VIRTUALCHRISTINE ON HOLIDAYS FROM AUGUST 9-23 IN RL MONTE GORDO!!!!!PINK MOJITOS!! FRESH CLAMS!! SUNSHINE!!BEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAACH!!!!ADORO PORTUGAL!!!!

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT well I gave all the info in the title, didn’t I? The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to you all!! See you in two weeks my dearest dears:)

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK IN THE NOOSPHERE- VIRTUALCHRISTINE IS BACK AND BLOGGING!!! DRUNKEN ZOMBIE CLOG DANCING!!!SANCTUARY BLAMGATE HUB’S EXCITING NEW LOOK!! PTARMIGAN PARK RETURNS TO THE HYPERGRID!!! CLOWNS IN HEAVEN!! THE HYPERGRID SAFARI GROUP!!!AND I BUILD THE LARGEST SOMETHING IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET!!! DON’T COP AN ATTITUDE- WHEN DO I MAKE THIS STUFF UP?!!! BAGGAGE CLAIM MASSACRES!!! WORKING OPENSIM MUSIC STREAMS!!! COFFEE AND GOSSIP!!!!INCONTINENT MECHANOIDS!! STEAMPUNK!! MERFOLK!!! TONS OF FREEBIES!! LOVE MY HYPERGRID!!!ATTN NEWBIES!!!

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If you’ve  wondered where I have been …

Well, who can blame you?  My last blog post was  just shy of TWO months ago,a long time for a regular  bi weekely blogger, and an eternity on the internet. The rumors have been flying, and I would like to begin by dispelling some of the more persistent ones.

“Virtualchristine hasn’t been blogging because…”

1) “…her son is having heart problems. ” Thankfully not. My 16 year old son’s heart is functioning so perfectly  with the pacemaker, that, as I write this, he is just got back of a 2 week  backpacking trip in the Swedish wilderness! There goes my peace and quiet!

2) “…she has been abducted by aliens.” I don’t know what is lamest about this one: the idea that a civilization capable of interstellar travel would not heavily prioritize truly epic  broadband , or that a 52 year old who manages to hold down four jobs in two languages and still rabbit on for 2500 words every two weeks  for three years about the availabilty of snake  themed hairstyles and big girl Japanese footwear,  would forget to  crank out a line or two about the  actual view from  Blemankitlicintiunauroplcertaniun freakin’ Minor.

3) “…she is too busy garnering presitgious awards.” This one is just sad. ALL of the awards and honors I wrote about in my last post, were an obvious fiction intended to lull my laptop, tablet and cellphone, which had joined forces to feed me ridiculously fraudulent data in a futile attempt to curb my virtual freebie intake, a proclivity that appears to be grinding my laptop’s analytical processes down to an odd synthisis of HAL 9000 and Blanche Dubois, into a false sense of security, paving the way for my dazzlingly intricate checkmate  of the machine. As my opponent happily immersed itself  in yet another string of non linear differential equations  to determine whether Dave or Stanley was the biggest fucktard, I was able to slip out of the apartment, and disrupt our  neighborhood power grid, which includes the seat of German government and a major international airport. In the ensuing national emergency and Baggage Claim Massacres, I syphoned just  enough power off an army hospital generator and changed my Twitter password.

4) “…she is too busy canoodling with global icons.” My  intensly passionate romance, and subsiquent engagement to Star Trek’s own Leonard Nimoy  was all too real – until I made a shocking discovery. My intended  had secretly plunged to the very depths of moral and spiritual depravity, striking  a hideously Faustian deal with the greatest force of sheer evil the world has ever known. While it is still too  excruciatingly painful to go into specifics; suffice to say our 50,000 guest wedding and script writing honeymoon in the Bahamas were abruptly cancelled, as, head held high and pockets  stuffed with Gagh shaped  vegan hors d’oeuvers, I flounced off into the balmy Nassau night.

5) “…she is dead.” Never fear. I am not that easily silenced.

 

Hello my dearest dears! How marvelous! Here we all are again ready for another whirlwind adventure on OpenSim, the software platform that hosts hundreds of independant grids, many of which choose to be connected by an amped teleportation system called the hypergrid, which allows you to endlessly explore these brave new worlds, making  friends from all over the planet, having unforgettable experiences, and scoring enough free content  to make you dizzy! With delight, obviously. Not the kind of dizzy when you discover that the person you believed to be your soulmate was capable of  filming the new Star Trek movie you and he were to author in a state of nuptual bliss, in Marin’s-oh screw it- on SKYWALKER RANCH!!!!!! I won’t protect you  anymore Leonard!   So what if Shatner  tossed some fanboys a map; he never  set foot in  Lobotomy Central!

If you do not know how to get on OpenSim, and believe me, you are not alone, please see my “How to get on OpenSim in Six Ridiculously Easy Steps” page at the top of this blog, and don’t forget my Newbie Glossary, also at the top! C’mon it’s easy! Come spread your wings in the free metaverse!

For today’s adventure, we will start with some cool stuff and important info that happened as I was slugging away at things I will rant about later.

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To avoid confusion I should probably point out now that both these avatars are moi; the avatar on the left is my is my older, more familiar Craft avatar, and on the right is my less familiar, more-honest- at- the -waistline Sanctuary avatar. I photographed them clog dancing, which, at the time, I thought would be less creepy then just standing there staring. Rioja was a factor. The results were mixed.

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For those of you who do not read this blog regularly (noooooo!) or follow me on G+or FaceTwit (take me Lord!) When I am not travelling, blogging,or slugging away at other stuff, I run(with a little help from my friends) the hypergid’s first Arcadia Asylum Museum, on Craft, the Friendly Grid. In this two month hiatus from the Craft museum, the World’s Most Amazing Estate Manager not only held down the fort on our two regions, he founded a  page thingyboo on G+ called OpenSim Working Radio Streams . He has assembled a genuinly diverse collection of  music for your OpenSim regions that is continually tweaked and updated. These suckers WORK!  The WMAEM is the tiniest bit obsessed with  obliterating the silent metaverse, so if you are having any trouble at all setting up music streams, radios etc, this oughta be your first stop in a very big way.

My buddy Crystal Brewton, the Indie Author Extraordinaire, has given her artist colony on Metropolis Grid, Independently Spoken, an all new look!

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For starters, every Sunday Crystal will be hanging out in the colony’s rather smart clubhouse for the…

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Kaffee Klatsch!! You can drop by at anytime for a chat, make new friends, swap techno tips and metaverse gossip- and get on Crystal’s case if she drinks too much coffee!! You HEARD what the doctor said Ladykins!!!!

