Baker Blinker Blog Book II: Pre-Jeogeot II 05a (Feb/Mar 2009 01 of 02)


“Nonsectarian… ant”

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“We’re going to make a stab at this tonight. Hucka D., are you there?”

Hucka D.:

1st of the new series. Good that you went ahead and took the leap, again.

bb:

I think this relates largely to the gallery situation I have now. I have 2 Edwardston Station Galleries…

Hucka D. (correcting):

…No, you have 1 ESG split into two parts, basically old and new. The Edwardston Station Gallery, for now, has become the same as the 10×10, throw in a tiny lounge in Healy and a tiny patio area in Seefeld.

bb:

Alright, then beyond these 2 we still have, of course, the Otherland gallery, which I call the Gallery at the Temple of TILE.

Hucka D.:

That’s the one that has to go.

bb:

I’m not sure I’m ready to take that leap, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

I built it… remember?

bb:

Let’s turn our attention to the 1st collage of the Jasper series, or the draft for this collage (2/27: this one’s *done*), for it’s not polished up yet. To the left you have what I would consider a symbol of the Seefeld tower that one of the halves of the Edwardston Station Gallery — that better? (Hucka D. nods round head here) — lies within. This is a combination of a skyscraper but also a Christian cross, like a grave stone, once more. Hucka D., would you agree with this?

Hucka D.:

Of course.

bb:

Many picture elements found in the Wheeler series [immediately preceding the Jasper series] recur in this one. The Wilson driver, for instance. It has merged with the vertical dimension of the cross. Up and down at once.

Hucka D.:

Yes that image had to be in that particular place as well.

bb:

I’m also reminded of the cross shape of the old ESG in Rubi, in one of its incarnations. This was when the north-south subway system, a longer affair, was crossed by the shorter Arab ship on top of it. Then we have several grave crosses right next to the subway system — a tiny cemetery, in fact — just below where you could get on the spiral ramp that led up to the Temple of TILE, in those days.

Originally I saw the base photo of the collage, which we should insert here is from Landdswynn Island in Wales, as representing this “tension” we’ve mentioned between the two sides or two different spaces of the Edwardston Station Gallery, one in Healy and the newer one in Seefeld. In fact, in the wikipedia article on the subject, I find we have almost an identical photo to the one I used, incorporating the cross and the lighthouse. The lighthouse, then, on the opposite side of both of these matching photos from the gravestone cross, would then stand in for the Healy version of ESG.

Now, but this is the crucial part. *In-between* these objects and their matching hillocks are islands in the ocean, which I also identified with Otherland and the 3rd gallery I possess, or the 3rd gallery featuring my 10×10 and art, I suppose I should say [since two of the 3 are rented]. So one of my first moves in the collage was to insert a picture of the 3rd, “other” gallery here, the only one that’s actually on property that I bought and own, between the two. The main island here, with the cross and lighthouse, would represent the SL mainlands, where the 2 ESGs are. The islands offshore are “other” — Otherland, far from the mainlands and, in contrast, estate property, like Azure Islands also is estate land. The Gallery at the Temple of TILE, hovering 601 meters above the main Otherland island, is thus similarly hovering over these 3 small offshore islands, which may also stand for Otherland Islands #1, 2 and 3, as I’ve called them in this blog.

Hucka D.:

Interesting that the view of the collage is much more focused on the foreground and developing it through added imagery. This represents your heavy involvement with the mainlands again, now. The cross superimposed by the driver is closest because it is the newest…

bb:

And further west from the Healy gallery on Sansara. I think this island, Llanddwyn, also represents Sansara, the oldest SL continent that both versions of ESG are on now.

Hucka D.:

Two peaks of emphasis, then.

bb:

Right, yeah.

Hucka D.:

You also know that the walking stick insect reappearing here, once more [as it did several times in the Wheeler series] represents the Yapland gallery complex the Healy ESG is a part of. And from that curtain the insect appears to be holding, almost, emerged the daemonic head of Paul the Beatle. But now we have the Beatles returning, in the new collage, in their natural forms, one could say. Without any Residents influence. They haven’t been stolen yet for Resident purposes. Their likenesses on Meet The Beatles hasn’t been transformed to Meet The Residents. Paul remains undaemonized. He has somehow been freed, it seems, with the establishment of the Seefeld ESG. Christian influence?

bb:

The black and white Beatles below the curtain or screen — black and white like the demon Paul head emerging from the curtain in the “ESG” collage [#4 of the Wheeler series] — 1st appear rather early in the Greenup series, the first series of the 10×10. This is an old image within the 10×10, then.

Hucka D.:

Interesting that, originally in this draft, George Martin directing The Beatles here was riding on the back of the dingo that now stares forward from the path below, directly at the viewer. But one could still say the dingo provided, er, a landing for The Beatles from the curtain above them here, before moving, then, to the path.*

bb:

These Beatles are definitely a focus. I think there’s also one image remaining to be inserted into this new collage, Hucka D., and that’s…

Hucka D.:

Crow. Rook. CHRO.

bb:

Yes. (pause) Do I need all *3* galleries presently, Hucka D., in order for the 10×10 to be finished? I’m thinking the mainlands ESG represents a split, only united by the background Gallery at the Temple of TILE, which contains the *entire* 10×10, or soon will. It’s in the center between the two.

Hucka D.:

What happens now if you then destroy the Otherland gallery?

bb:

The center is removed. But this might be a good thing?

*****

bb:

Hucka D., maybe the curtain covers the uncertainty about Otherland itself. The temple is not covered. The temple can carry forward. But perhaps not on Otherland now.

Hucka D.:

You have the strangled Wilsonia beside it [to the left], also representing Otherland and islands #1, 2 3, per the “Bigfeet” collage. The Wilsonia backhousei leaf that clearly represented Otherland Island #3 in that earlier collage now touches one of the 3 background islands of the new collage. Pretty obvious that the offshore islands are then Otherland, eh?

bb:

The curtains are being closed on Otherland? Just like that?

Hucka D.:

The temple and attached gallery will live on, though.

bb:

The Sgt. Pepper head on the lighthouse hillock reinforces its assoc. with the ESG-Healy gallery, Hucka D. Yaplanders all.**

Hucka D.:

That’s only one of three energy complexes now, though.

bb:

I suppose the Council of 1 spinning in the sky represents the everpresence of [delete name] and his high gravity influence.

Hucka D.:

Watch out!

bb:

Way above and beyond SL currently.

Hucka D.:

Red Verses Blue. Rooster Teeth. Rooster Springs. Roostre.

bb:

Thank you. We may continue this analysis of Jasper 01 later on tonight or at least tomorrow.

* 3/2: The dingo/dog was subsequently removed entirely from the final draft of the collage. However, he may reappear in Jasper 03 (?)

