New Ambassador's Inauguration Ball | Jeogeot: Origins & Etymology | Declutter your SL | Map of Bellisseria | Parade of Homes Review | Events & Announcements | New Locations
NEW AMBASSADOR'S INAUGURATION BALL
The great, the good and the the rest of us assembled at the Bellisserian Embassy in Jeogeot last Tuesday at noon SLT. Overcoming a technical hitch which required her to find another computer to log in, the new ambassador finally arrived. BBB CEO and founder, Boo Rojyo welcomed us all and introduced Abnor Mole, who had the enormous key to the embassy to present to the new ambassador. He must have been happy he had an inventory, rather than just pockets, in which to carry such a big object to the event.
Abnor's speech revealed his local connection;
The very first land I ever owned was on Jeogeot ... up around Doomaekkot I think. That was waaaay back in the day when it still had that new region smell. I'm not sure what that smell was, but it was new. Eventually I sold the land for a good price and moved to a different area, but it's still where it all started for me. Does that make me a Doomaekkoter? A Jeogeotian? Is that is even a thing? We're all residents in the end no matter where we are from or where we choose to live. And that is the point really. Something I hope Bel and the embassy here will help to foster. And with that, I declare this Embassy open and, Bel, I present you with the key.
Bel thanked Abnor and welcomed us all, saying – to riotous applause in text;
It is my goal to integrate Jeogeot with Bellisseria and vice versa. I have found Jeogeotians who are ready and willing to help with that effort. I am more than a little bit excited at being given the opportunity to return as Ambassador to Jeogeot. As Ambassador, I want to integrate the things that Jeogeot has to offer and is known for. And to integrate the things that Bellisseria has to offer to all of Second Life®.
Declaring the embassy open once again, Bel led the guests to a charming outdoor dance floor, where the festivities continued in high style for some considerable time.
We at The Gazette and all her former colleagues at the BBB are delighted to have Bel as the latest member of the Bellisserian Corps Diplomatique and look forward to working with her again.
Article & Photographs by Dave | Additional Photography by Robert Rhodan
JEOGEOT: ORIGINS & ETYMOLOGY
Abnor Mole's use of the word Jeogeotian at Bel's inauguration ceremony raised the thorny old question of the correct pronunciation of Jeogeot. There is an interesting post on this subject on the Community Forums by resident SarahKB7Koskinen.
Jeogeot was meant to be – and was sometimes known as – the Korean Continent. The Lindens seem at some point to have envisaged residents congregating in SL according to their RL origins. In the same way, for example, Satori was meant to be – and was sometimes called – the Japanese Continent.
Residents never bought into that idea and – with the assistance of translation software – SL is delightfully diverse. That's one of its attractions to many of us – hanging out with virtual neighbours who might be from anywhere in RL.
The name of the continent is therefore meant to be Korean. According to Jack Linden's early map of SL in the New Kadath Lighthouse Gallery (a fascinating cartography collection, which we highly recommend) Jeogeot is 지구 in Korean. 지구 means earth, district, zone or area and is usually transcribed as Jigu in the Latin alphabet (ph. chee-goo).
That would make Abnor phonetically a chee-goo-shun. However Jeogeot is not the same as Jigu. It's an inaccurate transcription of 지구. In her post on the Community Forum, Sarah theorised that;
"jigu" had been deliberately misspelled into the fictitious English-language name Jeogeot by a very creative Linden map maker. He probably changed Jigu's first "jig" syllable into Jeog, and used a J in place of that very asian "tzch" sound that doesn't really exist in the English language. Similarly, the second "u" syllable became "eot", and adding a silent letter T to its end to make it more "exotic" looking when read, perhaps a bit like the "eot" in Peugeot, the French car manufacturer.
Alternatively perhaps the intention was to call the continent Jeogeo, a Korean word explained in this educational video. In which case it means "that, over there", which would make some sense if you were standing on another SL continent when you named this new one!
Anyway, without the benefit of Sarah's research or the ability to read the Korean text on Jack's map, most of us had always favoured a pronunciation more like Jo-Jo or JoJot, which would make Abnor a jo-jo-shun or a jo-jot-ian.
Interestingly, the New Kadath exhibition of SL Maps states very definitely (though we don't accept definitively) that it's pronounced Juh-Gut, which would make Abnor a Juhguttian. As it's a made-up name in a made-up world, who's to say what's right?
Without access to the unknown Linden who devised the name, perhaps we shall never know. Reader, if you are that Linden, or have any better information, please let us know in the comments! If you speak Japanese and can tell us the meaning of the Japanese name for Satori on Jack's map, we'd love to hear from you too.
Article by Dave, with acknowledgement to SarahKB7Koskinen for her research and to AmandaT Tamatzui for finding the Jeogeo video.
HOW TO REMOVE UNSIGHTLY CLUTTER THAT RUINS YOUR VIEW
There are times when neighbours put out things we really don't want to look at. They could be eyesores (really ugly stuff) or clutter (stuff that doesn't seem to belong). This kind of stuff can ruin our view. The good news is that - in Second Life® - you don't have to live with it.
