365 days of SL, day 252:
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So, we actually went ahead and checked out a new place last night.
The initial plan was to take a look at a group of sims each called "Staging LR x", with "x" being a number from 1 to 12, which caught my attention when I was looking at the map:
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Unfortunately, it turned out these were sealed off and not accessible to the general public. I sort of expected that given their names, but still, I would've been curious to see what they contained. DDG doesn't reveal a lot about them; Tyche Shepherd's gridsurvey reveals they've existed for over a year, though, so obviously someone's paying for them.
I wonder what "LR" might stand for, too. "Linden Realms" somehow immediately popped into my mind; I was ready to cast it aside as pure speculation, but perhaps there is some merit to it. In any case, if these are Linden-owned, it'd explain why someone's got kept a dozen sims for over a year without opening them to the public; it would've been a significant expense if they had been privately-owned.
Anyhow! The place we ACTUALLY went to in the end was called the FutureWork Institute; it sounded interesting, and turned out to be a rather nice place. We didn't explore for very long, and I didn't take as many screenshots as I might otherwise, but there's still a couple, so you get them behind a cut.
The first one (up above) is pretty much what I saw when I first arrived (after everything had loaded, anyway). The entire sim seemed very well-built; finished and polished and done by someone who knew a thing or two about good design, pleasant and with plenty of space.
One of the first things I took a look at was a handy map:
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Clicking on the various marks will teleport you there.
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The general area with the map looked nice, too. I'm not sure if those were blossoming cherry trees, but either way they were pretty.
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There were a couple of sculptures scattered about the area that looked interesting, not to mention mathematical. The first one can actually be seen in the screenshot at the top; it was called "Spore", and the creator was one Seifert Surface.
Wait. Seifert surface? That sounded familiar, and the look of that sculpture had me thinking that it might be some sort of mathematical surface, anyway (it vaguely reminded me of the ones that used to be featured on SuSE Linux boxes — here's a gallery of some newer ones, and here and here are photos of older boxes from the mid-1990s).
The sculpture in the screenshot above was a different kind, but also mathematical in nature: a plot of z=xy. You can easily see here how it's basically formed by two parables, facing away from each other and rotated by 90°, meeting at their minimum/maximum. :)
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Here's another sculpture. This one was called "Twisted Chain"; I thought it had a vaguely Klein-bottlish feel to it, but I really don't know much about topology and surfaces.
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After looking at these, I was curious about the platform up on them thar hills, too. Can you spot me in this picture?
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My initial plan was to find the "natural" way up there, but then I ended up flying after all.
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I'm sure this won't be my last visit to this sim, either. I really enjoyed the pleasant, competent building, not to mention the fact it was nice and quiet, so I'll be back (and probably take more screenshots as well).
Location: FutureWork Institute (135, 17, 25) (FutureWork Institute Island)