Hucka Doobie heard from Baker Blinker heard from Karoz Blogger heard from someone over in BoB about a rumor going around that Collagesity is in imminent danger of being dismantled. I can understand the worries, given that just yesterday I put almost all of my Minoa land up for sale at 2 lindens per square meter. But I fairly quickly retracted the offer. Here’s the deal now with Collagesity: it’s going to stay pat as is through at least November 8th. At that time I *might* be making a choice between two locations for the town, the other of which I’ll withhold for now but it’s been mentioned a number of times in the blog already throughout the summer.
And here’s the deal with Wheeler. Last night, Baker Blinker and Wheeler decided to settle their personal differences about the direction of the town via a wrestling match, which Baker *barely* won. As she put it to me afterwards, although about equal in physical abilities, she felt she maintained a certain edge over Wheeler at the end due to her bond with Karoz Blogger. They truly love each other, I’m sure of it. That kept her going and pushing the limits. So she swung a tough match around and won, with the deal struck outlined above. And the best news is that no hard feelings came out of it between the two. They just had differences, and they charted a course to resolve those differences in a logical way by attempting to beat the pulp out of each other. Actually they make a good team because they instinctively understand their limits and how to keep from really and truly hurting each other.
Other things have come out of this Battle for Collagesity. Baker Blinker has earned certain rights which I’ll get into detail more later. Wheeler admitted to Baker that she intended to separate Carrcassonnee from Perch (her “eye”) and use the latter as a super-generator for a space launch beyond the Second Lyfe solar system. Now my regular readers (or reader) will recall that Karoz Blogger has already gone to Second Lyfe’s Moon and back last spring. Stories have surfaced that he’s built a more powerful rocketship in the meantime and went as far as (Le)Mars and perhaps Neptune. But — again — there’s confusion about a trans-solar journey to a distant planet called Muff-Birmingham. This has definitely not occurred yet. The event hides as well within a strong probable future — with masking abilities.
I should also explain that Wheeler is a time traveler of sorts. That’s how she personally knows Perch from the past, when he was just an ordinary man with an extra-ordinary horse named Spider. She’s part of a secret organization named R110 within certain time streams. And connected with that, she’s sometimes seen hanging out in Real Lyfe at a United States where Rutherford “Booger” Hayes was the last president before the formation of The Triumvirant. Wheeler’s seen a lot.
Some more changes over in Jorondip, but I’ll have to get to those later. I wonder if Karoz and Baker Blinker would be interested in this kind of quickie wedding? Probably not.
But the main focus of this particular post will be recent changes to Collagesity. First off, it seems my probable reality where I own land in both BoB and Minoa next month has closed up, with one of the 2 targeted parcels in BoB’s Gormthoog sim having been sold just yesterday. I’m locked in at Minoa for a while, perhaps the winter, perhaps longer. Quite a bit longer. Come November, I will have been in Minoa for *2 years*, by far the longest stay I’ve had for a major installation in My Second Lyfe. First stage Pietmond, for example, only lasted about 6 or 6 1/2 months. That was my first full fledge virtual village. Minoa’s Collagesity may be my last, in terms of just Second Life alone.
Well… to the changes. My apologies to those who might still be creating films in Collagesity (*several* films have been or are being made of the town recently! — get to that also in another post), but I’ve essentially swapped out the Toxic Art gallery for the 32×32 version of Gallery Jack. I’ve centered it right on the Collagesity Tower (or Town Tower, I believe I might have called it; hafta check), the one with the name of the town written across the top. There are advantages and drawbacks to this swapping, and hopefully the former outweighs the latter. Both contain essentially the same set of collages, or the bulk of the Art 10×10, still my cornerstone creation in that category. It took me 5 years.
The big box of a gallery sits squarely in the middle of the below photos.
The swapping has freed up this passage on the north side of Gallery Jack. The building to the left below is also new: the Sink Lair, whose story is here LINK. I’m not sure how long it will stay there, however.
The Confluence Ballerina has returned to Collagesity. For now, again.
New, aesthetic juxtapositions of Collagesity features have manifested.
A new shop has been built directly underneath Gallery Jack. Nothing in it yet, though. Could it turn into some kind of history museum? Souvenir shop?
Then I had to create some new stairs to connect the east and west parts of town, the former totally dominated by galleries now with the exception of Karoz’s still evolving Norum College. He needs to start working on that again.
