Baker Blinker Blog Book I: Pre-Jeogeot I 02b (Mar/Apr 2008 02 of 02)


“/ Before”

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Labyrinth

Built a classic 7 circuit (Cretan) labyrinth. Not too big a deal. Not perfect either, but good enough for now. Trickiest part was adjusting the textures of the 4 involved prims, each 10 meters square. It’s actually quite a bit of fun to walk, although the turns get pretty tight toward the end. The journey through the colors/numbers (the colors being my own designing) goes as follows:

8 (blue) > 5 (yellow) > 6 (red) > 7 (green) > 4 (blue-black) > 1 (purple [or black]) > 2 (orange) > 3 (red-black) > 0 (white [or clear?])

Here Baker Blinker is just starting the journey to the center. On 8 (blue; outside), about to begin in ernest with a slide or fall down to 5 (yellow). She’s been on the outside long enough. She’s ready to go inside.
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Up to 7 (green) but now sliding/falling back to 4 (blue-black). “Halfway” there!
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At the zero/end/center (white) looking back toward the eight/beginning/perimeter (blue). Such a long way to go such a short distance!
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I *do* feel more centered. Gimme that phone!


Call to CNB, 4/4/08

bb:

Hi Chuck. It’s baker again. Is this a good time to talk?

CNB:

Not a good time. A splendid time.

bb:

Wonderful. Are you writing tonight or doing art?

CNB:

As usual!

bb:

That’s great. We’ll talk as long or as short as you wish.

CNB:

You’re doing good baker. You’re following the path.

bb:

You mean the labyrinth path? Or… just the trail of coincidences?

CNB:

Exactly.

bb:

What is Lemon World?

CNB:

The path!

bb:

Can you tell us more about the confusion of Green City and Greencastle? And the nearby presence of both Pollock and Lemons?

CNB:

Yes, quite shortly. l did more studying on your SID creation. I’m definitely interested in viewing. How do I do it?

bb:

I’ll have to give you the cues.

CNB:

Who is Booker T.? Is he into Second Life as well?

bb:

No. Booker T. is a more learned cousin of mine.

CNB:

Is he real?

bb:

Well of course he’s real Chuck. He’s as real as you and I. (laughs)

CNB:

Yeah sure, of course. Didn’t mean to imply that he wasn’t. Not that it would matter. I’m just wondering why you started the SID’s 1st Oz site and then went away from it?

bb:

There wasn’t a community involved. No one was interested.

CNB:

I’m interested and I know nothing about the community you talk about. Is Booker a part of it?

bb:

Booker is separate. It was just extremely frustrating.

CNB:

Tell me about it sometime. I know about frustrating. I could be a good listener!

bb:

Sometime. Have you ever walked a labyrinth, CNB?

CNB:

Yes, they’re very cool. Lemon World is a labyrinth ideally. One path, no dead ends. Perimeter to center and back. Centeredness. Do you dream baker b.?

bb:

Sure. I have trouble remembering my dreams.

CNB:

Dreams are like viritual reality are they not?

[delete 8 exchanges about a/v synching here]

CNB:

The lemon tree has been found again after being lost. Regained. I don’t have any family left in this world, baker. My brother was the last contact. I miss him.

bb:

Were you quite close, then?

CNB:

He was a younger brother. Very interesting composer and musician. We became closer toward his end. Very abstract… must run in the family.

bb:

Are you both from Green City, then?

CNB:

We are from… Green… Green…

bb:

Yes?

CNB:

That’s it.

bb:

I’m not quite getting it. Does this relate somehow to Jackson Pollock being buried in Green River Cemetery in Springs, NY when there’s no Green River about?

CNB:

Octave. (pause)

bb:

Alright. What style of music did your brother play or compose with?

CMB:

He was a serialist composer, but also used elements of chance. His inspiration was both Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, but I think he secretly respected and revered Beethoven above all others, especially in the latter part of his life. He also worked with colored notation a lot.

bb:

Colored?

CNB:

Which I could understand more. Notes are colors and visa versa. I don’t think he had the classic synethesia, but he identified the two anyway in a more logical and left brained kind of fashion.

[delete 3 exchanges about his death]

bb:

Do you have synesthesia? I mean, do you consider yourself to experience this phenomena?

CNB:

To a degree as well. Painting intensifies the psychic senses. Writing in a different way. But painting especially. It’s easy to see shapes in the sky after you’ve worked on an action-sytle painting for 5 hours straight. UFOs are very common in these skies over here, baker. There’s also doors to other dimensions. Like the Lordsburg Door.

bb:

I know about that from studying Hidalgo County, yes. Do you know any of the people mentioned?

CNB:

Yes.

[delete 2 exchanges about UFOologists in CNB’s area]

bb:

So you’re a firm believer in aliens from other planets. You and Booker would get along then!

CNB:

I think we are the aliens and the aliens are us. Say you’re in a kitchen cooking your rice meal and you decide to go to the store because you’re out of olives and you really want them in your meal. But another part of you, another *self* decides that he can do without the olives. Barely, but he doesn’t reach a threshhold where he has to go to the store to get the olives. Then say the two selves, split in time and space, meet each other a little later on, after self #1 has come back from the store and finds the 2nd baker b., the one which remained home, already eating his rice meal. That would be the same as an “alien” contact to me. Choices made create splits in reality. Happens all the time most likely.

bb:

Then why don’t we actually meet these probable selves?

CNB:

I think we also meet them all the time, but we block it out. We stick to one timeline, one path, and ignore others out of necessity for the main part. Sometimes the times intersect and create a magician like moment. Tricks in time and space occur. Night becomes day, even. You can see through objects. Time is lost or gained.

bb:

Do you know where the Lordsburg Door is, Chuck?

(to be continued)


Labyrinth Center Displacement

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Related link:
http://druidry.org/obod/sacred_sites/ca_mazes.html


“Labyrinth Squared”


Thought I’d go ahead and insert the rough draft of the 7th collage in the Hidalgo series [4/7/08 note: collage now completed], which keeps moving along. To me, this adds a little sinister twist to the maze/labyrinth thread being developed here, and perhaps also relates more to the very 1st collage of the series in that again we have an artificial and very square and regular waterfall, as opposed to the more natural one in the 5th collage before this, which is actually the top of [delete name] waterfall on Hilo Peak Mtn. I have a feeling Blochs will be standing on top of the newest waterfall, once again, very soon [4/7/08 note: he ended up in the hedge maze; is he asleep or still just looking at his (wet) feet?].

