Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Star Journey Island

Star Journey Island


Joshua has been hanging around at Chez Sha, wishing to learn more of Second Life. Sha pulls up the Destination Guide, on her computer, and looks in the "Cosmic" section. An interesting one grabs her attention, with the introduction, "Unleash your own power! Play and explore in virtual world version of Star Journey Symbol Method. Interactive Symbols lead to valuable personal insights and inspiration. Enjoy beautiful gardens and sky galleries in this spiritual and empowering sim. Based on Richard Geer’s latest book: “Star Journey – A Cosmology of Self.”. She gives Joshua the address and sends him, closely followed by her telepathic robo cam, to explore.

Arriving there, the first thing he notices is there is much less lag here, compared to most sims he'd seen. The adventure strarts in a translucent blue room, with moving stars wall texture. There are signs on the walls, providing helpful information about the sim and navigating it. A welcome sign gives a warm greeting.

Dear Seeker- 
I invite you, come discover Star Journey Island.
It's full of meaning, and fun to explore.
You'll learn more about yourself in the process.
May you always find what you seek.
Love and Light
Richard H. Geer
Star Journey Author

Another sign recomends using their TP HUB, for getting around the sim, via following symbol cards, and provides it free. It is important to use this, because it also gives information about what the symbols stand for. You can just walk around, but, as you can see on the map, your path will trace a flower, with half your time spent retracing your steps. On the ground, we see why there is low lag.

The ground is very roughly shaped and textured. We learn that the outward sights are not the adventure here. Our attention begins to have more freedom, to decipher the symbols and related objects, as we spend time in each of many sections, on the ground and skyboxes. The instructions have also told us to touch everything we find, to receive valuable clues and objects to use on your journey, like the torch, for finding your way in the cave.

Most areas will have chairs or pillows to sit on, so you can spend time thinking. While stationary, you can look at the surrounding objects, with your perv cam. The black box, behind Joshua, contained six Mardi Gras mask objects. Their unusual construction inspires a whole new genre of SL art, which we hadn't tried before. The sim has, indeed, kept it's promise to  "Unleash your own power".

Many objects are interactive and provide accessories for you to use. In one, called `Magic Mirror', sitting on the pose ball forces the camera to look at the mirror, while your av gets put behind the mirror and goes through a series of menu driven, animations. In another, you get a musical instrument and become a snake charmer. Don't worry, he won't bite. What you're playing might not sound musical to you, but to him it sounds like one of his favorite, old Beatle's tunes.

Each of the symbol cards, in the HUD, will give information about the symbol and provide a TP to the area that represents it. Here, we explore one of the symbols, called "The Crown". It is the sign of fulfillment through sincere leadership and wise guidance (83). The TP takes you to an ornate Egyptian chamber, with golden thrones to sit on, in regal manner. Afterwards, we find free crown objects, in small and large sizes, to complete the look and feel of being in charge.

There are many symbols to explore. Each will direct you to principles and how they apply to your real and virtual lives. LM this sim and take periodic breaks from your `same ol', same ol'. It will recharge your inner battery and greatly assist you in getting to "know thyself".

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Joshua's Do It Yourself Guide

Notice: Although the story here is contrived, the principles, contained within, if understood and applied, can and will improve the reader's outlook on Life, in both real life and in virtual worlds like Second Life

Now that Josh and Sha were friends, he decided to go see her home on Sunweaver Bay, which she had just wriiten about. We were so glad to see him, it was hard to keep from bubbling over with laughter. He got the nickle tour of the house, since we knew he could read more out of it than most would. After the tour, we go to the living room and Josh goes over and admires the Pneumatic Crystal Lattice painting. Turning back, he smiles and says,"OK, I know you have a million more questions."

Well of course there are questions and we begin by asking if he knew what could be put into a blog and be of interest and help your mission. "Oh my Dad, I could write a book about it", he replied. "I guess you could call it `the Do It Yourself Guide to heaven'",  he said with a giggle.

The Do It Yourself Guide to heaven

Some people just can't take anybody’s' word for anything. They have to prove everything for themselves. Everything they hear is subject to debate until they have personally tested it's veracity for themselves. That is how it should be. What someone else claims to be true and knowledge, is just so much information to you. That which you have tested, for yourself, is all that you can claim to be true and known. If you recognize what has just been said as being the truth, it's because you've done your homework. All too many people are willing to accept as true, whatever their parents, teachers, ministers and other advisors tell them is so. These people expect everything to just be handed to them, without their having to earn it. These same people are the ones who still believe in the "free lunch". If you have already discovered, there's no such thing as a free lunch and if you want something done, you're perfectly willing to do it Yourself, this is written for you. What's more, it is the premise of this book that, what is true of lunches, also applies to Heaven. It is said, among other things, that Heaven is the apex of truth and knowledge. If that is true, it would be unreasonable to expect that it can just be handed to us, without it costing us something. And, anyone that tells you, that you can get to Heaven by joining his select group, having blind faith in the truth of his words or by the salvation afforded by the actions of some divine savior, is doing you a great disservice. That is not to say that you shouldn't have faith in something. Within the scope of this text, I would define faith as; a collection of ideas, information or, so called, "facts", which we have a reasonable expectation to be able to prove, in time, to be the truth, i.e., a provisional conjecture to guide investigation, a working hypothesis, a best guess. It is this kind of faith that has led to my spending lifetimes seeking to get into Heaven.

Sha: So you're going to show us the truth?
Josh: I can't tell you the Whole Truth. I would like to make one thing clear, before going any farther. No written or spoken words can ever express the full Truth about God and Heaven. Even if you went there and came back, you could never hope to give an adequate description of it in words. Attempts to describe the Truth about Heaven and God, using the speech of mortals, can be compared to the use of a two-dimensional photograph to depict a three-dimensional landscape. Although the photograph seems to be completely accurate, in its' representation of the scene, it is, in fact, a distortion of the truth. Measuring the photograph, with a ruler, may lead one to believe that a given point, in the scene, is one inch above a second point, when in reality, those same two points may be at equal heights but separated by many feet or even miles. The third dimension can not be shown accurately with a single two-dimensional perspective. To create a 3-D photograph, you need two views, from slightly different angles, of the same scene, which when seen independently by the two eyes and then combined in the brain, create the illusion of depth. Now, in comparison, the realm of Heaven is one of infinite and eternal dimensions. As such, it cannot be accurately depicted by our limited, three-dimensional, physical world. Any description of Heaven, given from a single point of view and using three-dimensional terms, will be a distortion of the Real Truth. Even I, in my attempts to describe Heaven to mortals, am bound by these limitations. In order to describe Heaven, I'll use, not one but, a whole collection of analogies or parables to produce, in effect, an enhanced, stereoscopic view. 

Sha: What exactly do you mean by heaven? I assume we're not talking about some place with clouds for ground cover and a harp in every living room.

