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back to New Babbage

Babbage Square (153, 174, 121). As described at SecondLife.com: http://secondlife.com/destination/new-babbage

New Babbage rezzed much faster this time, which was nice.

Nothing spoils touring like waiting for your environment to appear.

I made a determined effort to see new things and look for activities, as you can see in a few signs that advertise upcoming events. Mostly, because everything was rezzing at a better pace, I discovered how huge the Babbage region is—see the map in the images. I haven’t even scratched the surface of visiting everything, but I really like the combination of industrial and urban cultural settings, docks and industry and museums and libraries. Unlike the Long Island build I visited a few weeks ago where it’s all upscale, you expect to see both working class and royalty in Babbage. Of course, I didn’t see anyone, and that’s a valid complaint about Second Life®. I understand that you can’t have a space as big as a world, created by the world, and expect everyone to be there at all times, but it is still disappointing, even when you are just sightseeing.

Here’s an interesting New Babbage site: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/reader/

Someone else made a return to New Babbage and compared it to the earlier build in this video:

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Blue Lotus Okiya

Waiting for Blue Lotus Okiya to rez was worth the wait. Here’s how they describe themselves:

The Blue Lotus Okiya, a place of tradition and artistry since 2007. Women of culture, intelligence and distinction. Geisha with honor, grace and beauty. In an environment rich with traditional values combined with sisterhood and support.

Actually, I didn’t see any geisha or women or anyone else, not that I’m complaining about wandering alone, but a few role-playing characters would add another layer of virtual reality to the space.

Located in Renge Koyama (140, 136,30), BLO is a vast build in a mountainous region. I’m sure I didn’t see it all, but perhaps the pictures show otherwise. It takes some serious walking to get around, as flying is forbidden. I think that adds to the tranquil atmosphere, though.

Happy Pi Day from Exploratorium

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Exploratorium/95/87/24
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Exploratorium/95/87/24

Travel to the past not all that fun

I did make it to Prehistorica, the Dawn Kingdoms and chose to travel back to the Mesozoic Era (the only choice). I expected some attacks by what animals were roaming then, but it seems I should have stopped in the shop and bought a dinosaur avatar first and become my own prehistoric beast. A few people did, but I was not frightened of them.

It was a well-made, lush sim but lacked enough to do. If there were any hiding dinosaurs, I wish they had come out to chase me. The one dragon you see was someone’s avatar and while interesting to look at, he did not know his role very well. There were a couple of gnat avatars flying around and being annoying—avatars, too.