The sinister figure in the maze (note that this is not a labyrinth but a (hedge) maze, since it has dead ends), is a combo of images from two “Labyrinth” movies. Again, also, we have the eye in the hand motif from one of these movies, mirroring the Second Life logo itself. In the background we have a motel specifically chosen for its location and former tenant.

I could give considerably more detail on an interpretation for this one, actually, but I need to relate the latest installment of my Blinkerton tales, and I’ll add attached snapshots to a post above this one. Chuck sent me an email Sunday afternoon (about 10 hrs. ago), which I’ve been thinking about rather heavily in the meantime, and certainly spurred on the collage draft seen above.

The maze in the collage represents, I believe, the Second Life grid itself, but more specifically the underwater “maze” trodden by the Ancient Ones mentioned in these blogs posts, and trekked again, at least in part, by Baker Bloch just recently, especially before his ascent on high to Hilo Peak and Lemon World on top of that peak. I believe now that the walls of this maze represent the land “separating” the water, and that the water maze is represented by the paths between the walls. Pretty sure about this.

In his email to me, Chuck tells of a similar kind of hedge maze which he intended to be used as an art gallery of sorts for what he calls his Star Series, made up of either 25 or 26 reputed paintings of a particular 5-point star in the Lordsburg area. There is a very interesting story behind this but I’m not sure I have time to get into it tonight. I will say that on behalf of Chucky I revisited, using the Bloch avatar, The Man statue and also the proximate Delerium Castle on the high island next to it, and in the very nw corner of the Natoma sim. I thought I may have missed something on my first visit, but it turns out I didn’t find anything new with my second study of the area.

I was looking for a particular thing for Chuck: a boxed hedge maze, and the very same one that I found advertised in the Lemon sim. I was also looking for a potential “portal”. More soon as I digest all this and also work on the collage.

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Portal!

Another important link between SL and RL was found on edge of what I call Frank Park yesterday. It’s another portal, perhaps a satellite to the much larger one atop Hilo Peak. Is it dormant? Perhaps Hilo Peak is but I don’t think the newly found one is. In fact, I believe a slightly future version of Baker Bloch has already used it, and maybe quite often “already”. I’m not sure of Blinkerton’s role in this, if any. CNB are you reading this?? Give me a ring!

Let’s take a closer look at the portal.

On the surface, not much to be seen. May have been mistaken for an ordinary campfire site, but I knew immediately what it was upon counting the surrounding rocks. Difficult to tell from this particular photo, but just as with the Hilo Peak stargate there are 11 rocks arranged in a circle, with a gap where the 12th would be.

Another obvious clue was the bank of sand behind the portal — a sandbox, if you will. I believe this is where a hypothetical avatar teleporting in from SL might be able to still create prims, although probably much slower than in SL and only around the portal itself. This may explain why we see no builds or loose prims about, although I did find what could be a prim on a rock beach not far away. I’ll try to get a photo of that the next time I visit, which will be quite soon! Why would a portal be set up here? I think I know the answer to that and it is, in a word, TEXTURE. The area is rich in textures, a commodity that SL is founding lacking in in comparison. This would be a kind of magnet attaching SL to RL in this particular location.

Below are some examples of rock textures, all more or less centered by a green colored variety. Then the last photo below demonstrates a different kind of texture found in a pool of water near the portal. As I said, I’ll surely be visiting this location again quite soon, perhaps making a map of the area. A mid-sized island exists in the stream here, which may be a future location for a larger build. I’ll try to take photos of the island sometime this week, weather permitting.


Blinkerton’s Pop-Dadaist Art


“Sawmill Heir Wins Pis-Ant Reward, Ha!” (c1984, 1986)

“Rebel Ho’s Motel” (c1985)


More CNB phone convo

bb:

Hi CNB.

CNB:

Hello baker b.

bb:

Up for some more discussion tonight?

CNB:

Right, let’s do it.

bb:

So beforehand we agreed that I can tell more of your story now. Thanks, btw, for sending me the photos I inserted in the post just below this one. Interesting story about how the two works influenced each other.

CNB:

You’re welcome. Right, these were very popular in Lordsburg at the time, but I suppose in retrospect it was more a local joke. Took a lot of time to rearrange those signs, actually. Then after I was finished with the work I had to put them back together the way they were.

bb:

How long were you allowed to leave the rearranged signs up?

CNB:

Longer than you would suppose. The “Rebel Ho’s” sign stayed up for a number of months. Same with the Sherwin Williams sign.

bb:

Did you do any more work of this kind?

CNB:

Yeah, a couple more sculptie pieces. And then the art, the painting. You’ve prompted me to tell the reader here about the Star Series, I believe, and the connection with the hedge.

bb:

Now I must admit up front that I have a hard time believing you used the same hedge maze I just bought from SL Exchange to set up your original SL gallery.

CNB:

I mean, you may have caught me on this. Did I mention I’m almost 100 years old?! I remember it being the same but maybe, even probably, it wasn’t. But I remember it as so still. Give me that one at least.

bb:

Alright I’ll overlook that. And I suppose it’s remotely possible that it could be the same hedge maze, or something quite similar. Another story you haven’t told in these phone interviews yet — but have related to me via email — is how the boxed version of the hedge maze, before you opened it, got lost inside The Man statue.

CNB:

Yes, this was actually before the funeral of my brother. You were inaccurate (in turn!) about me logging on to SL only at that time. I set up Lemon World considerably before this; I recall several months before.

bb:

Your maze gallery was called Lemon World.

CNB:

That’s correct. And it featured the Star Series. But it was never actualized in SL. I lost it!

bb:

Inside The Man…

CNB:

After much scrutiny and deliberation, I decided that the gallery should be “opened” at the very center of SL at the time, or the central square of Linden City which also contained The Man. In short fashion I realized that The Man had to be the central element in the gallery as well, replacing the fountain provided for this center. I had all the 25-26 Star paintings prepared. I had selected the 10 works for the interior area…

bb:

You’ll have to give us a drawing of the plans sometime.