Josh: When we talk about Heaven, everyone agrees that it is something, which is very good or perfect. We all say that we want to go there, mostly because of having been taught that we are supposed to desire it. How many of us have actually taken the time to ask where and what it is that we hope to get to? When pressed for details, all too many people will describe some mythological place which is totally at odds with their current interests. The humorist, Mark Twain, was fond of pointing out that many Christians thought that they would, upon entering Heaven, suddenly enjoy spending all of eternity singing praises to God, despite the fact that they could barely tolerate an hour per week of it in this life. Every religion adds its' own myths to the image of Heaven. Stripped of these varied myths, we are left with a picture that is agreeable to all schools of thought. Heaven is the apex of everything that is good. An apex, by definition, is the tip, point, or vertex of anything, the summit. The point, in this case, is defined as a position, having no dimension of its' own, but from which all other dimensions are derived. As such, Heaven is the ONE, ultimate position, from which every other position deviates. Notice, I said position, by which I mean that Heaven is to locations as God is to beings. It's not the sort of location that we refer to in our three dimensional world. You can't say that it's here or there or even up there somewhere. Being dimensionless, by our standards, it is equally everywhere and nowhere. It is the ultimate address, home to the purest forms of all that there is. Heaven is Truth, with a capital "T", meaning the One, perfect and unchanging Truth. Any truth, short of the One Truth, can be said to be partial and variable. What is true, for me, may not be true to you. What is true today, may be false tomorrow. A truth, turned false, may be true again later. In fact, I have read that, some truths have a regular, seventeen year cycle. Any truth that can be seen or heard, in the flesh, is a warped perspective of the Real Truth.

Sha: Is there a rational reason for believing that there is a God and Heaven?

Josh: We can get a very scientific, rational answer to this question without the help of the latest developments in technology. The answer was given over three-hundred years ago by the French thinker, mathematician, scientist, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662). Pascal invented the first calculating machine, the syringe and the hydraulic press. The computer language, PASCAL, is named in his honor. His interests in probability theory led him to calculating the odds in various gambling games. When asked if belief in God was a safe bet, he responded with what is now known as "Pascal's wager", which expresses the conviction that belief in God is rational. If God does not exist, one stands to lose nothing by believing in Him anyway, while if He does exist, one stands to lose everything by not believing.

Sha: What is it really like in heaven?

Josh: Naturally, you could not expect to be able to give an accurate description of Heaven, using physical words, due to the limitations that I have already pointed out. However, by studying the first three dimensions and their relationship to each other, we can begin to develop an understanding of the nature of space beyond three dimensions. This is essentially what the philosopher, P.D.Ouspensky, did in development of his views on the nature of the universe. The following is his list of the principles of the World of Cause.

1) In that world "TIME" must exist spatially, i.e. temporal events must exist and not happen--exist before and after their manifestation, and be located in one section, as it were. Effects must exist simultaneously with causes. That which we name the law of causality cannot exist there, because time is a necessary condition for it. There cannot be anything which is measured by years, days, hours -- there cannot be before, now, after. Moments of different epochs, divided by great intervals of time, exist simultaneously, and may touch one another. Along with this, all possibilities of a given moment, even those opposite to one another, and all their results up to infinity, must be actualized simultaneously with a given moment, but the length of a moment can be different on different planes.

2) There is nothing measurable by our measures, nothing commensurable with our objects. There is nothing situated on the right or left side, above or below one of our objects. There can be nothing similar to our objects, lines or figures and at the same time exist. Different points in our space, divided for us by enormous distances, may meet there. "Distance" or "proximity" are there defined by inner "affinity" or "remoteness," by sympathy or antipathy, i.e., by properties which seem to us to be subjective.

3) There is neither matter nor motion. There is nothing that could possibly be weighed or photographed, or expressed in the formulae of physical energy. There is nothing which has form, color or odor -- nothing possessing the properties of physical bodies. Nevertheless, the properties of the world of causes, granted an understanding of certain laws, can be considered in enumerated categories.

4) There is nothing dead or unconscious. Everything lives, everything breathes, thinks, feels; everything is conscious, and everything speaks.

5) In that world the axioms of our mathematics cannot be applied, because there is nothing finite. Everything there is infinite and, from our standpoint, variable.

6) The laws of our logic cannot act there. From the standpoint of our logic, that world is illogical. This is the realm the laws of which are expressed in Tertium Organum.

7) The separateness of our world does not exist there. Everything is the whole. And each particle of dust, without mentioning of course every life and every conscious being, lives a life which is one with the whole and includes the whole within itself.

8) In that world the duality of our world cannot exist. There, being is not opposed to non-being. Life is not opposed to death. On the contrary, the one includes the other within itself. The unity and multiplicity of the I; the I and the Not-I; motion and immobility; union and separateness; good and evil; truth and falsehood -- all these divisions are impossible there. Everything subjective is objective, and everything objective is subjective. That world is the world of the unity of opposites.

9) The sensation of the reality of that world must be accompanied by the sensation of the unreality of this one. At the same time the difference between real and unreal cannot exist there, just as the difference between subjective and objective cannot exist.

10) That world and our world are not two different worlds. The world is one. That which we call our world is merely our incorrect perception of the world: the world seen by us through a narrow slit. That world begins to be sensed by us as the wondrous, i.e., as something opposite to the reality of this world, and at the same time, our earthly world, begins to seem unreal. The sense of the wondrous is the key to that world.

11) But everything that can be said about it will not define our relation to that world until we come to understand that even comprehending it we will not be able to grasp it as a whole, i.e.,in all its variety of relations, but can think of it only in this or that aspect.

12) Everything that is said about the world of causes refers also to the All. But between our world and the All there may be many transitions.

Sha; To hear people talk you wouldn't think many of us will ever get there. How many of us will get to heaven?

Josh: No doubt, you have heard it said that, "many are called, but few are chosen". We have been led to believe that this means only a small percentage of mankind will ever get to Heaven and that the vast majority of us will spend eternity in "hell". Nothing could be further from the Truth. Why would God, possessor of infinite Love, doom the majority of His creation to such a fate? Anyone that would perpetuate such a myth, does not understand Love, and is incapable of sharing Love with his fellowmen. In their ignorance, they are not even able to love themselves. The Real Truth is, sooner or later, every conscious being, in the whole universe, reaches that level of perfection. Notice, I said, "that level". Ultimate Perfection sounds like such a static state, it seems reasonable that the God that made and maintains our dynamic universe might have higher levels yet to reach for. What those levels might be, are so far beyond what we, earthbound beings, can even conceive of, that it is useless to even try to think about them. For our purposes, we shall consider God to be at the apex of perfection. 

  Getting back to the subject of many being called but few being chosen, let's take a closer look at what is meant by that. Our entire universe is Gods' creation. As such, it had a beginning. Anything that has a beginning also has an end. Furthermore, ours is not the first, last or only universe that ever was.  If we can agree that the entire universe was created for the purpose of developing the awareness of conscious beings, then we will have a situation that is ideally suited to statistical analysis. Now, unlike the universe, which has a beginning and end, souls are eternal. So, what's God going to do with all those eternal misfits at the end of time ? They cannot join the ranks of those that have, by their own efforts, become as Angels, nor will they be punished for eternity for their ignorance. At the end of time, all of the matter in the universe ceases to exist. At that point, those souls that have not made the grade will be stripped of all the experiences and acquired personalities gained during their sojourns in this universe. This process has been poetically described as being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. After having been thus purged, they will join with additional "new" souls and collectively they shall be "schooled" in the next universe that God creates. We all get as many chances as it takes to reach perfection. It could not be any other way, because God, being perfect, is always 100% successful.

Sha: Well, knowing me, always wanting to have "been there, done that", I'd like to know how to live life, so I don't have to wait for the next universe before getting there.

Josh: I could never hope to explain what it takes to follow the path to Heaven as simply, precisely and poetically as was done in the sermon on the mount. Unfortunately, for much of mankind, this clear message has been purposely distorted by those who pretend to be acting in our best interests.

