2008.04.25 07:00 - Restart After Restart

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    As soon as I entered the tea room, one of those dreaded messages appeared.

    Second Life: Your region will restart in 5 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    Pema Pera: Hi Maxine!
    Pema Pera: Did you get that message
    Pema Pera: that our region will go down for maintenance in a few minutes?
    Maxine Walden is Offline
    Second Life: Your region will restart in 3 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    Riddle Sideways is Online
    Second Life: Your region will restart in 1 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    Pema Pera: riddle I will tp you from a different location
    Pema Pera: the region is going down
    Pema Pera: hang on!
    Second Life: Your region will restart in 0 minutes and 30 seconds for maintenance.
    Riddle Sideways: ok
    Teleport completed from http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rieul/236/203/74
    Maxine Walden is Online

    I had escaped the impending world implosion at the last moment, and arrived in Ryoanji, a beautiful replica of a beautiful temple in Kyoto.
    While waiting for Maxine and Riddle, I IMed Hotaru, who was also on line, to tell her that the tea room was out of commission.

    IM: Pema Pera: Hi Hotaru!
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: Morning Pema
    Pema Pera: I’m in Ryoanji
    Pema Pera: beautiful temple in Kyoto
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: Get out
    Pema Pera: next door to Theo’s place
    Pema Pera: in SL
    Pema Pera: !!
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: yes I know it
    Pema Pera: ah
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: tp?

    Fire fly Hotaru arrived at virtually the speed of light. Maxine would follow soon, but no matter how many tps I sent to Riddle, he did not appear; probably had problems with his computer or connection.

    Pema Pera: speedy fire fly!
    Pema Pera: you’re the fastest fire fly I’ve ever met
    Hotaru Myoo: got on the fast set
    Pema Pera: haha
    IM: Maxine Walden: Pema, can you tp me to the teahouse?
    IM: Pema Pera: no, but I can tp you to where I am
    IM: Pema Pera: the tea house is off line
    IM: Maxine Walden: oh, that is why I could not go there…
    Hotaru Myoo: Hi maxine
    Pema Pera: Hi Hotaru
    Pema Pera: Hi Maxine
    Hotaru Myoo: So how did you find this?
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Pema Pera: I found this before I found almost anything else in SL
    Maxine Walden: yes, thanks
    Hotaru Myoo: nice
    Pema Pera: btw
    Pema Pera: the reason we’re here
    Pema Pera: is that the tea house sim went down for maintanance
    Maxine Walden: hello Hotaru
    Pema Pera: so we had to escape
    Maxine Walden: Ah, maintenance in SL as well…
    Pema Pera: yeah
    Pema Pera: second time in a week it happened; I had an astro meeting with quite a bunch of people
    Pema Pera: we had to scurry to all reassemble . . . .
    Pema Pera: so, Hotaru
    Maxine Walden: interesting…
    Pema Pera: I was living in Kyoto this summer
    Pema Pera: so when I tried out SL
    Pema Pera: I looked around for Kyoto presence in SL
    Pema Pera: found Ryoanji
    Hotaru Myoo: nice
    Pema Pera: one of my favorite temples in Kyoto
    Pema Pera: so went there
    Pema Pera: loved it
    Pema Pera: looks really like the real thing!
    Pema Pera: but then for half a year I almost did not come into SL
    Hotaru Myoo: excuses!
    Pema Pera: busy and learning curve
    Pema Pera: sure

    The three of us were still standing where we had arrived, overlooking the zen garden, with the `borrowed landscape,’ as it is called, in the form of the trees from the garden behind, visible over the stone wall at the back.

