Baker Blinker Blog Book III: Jeogeot I 04b (Aug/Sept 2009 02 of 02)


Corsica Continent Revisited

Karoz views part of the Noru gallery complex from in front of the neighbor’s theatre. Will be hard to leave this place…

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Baker Bloch, nor any of The Bakers, have been over to Cowell and the Forest of Kahruvel in ages. So this particular Baker decides to drop in, only to find the lower level of the Cowell lighthouse in seeming disarray. Is someone searching for hidden secrets of the forest and village?

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Then it’s on to the Corsica continent, a long way from the old lands of Cowell but perhaps related in inexplicable ways. Probably not, mind you. But here Baker explores one of the several, interesting and obvious isolated peaks of the continent. You can usually spot them by the granite textures within otherwise green landscapes using the very handy terrain view option on the SL viewer. This particular one is in Ephant; in fact, Baker Bloch attempted to rent a cabin on the side of this mountain, only to find that his Paypal account funds needed replenishing, which would take 3-5 working days. So that project is on hold right now.

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Another very interesting place on the Corsica continent, this time in the curiously named Zap Cannon sim. Baker Bloch admires the asymmetrical nature of the village’s layout, only to later notice that the next sim to the west is called Symmetry.

But that’s not the weird part… As you can see below Baker Bloch found a rabbit near the center of this quaint Zap Cannon village, and his user baker b., instantly remembering Robert Plant Variant’s talk of rabbits just the night before, decides to pose him in front of it. Apparently the rabbit acts as a barista for this small, circular coffee shop on the main thoroughfare of the village, about in its center.

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Then Blochs finds a larger double of this barista bunny in the belltower directly above the coffee shop, topping the highest structure within the village. Mirroring the idea that Plant had about Baker Bloch and Peter (Rabbit) being one and the same, Baker Bloch attempts to get inside its skin, or at least as close as possible (just for the purposes of the snapshot again, mind you).

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Then upon further exploration of Zap Cannon, Baker Bloch is surprised by more rabbits, found in this room in a modernistic home a little to the north and west of the village just visited. Blochs realizes that this is some kind of message.

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Baker Bloch rechecks the SL map to see the parcel where he found the room full of rabbits is immediately below a sim called Ubik. Well, that certainly rang a bell, because it is the name of his user’s favorite Philip Dick book, and one of his favorites of all time. The sim must have been named for the unusually titled book. A little later on, Baker finds another sim not too far away called Valis, obviously another Philip Dick reference (VALIS being one of his more famous books, and also the name of a trilogy representing his last completed works). But what didn’t immediately come to me at the time is that Zap Cannon itself may be reference to yet another Philip Dick book called The Zap Gun, one of his lesser known works.

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Of course, Baker Bloch had to explore Ubik since he was right next door. A glyph containing strange lettering is found underneath some kind of huge rock structure that apparently occupies the whole ground portion of the sim. The parcel is called Lost Eden; the rock structure appears to be (as Baker Bloch is re-exploring it today) just a huge square block.

But through some kind of default landing point Baker Bloch is unable to re-find today, he discovers what seems to be the meat of this sim: a mall or mall-like square centered by this rather nice fountain area, including the cluster of huge, indigo crystals pictured below.

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Then perhaps the most remarkable discovery: Baker finds that the house with the rabbit room is situated on a parcel called “Dick’s Rednecks”, seemingly totally unrelated to the fact that the sim directly bordering this Zap Canon parcel to the north is obviously named for a Philip *Dick* novel, as is, perhaps, even the sim the parcel is located in itself (Zap Cannon, a takeoff of “Zap Gun”). Coupled with the repeated rabbit sightings in the same area, and the fact that user baker b. just mentioned Philip Dick in a lengthy reply to Headburro Antfarm’s thoughts on his blog, one doesn’t wonder too hard why Baker Bloch is getting some cold chills at this point.

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What has already developed from this is that Hucka D. is claiming Peter of Petemond or “Peter’s Mound” fame is from this general area, apparently, on the Corsica continent. And then there’s the most amazing overlap of the largest island of the Corsica continent with the state of Pennsylvania. Stay tuned for certain!


Corsica Prime =s PA?? Think so.

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“Hucka D., are you ready on this?”

Hucka D.:

You are basically correct. Corsica Prime equals Pennsylvania. Good work.

bb:

Corsica Prime is the main island of the Corsica Continent. I assume I could only find this Corsica-Penn. match after getting a good start on the blog within a blog. Obviously, to me, this has something to do with Peter, then, and the reason Plant wanted me to think about Rabbit Holes the other night. And also obviously Philip Dick is involved, and perhaps more Philips as well.

Hucka D.:

You better review… for the reader.

bb:

I’ll add text to the post below, hopefully tomorrow, in a couple of hours. If Corisca-PA match is correct, and I think it has to be, then Linden Memorial Island overlaps Tioga County.

Hucka D.:

You have to have a subtle touch on this one. But obviously we’re extending the blog within a blog. This is where Peter comes from… or went to. Peter was here. That’s the important thing.

bb:

The same Peter that Petemond is named after. The same Peter you claim lived in Noru at one point, and next to my land there.

Hucka D.:

The same.

bb:

This is all coming to a head, or entering a new stage of the game. Beyond Sunklands, as Plant himself said.

Hucka D.:

Yes.

bb:

I suppose I should give a link to my reply to Headburro Antfarm’s reply on his blog, where Philip Dick is mentioned, and also linked in ways to Phillip Linden/Phillip Rosedale.

Hucka D.:

This is all coming to a head.

bb:

Part of the clues for this match is found in this post from last September, Hucka D. Here Corsica Island is associated with Corsica, Pennsylvania and also other population place names in the area. This, I think, is at least partially about The Arab. Is The Arab really from the Corsica Continent, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Yes.

bb:

In looking at the map, we’ve said that Tioga County seems to overlap Linden Memorial Island, which I originally called Corsica Island, like in that September post. The county of Erie to the northwest here seems to lie off the *northeast* coast of Corisa Prime, or off the SL grid itself, I mean. The SL island below Chester County in the SE corner of the inverted Corsica Prime seems to be highlighted by a semi-circle.

Hucka D.:

Go there.*

bb:

And then, just above this, Philadelphia, perhaps strangely, is one of the few places in this Pennsylvania-Corsica Prime overlap that’s not found on Corsica Prime but on an island to the west.

Hucka D.:

Head there as well.

bb:

Centre County, in this translation, could be important. (pause) So what exactly is this, then, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

The end of SL. The poking through of RL. SL-RL.

bb:

Karoz’s oversimplified circle of the SL continents breaks down here, or is transcended.

Hucka D.:

SL bends toward RL. More than bends… becomes one with. Sacrifices itself.

bb:

Can you talk more, now, of Blue Mars Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Blue Mars begins where SL begins to end. SL-RL. Penns, Pennsyls.

bb:

What about Plant, Marty, Lemon now?

Hucka D.:

You must deal directly with Peter somehow.

bb:

Peter the Rabbit.

Hucka D.:

You can say that.

bb:

Where specifically was The Arab found on the Corsica continent? On the Linden Memorial Island?

Hucka D.:

That better be all for tonight. Good work again, baker b. Good night.

bb:

Good night to you as well. Thank you.

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* 10/5/10 update: This round island later turns out to be what Hucka D. calls the Eye of Rye, which became a blog subcategory.


Better Corsica Prime-Pennsylvania Map; More Variations on a theme

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… now with the state of Pennsylvania inverted, which appears to give us additional information, plus a *center line* common to both Corsica Prime and Pennsylvania. As it turns out, the southern border of the sim Valis (marked with red “V” on the first map) runs along this center line, and in Pennsylvania this happens to be overlapped with *Centre* County, seemingly reinforcing the relationship (?)

