Bloggers come whiffling through the tulgey wood

Wandering across blogs is like whiffling through ideas and sharing in conversations that rustle the leaves of the Tulgey Wood of words. (Apologies to Lewis Carroll & the Jabberwocky.)

One of the many unexpected delights of virtual world travel is the community of bloggers who have grown around these imaginative online spaces. Nowadays, I spend as much time reading blogs about Second Life as I do actually going into the 3D world. I visit SL far less than I used to, but the time I spend when I am there is more focussed than it was in the past. Bloggers guide me to the best places to visit and in turn I guide them with my blog. Today I had the delightful surprise of seeing that one of my favorite bloggers, Honour McMillan had posted about a visit to a location I had recently blogged about, the Arcipelagus by Aria Baroque. What charms me so much about Honour’s blogpost, and in-world trip, is the fact that I have just visited China, a location Honour recommended. I had never been to Second Life China created by aston Leisen until Honor intrigued me with her post and photographs. It is a marvelous place and I thought it must be very new yet it turns out it has been in Second Life for many virtual moons.

Without Honor’s blog I would never have found SL-China (which strikes me as being way ahead of its time) with its fluid artistic sweep. It is striking in its use of the two dimensional medium of ink and paper to create a 3D experience, as opposed to the more studied (less spontaneous) more architectural approach we usually see. I often describe Second Life as being like a painting I can walk into, well aston Leisen has created that experience with the simple use of ink washes on transparent layers. You almost expect your avatar to emerge from the bamboo groves of SL-China with shoes saturated in runny black ink.

Snowy landscape in China created by aston Leisen
Snowy landscape in China created by aston Leisen
Hut - aston Leisen. China. Second Life
Hut - aston Leisen. China. Second Life
Comfy armchair in the bamboo grove -aston Leisen. China. Second Life
Comfy armchair in the bamboo grove - aston Leisen. China. Second Life
Birds flying across the landscape
Birds flying across the landscape
Wind in the bamboo
Wind in the bamboo
Looking down at aston Leisen's China in Second Life
Looking down at aston Leisen's China in Second Life

The ‘Petrovsky flux’ and hypergrid travel

Thanks to Honour Macmillan and her blog I discovered that the fabulous duo of blotto Epsilon and Cutea Benelli have created a new ‘flux’. The Petrovsky flux can be seen on the Spencer Museum of Art’s island in Second Life. This flux, like its predecessor the Bogon flux, is a real puzzle to photograph as it periodically blows up, disintegrating in graceful slow motion before it begins the process of reconstituting itself once again. The skies in these photos (see below) are provided courtesy of the Imprudence Viewer. This viewer bears some comparison to the Petrovsky flux and its multiple corridors with their strange precarious destinations. The Imprudence viewer currently provides access to 17 virtual world destinations including Second Life, InWorldz, Reaction Grid, Jokaydia, and 3rdRock. (All you have to do is register with the relevant world then log in using the viewer.) These new evolving worlds are progressing through their own individualized mini creation myths as they grow from Second Life refugee enclaves into thriving new communities. When you explore these shiny new worlds perched upon OpenSim code you step into unexplored territory where you can guarantee the unexpected will happen…  For many useful clues to assist hypergrid travel read John Pathfinder Lester’s brilliant blog Be Cunning and Full of Tricks. For help navigating the shifting corridors of Petrovsky flux wear the essential (and free) ‘noggin protector’ available at the Petrovsky flux.

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Detail view of the Petrovsky Flux created by blotto Epsilon and Cutea Benelli.
strange-cage
Strange display case
Detail
Detail showing the flux 'fabric' of basketry, bones and twisted roots
Rather-grand-view
View of the Petrovsky flux in the midst of reconstitution
A-great-complexity
A great complexity pre-collapse
Green dome
Green dome
Petrovsky Flux
Sunset over the Petrovsky flux
cyberloom admires the view
cyberloom contemplates taking a hypergrid jump

For more information about the Petrovsky flux please visit the Spencer Museum of Art website.

Honouring Honour

A great guide to some of Second Life’s Birthday Builds:
SL7B Whimsy Wonder and Weird (part 1) located over on Honour’s Post Menopausal View of Second Life

Honour McMillan is one of my favorite bloggers, she writes fabulous short pithy blog posts and has a mischievous sense of humor. Her post SL7B Whimsy Wonder and Weird (part 1) gives a list of great places to visit over on the Second Life 7th Birthday sims. Thanks Honour!

Honour's Blog
Honour's Blog

Updates:

SL7B Whimsy Wonder and Weird (part 2)

Note: Make sure you scroll up and down through Honour’s blog to see her other posts on SL7B, each post picks out a theme: