MB Estate

Magnuz Binder
Magnuz Binder
 Member edited January 1 in Showcase
The MB Estate mini-continent in Metropolis consists of a rectangular grid, 11 regions west-east and 5 regions south-north, so in total 55 regions, roughly 20 regions southeast of the Metropolis center. The basic layout is two 3x3 region islands, an eastern with a Europe map and a western with various regions, and an easternmost appendix with a private home island, all surrounded by water regions. Several of these water regions are however used for roads and development, so even if just 17 regions are land regions, only 7 regions are open sea.

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Map of the MB Estate mini-continent, with region names.

The Europe map ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Europe%20C/129/127/41]Europe C[/url]), covering 9 regions, is in horizontal scale 1:10000 and vertical scale 1:250, to better highlight the topography both above and below water. It's surrounded by a massive, decorated brick wall with towers and a road on top spanning 16 regions, because the sea level needed to be raised 20 meter above the surrounding regions' sea level to permit the vertical scale of the sea floor.

West of the Europe map, along the western edge of the mini-continent, there is an elevated, winding waterway spanning 5 regions ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/MB%20Sea%2011/96/128/46]MB Sea 11[/url] - [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/MB%20Sea%2015/96/128/46]MB Sea 15[/url]) which is both a design study for a fantasy waterscape and a testing ground for physical vehicles.

A large suspension bridge ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Bridge/128/128/63]Bridge[/url]) spans the central part of the strait separating the western and eastern islands. In the strait is also a sculpted model of the Earth ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Earth/128/52/102]Earth[/url]) in scale 1:100,000 with an attenuated topography at scale 1:1,000 both above and below sea level, similar to that of the Europe map. The strait also houses a map of all of Metropolis ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Map/128/128/22]Map[/url]), although compressed outside the central area, offering information about all regions and direct teleport to all reportedly online regions. The map is currently offline owing to technical problems.

The eastern 3x3 region island is surrounded by a road bridge spanning 16 regions. The road is decorated with flowers, street lights and road signs, has several functioning (time-cycling) traffic signals and side roads to the island regions.

The eastern island contains one region with thousands of free RAW terrains for use in OpenSim or Second Life ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains/128/123/23]Terrains[/url]), a region presenting media including hundreds of videos from Metropolis ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Media/128/128/29]Media[/url]), an astronomical region ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Astronomy/128/134/27]Astronomy[/url]) with a small observatory, an orrery and a region wide rotating starry sky where star attenuation and grids can be changed, a region with a maglev railroad under development ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Railway/128/128/22]Railway[/url]), a presentation region ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/MB%20Estates/128/128/30]MB Estates[/url]) with 3D statistics for grids and the continent, a continent snapshot exhibition, a few minor sandbox areas and a large comparison of historical and present maps of the Stockholm region in Sweden high above, a region-wide maze ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Maze/128/4/26]Maze[/url]) with chasing sentinels, and two beautifully chaotic, artistic and charming regions ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Maggie%27s/113/152/26]Maggie's[/url] and [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Maggie/128/128/29]Maggie[/url]) mainly by Maggie Binder.

A water region in the eastern island ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/MB%20Sea%2072/128/2/24]MB Sea 72[/url]) holds a small chemistry display. Annexed to the eastern island is also a sandbox with a train concept ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Magnuz/128/128/25]Magnuz[/url]) and a region for full-scale display of RAW terrains through a vendor ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/MB%20Sea%2065/128/126/65]MB Sea 65[/url]). East of the island and separated from it by another strait is a private region (Magnuz's & Maggie's) which is the home of the owners Magnuz Binder and Maggie Binder. In the southeastern corner of the continent there is also a hexagonal palace under construction ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/MB%20Sea%20A1/128/126/65]MB Sea A1[/url]), and a cityscape under development ([url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/MB%20Sea%20B1/128/126/65]MB Sea B1[/url]).

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View of the eastern island of MB EState, with the region [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Maggie%27s/113/152/26]Maggie's[/url] in the foreground.