CNB:

Hard to remember now exactly how it was set up…

bb:

How did you loose it inside The Man again?

CNB:

Well, like I said, I had to open the whole maze up where the center point would be. And I decided that The Man was to be the center… couldn’t figure out any other way it would work. But when I moved the box inside The Man for a test run, I couldn’t retrieve it. It was then that I learned I hadn’t backed up my work well enough. In effect, I’d lost the work of a couple of weeks.

bb:

Did you know how to scan The Man to get the contents out? Did you contact anyone about the loss?

CNB:

Yes, I did scan The Man and saw the box inside, but then the death of my brother happened… I was sidetracked. When I logged back in it wasn’t there. And before I could formulate a letter Alpha version of SL had shifted to Beta, and The Man moved more to the corner of the Natoma sim as most everything else was wiped.

bb:

And the box was not in The Man when you returned?

CNB:

No.

bb:

What about the burning of the old rusty wagon?

CNB:

Well, I think that’s a symbol of the loss of my work, which was a summary of my composites.

bb:

So the burn didn’t happen.

CNB:

Oh, it happened. I just can’t remember exactly when. The Man caught on fire, or so it appeared to onlookers. That’s because the wagon was so close.

bb:

So when did the burning take place in respect to loosing the maze gallery inside The Man?

CNB:

At the same time!

bb:

I’m not understanding…

CNB:

The burn was set up as a promotion for the gallery. The old rusty wagon was there in SL… it was the same as the boxed maze/gallery.

bb:

I’m still not understanding…

CNB:

I don’t quite understand it myself! The maze was lost inside The Man, and at the same time the burn happened, where The Man looked like it was on fire but it wasn’t, in a virtual way.

bb:

Well, I still don’t quite get it. Let’s move on to other subjects and maybe we’ll circle back to this. Now what about this portal you requested me to also attempt to find for you?

CNB:

The gallery created a portal between Second Life and Real Life. The burning, I mean. I think. Anyway, there’s definitely a portal.

bb:

And this portal is in or around The Man? Still?

CNB:

I believe so.

bb:

Did your maze box go back through this portal?

CNB:

Yeah, I think so.

bb:

So it’s in this world or something?

CNB:

You see, I didn’t know about Burning Man at the time, or that Second Life was influenced by that event at all. Burning Life only started in 2003.

bb:

Chuck, you must have had a vision.

CNB (after a pause):

Yes. Yes, I believe so.

bb:

So let’s say the burning of the wagon and loosing the boxed maze inside The Man happened at once.

CNB:

Right, let’s do that.

bb:

Did you keep logging into SL after that? After the funeral?

CNB:

Things changed after the funeral.

bb:

So that’s a no?

CNB:

I returned to Pollock’s grave and the vision induced by the pattern of rocks on top of his gravestone.

bb:

In Green River cemetery. On the tip of Long Island.

CNB:

Long becomes Long Hope there. The pattern was a circle of 12 with the 12th removed.

(to be continued)


“Heater Presents:”


New Edge, 1

Well, as you can tell from the 2nd snapshot here, civilization has moved in quickly to the quiet forest on the edge of the world. Houses are springing up between what I called peaks 2 and 3 in this earlier post. Shame. But we have new land, albeit not nearly as much and also unforested. But thought I’d give an update with new pics anyway. I’ve included the map overlay on the first pic so you can see where I am and which direction I’m looking.

Above is peaks 2 and 3 and the land between that I’ve already mentioned. This is from a new peninsula that has sprung up since my last visit. Below we have the view from the other direction, to the southern tip of the peninsula.


The new edge of the world is spied!

Here I am on the Island at the Edge of the World looking back to the peninsula. Remoteness is good!


Slightly New Blinker Look (& her idealized look?)

Slightly updated Blinker’s look, esp. face.

But I think ideally she’d like to look something like this. Pure white with the pink seems to suit her better for some reason, though. Kind of got that Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle vibe going on. Appropriate, since Edna’s avatar, Edna Blinker, looks much like counterpart Howl! (Edna is RL spouse to baker)


“Holly Blue Holly Blue Holly Blue…”


Loose Thoughts/ Another Phone Convo

Hidalgo series is coming to a close. I believe the collage in the post below will represent the 9th of the series. I believe the series will only contain 10 collages total, or 1 tier of the 10 tiered 10×10 I’ve been working on for several years now — off and on again, mind you. This is the 8th tier. I already have a tentative name for the last 2 that will complete the 10×10. It will be called the Wheeler-Jasper series, or Wheeler series and Jasper series if/when disconnected from each other. I will probably not begin these until the end of this year at the earliest.

I probably should share more details about this art/collage 10×10 soon but the focus must remain on the Hidalgo series for now, the meaning, etc.

To me, this blog so far is rather cleanly divided into 2 parts. The first deals almost exclusively with SL art and photography and stories. I started the blog after being in SL for about a month. I was born in that world January 22nd as Baker Blinker. Toward the end of this part, Baker Bloch, the counterpart to Baker Blinker born into SL about a month later, begins to feel the maze-like constrictions of SL and exploration within, which have been mainly of an underwater variety. This tension or frustration leads him to enter RL, with Hucka D. (the 3rd avatar, created shortly after Baker Bloch) acting as a type of mid-wife between dimensions. Part 2 comes after Baker Bloch enters a giant lemon that had materialized on a specific mtn. called (true) Hilo Peak, not too far at all from where I actually live in RL. This is not its name, though. Baker Blinker, the feminine half, the *anima*, remains in SL.

Problem is, both have fallen for each other during their all-too-brief encounter in the Uli sim of SL.

Part 2 begins with the 1st collage of the Hidalgo series, or “Lemon World”. This is described as an attempt by Baker Bloch to relate what he finds or sees inside Lemon World, inside, in turn, Hilo Peak. At the same time, Baker Blinker builds what appears, at least for now, to be a gallery in which to house the projected Hidalgo collages, which both know ahead of time, through me, baker b., I suppose, will be a 10 work series. Baker Blinker also thinks it could possibly be a SL home for Baker Bloch and herself in the future, at least until they could save up a little nest egg to buy above-water property. But for now they seem to remain divided.