And then yet another new building has been rezzed on the far east part of town, next to Art Oluja’s nifty cardboard house centered art installation. This would be the SoSo Gallery containing the 20 collages of 2007’s Oblong series, perhaps the most consistent of that type within the Art 10×10. I felt the need to do this since Oblong is not included in Gallery Jack, unlike with the Toxic Art gallery. That’s a major difference between the two.
And then the front of Gallery Jack itself. The whole 32 meter long front wall is phantom; the back one as well. Just walk right in.
Center of Gallery Jack. I first concocted this alternate home for (the bulk of) the Art 10×10 back in 2010 on a plot I owned at the time in Orion’s Vale, at the bottom of one of two identifiable sinks of the Corsica continent. A quite sacred space. And we now have the return of the Eternally Bickering Newton and Jasper statues to Collagesity. Neat-o.
One more fairly significant change: the return of the Small Gothic Castle to the Friends of the Rubi Woods parcel, replacing the Victorian House formerly there.
I’ve also added some more vegetation to Collagesity. Hopefully, again, it’s been an aesthetic upgrade from before.
Baker Bloch admires the jagged Collagesity skyline and thinks, “this could be it. This is where the buck stops.”
That night he heads over again to Carrcassonnee’s place for needed guidance after a fairly rough day. But Carr. herself has had a choppy spell recently. What’s going on? Interface is what’s going on. Collagesity is being affected by those that observe from the outside. So I think they need to talk — this most representative of representatives for myself, the chief artist of Collagesity, and then the chief deity of the town whose very existence has been threatened.
How are you holding up Carrcassonnee?
Baker Blinker took care of the problem. That’s all I’m going to say about it. I’m not going to rattle on so that you can put my inner hopes and fears on the blog for all these people to look at and dissect. I’m not like you.
Oh sure you are. You *are* me.
You’re going to have to get up soon when Baker Blinker arrives. That’s one of her special privileges now. She gets to sit in *that* seat. She’s such a beauty. She’s helped me so much recently. You are lucky to have her as a sidekick. You should just let her take over, eh? Just let her sit in your seat, acquire your friends, your memories. She is the male inside the female, a better balance. She has changed since entering Your Second Lyfe. My Second Lyfe. Look at you.
I know. I haven’t changed much. I did remove my mask about 6 years back. It was scaring the kids. But what of you? You don’t change.
I’m changing all the time, however. I am you. I am [ delete name]. I am Fitz. I am Lisa. I’m a lot of people you don’t know about yet.
What *did* happened between you and Wheeler?
(Baker Blinker enters)
Good. Now we can start in earnest. Get up Other Baker, for that is what you’ll always be now.
Alright, good enough.
Good *evening* Baker Blinker. My special friend. I thank you so much for just being here. For helping me. I haven’t had this much help since another special friend Dr. Horace P. Blood left the scene.
He or she knew my peculiar ins and outs. I’ve kind of been lost without her all these months. I was at wits end to be frank. I *allowed* a vulnerability. Wheeler slipped in. But it’s good you two guys are still buds.
We are. She’s under control, Carrcassonnee. She’s sorry it happened. She got carried away. She *is* powerful. But I’m strong too. I took care of the problem.
Just as I was telling Baker Bloch over there.
What *did* happen? I know you won the wrestling contest.
Listen close Baker Bloch. Listen to what real change does to a person. Increases their mettle. Makes them tough.
BBlinker (to BBloch):
It wasn’t much. Well, it *was* scary. I almost lost. I turned it around in the end. I thought of Karoz, and how he cares for me so much. That pulled me through to the end. The marriage is still on.
Oh it has to be. I’m marrying you! Right here. Right where these chairs are now. ‘Cept Karoz will be in Baker Bloch’s place. He’s secondary too. He doesn’t change neither.
He’s so transparent he’s basically grass. His ass is grass, as they say. Barney Rubles?
Wheeler also wants to talk to you Carrcassonnee.
Don’t let that *bitch* back in here.
Now now, it wasn’t that bad.
Baker Blinker, with all due respect, it *was* that bad.
Now I think you’re overreacting Carrcassonnee Cazzcark.
My full name as well. You must be convinced of this. Well… go on.
