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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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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!


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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!


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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..


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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?


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.


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 :) !!



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


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:
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.


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.

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.

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 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!


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

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?


I was floating on clouds for days.


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.


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.

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


…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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Here I am, taking a break from the shitstorm real life had handed me this past month, hip deep in an interactive mystery novella, chugging down complimentary margueritas as fast as the Red Light club can mix them. An exquisitly animated hunk named Gino gyrates his glistening pelvis in my direction, but asking a doctor if your child has a normal life expectancy is a special kind of fun that puts you less in a shoving dollar bills down somebody’s crotch kind of mood and more in a ” put on some fucking clothes and get a real job” state of mind.

Sigh. In my last post I told you all that my 16 year old son was being treated for Cardiac Lyme disease, which was causing severe arrythmia. I told you what we had been told, that the syptoms were going away, and that he would probably make a full recovery, without needing a pacemaker.

Well, that all went down the crapper pretty quickly. The arrythmia came BACK worse than ever, and my son began having symptoms that got him an emergency slot on the operating table. So, my boy now has a pacemaker. He will also have a normal life, and a normal life expectancy. And he is very matter of fact about it all; interested in the procedures, asking lots of technical questions, and basically sailing throught the whole thing like he was getting his teeth cleaned.

And although I managed to laugh and joke, and bring Mom food and Star Trek vids to the hospital every day, I was crushed. I had nightmares and crying jags; I continually lost things and missed appointments. My online friends were a huge source of support, and going inworld…

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…and whooping it up in the openly nutjob Arabian Nights themed Clothing Competion with  the warm and wondeful Craft community, made me realize, I needed my virtual life to stay sane.

I tried to write, but I was way too shaken up. So I went inworld and began working on the museum; I rebuilt a  sewer tunnel, and was tweaking Chinatown, when I came up with the idea of putting up a representation of  San Francisco’s iconic City Lights Bookstore, which is actually on the RL Chinatown border. The area, a notorious slum in it’s day,  had evolved into an important cultural center, an idea that I thought fit in beautifully with my Slum City.  I must have been homesick, because the research for that idea made me feel lighter than I had since this whole mess with my son’s heart began in September. Then, to my unmitigated delight, I discovered that next to the bookstore was a “poetry street” dedicated to my beloved Jack Kerouac! I HAD TO HAVE THIS!!

Of course, I am no builder. It took me hours to make a crappy facsimile  with a small picture of the bookstore in a corner, which was okay with me because I am realistic about my building abilities. Then the World’s Most Amazing Estate Manager popped in for a look.  We chatted about this and that, I asked him if he could fix a stone for me, thanked him, and went to bed.

When I went inworld the next day, I found that the WMAEM, who IS a builder, had actually looked up what I was doing, shoved aside skyscrapers and shifted cement blocks, to make a cobbled alley for me, just like the one in San Francisco! When I finally stopped crying and IMing mushy thank yous, I worked there in every spare minute for days. And when I was done …

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…”The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great…” I was back in the freaking saddle!

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 wild new experiences, and amassing enough free content to make you just dizzy. Don’t worry; I mean the kind of dizzy where you realize that having built  a tribute to Jack Kerouac, you probably have to build a reproduction  of the jazz club Haruki Murakami owned in Kikubunji where he first started writing because any show of favoritism on your part could concievably shift the balance in that epic battle spanning time and space poor brave  Haruki is locked in with the ghost of  Jack Kerouac over YOUR literary affections. Definitly not the kind of dizzy where you could need a pacemaker, on which I am now an expert.

If you simply 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! It’s easy! Come on! Come spread your wings in the free metaverse!!

For todays adventure, we will start on my beloved home world Craft, the Friendly Grid  where the big news is four spectacular new regions belonging to resident Thalion Outlander.

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Just go to Craft and type Forrest into the world map. Forrest 1-3 will also appear; I would recomend starting at Forrest , which has some of the most beautiful woodland you will see in virtuality.

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Partially fantasy themed, and strewn with lit paths and rustic cottages, the photo opportunities are endless.

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Thalion has an wonderful eye for detail, such as the lighting change when you enter the moors. Through the mist, you will see the outline of a Tudor town, and perhaps even some spires poking out through the trees. You should eventually stroll toward the town, and head toward the picturesque cemetary.

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Booya! And no, that is NOT a backdrop!!

