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Moriash Moreau: My Second Life
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Pictures from the Neighborhood
During my lunchtime SL visit, I took a few stereo images of some of the builds in and around my plot in Louise. These are all in cross-eyed stereo format.

This first one is Ingersoll and Bard Aesthetics in Abitibi, just across the sim border from me. This is the main storefront for Laura's art and Chrestomanci's microprim jewelry. (I also have a little widget vendor in the back.) It's not really this barren. I had to turn off the trees, because it was windy out and the swaying was messing with the perspective.

Here's one of the picnic tables in the Garden of Mo. On top is a picnic basket that dispenses sandwiches and drinks. (For a limited time, there are also copies of my HoloReader versions of Eastern Standard Tribe and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, if anyone is interested in getting copies in that format.) In the background is my little pond, and a couple of the building's for OmegaX Zapata's SL University project.

Here's my wishing well. (Modeled after a RL version built by my dad.) I'd planned on making it the entry to an underground house, but I never could get the teleports and the camera views to work out properly. It tends to ruin the illusion of being underground when your camera keeps revealing that your "cavern" is in fact 300m in the air. Behind the well, nestled in the weeds, is the Grave of Hope. I was having a really bad day when I built that. I really should delete it someday.

This is Rising Water, built by Bix Stavinsky. It's located in Abitibi, just north of the Garden, and east of OmegaX's Librarium. The pictures don't do it justice. The walls and stairs look like soap bubbles, or perhaps oil on water. There's also some nifty ice covered ponds on the broken ground below. I've always been partial to this build, and I wish Bix would return to finish it. Unfortunately, Bix hasn't been on since early May. I'm going to be sad when this land reverts to Governor Linden.

Here's a random prefab marble mansion in southern Abitibi. The white tablets at upper right are for-sale markers for Anshe Chung's real estate concern. They've been there for months. Large chunks of Louise are occupied empty rental plots and small fly-by-night apartment buildings. Louise and Abitibi just don't seem to be very hot properties. They're located at the "end of the world," which is sometimes desirable for houses (because areas outside of sims appear as water, making world's edge land appear to be oceanfront). But their location at the edge of the grid, in combination with the distance from the telehubs (over 800m), also places them far from the normal flight paths. As such, clubs and retail ventures seldom last long in my neighborhood. That suits me just fine. With any luck, no new sims will be added to the east any time soon.

An attempt at a treehouse in southeast Louise. You can see a bit of the Herald tower to the right, and the front of the Librarium to the left. The land in southeast Louise has had a particularly high turnover rate. In the last few months, it's had several pre-fab houses, gaudy first-builds, ill-conceived shopping centers, and closed-before-they-open clubs. In fact, there's a neat little swamp-themed shopping center just a bit south, based on the new continent fishing village library buildings. (I would have photographed it as well, but it's currently littered with unphotogenic red and white Rent-o-Matic boxes.) I don't expect it to last long.

Another view of the Librarium. I air brushed out the second hand on the clock, to conceal the elapsed time between the left eye and right eye images (about 15 seconds). You can see a bit of Rising Water to the right, as well as a partially built tattoo shop (the reddish mound on far right that looks a bit like a mantle clock). The latter has been rebuilt three times now. At least they don't have a giant revolving sign this time.

Here's the Second Life Interactive Theatre. This is apparently another abandoned build. I haven't seen the builder in quite a while. Too bad. She had some interesting ideas about improvisational theatre and other drama-related activities. This was her First Land build (512 square meters), and was thus necessarily small and intimate. She had plans to build a larger stage when things took off. Hopefully, she'll come back soon. SL theatre has had a dismal track record so far, and it'd be nice to see someone make a decent attempt at it.

And, finally, here's a view of SkyPod 3 by the light of a blue moon... Which is somehow reflected white... On the nonexistent water that appears beyond the camera cutoff range. Still, it's kind of a neat picture.

okay i know it's not the architectural marvel that is Rising Water or whatever Bix's place is called, but doesn't the Herald building merit its own pic?? I mean, sheesh, what do we have to do, give you a big profile as Louise's biggest nosy parker before we get any attention ourselves?


jk, man. glad to see you're still at it here. hope to bump into you on the grid.
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