Separate from the continent are also 11 var-regions, [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Magnuz%208/1024/1024/23]Magnuz 8[/url], 2048x2048 m in size, used for large-scale landscaping experiments, [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%201/128/126/66]Terrains 1[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%202/256/254/66]Terrains 2[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%203/384/382/66]Terrains 3[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%204/512/510/66]Terrains 4[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%205/640/638/66]Terrains 5[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%206/768/766/66]Terrains 6[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%207/896/894/66]Terrains 7[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%208/1024/1022/66]Terrains 8[/url], [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%209/1152/1150/66]Terrains 9[/url], and [url=hop://hypergrid.org:8002/Terrains%2010/1280/1278/66]Terrains 10[/url], between 256x256 m and 2560x2560 m in size, used for previewing full-region terrains and linked by teleport pads from the main terrain shop at Terrains.

Magnuz and Maggie Binder met for the first time in the virtual world Second Life 2009-10-04, and the relationship deepened quickly, with them meeting virtually almost every day. It was only 4 days before they started e-mailing as well, but it took almost a year before they dared video on Skype for the first time, 2010-09-25. They then alternated between meeting in virtual worlds and on Skype, while they moved their virtual home to first Avination 2011-02-12, then OSgrid 2011-10-19, and finally Metropolis 2013-02-09. Half a year after their first Skype session, they met in real-life for the first time, in Maggie's home town Prague in Czech Republic, 2011-04-10. After that they met about a dozen times in either Prague or Magnuz's home town Stockholm in Sweden, before they moved together in Stockholm 2014-11-02. There they live happily (hopefully) ever after, usually not wanting to kill each other more than a few times a day...

Magnuz and Maggie Binder came to Metropolis 2013-02-09, set up their first sim and region the day after, 2013-02-10, created 45 water regions as placeholder for the MB Estate mini-continent 2013-02-17, added the 9 region Europe map 2013-02-18, 8 more full regions 2013-02-19 with content restored from OAR's for Astronomy, Magnuz's & Maggie's, Maggie's, Maze, MB Estate and Terrains, while Binders, Maggie and Magnuz were new, and the region MB Estates wasn't joined to the mini-continent until 2013-02-22. During the period 2013-02-28 - 03-02 the mini-continent was restructured into single-region sims, and 2013-12-18 9 more sea regions were added around the private region Magnuz's & Maggie's. The 10 varregions Terrains 1 - Terrains 10, for previewing terrains, were added 2015-01-24, and the varregion Magnuz 8, for landscaping, was added 2015-07-17.

The content of the mini-continent has been created during several years, with the Europe map being the oldest part, originally created as a one-region map over Scandinavia for an OpenSim local standalone 2009-01-19, expanded to the present 9-region terrain over Europe for a private VPS OpenSim grid 2009-02-01, city markers added 2011-07-28 and country flags 2011-08-18, and made public on a dedicated server 2011-11-24.

The 66 single-region simulators are served by OpenSim 0.8.2.0 Dev PLUS Metropolis Edition [017] (Unix/Mono), run on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS 32 bit with Mono 3.2.8 and MySQL 5.5.46, on a dedicated server Intel Core i7-3770 3.40GHz, with 32 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb/s HDD 7200 rpm Software-RAID 1, rented from Hetzner Online AG, Gunzenhausen, Germany.
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  • Magnuz Binder
    Magnuz Binder
     Member edited August 2015
    This is a listing of all the regions in the MB Estate continent, with names linking to the Metropolis Teleporter pages, the (Y) after the name linking to a short presentation video on YouTube, and a short text presentation. A few "editor's choice" of videos have been highlighted with a thumbnail above the listing linking to the YouTube video.

    MPG-Astronomy-141210b.jpg
    Astronomy (Y)
    This region contains astronomic exhibitions, information, images, and models, still under construction. At present there is an interactive rotating starry sky, and two observatory buildings. The region is mainly an education and science region.

    Binders (Y)
    This region contains a common sandbox for Magnuz and Maggie Binder, without building permissions for outsiders. At present it's just a pimple island with some minor debris scattered around. The region is mainly a sandbox region.

    Bridge (Y)
    This region contains an open sea straight, with an elaborate full region road suspension bridge, connecting the wall around the western Europe map, and the road around the eastern islands of the MB Estate continent. The region is mainly a tourist region.

