2008.05.01 19:00 - Ten visitors

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    The guardian for this evening was Pema Pera and the comments are his.

    That evening I saw that Carlos had entered Second Life. Carlos had joined our Qwaq group, a few months earlier, and this was his first time to visit me in Second Life.

    Pema Pera: Hi Carlos!
    Pema Pera: welcome here
    Carlos Cornelius: Hi, thank you for teleporting me, I was kind of lost
    Carlos Cornelius: I got a free t-shirt, which looks much better than my original one
    Pema Pera: yeah, you’ll grow into it!
    Pema Pera: please sit down!
    Pema Pera: right click on a seat and choose sit
    Pema Pera: just a minute let me go over to the others

    I saw Types standing outside, talking with someone I hadn’t met before, so I stood up, walked out the door, and greeted them.

    Pema Pera: Orian, Types!
    Types Sideways: hi
    Orian Roelofs: hello
    Pema Pera: Don’t want to interrupt, but if you’d like to join us for tea, by all means feel free!
    Types Sideways: ok
    Types Sideways: thanks
    Orian Roelofs: tyvm
    Pema Pera: Orian you are most welcome too!
    Orian Roelofs: Great!
    Pema Pera: Types is an old friend of the tea house by now ;>)
    Pema Pera: and Carlos here a new friend (^_^)
    Types Sideways: hi carlos
    Orian Roelofs: ciao

    We all took a seat in the tea house. Types commented on my newly acquired mohawk.

    Types Sideways: nice hair
    Types Sideways: this is Orian
    Types Sideways: my friend
    Orian Roelofs: hello
    Orian Roelofs: where shall i sit
    Pema Pera: hi Orian
    Pema Pera: anywhere!
    Pema Pera: Just a sec
    Pema Pera: Carlos is totally new in SL
    Pema Pera: I will have to fetch him I’m afraid
    Pema Pera: you two make yourself comfortable

    Carlos had wondered out, in the mean time.

    Orian Roelofs: want me to grab him
    Pema Pera: Thanks Orian!
    Pema Pera: Very kind of you
    Orian Roelofs: carlos
    Types Sideways: shes trying to get him
    Pema Pera: yes, how nice!
    Orian Roelofs: come
    Pema Pera: People in SL are often really kind to newbies
    Types Sideways: a new look?
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: you’re the first one talking about it
    Pema Pera: wonder whether anyone noticed ;>)
    Pema Pera: got if from a neighbor
    Types Sideways: cool
    Pema Pera: asked her whether she would sell her land
    Pema Pera: (I’m still prospecting)
    Pema Pera: no, she said, but I sell hair
    Types Sideways: LOL
    Pema Pera: so I settled for that ;>)
    Pema Pera: colors went well with T shirt
    Types Sideways: so you sort of have to wear it
    Pema Pera: ah, many colors in one pack!
    Pema Pera: one for almost any shirt ;>)
    Types Sideways: :))
    Pema Pera: took a looooong time to get from the box opened on the ground into my inventory . . . . .
    Pema Pera: thought SL had crashed . . . .

    Orian returned and sat down.

    Types Sideways: sticky door
    Orian Roelofs: he is not coming
    Pema Pera: well, you tried — thank you!
    Orian Roelofs: your welcome
    Pema Pera: Do you know that your last name is Dutch?
    Orian Roelofs: he is still getting his footing
    Pema Pera: yeah, got that impression
    Orian Roelofs: no i didnt
    Pema Pera: well, now you do ;>)
    Pema Pera: my mothers maiden name was a double name:
    Pema Pera: Broek Roelofs
    Pema Pera: both of them are Dutch names
    Pema Pera: so we are sort-of family in a funny hybrid of RL/SL a few times removed ;>)
    Orian Roelofs: family is good no matter what
    Types Sideways: :)
    Orian Roelofs: do you know what it means
    Pema Pera: Roelof is a man’s first name
    Pema Pera: so Roelofs means “son of Roelof” or “daughter of Roelof”
    Orian Roelofs: ahhh
    Pema Pera: (I am from Holland, by the way)
    Pema Pera: And if I may ask
    Pema Pera: Is Orian a variant on Orion, the constellation?
    Orian Roelofs: one may think
    Types Sideways: Orian isnt familiar with what you do here
    Orian Roelofs: but no it is not
    Orian Roelofs: well not when i created it
    Orian Roelofs: but most think that it is so i roll with it
    Pema Pera: has a nice ring to it!
    Orian Roelofs: ty
    Pema Pera: rolling with the stars . . . .
    Pema Pera: . . . I am also an astronomer.
    Orian Roelofs: lovely
    Pema Pera: so for me it is professional deformation to think about Orion :>)
    Types Sideways: LOL

    Orian talked about her background.