The organized religions will tell you that no man can ever hope to achieve the level of perfection called for in the sermon and that your only chance for salvation is to accept their church, its' hierarchy and creed, because only they are in full possession of the truth and how to get to it, and they alone hold the keys to Heaven. They will tell you that it is useless to try to become perfect, that all that is required is that you; come to their church often, recite their incantations, receive their magical-mystically empowered blessings and food, accept their authority and give them your money, and you will go to heaven, when you die.

The practical minded scientists offer no support for the sermon either. Since the scientist deals only with the physical side of nature, it all seems senseless to him. He'll tell you that if you do not defend yourself from your enemies, give no thought about what you'll eat or wear, abandon your family and become completely chaste, etc. you will not only kill yourself, but you'll leave no descendants. If we all followed the sermon, there would soon be nothing left of the human race. When the scientist looks at the churches, he sees only the outward forms, which are presented. He will tell you that the practice of these techniques, developed in the fourth century, is outdated and useless to the man living in the twentieth century.

The churchman and the scientist are unable to live by the commands given in the sermon on the mount because they do not understand that the message is giving us spiritual principles, not physical ones.

It is speaking only of the divine force, telling us to recognize it in the highest degree, to free it as much as possible from our animal nature which retards it, by bringing it to the forefront of our consciousness.

It is by liberating and increasing this force that man truly lives according to the teaching. The true life, according to the previous conditions, consisted in the execution of rules, of the law. According to this teaching, it consists in the greatest approach to divine perfection, as pointed out to every man and inwardly felt by him, in a greater and ever greater approach toward blending our will with the will of God, a blending toward which a man strives, and which would be a destruction of life as we know it.

Divine perfection is the aspiration of all life. To it, we are ever attracted and approaching but can only attain it at infinity.

It is only when one takes the indication of the ideal to be a rule that the demands put forth by these teachings appear to be destructive of life. Without these demands the true life would be impossible.

In attempts to follow the demands, set forth in the sermon, all too many people feel that they can trim them down to something that can be practiced with a "reasonable" amount of effort on their part. They say things like, "It's impossible to not care for the future, all that we should do is not care too much. It's impossible to give everything to the poor; but we should give part to them. We must not leave our wives and children; but we should not be too much attached to them," and so forth.

But, this kind of talk is like telling a man who is crossing a rapid river, and who is directing his course against the current, that it's impossible to cross the river by going against the current, and to cross it he should row in the direction he wishes to go.

The teaching guides men, not by external rules, but by the internal consciousness of the possibility of attaining divine perfection. And in man's soul there are not moderated rules of justice and of philanthropy, but the ideal of the complete infinite, divine perfection. Only the striving after this perfection deflects the direction of man's life from the animal condition toward the divine, to the extent to which this is possible in this life.

In order to land where you wish, you must direct your course much higher up.

Lowering the demands of the ideal not only diminishes the possibility of perfection but destroys the ideal itself. The ideal is not an invented one, but one which is borne in the soul of every man. Only this ideal of the complete, infinite perfection acts upon people and moves them to activity. A moderated perfection loses its power to act upon men's souls.

It demands full perfection that is, the blending of the essence of God which abides in the soul of every man, with the will of God. That is the union of the Son and the Father. By liberating the Son of God, who lives in every man, from the animal, and uniting him with the Father we live according to the teaching. Human life is a mixture of animal and divine life, and the more there is of the divine life, the more there is of life. Life, accordingly, is a motion toward divine perfection. No condition, according to this teaching, can be higher or lower than another. Every condition, is only a certain step, indifferent in itself, toward the unattainable perfection, and so in itself forms neither a greater nor a lesser degree of life. The increase of life, is only an acceleration of motion toward perfection, and so the motion toward perfection of the prodigal son, and the robber on the cross, forms a higher degree of life than the immovable righteousness of the Pharisee. There can be no obligatory rules for this teaching. A man who stands on a lower step, in moving toward perfection, lives more morally and better, and better performs the teaching, than a man who stands on a much higher stage of morality, but who does not move toward perfection.

In this sense the lost sheep is dearer to the Father than one which is not lost. The prodigal son, the lost coin which is found again, are dearer than those which were not lost.

Fulfillment of this teaching consists in the motion from oneself toward God. For such, there can be no definite laws and rules. All degrees of perfection and imperfection are equal before this teaching; no fulfillment of the laws constitutes a fulfillment of the teaching; and so, for this teaching there are, and there can be, no rules and no laws.

Sha: WOW! It still sounds like a lot of work, but at least you make the means of getting there a whole lot simpler. I know a lot of people that could use this. Don't expect a million "Likes" on Facebook, though, LOL.

Josh: You never know. With a little help from you know Who and your foxy editor, we might get more hits that anyone could dream :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Anouki Sha


Anouki comes to us from ancient Egypt. It is another name for Isis, "goddess of life". It's root is Ank, "life". With the added personal suffix, it becomes  "my life", my being. In exploring Second Life for it's seemingly endless supply of new experiences and entertainment, for nearly four years and writing about it for the last three and a half months, the end of the road has ever receeded from view. I have become adept at pushing farther and deeper into life, in both the real and virtual world. Contemplating new places to explore and interesting people to meet, it dawned that I had overlooked one that was litterally right under my own nose. For a large portion of the time I have lived in Second Life, I have had my home in Sunweaver Estates. I was one of the first few to move to Sunweaver Bay and got my choice of location. I built my house on a hill, overlooking the bay. After trying several houses, I have just recently completed one that takes full advantage of the great view. It couldn't have come at a better time, because the owner, Rita Mariner, has done a wonderful job of upgrading the scenery. Living on the bay is a constant source of joy. With it's personallized custom textures and decorations, the house has become an external part of myself. Seeing inside my house is like seeing inside of me. Even so, it can't tell the whole story. I try to live my life as an open book. Let's go inside and see what is written there.

Approaching the entry, you quickly notice, this person is into wood carving. More than just owning and looking at them, I love making them. I have carved and whitled since childhood and have made many notable works. Without a doubt, the most impressive hack jobs I ever did happened when I worked as a professional carver. I had to carve a scallop shell keystone for the interior moulding of a large entry door, in a thirty million dollar mansion. The main part of the carving was done in the shop, but the bottom, where the arch meets it, had to be carved after the keystone was installed, because it had to turn the tips of the arch into a fiddle scroll, like on a violin tuning head.  When I went to finish the carving, there was scaffolding in the entry hall, which was topped by a dome. At the keystone area, thirty feet up, there was a narrow tongue deck, leading to the carving. Taking out the needed tools, the tool box was placed on the deck and I sat on it while carving for the next four hours. As I worked, I kept imagining this was how it felt to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. I knew, after this Michelangelo moment, everything else, from there on, would just be humdrum work, compared to this ultimate adventure.
The doors on my second life house came with carved textures, but I wanted fancier carvings, which I found on the internet, along with other images used for making the Chez Sha plaque and stair rail.