** 3/2: head from Sgt. Pepper also removed in final draft.


Chatty Chat…

“Hucka D., I think I’ve about resigned myself to the fact that I’ll keep the Otherland property.”

Hucka D.:

You won’t find a better place.

bb:

As a microcosm of SL itself, in all the positive aspects, really, it’s a fantastic living space, especially where I am.

Hucka D.:

So you’re staying… that’s great.

bb:

At least until the end of the Jasper series. No matter if no one outside the immediate family and circle of friends visits the gallery/temple.

Hucka D.:

The erasing of the treehouse, I suppose, was a sign. You took it as a sign, I mean.

bb:

Suppose so.

Hucka D.:

I did that.

bb:

Ok. I’ll accept that. So I just enjoy the landscape and that’s it.

Hucka D.:

What do you want to build now in SL?

bb:

Not a whole lot I don’t suppose. Thought of something loosely based on Arcadia Asylum’s stuff, pipes and all. But nothing well thought out.

Hucka D.:

You can temporarily delete the East Wing to make room for experiments.

bb:

I’ll think about that. Another thing I saw — this isn’t related to building specifically but the 10×10 itself — is to give more of a guided tour of the 10×10; supply more background information.

Hucka D.:

You need to have the 10×10 whole somewhere. Certainly Otherland will provide you with a good location until you can find better. But if you’re trying to downsize overall, then Otherland is as good a place as any. As long as you have a way to access it from the mainlands, you see. And you do. You need all 3 of these locations, in my opinion, for it to work. Also offer Edna’s photographs on the mainlands as well.

bb:

Edna’s photos are more site specific, perhaps, than the 10×10. They are intimately tied to the Temple of TILE.

Hucka D.:

Yet another reason to keep it around. Renting land for the Gallery at the Temple of TILE might be a problem, since it is so large.

bb:

There are others in the Stephen sim now. Two additional landowners, and both on larger plots than my own.

Hucka D.:

That might be a good thing, no?

bb:

Neither border my land, though.

Hucka D.:

More security. You *do* want Otherland to keep on going, don’t you?

bb:

Of course.

Hucka D.:

You still have the castle to chronicle.

bb:

I’m going to walk through the entire 10×10 as it stands in a moment. At the Otherland gallery.

Hucka D.:

Make a list of subjects dealt with in the 10×10. For example: Rydal. You first have this location show up in Yale 09 collage, and last in Wheeler 09 collage. Coincidence?

bb:

I think Rydal is going to play a part in the Jasper series as well, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

It should. It can.

bb:

But right now, at the beginning of the Jasper series, we find ourselves in northern Wales (Llanddwyn Island), about 50 miles, perhaps, from the Lake District with its Rydal.

Hucka D.:

Go into the forest.

bb:

Thank you.


Otherland Hike (I’m there for ‘nother mnth., at least!)

This is not the first Otherland hike I made after deciding to keep the Gallery at the Temple of TILE in Stephen for at least another month, but the second. Unfortunately I botched the first batch of new Otherland photos (west to Irene, Zell, and Kapron) by accidentally leaving the “show interface in snapshot” toggle checked. I’ll try to make a hike in that direction and take more snapshots soon. In the meantime, I was able to cleanly record a shorter hike through Hain to the commercial district in Antibes, and then down the very nice, curving boardwalk that starts at the lower end of the Antibes commercial district and continues through Dulcie before ending in Anwin.

The first pic is of a well I didn’t know existed in Hain until this hike. Anyone speak Dutch? … never mind, I’ll just ask my neighbor sometime.:)

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Here’s another picture of the only commercial region in the Otherland archipelago. Shame that such a pretty group of buildings lies basically deserted — don’t really understand the situation, admittedly.

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A shot of the lighthouse in the bay fronting the district, catching the first rays of the rising sun.

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Nice, if artificial, waterfall at the southern terminus of the boardwalk in Anwin.

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From there it’s just a short hike over the ridge to Hurla Dontbee, who I don’t think has fully rezzed in when I took this snapshot.

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“Nonsectarian… ant”(2)

“Hucka D., hopefully I can finish Jasper 01 tomorrow. Haven’t even got a name for it yet.”

Hucka D.:

Try now.

bb:

How bout… “Across The Bay”. No, that doesn’t quite hack it. Do you want to try more of an interpretation tonight?

Hucka D.:

Yes… rather quickly. You found this island, Llanddwyn, through the wikipedia article on the mineral jasper. On the currently ending sentence of the entry, Llanddwyn Island is mentioned has having examples of what is called “healed, fragmented rock” that “produces brecciated (broken) jasper”. So, bread crumb trail like, again, you were led to the island. The collage doesn’t really give a clear picture of the jasper on the island — perhaps you can rectify that in a future collage or 2, but the trail is clear enough. What now, that you’re on Llanddwyn Island, though? Well, now you head into the woods to the north and off the island, into Newborough Warren containing those densely planted Corsican pines.

bb:

Very similarly packed, in fact, to the pine forest I found on the what I though was called Corsica Island at first, but turned out to be the name for the inclusive continent. That forest is gone Hucka D., by the by.

Hucka D.:

Not surprisingly. Few forests seem to stay intact long in SL any more.

bb:

Interesting also that there was a BBC program about the *ravens* in Newborough Warren, Hucka D. Do you think our Jasper The Crow or perhaps Jasper The Rook or Raven comes from this place?

Hucka D.:

Well… let’s ask. Briefly again.

Jasper The Raven:

I am. I did. I left. I here.

bb:

Hello Jasper. You are leading us down a breadcrumb trail, no?

Jasper The Raven:

Yes. No.

bb:

Jasper The Raven/Rook/Crow, I believe that the forest represents a place beyond SL, which may be the same as Lllanddwyn Island. Beyond the mainlands and also all the little satellite estates, like Otherland and also Azure Islands. The two Edwardston Station Galleries on the mainlands…

Hucka D. (jumping in):

Again: there’s only one.

bb:

Sorry. The *split* ESG mainland gallery… anyway, the island is Sansara, but also all mainlands. Jasper?

Hucka D.:

He flew away. You were too windy for him tonight. Plus you need to get more sleep. The forest is a magical place. Go there.

bb:

Thank you.

*****

“Hucka D., in looking up links on Sansara, this one came up near the top — and mentioning my *other* Sansara landlord currently. And also the very nice creator of the Seefeld tower.

Hucka D.:

The bed is that way.


“Doorpick”

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“Quickly today, what’s apparently the second collage of the Jasper series has popped up, or at least a draft of this collage. Hucka D.? Ready?”

Hucka D.:

We are obviously in the Newborough Forest or Warren now, and with Jasper the Crow or Jasper the Rook or Jasper the Raven.

bb:

By this you mean the raven to the left in the collage.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Now what does Jasper continue to speak with you about?

bb:

I think it might be other responsibilities outside of the virtual reality of Second Life. The responsibilities of other, creative projects that can’t take place in SL… don’t have a gallery for those kind of exhibits.