Part 2 ends with the 10th collage, which may come quite soon, perhaps within a day or two. As you can tell, Part 2 is also filled with RL photography, at first the work of others and then my own, starting with the Hilo!!! 2 (Into the Fire) post. Before my experience with SL, I had done very little photographing in RL. Now I can’t seem to stop, which is, I think, a good thing. Part 3 will probably further this spillover of the need to chronicle journeys in SL through photographs to doing the same in RL. I already have another cache of photos from today to enter into the blog. Portals between SL and RL are the focus in these, which I do think exist. I do believe that textures and colors are more vivid around these portals, also a spillover from SL visuals. One can probably say that weakened version of the SL grid pokes out from these opened portals, and with limited range. I’ll have more to say about that when I’m able to study the matter further.

I also realize I need to talk more about the information in this post from early on in the blog. There was actually another pre-blog document I created about SL, based around a treehouse I found very early on in Baker Blinker’s explorations of that world. There was some confusion about the events that transpired that evening in the treehouse with baker b., his companion Booker T., and a new friend called Hucka D. For the record, this seemed to be a future version of the Hucka D. that was formed a little later, who started out as a classic Linden avatar (City Chic, male), and then became, in short order, a giant eyeball, a pregnant crossdressing alien, and then a bee (current form). None of these quite describe what he was in this pre-blog work, which I named “Sandbox Experiments”. In that work, Hucka D. showed a particular film in this treehouse to baker b. and Booker T. This would be the audiovisual synchronicity called Kansas City Life, which baker b. later found out is a metaphor for Second Life itself.

So before leaving this part 2, as I’ve put it, I suppose I need to discuss that “opened eyeball” there and the relationship to Hucka D. and the stargate portal in the northeast corner of the Rodeo sim. Interestingly, this portal has also come up in a back-and-forth between SL mythology experts Salazar Jack and Headburro Antfarm. To me dialog like they were/are engaged in is a giant lure of SL. The recent Where’s Magellan Linden? campaign that both of these gentlemen are involved in is further evidence for meaning and depth within SL, beyond just the surface commercial aspects. It is truly another world, separate from ours. As Baker Bloch has found out, it is limited in scope still, but still growing, week by week (check out the Edge of the World posts if you don’t believe me!). It is about creativity and exploration to me.

But back to Hidalgo. So I need to review my association with the abstract expressionist Charles Nelson Blinkerton I suppose, as well. Ok, so he’s kind of a 4th avatar, almost, or at least he has expressed interest in creating a 4th to go along with the Bakers, Blinker and Bloch, and also Hucka D. But of course he’s more than just a potential avatar. He’s a RL counterpart to baker b. — or so it seems. A google search for “Charles Nelson Blinkerton” comes up with nada except references to this blog. So is he real? Yes… and no. That he has been situated in Hidalgo County and its county seat of Lordsburg for the past 50 years is a key connection. What I would call perhaps exhaustive searches for keyword “Lordsburg” have been used to uncover his art work in both abstract expressionist and pop/neo-Dadaist styles during this stay. His more recent association with the first virtual burn of SL, predating Burning Life, is an interesting tie in between RL and SL again. He claims to have created Lemon World just before the transition of alpha version to beta version of this world, only to loose it inside The Man statue. But at the same time he also claims to have burned all virtual versions of his work in an old rusty wagon based on a RL version in the ghost town of Shakespeare located just below Lordsburg.

Come to think of it, let’s just give him a ring tonight again to see what he’s up to…

“Hi baker”.

bb:

How’d you know it would be me?

CNB:

Just knew. So you want to talk about Lemon World some more? Or is something else on your mind?

bb:

Yeah, I was just writing a post on the blog, kind of reviewing what has gone on so far. And I was in the middle of discussing your role in it and just thought I’d ring you up. I don’t know if our conversation will be a part of this blog….

CNB:

I give you some real life resistance to your SL inclinations. I’m going to create that avatar soon. Uriginal Blinker. Too good a name to pass on. We’ll find Lemon World, you’ll see. If not in The Man then maybe inside that island next to it, the one with the rock castle. We’ll go inside the maze together, whether it be me and Baker Blinker or me and Baker Bloch or maybe even me and Hucka D. Where is Hucka D. anyways?

bb:

Not sure. So I have some more guesses about what you’re really on about in these dialogs.

CNB:

First off, I really liked the last collage, even though it was simple. Was this a dream of Baker Blinker, or did she actually go to RL and reunite with Baker Bloch? The dress is great, though.

bb:

The 10th collage I suppose will tell more.

CNB:

And the “Heater Presents” was hilarious. Took me back in time for real.

(note: the collage “Heater Presents :” is more or less directly taken from a series of paintings Blinkerton created in the late 80s of the same name, beginning with “Heater Presents the Mouth of Hell”)

bb:

Would you like to talk about the Heater series more? Great idea!

CNB:

I’d like to talk about your ideas of me.

bb:

Ok, well, first of all I don’t think you traveled from New York to New Mexico by car.

CNB:

Interesting theory. Go ahead.

bb:

Long Island has some kind of direct connection with the Long Hope, perhaps. Your vision connected you with this tradition of the Long Hopes. Perhaps they originally came from Long Island, or at least visited it through portals. One of these portals is in Springs.

CNB:

Don’t forget to mention Montauk, on the very edge of the island.

bb:

Thank you, I won’t. So this vision you mention, it has something to do with the Long Hope. Perhaps you are even the last of the Long Hope Indians. Your strong tea drink you mention sipping on all the time during our conversations. Could it be the Black Drink? Could it be the Blue Holly drink?

CNB (sipping):

More interesting theories. Go ahead.

bb:

My Hilo Peak, in RL where Lemon World manifested, and your Hilo Peak, in New Mexico, are the same, or bleed into each other in some kind of seamless fashion, at least in part. The rocks on top of other rocks are directly related to the same concerning Pollock’s grave. The rocks are the same. They are connected portals — stargates… or “earthgates” I suppose. And these portals can propogate other portals, satellites. Baker Bloch passed through one of these as well, through Hucka D.

CNB:

Triangle. There’s a triangle involved. You’ve got to talk about the opened eyeball. Rodeo.

bb:

Yes, there is a triangle.