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Here I am with my dear friend, award winning artist Tosha Tyran, and Thalion. Tosha had IMed me, and said, “You need to see this!”

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This is not only  a splendid reproduction of Lincoln Cathedral, it is also a continuance of Thalion’s walk on the wild side.

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Check it out. A Foucault’s Pendulum. I didn’t get the connection immedietly either. Remember way the hell back in 1989, when the book  of this title signalled a spectacular return to form by Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco, who, after conquering the world with his very mainstream The Name of the Rose,  did a turn around jumpshot  into  hundreds of pages of  meticulously  researched  erudite symbology and obscure cultural references that sent the millions of folks who thought they had  seen his A game, stampeding for any exit. Hardcore lit geeks, who knew him  well before  all that bestseller foolishness, happily welcomed Umberto back to the kingdom of Nerd. Foucaults Pendulum was the beautifully convaluted story of three small time publishers, who, out of boredom and just a hint of malice, concoct a  Templar conspiracy that they hope will bring business their way. As happens so often in life, their fiction takes on a life of it’s own.

Which has what to do with Lincoln Cathedral? WELL, that  stampede we talked about barreled straight into the arms of a gentleman named Dan Brown, who wrote a barely researched, highly simplistic novel smattered with enough biggish words, anti catholicism, and famous places like Westminster Abbey, to make the memory of that deer- in- the- headlights moment when Umberto seemed  to be on the brink of listing the entire billion names of God, fade quietly into the pschological sunset. When Westminster Abbey turned up its nose at the fim offer, the Da Vinci Code movie was partially filmed in LINCOLN CATHEDRAL,which was not featured in the book, but nevertheless draws thousands of Da Vinci Code  tourists every year, generating a lucrative cottage industry  of Templar and Masonic conspiraces around the whole area. Umberto must be so proud- Go Lincolnshire!

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At least I THINK the Eco/Brown thing is what Thalion is going for- I didn’t really ask the right questions during the tour, but his Foucaults Pendulum  is swinging over astrological signs, and these stained glass windows are old Tarot cards… what the hell else can he be doing?

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Even if you are not a  not a huge Templar/Masonic conspiracy fan, the Cathedral is a sprawling, gorgeous build to explore, and a marvelous addition to Craft and the hypergrid! Well done Thalion!!
Now, the big news out on the hypergrid itself, comes from the  ladies of Nara’s Nook, a virtual  writers colony run by the brilliant and infatigueable biomed engineer turned romance writer and poet, Nara Malone. Their latest, very ambitious event, is called The Hypergrid Stories Project; a three dimensional presentation of their short stories and poetry, that whisk the reader across the hypergrid, with one story actually leading  you to one of the bigger closed commercial grids, whose name escapes me…Second something or other.



To participate in this groundbreaking project, jump into the main landing area at region Greyville, on Nara’s Nook Grid. See the boards, at the top of the picture, behind the building?

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Every board is a blam gate, meaning you just walk into it, and it takes you to a specific destination. The first board on the right, and the second board on the left, take you to the poetry builds.


The board on the right goes to the WMAEM’s parcel, Pitcairn, on Craft! This is the only one stop installation.  Here, as on many of the builds, the themes involve steamy adult romance.


The second board on the left is an enchanting exception. The sweetness of “word bender” Oshi Shikigami’s winter poetry combines perfectly with Arcadia’s whimsical Cogtown. You are on Craft, at my museum:) The blam board will drop you at the Spirit of Arcadia, Slum City Teleporter, click for the menu, and teleport to Cogtown! Click the poetry for a chat reading!!


And now to  on to the stories! To my right is author Siobahn Muir, and to my left is brainbox Nara Malone.  It is important to remember that “groundbreaking” is spin for the first damn time anyone has tried something. The mechanics of the stories are by no means perfect, but you are on the hypergrid now, where we saddle up and ride the unexpected!! These stories are a terrific  free metaverse adventure!!   Here are some tips to make that ride a bit smoother!
Tip 1. Before you walk into a story, take a good, hard look at the board! The illustration and title will often be used as a sign  telling you where where to go next!


This is the first stop in Tina Glasnek’s story. There is really no indication you are supposed to go in the house, other than being dropped in front of it.
Tip 2. Although they are usually marked, THE TELEPORT OR LANDMARK WILL ALWAYS DROP YOU VERY NEAR THE NEXT STEP!! Do yourself a favor, and don’t wander off!


Inside the house, you will see these red squares. These squares can come in different colors, but they are always part of the stories.  There are three kinds:
A)If they are standing they are blam gates
B)Collision: they tell you part of the story in chat when you walk over them
C) If you click them they give you notecards or landmarks.
Tip 3. The story parts are made to be set off in a certain order, and they are not all in the colored squares. You need to click or interact with the things you see around you. Walk over carpets.Sit in chairs. If the story says he ran upstairs, go upstairs. If he then goes back down, go down and reclick everything. Sometimes objects  will give you different information on the second pass.

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This is the Redlight Club and Hotel, located on the very vehicular  Next Reality Grid.
Tip 4) Sometimes more than one author uses different areas of the same region. Follow your story CAREFULLY!  If  you get a landmark,  that is your next step. Again, don’t wander off or try to jump between stories- they will only work one at a time, and in order.

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If in spite of all your clicking and colliding, you still get nothing, just IM Nara or the author. All kinds of things, like region restarts that the writer ladies may not have been aware of, can bork the scripts.
For those of you who may not be particularly interested in romance  or adult genres,  have no fear-the stories vary enormously in plot and style.
Tip 5) Never underestimate Nara and her  fellow strumpets!!

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The Hypergrid Stories Project is running until March 17th, 2014, so  there is still time for you to experience this one of a kind good read!!

Now it is Arcadia time!

Part 1: The Hobo’s Lullaby

                                            Go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Can’t you hear the steel rails hummin’
That’s the hobo’s lullaby
                                                       – Goebbel Reeves-

  For those of you who do not follow me on facebook(nooo!) or regularly read my blog(whyyyyyyy?) the museum I keep referring to is OpenSim’s first Arcadia Asylum Museum, which has gradually engulfed not only my life, but my regions of Monte Gordo and The Spirit of Arcadia, on Craft, the Friendly Grid. For those of you who still have no clue what the hell I am talking about-Legendary Arcadia Asylum is one of the metverses  oldest, most famous, prolific and contraversial creators.There have been museums in SL dedicated to her work for years, but there were none in OpenSim, so I started one:) The museums in Second Life, and now Craft, and Inworldz, are dedicated to collecting and distributing her hundreds of iconic  OpenSource creations. And ever since I have opened the Museum, folks have been showing up saying, “I have this or that Arcadia themed thingamabob.” If they aren’t too much  crazier than me, I put thier landmarks in the Slum City souviner box. This is the latest addition.


You could think you were in  Second Life’s famous Calleta Hobo Camp, couldn’t you?

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They even have my favorite SL celebrity NPC ,The No Greefin Turkey, strutting his stuff!

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Of course, after a while you can see the difference. You are on the free metaverses own, eternally surprising Clone Life Grid!!

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Yeah, they need to tweak a few things. I wrote about Clone Life a while back  when they tricked me into a visit, and then wowed me the most ASTONISHING free content- I really thought they couldn’t get higher on my wow- o- meter, but…


The Clone Life Calleta is much grander concept than the Hobo Camp. Grid owner Druskus War says it is a hommage to his friends Arcadia Asylum and SL Hobo King Orhalla Zander, who are pictured on the main entrance. He says Clone Life wants to spread the message of  Calleta, which is sharing freely, a philosophy we live by  out here on the hypergrid. The buildings you see on the main street are all original pieces by Druskus, and are free to copy, as are the wonderful vintage billboards!


The used car lot and vehicles are the only  original pieces from Arcadias Slum period. I have gotten permission to put up a couple more I think deserve to be on display somewhere, but are just too damn much for my audibly groaning regions.

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Calleta is simply massive.

There are rusted old trains in the high grass, green gunk pouring into the ocean and a really beautiful steampunk airship…. Druskus says these handcars aren’t working, YET.


Take your time exploring, there is so much to see here- and when you run across the bunker, click on the floor for Druskus take on Arcadia’s sewers! You will not expect this! The Clone Life Gang is adding to this region all the time, AND there is going to be a grand opening!! So keep coming back!!!

Part 2: The Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There’s a land that’s fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.
Where the boxcars all are empty
And the sun shines every day
And the birds and the bees
And the cigarette trees
The lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

- Harry McClintock-

Okay, I am now going to admit something. Everytime I went to the SL Arcadia Asylum Museums, I used to get angry. It wasn’t fair. In spite of all my scrounging, and so very many generous donors, only about half of Arcadia’s splendid content was available on the hypergrid, who I think deserve it as much as anyone. I would flip through those SL museum vendors like a  hungry kid in a candy store, trying to remember every detail, so if I saw something, anything, out here in the black, I could track it down for the museum. It was slow, slow going. It was hard. It wasn’t FAIR!

