer immediately, then:] A Map Rat.

*****

[later, pondering alone:] A Map Rat? Wonder what Hucka D. meant by that? It could have something to do with the 3d sim map that wouldn’t rez in, [found] along the shores of Lake Sesia [tonight]. Wonder how hard it would be to actually make Arcadia’s Arcade fly around? Could just pretend it’s flying… that might be better. Could wear the arcade… Could combine it, somehow, with Esbum’s Missing Piece — share [old] chair. Gang of Willard, I believe has something to do with the Map Rat. Legend will have it the Map Rat, perhaps controlled by Gang of Willard, created the Ratcliff Hole. Foreign One. *Mythos*.

Maybe the Queen just found the Arcade vehicle. In West Woods? Keep tabs on crop circle formations for clues. Sperm to egg? Think more of the shop All White Horses. I think Hucka D. wants me to start thinking more on my own feet. Get away from the computer a bit more from now on.

I [believe] Lake Sesia was sealed off from the sea surrounding the Heterocera continent for some reason. Something about the curse… so the curse wouldn’t spread. The stream to the ocean/sea was erased. A cap was created. The group that owns the Green Acres property did this, at least in part. Oliver did this… Adam. Once the lakes were sealed off, both connected Lake Tethea and Lake Sesia, then two Second Lives were formed in parallel with each other. This was the beginning (thus: Adam).

No other lake was sealed off from the ocean that once ran into the ocean. Lake Lhin is too far from the ocean — never connected, and no possible way to do so. But there are mysteries to that place as well, perhaps connected mostly to the oddities of the Natota sim whose southwest corner lies within the lake.

Hucka D. is not going to tell me about this sealing — I can tell.

*****

Hucka D.:

Nah, I’ll talk about it. Good evening to you. Not good night, because that would be like saying goodbye. Queer language, this English.

bb:

Thanks for showing up [again].

Hucka D.;

The hole formed (long pause).

bb:

Suppose that’s it. I believe, or I’m getting insights, that the hole formed to seal off the Pond District from the rest of Second Life, at least for a time. Adjustments were made, and then the Pond District rejoined.

Hucka D.:

It never did.

bb:

There you are again.

Hucka D.:

We must call in some experts. Hold on…

Peter the OK:

OK. I’m here.

bb:

Hi.

Peter the OK:

It was not OK.

bb:

How do you mean, Peter the OK?

Peter the OK:

It was not Good. (pause)

bb:

Second Life itself?

Peter The OK:

The King supervised. It was suppose to be different.

Peter The OK:

You couldn’t stare directly into it. You had to look sideways.

Peter The OK:

You had to spiral in.

Peter The OK:

Colors.

bb (quickly):

Colors?

Peter The OK:

TILE. VILE. Doesn’t matter.

bb:

Is this the end. The End?

Peter The OK:

Yes. Hints. Suggestions. Keep alert. We divert. We divert.

bb:

The Hole is still there. Isn’t it?

Peter The OK:

A way to go home.

bb:

I’m going to go to the temple to meditate.

*****

Remember: The King pays The Bill
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/montauk/esp_montauk_12.htm

 

Around Ratcliff, 02

Filed under: Heterocera continent (Atoll continent),Pond District — baker Blinker @ 7:15 am

What are called bots in a shop next to my Monema home near Ratcliff. You always see the cluster of green dots just west of my home on the SL map. That’s the bots, as it turns out. 4 are frozen in their tracks, while one (dark clothed, to right) is in a perpetual dance of some kind.

Back to more interesting stuff, here’s Baker pausing in front of Mickey’s Market, subsequently identified with the actual center of the Ratcliff Hole the King supposedly activated during his stay in the small city. See this more recent post for the close association of Ratcliff and this market with Bracket’s Magicland.

The unfinished part of the town to the south of the market and central inner courtyard.

I believe it is Hucka D.’s opinion that the Sesia-Tethea connected watershed use to empty into the ocean surrounding Heterocera at this protected strip of land in Andraca. For some reason, the stream emptying from Lake Sesia was removed at a point in the past, making both it and Lake Tethea which drains into it landbound. Was the removal of this stream the cause of the Ratcliff hole in the first place?

In this overhead shot, you can clearly see evidence of a former stream bed to the right. The south tip of Lake Sesia is to the left. It seems obvious that a stream draining from this lake was once in place here.

Baker finds a 3d map of the Sesia sim on the west bank of Lake Sesia. The model, interestingly, doesn’t seem quite finished, unless it’s taking a *real* long time for the sculpties to properly form.