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She has also ripped up about half the colony, like Godzilla on a caffiene rampage, and  added a harbor for her yacht…

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…which has the best virtual boat name ever. And if you look over the colony, on the far right corner you will see a new, tall, glass structure…

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… that is Crystal’s newest project, The Africa -Dash Museum.

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Although she is just getting started, it is already  super interesting. For example, I had no idea that civil rights martyr Medgar Evers had a ship named after him! Well done Crystal!

And now let’s hit  the OS Grid,  where all kinds of  cool stuff is happening!

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The Hypergrid Safari is a great weekly event organized by famous virtual blogger Thirza Ember, and famous metaverse artist Wizard Gynoid ! Every wednesday at noon PST a group of veterans and newbies meets at the clubhouse on  OS Grid’s Teravus Plaza, and take off on a jumpin’ tour of as many hypergrid enabled worlds as they can manage!! Sakes alive!! Eight weeks of this with hardly a casualty; well, no one anybody liked!! Let’s go inside and nose around.

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How cool is this! (Take a close look at the poster! )

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The house is chock full of freebies, landmarks and technical pointers in fun packaging.

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In fact, between Thirza and Wizzy’s technical know how and charismatic wackiness, the group has grown in leaps and bounds. They are now averaging 24 people, which is a  big crowd even on a pricey commercial grid with  mechagodzilla level servers! On a little charity run home grown grid with the server propping up grandma’s kitchen table, the coffieur vaporization and   general crash rate is pretty high, but everyone still manages to come back with great photos and stories!

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In fact, the group initially had it’s clubhouse here, on Thirza’s rather elegant Ilha Magica regions.

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I could see why they had to move to the OS Grid’s more robust homestead region. For example, this very beautiful , somewhat surreal storm is part of an art gallery…

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…and these shimmering gazebos are  well thought out teleport hubs! At the risk of being too technical, I would venture to posulate this hump of fancy ass scripts were scalping those newbies left right and center. Join/follow the Safari on Facebook and thier G+ group !!!

Still on the OS Grid for something that is very important to me personally.

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One of the first friends I made when I came to OpenSim is BACK!! Yes,pixilated hippy queen Hylee Bekker‘s Ptarmigan Park regions are back online!!

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As you can see I immediatly swung by and snapped up one of her signature toolbelts! (which can be easily adjusted to big girl sizes) Peace symbols, the greenhouse, geodesic domes…

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…and the tree house!! OMG this was my first house on the Hypergrid!!!!  Nearly all the wonderful structures, animals, you name it, that you see around Hylee’s Ptarmigan Park, are boxed up in the mall for you to take home!!! Check out the dancing and the harbor…

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…and her  wacked out Quantum Express build is set up too! Just go inside and don’t overthink it! Ptarmigan Park is a great resource for hypergrid residents, and Hylee is a FANTASTIC person to have around! We got her back!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOT!

And now to Sanctuary Grid, where I have spent most of the last two months now, for the  useful info portion of this post!!

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Several paragraphs back, in the drunken zombie clog dancer photo, you may have noticed that A) I was in the Sanctuary Grid Welcome Center, which floats high above Shaun Emerald’s fantastically comprehensive collection of hypergates and B) there were TWO gates to the surface behind me, instead of the usual one!  That is because there are temporarily TWO hypergate hubs!! Let’s go through the gate on the right, with the green lettering!

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Butt ugly, isn’t it? I was so upset when the Hypergrid Safari wound up here a couple of weeks ago! Sigh, they missed so much!! If you wind up here through an old landmark, or the welcome center YOU ARE ON THE OLD REGION THAT IS GOING TO BE SHUT OFF AUGUST 17!!! This place has been stripped to the bare bone, which is why it looks so sucky. So why has he left it up?

Because the new blamgate hub, called Eld2, is a variable sized region, or varregion.  In a nutshell- remember a while back, when people were messing with megaregions, land masses which were sometimes the 16x the size of a regular region, so you could have a really masive area without the hiccups of region crossing? Well, megaregions never worked that well in OpenSim, so now we have varregions, which can  also be up to 16 times the size of a regular region! They only work with the latest version of OpenSim (0.8.0) AND you have to have the LATEST version of whatever viewer you are using. If you don’t , and you try to teleport to a varregion, you will get the message “Teleport failed. Destination is a variable-sized region, and source is an old simulator. Consider upgrading”.(Shaun’s idea! He hangs with the developers, which also means that he knows what the hell he is talking about!) Because OpenSim 0.8.0 and varregions are relativly new, shaun left the older region up to give folks time to upgrade! Now let’s go visit Eld2!

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This is NINE freaking region sized!! Which makes it a bear to photograph in one go, but, hey, it is lovely! Shaun went absolutly beserk on the Kitely Market buying  gorgeous mesh trees,  rocks,cliffs, winding stone paths, creatures, you name it, and he was always calling me over from my stuff to look at this or that…

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…and at one point, when he was considering mesh rehab and the place was looking like a National Geographic calendar, I said, “You know, people are gonna want to sit down here and soak this in!”

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In the most dramatic change of it’s kind since Heathrow got affordable Japanese food and discount paperbacks, Shaun has turned Eld2  into a wonderful place to relax with your friends, and discuss travel plans…

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…and there’s plenty to do if  they are a little late! This powerboat has eight gears!!!

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Keep an eye out in the water for the results of the “creature” spending spree…

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There’s Nessie..

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…and Myrtle…

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…and this pretty baby who doesn’t have a name yet! I vote for  Charlotte!!

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On the very top of the hill are three gates- I think he is making this into a freebie section! One is to Selea Core’s wonderful freebie grid, Selea’s World. And the other two are mine!! Man; I get all tingley just typing that!! The gate on the left is to the Craft Museum. Let’s head over there before I show you what I have been doing here on Sanctuary:))))

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Because I cannot get this  blankity blank landing point under control, you will wind up here on my mountain in Craft. Just teleport down to Slum City!

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Here we are on Craft Grid, in Slum City. If you have been here before, you might remember the warehouse had boxed collections from the African Slums build.

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Not any more, hehe.  Go to the boards at the far end of the warehouse to find out what the heck is goin on.

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ALL of the boxed freebies on the Craft Grid Museum are now in Sanctuary Grid Museum! The warehouse now contains a photo display of the Sanctuary Museum, a Sanctuary Museum Guide that includes descriptions and how to info. You’ll need it, even I still get lost in this sucker. There is also a box of landmarks for ALL my museums and the library.  On adjoining region…

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…in the pawnshop, all the vendors and boxes are gone! Both regions are running sooooooooo much more smoothly without this load!! There are still landmarks here to the main donors regions, and cool Arcadia themed builds all over the hypergrid!

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You can use the landmarks to get to the new museum, or, if the hypergrid is being wierd, you can go down the street, and teleport to “space”

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The Privateer Space exibit is now on the Sanctuary museum, and we have a blamgate to get there!!! The WMAEM comes through yet again!! This gate and the far right gate   on the hill in ELD2, will take you to Privateer as well.

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NOW comes the rant! This is the landing point for the The Privateer Space region. You are now in the whopping NINE region Sanctuary Museum, which I am pretty sure is the largest Arcadia Asylum museum e-v-e-r. Privateer Space is kinda the welcome region because it is  on The Spirit of Arcadia 1, and as the WMAEM pointed out, why the heck not start at the beggining! There is my signature  home made welcome sign…

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… and the big robot is leaning on the Museum guide and landmark boxes. There should be a Museum guide at every landing point, and a teleporter if that region has a system! The landmarks in the guide will take you to the best starting points to see a region, because sometimes those landing points just seem to have, at the risk of being too scientific,  undisguisedly satanic tendencies.

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And now we are at the clowns in heaven part of the post. When Hylee contacted me, to say she was coming back, I asked her if she thought a mutual friend, Cornflakes Woodcock, who had also left virtual worlds, would mind if I displayed a collection of his  wonderfully insane free creations in the Privateer exhibit. And that was when she told me Cornflakes has passed away last year! I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t heard; Thirza contacted me later on, as shocked as I was, planning to write a piece about him. It was a wonderful post with tributes from friends and some great RL tidbits, search her “pings from the afterlife ” blog for Cornflakes name. Cornflakes said his aim was to make the world a sillier place, so we will not cry- we will giggle like loonies and do the funky chicken in gratitude for having had such generous, wise soul amongst us. The small sign will give you a landmark to Cornflakes region- he gave a copy to WordfromtheWise(hugs), who has kept it running as a tribute. You will also find LOTS of Cornflakes marvelous creations on the spacecube floor, and scattered all around the museum.

I thought it would be easiest if I just walked you through the regions in order, like the museum guide!

The Spirit of Arcadia 1, Privateer Space:

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Take the teleporter to the space cube!

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On the floor you will find some of Cornflakes bigger sculptures, and the boxes privateer collection. Yes, that is a flying chicken, and a funky one at that. Now YOU just fly straight up!

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Most of the builds are very simple, doors jammed open and sit balls here and there. I have put out a LOT of pieces on display, but if you can’t find something, always feel free to drop me a line! I have also mixed periods around the museum, such as putting early hobo clothing on the later privateer robots. I always like to highlight how well her creations blend together!

The Spirit of Arcadia 2, The Abyss:

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A lot of this museum is underwater. From above this region appears pretty empty, just a few ships; but below the waves…

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This is one of my favorite places. There are skeletons and shipwrecks-don’t forget to walk out to the dropoff:)

The Spirit of Arcadia 3, Keep It Simple:

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Named after her famous building motto, KIS has the few pirate land based, as in on a stone base and not a pier, structures.I think the showpiece is up on the hill. You can take the from the sawmill of Starbuckaneers teleporter to…

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The Pirates  Rest graveyard. Isn’t Cornflakes pumpkin wizard amazing?

The Spirit of Arcadia 4, Jules Verne:

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As Aley, Arcadia built enough steampunk STUFF based on the works of that 19th century father of science fiction, who is, by UNESCO’s reckoning the second most translated  author in the world,  to warrent 2 regions. This first one has a teleporter system with a sign at the landing point you need to read, before you start clicking and wind up 800 feet above the sim in a moon crater, with no clue how to get down, lost in a Crystal laberynth, trapped in an airship,or worse of all, jammed in the tail end of a submarine. Think I’m kidding?

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I got lost 5 times in this sub- it has two decks and I think ten rooms. If there is no teleporter in the room, it means you can walk through to the next one.  Sometimes the teleporters just put on this wierd mojo and  tosses you out, then works perfectly next time. It is worth the hassle as the interior is just dripping in gorgeous little detail.

The Spirit of Arcadia 5, The Sea of Aley:

This is predominantly a mer region so most of the action takes place below the surface.

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There is plenty to explore here around Mer City,

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…and the teleporter at the landing point will take you up to Fort Aley, where you can look at the ships and the minefield, or behind the kelp forest to…

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Seaview Amusement Pier!!!

The Spirit of Arcadia 6, Flotsam:

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Aley’s gorgeous, lag ridden homage to the nautical outlaws of old needs your best zen head on. Wait for it to rezz, be prepared to crash! But also be prepared to be dazzled by the sumptuous detail and endless humor! Teleporters refused to work here, so don’t forget to fly up, and take a look at the fort, the beautiful Victoriana Airship(more Jules Verne) and my office, again at the top of the mountain. It has a great view of the museum!!

The Spirit of Arcadia 7, FESTERING CESSPOOLS OF GREED AND CORRUPTION!!!!

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This region, which is in the right of the picture, is largely a backdrop for the Hobo/Slum section of La Bodega, on the left, over the river.  The name is taken from a famous phrase Arcadia used to describe SL in the early days, when it began to lean heavily towards commercialization.In the sky is  “Babylon”a powerful poem by Word Bender, Oshi Shikigami!

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The showpiece would be the Monsanto Factory, which I am very happy to finally have out on display.  Don’t forget to inside and take a look!

The Spirit of Arcadia 8, La Bodega:

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This is the region that has ALL of the museums non space boxed  freebies. As you can see it is divided into themed sections. You have already seen Hobo/Slum so…

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There is the Individual Pieces section, which includes the non nemo pieces from the Jules Verne region, and much more!

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The Pirate section has the only teleporter. Use it to go inside the Korean Turtle Ship. If you google the names of most of Aley’s ships, you will find they are models of real historical vessels!

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This is the Seaview Amusement Pier section. I just love the view!

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The underwater section has it’s boxes smack dab in the center of what I like to think of as the “Griefer’s Pool”.

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And last but not least is the Nemo Section, which is this box. Well, don’t worry smarty pants, I will impress the bejeebers outta you in  a minute! This box contains all the subs I have (thanks Vbinnia, Falene, and Han!) Nemo’s complete underwater laboratory, submarine bay… anyway, if you want to see this stuff in action, walk down the pier, over the region crossing sign to…

The Spirit of Arcadia 9, Nemo’s Underwater Laboratory:

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This is the second Jules Verne themed  region. The bejeebers moment is coming. Teleport  to “tube 2″..

