Here I am on my beloved home grid Craft, standing in a sweeping, desolate ashen landscape strewn with gracefully arched feminine torsos and translucent soaring birds of prey, directly under the flies on a genuinely  mountainous boy cow’s  muzzle. In between hoping he doesn’t have any sort of salivary scripting, and rechecking the address to affirm that I have actually discovered the worst name in art since  the 30 seconds before 16th century Florentine siren  Swoozi Gherardini  cancelled her edgy Roman orgy themed portrait sitting,  forcing a furious Da Vinci to cancel the cabana boys, and  accept a far less  lucrative contract from her more demure cousin Lisa; my  train of thought is -why  the fudge I didn’t know all this was here!

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 endlessly explore these brave new worlds, making friends from  the entire planet, having all kinds of exciting experiences, and amassing enough free content to make you just dizzy; not dizzy in a bad way, like when you realize that you have committed to so many online projects there is no way in hell you can make half of them  without squeezing an unprecedented show of maturity and support from  most, if not  all of your immediate family; but the good kind, when it dawns on you that if you can just manage to write  a reasonably straightforward  and concise narrative for once in your freaking life, you can not only put those cannisters of  liquid Rohyphenol  back on Taiwanese  ebay  at a tidy profit, but make all your various deadlines to boot!

If you are not sure how to get on OpenSim,( and you are not alone believe me) 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 Craft-the Friendly world, a mid sized,   international( emphasis Italian) grid I have been living on for  2 1/2 years.  It is a great place to call home, with a  fun and formidable creative community, wonderful, caring owners, and oodles of neat to really impressive stuff to see and do. I started out writing about OpenSim on Craft, I have written geography guides about it and documented everything from major art festivals to Groundhog Day hoot a nannies, but this time I am taking a hard look at Craft  as a whole, due to the constraints of living on a round planet.

I made an online friend in Australia! Well, really, what the heck else would it be? Laura Ess and I have been Facebooking and G+ing for months; a long time on the internet! She is really interesting; her politics, her art , her nutty Second Life comics, I got so excited when she started dipping her toes in the hypergrid!! The intial forays were not unexpectedly the “getting used to OpenSim” cluster duck of song and legend, but between the technical chops  of the G+ community , Lara’s own considerable computer savvy and my wooting like a howler monkey at anything even vaguely numerical, she eventually made it into Craft World and began to explore!! Which is when the whole opposite sides of the planet thing became a real pain in the ass. I wanted to show my friend around, but there was no freaking way either of us was getting/staying up at the god awful times needed to meet,  soooo I thought I would quickly throw  together a  little sightseeing list! Snapping open the handy world map  on the Craft website, I was shocked at how many new sims there were- and after going inworld to zap around,I quickly came to the conclusion that I was TOTALLY out of touch!! I had been sick and or busy for months, which is a very  long time on the internet.

So, this  long overdue guide is for Lara, for me, and for anyone who who wants  to share in an extraordinary virtual experience, which to my mind embodies the potential of OpenSim, and the hypergrid. Not that I am going to get to everything this time around!! Craft may not  be the biggest grid, but pretty much every region has some kind of action!!   Remember, Craft’s hypergrid address is:

If you put a colon : and any region name behind the 8002, you will have the region’s hypergrid address!  And of course if you are already on Craft, you only need put the region name in the world map, press find and teleport!

Let’s get started!!

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1) Hydra , 2)The Craft Store, 3)Aquarium, 4) Dune  5)Playa  6) Opera, 7) Onda 8)Pelago 9) Sinus, 10) Rainbow 11) Alba 12) Agra 13) Campos 14) Foresta 15) Montes 16) Uptown

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Let’s start at Playa (5) beach,  where you get a lovely view over the gentle surf of  Craft’s famous welcome center, Hydra(1) which had a massive overhaul and now boasts beautifully organized teleports to a wide selection of Craft regions as well as an impressive external teleport array! Over the elegant bridge you can see  the equally famous Craft Store(2), a stylish  freebie department store with an excellent selection of avatars, and apparel! Just  south of shiny modern Hydra in splendid clunky contrast is Aquarium(3), one of Craft’s funny old public builds, with a beach area above and a big honkin guess what down below. Which brings me to a big fat point; I would guess that  places  holding the memories of their virtual lives matter deeply to a lot of people, but in a rentlessly commercial environment, the past, with the emotional and cultural dimension it creates, are luxury items. But in OpenSim you can have that past beyond photos and stories, and on Craft Grid, her history, and  the spirit it engenders are tended like a beloved garden. So now let’s  turn around and walk north on the Playa beach path( if you take the eastern path to picturesque Dune(4) try to find the little golf area complete with clubs and golf nerd clothes!) to…

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…Agra(12) the primtastic beating heart of the old Craft public mainland! I just love strolling through the sunflowers and vineyard, in fact this is where I was oohing and ahhing when I first met  grid owners Licu and Tao!  Now let’s go into the picturesque little village and turn west…

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…to deceptively  quiet region Alba(11)! The big green structure is the elevator! Get on, and turn your settings to night while you are going up!!

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Named for Italian poet and early Craftian Ilyth Karu, to me this ebullient art exhibit/restaurant/dance hall, with the massive Babylonian towers and flashing neon of Pyramid OSIta behind , and a sweeping view of the Craft mainland  laid out in front, combines European bling and big sky country freedom perfectly!! And of course check…

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…to see what is set to copy, hehe!!

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A friend of mine that I brought here recently said that she thought Craft looked like SL. And I  suppose she is right; although the horizon is not obliterated by “FOR SALE” or “ABANDONED LAND” or  massive walls of ban lines, in the staggering potential for spread out spaces with OpenSim, you don’t often see this type of continuous landscape on the hypergrid.  I have always loved walking the virtual world, so the big mainland area with it’s winding footpaths  was very appealing this newbie. At the top left you can see winter region Foresta (14) where there are  skis waiting for you and your friends at the base of a snow covered trail. Not visible from here, to the north of Foresta is Ger Orsini’s  fantastic role play freebie region Uptown(16), where you can get fabulous costumes and props for fantasy, medieval , Victorian, furry,  Asian, pirate mermaid…forget it-Just go over later and have a look. But for now let’s just fly east over Agra’s ice skating rink, (free skates!!) past the fun fair and big conference hall looking thingy(it was supposed to be a library, but running the grid kinda ate that idea up) to…

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…region Campos(13)! Behind me is the library that could still happen, and a small art gallery that just appeared when I wasn’t looking  with lots of nice framed pictures for the snagging.  To my left, nestled in the foothills of  hiking region Montes(15) is Tao’s pretty pueblo  ranch house. The conference hall looking thingie in the upper center of the picture IS actually a conference hall in region Sinus(9), which also contains a touching memorial to the third founding Craftian  Ramon 123 Babenco, who chose to spend of his last days here with his friends. The link has more information, and some of his last poems. You will need tissues. Don’t believe me? This dying man refers to virtual life as a “game called love.”  Now blow your nose and listen next time. Directly in front of me is region Opera(6).  Although there are paths all over the place, for our tour purposes we will fly directly to the squat tower in the upper eastern corner of Opera.

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Cafe Panorama has a staircase and an elevator, but I always fly straight to the top…

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…because of the panoramas!! Today we need the eastern balcony, where the lighthouse(climbable!) is in region Pelago(8), the harbor area is  region Sinus(8), and the buildings that you see are A list freebie shops , with fashion, art, beautiful plants and home furnishings, you name it- and to the east behind Sinus is yet another  region devoted exclusively to quality freebies,Rainbow(10)! I would have taken more pictures, but I suddenly got a teleport from…

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…Craft Grid owners Licu and Tao, who were down in the bottom of the tower, gussying the place up; although those hanging knives are an accident waiting to happen ! I’m a Mom, and there’s no turning it off.

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We wound up going on a little tour of Opera, which I found out was Craft’s first ever region, and Licu’s birthplace on OpenSim! The word “Opera ” derives from an Italian word I have forgotten, which  means something like” industrious” or “so busy you forget you started a huge library”. Licu and Tao understandably have a lot of affection for the old girl, so she is getting a nip here and tuck there. Not to mention catacombs and tunnels with a secret entrance!! ( hint hint: ook-lay nder-uay,afe-cay  anorama-pay) I  also found out that Opera has  …

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… a rather swank den of inequity  created by Craft artistic heavyweight and long time resident rumegusc altamura. The colors are vibrant, the detail is spot on; this must have been very cutting edge back in the day. It’s location may tee off any very devout Catholics; but as a comfortably lapsed one, I thought it was hysterical. Speaking of rume, she owns or was involved in building six of the next 13 regions!

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Presenting Central Craft 2 :

17) Spirit, 18)Margye Dreams, 19)Time Travel, 20) PyramidOSIta, 21)Selvans, 22)Delta, 24)Rumlandia, 25)Anarkos, 26) Metaverso, 27)Il Piccolo Principe, 28)Mediterraneo,  29)Chimera

Central Craft 2 west of the mainland is also made up of oldish builds, and…

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…region Pyramid OSIta(20), was it’s center. Why? Because it was the home base of a group of extremely accomplished Italian creators, teachers, artists and yet more poets who came from the university sponsored social experiment Pyramid group in SL, to found a brave new world on the hypergrid! Although the group is no longer  really active, the members, like rume, and my buddy  Salahzar Stenvaag have  merged into other groups and projects, like the  MdM. I wrote a post mostly about Pyramid OSIta, Margye Dreams (18), and Spirit(17) back in 2012,  and if you don’t show up for any of the long defunct classes, the now historical post still holds aqua:)!

Time Travel(19) is a mostly empty group  sandbox region, Selvans(21) is the old Craft Garden center which has a pet memorial garden on the ground (the white rat is my sweet Luna), and a really neat selection of plants on a sky platform- keep an eye out for MdM architect Nicola Reinerman’s delicate garden herbs!

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Delta (22) takes forever to load but is worth the wait! The lush woodland literally shimmers, as stone paths wind their way around a friendly little campground, and the mysterious ruins of an old tower.

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The surrounding sims add some fantastic backdrop mojo, like this building in front of me…


…  in region Metaverso(26),  a lovely fictional  Italian coastal city.

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Metaverso has a couple of rather high end porcelain and carpet shops, as well as cafes and an outdoor market, although you will probably be too busy taking pictures to snag much the first time around. Next door…

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…is Il Piccolo Principe(27) meaning The Little Prince which has nothing  desperately obvious to do with an elephant  up on a pedestal in what is most likely an Italian square that I can see, which did not stop me from enjoying this build. 100% rume BTW.

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This is Rumlandia (23), and like Anarkos(25) and Mediterraneo (29), they are all rume’s workshops, and the stuff she has laying around  half finished can be more interesting than someone elses best effort. Not a unique occurrence in Craft:) Oh and number 24 is Mare II, a public water region, and 29 is Chimera, a reproduction of a Venetian Square Rume threw together a couple of years ago for a Carnival Ball, but I am not showing it because we have two more Venices , one with with free stuff that I’ll show you later.  Don’t think of it as an Italy overdose; think of is as a  very serious break from Californication.

Now let’s swing into South west Craft!!

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These are regions Seal (30), Jubilee( 31) Volcano(32) Dade Catronis Islands(33), Riverford (34) Aqua(35). The empty squares are regions not online 24/7, which we will get to later.  For orientation purposes I have included Chimera (29)  up in the right hand corner, as well as Aquarium (3) in the top center. You may notice that a region has appeared to the right of Chimera, that is Jubilee(31) one of Craft’s event regions! Licu has probably brought her out for Craft’s Photo Competition! The deadline is June 16th, and everyone, from any grid is welcome to enter! Below Aqua is region Seal(30) a public texture bank!! Dropping down from Seal is a new region called …

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…Vulcano(32) I have no idea either, but if you want to get really confused, go to this region  and look way way the hell up. We will have to keep an eye on this place!