There are other reasons I believe this is clear reference to Philip Dick, perhaps highlighting his VALIS above all else, but I can’t go into it yet in this blog.

Still it could be chance that this centerline just happens to land on a sim border, since the whole of Pennsylvania is aligned to the top and bottom of Corsica Prime itself, or, in other words, the top and bottom of particular sims. Have to think about that more.

As I’m counting, the center line is 9 sims down from the top of the continent, and then 9 sims up from the bottom for a total of 18 sims north to south. East to west, it is more difficult to ascertain but the Corsica Prime-Pennsylvania overlap in this longer axis appears about 33-34 sims wide in terms of the former.

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Amazingly today (or not) it appears with a new view that even the two other possible overlaps between the two work on some significant level.

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More soon on this rather bizarre subject.
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Oh Me Gods…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/sep/07/discovery-species-papua-new-guinea


Corsica: Navel

Baker Bloch beams down into the center of the Valis sim (default landing point). Speaking of beams, no pink ones yet!

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But Baker does soon happen across this strange island near the top of the ridge running through the eastern part of Valis. One might think Dick would have found it interesting as well… a small, ruined temple apparently decorated, in the meantime, with giant clock faces, perhaps for ritual purposes. The name of the parcel seems important: Serendipity Seekers. How pertinent that Baker Bloch visits and communes with this environment, then.

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And there’s a lemon tree next to the lake with the island, ta boot.

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Then it’s a short hop to the next sim over to the west, the fabled Orions Vale containing what I’m presently calling the Navel Sink, for lack of a better term right now. This particular sink is as large or perhaps larger than a couple in Sunklands on the Jeogeot continent, but not nearly as big as the largest two there for sure. In comparison, the Corsica sink directly south of Navel Sink, another round affair, is considerably more impressive.

At the very center of Naval Sink is a club called the Phish Tank, also mentioned elsewhere in newer posts. You can see the blue colored water slides on top of it below. Baker Bloch is looking around right now for more information about the club, with no luck so far. However, a search of “Phish Tank” and “Second Life” on the web yielded this and this. Wow, that’s been around a while… since at least 2006. But it doesn’t appear to be the Orions Vale iteration since that land was bought in December 2007. Still an old parcel for Corsica; claimed near its beginning.

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But, frankly, *this* is the view I prefer of the sink, with no clubs, huge houses, or other structures to mar its inherent beauty. Ok, maybe a few trees would be nice, preferably conifers, perhaps, as probably populated its greenland before the arrival of colonists.

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Then lastly we have an aerial view of that cute shopping village in Zap Cannon with the rabbit barista Baker Bloch posed with in an earlier blog snapshot.

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Loosey Goosey Thoughts…

Have now identified clear “navel” of Corsica continent, or at least Corsica Prime (primary landmass of this continent, making up well over 1/2 its total area). Snapshots are in previous post here. Centered by “Phish Bowl”. Well, everyone around can certainly see down and *in* to this Bowl. I suppose I should go back and take more detailed pictures of it soon, then.

Overlap Corsica Prime in a logical and seemingly “best” way with Pennsylvania in any direction (original or *prime*, reversed, inverted, reversed inverted), and the navel always come out in the very center, as well as in *Centre* County of Pennsylvania. Blend in, especially, the other weaves of oddness concerning this overlap, and I don’t think any of this really can be chance. This is the center of Corsica Prime, the “navel”. But obviously it has been corrupted. Can it be “restored” in any way and fashion? There might be a chance down the road… and maybe the Phish Bowl gives us a clue or pointer as to how to do this — another “trace” of past/future times.

Now this, I suppose, could also technically be called another sink, like we have a considerable number of in Sunklands of the Jeogeot Continent. As far as I can tell, there are no true, dry sinks on the Sansara or Heterocera continents, whose creation preceded Jeogeot. None appear on Maebaleia as well — no obvious ones, that is. Neither does the Nautilus continent contain any (Nautilus is really more an archipelago than a continent, like the Indonesian Islands). But in Corsica, the 6th mainland continent created according to most countings, we have 2 new sinks that are evident, one being this so-called navel. What’s the other, then? Well, as it happens, it lies directly south of the “Navel Sink” (have to think of a better name, perhaps) and mostly in a sim called Chasm Deep. I’ll get to this second, larger sink of Corsica in a post soon.

What of the obvious Philip Dick influence — what does that mean? If you look at this map from a previous post on the subject, you’ll see marked all of the sims I could find on Corsica Prime that *might* be Philip Dick related at the time, at least sticking to the titles of his books (most of which I’m familiar with). As of today, I’d include 7 Corsica Prime sims that could relate to Philip Dick book titles.

Let’s start with the most obvious. Ubik is a very unusual name, and the first Philip Dick related sim I came across in the area. It’s obviously named for one of Philip Dick’s better known books, Ubik. Same would go for Valis, which I discovered a little later in a scan of the area around Ubik. Valis also happens to lie directly west of the Orions Vale sim containing the Navel Sink. We can probably add to this list the sim of Zap Cannon as well, which lies directly beneath Ubik. Although not the direct title of a Dick book, it’s very similar to The Zap Gun. Combined with the proximity to Ubik, it would be difficult for me to argue this is not a conscious connection, although Zap Cannon is also the name of an attack move from the Pokemon: Den of Ages role playing game, according to wikipedia. Now let’s move to the sim of Solar, lying two east and one up from Ubik. There’s a very good chance this sim is named for Philip Dick’s first published novel called Solar Lottery, although I can’t be 100 per cent sure of this. Considerably further away, to the south (and, perhaps interestingly, quite near the largest sink on Corsica Prime) we have Highcastle, which could be named for one of Dick’s most famous tomes, The Man in the High Castle, garnering his only Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of 1962.

Two additional sims I’ve decided to include on this list now could kind of act in tandem with each other: Archers and Android. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer is Philip Dick’s last published book, often included as the third book of the VALIS trilogy (although Dick was writing the actual third novel at the time of his death). Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) is another famous Dick work, the basis of the 1982 movie Blade Runner released just after his death. Both Archers and Android are found on Corsica Prime, and although Archers is a number of sims northeast of Solar, Android, in looking at it again, is caddycorner to Highcastle, and also directly below Deep Chasm containing the largest Corsica sink. I think, then, that Android and Highcastle must refer to the respective PKD works. Archers I’m still unsure about.*

I’ll have to get into this more in another post, perhaps, but what seems to be reinforced by these various Philip Dick titles is the *central north-south axis* of Corsica Prime, marked by these two sinks. The Solar, Valis, and Android sims lie directly north and south of each other just east of this line; Ubik and Zap Cannon lie immediately north and south of each other just west of this central axis. Highcastle is one east of the Solar-Valis-Android line. Curiously perhaps, although these Dick related sims lie all around the central line or axis, then, none lie *directly* north or south of the 2 large sinks marking this line. They reinforce the line; they are not the line themselves.

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* Just to note, I did make a scan of *all* SL sims using keywords from Dick titles, and found absolutely no clear evidence of other sims outside of the ones under discussion in Corisca Prime being directly named for his works. Interesting — the phenomenon seems exclusive to this large island.

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Philip… Philipsburg

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The 5 listed population places of the United State named Philipsburg according to the Geographic Names Information System are as follows.

