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Star Back

*Those* things again, he thinks. How can they be this large?

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“Well Baker. Let’s go see your father and talk about getting married, hehe. Seriously, he’s probably sleeping off a binge behind some big rock. It’s Karoz all over again.” She shouts into the back. “Right Karoz?!”

Baker waits for a reply.

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Karoz is just shaking his head and staring. Spongeberg is totally gone man; Karoz sits in his seat.

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“Come back here Baker. You can bring Starbuccaneer with you but come back here. Sit with me.”

“Well Star. Shall we?”

“That’s not Karoz,” she replies, fear suddenly in her eyes. “I can feel it. Karoz is not here.”

“Of course he is,” Baker responds. “That’s Karoz Blogger, my old friend. You were *there* in Noru with us. He was president of Sam Parr State Collage. College I meant there.”

“Did you?” she replied. “Just like the old days, Baker Bloch. Always the jester. Until it’s too late.”

“Latte?”

“Come here Baker Bloch,” repeats Karoz, or who appears to be Karoz, Baker then thinks. Star looks straight ahead. “I can’t stop staring at him, Baker Bloch.”

“Let’s just go over and speak to him, even if he isn’t Karoz — maybe he’s still Spongeberg — and see what he wants to discuss. We can do that?”

“I’m not going over there,” Star says. “You go without me.” She disappears from view. Newton and Jasper move over from the counter to the top of the round display case, looking toward where she once was.

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“Jeez, are these things going to follow me around now wherever I go?” He turns to them. “Do you speak? Are. You. Animated?” But they were behind him now, sitting in the last booth.

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“Are you going to come back and talk to me or not?” Karoz implores. Baker goes and sits down. He stares toward the booth in question. Nothing there.

“You better find those little rascals and delete them before you forget about it again,” suggests Karoz. “I can wait. I bet you can’t even find it or them.”

“I’ll find them.” It took Baker a minute, however. “Gotcha. Back to the inventory.”

“How did they get on Castle Jack is the question you should be asking. That’s impossible. They couldn’t be there. They’re like expanding salt and pepper shakers. Hold on… I believe that may have been your line.” He rustles some papers underneath the table while examining them.

“Never mind, Karoz. Never mind whose line is whose. Let’s improvise. Let’s go off the script.”

“We can’t do that,” replied Karoz. “We’re always on [the] script. We can’t improvise because we are following a path and can’t stray into the woods, into the wild, to be eaten like moles or voles.”

“Yeah, what *is* the difference between the two? And, to point, why did Starbuccaneer think you weren’t Karoz? You’re acting pretty much like I anticipate Karoz acting.”

Karoz laughs. “Accing,” he says.

Baker Bloch remembers that he’s highlighted Newton and Jasper but hasn’t deleted them yet. They he realizes he’s highlighted 275 more prims behind them as well. He quickly unhighlights everything. “Jesus Karoz, I almost deleted half the town trying to get rid of those two!”

“You *must* be careful. They do that.”

“I’m going to go top down on ’em. Hold on…” Baker Bloch is finally able to isolate and delete the two bad boys.

“So to *my* point. Stay away from [delete name]. Stay away from Nautilus in general. Stay home. World reversed.”

“You know I can’t do that. Baker through me.”

“I know. I just wanted you to know that I told you so.”

World reversed is okay, though. Perfection. The perfect thing sought. Like the red violin, the golden sphere[ of Carrcass-5].” Baker Bloch then quotes from the synch. “What if the thing you most wanted, just comes.”

“Don’t do that,” requests Karoz. “No, we must talk about TILE. Tonight was okay, but tomorrow is another day[ as they say]. TILE makes us strong at home. Here in Collagesity. Gormthoog and BoB are in the past practically speaking. Honeymoon over. Blinks and I are back and ready to kick town ass.”

“So are you Karoz or not?”

“I just wanted to tell you that I’m not your enemy. I am in the past myself. I am gone man gone too. But here I am. Telling you these things. You must worship TILE. Everything must focus on TILE. TILE. Baker Blinker already knows this and is adjusting.”

“Karoz — whoever you are —”

“You know who I am.”