A look down into the deepest part of Lake Sesia (30 meter depth) from the dock with the unfinished sim model.

 

Greater Pond District Water Levels June 11, 2010

Filed under: Heterocera continent (Atoll continent),Pond District,Rubi Forest — baker Blinker @ 6:56 pm

Karoz did quite a bit of teleporting around today to find the limits of a conjoined set of sims whose water levels go above the usual 20 meter level. Included in this are all but one of what I’ve identified as the Pond District sims proper (Or, Tethea, Achlya, Sesia, Pruni), with the exception being Monema.

Click to enlarge the map.

Also notable is that one of these sims with a higher-than-normal water level also has terraforming limits far exceeding the usual range of +4/-4 meters. This would be Notata, caddycorner to my home sim of Rubi.

Interesting as well, at least to me, that both of my current properties on the Heterocera continent (marked with pins on the map above) lie just outside this range of high water sims in Rubi and Monema.

 

Around Ratcliff

Filed under: Pond District,Temple of TILE — baker Blinker @ 7:47 am

Phase 1 of the Temple of TILE is probably complete.

But that will have to wait for another time, because Baker is set on exploring more of Ratcliff rather than hanging around Rubi tonight.

At the 2 northern entrances to the Sesia “mystery park” bordering my 512 in Menoma.

But Baker’s aim is the city itself, which he reaches in a matter of seconds after resisting the ever-lure of the park and passing between two buildings.

 

Loose Thoughts…

Filed under: Hucka D.,Pond District,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 6:57 am

I’m in a very good situation now as far as property and creative developments go, best in SL so far. But SL is so changeable: will the Blue Feather Gallery live on after the current exhibit? (which I’ll provide pictures for very soon — perhaps tomorrow??). I don’t think I’m leaving Rubi again, but who knows. Can’t see it; really and truly think I’ve found a virtual home this time. Did before — but gave it up. The new Rubi property is better, at least for current needs (home for both the Edwardston Station Gallery and the Temple of TILE). But will I keep both the Rubi and Noru land, or sacrifice Noru to purchase land elsewhere? I’m thinking the latter now. What of my relation to Chilbo? — I think this goes back to the Noru-Chilbo duality (and before that the Norum-Chilbol coupling). Is there more mythology on Jeogeot and Chilbo-Noru to continue my virtual base there? The focus, currently, is certainly away from Noru and in Rubi and the Pond District. But Hucka D. seemed to hint around that I can’t escape Jeogeot, and *that* is my true virtual home. Good to have one too many choices, I suppose, than one too few or none at all. Rubi is rock solid now, and the Temple of TILE is still developing although phase 1 seems to be complete. And I still have a considerable amount of prims to work with in Rubi… what to do there? Open up a newer, smaller version of the Blue Feather?

For now I just need to keep developing the Pond District mythology and then go from there. If Jeogeot becomes the focus again so be it. Read over blogs that highlight Heterocera, which are certainly more numerous than ones that go into depth about Jeogeot (despite the latter being a considerably larger continent).

I may be back.

*****

“I’m back.”

Hucka D.:

Hi. Did you find the hole?

bb:

I think so. Was it the grandfather clock?

Hucka D.:

Your Temple of TILE is almost complete. That is a hole?

bb:

Portal?

Hucka D.:

How do you like Ratcliff?

bb:

Very interesting indeed. Needs a bit more vegetation but that’s about my only complaint. So much more could be made with the natural lake.

Hucka D.:

Lake Sesia?

bb:

Yeah.

Hucka D.:

Like what?

bb:

A vast park. Like Pruni Park nearby.

Hucka D.:

You need to discuss that in the blog soon.

bb:

Right-o. Where’d Sapphire go?

Hucka D.:

You are focusing on Heterocera now and she is not needed.

bb:

So it’s just you and me.

Hucka D.:

For now…

bb:

What do *you* think of Ratcliff… and the Pond District?

Hucka D.:

TILE. TILE was and will be there. The microcosm. The King. Red and blue pills all. Oleanistantinople. Wavy formation in air and sea. Istilbitilloopil.

bb:

Hmm. (pause) What of the Queen? And how is Baker Blinker doing? *And*, exactly where is your bee avatar body located now?

Hucka D.:

They’re all at the temple still. Temple Farm, not Temple of TILE. But the 2 are connected.

bb:

Are we in the Matrix??

Hucka D.:

Well, duh.

bb:

Yeah, Second Life and all. Has to be a Matrix.