As we enter the house, I am reminded of a "Michelangelo moment", experienced in my early days in SL. To make money, to buy clothes with, I would dance, freelance, at Escort Oasis. One night, I received a rather large tip from across the room and I responded with the "/me thanks _____ for his generous tip" (emote), as I searched the room to get a look at him. He was a tall, pale av, dressed in gothic vampire outfit, which made me a bit nervous at first. During the next half hour, we chatted, I accepted his friend request, and he kept giving large tips. When he said he had to go, I was somewhat relieved to get out of his "dark shadow" and amazed and shocked at having received..... L$12,000 , in only 30 minutes. Needless to say, the next day I went on a shopping spree and, within a week, had built my first mansion in SL. Shortly after, I got my first job, as an exotic dancer, in a club called "the Tiity Bar". I got rich, practicing my new profession, but never made as much, as quickly, as that night in Escort Oasis. One of the dancers at the Titty Bar had learned to make clothing textures for the prim breasts, that we had to wear at work. She taught me how to do it and, within two months, I rented my first clothing store. Within weeks, my shop started showing up on lists of the best places to buy clothing for implants. Ultimately, the owner of the most popular brand of implants invited me to have a free space in his main store, because many of his customers asked where my shop was located.

As we enter my new house, at Sunweaver Bay, and turn right, there is a large picture frame on the wall. The image in the frame changes every 30 seconds, like a slide show. Before buying this frame, I had paintings all over the house, that used a large number of my prim allowance. By using the new frame, I was able to gain 24 prims, to use for other furniture. The frame shows pictures of friends, wood carvings I have done and illustrations I have created in SL.

The wall, to the left of the picture frame, has a large bookself, which covers the length of the wall.
This looks like a lot of books for one person to own, but it's only about half as many as I have had in my real life library. Unlike some, who like to display books to give the impression of being smart, I have actually read all of my books and retain the information in my brain. If I say that I read something, on a given topic, I might not remember which of my hundreds of books it came from, but I will remember all the details.

Close to the bookshelves, I have a computer desk. This is symbolic of my SL position as a newspaper reporter, but also fits my real life as well. I began using computers in 1967, long before the invention of the PC. The first PC I used was one by Heathkit, which we built in the basement. I made the case for the keyboard from hand carved black walnut. Before I learned of SL, I had taught myself how to make 3D illustrations and videos, using various software packages. On seeing some of my creations, a friend told me I should join SL, a game that she enjoyed playing on line. I told her that video games didn't interest me, but she said it was not like those kinds of games. She brought over her laptop and walked me through the steps of getting an account and getting in world. We met, in world and she taught me things that take most noobs weeks or months to learn. She also turned out to be a vampire in SL and I got bitten in my first few moments in world. It took a year, before I finally got the wormwood treatment, to remove all traces of the bite, which bloodlines users can see. Since then, vampires have always been a turn off.

On the other side of the first floor, we find my music/livingroom, where the piano and harp can be played. This area has a large bay window, providing an awesome view of Rita's artistic landscaping. In all the homes I have seen in SL, I have yet to find any with a view to match mine. Thank you Rita.
She improved the scenery, in hopes of renting out more lots on the sim. I hope, by writing about how much I like living here, that others will come see for themselves and decide to build their homes here.

Both the harp and piano contain animations and sounds. If you come to my house, by all means, try them out. I have been a musician all my life and have written dozens of songs. Having instruments in my SL home illustrates their importance in my real life and the joy they bring.

Across from the piano and harp, and sharing the same view, I have a couch and chair, each only one prim, from Primpossible. This provides a great place to chat with good friends. I have often written about the importance of chat, for developing Oneness and community. In real life, I am the founder of several on-line groups, including a classroom of ancient wisdom, called "The Keys of Knowledge".
Behind me is the Stairs, with handrail made with a photo texture of carved palm tree. We will also find palm trees outside in my garden. These symbolize the fact that I now live in Southern California.

Between my group friends and SL friends, I have nearly 1000 on-line friends, many of whom speak other languages. Good communication is very important, to me, so, as an aid I keep a pile of language dictionaries by my keyboard. My SL neighbor, the fire chief, lives in Northern Italy and is also a fireman there. I bought the Italian dictionary when he moved to Sunweaver Bay.

Upstairs is a slightly more private area, furnished with a snuggle love seat and my custom made round bed, in which I have added a TNT sex engine. I tell everybody that it is the best in SL. After testing it out, or looking through it's menu, nobody has ever challenged my claim.

On the walls, I have photos of my 3 RL daughters and one of my grand daughters and well as a portrait of me and a painting, both done by my dear friend, Shanti Bright.

On the balconey, there are two bean bag chairs, which are good for chats and meditation with friends. The balconey has the same wonderful view as the music room and also wraps around to the side of the house that faces the fire station to which I donated a fire truck.

Outside, I have a garden, with palm trees and flowers and a meditation area that seats four. Although I contemplate, as opposed to meditate, in RL, doing so in SL shows the importance I place on developing soul contact, as a means of bringing heaven and earth together.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my home and getting to know me better. If you come to Sunweaver Bay, whether I'm home or not, the door is always open. Feel free to enter and enjoy what it has to offer. If you meet me, offer friendship and I will accept you into my family.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Interview with Joshua Xavier

Interview with Joshua Xavier

With Halloween festivities in full swing, our intrepid reporter is reminded that Christmas is only two months away. Dreading the onslaught of commercialism, the year's end will bring, she retreats to her peaceful balcony, to meditate on what Christmas will bring, for her and friends in Second Life, this year. As she chants OM, an IM enters her mind, telepathically. Clicking it open, she reads, "Joshua Xavier: Meet me at the restaurant, in Sunweaver Bay". Snapping to attention, she jumps over the rail and runs down the hill to the restaurant, forgetting that she is dressed for the evening's theme party, "Flying High". Her heart pounding, she finds the place empty and takes a seat, to regain her composure.

No sooner are her eyes closed than she hears a man clearing his throat. Looking up, there is a young man, sitting across from her, wearing a blue poet's shirt. He breaks the silence with, "Good afternoon, my little angel. My name is Joshua Xavier and I've come for you to interview me". "You're Him", she stammers. The M..M..M... Master,....but I thought your name was...Jesu....". He raises his hand to stop her in mid sentence, to inform her, "There are many names that fit. My name, then as now, is Joshua.  I prefer that over the way overzealous, Bible thumping preachers pronounce it. My closest friends call me Issa."
He snaps his fingers and a bottle of wine and a peperoni pizza appear on the table. As they shared the feast, they talked and the following is what was said.

Sha: People would not recognize you, dressed like this.

JX: If I wore a long white robe, long hair and beard and open wounds, most people would think I was a panhandling hippy or a doom and gloom prophet, predicting the end of the world. They would go out of their way, to avoid meeting me face to face. That would not help my mission.

Sha: Does that mean, you plan on returning to earth?

JX: Actually, I never really left. My beloved friend, John and I have continued our Father's work, under cover, like a pair of secret agents. It is more accurate to say, I will reappear.

Sha: Double oh WOW. Will the reappearance be soon?

JX: Relatively speaking, yes, in a dozen years or so. I can't give an exact date, because mankind has to prepare for it and the Prime Directive forbids us from forcing anything against their free will.

Sha: That could be a wrench in the works. We don't have the best track record. What must we do to prepare?

JX: Perhaps that can be summed up best in the words of my student, the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul (DK).
"Sincerity is a big aid in the quest for truth but this alone does not insure the student will always be able to bypass his illusions and dogmas and be 100% accurate in embracing the truths presented to him. When Christ does come many of these sincere people will find themselves rejecting him as a false teacher. The only thing that will correct them will be their own souls. To obtain the necessary soul contact requires a step beyond sincerity and that is an openness that will allow the seeker to question his long held beliefs and reassess them periodically with new teachings that cross his path from time to time. "

"Even the most astute student will have some problems with the Master for he will learn some information that he will have to take on faith to a degree. This does not mean he will accept blindly, but he will exercise his faith and test that which he does not know until he does know. Those who are stuck in their illusions will not apply the necessary tests and may wind up rejecting the Master."