Notice how that was the past tense?

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In January I got the most freaking massive donation EVER!!! We are talking HUNDREDS of items. Right up until my kid got bunged in the hospital for the last time, I was running inventory checks and boxing every spare second of the day. I think it is now safe to say that the hypergrid has 99% of  Arcadia Asylum, Aley Aira, and Aley Residents content, including her latest Seaview Pier collection.

Unfortunatly, it is way the hell  too much for my museum on Craft. Soooooooooo….

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I have put all the new boxes in the Arcadia Asylum Library, on region Independently Spoken, Metropolis Grid!! There are signs and landmarks in the Slum City warehouse and the pawnshop!

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The handouts indeed grow on bushes!!!! Most of these items are not to be found ANYWHERE ELSE on the hypergrid!!! I have also integrated Falene Hawks and Han Held’s defunct Nova Arcadia region items into the Flotsam and Nemo collections, which are now damn near complete!! None of the items are scripted, and many are MASSIVE, so pay attention to the descriptions and notecards! If something is not set to copy, please contact me, or the region owner, the Indie Author Extraordinaire, Crystal Brewton.

And now my dears I must love you and leave you. I would like to thank Nara and the ladies of Naras Nook, Thalion and Tosh, the WMAEM,  Druskus and Althea War, Crystal Brewton, Han Held,  my  oh so generous anonymous donor, my family, and of all of you, for joining me on my small adventures. Your company  means more to me than I could ever  hope to express in words. If Jack and Haruki weren’t otherwise occupied, I would ask  them- hey, I didn’t know you could get a ghost in a full Nelson!

The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to you all! Until next time, adieu!

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Here I am after my longest break from blogging in two years,  recovering at last from  some hideous mutation of the sniffles and f**king ebola. For weeks I launched everything in my big fat hippy mama arsenal at that damned bug- I  enschewed spirits in the midnight hour for positive chi in the morning light, I ingested whole fields of herbs, inhaled groves of eukalyptus , lit candles, drank purifying water,and downed mountains of vitamens. After the THIRD freaking relapse, I stormed my doctor’s office, wild eyed  and  howling for  a limited thermonuclear strike. She  ran a couple of tests and said, “Okay. All this stress about around your son’s health seems to have knocked down your immune sytem. You need antibiotics.”

“NO!!!” I cried. ” NOOOO!! You HAVE to give me antibiotics!!”

She gave me that look I know so well from the dentist. “Christine, sit down.” she barked ” I AM giving you antibiotics!”"

Tears welled up in my eyes as I slumped into a chair ” I don’t understand why I can’t have antibiotics!” I moaned.

That within 20 minutes I had been hustled out of the office,  humming show tunes and excitedly clutching my prescription is a monument to the Marshall Plan, the Hypocratic Oath,  and the distinct possibility that my doctor and  dentist have tapped the NSA database in some sort of tactical alliance. Proving yet again that  virtual spycraft is NOT  a pack of overpaid dweebs conning their idiot overlords into letting them play World of Warcraft on office time! It saves lives!  God bless you Cory Ondrejka.

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 which choose to be connected by an amped up teleportation system called the hypergrid, which allows you to endlessly explore these brave new worlds, making friends from all over the planet, having fabulous adventures, and continually scoring so much fantastic free content, that your rejection letters from the casting directors of reality shopping shows will be reduced to the the word: ” Spooky.”

And at this point I normally tell everyone how to get onto OpenSim, and then launch into a chirpy travelogue. Although I have every intention of chirping, this last month and a half hasn’t involved much traveling. It did involve alot of keeping close to home on my beloved home grid Craft, and reading what my virtual friends were saying on G+ and Twitter.

The new Linden Lab Terms of Service, which now, a la Facebook,  basically gives them  rights to anything you create with their software, has created an unprecidented level of interest in OpenSim. SLers are showing up in droves, and what they don’t know is staggering. How to explain OpenSim to them has become a massive theme. My favorite answers came from steampunk  time traveller, writer, builder, blogger, and now grid owner Danko Whitfield.  His most excellent nutshell of how the hell to explain OpenSim to an SLer was “very carefully.”  So in that spirit, these are some carefully selected  ramblings and observations I hope will be of some use in explaining OpenSim .

