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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.

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Exploring some sinks… October 30, 2010

Filed under: Big Sink,Lill Burn Valley,Otaki Gorge,Pietmond — baker Blinker @ 7:28 am

Baker Blinker dancing with some new Halloween friends at the Crow’s Foot. Quite a lot of fun, but perhaps she’s had a bit too much to drink (?)

Later that night, a sober Baker Bloch just starts running around the Otaki Gorge property aimlessly and soon ends up on nearby Route 10, heading to the heart of Big Sink and perhaps beyond. Old and familiar territory by now.

Q’s Glass ‘n’ Gas in Brouwer. Always nice to view and visit, and a bit of stability in an otherwise mostly changing landscape in Big Sink.

New diner near my old property in Pudding Hole Hill. I hope that’s a hot dog on top, and I also hope he’s sticking out his tongue for some reason and not the other thing that comes to mind. Won’t go there. But still unsure, if so, why the tongue is out (?)

Attempt to ride an abandoned ice cream truck along Route 10 in Wetas failed miserably for Baker Bloch. I think it was just a *bit* broke, since it kept trying to burrow underground and also never actually got on the road itself for any length of time.

Perhaps mysterious lights nearby.

Baker looking back on Big Sink as he exits to the west… really not a lot there any more.

But a welcome sight: in neighboring Lill Burn Valley it appears that a portion of the Felix Meritis monastery is being restored. I’ll definitely have to check back every now and then on progress made. Really cheap land for sale around part of the lip of that particular sink, but, no, Baker can’t go there.

He’s very happy still in his quirky, little Pietmond, with its houses intruded upon by rocks…

… and tree infested rooftop dining offering great views. “I think I’ll eat at the downtown bar over there tomorrow night,” he thinks contentedly as we leave him to his musings.

 

Updates… May 15, 2010

Interesting sunset pattern on the Yeot landscape.

Official moving sign at the Blue Feather Gallery, Noru. Just fyi, the black backgammon piece below represents the unchosen Aotearoa location for the gallery. It doesn’t repreent Chilbo-Noru, which would be more in the middle between the two pieces.

Note: The Monastery of Felix Meritis is now no more. Just a vacant sink remains; it will be missed.

Things to do in Yeot before the June opening:

I’ve basically solved the teleporter situation. Only three Mark IV teleporters remain on the property as opposed to about 7 yesterday. These are at the House of Truth (formerly Sapphire’s House, supposedly), the Blue Feather Gallery itself, and then the Edwardston Station Gallery on the newer 2176 parcel. From the House of Truth you also have the option to teleport to the “Old House”, the larger of the two Victorian houses on the property (presently empty), The “Hard To Get To” Gallery, and lastly the Lake Shack with the great view of Nascera’s Ol’ Granny wriggling about in the small body of water known as, among other things, Floaty Pool. But in the last 3 locations, you have to teleport back to the House of Truth to use the property teleporters to get to any other location. I also installed additional teleporters at the Blue Feather Gallery to more easily access the Tower of TILE (above the main level of the Blue Feather Gallery), and also the basement of the gallery which still contains my Wheeler-Jasper collage series, as it does in the Noru version.

Again, the Tower of TILE is the new addition to the Blue Feather Gallery, a new centerpiece of sorts since it can be seen from most of the skybox, above the trees and such. I haven’t decided what pictures should be within yet… probably either some of my own photos relating to TILE, or else Edna’s photos relating to same. I’ll have to think about that more.

I’ve lined up another guest artist for the Yeot version of the Blue Feather Gallery. My anticipation is that they will control the main level of the gallery again, just like Natsha and Loki still do in Noru. This would include, again, the 3 attached patios on this level.

I’ve also installed the Big E on the property, although I haven’t decided if it will be open to the public again, as it was in some other locations. Probably will be, though, with a link to the Sunklands exhibit in the Edwardston Station Gallery (“Down The Rabbit Hole”). Should be fun to set up.