    Orian Roelofs: i am a teacher
    Pema Pera: what do you teach?
    Orian Roelofs: first grade
    Pema Pera: wonderful
    Pema Pera: open minds!
    Orian Roelofs: its alot of fun
    Orian Roelofs: indeed
    Pema Pera: yeah must be
    Pema Pera: I’d love to teach some science to very young kids
    Pema Pera: never have done so — don’t have children myself either
    Orian Roelofs: i was thinking of switching majors a while back but then i saw a kid walking backwards ..just cuz
    Pema Pera: what a neat image!!
    Orian Roelofs: and said ..that is who i want to spend my day with
    Pema Pera: Did you know that the Greeks took that as an image for life?
    Pema Pera: Walking backwards?
    Orian Roelofs: something else i did not know
    Pema Pera: we can also see the past, where we are coming from, but not the future
    Types Sideways: :)
    Pema Pera: we think we walk with open eyes to the future
    Pema Pera: yes with open eyes
    Pema Pera: but no toward the past
    Pema Pera: that’s why we tend to fall into addiction
    Pema Pera: repitition of the past . . . .
    Pema Pera: but your kid must have done it in a playful manner
    Pema Pera: that is different
    Orian Roelofs: i was picking up my son from school and he just left the building turned around and walked down the street
    Orian Roelofs: not my son..this other boy
    Pema Pera: how nice
    Orian Roelofs: was enlightening to say the least
    Pema Pera: I can imagine!
    Types Sideways: how long have you been teaching now?
    Orian Roelofs: this was my first year
    Types Sideways: first grade?

    The door opened, and Carlos wandered in again.

    Pema Pera: Hi Carlos!
    Orian Roelofs: poof
    Pema Pera: teleporting worked better ;>)
    Pema Pera: brute force! haha
    Types Sideways: oh
    Pema Pera: please sit down, Carlos, make yourself comfortable!
    Carlos Cornelius: Hi! I decided to stay for a little while
    Pema Pera: great!
    Pema Pera: Glad to have you here
    Pema Pera: it’s all very informal
    Orian Roelofs: just right click on a pillow and choose sit
    Pema Pera: and many here are new to SL, so don’t worry!
    Orian Roelofs: perfect
    Types Sideways: Im new
    Orian Roelofs: in retrospect i am to
    Types Sideways: 1 and a half months now
    Pema Pera: always new, Types!
    Pema Pera: no time ;>)
    Types Sideways: :)
    Pema Pera: haha, Orian, yes
    Pema Pera: I love the retro
    Orian Roelofs: lol
    Pema Pera: btw Orian, we gather here every day a few times, believe it or not
    Pema Pera: we have a blog http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Pema Pera: and there we keep a playful account of what is happening here
    Pema Pera: all very informal

    Carlos, though newly born in Second Life, was quicker than most in noticing a key point about SL:

    Carlos Cornelius: I feel bad with my cheap clothes. It is very weird that virtual reality is more fashion-impossing than RL
    Types Sideways: :)
    Pema Pera: yes, Carlos, nothing to worry about that!
    Pema Pera: Carlos, it actually helps
    Pema Pera: until you are familiar with SL it is better to look like a newbie
    Pema Pera: so that people help you ;>)
    Pema Pera: more likely to be kind ;>)
    Pema Pera: I mean patient
    Pema Pera: if you give the impression that you know what you are doing they are less likely to help
    Carlos Cornelius: OK. That’s good to know. It’s just funny, I guess.
    Pema Pera: we all went through that stage
    Pema Pera: babies are funny too — we have all been babies ;>)
    Types Sideways: true

    I asked Orian whether she had visited this part of Rieul at earlier occasions.