Personally, I have been explaining and explaining OpenSimto anyone who would listen, for the the past two years. And now, reading so many discussions and questions focusing almost exclusivly on the big closed commercial grids who use OpenSim software, to be honest, made me a bit sad. Inworldz and Kitely do have interesting communities, and some really cool residents I am lucky to count as friends, but to my way of thinking, the grand adventure, the free metaverse, that rabbit hole of song and legend, is  this wildly eclectic gathering of non profits from every corner of the globe that constitute hypergrid community. Where bigger isn’t neccesarily better.

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This is   Dorena’s World, a charming  grid of about 140 regions, and 300 something registered users, packed with wonderfully weird builds, quirky museums, pubs to crawl, tons of good quality free content to snag, and now this lovely Weihnachts Markt! (Which is German for Christmas Market if you haven’t had enough coffee). Sparkling little jewels like Dorena’s are scattered all over the hypergrid!

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This is New Genres Grid where there are about eleven regions at any given time, and 250 something registered users. Its project partners are places like Sabanci University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Istanbul Turkey, and Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK Switzerland. What the high falutin’ website boils down to, is that this very small grid is a warehouse/workshop for, cultural powerhouses like Alpha Auer, Selavy Oh and MosMaxHax. As it  is  wide open on the hypergrid,  you can march right in and act  out your more insane night in the museum fantasies until they yank your internet connection and/or  take back to the “home”.

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This is  Terra Mater, the oh so brilliant LEA veteran Cherry Manga’s home on le metaverse sophistique, Franco Grid. 225 regions, 5200 registered users, and a creative community that builds three dimensional haikus for light entertainment. Alive with stunning builds, gorgeous freebies, film making, art, live concerts, philosophy- the hypergrid’s first Francophone grid has a user base that extends from Quebec to Paris to Dakar. Utterly fascinating!

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And then there is my warm and wonderful  Craft- the Friendly Grid, which I always encourage new citizens of the free metaverse to make their home base! Let’s take a look around.  This is slightly nutty region Onda. From here you can walk over the mainland  through hills and valleys, over mountains and streams, past ranches, villages, and the cracked walls of antique towns, to the picturesque lighthouse on region Pelago.

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Region Il Picco Principe is in the west of the grid, a reproduction of an Italian district. It is nestled between two Italian sims, one of which is a Venetian piazza.
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Region Agra is also on the mainland; a pretty middle european village- wander through the vineyard and sunflowers down to the beach. Grab a swimsuitsuit off the boat and go for a dip.

Region Margye Dreams, part of a project devoted to invalid artist and poet Carmen Auletta,  who’s work as the avatar Margye gained recognition in Rome, the European Union and finally, the United Nations.
Region Pyramid OSIta, the famous SL cultural group, who among other things, developed the Margye Dreams project with member Carmen Auletta. They are in OpenSim as the Pyramid Cafe!
Region Delta is a shimmering woodland region and public park.

Region White Light is a  somewhat surreal reproduction of a city whose name escapes me, and is also a Myst inspired game….


Region DesMaldives has some of the most exquisite virtual island scenery you will  ever see.

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This is a long view of the western mainland. Notice how the ban lines, and for sale signs are somewhat different than SL ? GOTCHA!!!! THERE ARE NO FREAKING BANLINES AND FOR SALE SIGNS!!!! There is also no abandoned land, or  ugly malls jammed up next to the meditation garden! The hypergrid is big sky country, and personally, I never, ever, want that to change!

Craft has 136  extremely well developed regions, 5700 registered users, educational groups, artists, graphics designers,builders, the largest Arcadia Aslyum Museum  anywhere at all, whacked out bloggers; Rainbow, Sinus, Uptown, Noah and The Craft Department Store are some of the most famous shopping sims on the hypergrid, where shopping means freebies 99.9% of the time. Italian, German and English are spoken, so slap on the translators that are laying around everywhere, and start yakking.There is a calendar of regular social events,birthday parties, contests, grand opening -okay, the Italians throw parties at the drop of uno capello-  semi regular community meetings(where admittedly, most decision making is shoved off on the grid owners while the rest of us swap animations and giggle), various group meetings, classes if there is enough interest, and…


This is region Victoria, and all the beautiful victorian houses behind me are rent free to anyone from any grid! Pick out a house and click the rental box for instructions! There are also rent free tropical beach homes on region Cloe’s Village.

Regions Kalahari and Sahara have  rent free islands. A great many hypergrid enabled worlds have some kind of free homesteading or housing. Always ask! Rent free shops are also pretty much the norm! Craft has two regions and  a luxury liner deck of them!

And don’t forget the awesome Avatar Tools on the Craft Homepage!!  For any SLers who  thought they might like to try out a region in OpenSim, and so attempted to read the OpenSimulator Project website without adequate preparation-  such as a gaggle of math nerds chained to the floor, or a big hit of whatever is passing for LSD these days- you can  yank the fork out of your eye and climb in off that ledge right now!!

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Hehe! Just  go to Avatar Tools, and plug in your  Craft name and password!

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These massivly useful tools were developed for Craft by co-owner, friendly Sardinian Licu Rau, and they are S-M-O-K-I-N’!!!!

1) If you rent any land at all in Craft, you can check your payments, and pay with almost any credit card or paypal, here. Even in OpenSim, servers (the hardware the grid is on) cost money, so if you want a whole region on a grid you don’t own, you will have to fork out. I think of it as a donation with benefits.

2) You can order a region online! It will be on Craft’s servers, under Licu’s watchful eye, so if something goes freaky, the buck stops in Sardinia, (although Tao Quan, Craft’s other owner, is no slouch in the tech department) There are six options with various prices , maturity ratings and prim allowances. A standard public region with a 25,000 prim allowance is 25 euros. That’s 34 bucks. In SL a mainland region with a 15,000 prim allowance costs 295 dollars a month. Welcome to OpenSim:)

3) You can change your profile when you are not inworld!

4) You can change your password as easily as making change for your girl scout cookies with a gaggle of math nerds “on call”!

5) This is homo sapiens single greatest moment since the Pink Mojito. You know how it is when your avatar is a red cloud, or flashes in and out, and everyone keeps jibbering “Refresh! Refresh” like nightmarishly tech saavy baboons? Yes, I have been drinking. Instead of  spending the best years of your life tearfully smacking Ctrl+Alt+R or stripping off one motherducking thing at a time  in a doomed attempt to work out what infitesimal corner of which texure has been marked by Satan, you can just click this and  power flush of the whole enchilada! Woooooooooot!

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5) And this is the apex of something I could name if that damned glass of wine had started out  half full- the Sim Managemant panel! Hit connect…

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…and  move those math nerds to a holding cell in the basement! Managing a region is now as easy as clicking a button! Seven buttons, so you can put your socks back on too!

If your region is being laggy, or stuff isn’t working the way you think it should, you can restart it, the way  you shut down and restart your computer when it is drooling ! The panel tells you whether your region is online or off. And if  some freaky little doodad(like a nasty script you picked up somewhere ) is hanging the process up, there is my personal favorite, the KILL switch. It absolutly brings everything to a grinding halt, so your region can restart in an orderly manner. You can also send a  general message inworld to warn folks that the region is being shutdown, or mess with their heads and say you are Saint Theresa of Avila, or the the hypergrid SWAT team, whatever takes your fancy.

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Remember how, when you were trying to read the OpenSimulator Project Website, that the last thing you saw before the fork went into your eye was a bunch of initials? Well, here they are again, dumbed down to the point that even this blogger was able to safely eat lunch with her eyes open! An OAR is a a complete copy of a region, from the mountainous landscape to the wineglass you left on the table. The first button lets you make an OAR of your region as a backup. You are allowed 5 backups. You can download any of the backups onto your computer by clicking on it. You can see how much space your region is using on the server ( the MB number). If this number is too big, (over 200)it could be causing you trouble. Welcome to my world. When making an OAR, loading the MB count takes a few minutes, and you can see the current number by hitting the panel refresh button, to the left of the word “simulator”. It is two big white circular arrows you can easily see through your veil of tears. Or maybe that’s just me.

The next box allows you to load an OAR from your computer to your region. It may be one you got from the management panel, or one you bought, or got as a cool freebie  inworld, or from  the internet!

And the final OAR box allows you to upload DIRECTLY from the internet.

The final tab on the Sim management panel gives you a visitor’s list from the past two months!