1 more structure is at the skybox: a small gothic house, kind of a small castle actually. It remains empty, or, better, “in ruins”.

(INSERT PICTURE)

So here’s a list of the structures on the property presently. Forgot to mention the ground cottage on the 2176, called Cwirky’s Cottage — just made that up, though:

Blue Feather Gallery (including, now, the Tower of TILE) — sky
Edwardston Station Gallery — sky
Big E — sky
Small Gothic Castle (ruins) — sky
House of Truth — ground
The Hard To Get To Gallery — ground
Old House (presently empty) — ground
Cwirky’s Cottage — ground
Lake Shack — ground

This is opposed to just 3 structures at the Noru property, or the Blue Feather Gallery, the Edwardston Station Gallery, and the House of Truth. And this doesn’t include the additional landscaping elements! Oh, and the addition of the Tower of TILE onto the Blue Feather Gallery itself. I’ve been doing some work.

 

Lill Burn Valley, 02 May 8, 2010

Filed under: Lill Burn Valley,Second Sink,Sunklands — baker Blinker @ 2:55 am

TEXT SOON.

 

Lill Burn Valley, 01

Filed under: Lill Burn Valley,Sunklands — baker Blinker @ 2:48 am

TEXT SOON.

 

Busy… April 7, 2010

Busy week outdoors and also within Second Life, for a switch. New gallery built: New Blue Feather Gallery; new woods created; new house apart from the gallery established nearer center of Chilbo.

The Sunklands I knew even last year is slipping away in chunks… Slippermen all. The Felix Meritis Monastery is closing in May, after over 3 years of existence. Also, if that isn’t enough, Pine Tree Square (sometimes called X-ville in this blog) is also shutting down about the same time.

And on a much more minor note, in a general way, I’m apparently pulling completely out of Aotearoa in under 2 weeks (although not Pudding Hill/Big Sink).

But on the other hand I’m very pleased about my closer attachment to the Chilbo community now, after months and months of basically ignoring the place. It’s growing at quite a rate, judging by the expansion of patented Chilbo sidewalks on the SL map, especially to the north and west of the central area. I can’t wait to re-explore more of the changing landscape.

And I’m back in Noru (!). This is important because many of my old home sims have simply vanished in the past couple of months, primarily Gliese of Azure Islands, my first, true Second Life home, and then also — almost as painful — Stephen of the Otherland estate. As far as long term homes in the past, then, I’m down to Rubi and Noru, and there appears no way that I will return to Rubi — blocked from being there, it seems. So that gives a little background to why I’m happy to return to Noru, albeit in a different location. Before I was near the northwest corner of the sim; now I rent in the southwest corner, nearer Chilbo and now clearly within a part of Greater Chilbo, where I wasn’t really before. That expansion I was talking about above has, yes, crept even into the south of Noru, 2 sims above the Chilbo sim itself. Cool that I have created some older maps of Chilbo for this blog for comparison.

So the Blue Feather Gallery has been reestablished, albeit in smaller form. It’s about 1/2 the size of its former incarnation in Aotearoa, where it housed the entire 10×10 of 100 collages, and then a whole bunch of Edna’s photos on top of that. The new version only contains 40 of the 100 collages, focusing in on 2 newer collections: Oblong and Wheeler-Jasper. Some Edna photographs also return in the reborn gallery.

As I said, I’m also excited about the woods underneath the gallery, which covers about 9000 square meters I would assume. About 1/2 is owned/rented by myself, with the other half belonging to a neighbor who I won’t mention yet but who appears to be *older than dirt*. He was around in Beta Second Life — how exciting it must be to follow Second Life down through the years starting at before the beginning (!). His woods are naturally must cleaner than mine, although they contain the same type of Linden pine trees. I also know the neighbor to the south of me, just over the line in Mujigae (1 up from the Chilbo sim, then), but I haven’t spoken to him since my move — know him, interestingly, from other places. Then I’ve met a number of other fine residents of Chilbo. Great place indeed! I look forward to staying in the area for at least another couple of months. We’ll see what happens.

