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Into The Wilderness

March 20th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

So today, we who are premium accounts finally got to visit the Wilderness!


I’d kinda known about this for some time: I happened upon this block of six regions on the map, and was able to string together a few ideas about the space. I’m happy to report that I was mostly right about it! ¬†Anyway, here’s a few piccies from today, as I explored the area.


These were shot under the default Windlight settings for the estate, and using reflections, shadows, and so on. No depth of field, which may have been a good addition in some cases — but it tends to crash me. You can click these images to see them larger, by the way.

Thick landscape

The landscaping is very dense and thick, much more than I’ve seen in most places. I really liked that! The whole thing was really quite beautifully put together. Kudos to the Linden Department of Public Works and their moles, and the Lindens staff members who also helped bring this to the Grid.


From what I gather, the initial build was largely completed some time ago, perhaps even before the first of the year. Then, when the pathfinding project heated up, this build became a bit of a test bed and showcase for the technology. So some of that does feel like it was a bit “layered on” here — but it works. There’s a number of watering holes and little places to socialize all over the area, a great deal of room to explore, and a few games and things that highlight pathfinding.

I do find myself wondering what, after the initial interest dies off a bit, will be the “goal” of this area, or how it fits into the lab’s plans. Maybe that’s a post for another time.

Signs of home

I gotta admit, I smiled when I saw a postcard wall, including a couple big signs of home. A Bay City Airport sign and a map of my local area on the Mainland! Let’s hear it for the tri-city area!


I was not too surprised to see a wreck on these shores, particularly after seeing so many watering holes. I could only assume that the Lab’s intrepid explorer, Magellan Linden was also involved with bringing this space to the grid in his usual style.


It wasn’t long before I spied this raft, owned by Magellan himself. I hope he did not run afoul of the hippos in the water near it, or some of the other nasties here. Pathfinding has brought a lot of wildlife to the area, from hippos to piranhas, rats to spiders. There’s other critters too, like a leopard you can play “fetch” with and an alligator you can wrestle. And snakes. Why does it always hafta be snakes?

And on that note… I gotta run. Literally!

Gotta run!

Weekend Update

April 20th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

My weekend sorta started with borin’ stuffs. I ended up back in one of the “brown bag” talks about adult definitions. it’s all very interesting. I’m sure it’s a bit odd f’r me people to see me in the middle of it all. Still, I like to think I might be helping in some way, a bit.

The meetings for these have been held on “PR Island,” which looks just like the “Boardroom” sim, but is not regular access. I’m sure all the transcripts an stuff are available on another thread ’round here. Here’s a piccie, too.

JP Linden is on the stage. Audience seating, counterclockwise is Marty Linden, Poppet McGimsie, Cyn Linden, Phoenix Welles, Blondin Linden, BlueGin Yifu, Melody Regent, Me, Pete Linden, Catriana Ninetails, MystressAnna Lovenkraft, and Kend Linden

Anyway, I got to shift gears not long after, an went to the big BunnyJam party on EggSactly Right. That was crazy busy. Towards the end of the time I was there, they sid there were about 87 avatars there. I know I could hardly move by that point. Was still purty fun. :-)

I also got some of my prizes from the -RC- Cluster photo contest, including my very own Suzie Wetserpants dolly! I love her lots!

My new dolly

Saturday, well, I had a lot of RL to do an wasn’t feelin too good besides, so I dun have near as many piccies as I wish I had.I did go to the fishing tournament on Livingtree, an got some free stuff in Edo Japan and in AM Radios The Far Away. Other’n that, I really can’t say I did a whole lot.

I did try to do a big group shot to promote the Bay City parade, but like I said, not feelin’ good, an I really wasn’t too happy with the piccie overall. I’ll hafta upload it somewhere’s anyway, jes to show peoples who were in it. Anyways, We also had some fun with blurtophones then too, like I usually do. I do have a piccie of that!

Oh, an then late late in the evening, I did this piccie. Jes showin how tough I am!

One tough kid

Yer prob’ly not buyin’ that f’r a sec, is ya? Oh well, can’t say I did’t try!

Anyway, I was feelin better on Sunday, but then we had a power outage that day. I did make it through the Bay City Alliance meeting in the mornin’, an spent part of the day at our new infohub in Moose Beach, Or near it, cuz actually getting in there is about impossible. A lot of that time I was jes gettin griefed by a person and their alt. Made fr good AR fodder, I s’pose.

Oh, an then I ended up the evenin’ with some sightseeing, which led to this piccie, too.

An that’s about it!

Tootling my own horn-thing

April 16th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

A quick update!

1. I got a golden egg in the Linden hunt! I found it in the same sorta area as the golden heart I found. Go me! Pays to know the mainland, I s’pose!

2. I actually found a second one as well. There is a limit to one per person, so I asked them to toss it back, if they could.

3. I took second place in the RC Cluster Flickr Photo Contest, with the below photo!

What's so great ...

Ms Jill from HardKnock Elementary took first place. Yay Ms Jill!

4. The memorial garden I did for last year’s SL Day of Remembrance event is going into the big SL memorial garden! Glad to know it will live on!


March 19th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

Jes a quick brag, I s’pose. Looks like I took first place in two different categories at the the Sci Fi & Fantasy Portal photo contest. It was an interesting contest, requiring that you shoot it all inworld, with no photoshop or other post processing. Here were my two entries. one in the category “Sci-Fi Scenes” and one under “Sci-Fi Avatar”

Here’s my two entries:


If you want to see them an the other winners inworld, they’re displayed on Info island, and will also be shown in Rez Libris next month.