If you use the Firestorm viewer, you can permanently remove clutter that ruins your view by derendering and blacklisting. This is a simple process when the clutter is only one or two objects. Just right-click the offending items and select either Derender or Derender+Blacklist. Derender is temporary and the objects will be redrawn if you leave and come back. However, Derender+Blacklist removes them permanently – unless you choose to take them off your Asset Blacklist.
Clicking the offending objects one at a time is hard work when there is a bunch of objects to remove. Fortunately, there is an easier way:
- Edit one of the clutter objects to get the owner's name.
- Open Area Search (World-> Area Search)
- Select Filter tab and uncheck "Neighboring Regions" from Exclude Objects
- Select Find tab and put the name from step 1 into Owner field
- Hit the search button
- Search takes you to the list tab and gives you a list of items. Right-click on any of them and choose Select All
- Right-click again and select Blacklist
MAP OF BELLISSERIA
It's not easy keeping up to date with the development of Bellisseria. The Lindens and Moles are busy adding and landscaping regions and building new homes in various styles. His Excellency Freddie Harrington, Hon. Ambassador to Nautilus made an updated map recently and, with the help of some brainstorming on the BBB Discord Channel, your Editor came up with some (we hope) helpful labels to guide your explorations. If you have suggested improvements to the legends, please drop a notecard on Dave (lord.junibalya) in-world or use the email link under Contact Us in the sidebar.
If you come up with your own maps, we'll be happy to publish them. Our ultimate goal is to make exploration in SL easier and more fun!
Cartography by H.E. Freddie Harrington | Legend by Dave
PARADE OF HOMES REVIEW
Our very own Robert, stamp designer and HTML guru for the BBB, has been doing amazing work over at our sister publication, the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review.
The Review was established by Prudence Anton as a service for her Bellisseria Parade of Homes group, whose house-proud, design-savvy members open their homes to all-comers and proudly display "Open House" signs to welcome visitors. The Review was first published when the Parade of Homes Group became part of the BBB.
Since Pru stepped down from the BBB and PoH, Robert has updated the online listings of properties, incorporated those from other similar groups in-world and created an application form, which allows for owners to add more information and photographs to their entries. He has also automated it so each new home and its associated information no longer needs to be painstakingly added to the listings directory by hand.
If you are looking for inspiration for your own home decoration – in-world or in RL – you could do worse than browse the listings and visit the homes that catch your eye. One recent change is that applications are now accepted from homes anywhere in SL, not just in Bellisseria.
Teresa Firelight, another BBB stalwart, has taken on the editorial role at the Review and is publishing occasional interesting articles about home design. Her latest post – Decorating a Houseboat – features her newly-acquired home on the Squishy Pickle sandbanks, which makes her a welcome new neighbour of your Editor.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.|
The Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary Presents
HAMMIEWEEN III – 2022
At The Bellisseria Fairgrounds
October 15th - October 31st.
|Saturday, 15 October||12:00 – 3:00pm||DJ Hammie||Hammieween III Opening Party!|
|Sunday, 16 October||12:00 – 2:00pm||DJ Fuyuko||Hammieween III Party!|
|Tuesday, 18 October||1:00 – 3:00pm||DJ Suzen Juel||Hammieween III Party!|
|Thursday, 20 October||12:00 – 2:00pm||DJ Chucky||Hammieween III Party!|
|Saturday, 22 October||1:00 – 3:00pm||DJ Freddie||Hammieween III Party!|
|Sunday, 23 October||12:00 – 2:00pm||DJ Dulcinea||Hammieween III Party!|
|Tuesday, 25 October||12:00 – 2:00pm||DJ Giselle||Hammieween III Party!|
|Thursday, 27 October||2:00 – 4:00pm||DJ Matti||Hammieween III Party!|
|Saturday, 29 October||12:00 – 2:00pm||DJ Alex||Hammieween III Party!|
|Sunday, 30 October||12:00 – 2:00pm||DJ Fuyuko||Hammieween III Party!|
|Monday, 31 October||12:00 – 3:00pm||DJ Stephanie||Hammieween III Closing Party!|
As we noted last week, SL has its own Halloween traditions and Hammieween has become one of them. We at the BBB love the Bellisseria Hammies. They've been great supporters of our passport system from the beginning. We're not alone though. Everyone in Bellisseria loves them and their fame has spread so they have fans all over the Grid). They'll be at the Fairgrounds for their famous spookfest – presented by the Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary – for the third year. The event runs from today (October 15th) until the end of the month and you will love it, we promise. Don't forget to collect the super-cute and colourful stamp while you're there. Full details of the programme are in Events & Announcements above.
Also this week, we have a new multi-functional gym in Satori. All fitness levels, muscle types, and avatars are welcome.
Event from Oct 15-31
|Ashworth Strength Training Center|