2008.05.30 07:00 - With Eyes and Ears

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    The Guardian for this session was Pema.  The comments are his.

    That morning, I had just arrived in SL, at my little hut in Rieul, and I was about to walk over to the tea house, to the west, when I saw:

    Second Life: Your region will restart in 5 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.

    Having still some time to spare, I walked over and found Maxine there

    Pema Pera: Maxine, our region will restart in five minutes
    Pema Pera: let’s go to the beach in a couple minutes
    Pema Pera: I’ll go there in a minute
    Pema Pera: and then send you a tp
    Pema Pera: let’s see whether anyone else will show up
    Second Life: Your region will restart in 3 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    Teleport completed from http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rieul/242/206/75
    The region you have entered is running a different simulator version. Click this message for details.
    Pema Pera: Hi Maxine!
    Maxine Walden: ok,
    Pema Pera: Have you been here before?
    Maxine Walden: yes, came yestereday
    Maxine Walden: I met Storm here, it is wonderful
    Maxine Walden: with all the sea sounds and atmosphere

    Dakini sent me an IM, asking where we had taken refuge, and I offered her a tp.

    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Maxine Walden: oh, hi Dakini
    Pema Pera: Wow, yet another dress!
    Dakini Rhode: hi!
    Pema Pera: can you both hear the waves?
    Dakini Rhode: i am going thru my inventory
    Dakini Rhode: yes
    Dakini Rhode: i was in those robes too long…
    Maxine Walden: this is a wonderful place
    Maxine Walden: I met Storm here yesterday when I came to just visit for a moment and he seemed understandably proud
    Pema Pera: oh, he should be!
    Maxine Walden: yes
    Pema Pera: It’s amazing what he has built — did you read his blog, that he slept only two hours, the night he built the mangrove forest?
    Pema Pera: the beginning of it?
    Maxine Walden: no, I have not seen that yet; he really gave his all to build this, all of you have given so much, you, Dakini, Storm

    At that moment, Dakini rezzed the perfect outdoors table set: a wooden table surrounded by four wooden chairs, fitting in perfectly with the larger circular wooden gathering space at the end of the pier, where we all had gathered.

    Pema Pera: ah, thank you Dakini, how fitting!
    Maxine Walden: and now these giant chairs, oh, Dakini, your bequest?
    Maxine Walden: oh, not so giant
    Pema Pera: they looked giant when they were up in the air
    Dakini Rhode: i think they were a little close to your camera Max
    Maxine Walden: ah, another lesson on perspective
    Dakini Rhode: i’m in a mtg IRL (gone)
    Dakini Rhode: hope to tt u soon
    Maxine Walden: bye, Dakini
    Pema Pera: bye Dakini!
    Maxine Walden: seaside ambience…so lovely
    Pema Pera: hahaa
    Pema Pera: how did you do that?
    Pema Pera: wow!
    Dakini Rhode: touch the chair :-)))
    Pema Pera: yes, I figured!
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: what fun
    Pema Pera: do you see how you can do that, Maxine?

    Dakini had changed her pose, first by putting up her legs onto the table, then by folding her arms in front of her and resting her head on them face down.

    Dakini Rhode: haha this is good for being gone…
    Pema Pera: yup!
    Maxine Walden: no, I am not sure
    Pema Pera: and for me too, it being 11 pm now
    Pema Pera: time to put my feet up
    Pema Pera: Maxine, left click and then choose “touch”
    Pema Pera: each time you do that, you are sampling a different pose
    Maxine Walden: ok
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: what a bunch
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes,
    Pema Pera: typical lazy sea side folks
    Maxine Walden: right, never doing much but lazing around…
    Pema Pera: Dakini must have a huge inventory, and Storm too, the way they always find things to pick out that are appropriate for any situation!
    Pema Pera: from frying pan to pillow fight . . . .
    Dakini Rhode gave you Snapshot : North Coastal, Buyeo (4, 86, 22).
    Maxine Walden: I am impressed with their inventories, Dakini especially, with her gift to me as well
    Dakini Rhode: been here too long…
    Pema Pera: Now it seems like we are in a seance . . . .
    Pema Pera: either that or all fast asleep
    Maxine Walden: and here we have a pic of us lazing…
    Pema Pera: afternoon nap near the sea shore

    All three of us were resting our heads on our hands, with only our hair visible from above. At that point, Dakini rezzed a tray with a sake set with square wooden drinking cups.