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Hehe, bejeebering, aren’t ya? Welcome to Nemo’s!

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In alot of ways, Nemo is the nicest region, because I did it last, and had more gorm.Well, if you can say gormLESS…

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And now my dearest dears, I must love you and leave you. Because folks keep asking me to include them, here are the hypergrid addresses to :

Sanctuary Grid- sanctuary.homelinux.org:8012

Craft Grid-      craft-world.org:8002

They SAY, well the WMAEM says,  that if you put a colon, and a region name after the address, it will get you to the region. Like  craft-world.org:8002:Monte Gordo for the Craft Museum. These things never work for me,(satan yet again) so I would just go to Craft, and type Monte Gordo into the World Map search engine, or The Spirit on Sanctuary, and hit search. Then teleport, obviously. Booya!

Well, I used to think I appreciated how much work grid owners do, but until I was responsible for 9 regions, I had no freaking clue. I would like to thank Licu Rau and Tao Quan, the owners of Craft Grid, for all the time and effort they have put into the grid, the Craft Museum over the years. I would also like to thank the WMAEM, for helping me drag the space exhibit way the hell up, and for having MADE me to at least watch him fix our stuff over the years. I had no idea how much information I absorbed as I whined “I’m sooooo tiiiired” and “A NUMBER-I ‘m droooooooowning!”. Award winning artist Tosha Tyran gave me lots of support and advice on Sanctuary, even going so far as to accompany me to Second Life, where we promptly got ourselves booted off of it’s oldest and most prestigious sandbox. SLers get so damned touchy when you engulf them in flames. Thanks Tosha for having my back when the sandbox manager lunged. And I would like to thank Hylee, Crystal, Thirza and Wizzy for letting me rummage around in thier undie drawers.  But most of all, I would like to thank my friend Shaun Emerald, who DONATED these 9 regions to the museum, firmly quashing the “you get what you pay for” adage. He has always been quick and responsive when things got glitchy, was gallant when it was inevitably my fault, has answered all my questions on a level I could understand, and listened to my most garbled reasoning with patience and tact. He also let me name the turtle, which cements his place on my  10 Sexiest Men on the Hypergrid  list. Cornflakes is obviously 1-4 1/2. And of course, thanks to all of you, for joining me on my small adventures. Your company means more to me than I could possibly express in words. The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to all of my beloved readers! Until next time, adieu!

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JOIN VIRTUALCHRISTINE FOR THE INS AND OUTS OF KITELY ON THE HYPERGRID!! YES MEGA COMMERCIAL GRID KITELY IS NOW PART OF HYPERGRID BIG SKY COUNTRY!!! AS IS QUEER CITIZENS GRID WHO PROVES ONCE AGAIN THAT SIZE DOESN’T MATTER WHEN YOU ARE VERTICAL!!!! DID YOU KNOW UNIVERSITIES GIVE DEGREES ABOUT VIRTUALITY?? DID YOU KNOW THERE IS SUCH A THING AS ONLINE THERAPY???HAVE YOU EVER MET A GUY NAMED AFTER A HERB THAT WASN’T BASIL!!!! AND VIRTUALCHRISTINE MAKES A SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! WHICH OBVIOUSLY INVOLVES TONS OF FREE STUFF!! LOVE MY HYPERGRID!!! ATTN NEWBIES!!!!!

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Here I am on the hypergrid, talking to my dear friend, award winning artist Tosha Tyran. Why is she red? Because I select my friends carefully, and after this one decided it would be oodles of fun to construct an obscure and unrealized architectural design from the  Soviet Union’s glory days, slogging away day and night at the  Russian language schematics until somewhere between  weeks of wrangling giant prims and programming Communist greeter bots,  dyeing her avatar red and slapping a hammer and sickle on her back just made all kinds of sense. Hey, if you’re so damned normal,  why do you read this blog? At any rate, her skin making skills led to a  conversation about my own lack of thereof, and the fact that every stitch I was wearing, from my hat to my cowboy boots, were also made by her.

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Soooo -having the technical skill set of a lower primate the other lemurs refer to as “drooling Bob”,  the above photo begs the question: how did I get all Tosha’ stuff,  onto OpenSim’s largest closed commercial world?

Hello my dearest dears!! How marvelous! Here we all are again, ready for another whirlwind adventure on Opensim, the software platform that hosts hundreds of independant grids, many of whom choose to be connected by an amped up teleportation system called the hypergrid, which allows you to endlessly explore these brave new worlds,  having amazing experiences,making new friends from all over the planet and accumulating so much free content that you must continually demonstrate the superiority of the human mind over the machine , as your laptop colludes with your telephone and tablet to distract you in a desperate attempt to salvage it’s bursting hard drive from the manic frenzy of  your unbridled- hang on, I have a new email- heavens to Betsy!! The Pulitzer, Booker and Goncourt commitees have just created a joint Blogger Award, and I am the first recipient!! This means I might have to miss that inworld- What’s this?? The Nobel Committe  sent me yet another SMS! They are going ahead with the Blogging Prize, and want to fly me to Sweden immediatly!! Well,  now I’ll  definitely have to postpone  that inworld – OMG!!! LEONARD NIMOY IS TWEETING ME AGAIN!! HIS DIVORCE IS FINALIZED AND HE REFUSES APPEAR IN THE NEXT STAR TREK MOVIE UNLESS I JOIN HIM IN THE BAHAMAS FOR A  SCRIPT WRITING HONEYMOON!!! HALLELUJA!!! I NEVER WANNA LEAVE RL!!!

If you do not understand how to get onto OpenSim, and believe me, you are not alone please see my ” How To Get On OpenSim In Six Ridiculously Easy Steps” page at the top of this blog, and don’t forget my Newbie Glossary, also at the top! Come on; it’s easy! Come spread your wings in the free metaverse!!

For today’s adventure, we will be staying on what is commonly referred to as the Hypergrid, which consists of worlds that are connected via an opensource teleportation system. Not all OpenSim based worlds choose to be connected, commercial grids most commonly, who  have currencies, and merchants who want the ability to control thier environment, and it’s content. Conversations between the free wheeling dot org  Hypergrid, and it’s more structured  cousins can get a bit tense, with what constitutes content “theft” and “distribution” being the source of bruised feelings to full blown feuds.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. ” If we are staying on the hypergrid, then why did you start this post with a reference to Kitely, which is a closed grid? Too busy garnering prestigious awards and canoodling with global icons to get your facts straight, eh?”

