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  • Bayswater Road in Autumn (Fall)

    October 11, 2017 • Culture & Community, Homes To Let, News, Property News, Rentals, Second LifeComments Off on Bayswater Road in Autumn (Fall)

    Bayswater Road History

    Bayswater Road was called Baynard’s Watering in the 1700’s after Baynard, one of William the Conquerer’s followers. It had a huge amount springs welling up from it. These supplied the greater part of the London metropolis with water.

    This suburb is now a fashionable and richly-built part of London. In St. George’s burial-ground, fronting Hyde Park, the graves of Lawrence Sterne, Sir Thomas Picton, and Mrs Radcliffe are found. Happily, this graveyard is not reproduced in Second Life, although there is a large Graveyard in the park waiting for the residents to explore if they dare!

    ‘Baynard’s Watering’ has now been shortened to its present name of ‘Bayswater’ and is one of the poshest roads in London. Those who live along it can see views across the famous Grade 1-registered Hyde Park in both real and virtual life. Bayswater, as we know it now, as posh housing developed between the 1820s and 1850s with Chelsea, Pimlico, St John’s Wood and Notting Hill.

    Bayswater Road

    Bayswater Road, bordering Hyde Park to the north.


    Bayswater Living

    Autumn is a lovely time, especially at London inSL. All the dreamy fall colours, long shadows and mellow fall sunshine make London an ideal place to live.Second Life Fashion, London

    You can choose anywhere in Second Life to live, but there is nowhere like London. One of the original famous Estates, its home to many people who admire friendship, quality environments and peaceful living.

    Hyde Park is located in the lovely London England UK region, which is always a popular place to go to. Forget the traffic stats, they lie, – all regulars have switched their traffic status to ‘off’ – it’s a sign of wanting to have a peaceful Second Life and not feel the pressure of having being counted as ‘traffic’. They turned themselves ‘Off The Grid’. People come to London because they want to here and live here because they love it here.

    Bayswater Road

    Luxury lifestyles of Bayswater Road residents


    Bayswater Homes

    At present, three Bayswater Homes are available. This is unusual and it’s worth grabbing one now while you can. Three long-time residents of Second Life have left the game for good and sadly have also had to give up their Bayswater homes. While we are sad to see them leave us and the game, but London is delighted to offer you these lovely homes in prime locations.


    Edgy 8 Bayswater

    Perched on the end of the street next to Palace Gardens, this home has an open aspect and a view all the way into Knightsbridge. Furnished in great style, and for a good price, this is a home of choice for anyone.

    Bayswater Road home - 8 Bayswater Road

    At the edge of the region, this home is a great place to chill out

    SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20England%20UK/136/228/22


    Lake view at 4 Bayswater

    This home is also now available, two doors down from number 8, this home fronts the park. Check out the view across the autumnal trees, across the lake and over to the Houses of Parliament.

    Bayswater Road home - 4 Bayswater Road

    4 Bayswater has lovely views across the park and lake.

    SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20England%20UK/90/226/22


    Central 2 Bayswater

    For those who want a private home as well as being able to see what’s going on, this is an ideal place for you. Beautifully furnished, it’s ideal for a person with taste. If you don’t want the furniture, just ask, and it will be removed for you. you can then decorate with your own style and taste and create an oasis in London for your lifestyle.

    Bayswater Road home - 2 Bayswater Road

    2 Bayswater Road is a lovely central location overlooking the park.

    SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20England%20UK/57/228/22

     


     

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  • How Far Are We From The Matrix?

    September 12, 2017 • Culture & Community, News, Second Life, Social MediaComments Off on How Far Are We From The Matrix?

    Last night, I watched ‘The Matrix’ yet again. What a film, and surely one of those landmarks that sends shivers down the back of your spine.

    The Matrix was where I got my taste for virtual worlds. I saw how those who understood the Matrix were free of the conditioning and saw that they could change the fabric of their reality to mold the world they inhabited around them simply because they understood it. As for myself, I came into virtual worlds with the wish to create my own perfect environment. As I know many others did.

    Philip Rosedale when asked about Secondlife said, “It’s a bit like The Matrix… We provide the land, and the community builds the actual world, which gives everyone a huge sense of being pioneers in a great experiment.”.

    The Matrix

    Philip Rosedale

    Artificial Environment Or Reality

    Spot the difference?

    Then I realized that it was not this Artificial Environment I wanted changed, but my own reality. I wanted a better reality, an increased reality – after all, even in The Matrix, things were not fundamentally different. They were just added to, and manipulated by, the participants who understood the reality of the environment. To improve their circumstances – and yes, break free of the constraints of a false society.

    Many comments are made about societies as we have them here, but I will leave that alone. Instead I will comment on the utopia of virtual worlds – or rather, the perception of a utopia.

    The Matrix

    Morpheus believed

    The Truth

    The Matrix showed us a bleak future, one where we are all battery cells for machines (in fact that could be true of society – itself an endless controlling machine all around us). However there was an escape, but it came at a price – a high price. That of understanding the truth.

    The truth for all virtual worlds, online games and social media is that you cannot escape from yourself. Wherever you are, whatever tool you use, you take yourself with you. These social media allow us to reflect ourselves through many more people that we would normally have in our lifetime. Yet all are embedded into the very societies that we already belong.

    The Matrix

    The Horror of the situation

    Respect

    If you interact with people online, respect them. Realize that – beyond pixels on the screen, there are humans too. Treat others as you would want to be treated. That way you get a good reputation and make many great friends. Respect online is vital to ensure you are accepted and wanted as part of the community.

    If you don’t conform, the system is against you.

    What We Do Affects Others

    Behind the avatars and their ‘handles’ (CBers from long ago will recognise this term – it refers to a chosen name to represent yourself, as you would have other think of you), you will have correct etiquette in cyberspace if you treat others with the respect you want to receive yourself –  offer integrity and transparency.

    We are a long way from The Matrix, and in some way I am glad, because if we treated others with that level of inhumanity, then we are lost – but in other ways, we are just starting the ride.

    Technically Speaking

    Technically, Second Life and its sister platforms are the MS-DOS of virtual worlds. The prototypes and beginners. Infants ready to walk.

    Just as MS-DOS was overtaken by Windows, virtual worlds as we know them in their pixelated forms, will be replaced by a superior technology, easier, faster and cheaper (in terms of processing power and financial cost) to use.

    Virtual Lives

    The Matrix

    It is my belief that in this world, as in ‘The Matrix’, we will primarily use virtual replicas of our real life space and want that as our base. From this safety we will venture out to the rest of the ‘world’, both real and imaginary.

    We are all still waiting for The Matrix facsimile of virtual worlds. Somewhere, someone will be building them, perhaps even now there is a future being created that all will be integrated into. Is it going to be Secondlife though?

    Philip has now moved on to pioneer High Fidelity. Ebbe Altberg holds the Linden Lab controls. Under his leadership, Linden Lab has created an alternative Utopia under the name Sansar. These all offer very different platforms and experiences. However these are not the only players in the game, other contenders also battle for your virtual mind share. Will it be a bloodbath or will one Matrix clone manage to strip the others bare?

    • You choose – what will it be? the red pill or blue pill?

    Red Pill or Blue Pill?

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