    Maxine Walden: yeah, nice, uh?
    Pema Pera: wow, it’s getting better and better!
    Maxine Walden: oh, and now something more…yes better and better
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: we are all grabbing for the bottle!
    Maxine Walden: while appearing not to
    Pema Pera: and seemingly mimicking each other’s actions
    Dakini Rhode: very funny
    Pema Pera: in the same order

    We all cycled through our poses, as if we were doing morning gymnastics following the same teacher.

    Pema Pera: laid back all now
    Pema Pera: still sea shore style
    Pema Pera: how fitting
    Maxine Walden: yes, really laid back all of us…not a thought to be had…
    Sake Set owned by Dakini Rhode gave you ‘Cup of Sake’
    Cup of Sake whispers: Enjoy : )
    Maxine Walden: sea sounds …and sake…what more could one want?
    Cup of Sake whispers: Enjoy : )
    Dakini Rhode: i can think of something
    Pema Pera: unfortunately, I can’t drink the sake it seems
    Dakini Rhode: the sake animation should override the sitting animation
    Dakini Rhode: yes that is my thought
    Dakini Rhode: always something more…
    Dakini Rhode: o well i’ll just keep the sake in my pocket
    Dakini Rhode: save it for later
    Pema Pera: sure
    Maxine Walden: while the sea sounds make it ok not to get that one thing more…

    Dakini kept us informed of what she was doing in Real Life while goofing off at the beach with us in Second Life.

    Dakini Rhode: i walking thru tech specs for 1099 tax extracts… IRL
    Pema Pera: I was thinking the same thing!
    Maxine Walden: thanks for the offer
    Maxine Walden: care to share the numbers or specs?
    Dakini Rhode: the 3292…
    Dakini Rhode: on the line 2 section
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Dakini Rhode: need more numbers?
    Pema Pera: Hi Fael!
    Fael Illyar: Hello :)
    Maxine Walden: hi, Fael
    Pema Pera: or I should say
    Pema Pera: moimoi Pema tassa

    With a glance at Fael’s profile, I had noticed that she spoke both Finnish and Japanese, and just the other day I had witnessed a Finnish greeting. I had teleported Fael over, after Hotaru had introduced her via IM and had told me she would be interested in joining us — Hotaru self was in a meeting and couldn’t come.

    Pema Pera: Fael is a friend of Hotaru
    Dakini Rhode: hi Fael! welcome!
    Maxine Walden: no, thanks, not as acquainted as I might be with the numbers/specs…just wondering
    Pema Pera: Hotaru could not come, but she sent Fael over instead
    Pema Pera: 日本語も話しますか?
    Fael Illyar: はい、日本語も話せます。
    Dakini Rhode: Max, this is like my numbers…
    Maxine Walden: ah…
    Dakini Rhode: amazi like the little pictures, even tho i don’t understand the meaning
    Maxine Walden: so many languages…
    Pema Pera: Our sim is down, for maintainance
    Pema Pera: that’s why we are here
    Pema Pera: So you do speak Finnish?
    Maxine Walden: yes, Dakini, I was looking at the tiny pics as well
    Fael Illyar: Well, yes, I’m from Finland myself.
    Pema Pera: was “moimoi Pema tassa” correct?
    Fael Illyar: Correct, yes.
    Pema Pera: two of our neighbors in Rieul are Finnish
    Maxine Walden: Lovely to be here and meet everyone…will have to go in a couple of minutes
    Fael Illyar: I haven’t met anyone else from Finland except the one who introduced me to SL so far.
    Fael Illyar: and even he’s a german originally. Barely speaks Finnish.
    Pema Pera: ah! I should introduce you to our neighbor
    Pema Pera: She has a Finnish coffee bar near where Dakini and I live, in Rieul
    Pema Pera: and just a week ago I met her in Tokyo
    Pema Pera: She speaks and writes Japanese fluently too.

    I was still amazed, meeting so many people in SL who know Japanese.