    Pema Pera: have you been here before, Orian?
    Orian Roelofs: well
    Orian Roelofs: i was earlier and i liked it som much that part of me stayed
    Types Sideways: yeah
    Types Sideways: she was in two places at once
    Pema Pera: wonderful — and yes, full of wonder!
    Types Sideways: here and the mall
    Orian Roelofs: lol
    Types Sideways: I saw you here and IMd her
    Orian Roelofs: actually a zen shop
    Types Sideways: she was at the mall
    Orian Roelofs: hahah
    Pema Pera: zen mall?
    Orian Roelofs: lmao
    Pema Pera: sounds rather miminal ;>)
    Orian Roelofs: just a store
    Types Sideways: so she came back to meet herself
    Orian Roelofs: hahaha
    Pema Pera: w/o an alt?
    Orian Roelofs: there were two of me
    Types Sideways: it was strange
    Pema Pera: same name?
    Types Sideways: a full avatar here and there
    Types Sideways: yes
    Pema Pera: wow
    Pema Pera: never seen that before
    Orian Roelofs: so i came back to meet myself
    Types Sideways: I was able to IM her from here
    Pema Pera: perhaps that’s what happens if you walk backward?
    Types Sideways: LOL
    Carlos Cornelius: virtual schizophrenia
    Orian Roelofs: indeed
    Types Sideways: yeah
    Types Sideways: as soon as she got here that other disapeared
    Pema Pera: wow
    Pema Pera: fascinating!
    Types Sideways: just out of reach
    Pema Pera: a virtual sim?
    Orian Roelofs: it was 9 seconds
    Pema Pera: hahaha

    This was the perfect segueway into our main theme.

    Pema Pera: Orian, did Types tell you about our 9-sec gig?
    Orian Roelofs: no
    Pema Pera: What we do here is talk about a type of exploration
    Pema Pera: that we do in RL
    Pema Pera: every day we spend one hour or a few hours during which we pay a 1% tax:
    Pema Pera: every fifteen minutes (=900 seconds) we spend 9 seconds stopping what we are doing
    Pema Pera: taking a breath
    Pema Pera: and looking at the world in a fresh way
    Pema Pera: like a baby
    Pema Pera: then we continue what we are doing
    Types Sideways: this is new to me as well Pema
    Pema Pera: perhaps writing a few words in a note book during the 9 seconds like in a laboratory journal
    Pema Pera: in total perhaps 1 or 2 minutes a day
    Pema Pera: like brushing your teeth
    Pema Pera: instead of traditional meditation, we trade in duration for integration — into daily life
    Pema Pera: seems to work
    Pema Pera: have heard many enthusiastic and surprised comments
    Pema Pera: also see blog http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Pema Pera: that’s all there is to it!
    Pema Pera: The rest is play
    Pema Pera: and having fun
    Pema Pera: are forming a wonderful community of fun people

    Following an IM I teleported Resting Thor into the tea house. As before, he materialized in the attic. Types may not have seen that spectacle here before, of someone being assembled above our heads, and then dropping into our laps like a ripe fruit.

    Types Sideways: someone in the roof
    Pema Pera: hi Thor!
    Resting Thor: hi all
    Types Sideways: hi
    Orian Roelofs: i think i will live and learn the concept
    Carlos Cornelius: hi
    Orian Roelofs: Ciao
    Pema Pera: it may be fun to try for a while, Orian, but it is also fine to just drop in and chat
    Orian Roelofs: i believe I understand
    Orian Roelofs: that i can do
    Types Sideways: I do 900 seconds of fun every 900 seconds myself
    Orian Roelofs: lol
    Types Sideways: so how long have you been trying that Pema?
    Orian Roelofs: sorry im having a little tado with my cat
    Types Sideways: :)
    Orian Roelofs: excuse me for a sec
    Pema Pera: I started a couple weeks before I let the virus loose on everyone else, let’s see, by mid March
    Pema Pera: On April 1 I started here
    Pema Pera: seemed natural
    Pema Pera: and it was ;>)
    Types Sideways: :)
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you again here Thor!
    Pema Pera: How have you been?
    Resting Thor: nice to be here :)
    Resting Thor: i’ve been going to AZ to study on the weekends hectic
    Pema Pera: please do relax here!

    I brought up the forestry subject, which we had been talking about so much the last couple days.