CNB:

And also the labyrinth. That seals a portal. There are two different types, one spinning clockwise and one counterclockwise. Letters and numbers, 26 and 10. Outside and inside. 8-5-6-7 and 4-1-2-3. That’s what I saw. They have to work in unision. Worlds based on one and one alone always break down eventually. You have to have both feeding off of each other, counterbalancing each other. Of that I can say safely.

bb:

Are you admitting that you’re the last of the Long Hope Indians, then?

CNB:

I’m not quite ready for that yet.

bb:

Another theory I had is that… well, we talked about this in our latest email. Can I bring up my most radical theory, which is connected to the Long Hope Indian idea?

CNB:

That I’m actually dead, and have been for 5 years plus? If so, that’s ok. Spill it out.

bb:

Are you? I mean, did you die in 2002?

CNB:

No.

bb:

So I’m not talking to a spirit. Why do you not come up in google searches?

CNB:

I am a counterpart.

bb:

Are your works…

CNB:

Macrocosm to microcosm. Mirror, reflection. Who is Heater?

bb:

The Man?

CNB:

My thoughts. The Burn.

bb:

Are you drinking the blue holly drink Chuck? Right now?

(to be continued)


‘Nother Frank Park Portal?

Apologies (to myself mostly) for not getting this text written up in a timely manner. I need to talk of Frank Park and also Herman Park. They will probably take up more and more time in this blog, as I move somewhat away from Second Life and into Real Life again, a process started at the beginning of the Hidalgo collage series and Baker Bloch’s entrance to true Hilo Peak from the Uli sim of SL (slightly preceeded by Hucka D.’s entrance into same). I see, however, the investigation of Frank Park portals to be a direct extension of SL and my start in photography there.

Discussion will begin also to focus on the relationship of Frank to neighboring Herman Park, a topic given considerable space in the writing 10×10 that preceeded the art 10×10 which the Hidalgo series is a part of. Specifically — and perhaps synchronisticially but not sure about that yet — this particular topic was discussed in greatest detail within the 8th tier of the writing 10×10, just as the Hidalgo series represents the 8th tier of the following art 10×10. Anyway, to the new series of pictures from Frank Park…

I’m still very much at the beginning of my study of portals such as this. I believe that the first Frank Park portal was quite active, or much closer to being active that perhaps this particular one. Again, don’t know enough yet to say for certain. But the colors and textures seemed considerably more vivid around the first portal discussed. Not to say that the area I’m discussing here isn’t just as interesting or as pretty. And I did find a portal, although it, to me, appears to be closed for now.

This portal is on the opposite side of Frank Park from the 1st, thus its importance. They could form some kind of yin-yang relationship with each other, perhaps open and closed, perhaps male and female, or red and blue. Highest and lowest. Both appear on the banks of the river that runs through this park, which I’ll call simply RIVER.

Just as a note here, the complementary Herman Park which borders Frank Park on the west contains no such river but is instead centered by a particular creek, much smaller. This is TILE. Relationship of RIVER and TILE may become more important.

Above is a cascade on a larger creek entering the RIVER at this point, on the very northern edge of the park. My early guess is that certain features such as waterfalls/cascades, islands, and rock formations could mark the location of a portal. There is also an island just to the north of the spotted portal, just outside of Frank Park. And of course we have rocks here.

So above and below we have pics of the proposed portal. Notice some contrasts with the first Frank Park portal discussed before: here the sand is on the inside of the portal instead of outside, which indicates to me that it could be closed, once more. The surrounding rocks, which may still number 11 or 12, are in more disarray. Above the portal towers a rather large rock as you can see below, which is maybe 15 feet high or more.

The following 3 photographs show some of the rock formations in the area. There’s an unusually smooth and white rock that you can see in the first photograph of this post (to the right) that I should mention to start. On the opposite bank from this outcropping appears the *very* smooth red rocks appearing in the last photograph of this post. Unusually smooth I would say. Suspiciously so.

And in the same small area we have other types of odd and interesting rock formations. I’ll definitely return to this area soon for more photos. Stay tuned!


Half-N-Half



CNB Phone Convo. 6 (?)

“Middle of the evening to you, CNB!” (baker laughs)

CNB:

Good to hear from you again baker.

bb:

Tonight we wish to focus on your writing more than your art, perhaps, but we’ll see.

CNB:

Yes. Thanks again.

bb:

You didn’t write before getting to New Mexico in, what was it, ’57?

CNB:

Yes. No. I didn’t write. The work I started in New Mexico evolved straight from the art I was doing. Ernst’s collage novels were an inspiration as well. A Week of Kindness, or The Seven Deadly Sins. I may have taken the title, Red Squirt Seven, directly from this work. Hard to remember now for some reason.

bb:

How long was it? You stated it was a cut-up, also inspired by William Burroughs’ work, then.

CNB:

Another direct influence. The work itself was 201 chapters long. Although this wasn’t the direct source of the book, since it came much later, I realized in 2001 some quite interesting parallels with 9/11, specificallly the design of the two towers themselves.

bb:

How so?

CNB:

The book was designed as two squares, shall we say, of basically 100 chapters each. The book has the ability, though, to shift 10 chapters over from its center to make two books of, first, 90 chapters, and then 110 chapters. But it is not two books until it makes this shift; it is not two books of 100 chapters and then 100 more chapters. It only manifests as two books during this shift. 9/11, then.

bb:

I don’t quite get it, although we tried to talk about it a little last night before starting this new episode of our interviews tonight. Perhaps an illustration would be best. I know also this is based upon the structure of Psalm 46 from the King James Bible.

CNB:

Right. That’s how it all started. That’s the *causal* origin of the structure. Each chapter represents 1 word of this Psalm, minus the 3 “selahs”, which are space fillers or represent pauses between certain verses, which happen to number 11 as well. The attraction to this particular Psalm, twice the number of the much more famous Psalm 23, is its connection with Shakespeare. Do I need to go over that here?

bb:

Well, let me get you started. I know that the word “shake” is the 46th word from the beginning of this particular Psalm, and the word “spear” is the 46th word from the end of the Psalm. Minus the “Selahs” as you said. Combined they make Shakespear, which could be translated as “Shakespeare”, as in The Bard. It just so happens that Shakespeare, the author, was 46 years old in 1611 when the version of the King James Bible he was actually working on was published. Some say that Shakespeare, or perhaps another translator or group of translators, inserted this “accident” as a tribute to The Bard, who was already quite famous in England at the time.