Hucka D.:

You can just get out easier. Log off and all.

bb:

You said Nathaneil came to Ratcliff but turned into Natalee in the process. Connected to a Blue Feather curse.

Hucka D.:

What to do with the Blue Feather Gallery? Too nice to give up. Only 15 dollars more a month.

bb:

For them, I suppose, the Matrix is real life, not Second Life.

Hucka D.:

They were trapped… they couldn’t get back [to Real Life].

bb:

He *bought* the Barracuda, an inverted Arab I suppose, from the Gypsies of The Moon.

Hucka D.;

For a specific purpose: to get back. Home.

bb:

It’s not Arcadia Asylum’s cargo ship — that’s just more a symbol. It was that other ship, the ship that didn’t look much like a ship I found in the Eunhaeng wastelands.

Hucka D.

That was it (!)

bb:

By Arcadia, then, but not the ship… but the *real* ship.

Hucka D.:

It was in the back alley behind The King’s store.

bb:

“All White Horses,” you mean.

Hucka D.:

It was a dimension hopper. Time travel was possible. Down the Rabbit Hole.

bb;

A bug in the system. Ratcliff, the people there, were able to burrow deep into the ground for that reason. Like the Rabbit Hole of Blackmount, only much larger.

Hucka D.:

The ship then was able to enter the hole. It went all the way to China. In a manner of speaking.

bb:

It was a Linden experiment.

Hucka D.:

A bug. The Ancients, not the Lindens, controlled.

bb:

The King!

Hucka D.:

Yes. He controlled. The entrance [anyway].

bb;

Very interesting! But I have a feeling…

Hucka D. (completing bb’s thoughts):

Yes, it was in the way. White’s Bike store was especially annoyed. Took up most of the rear court. Others were more interested.

bb:

Maybe it’s the other way around. White’s Bikes was *too* interested.

Hucka D.:

Esbum’s Missing Piece, born in the Temple of TILE after all, the 37th tile beyond 36, is an early copy. Version, I mean.

bb:

We better end. We’ll take this up again soon!

Hucka D.:

Thank *you*.

 

“I wondered…”, 02 June 9, 2010

Filed under: Pond District,Uncategorized,Wiltshire (RL UK County) — baker Blinker @ 7:57 am

Sidetracked again, this time in the Pettins Pet Shop right next door to the empty store that might have represented The King’s shop. Upstairs: more rabbits. 🙂

But Baker Bloch was soon inside the vacant shop next door, taking close account. No evidence left behind by any former occupants that he can tell of.

Baker exits the empty store through the back door located upstairs to check out the back alley, which Hucka D. has indicated was actually the real hub of the town, located in its very center as it were.

Baker wonders if there might be some kind of quote unquote rivalry of some magnitude between this motorcycle shop called White’s Bikes and The King’s similarly named shop (All White Horses) supposedly once just across the alley. I believe I’m picking up on what Hucka D. would say at this moment. 🙂 In other words, yes, there was some kind of rivalry.

Baker even wonders if The King’s shop was actually located next to White’s Bikes in this vacant store (I don’t think Hucka D. agrees with this).

Baker also visits this small park called Ratcliff Park, just to the north of the alleyway. Did this park play a role in the relationship between The King and other, theoretical Ratcliff neighbors as well?

A clock in the alley which, when touched, gives you an, “rusted carrot-shaped grandfather clock weight,” and a message reading, “Old Broken-Down Clock with Carrot Motif: Upon examining the old grandfather clock with the strange carrot-shaped weights, you notice that the heaviest of the weights is resting at the foot of the clock. You pick it up, and realize how much it would hurt to throw at someone, and how easily it could break anything fragile.” Breakage of something fragile again, like the vase before in the mechanic’s shop. Connection?

Baker then “wears” the carrot-shaped weight, holding it in his left hand. He realizes he feels no weight, and becomes sad…

… but I cheer him up when pointing out the very next picture after the grandfather clock popping up in my Windows Folder Viewer, in circling back from last picture to first picture in this particular folder, is one of the newest Wiltshire crop circles whose various composite circles are suspiciously tilted in a similar manner, in this picture I just posted below, to those making up the broken clock and its face.*

Could *this* be evidence of The King’s presence in this alley and town? I think Hucka D. wants to inject an emphatic “*yes*” at this point (!)

*****

* More details on this particular, brand new crop circle are here.
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2010/liddingtoncastle/liddingtoncastle2010a.html