    MPG-Earth-141210b.jpg
    Earth (Y)
    This region contains a model of the planet Earth, with 3D topography in scale 1 to 250000, with altitude attenuated by a factor of 100, in scale 1 to 2500, 51 meters in diameter, from 288 sculpted prims, hovering above the sea. The region is mainly a geographical region.

    MPG-Europe_C-141210b.jpg
    Europe C (Y), Europe E (Y), Europe N (Y), Europe NE (Y), Europe NW (Y), Europe S (Y), Europe SE (Y), Europe SW (Y), Europe W (Y)
    These regions contain a 3D topography map of Europe and surroundings, spanning 9 regions, length scale 1 to 10000, height scale 1 to 200, with nation flags, major city markers, and information. The regions are mainly geographical and tourist regions.

    Maggie (Y)
    This region contains a charming little sandbox landscape, with all own and novel builds, growing into a tipsy little town, mainly created by Maggie Binder, with some assistance from Magnuz Binder. The region is mainly a sandbox and tourist region.

    MPG-Maggies-141210b.jpg
    Maggie's (Y)
    This region contains a relaxing area for everyone. Take a balloon ride, or relax in a spa. There are chapel, castle, dance floor, and a maze. No stores, no stress or fights please. The place is only for relaxation. Welcome! The region is mainly an art and tourist region.

    Magnuz (Y)
    This region contains experiments in shape and function by Magnuz Binder. At present it holds a small futuristic multi-cart magnetic levitation railway. The region is mainly a sandbox region.

    MPG-M&M-141210b.jpg
    Magnuz's and Maggie's (Y)
    This region contains the home for Magnuz and Maggie Binder, created with love, care, and playfulness by Maggie, with some technical assistance by Magnuz. The region is a private home region.

    Map (Y)
    This region contains a full-region teleport map of the entire Metropolis Grid. It is a good start, both to get a convenient geographical overview of the Metropolis Grid, and to go exploring by teleport. The region is mainly a teleport hub region.

    Maze (Y)
    This region contains a terrain-created, sim-wide maze, with escape preventing glass roof, and stupid but stubborn sentinel robots chasing visitors, to cage them temporarily on their way through the maze. The region is mainly a game region.

    MB Estates (Y)
    This region contains 3D statistics for grids and the continent, a continent snapshot exhibition, a few minor sandbox areas with experimental builds by Magnuz Binder, and a large comparison of historical and present maps of the Stockholm region in Sweden high above. The region is mainly a tourist region.

    Media (Y)
    This region contains some exhibitions of morphing art and many videos from Metropolis, in the very center of the MB Estate continent. The region is mainly a culture region.

    MPG-Railway-141210b.jpg
    Railway (Y)
    This region contains a futuristic monorail, with 2 tracks, 4 vehicles, automatic track generation, working signals, but still much under construction. The region is mainly a vehicles region.

    Terrains (Y)
    This region contains terrains, for viewing and free download, as RAW files. There are some 80 smoothly rolling, 20 mazes, 40 geometric, 3 multi-region, thumbnails and sculpt previews. The region is mainly a freebies region.

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    MB Sea 11 (Y), MB Sea 12 (Y), MB Sea 13 (Y), MB Sea 14 (Y), MB Sea 15 (Y)
    These regions contain an elevated winding waterway spanning 5 regions, and part of a large elaborate brick wall, with towers, a nice and scenic walk on top, spanning 16 regions, around a 9 region topographic map of Europe. The regions are mainly tourist regions.

    MB Sea 21 (Y), MB Sea 25 (Y), MB Sea 31 (Y), MB Sea 35 (Y), MB Sea 41 (Y), MB Sea 45 (Y)
    These regions contain open sea, and part of a large elaborate brick wall, with towers, a nice and scenic walk on top, spanning 16 regions, around a 9 region topographic map of Europe. The regions are mainly tourist regions.

    MB Sea 51 (Y), MB Sea 54 (Y)
    These regions contain open sea, part of a long decorated bridge road around the eastern islands, and part of a large elaborate brick wall around a multi-region Europe map. The regions are mainly tourist regions.

    MB Sea 65 (Y)
    This region contains a full region preview of raw terrain files, and a decorated bridge road, with working traffic signals, spanning 16 regions around the eastern islands of the MB Estate continent. The region is mainly a tourist region.

    MB Sea 72 (Y)
    This region holds a small chemistry display. The region is mainly an education and science region.