Wheeler was doing what Wheeler was suppose to do. She *can* take over the town. Destroy it even. If we didn’t have a central core, a central fire. And it can’t be just you, just me, just Karoz, just Baker Bloch, just Hucka Doobie. It has to be all of us, working together. Working as one.
The old one for all thing. I’m buying.
*And*, it has to be Wheeler too. You and she must make amends. We’ll leave you alone. Get up Other Baker (she laughs and waves Baker Bloch up).
*No*, you can’t take advantage of my relative immobility. You *know* I can’t… oh… hello Wheeler.
We’ll be right outside Carrcassonnee.
(Baker Blinker and Baker Bloch leave the gazebo)
“You can stop running now Baker Bloch.”
“Is that suppose to be Donald Trump over there, Carrcassonnee?” Wheeler asks in the awkward silence after sitting down in her special chair.
“I don’t know. Is it?”
“I don’t know neither. Either?”
“Why don’t you just try to gauge my eye out again, Wheels? Can I call you Wheels? Wheeler the Wheelie.”
“Baker Blinker is protecting you now. We made a pact, a deal. Part of that deal is that you and I have to get along. So I’m here. Talking to you.”
“What do you dislike about me, Wheels? Wheelie? Which do you prefer? Gauger, perhaps.”
“I am you. I don’t like the myself I use to be. With Perch. Perch riding around on Spider. Spider use to be a horse. That’s in the collages. You have to send her back in. You know so little. It irritates me sometimes, is all. I get impatient.”
“I know a *lot* woman.”
“Not as much as you think. Not at all. I’ve been in those collages myself. I’ve been to Stonethwaite, to Tungaske — that’s in Canada and not Russia by the way. I’ve been to those special places that make up the nexus. *We* operate from that nexus. Whitehead Crossing. Do you remember Whitehead Crossing, Carrcassonnee?”
“Of course. Kind of. And: not really. No, I don’t know that place atall.”
“That’s where I’m from. I’m from all of those places. That’s where I met Spongeberg. We had a thing going on back in the wild wooly 70’s. Ever heard of Jagger Juice?”
“Tommy Tums? Richard Rechts? Bizarronator? Those were my clan.”
“Sounds like an evil superhero alliance.”
“It was! We had a number of eyes laying around we would huff on back then. Your mama.”
“I said, your mama.”
Carr. (calling through the door):
Baker Blinker!! A little help!
She’s just pulling your leg. Go ahead Wheeler. Admit you were pulling Carrcassonnee’s leg. You don’t know her mother.
The heck I don’t. Huffing and puffing on her. All night long.
Alright let’s just end it at that. Now just *look* at what you did to Carrcassonnee again!
(after a pause)
I can’t believe you have to call in Baker Bloch again to change Carrcassonee ’round. He needs to give everything over to you. Just deed it over. The whole town, the part that’s not yours. 98 percent?
I even have to get up for this charade?
Yeah. Sorry. (pause) We’re done.
She’s still got a little greenish glow around her belly.
The night marches on. We must end soon. We can’t look at every detail.
I didn’t think the mama joke would affect her like this. Change her over again.
BBlinker (looking at the script and reading):
It will take — sorry — it will take many episodes of 12 Oz Mouse to revive her again. Perhaps even 13.
Nice. Why don’t you just remove her eye now. While she’s away like this. It would be easy. Then we could go to Muff-Birmingham. I’ve shown you pictures. It’s beautiful. We could get a place somewhere way up in the air. Buy a whole wrestling arena before we leave and take it with us. Then when we get back we just rent. Rent somewhere else. Away from here.
“That eye would take us far.”
Collagesity: Central Paradox (etc.)
Below is a collision of 2 buildings in the heart of Collagesity that can’t possibly exist together. One must be off, one must be on. Right now the box-like Gallery Jack, holding 60 of the 100 collages of the Art 10×10, is “on”. In the recent past, it was browner and more irregular Toxic Art Gallery holding 80 of the 100 collages of same here. Will the situation switch back in the near future? This is my paradox: the central dichotomy, structure-wise, of Collagesity all is built around, as I’m perceiving it now.
Back to the inventory you go TAG building!
The Other appears. Two headed.
Toxic Art Gallery restored; Gallery Jack eliminated.
Just like that.