“I’m not staying away from Nautilus.”

And so it went.

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Star Black

Baker Bloch heads back over to Starbuccaneers to attempt to flirt again with Star herself, the namesake. Does she own the store? Did she buy his father’s house next door and turn it into not one but two bars, strange reflections of each other? What about the passageway behind the lower bar? It leads to blackness, like Star’s eyes turned black the other day. Baker Bloch went through, but he came out in the same town. It *appeared* like the same town. But Carrcassonnee said it would be different, somehow reversed. He has yet to figure it out what this means.

Baker Bloch has arrived. “Hi Star. Maybe we got off on the wrong foot the other day. I’d like to ask you on… a date. A date, Star. Can you animate yourself again, like you were in Collagesity Noru several years back? Hard to believe Collagesity itself is now close to 2 1/2 years old, eh? Star?”

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Baker then hears a conversation fade in from the back of the restaurant, like a dream coming into reality. He turns to see an animated Karoz talking to Spongeberg about something.

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He makes out words like dreamer and dancer and perpetual and world and Nautilus and box before Spongeberg seems to stop listening to Karoz rattle on and focuses his attention directly on Starbuccaneer. Or is he staring at *me*?

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When I turn back to Star again for more attempted flirting I find she’s become slightly invisible. As I stare she grows moreso, until about 50 percent of her is gone. The process appears to halt.

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“Do you want me to continue?” Spongeberg then says in my mind. “We need the prims. She’s a 7. We can get a whole dance pad in for a 7 spot.”

Spongeberg puts a series of images in my head.

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Baker sighs through me. “Take off her hat first,” he speaks back to Spongeberg with his own mind. “That’ll bring it down to 5.”

“That’s not enough. But okay.” The hat disappears. Starbuccaneer otherwise returns to ‘normal’. “Can I flirt with her now?” he asks Spongeberg. “Now that she’s dehatted?”

Starbuccaneer speaks up. “Of course you can Baker Bloch. And how’re *you* doing?”

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She’s alive!

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Stoned Talk

(joined in progress)

Carr.:

There are 3 major stones and 7 minor stones or just stones, unnamed and non-nomenclatured. One of the 3 major stones is called Major itself. This would be the one outside your father’s place. How’s Space Ghost holding up? Hopefully he’s not drinking again since he has that new bar and all. Is he?

BBloch:

I don’t think so. I haven’t seen him lately, actually. Might try to find him later tonight. And: He never drank.

Carr.:

Where is he sleeping? Since the whole house is now a bar.

BBloch:

Dunno.

Carr.:

Answer: There’s a portal in the back of the bar. Walk behind the bar, go down the passage. You’ll find a second Collagesity with a second set of objects. Different from the first. Backwards. Bass ackwards.

BBloch:

Hmmm. I’ll check that out Carrcassonnee.

Carr.:

Do that. Don’t forget. Any more on the stones?

BBloch (reviewing):

The 3 major stones: one is called Major Stone itself and that’s in front of my dad’s bar, next to the orange door…

(Carrcassonnee nods here?)

… then Big Stone just outside your gazebo here…

(nodding?)

… and then Hunger or Thick or Think Stone in front of the Collagesity Diner. What’s the relationship, especially of Hunger (etc.) and Big?

Carr.:

When you go to the parallel town you’ll find that out. You better go check.

(unjoined in progress)

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The 3 “major stones” brightened for highlighting purposes.

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Major Stone and Space Ghost’s new bar bars from Gallery Jack.

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“Is this the passageway behind the bar Carrcassonnee speaks of?” Turns out it’s not. Wrong bar.

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“Hey Furry Karl! Long time no see.” Karl doesn’t speak, and Baker continues. “Let’s see, Karl, I’ll have a, uh, let’s see, a, um, uh… a Heineken.” Baker Bloch waits for Karl’s response. “Hmm, still not animated, just like Starbuccaneer.”

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He admires the high view here before teleporting down to the second bar in the house. There’s Big Stone, he thinks. No, that’s the other stone. What was the name. Baked Stone? He suddenly can’t remember. Has he been gassed? Has the whole town been gassed? “Some view, eh Karl. Bet you’re enjoying that.” No answer.

