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Here And There December 3, 2011

Filed under: Lower Austra,Nautilus Continent,Ross Sea,Sansara continent,Snow Region — baker Blinker @ 8:32 am

TEXT SOON.

 

Wilsonia’s Sansara Roamings, 2 April 20, 2009

Filed under: Atlas Sea/Tethys Falls,Ross Sea,Sansara continent,Snow Region,Uli Sim — baker Blinker @ 9:23 am

I apologize ahead of time for the lack of many higher resolution snapshots beyond the smaller versions inserted directly into the posts, but Wilsonia’s SL camera was slighltly malfunctioning at the time. Here she is in the Uli sim now, another important checkpoint in the story of The Bakers and their extended family (which includes, of course, Wilsonia herself now). For it is here in Uli that Baker Bloch ascended from SL to RL at its central, volcanic island. More about that here as a refresher of sorts.

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Wilsonia also finds this interesting addition to the central pool of the volcanic island, still with its guardian dragon intact. It appears to be a door or portal of some sort that she is unable to open by touching. However, using the diable camera option she finds that no portal is guarded, as the pool ends just below the supposed door. A false portal, then.

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This night, Wilsonia also visits the Tethys waterfall region but is less impressed than Baker Bloch was upon exploring it originally, as recorded in this series of posts. She plans to revisit soon to see if her opinion is the same.

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Wilsonia also visits the Ross Falls on the border of Ross and Clarksdale, situated a couple of sims downstream from the Enceladus Falls quite near the Tethys Waterfall, and on a different branching of the same stream that splits in two just before each falls. A situation that most likely could only happen in SL.

To remind once more, the Ross Falls is where Baker Bloch was able to miraculously peer out of the computer screen and into RL, if only for a brief moment. At that time he was able — or “allowed”, in his own terms — to view what he theorized could very well be his RL father. More on that soon, perhaps.

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Wilsonia at the mouth of this same creek a bit west of the Ross Falls, with its interesting, mulit-hued bottomland that Baker Bloch also took note of. A long strip of green grassland separates the sand and granite sea floors at this particular position. Many hillocks in the area as well.

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On the same split stream, but further upstream now, just above the beginning of the Snow Region to the south where this stream can be said to have its source. The 20 meter waterfall pictured below lies on the border of Arlberg and Garmisch.

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Ross Sea Related Stuff… October 6, 2008

Filed under: Okinu Sim,Ross Sea — baker Blinker @ 9:04 am
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Knowing that the Ross Sea lies directly south of the Okinu sim, Baker Bloch decides to re-examine the latter, once again, after finding what could be The Arab in the former. He decides to walk the diagonal of the sim, just as he did in Rubi. He decides he needs to walk this diagonal a number of times, but on different days and probably different weeks and even months. But on this particular day, the first time (and, up till the time of the writing of this text, the only time) he walks the left-to-right diagonal, he finds this glyph that could represent the ship itself, with its protruding superstructure (??). Probably not, but, again, I’m just recording this find into the blog here to cover all bases, just in case…

Interesting that you can peak under the water just above the Ross Falls…

Baker Bloch comes across this gallery near the southeast corner of the Ross Sea, which displays some photos of the prehistoric stone circle in the Lake District called Castlerigg, one of the best known and most visited of these kind of circles in England. Thought I’d note this since several of collages in the galleries also depict a Lake District rock circle, albiet a much less known one called ______. However, originally I thought the circle I had put my collages was Castlerigg… they share some similar qualities. Anyway, moving on…

This is not *really* Ross Sea related but was found by Baker Bloch while teleporting to various places on the Sansara map that looked “interesting”. Does the creator of this ship know, by chance, about the Mmmmmm civilization, though? Is he attempting to make fun of one of their goodmobiles with this craft in some way Baker can’t quite grasp? One the reasons I ask what probably seems to be these nonsensical questions is that the skybox structure Baker Bloch found this craft in looks on the map like a giant *tile*. You can see it here… obvious, eh? (and of the same color as the front of the Temple of TILE).

So a logical question to follow is: does the owner also know something about the game/philosophy/religion of TILE? Is there another Tilest in Second Life besides the wife and I??*

* In checking after writing this text, found the land is owned by a group called Coloverde Park Association. I joined for $10. I will report other things about this as they come up.