I tried to reduce prims within the latter by dividing it into several sections and the project just proved to be too unmanageable in several ways. And a big bonus because of the reversion: the 100 collages of the Art 10×10 are again purchasable. Another bonus: I now have a 272 prim cushion to work with. Nice!
So what’s next??
Wedding Prep 01
Karoz examines the mystery center of Collagesity and thinks about his new theory regarding quantum computers… **
… before heading over to Jorondip, a strong honeymoon destination possibility for Baker Blinker and himself, he feels. It’s my new friend Quito’s Doggerland Garage again, now packaged with quickie wedding vending machine (called a Wed-O-Matic) and lots of other marriage related stuff.
“Baker Bloch warned me that other things could have changed since the family’s last visit,” Karoz says to himself when teleporting into Jorondip’s exact center. “Quito is quite active in the sim. I’ve got to keep my gauging eyes peeled.”
“Baker Bloch didn’t tell me about these weights. A plus… Baker Blinker likes to work out a lot now to keep up with Wheeler.”
“Punching bag and exercise mat: check.”
“Trashiness of the place might be a negative. Does Baker Blinker really want to honeymoon in a garage?” It was unfortunately a thought he didn’t consider frequently enough today.
“Ahhh, the vending machine. And, awww, a just married couple I’m assuming. How’d the ceremony go guys?” No answer.
Wedding photos… a must!
“Did that trash can make a noise?”
And lastly, the honeymoon bed.
He can’t wait to get back to Collagesity and tell Baker Blinker about his finds here. He’s sure she’ll be super pleased!
** From Karoz’s facebook page today:
My conclusion (for now) about quantum computers is that they’ll come ever so close to working but never be fully functional. Errors will always crop up that ruin an output. A hairline away from complete revolution, but about the same distance as that inner core is from absolute zero.
You cannot practically reconcile two universes in the same precise space.
Wedding Prep 02
“Thank you for meeting with me, Hucka Doobie. It’s just that… I didn’t feel comfortable talking with Carrcassonnee about Wheeler and such.”
“Yes, you told me. When did you get glasses Baker Blinker?”
“When did *you*? Yes, we need to catch up anyway. Remember the old days? Azure Islands? We use to hang a lot together.”
“And now you’re all grown up and about to get married,” responded Hucka Doobie. “My little girl”. Both giggle. “Well, spill the wine, er, beans.”
“Thanks again. Wheeler made me an offer, to get to the short of it.”
“What kind of offer?” Hucka Doobie propped her hands under her chin, getting very interested.
“An offer I had to refuse, Hucka. But I *thought* about it. That’s the scary thing. Am I really ready to get married? Is Karoz really the man? *The* Man?
“My guess?” offered Hucka Doobie. “I think it’s Blinkerton coming through.”
“Well, that might apply if *you* were getting married Hucka Doobie.”
“Oh yeah.” Hucka Doobie sat back in her chair, re-contemplating. “How about this? You like girls instead of boys. Deep inside.”
“Perhaps.” Baker Blinker then shook the thought off. “Nah, that’s not it. I’m not into the other side of the sea. What’s the expression?”
“Hunting for shells on the opposite shore of the lake, I think.” Hucka Doobie tried to wink at her but found she couldn’t.
“Well… how’s things with you? What have *you* been up to Hucka?”
“Oh nothing much. Just finished up discovering the center of the universe. Nothing to it really. A hole. A whole lotta hole.”
“Wow. Where’d you find *that*? The center, I mean. I mean, we’re *here*.”
“The center is everything?” Hucka Doobie looked around the Collagesity Cafe, seeming to check each corner.
“I suppose. We need to practice talking together more.”
“Get that owner of yours, baker b., on it. But I have a surprise for you. I need to talk to you about something very important as well. Parallel to your important statement. Which was what? You’re not going to get married?”
“No, I want to get married,” answered Baker. “I really do. And I’ll go through with it. It’s just that this whole, parallel world opened up briefly, the one where Wheeler and I went to this ultra-mysterious Muff-Bermingham planet and started a wrestling confederation.”
“You would be in charge?”
“Wheeler and I together. 50-50. Something like that.”
“Let’s get up and walk,” Hucka Doobie then said. “I want to stretch my legs and explore. I don’t get here to Collagesity enough. I’m often in the center, which is nowhere.”
