Continent Detector

The continental structure of the Grid is so cool, and so many people have no idea.

Locator: Studying the Map

What can we do to help Raise Awareness?

Of course! We can write a script!

Locator: Hughes Rise

The script, stylishly installed in a subtly-glowing purple cube over my head, informs me that Hughes Rise is in Jeogeot. Which it is!

Locator: Zindra

And my place in Zindra is… in Zindra! (Which you can also tell because of the Racy Pictures in the background.)

Locator: Pteron

And Pteron (like many many other estate islands) is in the Western Ocean (so named by me, in the script).

Another blow struck for Geographical Awareness! :)

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Sightings

That is, a bunch of random recent pictures.

Wandering about near my place in Vallone, in wild and wooly Zindra, it turns out that the Liqueur Club, which vanished awhile back, has returned with a new name and motif, but I think the same owner:

After Glow

Hope they prosper!

The plot between my place and the road was originally a pawnshop, then a strip club (that never actually opened, as far as I know), then a Naughty Hospital (woot!), and now is again for sale:

Vallone For Sale

Come by and take a look!

(That is of course my platform in the background; and I don’t know why that species of Linden tree wasn’t rezzing just then. But the cherries are pretty!)

On the other side, further down the road, a neighbor has an art gallery featuring very attractive nude photographs (mostly of herself, I believe).

SLEA (Second Life Erotic Art)

I do love Zindra. :)

Back home on the subadult mainland, there’s still considerable land for sale in the Rise. There was a big mafia mansion between the Park and the Narrow Gallery for a bit (complete with limos, pool, and machine-gun nests), now replaced by a big vampire-mafia castle (stone, coffins, helipad). Just up the road from the Park Welcome annex, someone was putting up a nice little house, and I said Hi and we chatted a little.

And then aways further along the road, there’s Azadi Donuts:

Azadi Donuts

which is, and contains, various references to Iranian political movements, that I don’t know enough about to know whether it’s pro or con, straight-up or satire, or why there are all those vehicles like suspended in midair.

Speaking of not knowing things:

Cleanup Time!

Look, d00d, I leave my land open and my furniture unlocked because I am a Nice Person, but please try to clean up after yourself!

What were you doing that resulted in having eight invisible male bits scattered around the Dreamliner, anyway?

On second thought, I don’t think I want to know…

:)

And finally, our burning question of the day: is the grid read for such beauty?

Is the world ready for such beauty?

Just askin’… :)

(This skin, which is so amazing I’m sort of afraid to wear it, is from ROCKBERRY; I think it’s a Kalista. The gorgeous armband and hair jewels are from Nizam (they were gifts, thank you thank you!), and the bracelets from Dark Eden. The clothing is random mix an’ match; I think that’s a “Simone!” top.)

Zindra Pad

So I was doing my daily inspection to confirm that no more land was for sale in the Rise, and I was thinking about my recent posting about the SL7B Nipple Wars and so on, and I remembered that I’d once said, back when the whole Zindra Exile thing was just happening, that eventually most of the mainland should be in Zindra, because after all why would anyone really want to live or hang out with more content restrictions than absolutely necessary?

(I admitted at the time, and still admit, that some people’s being unable or unwilling to adult-verify throws a kink into this nice argument. Also some people want their neighbors’ freedom of expression to be limited, but that set of people isn’t of much interest to me.)

And when these thoughts came together in my mind at the same time, the obvious next thought was “oooh, I wonder if there’s any reasonable land for sale in Zindra?”.

Turns out, there is!

ZindraLand_001

That’s me standing on the roof of a nondescript building sitting on a 1024m2 plot, right on the monorail track and just off a Linden road, right across from the ocean. And for sale at a pretty reasonable price! (Less than 7L per m2, as I recall.)

Here it is from above:

ZindraLand_002

Great urban Zindran neighborhood! You got your automobiles and brothel ads:

ZindraLand_003

(turns out “Toy Slaves Brothel” isn’t a local establishment; it’s off on a private sim somewhere with the subtle understated name “BROTHEL”).

And you got your Pawn Shop and Big Boy Penis:

ZindraLand_004

(photo slightly blurred so as not to upset flickr or wordpress).

And you got your local Dance and Escort sort of club:

ZindraLand_005

The perfect little city hangout, eh? I could not resist, and bought the land and returned the boring building.

ZindraLand_006

I built a raised platform over a nice blue pool of water, with plants:
ZindraLand_007

(That’s the monorail track in the foreground; I still haven’t ridden the monorail, or even confirmed that there are actually any trains. But I suspect there are.)

Up on the platform so far I’ve mostly just put out a few freebies and random things:

ZindraLand_008

I’m thinking once I’ve got it a bit more polished, I should throw a pad-warming party. (Adult-verified friends only, of course.) I could put up big “throw off your clothing and engage in public copulation!” signs!