    MB Sea 61 (Y), MB Sea 71 (Y), MB Sea 75 (Y), MB Sea 81 (Y), MB Sea 85 (Y), MB Sea 92 (Y), MB Sea 93 (Y), MB Sea 94 (Y)
    These regions contain open sea and a decorated bridge road, with working traffic signals, spanning 16 regions around the eastern islands of the MB Estate continent. The regions are mainly tourist regions.

    MPG-MB_Sea_A1-141210b.jpg
    MB Sea A1 (Y)
    This region contains open sea and a hexagonal palace under construction. The region is mainly a sandbox region.

    MB Sea B1 (Y)
    This region contains a cityscape under construction. The region is mainly a sandbox region.

    MB Sea A2 (Y), MB Sea A4 (Y), MB Sea A5 (Y), MB Sea B2 (Y), MB Sea B3 (Y), MB Sea B4 (Y), MB Sea B5 (Y)
    These regions contain only open sea at present.
  • Dings Digital
    Dings Digital
     Member edited 5:37AM
    Breathtaking. It is just fun to see that all that different stuff is there (which is the biggest motive for me to explore virtual worlds).
  • Magnuz Binder
    Magnuz Binder
     Member edited 5:37AM
    I posted some 171 of my snapshots from Metropolis on Flickr, partly as a part of my ongoing low-level effort to make Metropolis more visible to people outside virtual worlds: https://www.flickr.com/photos/magnuz_bi ... 4692162208

    I also searched for more images from Metropolis on Flickr, but unfortunately couldn't find many, save for a 4 year old HyperGrid travel report. If anyone has or knows about more images there, please let me know, since i would be happy to link them.
  • Minethere Always
    Minethere Always
     Member edited 5:37AM
    I can't be adding flickr to my things to keep up with, but you are most welcome to use any images here that you want. Not sure why they could not be found in search but possibly how I name them. I will look into that.

    http://minethere.blogspot.com/2013/04/m ... -grid.html
  • Magnuz Binder
    Magnuz Binder
     Member edited 5:37AM
    Maggie has got me hooked on online jigsaw puzzles recently, and I tried making one of my snapshots from Metropolis into one. I think it turned out OK. I may add more later, but for now here is what is available:
    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/Magnuz

    @Miney: You have done a great and tremendous job promoting Metropolis over the last year or so, but you really don't need to track all my little side projects. I understand your time and energy are limited, just as my own are. I'll try to use some of it in my own low-profile way to make material from and about Metropolis more visible and available than most is now, even if I'm not much good with design, social media and such.
  • bertl
    bertl
     Member edited 5:37AM
    This jigsaw-thing is VERY cool Magnuz, I didn't knew it, thank you very much. I know someone who will be fascinated by this :)
  • Dings Digital
    Dings Digital
     Member edited 5:37AM
    Damn - now I am wasting my time again ... it's addictive :lol:
  • bertl
    bertl
     Member edited 5:37AM
    hehe Dings, what you'd say ... ;). But philo is saying: You can never waste your time, because you will - on the other side - never reach a goal that finally satisfies you. :).
  • Minethere Always
    Minethere Always
     Member edited 5:37AM
    Damn - now I am wasting my time again ... it's addictive :lol:

    “There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” ― Bill Watterson

    @Magnuz -- @Miney: You have done a great and tremendous job promoting Metropolis over the last year or so, but you really don't need to track all my little side projects. I understand your time and energy are limited, just as my own are. I'll try to use some of it in my own low-profile way to make material from and about Metropolis more visible and available than most is now, even if I'm not much good with design, social media and such.

    Well, ty for the compliment, but I was really meaning to just say that I have enough trouble keeping up with what little I do now, which is much less than I did and likely will continue to be cut back even more...I suppose it would have been better said to leave out the "time" aspect and just say "energy".

    Really I was just offering whatever photos I have on that blogpage to you to use adding to your flickr if you wished to.

    I was not meaning to imply my time is important, at all, as it is not important, at all.

    Anyway, language issues on my part, I think.

    What you do is wonderful and fun...I think it is just great of you to do, as I do with anyone who does their own style of promoting the interesting things happening in the Meta, as Zaphod Enoch has recently added to.