“You’re talking about the White Palace,” Baker Blinker guessed.
“Yes.” Hucka Doobie pauses, lowering her voice. “Plus my father might be listening in. Karoz’s too.” She pauses again, gauging Baker Blinker’s expression. “From the past, you know.”
“Oh. Oh yeah.”
A Central Collagesity Mystery
Well, Jack is back.
210 prims left for development. Not bad.
Down to 206… 205… 206…
Baker Blinker was emphatic. “We’re not getting married in a garage.”
“It’s not *in* the garage,” countered Karoz. “The machine is just outside.” Karoz’s frown expands. “You said you didn’t want to wait until Christmas and that you wanted to get hitched as soon as possible. I’m outlining a solution for you in a most logical manner.”
Baker sighed. “Okay, let’s do it. But I’m not *sleeping* in that garage.”
But they ended up doing just that. They moved around Jorondip several times during the first week of their honeymoon stay in Nautilus’ BoB. Then they came across this place in Gormthoog on the morning of Day 7 while biking up Highway 14.
“Could it be, Baker Blinker?” Karoz excitedly asks.
“Well whatta ya know.”
“And full permissions on rezzing as I’m checking now.”
“Pop out that old bed again Blinks!”
Baker sighed. And so went their second week. Awesome again. For Karoz.
Starbuccaneer Coffee in Collagesity?
Interesting possibility! I like the deck over Confluence Pool fer sure.
Entrance in the back of Gallery Jack.
Baker getting comfy, and wishing he had a fishing pole.
4:24 PM EST:
More changes. Baker Bloch’s father just sold his house! But I’ll have to get to all that in another post.
Changes! Developing fast. I believe the Boos gallery will be shifted from south to north Collagesity very soon.
The Boos gallery has been shifted!
What seems to be happening — or is happening — is a positioning of all galleries along one ancient road that may still be called Cannon Street or the Old Cannon Road or something. This would be on the north side of town basically. The south side is becoming more residential in nature, it seems. Or park-like. We’ll see how it goes from here!
And 171 prims still left over as I write this. I’m not sure how.
New Town Map
Too much had changed all of a sudden, so I felt I needed to go ahead and do this.
“Starbuccaneer, my old nemesis, hehe. I’ll take 4 shots of expresso over ice in a venti cup.”
He calls toward Karoz already seated at the far table. “You sure you won’t have anything?”
“Positive. Just going over my notes.”
Baker Bloch turns back to the barista and lowers his voice a bit. “So how’ve you been Star? Long time no see.”
“2130,” came a robotic answer. “2130, 2130, 2130, 2130, 2130.” Starbuccaneer Barista’s eyes then turned pitch black for a moment.
“Hmmm,” says Baker. He calls back to Karoz. “Well, that’s probably for the best. Doesn’t look like they’re really open for business yet.” And I was really looking forward to that 4 shot latte, he then thinks to himself while watching Starbuccaneer’s eyes revert back to normal, but still staring blankly ahead. Possessed, he feels. “What do you think Blackie?” he queries his pet shoulder bird. “Possessed?”
“P’ssessed,” the bird echoes back in a small tweet.
“Well Karoz, tell me all about your adventures in BoB. The whole honeymoon!”
“Oh it was wonderful, Baker Bloch. And I apologize again for not inviting you to the wedding. You see, it was Baker Blinker’s idea. She said she just couldn’t wait and that Collagesity needed us wedded as soon as possible for protection.”
“What does that mean?”
“I tried a couple of times to get her to spill more details, but no go. Plus we were busy doing, ahem, other things.”
“Like biking.” Baker Bloch laughs, and Karoz smiles broadly.
“How’s Jorondip? You said you stayed in the garage two nights, wasn’t it?”
“Three, actually. Then we moved just up the hill to what appeared to be an abandoned cottage. Then we moved up to a much larger house above that. The one with the blue quantum mechanics book. Have I told you about my new theory concerning quantum computers?”
Baker shakes his head and Karoz tells him. LINK
“Fascinating. You could be right. But what does that say about Collagesity? On and off? Black and white? Jasper and Newton?”
“It means a door to reality,” Karoz states bluntly. “A way out of here.”
“Hmph.” Baker speaks to his bird again. “Whattaya say Blackie? A way to reality?”
“Real-ty,” the bird squeaked.