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“And then there’s Rhoda. Hi Rhoda!” Baker Bloch is not surprised when the orbed being doesn’t reply.

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He still talks to him, however. “Rhoda, I understand there’s a passageway that leads to another dimension ’round here. I can’t find it. Any ideas?” Rhoda remains silent and still. “None?” Baker Bloch waits again. “Still none?”

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Baker then spies the rocks of Old Cannon Road projecting through the floor on the north side of the bar. He takes a closer look…

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… and finds the passageway. The Exit.

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“Doesn’t look *too* different” (but it was).

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Collagesity Visitors

Newton and Jasper?

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But how?

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Collagesity Gets Stoned 02

We move to the second set of 5 stones, this time aligned on the northern side of town, and basically following the route of Old Cannon Road. They are numbered west to east in this case.

Stone 06 is in front of a store (Lafayette Grocery and Dairy), just like Stone 03 (Bodega Market).

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Baker Bloch looks down the ancient roadway toward stones 07 and 08.

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Stone 07 (w/ Stone 06 in the background).

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Stone 08. This one’s called Major Stone? Tall Stone? Lean Stone?

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Stone 09, or Hunger Stone, one of the largest like Big Stone before it. It shares other similarities with Big Stone.

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Hunger Stone may also be known as Think Stone for obvious reasons. This may be a corruption of Thick Stone.

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Stone 10 is the only one not found in Collagesity proper. Instead it lies within the Rubi Woods, and offers important clues to their origins. We know that Hector on the opposite side of these same woods once contained its own alignment of very similar rocks (One Two). We’ll have to study this matter further before commenting in full. But are the stones from the woods?

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Stone 06 was then turned around to close out Baker Bloch’s rocky night.

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Collagesity Gets Stoned 01

As of yesterday, 10 large stones with Celtic type designs on ’em have arrived in Collagesity, practically dividable into 2 sets of 5. Stones within each set are basically aligned with one another east to west across the town, 5 on the north side and 5 to the south. Successive rocks are also approximately equidistant to each other in both sets.

We start with the last stone placed by Baker Bloch yesterday, which turns out to be Stone 01 according to town terminology. This would be near the bottom center of Castle Jack in the southwest corner of Collagesity. We already learn much from this placement. Before Castle Jack, this site might have held a traditional 7 circuit labyrinth, such as we’ve seen in the Temple of TILE before, as well as on Second Lyfe’s Moon of the Moon. The rock and its own depiction of said labyrinth commemorates this history — according to town legends again.

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The spinning Tyle Cube is perched on top.

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Stone 02 fronts Carrcassonnee’s Gazebo Temple, about at the same place the burning Lennon lemon was before. It’s one of the bigger of the 10, and might be individually named Big Stone or Major Stone (Biggie?). We’ll see.

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All that remains of the firey lemon is its containing dish or bowl.

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Baker walks toward Stone 03 and Stone 04.

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Stone 03 (front of Bodega Market).

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Stone 04 (center of town “plaza”).

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Stone 05 is placed on the eastern edge of town next to SoSo, near the border of Art Oluja’s land.

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Stones 03, 04, and 05 in a row across Collagesity East.

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Collagesity Films (several!)

Recent films made in Collagesity.

First up is the art collective called cybertwigs, who meshed various Collagesity images with the song “Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You)” by Aqualung. Truly a marvelous, polished creation, and I love that they attempted to grok my thought processes when making these works. Maybe they can illuminate me when they figure it out! The video is obviously a masterful collage in itself, representing a tight sync between audio and video. I’ll be studying it more in coming days and weeks for certain.

Pearl Grey’s slightly more neoclassic take on Collagesity is up next. She captures images not found in the first video, like zooming into the forbidden bowels of haunted Castle Jack. I also love the way she moves up through the numerous floors of the Fal Mouth Moon, scanning around the walls at each stop. It was a lot of fun creating and then hanging successive Falmouth series collages in that building back in Winter/Spring 2014. The gallery definitely helped shape the art.