I also have re-created the Big E Gallery on part of my rental area that doesn’t overlap the space of the Blue Feather Gallery. But I haven’t worked on it much. Thinking even of an open house for the Blue Feather Gallery, but not sure about that yet.

In *Real Life*, spent much of the last 4 days hiking around TILE Creek, or “CREEK” in this blog. Explored from mouth (well, almost) to source, and feel like I have a really good base to talk more about toy avatars and the g/p/r of TILE as well. Should be able to create most if not all the needed text to accompany my photos of TILE Creek tomorrow and Friday.

We haven’t even talked about what’s happening with the King! “Let’s bring in Hucka D. for a quick chat, perhaps.”

Hucka D.:

Good night to you, baker b.

bb:

Hello Hucka D. We haven’t talked in a number of days.

Hucka D.:

You’ve been busy, per the title. Good for you.

bb:

Carrcass-4 is coming up soon, I assume. Not sure if I can stay in touch with [Cayce] during that time.

Hucka D.:

No.

bb:

The death of the saxaphone playing Lisa Simpson in the TILE Creek woods is sad, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

People make sacrifices for a greater good. Musical instruments are sometimes set aside. The dogs come and all is gone. Marty will take over now from Ms. Simpson as the leader of Jonesborough.

bb:

So this is the Sunklands Marty.

Hucka D.:

Yes. McCartney. Left handed bass player. He will continue leading the community. Carrcass-2 and Carrcass-3 are dead. They were already dead as they formed [tiled].

bb:

I was going to outline a white, chalk horse on the rock above where she is buried, Hucka D., but it didn’t seem to fit.

Hucka D.:

First half of life gone now. 50. Second Life begun anew. Blue Feather will lead. Marty is Blue Feather.

bb:

Marty and Blue Feather are 2 different toy avatars, though, Hucka D.

[Hucka D. does not answer.]

bb:

Very busy week all up and down TILE Creek, though. Bill Hill and King Bill was found (!)

Hucka D.:

Yes indeed. King of the Mmmmmm’s, or so he liked to think. He grew tired of the bickering between the Reds and Greenies. Tried to trick them into turning into each other through the Portal Tree. And then he built his hill by overturning *Third* Tree, which points directly to *Zero* Tree. He invited the Reds and Greenies to make peace on his hill. This would be even to the north of Meeting Rock, where the treaty truly took effect later on. Bill Hill is older than Meeting Rock, with not as much concentrated energy. It is the realm of King Bill and not much more, the fabled orange Mmmmmm. He usually talked through the Martin bug and stayed in the woods, around the mound instead. Good you saw the bug.

bb:

What took place on Meeting Rock, then?

Hucka D.:

A greater meeting: Mmmmmm’s, Mossmen, Human Toys, Quadrobeavs, and more. A great gathering. The 4th was incorporated into the 3. TILE was born.

bb:

So this is kind of a reversal of the Council of Nicea, where instead the 4th was cast out to reinforce the interlocking nature of the Trinity.

Hucka D.:

Wasn’t that just dumb in retrospect? Dumb males rejecting the female energy, the other side of themselves after all. Dumb and dumber.

bb:

A lot of people in this area would say otherwise, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Yes, and that’s why all these living avatars hide out in the woods and meadows away from main centers of human inhabitation. One day they will make their presence known, though.

*****

bb;

We should say good night.

Hucka D.:

Good night.

 

Riding W and S, 01 February 21, 2010

Filed under: Big Sink,Jeogeot Continent,Lill Burn Valley,Sunklands — baker Blinker @ 7:49 am

TEXT SOON.

 

To Blackmount, 01 February 13, 2010

Filed under: Big Sink,Carrcass+1,Lill Burn Valley,Sunklands — baker Blinker @ 9:36 am

Baker starts at the Edwardston Station Gallery in Pudding Hill and bikes north. Intended goal: Blackmount Sink. He doesn’t quite make it but he at least gets close.