Sha: WOW!!! That is a lot for seven billion people to master, in only a dozen years. How is it even possible?

JX: They don't have to master it. I will come unfailingly when a measure of peace has been restored, when the principle of sharing is at least in process of controlling economic affairs, and when churches and political groups have begun to clean house. Then I can and will come; then the Kingdom of God will be publicly recognised and will no longer be a thing of dreams and of wishful thinking and orthodox hope. The people of earth have grown tired of the economic and political mess and are quickly reaching a critical mass that will have enough power to bring about the needed changes.

Sha: I would love to do what I can to help, but what good can one avatar, in a virtual world, called Second Life do?

JX: More than you know. Do you recall the song, "Imagine", by John Lennon? Imagination is the key that unlocks the door to heaven. Your stories have already opened a few eyes to the fact that Second Life can teach the real world a thing or two.

Sha: Thank you for your faith in me. I hope I can be as effective as you seem to think I am.

JX: I see we have finished the pizza and wine. Let's finish our meeting with a walk through this beautiful sim, you call home.

With that, Joshua snapped his fingers again and the table was cleared. They strolled down the path, enjoying the heavenly vistas that Rita had created at Sunweaver Bay. As they passed by the waterfalls, Joshua turned to Sha and raised his arms and winked at her. "At least this time, none of us will get nailed to a tree", he said. With that, he poofed from view, but Sha knew he was, somehow, still on line.

Returning home, she paused at her desk and pushed the notes on the sim she was exploring to one side, as she opened a fresh document on the computer. Before starting, she walked over to her harp, sat down and began to play the Hallelujah chorus, her way of giving thanks for a wonderful interview.

ESP in Second Life

Second Life ESP

In our article on DNA morphing machines, we talked of a future that allows us to imitate second life, by changing real bodies as easily as we do our avatars. Is this a two way street? Are there some real world abilities that second life needs to learn?

We explore our worlds. using our senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Any of these can, with practice, be improved. Alas, in the virtual world of Second Life, we seem to be limited to sight and sound. Are there techniques, we can employ, that will enable us to refine our senses? In the real world, there are additional, higher octaves of our five senses, which are collectively known as the sixth sense, including clairvoyance (seeing) and telepathy (hearing). We all have these abilities, but few learn to use them fully. Our extra-sensory-perceptions tell us things, about others, that we are unable to explain how we know. We use expressions like; He gives off good vibrations, Her smile lights up a room, He was green with envy, so angry I was seeing red. Those that have developed these higher senses, called "seers", explain that we all have energy fields surrounding our bodies, called auras. The etheric aura radiates information about our physical health. The colors in our astral aura reveal our moods and desires. Our thoughts create objects which float about in the aura. By looking at these "thought forms", a seer can tell what things you spend the most time thinking about. Like our basic senses, these higher senses, with practice, can also be improved.

In Second Life, most of the things that others know about us are seen, in the choice of avatars and the words we type in chat. If you have a computer that can handle Voice, you also get to hear how they sound. How is it that, with such limited data, we can, almost instantly, tell that a demon or big bad wolf is someone we would like to be friends with, or that a cute little pony might not be invited to your parties? Does the energy in our auras find it's way through the internet and into our avatars?

In real life, there are two compliments that I often receive. The first one is, I have great legs and, looking in the mirror, I have to agree. The other is, I light up a room, but that's not as easy to see. In Second Life, I buy my avatar's shape and skin in the same stores as others. I find most people I meet to be extremely friendly, helpful and generous and wonder if others, wearing the same shape and skin, get the same attention. I do have one unique feature, that might set me apart. I made a custom texture for my eyeballs, which I have never shared, so am the only one in SL that has them. The eyes are the smallest detail on the avatar and, more often than not, I am dancing on a pole. Unless people are zooming in on my profile picture, my eyes can hardly be the reason for being so popular. I begin to suspect the light, that people sense in real life, may have found it's way into the virtual world.

In Real Life, any senses beyond the standard package of five would be considered to be ESP. On the other hand, in Second life, having only sight and sound to guide us, there is a far greater range for potential ESP. This writer's opinions are but one drop in a vast ocean of players. We must leave it up to our readers to answer these questions for themselves. Does ESP exist in Second Life? Can we touch, taste or smell things there? Out of tens of thousands of players, is some small percentage of them able to see the higher realms? Do avatars have auras? Can we communicate with each other, telepathically, without using our keyboards to chat? If you have answers, contact me and I'll be all ears, especially when I'm in bunneh mode ;)

Ancient Furries

Ancient Furries

In my exploration of the sims in Second Life, there have been a few which, I was sorry to discover, do not allow furries. This reporter has as many furry friends as humans and can often be found in the form of a rabbit, fox, raccoon or bat herself. As such, I join my friends in protesting such attitudes, that prohibit anthropomorphic critters from visiting these places. One cannot hope to change attitudes, without understanding the thinking behind them. It is perfectly acceptable for groups and sim owners to make their lands accurate, as regards speech, clothing and inhabitants that fit the theme being enacted there, but they sometimes, conveniently, forget to ask key questions. Are furries entirely make believe? Did they only come into existance, begining with Mickey Mouse? Do they have no ancient history? Are there no furries in real life? It might be said that ignorance is bliss, but it is equally important to remember that, those that do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Let us join Mr. Peabody (a furry), in his wayback machine and see if we can find answers to these questions. We will be looking into some mythology, but keep in mind, myths are not invented. There is always an element of truth in them.

Sentient life

Esoteric litterature reveals that most planets serve the purpose of evolving sentient human beings. Before the humans come on the scene, there is a period when the sentient life forms are reptilian. The most highly evolved beings on earth are known as Kumaras. The related word, Makara, means "Dragon". Masters of ancient wisdom are called Dragons. In Genesis, we read that humans, represented by Adam and Eve, did not have knowledge of right and wrong and selfconsciousness, until they ate the fruit, offered to them by a walking, talking serpent, a dragon. Amazing! We found the first, non-human, sentient being in Judeo-Christian history, within the first few pages of the Bible. To keep it simple, we will refer to all non-human, anthropomorphic animals, as "furries", from here on.

Can we go back farther and find other furries in history? Yes, indeed. Before the Jews were united in their religion and culture, they lived in Egypt. The Egyptian pantheon had many furry gods, including; Ra, Anubis, Seth, Khnum, Horus, Thoth and Sekhmet.

The Hindu god, Ganesha

The ancient Hindus also had furry gods, including Hanuman (monkey) and Ganesha (elephant). In fact, if you study your ancient history, nearly all people on earth, at one time, worshiped furry gods. They can be found in the pantheons of the Greeks, Romans, Mayans, and Aztecs as well.
Keep in mind, before Mickey and Donald made the scene, there was "The Chronicles of Narnia", with it's furry residents and their chief deity, Aslan.

The next time you hear of furries being excluded anywhere in Second Life, you can, armed with the truth, show that they should be shown respect, because they were here first.

