I'm missing spending time on the grid. I'm missing Sanctuary, I'm missing the Wastelands, I'm missing visiting random sims, I'm missing my friends. Funny innit, my last post was contemplating whether continuing on in world was the right choice. Now I'm sad that the choice to stay, even for the short time between healthy computers, has been taken from me.
Does this mean I'm staying in world for the benefit of other? If it does mean that, is this a right and proper thing that I do, or are their better ways to express care?
Three months since my last entry, told you updates would likely be spotty.
Avaria consists of four sims spread beneath Grendel's Children, purveyors of some of Second Life's most amazing avatars. The sims themselves portray a fantasy landscape that owes more to Howard than Tolkien. Here is a marginal landscape of rocky plains and canyons. Civilization is limited to a shamanistic tribe of Kobolds, high in the cliffs and the remains of a long forgotten culture, their temples drowned beneath a calm and shallow oasis.
To celebrate our newly added Flickr, we have some photos taken in Straylight, the one accompanying this post being, if not my favourite from the set, easily the most dramatic. There's been minimum post processing work done on these pictures, one or two have had no more done to them than a change in size. Most of the variations in lighting and appearance are down to the effects of Windlight. It's really quite incredible how a change to the atmospheric settings can change the whole tone of a build.
So what was the change and what got me thinking about it? Second part first. I was doing something you rarely see anyone in SL do these days, I was taking a walk. I plopped down in a mainland sim and I started walking the Linden road. This is not something that folks do anymore and the reason they don't is directly related to the change I mentioned. Once upon a time, you couldn't teleport to anywhere on the grid you felt like. There used to be teleport hubs, central locations dotted about the grid. You'd teleport to between the hubs, from there making the last stage of your journey by car, by bike, flying, walking, pogostick, whatever. Consequently, there was a time when the roads were important.
Roads are and were clearways. Threads of land unobstructed by the nearly unzoned building practices of SL residents, assured paths crossing the sims. People followed roads, used them. Consequently land along the roadsides became expensive, precious. If you ran a business then a roadside plot was coveted. People saw you as they walked by, you got the benefit of passing traffic, impulse drop ins. Rare custom outside the malls these days.
You see the grid differently when you follow the roads. You see places you'd otherwise never find. On my last walk I passed through a number of Japanese dominated sims, looked inside some shops I'd be unlikely to find otherwise. Checked out a castle of impressive dimensions, it was one part Cinderella's castle in Disneyland, one part spun sugar. There was an art gallery, presumptuously named The Second Louvre. Prim sculptures of Burns and Smithers were approaching it's fromnt door, I'm sure there was commentary involved there. Finally, I found myself passing through the very sim in which I first rented in SL and for the sake of nostalgia I left the road and had a look. Surprisingly, the place was still there, despite having changed owners at least once since I left...
And that's it. Much like my walks, this blog entry was leading nowhere in particular and instead just kind of trails away...
This should probably stand as a warning, oh audience who may, but probably don't, exist. It's unlikely this blog will see regular, steady posting. It'll be scattershot, random, long silences will be common. This is a kind of testing the waters, feeling a way forwards.
My secondary lifing has been more or less routine of late. Hanging out with friends, earning Linden pesos, promptly handing said pesos over to other folks. Just another cog in the great capitalist machine.