# by state-county/name/[irrelevant]/feature type/county/state/lat/long/topo map name

1 of 5.Philipsburg 788813 Populated Place Granite MT 461956N 1131739W – Philipsburg
2 of 5.Phillipsburg 879270 Populated Place Warren NJ 404137N 0751125W 315 Easton
3 of 5.Brilliant 1064493 Pop Place Jefferson OH 401553N 0803734W 692 Steubenville W.
4 of 5.Philipsburg 1183662 Populated Place Centre PA 405347N 0781314W 1447 Philipsburg
5 of 5.Philipsburg 1193112 Pop Place Washington PA 400342N 0795252W 781 California

4 of the 5 are found either in Pennsylvania or just outside its border.

Placed in the appropriate spots on what I consider the now *prime* Pennsylvania-Corsica Prime overlap of RL-SL, they show up as follows. Only 1 of 5 of 5 cannot be displayed on this map, being from far away Montana in contrast to the rest.

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Notice that 2 of these population places named “Philipsburg” are a variant name. One is Phillipsburg, NJ, with 2 “l”s instead of just one (see below). The other is Brilliant, Ohio, just beyond Pennsylvania’s west boundary, and immediately across the Ohio River from the narrow panhandle region of West Virginia.

There is every reason to believe that these collective Philipsburgs relate directly to Philip Dick. To start, there is the spelling of Philip in each case with one “l’ instead of the more common 2 “l”s. As a contrast to the 5 Philipsburgs, then, it’s not surprising that there will be more Phillipsburg show up in the GNIS database, 13 in fact…

Phillipsburg 182582 Populated Place Jefferson CO 393218N 1051113W 6627 Indian Hills
Phillipsburg 332653 Populated Place Tift GA 312623N 0833110W 315 Tifton West
Phillipsburg 471927 Populated Place Phillips KS 394522N 0991926W 1946 Phillipsburg North
Phillipsburg 500542 Populated Place Marion KY 372723N 0851536W 709 Spurlington
Phillipsburg 724299 Populated Place Laclede MO 373314N 0924706W 1411 Phillipsburg
Phillipsburg 879270 Populated Place Warren NJ 404137N 0751125W 315 Easton
Belmont 977517 Populated Place Allegany NY 421323N 0780204W 1391 Belmont
Phillipsburg 977520 Populated Place Orange NY 412616N 0742134W 367 Goshen
Phillipsburg 1056916 Populated Place Montgomery OH 395416N 0842406W 1037 Laura
Stone Creek 1058048 Pop Place Tuscarawas OH 402350N 0813343W 942 Stone Creek
Brilliant 1064493 Populated Place Jefferson OH 401553N 0803734W 692 Steubenville West
Phillipsburg 1202508 Populated Place Beaver PA 404136N 0801655W 725 Beaver
Phillipsburg 1343953 Populated Place Washington TX 300542N 0962201W 387 Kenney

We’ve already talked about Phillipsburg, NJ having the variant name of Philipsburg, with 1 “l” instead of 2. We’ve also mentioned Brilliant, OH, which from this list we can also tell has a variant name of Philllipsburg as well as Philipsburg, since it shows up in a search for both. The other 3 Philipsburgs from the first GNIS generated list above — MT, PA (Centre), and PA (Washington) — are instead the primary names for their respective population places.

In addition, we also see from the above list that there is even a Phillipsburg, PA in addition to the 2 Pennsylvania Phililpsburg, this coming in Beaver County.

Another oddity: this Phillipsburg, PA, the only one with 2 “l”s listed in this state, is almost on the exact same latitude as Phillipsburg, NJ also located on the Penn.-Corsica Prime map linked to above. The listed latitude of Phillipsburg, PA in Beaver County is 404136N. The listed latitude of Phillipsburg, NJ is 404137N. Very close, then.

Notice also, of course, that 1 of the 2 Philipsburgs in Pennsylvania, w/ one “l”, exists in Centre County. I think this is also meaningful, and I may go into this particular town more in a future post in what’s turning out to be a mini-series on the overall subject.

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Much more could be added to the Philip Dick-Pennsylvania resonance, and will be sometime in another document. I’ll leave you for now with a possible *acausal* reason for the link of Brilliant and Philipsburg in the first GNIS list above. Perhaps the most famous article on Dick, helping to swell the cult following he richly deserved, was titled “The Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Mind on Any Planet: Philip K. Dick”, published by Rolling Stone magazine in 1975. The article was later expanded into a book.

Are ets from another planet acknowledging this “brilliance” by manipulating the names and placement of US towns? And, if so, did they perhaps not stop there and extended this geographic manipulation to the Second Life metaverse as well? Something to think about!

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Loose Thoughts (Daring Daylight Text Post)…

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Idea: rename Navel Sink of Corsica Prime *Egg Hole Sink*. Still may change my mind on this.

Reason? There seems to be a very intimate and perhaps very precise (pinpoint) relationship between this sink and the isolated ridge called Egg Hill of Centre County, Pennsylvania, named for its egg-like shape as it stands out from the surrounding flatland.

If you look at what I’ve determined is now the Primary or Prime Corsica-Pennsylvania overlay, you can see the position of Egg Hole Sink (maybe just Egg Sink?) within Centre County in the, well, center of the whole overlay. Looking at a map of Centre County and coloring in the approx. position of Egg Hill (green), we can see that it essentially overlaps the position of Navel Sink/Egg Hole Sink in the overlay.

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And a cut out from the Corsica-Penn. overlay to better illustrate the association…

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Is this an accident? Am I looking at too much detail within the overall resonance? Could be, but for more reasons I can possibly cram into this post in all likelihood, I don’t think so.

During my initial research on Egg Hill after discovering this quite curious overlap, came upon information about supposedly haunted Egg Hill Church, perched on the western slopes of the namesake hill…*

http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/centralia/centralia3.php

First off, the writer of this blog, who goes by the moniker Protoclown, visited both Egg Hill Church in Centre County, Pennsylvania and also Centralia, Pennsylvania on the same haunt seeking road trip (posts specifically about Centralia start here). Centralia is not really that close to Centre County, being on the eastern side of Pennsylvania. But does Centralia and its perpetually burning mine also figure in, somehow, to our Egg Hole Sink tangle of connections? Especially knowing that the original name of the town was *Centre*ville? Let’s leave that idea on the, er, backburner for now.

Another body of information I think definitely fits into this overall picture somewhere is the search for the geographic center of Pennsylvania, as discussed in this Penn State Dept. of Geography blog entry from 2004. As you can glean from the text, the fact that the center of Pennsylvania actually lies within Centre County has never really been the issue. It’s *where* in the county itself this center lies. Tradition has it that it’s quite near Egg Hill, actually, or Aaronsburg just to its northeast. However, the assembled crack team of geographers at Penn State determined, through careful analysis, that the center of the state actually lies much closer to Bellefonte, the county seat, but, perhaps queerly once more, about the same distance *west* of Egg Hill that Aaronsburg is east. Another cool things about this site is that you can clearly see the egg-shaped Egg Hill on the 2nd of 3 old topographic map excerpts provided therein (it’s just below the Spring Mills community positioned near the center of the map).

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*A two part Youtube documentary on Egg Hill Church is found here.

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Loose Thoughts, 02

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So it’s safe to say that “center” seems to be reinforced through this RL-SL overlap. What about the egg part?

Interesting that Baker Bloch saw multiple versions of bunny rabbits in the Zap Cannon sim, which would also lie inside Centre County in this overlap. And bunnys are sometimes associated with eggs, especially through the easter egg concept. Let’s take a view, then.

The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth.

