365 days of SL, day 44:
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I didn't spend much time on SL last night since I had to get up early today, but we did have time to briefly visit Route 9 again — not at Jeogeot Bay and Lordshore Bridge this time, but quite a bit further north, near Frilly Filly Farms (FFF).
I've written about FFF before; it's a ponyplay sim (which, in SL, means "ponygirl" pretty much exclusively; make of that what you will, although I'll note that the trainers are pretty much exclusively female, too), like Alikat's (see day 11), but it's a smaller environment that feels more crowded, with many twists and turns instead of long and open spaces and quite a bit more height variation. I'm always sort of amazed that it's right on the Mainland, too, and right next to a Linden route for that matter, complete with signs and everything; but the entire area is rated Mature, and ponyplay really means just that, too — it's not meant for outright sex.
I think this is a good thing, BTW — there really is nothing there to hide or be ashamed of, and I'm glad that this seems to the consensus, too. At the same time, with business being business and Linden Labs being a US-American company, I'm still sort of surprised to see an openly erotic environment feature this prominently. But perhaps it's also just Jeogeot: I don't know if the PG and Mature areas of the mainland are concentrated in specific areas or on specific continents, but I wouldn't be surprised. Perhaps this is specific to Jeogeot.
Anyhow — the above was taken a sim or two away; FFF borders Route 9 in Bae, and if you walk south-west from there, towards Jeogeot Bay, you'll first come to Al Tang and then to Mogwa:
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The first of the above screenshots was taken right where FFF is located, looking north (FFF is on the west side of Route 9, BTW), in Bae (31, 15, 59); the second one was taken facing south, in Al Tang (26, 252, 59).
Did I ever show a map of the entire Jeogeot continent, BTW? Here's one from last October, taken by yours truly:
My position (the yellow circle with the "person" icon) is where FFF is located; you can clearly see Route 9, and Lordshore Bridge is visible at the bottom of Jeogeot Bay. The volcano from day 31 is located on the large island in Jeogeot Bay, and the smaller one right to the north of it is Michael Linden's home from day 39.
I'm still really fascinated by how you can literally walk from place to place in SL like that, too: in theory, you could actually cover the entire world without teleporting, although in practice, the lack of sims on the grid between the continents makes it impossible. (You can't venture where there is nothing to venture to.)
There's a prettier map of Jeogeot here, BTW, and a map of the road network on this continent overlaid on an actual sim map (like mine) here. Oh yeah, and for those that want to take an automated pod tour, here's a map of those, although I'll personally say that I'm finding the pods a bit annoying — they always float by at Lordshore Lookout Point (always empty, too), and just like the vehicles on the roads, they feel like a bit of an intrusion. Ah well.
Anyhow, I'm disgressing again. Route 9, for reasons that are not clear to me yet, has these large crystals every now and then; presumably they're just for decoration, though, as they're quite pretty to look at. This one was situated next to a large old tree and a megalith circle (perhaps a Stonehenge replica). Nice, isn't it?
Location: Mogwa (234, 48, 58)
- One might add that only adults of legal age are allowed to play Second Life on the main grid. For teens, there's the teen grid, which is entirely separate; you cannot access the teen grid as an adult, and you cannot access the main grid as a teen. (Although AFAIK, they're technically sharing the same grid infrastructure, presumably so that Lindens can access both.)