Hucka D.:

Correct. That’s why the hatted eyeball looms so large inside the forest, in its center perhaps. But where is the door back from virtual reality? Crouching Baker here seems to be attempting to pick the door separating the two, but, foolishly perhaps, attempts to pick the doorknob instead of the actual keyhole. Standing Baker is looking *toward* this keyhole, but his direct vision is blocked by a tree. The keyhole is actually in the middle of the giant eye… it substitutes for its pupil. It is the pupil. This is a simple yet effect collage for conveying a certain meaning, baker b.

bb:

We should explain that both of the identical humans in the picture are me, baker b. Both are edited out of Edna’s photographs of a place called Korner’s Folly in Kernersville, NC.

Hucka D.:

I’ve seen them in your collages before, I believe.

bb:

Yes, they first appear in collage #10 of the Greenup series. Both what I call Crouching Baker and Standing Baker are there. They reappear, then in collages 14, 15, and 16 of that series. It seems relevant to say here that 10-11 and 15-16 are those animation collages I’m so fond of, and which reappear around every 4th collage of the overall 10×10. Dormant in the subsequent Rose Hill series, Crouching and Standing Baker make their next appearance in the Yale series, and yet again in animation related collages. This would be the 6th collage of that series.

Then both make a sort of cameo in both Newton 08 and Oblong 01, along with a lot of other images from the 10×10. They also do not appear in the Hidalgo series just completed, nor the Wheeler series.

Hucka D.:

They seems to be attached to the concept of “diamonds” in these pictures a lot. Like the present one.

bb:

When they first show up, in Greenup 10, they are physically positioned within, or symbolically within The Diamonds restaurant in Gray Summit, Missouri. The setting is not exactly this restaurant, but the association is understood in the series, since in the previous collage the actual restaurant is shown from a distance, albeit in a surreal location [top of a Lake District summit]. I’m going to log into SL, Hucka D., and take a closer look at those collages at the Otherland Gallery.

Hucka D.:

OK.

*****

bb:

Alright I’ve looked over all of those. Actually, I didn’t see either of these two Bakers in Oblong 01, so the most complex or most dense collage they appear in is Newton 08.

Hucka D.:

Time for a 10×10 Lexicon, my friend baker b.

bb:

I suppose so. But the only picture the Bakers actually appear *together* are Greenup 10 and Newton 08, and, now, Jasper 02. Of these only Greenup 10 is a so-called animation collage. [incorrect: they appear together in the animation collage Yale 06]

Hucka D.:

I noticed in looking through your eyes just a minute ago at the gallery collages, or was reminded, that the eyeball man that is later identified with a Resident first appears in Greenup 11, the animation twin of Greenup 10. What does this figure stand for?… obviously the Crouching and Standing Bakers stand for the collage artist himself… you.

bb:

Well… I think that’s the thing we can’t really talk about in a great deal of detail here, Hucka D. But it’s [delete name], obviously, to a large extent anyway.

Hucka D.:

Just saying the name makes me almost faint! So what’s he doing here in this new collage?

bb:

Well, like I said, I think he or it represents something beyond SL right now. The door referred to in the collage is the door back to reality. Trouble is, the Bakers don’t seem to know where the keyhole is… it’s the same as the pupil of the Resident. They can’t see it for some reason.

Hucka D.:

It’s the door beyond the 10×10.

bb:

Maybe.

Hucka D.:

The diamond willow stick that weaves through the trees is both a pencil filled with graphite and a diamond, like a record player needle. Groovy.

bb:

Walking stick, again, like the insect. Both found, syncily, in a search for “The Diamonds” and “Missouri.”

Hucka D.:

But Crouching Baker seems to be using the stick in a faulty way here. Or — maybe — a sneaky way. Maybe he’s actually getting the work he needs to get done *done*.

bb:

Well, I’m at least getting collages done, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

This may be Standing and Crouching Bakers’ last appearance in the 10×10. So tied into their first appearance, and since the 10×10 goes in a giant circle anyway, closer to the Greenup series than the Newton series.

bb:

True, I guess. The Resident will soon return to his obscure beginnings. The eyeball head remains just that in Greenup 10, although it’s really The Resident.

Hucka D.:

The Bakers’ seems to be involved in collages of trickery in perspective, like this one and also Greenup 10. Can you speak to that?

bb:

I think it is the attempt to create the 4th dimension.

Hucka D.:

We better end.

bb:

Thank you.


“Doorpick” (2)

“March 1, Hucka D. Snow tomorrow.”

Hucka D.:

Don’t put your boots up yet.

bb:

Strange that I haven’t even worn my snow boots this winter. Probably 5 inches of snow max during any one event.

Hucka D.:

That could change.

bb:

I thought we would go further with an interpretation of “Doorpick” tonight, and perhaps just loosely chat as well.

Hucka D.:

The Resident looms large in the middle of the woods.

bb:

Yeah, I think I know what that is. Do you like the lexicon I started?*

Hucka D.:

It’s the thing to do.

bb:

Since Jasper the Rook — let’s call him a rook — is in the forest as well, should we talk to him tonight?

Hucka D.:

Yes.

Jasper the Rook:

Portal is next. In and out. Not much harm done. Dog… dingo. Enters and exits. What’s inside? Caw!

bb:

Japan?

*****

Hucka D.:

He is gone again. Looking at the Stranger Creek Blog again, eh?

bb:

Yes, a friend says it could be inspired by SL. The reference to Lindens and also the grid. But I know this isn’t so.

Hucka D.:

You need to find that collage. College, I mean.**

bb:

Will the 10×10 return to the Lake District, Hucka D?

Hucka D.:

I am here to answer what I can. Yes.

bb:

I started relooking at the bits and pieces of 1P today, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

As it was suppose to happen.

bb:

Interesting that it has the same name as an early collage.

Hucka D.:

Look at that collage again, in your mind. Someone has donned an eyeball costume. Delete name is who it is. In The Diamonds restaurant on the high fell but not too high.

bb:

Isn’t that the place Larry Byrd proposed to Lennie Fish to make her become Lennie Bird? Two birds and 1 stone, I suppose [stone of engagement ring].

Hucka D.:

Conjunctio. Then darkness… more. Like the collage itself. Highest of the series. At the top of the valley and then even beyond, but you didn’t know that at the time.

bb:

That’s the first time The Residents show up in a collage. Although I didn’t know who they were at the time.

Hucka D.:

Keep in mind that The Diamonds was a restaurant known from coast to coast. Atlantic, Great Lakes, Specific… Pacific. On one side of Franklin County [where the restaurant use to be] is a Pacific town. But not to the west, as would be logical. Is it chance, then? No.

bb:

I was thinking somewhat of other connections with that county, after rereading the Lyme section of Floydada again the other day. Acid, for one thing. (pause) Although I can’t find it on the internet maps of the county. It’s in one of my atlases.