Or not. :)

Our Man in Zindra

Zindra on the Map[11:33] You: So you were on dot-chasing last night?

[11:33] Dale Innis: That’s right, boss!

[11:33] You: and…?

[11:34] Dale Innis: okay, well. looking at the biggest bunches of dots, I found basically three places: Escort Island, the Lounge of Dreams, an’ House Nishi.

[11:34] You: kay; details?

[11:34] Dale Innis: I sat around at escort island, talking to the owners about how the move was goign, and tipping the dancers an’ all. the owners said the move was pretty okay, and business was good. And I got a free “I helped pop Rhianna’s cherry” tee shirt! (’cause of it’s in Rhianna sim) And the dancers were friendly an’ fun.

[11:34] You: The… dancers.

[11:34] Dale Innis: Yeah! You know, on poles an’ all. :)

[11:34] You: they aren’t exactly just dancers there, you know, Dale.

[11:34] Dale Innis: how do you mean?

[11:34] You: go to IM for a sec

[11:34] Dale Innis: .. … …?

[11:35] You: … … … … … … … …

[11:34] Dale Innis: … … .. …. ..? …?

[11:35] You: … …! …. … …. ^_^

[11:35] Dale Innis: Really??

[11:35] You: Cross my heart.

[11:35] Dale Innis: is that even *legal*?

[11:35] You: Maybe we’ll do a weblog posting about that sometime. Anyway, next?

[11:35] Dale Innis: right, so Lounge of Dreams was fun too; it’s “SL’s sexiest all-male revue, all genders & orientatoins welcome!”. it’s in Baylor’s Haunt (great name!)

[11:35] You: good crowd?

[11:35] Dale Innis: yep, all dancing around and flirting and tipping an’ stuff

[11:35] You: did you flirt with the dancers? ^_^

[11:36] Dale Innis: a little :) but you know, boy’s just odn’t smell right

[11:36] You: your AV has no senseof smell, Dale

[11:36] Dale Innis: That’s just what they want you to thikn!

[11:36] You: rolls eyes. okay, and House Nishi?

[11:36] Dale Innis: it’s a big mall and club; lots of storeys high, ‘way up 700m above Cloudville. lots of stores, an’ a pretty girl on a pole, an’ boys with macho group tags like “Master” an’ all, and a bondage dungeon and ppl shopping in latex an’ like that.

[11:36] You: campers, shoppers, both?

[11:37] Dale Innis: i didn’t see any campers or bots; looked like all staff and real customers. talked to the staff some, and they said it had been alot of work to move the place, but now it was moved business was pretty good.

[11:37] You: okay. anything else noteworthy?

[11:37] Dale Innis: I talked to some people setting up a big adult mall space on the ground with rental stores. They were nice. there was a big house next to it, with banlines around it, which I thot was a little strange ’cause the first stage of land swaps was only for commercial stuff, but I think it was owned by th eowners of the mall so I guess they wanted a private house next to their mall? So it was part of the same deal I guess.

[11:37] You: Politics. anything else? just those three places and the mall being set up?

[11:37] Dale Innis: well, then I got sort of distracted ’cause someone sent me a TP script to debug, and Hey Girlfireind had some Midnight Madness boards that needed hits, and… y’know

[11:37] You: sigh :P anything else on zindra? how’s the “amusing sim names” list going?

[11:37] Dale Innis: my favorite is still “Whorlebow” :)

[11:37] You: lols. good to know the suits haven’t completely killed the spirit over there ^_^

Update:

[15:19] Dale Innis: um, boss…?

[15:19] You: hm?

[15:19] Dale Innis: what I said about house nishi not having bots or campers?

[15:19] You: oh?

[15:20] Dale Innis: well I sort of wasn’t really sur eso I went back to check and i don’t want to say anyting for sure because you never know, but it really looks like most of the people there are sort of in these tiny secret rooms inside the walls of the mall-thing and when I cam in and look at them they are all clouds and i know that sometimes bots operated by really simple clients are just clouds so i might want to sort of take back what I said and oh my look at the time ttyl

[15:20] You: sigh…

Snapshots from the Great Migration

So the first wave of the Great Migration started at 10am sharp (SLT) yesterday! Or some other day recently! So now people with Adult Content on the mainland can apply for a free land swap with some land on Zindra, via a support ticket to the Lindens.

In the usual sort of casual wince-inducing move, the Lindens closed the weblog comment thread that alot of us had been using to talk about the whole Adult Content thing, and the Migration, and how it was going and all. I’m sure there’s still lots of discussion going on elsewhere, but I haven’t chased it down yet.

