365 days of SL, day 247:
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A friend of mine suggested I visit an area that he used to frequent – call home, in fact – when he first got on SL, many years ago. It's a sandbox (these days, anyway), and it turned out it's located on Sansara, not too far from Omidyar with its giant SL hand logo (seen on day 154) and BonnyDoon (day 162). In fact, looking at the map, the Ivory Tower of Prim in Natoma is also located near by — that's a landmark that I should definitely visit some day for this project given it's apparently not been featured before (although it was mentioned on day 74). Hmm, there's an idea for tonight!
Anyhow, the sandbox, being a sandbox, naturally attracts the occasional miscreant that abuses the ability to freely rez objects to be a pain, e.g. by putting up objects emitting large amounts of particles. Particles can carry more or less arbitrary textures, so even though they're usually used to create smoke, explosions, fire, fountains and other such effects, they can also be abused.
OTOH, they're easy to deal with: just temporarily set the maximum amount of particles rendered to 0 in your viewer, and bam, they're all gone. The above didn't even cause any (local) lag or framerate drops, so by and large they were a pretty sad attempt to disrupt others. The most annoying thing about it was that I actually had to invest a minute or two to file an abuse report on the sad tosser who put them up. :P
But maybe I should be grateful, anyway, since at least I got an interesting screenshot this way. :)
The area as such, outside of being a sandbox, is also supposed to contain a multi-sim vehicle track, but while I found quite a few traffic signs, the track itself seemed to have been broken up, by and large. Still, bits of it remained, e.g. this bridge:
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Gee! Does that look familiar? It should; the bridge design appears to be the same as with Lordshore Bridge, seen for the first time way, way back on day 1. (For more, see e.g. day 20 for a few artistic shots, and day 133 for a complete view, if one obscured by palm trees in the foreground. For the sake of completeness, it also appears in the background on day 102.)