2008.09.03 07:00 - On the Run

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    In today's episode, our intrepid heroes find themselves faced with a fast, barreling Cat4 region restart.  Will they get out in time with Being intact?  Can they recover sufficiently to expound prodigiously?  Read the transcript dear readers for answers to these important questions and more....xo Cal

    Good Morning!!...

    Caledonia Heron: hey there Doug :)
    doug Sosa: hi cal.
    Caledonia Heron: rezzing....
    doug Sosa: feels strange, no?
    Caledonia Heron: lol, feels strange, yes :)
    doug Sosa: its fun to see everyone in their grey sweats. :)
    Caledonia Heron: just came from the gym :)
    doug Sosa: me too.
    Caledonia Heron: how's life going? haven't seen you for a bit
    doug Sosa: life? Wow. Let's see..
    doug Sosa: since much of what i do is try to get others to look at the larger picture, i have to look at it too.

    Uh-Oh, better make a plan...

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

    More hello's, more plan making...

    doug Sosa: so that is kind of a frame for "how is life going..."
    Caledonia Heron: uh oh, restart in 5 min ... what to do?
    doug Sosa: lets sit it out rather than leave as in New Orleans.. :)
    Caledonia Heron: mmm, ok - or we could go to my place and come back in a bit
    Caledonia Heron: hey Maxine :)
    doug Sosa: hi maxine.
    Caledonia Heron: we just got a system message that says the region will restart soon
    Maxine Walden: hi, Cal and doug
    Maxine Walden: oh, shall we relocate?
    doug Sosa: cal is inviting us to her place, outside the region, cause the region is going to shut down in a few minutes.
    Caledonia Heron: would you care to come to my place for a few minutes and then we'll return?
    Maxine Walden: love to
    Caledonia Heron: k
    doug Sosa: sure.
    Caledonia Heron: sec

    Gosh, no pressure...

    Second Life: Your region will restart in 3 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.

    OK, we're on the move...

    Caledonia Heron has offered friendship to Maxine Walden
    Caledonia Heron has offered friendship to doug Sosa
    Maxine Walden is Online
    doug Sosa is Online
    Caledonia Heron: please accept my friendship so I can tp you
    doug Sosa: done.

    We decamp to Magoja to outrun the restart named Gustav....

    Teleport completed from
    The region you have entered is running a different simulator version. Click this message for details.
    Caledonia Heron: we can sit over here :)
    Maxine Walden: wow, Cal, lovely place, and love the frogs
    Caledonia Heron: thank you :)
    Maxine Walden: oh, and other wildlife too?
    doug Sosa: yes!!
    Caledonia Heron: I just redecorated - whole new look :)
    Caledonia Heron: nice! you are my first visitors in my redone digs :)
    doug Sosa: delighted.
    doug Sosa: love the postures.
    Maxine Walden: yes, what a privilege, sort of back to Nature
    Caledonia Heron: yes, indoor/outdoor living :)
    Caledonia Heron: you cut your hair Maxine :) cute
    Maxine Walden: yes, thanks, trying to update or 'redo' myself a bit
    doug Sosa: it just shows the allure of garden connection.
    Caledonia Heron: good - I heard you are also making a space for yourself?
    doug Sosa: me? Not yet. Waiting to get land..
    Caledonia Heron: the allure of garden... you mean the indoor/outdoor living?
    Maxine Walden: yes, I did get a plot on the beach and Storm helped me to get a beach house, really love being more 'inworld';
    doug Sosa: yes. i've just finished draft of a book called "gardenworld politics" so ..
    Caledonia Heron: cool Maxine - I will come visit :)
    doug Sosa: :)
    Caledonia Heron: sounds like a fascinating book Doug
    Maxine Walden: oh,yes please do. And doug, does sound fascinating, your book
    doug Sosa: i hope so :)

    In a fresh element, we take stock of our surroundings...