    Hotaru Myoo: excuse me
    Hotaru Myoo: brb
    Pema Pera: Maxine, shall we sit down?
    Maxine Walden: OK,
    Pema Pera: right click on a white ball
    Pema Pera: and choose “zazen”
    Maxine Walden: fine, lovely background
    Pema Pera: now we all peaceful gaze at the garden . . . ;>)
    Pema Pera: So how are you feeling this morning, Maxine?
    Maxine Walden: interesting evolutions of understanding since yesterday…the varying realities co-existing
    Pema Pera: yes
    Maxine Walden: and intense perceptions being just that, intense perceptions…which can evolve
    Pema Pera: I’m very glad that you are so open to change
    Maxine Walden: try to be…
    Pema Pera: even in what must have been an uncomfortable if not somewhat painful situation
    Maxine Walden: yes, and still holding on to my experience, but also trying to see all of our experience
    Maxine Walden: from a wider view
    Pema Pera: that is the “play” aspect that I like so much . . . .
    Pema Pera: but like with children, it often happens that a few are playing and that for whatever reason one or more others are left out, often unintentionally so
    Maxine Walden: some thoughts linked then with thoughts re Bob’s Qwaq feedback talk last evening
    Pema Pera: yes, how was Qwaq?
    Pema Pera: and the discussion with Bob?
    Maxine Walden: will likely influence what i try to talk about couple of Sundays hence…
    Hotaru Myoo: k
    Hotaru Myoo: what did I miss?
    Hotaru Myoo: :)
    Pema Pera: wb Hotaru!
    Pema Pera: oh, we were talking about two meetings yesterday — please keep talking, Maxine –
    Maxine Walden: I was only able to listen, not to talk, but what I could hear was
    Pema Pera: yesterday Maxine and I met in the tea house in SL in the morning, and then in Qwaq Forums, another virtual world, in the evening for a discussion
    Maxine Walden: the question of consciousness being linked with the brain…mind…and the question was left open…
    Pema Pera: I started an organization in Qwaq almost a year ago, and only this month branched out into SL
    Maxine Walden: origins of consciousness…questions such as that…more questions than answers
    Pema Pera: interesting question Maxine!
    Hotaru Myoo: love it
    Maxine Walden: yes, very
    Pema Pera: and depends a lot on what you call consciousness
    Maxine Walden: indeed

    I took the opportunity to circle back to Being, which we had started to talk about just 24 hours earlier.

    Pema Pera: raw awareness
    Pema Pera: appreciation of what appears
    Hotaru Myoo: or intuitive self
    Pema Pera: I think it more fundamental
    Pema Pera: before brain or body or mind or thoughts or emotions
    Maxine Walden: in what way
    Hotaru Myoo: yes I would agree
    Pema Pera: everything elase appears in that
    Pema Pera: is given in that
    Hotaru Myoo: initial conditions
    Pema Pera: perhaps a bit like the ligt of the movie projector that allows the movie to appear
    Maxine Walden: a kind of cosmic consciousness?
    Pema Pera: by selectively blocking what should not be white light;:>)
    Hotaru Myoo: that is a great metaphor
    Maxine Walden: oh, interesting,
    Pema Pera: cosmic yes, but before consciousness
    Pema Pera: a movie is a filter
    Pema Pera: without a filter the screen would be white
    Pema Pera: each scene is selectively reduced
    Pema Pera: each scene in a different way
    Pema Pera: each of us are a way in which Being playes
    Pema Pera: plays
    Pema Pera: selectively doing as if we are not quite full Being
    Pema Pera: even though of course we are
    Pema Pera: and we return the compliment
    Pema Pera: by in turn gathering here
    Pema Pera: to play as being Being after all
    Pema Pera: so the circuit is being closed
    Hotaru Myoo: or opened
    Pema Pera: Being playing Maxine playing Being
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: indeed, Hotaru
    Pema Pera: Being playing Hotaru playing Being
    Pema Pera: Being playing Pema playing Being

    Hotaru made a connection with her recent work.