    Pema Pera: Carlos and Thor, and perhaps everyone here — you may not have heard about our forest plans . . .
    Resting Thor: i have not
    Types Sideways: no
    Pema Pera: Over the last week I have bought at least a sims worth of plots of lands, spread out over four or five sims
    Pema Pera: with Storm and others we are going to make a huge forest
    Resting Thor: great!
    Pema Pera: streams hills paths caves retreat huts
    Pema Pera: a play as Being play ground
    Pema Pera: in natural setting
    Carlos Cornelius: that is awsome
    Pema Pera: it is . . .
    Pema Pera: and it all happened naturally
    Resting Thor: i’ve been working on some initial retreat hut designs
    Pema Pera: great, Thor, we’ll pick your brains!
    Pema Pera: so from this tea house you will be able to walk for at least four to five hundred meters . . . with many side branches in the path
    Pema Pera: in NW direction
    Pema Pera: all contiguous
    Pema Pera: I keep asking people who own neighboring parcels and in that way I keep meeting the most wonderful folks, half of whom I quickly befriend
    Pema Pera: and they, too, are excited about the plans
    Resting Thor: we’re beginning the designs of approx 50 retreat cottages in AZ for the 3 year retreat, so i thought perhaps we could model a few of them in your woods :)
    Pema Pera: great, Thor!
    Pema Pera: looking forward to you trying that out.
    Pema Pera: Already the western half of Magoja is ours
    Pema Pera: half a sim
    Resting Thor: exciting
    Pema Pera: we can give you permission to start building there
    Pema Pera: just IM Storm and me and we’ll figure out the settings
    Carlos Cornelius: How big do you think SL will get? If it gets as big as RL then it would be like the map that is as big as the earth!
    Types Sideways: yeah
    Types Sideways: and a billion servers I guess
    Orian Roelofs: hahaha
    Pema Pera: sure, if we make an OpenSim so that the aliens can come in too
    Types Sideways: :)
    Pema Pera: we may invite the whole Andromeda galaxy

    I recounted Storm’s enthusiastic first steps toward the forest vision.

    Resting Thor: we’d love a tour of your forest some time :)
    Pema Pera: sure!
    Pema Pera: Storm will make a proto-forest soon
    Pema Pera: and then the real work will start, the details
    Pema Pera: he’s great at that
    Pema Pera: have you seen his waterfalls and stuff?
    Types Sideways: The Kwan Yin Gardens are great
    Pema Pera: yesterday he bulid a hot air balloon for forest surveillance hahaha — honestly!
    Pema Pera: I had a maiden voyage with him
    Pema Pera: seats six
    Types Sideways: LOL
    Types Sideways: was there rain?
    Pema Pera: nope
    Pema Pera: as the weather god he knew what he was doing ;>)
    Pema Pera: he likes to rain on you, it seems!
    Types Sideways: I like his rain storms
    Carlos Cornelius: Im sorry but I have to leave. It was great meeting you(r avatars)

    I had to smile about the way Carlos expressed the distinction between typists and avatars more consciously than most of us do, after longer immersion in SL. I then got up and out of the house for a bit, since I saw someone walking by who had been born today — never sure whether dealing with a total newbie or an alt, although a very brief conversation generally reveals quickly which is which. He turned out to be too busy creating various objects to be interested in a cup of tea. Meanwhile, Dakini had entered through the other door.

    Types Sideways: nice meeting you
    Orian Roelofs: have a great evening Carlos
    Types Sideways: Pema is out trying to help a new SL person get oriented Dakini
    Dakini Rhode: cool!
    Dakini Rhode: Hi Pema!
    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: I sent an email to your Guardians - I would like them to join the Zen Retreat group
    Pema Pera: great!
    Pema Pera: two birds with one stone
    Dakini Rhode: I’ve created a Guardian role
    Pema Pera: great!!!
    Pema Pera: does it say “angel” ?
    Types Sideways: :)
    Dakini Rhode: So that when they facilitate they will have the ability to eject, ban, and
    Dakini Rhode: materialize more cushions
    Pema Pera: Great!
    Types Sideways: Im lost

    Most of our regular visitors had not yet heard about our new guardian tradition, that we were about to start off. I had to smile, given that Types, with his translucent gossamer wings, really did look like a kind of guardian angel.