Which brings us to a real jewel in Craft’s crown…

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…mesh master Dade Catronis ridiculously beautiful island chain(33). This is a huge area and every inch of it  shows you why Dade is  always  the man to beat in Craft’s annual Building Competition! The northmost region is called Matamanoa , my favorite jumping off point!

On the eastern side is…

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…  region Aqua(35) where splendidly primmy maritime behemoth, Craft’s own cruise liner The Black Angel, is forever docked, waiting for YOU to come on board and get utterly lost!Which is all good as you could wind up in the honeymoon suite, or the sauna, or the Jungle Ball Room or the haunted…anyway  the scale of this thing is unbelievable, every room has some kind of detailed theme, you will find something new every time you are here!!! Across the docks is region Riverford(34) with a huge freebie shopping center I mentally refer to as the “Mall of the Weird”. You can get everything there from smoking farts to Hindu statuary. Now let’s head east!!

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Ta da!!Presenting Central Craft East! Monte Gordo, Slum City El Barrio(36), BeNess (37),
Daylight( 38), Exposed (39), Retourno al Eden(40),Lako(41),Lapsus( 42),Bella Verde(43),Elagon(44),Stromboli(45),Starlight(46), Victoria(47), Mojave(48)

As you can see we are just east of the mainland, there is Rainbow(10) jutting out. And there above is number 36, my three regions!! Yes, Craft has generously donated yet ANOTHER region to the Hypergrid’s first Arcadia Asylum Museum!! Monte Gordo, Slum City(formerly The Spirit of Arcadia) and the newbie, El Barrio. Monte Gordo was um, a bit  overstuffed, so instead of confiscating my cheesecake stash, no wait, wrong reality; so instead of forcing me onto some hideous prim reduction program, Licu simply slapped down a new region for a more relaxed fit, for which I am very very grateful.

My immediate neighbor is Susan Slade, and her region, named BeNess (37), is dedicated to the philosophy of Feng Shui!


The whole region is densely packed with a combination of pieces from all over the hypergrid and Susan’s own artwork, illustrating various spiritual concepts. She has done a good job, this region is fun to explore and I definitely learned:)

Number 38 is Daylight, which was very much under construction, 18, 19, 21 and 17 , were people’s homes, pretty and it seems open to visitors. Which brings us to…

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…deceptively empty Exposed (39).The tower is a hypergate hub, and this burning woman gate takes you to…

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…a skybox with a beautiful interactive exhibit of Avatars from the Meta Bodies project in SL, put on by region owner Quinten Umarov’s Art-Z group. Back down at the hub…

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…THIS burning woman takes you to…

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…two teleporters. The big purple things, what the heck else is there? Take the one on the left…

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Well, for some of you a penny might be doing a definite drop- there used to be an art grid called Exposed- and  this is it, running off dutch art buff Quinton’s home server, as part of Craft!  Licu and Tao generously decided a while back to allow unlimited regions to people who were using their own servers, and boy is it paying off! Not all of them are on 24/7, but region Exposed most definitly is. Oh and you are not imagining it, the robot IS following you and calling you by name!
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Most of the photos are Quinton’s, except I don’t think he met Dali. That room has a very cool surrealist exhibit, and across from the galerie,  is a good freebie market with more avatars and useful stuff!

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You have to love Louis Servita’s chirpy Lako(41) freebie region. I mean he just has so much crazy  stuff up to zap around in on his teleporter system, ride the “space train”, then hit the freebie store and take a copy home, or hit his shop in Riverford’s “Mall of the Weird” for even more surprises!

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Lapsus(42) belongs Lapsus Weinstein a psychologist who is interested in the healing aspects of art culture and virtuality. He has been on SL, the OS grid, and now has
this region on Craft, where he leaves most things set to copy!! And snagging that massive black train DID do my psyche a world of good!!

Stromboli(45) is owned by friendly Germans Bernard and Alysa, who are creating a colorful reproduction of their favorite RL holiday destination, the Italian island of Stromboli! They love having visitors, so feel free to drop by!!!

Numbers 43 to 46 are again, private residences that seem to be open to the public.  Victoria (47) is a pretty Victorian themed region with  really nice  rent free housing, and  Mohave(48) is one of 5 rent free island regions!!

Now onward for our last stop for this post, the central northwest!!

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There are not so many regions here, but they pack quite a wallop: Thalion Outlanders regions (49), Venezia(50), Salahzar Stenvaags four educational regions(51), Brera Acadamy Virtual Lab regions (52), Ebla (53), Teti(54),MdM(55) Uqbar (56)Delicatessan and Canis Latrans (57).

Let’s get the five less wallopy ones out of the way first. Venezia(50) is actually empty , and as it wasn’t ever the one with the free stuff, we can all calm down. Sal’s four educational sims are kind of workshops sandbox things, for his various groups. and their meetings. Lotsa chairs.

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Thalions Outlanders regions (49)don’t make a lot of overt sense in a way I find  very engaging. There is a semi wiccan version of Lincoln cathedral, an English town, and now a kneeling giant shouldering a disco which I did not see coming let me tell you. These pictures are from regions Lincoln, and Tempura, but there are also Forrest, Singapore and Abyss Beach, equally full of the unexpected in rendered in  finely honed detail.

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The Brera Acadamy Virtual Lab regions(52) belong to a two hundred plus something very prestigious Milanese Acadamy of Fine Arts.  The  lab is part of a virtual architecture program thingy boo, where the students learn  an almost surreal architecture,  pushing it’s boundries to create the architecture of the future. The main Brera lab is a mega interesting sandbox for the students, who are crappy at terraforming(pothole alert!) but brilliant at everything else. Their experiments make for lots of great pictures which are  somewhere in my hard drive, giggling and pointing. I went back to take more but this…

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…had engulfed most of the lab and all the regions around it. Then I remembered! The professor who gave me a tour had said the students final projects were going to be put out on display over all their regions for grading, with the terraforming turned the freak off, and would be open the entire time to the public!! It looks like they are setting up now!! Keep dropping by all the regions in the next few weeks- Craft grid is NOT Brera’s first virtual rodeo! They have been using virtuality as a restoration tool for quite a while now, plugging the dimensions of huge pieces into a computer for virtual reconstruction, as the architects create additions and missing chunks, which are then plugged into  3D printers that can print them out in plastics, bronze or glass!! Region owner Giugiogia, who I call Professor  because I cannot begin to even mentally pronounce that name, said they are trying to break down the barriers between the virtual world and the “real” one, making them  a perfect circle. Whatever they do with those final projects, it is GUARENTEED to be amazing!!!

And last but not least, that jewel in the hypergrid’s crown…

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… The MdM(55)!  The  Museo del Metaverso is a  massive world class contemporary art museum run by the unstoppable Roxelo Babenco, who has managed to herd a sizable chunk of Second Life’s prestigious  Linden Endowments for the Arts crowd out here into the black for the second time around.


Teti(54) is also part of the MdM, with, I think, three or four massive sculptures you can mess around in.

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Uqbar(56), also part of the MdM has two great things going for it 1) lots of  cool stuff by the truly brilliant Alpha Auer

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…and this awesome refrigerator fruit storm party whatever it is!!WOOOOOOOT!!! I adore this thing; I crashed the main MdM main building with it a couple of days before the grand opening, and then they took my babies away! But I found them again, way the heck out on the edge of Uqbar!! I haven’t  managed to crash  anything, but it’s early days yet!! Oh yeah, there is gonna be a Body Painting event thing on Uqbar June 16 at 22.00. CET (That is 1pm SLT). We are gonna all paint our avatars and become a work of art! Again, Craft style, everyone is welcome!

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Here I am on Ebla(53) with  MdM architect Nicola Reinerman, and Roxelo. They had  sent me a teleport just out of the blue, and I was all geared up to improvise some lame ass legalese horseshit how  there was no court in the world that would make me pay for those refrigerators, before legging it  into the hidey hole under the Slum City sewers that nobody kno- anyway, I could see immediately they were in a great mood, and with the sim lacking any content, much less anything in a uniform, I felt confident enough to ask if there was something I could do for them!

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Well THAT was the right question! Roxelo had asked Nicola to build this space, for a fashion exhibition! Not something with a catwalk, but a proper exhibit of fashion as art. She is very passionate about the whole idea-

“Fashion,  how big a stage for beauty, and not without the artistic touch that will open the doors of places of excellence of beauty, where beauty is preserved and displayed”

However the Museums in real world not welcome fashion, unless you are exhibitions of great artists! I want it to be  a “virtual museum” such as the Museo del Metaverso to start this tradition of opening the doors to the fashion, with productions of artistic value, which enhance the beauty of the works on display.I consider it important that this signal from the virtual worlds we can send to the physical world, breaking a wall of prejudice towards a production that, in it’s highest expression, should be considered art.”

I cleaned up the translation a bit, but you see what I mean!  She is planning a revolution! She also gave me a link to this article about an exhibition in the Victoria and Albert dedicated to late  fashion designer Alexander McQueen called The Savage Beauty. I was glad for the link, because I was having a hard time picturing what it might look like in my head. I know squat about fashion. But I do know about OpenSim networking , okay shooting my mouth off, and THAT is exactly what Roxelo is interested in!!So I have facebooked it and googled it and fielded questions, and whined and shouted and the word is spreading that…




WITH AN INTEREST IN FASHION, DESIGN, ART IS WELCOME TO APPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







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Look it’s already started!! Here we are with multi talented RL artist  Avia Bonne putting up her logo in her cube!!!!! She is now an official MdM artist in residence!! And I am an official big mouth in residence, swaggering around “our” regions with my own  group tag, pushing visitors the hell off my fridges!

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And here we are back at the beginning,  number 57, “The Hills have Boobs” hell region is named Delicatessen, and the wobbly yellow monster stationary target in the background is Canis Latrans. Avia and I think that the birds, which are everywhere, are vultures, hence the name does make sense. This build is extremely impressive, and absolutely drips of Roxelo’s herding skills!

And now my dearest dears, I must love you and leave you! I would like to thank Licu Rau and Tao Quan of Craft -the Friendly Grid, for providing such a splendid virtual environment for us to live in! I would like to thank my friend Lara Ess, for letting me give the actual reason I started going over Craft’s geography, Roxelo  Babenco for the opportunity to be a part of something like the MdM, Susan Slade, Louis Servita, Thalion Outlander, Bernard and Alysa, Quinton Umarov, Dade Catronis,Nicola Reinerman, Salzar Stenvaag, GeR Orsini, Rume ,Professor Moioli of the Brera Acadamy, Avia Bonne,  my dear friend Minethere Always for fusing the terms metaverse and hypergrid into hyperverse a brand new term that I will remember to use when Delicatessen freezes over,  the entire Craft community, and of course all of you, for joining me on my small adventures!Your company means more to me than I could possibly say!! 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 in the  concert village that 3rd  Rock Grid  has set up for this year’s 8th annual Robstock Festival!! While this poseball  by the Starfleet booth is supposed to make you look suave and nonchalant; personally, I think it makes you look like you’ve spent the last 45 minutes  desperately locked in an ever disintegrating  search pattern to locate the festival powder room, or even a freaking bush , and are finally forced  to lean against something large enough to offer some paltry visual blockage should things go farther south, shift into clench mode and visualize something dry and calming. Or perhaps the pose it is some sort of Vulcan yoga technique, completely unrelated to a churro induced gastric crisis- who the hell knows.  BUT having  found out 24 hours ago that the concert I had promised to promote was THIS month, not the next, whilst recovering from a nasty ass month long illness AND getting the family ready for an overseas trip in three freaking days,  the  Vulcan butt clenching photo was the best opening I ‘ve  managed to come up with. Now punch it Mr.Sulu, we’ve got a post to write!!