[credits: The art was collected from the internet, the first is based on an illustration by "Flash". The second by unknown artist]

The Forest

The Forest

In the previous article, I wrote that Tempura Island is, "one of my most valued LMs". To be more accurate, I should say that it shares the number one rank with "The Forest". In writing these articles, many old memories have been brought to light. Piecing these together has not only aided in writing these stories, it has revealed a hidden back story, that answers certain questions. Why do I love these sims so much? Why does a person that has no interest in meditation, in RL, place so much importance on it in SL? Have I been hiding something important, from myself and others? I find that it is impossible to continue extolling the virtues of these sims, without first revealing a bit of my own history in SL.

It is no secret that one of my first jobs in SL was as an exotic dancer. No doubt, at that time I was learning the errors of allowing the purse to overrule the demands of the soul. One night, as I danced on my pole, I met a man named Shanti Bright. He was a photographer and lived in France. We became friends and set up a photo shoot. When he opened a photo gallery, I was invited to the grand opening, met many of his European friends and became an international celebrity. I was invited to attend weekly group meditations, in the garden of one of his lady friends. Before and after meditating, we conversed, mostly in French and Spanish. This was a great delight for me, because my family originally comes from France. When the group hostess left SL, Shanti and I began finding other locations to have group meditations. Other members of the group were hit and miss, but Shanti and I continued to meet every Sunday, at noon, for years, at the Forest sim. Initially, we met at the central meditation area, which seats four. On weekdays, I explored the rest of the sim and discovered several private meditation spots. Eventually, we chose a wooded hill, on the Northwest corner of the sim, as "our place". We knew each other's real life names, shared our real photos and even spoke on Yahoo messenger, when he tried to teach me Esperanto. And even though the technology does not yet exist, I think we could even smell each other. When Shanti moved, from his country home to the, for him, big city of Clermont, he became progressively involved in local business and government. The day came when he announced, he would no longer come play in Second Life. I think you can see why the Forest is more than just another sim to me. It is the place where love grew.

Allow me now to tell you of the wonders you will find, when you visit the Forest. On arrival, it may take a couple of minutes for all the sights to rez, but your senses will already be treated to the sounds of peaceful music and the abundant wild life. Everywhere you go, you will meet animals of all kinds, roaming freely about the sim. You can fly here, but the forest canopy is to thick to spot landmarks from the air. It is much better to just walk around, in what ever direction your eyes take you. Regardless of what direction you go, there will be something wonderful to find. There are fewer people here than on Tempura, so the lag is also less to deal with. There is every kind of tree and plant imaginable and they have a doorway to a shop where you can buy them, for your own home or sim. If you see a harp, sit and play it. I bought one there, for my house, and everybody that visits loves to try it. There are a number of meditation spots, as well as Tai Chi areas. There are also many romantic places for couples to sit and chat. It's a great place to bring a friend or lover and make a good impression on them. If you go solo, you will not feel alone. Anybody you meet here is sure to be friendly and open to chatting and exploring with you. The Forest is not static. The hills and vales stay the same, but the trees, flowers and structures are often updated, an artwork in progress. If the pressures in the real world or Second Life are wearing you down, a visit to the Forest is like a return to the garden of Eden and will heal your soul.

Tempura Island

Japan Tempura Island


Long before I knew of the Destination Guide, from my earliest days in SL, I have known of and loved this sim. Back before my first job, one of my longest friends invited me to come enjoy a visit to Tempura Island. It has remained one of my most valued LMs, to this day. It is only a single sim, but it contains more than just adventure. If you allow it's magic to work, it will open a gateway to the realm of soul. On May 25, 2013, Tempura celebrated it's 5th anniversary. In the three plus years that I have been going there, it has changed little. It doesn't need to change. It was always perfectly complete in doing exactly what it was meant to do. It has become so popular that, regardless of the time of day, you will find 40-50 people there. It doesn't need my help to promote it. Most people I know, unless they are new to SL, have heard of it. If you have never been there, it's about time you discovered why it has become so loved by so many.

Looking at the map, we see a large, central cross shaped structure. The circle at the bottom of the cross is the landing point. As soon as you land, you need to take a few steps forward, because you probably landed on top of someone and another will soon land on your head. Yes, it's that popular, so, if you need time for things to rez, find a nearby space to do it. If you like meeting new people and making friends, you will have many opportunities on Tempura. Returning to take a few photos, for this article, I made several new friends. The landing point is in a gazebo, located in the wooded hills of the southern part of the island. Paths lead through these beautiful woods, with it's many, peaceful sitting areas, You may find yourself thinking you aren't in Kansas any more and wondering where the yellow brick road is.

The center arm of the cross structure is a bi-level bridge, that leads to the large building on the northern part of the island and has stairs down to the East and West arms of the cross.

The right, or Eastern stairway leads to the Tai Chi isle. I have yet to meet anybody that did not enjoy this exercise. There are, at least, a dozen pose balls and I have never done it solo. It's a great place to chat and make friends and watching it is, somehow very stimulating to the soul. I know some ladies that tell me it also is somewhat of a sexual stimulant. Great place to take a date :)

The left, or Western stairway leads to the meditation isle. I've never seen any rules on meditation in SL, but for best effect have always done it in silence, for around 30 minutes per session. I can't say what this experience will do for others, but it led to a best friend and I meeting at noon, every Sunday, for years, here and at other locations, meditating together in silence. I have also provided two places, in my own home, for meditation.

A large, ornate building is located at the North end of the bridge. The central hall is a ballroom, with dance balls for singles and couples. On my last visit, a lady asked me to dance with her boyfriend, as her feet were getting tired. The two side wings have stairs to the roof and sitting rooms on each level. The Northern half of the island has scenic paths, beautiful trees and several points of interest, as well as places for couples to sit and chat.

My LM for Tempura is kept in a folder, called "Romantic Getaways". I'm sure you will find this location to be a great place to share with good friends or take your next romantic date. Even if you go alone, you will probably love it and tell others.

DNA Morphing Machine

We have told before of the joys of changing avs. In Second Life, there is no limit on how many avs and alts you can keep in your closet. In RL we have perhaps the greatest morphing festival ever created, called Halloween. For one day per year, society puts on the blindfold and allows us to be any freakin' thing and/or gender that tickles our imagination. You could say, Halloween is a worm-hole, between SL and RL. However, in RL when we change, we are only changing a costume, like an outfit of clothing. In Second life, if you present yourself as an anthropomorphic fox, the pun telling, mild mannered reporter and editor of a major newspaper, you are in fact, body and soul, right down to your DNA, exactly THAT, an probably the guy we call chief.

If a little of SL can leak into RL, can we, safely, predict that the day will come, when science finds a way to change our real life bodies into any freakin' thing we want? Predictions are rarely 100% accurate. There's too much free will involved. We can improve accuracy by lining up a series of related, true facts and extrapolating what comes next. When we look at an arrangement of standing dominoes, lined up around the floor, we ALL know what's next. In the "real" world, I have been in the position to learn of technologies, already tested, that are decades in advance of what most people are aware of. Let us see if we can line up bits and pieces, of known technologies, to see if a machine could be made to turn you into a RL fox <(insert av here).

Electronic signatures *:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*
I have seen a rough scematic for an electrical circuit that can detect a unique electronic signature for any sampled substance. It is one of the strangest circuits I've seen, because one of the components is a tunable glass prism. The recieving sensor of the circuit is a flat wound antenna, upon which objects to be tested are placed. By adjusting the dials, to get the strongest signal, the read out will give you the unique electronic signature of the test subject. It can even distinguish between individual people. The test subject needn't even be present, to be tested. It has been shown to be just as accurate, by substituting a photograph of the subject. Regardless of the distance, between subject and photograph, the circuit gives a real time reading on the subject. With a photograph of an astronaut, even if he were on the back side of the moon, outside of radio contact, you could monitor his life signs, faster than the speed of light. Whatever it is, that creates this electronic signature, seems to exist everywhere in the universe. It is not limited by time and space.