“Since when did you start talking to your shoulder pet, Baker Bloch?”
“I don’t know. Just started. What do you think Blackie? Good idea?” The bird didn’t answer this time.
“Well anyway, it was great, Baker Bloch. The second week we stayed — get this — it was a duplicate of my Bodega market apartment. And we could rezz anything we wanted to there within a 61 prim cushion! So that finished it off. I’ll show you the pictures of the whole thing later. Maybe invite the town to a slide show. Yeah, that would be a morale booster.”
“Is the town down in the dumps?” Baker Bloch asked.
“Well, you know the whole Carrcassonnee turning red and dull several times. We need the eye strong to protect us.”
“What about Wheeler?”
“Oh she had to go with us.”
“She did??” Baker Bloch stares at Karoz and imagines his eyes turning black. But they didn’t.
Collagesity Films (several!)
Recent films made in Collagesity.
First up is the art collective called cybertwigs, who meshed various Collagesity images with the song “Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You)” by Aqualung. Truly a marvelous, polished creation, and I love that they attempted to grok my thought processes when making these works. Maybe they can illuminate me when they figure it out! The video is obviously a masterful collage in itself, representing a tight sync between audio and video. I’ll be studying it more in coming days and weeks for certain.
Pearl Grey’s slightly more neoclassic take on Collagesity is up next. She captures images not found in the first video, like zooming into the forbidden bowels of haunted Castle Jack. I also love the way she moves up through the numerous floors of the Fal Mouth Moon, scanning around the walls at each stop. It was a lot of fun creating and then hanging successive Falmouth series collages in that building back in Winter/Spring 2014. The gallery definitely helped shape the art.
The two almost equally long films make for a good balance in my eyes. And people do seem inspired by those sky tunnels.:) Excellent work guys! I’m truly, deeply touched.
Collagesity Gets Stoned 01
As of yesterday, 10 large stones with Celtic type designs on ’em have arrived in Collagesity, practically dividable into 2 sets of 5. Stones within each set are basically aligned with one another east to west across the town, 5 on the north side and 5 to the south. Successive rocks are also approximately equidistant to each other in both sets.
We start with the last stone placed by Baker Bloch yesterday, which turns out to be Stone 01 according to town terminology. This would be near the bottom center of Castle Jack in the southwest corner of Collagesity. We already learn much from this placement. Before Castle Jack, this site might have held a traditional 7 circuit labyrinth, such as we’ve seen in the Temple of TILE before, as well as on Second Lyfe’s Moon of the Moon. The rock and its own depiction of said labyrinth commemorates this history — according to town legends again.
The spinning Tyle Cube is perched on top.
Stone 02 fronts Carrcassonnee’s Gazebo Temple, about at the same place the burning
Lennon lemon was before. It’s one of the bigger of the 10, and might be individually named Big Stone or Major Stone (Biggie?). We’ll see.
All that remains of the firey lemon is its containing dish or bowl.
Baker walks toward Stone 03 and Stone 04.
Stone 03 (front of Bodega Market).
Stone 04 (center of town “plaza”).
Stone 05 is placed on the eastern edge of town next to SoSo, near the border of Art Oluja’s land.
Stones 03, 04, and 05 in a row across Collagesity East.
Collagesity Gets Stoned 02
We move to the second set of 5 stones, this time aligned on the northern side of town, and basically following the route of Old Cannon Road. They are numbered west to east in this case.
Stone 06 is in front of a store (Lafayette Grocery and Dairy), just like Stone 03 (Bodega Market).
Baker Bloch looks down the ancient roadway toward stones 07 and 08.
Stone 07 (w/ Stone 06 in the background).
Stone 08. This one’s called Major Stone? Tall Stone? Lean Stone?
Stone 09, or Hunger Stone, one of the largest like Big Stone before it. It shares other similarities with Big Stone.
Hunger Stone may also be known as Think Stone for obvious reasons. This may be a corruption of Thick Stone.
Stone 10 is the only one not found in Collagesity proper. Instead it lies within the Rubi Woods, and offers important clues to their origins. We know that Hector on the opposite side of these same woods once contained its own alignment of very similar rocks (One Two). We’ll have to study this matter further before commenting in full. But are the stones from the woods?
Stone 06 was then turned around to close out Baker Bloch’s rocky night.