    Pema Pera: How did you learn Japanese?
    Fael Illyar: Interesting, knowing some sort of a Finnish community here would be useful for introducing some people here. :)
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Fael Illyar: I took a basics course at University and after that I’ve been reading.
    Fael Illyar: with a dictionary
    Pema Pera: Have you visited Japan?
    Fael Illyar: no, I haven’t
    Pema Pera: Did Hotaru tell you about our Play as Being explorations?
    Maxine Walden: I’ll be going now, enjoy the beach and the relaxedness. Bye
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ is our web site
    Fael Illyar: Yes, she did tell me something and gave me the link to the website.
    Faenik: could be

    I was beginning to get curious about “Faenik” who talked in green letters in the local chat box, although there was no avatar by that name to be seen. This was Faenik’s second utterance

    Fael Illyar: I read a few blog entries there a few days ago
    Fael Illyar: Sorry for the pause, got a quick phonecall.
    Pema Pera: np
    Pema Pera: we’re pretty relaxed here at the sea side
    Pema Pera: Dakini also had RL things to take care of
    Dakini Rhode: watching the sunset…
    Fael Illyar: Yes, it is quite relaxing :)
    Dakini Rhode: oh RL yes
    Pema Pera: normally we meet at the tea house — haha — but the sim went down
    Fael Illyar: it was up when I went there.
    Pema Pera: something tells me that the pace of life here is even slower than in the rest of SL . . . .
    Pema Pera: ah! so it went down only briefly then
    Pema Pera: but enought to kick us off
    Pema Pera: so the idea of PaB, Play as Being, is to do very very short explorations of the nature of reality
    Pema Pera: but very often
    Pema Pera: several times a day
    Dakini Rhode: technology is amazing… i’m in at least 3 places at once
    Pema Pera: haha, Dakini, what is the third place?
    Dakini Rhode: my body is at home (sitting on my bed actually)
    Fael Illyar: Well, I finally managed to come see what these sessions are about mostly because the sim I was in got a warning and I needed to tp elsewhere and the timing matched :)

    I don’t think Fael got a typical impression that morning of what PaB sessions are like :-) , but then again, perhaps there are no typical sessions . . .

    Dakini Rhode: i am on the phone… dialed into a meeting at work
    Dakini Rhode: i’m getting IMs from other people at work
    Dakini Rhode: And I’m here chatting with you in SL
    Fael Illyar: hyperconnectivity is quite interesting :)
    Dakini Rhode: also getting IMs from other ppl in SL
    Dakini Rhode: no more need to bilocate
    Pema Pera: so what we are doing in our explorations is something most people call “meditations” but I would actually prefer a more neutral term
    Pema Pera: I like “explorations”
    Pema Pera: just stopping what you’re doing, for a few seconds
    Pema Pera: and when you do that often enough
    Pema Pera: every day
    Pema Pera: somehow the daily grind doesn’t seem as convincing anymore
    Pema Pera: little holes begin to show up in the fabric of reality
    Faenik: could be

    Ha! The mysterious Faenik spoke up again. It seemed like (s)he was listening and occasionally giving responses which were quite fitting.

    Fael Illyar: I already tried that once and got my mind empty but I ended up with nothing to write.
    Pema Pera: like seeing things out of the corner of your eyes that you normally don’t see
    Pema Pera: new intuitions
    Dakini Rhode: i haven’t had much of anything to write for some time now…
    Pema Pera: inspirations
    Dakini Rhode: Is a phase
    Dakini Rhode: things come, things go…
    Pema Pera: write in your blog, Dakini, or write as PaB session reflections every 15 minutes?
    Dakini Rhode: o dear feet in the sake sorry
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: with blue blood okay perhaps

    Dakini had again put her feet up on the table, half over the tray she had placed there, and I was refering to the completely bluish appearance of her avatar.

    Dakini Rhode: yes both Pema
    Pema Pera: but if you just take a piece of paper and a pen, and let the pen hover over the paper, what happens :-)
    Pema Pera: ?
    Dakini Rhode: getting quiet
    Pema Pera: I mean after a 9-sec thingy?
    Dakini Rhode: silence
    Dakini Rhode: stillness
    Dakini Rhode: i suppose i could write that
    Pema Pera: sure
    Pema Pera: why not?
    Pema Pera: you don’t have to of course
    Pema Pera: but in my experience
    Pema Pera: doing so then triggers other things to happen
    Pema Pera: totally unexpected things
    Dakini Rhode: yes, makes sense
    Pema Pera: silence is like a hand on the doorknop
    Pema Pera: writing “silence” can be the extra little push to open the door

    I was happily surprised to hear that Fael had been doing the 9-seconds explorations already.

