Moon over maze

I was poking around the Morris sim (which is part of the Ahern welcome area), and in the sandbox were two large, rotating moon-like prims up in the air. When I went into the hedge maze in Rizal (the adjacent sim), I discovered that there were some great views around some of the corners!

Goodbye to Hurricane

Well, I’m just a flip-flopper! I decided to sell my land in Pockwock and just rent instead, and I picked land in a very nice sim, Hurricane, owned by HolyHell Cassell. I created a small hill with a spring and stream, and modified the Rockridge home that I bought:

But I remained ambivalent, and sympathetic to the philosophy of immersion, and also became enamored of the cobblestone roads on the Linden lands in some of the mainland sims. This morning I discovered a sweet parcel in Pruni for sale at quite a reasonable price by Sarah Nerd. Yay Sarah Nerd! She runs a couple of freebie locations and also sells land at really good prices. So here ’tis:

(I own the land to the right, as well as a little slice between the road and the water on the left; I also bought another plot in the opposite corner of the sim.)

Hatchling machinima

I figured out how to select clips; add titles, subtitles, and transitions; and export a Quicktime movie from iMovie, but I can’t figure out how to zoom the image area, so there’s a black area over to the right. But you’ll still be able to get an idea of how the hatchling egg roll went.

New Year’s Eve on the Isle of Wyrms

There was a drum circle/dance and a hatchling egg roll on the Isle of Wyrms last night. The dance ball for dragons and hatchies was giving out the same animation to all the hatchies, so three of us lined up and were dancing in unison for a while. Hatchie line dance!

I took a movie of part of the dance and the egg roll. I’ll see if I can edit it down to a clip and figure out how to post it. The egg roll is a contest where hatchies get inside hollow prims (egg-shaped, semi-transparent, and physical) while set to “always run” and try to push one another out of the “nest”. There was a L$3,000 prize. I, alas, did not win (although I was also not the first pushed out).

Another new me

I decided I wanted a better skin than the “Hot n Hairy” one I bought early on, and I also wanted prim hair that worked well with the skin. So after trying lots of demos, I decided on “Dusky hairy” by Max (available only in brown) and two hair styles from Naughty Designs. In this photo I’m wearing “Gabriel’s Hair” in sable.

Close runners-up were “Tawny hairy” and “Tawny red” by Max (if they had a hairy redhead, I’d have gone for it); “Dante” tan and light from Naughty Designs (fewer choices in facial hair and lack of chest hair did them in, although having a crew-cut option was very attractive); and CMFF’s “Hairy Male” and “Hairy Male 2” (which are nice photorealistic skins, but they have no options except a well-done built-in crew-cut). The Naughty Designs hair options were plentiful and well-done, so I pretty much confined my looking to them. Even so, I needed to tweak my head shape a bit (come to find out the shape was doing more than the size to give me a bad fit with this hair).

All in all, I’m happy with the L$4,600 I spent. I may even go back and buy a premade shape from by Max. Although I’m pretty happy with my shape, it’s a bit tall. I’ll live in it with this skin and hair for a while before I try anything else, though.

Dragon dance

There was a dance in Limbo tonight (every other Friday night at 7 SL time), and it was lots of fun. I tried dancing as a Spirit Dragon for a while, but it’s awfully big and disorienting. I also tried playing an elven drum for a while. But here I am dancing with an artsy shot up at flying/dancing dragons.

I hope it survives

I’m having a ball in SL (and I’ve certainly ploughed in enough money already), but the instability of their infrastructure is worrisome, especially in light of their exponential growth. I just hope they can keep up and keep the grid open more consistently than they have so far since I joined.

Live from the Wyrm hatching

I’ve been on Cathedral for a couple of hours already, waiting for the midnight (Linden time!) hatching of Daryth Kennedy’s Wyrms. I still can’t decide between the Spirit and Royal Wyrms!

By all accounts the noon hatching was a chaotic nightmare–the sim was burdened and LL was having some problems as well, as I hear. Daryth & co. had a backup plan, which entailed buying a red box, but some people seem not to have heard (or paid attention) to the instruction to buy it. Sometime after Daryth said “Go” the sim crashed. There was a big crowd in Limbo for quite a while until things began to get sorted out.

So now I’m sitting here, along with about forty others. Here’s some of the crowd (many “away”):

And here’s the Grand HedgeWyrm herself, Daryth Kennedy (in one of her many guises so far tonight):

My first flexi-prim

The Peace flag hanging from my porch is my first successful flexi-prim. I used a do-it-yourself flag kit, so I had instructions–but it still required a fair bit of tinkering because I was doing a banner-type flag. I made the texture in Photoshop (with some gnashing of teeth), it’s 256px the long way. I can’t tell if it’s a good size for 2.5m, because when I get up close the type is definitely pixelated, but it may be anti-aliasing. I’ll have to try a straight graphic, I guess.

New home at Dragon Hill

17th December, 2006

This is the Rockridge, a prefab Craftsman bungalow. It was an absolute breeze to put together (there’s a box that rezzes and positions (and repositions) everything. I’d like to change the shingles, but I need to find the right texture. The darker shingles I have are too small at the same size as these are (and these are a bit too small–it makes it look like it’s brick). I took out the kitchen cabinets and accessories to save prims (and really, who needs a kitchen in a SL house?), and then I needed to redo a wall. Well, I got to know it a bit better that way.