 

Chattering… October 4, 2008

Filed under: Ross Sea — baker Blinker @ 10:02 am
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“Well Hucka D., did we find The Arab?”

Hucka D.:

Yo.

bb:

Can you tell us more about the find, then?

Hucka D.:

A ross is a ross is a ross. Diana. Wiz… ard. Cube. 3×3. Abomination.

bb:

Cool, we talk abstract tonight.

Hucka D.:

Free Ride, Frankenstein, Winters, Sunshine, Apples, Oranges.

bb:

What is the meaning of the Ross Hideout?

Hucka D.:

Storage. Finds.

bb:

Did Baker Bloch experience the 3rd dimension at Ross Falls? And is Ross Hideout technically under the falls?

Hucka D.:

Yes and yes. For now.

bb:

So the hideout is in the Ross sim.

Hucka D.:

For now. (pause) Find A-R-D.

bb:

Back of the cube?

(Hucka D. does not answer.)

bb:

Is SG Baker Bloch’s father? Or maybe son?

Hucka D.:

Yo.

bb:

Where’s Grassy? Still in Big Four?

Hucka D.:

He’s coming home now. He wants to check out this possible Arab find.

bb:

I think it might be from Corsica.

Hucka D.:

Look at the Abomination again. Mossman.

bb:

In that collage, no. 7 in the Yale series, the Abomination has the hand and sceptre of Mossman. They are melded in part.

Hucka D.:

There’s a Big Lot of ’em.

bb:

Oz tomorrow.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Big Day.

bb:

A-R-D? Death? Father? North to South America? Panama Canal? Forwards and backwards at once? MaN?

Hucka D.:

Go inworld now.

*****

“Hucka D., we think The Arab — if it is The Arab — is causing time/space distortions in the sea it’s in. The front seems like the back and visa versa. Rose/Ross.

Hucka D.:

It’s the Ross Sea. Diana. WIZ… ARD. Cube. Distortion, yes.

bb:

How do we stop it?

Hucka D.:

Find out what’s on The Arab, if it is The Arab, and then abandon ship.

bb:

Once the ship has been looted, then the sea will revert?

(Hucka D. does not answer.)

*****

“Wait Hucka D., it’s the tv (!) Baker Bloch found it broke, with the screen messed up. But that’s the tv he used to open the portal to the third dimension, somewhat like Homer Simpson before him. *That* caused the time/space distortion. And it happened at Ross Falls.

Hucka D.:

Stick a rose in it.

 

Then… Finding “The Arab”???

Filed under: Ross Sea — baker Blinker @ 3:52 am
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And this is it… the fabled Arab ship. Or so Baker Bloch theorized at the time of the discovery. It lies in the southwest central part of the Ross Sea, and was the first thing Blochs ran across in a quite large array of structures in the same area, and apparently belonging to the same land owner as well. Baker wonders how someone could get permission to build in a water sim usually owned by the good Governor Linden, but later realizes this may be a dangerous train of thought to follow.

But it was obviously the same ship as was in the top of the Temple of TILE just recently, one of the last objects added before its September demolition. Well, it’s almost the same, since this ship is larger by about 10 meters, and Baker Bloch didn’t have to almost crouch down to fit underneath the rooftops in the superstructure. It appears that the whole ship was merely stretched out a bit…

In looking a little closer at the two photos, it seems that the hull design is a little different as well, but it could be just the same texture(s) stretched in different ratios.

Baker Bloch understandably feels the need to check the ship out at great length. Unlike the ship in the temple, The Arab, as we’ll just keep calling it here, still contained some cargo on its deck, although the cargo area below the deck was empty. But Baker Bloch could find nothing inside the various crates through his scans.


Blochs then examines a mysterious brick structure positioned just south of The Arab, but finds little again.

The one thing he found there that day that may give a clue to the meaning of the ship, he feels, is an old tv with a busted screen, found in an otherwise vacant galley.

This large building with many mysterious objects also lies in the immediate vicinity of the ship. Baker Bloch wishes his little torch provided by the Lindens put out more light to drive back the shadows here!

Baker Bloch finds more incredible things in the same area, but became too tired to take more snapshots. Another day, he thinks. After a long night of exploration in the Ross Sea, he heads back to his hideout at the edge of the sea, deposits the broken tv in a dirt bank there, and then sits in his sci fi chair thinking about possible ramifications.