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 worlds, many of which choose to be connected by an amped up teleportation system called the hypergrid, allowing you to endlessly explore these brave new worlds, experiencing all sorts of exciting events, sightseeing,  making friends from all over the world, and amassing so much free content that you will eventually run out of pretentious cultural metaphors,  literary references, and douchy obscure vocabulary alluding to some emotional and/or spiritual aspect of a crassly unbridled obsession with your Brobdingnagian  hoard. Well, you might slip one or two  in, but other than that, you’ll just blunder onward.

Anyway, if you are not sure how to get on OpenSim,( and you are not alone believe me) 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 begin with the  Robstock Festival.Yes, THIS weekend (sigh) , March 27, 28 and 29 2015, is once again, the three days of solid live music fundraiser for that most excellent of causes, Doctors Without Borders.


See what I mean -no damned bushes!!! In previous years, when 3rd Rock was not on the hypergrid, the events had been live streamed between 3rd Rock and Second Life. Last year, in preparation for their joining the hypergrid, it had taken place on Metroplis Grid, 3rd Rock and Second Life. This year, for the fist time, it is taking place 100% on the hypergrid, and the scale of this concert venue is unprecedented! This event is a perfect introduction to the hypergrid for Newbie friends!Admission is free, and donations to Doctors Without Borders are gratefully accepted! Last year Robstock raised 800 US dollars, and this year the goal is 1000!!


There is this fantastic amphitheater with a dance floor and …


… masses of comfy seating! Outside…

…is the entrance to the concert village displaying  a program that features everyone who’s anyone on the hypergid musical scene!

Ever prepared for the multicultural hypergrid, 3rd Rock has donation boxes that are up to anything you throw at them!!     (there are 4 regions)


The concert village already offers a good overview of life on 3rd Rock. The Grid’s  continual non Robstock event schedule aside, this group of Rockers has probably impacted the hypergrid the most. The  UF Starfleet Astraios community has taken science fiction roleplay in the free metaverse and raised it to a whole new level. As an affiliate of the much larger United Federation Starfleet, an international Trekkie organization that combines 3D roleplay with other aspects of Trek lifestyle such as writing fiction and  attending conventions, the Astraios colony is able to run an impressive Starfleet Academy, with a wide variety of courses. They also have an active social venue with regular dances and events, and as I understand it, are boldly going where no Rocker has gone before, by branching onto other grids:) Professional author, and hypergrid roleplay mavin The Indie Author Extraordinaire, Crystal Brewton, of Metropolis Grid, is cooking up first rate storylines and building and whipping up costumes, so I can really see Starfleet boldly going a long way on the hypergrid!

I find 3rd Rock has been a wonderful addition to the hypergrid, albeit the two are still a bit of a mystery to each other. I had the pleasure of leading a Metaverse Tour group to one of 3rd Rocks lovely , primmy showcase regions , Mimas.

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Built by a geologist, this massive reproduction of a Northwest American mountain range,

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beautifully strewn with waterfalls and  wooden walkways got oohs and ahs not just from the newbies, but also from the more experienced people. Metaverse Tour founder Serene Jewel was positively gobsmacked ” I didn’t know this was here!! How did you find this?” Big chuckles, because the Tree  has been EVERYWHERE!!!

One of the better ambassadors for 3rd Rock Grid is Sunbeam Magic , a smart, cheerful lady fee, who has returned to 3rd Rock with her partner Aacme Fall to rebuild their masterpiece, Aacme City.

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This is Sunny. I met her a couple of years ago when my dear friend, metaverse renaissance woman  Minethere Always introduced us. These two accomplished bloggers are going to publish an inworld Magazine called Visionz about the hypergrid- available in Aacme City, of course!!They have so many great ideas! Miney is very involved in the City, who’s sheer scale it is difficult to capture in photos. This build is incredibly detailed with a  cinema, dance hall,real estate office, central park, freebie shops(did you notice the shop of renowned creator Avia Bonne?) a working roller rink on the  utterly charming  beach front, tunnels, alleys, sidestreets, doors that open onto little furnished rooms, layer upon layer of surprises for you to explore. Have a good look around, as ALL the shops and apartments, the warehouses, the neat little trailers and bungalow on the beach are RENT FREE!!! Just contact Sunny and she will give you permission to rezz,  move around walls if you like, help you throw a party on the boardwalk,whatever it takes to make you feel at home! This is the perfect place to settle in a Newbie friend! Aacme City’s hypergrid address is: City

If this address just doesn’t want to work, you can always use the Aacme City gate, in the Sanctuary Gate hub. Grid Owner Shaun Emerald usually only has one gate per grid, but sometimes makes an exception for certain regions. So although the 3rd Rock main gate is located at the bottom of the hill, the Aacme City gate is up top with the main body.

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Which looks like this; Shaun now has ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY gates in total, officially making Sanctuary the single most useful resource for hypergrid travellers in the history of the universe. Really. 120 grids at your fingertips. These are called blam gates. See the red gates? They are completely down. Perhaps the grid is down, perhaps the coordinates have changed and the owners haven’t told Shaun. See the blue gates? Those are unable to connect for some reason. They need Shaun to take a look and see what the problem is; most of them will probably go back online. Isn’t it great to be able to SEE what is working and what isn’t? To know it’s the gate and not YOU?! This is the most massively useful hypergrid address you can give to a newbie:

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This will take you to the Sanctuary Welcome Center, and this blam gate will take you down to the main gate hub ! Make sure your Newbie landmarks up HERE, not the gate hub below!! The main gate hub, named Eld2, is a varregion, an extra large kind of region that is new on OpenSim. You cannot teleport to a varregion from a region that does not have the latest OpenSim software-and a great many on the hypergrid do NOT!!! But you can teleport from anywhere to the Welcome Center! Take your time up here, there are signs on the wall with really useful information on how to use the gates, from how not to lose attachments, to how to travel in groups!”

I am talking a lot about Newbies aren’t I? Well, there is a reason for that.

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Here I am at a meeting in the Sanctuary Arcadia Asylum Museum with  grid owner Shaun Emerald, and my fellow curators  Briony Juran, and Brian Landers. We needed to get together and have a talk because they are now BOTH hard at work on at the museum. Shaun Emerald, who deserves some kind of damned hypergrid award, donated FOUR more regions to the museum for workshops. Of course Brian and Briony were straight out of Second Life . Now, I had always assumed my challenges with  learning the ropes in OpenSim, stemmed from the fact that I never really did much when I was in SL, beyond rezzing, and unlinking stuff. I had never owned a region or a parcel, hell I had never even completely worked out the controls on my skybox! Brian and Briony were my exact opposites, super competent, lots of computer smarts, and  what they didn’t know STUNNED me. So I have been thinking a lot about Newbie issues. And between that,  and Shaun’s guidance and generosity, and Brian and Briony’s tenacity and dedication…

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…all freaking hell is breaking loose in the Sanctuary Museum. This looks like a Second Life Museum, doesn’t it?

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Yup, this is on the hypergrid, on The Spirit of Arcadia 13, Sanctuary  Grid!

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Brian and Briony  have also got vendors up and running. Brian, who has taken to OpenSim like a duck to water, is loading up vendors faster than you can say wowza!!

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This is Brian’s workshop. The Distribution Center is the building in the back, and as you can see Brian is ripping apart  boats and subs, as well as sorting out the messes in MY boxes and putting them in vendors. He is also taking apart larger builds, and packaging every piece individually.I mean everything-ferns, cutlery, tikki gods, mushrooms,eensy tensy lambs, you name it. So if you ever looked at the kooky bamboo huts on Aley’s Volcano Island and thought ” I wish I could have just  that one hut” now you CAN.  Next door…

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…is Briony’s workshop. The striking  blue glass building..

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…is  becoming an OpenSim version of Briony’s lovely steampunk emporium, the Cog and Grog! The lights on these machines are flashing and twinkling, as step by step, this resourceful lady brings these wonderful pieces to life on the hypergrid!!

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And as to these other buildings in her workshop? Yes they ARE from Flotsam Pirate town, but NOT the ones you normally find on the hypergrid. These things WORK- doors sounds, explosions-yes you heard that right THEY BLOW UP just like the originals!! Briony  is testing these out for another SL Arcadia curator named Grey Nacht! Grey, who is also getting his feet wet on the hypergrid, has been adapting, and creating new Flotsam scripts for OpenSim, including the cannons and explosions! You can get these working pieces as IAR files from The Friends of Arcadia Asylum G+ Community or just show up on : Spirit of Arcadia 12

and start copying!

All of Grey’s fantastic new pieces are not yet up and running, as we all put our heads together and rethink what the museum will look like in the future.

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Probably not so much like this anymore. Probably BETTER, hehe! Of course it will mean changing all my descriptions on the OpenSim World Directory, but-oh heck I didn’t tell you about that!!  This is another cool resource for Newbies, where region owners can put thier regions details in an online directory. For each entry they recieve a code. This is then placed in a beacon on your region, and folks can use an OpenSim World HUD to find you!! So newbies can give themselves a guided tour of the hypergrid! The website also tells you if a region is online. A lot of people have tried to create something like this, but this system is hands down the best!! You can get the beacons and HUDs inworld on Metropolis Grid at: World

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And do NOT forget to send your Newbies to Selea’s World , for region after region of beautiful free creations!! Yes, everyone’s favorite elf was temporarily out of business, but this powerhouse is back to STAY !!  I was so thrilled to see her home again, I could have cried !! What a fighter!!

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And the OS Grid came back on line, just like that- shocking the hell out of everyone!  The internet was buzzing, “It’s back !It’s back!” People were asking ME on facebook, “What do you mean it’s back? Like it’s open?” All my friends were rushing over to see if their stuff was still there, the Plaza was full of people shouting “Hi!! Great to see you” and dancing around doing wacky animations! Of course those people all left before I could get a picture. The people you see here are all busy with their viewers, howling across the room “What the hell do they mean is my inventory all there? Who the f**k knows what they have in their inventory?”  Like a great many people, my feelings about the OS Grid had become mixed, but seeing everyone so happy to be a community again really warmed my heart.  Hylee Bekkers is going back home, Lani’s wonderful sci fi regions, are already up and running,the Maritime Club is back home in Belfast, the Hypergrid Safari is back up on Teravus , and I am planning on dusting off my old landmarks and seeing who else is back. The OS Grid has a great community, and I congratulate them, and wish them all the best!

And now my dearest dears, I must love you and leave you! I will be going to the USA to visit my family and am seriously running out of time before I have to fly! So sorry this is not my usual 50,000 word opera, and to jump ahead of that rumor mill:

1) My health is rapidly improving. I traded in my  crappy  barely more qualified than an orangutan schnozz quack for a fancy ass new  university professor who has shoved all manner of things up my face and pronounced me allergic to most, if not all, of the plant life known to science. I have lots of vicious new meds, and am getting better everyday.

2) I still live on Craft, I still have my 2 region museum there. I just don’t have time to blog about them this week. Look at my OpenSim World pages on them if you want some info- I have a teenager to pack!!

3) I am still a Metaverse Tour Guide; check out our G+ community if you would like more info!! We have been up to all kinds of stuff; all of it fun, most of it legal!

I would like to apologize to Min and Taarna and Tosha and Serene, I wanted to blog about their stuff, but am just out of time!! I will catch you next time I promise! And I would like to thank all the people who participated in Cornflakes Week once again, especially Echo Argent for offering to co moderate the G+ group. With the OS Grid back up, maybe we can track down some of Corny’s lost pieces!!  I would also like to thank everyone in the Arcadia Asylum G+ Group, especially Brionyand Grey and of course  Brian, who amazingly turned his heart attack into stuffed vendors,. Thanks to the Metaverse Tour gang, Avia Bonne, Selea Core for coming out swinging, Zinnia Frenzy for all her incredible work organizing Robstock 2015, Minethere Always, Sunbeam Magic, Crystal Brewton, Hylee Bekker, Taarna Welles, Tosha Tyran, and a big big thanks and bear hug to the one and only Shaun Emerald, for his unfailing support and genuine friendship.