I think this is the basic idea we need to glean: that the egg is a symbol of rebirth, originally Pagan but adopted by the Christians and grafted, as it were, onto the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So what does this have to do with Egg Hole Sink, which I now think I’ll call just the Egg Hole? I think the same concept applies: this is a sacred place where rebirth will occur or has occurred. What, though? Well, I would dare to guess that it may be the rebirth of Second Life itself. “What?” one might utter here. Let’s look at the bigger picture, then.

The virtual reality Blue Mars, which moved into Open Beta just this month, advertises itself as the first viable virtual world competitor to SL, which might very well be true. The earlier debate over OpenSim verses Second Life generated by the Nov 8 Openspace fiasco acts as a good framework to view this topic. This Rezzable article contends that SL is stuck in the mud as far as technological advancements in content creation and scalability. The article also explains that the important cool things SL allows you to do, you can also set up in OpenSim. One problems with OpenSim is that the graphics are essentially the same as in SL; you use the same viewer for both. Blue Mars has a definite advantage here. The article also goes into the experiments OpenSim has made with web interfaces, which would involve sharing data across systems like any other web application. SL, in contrast, is called, “a closed system with some simple messaging capabilities, but [with] no serious commitment to extending.”

But what I’m getting out of that article is that SL has the great advantage because of its built in community, and also relative stability of infrastructure, even if it is a “closed system” in many ways. OpenSim will not be the new Second Life, in other words, although it acts as a nice complement, and allows us to perhaps see and recognize paths beyond the current closed system.

What about Blue Mars, then? Is *it* the new Second Life? Maybe not next year or the year after, but in watching the videos and reading a number of articles on the subject, I think there’s no doubt that Blue Mars, or something like it with state of the arts graphics capability for a 3d world — along with supposedly superior physics and more off-world content creation options — is going to replace SL at some point in the next 5-10 years. Maybe 3-5 years. And the change will probably be rapid once some kind of critical mass is reached. Think of how Laserdiscs never gained the upper hand on VHS tapes in the 1990s, although it offered a far sharper image. It was instead the more compact and less damage prone DVDs, with similar graphic advantages however, that would eventually replace the obviously outmoded VHS tape. Is Blue Mars like the Laserdisc? Will its limitations, hazily seen at best now, become crystal clear in the light of the actual, de facto replacement of SL? What I do know is that people will get a taste of the superior images and content management and want more. And that thirst will drive new virtual reality entrepreneurs to make something even better. In a nutshell, the “end” of SL might be closer than its beginning.

Back to the egg idea, then, when the mass exodus begins from SL, what will become of SL? Can there be another life beyond its first? I think Egg Hole, somehow, could be linked to that concept, however bizarre it sounds. Egg Hole represents a place of resurrection for SL itself.

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Loose Thoughts, 03…

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Carl Jung defined two events that have nothing to do with each other in a rational, cause-and-effect way, but obviously still relate in a meaningful manner, as synchronicity. Observing and describing such unrelated yet meaningful couplings in Second Life forms a significant part of this blog, and represents probably its most important component or driving force. Just the posts I’ve created from the last week are chocked full of such synchronicities, some little and perhaps trivial and unmeaningful in the end, some not so little and not so unmeaningful, most likely. In the latter category I’d add the following:

Having seen so much of the SL-RL resonance I’ve recently been researching consistently point to the smaller of 2 sinks on the Corsica continent, or on the main island of the continent I’ve been calling Corsica Prime, it was a natural step, then, to research more on this sink. As the whole sink is basically contained within 1 sim, Orion’s Vale, I decided to start there. In googling “Orion’s Vale” + “Second Life”, only a few hits showed up, and all from the same blog about SL avatar Sachie Bade, called “Sachie Bade’s Second Third Fourth”. Given that few blogs link to my main blog here, the Baker Blinker Blog, image my surprise to find out that Sachie not only seemed to provide a link to my blog, but also changed the name to the correct, currently most used Baker: Baker Bloch!

Also included on her short list of blog links was Headburro Antfarm’s, and I decided to im him inworld to see if he knew Sachie. Perhaps that’s the explanation for the 2 links together here, I tried to rationalize. But, no, Headburro didn’t know the person/avatar, although he liked her blog enough to make a link to it from his own blog, as I did the same from my blog.

Let’s take a closer look at “Sachie Bade’s Second Third Fourth,” then. What does Sachie Bade have to do with the Orion’s Vale sim and what we’re now titling, at latest call, the Egg Hole sink? Well, its because she use to live inside this very sink. In fact, her Orion’s Vale parcel represents the first virtual land she purchased, in December 2007 when the continent was still being developed and her land was positioned near the working frontier of the grid. How amazing it would be to live in such a place at such a time.

As I’m reading the blog, it seems that Ms. Bade lived in Orion’s Vale at least from December 2007 to March 2008, and perhaps up to a year. If we go to the beginning of the blog, we get the story laid out in some detail, starting with the post “Land Ho Ho”.

To me, it’s a quite amazing post, as is another one called Mainland from March, 08, which fleshes out her reasons for choosing mainland over estate property. It almost precisely mirrors my own thinking on the subject. I also like the idea that after an extended search in other places, Sachie ended up buying the first parcel she visited, the one in Orion’s Vale. The one in Egg Hole.

Unfortunately, Sachie doesn’t write as much prose posts in her blog now, although her poems are super nifty (influenced by flarf, as she states in another excellent post entitled “A Motion Is Bad Coldhearted”). A post from Feburary 2009 states she has moved away from Orion’s Vale, but gives no details except to say that, thanks to the proceeds from the sale, she now owns a snow palace and, “a waterworld that would make Kevin Reynolds and Billy Corben jealous.”

Then there’s her wonderful flickr pictures related to SL, which presently focus on aviary adventures. I’ll probably have more to say about those in a future post, actually.

But why link to my blog, then? I found myself still asking. At some point I clicked on the “Baker Bloch Blog” link on her main page, and was surprised at not going to the Baker Blinker Blog, but the Baker *Bloch* Blog. Yes, he has one too, but it’s not a blog I’ve advertised a lot. It deals with the 10×10 of 100 collages, with very limited text involved. In studying her blog further, found out that Ms. Bade is also a collagist — aah, that would explains it! Still, she’s probably the only person in the metaverse who links to that particular blog. What are the odds I’d run across this “by accident”?

I’ll have more to say about “Sachie Bade’s Second Third Fourth” and Egg Hole very soon!

(to be continued)


Hucka and EH…

“Hucka D., should we talk more about Egg Hole now?”

Hucka D.:

Peter is here.

bb:

Should we talk to him. then?

Hucka D.:

In just a moment. Do you know who Peter is yet?

bb:

Plant, I believe, insinuated it was me. Or Baker Bloch… can’t remember.

Hucka D.:

Future.

bb:

Me in the future?

Hucka D.:

Past. (pause) Future.

bb:

What is the Egg Hole? Never mind, I think you’re going to say, a place of rebirth.

Hucka D.:

Do you want to talk to Peter still?

bb:

Oh alright.

Peter:

Illi nix stasi omaha right-o wagabond… waggy… waga… (pause)

bb:

Hi Peter. Can you understand me tonight?

Peter:

Wixel proxy omaha nebraska sca night-o rumble… rum…

bb:

That’s all so very interesting. Is that Uniko?

Peter:

Uniko, da. Uniko.

bb:

In this blog, Peter, Uniko has been described as the language of synchronicity.

Peter:

Illi nix stasi omaha nebraska sca illi uti teu uti teu.

bb:

Hucka D., you may have to help out here.

Hucka D.:

Do you want me to translate?

bb:

Could you please.

Hucka D.:

Go ahead Peter.

Peter:

Illi nix stasi omaha nebraska uti teu nixi ix facksion da.