Below shows view into Big Sink from near northwest corner of Pudding Hill. This would be looking down into the now empty lands of Craggen Maw.

Then not far away, in Wetas, Baker finds the Blue Rose Investigations team’s home base. Unfortunately the land is not accessible to such an advertised establishment, perhaps itself a blue rose mystery (!)

I couldn’t help but take a peak inside the Team BRI headquarters. More blue on their computer screen, but water instead of plant.

And we know from the Big Sink code* that blue rose is code itself for Blue Orchid by the White Stripes. In the song, the phrase “you took a white orchid and turned it blue” is repeated several times, including at the end where the song dramatically cuts off after the last “blue.”**

I’ll have to remember to ask Hucka D. about Team BRI, then.

And while in the area, Baker had to check on the “Wild Bills”, two steaming bullets named Bill found his Big Sink roamings about a month ago, I suppose. Still there, along with the perhaps mysterious green cone and accompanying pink pig surrounded by pink particle effects. Baker’s almost positive this tableau has something to do with Hucka D.’s repeated reference to The Bill in this blog.

Ahhh… as Karoz is checking behind Baker’s exploring from the other day, he’s finding that teleporting directly into the related parcel, “Leaves of Light,” brings him to a beautiful skybox cathedral. I promise to send Baker Bloch back here asap for more reporting!

Yet another establishment in Wetas, and another skybox. Since this is abandonded land accoring to the parcel description, Baker decides to head inside for a spell. Nice view, but not his style of hangout.

Standing on the pink pig…

… before leaving Wetas after crossing a 4096 parcel owned by the great Felix Meritis, owner of the Lill Burn Valley sink. In the Arrowtown sim now (below), Baker bikes beside an outlying structure of his vast monestary complex. That should be the subject of a whole ‘nother set of blog posts, really. Soon!

Lill Burn Valley from Arrowtown.

*****

* I’ll explain more about the Big Sink code soon in this blog.
** The related video, called the 13th scariest video of all time in a Yahoo! poll, can be found here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKntY8WkNYQ

 

Thoughts… November 13, 2009

Filed under: Big Sink,Hucka D.,Lill Burn Valley,Plant,Sternberg,Sunklands — baker Blinker @ 9:34 am

I’m going to talk a little by myself before bringing in others tonight. Much more exploring to do in SL, I feel… not done at all yet (!) Go back to the old Cabron/CUBUS area where Hucka D. claimed he grew up in, and where his father Kelley lived, which may be the same as Hucka D. (?) The cube is the bank. Am also reminded there is large banking area on west side of Big Sink… explore that more as well? But I think CUBUS is still a focus, especially since the Bill picture is still present beside the old Cabron lego-like site.

Want Baker Bloch to keep cycling as well, exploring X-ville and Y-borough below Sternberg, as well as Sternberg itself, perhaps the largest city on Jeogeot. Natural, I suppose, that Robert Plant Variant would have been attracted to going there, since it’s not at all far from his Nowtown where he grew up. Also explore more the Fyre Maven religion that he was a part of as a child. What about *his* parents?

And also explore more all the avenues possible through the Hammer of the Gods properties in Brouwer, the same area where he supposedly lived while in Big Sink during maturity. This is another trace of past through present, then (Hammer of the Gods being perhaps the best known biography about Led Zep, as well as a famous tribute band).

“It’s apparently not a very flattering book for Led Zeppelin, Mr. Plant.”

Plant:

No. Page really said it best in that article.

bb:

I wonder if it could be used for divination purposes. I know what you’re going to say…

Plant:

Use a better book.

bb:

Does the property represent a degeneration of the look and feel of the land during your days in Big Sink?

Plant:

Nothing against the Hammer of the Gods people in Big Sink, but: yes. They’re trying their best with more limited resources. The guy on the hill — Gas N’ Glass I believe — has brought back the truest picture from the past. In fact, he or she has made a direct conduit to this distant but better past through his efforts. There was/is a Brouwer water tower in both past and present now.

bb:

Going along with the idea that the past can be effected by the present as well as the more normal visa versa.