Hucka D.:

New International, circa ____. Your base atlase for map explorations.

bb:

Yeah, I think so. But to me this points to The Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Another diamond in the same county. But there’s more… probably much more.

Hucka D.:

We have returned to reality from SL. Breathe it in.

bb:

I found Acid, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

[delete name] was going to go into that cave and take acid to complete his journey off the grid. But instead he went to the neighboring cave of [delete name] and saw the dragon. East of Butchie… Dragon.

bb:

Same as was at the exact center of Quadrospirited. TILE Creek, then, most likely.

Hucka D.:

String, thread. The smallest quantity known. Planck’s constant.

bb:

[delete name] has the answers about Tile.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Unfortunately.

bb:

Where’s Grassy?

Hucka D.:

You must look into the cup of tea. 1, 2, 3. Otherland? Red, green, blue. Diamonds. Atlantic, Great Lakes, Specific…I mean…

bb:

Franklin County is the US as a whole. Thanks to [delete name].

Hucka D.:

You’re going to find much more about it.

bb:

Collage novel, I assume. When will that occur?

Hucka D.:

Certainly after the 10×10. 5 years from now. Winesap first, though.

bb:

The collage novel idea only occurred to me about a week ago, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Right time comes along.

bb:

It’s a natural extension of the 10×10 and also audiovisual synchronicities.

Hucka D.:

You better go inworld now.

bb:

Thank you.

* Baker Bloch’s old blog, unused for the longest time, is now being converted into a blog about the 100 individual pieces of the 10×10. Each piece will have its own post. Numerous categories, then, will link the posts/collages together in various ways. Should be a lot of fun! Link soon.

** Linden College in the blog is probably inspired by the neighboring town of Linwood, said by one account to be named for the many linden trees that grew in the area. A bit about the college and town here. Reference to being “off the grid” is here.


Snow Region Heart, 1

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Snow Region Heart, 2

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Rookwood (Corsica Island)

Rookwood is one of the added sims to the new and enlarged Corsica Island on the north side of the Corsica continent. It’s grown over twice the size of its original version, the one I visited last fall and recorded in this post. The intentions seem to be to make at least part of it some sort of Linden memorial, but don’t know the details of that yet.

The name Rookwood for one of the new sims struck me, since in the latest collage, partially inspired by the BBC story covering a lost raven in the Newborough Forest/Warren, I inserted the image of a rook in this forest. Thus the forest in the collage is literally “rook-wood”, especially since this Jasper the Crow/Raven/Rook seems to be a guiding spirit for the same named series “Doorpick” is a part of.

Unfortunately, access to the island is currently blocked, but through the magic of the disable camera option, combined with a long draw distance, I was able to take a couple of photos of Rookwood anyway, which lay on the opposite side of the island (north) from where the restricted zone begins. It is also the greenest of the island sims now, but, to my disappointment, this was not because of the presence of a forest. Mere “grass”, instead.

But this struck me mainly because the Newborough Forest, the forest I just inserted a rook into in “Doorpick”, is primarily composed of thickly planted *Corsican* pine, the same type of tree density, actually, I’ve only found in SL on the *original Corsica Island*. You have to admit it is an interesting little tangle of “coincidences.” Anyway, I think personally this is my next lead for continuing the series beyond “Doorpick” and into the 3rd collage, which I’ve yet to really start. I believe, especially now, that the scene may once again be the Newborough Forest in Wales, as the rook leads me further into what might be the heart of these woods.

Below is the picture of the Rookwood sim (green square) as it stands today.

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Here we have the only vegetation I could find presently on the island, at the corner of Rookwood, Toowong, Linden Memorial Park, and Monument.*

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* Since the Rookwood sim is at least adjacent to the planned Linden Memorial Park, if not part of the park itself, I thought I’d mention that all the convoluted events within the then-popular 19th Century novel Rookwood by William Harrison Ainsworth, are set in motion by the fall of a *linden* tree branch (equals lime tree in US terms). Check here.


Chatting…

“Hucka D., I thought we might have that long overdue discussion about TILE tonight, or at least start that dialog.”

Hucka D.:

Sure you don’t want to go inworld and explore more?

bb:

I’m fairly positive. Collage #3 will probably start up again tomorrow; we have a little break in the meantime.

Hucka D.:

Lots of snow outside. I predict you’ll have to wait until at least 9 to go into work.

bb:

Right. So… TILE.

Hucka D.:

OK, well the rook led you into the woods. Jasper the Rook, who is also a raven and and a crow and a blackbird in general. Dead of night stuff and all. He continues to lead. He’s leading you to the heart.

bb:

Is this heart TILE?

Hucka D.:

Can be. Do you want it to be?

bb:

I knew you were going to add that (smiles).

Hucka D.:

You’re starting to read my mind fairly well.

bb:

So Jasper the Rook is leading me to TILE.

Hucka D.:

That would be correct sir.

bb:

Can I ask any more about that, then?

Hucka D.:

Jasper is here.

bb:

OK. Hi Jasper.

Jasper the Rook:

Kaw!

bb:

Kansas?

*****

bb:

So we’re back with Jasper the Rook. Jasper?

Jasper the Rook:

Caw!

bb:

That’s better. So Jasper?

Jasper the Rook:

Caw! Caw, caw, caw!

bb:

What’s he trying to say, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

He’s saying, “Kansas! Kansas, Kansas, Kansas!”

bb:

I don’t think he’s saying that, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Let me check. Jasper?

Jasper the Rook:

Caw?

Hucka D.:

Caw, caw, caw?

Jasper the Rook:

Caw! Caw, caw, caw!

Hucka D.:

Yes baker b., he’s saying Kansas.

bb:

Dark Side of the Rainbow kind of Kansas, or collage type of Kansas, like Stranger Creek?

Hucka D.:

Latter. But they are connected through Cottonwood Falls anyway.*

bb:

(pause) Is this about SID’s 1st Oz, perhaps?

Hucka D.:

Tyle. Tyle, Tyle, Tyle.

*****

bb:

Funny. Why does Y replace I, then? That should be an easy one, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

That’s actually the hardest question you could ask.

bb:

We must relate it to SID’s 1st Oz, though.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Tull.

bb:

Y is the 4th. The last to be inserted or created. First you have beginning-middle-end, then the 4th somewhere in the middle of all that.

Hucka D.:

Red, green, blue. Where is the 4th?

bb:

Where is the ground, in other words? The Earth?

Hucka D.:

Always the question.

bb:

Should we…?

Hucka D.:

Diamonds. East, Great Lakes, West. Atlantic to Spec… Pacific. Coast to coast. Known. Diamonds, The. [Delete name]. He is Master Tiler. The.

bb:

Thank you for talking about this subject tonight. Do we need to bring in [delete name] and talk to him again? I’d rather avoid that if I could.