    Caledonia Heron: lol, we're kind of fidgety ... these poses make me laugh
    doug Sosa: like we are nervous being together.
    Maxine Walden: oh, please say more, doug
    doug Sosa: can't think...:)
    Caledonia Heron: or representative of the fact we're always in motion :) I didn't notice how busy my husband was until we flew to Hawaii... man, he was constantly in motion and we were seated on a plane :)
    Caledonia Heron: tell me when you think we should go back to the pavillion - I have no idea how long a restart takes
    Maxine Walden: Cal, are these poses programmed into your place here, or are they just our avs?
    doug Sosa: why not just stay here...?
    Maxine Walden: I have not experienced such restlessness with my AV, might be the local wildlife
    Caledonia Heron: the poses are scripts contained within the poseballs that are part of the chairs
    Maxine Walden: ah, that is interesting, you factor in our 'wildlife' a bit
    Caledonia Heron: works for me Doug ... if others come they will not know we decamped
    Caledonia Heron: lol, yes Maxine .... we are wildlife :)
    doug Sosa: well it was way past the beginning so..
    Caledonia Heron: yeah, makes sense Doug ... sometimes people come late
    Caledonia Heron: I like the idea of meeting at each others places
    doug Sosa: yes. i am looking forward to building.. but how much time did it take?
    Caledonia Heron: mmm, I am a shopper, not really a builder
    Caledonia Heron: I'm a very good shopper :)
    Maxine Walden: it is nice to meet at each others places as well, yes Cal how long to redo your place?
    Caledonia Heron: it does take some time to get arranged though
    Maxine Walden: ah, and where do you shop, any recommendations?
    Caledonia Heron: After I gathered what I wanted, about an hour
    Caledonia Heron: before I had a treehouse, this time a gazebo ... I use the search function to find the main piece and go from there
    doug Sosa: who is joey?
    Caledonia Heron: plus for me, landscaping and wildlife are important
    Caledonia Heron: Joey is the squirrel that's running around out there
    Maxine Walden: thanks, don't know joey, oh a squirrel?
    Caledonia Heron: I set him on free run so he goes where he likes
    Caledonia Heron: he cracks me up

    Little kids think about Being too...

    Caledonia Heron: I was at a favorite swimming hole Monday
    Caledonia Heron: and overheard my daughter talking to her friend
    doug Sosa: me too. amazing how visceral our reactions to these littel pixel critters is.
    doug Sosa: no, not your daugher... what were they saying?
    Caledonia Heron: something like ... "maybe what we're doing is all a dream ... what if we're dreaming about a dream and it's really a dream".... I was blown away
    Maxine Walden: that is amazing...how old is your daughter?
    Caledonia Heron: I haven't really talked to her about pab
    Caledonia Heron: she is 13
    Caledonia Heron: she and her friend are at the point of sorting things out I think
    doug Sosa: its the difference between blood and ketchup?
    Caledonia Heron: it was so tuned in to the whole pab thing I was caught by surprise
    Caledonia Heron: one goes better with french fries :)
    Maxine Walden: yes, so interesting, and at that age, so much is new, possible, dreamable
    Caledonia Heron: watch this :)
    doug Sosa: both dreaming and being awake. Wake up my beloved.
    doug Sosa: oh, how did the screen go up?
    Maxine Walden: ah, sheer curtains as doors, wonderful Cal
    Caledonia Heron: lovely Doug :)
    Maxine Walden: Cal's magic
    Caledonia Heron: yes, flexi drapes :)

    Sometimes an articifical reality reminds us of an old reality, now just as artificial as our memories...

    Maxine Walden: special frog, Bull frog?
    doug Sosa: there is a house, forty years old, in the berkeley hills, built like this, litttle bigger
    doug Sosa: forty years..
    Caledonia Heron: yes Maxine :)
    Caledonia Heron: very cool Doug
    Caledonia Heron: I could camp out like this easy :)
    Maxine Walden: ah. love frogs, nice Doug, where in the Berkeley hills?
    doug Sosa: i saw it in an architectural mag years ago. Held up with telephone poles.
    doug Sosa: i never found the house, cause by the time i "saw" it i was no longer living in Berkeley.
    Maxine Walden: it has stayed in your mind for some time
    doug Sosa: well, as soon as i arrived here...

    I sent out a group IM to let people know where we were, because maybe they were wondering...