Hucka D.:

He says, I think, that the Egg and the Hole work together. He mentions balloon. Omaha. A group.

bb:

Ancients? Is that their craft?

Hucka D.:

Peter is in the future so it’s hard… you should keep trying to make meaningful contact, though.

bb:

Should I *live* in Egg Hole, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

You see two paths. One where you do; one not. Imagine, then. You set up b_hivia on the 2048 that is the same as Sachieland. Was the same. What then?

bb:

I think it will have to be [just] the Edwardston Station Gallery, Hucka D. Just the 10×10 by itself this time. And then maybe a ground house.

Hucka D.:

Do you think you can understand Peter better there?

bb:

I don’t know. Hucka D., you say Peter is from Egg Hole.

Hucka D.:

Yes.

bb:

But then you also say he’s from Sunklands on the Jeogeot continent. And also Noru, where he lived next to my house at some undetermined point.

Hucka D.:

He was in all those places, yes.

bb:

Well… I have several weeks to decide.

Hucka D.:

3.

bb:

So are Marty and Plant going to still be around, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Lemon as well. And Peter and Petemond, of couse.

bb:

What is the difference between the two, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Peter is The Cross.

bb:

Is this a Christian symbol?

Hucka D.:

Grafted. 1886, 1930, 1974, 2018, 2062.

bb:

44 years between each manifestation, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Centre. That should be all for tonight.

bb:

Thank you.


Chatty Chat… Maybe…

“Hucka D., you there?”

Plant:

He will be here in a moment.

bb:

Did you get the oranges you needed?

Plant:

Yes. Baker’s dozen.

bb:

You take them back to Sunklands with you? Isn’t that where you live now?

Plant:

No. I live in aether.

bb:

You don’t know anything about this Egg Hole sink, do you?

Plant:

Peter is here.

bb:

Already?? Well…

Plant:

Hold on… (pause) Just a moment-o… (pause)

bb:

Plant? (long pause) Hucka D.? (pause) Peter?

*****

No one seems to want to talk to me tonight. Well, I’ll just chat by myself. I’ve made a decision about the properties. I’m going to stay in Noru, unless something drastic happens. But I wanted to talk to Hucka D. tonight about Egg Hole first before making any final decisions down the road. Went to Egg Hole tonight… energy was, well, interesting. 2 in 1, 4 in 1… “Hucka?”… Foreign One. “We are all foreign to each other. What do you say, Hucka D.? Isn’t that true? Foreign One. The Arab.” (pause) Well, anyway, I think I met The Arab tonight. Obviously when you meet someone so important you begin to talk about saving the world.

Hucka D.:

Saving the world?! That’s a good one.

bb:

There you are Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Sorry. Fog was thick tonight. Delayed me.

bb:

Was that The Arab?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Good one.

bb:

Does he have a secret book?

Hucka D.:

Yes. It’s called The Babble.

bb:

What’s in this Babble?

Hucka D.:

The fact that Aaron is [centre] child. No… wait. Abigail… Aaron. It has to do with two brothers. Yes, that’s it.

bb:

But this will go down as the day I met The Arab in Egg Hole. Who told me not to buy land there.

Hucka D.:

I can’t say that definitely.

bb:

“Don’t go there”, he said to me.This Arab.

Hucka D.:

Might just be Grassy babbling. Babbling Book… Brook. BROOK.

bb:

Why does he not want me there?

Hucka D.:

He’s protecting something.

bb:

What if I just march in there and claim it anyways?

Hucka D.:

You will… (pause)

bb:

I will what? Be killed? I don’t think so. Not in that world.

Hucka D.:

Something has happened, though.

bb:

I cannot save this world. The Arab is blocking me. Foreign One. 4n1.

Hucka D.:

Blog within a blog. You are doing well on that, at least.

bb:

At least? but: thanks.

Hucka D. (echoing bb):

You are being blocked, baker b. Why?

bb:

I think it’s just the limits of this world.

Hucka D.:

This is where the world begins to end, a little beyond the beginning of the end actually. For you’ve already reached — let me see — page 156? Yes. The Corsica Incident.

bb:

That’s in that Babble you speak of?

Hucka D.:

Right here in black and blue. Peter holds a key, though. He’s the wildcard; no surprise there.

bb:

I suppose we’ll have to talk to him tonight.

Peter:

Wamp um. Willy do won’t Weeeeee! Horace de lightly go round and round and… (pause)

bb:

Peter — like you’re going to answer — Peter, do you live in or around the Egg Hole?

Peter:

Willy wee wampum wight. White. Wascal.

bb:

Hucka D., you gonna help me with this tonight? (pause) Well, Peter… do you know The Arab? Thought I’d give it a shot.

Peter:

Illi de wampum wight wascal. Da Uniko. Da Uniko.

bb:

Do you want me to learn Uniko?

Peter:

Uniko, da.

bb:

Is this Babble written in Uniko?

Peter:

Babble de boble hop tielly de winkle teu, e teu e.

Hucka D.:

That’s it for tonight baker b. Sleep well and don’t turn your lights out, haha.

bb:

Thanks for that. Good night to you as well.

Peter:

Good night.

*****
*****

Peter:

Good day.

bb:

Peter, did you put this picture of an egg in the Hole?

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Hucka D.:

The Arab has been put on the backburner, like Centralia… Centreville. Centre. Aaron, Abigal, Centre.

bb:

But is it…? This is how I talk to Peter, isn’t it?

Hucka D.:

Yes. If you want to. Peter is sort of a dick as well, but you might be able to put up with it. You put up with me and my dickiness.

bb:

Peter as a Dick. Interesting.

Hucka D.:

Do you think I’m cocky? I think Edna said so the other night.

bb:

You’re a bit of a know-it-all.

Hucka D.:

You can communicate with Peter the Dick through the magic rectangle, no? Do you wish this?

bb:

I’m not sure I want to take that path still. What is Uniko?

Hucka D.:

The Language of The Birds.

bb:

I’ll have to have the option to rent, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Why do you need all that stuff in Noru anyhow? No one visits there. Learn from Peter instead. It’s all a big rollplay anyhoot, baker b. Why not seize. A moment. You can always rent later on and set up all your stuff again, your b_hivia, your Temple of TILE explaining how all your little avatars, including me, the biggest prick of them all, came into being, who they fell for in a vainglorious way, and, yes, sometimes how they died or left this world. Remember Esbum The Assimilated? I could be next, baker b.

bb:

You?? No, I need you still. Is that what…?

Hucka D.:

You have a provided window. Peter needs this as well. He has trouble talking, if you didn’t notice. Petemond… Peter. He is more a poet than a poser… proser. Prosaic. You aren’t. But now you know about Peter…

bb:

… the rabbit.

Hucka D.:

So what if [they] think VALIS sucks. In ways it does. Dick’s brain was fried by then [scrambled]. Pink beams and all. The aliens are the key, though.

bb:

…. another key.

Hucka D.

No. (pause) The same.

*****

Hucka D.:

And do it for Edna as well (smiles).


AA (The Illumination of?)

The word “Eggtown” is not directly referenced in the episode, resulting in online speculation and confusion.[15] According to Lindelof and Cuse, it has been “the most questioned title of the show”.[16] Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly suggested that the title was a reference to the ancient cosmic egg concept or the chicken or the egg causality dilemma,[17] while John Kubicek of BuddyTV guessed that it was a shout-out to the children’s book and film called The Easter Egg Adventure, which depicts roosters attempting to steal Easter eggs from the animals of a place called Egg Town or that it was an allusion to the Great Depression slang term, which was used in the 1930s when describing a bad deal.[18] Lindelof and Cuse confirmed that the episode was primarily named as such because Locke fries eggs for Ben’s breakfast and secondarily because the story deals with Kate’s possible pregnancy

Eggtown

“This is your Babble, baker b.”

bb:

So it’s the same as the LOST Bible.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Scrambled. Aligned. Scrambled.

bb:

44 as well. Peter, then.