Hucka D.:

We could.

bb:

Where’d Jasper go, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Preparing the setting of the next collage, I suppose.

bb:

In the heart of the woods?

Hucka D.:

4th.

bb:

I’m picking up something about teeth.

Hucka D.:

Toothpick?

(to be continued?)

* The Stranger Creek blog includes a poem about Cottonwood Falls, and provides a picture. Return to Oz is partially set in Cottonwood Falls, home to Dr. Worley’s (bad guy in movie) clinic.


Chatting… (2)

“I’m picking up something, also, about Michigan. Rookwood tiles.”

Hucka D.:

The head has returned.

bb:

This is where [delete name] will be resurrected. In 2051, I believe. Gills Pier.

Hucka D.:

He’ll be there and/or be square.

bb:

So Michigan is in the heart of the woods?

Hucka D.:

Why not. St. Johns moves forwards and backwards at once. That little part is highlighted in the mural as well. Why not.

bb:

So the dog goes there.

Hucka D.:

We must talk of the Jasper series and the 10×10 as a whole. You are prepared for the 3rd now.

bb:

I want to have a party at the end. Why not.

Hucka D.:

Invite your friends. Do it through the Yapland grapevine system.

bb:

I’m going to have it at Otherland of course. I’ll have to check the rules of such notices… not sure if the events have to be in Yapland itself or not.

Hucka D.:

You will have your 10×10 tucked in your back pocket. But then you must analyze, analyze, analyze.

bb:

10×10 review.

Hucka D.:

Big one. Big. Preparation for all art to come, really. Animation. Lake District. That’s up soon. Pretty soon. Down the road.

bb:

What of RS7?

Hucka D.:

Summer. Land.

bb:

I’ve got to start planning out my hiking season hikes.

Hucka D.:

Do it through this blog.

bb:

Simple enough, I suppose.Can’t totally forget about Endohikes, as I call them, as well.

Hucka D.:

No. (pause) STREAM.

bb:

Better log off. Thanks.

Hucka D.:

You’re welcome.


“St. Michigan”

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“Jasper 03 almost done. Just final draft to create, Hucka D.” (3/4: this is done!)

Hucka D.:

You didn’t expect to see Esbum Michigan showing up, I bet (!)

bb:

No. (pause to pull up image) I think this is about comings and goings, Hucka D. The dog in the picture goes into that forest portal to the left, and emerges from the same portal to the right. This is the portal in Michigan that occurs when you link the 2 St. Joseph Rivers together.

Hucka D.:

We probably shouldn’t talk about that a lot, though.

bb:

Alright, then. There, though, is an impossible river in Michigan as a result that runs both directions at once.

Hucka D.:

The 2 dogs are the same. Saints. Exactly the same in this schema.

bb:

The dog seems to be a dingo. In fact I know the right one is.

Hucka D.:

The forest is Rookwood.

bb:

Then there’s an actual image of the Corsica Island forest inserted within a photo of Newborough Forest, full of its Corsican trees. The 2 images seem to fit remarkably well together, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

As it was suppose to be.

bb:

Then there’s little Baker Bloch at the bottom, ready to enter the thickly planted forest, just as he did on SL’s Corsica Island forest, which has since been deleted. Is this where the spirits of the trees went, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

You got it backwards. The trees of *SL* were inhabited by the Newborough Warren trees for a spell. Kind of a vacation for them, like you take trips with Baker Bloch at times. See?

bb:

Are you saying the trees were immobile avatars?

Hucka D.:

They moved in their own manner, just like S.F. moves in mysterious ways. And they left their signature behind: Rookwood.

bb:

The sim, you mean. I just saw on the SL map tonight that more work is being done on that sim. Can’t wait to visit it for real instead of just viewing it incompletely from a distance, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Don’t forget that Wheeler 09 dealt with the 256m x 256m dimensions of a sim as well. Ives album cover. You must also remember that Ireland has come up in connection with Ives before. Oblong 11, I believe?

bb:

Ummmm, yes. Actually yes. There’s more to all this, obviously. When I visited Corsica Island a second time, I explored a possible resonation with the Rubi Forest, Hucka. D. It was that removed corner slot that you can still see on this collage transposition, Hucka D., that linked the two, perhaps. Then that spirit showed up (now gone), and right at the 128 meter position east to west. Exactly halfway across the sim, right where my old property lines in that area would have synced up. Spirit in the woods.

Hucka D.:

The Corsican pine is back home in Wales. Actually, as I said, it never left. It was playing a virtual game in SL, is all. Be aware of that kind of thing.

bb:

I’ll try. (pause) So this is the heart of the woods baker b. was looking for, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Yes. the yin-yang center. Backwards and forwards at once. Two streams in one; two dogs together. Same dog, same stream. Fountain of Youth.

bb:

This has also to do with tile, through the Rookwood tiles.

Hucka D.:

Yes. You are tiling Michigan as well as all other states.

bb:

But [delete name] is slated to resurrect in Michigan in 2051, Hucka D. This must be about him as well, especially since we have Esbum Michigan here.

Hucka D.:

Esbum has been assimilated. Back. Sainthood. Saint Joseph. Saint John. Two in one.

bb:

Should we talk about Peter Dunne and Island Grove here?

Hucka D.:

A bit. Peter Dunne found the map of Michigan in Jasper County, Illinois, the same county the 10×10 is all about. He found it in the Newton town library. 1886. On that map, the two streams were one. This is the map (points to map in collage).

bb:

Let’s see: so that inspired him to change the name of his church to St. John’s?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Because he saw Michigan as a giant head after that. Brainard?

bb:

*I* don’t know.

Hucka D.:

The ponds…

bb:

Yes. The Great Lakes wholly visible on this map are also tied to Esbum’s now famous pond, from the photograph in the Edwardston Station collection. Two in one again, since the bodies of water (Lake Michigan and Lake Huron) are linked here through a strait.

Hucka D.:

Yes.

bb:

And the Corsica Island forest has subsequently been lost, just like Esbum lost her pond, along with the entire set of sims that it was a part of. Edwardston sim and neighboring ones.

Hucka D.:

Yes, this is about loss. And borrowing from the real world then giving it back. Nothing is lost in SL, though. It all returns.

bb:

And, of course, like Esbum herself, perhaps our greatest loss in SL.

Hucka D.:

Sweet of you to say that. I know she appreciates it.

bb:

So she goes back to Michigan. To [delete name].

Hucka D.:

Right. She has found the secret of the pond in the real world. Two streams in one; two pond halves in one as well now. Michigan is home. Sainthood.

bb:

Interesting that Baker Bloch is about to enter those rl woods in the collage here, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

He is home as well.

(to be continued?)


