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Theo Playfoot
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Level 2: 168 points
Last Logged In: December 18th, 2011
BART Psychogeographical Association Rank 4: Land Surveyor The University of Aesthematics Rank 1: Expert Biome Rank 1: Hiker


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Urbane Exploration 1 by Theo Playfoot

September 23rd, 2009 5:43 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Find a building which is in active use. Explore it thoroughly and get to know its secrets.

Politely talking your way into the heart of the building is an excellent way to understand its psychogeography, and see how it affects those who occupy it. Your interactions with the building's owners and inhabitants (employees, residents, etc) are to be strictly positive; recruiting the authorities as guides is a far, far better thing than being ejected by them.

Completing this task in proper exploring attire, which may include such accoutrements as a waistcoat or a monocle, will likely result in additional votes.

In my search for places to explore on my campus, i remembered the basement of our library. I figured that while completing this task, i could also get some looks at the blueprints of the school and find some entrances to the supposed tunnels underneath the campus. is is a magical place with everything from files of former students, to the archives, to old computers no longer in use, to a couple of harpsichords.
I took many pictures, hope you enjoy despite the poor quality and illegibility of some of the documents as my camera has a terrible focusing system.

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library exterior

library exterior

the outside view of the library. I know, looks a bit like a bunker. would be a pretty good one if not for all the glass.


interior

interior

This is the main view of the library.


first view

first view

this is the first thing you see when you walk into the basement. the photo class green screen and some of their equipment. nothing terribly exciting huh?


Caution?

Caution?

I wonder why they put up this tape. its all over several rows of shelves of old readers digests, yankee magazine, etc.


pipes

pipes

some of the pipes in the boiler room. only picture that really came out because it was so dark. Very mysterious and creepy place, like most of the basement.


Tuxes

Tuxes

there was an entire rack of tuxes of various sizes and styles. (in fact, i wore one with tails and the appropriate gear to prom including top hat and cane) along with the necessary accessories (cummerbund, shoes, etc.)


First students

First students

This file contains the files of the first students accepted to my school, back in the early 1800s, including the first accepted student's correspondence with the school.


Harpsichords?

Harpsichords?

There were several of what i believe were harpsichords, all in decent condition. very strange indeed.


archivists office

archivists office

This is the archivist's office. Ive never seen him/her, done know their name, or what they look like. neither does anyone else ive asked. I think that he/she was swallowed by the basement a long time ago and no-one caught on.


blue prints

blue prints

I have no clue what they are to, as i had to go before i could study them. (i have marked them in my mind for future study though). I LOVE blueprints and floor plans. especially as there are known to be tunnels on campus.



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posted by artmouse on September 24th, 2009 8:18 PM

the photo of the pipes is sweet.

man, the other people at your school must be really lame if they have no interest in free harpsichords, tuxedos, and access to a green screen... just sayin!

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posted by Theo Playfoot on September 25th, 2009 6:11 AM

yeah, people at my school are pretty damn boring. Im hoping that before i leave at the end of this year i can get someone else to take my place as designated explorer of the school.

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posted by artmouse on September 25th, 2009 1:03 PM

there probably is indeed another explorer already active (as probability has it) but it's rather in the nature of explorers to be independent, so i wouldn't be surprised if you were merely unaware of each other's presence!

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posted by Mr Everyday on September 27th, 2009 3:13 AM

The archivist's office photo is sweet... atmospheric. Nice job. I'd have liked to hear more about interactions with inhabitants, but you can't have everything...

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posted by Theo Playfoot on September 28th, 2009 6:15 PM

guess what? i get to work in there over the course of the year (yay blueprints access!) and i get to interview people on the history of the school and play it on the radio station i manage (hows that for combining many interests? recording/mixing, odd history, and radio) as for interactions with inhabitants, cant say there weren't many inhabitants to converse with at the time.