    Pema Pera: Actually Types looks like a guardian angel here . . . the proto-type(s) really
    Dakini Rhode: yes, you do, Types
    Types Sideways: ty
    Types Sideways: who are the Guardians?
    Pema Pera: Types, we have a new system of 7 guardians
    Pema Pera: for seven days
    Pema Pera: each one will be here to make sure the group continues
    Pema Pera: while I am asleep in Japan in the afternoons here
    Pema Pera: instead I will be here at 1 am
    Dakini Rhode: Pema, you sleep?
    Pema Pera: which is 5 pm in Japan
    Types Sideways: LOL
    Pema Pera: every once in a while, Dakini
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Types Sideways: Japan hey?
    Pema Pera: all of four hours (almost) last night . . . .
    Pema Pera: not good
    Pema Pera: but what can I do?
    Orian Roelofs: oy
    Pema Pera: in due time this will be a groups thing
    Pema Pera: and then we can all spread the load
    Pema Pera: I just got the ball rolling
    Dakini Rhode: hey wait that’s my line
    Pema Pera: the seven guardians is the first step away from me being here all the time
    Types Sideways: where is the ball rolling?
    Pema Pera: yes, Dakini made the fertile ground on which the ball could get rolling
    Pema Pera: she built the tea house
    Pema Pera: and set up the zen group
    Pema Pera: I just followed ;>)
    Orian Roelofs: its beautiful
    Pema Pera: conjured up out of thin air
    Types Sideways: its called SL
    Orian Roelofs: haha
    Pema Pera: SL + Dakini = awe
    Dakini Rhode: lol

    Dakini quickly changed the subject :-).

    Dakini Rhode: Thor how is your retreat cabin coming along?
    Resting Thor: i have a prototype
    Resting Thor: more a building experiment right now
    Resting Thor: i’ll have the actual floor plans from AZ this weekend
    Dakini Rhode: Isn’t it a coincidence that Thor is building a retreat cabin?
    Dakini Rhode: wow
    Types Sideways: this is a very cool tea house
    Dakini Rhode: ty Types
    Resting Thor: it is a beautiful tea house
    Dakini Rhode: very cool things have happend in this tea hut
    Types Sideways: Like what?
    Dakini Rhode: Play as being
    Dakini Rhode: and before I fixed the roof, so many people got stuck in it
    Types Sideways: :)
    Dakini Rhode: Like a spider’s net
    Pema Pera: hahaha yes
    Types Sideways: Its wonderful, Im just messing with you
    Dakini Rhode: I caught the Bhikku in my roof, the one who’s building the Potala Palace
    Dakini Rhode: hahaha
    Types Sideways: I havent seen Bhikkhu in a while
    Dakini Rhode: he had computer probs
    Dakini Rhode: he’s back online now
    Types Sideways: oh good
    Types Sideways: I see him at Spirit Mountain sometimes
    Types Sideways: he has a store there promoting the project
    Dakini Rhode: ah
    Orian Roelofs: im am sorry but i must depart
    Orian Roelofs: it was a pleasure
    Types Sideways: Im glad I found the two of you tonight
    Dakini Rhode: Orian it was good to see you here
    Resting Thor: sleep well :)
    Orian Roelofs: you brought us back together
    Types Sideways: it was great
    Types Sideways: see you soon I hope
    Pema Pera: bye Orian
    Pema Pera: great having you heere!
    Orian Roelofs: good night and ty for having me
    Types Sideways: bye

    Just when Orian was about to leave, a new visitor dropped in, Thorberg.

    Pema Pera: hi Thorberg!
    Orian Roelofs: ciao a tutti
    Pema Pera: thanks for joining us Orian!
    Pema Pera: Please do come back soon!
    Orian Roelofs: for sure
    Types Sideways: she took the light with her
    Thorberg Nordlicht: my first time here
    Pema Pera: welcome!
    Resting Thor: welcome thorberg :)
    Pema Pera: did you just walk by, or heard about us?
    Types Sideways: hi Thor
    Resting Thor: HI
    Thorberg Nordlicht: I’m exploring places I found in “search”
    Thorberg Nordlicht: I searched on the keyword Zen
    Pema Pera: ah! so search works!!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: did you folks all just meet each other here by chance or are you connected in some other way?
    Types Sideways: good question
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: never an easy answer from Types
    Resting Thor: perhaps karma
    Thorberg Nordlicht: ((karma)) I see
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i’m not crashing the party am I?
    Pema Pera: oh no!
    Pema Pera: all are welcome
    Types Sideways: nope
    Dakini Rhode: do you mean did we meet in SL?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: anybody here have a “zen” connection in RL?
    Types Sideways: another tough one
    Dakini Rhode: we have a few RL zen monks who practice with us here
    Dakini Rhode: My connection is to Tibetan Buddhism
    Pema Pera: and many of us have gone to zen retreats at some time in our lives, including me
    Resting Thor: same here
    Thorberg Nordlicht: oh, good
    Types Sideways: more chan than zen here
    Thorberg Nordlicht: in RL popular culture the word “zen” is mis-used so you never know
    Thorberg Nordlicht: I practice zazen at San Francisco Zen Center
    Types Sideways: cool
    Thorberg Nordlicht: soto Zen tradition; Suzuki roshi lineage
    Types Sideways: did you know Suzuki?
    Resting Thor: sure
    Thorberg Nordlicht: do you folks practice formal zazen here?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i’ve wondered if there’s anywhere in SL where folks practice formal zazen
    Dakini Rhode: every day at 6PM SLT
    Dakini Rhode: we meet in the Zendo for 20 minutes practice