And to that friend whose path has not crossed mine for a time….

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“The best things in life cannot be seen or heard. They must be felt with the heart.”-Helen Keller-

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 sit , neither sad nor disheartened, waiting for a Metaverse Tour to get started.

A tree had lassoed me and now here I was, trying to recall what a hypergrid  does.

In RL it was good, I got half a new kitchen,

New oven and microwave  calmed my conniption

My health had returned, my family was quiet,

But  my virtual life had burst into a riot

Of messaging , politics, pueblos and tours,

IM’s and networks and metaverse lore

Calenders,  spread sheets,  excitement  galore,

As the shiny new year burst in with the roar,


And I suddenly found I had so many friends

With calm heads  and  brave hearts

It seemed that no project was too big to start.

On my hypergrid home, there was oh so much fun

New grids brought new music new role play to run

New friends joined Craft grid, and old friends returned

One said “Where’s your blog? For news we do yearn

And do something different  that we may learn


Okay, if I have to  bust one more rhyme  I will lose it on such a scale that the ghosts of Alfred Tennyson ,   Edgar Allen Poe, and Edna St Vincent Millay  will  appear,  beat the living snot out of me, then; as they begin their slow ascent back into the cloud strewn glory of literary immortality,  six glittering eyes will look down  in unison to answer my trembling whisper of “Why? WHY?? I mean Al you have been in a snit since Browning put his foot up your ass about the editing weirdness  and Edgar you were just flat out BORN strange and hissy, but Edna- how COULD you?? ”  with the sudden appearance of a  beautiful, elongated chapeau, exquisitely crafted gossamer  playfully  strewn with lines of crimson and alabaster  floating  gently down through the golden rays of celestial light  to land aside my battered form, igniting the smallest of hopes that all may yet be right with the world, when out of the hat pops   Dr Seuss, who launches his foot at  the rest of my teeth snarling ” It’s not like you had to do it for a living!!”

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, may of which choose to be connected by the hypergrid, an amped up teleportation system that allows you to endlessly traverse these brave new  worlds, exploring, making friends from all over the planet,  and scoring so many free goodies that it just makes you dizzy; not the BAD kind of dizzy where your head is spinning from a lifetime of  twisted artistic frustration in the  form of a red and white striped jackboot barely missing your face, but the GOOD kind of dizzy, like when you  grab said footwear and hang on as the specter soars screaming with rage back to his home in the men’s room of  the Great Celestial Literary Pantheon; releasing your grip in time to dive straight into the pantheon’s core and stagger over to Gertrude Stein, who tend your wounds  a midst vows to wreak a terrible vengeance. At Gertrude’s insistence, Alice B. Toklas   reluctantly contacts A.A. Milne , who turns out to be the All Pantheon Knife Throwing Champion, and perhaps a shade too  eagerly volunteers to “manage” the Seuss situation, as the entire Beat Generation turns up, goatees aruffle and horn rims askew,  announcing they have wrestled Poe into rehab for the 264, 133,567,896th time- THEN it happens- carefully pocketing his day pass,  Haruki Murakami  ditches the Fitzgeralds ,  making a mad dash in your direction, arms flung wide, bellowing that only you could ever be   Zelda to his Scott , whilst in a flash Jack Kerouac  breaks away from the hippies, clotheslines the hapless mortal,  and sweeps you into his arms for  a passionate embrace, with  Charlie Parker and John Coltrane circling overhead playing an eclectic set of romantic tunes.  Bet ya didn’t see THAT coming! Oh shut up.

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” and don’t forget my “Newbie Glossary” page, also at the top of this blog! Come on, it’s easy! Come spread your wings in the free metaverse!!

For today’s adventure we will be going everywhere and nowhere, and I believe it all began here, with a balancing elephant, a swimming pig and a mess  of Native American  Hopi spirits called Kachinas.

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                                    -Pueblo Madness-

If you do not regularly read my blog (sob) or follow me on Facebook, Twitter or G+ (whimper) you are  blissfully unaware of my long time menagerie, my 2 1/2 month descent into respiratory hell fire, nor my subsequently stalled plans for finishing a small project. In the weeks before the sinal apocalypse  the most excellent Public Domain Review  Fortnightly Newsletter        (which is 100% free, so check it out! ) had brought my attention to a wonderful collection of drawings from 1903, of Hopi Kachinas, spiritual beings that Pueblo Peoples portray in art and dance.In a permanent state of homesickness and old school political correctness I had been loading up my “home” platform on Monte Gordo in Craft for months with cacti and little doo dads that reminded me of my far away home in the American Southwest. It occurred to me that I could box these beauties up as textures for inworld use! A pretty box that would fit into the vaguely uneurocentric desert theme.

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Well a box became a kind of statue thingie boo that moves gently in the wind. It went up my “quelle the homesickness/ethnicize the metaverse” flagpole so completely the that I made a bunch more, then changed the ground to a red sand color, and began setting out campfires and  baskets and calling it my Kachina Garden! What a hoot!  I  eagerly began rethinking the base of the platform, which was a random illustration I had picked up wherever the hell…

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…that eventually became this beautiful image of  the Anasazi Ruins in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, by revered American photographer, Ansel Adams. A few informational notecards were next on the agenda!

At this point my sinuses went wilder than an elegant nineteenth century opium addict being stuffed into a straight jacket by a pack of scraggly  stoners. After about a month and a half, when I could look at the  computer screen without having a migraine, LOTS of stuff was happening inworld and out, making my own little project seemed unimportant.

Then  wildly prolific hypergrid blogger Zaphod Enoch of The Hyperzette showed up and hoisted me on my own freaking pitard. Yes, he blogged about the one damned thing on the region that was in no way shape or form finished: my platform.The poor guy  took the trouble to come here, and then had no idea what he was looking at!  Nerts, I was gonna have to info the place up.

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Researching the notecards turned out to be incredibly soothing-  an oasis a midst the struggle of coping with ill health, work and  responsibilities up the slime ridden wazoo. I remembered how much I admired the Pueblo Peoples, who bravely defended their culture, and against all odds retained an astonishing degree of autonomy in  Mexico and the United States. I rediscovered how utterly cool Ansel Adams was, from his environmentalism, to his courage in  publicly condemning the governments illegal detention of Japanese American citizens during WWII.  I also realized that he had really sucked at legalese, and  consequently a large amount of his work  belonged to the government, putting it smack dab in the public domain.

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So Slum City got a Mesa Verde exhibit!!! Don’t the photos of a proper civilization look great floating over all our  craptastic “progress”?



You enter the little exhibit here just behind my platform. I have included some  more pictures by Ansel Adams in his info box, including one of his most famous images, “The Teutons and Snake River” which was one of 115 images included on the Voyager Space Probe’s Golden Record.  If you would like to take a look at more here is the link  to Wikimedia Commons Ansel Adams collection!

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As Egyptian antiquities had fired European imaginations  in the early 1800′s,   ancient pueblo peoples, and their modern descendants became the darlings of  the American public  and intelligentsia  at the end of the 19th century. This not only provided the cash strapped Pueblo tribes with a source of income as fashionable art dealers snapped up their baskets, pottery, weaving, and  jewelry , it  inspired a
generation of  creative minds  to celebrate Pueblo culture with  a level of respect rarely shown to the non European. One of my favorite small examples: Pulitzer prize winning author Willa Cather’s, Song of the Lark, the third book in her seminal Prairie Trilogy, was a novel chronicling the life journey of a great  world class opera singer, who has her moment of blinding clarity not standing in an opera house, but high above the Arizona  desert  in an Anasazi cliff dwelling, contemplating pottery shards.

And in the course of the notecard research I saw lots and lots of photos of Pueblos , traditional  towns of  connected structures, made of stone or adobe bricks. Really lots of photos. Then one day as I was doing something or other in the Sanctuary museum Mer city exhibit, it occurred to me that the stone walkways looked kinda familiar.

The next thing I knew….

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…this had happened. Yes, when the going gets weird, the weird build  slightly lopsided Pueblos. I am slooowly filling the rooms with  wonderful public domain photos and artwork of the Hopi and am hoping to add an agricultural exhibit,and a  Kiva!

The whole Pueblo madness episode ran partially in parallel to another whopper, that thankfully  reared it’s head after the third round of antibiotics had failed and my ENT began stuffing me with chinese herbs that finally did the job, so I was slowly recovering, when what the German language SL forums succinctly referred to as the “shitstorm around Arcadia Asylum” began.

                                        – The Facts-

What has happened is that, as of this writing Arcadia Asylum(in her current avatar name of Aley Resident) has been banned from Second Life. We are assuming that it concerns two DMCA’s  filed around one five year old sculpt map of a tree, that Arcadia got hold of in a box of freebies floating around the SL sandboxes. Since Arcadia gives full credit to the creator of every freebie she uses, by leaving thier UUID (identification )numbers intact, a creator who saw one of the trees on a build was easily able to identify it as her own. The creator approached Arcadia, and asked her to take down the sculpt from her builds.  Arcadia removed it from  individual pieces, but neglected to take it out of some larger collections. So the creator  filed  two separate DMCAs, as  one other item using the sculpt came to her attention at a later date. The really unfortunate part is that the DCMA was filed when Arcadia was taking a break from her virtual life, to move house in her real life! A DMCA flips a switch in the Linden Lab computers, and you are given an automatic suspension that results in a ban if you do not reply. When Arcadia  tried to come back she had been banned, which combined with RL complications, appears to have been the straw that broke the camels back. She has expressed her loss of enthusiasm for SL to several friends, and has been completely out of contact since early December.

                                               -The Shitstorm-

So how can a copyright problem with one tree  be classified as a shit storm? Well my dear, that last paragraph  is the result of  a huge amount of reading , sifting, emailing, and rentless networking. The rumor mill was FLYING, faster than  an army of winged monkeys  after an uppity Kansas girl, as the many many people who have inventories stuffed with hundreds of her items,were blowing  their concerns at gale force all over the internet. It was unmitigated freaking chaos. And whether that concern was with creators rights , not wanting to get their own asses banned, or just  what the HELL was actually going on, with Arcadia silent, who in the world was going to answer them??

The Friends of Arcadia Asylum is who! Our G+ community,( formerly known as Arcadia Asylum All Around), initially conceived as a way for museum curators to communicate across several grids  became a kind of news feed, as Arcadia’s curators and friends combed social networks, contacting individuals, asking for clarification, cross referencing comments from thread to thread and network to network. Conclusions, facts,  summations, findings and pertinent links  are posted in the group, as is the current status of all our projects. Well of course there are projects, in fact, there are more projects than ever!! Here are the broad strokes:

 On That Really Big Laggy Closed Grid Whose Name Escapes Me…

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…some of you may have seen this sign. Professor Grey, also known as Brian Lander, who had not only revived the Arcadia Asylum Museum movement, but under whose warm and capable helmsman-ship it had spread across the metaverse, became so frustrated with the shitstorm and hurt by the loss of his dear friend Aley, that he decided he needed a change. So he closed his museums and said farewell to the SL group, assuring them the organization he had built would be perfectly capable of running without him.

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Not that he is totally gone, hehe! It’s a big ol’ metaverse, and Brian is  getting acquainted with the hypergrid  ! A real thrill for me; it seems like just yesterday I worked up the courage to ask him if he would think about maybe allowing me to  open a museum out in the black, and his immediate reply was to slap a curator tag  on me and start a packing lesson!!  Here he is getting a tour  of that museum on Gordo-  he knows so much, I learn more in 10 minutes with him than I do on ten hours combing the internet!!