Manipulating DNA
DNA is a collection of protein molecules, duplicated, in every cell of your body. These clusters of molecules are so tiny, you can't see them without a microscope, yet so powerful they can gather and organize millions of their kind into a walking, talking being. The electronic signature of these proteins is what distinguishes one of your cells from one of mine, or any other creature's. In the decades since DNA was discovered, scientists have been mapping out these proteins and learning ways to manipulate them. By cutting and splicing sections, they can create whole new creatures, some useful and some monsters. Playing god, you say? Yes, but are we not asked to be one with our Father? Lately, I've seen where they are learning to manipulate DNA with sounds or frequencies. If a single cell radiates enough of a signal to allign itself with billions of others, what would happen if that cell were bombarded by a signal, the strength of billions of cells, of a different DNA mix? Would the amino acids, from which DNA is made, sympathetically attune themselves, by rearranging their place in line? I have not heard of any experiments in this direction, but if it were tested and proven, it would make possible a whole new kind of machine

The Morph Machine
Fast forward to the year 2033. Our friend, let's call him Joe, doesn't like his lot in life. He wishes he had a better paying job and more friends that liked him. He goes to his neighborhood adult bar and sees all the cute, buxum bunnies, kitty cats and foxes, dancing on stage, being admired by all and raking in the big bucks. He knows they weren't always this way. They had gotten a morph job, overseas or in Colorado, and were now dreams come true. Joe has read about these clinics, but they cost too much for his meager budget, so were little more than a fantasy. Then, one day, his old uncle passes away and leaves him some money. It's not a fortune, but it's more than enough for a morph job. Joe goes to the local morph clinic and looks through their photo catalogue. He picks out a tall, buxom female bunny and asks, "Does it come in purple?". "Of course sir, we can fine tune it to your exact specs", comes the technician's reply. Information gathered, the tech takes Joe to another room and shows him the machine. He inserts a photo, in a slot, turns a few knobs and pushes a few buttons, then motions Joe to a door, leading to the morphing chamber. In the center of the room there is an operating table. The walls of the room are covered with parabolic dish antennas. As the tech secures Joe on the table he explains that the changes aren't instant. Some will show up in days, others, like long ears, fur, fluffy tail and bone structure, will take longer to grow in. The one thing that will stay the same is the synaptic connections in the brain and it's memories. The tech goes to the control room and throws the switch. Joe hears a soft hum and soon falls asleep. About an hour later, the tech wakes Joe up and informs him that tests show the morphing was a success and that he could go home now. At home, Joe goes straight to the mirror and looks at himself and sees the same old Joe. Within a few days, he notices the color of his skin is changing, a soft downy fur is growing all over and his ears and breasts are sensitive. Over the next few months, he notices all the other employees are much friendlier and want to chat at the water cooler and break room. They always ask if he had picked out a new name yet. Even before the changes were complete, people began calling him Miss. Within nine months, the transformation was such that it was time to go to the court house and have the paperwork done, to make it official that he was now a female rabbit, named Miss Rita Martin. She started working evenings as a dancer and soon quit her old job. Eventually, she opened her own nightclub, where all the dancers and clients called her "Mom".

And, she lived happily ever after,

Snow Job

Snow Job_ A tour of the snow land in Sansara

The Southwest portion of Sansara, the original mainland, is all covered in snow, year round. I confess, having lived one third of my real life in Northern climates that get pleanty of snow, I only like seeing it on Christmas cards now. However, the mainlands also feature roads that span great distances and this was something I wanted to experience and write about. I decided it was time to plot a course and see what I might discover. I started North of the snow lands and planned on following a road, all the way to the South end of the continent. This trip would take me through 20 sims; Whiskey, Steamboat, Jernberg, Rothenberg, Monti, Mieto, Koss, Zermatt, Moritz, Wengen, Oberstdorf, Valmore, Eagan, Heaton, Ohno, Skari, Benham, Okemo Gorge, Okemo Canyon and Nakiska. The one thing I expected to see lots of was whiteness. As an artist, there are two things I really like about white. It contains all the colors and a new sketchbook, with all white pages, has the potential to include any picture that could be drawn. In keeping with the white theme, I wore white clothing and hair, and, not knowing what road conditions I would find, road my white horse.

I began my trip by a TP to Clarksburg, just North of the snowlands. As I turned South, to start my trek, the first thing I see is a warning sign; BRIDGE MAY BE VIRTUAL. What the fox does that mean? Isn't EVERYTHING in SL virtual? Not wanting to risk begining my adventure with a dip in the icy river below, my horse and I decided to fly over to the other side. What follows are some highlights of things I found in sims along the way.

In Steamboat, I passed a place called Phantasmagoria Theater. On the marquee, "31 days of horror", suggested that they were doing a Halloween theme, for the whole month. Zooming my cam inside, I see they have a movie screen, for watching videos. Alas, my computer and viewer can't do video in SL, so I'll leave watching the movies to you.

In Rothenberg, I passed a fenced graveyard, with a zombie vault crypt. I didn't see any zombies, but figured October was probably their busiest season and they were off looking for brains to eat. Tip-toed past, a little farther on, I found a LM giver for "Furious" Star Wars Avatars, which I grabbed for later exploration.

In Monti, I spotted a building called 3RG. This place was promoting a new virtual world, called 3rd Rock Grid, which is like SL, but smaller with fewer people. They gave a website, which I went and looked at. I didn't join, yet, but might soon, for a look-see. The viewer needed for 3RG is "Cool VL Viewer", which works in SL as well. I downloaded the viewer, to see if it worked on my computer and it does. I've been exploring SL for almost 4 years and have barely made a dent. It's not likely that I'll be going to 3rd Rock soon.

All along my route, I was often passed by driverless cars and trucks. You can click these and ride them. I assume they take you on a pre-programmed route. In Koss, I came to an intersection that was covered in snow and the driverless vehicles were having trouble getting through. I was glad that I had decided to travel on horseback. I paused to take a snapshot of a red car, that was stuck and spinning it's wheels, before continuing on.

I have already tried and enjoyed downhill skiing in SL, so it came as no surprise, in Moritz, to find a ski lift that gives free skis and poles. If you haven't tried this before, I highly recomend it. In this sim, there is a rail station, giving free rides. The tracks followed my route from here on.

In Eagan, I saw a sign that said REZ ZONE and a map of a scenic side trip. I assume the rez zones were so you could rez your vehicle of choice. Here's the map.

In Ohno, aside from the unusual sim name, they had a shop that sold ice skates and rinks, but my horse said they were too hard on his ankles, so we continued on.

In Benham, the road came to an end, leaving the train or flight as the only way to get through the last three sims on my itinerary. We took to the air, for a birds eye view, but saw nothing to attract our attention. With that, my horse started mumbling about some cute philly, he saw several sims back and that maybe now would be a good time for me to check out that Star Wars shop. I had to agree, after this much snow, I needed a cup of hot chocolate, by a warm fireplace.