What little I’ve read suggests that things are going pretty well, or at least less disastrously then some of us had feared, so far. Here’s one account of someone saying in their ticket “I run BDSM classes, so please swap me into Zindra”, and the Lab saying “nope, not Adult enough”, and the person saying “say what??”, and the Lab saying “oh, all right then”.

I bounced briefly over to Zindra to see what was up with the migration (skipping the Mosh hub this time, and looking around further out). Kama city, at least, is still dominated by eyecandy Linden builds, but other things are starting to appear. I passed a big dark castle, over whose drawbridge some sort of grey-skinned barbarian was riding a horse. I waved at a woman in the midst of building a bar of some sort on a nice riverside plot.

I even took some pictures!

Pictures from the Great Migration

In the foreground; an art studio without much in it yet; I wonder if a photosurrealistic picture of Salvadore Dali grating his own hand off officially counts as Adult?

In the background, a large dark building containing various taboo-looking devices and poseballs. And, I’m glad to say, a courtyard where rezzing is allowed, so I could bring out my Terra Futura, and not have to *walk* everywhere…

Taking the Futura up high, I came upon one of the banes of those concerned with cleanliness and prim-count.

Litter at 490 meters

How do you go about letting Governor Linden know that he’s left a railroad tie or something floating nearly half a km above the new continent?

Loving what’s bad

Last night I was half a second away from leaving SL to sleep (at a reasonable hour for once!), when I remembered the recent Welcome to Zindra posting on the official weblog, and that I’d meant to zip over and have a look, so I did that. Just going over to look. For a second. Honest!

Zindra, for the 0.73 of you who don’t know, is the new “Adult” mainland continent that the Lab is putting together, so that all of the “Adult” content (or at least all of the publicly-evident Adult content) on the existing mainland can be moved there. Which still seems like about as bad an idea as it did when I first posted about it here.

So I went over to Zindra and looked around. The land seems fine (although many of the people who are looking to figure out where to move their existing Adult stuff to when they maybe get a free land-swap to Zindra are complaining thta it’s not divided up very sensibly and it makes them nervous about what they’ll actually get). The “Kama City” area has some pretty extensive builds, which look pretty (you can see pictures at Prokofy’s place, and Honour’s, and Emilly’s, and lots of other places), but have a “huge useless memorial park” sort of feel to them, rather than seemingly like anything anyone would want to live in or otherwise use for anything but impressing an investor. (And whoever decided to place roads so that the dreaded Sim Boundaries run right down the yellow stripe in the middle was either clueless or a real prankster; I’m hoping the latter.)

So I visited an area that I would rather didn’t exist, that has ordinary land and some useless-eyecandy builds. And I loved pretty much every second of it. :)

Because, as will be obvious in retrospect, there were lots of people there. And they were to a large extent people who pay attention (because they knew that the land had just opened for inspection) and who have an interest in freedom of expression and action, in how the world is governed, and/or in culture and sexuality (because they were there, interested in Zindra). And it was fabulous. I had the best “going out and pretending to be an extrovert” sort of night I’ve had in a long time.

Jack Linden and resies, last night in Zindra

That’s Jack Linden, chief bottle-washer for the Mainland, who stopped by briefly and bantered with the assembled crowds, talking to a cute and intelligent kitty; in the background is a woman riding a horse and wearing… eyeglasses. :) There were people in normal day-clothes, people in tight latex and collars, people with tentacles instead of legs, one tall guy wearing nothing but shoes and wanting to be admired for being the first naked guy in Zindra (he got alot of good-natured teasing for that), people in sexy stuff and normal stuff and crazy stuff. We made silly jokes, we talked about the Adult content stuff, we talked about how sterile and odd the builds were, we discussed the state of the world and the possibilities for the future.

I got out my hoverdisc and hovered around instead of walking or flying, because it was pretty laggy with that many people, and being nonphysical the hoverdisc behaves much more predictably in lag.

I investigated a yellow dot on the minimap and found a friend that I haven’t talked to in weeks, and we said hi and chatted and picked up our conversation as though it had been only five or ten minutes. After a bit there was a rumor that Jack Linden was having a meeting at a nearby beach; I told my friend I would hoverdisc over and check it out. Turns out it was just Jack passing through and saying Hi to some people, and he was already gone when I got there, but there were nine or ten folks standing in a circle playing with bouncy-balls and talking, and I joined in, and my friend came over. I met the founder of the First Church of Rosedale, and although it was the first time either of us could recall having met, we also started talking as though we were mid-way into a conversation that had been only briefly interrupted. (She later remembered that we’d spoken very briefly a few weeks ago at a place where she was fencing and I was listening to the DJ.)

I was in love. Not with anyone in particular :) but with the whole scene. New and open land (albeit with some weird stuff on it), a sense of uncertainty, of potential, sexy and strange and whip-smart people who somehow feel like family the instant you set eyes on them. Just like SL is supposed to be!