And although the Professor Grey persona is officially retired, Brian Landers is extremely active on the G+ community, posting wacky pictures, lending his expertise, publishing catalogs of his Arcadia personal inventory, and starting an Arcadia themed online OAR repository!
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My Friends of Arcadia Asylum group co owner, Briony Juran’s lusciously  steampunk Cog and Grog is not only still running strong, it is moving next door to an even roomier parcel!!!   This  lady is as busy as , well, a curator with an entire museum to lug next door, packing vendors, checking inventories and…


…visiting the 9 region Sanctuary Museum for a gander at how we do things in big sky country!!! We both had so much fun and again I just learned and learned !! Our next date is a tour of Diego Blake, a pirate region(next door to Flotsam in fact) that Aley contributed to extensively! I had no clue it existed before Briony posted a lovely little film about it on The FOAA G+ group!!!

                                                 -On the Hypergrid-

Well as you well know I am damn near impossible to shut up, much less get rid of, so my museums on Craft Grid,  on Sanctuary Grid, and the library on Metropolis Grid  are still very much open. Not only that; do you see the tree on that aquatic wall piece? That’s the little bugger in the DMCA. Now you see it…



… now you don’t! I re-read my own damned 2011 article on how to link and unlink, sent Briony some pics, and now my inventory, like hers, is 100% kosher, including the box with everything on Metropolis Grid! What inspired me to actually do something myself instead of my classic” whine until  *insert name*’s  begins to weep blood  and they *insert name*  for me in a desperate attempt to stop  their frontal lobes dribbling out of their nasal passage” strategy?

Well surprisingly, the historic joint indictment of my  larynx by the Vatican and the Hague didn’t really play into it. My inspiration was this pretty kitty, Ada Radius. Here we are in the  Kitely grid Cookie II Hobo sandbox; I am looking on, chattering about shinies, as Ada, a former forensic auditor gone  inworld  theater impresario and techno whiz, inspects her beautiful rescripted and  modified version of Aley’s Kuula Forest piece, making sure it is working and kosher for redistribution on the hypergrid. It took two hours, and Ada had put in several hours before that, contacting  the creator who had filed the DMCA for a  list of items for removal. Ada’s work ethic is as formidable as her intelligence, and she has started a google spread sheet of the entire Arcadia collection. She wants to create THE definitive shitstorm proof catalog of Arcadia’s work , which is just the first step in ,well, I am so excited about this I can hardly type for giggling. You see, Ada is also the CEO of a successful  non profit called New Media Arts  whose  ”mission is to develop graphical, theatrical, literary, educational, library and other fine and practical arts on the internet, in 3D graphical user interfaces, multimedia, new generation computing devices, and other electronic and digital communication media. Our current projects are: The Antique Pattern Library,Avatar Repertory Theater, and Avatar Media Productions.” And their latest interest is the collecting and curating of virtual world artists, starting with Arcadia.  In a nutshell, Ada, and  New Media Arts want to get everything Arcadia has ever made ON THE HYPERGRID, koshered up, cataloged and scripted, for public use. And Ada posts about this budding project where? In the Friends of Arcadia G+ group! Gordo Spirit of Arcadia 1 II

Thus endeth the broadstrokes.

So, as the whole Pueblo Madness and shitstorm  ring cycle wound down, why didn’t this girl get to blogging again in a big way? An excellent question, if I do say so myself. And the answer is…

                                          -You Can’t Fight the Tree-

Here I am relaxing on an ostrich on my first and last Hypergrid Safari, meeting Serene Jewel for the first time. She was kinda quiet,which was a relief after the mad whirl of the  big safari  group. We wound up wandering off sort of together and I liked her as she politely  let me dibs the osterich .What could be less suspicious  than a well mannered arboreal?  Now I wonder, was it all part of a devilishly cunning plan?

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A few weeks passed, and one  Saturday evening I “happened” to run into Serene again on Craft grid’s welcome region. Well, even in virtuality, you don’t forget a tree that gave you first shot at an ostrich ride. We chatted a bit and she mentioned that she lead the Metaverse Tour group, which I had vaguely heard of. She asked about interesting Craft builds and invited me to join her little tour at 10pm CET, on the Kitely Welcome region. She was really nice and funny, and I thought that, with other things having consumed so much of my inworld time, this might be a good way to get some ideas for a blogs post!

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A few Saturdays later, when I had written my blog post,  and  was getting very comfortable in the little group-  Serene began dropping subtle  little hints like, ” Guess what? Devokan Trust Mavin Dot Matrix and accomplished Kitely creator Min Tigerpaw have agreed to become Metaverse Tour Guides. Wouldn’t it be great if we had four people, then we would only have one tour a month each! Can you think of any overweight lady bloggers with snakes in their hair who might be interested in volunteering?” which I would skillfully counter by pointing over her lower branches  screaming “IS THAT THE OSTRICH ??” as I teleported out of chat range. The plot thickened as one day I   received  an exclusive, gold trimmed  invitation to a swank four person Metaverse Tour Guides G+ group! I swaggered in, spouting reasons why I couldn’t lead any tours in the immediate future, searching for the chocolate fondue fountain my finely honed blogger instincts told me would be center stage in the sumptuous members only buffet, when I suddenly received my first group notice. There was going to be a meeting in 5 minutes about a special guides project,  and would I care to join them? I was really excited- a meeting would definitely involve several tables groaning under the weight of tray after tray of expensive  hors d’oeuvres ! Metaverse tours_001

Not a vol au vent in sight! But it was a good thing I showed up , as our little “surprise” project for the metaverse was spinning totally out of control in a nose dive of esoteric symbolism and good taste. Valiantly ignoring my hunger pangs  I hoisted the banner of schlubs everywhere,  firmly introducing graffiti,  garbage  and cheating to the agenda. I also made some discreet inquiries into the groups um, lack of structure. For example, why did we not  have a general g+ group for the tours? The answer” Because we’re lame?” brought home the grim realization that  there was not a chance in hell these starry eyed liberals  had  unpacked the hampers for the  VIP buffet! Heading  hurriedly back to the g+ guide group, as  I rummaged around for anything marked Maxim’s or Harrod’s, the tree made her move. Suddenly the notifications were coming faster than a big lady blogger hot on the scent of Cordon Bleu roast turkey with black truffle butter and white wine sauce- there was now a public Metaverse Tour G+ group AND a calendar for the guides to PICK A DATE!!! Dizzy with raw fear and the lack of gourmet nibblies, I tried to save myself by leaving the page, but my family’s clawing my legs and begging for dinner diverted me at  the last second, and to my horror I realized that I had booked a tour date!!!

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It turned out to be a hoot and a half! Serene and Dot came along to help with the herding, as we oogled the amazing art  at  Spiral Silvester’s  massive surreal gallery Phantasmagoria

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…to exploring Daniel Hoffmans weird and  wonderful Transgenia  world, both on Kitely Grid!

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It was a great group, not too big nor too small, with a great mix of old friends and newbies! By the time we got to Craft Grid’s Uptown roleplay freebie region, we were giggling like a pack of school girls and um saplings.

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The tour ended at Craft Grids animal and garden freebie region Noah as we all stood around laughing and chatting excitedly about the next tour!! Hypergrid newbie Hisano Xelax had such a good time, she even blogged about it! 4 times!!!!

Unfortunately my computer  had a nasty virus the night of Min’s excellent tour, which was a bummer, but this Saturday’s tour I will make if I have to buy a new computer because this week is the Devokan Trusts 5th anniversary in OpenSim, and Trust co founder Dot Matrix is going to take the Tour group on a special anniversary walk around some of thier many breathtaking builds. Here is a short article by New World Notes, about the trust from their OS grid days, and a longer article by me from that period, which  gives simple explanations of  the complex Myst Uru culture, on which the Devokan builds are based.

The anniversary week will conclude with a really big party on February 7th at 11 pm CET which I will try to make not simply because I think the world of the Trust, but because it will mean I FINALLY get to see something put on  by Roxy Roller, a Second Life event organizer who is taking Kitely and the hypergrid by storm!

Little 3rd Rock Grid has also made a surprisingly big dent in the hypergrid  cultural scene, with almost non stop musical performances, and a high profile Star Trek role play community that is growing in leaps and bounds!

So how do you keep track of all this stuff?

                                    -The Google + Guru-


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This is a picture of The G+ Group Hypergrid Destinations, run by the hypergrid’s own Google Guru, my buddy ShawnKmaloney, who is on a mission to get, among other things the hypergid using all the great free tools that are available for communication. He wants every man jack of us to understand that if people create calendars and events, then muck about in their g+ settings guts, they can create their own calendar that not only shows anything your friends are posting, but, sends you reminders, puts the invitation in your language and time zone, hell, my android tablet RINGS when the reminders come up!It is an amazing system, that is also a trifle convaluted to use. So if you look at the bottom of this list, you can see a link to Shawn’s Google Calender, which is the only one I link to , because he has pretty much everyone on it. Shawn doesn’t just nag us to do things, he also makes very useful videos showing us how to do them. The videos are not organized unfortunately, you have to scroll through the photo section of his profile  until you see a vid that looks interesting. Shawn troubleshoots different viewers, makes travel documentaries, and how to videos on different aspects of google plus he finds useful. All of which is thoroughly peppered with a wild  brand of humor that would have George Carlin rolling in the aisles.

There is a link to his latest pet project in the Hypergrid Destinations group- The Interactive HG Address List. This is a Google spread sheet, such as Brian and Ada are using for their catalogs. Shawn is using it to create, well the title says it all. Send Shawn your  google email address and he will get you on the editors list- you can test grids to see if they are up and running, add grids, create categories,; Shawn is very keen that this be a community project. I am using it, and it is amazing, there is a live chat function, you can leave questions and comments, and I can assure you it is  100% idiot proof!! The undo button will bail you out of  any corner you back yourself into!
And don’t forget, Shawn’s signature move is ” crazy yet extremely helpful”, he will walk you through all this stuff, he loves to skype and is just generally very very accessible. So drop him a line, and start spread sheeting:)

And now my dearest dears I must love you and leave you- oh wait, more tour info. this coming Wed. February 4 the infatiguable Nara Malone will be leading a Hypergrid Nights Tour to my Museum on Monte Gordo! And I will be up at 3am to greet the group and generally stagger around! Take a look at Shawn’s Calender for the details:) Another tour!! See, you DO need a calendar!

I would like to thank Shawnkmaloney, Nara Malone, Talia Sunsong, Serene Jewell, Selby Evans, Ada Radius , Briony Juran, Brian Landers, Leighton Marjoram, Avia Bonne, Zaphod Enoch, Tosha Tyran, Hisano Xelax, Dot Matrix, Paislee Myrtle,Roxy Roller, Zinnia Frenzy and the 3rd Rock gang, Min Tigerpaw, Daniel Hoffman, Ger Orsini, Spiral Silvester, Beth S O’Connell, Maxim’s de Paris,my family, the ostrich, and of course all of you, for listening to my ramblings, and  sharing 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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Here I am on Craft Grid’s Mathland region, one of several brainy builds by  oh so imaginative math and science teacher Michelle Techland.

Liberally smattered with poseballs that make you appear far more intelligent than you actually are, it is the perfect place to take off your RL shoes, and work out how long it has been since oh, let’s say your last blog post.

I ran through all my fingers, toes and the brainiac poseballs as the realization sunk in that  nearly two months had flown by-what the duck had happened?

Well, life happened. My kid had a big 17th birthday, both my jobs shifted into high gear yet again, while my health completely crapped out. Nothing exotic or sinister, just boogers, wheezing, borderline migranes, reams of antibiotics and ice packs, and an exciting addition to my medical repitoire that amounts to nothing less than a monument to this millenium’s intercultural synchronic destiny called  Jala Neti in Sanscrit; yes, under 21st century German medical advice, this New World denizen is using a 5,000 year old Hindi yogic technique of twice a day filling a  small douche bag with saline solution, ramming the tube up a nostril, slack jawed, upper spine twisted into a compact arch whilst gently squeezing said bag- thus purifying the sinal cavities  by ablution of the dust, pollen, bacteria and any last shred of  dignity into the dark belly of the Berlin “unterwelt”. After several weeks I can almost breath  without the use  of vestigial gills, and as an added bonus, my son radically re evaluated his admiration of several loutish youtube humorists when he  saw an actual “douche bag ” in action.