Goddess Apparel

Goddess Apparel
Having just recently published an article about a new mall, owned by an old friend, I was hesitant to go on an assignment to a store that I had never shopped or even heard about. As I arrived at the landing point, in front of Goddess Apparel, thoughts raced through my head. I am adept at finding the silver lining in every cloud. Surely, if need be, this petite journalist, with stars in her eyes, could make this shop glow in the dark. As I began to explore, it didn't take long to realize that I would not have to dig for gold here. I had entered a dragon's lair, surrounded by treasures in every direction I looked.

Goddess Apparel is owned by Athene Forder. Within, you'll find 14 departments on three floors. The departments include; Bridal, Costumes, Formal Gowns, Lingerie, Silks, Swimwear, Vintage Clothing, Club Styles, Fairy Items, Holiday Attire, Phantom of the Opera, Sportswear, Togas, and More Formal Gowns. Although mostly women's wear, they do offer a number of men's outfits, so you can accessorize your ball and chain, when wearing that new outfit. In the center of the store, you'll find the Goddess Lounge, used for socials and fashion shows. Posters announce an upcoming event there.

Ana's TNT Shapes & Renaisance modeling and photography

Halloween Costume Fashion Show

Sat. Oct. 19, at 2pm SLT
Opening with the vocal talents of Athene Forder
Followed by dance, with DJ Machiavelli Zanzibar

On the second floor, there is a store within a store, called JB Just Because, also owned by Athene. While the main store features clothing for special events, JB's has more for every day wear. By special events I mean weddings, formals, holiday and theme parties.  You need not worry about buying an outfit that will only be used once and them sit in your closet forever after. One thing I quickly noticed was, Goddess Apparel styles are timeless and will stay in style for decades, even centuries. I had promised myself that I would just look and not buy, this trip, especially because, last shopping article I bought Lolas Tango implants, which aren't supported at GA. However, I was wearing black, for an upcoming theme, when I spotted the "Halloween Nymph Black" gown and just had to have it. It looked like it would be easy to adapt it to work with the implants and only took about an hour to do so.

The Nymph gown wasn't the only item to catch my eye. I flipped my notebook to a fresh page and started a wish list, with items like Toga, Guinevere gown, Marie Antoinette gown, Initiate's tunic, and from the Phantom collection,the Think of Me gown and Masquerade gown. These all come in a variety of colors.

I was especially impressed by the quality and detail of the textures used in all the clothing at Goddess Apparel. As a clothing designer, good textures rate high with me.

As if all these quallity outfits weren't enough to make you a regular shopper, they also have welcome gifts, Hunts, group gifts and discounts and Midnight Madness boards. I could say way more about Goddess Apparel, but, as always, I like to allow you to have the fun of finfing a new adventure for yourself.. Be sure to join their group, so you can keep up with all the latest additions.

Fe or not 2 Fe

Gender in SL

One of the coolest things about Second Life is, if you can think it, they probably have an avatar for it. In real life, we only get one body and are stuck with it until it wears out. Your body, SL and RL, is a winged vehicle of your imagination and is shaped by it. Take full advantage of SL and let it help to stretch your imagination. We are not limited to just one either. Face it, Ironman isn't going to feel very welcome in a MLP sim. Some people don't mind always looking the same and doing the same things, week after week, If you like new adventures and things to learn, like me, you'll soon have almost as many avatars as LMs.

Another important selection, you get to make in how you present yourself, is gender. In many cases, with a few clicks of the mouse, you can change from male to female. Do men play as women in SL? Yes, a lot. There are also many cases of women playing as men. It is impossible to find exact numbers, but I've heard guesses of over 50%. I've also heard of many clever attempts to determine true gender by speach patterns or sign up name, One girl told us, girls don't have numbers after their name, like "Susie2013". only boys would be lazy enough to take the next name in line. Recently, I heard that boys write "LOL", in chat, way more than girls. One guess is as good as another.

Why do they do it? No doubt, there are as many reasons as there are people doing it. In the first place, it is like a Prime Directive of SL. You can, and should become, anything you can become. Perhaps, because, by default, the camera always follows behind the avatar, if a guy is going to have his nose hauled behind a butt, it may as well be one he likes to watch jiggle. There are many cases of ye ol' "woman trapped inside a man's body" players that can live out the change in SL, when it may be too painful and expensive in RL. Whatever the reason, it is your right, given by our Linden, who art in heaven.

Should they tell us the truth? The rules state that our real life self is off limit to others, unless you are willing to share it. Some wear tags, boldly announcing their status. Others only answer when asked by good friends. Pitty those that won't let anyone know. It is said, a cloak that hides you from your friends will also hide your soul from you. Getting to know the real life people, behind your avatar friends, allows you to see through each other's eyes, increasing the Love and Oneness shared. Where there is Oneness, there is no duallity, hence, no gender.

To female or not to female, aye, that's the question. Now, go have fun, finding the answers.

Sunweaver Bay Fire Department

Sunweaver Bay Fire Department

 When the fire station first came on the scene, I suggested that one of the reporters might want to do a story about it. Now, some time later, it would seem that, from personal experience, this reporter was best suited for the assignment.

Our story begins with Sha, taking her dirigible out for a spin around the Sunweaver Estates. Off in the distance, a red spot approached. Up close, it became obvious that this was a super hero, who's identity will remain a mystery. He hovered, just outside the helm of my ship, and we chatted. He got invited to see the house I own, on the nearby sim. Becoming friends, he visited several more times I learned about his alts and a bit about his RL. You will more often find our hero in either Bob Marley, Albert or Albe mode. We'll call him Bob from here. In RL, Bob is a fireman in Northern Italy and speaks Italian. When talking in local chat, his translator converts the Italian into English. In IMs, we have to try understand each other's language. Like most Europeans, he can speak some English. On my end, I bought a Italian/English Dictionary. Bob admired the community spirit that I showed him and asked about rental prices. Soon after, he had picked out a lot and had his first house in place. It rapidly evolved as a home, until one day, when it changed from being his private residence to the community fire station. In admiration for his community spirit, I donated a new fire truck to the station. We had many chats about community. When I mentioned writing about the Oneness Principle, he asked, "What mean Oneness?"  I said, without looking in the dictionary, "In Bob Marley speak, One Love".

The sim owner, our beloved "Big Mama" Rita Mariner, has played a big part in this community evolution. She, and other residents, have made Bob feel at home and appreciated. As the fire station evolved, using translator, I was able to teach him how to make a custom beach, out back. Recently, Bob announced that he and Chicababy were going to set up house together. Add to this, his account contract with SL was almost at an end. He didn't think he could afford a house and a fire station, when his remaining 5 weeks were up. Not wanting to loose this asset, I instructed Bob that the only dumb question is the one you forgot to ask. To be a hero, he should go and talk to Rita, in person, and see what she would do. Following this intuitive advice, he talked with Big Mama. To our delight and the benefit of the community, Rita is changing the rent, for the fire station lot, to L$1 per month.

With this turn of events, it was about time for a report in the Newser, so I interviewed Bob, on the beach. We had all just lived through the experience of the Principle of Oneness at work in SL. To assist further, I sent Rita a folder containing, full perm, Fire helmet and mesh male and female fire jackets, which she may sell and distribute in any way she likes.

As if this "Happily Ever After" wasn't enough for one day, I had two other joyful experiences, the same day, in RL.I got to see my daughter, Rachel, for a bit and I had a phone chat with a lady that would like to share an apartment with me.

Rolling up a hose, we pause to invite everyone to see the fire station that Community built,