    Fael Illyar: I had the feeling there were many things floating around but nothing that would solidify enough to be possible to express in words.
    Pema Pera: It is not so much “expressing what happens into words” but more “spontaneously letting some words come out”
    Pema Pera: the words don’t have to express
    Pema Pera: or even be related in any way
    Faenik: why not?
    Pema Pera: they may of course
    Pema Pera: but they don’t need to

    I had answered Faenik as if the words had been spoken by Fael, but I then realized that they were printed in green and the “l” had been replaced by “nik” in the name :-)

    Pema Pera: btw, Faenik, I like your green interjections
    Pema Pera: where are you?
    Pema Pera: and how do you do that :-) ?
    Fael Illyar: Faenik is on my shoulder :)
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Fael Illyar: I analyzed my logs for things I say most often and picked a few of them for Faenik to randomly say.
    Fael Illyar: And a couple of things I haven’t really said but …

    So that was what was going on! I had noticed the cute fuzzy hairy creature sitting on Fael’s right shoulder, but had not realized that that could have been Faenik. Since I had a way to print in green as well, I produced a couple green lines as well:

    how nice!
    please do :-)
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Pema Pera wishes for a pet cat on his shoulder
    Fael Illyar: Wouldn’t be hard to modify Faenik so that I could make him say whatever I want

    Not having as large an inventory as Dakini or Storm, I had to satisfy myself with imagining a cat, my favorite animal, on my shoulder, but at least I could let that animal speak in green.

    invisible cat: Faenik, can you tell us a couple of things that Fael hasn’t really said yet?
    Fael Illyar: You’ll see them fast enough :)
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Fael Illyar: Faenik says something that somehow fits the situation surprisingly often
    Pema Pera: I noticed!
    Pema Pera: That is why I was getting curious
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.

    Ah, I should have guessed for the very first phrase that Faenik had said, who had thereby given away his/her identity! Indeed, that was an apt description of the animal sitting on Fael’s shoulder.

    Pema Pera: I liked the interjections
    invisible cat does not like hair balls
    but she likes the ears and eyes!!
    Pema Pera: Dakini, do you sometimes carry animals?
    Fael Illyar: It’s interesting how often those suit the moment. Makes it feel like it’s not just random
    Pema Pera: ah, they are scripted?
    Pema Pera: I mean you don’t choose them?
    Fael Illyar: I don’t say them myself, no. There is a notecard from which the script randomly chooses what to say
    Fael Illyar: at random intervals
    Pema Pera: ah, like “why not” and “could be” — sure, yes, they can fit many situations, and it is fun to see how we react to them!
    Pema Pera: like a type of oracle
    Fael Illyar: Yes :)
    invisible cat now feels very self-conscious
    not random enough (>_<)
    Pema Pera: well maybe I should give my cat a name
    =^ェ^=: how is this?
    Pema Pera: a pictogram really
    Fael Illyar: Hehe, that’s somewhat antiname :)
    Pema Pera: Japanese characters come in handy
    Pema Pera: katakana e
    Pema Pera: for a nose
    =^ェ^=: I am an anticat perhaps
    Pema Pera: anyway, what fun! But I have to go to an astronomy talk soon
    Pema Pera: put on my other hat

    At this announcement, Faenik started to talk non-randomly, to my surprise.

    Pema Pera: nice meeting you Fael!
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Faenik: see you later Pema.
    Fael Illyar: nice meeting you too Pema :)
    Pema Pera: So surprised to meet two Finns in SL speaking Japanese, within a couple weeks
    Fael Illyar: Strange coincidences are quite common.
    =^ェ^=: わたしも日本語喋るぞ!
    Fael Illyar: makes you wonder if they really are.
    =^ェ^=: そうそう
    Pema Pera: どうかなあ?
    Dakini Rhode: nice to meet you Fael, both my meetings ending at the same time….
    Fael Illyar: Yes, nice to meet you two :)
    Pema Pera: 日本語
    Pema Pera: 字引から日本語を習ったの?
    Pema Pera: 信じられないねえ
    Fael Illyar: はい、そうだね
    Pema Pera: 凄い!!!
    Pema Pera: そんなに速く日本語が書けますとか。。。。。
    Fael Illyar: 字引じゃない、本とかゲームとかから
    Pema Pera: すごい、本当に!
    Pema Pera: どうもどうも
    Fael Illyar: 字引は道具に過ぎない
    Dakini Rhode: have a good morning or evening as it may be….
    Pema Pera: you too, Dakini!
    Pema Pera: Nice meeting you, Fael!
    Dakini Rhode: tc
    Pema Pera: have to run to my meeting now!
    Fael Illyar: Ok, see you later :)
    Pema Pera: see you soon!

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