Hucka D.:

The Easter Bunny. Primeval atom.

bb:

I also found this place in a brief exploration of the Chasm Deep sink last night, the larger of the 2 on the Corsica continent.

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Hucka D.:

Also: the world egg.

bb:

Can I ask about the Fuchsia Diamond, then, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

It is from Eggtown. Centre. 2 in 1, 4 in 1. Pink.

bb:

Oh, and also West Virginia. I have the idea that I must return to West Virginia to seal up all this Pennsylvania runny mess that has been opened in the meantime. I must turn river back into creek.

Hucka D.:

You must seal up the Middle. Jug. Klein Bottle. Hare. Rabbit Trap.

bb:

Thank you.

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Corsica, Etc.

After some additional thinking on the matter, I don’t think I’m going to buy property on the Corsica mainland continent, although I’ll certainly leave the option open to rent there, especially somewhere around Egg Hole or PKD name related sims. And I must admit that what I’m calling Asymmetrical Village in Zap Cannon, where Baker Bloch met a bunny barista, is cute as a button. I might hang there some as well. But as far as Egg Roll goes, I think its glory days in SL have come and gone. A creative soul has already come to SL, lived in this hole for 9 months or so, used its obvious powers for the purposes of good (creativity; light) over evil, and then moved on. Admittedly I thought I might be able to swoop in and rekindle the power, or continue it in some manner; set up the 10×10 series of collages there and so on. Question: does the energy of Egg Roll basically come *from* this certain avatar who I’ve already named in this blog, perhaps warping or bending virtual time and space in the process and marking it as a *center*? Or is the power independent from this soul? I think more the former than the latter now, [and] I also think that past can be affected by future.

Long story short is that, bottom line, I won’t *buy* in Egg Hole — almost 100 per cent sure of that.

Turning to other ramifications of Egg Hole, past/present/future, I am thinking — almost certain of this as well — that it was(/is/will be) the site of Petemond, which has also been called *Center*ville in this blog, or directly associated with this concept. In searching back through blog posts, see that Centerville is first mentioned in this post (“Third”) from the first month of the Baker Blinker Blog. Hucka D. mentions the audiovisual synchronicity Kansas City Life has been/will be the first such work played in Second Life, and at a particular treehouse in the sim of Gulquac (unfortunately, no longer there), and also mentions Centerville as being in the exact center of this synchronicity timewise. There it is described also as a *hole* (2 minutes in length) that is analogous to some kind of hole in Second Life itself (identified with K.C. Life as a whole).

Hucka D.:

I look really good in that post. That’s still me, of course, inside.

bb:

Hi Hucka D. I was just going to talk about the rebis from the next post up in the Centerville keyword search.

Hucka D.:

Go ahead, then.

bb:

Well, hmmm, this seems to be the post where I first recognized you disappeared from SL for a spell. Do you remember that? I think it involved Rodeo… sure about that, actually. (pause) Hucka D.? Well, I guess he left me alone for now to keep talking about the Centerville posts. I think what I’m most interested in in this post is the idea of the alchemical rebis, or two-in-one, like conjoined souls. In this particular case — in the Centerville of K.C. Life — it represents “opposites” Lou Reed (audio) and Frank Zappa (video). In reality the two did not get along at all… that’s why they are joined here [in the a/v synchronicity or mashup].

Hucka D.:

Sorry to interrupt again but I see you are reading over dialog between you and me and about SID’s 1st Oz, baker b. I understand that synchronicity significantly better now, of course. The shards… But I am interested in Ozma as the missing piece more, and also Alma. Alma is the savior of SL?

bb:

I was thinking more an Illuminated Arcadia Asylum, or Illuminated AA as I called it in the title of the last post here. That’s the true direction I need to go now. I plan to delete all but b_hivia and some plants directly underneath it in Noru, and play around with this “illumination”.

Hucka D.:

I think I would like to see that very much!

bb:

And Esbum would be happy as well for me to do this, if she were still around.

Hucka D.:

She’s here.

bb:

Here?

Hucka D.:

No, I mean she’s around. In the aether and such.

bb:

Oh. Anyway, that’s what I’m going to do, I believe. Going to scrub the prims clean of textures before I start to collage and manipulate, though. To reduce lag, you see.

Hucka D.:

Nice idea. Of course that’s one of the advantages of my beehives. They are low lag.

bb:

Right. Not much going on in the way of textures and tortured prims for certain.

Hucka D.:

Why don’t you keep reviewing Centerville from past posts. I’ll step out of the way again if need. Sorry to interrupt again…

bb:

Ok. So I think Egg Hole is where the Fall of SL I mention therein is reversed, or can be.

Hucka D.:

But you’re not going to live in Egg Hole now. You’ve already indicated that above. Let me check… yes, you just wrote that above in this post.

bb:

Aaah, Hucka D. “Delete name” is perhaps first mentioned in the blog in this post. We now call this entity Peter. Peter the Rabbit and so on. Sorry Baker Blinker slapped you at the time Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Tis ok. Recovered now (laughs as he pretends to adjust bee head).

bb:

Nice. So in this post we admit that what we’re now more freely calling Peter invented or created Second Life… sorry, Kansas City Life.

Hucka D.:

Maybe both.

bb:

In this post, you mention Centerville is Lemon World. Interesting that Open Beta just started in the Blue Mars virtual reality, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

Yellow.

bb:

Yellow? (pause) Never mind. Hucka D., I’m also going to go back to studying the Okinu glyphs.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Good.

bb:

I may have to [return] to Sansara, then.

Hucka D.:

Yes. You’ll go back. Rent. You already do.

bb:

Yes, with Healy. But I’m talking about around Okinu.

Hucka D.:

Aaah.

bb:

Yes, Darkside also figures into this. Temple of The Moon.

Hucka D.:

Definitely. Dark Side of Oz, after all. (pause) Why was that hole made in the middle of Dark Side of the Rainbow, then? The Kansas 1/2, I mean.

bb:

I don’t know. What are your thoughts?

Hucka D.:

That’s the Egg Hole. That’s Petemond.

bb:

As I’ve already indicated in this post, I believe. See above.

Hucka D.:

Oh yeah. Well, it’s good to say it again. It has to do with your new friend. You are not alone now. There’s a creator with similar power working in SL. Of course there are many such creators. But not collagers as well. Collagists can graft two dissimilar things and see a commonality. You often call this synchronicity, like with K.C. Life and Reed and Zappa.

bb:

Yes.

Hucka D.:

Collagists have an advantage. They can draw events seemingly far apart and see a relationship. They can practice it, become quite good at it. Psychic energy is heightened. But there is darkness here as well.

bb:

Yes.

Hucka D.:

There has to be a light twin and a dark one. One more in the past, you see.

bb:

Petemond still acts as the unifying framework. Peter… Petemond. I suppose they are the same now.

Hucka D.:

Through the cross of 44 years. 4 seasons and 4 episodes into the beginning [sic?]. Egg Town.

bb:

What is inside the darkness?

Hucka D.:

Less illumination.

bb:

Is this AA as well?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Start scrubbing!

bb:

Thank you.


Ol’ Runn’n Baker…

Interesting art gallery called “Scarpyland!” in the Pennyroyal sim of Gaeta. Baker briefly ponders renting land near this sim and its dominating, cool gallery, but quicky puts it out of his mind. Still, Pennyroyal is right in the center of the second (from the east) knobby region of Gaeta, and Baker likes to live in the center of things. But… no. A place to add as a landmark and that’s it. I think.