Well smarty pants,  Leonard and I aren’t canoodling, we are deeply in love. And secondly, there has been a huge freaking development in the free metaverse that has are obviously passed you by- which is why some of us will be getting honorary  doctorates from over 200 major universities at the end of this month, after  which Bill, George,Walter, Nichelle, Patrick, Jonathen, Will, Brent, Marina, Gates, Rene, Micheal, Levar, Avery,  Alexander, Armin,Nana,Tim, Ethan, Jeri, Terry, Kate,  the Roberts, Roxanne, Dwight, Jolene, Linda, Scott, Dominic, Conner, Chris, Zachary, Simon, Zoe, Carl, John, Anton, Gene Roddenberry Jr., the Q continuum, and the three cats who played Spot will be winging thier way to  Nassau for certain nuptual rites, while others will be home alone, watching the internet coverage  of the UN ‘s  global celebration “virtualchristine.com day” – and that development is:

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Kitely, the largest commercial grid using OpenSim software, has joined the Hypergrid community!! Welcome Kitleans!!!

“Which means what exactly?” Good question!!

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Well, for one thing, Kitely has created this snazzy open source Hypergrid Logo! In a burst of unmitigated  corporate cuteness, the  CEOs actually spent  time trying to find out what our logo was for thier user interface, as though we had a specific common identity beyond sheer nerdaciousness! Eventually, they correctly interpreted the blank stares and giggles, and so ran a logo contest on Kitely. I am already starting to see this bad boy all around the hypergrid !

For another thing, it means that you no longer have to have any kind of Kitely account  at all to go there. If you have an avatar on any hypergrid enabled world you can just jump the heck over  and have a look around! My  dear friend MineThere Always,  who leans toward multicolored avatars and bubbles, has a blog post with some photos of great Kitely destinations, complete with their shiny new hypergrid addresses!!

Now, I know this is heresy, but at the best of times, plugging a hypergrid address into your world map search engine and teleporting is an iffy proposition. Remember, you are on the hypergrid, where nobody is actually in charge, and everyone is messing with the software. For me, the safest bet has always been…

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The most excellent Shaun Emerald’s   Sanctuary Eld, Gateway to the Metaverse! This hypergrid address-

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The Kitely gate is down here, in the “main” grids section. And it will take you to…

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The Kitely Welcome Center! A great jumping off place for exploring this freaking behemouth of a grid!!

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This region is a  community meeting place…

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…as well as having an introduction to the grid’s many top notch  commercial creators.

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And then there is the showcase hall, which gives you a selection of destinations! Just click on the sign….

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..and we now need to discuss the word “Premium”. Can you see it on the World Board chat? It refers to a level of Kitely Grid  paying membership. There are various premuim packages, for so and so many amount of regions, etc, but what they all have in common, is that they allow that member to travel to any world on Kitely that is  open to visitors. If you are a non registered hypergrid traveller, or a registered user with a free  membership, you may only travel to regions(Kitely calls them worlds) where the owner is paying Kitely flat rate to make that region public. This isn’t really a problem- there are tons of them!! Here is the link to  Kitely’s Explore Worlds Listings. See what I mean?You will notice at the bottom of the page, it tells you that some worlds are not shown because you do not have a premium account.

Also remember,  that with the exception of this Welcome Center, Kitely regions are offline until someone wants to go there. This saves alot of money, which Kitely passes on to their customers. When you do click a  non premium board, or plug a name into the world map, a box will appear, saying that so and so region is offline and will take a few minutes to start. In my experience it takes between 30 seconds and two minutes…

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…which is normally worth the wait.

I am actually rather lazy when I go to Kitely. All I do is go back to the Devokan Trust regions, an unbelievably talented group of Myst devotees who were scattered to the four corners of the metaverse when thier beloved online world closed down a few years back.

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Paislee Myrtle, Dot Macchi, Danko Whitfield, Mat Mahagony, Quinquifid Oddenfen, and Kat Lemieux are tireless storytellers, which for them means eternally building…

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… and improving….

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… and rethinking…

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… and expanding…

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…and just tweakin’  the heck out of thier breathtaking  regions, which have been called some of the finest builds in virtuality.

Now I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, as etherially beautiful, and intelligently concieved as the Trust builds are, my favorite doesn’t so much take your breath away…

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…as charm your socks off.

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Welcome to Ruby O Degee’s Midtown Art Museum. Every telepad in this room will take you to one of Ruby’s beautifully convaluted, high steampunk, elaborately intertwined, sprawling, interactive 3D stories of time travelling ladies guilds, carbon dating, tea,  pottery, and of course, wormholes.

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I could not believe how much Ruby had added since the last time I was here; if the rest of the Trust is inspired, this girl is  freaking possessed. Instead of teleporting, I thought it would be fun to take a look around on the walkabout. So I went downstairs…

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Oh wow!! Free bikes and maps!!!

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And now we need to talk about the word, “exportable”. If you look up in the right corner of the picture, you can see that when I tried to take a copy of the bike, it told me I could not, because the “primitive” is not “exportable”.

Exportability is a new concept, and Kitely are the ones that brainstormed it. It allows the creator to decide and set whether or not they want an item taken off of Kitely Grid. Many Kitely creators such as Ruby, are starting to put products on the Kitely Market , yet another new concept- an online market that sells products to users of ALL virtual worlds. Like an Amazon.com for the metaverse. For creators who are trying to earn a living from thier creations, exportability will hopefully stop thier stock from being whisked out into the black and copied into fiscal oblivion. Sooo, if you want to copy Ruby’s bike, you have to come back in your Kitely avatar. Then the non exportable item will never go into your suitcase folder, which is how you take items from one grid to another for rezzing. Very clever indeed Kitely developers!!!

And now, we are going to leave ginormous Kitely, and greet another newcomer to the hypergrid, where bigger is still not neccessarily better.

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Queer Citizens Grid is just getting started, and they are definitly worth watching!

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Here is the Sanctuary gate that will take you to…

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This signpost! Just click and teleport to…

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Wonderland!

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Although Wonderland is a pretty neat little build, it is actually a part of Leighton Marjoram/ Chatfield’s  work as a student at the University of Western England, where he is getting an MA in, get this; Education in Virtual Worlds.  Yes, that is a real thing. And amazingly, this is not the most interesting thing about him.

Leighton is a certified therapist, (not a masseuse, the shrinky ones) and sees tremendous potential in virtual worlds for therapy.