    Hotaru Myoo: my new art reflects a similar notion
    Maxine Walden: oh?
    Hotaru Myoo: I have never been a painter
    Hotaru Myoo: but I have just started aseries of paintings of ss in sl
    Pema Pera: ss?
    Maxine Walden: ss?
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: steam ships?
    Hotaru Myoo: snap shots
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Hotaru Myoo: a conversation between the real and the artificial
    Pema Pera: what an interesting idea
    Pema Pera: indeed like Being playing and us playing back!!
    Pema Pera: a conversation
    Pema Pera: haha
    Hotaru Myoo: a fumbling sculptor making paintings
    Pema Pera: you’re a sculptor?
    Maxine Walden: Just to mention I will need to go in about 3 minutes, but am here and interested til then
    Hotaru Myoo: glassblower/steel/wood/found object
    Hotaru Myoo: usually about the complexity theory
    Pema Pera: how interesting!
    Pema Pera: yes
    Hotaru Myoo: yea
    Hotaru Myoo: and chaos
    Maxine Walden: with my time here diminishing for today, just being here seems nice
    Pema Pera: yes, Maxine, it’s a beautiful place, isn’t it?
    Pema Pera: do you have a web site?
    Hotaru Myoo: nope
    Pema Pera: exhibitions?
    Hotaru Myoo: too busy teaching to take care of myself these days
    Pema Pera: sorry to hear that
    Hotaru Myoo: I’ll make some textures
    Hotaru Myoo: good idea
    Second Life: Your region will restart in 5 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    Pema Pera: oh no
    Pema Pera: this is pretty ridiculous
    Pema Pera: now this region goes down!!
    Hotaru Myoo: the restart?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Maxine Walden: think I must go, bye and nice talking
    Pema Pera: bye Maxine!
    Pema Pera: thanks for dropping bye!
    Hotaru Myoo: bye Maxine

    Once again there was the question where to go.

    Hotaru Myoo: I have outrun restarts before
    Pema Pera: how long for the restart?
    Pema Pera: where would you like to go?
    Hotaru Myoo: anywhere
    Hotaru Myoo: lets just go and see who finds a safe region
    Pema Pera: sure
    Pema Pera: you have a lm in your profile
    Pema Pera: of what looks like a nice place
    Pema Pera: shall we go there?
    Second Life: Your region will restart in 3 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: just start running
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: I have found two that are on the same restart time
    IM: Pema Pera: haha
    Teleport completed from http://slurl.com/secondlife/Pyrina/209/115/31
    IM: Pema Pera: let’s see

    While Hotaru had jumped around from sim to sim, only to find that they, too, were going down, I had just managed to land in Nagasaki.

    IM: Pema Pera: O no!
    IM: Pema Pera: I’m in Nagasaki
    IM: Pema Pera: restart in 3 minutes
    IM: Pema Pera: bakabakashiiii!!!
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: have you found one yet?
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: haha
    Second Life: Your region will restart in 3 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.

    I then jumped to Kyoto, and found that one to be stable.

    Teleport completed from http://slurl.com/secondlife/Asagao/83/167/24
    IM: Pema Pera: your place or mine?
    IM: Pema Pera: I’m in Kyoto
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: you found one!
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: if we wait it out
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: then we can return to Roanji
    IM: Pema Pera: don’t hold your breath
    IM: Pema Pera: or perhaps you should hold it
    IM: Pema Pera: who knows whether this region will go down (^+^)
    IM: Pema Pera: =^=^=
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: if we wait it out
    IM: Pema Pera: =^+^=
    IM: Pema Pera: not enough practice with cat faces . . . .
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: then we can return to Roanji
    IM: Pema Pera: yeah
    IM: Pema Pera: is it only short?
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: cat look good
    IM: Pema Pera: =^-^=
    IM: Pema Pera: =^o^=
    IM: Pema Pera: more options with Japanese hiragana set . . . .
    IM: Pema Pera: or katakana, better, just a sec
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: no fair
    IM: Pema Pera: =^ェ^=
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: o,,,o /),/)
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: ( ‘ ; ‘ ) ( ‘ ; ‘ )
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: (,,)-(,,)(,,)-(,,)
    IM: Pema Pera: nice!
    IM: Pema Pera: eyes! ears?
    IM: Pema Pera: cat paws…
    IM: Hotaru Myoo: lol

    By that time Hotaru had savely rezzed in Kyoto, and sheltered from all the restarts we hung around for a bit, and chatted with some of the locals.

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