365 days of SL, day 153:
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I don't quite recall why anymore, but we visited a sim called Heckelphone yesterday. I think it was just because of the funny name; it reminded me of a Simpsons episode ("Ach! Das Wagenphone ist ein... Nuisancephone!"), and I briefly wondered if it might be related to the mathematician Erich Hecke, but it turns out it's named after a musical instrument, basically a bass oboe.
Sims are often named in thematic clusters, the entire region that this was part of had a ton all named after musical instruments; amusingly, one was also called "Canard", which led us to speculate how one might play a duck. Alas, there was no sim called "Cat Piano" — maybe someone should suggest that.
But I'm disgressing. Heckelphone (the name still makes me grin) turned out to be part of the area holding the Linden homes that Linden Labs started to include with premium accounts a while ago; the area it was in was huge, and felt very weird. I immediately got a "gated community" vibe from it when we arrived: very polished, but also strangely soulless, with the lawns manicured a little too perfectly, the houses a little too similar, the trees planted a little too strategically and so on.
moth_wingthane got the same feeling, too, describing it as a strange sort of place and quipping that "I know SL is artificial but this is so artificial is almost hurts". I'm inclined to agree; it was.
I think Linden homes are a good idea in principle, but I wouldn't want to live in one of these even if they were available for regular free accounts: they're just too plastic-y for my taste; I'd feel like living in an endless Barbie doll community. (And I really mean endless; check out the map, it's as huge as it is rubber-stampy.)
But to each their own, right? And it was an interest experience, if rather surreal (or hyperreal, maybe).
Location: Heckelphone (141, 179, 62) (Protected Land - Park)