CNB:

There’s actually no hard evidence to the fact that Shakespeare helped with the publication of this version of the Bible, though. I never took it as fact. I was interested, like you are often, with the mere presence of the very interesting coincidence. This was fueled by a couple of things. First off, I was well aware that a ghost town named Shakespeare existed just below my newish home of Lordsburg. I believe this may be the only town named as such, at least to my knowledge. Perhaps you know of others?

bb:

Not offhand.

CNB:

Also the word LORD appears in Psalm 46 three times, and always capitalized, unlike all other words.

bb:

So you think this has to do with Lordsburg.

CNB:

The two conjunctions of “Lord” and “Shakespeare” are no accident to me. This was the seed for the work, then.

bb:

Did you cut up Psalm 46 then, to match the words “shake” and “spear”?

CNB:

Initially I did. Actually the first several years I kind of just played around with the collage. It was on the top shelf of my closet, all in one piece, almost.

bb:

But you never really finished it, did you Chuck?

CNB:

No, it was never published as such. It went through different phases, different stages. I worked on and off on it, between paintings, between sculptures. When I received my first computer in 1997, custom designed, I began to see the rich possibilities inherent in the natural shift of the book from 10/10 to 9/11. Then when 9/11 actually occurred, I almost immediately saw the connection. I began to really take a good look at what I’d done.

bb:

Do you wish to talk about words and characters? How the book was actually constructed?

CNB:

Psalm 46 contains 201 words and 801 characters, only including the letters and not punctuation. Almost exactly 4 letters to a word on the average. A key is separating the central part of the Psalm, beginning with the 46th word “shake” and ending with the 46th word from the end, “spear”, from the rest of the words of the Psalm, or the beginning 45 words and ending 45 words. And then seeing the entire Psalm as repeating itself in a loop, where the last 45 words hook up with the beginning 45 words to make an endless phrasing, and a total of 90 words in this second group. The number of words in the central part of the Psalm, beginning with shake and ending with spear again, are 111, and with 440 characters — another 4:1 relationship. And then the 90 words around this contain 361 characters. Yet again a 4:1 relationship. Early on, then, I saw that we had an alternating pattern of 90 words and 110 words, because the extra word can be seen as extraneous.

bb:

CNB, many people would say such coincidences mean nothing, and detract from real study of The Bible. What do you say about that? And is that a factor in deciding not to publish your work?

CNB:

They may very well be correct in this. I attempted to study The Bible during this time, and also Shakespeare for that matter. But I still have only cursory knowledge of each. Far, far away from being an expert.

bb:

But the truth is, you *are* an expert.

CNB:

No, that’s not true.

bb:

How does the work shift? Red Squirt Seven?

CNB:

No, we are talking about the work Shakenstein, as in a cut up, like the monster Frankenstein was. We talked about this before: the combo of Shakespeare and Steins that both of us came up with. Another non-accident, I believe.

bb:

Oh. So how does Red Squirt Seven come in here?

CNB:

I’ll save that for another time. Getting back to Shakenstein, if you loop end back to beginning again in terms of Psalm 46, you get the pattern of 9-11 repeating over and over again. 9-11-9-11-9-11-9-11 and so on. But it *starts* with 10-10-10-10; this is the latent aspect. Only when 10-10 shifts to 9-11 is the latent made physical. And the characters, 4 times the amount of words, also shift.

bb:

You also said this has something to do with your anagrammical signs.I think specifically here of, what was it…

CNB:

“Sawmill Heir Wins Pis-Ant Reward, HA”

bb:

Yeah, that one.

CNB:

Well, I saw it as an advantage, in a way, that I was no expert at all on either of the two involved subjects, Shakespeare or The Bible. I learned about each, though, through the process of the cut-up itself. Rearranging of words and letters/characters.

bb:

Did you ever get into Bible Codes?

CNB:

The Michael Drosnin stuff? I studied it for a while. I’d say, what I’ve seen, that there’s definitely something to it, especially the beginning stuff. The idea that the Torah dictated by Moses directly from God represents one single thread or string of characters is interesting to me.

bb:

So did you play around with these codes on your computer when you purchased it?

CNB:

First off, someone gave me the computer (laughs), and, yes, I’ve played around with ’em, just to find out their limits.

bb:

Who gave you that custom designed computer Chuck?

CNB:

I’m not allowed to say.

bb:

Does “squirt” actually represent “sqrt”, as in “square root”?

(to be continued)


Gaeta, 1

New continent to east apparently named Greta. Only a vast space now, but will be filled with people soon. Certainly cool while it lasts, though. I visited this place about a week ago — barren then, but now there are forests in the west central portion. Something else there but I’ll let other blogs speak of this important find (!).

Line between rocks and grass terrain following the sims’ border north to south. Notice below a white form marking a proposed infohub location.

The huge, blank interior of the continent, all rock, reminds me a bit of the Sea of Holes from the Yellow Submarine movie I so loved as a kid.

Baker Bloch, on the way to see the continent, stops in at the Okinu sim. About the first thing he walks up to is a heart shaped spot in one of those queer geometric markings that cover the ocean floor in this sim. He took it as a sign about his still uneasy relationship with Baker Blinker. Will they get married now the Hidalgo series is almost over? Will they open the art gallery Just Call Me Ernie Banks? (might renamed this now Just Call Me Mr. Cub, with an Ernie Banks side theme). Anyway, back to the slideshow…

One of those long distance vistas over land that you just don’t often see in SL. This is the southern edge of that forest I talked about. Actually it is two forests presently, one of palms nearer the beach and then a pine forest further inland.

Another look at that proposed infohub site and a larger inland, rocky mountain behind it.


“10th!”

WORK IN PROGRESS


And Portals Between? (1)

So now I’m moving, with camera in hand, to the RIVER locations between the two portals, north and south, or High and Low, in respective to Frank Park and this river. Here’s a possible portal location about 1 mile upstream from the lowest portal. A quite huge rock dominates this area, which doubles as an island in the river. It’s so large that I couldn’t get a full picture of it, although you can see some of it in the second photo below. It sits just left of the smaller, taller rock jutting above the considerably smaller flow of the river around the west side of this larger rock, which forms the centerpiece of its own island. I’ll call this particular rock Askew Rock, because, as you can see especially in the 2nd photo below, it sits slightly crooked on its perch atop this island.