“Promised Land”

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Hucka D.:

So now we’ve landed safe and sound in Michigan, baker b. Gill’s Pier.

bb:

Yes. Thank you for being here. This is obviously a contrast between Gill’s Pier and Pier’s Gill. Flat and pastoral in former case and hugely steep, rocky, and unsettling in latter. Standing Baker has climbed to the edge of Pier’s Gill and is seeming to admiring the magical view into its phonetic inversion, Gill’s Pier, with a dingo in tow.

Hucka D.:

The Dingo.

bb:

Crouching baker is interacting with a wagon that has “Pier’s Gill” on its side. This is to the far left on the collage. He has the angel of Michigan (?) in the wagon, the one Esbum’s head covered in the former collage of St. Michigan. The darker part of the rock that the wagon is situated upon is not from Pier’s Gill, though, but from Gill’s Pier, as is the background for the right part of the collage, beyond the stream. The wagon use to say Gill’s Pier but baker has perhaps rearranged the letters to make it Pier’s Gill instead, and, in sync with this, attached the dark rock to the actual Pier’s Gill in England. The wagon can now, perhaps, magically ascend the edge of that gorge to the top. Is, perhaps, Crouching Baker attempting to move the wagon to the top of the crevass to toss it over the top, back to Gill’s Pier in the right part of the collage?

Hucka D.:

You are doing a good job explaining “Promised Land”. I think you should rename it, though. (pause) Maybe.

bb:

The dingo way up on the cliff, at its top in this collage, is balanced by the fox at the bottom, just inside the Gill’s Pier territory. This seems to be a contrast of Pier’s Gill and Gill’s Pier themselves again. The opposition of fox and dingo has surfaced a number of times in the art 10×10, Hucka D. Just off the top of my head, I think of Yale 04, 05, and 06 in particular. Yale 04 may especially apply here, since the fox and dingo are both present in that one together, just as we have here.

Reversal of words in signs has just occurred in the Wheeler series with “Hunt City” in Wheeler 09 turning into “City Hunt” in Wheeler 10, the last of that series. I also think back to Rose Hill 09 and the two Rose Hill city limits signs on opposite sides of that collage. (pause).

Hucka D.:

What are those children and that guitar wielding green creature to the far right?

bb:

Like you don’t know: that’s an aspect of the promised land. Different creatures can mix and understand each other, lie down in fields with each other. That didn’t come out right, did it? Anyway, that’s the impossible that can happen in paradise. This would be…

Hucka D.:

…2051. In Gill’s Pier, then.

bb:

Yes. According to the Cross of the Lamb glyph. [delete name], of course.

Hucka D.:

The cliff and gulch represent the gap between present and future. Crevass of time. Right now, if Standing Baker at the top would attempt to enter paradise, he would merely fall to his death?

bb:

There’s an interesting, powerful triangle of diminutive images forming around the rocks and cliff, Hucka D. This would be almost an (tilted) equilateral triangle, formed of Crouching Baker, fox, and then both Standing Baker and dingo at the apex. Do you see it? The triangle stands out because there are no other figures in the center of the collage; although I attempted to insert one or two or three there, I decided to remove them later on to emphasize this triangle. You have the opposites of Crouching and Standing Baker on one side, and dingo and fox on the other side. The apex unites these two complements or opposites: dingo + Standing Baker. Crouching Baker and fox also face west, while Standing Baker and dingo, united at the top, face east.

Hucka D.:

What is Crouching Baker doing to the wagon? Is he pushing it? Pulling it? Or manipulating it in some other way?

bb:

He seems to be either pushing or pulling the wagon.

Hucka D.:

Maybe, having rearranged the sign to spell Pier’s Gill instead of Gill’s Pier, he is now attempting to drag the wagon onto the actual Pier’s Gill cliff just to its right — up the incline, then. This is because it doesn’t belong to Gill’s Pier any longer, or the blackish rock it is standing on from Gill’s Pier. I think he’s attempting to move it to the east, then, baker b.

bb:

Or maybe he just rolled it down off that incline and is going to change the sign back to Gill’s Pier, to match the new location in the collage. Inverse of what you’re talking about, then.

Hucka D.:

Interesting. Could be either one. Or both.

bb:

Maybe it means that Gill’s Pier lies in the past, before Pier’s Gill, as well as the future. He must make amends with the past before passing into the future, the promised land.

Hucka D.:

You must be square with the past.

bb:

That triangle of small images is very interesting, indeed!

Hucka D.:

The fox may already have that knowledge. Fox seems to be the same as Crouching Baker, but perhaps in two different places in time.

bb:

Or maybe in almost the same instant of time. When Crouching Baker rearranges the wagon signs back to Gill’s Pier, he instantly, through the magic of this triangle, changes over to the fox *standing* in Gill’s Pier. Just on the edge, but clearly within the grassy meadow of that Michigan location.

Hucka D.:

I’m thinking that the past here may represent pre-art 10×10, and then, at the same time, pre-[delete name]. Pre-Pier’s Gill, in other words. Before the ascent to the top.

bb:

Which makes it the subject matter of the Oz/Floyd Paradox document, Hucka D., I’m guessing.

Hucka D.:

I think so. You must be square with the whole Dark Side of the Rainbow, Rainbow Sphere, SID’s 1st Oz relationship before moving on. The past secures the future.

bb:

We should add here that although this is the first appearance of Gill’s Pier in the 10×10, Pier’s Gill has come up before. Again, I think here especially of Oblong 06, and also, to a lesser degree, Oblong 18.

Hucka D.:

Let’s, then, at least take a look at “Santa Speaks” (Oblong 06).

(pause to take snapshot of image at the Gallery at the Temple of TILE)

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bb:

I am unsure of the relationship between the newest collage and Oblong 06, although I did want to insert another one of those pictures of Santa Clause into Jasper 04. Just didn’t seem to fit — perhaps walking up the Pier’s Gill incline, as he is in Oblong 06.

Hucka D.:

The triangle overpowered, though.

bb:

I had an image of Truman with his suitcase there in-between Crouching Baker and Standing Baker on that narrow ridge. But I had to delete it.

Hucka D.:

It is a phantom image, still, in the overall animation of the collage. Past to present to future.

bb:

We better end.

Hucka D.:

Say thank you (smiles).

bb:

Thank you!


“Max…”

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“I don’t think this is the final version of Jasper 05 but we’re going to attempt to start an interpretation anyhoot, Hucka D. Hucka?”

Hucka D.:

No, this one’s not finished.

bb:

Do you want to talk about it anyway tonight?

Hucka D.:

Errrrr…. obviously you have Piers Gill again in this one. And the fox.

bb:

I suppose I should look up Coniston Old Man before we progress.

Hucka D.:

Yes.

*****

bb:

3/9/09:

“We may be far enough along to attempt a proper interpretation tonight, Hucka D. Do you think so?”