    I think that as we continue to do our own parts in showing the rest of the Meta and even the wider net world, wonderful things going on, we get curious people to come check it out.

    This is why, imo, I see the sl clone closed commercial grids not doing very well, there simply is not much of anything interesting to hold most people's interest. You go into one and all you find is boring builds [tho of course there are some exceptions but once you see them then that is all there is to it...a house is a house is a house] and boring clubs with boring people asking for your virtual monies for boring sameo sameo events, boring over-commercialistic sameo sameo.

    It is what you do, what others do, and how it all goes into showing how interesting and changeable the greater Meta is, that is and will continue to move us forward, and expose more and more people to the wonder of amazement-)) as it should..........

    For my own little part, I like to just do my photos with HG addresses and sometimes some words....I want to tease people into wanting to see it for themselves. I never spend the time with more in-depth promoting as Zaphod does....which I also like very much.

    What you do I could also never do, and it really showcases what can be done, by those types of people who like doing such things...and give pleasure to those who simply want to find interesting things.

    There are 2 new HG exploring groups running around now. I need to try and get a suggestion to them to check out your regions.

    regards..............
  • Smaragd
    Smaragd
     Member edited 5:37AM
    Huhu Magnuz,
    ...da hast du dir sehr viele Gedanken gemacht...richtig toll :D ...respect*klatscht*

    Muss ich mir mal ansehen kommen ;)
  • Magnuz Binder
    Magnuz Binder
     Member edited 5:37AM
    @Minethere: Thank you for your kind words and offer, and continuing promotion! I will look into how to best use Flickr more a bit later.

    @Dings, @bertl, @Smaragd: Thank you for your appreciation!

    @Maggie Binder: To give proper credits to who deserves it, it was Maggie who pointed me to the jigsaw puzzle sites, and suggested to use them for Metropolis images, so if anyone have their lives ruined because of it, "SHE MADE ME DO IT!" *points to Maggie* (Also, there are now 10 Metropolis jigsaw puzzles available at http://www.jigsawplanet.com/Magnuz).

    For people who would like to make their material available at various public sites, please keep in mind it is often important how the material is tagged. I use to add the tags/keywords "virtual world", OpenSimulator, "Metropolis Metaversum" region name, and one or a few tags/keywords describing the actual imagery. Some sites do not even search the titles, so descriptive titles are not always of much use, but may need to be duplicated into tags/keywords.

    I removed the old version of the Metropolis Explorer Map in region MB Sea 54 today, so after 4 1/2 months running in parallel, now only the "new" version of the map in region Map remains. There still remains a redirect sign to the new map from region MB Sea 54 to region Map though.
  • Magnuz Binder
    Magnuz Binder
     Member edited 5:37AM
    After successfully dodging Maggie's attempts to make me add some of her images as jigsaw puzzles, I managed to make her put up her own album with puzzles instead. You'll find her style quite a bit softer, more playful, artistic and probably more enjoyable to many compared to my own pretty engineerish style, so I thought she deserved to show off on her own. Her jigsaw puzzles can be found at http://www.jigsawplanet.com/MaggieBinder

    Also, I added some 34 donation signs with links to the Metropolis donation page on Maggie's and my regions today. I think it would be nice if more land owners could do the same to help rise awareness of the need for donations to Metropolis.
  • Snowie Haiku
    Snowie Haiku
     Member edited 5:37AM
    Cool!!!
  • Magnuz Binder
    Magnuz Binder
     Member edited 5:37AM
    For those into jigsaw puzzles online, I made new versions of my puzzles with images from Metropolis, with fewer pieces (100 vs. 289) and a more interesting cut (8 vs. 4 knobs), to make it faster and easier than the original ones:
    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/Magnuz/Metr ... 100-pcs-mc
  • Magnuz Binder
    Magnuz Binder
     Member edited 5:37AM
    Unfortunately, the Metropolis explorer map in region Map has been malfunctioning for a while now, without me noticing. It showed all regions as offline, making teleport to them impossible, and did not show the online user markers neither.

    But now, after doing a bit of house-keeping, upgrading the server to patch the recently discovered vulnerability in Linux and upgrading the OpenSimulator servers to the latest Metropolis release, the map is also fixed so it is fully functional again. Welcome to explore!
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