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The next day Baker Bloch runs the entire circumference of the 9 sim Linden Memorial Park Island just north of Corsica Prime. If you haven’t been to this island yet, here’s a bit more info about it. Also this LDPW entry. Very accomplished landscaping here, especially in the northeast part, or, specifically, the Rookwood and Toowong sims. The Lindens call that particular area the Forest of the Past on their provided map.

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Baker crosses a variety of bridges in his run around the island, each having unique qualities.

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Blochs pauses at the end of his run to look at several birds flying overhead, as well as briefly visiting with a frog located on edge of the rock he’s standing upon. Only the very top part of the frog is visible in the photo below.

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Abstract stream-scape taken underneath the water next to the rocks.

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In uploading the pictures chosen for this particular post, I got the idea that Baker may have at least pretended to drown in that stream at the end of his run, only to surface, reborn, on Azure Islands once again, specifically a new archipelago composed of homestead sims that I’ve also talked about in other posts now. So perhaps pencil this in as a Karoz-Jeogeot/Maebaleia type switch between otherwise distance points on the Linden grid.

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Chattering…

“Peter wishes to speak in prose now apparently.”

bb:

He’s already said good night and good day to me, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

And more to come.

bb:

No use in wondering, I suppose.

Hucka D.:

The title of the Petemond blog will be “Uniko, Da.”

bb:

“Uniko, Da.” That’s not too bad, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

The language of synchronicity, of collage.

bb:

Yes, I see.

Hucka D.:

Fascinating that “i” turns to “y” here, eh?

bb:

Well… a whole world there.

Hucka D.:

That’s the point.

bb:

What about Azure Islands? Did Baker Bloch drown in the Linden Memorial Island stream to be reborn on his 1/4th tropical sim?

Hucka D.:

Yes. He became Wanna MacWoopie.

bb:

Interesting name. Now he, and I through him, want to “scrub” AA, as we’ve said, to make Devil God and evil good.

Hucka D.:

Castor and Pollution. Already a blog link, actually. I think.

bb:

I can’t find it, Hucka D., although I noticed it’s been made into one of those Zazzle mugs, like already used in “Max…”

Hucka D:

The blog must be scrubbed. Soap is needed.

bb:

We’re fast approaching the end of section 19, Hucka D. Started off slow but has really picked up steam in September with the Corsica continent related material.

Hucka D.:

Not over yet. Peter must move to prose — to be understood — and you must move toward poetry. Through Peter. Or Petemond.

bb:

Returning to Sunklands for a moment, if I can…

Hucka D.:

Certainly.

bb:

Ok, now originally we, or I, thought Petemond was in Sunklands on the Jeogeot continent. But I couldn’t figure out where. On the hill above the sinks? — say near Arrowtown [sim]? — or, well, I suppose I decided it had to be on the hill above the sinks instead of inside the sinks.

Hucka D.:

Now you know better. Centre… Centreville. Deserted town. Village Green. 2 minutes wide in every direction. Center of Second Life which is Kansas City Life. Seed.

bb:

This is also where Karoz’s Fuchsia Diamond came from.

Hucka D.:

Uniko, Da.

bb:

Alright, then. So I suppose Peter took… how did Karoz get from Corsica to Jeogeot or visa versa?… and how does Maebaleia figure into this? Lots of continents Karoz is visiting in the past/future all of a sudden. Is this possible?

Hucka D.:

More than that: it actually happened. Karoz has his limiting circle, no? It’s centred around the Noru properties. He’s like a dog tied to a stake in someone’s backyard. That’s why you had to come in; between the two of you, you split the Korean Channel in two through the sacred “E”, or what Karoz sees from his direction as a “Big Schwa.” Why? Because this is Chilbo influenced, this circle of his. You are beyond Chilbo though… Baker Bloch, I mean. Karoz, in the middle of this channel, magically finds himself transported, then, to Maebaleia and the Blue Feather Sea. He symbolically takes the Big e/Big schwa with him. Crabwoo, however, is found unsuitable to live in or own a gallery in. Yet at one time it was different. Karoz had his jeweler’s shop there. And at that time he found Rubisea and the depot to other star systems.

bb:

Sirius?

Hucka D.:

And further. Lyra. Vega.

bb:

Ashville?

Hucka D.:

A triangle confining black and white. Good and evil. Castor and Pollution. Bridge separates the two.

bb:

Karoz became absorbed?

Hucka D.:

Yes. We were all there, though. Remember?

bb:

You were plastic, more 3d.

Hucka D.:

That was right after Dr. Blood had finished operating and sewn up his patient. Good work baker b.

bb:

We were more real at the time. Now we’re flat-ish again. More 2d. I don’t have descriptions accompanying my text any more.*

Hucka D.:

So you understand you must return.

(to be continued?)

* googled “large hole small hole” for images and quickly came up with this jug. Thinking now that the 2 sinks in Corsica, one large and one small, are related the Klein bottle (or jug): they are actually part of one object that “passed through” or is passing through Corsica Prime.

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Which Came 1st: The Dr. or the Blood?

bb:

Hucka D., I have a number of reasons to believe this man and a road he built in the early 1800s in northwest Pennsylvania represents what we’ve been calling Dr. Blood, at least in part. First we have a Mr. [Cyrus] Blood — not a dr., though… I’ll get to that in a minute — whose name in this book is connected to what would eventually become Corsica, Pennsylvania. It was there he discovered that, despite a prearranged deal, no road had been blazed to his new home, Blood Settlement, in Forest County to the north. So he cut one himself; cut may be involved in this tangle as well, since when one gets cut, one bleeds.

I think the “dr.” in Dr. Blood perhaps is not a doctor but a *drive*. It’s not Dr. Blood but Blood Dr. Drive like a road. Or perhaps the fact that Blood was obviously driven to found a new county. In my American Heritage dictionary, there are two definitions of “Dr.”, with “Drive” being the second.

Hucka D.:

It’s both: Blood Dr. and Dr. Blood. Thought I’d fill you in before you get too far in forgetting the doctor part. Peter.

bb:

Appropriate quote, then:

Cyrus Blood was the pioneer of Forest County. He brought his family into this wilderness in 1833. For years his farm was called the ” Blood settlement.” When he settled there the region was full of panthers, bears, wolves, wild-cats, and deer. Mr. Blood was a powerful man, of great energy and courage. He was well educated and a surveyor….

Ambitious to found a county, Cyrus Blood made several visits into this wilderness, and finding that the northern portion of Jefferson County was then an almost unbroken wilderness, he finally purchased a tract of land on which Marienville is now located, and decided to make his settlement there.

It was understood when Mr. Blood purchased in Jefferson County from the land company that a road would be opened into it for him. In 1833, when Mr. Blood arrived where Corsica now is, on the Olean road, he found, to his annoyance, that no road had been made. Leaving his family behind him, he started from what was then Armstrong’s Mill, now Clarington, with an ox team, sled, and men to cut their way step by step through the wilderness twelve miles to his future home. Every night the men camped on and around the ox sled. When the party reached Blood’s purchase, a patch of ground was cleared and a log cabin reared. In October, 1833, Mr. Blood and his five children took possession of this forest home….

The pioneer path or trail was opened by Cyrus Blood from Clarington to Blood’s settlement. This was in the year 1833. The pioneer road was this ” path” widened and improved by Blood several years later.