Please remember, this level of excellence was the product of a small  non profit grid, run by just two dedicated grid owners. There’s no place like home :)

Unless of course you have two! Now I will let you in on another hypergrid tip- almost everyone belongs to at least two grids. Why? Because of  the upredictable nature of the hypergrid, it is always good to have a couple of  travel options. Remember, no one is actually in charge, and EVERYONE is messing with the code. My Craft avatar works for 99.8% of everything I need to do on other grids, but if you want to be in a group,and be sure you get all the announcements, having an account on that grid is a good idea.

And Metropolis Metaversum is the grid I have been the most involved with outside of Craft. At 3500 regions, with 5,000 registered users, and it’s own radio  station, a community sandbox that is often a wilder free for all than  the most carefully planned events,  spontaneous street parties and  just massive cultural festivals,  combined with it’s “rockin in the free world” spirit of democratic virtual living, Metro is undoubtedly the most dynamic big member of the hypergrid community.

Here are my Craft Avi and my Metro Avi! Taking this picture was not as easy as it looks. Any way, I had to break out the Metro avi because…

…my buddy Crystal Brewton, the Indie Author Extraordinaire started an exciting new project on Metro! Crystal, on the right, also has an in- your- face age and weight appropiate avatar. To the left is her role playing avatar Buni Chuku, who is currently running action packed , and extremely well written supernatural roleplay on Crystal’s Metro HGRP region! Where we are all standing is on a very old dream of Crystal’s from back in the SL days, that the affordability of OpenSim has made a reality!

Crystal has opened an artists colony! On region Independently Spoken,  independant artists can showcase thier work along the lovely canals in 400 prim  rent free studios and beautiful brownstone apartments! I had a great overview photo, but the third horseman, who I can assure any theology students out there is definitly named “Pestilence”,  seems to have ridden off with it. Big pox ridden jerk.


There is a clubhouse with free avatars and a room for artists to display RL photos and social networking links, a bar and dance floor- Crystal has really thought of everything! Oh, and as Buni, she is reading Christmas stories here on Metro at Dec. 15 at 19.00 CET! I am gonna run home from a Christmas party and try to make it!!

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This project is just getting off the ground, so get in there quick while there are still studios avalible! This one belongs to Vanish  Sands/Seraith/ Avatar /Firecaster  of TGIB and OpenSim Creations fame! When he is not changing his name or his website’s name, very intellectual Vanish ( he is ALWAYS Vanish) is a huge champion of the free internet, a musician, film maker, speaker, poet, builder, someone everyone pays attention to, whether they agree with him or not. I was actually kinda nervous meeting him inworld for the first time- sheesh , you should see it in the G+ when he takes on a pro copyright engineer or something- clash of the titans indeed. Anyway, he was as well mannered and unpretentious as he comes over on the battlefield, had read my blog (woot!) so I calmed down and we had a really nice conversation that I fastidiously copied. Sigh. Gone, of course.

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I have created a not- the- most- subtle  branch of the Arcadia Asylum Museum in my studio. Crystals idea of artist is pretty flexible that way. Bloggers and curators count!

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There is some boxed free content and vendors, textures etc. My neighbor to the right is Crystal, and to the left…


…is a  creator named Burnt Plaid, who makes lovely contemporary furniture! I had more pictures, and guess where they are!  Sorry Burnt, but I am not getting my ass kicked by a divine entity armed  with a quiver of anthrax dipped arrows, over a sofa photo, however engaging the  pattern may be!

And last but not least , I found Dings Digital had taken a studio! He is a Metro artist and event organizer, also known as Ben Oldenberg on G+.  I had heard of his work, and we say hi at events, but had never had a really good talk . I had also never been to his region, Seneca. Holy Heraclitus!




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When you are done wandering around the very cool surface, by all means teleport up…

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…to Dings attic. This is where he keeps old Art Expos and bits he is working on. The guy is a philosophy teacher, who appears to really, really like his job. Thanks for showing me around Dings!

Thus endeth my rambling little missive on the charms and benefits of the hypergrid community. I hope some of you found it helpful, and the rest of you were not too annoyed.

And now my dears, I must love you and leave you. I would like to thank Sir Alexander Fleming, Crystal, Dings, Vanish, Burnt, Miss Auletta,  Licu and Tao for idiot proofing my region for me, and of course, all of you for joining me in my small adventures. Your company means more to me than I can say! The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to you all! Until Next time, Adieu!

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