    Caledonia Heron: hi Fael :)
    Faenik loves wells!
    Fael Illyar: Hi Cal, Maxine, Doug :)
    doug Sosa: hey :)
    Caledonia Heron: please join us :)
    Maxine Walden: nice to email the group, oh, hi Fael
    Caledonia Heron: you got my group im, yes?
    Maxine Walden: im the group
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I looked at the clock then :)
    doug Sosa: fael tracked us here by smell...
    Caledonia Heron: has the region restarted? did you come from the pavilion?
    Fael Illyar: no, from my own house :)
    Caledonia Heron: ah ok :)
    Caledonia Heron: is it a pab house? or elsewhere?
    Fael Illyar: PaB house, this same region :)
    Caledonia Heron: awesome, I have not seen it ... may I visit sometime?
    Fael Illyar: Of course :)
    Caledonia Heron: thanks!
    doug Sosa: I am having house envy.
    Caledonia Heron: I was telling Maxine and Doug I just did an overhaul.... from the treehouse to gazebo :)
    Maxine Walden: yes, it would be nice to see each others' places
    Fael Illyar: Well, it's mostly built by Moon though :)
    Fael Illyar: It's lovely :)
    Caledonia Heron: thank you :)
    Caledonia Heron: it feels cozy
    Caledonia Heron: and open
    Caledonia Heron: at the same time :)
    Fael Illyar: Yes :)

    The power of artificial realities, equally as compelling as other aspects of other realities...

    doug Sosa: normal clothes feel not quite right here, like something very simple ?
    Maxine Walden: very basic, yes, doug
    Caledonia Heron: sure, a barefoot place :)
    doug Sosa: barefoot yes.
    Maxine Walden: Cal, is that a frog in the middle of that blue flower?
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Caledonia Heron: yes, there's a frog by the pond :)
    Maxine Walden: oh, I think it is a butterfly in the flower
    Fael Illyar: Yes, butterfly :)
    Caledonia Heron: yes, butterflies scattered around
    Maxine Walden: wonderful
    Caledonia Heron: plus some birds and of course Joey :)
    Caledonia Heron: have not put the beehive back out yet ... still fiddling around
    Maxine Walden: haven't see Joey yet
    doug Sosa: i love the birch trees behind fael.
    Caledonia Heron: he's somewhere out front
    Maxine Walden: yes, those are lovely trees
    doug Sosa: how can you tell where joey is?
    Caledonia Heron: part of why I picked this spot :)
    Fael Illyar: Who's joey?
    Caledonia Heron: I know his basic range and look for the movement
    doug Sosa: the local faenik
    Caledonia Heron: a little squirrel
    Fael Illyar: ah, squirrel :)
    Caledonia Heron: there he is ... front and center
    Maxine Walden: oh?
    Faenik: why not?
    Caledonia Heron: use your camera ... you'll find him :)
    Caledonia Heron: he's standing up, eating acorns now :)
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Maxine Walden: I see him near the pond
    doug Sosa: what goes in in SL doesn't have to come out.
    Caledonia Heron: yes, that's right
    Maxine Walden: it is amazing the emotional atmosphere available here in SL, what these 'illusions' can create in terms of experience
    doug Sosa: violates th third law of thermodynamics
    Caledonia Heron: yes, it's very compelling isn't it?
    Maxine Walden: what violates the third law, doug?
    Caledonia Heron: when I try to explain the power of sl to people who are skeptical that's the part they don't get... I tell them, you just have to try it :)
    doug Sosa: the third: stuff in = stuff out :)
    doug Sosa: in this case, acorns
    Fael Illyar: Yes, "no one can be told what "The Matrix" is, you have to experience it for yourself" suits here :P
    Maxine Walden: lol, doug. I am beginning to sense that if one immerses into sl the possibility for very creative imagination is possible, a rather new thought for me
    Caledonia Heron: my gosh Maxine, it's huge
    Caledonia Heron: today I have purple hair and a whole new house :)
    Caledonia Heron: it's whatever I make up on any given day

    Ownership of your reality, whichever one it is...