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, some 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 tons of exciting experiences, and scoring enough free content to make you just dizzy- with happiness of course , not the kind of dizzy when your baby boy’s last year as a legal minor looms on the horizon, and the snooty ear nose and throat specialist who has changed office three times since you landed in her dubious clutches, dropping elephantine hints about restraining orders, “reverse malpractice” and some sort of global otorhinlaryngological blacklist, as her  brutally medievil opening hours force you to scale her  4th floor balcony, ice bags straps and douche bag a dangle, pathetically moaning about tube suction ratios and amoebic gill symptomology, gives her tight, bitter little smile, and informs you that all alchohol consumption would be counterproductive towards your full recovery. Stupid woman. Were I imbibing, could I have navigated her  rose trellis at 4am with such unfettered aplomb?

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. If you do not understand the terminology, please see my “Newbie Glossary” also at the top of this blog. Come on, it’s easy! Come spread your wings in the free metaverse!!

For today’s adventure there is not much point in you following me around, unless of course you are a serious antihistamene fetishist, but who the hell needs me any way? The free metaverse is a jumpin’, and there are so many great ways for you to find out what is going on these days!!

In the blogosphere:
The Hyperzette , Zaphod Enoch’s bilingual hypergrid  gazette, is really coming into it’s own! Concise, informative,  loaded with great photos and interesting interviews, every post has some nugget that will surprise longtime hypergridders, and help newbies get the most out of thier first forays into the black!

Metaverse Destinations  My friend Minethere Always collections of photos and hypergrid addresses will keep you occupied for, well, years concievably- her taste is impeccable,and there is the added bonus of her laidback Texas humor!

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Thirza Ember was one of the only people blogging about the hypergrid when I first arrived,  and after a long absence she is seriously back in the saddle!  Thirza is buddies with most of the OpenSim developers and big wigs, as well as the A list artists who have migrated to the hypergrid, so her posts are always cutting edge.

Google Plus    has become THE hypergrid social network. I understand that Google is heavilyly scented with Eau de Ginormous Multitentacled Corporate Borg Cube, but it is also where the free metaverse communicates, and if you do not have an account you are seriously missing out. You can friend me and I will reshare your questions, you can join general communities like OpenSim Virtual or Hypergrid Destinations, or Miney’s Metaverse Goofballs. Most grids, such as Metropolis Metaversum, Kitely, Craft, Selea’s World, Franco Grid, Sanctuary have active communities. Want to blog about the Hypergrid? Join Metaverse Bloggers. Interested in art? Try Arts in Virtual Worlds. Remember, friending does not work very well between grids, and the hypergrid has a far, far greater landmass than SL, so if you are going to try and meet people at random inworld, quit your day job and start those divorce proceedings now. For better or for worse, G+ is the only form of centralized communication  the hypergrid has. Be smart and use it.

And out on the hypergrid itself:

The Hypergrid Safari!- Every Wednesday, and one Sunday a month I believe,Thirza Ember and Linden artist in residence Wizard Gynoid, lead a really, really big, star studded, hypergrid sightseeing tour group, which Thirza then documents in her blog, and folks occasionally film. The destinations tend to be oriented toward her A list art crowd and big wig friends, making the whole shebang pretty darn impressive. Participation is free and absolutly everyone and thier cat is welcome. Keep an eye on the(duh) G+ group to find out where they are meeting.

The Metaverse Tour!- happens every Saturday night at 10pm CET. As of this writing they meet at…

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…the Kitely Welcome Center, address being Welcome Center .  I have been on the tour three times now…

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See the tree lady to my left? That is tour guide Serene Jewell.

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The Metaverse Tour is low key, Serene is a, funny, relaxed guide, the groups are small and very friendly, the destinations are a delightfully eclectic mix, and the tour’s  focus on Kitely Grid,  (the first two stops are usually Kitely) which makes up freaking half of the hypergrid’s landmass folks, is a very smart move. Serene has lassoed friendly, prolific Kitely creator Min Tigerpaw and the staggeringly gifted Devokan Trust builder and organizer Dot Matrix  into becoming alternate guides; and as she keeps prowling my regions, rope a twirl, softly whistling the Bonanza theme, I am assuming I will be alternate guiding at some point in the near future. You can get more information about the Metaverse Tour on Serene Jewell’s, you’ll never guess it, yes G+ page!!

I know what you are thinking now. All right I don’t, but I know where I want this post to go, so what you are thinking (nudge nudge) is that if  virtualchristine, the groundbreaking blogger who burst on the scene in 2012 valiantly founding the first museum on the Hypergrid dedicated to that elusive yet legendary cultural titan, Arcadia Asylum, on a small region that has expanded to 11 regions and a library  on 3 grids due solely to her   heroic -you know this whole “playing along” scenario only works if you stay awake.


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So vis a vis Arcadia Asylum, the whole who the hell needs me thing kicked in yet again!!  This sign is hanging in…

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…the ground floor of…

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…my little Arcadia Asylum Library on Metropolis Grid, Region Independently Spoken, where you can  now pick up your copy of my entire Arcadia inventory with one click!! Thank you Crystal for all your dogged tenacity and hard work!! Oh yeah, to get there, plug the following address into your viewers world map, hit find, then teleport! Spoken !

And there’s more!! Here I am…

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…on Kitely Grid, region Cookie ll which is a film studio, and Hobo Center. The  pretty kitty is good humored SL film maker, actress, producer – you get the idea- Ada Radius, and  we are testing the FULLY SCRIPTED  Privateer boxes she has put out for the public to copy. Fully scripted as in EVERY FREAKING THING works, the elevators, doors, lights, seats E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!! They still need a bit of tweaking, but DAYUM, soon the days of my jamming doors open and shoving poseballs down toilets will have gone the way of the dodo and any positive connotation of the words “Tea Party”.  Ada is taking Arcadia on the hypergrid to a whole new level! She has also turned her friend Selby Evan’s  Cookie II regions into a really interesting Arcadia/Aley themed build, with floating islands, a railroad, underwater space craft and an ever growing slum city-I have all these things, but would never have thought to use them the way Ada has. You can contact her on the, oh what is that network called, G squared?  Minus? No!! Plus-G+!! And to help you get there: II

Okay, you got me. Putting up signs, testing space stations and going on tours IS doing something. There were days when sinal pressure left enough of my frontal lobes oxygenated to go inworld and do lightweight stuff.

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A while back, on a good day, I indulged in a bit of what I like to call “gate diving”.It works like this: you go to Shaun Emerald’s marvelous gate hub at, and just jump through gates randomly.You never know what you will find, or who you will meet.spellscape_001

This was a jump through the Spellscape Grid gate.  Attention grabber, isn’t it?

After having a look at the twisty temple thingy-boo , I went for a walk over the hills. The countryside was lush…


…and town had some really nice shops and features. It all seemed to be a kind of vaguely fantasy oriented role play grid.

As I was snooping around in somebody named Xander Bing’s  office, a physically savaged, blade wielding Xander suddenly popped in and said hi.  Secure in the knowledge that halloween was just around the corner  and if people don’t want bloggers clicking away at thier desk drawers, they can lock the damned door,  I  confidently took a seat and complimented him on his impresive array of anatomical damage, as well as the bloody knife.He proudly stated the av was a present from a friend, for the grid’s upcoming Hallween party,  but was puzzled by the knife reference.

It turned out to be  a red wand! Friendly Xander TPed us down to a really cool spell casting range…

… and began blasting  the crap out of targets with the wand!  Apparently the grid is not simply for socializing and roleplay, it is run as a business by a group of programmers, who want to see where they can take OpenSim software. Although everything isn’t quite up and running, the idea is that there will be magical fantasy quests, which work in conjunction with the grid website.

spellscape_007  I noticed free magical equipment upstairs in the Magic Store, and Xander assured me that grid residents could participate in everything without paying a cent. Of course, the free game related items are non exportable, preventing people  from  making alterations and cheating. They saw me coming. Residents may rent land,sell merchandise and create thier own quests, which needn’t be fantasy oriented at all-I really found the whole thing to be very interesting and different and Xander, with the gaping hole in his chest and funky spellcaster mojo, was a complete charmer. Spellscape has some pretty impressive features, from content protection to a marketplace, that they created parallel to Kitely’s, whose fanfare obviously drowned the smaller grid out completely!   I would just like to point out  that if they would export thier wands, we could posse up and do something about that.  Here is the

And before THAT, I also had some unexpected fun, when my dude BFF (who will LOVE being called that) the World’s Most Amazing Estate Manager and I were yakking on Skype, and he suddenly said, ” Let’s go check this out!”

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So we gated on over to RezMela Mega who’s hypergrid address I can’t give you, because they are apparently, not always connected. Region owner Dr. Ramesh Ramloll had put out the address and word on ,where else, G+, that his lab was running technical tests and needed volunteers from the hypergrid. Like most men, the WMAEM is a nearly as big a sucker for the words “technical test” as he is for “open bar” or ” boobalicious”. And like most women, my interest in anything military that isn’t a playgirl centerfold is zero . But  my friend was enthused, so I gave a little tut tut about guys,and   dutifully began clicking.

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As he launched into his signature moves of crashing, changing viewers and cursing developers, I was working out how to get in the vehicles and drive, where my steering  skill level  led me to a  genuinly fun discovery…

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… you could blow stuff up! This was better than three of my therapists AND seasons 1-12 of the Montel Williams show!!

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When the WMAEM had finally settled on a viewer and could see properly, the entire field was aflame, as I  jumped into vehicle after vehicle,trying to find the soft spot on the stubbornly intact nuclear silos. The WMAEM acted suitably impressed by my level of carnage, expressed sympathy as to the lack of mushroom clouds, and asked if I had tried  the guns.  To my reply of “what guns? he gave a little tut tut about females,    pointed a tank at the silos, and dutifully began clicking the cannon controls. I wandered over to the far side of the field in hopes of finding, oooh, maybe a hunky Naval Cryptologist sporting a cute little rocket launcher when…

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Someone who was not Dr. Ramloll( I THINK, but I didn’t take notes) suddenly  popped in and said hi.  Secure in the knowledge that if people don’t want bloggers engulfing thier grids in  waves of hellfire, they can lock the damned hypergate, I confidently peered through the smoke and complimented him on his game. Friendly, good humored  whoever he was proudly stated that this was not a game, but actually a testing grid for programs to train emergency services!

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He clicked a doodad under a 15 story pointing finger that I, in my state of heightened pyrolust, had managed to overlook. This huge control panel rezzed. You selected lanscapes, vehicles, disaster worker NPC’s, you name it, from the little menu on the right, positioned them on the big map, et voila!

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With one click everything appears just as you laid it out! The WMAEM, who had been on the far side of the region working on the now  non existant tank, was having a huge WTF moment on skype, whilst I became immersed in playing with the panel, so there are no more pictures, BUT, at the risk of being too technical, I am telling you that this control panel is an absolutly unique HOOT; and when the grid is open to the public, the control panel is open too. Ingen Labs Grid, hooks up to the hypergrid fairly often, but not regularly, so you need to keep an eye on Dr. Ramesh Ramloll’s comments where…?? G+ is where!!!

And much much farther back, when I had just finished my last blog post, I started on an old to do list. The terraforming disaster with which I had begun my last post, was a direct result of starting that list.

You see, I DO have long term plans beyond cross grid invasion, wand cheats and nukes. When I  moved ALL the boxed collections from my 2 region Arcadia Asylum museum on Craft, to thier own region on my new 9 grid museum on Sanctuary, I figured the two Craft  museum regions would be sufficiently unconstipated, (I apologize if this is too technical) to handle to putting out some of the  really really big honking pieces in the African Slums collection. Blissfully unaware that my light headcold would soon morph into the sinal apocalypse, I threw myself into the to do list.