The road was cut from Clarington at the southern edge of the forest wilderness to Blood Settlement, now called Marienville. Today, Highway 899 follows the old path. Suspiciously again, the only Highway 899 community marked between Clarington and Marienville on these two township maps…

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… is Redclyffe, red like the color of blood. And perhaps the next closest marked community to this road between beginning and end, Roses [near Marienville], is another name traditionally assoc. with this color. There’s more I could add here, but I’ll stop at that. What say you Hucka D. the Bee?

Hucka D.:

If so, there will have to be two dr.s overlapping each other but still separate. Another mobius strip like paradox, like your Klein Bottle situation with the sinks on the Corsica continent, perhaps.

bb:

I had to cut that road of associations as well, beginning with the realization of the Corsica-Pennsylvania overlay. And this realization was perhaps directly triggered by the fact that Corsica, Pennsylvania itself had already been mentioned in this blog.

Hucka D.:

You better look at that again Dr. Blood, ahem, I mean baker b. And remember the Rubi Forest-Corsica Island Forest overlap. Diagonal and all; red as blood. More recently reinforced in other ways as well. Look for where various paths cross. Where do they point?

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bb:

And also there would be a reason one might call it Dr. Blood instead of Blood Dr., since, if the above model is correct, Dr. Blood is simply Blood Dr. turned inside out, like the walls of a Klein Bottle would be inside-out [in respect] to each other above, upon contact with the 2 Corsica sinks.

Hucka D.:

This is where SL begins to end, beyond the beginning of the end, actually. Believe I said that already.

bb:

This reaches back into the past from the future, I think. Blood Road was actually formed because of Blood Drive in the future.

Hucka D.:

And Dr. Blood. Don’t forget the good doctor.


Rebirth?

What Baker Bloch is calling Chasm Falls in Chasm Deep sim. Through its approximately 150 meter journey it falls about 80 meters from the western border of the sim to the lake dominating its center. A fairly significant drop, then.

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Picture of the aforementioned lake, then, with a centering island. Admittedly, Baker Bloch is not as attracted to this particular sink as he is to at least one or two in Sunklands. That opinion could change in time, though.

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Then it’s on, once more, to the new homestead sims of Azure Island east of what we’ve been calling Azure Island #1 in this blog (where Baker Bloch and family first created a true home in SL). The below parcel is the one that attracted Baker at first, in the Faye sim. It was the bits of green land within the sand, I believe. But, alas, there are already 800 prims on this 16320 sq. meter piece of land, with only 933 allowed. And since Baker hates to delete native vegetation, I think he’s going to pass on this one and choose another parcel with more water and more open prim space right off the bat…

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… like this one. Unfortunately, most of the parcels do not offer the option of mixing green terrain into the everpresent sand of the archipelago, unlike Faye and 1 or 2 other sims.

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I like the way Baker’s feet actually sink into the sand here. Forgot to mention that rut Baker is standing in above marks a division between two sims, although he first thought it might have been some kind of ancient road remnant. Ever the dreamer our Baker Bloch is.

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On northern edge of the largest island of the system, Baker gets a bit of a scare when he spies these expanding, fiery clouds above a neighboring, smaller island. Ahhh… Baker Bloch is checking behind himself for the purposes of writing the text to this post, and is discovering that the particle effects are suppose to represent sunset clouds. Well, it doesn’t quite work, don’t you think?

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Baker looks toward another of the smaller islands dotting the region. Very nice… Blochs loves the breathing room this place provides. So congested on the mainland!

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A gaggle of tree planters owned by one Scenery Azure. Nice name! I didn’t know until seeing this that tree planters had gathering spots.

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Baker then turns in his tracks to see this object, which first appears to be another tree planter to him. However, it is actually a sailboat seen through the terminal trees of the island, harbored at a neighboring islet.

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Yes, Baker Bloch could easily see living here. 🙂

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Chat Chat…

“Still thinking about moving back to Azure Islands, Hucka D.”

Hucka D.:

I know. Head.

bb:

Reopen the Edwardston Station Gallery. Stick it up in the air somewhere. Good life.

Hucka D.:

As you’ve picked up, you must think hard about leaving Noru. What are the consequences to Karoz?

bb:

Karoz, of course, will live on the islands with Baker Bloch, Baker Blinker, and you. It won’t be permanent, though. After that I’ll move back to the mainlands somewhere.

Hucka D.:

But not Noru.

bb:

What’s so special about Noru?

Hucka D.:

Karoz grew up on that land. You already deleted his house.

bb:

Well, it wasn’t in the right position on the property anyway.

Hucka D.:

You better think about all this.

bb:

I like it on those islands. It’s an escape, true, but a needed one. Only so much mainlands at one time. Then I’m thinking about moving to the Snow Region. You can get land there pretty cheap. Or just have a rental there. (pause) It’s just an option I have right now and I think I should follow through on it.

Hucka D.:

Karoz doesn’t like it. He wants to start exploring around Noru again. Why don’t you just claim that island you’re interested in as your own and [merely] explore there. That way when other settlers come in and ruin it, as they will, you can move on without any commitments.

bb:

I think it would also be nice to live there for a spell, Hucka D. I’ve almost picked out a spot.

Hucka D.:

In Head.

bb:

You can say that.

Hucka D.:

It’s all in the Head.

bb:

I could live in both places for a month but that seems wasteful, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

So Baker Bloch accidentally drowns on Linden Memorial Island, then is reborn on Head Island. That’s not a good name.

bb:

Thinking of Valdese, actually. I think this is where Baker Beach is born. Why does Plant call me that, btb? You know?

Hucka D.:

He’s thinking of Synchpatch in the future. I think you, or Baker Bloch, need to talk to Karoz about this before deciding. You just set up your b_hivia, or finished the description posts anyway for it.

bb:

No one visits.

Hucka D.:

No one visits anything much in SL. There are only a limited number of avatars. People like wars and competition and games too much to make their own reality in such freedom, without constraints.

bb:

Otherland jipped me of some money, Hucka D. I’d declare war on them if the original owners were still around.

Hucka D.:

So you’ll keep the Healy gallery.

bb:

Suppose so.

Hucka D.:

And the option to rent in one additional location.

bb:

Yeah.

Hucka D.:

Talk to Karoz.

bb:

I could even rent in Chilbo.

Hucka D.:

Sunklands… keep looking.

bb:

So… Peter from Petemond originally lived in Egg Hole or Egg Hill* sink on Corsica Prime before moving to Jeogeot.

Hucka D.:

Through the Klein Bottle type situation you’ve already touched upon, he could move freely between Egg Hill and Chasm Deep. This was called Titusville, originally ruled by Titus One. You met him in Elemetary School, actually. Forest Hills.

bb:

Kent?

Hucka D.:

King Kent. Another One.

bb:

Des Moines?

Hucka D.:

The name was decided over a game of dominoes.

bb:

I like that.

Hucka D.:

Thank you.

bb:

What of William Almon Wheeler, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Time runs backwards there. Backwards and forwards. Two sides of one object, you see.

bb:

Wheeler-Wilson again, then.

Hucka D.:

And Wilson-Wheeler.

bb:

Well… Titusville, eh?

Hucka D.:

Well, yes. You look inward and outward at once. Toward Ozma in 1 direction. That’s where you must focus. And to do that you must keep in mind Egg Hill Sink. Look to the stars, baker b.

bb:

Thank you.

* Hucka D. is telling me that Egg Hole sink is more correctly called Egg Hill sink, and states there’s a more direct relationship with Egg Hill of Centre County, Pennsylvania that I presently know about. Hucka D. also acknowledges that Egg Hill sink will probably not catch on, and the name will remain Egg Hole, because people will have problems thinking of a hill as an inverted sink.