 

Ros*s* Hideaway, Then??

Filed under: Ross Sea,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 1:19 am
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I can’t remember if it is the same night that Baker Bloch returns to his Ross Sea hideout and manifests additional objects, but here you can see the main addition: a poster from the 1978 black musical The Wiz staring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, among others. He was prompted to upload this texture and fit it onto a prim in this hideout because of a map coincidence involving Ross that I won’t bore the reader with, except to say it seems to tie together Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in a synchronistic fashion. After then researching Diana Ross in wikipedia, Blochs realizes that besides being friends, the two also starred together in the heavily panned musical The Wiz.* Baker Bloch then became aware that his user, baker b., was heading to an Oz festival the very next day that was extremely near and dear to his heart; he’s been about 13 years straight now, with the wife along each and every time as well.

The more he thought of it, the more he realized the two were connected, especially when going to the festival and seeing only *one* African-American out of the 1000s of people sighted, who also happened to be playing the role of Cowardly Lion for park visitors. But the clincher came a little later: it turns out that the Cowardly Lion in The Wiz, also black (all roles in the movie belonged to African-Americans… this was *the* Black Oz movie), was *also named Ross*, although no kin to Diana Ross, who played Dorothy. Baker Bloch thought this really odd because he’d already named the sea this hideout was located on the edge of the Ross Sea for another reason, and that is the presence of an Amundsen sim as one of the 6 primary or whole water sims of this sea. The Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen, whom I would assume this sim is named after, began his South Pole expedition from a bay in the Ross Sea of Antarctica, and a sea also personally named after him is now located right next to Ross Sea (Amundsen Sea). Also I thought the name was appropriate since, like the Ross Sea of Antarctica, the Ross Sea of SL is (partially) snow/ice covered.

And Blochs also knew that the roses had something to do with this tangle of synchronicities; he’d already named it the Rose Hideout, but the name changed to Ross Hideout as little Ross related synchronicities quickly piled on top of each other to create one not-so-tiny complex of synchronicities. But the biggest surprise was perhaps yet to come: the possible discovery of a ship previously thought to be of only mythical proportion in this very SL sea.

* despite it being a critical and commercial flop, in 1980 Jackson calls his time working on The Wiz “my greatest experience so far…I’ll never forget that.”

 

Rose Hideout To Ross Falls

Filed under: Ross Sea,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 12:02 am
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Baker Bloch was surprised to find this underwater house or structure, with two simple rooms, awaiting him at the other end of the strait, and with full building permissions. Mind you he plans to delete them shortly but he couldn’t help rezzing a couple of objects for the ocassion. I suppose he’ll always be a bit of a hobo underneath it all.

Just a couple of objects, mind you, like a picture, originally from the Rose Hill series, which prompts him to manifest some roses as well. He then deletes the Rose Hill picture but decides to keep the roses around, which turns out to be kind of prophetic.

Then its on across the sea, where he shortly encounters the snow line diagonally cutting across the Ross Sea. About a third of the Ross Sea has such a snow/ice covered bottom.

Blochs was also very interested to find these Okinu- like geometric patterns near the upper (east) end of the diagonal, near the Ross sim. This is the only place on the ocean floor where Baker Bloch can recall seeing these types of patterns besides Okinu, *which*, he finds out later, just happens to lie directly north of the sim he’s walking in here (Biscay and Kara).

Then it’s on into the Ross sim itself to explore the water intake from that direction. Soon the water passage leads him to a large waterfall on the west edge of the sim which he appropriately dubs Ross Falls.

It is here that bb’s real life wife comes home and gives her husband the present of a toy avatar which is obviously either Baker Bloch’s father or son, or both. He, in fact *sees* it through the computer screen, which means he also sees into another, higher (third) dimension, if only briefly. That this interface happened at Ross Falls also seems important in retrospect.

 

OH MY GOD!!!!! October 3, 2008

Filed under: Ross Sea,Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 11:39 pm
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Somewhat like Homer Simpson before him, Baker Bloch discovers a portal to the third dimensional world, uncovering a startling revelation.

Definitely a Darth Vader-Luke Skywalker type moment!!!