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Like setting up a rainforest mountain range….

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…in the African Homelands of Spirit of Arcadia
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And the Gordo region doubled in size!!

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You can  use the  teleport  system to get to  our new section, Cidade Baixa, (the lower city) or you can walk from the upper city. The two entry points are in this square….

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…you can go down into Aime Cesaire subway station, and walk through the newly laid tunnel. The train doesn’t work YET, but I have left a catnip trail from Cookie II to the station entrance, so something could happen any day now.

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Or you can walk down Jack Kerouac Alley, through the old Barbary Coast illustration…

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..and there you are, in a new Chinatown Alley!

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I have finally been able to put up the slum church, hotel, and diner…

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…past the church and diner, is the entrance to the Leopold Sedar Senghor subway station, a wonderfully grotty public restroom, and I have put the  slummy half  pipe into a beautifully graffiti lined People’s Park!

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In the spirit of Arcadia’s Open Source Urban Bling Project, I have started collecting creative commons licenced, or public domain wall murals, graffitti and images from all over the planet, and bringing them inworld. Seriously, I have graffiti here from freaking Katmandu. My favorite is this beautiful  Spanish mural of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. If something is set to copy, the appropriate information should be in the description; please play nice  and use the images according to thier license:)

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Across the as yet unnamed plaza, is the Slum City Jesus Mission, and series of arches that sports Ethiopian graffiti and a lovely  old public domain photo of a unit of Buffalo Soldiers.  Walk through the open archway to…

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…the Trenchtown section of Slum City!!!!

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For those of you having a serious what the duck moment, - Trenchtown a poor area of Jamaican capital Kingston, is probably one of the best known slums in the world, whose most famous son,Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, cemented his hometown, his Rastafari way of life with it’s Pan African roots, and Jamaica’s rich music scene   firmly into western mainstream culture during the 1970`s. Well, mon, it’s exciting to ME!!

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Okay, it’s like this, I  take Bob Marley so seriously that I looped No Woman No Cry for every chemo session and before all 5 operations when I had cancer , and I honestly believe that  Bob’s deep spiritual message and in your face politics make Trenchtown a splendidly appropriate addition to Slum City. And across the street from Marcus Garvey square, behind the Rasta colored walls…

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…will, hopefully, one day be the Culture Yard, the RL Museum, cultural center, and Jamaican National Heritage site that was once the “government yard in Trenchtown” where Vincent “Tata” Ford  ran a soup kitchen and hosted all night music sessions with aspiring young artists, including one who was courting a girl named Rita, and wanted to learn how to play the guitar. This is the acknowledged birthplace of Reggae music. Everyone from Snoop Dog to Prince Charles has come by to pay thier respects .

And as I was pluggin away at me build and odda tings, I noticed that Craft Grid seemed very quiet. Hardly anyone seemed to be was online. Okay, I knew that a few friends had moved onto different projects, and that, with starting the new Sanctuary museum and the summer break, I had been away from Craft  for a few months now. Maybe I was just missing the action. So I would make little excursions.

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I was relieved that Craft’s beautiful mainland regions seemed to be intact. The beach at Onda, craft-worl-OMG I just can’t do the address thing anymore. Look, if you want the address for any of these craft regions, just type the hell the region name is, okay? …

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…which leads to the lovely walled city of Opera….

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…from whose towers the mainland regions…

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…with thier fantastic freebie shopping areas…

…wildly eclectic landscapes…


…and some of the best connecting pathways on the hypergrid, make Craft such a cool place to call home. Hey wait a sec, that looks familiar…

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…yes, two of my favorite places are now located off the mainland coast! The bright lights of region Pyramid OSIta and peaceful beauty of  Margye Dreams are as impressive as ever.

I found my buddy GeR Orsini’s Region Uptown, a major costume and accessories region had moved as well…

…but was all there, right down to the last blood soaked throne and pair of Geta sandals.

My snooping uncovered stuff I hadn’t seen before as…

Michelle’s really big Mathland build…


…and my Facebook buddy Phil Taylor was messing with this really mondo labyrinth on region Borderlands. I got SO freaking lost!


Someone I don’t believe I’ve had the pleasure of meeting named Francisco Siciliano had started what appeared to be freebie regions on Italia 1 and 2!


And because there seems to be no stopping Italians from giving away stuff in style…


…Hashanty Yifu had started a Venice themed build with freebie boutiques on region Jolie!

Octagenarian meister builder Yoster Allen was back and working on a new region  educational region called Heritage! Charming Aria Aira was putting her fairy region back up on a new build called Starlight. Metaverso, Delta, Agra,Campos, the fabulous beaches of Des Maldives- I could go on and on-were all still there. Craft seemed to be not just intact but building away, yet things were  still off. Where were the cool events, the crazy parties?  Why was the Welcome Center on region Hydra so out of date? And where the heck were the owners, Licu Rau and Tao Quan?? I left the two fugitives reams of of nosey IMs and waited.

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It wasn’t long befor Licu and Tao had sent me a TP to a colorful build I had never seen before. Apparently, they had been inworld the whole time, but incognito, as they were working like fiends on, get this, a new  grid .Let me tell you, I did not see that one coming.

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Yes that is a candy cane  train station. Now focus, this is where the story really gets going. Apparently, Licu has been getting requests for a long time from his rather formidable array of artist friends and aquaintences, for a really secure grid; something  on the hypergrid, where they could put out thier best stuff without worrying about it being stolen or copied, and a monetary system, so they could do business. And THAT is what Licu and Tao have been working on! The new grid will be called Avidreams, and would open possibly at Christmas, definitly in the early new year.

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Yes that is teddy bears skiing on a chocolate mountain. I thought we talked about focusing. Anyway, Craft Grid will not only stay non profit, the revenue generated by the commercial grid will suppliment it; already the limit on how many sims you can link to Craft from an external server has been lifted, an opportunity that former residents of the still offline OS Grid have been using like …

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…a desert fork the size of a snow shovel in this place!

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Oh alright. This is Cyberland region, which will be Licu’s and Tao’s personal commercial venture on the new grid.

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This build will feature a game,which you can play to win Avidreamz currency and you should be able to buy most of the individual pieces. I really hope this region will be open for Christmas; the train ride, sweeties and toys will be a perfect holiday outing:))!

Then the events began happening!!

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On Craft’s region Chameleon there was a Chocolate party!! I swear I put on five pounds.

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Then Chameleon morphed into Hogwart’s castle for the Voldemort Party, which I missed as the horseman of pestilance began using my respiratory system as his own personal steeplechase, but Licu gave me a private tour where I got a cool Slytherin scarf!!! Nosey IMs just pay and pay.

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One of the most dramatic changes happened on Craft’s welcome region, Hydra. You can see Hydra Station, out beyond the green hills, in the distance. Wait for it.


Ta Da!! This is the brand new Hydra!!!!!


There are now hypergates on both sides of the familiar little stone structure.The gates on this side, with a  bridge that leads to the famous Craft Department Store…


…are internal Craft Destinations, organized into themed “platforms”…


….like interesting places.  Which idiot calls thier region “Fat Mountain?” in Portuguese? Oh yeah.


On the other side, is a gate hub to most of the big grids, plus  a few little charmers.

But to me the best thing of all is this:)

Region MdM is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Museum del Metaverso period was a golden time for Craft and the hypergrid.  A list artists from all over the world came to participate in the Museo’s unique cross media events,  often to try out OpenSim for the first time. Project leader Roxelo Babenco is putting out press releases and all kinds of feelers for the old crowd to come back, and anyone new to get on board for participation in concerts lectures exhibitions- you name it.

Even if it means I have to amputate my freaking nose, I am NOT gonna miss any of this!!!

And now my dears I must love you and leave you. Thanks to one of my beloved fans , who’s RL job involves leading an ex Mossad “security group”,  I have managed to once more locate my lady ENT, and have booked an appointment with the deeply shaken creature for tommorrow morning! So here’s hoping! I have no idea when I will be back to my usual level of chirping at all of you, so enjoy the peace and quiet while you can! I would like to thank the WMAEM, Licu and Tao, whoever gave me such a charming tour at RezMela Mega, Xander, Roxelo, Ada, Serene, Miney and the whole G+gang, and of course all of YOU, for accompanying me on 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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Here I am, doing a spontaneous, high pitched reassesment of my terraforming skills, amidst the wreckage of what used to be the Loli Caverns exhibit on my Arcadia Asylum Museum in Craft, the Friendly Grid . After my  analysis had reached it’s conclusion, I took a  personal moment…

… listening to the  “plop” as  the last shred of my dignity made it’s final descent into the great celestial crapper. It was time to do some serious reflecting.

Since coming back from my holidays it often seemed that life had become a minefield thrown down between me and  success in anything inworld or bloggy.  Over the summer break, my laptop appeared to have recovered from it’s state of unbridled despair, and, in an impressive diplomatic triumph,  enlisted a kitchen appliance in the  ongoing battle to knock me offline-thus halting my crushing intake of hypergrid freebies. I am completely serious, my computer guy was in the kitchen for half an hour, gibbering ” but a microwave CANNOT interfere with WiFi”  like a frighteningly tech saavy baboon who’s breathtaking command of two languages ultimately could not save him, my WLAN extender, or the microwave’s tainted soul. Left to fend by my wits alone,  I called on the resources my highest educational level provided and dragged ever major appliances over to the fuse box, showed them a screwdriver and told them I was not afraid to use it. Happily humming the Zoot Suit theme, I  then confidently  swaggered out onto the internet,  where the laptop’s  cunning contingency plan came into play,  throwing open the gates to an adware behemouth that chillingly survived  days of defrags, AVG sweeps, and anti malware whatever-they- are-called, only to be vanquished in 20 minutes by a free download called ADWcleaner, that my computer guy told me about in a  rather spectacular return to form. Finally able to go inworld, I found  that every single motherducking teleporter on  the Sanctuary Museum so badly fried that grid owner , Shaun Emerald, who has never had a tech baboon moment in his life, had to mount up and lasso at least one OpenSim developer. Okay he contacted them in a forum, but if you aren’t into overblown hyperbole, why are you still reading this post? On the non computer front, my job in an elementary school kicked in two weeks early,  and of course my son’s academic year began, so there were meetings and shopping and nagging and organizing, and THEN (you’re gonna love this ladies) my husband was written off SICK!!!!!!!!! Note to my married male readers: we do love you, we just want to love you the F**K out of our house. The minefield had officially rolled all the way to the  far horizon, and I began to wonder if, after one of the best summers since childhood, why was my karma coming around like a killer whale who’s trainer is unwittingly cooing ” But there’s no more fish big guy!” in exactly the same vibratory frequency as  an uppity ass elephant seal ?

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 worlds, 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 mindblowing experiences, and scoring enough fantastic free content to make you just dizzy. Dizzy with happiness of course. Not the kind of dizzy where your teenage son is holding onto your belt with one hand and your laptop in the other, as you hang out the kitchen window, dangling some 10 odd small appliances by thier cords whilst screaming-” I’ll drop them if you do not import those mesh undies in XXL  this INSTANT!!!”

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. If you do not understand the terminology, please see my “Newbie Glossary” also at the top of this blog. Come on, it’s easy! Come spread your wings in the free metaverse!!

For today’s adventure we will start on the OS Grid, way the heck  back in the beginning of August. In an unprecidented display of organization and sheer dumb luck during the final countdown to our  annual family holiday in the  Algarve, I was able to do something other than mop staircases and bellow” YOU HAD 363 DAYS TO FIND YOUR  GODDAMN*fill in the blank*” – the chance to  do something just for moi-goin’ on a Hypergrid Safari!


