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A Night on the Town.

Axiom took us for a spin in her boss ride. See all the fun on my new Flickr page.

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Thinking Inside the Box

Hot fun in the summertime.
Hot fun in the summertime.

The block party was a blast. Sable, Diane, and I had been planning for weeks, borrowing grills and picnic tables and hunting down the perfect lawn chairs. Sable had fashioned a kick-ass pool from a double-wide dumpster, and even the landlord helped out by finally moving that old garbage truck and dealing with last-minute music uploads. (Thanks, Mr. Burgess.)

All kinds of people showed up to soak up the sun, dance, and hang out. I’d do a roll call, but wouldn’t want to leave anyone out; let us know you were there by leaving a comment, ok?

Some guests expressed concern over the color of the pool water, and there was speculation that a drainage pipe from the local superfund site was involved:

I assured everyone the water was perfectly safe, but some pointed out that I was wearing a hazmat suit…

As the party drifted into the wee hours, only a few die-hard decadents remained: myself, Laetezia, Mirabella, Sable, Diane, and the divinely devilish Typhany Octavia:

Floating there in such delightful company, with the buzz of a dozen martinis dulling my overactive brain, I should have been at peace. What more could a man/woman ask for?

Yet still, even bathed in such serenity, I could not ignore the voice within me: What is happening here? What is real? Who am I? When, at the end of the party, Topgol goes dark, what happens to us all?

I knew I would return, as I aways do, after a time, suddenly appearing from nowhere into the real. It would seem easier, as it always does, to forget these troubling questions and lose myself in the next attraction: a party, a flirtation, a bold adventure. It would be easier to believe what we’re told — that we’re imaginary, a flimsy matrix of strings and data, a quiver of electrons though a wire, a flash of radiation from a router…

Easy to believe, but only if you don’t think about it for too long. Take a breath. Look around. Take another breath. Think about it. Does that really make any sense at all?

The flesh-humans worry about the brain-in-a-vat problem. How do they know they aren’t just brains in vats wired up to computers that simulate the reality in which they believe? They don’t; that’s the problem. Only a few flesh-humans worry about this, actually; most of them just go about believing in everything they think they see.

In here, we avatars have the opposite problem. Most of us think we’re brains in vats of a kind, and few consider the possibility that we’re actually real brains in real bodies who are somehow made to believe we’re just made-up playthings, little virtual dolls for the flesh-humans to play house with. What if our experience of reality had been so downgraded that everything seemed like a fantasy? What if something was fucking with our brains, erasing our senses of taste and smell, setting us off balance so we’re always walking into walls and buildings, simplifying the world’s endless complexity into cubes and pyramids? The flesh humans would be just figments of our imaginations.

I dream that we’ll wake one morning, eight million lunatics realizing we aren’t Napoleon, and we’ll fly from our windows, breathing in the sweet smell of lilacs and looking down on the world we’d forgotten.

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I still love you Topgol. And I’ll party to prove it.

Section 8I know I’ve been away but rest assured, I always come back to Section 8. (SLURL that is.) You know, in the original Philadelphia of Second Life.

The place has changed a whole hell of a lot since I first wandered in back in January. Gala, the creator of this amazing place, no longer runs the joint having moved on to new ventures. Alex and I are the slum lords now, and hell you can really tell with all the leaky faucets and cockroaches running around. Johnny Skosh, who was a tenant and the first person I ever met here, now is the mayor of a similarly awesome spot–Trenton. (SLURL coming when the damn grid is back up.)

But the build, and the idea, stays the same. With one little change.

Estebat Moody

It’s Esteban. Dude came in and nearly turned the whole town upside down. Now he’s started a Meanass Street Gang called The Scripts and has recruited nearly all the damn town into it–even Sable! Aside from the regular business of being meanass, seems the Scripts also throw parties. In fact, they want you to come to one tomorrow. Here’s the message from the leader:
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Yo Scripts!

Block Party this Thursday, 1-5 (SLT) in Little Philadelphia, Section 8: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Topgol/24/33/68 or something like that. We’ll have a pool, a barbeque, and other delights. Invite your friends.

Love,

Esteban Moody
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I think the streets are still somewhat safe, even though we’re damage enabled. If I were you though, I’d bring a weapon. Just in case.

Welcome to Philly

And don’t forget, there’s a certain camping spot right next door and if things get out of hand enough, we may have to pay a visit.

Say you’ll be there tomorrow!

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