” I have been a real world therapist for five years and am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP – http://bacp.co.uk). Virtual world practice is not for every practitioner and some see it as an obstacle for a variety of reasons. I must be strange because I see it as a huge potential site for new and innovative ways for therapists to work with people. Therapy can be very costly and this can exclude many people from accessing it. Seeing what opensim could do and be and the staggering difference in price between opensim and SL land. Opensim won out as the costs associated with inworld practice would have to be paid by my clients.
The main problem I’m working on is the need for encryption and embedding encrypted voice that triggers in the viewer like vivox. Vivox is not encrypted so a new third party service is needed. This requires a service like Skype to be open as well as the virtual world and this may limit the immersive quality. Services are probably about 6-9months away so I will focus on getting the grid open.

Wowsa!  I sure didn’t see THAT coming! And Leighton is still not finished!  In creating this very unique grid, he is also trying to create a safe haven for LGBT&Q (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trannsexual and Questioning) hypergrid travellers. I asked him why he found the hypergrid to be so unsafe.

“No more than society as a whole, it’s not about the dangerous metaverse more about LGBT&Q having a space free from narrow minds and assumptions.

As a gay person I find very little representational space that speaks to my identity. When your heterosexual your culture surrounds you and affirms you. It’s very different from an LGBT&Q perspective. I will post a link to a definition of the type of space I’m hoping to create with queer citizen grid. ”

Here’s the link

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And here is another symbol I would like to see spreading across the metaverse.  An inverted pink triangle surrounded by a green circle, as used to symbolize alliance with gay rights and space free from homophobia.

 

 

“In the comments of google plus and overheard conversations on my travels across the hypergrid the presence of lgbtq is not acknowledged. As words like poof, homo and I hate gender benders although trivial and humorous to a not out gay traveller it makes social spaces toxic.

I hope I have explained what I meant. There will be events, exhibitions by creators and activitists, links with organisations that want to have a virtual world presence, places to live and educational and practice spaces. ”

I think Queer Citizens Grid, who are of course overhauling the website and blog as I publish, is going to bring a LOT to hypergrid culture! Leighton is very active on G+, where he has already started a Hypergrid Destinations community! He is very unpretentious and helpful which is I suppose why his grand vision kinda knocked me for a loop! A sensation I always very much enjoy; so thanks for expanding my horizons Leighton! Great to have you out here, pioneering big sky country!

And what have I personally been up to since I got back from my holidays? Well ,I made some hard decisions. This is actually a shocking thing to publish, but it has to be done. As some of you may know about a year ago, I opened the first Arcadia Asylum(seminal metaverse founder artist and free culture pioneer) Museum on the Hypergrid. My one region museum on Craft Grid, eventually became two, and when they were filled to bursting, I got a little library on Metropolis, in the artist colony Independently Spoken. But … I just can’t do it anymore. As of May 2014, I no longer have a 2 region museum, and a library…

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 …BECAUSE I HAVE 9 MORE FREAKING REGIONS ON SANCTUARY GRID!!!!!!!  WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

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…OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

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…OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

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…OOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

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…OOOOOOOOOO…

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…OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!

This is what I think happened.

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About March, 2014 Shaun Emerald  announced that he was looking for residents for Sanctuary Grid, which up until then had been him and the hypergates. He wanted to start with one or two people, and he said he would GIVE them regions, so he could troubleshoot his fancy  schmancy new equipment and generally improve his understanding of opensim software. A lot of people, who obviously didn’t own museums so maxed out that the grid’s hardware had independently downloaded  office software and was filing a writ; hemmed and hawed, while I snapped up nine regions. Sure, it was gonna be  hard work, but explaining to Craft’s owners why  Interpol had formed a human shield around the servers would be harder.  I introduced my friend Tosha to Shaun, and he gave her some regions as well! We were officially helper monkey pioneers!!

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When I came back from my holidays, Tosha was building Tatlin’s Tower on her region, Fire. It is big and wild even by her standards. There is a bar, a Japanese garden, a moonwalk-oh just go take a look!

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On Sanctuary Eld, the main gate hub, Shaun had been shopping on the Kitely Market! Her name is Nessie, and you have to look for her very carefully, as she never swims the same pattern twice!

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I eventually found her:))))

And he got vicious about hunting down some kind of transporter glitch, which resulted in this….

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…experimental gate, standing apart from the rest.

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As you can see there is a little warning, ” Hold on to your hats! It’ll be over in a minute!!” which was Tosha’s idea when she tried it. She told Shaun someone would throw thier computer out the window if he didn’t give some kinds of heads up. Good helper monkey. Shaun doesn’t want me to say too much and spoil it. But I will say, when your eyeballs have stopped juddering, try to work out where you have been.

And now my dearest dears, I must love you and leave you! You are more than welcome to come visit the three of us, just come over to the main Sanctuary gate hub and type Fire, or The Spirit of Arcadia  into the world map( in my case regions 1-9 will appear.Pick anyone) and hit teleport! Neither of our builds are finished, and mine  being out and out” lost that argument with the tornado, did ya?”; but I am working my butt off, and there is already lots of stuff you probably won’t find anywhere else. My Craft regions are  there to stay, with the WMAEM minding the store and becoming a virtual radio mogul with his own page Working Radio Streams, on Leighton’s G+ Hypergrid Destinations community! I plan to move the Privateer Space exhibit to Sanctuary, and possibly Cogtown, then script the  living crap out of Slum City.  I have learned a lot as a curator this past year, and am brimming with plans; like the one where I sob for 72 hours straight on skype, and the WMAEM  miraculously develops the ability makes the subway  and the hobo train work! Leonard says it is brilliant! Many thanks to Shaun Emerald, Tosha Tyran, The World’s Most Amazing Estate Manager, Ruby, Dot, Paislee, Danko and the whole Devokan Trust posse , Leighton, Minethere Always for the beautiful free terrains and of course, all of YOU, for joining me in my small adventures! Your company means the world to me! The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to all of my beloved readers! Until next time, Adieu!

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VIRTUALCHRISTINE ON HOLIDAY!!! WILL CONTINUE BLOGGING IN MAY!!

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Hello my dearest dears!! I will be away for a couple of weeks, visiting , my family in the USA! I will be back and blogging in May!!! Until then, the sweetest of dreams, the brightest of days, and the best sprintime ever, to all of my beloved readers!!

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JOIN VIRTUALCHRISTINE FOR ROBSTOCK 2014!!!!! THE INTERGRID BENEFIT FOR DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS WILL INCLUDE THE HYPERGRID FOR THE FIRST TIME!!! DON’T MISS THIS GREAT MOMENT IN METAVERSE HISTORY!! FIND OUT WHERE TO GO AND HOW TO SCORE EVERYTHING FROM FREE HOUSING TO ROLLERBLADES ON 3RD ROCK GRID!! WAX MUSEUMS!!! FISTICUFFS!!! CRYOGENICS!! FLOATING CITIES ON METROPOLIS!! SEE THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PLAYGROUND OF ODDJE O’TOOLE!! STEAMPUNK!! FREE SCRIPTS!! OH; AND I GET ATTACKED BY BUNNIES AND OPEN A VOODOO MART!!!ATTN NEWBIES!!!

