“Tracing One Warm Line” Through Second Life

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In a lot of ways Second Life reminds me of Canada. No really! First of all it feels enormous. The distance across this country, from the provincial capital on the west coast to the one furthest east, is 7,314 km by road (that’s over 4,500 miles in American).

The grid isn’t that big, but it seems that way. I’ll never see everything.

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The diversity of people, cultures, and landscapes is just as evident. The fact that earlier explorers had it much harder than we do is vaguely similar – although we don’t actually risk our lives to see what’s out there.

There’s a tradition for many in Canada to do at least one cross-country trip. The notion of going from sea to sea (Atlantic to Pacific) is something that captures our imagination and we like to try and do it at least once. The really adventurous touch all three of our ocean boundaries.  The Arctic is, unfortunately, not included in most of our journeys.

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Early travelers kept trying to find an “easy” way to get to the orient from Europe – the Northwest Passage was the route so many were sure would make it possible to go around the continent. Those who tried have become part of the history of my country. Their names, and those of the land-based explorers, are part of our story.

Today few attempt↑ the hazards of those cold waters. The rest of us use cars or the railway to make our way. I have it much easier on the grid, I just teleport. :)

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I started thinking about all of this because I’ve been listening to the song I’m including at the end of this post. Stan Rogers↑ was a glorious Canadian talent. I met him a few times and when he died I was just one of those with tears in her eyes trying to absorb the loss.

This song was once voted the best choice for an alternate National Anthem. We don’t have one of those in Second Life, but we are all explorers. There’s a lot to see, a lot of people to meet and a lot to learn. We are creating our own history and everybody is part of the story.

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  1. Spiral Silverstar

     /  October 20, 2012

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    • It’s a great sim and, yes Yooma & Yman deserved a mention. I was just a little caught up in my musings. :) Thank you for the video!

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  2. If you recall, early on the sheer size of Second Life prompted many a blogger to undertake on-foot treks across continents, and even where possible from one continent to another. There was also a woman, Dahlia Jayaram, who decided to circumnavigate them all entirely by balloon and she published a few (free) e-books about the experience. [http://issuu.com/dahliasweet/docs/thegreatballoonadventuresansara]

    To see the truly beautiful, artistic, and well-maintained regions one must teleport (Grid-hop, I call it) to private sims, but there is a lot to be said for overland & sea travel. I find many people never go anywhere in SL other than their chosen roleplay area, or the few clubs they frequent, or on hunts (and that’s not exploring or paying attention to surrounding, it’s just acquisitiveness) and they have little clue of the topography of the Second Life Grid or the adventure of traversing it. Many speculate that gradually Linden Lab will whittle the Mainlands down to minimal areas, collecting tier for private servers and relieving themselves of the burden of providing vast public areas. Compartmentalizing the Grid like that would be a shame I think, because it’s the feeling of vastness that is part of the appeal of Second Life. The long warm line shouldn’t all just be “connect the dots.”

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    • I agree – and a good start would be to get on the LL Railroad and journey across the mainland. That would be a cool trip for a group of friends. :)

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