I eventually realized that the clock really meant what it was saying, and reluctantly logged out and went to sleep. But during lunch today I went briefly back in, just to see what was up.

This morning in Zindra

There were still people there, almost an entirely different set of people. They were, still / again, really interesting-looking, but unfortunately they were using Voice (ewww), and as well as eating lunch I was also listening to a teleconference so I couldn’t hook in to that.

But for awhile they were talking in text-chat, and it turned out that one of them was (or said he was, and I have no reason to disbelieve him) a former member of the Linden Department of Public Works, and in fact one of the team that had worked on the build that we were standing in. People were asking him various questions about the Zindra builds, and he said two very interesting things:

  • First, that the people doing the Zindra builds didn’t know that they were building for the Adult continent! He said that they found out about it at the same time we did. Have to wonder just what the LDPW builders were told. “Build some cool-looking stuff; we don’t really care what, as long as it’s cool”, maybe? No idea. But in any case at least as far as the builders knew the odd builds that were puzzling everyone were not specifically done with the Adult continent in mind.
  • And second, that he and various of his colleagues were now ex-members of the LDPW, because of some Lab policy change about where they’re allowed to hire from. He didn’t say much more than that, and I have no idea what it means, but y’all investigative journalists out there are invited to nose into it. Or point me at the place where it’s already common knowledge. :)

Last night, standing around with those sexy crazy smart people and having a good time, we decided that it must be one of those Cunning Schemes of the Lab, to get all of us pervs together in one place, knowing that we’d have a great time talking, and therefore not feel as bad about the whole Adult Content debacle.

It was sort of a joke, and I doubt that the Lab had anything like that in mind, but to some extent it worked. I think even the bizarre eyecandy builds had a sort of back-handed positive effect: sure the builds are weird and we had fun complaining about them and stuff, but they were there, the Lab had put in some effort. The place wasn’t just one big rectangular empty continent with some default texture on the ground. Some thought had been put into it, and if it was sort of the typical wtf “roads running right along Sim boundaries” kind of thought, well we’re Resies and we’re used to that. It feels nice and familiar, in a way.

And I doubt the Lab did that on purpose either. :)

So hm what else what I going to say? Jack Linden (the only Official that I noticed while I was there) said a couple of interesting things. First, there was this:

Dale Innis: So your plan to lure all us pervs here where we would naturally have a good time is working pretty well, I have to say.
Jack Linden: hehe Dale

See that? I said something funny, and a Linden said “hehe Dale”! Swoon! :)

And a bit more on-topic:

Crissy Draper: The continent isn’t as big as I thought it would be
Jack Linden: crissy, we’ve only put a small part of the continent up so far
Crissy Draper: Oh I see :)
Dale Innis: I hope you’re prepared for it to be really really big.
Jack Linden: it can grow a lot if it needs to
Dale Innis: oh good :)

(And, in the interests of full disclosure, we then had

Minx Eisenhart: thats wha all men say Jack

which was just the kind of humor we had all night. And although Minx had huge kazongas and was wearing a latex body-suit and dancing constantly and running lots of silly gestures, she was also witty and articulate when she wanted to be, and not actually annoying at all.)

The reason I said “oh good” when Jack said that they can grow the Adult continent (continents?) alot if they need to, is that I currently have this somewhat starry-eyed theory, shared with some others commenting in the various weblogs and stuff, that before too long there will be lots of Adult land in the Grid, both mainland and private estates, and that in fact most of the interesting personal and creative and recreational stuff in SL will happen in Adult areas, and we can sort of forget that this whole silly thing happened (except for the non-verified folks, who won’t be able to get to it all, and that’s a worry). This has put me at odds with people who, for whatever reason, are convinced that Zindra will be just a small ghetto of wall-to-wall porn and sex shops, that no one with any taste would actually want to visit.

These different visions of the future have immediate practical consequences. For instance if I’m right it would be a bad idea to ban all child AVs from Zindra, because there will be lots of perfectly kid-AV-friendly stuff going on there, because people will have their ordinary houses and art galleries and parks and stuff there, and the only things that you’d want to ban kid AVs from are the relatively small subset of things that are blatantly sexual or otherwise extreme enough that having even an apparent child there would be just too icky. On the other hand if the “wall to wall sex” people are right, it’s hard to make a very strong case against such a ban.

I generally believe in erring on the side of liberty, and I find the connection between adults in child AVs and actual danger to real children tenuous enough that I don’t think we really need to panic at the thought of someone in a child AV walking past a sex club. But I respect the opinions of those who feel otherwise. It will be fascinating to see how it all plays out.

Now hm, I’d intended to keep some of that for another posting. :) But I guess I’m a motormouth (motorfingers?) tonight. Back to RL for a bit (does posting to an SL weblog count as being inworld?), then maybe I’ll see you later, around the grid…