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There I was, innocently researching  a post about a benefit concert, when the normally laid back 3rd Rock Grid suddenly morphed into the flash point of a temporal cold war where  I was ducking phaser fire and demonstrating my right hook to the smallest  Suliban infiltator I could find. What a moment to forget my fist names!

It had been a shitty  couple of weeks.  The countdown to my annual Easter visit to my family in the USA was on, not only was there a to do list the size of a Borg cube, I had somehow been sucked into making  huge Pinatas for a school fair with two other women. The one who actually knew how to do the job was promptly felled by  the plague, while the other volunteered her dining room table and  valiantly waded with me into the flour paste swamp until her guinea pig succumbed to a life threatening intestinal blockage and had to be rushed to the vet, leaving me in splendid isolation with the soggy leviathen and a genuinely hellish cleanup. At which point her dog decided too much was happening that wasn’t about him, and crapped on the shag carpet. Later that night, the guinea pig  did the Big Log Off. We were really happy when a few days later we managed to start the second Pinata and no one collapsed  or died, albiet we were now seriously behind schedule. Do you think the  school would postpone it’s  fair on the grounds a rodent needed her stomach pumped?

Hello my dearest dears! How marvelous, here we all are, ready for another whirlwind adventure on OpenSim, the software platform that hosts hundreds of independent grids, many of whom choose to be connected by an amped up teleportation system called the hypergrid; which allows you to to explore these brave new worlds, making friends from all over the planet, having fantastic new experiences, and collecting so much free content that it will set your head spinning. In a nice winning the lottery sort of way, not the kind where you are forced to remain completely immobile for hours on a kitchen counter, perched over a doggie bed that is bigger than your car, waiting for the right moment to hurl yourself on a sombulent pug, and paper mache his ass shut.

If you do not know how to get on OpenSim, and believe me you are not alone, please see my How To Get On OpenSim in Six Ridiculously Easy Steps page, located at the top of this blog. And don’t forget my Newbie Glossary, also at the top!

For today’s adventure we will be on the hypergrid, meaning a grid which is connected to other grids, and a closed grid that is not connected to anyone else. Why?

60E0 robstock ROBstock 2014 is why!!!An intergrid music festival and fundraiser that will start this Friday on the hypergrids own rockin- in- the- free -world Metropolis Grid,  and my all time favorite off the hypergrid world E-V-E-R, where a community that is second to none proves again and again that bigger has f**k all to do with better, ladies and gentlemen, please give it up for 3rd Rock Grid!!   Oh and a commercial grid, a biggish one…I forget their name. Second something or other. Anyway, Robstock is a blast- there are screens on the stages showing all the the live performances simutaneously,  there is intergrid chat, a HUGE freaking array of metaverse talent, including my friends Vanish Seraith, Sands, Avatar, Firecaster, whatever the hell he is calling himself this week, and the multi talented Word Bender and dragon whisperer , Oshi Shikigami !! If you are new to OpenSim, this  festival is a great way to begin exploring!!!  Let’s start OFF the hypergrid!

3RD ROCK GRID: WHY CREATING A NEW ACCOUNT IS NOT A PAIN IN THE BUTT!!

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This is 3rd Rock’s terrific new Welcome area; if you land in the old one, called Our Town, your first time in, I would type Welcome into the world map search engine and just teleport over.  Welcome loads easily and has everything you need to get started right at your fingertips! You will land on this platform, which has posters of all the latest events on this VERY active grid,(you can get a ROBstock landmark here) an info Kiosk with about 30 groups you can join (in the unlikely event somebody doesn’t ask you if you need anything in your first 10 minutes, join the 3rd Rock Community  Group and say hi! 3Rd rockers are amazingly friendly, just put any querys out there and you will get answers friendship offers etc. ) and  these walkways. One leads to a public sandbox, with all kinds of cool tutorials and building freebies, another to the free custom avatars Linda Kellie created just for this grid, and there is this one pictured here that lead to my two major interests on any grid- Freebies and Destinations! The  Freebies are a midsized shop with additional clothes, shoes etc. from Linda and various residnts. There is a teleporter to the Linda Kellie Mall               ( whispers:just type Linda into the world map search engine. All nine Linda Kelly regions are up and running. Copy copy copy!)

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The Destination Trail is a long row of billboards picturing 3rd Rock’s impressive showcase regions. Kooky little Sunny Isles is the oh so helpful Sunny Tommorrow’s place, featuring a great little freebie center where you can pick up exciting stuff like working mountain bikes and roller blades! Why is that so exciting?

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Because of this!

3RD ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH!!

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I have said it before, and I am saying it again! 3rd Rock Grid has some of the most spectacular mountain regions you will find in virtuality.

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Till Easterwood’s celestially named Triton,Mimas, Solstice, and Aphelion regions, are a  fictional Pacific Northwest mountain chain, and getting out your bike and exploring the really intricate  ecosytem and  winding trails…

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…is something a person can do for hours. Which brings me to my next point. It is something 3rd rock does extremely well,and as far as I know, is unique in the free metaverse..

3RD ROCK PATHWAYS: ALMOST HEAVEN!

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This is chirpy free housing region Maude. If you can’t find a vacant lot here, try Harold next door! But my point in showing you this picture is the mountain in the background- do you see the pathways winding up it?

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3rd Rock has a huge 50 region community core, and all of it is connected by a system of pathways.

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You can strap on those roller blades…

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…or get on that bike and literally  ride for days in 3rd Rocks varied landscape. There are beaches and mountains, snowy forests, and don’t forget the many groups that have built regions onto the main core, and have thier own pathways looped in! Friendly grid owner Lazuli Pooraka has said they are thinking of making geographical sections, sci fi, steampunk etc., and they aredefinitly going to add a second circle of paths on the core!! If you see any malls, they will be low key and in excellent taste. Mostly you will just see cool builds, beautiful country and the occasional bird of prey. LLAP guys. No abandoned land,advertisements, huge ugly malls or casinos. 3rd Rock isn’t so much a commercial grid as a grid with a currency(geodes), which I have only ever seen used at charity benefits. No one has ever tried to sell me anything, and the many invitations to DJ evenings,concerts, rock and roll trivia games and Star Trek dances, are all free of charge. The grid owner does not even know where the shopping IS.