I wouldn’t admit this to just anyone, but I’ll tell YOU- as the evening crept up, my nerves became jangled. Safari organizers Thirza Ember is a MAJOR arts blogger from Second Life, and OpenSim, and  Wizard Gynoid is a Linden resident artist whose stunning mathematical sculptures have world class quantum theoreticians dropping by her installations  just to throw down the math geek  equivelant of “freakin a! ” Both of them know everyone who’s anyone here and in Second Life. Tweeting “Hi!” and saying”great post!” on G+ is one thing, but the reality of  hanging with the cool kids for at least 120 uninterrupted minutes began to give me serious pause. I resolved to use my standard in-over-my-head-gameplan: saunter in like I own the place, confidently greet the room, then somehow  keep my foot the hell out of my mouth  for the duration.


That’s Wizzy  up on the right, making sitting over an elephant’s scrotum look snazzy, and metaverse titan John Pathfinder Lester  casually perched on his ear.  I was counting the hairs on the elephant’s knee as a babble deterrent, when  more people started to show up. My rising panic soon dissolved into puddles of delight! Halleluja! It was raining friends- first Leighton Marjoram, then Prax and Alex Nara Malone and finally Shaun Emerald. I could safely emerge from the pachaderm bristles and go on the Safari!!

The tour destinations were awesome. First we went to Metropolis Grid’s spectacular reproduction of pre-doomsday Pompey. I hadn’t seen this ongoing community project in quite a few months…

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…and beautifully detailed it was!

Then we went on to cultural juggernaut Franco Grid

for Park des Artes dazzling Aids  awareness istallation on region SIDA


…everything was going beautifully, Thirza and Wizzy were charming as always, my friends were providing so much  witty  banter that it was easy for me to just  shut the hell up and fly under the radar, where it was nice and comfy and my hoof remained miles away from my facial orifaces. Then it happened.

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The group suddenly did a detour to the teleport hub on Sanctuary Grid. I was totally confused, I hadn’t remembered Sanctuary being on the itinerary! The last time the safari had jumped from a Sanctuary hub, it had been a debacle- they had unknowingly used the grotty old one Shaun was going to rip down at the end of the month- and so had missed  this huge spectacular VAR region: the gorgeous landscaping, the crazy experimental jump gate, the rideable sea creatures, the boats, the picnic tables and… now these most listened to people in the metaverse were HERE, just standing around. In silence.

I started to really freak out.What the should I do? Shaun was nowhere to be seen,  was he here? Had he crashed?  If the safari jumped, they would yet again miss  all my friend’s hard work. Shaun can be, well, somewhat dignified, even professorial at times- if he hadn’t been asked to, would this guy really blow his own freaking horn ? And he thought of the man who had GIVEN me 9 regions for a public museum, not getting the credit he deserved, kicked in what my Mom calls, “you and your sister’s stone crazy overbearing mother dementia that you do not get from me.”

When the going gets weird, the weird give the tour. I welcomed everyone to Sanctuary Grid and launched. Eventually I noticed Shaun had walked up and joined the group. He was listening along with the crowd, and I felt all puffed up. For all the times Shaun had bailed me out of whatever hellish situation I had landed myself in since living on Sanctuary, I had FINALLY been able to do something for him!

As people realized Shaun was there, they began asking technical questions. And as he answered, and smoothly leading the exchanges onto other themes concerning the grid and the gate hub, I realized he had put alot of thought into what he was saying. Merde. The safarians hadn’t been standing around waiting to make a gate jump, they had been waiting for a prearranged talk from the owner! I hadn’t helped Shaun- I had tourjacked him!!!

My foot siezed the opportunity and launched. Not only could I not stop talking, I actually began to refer to Sanctuary’s many wonderful amenities as “ours”. Shaun gallantly behaved as though this were all perfectly normal, and we sent the group through their gate together as they thanked us both for a good time. As they left I was of course wildly IMing Shaun   OMG I AM SO SO SORRY I DIDN’T SEE YOU AND I PANICKED AND THE MOTOR MOUTH KICKED IN OMG…. When they were all gone, he ever so kindly explained that he been there the whole time at the bottom of the hill, helping Nara Malone with something, but by the time he got to where the group was I  ” was in hostess mode”. He even said I had done a nice job. And this kindness from a person who couldn’t even see I was crying. Wow. What a great guy!

So, all warm and tingley from the tourjacking incident, I finally flew to Monte Gordo, a chirpy little beach town just down the road from Spain, nestled in the beautiful terraced orchards and whitewashed houses of the Algarve. The best summer since childhood had begun.


The weather was perfect, my son was back in strapping young man form, tackling the waves, and walking for miles in the Monte Gordo countryside finding friendly horses and goats to feed and pet, my husband was is a good mood, and perhaps most spectacularly, the government had lifted the ban on vanilla cream filled doughnuts being sold on the beach! But for me, what sent this summer over the top was the books.

I’m not complaining, I am happy with my life and my choices- but I get homesick. Not just for places, but for my culture; things that are about me. An angelina whose origins are a tiny minority  like New England French Canadians doesn’t see much of herself in Middle Europe. Over the years, Portugal has eased that. And sitting on that balcony, in the warm sweet air of my childhood, looking out over the sparkling Portuguese estuary to the hills of Spain, every cell in my body purred as I followed  French missionaries into the New Mexican desert and the winding canyons of the Navajo in Willa Cather’s   Death Comes For The Archbishop,  . I then went onto experience a magnificently detailed and sympathetic portrayal of my ancestors lives, in Miss Cather’s contraversial Shadows on The Rock. From there I lit out over my father’s childhood, in the depression era Little Canada enclaves of industrial Massachusetts, with Jack Kerouac and Dr Sax. The  summer ethno literary pagent concluded with Kerouac’s journey back to the homeland – Satori in Paris brought me right to the day we left Portugal, where it morphed into the summer of  modern literature as my husband surprised me at the airport with a copy of my main man Haruki Murakami’s long awaited (I had the release date plugged into my calender for nearly a year!) english translation of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgramage!!

I had died and gone to lit geek Valhala!! Devouring Tsukuru during the flight,  on our first night home, I came crashing back down to reality when I realized, my kindle was powerless, and I was out of new dead tree books! No, wait a minute, there was still this one I had bought from a vendor on the beach!! Well, they were out of dougnuts, and even though I had  over 200 books in my kindle,  a penguin with a funkadelic cover and a blurb about existentialism  is hard to resist when you AREN’T in a town awash in low priced mojitos! I rummaged around the pile of straw hats and beach towels, there it was- The Book of Disquiet, a prose work by the famous Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa. After the first few lines, I realized the summer of literature was reaching it’s crescendo.

And in spite of all the computer issues and RL obligations, inworld was not all aggravation and crashing.

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Well I DID crash completely out of Leighton’s Masquerade ball, on the new Queer Citizens regions in Kitely. My husband said he thought I was going to cry- I hadn’t seen my friends all summer, and for ONCE I had put an effort into my outfit…

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…but the next day I found out I had one a prize for my  ensemble(all pieces by my dear friend  award winnning artist Tosha Tyran) in abstentia!! Again from someone who couldn’t see the lip wobble!!

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The Hobo Village on “Thinkerer Melville” Selby Evans Cookie ll regions on Kitely has exploded into activity taking,  all the Arcadia Asylum Museums on the hypergrid with it to a whole new level. As far as I can make out this is largely due to Ada Radius, a well known figure in the SL theatrical scene who collects and uses Arcadia Asylum pieces as props for her many productions. This interesting, straightforward woman has hit the hypergrid like a hobo tornado- not just going through my stuff, and bringing in missing pieces, but CATALOGING the whole shebang!!! It gets better-  at last, at last, someone who knows what the freak they are doing is bringing in and tweaking the scripts for Arcadia’s mountain of stuff!!!  I keep thinking I am going to wake up!! Follow, heck, participate in this exciting new era of the Arcadia Asylum Recovery Project by joining the G+ community, Arcadia Asylum All Around!

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This was a great big what the fudge moment. I have written about 3rd Rock Grid before- it is my favorite closed commercial grid-that’s right, it is NOT on the hypergrid. Sooo, why is there suddenly a gate to it on Sanctuary?

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The gate lead here. It looked like an incomplete version of the 3rd Rock Welcome area..

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… there was a 3rd rock showcase board, but the landmarks it gave out didn’t go anywhere. A puzzlement. I went to the 3rd Rock main grid, which is definitly still closed, and hunted up people I knew there to find out what was going on. And the consensus was, unofficially, that the probability of 3rd Rock joining the hypergrid is growing like a blogger on a beachful of  legal doughnut vendors! I had jumped from sanctuary to   The 3rd Rock Beta Grid ,a test grid for um, things that are unofficial. I am unofficially very excited. If you would like to check 3rd Rock out, since we may be seeing alot of them soon, they are having a big Equinox festival all weekend! I am unfortunatly still too crashy to go, but tell em Christine said hi!!

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I had been on my way up the hill, when I got stopped in my tracks by the 3rd Rock conundrum. I was going here, to the gate that shares a hill with my regions. Why? Because all these gates lead to large collections of freebies. I was going to the last gate, Selea’s World.

This is the welcome region.


I had written about Selea before, but after seeing how much  here was new, I resolved to come regularly and keep everyone posted, because sometimes I think folks need reminding that Selea Core is  the biggest thing to happen in OpenSim since Linda Kelly. When you arrive on this white platform, you are standing on an entire grid devoted to high quality, original free content.

The grid organization is immaculate. Selea says it is because the grid is her inventory. Imagine, her actual viewer inventory is almost empty. We will now drop the subject before my aptop-lay gets ideas. Let’s visit Aqua Fantasia.


Here we are! Turn around…


…and see what I mean about the organization? All of Selea’s regions have these teleport panels. You can always find just the catagory you need…

..and when you find your item, click a panel..
….and there is more often than not a full display of your purchase! And of course, a teleport back to the platform!

Everything on Selea’s World is free of cost. Items like this marvelous house are fully scripted, and everything is full perm.


And  though it is the only region that is not 100% freebie store, Selea’a Elf Art Gallery is good for the eye…


… and the soul. I was so into the gallery that I nearly forgot!!


Selea’s is the hypergrid’s premiere stop for seasonal decorations!

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Hehe, these pictures aren’t the half of it!! The really amazing thing is, the amount of new decorations she creates every year. Selea came online as I was grabbing like a blogger on the beach who was out of money and had tackled a doughnut vendor, and confirmed that she upgrades her deco every year. I asked her why she makes only free content. She laughed and said it was too much aggravation selling private content, the stuff seemed to always wind up being ripped off or re labeled-it’s much less stressy to  just put it out there full perm!! And as having access to mountains of wonderful creations without going broke makes  all of us less stressed, making Selea Core the first Elven Zen master of the hypergrid!!! Give the lady a standing ovation!!!!

And now my dears, I must love you and leave you! Oh no just a minute, there was one more little thing. Being so busy in RL and dealing with wave after wave of computer crises kinda took it’t toll. Even thought I had managed to fix the Loli caverns, I still couldn’t really do what I wanted online. After the grand adventure of my “summer of modern literature”, life without  big virtual travels seemed a bit colorless.I got bummed. I was reading the latest Hypergrid Safari post, and feeling sorry for myself, when I got to the end and jumped out of my chair!! I ran to the laptop and fired it up- I would NOT crash for this!! THIS was my freaking destiny!!

For the Safari had finally made it to  intellectual heavyweight New Genres Grid,which is, by it’s own definition, the sophisticated metaverse.

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Their website sounds a bit ,um, inflated until you get there and your jaw hits the floor.

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The safari had ended here, on the frightingly accomplished Alpha Auer ‘s Shapeshifter region. But I wasn’t there to see this…

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…or this…

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…or even this.

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I was here to see this. Pessoa’s Tower.

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And I didn’t crash once. Endless summer.

And now my dearest dears, I must love you and leave you. I would like to thank Thirza and Wizzy, and Shaun, Prax and Alex, Leighton, Nara, Selea, Ada, Selby and of course all of YOU for following me on my small adventures. Your company means more to me than I could ever express in words. The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to you all! Until next time, adieu!


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