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Inane Wanderings
A blog about....well about....something. Really.
Sometimes Gaia Surprises Me....In A Good Way
It's kind of a roundabout story, so bear with me.

I've been "playing" Lake Kindred. I use quotations because I don't really consider this "play" - as far as I can tell, there's no skill involved, no reason to choose different attacks, just hit 'em hard with the best you got and collect the loot.

And by "loot", I mean "junk", since 99% of the RIGs and what's in them that you get is worthless because there are SO MANY on the MP. (See also "Laws of Supply and Demand".)

I admit, I get a kick out of opening them, even when I know that most of the items are either going to charity (to be sold for very little but every little bit helps when you're running a charity), the dumpster, or straight to the trash. Once in awhile I get a surprise, like something that I actually want, but most of the time, it's meh.

The silver lining is that I'm seeing so many items I didn't even know existed. I admit I'm not keeping up with the firehose of new/recolored/rereleased/rerecolored and rerereleased items from Gaia. Some of them are nice and/or useful. Most of them are more overthought and overwrought messes that can't be distinguished on the laundry pile avatars that are so in fashion. (Along with the mostly nekked avatars, which is neither pixel art nor sexual. It's just kind of silly. But I digress.)

Anyhoo, one of the items I received was called "Courtly Romance". Nope, I'd never seen it before, or if I had, it was buried amongst all the other pixels on someone's avatar. So I went and looked at it in the MP, mostly to see if I might in some slightly conceivable future use any of the poses.

I'll admit I usually don't read the descriptions of items because they're either misspelled, copied from earlier incarnations, or laden with teenage angst. But the one for Courtly Romance caught my eye:

My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.

I recognized it immediately - it's from a Shakespearean Sonnet, 130 to be exactly. One of my very favorites.

Who knew that the folks still working for Gaia were literate and at least somewhat well-read?

It's a lovely, intelligent surprise to stumble across in the middle of what is turning into an intellectual wasteland. There are diamonds everywhere, and it's good to find one every so often.

I'm keeping the item just for the description.


Here's the sonnet, in its entirety:

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

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