    At this moment, RL intervened briefly for both Thorberg and Resting.

    Dakini Rhode: hah i need to checkout myself
    Pema Pera: Types, you used to shapeshift very drastically
    Pema Pera: but now you seem to converge
    Pema Pera: in a very fitting shape I must say
    Types Sideways: it comes and goes
    Types Sideways: this was my first avatar
    Resting Thor: bye Dakini… thanks for the texture recommendations
    Types Sideways: nice meeting you Resting
    Dakini Rhode: yw Thor - can’t wait to see that retreat cabin materialize
    Resting Thor: we’ll talk more in the future :)
    Pema Pera: thanks for dropping by Thor
    Pema Pera: great seeing you
    Pema Pera: how are your two friends doing
    Pema Pera: whom you brought here earlier?
    Resting Thor: they’re doing great… not on right now
    Resting Thor: show me a spot of ground and I’ll show you my first effort
    Dakini Rhode: now?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i’m back; sorry about the interruption
    Resting Thor: no problem
    Dakini Rhode: wb
    Pema Pera: we’re going to get a retreat hut demo!!!
    Pema Pera: just outside here?
    Pema Pera: why not
    Resting Thor: very crude still
    Dakini Rhode: sure! just outside
    Resting Thor: but you’re welcome to see my first attempt
    Types Sideways: me too
    Resting Thor: i was planning two huts…. one for sleeping… one for cooking
    Dakini Rhode: we’ll be needing retreat huts

    We all walked out, and Resting Thor rezzed a copy of his retreat hut, to the side of the tea house, in the direction of the zazen spot. I saw that a new visitor had just walked up to the tea house. He must have been puzzled by the rezzing and hustle and bustle in the otherwise rather quiet en serene landscape here. His name was Given.

    Pema Pera: Hi Given!
    Pema Pera: come join the party
    Dakini Rhode: will this be based on a RL retreat hut?
    Resting Thor: very simple sleeping room with alter and bed… need a smaller bed in it
    Resting Thor: it will be…crude right now
    Dakini Rhode: do you want a futon?
    Resting Thor: would be great
    Resting Thor: a single size only
    Pema Pera: Hi Given!
    Pema Pera: Welcome
    Types Sideways: hi Given
    Given Vita: Hello
    Resting Thor: then i’ll have a separate cabin for a kitchen
    Resting Thor: and bathroom
    Pema Pera: Given we are trying out a new hut ;>)
    Pema Pera: Thor just made one
    Resting Thor: so the mediation not affected :)
    Resting Thor: no electricity in this cabin
    Dakini Rhode: yikes i’m not trying to sell it
    Given Vita: I see. Thank you for explaining. You are considerate
    Resting Thor: kitchen would have electricity from solar
    Resting Thor: no problem
    Pema Pera: thank you, always fun to have new faces here
    Pema Pera: have you been here before?
    Given Vita: No.
    Given Vita: A nice discovery
    ThePrincess Parisi: hi
    Given Vita: Thanks

    Right there ThePrincess dropped out of the sky, after I had teleported
    her here. Early that day we had met for the first time. The occasion
    was the sale of a small lot of land by her in Chokki, which I had bought
    from her in the afternoon. At that time we got into some interesting
    and fun conversations, and I had invited her to stop by at our tea house
    later in the evening.