    Fael Illyar: the speed with which you can make things is ... well, very fast.
    Fael Illyar: after initial learning period
    Maxine Walden: all these 'realities'
    Caledonia Heron: yes Fael, absolutely
    Faenik: why not?
    Fael Illyar: so far I've mostly concentrated on my AV though.
    Caledonia Heron: just like each of our own everyday realities :)
    Caledonia Heron: avs are fun, for sure :)
    Caledonia Heron: Maxine cut her hair, I foresee more transformation soon :)
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I'm looking forward to more :)
    Fael Illyar likes the change.
    Caledonia Heron: me too :)
    Maxine Walden: smiles; hope so, stay tuned! Hoping to get some new clothes and try new stuff
    doug Sosa: yes.
    Caledonia Heron: cool!
    Maxine Walden: taken awhile, but we each have our timing in these things
    Fael Illyar: if you need some pointers, I can give you some landmarks and perhaps even show you around if the timing is right :)
    doug Sosa: landmarks for..?
    Caledonia Heron: good idea Fael, yes I have lm's too
    Fael Illyar: places where you can get things :)
    doug Sosa: ah.
    Caledonia Heron: hair, skin, clothes, plants, houses, furniture, you name it :)
    Maxine Walden: I had not fully recognized how much I was holding onto RL ways prior. Thanks, Fael, I am sure you could be very helpful, would appreciate landmarks and such
    Maxine Walden: yes, signposts to all those things would be most helpful
    Caledonia Heron: typically people redo their av first, then their environment
    Caledonia Heron: and when you start on the av, first it's hair and skin :)
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I'm still mostly doing things with my AV :)
    Maxine Walden: oh, can see that sequence
    doug Sosa: i just got stuck with mine and now I am beginning to look like it!
    Caledonia Heron: lol Doug!

    Where do you stand with Being?... (joke alert)...

    Caledonia Heron: hey, have you consisdered the appreciate the presence of appearance as a presentation by Being aspect?
    Fael Illyar: although, I'm going in a bit unsual direction and designing new wings now :)
    doug Sosa: something to live up too, like an arranged marriage.
    Fael Illyar: well ... for the last 2 months actually :)
    Fael Illyar: been slowly getting faster doing it without getting attached to it :)
    Fael Illyar: used to be I could spend just a few minutes at a time.
    Caledonia Heron: sometimes I get this falling vertigo response, others, more like wow, it's amazing how complicated this stuff that's made up is :)
    doug Sosa: i notice that when i am around, being often doesn't pay attention to me.
    doug Sosa: (joke).
    Faenik loves wells!
    Maxine Walden: what is your experience in the appearance as a presentation of Being
    Caledonia Heron: do you owe Being money Doug?
    Caledonia Heron: [another joke :)]
    Maxine Walden: lol
    doug Sosa: no but it owes me!
    Fael Illyar: :) that one made me laugh.
    Caledonia Heron: LOL,
    Caledonia Heron: I think Being might consider itself paid in full :)
    doug Sosa: that's part of why it is so... unconcerned and smug.
    Caledonia Heron: funny
    Fael Illyar: just unconcerned
    Maxine Walden: paid in full and maybe we are too when we can pay attention to Being (pun on paying)
    Caledonia Heron: yes, good one Maxine
    Caledonia Heron: there's a funny SpongeBob joke on that too
    Maxine Walden: unconcerned maybe but not necessarily indifferent?
    Maxine Walden: SpongeBob?
    Caledonia Heron: SpongeBob Squarepants, do you know it?
    Maxine Walden: nope
    Fael Illyar: indifferent is different :)
    Caledonia Heron: ah, ok, it's kids sprogramming, really hilarious about a little square sponge that works at the Crusty Crab flipping crabby patties

    [The joke is that SpongeBob is talking about Mr. Crabs, saying he is soooo cheap, he can't even "pay" attention]

    Would Being miss us?...a brass tack here...

    Caledonia Heron: I think being is absolutely indifferent
    Faenik: indeed?
    Maxine Walden: ah, don't see kids programming much these days, thanks
    Caledonia Heron: yes Faenik, I do
    Maxine Walden: indifferent, Cal?
    doug Sosa: oh, i really do not think it is indifferent. we are part of its completion it would miss if something wasn't there.
    doug Sosa: i usually feel that being meets me more than half way.
    Caledonia Heron: hmmm, interesting
    doug Sosa: we have accommodated to each other..
    Caledonia Heron: I think it's what it is, and sometimes I see it better than others
    Fael Illyar: there's no 'we' :)
    doug Sosa: we in the sense that, if not me, then something else, but something. no holes in being.
    Fael Illyar: although it's sometimes interesting to think with that assumption :)
    Fael Illyar: my view is that self is a filter and Being is behind it.
    Caledonia Heron: if you think of self as an appearance of sorts, even the self would be Being, yes?
    doug Sosa: the filter has qualities?
    doug Sosa: even personality?
    Faenik: ????^^
    Fael Illyar: the filter directs the seeing.
    Fael Illyar: and possibly colours it
    Fael Illyar: and can modify itself.