Newton and Jasper?
(joined in progress)
There are 3 major stones and 7 minor stones or just stones, unnamed and non-nomenclatured. One of the 3 major stones is called Major itself. This would be the one outside your father’s place. How’s Spaced Ghost holding up? Hopefully he’s not drinking again since he has that new bar and all. Is he?
I don’t think so. I haven’t seen him lately, actually. Might try to find him later tonight. And: He never drank.
Where is he sleeping? Since the whole house is now a bar.
Answer: There’s a portal in the back of the bar. Walk behind the bar, go down the passage. You’ll find a second Collagesity with a second set of objects. Different from the first. Backwards. Bass ackwards.
Hmmm. I’ll check that out Carrcassonnee.
Do that. Don’t forget. Any more on the stones?
The 3 major stones: one is called Major Stone itself and that’s in front of my dad’s bar, next to the orange door…
(Carrcassonnee nods here?)
… then Big Stone just outside your gazebo here…
… and then Hunger or Thick or Think Stone in front of the Collagesity Diner. What’s the relationship, especially of Hunger (etc.) and Big?
When you go to the parallel town you’ll find that out. You better go check.
(unjoined in progress)
The 3 “major stones” brightened for highlighting purposes.
Major Stone and Spaced Ghost’s new
bar bars from Gallery Jack.
“Is this the passageway behind the bar Carrcassonnee speaks of?” Turns out it’s not. Wrong bar.
“Hey Furry Karl! Long time no see.” Karl doesn’t speak, and Baker continues. “Let’s see, Karl, I’ll have a, uh, let’s see, a, um, uh… a Heineken.” Baker Bloch waits for Karl’s response. “Hmm, still not animated, just like Starbuccaneer.”
He admires the high view here before teleporting down to the second bar in the house. There’s Big Stone, he thinks. No, that’s the other stone. What was the name. Baked Stone? He suddenly can’t remember. Has he been gassed? Has the whole town been gassed? “Some view, eh Karl. Bet you’re enjoying that.” No answer.
“And then there’s Rhoda. Hi Rhoda!” Baker Bloch is not surprised when the orbed being doesn’t reply.
He still talks to him, however. “Rhoda, I understand there’s a passageway that leads to another dimension ’round here. I can’t find it. Any ideas?” Rhoda remains silent and still. “None?” Baker Bloch waits again. “Still none?”
Baker then spies the rocks of Old Cannon Road projecting through the floor on the north side of the bar. He takes a closer look…
… and finds the passageway. The Exit.
“Doesn’t look *too* different” (but it was).
Baker Bloch heads back over to Starbuccaneers to attempt to flirt again with Star herself, the namesake. Does she own the store? Did she buy his father’s house next door and turn it into not one but two bars, strange reflections of each other? What about the passageway behind the lower bar? It leads to blackness, like Star’s eyes turned black the other day. Baker Bloch went through, but he came out in the same town. It *appeared* like the same town. But Carrcassonnee said it would be different, somehow reversed. He has yet to figure it out what this means.
Baker Bloch has arrived. “Hi Star. Maybe we got off on the wrong foot the other day. I’d like to ask you on… a date. A date, Star. Can you animate yourself again, like you were in Collagesity Noru several years back? Hard to believe Collagesity itself is now close to 2 1/2 years old, eh? Star?”
Baker then hears a conversation fade in from the back of the restaurant, like a dream coming into reality. He turns to see an animated Karoz talking to Spongeberg about something.
He makes out words like dreamer and dancer and perpetual and world and Nautilus and box before Spongeberg seems to stop listening to Karoz rattle on and focuses his attention directly on Starbuccaneer. Or is he staring at *me*?
When I turn back to Star again for more attempted flirting I find she’s become slightly invisible. As I stare she grows moreso, until about 50 percent of her is gone. The process appears to halt.
“Do you want me to continue?” Spongeberg then says in my mind. “We need the prims. She’s a 7. We can get a whole dance pad in for a 7 spot.”
Spongeberg puts a series of images in my head.
Baker sighs through me. “Take off her hat first,” he speaks back to Spongeberg with his own mind. “That’ll bring it down to 5.”
“That’s not enough. But okay.” The hat disappears. Starbuccaneer otherwise returns to ‘normal’. “Can I flirt with her now?” he asks Spongeberg. “Now that she’s dehatted?”
