Gather Your Memories of the Forgotten City in Second Life

Forgotten City (general)

It’s been one of my favourite locations on the grid for many years. Jeanne Dibou’s fabulous Forgotten City is a magical place, maintained by the automatons left behind when the residents abandoned it.

Forgotten City (general)

I’ve posted multiple times about this destination, the JD Mechanical Toy Factory, and Jenne. She’s the talent who created my house. I am obviously emotionally attached to the place.

Forgotten City (general)

It was, you’ll understand, sad news to me that the sim is being sold. We have another week or so to poke around and gather enough memories to sustain us.

Forgotten City (general)

If you’ve never been – you must go!! Forgotten City is full of characters, vignettes, mechanical bridges, a tugboat that will give you a tour, air vehicles that will take you around, big buildings, small alleys, and machines of all sizes and descriptions.

Take the time to explore this amazing City. Enjoy!

Forgotten City (general)

My First Taste of Fall in Second Life & Upcoming Weather Drama

Apple Fall (moderate)

It’s that time of year (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) when sim owners’ thoughts turn to autumn. We’ll see more and more of the orange/yellow/brown colour schemes in the coming months, but right now Apple Fall’s home island is a good location to try out your new fall wardrobe.

Apple Fall (moderate)

I’ve been thinking a lot about weather lately and, in particular, the upcoming fall and winter. Here, in my real life section of the west coast of North America, we have been bombarded with dire – yet vague – warnings for months.

The whole thing can be boiled down to something that sounds like the title of a bad movie – EL NIÑO vs THE BLOB.

Apple Fall (moderate)

The first protagonist is one I’m sure you’ve heard of. The Pacific Ocean warms up and our weather turns wetter, or dryer, but definitely warmer. Other things happen in other places.

The second character is new. People, who like to pay attention to these things, have been watching a patch of ocean off our coast about the size of British Columbia and about 100m deep. It’s been hanging around for a while and it’s unusually warm. The technical term for it, apparently, is The Blob.

It seems that some kind of drama will happen when they meet for the first time.

Apple Fall (moderate)

I have some questions about this. Will there be a countdown clock? We have to schedule our lives, so some information would be helpful.

I assume this will be an event, not a process, in which case – will it be livestreamed? Who is doing that? We all have to start thinking about viewing parties.

I’ll be very disappointed if the two creatures meet and our new Overlords don’t rise from the deep. With that in mind, what does one wear to this kind of thing and will there be subtitles?

Apple Fall (moderate)

The Process of Learning, In & Out of Second Life

Illumination Island and Bibliotheque (moderate)

I don’t have children, but I can’t avoid the news that it is the beginning of a new school year for those who do. This has made me ponder the various learning methods and opportunities afforded to us all.

Inworld I explored three sister islands this morning. On the first is a library offering “collections of literary classics, religious works, philosophy and history”, which is very cool. They have a group and events which, if literature is your thing, you should check out.

The second island, gives you a chance to experience the Wilanow Royal Palace↑ in Warsaw. You could spend a long time wandering these halls and grounds. The third region, Museum Island, is crammed with ancient monuments and structures from a variety of cultures. They provide historical data/explanatory texts and give you a chance to see important works you may only have heard of (or, in many cases, have never heard of).

I love sites like this, because I’m never going to get to these places any other way.

Illumination Island and Bibliotheque (moderate)

My encounters with learning in the physical world are varied and unending. Who knew, for example, that you’re supposed to replace a furnace filter more than once every 6 years?

Or, how could I know that the designers of a modern computer tower wouldn’t take into consideration that water can be spilled when they decided that some USB ports should face the sky? My mouse now acts like it ate bad sushi and is experiencing uncontrolled stomach spasms. sigh

The newest addition to the household is also being educated. I’m using flash cards – “Yes, this is a squirrel, the enemy, you can chase them. These are the cats, the good guys, you cannot chase them!” I get the feeling this is going to take a while.

Wilanow Royal Palace (moderate)

One of my favourite “learning” past-times involves those television series where an historian travels in the footsteps of some explorer, or wanders around the ruins of a lost city.

One of the first shows I remember being captivated by involved a man in the traditional khaki fighting his way through the Central American jungle. I can’t remember his name. It wasn’t Michael Wood, I don’t think, but a very similar type.

The British are superb at this type of television. There is often an understated acknowledgement of post-colonial guilt, and a history of under-estimating the intelligence of other cultures. Mostly, it’s just great visuals and fascinating bits of information.

Museum Island (moderate)

I bring this up because I encountered a new series yesterday. Treasures of the Indus, is a 3 part exploration of the history of the Indian sub-continent and it’s very different from anything I’ve watched before. Oh it has the beautiful images, and the first episode taught me many things.

The big difference though is the guide. Sona Datta is smart and well educated and well spoken, which so far doesn’t make her much different from the men I’ve watched. However, she is also quite snarky (in an understated way) and funny.

I can’t imagine Michael Wood (or the others I’ve seen) introducing the greek influence on Buddhist art by referring to Alexander’s “testosterone-fueled mission to outdo Darius the Great”. I didn’t know about the impact the Greeks had on Buddhism, but that line about Alexander means I won’t forget it.

If you get a chance, do watch this series. I may have to see them multiple times – partly because her throw-away digs at other historians mean I spend a lot of time googling the names of these people. Sona’s opinions on everything shine through – but, I feel like I’ve learned something. That’s what counts right?

Now, where are those flashcards?

Museum Island (moderate)

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