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But Sunny does! The wares in this pretty public mall  on region Event Horizon are not freebies, but the shops are!  Like the free housing in Harold and Maude, just click the rental box and follow the instuctions!

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Back on the Welcome platform, there are landmarks to builds that might not be in the showcase.

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The Music Village, on region Bazaar, has a stage, an outdoor cinema complete with blankets and pillows on the ground, and  rent free cabins for the many musical artists who perform in 3rd Rock. Most have bios and schedules up, one guy had a fan club! What a fantastic concept!

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Ironbridge is a historical interactive game build. You can get free period avatars and  a game HUD…

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…or you can just wander around enjoying the authentic  English scenery and architecture.

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The Wax Museum was a very cool surprise, instead of a somewhat barfy tribute to the rich and famous, Saraleah Sands  salutes the good  folks  of 3RD Rock!

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This turned out to be a wax hommage to the 3RD Rock Trekkie community, which was probably for the best; Gertrude and Alice hadn’t seen any real action since the Reagen administration.

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The delightfully freaky Avatar Bio Engineering and Cryogenics Lab on region Treble has an NPC tour and a giant head floating in the lobby. It wasn’t listed anywhere, Laz told me about it! 3rd Rock is much more than a showcase :) !!

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And this last beauty IS a showcase region, another tip from Laz, region Samuri.

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Take your time wandering around the  village and gardens, you won’t want to miss a single exquisite detail!

ROBstock 2014 opens with a firework show at 9pm PST on festival founder  3rd Rock Grid, so you have plenty of time to open a free account and put together an avatar. Firestorm users please take note:
“URGENT FOR FIRESTORM USERS PERFORMERS AND 3RG VISITORS
If you are using Firestorm even the new Opensim version PLEASE make sure voice is off in the preferences or it will cause severe problems in 3RG and has the potential to crash the sim we are using as the stage .Go to Preferences > Sound & Media setting  >Voice settings >and untick  enable voice box.”

The expansion of ROB(it’s for Roll Over Beethoven BTW)stock from 3rd Rock Grid and Second, oh nuts what is it again-Limbo?  to the big skies of the hypergrid was a very ambitious  move. And although only Metropolis got their toes wet this year, there are posters up all over the hypergrid, and EVERYONE is talking about it. Performances begin at 10pm. PST on all three grids, in Metropolis on the welcome region which is  called  um, *Metropolis*. Hell, even I can remember that.

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If you want to have a quick look  around Metropolis,here are a couple of tips: try typing  the word odd into your world map search engine. Then teleport to Odd’s Playground.

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Oddje O’Tooles famous playground is one of THE go to places on the hypergrid for free working scripts and gadgets. The build itself is  in excellent high steampunk/gothic, with freebies and interesting landmarks on and off the grid tucked all over the place.

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Can you see me strollin on the gas dwarf? I just love weird science moments.Anyway, Oddy said to make sure I told everyone the playground isn’t finished, so I have. There are downloads and all kinds of info about her many projects on her website Oddy.nl walking a virtual path between virtual worlds.

If Oddy put you in the mood for three letter surprises, try this travel tip on for size. Type CAB into your world map search engine and teleport!

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Zoom out, and you will see the floating city of Gaia.

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Zoom back in and you are here, in the Indie Author Extraordinaire Crystal Brewton’s newest roleplaying project!!

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You will not believe the scale of this thing! Read the plot and character outlines for some of the exciting background; Crystal is a professional writer and it really shows!!Visitors are welcome, and if you are interested in joining, Crystal is always looking for articulate players!

I seem to have lost the picture I took, but my  good friend, Texas whirlwind Minethere Always, region Formyfriends is a wonderful Metropolis resource, with lots of gates to different regions and  other grids, as well as a wonderful collection of free content! And don’t forget, her Region Creations Website has free OpenSim Terrains, and her Metaverse Destinations are a fantastic guide to the hypergrid!!

And as for me? Did I get up to anything non ROBstocky?? Well…

I did a live Podcast with Vanish Sands on his regular The Missing Image show, hehe in fact I was the only guest. It impressed the hell out of my teenage son,and was fun in a terrifying way, like being strapped to the underside of a highly inquisitive rollercoaster. If it isn’t enough for you that I  prattle like a nerdy baboon on my blog and the social networks, you can listen to a recording of the interview  here .

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Ther was  stuff on my region, just the usual boring experiences of an older woman in her own little world. I took down the winter decorations in Cogtown and was decorating for a collection of Oshi Shikigami’s Springtime poetry, when these bunnies suddenly surrounded me. If it hadn’t been for Gertrude and Alice…..

And then there was the little incident when on the advice of a lawyer friend who said not to expect an answer but that I should write to a certain champion of Creole culture who walked off with the highest literary prize in the French language and has probably been shortlisted for the Nobel  and ask him if I made it absoultely clear that he was in no way affiliated with  me or my  non profit virtual museum  and clearly stated the books title publisher, translators and his name could I pleeeaaase use about a quarter of a chapter’s worth of quotes?

HE SAID OUI.

I was floating on clouds for days.

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I still giggle when I think about it. And it gave me the confidence to try another project I had been thinking about for a long time. I ripped apart Arcadia’s whimsical tiki Voodoo Mart from the Flotsam build, that stood on the town square facing off the Colonial Bank and the Courthouse( How the HELL is it that I am the only one who talks about her politics?) and used the pieces to create a build in Slum City.

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I love it here:) I feel so proud of my culture. I see the saints of the French and Spanish Catholic  colonial pantheon;  afternoons with my Grandmother and her holy cards,  the images we prayed to in the Mission, and these  the wonderful Bruja skulls and fetishes that were sold in little shops around the church. Remember that wonderful phrase from Joni Mitchell ” Through savage progress cuts the jungle line”? These things represent faith and hope in ways our generation cannot imagine. I have started putting notecards in the pictures, with thier syncretic identities in Voudou, Santaria, Hoodoo, etc. and/ or purely historical notecards.

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I am also hunting out links to online reading material, as well as  some audio…

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…and I am having a crack at votive candles, which I miss. Alot. Hey, you’ll get old one day and miss  weird stuff too!

And now my dearest dears, I must love you and leave you! I would like to Thank Laz and Sunny and Zinnia from 3rd Rock, Oddje Miney and Crystal from metro, always the World’s Most Amazing Estate Manager for being a true friend, my  big healthy son, for taking such an interest in my rantings, and  of course all of you, for joining me in my small adventures! Your company means more too me thanI could possibly put into words. The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to all of my beloved readers!! Until next time adieu!!

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