    Pema Pera: Hi Princess!
    Pema Pera: Welcome
    Pema Pera: Everyone, meet Princess, a new friend of mine
    ThePrincess Parisi: thank u
    ThePrincess Parisi: hello
    Pema Pera: just tp-ed her over
    Resting Thor: so this is for a desert environment
    ThePrincess Parisi: desert?
    ThePrincess Parisi: no cherries in the desert hun
    Resting Thor: rammed earth or straw bale construction
    Pema Pera: we are in the middle of Thor showing a new retreat hut he built, Princess and Given
    Resting Thor: haha
    ThePrincess Parisi: oh i know that straw bale
    Dakini Rhode: Hi Princess, Hi Given
    ThePrincess Parisi: hi
    Types Sideways: hi Pricess
    Given Vita: Hi dakini Rhode
    Resting Thor: temperature range is -20 to 100 F
    Types Sideways: Princess
    ThePrincess Parisi: what
    Resting Thor: so anyway… my first attempt… i’ll have scale plans this weekend to build from :)
    Pema Pera: Given, we gather here every day
    ThePrincess Parisi: i have a lot of cactus
    Dakini Rhode: It’s coming along great, Thor!
    Pema Pera: a few times a day
    ThePrincess Parisi: the saguraos are in bloom now
    ThePrincess Parisi: you need a night blooming sirrus
    ThePrincess Parisi: something like that
    Pema Pera: we have a blog, if you are interested to get an idea
    Pema Pera: on http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Given Vita: I would like to understand. Yes
    Resting Thor: thanks
    Pema Pera: that sounds great!
    Pema Pera: a sirrus
    Given Vita: What is the blog?
    ThePrincess Parisi: do you know it?
    Pema Pera: do they glow, Princess?
    ThePrincess Parisi: no they bloom one night a year

    After the group had swollen to seven people, some of us began to leave.

    Dakini Rhode: I need to fly off, folks
    Dakini Rhode: Namaste
    Resting Thor: same here… nice seeeing everyone :)
    Pema Pera: bye Dakini!
    Resting Thor: bye all
    Pema Pera: do not forget to inspect the shrinking land holes ;>)

    I was refering to the little 16 sq m plots of land that I had surrounded earlier, of which I had bought yet a few more.

    ThePrincess Parisi: only one insect will
    ThePrincess Parisi: um pollenate it
    Pema Pera: really?
    Pema Pera: bye Thor!
    ThePrincess Parisi: ill find a link
    Pema Pera: Given, the blog is about our activities here
    ThePrincess Parisi: cereus
    ThePrincess Parisi: http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/july/.../nbcereus.html
    ThePrincess Parisi: no i dont blog
    ThePrincess Parisi: pretty here
    ThePrincess Parisi: http://www.tohonochulpark.org/Art/NBC.html
    ThePrincess Parisi: better link
    Types Sideways: Well it was nice being with you all tonight
    Types Sideways: bye
    Pema Pera: bye Types!
    Pema Pera: busy evening!
    Pema Pera: we had about eight people
    Pema Pera: how about sitting down in the tea house for a few minutes?
    Pema Pera: then I’ll have to leave after that
    ThePrincess Parisi: i want tempura
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: we only have soba
    Pema Pera: this was built by Dakini, Princess
    ThePrincess Parisi: dakini
    Pema Pera: she was here a moment ago
    Pema Pera: Dakini Rhode
    ThePrincess Parisi: i dont know that person
    Pema Pera: if you would like some tea, you can click on the tea pot on the tray
    Pema Pera: and wear the cup
    Pema Pera: Dakini was one of the people outside
    Pema Pera: when you arrived
    Pema Pera: but we had been here already for quite a while
    Pema Pera: so she left quickly
    Pema Pera: a side effect of the green tea is that you may start floating . . . .
    ThePrincess Parisi: wow
    Pema Pera: powerful tea ;>)
    ThePrincess Parisi: hallucinagenic green tea
    Pema Pera: elevating
    ThePrincess Parisi: i might go get some tea rl

    I refered to the pretty white dress that Princess was wearing, old fashioned and quite detailed in a nice way.

    Pema Pera: great fashion, Princess! Did you buy that or made part of it?
    ThePrincess Parisi: bought
    ThePrincess Parisi: i only make togas
    Pema Pera: very classy
    ThePrincess Parisi: and a few dresses
    ThePrincess Parisi: ty
    Pema Pera: togas?!
    Pema Pera: what kind?
    ThePrincess Parisi: im the largest toga vendor in sl
    Pema Pera: I love togas
    ThePrincess Parisi: fashion togas
    Pema Pera: really!!!
    Pema Pera: lm please
    ThePrincess Parisi: yes
    Pema Pera: I’ll check it out
    ThePrincess Parisi gave you TOGAS CN.
    Pema Pera: thnx!