Starbuccaneer speaks up. “Of course you can Baker Bloch. And how’re *you* doing?”
*Those* things again, he thinks. How can they be this large?
“Well Baker. Let’s go see your father and talk about getting married, hehe. Seriously, he’s probably sleeping off a binge behind some big rock. It’s Karoz all over again.” She shouts into the back. “Right Karoz?!”
Baker waits for a reply.
Karoz is just shaking his head and staring. Spongeberg is totally gone man; Karoz sits in his seat.
“Come back here Baker. You can bring Starbuccaneer with you but come back here. Sit with me.”
“Well Star. Shall we?”
“That’s not Karoz,” she replies, fear suddenly in her eyes. “I can feel it. Karoz is not here.”
“Of course he is,” Baker responds. “That’s Karoz Blogger, my old friend. You were *there* in Noru with us. He was president of Sam Parr State Collage. College I meant there.”
“Did you?” she replied. “Just like the old days, Baker Bloch. Always the jester. Until it’s too late.”
“Come here Baker Bloch,” repeats Karoz, or who appears to be Karoz, Baker then thinks. Star looks straight ahead. “I can’t stop staring at him, Baker Bloch.”
“Let’s just go over and speak to him, even if he isn’t Karoz — maybe he’s still Spongeberg — and see what he wants to discuss. We can do that?”
“I’m not going over there,” Star says. “You go without me.” She disappears from view. Newton and Jasper move over from the counter to the top of the round display case, looking toward where she once was.
“Jeez, are these things going to follow me around now wherever I go?” He turns to them. “Do you speak? Are. You. Animated?” But they were behind him now, sitting in the last booth.
“Are you going to come back and talk to me or not?” Karoz implores. Baker goes and sits down. He stares toward the booth in question. Nothing there.
“You better find those little rascals and delete them before you forget about it again,” suggests Karoz. “I can wait. I bet you can’t even find it or them.”
“I’ll find them.” It took Baker a minute, however. “Gotcha. Back to the inventory.”
“How did they get on Castle Jack is the question you should be asking. That’s impossible. They couldn’t be there. They’re like expanding salt and pepper shakers. Hold on… I believe that may have been your line.” He rustles some papers underneath the table while examining them.
“Never mind, Karoz. Never mind whose line is whose. Let’s improvise. Let’s go off the script.”
“We can’t do that,” replied Karoz. “We’re always on [the] script. We can’t improvise because we are following a path and can’t stray into the woods, into the wild, to be eaten like moles or voles.”
“Yeah, what *is* the difference between the two? And, to point, why did Starbuccaneer think you weren’t Karoz? You’re acting pretty much like I anticipate Karoz acting.”
Karoz laughs. “Accing,” he says.
Baker Bloch remembers that he’s highlighted Newton and Jasper but hasn’t deleted them yet. They he realizes he’s highlighted 275 more prims behind them as well. He quickly unhighlights everything. “Jesus Karoz, I almost deleted half the town trying to get rid of those two!”
“You *must* be careful. They do that.”
“I’m going to go top down on ’em. Hold on…” Baker Bloch is finally able to isolate and delete the two bad boys.
“So to *my* point. Stay away from [delete name]. Stay away from Nautilus in general. Stay home. World reversed.”
“You know I can’t do that. Baker through me.”
“I know. I just wanted you to know that I told you so.”
reversed is okay, though. Perfection. The perfect thing sought. Like the red violin, the golden sphere[ of Carrcass-5].” Baker Bloch then quotes from the synch. “What if the thing you most wanted, just comes.”
“Don’t do that,” requests Karoz. “No, we must talk about TILE. Tonight was okay, but tomorrow is another day[ as they say]. TILE makes us strong at home. Here in Collagesity. Gormthoog and BoB are in the past practically speaking. Honeymoon over. Blinks and I are back and ready to kick town ass.”
“So are you Karoz or not?”
“I just wanted to tell you that I’m not your enemy. I am in the past myself. I am gone man gone too. But here I am. Telling you these things. You must worship TILE. Everything must focus on TILE. TILE. Baker Blinker already knows this and is adjusting.”
“Karoz — whoever you are —”
“You know who I am.”
“I’m not staying away from Nautilus.”
And so it went.