    Doug and Maxine vaporize...

    doug Sosa: no bells, lost track of time, ... i needs must go bye :) thanks for hosting, beautiful, all of you too.
    Fael Illyar: Ok, see you later Doug :)
    doug Sosa is Offline
    Caledonia Heron: ok, nice to see you Doug :) stop by anytime :)
    Caledonia Heron: gosh, he's quick
    Fael Illyar: it's interesting to have people using the bells for timers in the meetings :)
    Maxine Walden: sorry I had to take a phonecall, and now must go. Appreciate the conversation you have been having last few minutes and would love to continue this notion of self and Being...
    Fael Illyar: Ok, talk to you later Maxine :)
    Caledonia Heron: ok Maxine nice to see you ... let me know if you need sl help :)
    Caledonia Heron: stop by anytime :)
    Fael Illyar: yes, I'm available often too :)
    Maxine Walden: Will see you both later ...thanks to you both for your offers
    Maxine Walden: bye
    Caledonia Heron: bye :)

    Turning pixels to pennies...

    Fael Illyar: it's been a while since I last went shopping for much. Lately I just go look at what I heard from friends.
    Caledonia Heron: me too .... it kind of comes in spurts... I get an idea to do something and go nuts for a short while, then lay low
    Fael Illyar: ah, yes, me too :)
    Fael Illyar: designing new wings is a bit bigger task than going nuts for a short while though :)
    Faenik: why not?
    Caledonia Heron: yes, I can see that it might ... the ones you have on look so delicate
    Fael Illyar: still inexperienced doing it and ... well ... ok, my first wings were made like that :)
    Fael Illyar: what I'm wearing now is the first I've ever made
    Caledonia Heron: really? very nice :)
    Fael Illyar: took around 3-4 days with around 25 hours spent :)
    Caledonia Heron: wow, intense!
    Fael Illyar: click on them if you want to see them brighter for a moment :)
    Caledonia Heron: oh wow! that's amazing
    Caledonia Heron: it's an on/off script?
    Fael Illyar: not on/off :)
    Fael Illyar: they react to my movement :)
    Caledonia Heron: oh, I see
    Caledonia Heron: very cool
    Caledonia Heron: nice job
    Fael Illyar: thank you :)
    Faenik: ????^^
    Fael Illyar wonders if the brightness period from clicking could use increasing...
    Caledonia Heron: yes, a little longer would be lovely .....
    Fael Illyar: how about now?
    Fael Illyar: well... not really longer but brighter
    Caledonia Heron: yes, they are brighter when I click them
    Caledonia Heron: nice
    Fael Illyar: been a while since I touched the script :)
    Fael Illyar: I'll try a bit less bright :)
    Caledonia Heron: yeah, it's funny when code goes cold.... you have to look it over a bit :)
    Faenik loves wells!
    Fael Illyar: oh, settings were reset too.
    Fael Illyar goes poking at the defaults
    Caledonia Heron: lol, it's endless!
    Fael Illyar: yes, now it works :)
    Caledonia Heron: yeah, looks good!
    Caledonia Heron: you could sell those
    Caledonia Heron: maybe you already do :)
    Fael Illyar: I've been planning to but not managed yet :)
    Fael Illyar: and there's a new design coming up with a trick that'll help me give these a 3d look :)
    Caledonia Heron: wow, that will be a nice touch
    Fael Illyar: Yes, something to see from every angle :)
    Fael Illyar: at the moment they sort of vanish if you look from the side
    Caledonia Heron: yes, they do ...3D will be a great addition

    Sigh-yo-nar-uh Fael-san...

    Caledonia Heron: uh-oh ... phone
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Caledonia Heron: gotta scoot :)
    Fael Illyar: ok, have fun :)
    Caledonia Heron: bye, see you soon :)
    Fael Illyar: you too :)

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