Hucka D.:

We’ll try. I think [delete name] is diverting the stream of cars going up the road into the gulch. Pier’s Gill. That’s the big, L-shaped slash to the left, of course.

bb:

Diverting with a coffee mug. But not just any ol’ coffee mug but one with Max Ernst’s “birds” on it, like we have in now nearby Greenup 10.

Hucka D.:

Right. Fantastic find, baker b. Of course it was planted there, though.

bb:

Do you want to talk about that more?

Hucka D.:

Obviously the logical choice for animating that particular part of Jasper 05 here is to make the coffee mug turn into your opus 19 *3* bird sculpture, your only real sculpture work, still, actually, unless you count the temple/gallery here. Which I think you should.

bb:

Thanks. I see it as SL outsider art of some type, perhaps. I’ve become attached to it.

Hucka D.:

The willow stick returns from Jasper 02, Doorpick. There are 2 Maxes in this photo as there were 2 Bakers in that particular one, Standing and Crouching. The Maxes here could be called Frontward and Backward Maxes, I guess. The reason I bring this up in particular is that just like Crouching Baker holds the diamond willow stick in Jasper 02, so Frontward Max holds the same in the Jasper 05 draft here. In his enlarged hand, I mean. There are 2 Maxes because there are 2 versions of the same, essential picture overlapping in this collage. They are really at the same place in the pictures, but are split in location here. Dopplegangers, like the Bakers before them.

bb:

The line of cars also appears before in the 10×10, and in another animation series. Actually 2 animation series — no, wait, just one. This would be Newton 05 and Newton 06, but they make their first appearance in the 10×10 in Yale 04. But it seems more closely related to Newton 05 and 06, remembering that Jasper is the higher octave of the Newton series in many ways…

Hucka D.:

As Wheeler to Yale before it. Just as in Newton, you built your psychic energy up a bit through an “introductory” series of collages before returning to the Lake District in full, as we had in Newton 05 and we have here in Jasper 05. The introduction in the present case comes through Wales, and Llanddwyn Island and Newborough Forest or Warren. From there we find the portal back to the Lake District through the Pier’s Gill/Gill’s Pier duality. Wales leads to Michigan leads to Lake District and Pier’s Gill, you see. But also Coniston Old Man now, a new addition to the Lake District images in your 10×10. Max. Maximilian.

bb:

I notice there’s an “X” in the center of the collage as well, made by the willow stick crossing the edge of the almost straight up-and-down road edge. Almost a regular “X”.

Hucka D.:

Max. X. Ancient. X marks the spot… that sort of stuff.

bb:

I think this one may be finished as far as adding in images. I’m still unsure why the line of cars are being diverted from the road that leads to the fox on the hill and into the gulch… Pier’s Gill. This would be through the crack in the road’s left wall, interestingly. Do the cars represent just rocks?

Hucka D.:

It should also be mentioned that the very top of the landscape here is not from Coniston Old Man nor Pier’s Gill, but represents instead the top of Foxes Gully already seen several times in the 10×10, like in Newton 07. Relating it again to the Newton series in terms of imagery.

bb:

I think this is different parts of the Lake District acting in unison to make a point or series of points.

Hucka D.:

Very perceptive. The line of cars seems to be following the Ancient up the side of the mountain, parallel to Pier’s Gill. What is this Ancient? An amalgomation of Santa Claus and your Edwardston spirit from the railroad tressel, also now seen as a spirit within the Edwardston railroad station recently added to your gallery/temple in Otherland. Is this what it looked like, baker b.?

bb:

Maybe. The face of the Ancient here reminds me of the red lion face found in the Oblong series (Oblong 03, 05, 07). The Santa figure is also from the same line of collages (Oblong 06, 07). They overlap, actually, in Oblong 07. Haven’t we already looked at that before in this blog in relation to, let’s see… yeah, I think it was “Willows Diamond” from the Wheeler series. Wheeler 05. Another 05, Hucka D.

(pause to log into SL and look at Oblong series)

Actually, Hucka D., the lion almost appears to be smiling, like the head of the Ancient in Jasper 05. In Oblong 07 he is covering more the pack of the same Santa Claus image instead of his head, Hucka D. And certainly the similarly red devil to the left in Oblong 07 is broadly smiling, leaning on Birdtail Butte in the background. (pause). A though occurred to me, today, Hucka D., and that is the Ancients are merely the 4 elements, like the red lion here stands for the element fire. Fire, air, earth, water, symbolized in those 4 very different and very distinctively shaped buttes in ___ County, Montana, Hucka D. 4 elements.

Hucka D.:

The red Santa is on the opposite side of Pier’s Gill now than he was in Oblong 06. And the diamond shaped wedge of Sprinking Tarn is missing. But we do have the diamond shapes in the diamond willow stick, as well as the name of the willow itself. Diamond.

bb:

The road is from an entirely different location, though, Hucka D., and that is The Jug in West Virginia, mentioned a couple of times in this blog at least. It’s where Booker T. went to in the middle of my interview with him concerning SID’s 1st Oz. He had a dream vision there.

Hucka D.:

He saw me, the bee.

bb:

Yeah, I forgot that part (smiles). The Y. Anyway, this is the bridge to the Jug itself, across the top or “lid” of the peninsula.

Hucka D.:

Why are the line of cars being diverted, then, from entering The Jug?

bb:

Maybe The Jug is not as important a center as the Lake District and Pier’s Gill.

Hucka D.:

I diverted them. In the next collage you’ll see the situation where they weren’t diverted. And the consequences. Dingo.

bb:

I know Booker T.’s vision in The Jug, which he first entered in the dream realm while camping just to the north of the lid, as we’re calling it here, remained incomplete. He couldn’t follow the Y entirely.

Hucka D.:

Yet he did the next day or series of days. To the source of Middle Island Creek and Bee. Ephraim Bee.

bb:

Maybe the cars now heading up Pier’s Gill represents this continued journey up Middle Island Creek by Booker T. Diverted, but only temporarily. Diverted to the actual source of the creek… and the Y.

Hucka D.:

The crow or blackbird or rook has also reappeared in Jasper 05. He is on the road behind the mug. Another roadblock? At any rate, he seems to be checking out the Ancient to his left, and perhaps Pier’s Gill.

bb:

The two birds on the mug, again which will show up in Greenup 10 soon, are a Y themselves, one with a fish extending from its mouth, attached to the mouth through a line. And then the other head of the bird/birds is attached to a balloon. Water and air, it seems. Too small to see in this particular picture, and especially the lower resolution draft.

Hucka D.:

The stick weaves its way around the cup’s handle to the front, like it weaves through the trees of Newborough Forest in Jasper 02 before it. And just like the distortions of the fish and Standing Baker make evident in Greenup 10, in combo with the cup of tea — balance of coffee mug? — and Crouching Baker just in front of them. Or is it *way* in front of them. We can’t tell; that’s the point.

bb:

Is this like a Klein bottle, then?

