Vint Falken has posted pix of Tiny Kingdom on her Flickr page. I’m hoping to get back there soon for my own pix. I bought an avie, played a bit, and poofed. Sooo many things to do.
It is very rare that I get angry when replying to posts on the official Second Life™ blog. But a thought struck me this morning and I went for it (see pic above) and put in a few cents worth about a serious bug in-world on the test server post.
The JIRA report I cite as well as others (like this one) have all been closed without a resolution. Linden Labs® gives us this fabulous “Windlight” water to play in then breaks the tools we use to enjoy it. I crafted a lovely pond and delightful ocean reef on land that I pay money to use and except for looking at them, these areas are more or less useless thanks to the physics bugs.
So I popped into Bay City (SLurl) to grab the Freebies mentioned on the official SL™ blog and who did I find? Why it was Governor Linden! Sure, there is no “real” such person, but folks were pickled tink that she was there. When I notified the Lucky Kitty Crew a couple begged to be teleported in to see the ‘Supreme Overlord.’ My wife Angela (not pictured below, but you can see her IM greeting to me) and my friend Serenity showed up, too.
Ms. Linden confirmed that the Mole avies used by the Linden Department of Public Works (wiki entry) were made by the very talented Wynx Whiplash. They got the avies free, but you can buy one at Extrovirtual.
Now if you are wondering why everyone is standing around, we were watching a Linden having trouble setting the box to be sold for L$0. Yep. The issue was mentioned on the official blog, too, but I figured it would be fixed by the time I got there. It wasn’t, so I offered a free “giver’ script. She declined my offer and put one of her own in — then deleted it saying that a script showing her as the creator shouldn’t be released in the wild. I choked back “But the script I’m happy to give you would deliver the contents in a folder without a copy of itself! And then folks wouldn’t need to unpack the box!” Honestly, it is so hard to teach a Linden :::giggle:::
The freebies turned out to be some great textures used by the moles working on Bay City but many of the objects included made me wonder why I was turned down to be a mole. Certainly I’m no a fabulous builder, but I’ve turned out better things than these while just killing time. Don’t get me wrong, please. The builds were good. Certainly not n00bie efforts. Maybe I expected too much. Hopefully the items I haven’t seen yet are better. Bay City itself was rather good and seeing the textures from the box “in action” was cool.
(Note: this post is an edited version of a post on the LKC blog.)
At times I fancy myself a builder and sometimes even an artist. Maybe I can bang prims together a bit better than the average bear, Booboo, thanks to all those art and design classes plus all that time I have spent behind a camera. But when I come across things like Jacek Antonelli’s giant octopus (see here and here) and realize ‘Crap! I have no idea what I’m doing!’
To all the real artists in the Second Life™ world: Cheers!
My breath was taken away at Machinama Studios (SLurl). Very impressive. I hope to get more time to explore here and a couple other places I learned about from the Lucky Kitty Crew group today. A guided tour is available at the entrance, but I’m going to need a handy translator as I don’t read Japanese. I don’t know what the rest of the place is about yet. I’ll explore until my wife logs in tonight. From what I saw on the tour and this impressive sculpture I have to automatically recommend a visit.
I’ve been spending quality time with my lovely wife, Angela, busy at the Isle of Lesbos where I make signs, stand guard and have started a new “hunt” project. My hard drive is filled with pics backed up from my explorations, but until I get the time, enjoy these:
One of my recent projects at the Isle … signs for the new area where folks can rez their purchases. This is the Instructional one. Another was a simple arrow. I work mostly in Acorn but often use GIMP for some of the trickier edits where I really wish I had a $700+ program.
Semi-unofficially — mostly because no one has stopped me — I build things and add activities at the Isle of Lesbos (IOL), often getting approval after the fact. Like the skydiving center. At one time it was an attraction in the IOL Mall sim. When the mall was recently redesigned and rebuilt there was no provision for sky diving so I simply added it to the main Isle. No one said take it out so I left it there with only minor tweaks here and there. Sensing no further objections I beefed it up today. That is a genuine Cubey Terra jump chair in the foreground. The original base jump at 300 meters (250m above target) is still in place and like nearly all activities on the Isle, the facility is free to use. In the background you can see the free ice skating pond I built.
Not free but nonetheless still fun is fishing! After adding the 7Seas Fishing kit to both the mall sim and parts of the main Isle not too long ago and then telling the owner about it, I’ve been given the go-ahead (and some cash!) to hold fishing contests. This is a picture from one held yesterday. Turnout is usually decent, which is good as the owner hopes this build traffic in the mall sim. I might try increasing the prize and an “all-nakie” tournament is in my mind for the beach on the main Isle. If anyone has suggestions for making the events more fun, drop a note card on me in-world or leave a comment on this post.
I might schedule a nakie fishing tournament before my Nakie Beach Party in June. This party is held the first Saturday of each month from 3-5pm SLT and, of course, it is Ladies-Only. With the nudity and a prize starting at L$3,000 the party is usually popular and sometimes gathers cheaters. The Saturday parties always start with a prize that large, but sometimes they grow. The 17 May party rapidly built up to a L$25,000 prize with over 60 folks attending.
Many of them originally showed up for our big draw, DJ Kuthola Homewood. If you need a music at an event, contact her. She’s awesome.
Look for future posts about IOL … we are always growing and adapting to make our sisters happy.