Below we have the view of the smaller flow of the river around the large rock from the opposite direction. Interesting ridges in the rocks here for certain.

We even have another waterfall just north of Askew Rock. Notice also the interesting red color of some of the rocky area surrounding it. and also some quartz marbling.

There is a spot where another potential portal appears on the beach south of these islands, but it looks more like an ordinary campfire location to me. Certainly could be a portal, though, if perhaps damage, once more. And there is sand here in abundance for the possible creation of SL related prims or primitives.

Then there’s the presense of this very interesting rock which I almost missed because it sits directly in front of a compartively plain rock that it tended to blend into from the direction I was walking. I’ll also return to discussion of this rock as well. Again, it seems unusual in color and patterning. Located only several yards from the portal mentioned above.

And finally here might be a makeshift attempt at a smaller portal to replace the damaged larger one (?) Rock number seems to be close to what is needed to fulfill the task; necessary gap in place; very near both the larger portal and unusual rock mentioned just above.


Frank Pk. in GoogleEarth

Thought I would add some images from GoogleEarth to give perspective on the locations of the various Frank Park portals or potential/damaged portals discussed so far. In first image below, we can actually see the large rock in the river from the And Portals Between? (1) post just below, appearing directly north of the second “o” of the word Google seen in the lower right hand corner.

The lowest portal or potential portal on the RIVER is in the upper left hand corner, and the rocks there can also be seen on this image, although not as clearly as the one described above. They appear directly south of the meadowed area closest to this corner. As I said before the two portals are located about a mile apart, river distance.

This second image gives the mysterious appearance, to me, of what appears to be a small body of water in almost the exact center of Frank Park that I had no idea existed there. This is surprising because I otherwise know the park quite well. There’s always more mysteries in the world.

The large island/rock from And Portals Between? (1) can be seen in the top center of the image.

Check this out: there is an obvious blue speck to northeast of this pool of water shown in closeup below. Another potential mystery, since only forest exists there that I know of. Looks like a hike in this area is in order, perhaps this weekend, weather permitting. The undergrowth will be formidable most likely; wish me luck!!


Pulling Further Out…

Very important map to me above, or information it relates. Here we have relationship of 3 types of streams according to length and flow: CREEK, STREAM, and RIVER. These types are represented by the 3 pink lines superimposed on the map.

Let’s start with CREEK, which is the topmost (right) pink line. CREEK has the smallest volume of flow of any of the three. It lies basically within a park from source to mouth, thus is *fully protected*. In other places outside this blog I call it TILE Creek, but here I’ll refer to it as CREEK, leaving the capitalization in but shifting the emphasis. It is *the* creek. I have referred to it as the Ganges of my mythology. But now there are others, I think, that must be entered into the overall picture.

Let’s take RIVER next. Like CREEK, RIVER flows through a protected park, but not the same park as that which protects CREEK. Instead it is a neighboring/bordering park, which happens to form a 7:6 ratio of overall area with the first mentioned park. This is the aforementioned Frank Park. Only a small portion of its overall flow lies within Frank. It is represented by the lowest of the 3 pink lines in the map above. To remind readers, RIVER is the place where we’ve photographed around 3 potential past/present/future portals between virtual reality and reality reality, with one almost confirmed.

Now let’s move to STREAM, which occupies a middle ground between RIVER and CREEK. CREEK represents the smallest flow of water, but has the reciprocal benefit, shall we say, of being fully protected. That is its strength. RIVER is much less protected overall. Only a small portion of the overall length falls within one of the two parks in the area. Yet it contains the most flow by far of the 3 waterways mentioned here, and also is probably the most photogenic, which is one reason I’ve been focusing on it in this blog so far.

STREAM, represented by the pink line to the left on the map above and occupying a middle ground between the two, in effect, represents a mix of the two. Like CREEK, its source lies in a protecting park, and the same which protects the whole of CREEK essentially. I call this Herman Park; its number is 6. But unlike CREEK, STREAM rather quickly passes out of this protecting park into unprotected lands, where it is threatened by man and progress/development. It is a tributary, in whole, to the RIVER, which it serves in this respect. Its flow at this mouth is between that of CREEK on one side and RIVER on the other. It is a medium sized flow.

But I should also clarify here that when STREAM meets RIVER at the mouth of STREAM, they really aren’t STREAM and RIVER anymore but revert to their mundane names. This is because they are out of the magical protection and resonation of CREEK. The three resonate as one, with CREEK having the most strength and guidance because of the fully protected status. CREEK, in effect I suppose, determines STREAM and RIVER and the length thereof.

Although STREAM lies mostly outside of Herman Park, it is still protected in pockets along its course. The area behind my house represents one of these pockets, and is seen on the above map as a more extreme meander midway through its magical flow.

STREAM has also been pictured in this blog in posts … and … It represents my backyard, shall we say, or close enough to call it such. It is more or less a center for an older mythology than one now transpiring in Herman and also Frank Park.

So now I’ve presented that overall picture, which I can fill in more.


SL Portal!

It was the weekend and a usual rainy Saturday. I think that’s been 6 Saturdays in a row that it has rained. Anyway, I found myself island hopping in SL and ran across this campfire. The portal on the RIVER! I thought to myself, especially in counting the surrounding rocks (11, just as in the upper RIVER portal or the 1st RIVER portal as I’m calling it here). What was the meaning of this find? Another clue? *I* thought so.

 

Examined the quite interesting house on the land with the portal. Old and delapidated in the main room, but with a partitioned off entertainment center in the smaller adjacent one. After investigating the house, I sat on the front porch contemplating what I’d seen here and fell asleep, only to be awakened by a woodpecker pecking merrily away just around the corner of the house.

(to be continued…)


Lovelace (No Linda)

Also on the weekend, I decided to examine Caledon and also the Azure Islands more closely, these being two of the largest “continents” considered apart from mainland areas. I actually found the Lovelace sim ajoining one of the lower Caledon sims to be my most interesting visit of the day. The first four snapshots below are taken from the various islands on this sim.

I’m a sucker for bamboo. Like to dive right in when I get a chance, which is rare. This is from just outside the SL Unitarian Church, a true treat.