The two almost equally long films make for a good balance in my eyes. And people do seem inspired by those sky tunnels.:) Excellent work guys! I’m truly, deeply touched.

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Return 01

“Starbuccaneer, my old nemesis, hehe. I’ll take 4 shots of expresso over ice in a venti cup.”

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He calls toward Karoz already seated at the far table. “You sure you won’t have anything?”

“Positive. Just going over my notes.”

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Baker Bloch turns back to the barista and lowers his voice a bit. “So how’ve you been Star? Long time no see.”

“2130,” came a robotic answer. “2130, 2130, 2130, 2130, 2130.” Starbuccaneer Barista’s eyes then turned pitch black for a moment.

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“Hmmm,” says Baker. He calls back to Karoz. “Well, that’s probably for the best. Doesn’t look like they’re really open for business yet.” And I was really looking forward to that 4 shot latte, he then thinks to himself while watching Starbuccaneer’s eyes revert back to normal, but still staring blankly ahead. Possessed, he feels. “What do you think Blackie?” he queries his pet shoulder bird. “Possessed?”

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“P’ssessed,” the bird echoes back in a small tweet.

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—–

“Well Karoz, tell me all about your adventures in BoB. The whole honeymoon!”

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“Oh it was wonderful, Baker Bloch. And I apologize again for not inviting you to the wedding. You see, it was Baker Blinker’s idea. She said she just couldn’t wait and that Collagesity needed us wedded as soon as possible for protection.”

“What does that mean?”

“I tried a couple of times to get her to spill more details, but no go. Plus we were busy doing, ahem, other things.”

“Like biking.” Baker Bloch laughs, and Karoz smiles broadly.

“How’s Jorondip? You said you stayed in the garage two nights, wasn’t it?”

“Three, actually. Then we moved just up the hill to what appeared to be an abandoned cottage. Then we moved up to a much larger house above that. The one with the blue quantum mechanics book. Have I told you about my new theory concerning quantum computers?”

Baker shakes his head and Karoz tells him. LINK

“Fascinating. You could be right. But what does that say about Collagesity? On and off? Black and white? Jasper and Newton?”

“It means a door to reality,” Karoz states bluntly. “A way out of here.”

“Hmph.” Baker speaks to his bird again. “Whattaya say Blackie? A way to reality?”

“Real-ty,” the bird squeaked.

“Since when did you start talking to your shoulder pet, Baker Bloch?”

“I don’t know. Just started. What do you think Blackie? Good idea?” The bird didn’t answer this time.

“Well anyway, it was great, Baker Bloch. The second week we stayed — get this — it was a duplicate of my Bodega market apartment. And we could rezz anything we wanted to there within a 61 prim cushion! So that finished it off. I’ll show you the pictures of the whole thing later. Maybe invite the town to a slide show. Yeah, that would be a morale booster.”

“Is the town down in the dumps?” Baker Bloch asked.

“Well, you know the whole Carrcassonnee turning red and dull several times. We need the eye strong to protect us.”

“What about Wheeler?”

“Oh she had to go with us.”

“She did??” Baker Bloch stares at Karoz and imagines his eyes turning black. But they didn’t.

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New Town Map

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Too much had changed all of a sudden, so I felt I needed to go ahead and do this.

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Starbuccaneer Coffee in Collagesity?

Interesting possibility! I like the deck over Confluence Pool fer sure.

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Entrance in the back of Gallery Jack.

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Baker getting comfy, and wishing he had a fishing pole.

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4:24 PM EST:

More changes. Baker Bloch’s father just sold his house! But I’ll have to get to all that in another post.

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5:20:

Changes! Developing fast. I believe the Boos gallery will be shifted from south to north Collagesity very soon.

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6:15:

The Boos gallery has been shifted!

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What seems to be happening — or is happening — is a positioning of all galleries along one ancient road that may still be called Cannon Street or the Old Cannon Road or something. This would be on the north side of town basically. The south side is becoming more residential in nature, it seems. Or park-like. We’ll see how it goes from here!

And 171 prims still left over as I write this. I’m not sure how.

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