365 days of SL, day 254:
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My initial plan for last night was to go back to the FutureWork Institute island yet again, but when we arrived there, the sim was pretty unusable. Although there was, curiously, no packet loss, sim ping times approached and exceeded 3 seconds; time dilation went as low as 0.004 (yes, three zeroes; usually, anything below 0.95 is noticably laggy already), and sim and physics fps were down to 0.1 and 0.0 (rounded down, one presumes) respectively, instead of their normal 45.0.
Well, that settled that. :P I've seen some pretty bad lag bubbles on SL, but this was by far the worst, and it didn't go away, either, so we went elsewhere.
While poking around on the map, I noticed a cluster of individual yet apparently identical-looking sims; various "Welcome Island"s and "SL Discovery Island"s, but one of them didn't fit that naming pattern, instead having been dubbed "Planet Stiletto".
Now that sounded interesting. The sim was General-rated (as always, see day 126 for a bit on ratings), so it was obviously nothing naughty, but I was curious. It turned out to be a showcase, indeed, as you can see above, and I took a few more screenshots.
The first shot, way up above, was the view of the place from the entrance; it appeared to be a small but multi-layered mall of sorts, quite nicely done and very well-lit, as evidenced by the fact it's actually Midnight here. That's why I appear as a relatively dark silhouette there, too, BTW; I rather liked the effect.
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Looking back the other way, outside. Welcome to Planet Stiletto!
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The first level of the mall had different examples of furnishings for Linden Homes (mentioned on day 153). I felt a bit like I was in an Ikea store or so, what with the way everything was set up. :)
I'm not sure if you could buy these sets or if they were merely being showcased, though, or (if the latter) whether they were included with Linden Homes. I sort of doubt that you'd actually just get the empty house without anything in it, so presumably you can choose from different themes, and these are supposed to give you an idea of how they look and feel. But don't quote me on that; I'm just speculating wildly.
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The second floor was more austere. Not that I disliked it; the entire place was quite well-done, obviously built by an experienced designer.
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Just because I liked it a lot, here's another panoramic shot, too — one that's putting the "over" in "overview". :)
There were actually some poseballs next to the fountain in the lobby (you can see them in the first shot at the top, although they're difficult to make out); two pairs, in fact, but one of the balls in one pair had gone maverick and was hanging below the ceiling for some reason. Just in case you were wondering how I ended up with this view in the first place! :)
What's even weirder, perhaps, is that the poseballs were labelled "Clinton" and "Stacy". Well, at least it wasn't "Clinton" and "Lewinsky"; that might've broken the sim's General rating. :P
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In the end, though, I went up the glass (perspex?) stairs again, and we got comfortable in the Japanese-inspired Linden Home-furnishing — complete with tea ceremony animations and all that. ("Spot of tea, then? Spiffing, wot!")
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And here's one more shot; perhaps not particularly artistic, but I wanted to show the ukiyo-e print that had been put up as decoration there. This one is Katsushika Hokusai's "Sunset across the Ryōgoku bridge from the bank of the Sumida River at Onmayagashi", from his series "36 Views of Mount Fuji"; a rather nice picture, although unfortunately it was mirrored on SL.
And that's all!
Location: Planet Stiletto (194, 126, 30)