This snapshot is from the Caledon Moors sim, where I sit on a bench enjoying the water and fairy spooky landscape. Also got to ride the Caledon train — highly recommended!


SL Portal!, 2

I woke up in the same place I was in a dream, with the only difference being that I could hear The Simpsons playing on the tv inside the house in this dream. Specially, the episode was the one where Homer turns three dimensional after diving into a portal located in his closet. But when I awoke the episode dialog abruptly switched off; the tv was not on. I went outside to stand in what appeared to be a campfire but which I knew probably was a portal. I checked the map of the area and saw I was on the middle sim of a 3 sim island series running north to south. I also noticed that there were some symmetrical mirrorings of the structure and boundaries of these island, 6 in number.

I’ll have more to say about that soon, when Chuck and I go back to the island. For now I’ll leave you with some photographs of my further explorations of this symmetry, and the surprising discovery I made that day(!)


Frank Park Heart


CNB Again

I know I’m getting a little behind in writing texts for these posts, once again, but I didn’t want to forget about Charles. Let’s give him a ring up shall we?

“Yes?”

bb:

Hi Chuck. baker here.

CNB:

Yes, hi baker.

bb:

We haven’t spoke for a number of days and thought I’d just check in and see how you are.

CNB:

Oh, doing ok. I looked at the blog today actually. Where are these portals you speak of? Are they actual, tested portals between SL and RL possibly? I noticed one is in SL… that campfire bit.

bb:

Glad to clarify, at least what I know. There’s one that seems to act as a true, up-to-date and functioning portal between SL and RL, or there’s one that’s the main candidate in that category. This would be the first I describe on the [RIVER], the one where this river enters Frank Park from the west. It is the highest point of the river within the park, then, closest to the source. The second portal I described seems to be dead in comparison, at least as far as I can tell — and mind you I know *very little* of what I actually speak of here (laughs).

CNB:

Yes (laughs as well). Well, I’m still not grasping it. Say I create a new avatar in SL. That Uriginal Blinker, perhaps. Now is there a place in SL that I can actually teleport into RL through that Frank Park portal? Perhaps that campfire you show in SL in one of the newer posts?

bb:

That’s the working theory, yeah. And there are resonances to back it up. I postponed discussing them so I could talk to you tonight.

CNB:

Well thanks for that. Perhaps we can just use this discussion to talk about the resonance.

bb:

Ok, perhaps. What have you been up to?

CNB:

I’ve felt a little under the weather lately. Still trying to get over a bout of flu. Harder to recover at my age, you see.

bb:

But you’re getting better now? You sound pretty strong.

CNB:

Still weak, though (coughs).

bb:

Well, as you know, I’ve basically finished the Hidalgo series. Strange that I’ve been reattracted to SL, but my focus is now away from the mainlands. Take this new continent, Greta. Soon it will be a patchwork of homes, with little green space and no roads. No, I’ve decided now to focus on lesser continents that are not as much in control of Linden Labs. Like Azure Islands. Did you know, Chuck, there’s an Azure just up the road from you in neighboring Grant County, just below Burro Peak?

CNB:

No baker, I didn’t.

bb;

I think it’s called Tyrone now. Azure is a variant name. There’re only two overall in the U.S., though.

CNB:

Fascinating you know so much about tiny places like this. Do you take it as some kind of sign?

bb:

Well, maybe. Would you like to go to the Azure Islands with me, Chuck? Perhaps Caledon as well?

CNB:

How about that portal. What’s Bart Simpson got to do with that? No… Homer. Is that the name of the father in the show, the overweight, slobby fellow?

bb:

Yeah, Homer. That was just part of Baker Bloch’s dream. I don’t think he was really on the tv screen in that house next to the proposed portal. But I believe it is a portal still.

CNB:

Hmmm… when can we meet to look at it?

bb:

You know, Chuck, it might just be a good idea for both of us to keep a lookout at that portal area. Kind of take shifts checking into the place.

CNB:

Sign me up. Or, I suppose, I should sign myself up. Where is a good place to meet inworld?

bb:

We could meet in Just Call Me Ernie Banks? which I think I’ll perhaps rename Just Call Me Mr. Cub. Maybe I should just rename myself Ernie Banks. Ernest Banks.

CNB:

EB.

bb:

Yeah, short and sweet. But about the portal, I’ll just give you the SLurl and we can meet there. Sit on the porch… there’s two chairs. And also two fishing poles if you’re into that. I’ll show you the directly resonating teleport device… can’t be an accident. Two minds are better than one kind of thing. No commitments, though, Chuck. Won’t be insulted if you think the whole thing rubbish.

CNB:

So the two campfire spots, this one in SL and the other one in RL, might be directly connected.

bb:

I don’t think they’re campfire locations, Chuck. Portals.

CNB:

Ok. Portals. Are they connected, though?

bb:

There could be some kind of magic word that links the two. Like Hidalgo linked the Rodeo sim island with Hilo Peak. We never finished talking about your Indian connections, btw.

CNB:

Oh yeah. Forgot about that.

bb:

I think we should check out the tv as well. Bloch’s dream may be a portent.

CNB:

Maybe the tv is the portal.

(to be continued)


4th RIVER Portal: Found!! (Hypothetically, which is good enough (Thank you map blotch mistake!))

0-1 = 1.00 miles
0-1r = 0.50 miles

0-2 = 0.76 miles
0-2r = 0.76 miles

0-3 = 0.49 miles
0-3r = 0.26 miles

2-3 = 0.76 miles
0-4 = 0.76 miles
1-4 = 0.76 miles

3-4 = 0.88 miles
2-3r = 0.88 miles

4r-2 = 0.44 miles
4r-3r= 0.44 miles

2r-1 = 0.49 miles
2r-4 = 0.27 miles

*****

2-3-0 = 3:2:3 = 2.01 miles

2-3-3r = 6:6:7 = 2.38 miles

2-0-3r = 6:2:7 = 1.90 miles

4-1-0 = 3:4:3 = 2.51 miles

4-0-3 = 6:4:7 = 2.11 miles

4-2r-0 = 3:1:3 = 1.78 miles

2r-1-0 = 3:2:4 = 2.26 miles

1r-3-0 = 2:3:2 = 1.32 miles

WORK IN PROGRESS