Hucka D.:

You better end here for tonight.

bb:

Thanks!


Stephen Galleries Updates (1)

Hi.

Added directional arrow to bottom of spiral ramp on ground floor. Hover text instructs visitors and would be climbers of this spiral ramp to keep right and jump when needed. Don’t know why I haven’t added something like this earlier.

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But to the main clump of additions: I was able to create a completely new sub-level to the gallery, once again using Arcadia Asylum’s ever so nifty Metro Subway set, as I did before in Rubi and also Azure Islands (original stay). Rl wife says she was glad to see it return. In the latest incarnation of this subway, we have a 60 meter tunnel w/ two entrances, both from the west. The entrances come at, north-to-south-, the 10-20 meter span and 40-50 meter span. Then behind the rail we have these two entrances connected to each other through 8 merged bathroom areas, 2 formerly occupying each 10 meter span.

Then I had to considerably shorten the original top of the escalator entrance to the subway — actually took out all the moving parts — to fit it into this space properly, it seems. The entrance is between the also newly inserted Edwardston Station Gallery upright sign, and the Edwardston Station notecard (right yellow object) in the below shot.

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Baker Bloch at the bottom of the old escalator, taking in the familiar space. The teleporter for this area (one of 9 now available in the gallery/temple, if one includes Baker’s Shack/Ground) is just in front of the escalator here.

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A look down the area containing the merged bathrooms. Since this shot, I’ve put reinstated part of two walls to separate the space into 3 rooms, essentially.

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Tunnel from the north end looking south.

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Baker Bloch looking back up at the entrance to the subway.

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I should also add that I’ve moved all of the Edwardston related photos Wilsonia Foxclaw is examining in this post, and created about a month ago, to the subway area, just around and then in the room behind the escalator. Presently, that’s the only pictures in the subway, although there’s space for considerably more.


Stephen Galleries Updates (2)

Since I’m chatting about gallery/temple updates, thought I’d mention that the space remaining for the art or collage 10×10 is quickly being filled up. I’m pretty sure I can fit all of the remaining collages into the East Wing before you reach the Charleston Fountain area, which Baker Bloch stands just to the north of in the below snapshot.

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Planned location for the 10th and final collage for the Jasper series, which will also be the final of the 10×10 as a whole (!). The collage currently hanging here is the animation twin of that future collage, slated to be finished by about March 23rd or so.

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In other Otherland news on a personal level, Stephen now has other occupants, 3 to be exact. Just like that, they all swooped in and bought land. However, all are clustered more or less around the opposite corner of the sim from where I am, so my spectacular view of the bay and surrounding woods still stands unblemished, at least at the time of this writing. Interesting to see, for sure, if others move in, and occupy directly adjacent land to my own. I won’t like it, but having neighbors will have certain advantages as well. Maybe. Anyway, I’m still enjoying the unspoiled view for now. 🙂

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Then a picture of the gallery exterior from the front, showing the relationship of the new subway sub-level to the stuff higher up. I think it works great; I especially like how the direction of the Arab crosses the main tunnel of the subway now, making a cross such as existed between the same two elements in the old Rubi gallery/temple complex.

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Chatting w/ the D.

“Hucka D., it seems that SL is loosing its grip on me even more.”

Hucka D.:

The traveling TILE Cube show may be a good idea. Get rid of the Seefeld annex. Almost the same price for either/or.

bb:

I’m not sure I’m that interested enough to travel around SL any more, despite the cheap rent I could have. (pause)

Hucka D.:

Well, you have until about the 23rd to decide.

*****

bb:

Maybe we should talk about TILE. Or Toy Avatars.

Hucka D.:

So you see Otherland is a good place to settle down, if that’s what you’re doing. I can’t really tell you what to do most of the time. Unless it’s obvious, like leaving Azure Islands. That was in the cards all along. You were suppose to go there twice. That’s it. Otherland: once.

bb:

Similar places and locations in each. In the interior of the largest islands of each archipelago. Similar temple/galleries, in the end.

Hucka D.:

Your Otherland temple/gallery is about perfected. The subway needed to cross The Arab. Obvious now that it is completed.

bb:

The question, then, is more Seefeld. But I’m tempted just to keep it as well.

Hucka D.:

You must keep Healy, whatever.

bb:

Can we talk about the Ancients? I have a feeling one is going to be included in the final version of Jasper 05, or perhaps 06… or both.

Hucka D.:

Max. Man. Manx. Isle of. (pause). X… cross. Like the gallery. The X man shows up at the X. (pause) It is done.

bb:

It’s a ghost in the subway, I’m taking it.

Hucka D.:

A spirit. An Ancient. He is here to speak.

bb:

Should we speak to him tonight?

Hucka D.:

Right. Ok. Suppose.

Manx:

Hi.

bb:

Hi Manx. Are you an Ancient?

Manx:

I am in the subway. X marks the spot. All that.

bb:

Are you from Edwardston?

Manx:

I am.

bb:

The Elders of the Mmmmmm’s determined that no toy avatars are from Mythos.

Manx:

Correct. They are your children. They are in the parks.

bb:

Frank and Herman. This is about TILE.

Hucka D.:

I will take over now. Thank you Manx.

bb:

It’s interesting to have a ghost or spirit at the Otherland temple. Is he related to Wilsonia?

Hucka D.:

It is the ghost of the future’s past.

bb:

Is he the same as Mr. Low?

Hucka D.:

No. Mr. Low is not needed any longer. Not really.

bb:

How is he a different Ancient from Mr. Low?

Hucka D.:

Ancients stayed on the mainlands. Ancients immigrated to the outlands… otherlands. Like Otherland. Like Azure Island. They left through the Atlas Sea in the latter case. Atlas… Atlantis… Destroyed. Other. Ancient.

bb:

What about the Sea of Solomon.

Hucka D.:

There is confusion about which is which. Like two eyes which see the same sight. It could be that the Sea of Solomon is a reflection.

bb:

Could it be the other way around? That the Atlas sea is a reflection of the Solomon sea?

Hucka D.:

We should talk of the rock in Herman Park. You must name it.

bb:

Notherton is taken. Ummm… how about Manx?

Hucka D.:

Close. Very good. Man. Max. Manx.

bb:

If I collage the Max image into Jasper 05 and/or 06, it will be the second appearance of that artist’s work in the 10×10. The first would be Greenup 10. (pause) Found something Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Yes. End links back to beginning. Cup from Willows Diamond. Also Greenup 10. Then filled with marbles; red, green, blue. Diamonds known coast to coast, which means Great Lakes in the middle. St. Michigan. 2 body of waters.

bb:

The lakes are saying goodbye to me for now.

Hucka D.:

There’s some more work to do.

bb:

Thank you.