Plant:

Yes, explore that avenue further. Look at the jewelry.

bb:

Thank you. That it?

Plant:

You started.

bb:

How long did you stay in Sternberg before moving to Big Sink, Mr. Plant?

Plant:

I lived in X-ville. Not much money. Couldn’t afford Sternberg, especially after Page bailed on me. Book.

bb:

Where is the location of that Sternberg gallery you had me call once? It was the Blue Feather Gallery again.

Plant:

Well, duh, Sternberg (a reproving glance here).

bb:

Was it a gallery then?

Plant:

Museum. Ours.

bb:

Big Sink? The Initiative there?

Plant:

Think of those numbers. 1234567890.

bb:

Do you want me to call them tonight?

Plant:

Nah.

bb:

You said before you liked Y-borough less than X-ville.

Plant:

Well… X-ville was slummy but at least it had some character. Y-borough is worse than Crabwoo — current version. The old version was quite nice. Has Hucka D. told you about it?

bb:

Not sure.

Plant:

Then the good folks at Lill Burn Valley took me in. Already the value of the tube was being touted in Big Sink. They knew it could only be used for good or evil. (smiles)

bb:

But eventually you settled in at the basic area where Hammer of the Gods is now.

Plant:

Yeah. Not leaving yet.

bb:

And, um, you took care of the Joplin Tree there?

Plant:

Sort of. We took care of the sinks.

bb:

Was the Joplin tree there or… I know you’re going to answer it was both there and not there at once.

Plant:

Well… no. I’ll tell you.

bb:

It is in Chilbo still, a degenerative form.

Plant:

Yeah. True [enough].

bb:

I do know that Joplin is the thing missing from the front of the Rubi Temple of TILE now. Joplin ball, perhaps Joplin seed.

Plant:

Hucka D. says Newton 09 and Jasper 09 together show the way.

bb:

Should we look at those tonight?

Plant:

You look at them. Hucka D. may help later on. That’s more his ball o’ wax.

bb:

What of Winesap… Cashmere, Washington?

Plant:

*Very* interested in that. It counters the whole Hammer of the Gods fiasco. The book. Good book, [you see].

bb:

Is there anything buried underneath the Kashmir parcel in Crabwoo?

Plant:

No.

bb:

How about the center of the Chilbo sim?

Plant:

Well there’s the [Oracle] tree there.

bb:

Yes, that’s fairly close. (pause)

Plant:

I worked on Winesap while in Big Sink. Did Hucka D. not tell you that either?

bb:

No, I don’t recall.

Plant:

Page opened it to page 156 but he didn’t throw it in the river to make its way to the bottom of the ocean. It tells the story of how Big Sink is made. Center… Pudding Hole.

bb (baiting):

Where the Joplin tree was.

[Plant does not answer.]

Hucka D.:

Howdy.

bb:

Hi Hucka D. Plant’s gone for the night?

Hucka D.:

He had egg boiling duties. So you want to know more about the seed. Joplin. 156. Treemonisha. Newton and Jasper. 09 and 09. Number 9…

bb:

9th hole?

Hucka D.:

Front nine and back nine. Newton and Jasper. Yeah.

bb:

I’m not sure I’m ever going to know what was in the center of Big Sink, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

*You*.

bb:

I was in the center.

Hucka D.:

*In* the center. Now.

bb:

Is it 2:22 or 2/2?

[Hucka D. doesn’t answer.]

“Hucka D.?” (pause) “Plant?” (pause) Looks like me again. Maybe this is a repeating universe thing, like in the Groundhog Day movie. “Is Anybody In There”. But I think a whole town is in there. Petemond? Could be. Uniko… Unicode. “A town was sent” — what does that mean? What of the Bill or Bills? I need help breaking the cycle of karmic repeating. A town was sent.

(to be continued?)

 

Sunklands Map, Comments… October 16, 2009

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