    We continued to talk about some of the adventures that Princess has had in SL. I began to realize again that I am still missing whole chunks of SL culture and background. Thorberg mentioned that his is starting to learn scripting, and that he likes skyboxes.
    Soon Princess called her partern, MT, in and he also joined our group.

    MT Lundquist: hi love
    MT Lundquist: hi pema
    MT Lundquist: hi thorberg
    Thorberg Nordlicht: hello
    Pema Pera: Thanks, MT, for the plot!
    ThePrincess Parisi: and this is thor
    MT Lundquist: hi again
    MT Lundquist: i got your nessage pema
    MT Lundquist: but i know prin came to sort the land for you
    Pema Pera: yes, I’m glad she did
    Pema Pera: we are going to build a rather large forest
    Pema Pera: covering bits of at least four sims
    MT Lundquist: ok
    MT Lundquist: whats the theme for the forest
    ThePrincess Parisi: trees
    MT Lundquist: lol
    Pema Pera: hills, streams, paths,
    Pema Pera: haha
    ThePrincess Parisi: is the forest service active in sl
    Pema Pera: theme is related to what we are doing here,
    ThePrincess Parisi: mokey
    Pema Pera: a very playful investigation of the nature of reality . . . .
    Pema Pera: sounds more serious than it is ;>)
    MT Lundquist: ok
    ThePrincess Parisi: have u been to the rainforest
    Pema Pera: no
    Pema Pera: would love to see
    MT Lundquist: i’ve heard of some areas that have growing programs
    Pema Pera: have been in India
    Pema Pera: but not in the South of India
    MT Lundquist: to simulate growth and competition
    Pema Pera: yes, very interesting ecology and evolution
    MT Lundquist: yes you should meet bj
    Pema Pera: who is bj?

    I gave some more background of our various acivities.

    ThePrincess Parisi: thats quite a hair do
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: as of yesterday
    Pema Pera: a neighbor gave me
    Pema Pera: I asked her, too, to sell some of her land
    MT Lundquist: i have one of those
    MT Lundquist: :)
    Pema Pera: she said “no, but I do sell hair”
    MT Lundquist: never did rl though
    Pema Pera: and when I saw this, I was hooked
    Pema Pera: by the way, what we do here is described on http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/.
    Pema Pera: lots of stuff there, far too much to read
    Pema Pera: but you can browse a bit if you are interested
    MT Lundquist: right ty
    Pema Pera: My other activity in SL is
    Pema Pera: http://www.physics.drexel.edu/mica
    Pema Pera: astronomy
    Pema Pera: the first all-virtual science institute
    Pema Pera: other science activities have all been branches from RL
    Pema Pera: NASA, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, etc
    Pema Pera: but as far as I know we are the first department that is fully SL home grown
    Pema Pera: I keep challenging others to prove me wrong
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: but it seems that we are really the first one
    MT Lundquist: best way
    Pema Pera: surprised at that . . .
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: I like new things

    We talked more about our various backgrounds both in RL and SL. After a while, Princess and MT left, and Thorberg and I also called it a day.

    Pema Pera: Was good to meet yo
    Thorberg Nordlicht: nice to meet you, too
    Pema Pera: would like to hear more about your background some day soon!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: sure
    Pema Pera: tonight was unusual
    Pema Pera: far more people coming and going that normal
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i’ll be back here soon; sure I’ll see you again
    Pema Pera: fun but less focused
    Pema Pera: great!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i see
    Thorberg Nordlicht: think i’ll hang out for a while and see who else shows up
    Pema Pera: fine!
    Pema Pera: normally from 7 pm to at least 7:30
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i like this place
    Pema Pera: often till 8
    Pema Pera: sometimes longer
    Thorberg Nordlicht: time zone?
    Pema Pera: this is rather unusual
    Pema Pera: SLT
    Pema Pera: SL time
    Pema Pera: PDT
    Thorberg Nordlicht: got it; thx
    Pema Pera: every day 7 am 1 m 7 pm
    Pema Pera: and starting next week 1 am as well
    Pema Pera: every six hours around the clock
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Pema Pera: gives the background
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i’ll check it out
    Pema Pera: by for now!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: bye bye for now

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